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Subject: What are we reading this week? 6/28 - 7/4, 2009
Date Posted: 6/28/2009 8:08 AM ET
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New week!

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 8:13 AM ET
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Gail thanks for the reply about Kristin  Hannah! I'm gonna see if my library has some of hers (like I need to add more to mt tbr!) and as for Diana Palmer I think there's a book or two of hers that's been recommended by some on here - Lawless maybe? or one of the thicker ones..maybe some who have read it can recommend it. I liked one of her smaller books too except one part where the guy got rough with the woman to scare and humiliate her. think it was soldier of fortune..but Il iked the rest of the story

well I finished A Knight in Shining Armor! :-) I liked it a lot but wasn't a good choice for last night at work 'cause we ended up busy at times and I'd get cranky having to interrupt my reading! I really got caught up in the story. now not sure what to read next after this one...



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Date Posted: 6/28/2009 9:20 AM ET
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I am so glad you enjoyed it. Its such a sweet story. I started The Sherbrooke Twins, unfortunately I have a family party today so no reading time. :( I am looking forward to a 3 day weekend to start cranking out some more books. lol, my tbr pile increased a lot yesterday with books I am looking forward to reading.
Date Posted: 6/28/2009 10:11 AM ET
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I put A Knight In Shining Armor in my TBR bag for my trip   :)

I just finished Vision In White by Nora Roberts.  I really, really liked it.  Usually I like a tough, sexy, alpha hero, which Carter was NOT, but he was really, really great.   A lot of Nora Roberts stuff has been hit or miss with me in recent years, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  So much that I'm wishing I hadn't passed it up on my WL (I read a library copy) so I could have a keeper.  I'm looking forward to the next three in the series.  I'm wondering if Laurel or Emma will end up with Del?  Or is he going to have his own story?

By the way, I put 32 books in my TBR bag (a mix of historical, paranormal and contemp), plus 4 audio books on my Zune.  I'm leaving tomorrow and coming back in four weeks.  3 days of driving (by me) each way, though, so that cuts down on my reading time.  If that's not enough books, I'll have to hit Barnes & Noble.  LOL

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 10:12 AM ET
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Last night I started  Winter Baby by Kathleen O'Brien; it's in a 2-in-1 edition with Babes In Arms which I read last weekend. I should have read them in proper order but overall it doesn't matter, I'm just OC about reading in order. O'Brien is an auto-buy author so I'm sure I must ave the other two books in this Firefly Glen quartet.

(these 2 books were originally Harlequin Superromances)

I've always enjoyed O'Brien's writing style and her humor, it's subtle, sometimes unexpected. Not sure what I'll read next - have a WL Brozkmann started, had trouble getting into it but have invested 5 chapters' worth of time with it so it isn't as though I'd be starting on page one. After today only 2 more days in my June reading challenge - so close to the end now and I'm getting anxkous to start the July challenge.

Gail

ETA to add the Superromance info



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Date Posted: 6/28/2009 11:53 AM ET
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I am reading the Mail Order Groom by Sandra Chastain. I'll probably finish today or tomorrow, and plan on starting Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 1:17 PM ET
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I am still reading Mountain Wild by Stacey Kayne and it is very good!

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 1:37 PM ET
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I did a quick Silhouette read this morning - Beyond the Boardroom by Maureen Child - Book 12 in a series apparently that I've not read -- A good little romance (you can always count on them to fit the bill) but now I have 11 more for my reminder list -- I almost started looking for them but I have such a Mt. TBR and they are all by other authors so I just tell myself "I think I can - I think I can" when it comes to waiting to get them. -- Oh brother - there are worse things to be addicted to than books....... Happy Sunday everyone!

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 2:02 PM ET
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I really want to read Vision in White, so of course the library hasn't bought it! Oh well, if I can hold out a while, there will undoubtedly be 15 copies at the library sale in a few months. ;-)

Dying to Please is pretty good, except that Howard keeps doing the exact same hero betrayal over and over and it's getting kind of old.

I actually (blush) have a few Diana Palmers on my keeper shelf, but honestly I couldn't tell you if they're the better books or if they just happened to strike a cord with me. One of them is True Colors.  And Carrera's Bride was kind of sweet - a little different from her usual formula. I think her most recent books are the worst -- they read like she spoke them into a tape recorder and they were transcribed verbatim, with no attempt at editing whatsoever.  And the cruel hero formula is overdone to the point where even her biggest fans are disgusted, or so it seems from the Amazon reviews.



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Gail on Palmer: For me I think it's because the heroines ARE still a bit naive, shy, virginal and the  heroes are so OTT masculine, etc. Frankly, they're a nice change from some of the very sensual, almost porn'y, books I've read

Heh - now me, I tend to have a craving to read Palmer right after reading Catherine Anderson.  Because reading one of those super nice, almost worshipful heroes makes me want to read about a real jerk!

Palmer can write a really nice love scene, I agree (except when she fouls it up with the weird bits of random made up "facts"she likes to throw into her books.)

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 3:29 PM ET
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i'm 2/3 through Everlasting Bad Boys by Cynthia Eden, Shelly Laurenston, Noelle Mack.  i liked the Laurenston story, which is a Dragon Kin story related to the ones she's now putting out as G.A. Aiken.  the Cynthia Eden story was good with some sweet emotion, but i don't think this is an author i would enjoy in a full length novel since there were some things about her writing style that i found annoying.

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 3:39 PM ET
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OK Willa - now I'm going to have to go through my keeper Palmer pile for a good one..... Just when I was posting a bunch of Ellora Cave titles --- There is a time for everything.....Sometimes it's just nice to read a story where you know what you are going to get. :)

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 7:08 PM ET
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Sherri, I think you were one who posted about reading a good Diana Palmer last year - think it was one of the thicker ones - do you remember which one it was? A couple others chimed in as well that it was good..pretty sure anyways!

I've gotta narrow down my selections for work..if it's busy-ish again I need something interesting but not one I can't put down when I need to or that I'll get all cranky when I get interrupted (like A Knight in Shining Armor!) I already know to be read the Virgin River books at home! wonder if I can find Linda Lael Miller's McKettrick's Heart..that's the one up next in that series/trilogy then the little silhouette that follows those..probably not but oh well! last I saw it was in the car...

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 7:19 PM ET
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I was able to find time this morning to get a good start on The Sherbrooke Twins and I just finished One Fifth Avenue in the car. SO I can update my footer now that I am starting Maeve Binchy's Night of Stars and Rain.
Date Posted: 6/28/2009 8:46 PM ET
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All this talk about Diana Palmer - I picked up one of her Silhouette Duets (#4) which contains After The Music and Dream's End.

Figured I'd read the second book as I'd already read After The Music - the hero in Dawn's End is such an ass. Everything the typical Palmer hero is all about. Her books are like train wrecks, you know you shouldn't hang around and watch the disaster but you just can't help yourself. I'm the first to admit that I can't resist.

I've often wondered why she's never gotten away from the same old plot and same old H/H types. Even her single titles have the same old/same old.

Gail

 

 

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 10:56 PM ET
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Just finished The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran and LOVED it.  I could kick myself for keeping it in my TBR pile for so long.  I am now going to start Swept Away by Marsha Canham.  I know, I know, Kim I should have already read it. 

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 6:23 AM ET
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I'm almost done with Don't Talk Back to Your Vampire by Michele Bardsley..dunno 'bout this series. This particular book is confusing..too much lore and too many thoughts/dreams mixing with what's really going on. Also a lot of contamination so vamps aren't just vamps but lycan, etc and the tainted can't be cured...if I didn't already have the next 2 I'd probably not order them..dunno though 'cause there's enough that keeps me i nterested but just not exactly 'right'. I'll probably stay up when Iget home from work to finish the last 30-40 pages or so.

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I honestly dont mind Palmer heros, I actually like it when they act like cavemens LOL.  However, when jerkface-heros are paired off with some weak doormat ( seems like every single Palmer book I've read had a doormat heroine), it just runins the book for me.   

  Just got done reading Half Moon Bay by Merl Sawyer, this was my first book by this author, although I have another book of hers on my shelf which I didnt bother reading.  I actually liked it, more romance than mystery, emotional in a sappy way.  I would definately consider this a comfort read. 

Not sure what I am going to be reading next, prb another sappy book hehe....

 



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Well I managed to finish the book! She has some good stuff then mixes it with so much confusing though working nights and being tired makes it hard to focus..I'll just have to assume a crazy but HEA for the main couple with each book I guess!

not sure what I'll start next.

Tina, I wish she'd write one where the heroine stands up to the jerk..I read one where the man forced the woman to marry him the was pizzed at her after they had sex..like it was her dang fault..then she caught him kissing another woman and fell down the stairs and he blamed her for that too pretty much.

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 8:35 AM ET
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I just read Instant Attraction by Jill Shalvis. I loved it! I loved the hero Cam so much I don't want to start another book, I just want him fresh in my mind lol

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 9:52 AM ET
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Finished Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian. I have enjoyed this series.  Also A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore.  This book was just ok for me.  Also finished Separate Beds by LaVyrle Spencer.  Her books just plain out touch me.  I have yet to read one that I did not like.  I did not do much of anything this weekend except read and I loved it. 

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 10:12 AM ET
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Man am I jealous Jane.  :)  Those are my favorite weekends, although I did finsh two books  - one in paper form and one audio and I am halfway through The Sherbrooke Twins by Catherine Coulter which I started yesterday morning.

I was so looking forward to this weekend to read all weekend, but unfortunately, my family is pulling on me to be social.  :) lol.  I guess they win.

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 10:48 AM ET
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Susannah - it was  Lawless.  Its on my shelf if you "need" it.  ;-)

I finished reading Mountain Wild by Stacey Kayne and as usual, it was fabulous!  Great end to her Wild series.  Not a keeper like Mustang Wild was but a solid A read.

I think a contemporary is next so I'm going to start on No Escape by Shannon Butcher.  Its been in Mount TBR for ages now and I need to get it behind me. LOL

Date Posted: 6/29/2009 11:28 AM ET
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I am about halfway through with Cindy Gerard's "To the Edge." It's pretty formulaic, even for a romantic suspense, but I'm still enjoying it.
Date Posted: 6/29/2009 11:35 AM ET
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I just finished All of Me by Lori Wilde. Not a keeper, but I enjoyed it. I just started Double the Pleasure by Lori Foster, Deirdre Martin, Jacquie D'Alessandro, and Penny McCall and so far, so-so.

Both books I picked up this weekend at library book sales (a very successful trip though the last thing my TBR pile needs is more books!)

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