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Subject: What are we reading this week? 4/18 - 4/24, 2010
Date Posted: 4/18/2010 9:56 AM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 11:18 AM ET
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I read Going Overboard by Christina Skye and it totally fell flat for me.  Ugh.  Sometimes I wish I had the propensity to DNF a book, but I very rarely do.  Especially by an author I usually enjoy, which Skye is.  I just didn't CARE about this book at all.  The characters did nothing for me, even the Navy SEAL hero.  The "suspense" wasn't really suspense because you knew what was going on from the beginning.  I really wanted to like this book, but no.

I picked blindly off my shelf for the next one & it looks like Promise Me Forever by Lorraine Heath.

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 12:08 PM ET
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I just finished Coyote's Mate by Lora Leigh. It was good but lots of anguish and stuff..well the woman varied between being totally efficient and able to run the entire base single-handedly to acting like a child. The hero kept hurting her by his actions/words but in his mind he was doing everything to protect her and his base because she was his soul and without her he couldn't live. Lots of things he kept doing and she'd either act like a child over it or whatever. that was like being on a roller coaster ride. And the 'mate heat' being so painful and unbearable esp for the female yet many times they were so darned close to 'doing it' then would stop for whatever reason so add a sexual tension roller-coaster! yet I couldn't put the book down..if I hadn't been practically dead on my feet after work I would've stayed up another hour or so to finish last night..as it was it took me about 4 hours at work trying to read some between work! I was a little lost with some of the details about breeds and have to figure out which books have the others's stories mentioned like the lupina and the feline and that other guy whose name I've already forgotten but the Bengal's story was mentioned at the end and I did manage to find that one in my tbr but I know I have some of the others in mmp and probably a few from ellora's cave.

anyways good book and I think part of the book she carried that personal grudge about him shooting her father and cousins and doing what she considered betrayal towards her that it'll count for the RT challenge of opposite sides of a feud/personal grudge. I think next up will be another book that will not only fit the challnge for a title word starting with F for Flag Day but is the latest and next up in Debra Clopton's Mule Hollow books - Her Forever Cowboy! hopefullly a nice easy read for a workday(love inspired) after the concentration Coyote's Mate required!

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 12:11 PM ET
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Still working on A Highlander's Homecoming by Melissa Mayhue.  It's pretty good so far- the last one didn't have any time travel in it, but this one does, and I always find that interesting.

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 12:49 PM ET
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I tossed that one, and the entire rest of the series, Michelle. Could just tell it wasn't for me. If only I was always that wise!

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 4:24 PM ET
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I finished Lions Heat by Lora Leigh and it was fabulous!  What a story!  I would definitely suggest you read several of the books before this one, if not all of them, to kind of get Jonas's background.  To me that was important because otherwise you just didn't "get" how his behavior was so different in this one.  And what a great hero he made - wow.  Just melted my heart.

Now I'm reading Carolyn Davidson's Colorado Courtship.  Its a wagon train romance.

Date Posted: 4/18/2010 5:05 PM ET
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Ok, you ladies are making me want to get back into the Breeds series.  I can't even remember the last one I read.  I know I have several on my TBR pile.  I'll have to go back & check.

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 8:58 AM ET
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Good morning! I had a bit of a rough week after dislocating my ankle and completely forgot to go back and "watch" last week's thread, but I'm all caught up now! :)

So, last week, I started reading for the DOS challenge, so it was all erotica, all the time for me:

Laid Bare by Lauren Dane: This was good, although it would have been better if it remained a "couple" romance instead of a "menage." I liked Todd and Erin better alone.

Coming Undone by Lauren Dane: The sequel to Laid Bare, and much better, IMO. Loved Brody and Elise as a couple, and Dane does such a fantastic job with writing the family/friends scenes. I want to be invited to a Brown family barbecue!

The Hunted: Trackers Besieged by J.W. McKenna and Jaid Black: I was a little bored with the McKenna story, and liked the Black one slightly better. These were two very short stories, so no depth to them at all.

Bound and Determined by Shayla Black: Really good! It took me a few chapters to get into it, but I ended up loving Rafe and Kerry. There were some aspects of the story itself that didn't make sense, some rather large plot holes, but easily overlooked. 

And today, I started Leave Me Breathless by Trista Ann Michaels. A NTM author.

I'm actually trying to get a little ahead in the challenge so that I can throw in a few non-eroticaa in the next few weeks. Already feeling a little burned out. lol

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 9:29 AM ET
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I think I may be missing the Shelly Laurensten appreciation gene or something because I am trying to get through The Mane Attraction and am 1/2 way through and in no way feel there is a romance between Sissy and Mitch. That is just one beef, the writing is another and what is with everybody having the middle name of Ray is she just trying to be funny and have a laugh on southern states? Or could she not come up with names for everybody? There are some funny moments in the book, but if this is a sample of her future books, then I am not going to waste my time. If this is just an early book and I need to try further down in the series, ya'll let me know, because so far I have been dissappointed.

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 9:47 AM ET
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Keri - I feel the same.  I had The Mane Attraction from the library (thank God I didn't spend a credit) and it was a DNF for me.  I hardly EVER quit a book, so that's saying something.  I just couldn't get into it at all.  I know everyone raves about how funny and clever and hot her books are, but (that one, at least) didn't do it for me. 

I'm almost finished with Promise Me Forever by Lorraine Heath.  It's turning out to be really good, better than I expected. 
I have Feehan's Street Game on my TBR, so I may pick that up next.  Or one of the Breeds books since so many of you are talking about them.  I have a few of the later ones, but also the first two.  I know the later ones are better, but maybe I should start back at the beginning?  lol  Although I've already read several from the middle, so what does it matter?

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 11:33 AM ET
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I finished Colorado Courtship by Carolyn Davidson and it turned out to be a dud for me.  Not sure what I'm reading next.  I'm going to try and cull some books from my TBR pile today so I'll post later.

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 11:36 AM ET
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I can' tfind my other Breed books dangit! I want the stories mentioned in Coyote's Mate..I have some from elloras' cave and darn it I KNOW I have the mmp's somewhere or ot her..but just found Mercury's War...oh well may be rebuying these suckers L OL!

finished Her Forever Cowboy by Debra Clopton..not my fave but I still like this love inspired series overall!

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 12:37 PM ET
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Finished The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. What an amazing book.  It is not a romance, but more a gothic mystery.  A famous author, who is dying, wants to tell her story to a biographer and what a story.  This book had my complete attention from page 1.  Highly recommend it.



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Date Posted: 4/19/2010 1:16 PM ET
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Jane, I have The Thirteenth Tale on my TBR- glad to hear good feedback about it!  I keep thinking about starting it, but haven't because it is a longer book, and lately I've been reading books that I can finish in just a few days.  I will have to see about moving it up on the TBR soon.

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 2:29 PM ET
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I finished Promise Me Forever (really enjoyed it!) and now I'm in the mood for another historical, so I picked up The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell by Samantha James.  I don't know if I've ever read one of her books, so we'll see.  I'm trying to get rid of some books that have been on my shelf for a while instead of always jumping to the new ones or WL ones.  lol

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 4:07 PM ET
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Decided to try Three Times Blessed by Lori Copeland.  Its part of her Belles of Timber Creek series.

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 5:31 PM ET
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SUSANNA - If you want to do Lora Leigh's Breeds series, I recommend going to LL's website for the Breeds chronology. Starting with #7, Megan's Mark, they are MMPBs published by Berkley (except for novellas included in anthologies).

SHERRI - I finished Lion's Heat yesterday and I agree with you. Jonas is HOT, HOT, HOT! Ditto about going back and reading some of the previous books to get more insight into his character before reading his story.

I just finished With Extreme Pleasure by Alison Kent (Files of SG-5 series). The hero, King, is the cousin of Simon Baptiste (hero of No Limits). If you've read others in this series, you'll love this one. If you're new to this series, you can start with this one because it's story line is not about a Smithson Group operation that involves characters from the other books. One thing that did make me crazy was King's inability to use his cell phone. Throughout the book, I kept expecting him to call Simon for help or for intel, but he never did. UGH!

This past week, I've also read In Scandal They Wed by Sophie Jordan. Victorian period England and not your typical historical plot. Although it's got the typical 400 pages found in most standalones, it's a shorter story with larger print and more line spacing... It was a good afternoon's read!

Other books I've read since last posting to the weekly thread:

The Cedar Cove series and The Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber - I loved these! They're G/PG-rated with lotsa emotional angst. I really liked the heroines that were flawed, sometimes older, and the focus is on the heroine and her relationships with friends and family as much as on her relationship with the hero.

The Chesapeake Shores series by Sherryl Woods - Another emotional angst series that I also found very enjoyable. This trilogy needs to be read in sequential order and you'll want to get all 3 before you start...

What's next...

I don't know. In the past week, I've read contemporary angst, paranormal, romantic suspense, and historical stories. But I really need to get to this stack of paranormals that I've got.

Colleen

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 6:46 PM ET
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I'm reading Ravishing in Red by Madeline Hunter. It was slow going at first, but it's starting to catch my interest. I have too many books to read and too little time in which to do it!

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 10:09 PM ET
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I got the ebook Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh so I can go in order. I have the next 3 after that one then if I'm still into the series I'll have to decide between ordering the next ones though I'm sure I have 3 of them somewhere since they're in mmp. oh well. I have way too much to read right not that it's getting overwhelming!

so I started the ebook but haven't gotten very far..may go ahead and finish it but have some other stuff to read as well; enough that it's hard to decide.

I have the 2nd book in the harmony series by Jayne Castle requested from the library so need to read the 1st before I get that one. I may go ahead with it or wait til I finish Tempting the Beast.

I have I think 3 more challenges left on the RT spring challenge..not 100% sure - need a library or borrowed book(no problem!), a western either historical or comtemporary(have those too), and something by Anne Stuart and I think I have that book picked out. I also have til the end of June to finish them so I pulled them out but am reading whatever strikes my fancy.

Date Posted: 4/19/2010 10:30 PM ET
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I was thinking about starting Cheyenne McCray's The Second Betrayal, but she is pretty hard core, so I may look for a light historical, maybe Maggie Osborne Foxfire Bride.

Date Posted: 4/20/2010 2:08 AM ET
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I finished Tempting The Beast.  It was pretty good.  Now I know how the series started though when reading it I didn't really get the feeling that this was going to morph into a multi-volume series to rival the In Death books in number. (If LL does write all the books for the series that she has mentioned.)

Also finished The Girl Who Chased The Moon.  Loved, loved this book.  I loved Garden Spells and enjoyed The Sugar Queen, but this one is definitely my favorite.

So I guess The Man Within is next in my Lora Leigh project.  And am also going to try First Drop Of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost.

Date Posted: 4/20/2010 7:44 AM ET
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Leave Me Breathless was OK, a pretty flimsy story overall, but the sex was hot! Next up I'm shooting for my first Kate Pearce novel, Where Have all the Cowboys Gone?

Date Posted: 4/20/2010 9:04 AM ET
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Gina - let me know what you think of Kate Pearce.  I added a few of hers to my WL but have never read anything by her before.

I'm about to start Tempting the Beast.  I'm aggravated - I went back through my book list and looked over the Breed books that I HAVE read to sort of refresh my memory.  Of course I didn't make any notes and I don't have the books anymore (I either got them from the library or swapped them).  Grrrrrrrrrrrr. 

I finished The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell.  I actually thought it was really well done.  There wasn't much of a storyline other than the conflict between Simon & Anne, but that was so emotional and so believable.  Some of the wording left a lot to be desired (the word "cavern" was used in reference to her sexual parts... ugh), but that was my only complaint.

Date Posted: 4/20/2010 9:19 AM ET
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Started Foxfire Bride and so far so good. However, I forgot it at home today, so I had What The Librarian Did, so I will read that here at work. I hope all the hype on that one pays off.



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Date Posted: 4/20/2010 9:28 AM ET
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I finished Three Times Blessed by Lori Copeland and I have to say I was disappointed in it.  It seemed the whole book was filled with death and depressing issues and the HEA was ambiguous at best.  I loved the first one, and the third one was ok, but this really was out of character.

Not sure what I'm reading next.  I may try a paranormal.

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