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Subject: What are we reading this week 3/28/10 - 4/3/10?
Date Posted: 3/28/2010 9:36 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/28/2010 9:41 AM ET
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Just getting us started this week since nobody had yet.  I read Stand-In Groom by Suzanne Brockmann yesterday.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Other than a few of the Tall, Dark & Dangerous books, the only books I've LOVED by her are the Troubleshooter books.  Most of the single titles seem to be just corny & too fluffy for me.  This one wasn't, though.  The heroine, Chelsea, was annoying with her "I will not get married or submit to any man ever" tendencies.  Johnny, the hero, though, was a dream.  I liked that he was different - working class, grew up in the projects, is a chef wanting to open his own restaurant.  I liked the book a lot.

Now I'm reading Promises Linger by Sarah McCarty.  I'm only a few chapters in & already in love with Asa!  I've had this on my TBR pile forever but I've been reluctant to start it.  I devour every Sarah McCarty book I read, and I don't have the next two in the series yet.  It's going to suck having to wait for them.  lol  

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 1:36 PM ET
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Asa is one of my fave characters! that's my favorite book of hers too.

I finished Ransom by Julie Garwood - great book! may start the 3rd book Shadow Music next or pick up another library book or something..not sure yet..may go contemporary christian romance again for a change of pace...won't have time to read til later though.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 2:31 PM ET
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Asa is one of my favorites too. I think Promises Linger is my favorite book by Sarah McCarty.

I've been all over the place with my reading. Read an old Suzanne Brockmann book (Hero Under Cover). Realized as I was about half-way through that I had read it before. Oh well. After that, decided to try and put a dent in my erotica TBR pile and read Rode Hard, Put up Wet by Lorelei James, which was good, but not a keeper. And now I just finished an ARC of A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh, which was my first book by her. I liked it - gave it a solid B. I have a couple of her older books in my TBR pile (Then Comes Seduction and At Long Last Love) so I think I'll read those next.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 3:58 PM ET
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Oh Dagmar, so jealous! I wasn't crazy about that series, but still looking forward to Con's story. I'm hoping that having had more time to write it will make it an improvement over the others.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 5:38 PM ET
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I'm reading Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 6:39 PM ET
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I started Flirt and it certainly seemed readable, which is more than I can say for the last few Hamilton books I tried, but I just wasn't in the mood to read about someone who has sex with dozens of guys.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 6:55 PM ET
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Reading Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare. I'm enjoying it, but I don't know if I will be able to get over Lucy's youth and immaturity as I get farther in. I'm already starting to roll my eyes whenever the perspective switches to hers - apparently she doesn't feel anything in half measures.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 7:00 PM ET
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I'm already starting to roll my eyes whenever the perspective switches to hers - apparently she doesn't feel anything in half measures.

 

That's the beauty of the scene where she eats everything on the table :-)

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 7:03 PM ET
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I can't decide what to read! I have the 3rd highland lairds book by Julie Garwood from the library - Shadow Music - and sorta t hinking of finishing up that trilogy. also want to read Rafe and Stefanie's books by Susan May Warren in the Noble trilogy..and have morelibrary books darn it as well as Eloisa James' series..I'm thinking maybe start the  Garwood booka nd get those finished.

does anyone know a website that's easy to follow - I can't figure out all these titles.I thought medeival romance had knights in all that armor and stuff but these by Garwood say medieval yet no one has armor. also the ones set in england..I know king is top dog but some are called Lord like Lord Vale and that's a title that changes..I mean he had another name but took Vale when he became whatever. then there's barons in Garwood's books..and dukes and earls.just not sure how they rank. and every so often one's a count...and why do they buy a commission to be in the army?? they pay to fight?

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 7:32 PM ET
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Started The Dead Travel Fast. Seems good.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 8:32 PM ET
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Susanna,

The ranks of English nobility are:

1. Duke (his wife is a duchess)

2. Marquis or Marquess (his wife is a marchioness)

3. Earl (his wife is a countess) (England has Earls, the rest of Europe had Counts)

4.Viscount (wife a viscountess)

5. Baron  (wife a baroness)

Royalty ranks above nobility.  Kings and queens, princes and princesses.  Firstborn sons are the heir and younger royal sons can also have noble titles.  (The second son of the King or Queen of England is usually The Duke of York for instance.)  It's all very complicated and rooted in centuries of history.  Also if you are the eldest son of a Duke for instance, you generally go by his most important secondary title (they usually have a whole string of them.  So the son and heir of the 7th Duke of whatever would be ,say, the Marquis of whatever, until his father dies and he becomes the 8th Duke.  

As for when and how to use Lord and Lady, there are whole books on that and trying to get it all straight makes my eyes glaze over.  You might have better luck.

Hope that helps.

 

edited to say that people bought the different ranks of officer in the army up to the rank of Colonel. A General had to be appointed, not purchased.  Buying commissions ensured that the officers were wealthy aristocrats and raised money for the government.  Also meant that officers had to be wealthy but not necessarily competent. 



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Date Posted: 3/28/2010 10:45 PM ET
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thanks Bronwyn..so if the son of one of these married he married the daughter of someone equal to his parents or maybe one level below? no one married 'up' a level? so confusing..glad I don't have to deal with a bunch of titles!

I started Shadow Music by Julie Garwood but didn't get vary far so have no idea if I'll like it or not but I liked the other 2 a lot so hoping I'll like this one as well.

Date Posted: 3/28/2010 11:06 PM ET
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Example:  The wife of a duke became a duchess by marrying a duke.  She could have been anything before, even a commoner, but that didn't happen very often.  Just in romance novels.  They always wanted to marry  "up" if they could but a rich earl with a very old and respected title was worth as much or more than an impoverished duke or even a rich duke with a newer title or scandal-ridden family.  It was like trying to navigate a maze.  Money and land were very important.  If you were an heiress with a really good dowry you could marry "up or even" much easier.  Being a beauty wasn't as profitable but it could work.  Look up the Gunning sisters.

(That would be Maria and Elizabeth Gunning.  I think the Wiki articles on them have a lot of the good gossip!)



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Date Posted: 3/29/2010 7:53 AM ET
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thanks Bronwyn.

well I read more of Shadow Music by Garwood then slept a few hours then woke up again and just finished it. It was good..I enjoyed all 3 of these but Ransom I think had more to it. This one the woman from Ransom and the heroine in this one are cousins who haven't really seen each other - if ever. so that's how she ends up linked to this laird - he's an ally/friend of her cousin's hubby from Ransom. Her writing is hard for me to describe - it doesn't seem to be moving all that fast yet I'm totally into the story and it goes by fast..once I got started I was nearly halfway through before I really noticed. I'll most likely read more of her books though not sure when..I never know really what I'm gonna be in the mood to read!

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 8:49 AM ET
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Hi all, after jumping on here once back in November I flaked out and haven't posted since. We had to move quickly and things went a little haywire. Anywho, I've still kept up with you all because I get great ideas on things to read.

Right now I'm reading a Linda Howard book, Up Close and Dangerous. I've missed a few of hers in the last few years because I got burned on a couple and gave her up. This one is pretty entertaining though, nothing special, but interesting enough to keep reading it. Before that I revisted one of Barbara Delinsky's older books, TLC. I don't know why I like that story so much, I guess it's the damsel in distress thing. Of course after reading the posts from here I want to go back and read Ransom. I read it eons ago and I know I liked it but can't remember anything about it. I'll have to look for it in the library.

Thanks for letting me jump in, I'll do better about posting!

Rebecca

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 11:02 AM ET
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I'm reading The Summerhouse by Jude Devereaux for something different- not really romance but has been intriguing so far.  I have not read anything by this author before.  The writing is a little old-fashioned IMO but the story is interesting.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 11:28 AM ET
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I'm in the last pages of Sarah McCarty's Running Wild. It's a first for me by her, and I really do like her writing style, even though the stories themselves have a few holes here and there. 

But I will say this about McCarty: she is probably the most sensual author I've read yet. Her love scenes are sexy yet sweet, and she puts detail into every action made. It's pretty darn hot!

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 11:59 AM ET
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Susanna - I'm glad you liked Ransom.  Its on my keeper shelf and I read it at least once a year.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 12:28 PM ET
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Still reading Second Chance Pass but have gotten pretty bored with it. All these side plots.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 1:57 PM ET
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I finished Shadow Music by Julie Garwood early thismorning!Itwasgood..I liked all 3in this trilogy but Ransom I thought had far more story. I also enjoyed seeing the previous couple in t he following book though would've like to have seen Ramsey in this last one though he was only mentioned by name.

not sure what's next but thinking The Desperate Duchesses by  Eloisa James and see if I can get into that storyline. may take ac ouple love inspired books that go to a trilogy with me just in case since night shift starts tongiht and too much detail is hard to handle on nights!

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 2:13 PM ET
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I am taking a small break from romance and reading Chris Mooney's The Missing, a thriller/suspense. So far it has been very intense and disturbing, pretty much his all around style, but a good writer nontheless.

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 2:14 PM ET
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Finished Running Wild so it's on to Wild Instinct. :)

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 3:34 PM ET
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I finished Branded by Fire, book #6 in the Psy-changeling series...definitely the hottest of the them all (but what can you expect with two changelings as main characters!) Great addition to the series and I CANNOT wait for the next book.

After finishing that, I had to switch to a non-romance book which I have to send for a swap...I'm not that into it though...I've read a lot of good romance lately so I want to go back to reading some romance. :)

Date Posted: 3/29/2010 6:23 PM ET
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I finished Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh.  I still think I like Slave to Sensation the best so far.  CBI was good but I didn't just love it the way I've heard some people did.   I wanted to.  I can't put my finger on exactly why though.  I wasn't a big fan of Brenna - maybe that's part of it.    Since I've already got it, I'm going to read Mine to Possess next.

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