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Subject: What are we reading this week? 5/31 - 6/6 2009
Date Posted: 5/31/2009 2:50 AM ET
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New week!

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 2:52 AM ET
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I just finished Watch Over Me by Lucy Monroe. It was pretty good! Her suspense is about my speed and Brett and Claire appear in this one and Nitro and Josie are mentioned..and the hunk from Deal With This - Alan I think is his name is mentioned briefly.

Not sure what I'll read next..this one took a while even though it was good - been tired and too distracted to settle down with a book and just read!

ETA: Well I picked up a library book - Amaryllis by Jayne Castle. It's pretty good but kinda weird! I'm really too tired to focus on it too much but it's psychic detective type stuff - he's an off-the-chart talent and she's an off the chart prism and the talents have to have a prism to dotheir thing or something like that...I have Orchid and Zinnia from the library too if this one ends up being good.



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Date Posted: 5/31/2009 11:02 AM ET
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I've read the first story in the western anthology I'm reading...it was by Jodi Thomas.  Good but not great.  It was kind of tame and bordered on sweet.  Still, I did finish it.  Also still reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and His Stolen Bride.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 7:06 PM ET
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I"m still reading Amaryllis by Jayne Castle(Krentz,Quick)..it's kinda growing on me though the woman gets on my nerves a bit being so 'by the book' and acting kinda silly lecturing people on it...think it's partly because it's sorta futuristc/alternate planet and I guess I expect women to be smarter then LOL! If it's slow at work I'll try to finish it then may either start the next in this trilogy(think it's Orchid the Zinnia or vice versa) or read Simple Jess by Morsi..

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 8:32 PM ET
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I just gave up on Tall Dark and Kilted.  By Allie Mackay.  Who is really Sue-Ellen Welfonder.  Wish I had known that.  I know there are some folks who would love her books.  Just didn't do it for me.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 9:26 PM ET
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Emily--I really liked the first highlander book by Mackay and was looking forward to Hardwick's story, but I just didn't think it was that good either.

I'm reading The Marriage Spell by Mary Jo Putney and so far it's pretty good.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 10:04 PM ET
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I'm working on Hide and Seek by Alyssa Brooks.  Pretty good book, I'm liking it.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 10:30 PM ET
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I recently read Lord Braybrook's Penniless Bride by Elizabeth Rolls and it was pretty good. A little uneven in the storytelling. I'm now reading The Surgeon's Lady and I'm loving it. Carla Kelly writes such wonderfully sensitive heros. I always thought I was a fan of the alpha male, but I'll take one of Kelly's men any day.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 10:40 PM ET
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I read the Bite vampire anthology that has Laurell K Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Angela Knight and Vicky Taylor. I always like Hamilton's stuff, and Anita Blake is one of my all time favorite characters ever, so I enjoyed her even in a short story. Taylor's story was a suprise, I really liked it. I think I'll look up her other books. The rest were just kinda "eh" for me.

Date Posted: 5/31/2009 11:03 PM ET
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I'm currently reading The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 3:40 AM ET
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I finished Amaryllis by Jayne Castle . It was pretty good. I'm reading Zinnia now, the 2nd book. So far it's ok but i"m not too far into it yet.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 6:55 AM ET
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I'm reading a fantastic new book, it is a historical urban fantasy paranormal romance, what a mouthful! I believe it does have a HEA. Night's Rose by Annaliese Evans. Rose is actually Briar Rose of the Sleeping Beauty tale. I think this book is so cool. Its gonna be a keeper.

Also started Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James, yeehaw! 3rd in the series.  I love sexy take-charge cowboys. The names of all the men in this one do get jumbled up in my mind, they all start with C or K. The secondary story is setting up for the next book. This book may not be everyone's cup of tea but I like it :)

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 8:13 AM ET
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Ooh Rose that book by Carla Kelly is great!  There's a sequel too with one of the other characters.

 

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 9:29 AM ET
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I recently read Cowgirl Up and Ride Anne and I liked it. It was my fav of the series so far and I have the next one lined up to read.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 12:05 PM ET
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I finally finished The Black Sheep and the Princess by Donna Kauffman and liked it.  The next one is on the way to me so I'll plan to read that when it comes in.  In the meantime, I had a hard time deciding what to start next, nothing on my TBR in the romance department was really appealing- I thought about reading another Lynn Kurland, but decided I wasn't really in the mood for a time-travel.  So I ended up starting Five Quarters of an Orange by Joanne Harris.  Only got one chapter in, but it's interesting so far.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 1:14 PM ET
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I've given up on His Stolen Bride by Judith Stanton.  Its not bad, just not holding my interest.  Its set in a Moravian community in the late 1700's.

Going to read another story in the anthology I've got in my purse and maybe start on A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh.  Its been in Mount TBR for ages...think I'll give it a shot.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 2:53 PM ET
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That was the book that turned my onto Balogh, Sherri - had never really liked her before that.

I started The Horsemaster's Daughter by Wiggs, but it's not really grabbing me. Will probably keep trying, since I liekd the first book so much.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 8:42 PM ET
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So I finished Uncommon Magic by M.J. Putney last night.  And I didn't hate it :-)    I didn't love it either, though.   I thought that the subject matter was pretty unique in paranormal romance.   Granted I don't read a ton of paranormal, but I can't remember ever reading about a unicorn before.   Plus they wove earth magic into this storyline - specifcally ley lines.  I learned about ley lines when I visited England, so that's a subject that fascinates me.  The only other book I've ever read that mentions ley lines was The Da Vinci Code. 

However, the story never really caught me.   It really kind of dragged and plodded along.    All emotion and passion in the book seemed forced.  So it only gets 3* from me.  Uncommon Magic is part of a trilogy by Putney.  I'd like to read the other two, but not if the story in those plods along like this one did.  The others are A Kiss of Fate and A Distant Magic.  Has anyone read either of those?

I also finished No Rest for the Witches, an anthology with stories by Mary Janice Davidson, Cheyenne McCray, Christine Warren, Lori Handeland.  My favorite stories in the book were the ones by Lori Handeland and Christine Warren.  I REALLY liked those and am planning to look into their other books as I currently don't have any on my TBR.     My least favorite was the story by Mary Janice Davidson.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 9:48 PM ET
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hey Lynne, so I would grade STOLEN MAGIC like 2 stars or 1.5 stars. The ley lines was the only good part of the bk.  A KISS OF FATE is better but still plodding. I didnt read DISTANT MAGIC so i cant say.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 10:38 PM ET
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I'm still reading Zinnia. Supposed to be cleaning house then working on 2 quilts..sigh...the sigh is for the house cleaning part...I hate that choir. the 'good' thing is that I've kept it a little tidier than usual so there's not a whole lot to do but the part that there is to do is the worst! and I'm wanting to finish Zinnia...oh well I'll take it to the hospital with me tomorrow(dad has appt which is why I'm cleaning!) but I sit in the waiting areas and surf the  net and read and watch the people go by.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 2:16 AM ET
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Been reading through Debbie Macomber's Heart of Texas stories--Lonesome Cowboy, Texas Two-Step, Caroline's Child, Dr. Texas, Nell's Cowboy, Lone Star Baby, and I'm almost done with Promise, Texas.  I'd actually read Return to Promise years ago, and am finally going back to read them in the right order :)  They're pretty light reading, and I'm enjoying the interconnections between the different stories.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 8:39 AM ET
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Finished Cowgirl Up and Ride by Lorelei James, it was great, can't wait for the next 2! I hope she writes more in the series.

Started Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath this morning.  Plus I am still reading Night's Rose but that is not a book I want to put down after reading a couple pages! So I had to grab something else to do that with.

I'm pretty sure Patti O'Shea's book In the Midnight Hour has ley lines, but I could be mistaken.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 9:21 AM ET
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I'm pretty sure Patti O'Shea's book In the Midnight Hour has ley lines, but I could be mistaken.

Hmmmm...... I'm have to check it out!

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 10:09 AM ET
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I hope I'm right Lynne....I know I read something with ley lines a few months ago. That is the one that comes to mind, but I might be way off. I'll keep trying to think of it.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 1:47 PM ET
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Hey Will - this is my first book by her.    I've read about 2 pages.  We've been so busy at work I haven't had a chance to read.  But I've heard good things about it.

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