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Subject: What Are We Reading This Week, 4/10 - 4/16, 2011
Date Posted: 4/10/2011 12:34 PM ET
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New week!

Date Posted: 4/10/2011 12:35 PM ET
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Today I'm going to start the third of Handeland's "Moon" series, which I scored for $1.50 at the Borders GOOBS! Have really been loking forward to it.

Date Posted: 4/10/2011 12:43 PM ET
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I'm trying to read The Ranger by Monica McCarty but I'm having a hard time getting into it.  I haven't had much reading time the last few days so that doesn't help!

Date Posted: 4/10/2011 2:24 PM ET
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I'm about halfway through Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks. I like the humor and t he couple but th other vamps aren't being nice and that bothers me - it wasn't either one's fault about what happened near the beginning darn it!

I also have a Broke and Fragile from the library - interlibrary loan - and a few Love Inspired and Julie Miller Harlequin Inrigue backlist books to read...and no time!

Date Posted: 4/10/2011 3:05 PM ET
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The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis, #2 in the Lucky Harbor series. This is Tara's story, and she has two men after her! She is written as the typical 'hard, unfeeling, woman-with-issues" but she is still likeable...and the love interest? Oh my! Definitely a good, all-around guy. Extremely likeable! Just like her first book in this series, though, I think I like the male lead much better than the female. Something about Maddie in Simply Irresistible bugged me, and while I do like Tara, I simply like the guys they are with better! And Chloe's story is coming this fall - she better grow up and stop being so darn immature, or I think I will really have a hard time liking her!

Date Posted: 4/10/2011 5:34 PM ET
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I finished Lip Service by Susan Mallery and really liked it.  Now I'm reading Straight from the Hip by her.  Probably will just finish out the series -  I'm loving this family.  

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 5:40 AM ET
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Finished GIDEON'S SWORD last night - not up to Preston/Child standards.

Now I think I'll start Medeiros' THE DEVIL WEARS PLAID which I picked up at the library. I usually like her books a lot so we'll see how this one goes.

Gail

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 9:03 AM ET
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Started The Darkest Secret this weekend.   

Gail - The Devil Wears Plaid was good!

 

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 9:26 AM ET
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I'm halfway through River Marked by Patricia Briggs. Really enjoying it.

Halfway through Simply Wicked by Kate Pearce. Its good but way off the beaten track romance-wise.

Also reading another Pern book by Anne McCaffrey....can't get enough of those!

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 9:43 AM ET
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I read Hummingbird Lake by Emily March and I'm probably in the minority but I did not like this book at all. I didn't like the heroine (an ex-doctor, now artist suffering from PTSD) who was incredibly snarky (to put it mildly) to the hero, who of course, fell in love with her anyway (why?) and of course, she falls in love with him too (yes, I know she had good reasons for her actions, but I didn't find it at all realistic that the hero kept pursuing her). On top of that, I like a little steam in my romances, and after describing everything else in detail, this had all of 3 very short paragraphs that said basically, that the sex was great. And there's a bit more religion going on here than I like (I like none in my romance novels, and this has pseudo-angels and mentions of God here and there.) Just waaay too sweet for me.

I went to a non-romance book after that (a Reginald Hill mystery) and I'm now starting the Cindy Gerard's  Black Ops series - I have 4 of these books in my TBR pile and it's just what I'm in the mood for - reading Show No Mercy and liking it so far.

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 9:58 AM ET
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Well, I tried to start Completely Smitten by Susan Mallery.  I read the first couple of chapters and couldn't go on anymore.  Maybe it was my mood, I might go back and try again, but it was just BAD.  Girl goes into a dive bar and gets hassled by a couple of rough-necks, good-looking U.S. Marshall comes to her aid.  She's so green she has hayseeds in her hair.  Preacher's daughter from Ohio, always been straight as an arrow, now determined to be "bad".  She is so OTT naive and on top of that never.shuts.up.  Even *I* wanted to smack her a chapter in.  Yet the hero is oddly attracted to her, of course.  For crying out loud.  Susan Mallery is one of my favorite authors, but this is really bad.  If anyone has read it, please tell me if it gets better or if I should just cut my losses.

So then I started Practice Makes Perfect, which is the only Julie James book I haven't read yet.  Looks like another lawyer story.  Which is fine- she seems to do those a lot though.

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 10:27 AM ET
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I'm reading B.O.B.'s Fall by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick on my Nook.  One thing I don't like about the nook is there's no way to read the book description.  I've tried to put my e-books on shelves (by looking at the description on Calibre) but that doesn't always help.  For instance, I have several books in a series on there, but I have no clue which one is the first one, and no way to tell (am I right?). 

Anyway, this book is ok.  Nothing great to write home about.

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 11:20 AM ET
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I just finished Unseen (Outcast Season, Bk 3) :: Rachel Caine and although I usually love her books, this one fell a little flat. I also have one major beef with the author, if you are going to intertwine the Outcast and the Weather Warden series stories, then let the reader know!!! I read this one after I finished the last Weather Warden one and this one had a MAJOR story line that set up the latest WW book.

Reading The Admiral's Penniless Bride :: Carla Kelly and am liking it so far. Not that far into it yet.

Was reading Dancing in the Moonlight (Cowboys of Cold Creek, Bk 2) (Silhouette Special Edition, No 1757) Author: RaeAnne Thayne but I think it's going to be a DNF. I have so many issues with this book! It's a story about a woman who was a nurse practitioner who lost her leg in Afganistan. The heroine is such a freakin' martyr! Wah, wah, I have to give up nursing because I lost my leg. I hate you (hero) because your father swindled mine and he had to work two jobs to pay off the loan and got into a car accident that killed him. And last but not least...the thing that really ticked me off (lol), when she said that her 55 year old mother was too "frail" to use a tractor and harvest the crops (mother is healthy with no physical limitations)...well, I'm pushing 50 and I hope that in 6 years I won't be "frail". Oh yeah, I remember one other thing...the ex-fiance (who is a doctor!) broke off their engagement because he was repulsed by her stump. Jake (hero) you're too good for her,you can find someone better.

 

 

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 11:35 AM ET
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Cyndi - I was laughing at that last paragraph.  I would HATE that book.  I think sometimes an author will try to make the reader sympathetic towards the heroine (or hero) as a way of making you like them and/or root for their HEA.  I think she went a little overboard on that one, though!  And yeah - about the "frail" thing.  My mom is 62 and spent three hours yesterday raking and cleaning up her yard.  lol

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 11:37 AM ET
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Michelle, a book has never p*ssed me off as bad as this one lol.

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 1:24 PM ET
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Rated: X-Mas turned out to be an excellent anthology! It definitely pushes the envelope.....each story had something that could be viewed as taboo, but the story-telling was excellent. I read it for the Jet Mykles entry, but ended up liking all three. 

I'm now reading Death, the Vamp and His Brother by Lexxie Couper. VERY dark. 

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 6:12 PM ET
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One thing I don't like about the nook is there's no way to read the book description.

Do you have the original Nook or Nook Color?  If I bought it directly from BN.com, there is a book description.  Highlight the book, then select, oh I think its something like options or details (I don't have my Nook handy) and it gives you a rundown of what the book is about.

 

I finished Straight From the Hip by Susan Mallery and really enjoyed this one.  Loved Aaron!!   Now I'm finishing the series up by reading Hot on her Heels.



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Date Posted: 4/11/2011 6:32 PM ET
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I think it's "item details."

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 6:55 PM ET
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I finished Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole and it was my least favorite in the IAD series so far. I had trouble getting into it and couldn't connect to Caedon or Holly. I'm currently reading Caine's Reckoning by Sarah McCarty.

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 7:09 PM ET
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Pauline wrote:
Gail - The Devil Wears Plaid was good
!

Yes it is!! I'm enjoying it tremendously.

Gail

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 7:25 PM ET
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I finished Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks  liked it but had trouble remembering some of the couples from previous books!

may read a harlequin intrigue next by julie miller - backlist but I've decided I like her stuff.

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 7:31 PM ET
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Lesley - I felt the same way about Completely Smitten! I stopped reading it after the first few pages and swapped it. Couldn't stand the character, and couldn't believe that he would fall for her. Ugh! So I don't know if it gets better or not, because I could not make myself finish it.

However, I did finish The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis. I liked it soo much better than Simply Irresistible, which I liked a lot! The men are such real guys - talk like real guys, act like real guys; none of this fantasy guy mush! Of course, other than the fact that they are wealthy and do not have to work? Real guys are not that lucky!

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 9:43 PM ET
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I just started " Laid Bare "  by Lauren Dane , and I'm liken it so far.

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 10:05 PM ET
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Thanks Sherri - I'll check that out.  (I have the original Nook)

Date Posted: 4/12/2011 10:04 AM ET
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As stated before, Death, the Vamp and His Brother was very dark and graphic, but the story was pretty stellar. I had a few issues with it, but Lexxie Couper is an outstanding writer, and I'll definitely be looking for more of her stuff. 

Up next: Selfish is the Heart by Megan Hart.

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