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Subject: What are we reading this week? 2/7-2/13/2010
Date Posted: 2/7/2010 6:09 AM ET
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New week!!

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 6:13 AM ET
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I finished Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon by Melody Carlson. I enjoyed it though the romance seemed pretty minimal even for a christian romance(I mean there was not only no sex but the couple barely interacted it seemed like) but still I enjoyed the story and will try more by this author I think. I'm glad my library ordered some of the Love Finds You books because they're tradesize and the content is about on par with a Love Inspired and the same hit and miss it seems like. The first one I read started off light and fun then the author threw in a tear jerker scene I still think was unnecessary...the last 2 though were nice reads.

Now I'm over halfway with a Love Inspired 'The Carpenter's Wife' by Lenora Worth. She's an author I haven't really cared for and that's one of the challenges on the christian fiction challenge - read something by an author we haven't liked..now the problem is I kinda like this story and it's the first of a trilogy..sigh...

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 7:51 AM ET
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I finished Immovable Objects by Marie Farrella, Family Secrets series, and started Triple Dare by Candace Irvin, Family Secrets series.  This one is pretty interesting. Hope to finish today and move on to the 8 or 9 game books I have to read, starting with Prey by Rachel Vincent. Oh and I will finally, after a year, be done with Family Secrets. More than a year, really. 21 books in all.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 8:08 AM ET
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whoa 8 or 9 game books?! that's a lot of reading LOL! Family  Secrets - is that one of the harlequin type lines? big jump from that to Prey! I'm nearly done with The Carpenter's Wife and it's pretty good I think..simple Love Inspired and easy read for night shift. gotta finish before I go to bed though!

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 10:36 AM ET
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I'll be starting Lost But Not Forgotten by Mackenzie McKade later today. She's a new-to-me author, so we'll see. I finished Yours for the Night by Jasmine Haynes last night, and really liked it. She was a lot steamier than I expected her to be.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 10:47 AM ET
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Not quite sure what I am going to read next. I am thinking I am going to read Jane Feather's Wedding Game. Haven't read her in a long time and she used to be a favorite of mine. I also have the 2nd installment of Leslie Parrish's Pitch Black, calling my name. Oye! 

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 10:55 AM ET
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Finished Exposure by Susan Andersen.  This is a romantic suspense with a less than perfect hero, on the top 100 romance list and with a little 3 year old girl that added so much to the story (normally I don't like children to play a large part in a story), but in this book it worked beautifully.  A most enjoyable read. 

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 11:25 AM ET
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Yes, Jane that is one my most favorites of Susan Andersen. Her books are good nowadays, but not as intense and in depth as that one was.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 12:11 PM ET
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I read the anthology Playing Easy to Get by Jaid Black, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kresley Cole.  I read the first two and was all set to get ready to repost the book.  Then I read Kresley Cole's story.  That's the one I wanted the book for anyway, because it's the first in her Immortals series.  I thought Myst's and Nikolai's story was great.  Makes me glad I still have two or three books in that series to read because I'm ready to jump back in.  lol    I may end up keeping the anthology just for that one.

I have Lavender Morning from the library and need to get started on that.  I think someone here was reading that - how was it?

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 1:04 PM ET
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Susanna,

I just bought the book Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon based off of your post above.  My mother is not a fan of romance, yet she travels to Sisters, Oregon every year for their quilt show.  (And brings back pictures to show us, again and again!)  I bought the book to read, but I want to surprise her with it.  Thanks for your review!

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 1:06 PM ET
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Decided to keep going with Hands of Flame by C.E. Murphy. I'd put it aside because something really awful happened and it was too painful.  (Even though I knew it would happen from the first book... Chevok's law.)

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 1:18 PM ET
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I was reading Lavender Morning....it started out great but 2/3 of the way in it sorta fizzled on me and I skipped to the end. 

Tried to finish Victoria Dahl's Start Me Up yesterday.  It was just not holding my interest.  I just did not care for the immaturity of the lead female character.  I mean, honestly.  She answers the door in her underwear, sees her best friends boyfrind there (who is also the police chief) and doesn't bother to cover up because she is mad?  He is very embarassed and keeps asking her to cover up, but she just acts like she doesn't care.  Then she has the gall to get mad at her "quasi-boyfriend" when he catches her.  All the scenarios seem too far-fectched.  I won't be picking up this author again.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 3:02 PM ET
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Started to listen to Just Imagine by SEP. But my mp3 player and SEP don't seem to get along (Match Me if You Can got totally trashed, too) , so I don't know if I'll be able to finish it. :-\

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 5:03 PM ET
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I finished Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning.  Aaaarrgghh!    Cliffhanger ending, folks.  I loved the book, but Lordamercy if she doesn't get that new one out quick I'm going to go up in flames.   On the plus side, the next book IS the last one, per the author note in the back of the book.

Now I'm reading the anthology Beyond the Dark  by Angela Knight/Emma Holly/Lora Leigh/Diane Whiteside.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 5:20 PM ET
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Just finished A RELIABLE WIFE by Robert Goolrick.  A quick read that was nothing like I expected. I couldn't put it down.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 5:28 PM ET
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Hope she likes it Diana! thre are 3 sisters named after the 3 sisters mountains and the middle one , Hope, is the main character in the book. she's moved off after her mother's death and the youngest moved in on the bf she had just broken up with. she couldn't deal with the betrayal and all she felt ..they married the year the mom died...the grandmother she as always close to passes away and turns out she gets everything provided she stays in the house a year and takes care of her dog. The sisters bicker though it gets enough you get the tension but doesn't really delve TOO deep I don't guess. the romance really seemed secondary  and I enjoyed the talk about climbing the mountains like 'climbing the sisters' kinda analogy I guess. all are going through their problems and I thought the ending was pretty realistic. hope your m om likes it...quilt show yum yum yum!!!

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 8:43 PM ET
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Michelle - the ONLY reason I have kept Playing Easy to Get is for the Kresley Cole story.  I loved it!  I just read Lucy Monroe's 3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys this morning.  Decent - I really enjoyed the first 2 stories - the last one was ok but I had a tough time with the love at first sight deal (the other two relationships had some history attached).  But likable heroes and heroines and good sex scenes.

I have totally been in a romance funk though lately so I have no clue what to read next to get me out of it.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 9:07 PM ET
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Susanna, the Family Secrets series is a multi-author series, I think they are all Intimate Moments. They are contemp, romantic suspense, lite--some are paranormal, some are not. Some were better than others but overall I enjoyed the series, and I am sad now that I've read the last one! Seriously I want to cry now! Silly me.

Yes 8 or 9 game books....I have them listed in order of mail by dates and Prey is the first one due so I've got to get it going. I think all the rest are erotica and I tend to read those pretty fast. Still that is too many....so much for reading any of the books on my monthly plan! I may read something else tonight, instead...

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 9:59 PM ET
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Weird thing, I had a signed copy of Linda Lael Miller's Deadly Gamble in my TBR pile. So I picked it up and thought that I might put it on the site and see if I could get a point or two for it. Instead I ended up reading the first page and got hooked on it. I am over halfway through it and really enjoying it.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 10:09 PM ET
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8 erotica in a row?! girl you're gonna be dead  LOL!

I just started The Widow of Larkspur Inn by Lawana Blackwell. christian historical romance and so far it has m y attention. I've heard it's not a fast--paced romance so I'm expecting to mostly read about this woman going from having money to being a widow and losing everything when her hubby had a hidden gambling problem and she finds out he owes more than can be paid back. he had this inn that he couldn't seel so they're going to go live there and make a go at things.



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Date Posted: 2/7/2010 10:30 PM ET
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I am working on my pile of Maggie Osborne books.  Today I started Prairie Moon

I just finished Sweet Annie by Cheryl St. John so I could mail it out tomorrow, weather permitting.  It is the first of her books I skipped parts of and really lost interest in the characters.  I liked them better when they appeared in other books about their neighbors.

I am also reading the pile of Carolyn Davidson I have collected, currently Tempting a Texan.

I have to read something soon that is on a wish list because I need the credit for The Bachelor Tax.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 10:53 PM ET
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Managed to get past the tough part of Hands of Flame. It was actually resolved rather quickly, surprisingly enough.

Date Posted: 2/8/2010 7:01 AM ET
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I'm a teeny bit more than halfway through The Widow of Larkspur Inn. It's good but very slowpaced and on romance in sight  yet and I'm halfway through. It reminds me a bit of the Mitford series in the small-town stuff but the main character has a boarding  house and there are people living there like an extended family. I have the 2nd from thelibrary as well but don't know if I'll continue right away or not.have to see how I feel when I finish this one. I also have A Creed Country Christmas from the library that's due this week or next so want to read that as well.

Date Posted: 2/8/2010 7:52 AM ET
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maybe so, Susanna....and I was cutting back on swaps, guess I forgot to remind myself of that!!!

Date Posted: 2/8/2010 8:41 AM ET
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Finished Stormfire by Christine Monson this weekend - OMG - not for the faint of heart but the book is really good.  Also not for anyone wanting a light hearted romance novel - it put me through all the emotions of pissed, to crying, to being happy.  If you aren't timid and can snag a copy do read this book - not your normal romance at all!

Now I have picked up The Children of Passion by Genevieve Davis - it promises to be good ole historical romantic trash!  :P

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