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Subject: What are we reading this week? 2/8 - 2/14
Date Posted: 2/8/2009 5:54 AM ET
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Brand new week!

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 5:57 AM ET
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I just finished Summer at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs. I wasn't sure how I'd like this with it being so long and immediately having flashbacks to the past but I got into it after about 50 pages or so and enjoyed the story.

I started A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole. I'm not sure 'bout this one! big jump from 500 pages before the first make-out session to page 15 with the guy practically raping the woman in the shower. and that's after getting through the beginning torture scene where the guy's been burned to death except not dead since he's immortal for 150 years..geez...who's read this series? Is it violent like that all the way through??

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 8:12 AM ET
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Last night I started The Claiming by Kaitlyn O'Connor, which I think is only availabe as an ebook. I like it, though there are places where she is telling, not showing, if you know what I mean. Its still an interesting story line and I am looking forward to reading the rest of it.

Susanna, I really liked that story. I don't think that level of violence is continued throughout the story. I also liked #2 No Rest for the Wicked. It was humorous, to me. I didn't care for #3. (I didn't like the overlapping from book #2, and I found the great hunt story line tedious). I also liked #4 and #5. Haven't read #6 yet. There aren't more torture scenes, as far as I recall. 

Anne



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Date Posted: 2/8/2009 8:19 AM ET
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lol Susanna...Rest of the series are  kinda like that but Hunger Like No Other was the most intense IMO.  And also, the best out of the series, so far.  

I'm reading Anna Campbells, Tempt the Devil, which seems to be the best out of the three books by her and yet, its still not a  "OMG great!!!" kind of book.  In this story,  I think she kinda over did the foreplay bit, way, WAY too much, 150+ pages of foreplay that led to one big disappointing consummating scene.  Apparantly, the heroine in this story was a rape victim so she's unable to get aroused, which makes the story drag... At the moment, I am starting to skim paragraphs, because its starting to get repetitive, and yet I will finish this book because I like the idea of this story.... Sexually abused girl,  takes charge, becomes the most celebrated courtesan,  meets and falls for the most notorious rake, who really is a misunderstood tortured hero who's still grieving for his deceased wife.....I think if the author took out half the foreplay, this would've been a keeper for me.

 

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 9:34 AM ET
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Susanna, I wasn't sure about A Hunger Like No Other either when I first started reading it.  It does get better about halfway through but it is still pretty violent. 

I am just about halfway done with Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken.  I'm going to read the next book in the series when I finish this one. 

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 9:56 AM ET
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Finished Untouched by Anna Campbell.  It was not what I would call a page turner, but it had a different type of story line which stimulated me to finish it.  Readable, but not great.   However, I doubt I will read her other two books. 

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 9:57 AM ET
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Maybe it's just me, or the books I read, but I didn't like it was overly violent lol

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 11:39 AM ET
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Well I FINALLY finished up Murder Game by Christine Feehan.  I'd give it about a 6.5 out of 10.  It really was about 100 pages too long in my opinion.  Kind of wordy and I swear if she described something the heroine was seeing (in her mind) one more time I was going to scream.  I get it!  She sees xxxxxx when she xxxxxx.  LOL    Still not going to give up on the series but this was not one of the better entries.

I'm now reading In Darkness Reborn by Alexis Morgan - book 3 in her Paladins series.  So far really good.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 12:37 PM ET
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I just finished the Tempt the Devil by Anna Campbell.  I tried and tried to like this book but I just couldnt get into it.  After struggling through way too many foreplay scenes, it ended with one of the most unromantic HEA I've come across in a romance novel....

SPOILER ((  the heroine makes the hero marry her, he didnt "want" to but she wouldnt go back to him....so it was either marry her or else, the book ends with him giving in...how is this a romantic HEA?  This totally made me snort)).  

Going to read The Seducer by Madeline Hunter next.

 

 

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 1:11 PM ET
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Ugh, I can't stand romances that end with forced marriges, like the H/h didn't get along, one left, but she ends up pregnant so they get married. Oh, how romantic!

Susanna, A Hunger Like No Other was my absolute favorite of that series, I don't think any of the other books compare! The violence didn't bother me, just seemed to make the book more intense.

I am halfway through Virgin River and I am enjoying the book. I'm not ga-ga over it, but it's keeping my interest. I didn't like the teenage sex scene, though. I felt like a bit of a pervert reading about detailed intercourse between a sixteen and fourteen year-old lol. It was the first time I've ever come across something like that in a romance. But I like the characters, although I think Jack is kinda boring. It's definitely an easy read.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 1:39 PM ET
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Ooo, thanks for the warning, Tina. Campbell's two other books didn't do much for me and the unarousable-heroine is one of my least favorite tropes. Sounds like that one would bore me silly.

I'm going back to Lord Easterbrook today, hope I will enjoy the rest.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 2:10 PM ET
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SPOILER ((  the heroine makes the hero marry her, he didnt "want" to but she wouldnt go back to him....so it was either marry her or else, the book ends with him giving in...how is this a romantic HEA?  This totally made me snort)). 

 

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I wouldnt call it romantic necessarily but I did think Olivia was justified in not giving in on words alone because he did show that he was a snob with his reaction when Olivia met Erith's daughter after all his bulldust to her about how he loved her and valued her as a person.  I liked TTD better than you. It was a B+ read for me.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 2:22 PM ET
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Susanna, if i remember right, the first one is the most violent of the Immortals After Dark series.  (though i haven't read the brand new one yet.)  i don't recall any more torture, but there is combat between various factions off & on, and at least a couple more kidnappings.  i wasn't fond of the first one, and the second and fifth are my favorites so far.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 2:57 PM ET
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Jess, I agree, of course the heroine deserved marriage and a lot more after everything she'd been through, what I found unromantic is the fact she had to twist his arm to get it.   Whats worst is  SPOILER ((( he refuses and leaves at first LOL...and then, months later comes back and gives in to marriage))).  I really didn't care for this ending.    

The Seducer  is going well...I think I might like this one, she's usually a hit or miss for me....

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 3:36 PM ET
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I just read Dragon Actually and About a Dragon by G A Aiken--both were pretty good and funny at times. I also finished The Player by Rhonda Nelson, from her Men Out of Uniform series. I started reading Immortals: The Calling by Jennifer Ashley, so far it's okay.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 4:11 PM ET
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Hmmm... I really liked Tempt the Devil (as well as Anna Campbell's other 2).  Maybe I'm in the minority?  lol

I read Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon.  Am I wrong that this is the first DH book?  If so, what's all the fuss about?  I'm guessing maybe they get better as you go along.  I was not impressed.  Glad I got it from the library and didn't use a credit!

Now I'm reading Untamed by Pamela Clare.  So far so good.

Michelle

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 4:18 PM ET
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thanks! I'm sensitive to violent stuff though I've pretty much glossed over it now since it's in the past! I'm about 70 or so pages into the book now(A Hunger Like No Other) so I'm gonna try to keep reading it at work tonight if we're not busy.

I really liked Aiken's dragon books...isn't the next one out later this year? I remember it being a long wait :-(

Sarah, I didn't care for the teens in virgin river either and later on there's another set of teen though older. I just focus on the couples I like and Jack is kinda funny. You see their relationship in all the books as well as scenes with Preacher and Mike but seems like Jack and Mel are seen more than the others except for the couple being focused on.

I really liked Summer at Willow Lake too - once I got into it and got over the 500 plus pages(!) it was almostlike settling into virgin river except for all the flashbacks and a b unch of side stories going on...the next 2 are on their way but I have plenty to read in the meantime!

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 4:19 PM ET
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Jess, I agree, of course the heroine deserved marriage and a lot more after everything she'd been through, what I found unromantic is the fact she had to twist his arm to get it.   Whats worst is  SPOILER ((( he refuses and leaves at first LOL...and then, months later comes back and gives in to marriage))).  I really didn't care for this ending.   

 

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Most men dont think to propose unless u force them. Works for me.

I am not a fan of the seperation at the end but I see it in too maNY books (PERILS OF PLEASURE by JAL, for a recent example) to dog Campbell especially for it

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 4:43 PM ET
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What I hate is when the author separates them for nearly a year or more so the heroine can give birth to a baby the hero doesn't know about until he finds her again.  It's an invariably tedious plot device to add drama, and especially worse at the end of a book.  Titles escape me at the moment (obviously they weren't books that were memorable in other ways:P), but I've read a few that did this at the end; she runs off & is pregnant, but doesn't tell him because she refuses to "trap him" *sigh*, and then he's searching high and low & finds her in the last chapter or so and he finds out he has a kid.  Ugh.  Spare me:P



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Date Posted: 2/8/2009 4:51 PM ET
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Let me jump in and  say I loved Tempt the Devil. Probably because it was different from everything I've read lately.   I do think in the end he should have been made to grovel more.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 5:04 PM ET
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Actually thats why I always watch out for this authors new releases.  She may not be the best writer out there but she seems to be one of those authors who at least tries to write different plot lines, even when its not popular.

  Her first book, I loved half  of it because it was shockingly un-PC.  I mean who writes rape scenes at this time and age?  Then her 2nd book, Untouched, although I must admit it was frankly too simplistic..I still thought it a good read, the book had its own unique charm, because it was just different, but I know a lot of people didn't care for this one.   Tempt the Devil, well the book was unusal like her others but this particular romance didnt do anything for me ( I think he should've been made to grovel too, Brenda ).    I guess it all depends on personal taste.  

 

 

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 5:42 PM ET
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I am about to start  Dream Warrior by Sherrilyn Kenyon, the one that just came out a couple of days ago....I  had to run to Wal-Mart and pick it up because I didn't want to wait! lol I love the entire series so I hope this one is just as good!

Date Posted: 2/9/2009 12:49 AM ET
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I'm waiting for the next Virgin River book to come out! I'll probably be running to walmart or even Borders once I hear word that it's out! There are a few authors I do that with..I pre-ordered Virgin River Christmas and then people were sa ying 'it's out' and it took me til the actual release date darn it!

I'm still reading A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole. It's pretty decent..some humor in it which I like and I'm liking the macho guy more..but I think after this I'll try After the Rain by Karen White..or something 'tamer'.but who knows!

eta: ok, finished it! turns out I liked it once I got more into it. I started After the  Rain by karen White but was too tired to get into it..not sure it's gonna be my cuppa; atleast not right now.



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Date Posted: 2/9/2009 9:34 AM ET
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I finished In Darkness Reborn by Alexis Morgan and it was really good.  Its the 3rd in her Paladins series.  Heroine was kinda bitchy but not bad enough that it marred the book for me.  LOVED the hero!  Very tortured but oh so ALPHA.  lol

Now I'm reading a non-romance called Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.  Its about a SEAL (which a lot of us love) who was the lone survivor of the worst attack by terrorists on a SEAL team ever.  Very compelling.  Gives me unbelievable respect for those who do the job most of us wouldn't.

Date Posted: 2/9/2009 9:57 AM ET
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I read The Duke's Gamble by Miranda Jarrett yesterday and then started Rocky Mountain Man by Jillian Hart.

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