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Subject: What are we reading this week? 5/30 - 6/5, 2010
Date Posted: 5/30/2010 3:32 AM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 4:46 AM ET
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I'm struggling a bit with First the Dead by Tim Downs. I liked the other 2 bug man books but this one is bugging me on several levels though partly because I'm tired and a bit cranky and having trouble concentrating. FIrst it started off with some humor like the other 2 but didnt' seem like as much..then it takes place with Hurricane Katrina...that was not a happy time..I'm in Houston and still remember all the crap going on afterwards and get so angry at the politics and crap...and this one has Nick wanting to retrieve dead bodies and do his testing but  he's being forced not to and has already seen polie officers breaking the law..I hate themes where the good guy is punished and hampered by crooked people with authority/power over them and I'm feeling the frustration he has knowing every hour the bodies are being destroyed beyond the gathering evidence stage.

anyways I want to finish this and get to the 4th book so my coworker can return it to her library..also hve the 5th book from my library but if they keep getting darker and darker I don't know if I'll be able to tough it out. at least 100 something pages into it I'm getting a bit more interested in the discussions of what's going on with the water and all...

eta: ok a few hours later and I'm kinda into the story now! These sure aren't happy books though that's for sure! figures it's almost time to go home since I'm still reading darn it!



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Date Posted: 5/30/2010 7:59 AM ET
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I started Highland Dragon and so far I don't see what dragon has anything to do with the story :) Also, there's a "big lie" that of course is for the heroine's own good. I put it aside and started the Michele Sinclair book (I think the title is The Highlander's Bride) and it's going better.

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 8:27 AM ET
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whew glad to know Highlander's Bride is going better..I just ordered it the other day and got the next 2 requested from someone on pbs though they're still waiting to be accepted.someone mentioned her in another thread so thought'why not'!

think I'llstay up and finish First the Dead since I'm less than 100 pages from the end..

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 9:51 AM ET
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I just finished Eloisa James's Fool for Love, the 2nd in her Duchess Quartet. I had read the 1st about 10 books back and had lost the thread of the book, so it took me a awhile to remember the people. Esme one of the Duchesses that has a thread that is going to run through all four books. Her thread almost overwhelmed the book. I am going to ahead and finish out the story. I need to know what happens to Esme and Sebastian and was she carrying twins or just one baby and whose was it? Curious minds want to know. :-)

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 9:59 AM ET
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Working on Garrett from Linda Lael Miller.  Pretty good, but going slower than usual.  Maybe because I have had a sinus issue this week. 

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 1:03 PM ET
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Susanna - Night Shadow is the second in the Night Tale series. The first one was pretty normal romantic suspense, so I was surprised by all the woo-woo.

Finished Five Golden Rings, which was almost completely putrid, but did put me in the mood for Brenda Joyce, so started Secrets.

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 2:30 PM ET
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I fnished First the Dead by Tim Downs..I had to stay up and finish it this morning then fell sound asleep but unfortunately woke up too soon. I found First the Dead  hard to get into in the beginning..a lot of FEMA talk and brought back a lot of memories about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

I started a paperback I found at the library that looked funny..can'tremember the author but it's called Hot Flash..not sure how i'm gonna like it..the woman just turned 40 and I though 'hey an older woman like me' but she apparently already  has a son going into college..supposed tob elooking for a traveling salesman to marry so she can have 1 week per month of 'wedded bliss' with 3weeks off and a steady paycheck and mr. right isn't fitting that bill. I didn't get very far into it - started reading it in the long line at the library yesterday and a teeny bit this morning in hopes I wouldn't dream of First the Dead! Thinking  I'll start Less than Dead at work tonight but not sure.

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 4:16 PM ET
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Earlier today I read some short stories on my Nook.  One good one I loved was Thrill of the Hunt by Nathalie Gray. (and it was free)

Now I'm just starting Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley.  Is it possible for a book to be a keeper after only 5 pages?  Holy mother of  Batman this is a hot book!!

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 5:53 PM ET
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5 pages and it's already hot???wow that beats Lora Leigh!

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 6:39 PM ET
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Sus he's an Irish shifter with a killer body and a killer Irish accent.  I rest my case.

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 7:19 PM ET
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Last week I finally finished The Gentleman's Quest by Deborah Simmons.  It was a decent book, even though it took me a week to read it. I hit a reading slump (you know, the kind where you just don't feel like reading anything). 

After I finished that I read Whirlwind Secrets by Debra Cowan.  I liked it a little better.

Then I read another game book, My Favorite Phantom by Karen Kelley.  Pretty good, even though the H/h jumped into bed lightning fast (less than 24 hours knowing each other) and fell in love within a week or so.  This is one of the reasons I prefer historicals.  Contemps (a lot of them at least) seem to rush the relationship.  Also, halfway through reading this I realized there is a tiny stain on it (wouldn't have noticed if I didn't take it to work and look at the book under bright  fluorescent lights) so I had to buy another copy to mail anyway. Grrr! Glad they had one at the bookstore.  I'm even more glad though that I noticed that stain (seriously, it's really small and faint) so I didn't mail an unpostable swap book.

Now I'm about halfway through The Viscount Claims His Bride by Bronwyn Scott, which I am loving so far. 

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 8:26 PM ET
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ooh Irish! is it still good?

well I have 2 books kinda sorta started and one I'm about to start. of course work is kinda busy-ish right now (or about to be since we have the paperbwork and are waiting for the samples) I had started Hot Flash that I got at the library and read a few pages..like maybe a chapter or half a chapter..think it'll be a good light read. Then picked up a short book someone recommended a while back on another forum - less tahn 200 pages - A Love for Larkspur by Kelsey Kilgore. I read enough to be interested so I think I'll set it aside to read towards the end of the shift and if I finish Less Than Dead by Tim Downs - Bug Man book #4. Book #3 took me a bit to get into but once I did I was pretty well hooked in spite of the grossness! can't believe I made it through these with my wimpiness but he doesn't go on and on and on about the details except for the bugs of course and the dead people..ick..but I find it fascinating.

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 1:15 AM ET
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I went out to Jennifer Ashley's site an read an excerpt for the book and I admit I have become intrigued. If my UBS is open tomorrow I am going to go up there and pick it up/

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 2:41 AM ET
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I'm gonna wait for Sherri's final decree!

I'm almost halfway through Less Than Dead by Tim Downs...someone always dies in these and I'm afraid it's gonna be a doggy since the woman in this one has dogs.sigh..maybe I'll luck out and a person will get offed instead of a doggy..

eta: ok finished Less Than Dead..good mystery and the usual sadness in places but oh well. Maybe I'm toughening up..and this one had no bug stuff..kinda surprised but the others he went into vivid detail of the blowflies and skin coming off but not in this one. oh well.

think I'll try reading some more of A Love for Larkspur by Kelsey Kilgore. It's been in my tbr awhile and is a short and hopefully light read. I have the  next bug man book in the car but need a bit of a break I think..at least one book!



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Date Posted: 5/31/2010 9:01 AM ET
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Finishing up a November '09 HQ Presents by Cathy Williams - started out good but I set it aside to read the Jo Davis and finish up 2 other books I'd started, so the HP lost some of its momentum. Tomorrow I'm starting a categories-only month and will start off with an old Elizabeth Lowell SIM, FIRES OF EDEN.

 

Gail



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Date Posted: 5/31/2010 11:24 AM ET
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Ok, I got off my schedule, but am determined to get back on today and start The Boneman's Daughter by Ted Dekker. I like TD, but sometimes his books can be strange.

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 11:33 AM ET
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Over the past several days I have read Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah Maclean, Married By Morning by Lisa Kleypas, and I'm now working on Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran.  The Duran is the only one I can honestly say I've had to sit up and pay attention to while I was reading.  The Kleypas was fairly decent, but she's reading more & more like Beverley & Laurens to me these days, and I'm starting to get really bored with her.  Cat & Leo are a good, interesting pairing, but she takes some of the bite out of their relationship.  Not enough to make it really tedious, but the funny bickering and banter was toned way down.  The conflict at the end seemed silly and predictable to me, and the push-pull got really annoying.  I couldn't make sense of most of it so it just felt like filler.  I think it merits a B+ at best.  The Maclean book is a 432 page romance novel cliche, plain & simple.  If you aren't burned out on every device in the book by now & looking for something unique, it's going to do you just fine.



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Finished Garrett.  Pretty good, but you know, I still like the Montana Creeds stories better.  Just me, though.  I'm still waiting for Austin in July.  Not sure what I'll read next.

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 12:30 PM ET
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The Maclean book is a 432 page romance novel cliche, plain & simple.  If you aren't burned out on every device in the book by now & looking for something unique, it's going to do you just fine.

Kim, it's so funny -- I keep seeing people saying how fabulous this book is, and one even went out of her way to say it was not at all what you'd think from the dumb title and synopsis, and yet somehow it had "romance novel cliche" written all over it anyway and I had no interest in it. I guess I'm wising up or learning to read between the lines or something. 

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 12:32 PM ET
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About halfway through with Secrets by Brenda Joyce, which is not working that well for me because of the bad-moody hero.  Not as lugubrious as The Stolen Bride, at least. 

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 2:02 PM ET
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I finished The Highlander's Bride and it was okay. The herione was a little too perfect for me and I felt it drug on longer than it needed to.

Off to look up  the word "lugubrious".

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 2:36 PM ET
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I'm still reading A Love for Larkspur by Kelsey Kilgore. It's pretty cute but glad I found it used since 16.95 is steep for any book let alone one that's 170 pages. I think she should've gotten Love Inspired to print it and sell for much less but it is a cute storyline.

may start The Ends of the Earth by Tim Downs next..thatwould finish the Bug Man books to date then I'll be stuck waiting and I think it's a cliff-hangeror 'bad' ending from someone's post here last week and his website LOL! might start something  lighter as well.

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 2:41 PM ET
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It is a cliff hanger in the book Susanna, but he gives two alternate endings on his website. You read them both and decide which one you like best. The one that got the most votes is the direction that TD is taking the next Bugman book in.

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 3:18 PM ET
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Kim, it's so funny -- I keep seeing people saying how fabulous this book is, and one even went out of her way to say it was not at all what you'd think from the dumb title and synopsis, and yet somehow it had "romance novel cliche" written all over it anyway and I had no interest in it. I guess I'm wising up or learning to read between the lines or something.

People like you and I who have read a million of these aren't going to see anything "fabulous" about it.  It's just a slightly different shade of the same old wallpaper you've seen so often, it might as well be burned into your retinas:P  She's a competent writer.  I can give her that much.  It's an accomplishment of some sort for a newcomer to be able to string sentences together with the same degree of skill as a Laurens, Beverley, or Jeffries.  I just wouldn't call it groundbreaking literary brilliance or anything.  Certainly not fabulous.  Readers will get about the same level of satisfaction out of this particular book as they would from any one of dozens of garden variety historicals by all of the well established meat & potatoes writers - and I know you know by now which ones I'm referring to...  She probably could have made any of these characters Cynster's & I'm not sure it would have even registered on me:P

Oh, btw...  I'm really liking the Duran.



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