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Subject: What Are We Reading This Week, 4/17 - 4/23, 2011
Date Posted: 4/17/2011 12:35 PM ET
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New week!

I'm finishing up A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James, which I am very ambivalent about. Parts I love, parts I hate, parts were super boring and weird.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 1:12 PM ET
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I'm extremely on-the-fence with Eloisa James. Read her because I was given 2 or 3 of her "duchess" books but was glad I hadn't spent money for them.

I finished up Linz' MAD, BAD AND BLONDE this morning and loved it. Now I've gone back to Medeiros' THE DEVIL WEARS PLAID which I hope to finish later today.

Gail

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 1:55 PM ET
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I'm still on the same 2 books - Mending Her Heart by Judy Baer(love inspired) and Brokey by Shiloh Walker. Was too tired last night to stay up and read for long and busy at work today.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 3:11 PM ET
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Gail, When Beauty Tamed the Beast was awesome -- pretty much every other James book I'm ambivalent about. Duchess By Night was excellent, but probably doesn't make sense out of the context of the series.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 3:36 PM ET
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I hope you enjoy The Devil Wears Plaid....it wasn't all that and a box of crackerjax for me.  Just read back to back Big Stone Gap and Big Cherry Holler, loved them both and am now on Crazy for you by J. Crusie.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 5:19 PM ET
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I'm reading Hidden Away (KGI, Bk 3) :: Maya Banks but if the story doesn't pick up soon, it's going to be a DNF. BORING!

Just started Revealed :: Kate Noble and wasn't sure I was going to like it, the heroine sure does think she's all that, but it started getting good after she met the hero.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 5:26 PM ET
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I'm still reading Heat Seeker by Lora Leigh, but I have to confess that I put it aside to read French Quarter by Lacey Alexander.  Wow.  What a HOT book.  Not much in the story department other than a lame ex-fiance stalker thing, but it was worth it just for the steaminess.  lol

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 5:55 PM ET
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We had a power outage for the last two days so I got in quite a bit of reading.  I finished Spirited by Nancy Holder.  Ugh - definitely cannot recommend.  I also finished Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy.  Review on GR for both.

I'm now reading Sharpshooter in Petticoats by Mary Connealy.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 6:57 PM ET
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I just finished Crossing Oceans  by Gina Holmes.  If you do not have this book on your wish list get it there fast.  Without a doubt it is the best book I have read in a very very long time.  Have your tissue handy, and be prepared to think about it a lot after it ends.

 

Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 7:35 PM ET
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I started Mountain Dreams by Cheryl Holt, and had to put it away.  **Spoiler** The heroine goes to see a doctor for treatment of a rash, and he starts hitting on her.  Disgusting.  Before tossing the book, though, I read the summary on the back, and it appears that she just *assumed* he was the doctor- but he apparently is not.  Not very nice of him to not clue her in and let her assume, but at least it's not the alternative.  Still kind of squicks me out, but I might keep reading.

In the meantime, I started The McKettrick Legend.  Pretty good so far, though LLM is pretty formulatic and predictable anymore.

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 9:19 PM ET
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I couldn't get into Money, Honey by Susan Sey.  It actually looked pretty good but just wasn't what I wanted right now so I put it away for a while.  I read How To Flirt With A Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper.  It was perfect for my mood.  It was funny but also had a lot of plot and action to it.  A very good story.  I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next one though I did not at all like the heroine of the next one.  I'll see if the author redeems her.



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Date Posted: 4/17/2011 10:09 PM ET
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thanks Bronwyn! I requested my library get that werewolf book and they're supposed to have it on order! glad to know it's good!

Date Posted: 4/17/2011 11:31 PM ET
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Susanna,

You'll be glad to know that while some humans were harmed during the course of the book, at least the little dog was loved and cared for and did just fine!



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Date Posted: 4/18/2011 9:19 AM ET
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Took a break halfway in Outlander #5 to ready The Winter Garden but back to Outlander now. 

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 10:33 AM ET
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Margaret, how was Winter Garden? I've heard such great things about it, so I put it on my WL, but it's so rarely posted and I'm wondering if it's worth keeping on there.

Over the weekend, I finished Naked Edge (I-Team, Bk 4) by Pamela Clare, and it definitely picked up, and ended up being my favorite in the series so far. Gabe was such a great male lead! I have a fascination with Native American culture (thank you, Mercy) and this had a nice balance of Indian culture and suspense. And for good measure, it threw in one of my favorite plots -- the stranded in a remote cabin in a winter storm. All around good read.

I'm almost finished with Kate Pearce's Simply Shameless, and it's been another good addition to the House of Pleasure series, this time with Helene's story, which is heart-breaking.

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 11:43 AM ET
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I am halfway through Destined To Last by Alissa Johnson.  I don't read many historicals these days, burned out I guess, but this was on the TBR so I gave it a shot.  Am really enjoying it.  She's a new to me author and if the second half is this good I think I will try some more by her.

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 11:52 AM ET
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Bronwyn, thank goodness the doggy's ok! what you mean humans are harmed? is it violent? so far I'm finding Broken to be less violent than Fragile and I'm sure hoping it stays that way though the husband after her bugs me. I sure need more light and fluffy romances darn it!

STILL reading the same 2 books - Broken and Mending Her Heart!

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 2:13 PM ET
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Susanna,

There are some attacks in the area (they are in Alaska) by what they think is probably a rogue wolf. That's in the blurb for the book so I think not a spoiler.  The violence is "off-screen" except for one incident that did not bother me and I'm squeamish.  There is nothing I would call graphic or sadistic.  I thought the main tone of the book was positive with a lot of humor and good relationships among the townspeople.  That's what I enjoyed.  And I thought the hero was hot and the heroine was a strong, likeable and unique person.

I have Fragile and Broken lined up to read but I keep putting it off after the comments here.   Though there has been a lot of enthusiasm for those books as well. What to do, what to do!  Are you sorry you read them?  Have pictures in your head you wish you could get out or glad you read them?

 

Edited to say that I don't quite know how to give you a feel for the book/  there are werewolves so life can get dangerous but it just did not depress me or bother me and I loved the positive caring attitude of the people so it wasn't fluffy but also not what I would call dark.



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Date Posted: 4/18/2011 2:20 PM ET
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Gina, enjoyed Winter Garden.  The book has a bit of sadness and I cried at the ending but it was a good cry (sometimes we need those).  There are so-so reviews on the book but I think it's worth leaving on the list.  Have not read any of her other books though so I really can't give a comparison.   



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Date Posted: 4/18/2011 2:36 PM ET
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Bronwyn I liked Fragile and what I've read so far of Broken but I can't get that one image out of my head - I was fine til the end when the killer talked about it briefly. I'm also very weak> I think Sherri and some others here read them and really liked them. hopefully someone non-weak can chime in.

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 3:46 PM ET
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I just finished My Irresistible Earl by Gaelen Foley. It's my first book by this author and I don't know if this is a typical book for this author, but I really wasn't crazy about this book - I found it very easy to put down. The bad guys are super evil (they will eventually need the blood of a virgin for a sacrifice!) and parts of the mystery aren't resolved (you must read the next book, of course). The heroine makes a point of how she hates to be lied to and of course, the hero is lying to her. And there's quite a bit of storyline throughout the book for the next book in the series (and I hate when an epilog has nothing to do with the current story but sets up for the next book.) It's the 3rd book in the series and I have no interest in reading the previous books, and really no interest in the next story.

Has anyone read some of her older books? I have The Princess and The Pirate Prince in my TBR pile and I'm wondering if I should even bother with them.

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 4:44 PM ET
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I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next one though I did not at all like the heroine of the next one.  I'll see if the author redeems her.

I felt the same about the next books heroine, didn't like her at all so I am haven't picked up her book yet, though I have it to review.

I just read Burning Skies by Caris Roane...MUCH better than the first book which I hated. Now I am reading the anthology Primal.

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 4:51 PM ET
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Susanna I don't think you're weak.  We all have different tastes and can handle different levels of heat/violence/storyline.  I'm not really into BDSM much, but I like (not the best word choice) a realistic romance even if its violent.  Maybe I'm just jaded from where I work.

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 4:55 PM ET
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Dagmar, I think Foley went *seriously* downhill.  Try The Duke before you give up on her completely. I remember The Pirate Prince as fairly enjoyable, didn't car for Princess.

Date Posted: 4/18/2011 4:57 PM ET
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I thought Fragile was pretty good, though I didn't love it as much as many. I didn't find the gore/scare level unusual for romantic suspense -- Karen Rose is far worse, for example. Susanna, you're not weak, you're a delicate flower. :-)

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