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Subject: What Are We Reading This Week, 3/27-4/2 2011
Date Posted: 3/27/2011 3:49 PM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 3/27/2011 4:14 PM ET
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I'm STILL reading Deadly Intent by Kylie Brant but I should finish today.  I just haven't had any time to read the last few days.

Date Posted: 3/27/2011 5:27 PM ET
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I'm still working on A Kiss at Midnight and planning to *finally* start Lover Enshrined. I have very little interest in Furry but I want to catch up with the series.

Date Posted: 3/27/2011 6:12 PM ET
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I'm in the middle of Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs- don't know why I held off on starting this series for so long- and, also, The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks. So it's a toss-up every evening as to which book I'm picking up. Briggs has a slight advantage. ;)

Date Posted: 3/27/2011 9:12 PM ET
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Willa I wasn't that crazy about Lover Enshrined.  I know some liked it but I thought Phury was just a drug abusing ass.  But it did have some great backstory with John Matthew.

I FINALLY finished Deadly Intent by Kylie Brant.  I thought it fell a little short, honestly.  The plot was intriguing but the hero and heroine just didn't "match" to me.   I never got why he wanted her exactly.  And (spoiler) it ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger, storyline wise. .

Overall, I'd give it a 3.

Now I'm reading The Cavalry Wife by Donna Dalton, a NTM author.



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Date Posted: 3/27/2011 9:24 PM ET
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I'm almost halfway through If Looks Could Chill by Nina Bruhns.  Honestly I feel like I'm just WAITING for something to happen.  Yeah, they're close to finding the terrorists, but the side story with Rebel & Alex, and then Gina.... it's almost too much to keep track of.  In the meantime, Marc and Tara are almost forgotten.  It's good, but I'm still waiting for it to feel like a romance.

Date Posted: 3/27/2011 9:25 PM ET
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Finished Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis.  It was so-so in my opinion.  The heroine had many TSTL moments and I had a little bit of trouble believing in her.  It appears that Shalvis is going to be setting this book up as a series, but I don't know if I'll read the next two. 

Up next is A Lot Like Love by Julie James. 

Date Posted: 3/27/2011 9:38 PM ET
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Finished Outlander #4 and now on book #3 of the Highlander Series by Michele Sinclair.  Thought this was a trilogy.  Now realize I have to wait for 4 more books! 



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Date Posted: 3/28/2011 1:56 PM ET
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Visions of Heat (Psy-Changelings, Bk 2) by Nalini Singh was good, but not great, IMO. I don't know, I get kinda lost in all of the PsyNet/MindNet talk. On the other hand, it has the potential for some great storylines. :)

For a change of pace, I picked up Celia May Hart's Made for Sin.

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 2:23 PM ET
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Still on Dragon Warrior by Janet Chapman, and am finding it a bit tedious.  I just don't remember enough from the last book for this one to make as much sense as it probably should.  I'm getting by with it ok, but am just not enjoying it as much as I liked her earlier books, which I was able to read back to back while the storyline was still fresh in my mind.

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 3:27 PM ET
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I finished If Looks Could Chill.  I honestly felt like I was reading a Suzanne Brockmann Troubleshooters book (speaking of... WHEN will I get my hands on Izzy's book?!?!?!?).   This series has great characters (kick-ass men, strong & smart heroines), lots of intrigue and a great carry-over storyline. The first half kind of dragged for me... like there was so much "setting up" and waiting around, and not much in the romance department for Tara and Marc except for a couple sexual encounters.  By the end of the book, though, I was hooked and refused to put it down until I finished.  It gets kind of distracting the way Bruhns skips around from couple to couple - Quinn & Darcy and Rebel & Alex (& Wade) had almost as much romance time as the main characters.  Speaking of Alex - GOOD LORD is there a more dense man on the planet?!??!?!?

Thankfully I have Gina's book ready to go... I would NOT want to wait for that one.  lol   I'll be diving in ASAP.

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 4:40 PM ET
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Michelle, I got Izzy's book Tuesday when it came out and had big plans to read it over the weekend, unfortunately I ended up being so busy I didn't get to read a single page.sad

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 7:06 PM ET
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Reading book #3 in Mariah Stewart's Chesapeake series, Almost Home. I like it, but it is just so-so. But that is ok, because I am just passing time until Kristan Higgins's My One and Only appears in my mailbox on Wednesday!

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 7:49 PM ET
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Finally finished WITH THIS RING a trad Regency anthology. I'd post it here but the pages are wavy - one of 'those' books that came with the wave. Ugh. Double ugh - the book wasn't all that good, one story in particular was dreadful (by an author I've always enjoyed). I forced myself to finish it for one my Challenges.

Now it's back to FANCY PANTS, which is very, very good but could have used a little word chopping and editing, at least I think so. It's almost saga-like.

Gail

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 8:27 PM ET
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I'm reading a harleqin intrigue - Man With the Muscle by Julie M iller - I read book 2 and this was book 1 though I could swear I'm still missing some of the storyline! she has a whole series with swat teams. book 2 Protecting Plain Jane was really good and had a lot of suspense anda  fast pace - this one is pretty good so far too.

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 9:23 PM ET
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Gail, it's okay to post books with the "wave."

About halfway through Treachery in Death. Pretty good. Also just got The Vampire Voss that I won, need to finish A Kiss at Midnight and Lover Enshrined. I'm drowning in books!  But I'll drop everything when the new Brockmann comes in, that's for sure!

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 9:41 PM ET
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Okay, let me say, up until now I have LOVED everything written by Julie James.  Great writing, solid plots, wonderful characters, etc. etc. etc.  A Lot Like Love, however, is well.... boring.  Don't get me wrong, she did her research.  The heroine owns a wine shop and boy, you read a lot about the differences in wine, especially the prices.  It's just that I really don't like wine and I just don't care what the differences are in price depending on age or origin.  I honestly tried to read this, but I just can't force myself into doing it.  I can't even skim the book because all I get is more about wine.  Where's the romance?????

Sorry Ms. James, but I bought the book for romance and plot, not for a lesson on wine. 



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Date Posted: 3/28/2011 9:47 PM ET
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Sherri, I was hoping it was going to be good. I have it to read I just haven't yet. I will see if I feel the same.

Willa, I loved a Kiss at Midnight.

Yea, Michelle B that is a big draw bck to this particular series by  Bruhns...they are too busy with too many romances competing for face page space. It got a poor rating from me because of it.

LeeAnn I got my cope of My One and Only today!! Can't wait to dive in.

Gail, SEP admitted that that book needed some much needed TLC some years later. It isn't one of my favs of hers. Fancy Pants and Glitter Baby are the two I have never read more than once.

I think I am going to go have a soak in the tub and try and pick one book to read out of leaning tower of TBR. :-)

 

 

Date Posted: 3/28/2011 11:29 PM ET
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Oh no. I've got A lot Like Love on my TBR and having never read anything by Julie James and all the hype the book was getting I was hoping for an amazing book.  I don't drink wine and know nothing about it.  I hope it's a case of to each their own.  

Speaking of such I was reading Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake and got about a third of the way in and ended up making it a DNF.  I just did not like Trisha, the revenge sex and the hurt attitude.  It was 13 years ago, for goodness sakes, get over it!  Guess it just is not my type of book.

So far, the best book I am reading is a YA book, Skinned by Robin Wasserman.  Excellent.

Date Posted: 3/29/2011 6:10 AM ET
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Gail, it's okay to post books with the "wave."

I'd be worried that someone would mark it a RWAP because of the wave, thinking it got wet somehow. But if I PM'ed a requestor and gave them the option to cancel.....that's a thought. Thanks for letting me know, Willa.

@ KERI - I don't think I'll ever reread FANCY PANTS, either; much longer than I want to read these days. This one is a library book - I can't find my own copy but when I do I may give it to GW. I wanted Teddy's backstory (if I even remember FP years from now) before I read SEP's newest one. Maybe it's more than I bargained for!

Gail

Date Posted: 3/29/2011 12:24 PM ET
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I actually finished two books last night, and neither were anything to write home about:

Made for Sin by Celia May Hart. I loved her book One More Time, but this one was nothing but sex sex sex. And most of it was pretty boring sex. I found myself skimming a lot, which I normally don't do. 

I also finished The Completeness of Celia Flynn by Sedonia Guillone, and was very unimpressed. It was very clunky, but luckily, very short. 

I'm now reading an eBook, I Thought It Was You by Shiloh Walker, which is a continuation of the Ren/Elle/Michael story from The First Book of Grimm (Grimm's Circle). After that, it's time for more of those yummy Hell's Eight boys with Tucker's Claim. I'm a little wary of Sally Mae's Quaker talk, but I'm sure Tucker will help me through it. wink

Date Posted: 3/29/2011 12:47 PM ET
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I finished Devil's Desire by Laurie McBain, posted a review on goodreads. I liked it better the first time I read it, which was like 25  years ago. Oh, the drama! The pettiness! The imaturity! There is an interesting bio about the author on goodreads. Apparently her father was something of a co-author with her, and when he died, she never wrote again. (That makes me sad).

Date Posted: 3/29/2011 12:52 PM ET
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Finished with The Cavalry Wife by Donna Dalton.  Predictable read.  The author used some well worn tropes, and one especially that I can't stand, and didn't give the couple much chemistry.  The ending felt rushed and not genuine at all. 

Not sure what I'm reading next.  I need to go through my tbr pile again and cull some.

Date Posted: 3/29/2011 1:02 PM ET
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Welcome back, Anne! wink

Date Posted: 3/29/2011 1:40 PM ET
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I started A Kiss to Kill by Nina Bruhns.  I'm interested to see how the author makes me like Gregg as the hero, because so far he's just a creepy, power-hungry, deceitful jerk.  lol

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