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Subject: What are we reading this week? 3/7 - 3/13, 2010
Date Posted: 3/7/2010 3:28 AM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 3:31 AM ET
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I finished Monkeewrench by P J Tracy and it was a rollercoaster but it wasn't as bad to me as No Excape by Shannon Butcher and I think it's because as someone else said you're not in the killer's head plus I actually had a gut feeling about the whodunnit but it's not known so you're cringing the whole time.

Now I think I'll go back to Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky, a christian romance I got from the library and would like to finish tonight so I can return it. I'll probably return a lot of library books on the way home from work this morning since I wont' have time to get to them all plus handle my new tbr books. at least the library books were free!

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 7:30 AM ET
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I'll be reading Beneath a Darkening Moon by Keri Arthur today, hopefully will finish, then have to read Deceptions by Jourdan Lane and Enter the Dragon by Tielle St Clare for games.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 9:53 AM ET
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Finishing up Krahn's The Wife Test (which has been really good) and started Jane Feather's Almost A Bride(which has just been ok, I am not very enthused about the hero or the heroine at this point.)

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 10:44 AM ET
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I am reading "Loves Avenging Heart"  By Patricia Matthews.  Does any one want to guess what year it was published?  I am about 200 pages in and I am liking it so far. 

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 11:23 AM ET
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I'm reading The Dream part 1 and 2 --an older Jayne Ann Krentz, Ghost at Work by ..Carolyn Hart(?) and listening to The paid Companion by amanda quick

I read the Dream years ago and it does feel dated, dragging a little, not super happy with a Ghost at work but I am enjoying the audio of Companion but it took a little getting used to hearing a man read a romance story to me and doing ALL the voices...lol

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 12:10 PM ET
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The new Nancy Martin - started it this morning, about 1/3 into it, enjoying it a lot.

Gail

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 5:22 PM ET
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I'm reading Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr.  This is the first RC book that didn't make me want to do nothing but sit and read it.  I don't know what the problem is- I'm not that far in (5 chapters maybe) and I'm not sensing ANY chemistry between the H and h at all.  I don't  know...maybe she's jumped the shark with this series.  I guess I should hold off on judging until I'm done with it, but so far I'm not thrilled.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 5:40 PM ET
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Lesley, I was the same way with Moonlight Road.  Disappointed.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 6:02 PM ET
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well darn I have Moonlight Road the the previous book in my tbr...my mom may read moonlight road tonight or tomorrow since they just got here..she's already caught up while I'm dragging behind!

I finished Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by  Andrea Boeshaar. It was ok..a simple easy christian romance..not too much drama and lots of different things kinda going on. I sure wouldn't recommend paying fullprice for the trade paperback but for a library book and easy read for night shift I'd recommend it. I haven't read any of these Love Finds You books that I think are worth more than the price of  a Love Inspired except for maybe a couple but even those I'm not rushing out to add to my keeper shelf.

now sure what I'll read next..found out stephanie james has an older silhouette Bodyguard that has a hero who's been imprisoned and darn it pbs shows it in my tbr but no idea where it is! geez.and a million books to dig through! may have to find another choice for imprisoned hero or heroine for the rt challenge..have lots of suggestions but nthing has really clicked..to bad I've already read 'forget me not' by melton..that was a good one!

ETA: yeah I found Body Guard and it was actualy on my bookshelf!! I'm enjoying it too...nice short silhouette desire from the 80's with the martial arts hero, dominating, and spunky independent heroine. This will fill one of the RT challenges and then I'll have 2 left I think - romantic suspense and title with one of the 5 senses..hmm..

ETA again! finished Body Guard and liked it! blast from the past LOL the love scene at the end with all the exclamations of love and butterfly and net etc made me laugh big-time! I like this author though - she's a favorite!



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Date Posted: 3/8/2010 2:16 AM ET
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Finally finished Fragile Eternity and found it disappointing.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 5:24 AM ET
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I'm reading Love Finds You in Treasure Island Florida by Debby Mayne. It's pretty good..not light and funny but sorta light though it deals with a woman w ho's 39 and sworn off men after one jerk left her at the altar plus she has control issues..the ugy is taking care of his parents - dad with alzheimer's and mother recenlty diagnosed with parkinson's and a bum sister dating a student's dad and both call the kid a brat which I'm not liking too much (the sister and boy's dad)

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 8:43 AM ET
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I read a couple of m/m erotica books for a swap and also just finished Proof by Seduction by Courtney Milan. I loved the Courtney Milan book. I never would have guessed that it was her first full-length novel. Some funny lines, great characters, just all over a really good book. Can't wait to read her next book.

Next up - reading some old Harlequins.



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Date Posted: 3/8/2010 10:14 AM ET
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I finished & reviewed A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. It's not a romance, but the characters do have lots of sex:P Anyhoo, posting it in here because I know several of you were interested in reading it. My overall opinion - if you've seen the Antonio Banderas film Original Sin, you can probably skip this. Even though it's a different storyline, characters & setting, it's basically the same theme. I gave it a generous B- because it does have its moments.  I was able to stay engrossed in the story (with a bit of skimming at strategic intervals), and I did finish it. My review is pretty brief, but I think it manages to hit the highlights - which there aren't many of:P



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Date Posted: 3/8/2010 10:52 AM ET
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I finished Undercover by Lauren Dane, which was better than I thought it was going to be. 

I was in the mood for a historical romance, so I picked up My Valiant Knight by Hannah Howell. I like - not love- it so far. This is the first Howell book I've ever read, and it's a good thing I do like it 'cause I have a ton of her stuff in my TBR.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 11:05 AM ET
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Finished The Promise of Jenny Jones this weekend.  Really fun book.  I loved the little girl in it.  Lots of good action.

In a effort to read WLed books, I picked up Ravishing in Red by Madeline Hunter.  It was a little slow to start.  I really think she does the Mideval times better than the post Penninsular War times.  But it picks up and I love the Heroine.  She is just right.  There is a really evil Mother in law in this one.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 1:44 PM ET
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Dagmar, thanks for reminding me that I have Proof of Seduction. Think I'll read it today.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 2:01 PM ET
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I would like to thank those of you who recommended Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale I am only 1/4 of the way in but I truely like this book. 

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 2:38 PM ET
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Finished Moonlight Road and liked it sooo much better than Forbidden Falls. Can't get past the minister in a romance thing. Blech.

Now reading Heart of a Peacekeeper by Angela Verdenius. Really enjoying the h/h- both strong, smart, capable people. It'll be interesting to see how they get together.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 3:51 PM ET
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I finished Back in Black by Lori Foster.  5 stars for me.  I loved it!

Now I'm reading The Hand Me Down Family by Winnie Griggs.  Its a Love Inspired Historical.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 4:18 PM ET
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I finished My Valiant Knight by Hannah Howell, and overall, I really liked it. It was somewhat typical for a Highland romance, but the story wasn't always predictable, which was good. A strong, spunky heroine made it even better. I'll be returning to Howell when I'm looking for a good Highland love story. 

Next, I think I'm going to continue on with Alison Kent's SG-5 boys. I read the first three stories in this series a few months ago, so I'll move on to Deep Trouble, which contains "The Beach Alibi" and "The McKenzie Artifact." The first three stories were great, so I'm glad to getting back to this series. 

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 5:18 PM ET
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whew glad someone's liking Moonlight Road! I liked the one with the preacher though! haven't read the 2nd yet...

Sherri, Ihave  hand me down family..lemme know how it is! I liked The Christmas Journey by her last year and liked it.

I finished Love Finds You in Treasure Island Florida and it was good but not a funny one in this series..deals with a man with his life on hold taking care of his aging parents while his siblings are off leading their own lives and they're pretty bad(siblings). the woman has spent her life since 14 taking care of a worthless mother who couldn't cope..she had the sister then took off leaving a 14 yr old to play 'mother' and sister both. the sister is a spoiled worthless brat who comes across morelike 14 than 25..I'm not happy with the sister or the father she's dating..a kingergartne teacher she refers to the child as a 'brat' and resents what little time his father spends with him..takes advantage of her sister..the heroine finally tells her off in a few places..then she takes a verbal lashing from the hero near the end and it wasn't her fault..geez..and the prick took over a week or so to apologize for being a jerk. now the comment I can understand since he was extrememly upset and scared but gosh. but overall a good book but glad it was from the library..wouldn't have paid full price for this or really any I've read in this series..thoug hthe only books I'll shell out that kind of money for nowadays have to be a fave autobuy author which is Lucy Monroe LOL or somethin super hot!

I may read Christine Warren's new Others book next but not sure. Have some more christian romance from the library and also wanting to do the classic challenge in the classic literature forum as a personal challenge though I'm not sure how to tell about some books if they're classics or not and some categories have me totally stumped!

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 5:44 PM ET
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I started If You Dare by Kresley Cole today. I've read all her para's, this is the first historical of hers I've read.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 6:50 PM ET
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I have to say I didn't love the last three virgin river books Forbidden Falls  - Moonlight Road. I am thinking she is going the way of  Stephanie Laurens. Formula writing . Got a tough but sensitive Hero, some military background, add a sassy  strong  woman with some issues (widow, mother dying,raising sibling) now throw in a conflict. I miss the everyday life in a small town feeling the original three had going.  

I read Smooth Talking Stranger by Kleypas. Liked it but it was a bit boring. The heroine was so wishywashy for me.

Now reading Black Jack ... we will see how this ones goes I liked Wild Card and Maverick .Didn't like Heat Seeker though.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 8:34 PM ET
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Ooh, Anne, I think you'll like that series. Yummy heroes. :-)

Jessie, I'll be interested in hearing what you thought about Black Jack. You're the first person I've come across who's reading it. I bought it the day it came out but haven't started it yet for fear that it's going to turn out to be another Heat Seeker.

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