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Subject: What are we reading this week? 7-8 thru 7-14
Date Posted: 7/8/2012 11:56 AM ET
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New Week!

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 12:09 PM ET
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Finished Christine Feehan's Samaurai Game and it was very good as good as they were up to book 7 all except for the last 1/4, then the book sorta went off the rails for me. Review up on GR if anyone wants to take a look.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 1:26 PM ET
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Just found this thread!  I'm reading all ebooks for the next 3 weeks for Courtney's ebook challenge.  Right now I'm reading Grave Memory, the third book in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price.  I'm only 100 pages in, but so far it's kind of eh.  This series has been up and down for me.  I really didn't enjoy the first one much at all but made myself read the second one, which I LOVED.  I've been so looking forward to this release, but so far, I'm not very impressed.  Hopefully that will change.

I'm so glad that I found this thread because I wanted to share that DH and I watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last night, and I feel like such an idiot because I thought the book was about a geisha or Asian slave of some sort with a dragon tattoo as her "mark" (guess I've been reading too many of a certain type of book).  I have NO idea where I got that idea, but I had no interest in reading the books and (obviously) never even read the synopsis for any of them.  Now I HAVE to have all 3!  As soon as the movie was over, I ordered it and The Girl Who Played with Fire from PBS and I'm going to start reading them as soon as the ebook challenge is over.  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest still has a wl, but I'm #108 on it and 51 were offered through FIFO last week, so I should have one by the time I'm ready to read it.  I stll don't understand how I could have been so clueless about these wildly popular books that I see at WalMart every time I go!

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 2:32 PM ET
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 I stll don't understand how I could have been so clueless about these wildly popular books that I see at WalMart every time I go! 

Renee, don't feel bad - I saw them at WM, too, and just overlooked them, not knowing what they were about. A co-worker loaned me the audio of DRAGON TATTOO and I was blown away. I only listen to audio books in the car so it took me from mid-January to the end of May to listen through all three books on CD but each one was better than the other. 

I want my own paper copy of each book and will eventually get them but they're still with me, in my head, and it's such a shame there will be no more Lisbeth Salander stories.

GAil (I still haven't seen the film yet)

 

 

 

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 3:18 PM ET
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I finished Finding Home by Lauren Baker and Bonnie Dee. Loved it.  I started Bad Boyfriend by KA Mitchell.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 4:13 PM ET
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I tried to read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but couldn't get past the first chapter. I still have it and will attempt it again someday. I finished Cindy Holby's Angels End and it was good enough that I am going to pick up the next in the series.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 5:07 PM ET
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I've got four going right now, The Last Warrior by Susan Grant, The Empress' New Clothes by Jaid Black, Pursued by Evangeline Anderson and The Reward by Beth Williamson.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 5:24 PM ET
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I'm reading a love inspired ebook by cheryl Wyatt - pretty good so far. also readng a library hardback - Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick - it's pretty good so far but wrking and dont' have time to read unless I'm eating and no way I'm messing up a library book!

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 6:47 PM ET
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Keri - I thought, from the listening to the book, DRAGON TATTOO was the weakest of the three, my mind drifted with some of the narrative and I had to replay tracks; with the other two I was very engaged. TATTOO does get better the further in, much further in.

GAil

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 8:41 PM ET
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Wow - how can you read four books at once?  I've had two going at the same time occasionally, but that's the most I can handle!

I'm still reading Echos at Dawn.  It's good... just haven't had much time to sit & read.  I love Rio.  There, I said it.

Keri - I'm jealous.  Can't wait to read Defiant

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 9:55 PM ET
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I finished Summer Nights by Susan Mallery.  Thank God it was better than summer Days, which I could not even finish. I am sad to say that Mallery is hit or miss for me anymore..she has always been an autoread, but I don't know, this Fools Gold series has been erratic for me.  I have also been working on the anthology Bad Boys to Go and am 2 stories in...yeah, not really very good.  Not sure I will bother with the last one.  I got it for the Janelle Denison story from the Wilde series, since I have a wierd thing about reading series in order.  I have to wonder if it's worth it though.  Guess we'll see- I have at least the next one on my TBR.

Date Posted: 7/8/2012 10:05 PM ET
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Today's book was Susan Mallery's Summer Nights, the latest Fool's Gold book.  It was okay, but this series is getting a bit too repetitive.  These people either need to check their water supply or their condom supply with the number of accidental pregnancies that happen.  

I've been trying to start the newest Dakota Cassidy Accidentally book, Accidentally Dead Again, and I just can't get into it.  I've loved this series, but this one can't even hold my interest for an entire chapter.

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 9:26 AM ET
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Oh my goodness! I just finished Dreamfever. And thank God that I had Shadowfever standing by!!! This series has been absolutely amazing, and it just keeps getting better and better! I had to read the first few pages of Shadowfever just to see if the beast was who I thought he was. And he was - much to my devastation!! Now, I just pray that he isn't really dead. I could almost cry. Seriously! And it's probably a good thing I left the book at home, because otherwise I seriously doubt I would have gotten anything done today!! I'm kinda sad already though. I know this is the last book, and I hate to see it all end.

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 9:32 AM ET
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I just finished Icefire by Lyne Connelly and will probably read the next one in the series, Moonfire. I loved Rio! I also tried to read the dragon tattoo book, but it was too wordy. My mom said if you got past the first chapter, it got better. I'll try it again someday too.
Date Posted: 7/9/2012 9:40 AM ET
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I'm stil on the same 2 books! slowgoing for me lately!

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 11:47 AM ET
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After finishing one of the best books I've read all year, Promises (Coda, Bk 1), I followed it up with another one by a NTM author, The Gamble by Kristen Ashley. Wow, was this book fantastic! I think Renee (maybe?) has mentioned her before in here, and I am soooo glad she did! I'm trying to hold myself back from running and buying the next one, but I really wan to read the e-books I already have for this challenge. I have a feeling I'll be losing that fight. 

KA has been lambasted somewhat about her editing, which was immensely distracting at times (And then.....and then......and then.....). But Max more than made up for any annoyance in the text.

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 12:21 PM ET
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Oh man Tonya, Shadowfever is just as amazing as the rest of them. LOVED that whole series. Thats another one that I want to re read someday.  Im about halfway through Bad Boyfriend. KA Mitchell is really becoming one of my favorite m/m authors.

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 1:28 PM ET
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Ok Tonya, I broke down and ordered the first in the Fever series by KMM. I mean over a 100 of my friends that have read it on GR can't be wrong. :-)

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 2:00 PM ET
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Gina--just wait!  If you loved The Gamble, you've got a whole bunch of great books ahead of you to read!  I'm so glad there's another Kristen Ashley fan out there!

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 2:04 PM ET
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Keri--be ready to get the rest of them.  If you enjoy the series and keep reading, whatever you do, make sure that when you are reading Dreamfever that you have Shadowfever in hand!

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 2:16 PM ET
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I'm so glad there's another Kristen Ashley fan out there!

Based on that book alone, I may dub myself a fangirl! I can't wait to read others. I signed up for her newsletter yesterday in order to get the 20% Smashwords coupons, but I'll probably buy a lot of them B&N so I can lend them in the Hot & Steamy VB. I want to share my love for her!

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 6:26 PM ET
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Melissa,

I read Finding home a few months ago.  I soo loved it.  Its on my keeper.      yes



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Date Posted: 7/9/2012 7:11 PM ET
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I'm reading a NTM author - Mandy Rosko. The Princess' Dragon Lord.

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 7:17 PM ET
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Gina--my favorite KA series is The 'Burg that starts with For You.  The storylines of these books are very steamy contemporary romance with some suspense.  For sheer hot alphas (and a good story/series too), I love the Dream Man series.  It starts with Mystery Man. (I'm giving Goodreads links because these are all ebooks).  Her Rock Chick series has 7 books so far, and 3 of them, including the first one, Rock Chick, come in pb--I've only read the first one in that series, but it just wasn't as good to me (it's more about the "chicks" than the hot alphas).  She's also just started a new series in April called the Unfinished Hero series. It's more erotic romance than the others (although the others are extremely steamy as well), and the heroes of the stories are "good men who do bad things".  The first book in that series is Knight.  She has several others series as well (some paranormal or fantasy).  She has one series that includes a type of time travel to a parallel universe called the Fantasyland series.  The 2nd book of that series is one of my top 3 faves of her books. It's titled The Golden Dynasty, and the hero is a savage barbarian (literally).  He and the heroine have to overcome time differences, culture differences and language differences to find their HEA.  Most of these series should be read in order, especially The Burg, Dream Man, Rock Chick and Colorado Mountain (includes the book you just read, The Gamble.)

Anyone who looks into reading Kristen Ashley's books, be warned--she writes about extremely bossy, yet sexy, uber alpha men.   On her website she has free chapters that can be read for most of her books (some are the first 5 to 7 chapters) and working chapters for some of her upcoming releases.  She is my new favorite author, but she is definitely not everyone's cup of tea!

Date Posted: 7/9/2012 8:27 PM ET
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I have read two of Kristen Ashley's At Peace and Motorcycle Man. They were good, but the lack of editing is a pet peeve of mine. Loved and adored Tack though. Started The Darkest Day by Britt Bury.

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