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Subject: What are we reading this week? 3/8/09 - 3/14/09
Date Posted: 3/8/2009 8:33 AM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 8:35 AM ET
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I finished Sealed With a Promise and it was pretty good! got pretty tired towards the end and thought the woman picked a heck of a time to not m ake any sense but oh well all worked out!

thinking of reading another Christie Craig book next but think I'll go to bed pretty soon..I'm tired considering work wasn't too bad overall and I got off an hour early with the time change...one more night then I'll be off 2 yeah!

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 9:41 AM ET
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I finished All Through the Night (Connie Brockway).  Wow, it really picked up.  The first half was just so-so to me, but now that I've finished it, it was definitely a good one!

Now I'm reading Hidden Agendas (Lora Leigh).

Michelle

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 9:53 AM ET
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I just finished a March 09 HQ Blaze - Once An Outlaw by Debbi Rawlins. I'm not a big fan of contemporary cowboy romance, but this was a time travel historical - and I'm a sucker for those! It was good and I was delighted to find out that there is a folllow-up coming in April.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 12:02 PM ET
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I read Bad Boys Souther Style yesterday. Pretty good. I've decided I'm not a huge fan on anthologies. So for now on I'm going to try and only get them when there's a short from a series I like.  They just aren't long enough and feel rushed to me. 

So of course now I have 2 anthologies to read because I posted them and then rejoined BOB.  But I'm going to stop buying/ordering them.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 12:16 PM ET
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I finished A Highlander of Her Own by Melissa Mayhue and it was pretty good.  B+    Kind of predictable in parts but that's not always a bad thing.  Its a time travel - part of her Daughters of the Glen series, and the heroine is from Texas.  That in itself made for some funny moments in the book.

Not sure what I'm reading next.    Reading The Bride of Shadow Canyon by Stacey Kayne next.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 12:32 PM ET
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I am loving Ransom by Garwood so far. To answer your question from last week's thread, Susanna, I don't think you have to read The Secret first but it is the first book in the triolgy and most the characters carryover into Ransom. But story seems to stand alone pretty well and doesn't give away much of anything from the first book, at least not so far, so reading out of order shouldn't hurt. I'd suggest reading both though :)

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 12:52 PM ET
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finished VEILED PASSIONS - Tracy Macnish. Started good but it got bogged down. Full review on my blog or goodreads

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 12:52 PM ET
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I finished Carnal Gift by Pamela Clare, and it had its good points, but it was kinda tedious at times too.  I gave it a B.  Liked it, enjoyed the series, but Ride the Fire is hands down the best of the lot.  I tried to get into An Affair Most Wicked by Julianne MacLean last night, but it stretches the bounds of credibility well beyond what I can set aside for the sake of a decent story.  And as far as the story goes, it's not good enough to make you want to set anything aside:P  I thought I had put it down & wouldn't pick it back up, but I'm looking at it & I may have to try to finish it just for the sake of being able to say I did.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 1:45 PM ET
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Started... Only By Your Touch? by Catherine Anderson. It looked a little different from her usual.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 1:51 PM ET
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Clare's RIDE THE FIRE is the only book of hers that I read. I liked it, thought it was well written, very old skool retro but french indian war is so not my cuppa. everytime I see another fangrl squeal about Clare, I do back and forth on whether I want to read anotrher of hers but something always stop me.

 

last time, we talked about " filler " authors in the avon lineup? I consider Julianne Maclean one of em.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 3:28 PM ET
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I finished Maverick by Lora Leigh (her Elite Ops Series).  It was ok.  There was one scene that really got to me - you really felt the pain of the heroine but other than that I really didn't connect with the Hero or the Heroine.  Not that they were bad but they just didn't do it for me.  And surprise, suprise - there was no anal sex scene (ya know...to prove that the love is true) like LL normally likes to do.  I am still interested in continuing the series - especially to read the head honcho's story but this one wasn't a keeper.

I started reading Mary Balogh's First Comes Love (the first in a new trilogy for her).  It's decent but not really "must read now" stuff.  Like Maverick, this one also has a heroine that is not drop dead gorgeous.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 3:49 PM ET
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I read a paranormal romance by Sharon Ashwood.  Ravenous.  The first in a new series.  Aren't they all.  I don't know what to say about it.  A year ago I think I would have loved it.  I'm really burned out on the whole paranormal thing and the series thing right now and both together, well, I'm sure I wouldn't be fair to this book.  I just need to quit paranormals for a while but I have such a huge stack of unread ones.  And some of them are still wonderful, like Patricia Briggs's Bone Crossed!

Then I read Divorced, Desperate And Delicious by Christie Craig.  I really enjoyed that one.  Liked the characters.  Loved the animals.  Liked the talking appliances.  Liked that the heroine was just a normal person and instead of kicking major butt she just whacked him in the head with a singing fish.  You know, normal.  I actually went to Borders to buy the second book but they didn't have it. 

So now I am reading First Comes Love by Balogh but it just isn't doing it for me.  I should apologize to Ms. Balogh.  "It's me, not you."

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 4:46 PM ET
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I really liked Ravenous

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 4:47 PM ET
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Bronwyn, I just finished a book by Christie Craig Friday night/Saturday morning and enjoyed it..I have either the one you just read or the other one lined up for next...the other with a similar title is on it's way from here.

thanks Sarah,,my historicals are all over the place so not sure if I have The Gift or not :-(...what's the 3rd one? I'll check the posted books and see if any say #3...Ransom and Saving Grace (think that's the title) I've been meaning to get to but just haven't.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 5:13 PM ET
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Jess - I think if you've read Ride the Fire & Untamed, you've seen about the best she has to offer in historicals.  Everything else is pretty good, but those two are about as good as it gets with her.

... and on MacLean, I liked Surrender to a Scoundrel, although I thought she could have wrapped it up better.  I have yet to read anything else by her that I thought was even half as good.



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Date Posted: 3/8/2009 7:05 PM ET
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I finished The Earl's Intended Wife by Louise Allen, I liked it even though it was in first person.

Now I'm gonna start The Naked Marquis by Sally MacKenzie

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 7:08 PM ET
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well of all things I was digging through some books in one of the bedrooms(yep books in all 3 plus downstairs, the garage and the um car...anyhoo. all my plans shot to hell on what to read..found the 1st book in those historicals by beth ciotta..the other 2 have been sitting 'cause I couldnt' find where I put the 1st one..well found it and the first in mccarty's highlanders (unchained?) think that's the first one so I'm back on track! I think lasso the moon by beth ciotta will suit a tired/distracted night shift...if not there's always the trunk...

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 7:11 PM ET
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I finished The Earl's Intended Wife by Louise Allen, I liked it even though it was in first person.

It was? That's bizarre, I remember that book pretty well and could swear it was third person.

I like a couple of Macleans - Portrait of a Lover is a big favorite of mine.  I haven't found any of her most recent books very interesting.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 10:52 PM ET
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Willa - I worded that wrong lol, the entire book never had the hero's POV, once in a while it would have her stepmom or the butler's but never the hero. 

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 1:47 AM ET
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I'm at work and reading 'Lasso the Moon' by Beth Ciotta between work. Not sure if I'll finish it tonight or not but it's pretty cute!

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 2:25 AM ET
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I worded that wrong lol, the entire book never had the hero's POV, once in a while it would have her stepmom or the butler's but never the hero.

OH, okay then, I'm not going crazy, ;-) . I've heard that referred to as "limited third" POV. I generally tag for it, because some people actually prefer it. (Which baffles me, but whatever!)

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 5:20 AM ET
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I just finished Lasso the Moon by Beth Ciotta. It was really good - light sorta funny not-so-serious historical western. Hard to explain but if you've read her stuff you know what I mean! Wish I'd brought the 2nd in the series with me. There are 3 but don't know if the other brothers are gonna get a book later on or not or if they share their story in the other books...the 2nd book is about the guy's friend and the woman's friend and the 3rd is about one of her brothers. I'm sure glad Ifound these light funny authors cause they're great for night shift and reading to relax! Beth Ciotta, Marianne Stillings, Christie Craig, gosh there's another but I'm drawing a blank!

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 7:04 AM ET
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Read Goddess of the Sea by P.C.Cast yesterday. I thought it was great! The ending was not quite what I would hope for, but still a happy one :) I have the next one, Goddess of Spring ready to go, but may work on some of the others I have going, before I start it.

Anne

Date Posted: 3/9/2009 7:29 AM ET
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Glad to hear that you like Goddess of the Sea, Anne!  I've got most of the books in that series on my TBR and just haven't had a chance to get to them yet!

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