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Subject: What are we reading this week? 6-28 thru 7-03?
Date Posted: 6/27/2010 11:27 AM ET
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Thanks to my obsessive compulsiveness, I read the 2nd book in Jane Feather's Matchmaker series. I didn't like the first one all that much. This one, The Bride Hunt faired much better. I liked Pru from the first book and I thought Gideon was a perfect foil for her. These read like a Hello Dolly remake in book format, just not as good as the movie. They take place in early 1900's when women's suffrage was in it's infancy and cars were just getting their rambling start in England. There were some funny moments in the book and the love scene at the motel was sexy and very hot. Of course, I will have to read the 3rd in the series and finish out Chasity's story.



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Date Posted: 6/27/2010 1:02 PM ET
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I started Highland Scoundrel last night, but I'm having a hard time getting into it.  I love Scottish romances and I've liked all of Monica McCarty's books for the most part... but this one has the "I've believed for 10 years that she betrayed me" and "I have hated him for 10 years because I think he left me" misunderstanding and I'll be pissed if she draws it out for the whole book!

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 1:26 PM ET
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Well, decided to go ahead and finish out Lisa Kleypas's Bowstreet series and reading Worth Any Price, so far I am really liking it. i really enjoy this series.

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 1:29 PM ET
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DNF Revenge Wears Rubies by Renee Bernard.  I think it was mostly because I just wasn't in the mood for a historical romance.  I picked by Susan Mallery's Christmas in Whitehorn and found it more to my liking. 



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Date Posted: 6/27/2010 3:28 PM ET
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I decided the only way I could follow His at Night was to pick something I expected to hate, so started Carr's Moonlight Road. It's actually not half bad. ;-)

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 4:31 PM ET
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I'm reading "Behind Closed Doors" by McKenna...there's something there but the hero is way over the top. I hope he makes his surliness at the end somehow.

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 4:53 PM ET
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I finished The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn.  I liked it.  To me it was a cute read from start to finish, even though poor Miranda was put through the wringer.  Now I'm reading Naked Edge by Pamela Clare.  Only 1 chapter into it but looks very good so far.

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 4:58 PM ET
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Finished The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro.  This is a Science Fiction/Romance and I loved it.  I am not a SiFi reader but this was a very enjoyable book.  It is book 6 in a series but can be read as a stand alone. 

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 5:45 PM ET
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I finished Metallic Love yesterday, and I was disappointed. I don't think I would have been quite as disappointed if I had not read The Silver Metal Lover first and if this was not considered its sequel. It was well-written and engrossing (I practically finished the entire book in one day), but it was just not a good follow-up.

*spoilers*

All of the elements that I loved so much in the first book were lacking in the second, and even though the author kept reiterating how Verlis is not Silver, that did not make me appreciate him anymore as his own character because his being rebuilt from Silver makes it difficult not to compare him to his predecessor and find him lacking. The robots are all very much more sinister. They act like the gods of the Greek myths, and this just made them more distasteful to me because despite them being seemingly superior to humans in every respect they show themselves to be no better than those who had created them and actually seem much worse because they seem to have all the weaknesses of human beings despite the god-like abilities. None of them have the honor or strength of Silver, who took the best qualities of humanity, whereas they took the very worst. In the end they are in no way a superior race. This also read a lot more like the standard romance with the "You're mine" and the alpha-domineering attitude of Verlis, yet I did not feel like the two protagonists could have reasonably grown to love each other. There is really no indication of this, only their ambiguous obsession for each other, which makes it read even more like a bad standard romance. It is just plain unfair that these two get a happy ending, where Jane and Silver (who are infinitely more deserving) did not. :(



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Date Posted: 6/27/2010 7:02 PM ET
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well if there's no HEA I ain't reading it Rosie!

I started Sweet Fortune by Jayne Ann Krentz before snoozing this morning. I finsihed The Groom Wore Spurs by Joyce Livingston, a heartsong reprint in Rodeo Hearts. It was ok since it was quick and simple and short and I already had the book. One of those were I keep reading even though I'm disliking her writing style(preachy and the men in these first 2 stories were almost wimpy/needy - not that imind a few tears from a guy but acting like a little boy too much well ick IMO)for cowboys in inspirational romance my faves are still Brenda Minton and Debra Clopton in the Love Inspired Line..liked Christine Lynxwiler as well but hers are longer books. one more story left in this compilation but dont 'know if I can make myself read it since it has kids in it..and they're brats from the description but if work is too hectic to concentrate on my beloved JAK I may give it a try or one of the 3-1 mystery compilations I have..I enjoyed the last compilation and am curious about the others.

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 10:13 PM ET
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Working on On the Steamy Side by Louisa Edwards.  I'm not too far into it, but so far it's better than the first one.  I do wish the author could lighten up on the "southern speak" of the heroine- some is ok, but there's just a little too much here.

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 12:30 AM ET
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The Silver Metal Lover was excellent though, Susanna. You should read it. It has an optimistic ending, and I'm hoping she will write the last book in the trilogy, where she is planning to go back to Silver and Jane.

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 12:51 AM ET
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I finished the 3rd and last book to Jane Feathers Matchmaker series, The Wedding Game. It was a pretty good ending to the series.

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 11:55 AM ET
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I'm finishing up the last book in the Dutchess series by Eloisa James.

Have to tell all of you -- since this discussion forum was recommended to me, I can't keep up with all the great recommendations.  My wish and reminder list have grown so much. 

Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 12:07 PM ET
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I'm currenlty reading Blood of the Rose by Anya Bast.

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 1:59 PM ET
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Reading The Viscount's Bethrothal by Louisa Allen, which is perfectly nice but... I thought I wanted something light, but now I'm sort of craving something meatier.

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 6:26 PM ET
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I'm still reading Sweet Fortune by JAK. slow-going due to being busy at work last night, too tired this morning, and parents down here now..maybe I'll finish by tonight!

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 9:10 PM ET
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Very slowly climbing out of the slump. Dug a book out of the bags of mysteries a friend gave me and started Christie Craig's GOTCHA! which is mostly contemporary so far. It reminds me a very little bit of Stephanie Bond's "body-movers" with the verbal sparring between the H/H, the mayhem around them, the in-troubled younger brother. Enjoying it a lot.

Gail

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 11:04 PM ET
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Just finished Kimberly Killion's Highland Dragon and what an awesome book that was! It has more than made up for the last couple of mediocre books I have been reading lately. I picked up LK's Love In the Afternoon on my way home, now I have to figure out if I have the willpower to start it tonight and put it down, so I can go to work in the morning coherently. I know coherency is overrated..but still. :-)

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 2:17 AM ET
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Gail, I love Christie Craig's stuff! there are 3 that go together - divorced, deceived and..(this last word changes -d ating, desperate and can't remember the 3rd one or which order they're in but each has her own story but you see the characters in the other books)

I'm STILL reading the JAK book Sweet Fortune..it's ok just been busy!

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 5:54 AM ET
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I was wondering about that, Susanna. The titles are so similar that it seemed like they 'should' tie-in somehow. I have one of those books, it was in the bag of books she gave me, but I'll have to check with the library to see if I can get the others.  I'm really enjoyed GOTCHA! a lot.

Gail

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 7:37 AM ET
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just the 3 that sound alike are related as far as I've been able to tell..I started off with Weddings Can Be Murder I think was the title then read the first divorced book..those 3 have 3 friends and 2 of the cops are coworkers or partners or something that they end up with..the last guy's a cop too seems like. I think a standalone came out before the last divorced book..think it's the one you just read - the heroines brother broke out of prison and they're trying to find him? her newest is good too and fast paced. it reminded me a bit of For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper with the speed of what all was going on though not as confusing!

couldn't sleep so guess I'll be crashing ina little while. didn't feel like reading much either though I did read a little bit more of Sweet Fortune.

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 9:41 AM ET
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I am going to TRY to hold off on buying the new Kleypas book, but that lasted all of one day for the last one.  lol   I don't even know where I am on the WL for it.

I'm still reading Highland Scoundrel

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 11:29 AM ET
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I am loving it! The letters that Bea sent to Christopher...some of them were so lovely. This is an awesome end to the series. I heart the Hathaways.

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 12:47 PM ET
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I just had a stroke of luck - someone recommended Badlands Bride by Cheryl St. John here recently and so I put it on my reminder list. Today it turned up in a deal I'd done -- I'd completely forgotten it was in there. :-)

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