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Subject: what are we reading this week? 3/20 - 3/26, 2011
Date Posted: 3/20/2011 5:38 PM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 5:41 PM ET
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Just finished Protecting Plain Jane by Julie Miller. it's book 2 or book 13..guess her cop series all overlap or something. It was full of suspense - psychological - can't believe I made it through it but she does write pretty well. It's a harlequin intrigue and I wanted the first couple's story so I requested that one earlier today. This one was sort of a cliffhanger..not sure if that's common with her books or not. I know another author in this line did this j- would resolve part of the story but not the ongoing storylines.

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 6:04 PM ET
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Just finished Kat Martin 3 books series, Against the Wind, Against the Fire and Against the Law all 3 were great books,

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 6:24 PM ET
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Just finished The Maverick, men of the Saddle series by Lori Copeland.  I liked this one much better than the first book and a little better than book 2.

Reading the revised 4th book, The Plainsman.   Light and OK.  I can read one of hers in an evening so it is a good quiet read.  

 

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 6:38 PM ET
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Just finished up Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James.  Very emotional but it did have some TSTL moments for both characters.

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 7:15 PM ET
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Started a Linda Fallon (Linda Winstead Jones) book but not liking it. Going to start a historical next, Seven Secrets of Seduction by Anne Mallory, I think.

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 9:05 PM ET
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I may get back to 'Getting It' by Rhonda Nelson though I really feel like crawling into bed and snoozing..l

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 11:05 PM ET
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Still reading OUtlander book #4 - Drums of Autumn - but did take a break and read the 4 book series on the Essex Sisters by Eloisa James -- enjoyed it very much.  Now it's back to Jamie and Claire!

Date Posted: 3/20/2011 11:25 PM ET
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I'm reading Against the Fire by Kat Martin (2nd in the trilogy Bertie mentioned).

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 9:20 AM ET
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good luck Margaret - I'm too intimidated to start a big book! I've put off Gone With the Wind for that reason!

didn't do any reading last night but started an older harlequin blaze a few nights ago  - Getting It - by Rhonda Nelson so I may get back to that one I also have some love inspired books I want to read. they were supposed to stop holding my mail but they haven't so I"m hoping one I'm really wanting to read will be thre when I go pick it up later today.

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 9:39 AM ET
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Ugh.  Against the Fire is ok, but I am NOT liking Mattie at all.  One drawback to reading a LOT of romance novels is you get a pretty good idea of what you like and what you don't.  What I DON'T like is an overly-independent, career-driven, "I don't need anyone" kind of heroine.  This one paragraph in the book I'm reading says it all:

Mattie had learned a long time ago the only person she could trust to take care of her was herself.  If she went to bed with Gabe, she would only become more vulnerable, more susceptible to all that muscle and macho appeal.

I guess in itself that isn't a damning statement, but if you consider the fact that she is that way because her mom was too dependent on her dad and she had one guy dump her & break her heart...... can you say overreacting?  I like a kickass, smart & savvy heroine, but the kind of attitude that Mattie has grates on me.

Thank goodness the story (suspense) is good and Gabe is a terrific hero, so that makes up for it somehow.

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 10:11 AM ET
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I finished Truth or Dare, an author anthology of connected stories by Lori Foster. I'm a Foster fan, but this one didn't do anything at all for me. I couldn't connect with any of the heroines at all. Michelle, I had the same problem you had: the last story's heroine was the "independent, sassy, cynic" who just came off like a total bitch to me. 

Now I'm giving Mary Wine another try with the sequel to Alcandian QuestAlcandian Rage. Wasn't crazy about the first one, so we'll see how this one rates. 

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 7:13 PM ET
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One drawback to reading a LOT of romance novels is you get a pretty good idea of what you like and what you don't.  What I DON'T like is an overly-independent, career-driven, "I don't need anyone" kind of heroine.

I totally agree!!

I'm about halfway through Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas and really enjoying it.

 

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 7:23 PM ET
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Brought some books back to the library, picked up FANCY PANTS so I can start the series that ends with Phillips' latest release.

Also, I started the 1st Grace Valley book a little while ago - it's the start of the Carr books I hope to read ythrough the end of the year.

Gail

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 8:52 PM ET
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I got a kindle book that was 99 cents, and I spent too much on it! It's The Devil in the Details by Harris Channing. It was bad and all that but I figured it wasn't too long, I could skim it and finish it...then I get to the part where the heroine(who suddenly has healing powers)  heals herself by soaking up a 13 yr old bloodstain from when she was raped and she now has her virginity back. If it was print I would have thrown the book away after that lol

dunno what I am gonna read now...been a bit burnt out on books.

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 8:55 PM ET
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heals herself by soaking up a 13 yr old bloodstain from when she was raped and she now has her virginity back. 

*LOL*  If it only it was that easy. *L*

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 9:51 PM ET
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who the heck would want their virginity back?! I sure don't..I 'd like to erase from society the one who took it but sure dont' want to go through losing it again!

I started a Love Inspired by Linda Goodnight - something about a baby and a blizzard..didn't get too far since the enchiladas arrived! drove my dad and dogs back to his place 4 hrs away then ate, got him some groceries for  the next few days/week, then drove back..may read a bit before bed but the house is too empty without my dogs! I have a quilt retreat this weekend and my dad didnt' seem to want to stay down here but didn't really feel up to driving after his chemo so I asked if I could just take them all up there..pooped from driving but the drive back was better since I could play my cd's instead of the country station LOL!

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 10:21 AM ET
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OK, so Alcandian Rage didn't rate much better. Awful, terrible cookie-cutter copy of the previous book. And I've heard that the next one is the same way. But since I have it, I'll eventually have to read it. :/

I wanted some good reading before I take on Alcandian Soul, so I started Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series with Slave to Sensation. I've heard such great things about these books from everyone here, so I'm excited. It's slow-moving so far, but I'm only on Chapter 2. :)

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 10:59 AM ET
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Just started Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart.  I read something by her that was so boring that I gave up on her books, but his one has a blind Heroine.  We shall see....

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 11:50 AM ET
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I just finished my first  Kristan Higgins book, ALL I EVER WANTED and I loved it.  It had me laughing out loud and it made me cry. What more could you want? LOL!

Any more good ones I should check out by this author?

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 1:55 PM ET
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I just finished my first  Kristan Higgins book, ALL I EVER WANTED and I loved it.  It had me laughing out loud and it made me cry. What more could you want? LOL! Any more good ones I should check out by this author?

Well, I'm prejudiced - I say ALL of them. She was one of my new-to-me author discoveries last year and read through her whole backlist lickety-split fast.

Gail

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 1:58 PM ET
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I'm just just the halfway point in DEEP IN THE VALLEY and I'm loving it. Lots of characters in the book, promised myself I make a cheat-sheet list of who they are but thee's no time to do it: hooked on the book, can't put it down.

Gail

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:17 PM ET
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Brenda - I agree with Gail, all of Kristan Higgins' books are great.  Just One of the Guys and Catch of the Day are both on my keeper shelf.  I am just starting All I Ever Wanted, so I'm glad it was good.

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:55 PM ET
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I finished Against the Fire by Kat Martin.  I loved Gabe and the suspense (arson storyline) was really good, but Mattie's character ruined it for me.  Now I'm reading the third one, Dev's story, Against the Law.  Much better heroine so far. 

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 4:58 PM ET
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I'm with you Susanna - who the hell would want their virginity back?!

Well I finished just now with Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas.  Loved it.  Even though there were some moments I wanted to slap them both upside the head, it was a very good, emotional read.  And Derek - he made me cry with just one scene.  sigh. I've got to read his book again!!

I started on Deadly Intent by Kylie Brant and I'm also reading Shadow's Caress by Patti O'Shea.

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