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Subject: What are we reading this week? 9-04 to 9-10...
Date Posted: 9/4/2011 1:29 PM ET
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I just finished Judy Ivory's Angel In a Red Dress...why they renamed it that...I have no idea. I knew going in that this was a 80's book and I believe her first. So I didn't have high expectations, but it was a great book with some flaws in it. I didn't mind and was able to overlook alot of the historical inaccuracies. At times I hated the hero and at times I wanted to hug him, but that is the beauty of Ivory's writing, she can make you feel so emotional about her writing.  I mean who can forget the chair scene in Untie My Heart...I never will.  The ending was too abrupt, even though the entire book was mainly about Adrian and Christina being together. The had been through so much, I just wanted to read about them, just being together in love without all the side circus that they had had to deal with.

Date Posted: 9/4/2011 1:37 PM ET
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I'm still on Good Girls Don't by Victoria Dahl.  I"m still really annoyed about the beginning of this series that was in The Guy Next Door anthology that was totally left hanging.  The hero in that one is not appearing in this book much, and it's frustrating that it will be 2 more books before we get the rest of his story.  This one is ok though, apart from my extreme irritation with the author about this.  I'm not too far into it yet, just a few chapters.

Date Posted: 9/4/2011 1:43 PM ET
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Read a couple yesterday:

All I Want by Shayne Parkinson.  Not bad but kind of a sad read.   BN freebie.

Journal of a Civil War Nurse by Georgiann Baldino.  BN freebie.

Sleeping With The Wolf by Maddy Barone.   I liked the worldbuilding but some of the dialog was pretty cheesy.

Date Posted: 9/4/2011 1:49 PM ET
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I hear you on that Lesley, I so wanted to continue to read their story. I hate that we have to wait so long before we get to read about them.

Date Posted: 9/4/2011 4:04 PM ET
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I am going to read Seducing the Highlander by Emma Wildes.

Date Posted: 9/4/2011 4:25 PM ET
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I'm listening to (not romance) ESPRESSO TALES by Alexander McCall Smith - it's due at library on Tuesday, have 5 discs to go and don't want to renew it. Enjoying it a lot, very different from my usual reading material; Bertie is a charming little hoot. I am sorry, though, that I started with the 2nd book but will request the remaining ones in order.

I'm about 3/4 finished ROYALLY ROMANCED/Marie Donovan. Will probably finish it this evening. Not much on TV for me on Sundays.

Gail

Date Posted: 9/4/2011 4:36 PM ET
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I am reading The Irish Warrior by Kris Kennedy and I am enjoying it so far!  I've had it on my TBR forever and I can't believe I didn't read it sooner.  I've also got Defiant by her too on my TBR.

Date Posted: 9/4/2011 5:54 PM ET
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I'm reading Long Time Gone, by Meg Benjamin a new to me author.  A Samhain book I got from my library :)  Definitely has a story to go with the rest. Part of a series of a fictional town, book 4. Now I have to get the back list and there is another one just coming out. I'd recommend. Her books here are rated 3.7 - 4.3

Date Posted: 9/4/2011 7:45 PM ET
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Started Unclaimed by Courtney Milan. One of my fav set-ups, looks like -- the Good Boy/Bad Girl.

Date Posted: 9/4/2011 9:40 PM ET
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Finished Patti Berg's And Then He Kissed Me. It was cute and sweet, just what a I needed on a Sunday afternoon.

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 10:16 AM ET
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3 1/2 stars as being about a B. Always surprises me that people think of  3 stars as a bad rating.

Interesting, Willa.  I've always considered 3 stars to be about a C with 3.5 to be maybe a C+.  4 stars being a B or high B and 5 being an A read.  For me, a three star rating is just an average read, nothing to write  home about.

 

Yesterday I read Hannah's Man by Rita Hestand.  It was cheesy in parts and I was a bit disappointed with it.  The sole bedroom scene was closed door and consisted of "there were lots of oohs and aahs to be had".   Seriously!!      No idea what I'm reading today.  I'm finally off on a holiday and its raining.  Sigh.  But I can't complain because we haven't had rain in over a month, so I'm just going to veg on the couch and see what my Nook has on it.

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 10:40 AM ET
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I read Seducing the Highlander by Emma Wildes.  It was my first foray into her books and I liked it.  Seducing Robbie was my favorite story.  He was perfectly portrayed as a confident, charming, sexy ladies man, while his falling for Julia was believable.  The other two stories were good, but not exceptional. 

Not sure what's up for me next.

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 10:48 AM ET
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Spent most of yesterday reading Only Mine (Fool's Gold, Bk 4) by Susan Mallery and I must say I was pleasently surprised!  I hated the third book in the series (a DNF for ) but decided I would try Book 4.  Thank you Lesley for sending it to me!  I sat around like a slug all day reading.  I also went ahead and ordered the next books in the series so that I can keep up with the series. 

Moved on to Wild, Wicked and Wanton by Jaci Burton (also recommened by Lesley!) and I am enjoying it as well.  I read the first story, Wild, and really loved it.  One of my favorite plots are ones that center around friends who try to help each other out of a slump, although this book shows how much you have to trust your friends!

 

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 10:56 AM ET
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Speaking of the novel "The Guy Next Door," I've read that so long ago that I would have to go back and re-read it to remember the details.  Does anyone know when the other books in those series are supposed to come out?  I know I was disappointed in  Guy simply because the stories were not complete for me.

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 11:00 AM ET
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I'm reading a mystery Spider's Web by Earlene Fowler, part of hte Benni Harper series. It's slow-paced but a lot better than the last book which disappointed me with the preachiness about racism - this is the 3rd mystery author who turned me off - not that I don't agree with their stance but if they put the right dialogue and actions in a book I'm capable of picking up on the facts - don't need actual dialogue saying what racists, etc people are to reinforce it! I like this one though even though it's not as light and no one's been offed yet (usually there's a murder or something) but there's a sniper targeting policment though he/she missed the first ime and got more serious as they went on.

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 12:37 PM ET
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Maybe 3 1/2 = B- ... it gets confusing because my stars on PBS don't mean the same as my stars on GR.

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 1:08 PM ET
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I agree with Willa, my stars on GR would have a higher standing than my stars on here. It isn't a bad rating to me, just didn't do much for me.

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 6:06 PM ET
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Just finished Wolf's Glory by Maddy Barone.  Meh.  I probably won't be reading anything more by her.  Great idea for her books but she (in my opinion anyway) doesn't pull it off.

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 10:06 PM ET
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Just read Children of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy. I liked this book (series) and I wish it was longer than 2 books. I really like Edie and Finn. I was sad to say goodbye to them. No clue what I will read next. I am tempted to look for a book now to start but I should really go to bed. First day of school for my son tomorrow, so I should probably sleep lol

Date Posted: 9/6/2011 2:54 PM ET
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Still on Talk Me Down - Victoria Dahl (new to me author and I'm enjoying her writing) and Dear Fatty - Dawn French. 

Date Posted: 9/6/2011 4:04 PM ET
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I can't remember the last time I updated, but I'll start with Delicious by Shayla Black, which just may become a keeper, despite how much I wanted to slap Luc upside the head many, many times. Definitely my favorite in the series so far. 

Over the long weekend, I finished More Than Magick, which had stories by Shiloh Walker and Rhyannon Byrd, which I both loved, and another by Titania Ladley. I have never read anything by her before, but she was definitely inventive in her sex scenes! I'll never look at an M&M the same way again. Anybody out there, if you've read her, is she always so creative in her sex scenes? If so, I may have to look into more of her stuff. wink

I also finished The Bodyguard, a pretty good anthology with stories by three of my favorite authors, Cherry Adair, Gena Showalter and Lorie O'Clare. The Showalter story was by far my favorite, and reminded me a lot of her Extraordinary Girl books (also keepers for me).

Now, I'm slogging through The Lady Makes Three by Morgan Ashbury. Bored so far. 

Date Posted: 9/6/2011 4:48 PM ET
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Milan's Unclaimed was really good. I'm officially a fan. Also reading Pleasure and Purpose by Megan Hart -- weird, but interesting. I seem to have found "my" erotica -- m-m-f. How embarrasing is that. ;-)

Date Posted: 9/6/2011 4:56 PM ET
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Willa, no embarassment among friends. I just started reading m/m and m/m/f and love them, I never thought that I would like it but I do.

Date Posted: 9/6/2011 5:25 PM ET
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I like m-f-m sometimes blush but I've only read a few where the guys were with each other - Lacey Alexander and I think Lorelie James and there was another author - Samantha James maybe? I picked up a Lorelei James at Borders yesterday and was flipping through it - put it back because the language didn't do it for me - I've seen the words before the guy just bored me at least in that scene. I guess I'm getting picky with the nookie books now!

finished the Earlene Fowler mystery and went to the library to return some books and pick up an ILL and got 3 more books 'just in case'...ran another errand, came  home for webinar for work, checked email and 2 other ILLs were there! so back I went then to another library branch for suze orman's new finance book(thank goodness something good came out of not being able to place library holds for 2 weeks - books can't be requested so it's firstcome first serve LOL - of course I'm not appreciating it when it comes to the new jayne castle book I can see but can't get in line for!) these other 2 requests ar for a coworker and I wanted to get them so she can have them tomorrow morning or friday night at the latest and leave them for me to return.

I started a book for hte RT challenge - what the lady wants by jennifer crusie - kinda silly but it's growing on me! plus it's pretty short....I have 3 more picked out for the challnge - runaway mistress by robyn carr, lynsay sands' newest vampire book, and simply scandalous by carly phillips. I have other books I may mix in as well but the challenge ends sept 30 so would be nice to get them read so I'm done with the challenge.

Date Posted: 9/6/2011 6:01 PM ET
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What Cyndi wrote. While I've always enjoyed hot/sensual romances, my first foray into erotica was Jo Davis' WHEN ALEX WAS BAD last year.  It was both enjoyable and enlightening. Talk about this old broad admitting to that!

Many of the books on my WL are erotica now - and they've actually been coming through, at a trickle, but my need to read them has been satisfied, if you'll excuse the expression.

Last April (2010) I was given a large B&N gift certificate from a former nurse co-worker and just about all the books I bought were erotica I normally wouldn't have been able to afford.

Gail

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