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Subject: What are we reading this week? 9/13-9/19, 2009
Date Posted: 9/13/2009 8:18 AM ET
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New week!

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 8:24 AM ET
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I'm still uncommitted to a book! I started a christian chick lit last night but wasn't really concentrating on it and since more than a couple of characters I'm already lost! Before bed i started The Fall of Rome by Beth Ciotta to finish up that historical western trilogy but only finished 1 chapter then was out like a light!

was gonna snooze this morning but I think my mom wants to ride back with me after the first visitation and take a shower then go back so I wanna be there to do that for her. Hopefully my dad had a good night. still shook up about it. He's had several surgeries and was getting stopped up/blocked in the small intestine and they couldnt' tell where so it was either something inside causing it, the carcinoid cancer inside, scar tissue, or the worst was the carcinoid had completely covered that area in which case trying to fix anything could have totally torn the entire area and killed him or made his quality of life just too bad. That's the part I didin' tknow about before-hand though I knew for some reason they kept putting off doing surgery. but since it took forever doing the surgery they had to give him a lot of fluid so instead of breathing deep and coughing they put him on a respirator to do it for him and he's doped up so not fully understanding I dont think why, etc though we keep telling  him.

anyways sorry for the off-topic-ness. I grabbed a bag of books before leaving the house (like that was hard to do LOL!) but haven't settled into reading mode yet though both I've started will probably be ok.

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 9:41 AM ET
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Still reading Along Came A Cowboy by Christine Lynxwiler and its really good so far.  Its a Christian romance but from what I've read so far, very little mention of religion.   The storyline is really interesting.

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 9:51 AM ET
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I just finished Into Thin Air by Cindy Miles .  Wonderful book.  I really really enjoyed it.  I want to start the next one, but unfortunatly I don't have it.  I may stop when I'm out today and see if I can buy it. 

I am going to start Too Hot to Handle by Robin Kaye instead.  I just recently read the first book in the series, Romeo, Romeo by Robin Kaye and I really liked it as well. 



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Date Posted: 9/13/2009 10:00 AM ET
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I just finished Seeing Red by Susan Crandall. It was a good romantic suspense, but I wish the romance would have been heavier. If you like your romance light in the sex scenes, this might be for you. 

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 10:15 AM ET
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Reading With Seduction in Mind by Laura Lee Guhrke and it's kinda boring.  And Then He Kissed Her was so good, but the rest of this "Girl Bachelor" series has been so blah.  Only halfway through though, so I'm still hoping the pace picks up a bit.

And this text formatting is driving me bananas, btw:P



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Date Posted: 9/13/2009 10:28 AM ET
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Susanna, how were the books before The Fall of Rome by Beth Ciotta?  They look like something I'd like but I've never picked them up...

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 11:12 AM ET
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I liked them Kristen - they're historical but kinda funny/light. It's been a while since I read them but the main characters are siblings from a showbiz family and all named after big cities. Paris isn't allowed to work in the family showbiz so she sets out on her own to work at some unknown place. Athens is a widower with 2 kids and the 'serious one'. Boston, Rome, and London are the other brothers. Seems like the first book focused on Paris and her guy. Then the 2nd book had Athens and the friend of the guy in the first book. Now Rome and London I think will get this book. They're hard to describe but I really enjoy light fun reads and while I don't recall rolling around on the floor LMAO or anything I remember they were cute reads. I read the first 2 then couldn't find the 3rd in my TBR so read the contemporary trilogy she wrote Charmed, Jinxed and something or other and they were kinda the same way - light and cute romances.

I think I'll get back to reading The Fall of Rome but the other book I started is The Sisterhood of the Queen Mamas by Annie Jones. I may decide to switch back and forth between the 2 though I think Ciotta's book will hold my attention once it actually gets it!

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 2:17 PM ET
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Still reading The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, and liking it quite well- you all were right about how good it is!  Not sure what is up next.  I was a bad, bad girl yesterday and went to Borders with my super coupon and bought Thirteen Chances by Cindy Miles, which has been on my WL for months, and the line just does not seem to be moving AT ALL.  But I also FINALLY got  Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner posted to my WL, so...not sure which one will win out.  Probably whichever one I can read the fastest, because after September 22, my spare moments will all belong to Diana Gabaldon.  And I'm sure THAT one is going to take awhile!

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 5:14 PM ET
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I've been receiving soooo many books and expecting a few more, my TBR short list keeps changing...

Right now, reading Lost But Not Forgotten by Mackenzie McKade.

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 5:20 PM ET
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I'm still reading The Fall of Rome and there are other people in it to keep track of!

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 5:35 PM ET
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I am reading The Surgeon's Lady by Carla Kelly and I am enjoying it. Her books don't have the heavy duty love scenes but I believe the emotions and passion nonetheless.
Date Posted: 9/13/2009 6:15 PM ET
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I'm nearly finished with The Phantom of the Bathtub by Eugenia Riley. I didn't realize it was historical when I picked it up, but I'm really enjoying it.  Now I'll probably end up picking up some of her other non-series romances, LOL.

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 9:24 PM ET
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Just started Mistress of Pleasure from Delilah Marvelle, so far so good.

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 10:37 PM ET
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I am almost done with "I'm In No Mood For Love" by Rachel Gibson.  This is the third book I've tried and to be honest, the only one I've really liked.  She will stay on my "authors to read list."  I guess it's hit and miss with her. 

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 11:56 PM ET
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I read Dishonor and Desire by Juliet Landon. It featured a strong heroine, good period detail and some interesting plot twists, but the hero was a little too perfect and too commanding for my taste. :-)  I'd call it OK but not great.

Almost finished with Annie's Song.

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 12:20 AM ET
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Just read The Wood Nymph by Balogh. Pretty good, I'm sorry I don't get to keep it.  I'm not very fond of "child of nature" characters, but I liked that she was paired with a sensitive, Beta (virgin!) hero instead of it being one of those reformed-by-innocence stories. And everybody suffers a lot, so I like it. ;-)

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 2:20 AM ET
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I'm reading the release of Susan Higginbothams "Hugh and Bess" (a love story) more historical fiction than romance, it has additional text.  Also a complete reread of  "A Breath Of  Snow And Ashes".  Only 8 more days!!!



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Date Posted: 9/14/2009 7:05 AM ET
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I'm reading  What Happens In London by Julia Quinn.  Lots of humor, which I like.

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 7:51 AM ET
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I finished Along Came A Cowboy by Christine Lynxwiler and it was good.  Not a ton of romance in it, more of a woman's journey through some pretty emotional stuff, but still a good read.  What romance there was was pretty good.     Then I picked up The Bossy Bridegroom by Mary Connealy and read about 2 chapters and DNF'd it.   I usually love her stuff but this was very heavy material (years of emotional abuse by a husband) and I just couldn't get my head around it.  Now I'm reading Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas and really liking it so far.

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 8:35 AM ET
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I just finished the knitting series by Christie Ridgway (How to Knit a Wild Bikini, Unravel Me, and Dirty Sexy Knitting). Really enjoyed them. Nothing intense, just a good read. I liked the characters and each book had a couple of hot scenes so I was happy!

I took out several historical romances from the library, so I've just started Don't Tempt Me by Loretta Chase.

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 9:42 AM ET
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WILLA - Don'tcha just love virgin heroes? I've got a tag set up in fictiondb.com just for them! Have to admit my favorite virgin hero story is Diana Palmer's Sutton's Way. Both h/h are virgins and he hates women! Double up on the kleenex...

I finished Lost But Not Forgotten by Mackenzie McKade. Okay, but not her best writing. It won't be sharing keeper-shelf real estate with Lisa's Gift.

Started A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole (NTMA). Not sure why uber paranormal stories have never excited me. Perhaps because the first paranormal story I read was too off the charts weird (Heart of the Jaguar by Lindsay McKenna). But I am really enjoying Hunger. I've got the first five books in the Immortals After Dark series. Would have gotten them all but decided I should test drive before investing that much. My wishes for these books were granted more quickly than I expected.

One thing I'm enjoying about Hunger is that it begins in the catacombs beneath Paris. My daughter and I are hooked on the History Channel program "Cities of the Underworld" in which urban spelunkers explore tunnels and subterranean chambers beneath major cities. I've seen the program on the catacombs of Paris so I could really picture as I was reading. It's always fun when you know just what the writer is talking about!

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 9:42 AM ET
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Still reading the Katherine of Aragon trilogy by Jean Plaidy. Much better than the last couple of her books I've read, although her penchant for repetition within a dozen pages still annoys me. I KNOW Katherine's duenna Dona Elvira & her brother were intriguing at the Flanders court against King Ferdinand! You just told me five pages ago!!! And three pages before that!!!!

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 10:30 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/14/2009 10:57 AM ET
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I finally finished Where the Heart Leads by Stephanie Laurens.  Man, it took me FOREVER to read this.  I had a really hard time because I liked it enough to keep reading but didn't love it enough to read it constantly.  Normally I read a book in 1-2 days, but this one took me almost a week.  I couldn't consider it a DNF, so I forced myself to muddle through.  I don't know if it was the writing style (NTM author) or the plot or if I just didn't fall in love with the characters?!?!?!?  I liked it, but I don't think I'll rush out and read any more by her.

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