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Subject: What are we reading this week 3/15 to 3/22?
Date Posted: 3/15/2009 4:36 PM ET
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New week.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 4:53 PM ET
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Today I read THE GOOD FATHER/Kara Lennox - 3rd in her HAR "Second Sons" series. Of couse I didn't realize the book was part of a series but I'll get the first two books somehow, either through my bookseller's used book department or through PBS.

It was really good, set in the Texas Gulf Coast area, hero was in advertising (starting a new business) and he hires the heroine, a shaky start for her, cute story, less-than-perfect hero. My second Lennox book since December and she's fast becoming a favorite author.

Now comes the what-to-read-after-a-really-good-book blues - always afraid the next read will disappoint.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 5:01 PM ET
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that's a new author for me Gail.

I'm still reading The Dangerous Protector by Janet Chapman..2nd in the Puffin Harbor series(not sure why it's 'series' since I only see the 2 books and she's started at least 2 other series since then..sigh...) but this one is good so far but gives away pretty much the entire 'mystery' of the first book(The Seductive Impostor) so gotta be read in order.

tomorrow I have to go on day shift for 7 in a row..sigh...gotta line up my light reads to unwind before bed!

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 6:06 PM ET
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I finished reading Tempted All Night by Liz Carlyle.  It has some similar characters from Never Lie to A Lady I believe but it didn't stop me from being able to follow the action.  I really liked the heroine's name - Phaedra aka Phae.  And I liked what her hangup was...not something you normally see in a regency.  It was a good read but not a keeper.  The mystery was sordid but the hero and heroine were good.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 6:21 PM ET
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I finished Goddess of Spring this morning. It was so good. I just loved it. Started Goddess of Light but have only read the prologue so far. I really like how P.C.Cast has brought to life the ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses. She is just wonderful! And of course these are romances with happy endings.

Anne

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 7:04 PM ET
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I finished Shielder by Catherine Spangler. I'd heard her compared to Linnea Sinclair, both write science fiction romance, but I think Linnea does it better. Still, Shielder was a entertaining, quick read so I'll probably try a few more of her books.

Not sure what I'm going to start next, though. I've got the four Monere books by Sunny in my TBR, I've never read anything by her so I might start on the first one next. After my favorite sunday night TV that is...can't miss Simpsons and King of the Hill :)

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 8:07 PM ET
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Finished His Captive Lady by Anne Gracie. A new author for me, based upon recommendations from everyone and I am so glad that I listened. It was indeed an excellent read and I will be looking for some of her other books. 

Sarah, I agree with you, I believe that Sinclair's books are better, but I still enjoyed  the books that I have read by Spangler.  They are usually a decent read, just maybe not keepers. If you like the futuristic type romances.  I also have just finished The Warlord's Daughter by Susan Grant.  This is by far IMO her best book yet. 

Jane

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 8:12 PM ET
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I have yet to read anything by Grant, but that paticular one of hers is on my WL. Any other to suggest by her?

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 8:16 PM ET
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Just finished Trial by Fire by Jo Davis- pretty good.  I don't generally do suspense romances, but I liked this one.  I even WLed the next 2 books in the series.

I started A Wish in Time by Laurel Bradley earlier today- I had WLed this book about a year ago, when I was going through a time-travel romance phase, but when I got it posted to me, just wasn't in the mood for that type of thing.  It's short- not even 200 pages, so I figure that's one I can finish within a week, since I have had NO time to read lately.

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 8:43 PM ET
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Sarah, None of Grant's other books are as good as this series. This is the second in her a tale of borderland series.  The first one was Moonstruck (you do not have to read that one first, these books can be stand alone reads).  Her other furturistic are okay,  possibly a C to B rating. But her new one, for me,  is an A rating.  I think I would read The Warlord's Daughter first before I got Moonstruck, see if you like the series.

Jane

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 10:05 PM ET
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Jane, I  agree with you about Susan Grant - I wasn't really impressed with her until reading Moonstruck which I really liked.  I've got Warlord's Daughter sitting on TBR and am glad to hear it's just as good!

I just picked up Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, Bk 4) by Patricia Briggs from the library.   Trying really hard not to pick it up tonight, I know I will want to stay up once I start it!

 

Date Posted: 3/15/2009 11:45 PM ET
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I'm still working on Woodiwiss' So Worthy My Love.  My first Woodiwiss.  Not an easy read by any means.  She is very detailed and wordy.  Kinda reminds me of Stephen King's longer books.  I'm 150 pages in and I don't feel like much has happened cause she describes every little thing to a T.  But I'm liking it well enough.  There have been some LOL moments which I didn't expect from her.  I have a feeling this book may take me most of the week to read so I may not update much here this week.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 3:38 AM ET
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I finished The Dangerous Protector by Janet Chapman..not to find where The Man Must Marry is hiding! but oh well I have plenty I pulled while looking for that one along with what I already had set aside to read...The Dangerous Protector was good but more nervewracking to me than the first book. The woman was being framed and threatened more in this one than in the first but still HEA and a nice story.

Crystal, I've picked up a few by Woodiwiss but haven't read them yet..more for sentimental reasons - I used to sneak these from my mom's stash and skim for the 'good stuff'!

not sure yet what I'll read next but I"m sure I'll find something!



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Date Posted: 3/16/2009 9:24 AM ET
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Ok I finished up To Tease a Texan by Georgina Gentry last night, the book started off good. Then for about 100 or so pages I HATED the hero, he was going by a diff name and pretending to be his twin and he turned into a very annoying wimpy guy IMO.  It got better after she figured out who he really was, but the book is chock full of those cliche western sayings/analogies, and it was very repetitive. You'd have a conversation and then 10 pages later have the EXACT same conversation again, or have to hear how bad her cooking is 800 times lol!  I'd read another of her books, just hope that it's not exactly the same!!

Now I'm gonna read Pleasuring the Prince by Patrica Grasso.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 9:26 AM ET
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I finished Sweet Release by Pamela Clare.  It was a good read - dragged in some parts, though.

Now I'm reading To Catch a Thief by Christina Skye.  I haven't read a Draycott Abbey book in a long time, but I saw this on the shelf at the library the other day & picked it up.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 10:04 AM ET
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I read A Wild Yearning by Penelope Williamson over the weekend, and nyeh...  It's really good in parts, but some some of it is just so eye-rollingly contrived, to the point of being almost absurd.  It very much reminds me of a Pamela Clare American Colonial period historical; there are a LOT of similarities.  Internal conficts this dumb though, I can't say that Clare is prone to writing.  The hero is taking the heroine to a settlement where he lives & is the doctor, and the catch is, it's so she can marry some other guy she hasn't met yet.  They mess around on the way there (of course) & fall in love, but he won't admit it - is resistant to it or whatever - and then she actually marries the other guy, and the hero stands by & watches her do it.  Argh.  They don't consummate the marriage or anything, but you still have that problem to deal with, and while you'd think or hope that Williamson would come up with a resolution to the problem that's beyond the obvious easy way out, nope, she doesn't; she just takes forever to get around to it.  More than once actually, but i can't get specific about that without posting a spoiler:P  It's not an awful book though.  There was a lot of it that I thoroughly enjoyed, and the love scenes are positively scorching & plentiful.  It's not one I'll forget by next week, but it could have been much, much better.  I gave it a C+.



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Date Posted: 3/16/2009 12:26 PM ET
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I finished Cops and Cowboys last night and loved both stories!!

I'm not sure what to read next....either Just a Hint Clint  or Whisper No Lies.....but I don't know yet...(sigh)

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 12:34 PM ET
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I am on the second story of Tales From the Temple II. The first story was great!  The second story is so far, also!  Nothing like getting into the shower with a complete,sexy, stranger.  Steamy! I hope all of the stories in this book are this good!

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 2:16 PM ET
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Kim - funny, that sounds just like the plot of Texas Destiny, which is fabulous! ;-)

Reading Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James - pretty funny.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 2:21 PM ET
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Lol.  I didn't think of Texas Destiny, but it is similar.  I simplified it a bit though.  He was actually in Boston on business, and was running an advertisment for this guy from home - sort of in town to pick up a wife for this guy type thing:P  Then he diddles her on the trail?  Some friend, huh?



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Date Posted: 3/16/2009 3:57 PM ET
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I just finished Dogs and Godesses by Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich.  Didn't like it.  It wasn't terrible, just lacking in a lot of ways. It had some mildly funny moments--mostly with the dogs, but just not enough to carry the whole book.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 6:32 PM ET
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Laura I wasn't crazy about Dogs and Goddesses either. I actually thought it would have made a better movie than book.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 6:36 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/16/2009 7:05 PM ET
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I read Strong and Sexy by Jill Shalvis--I really like this author--and I have the last one Superb and Sexy waiting for me at the library. I also finished up Her Lawman on Call by Marie Ferrarella--a Doctors Pulaski romantic suspense. Not sure what I'm going to read next.

Date Posted: 3/16/2009 7:38 PM ET
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I'm reading Divorced, Desperate and Dating by Christie Craig - haven't had time to read much here at work but may read some more before bed if I can stay awake long enough!

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