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Subject: What are we reading this week? 9/20 - 9/26, 2009
Date Posted: 9/20/2009 11:30 AM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 11:31 AM ET
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I'm still reading Talk of the Town by Karen  Hawkins! It's funny and I"m only between 1/4 and 1/2 way through it. I'll probably be reading it off and on today unless I can settle in a good spot and just get into it. Was doing pretty well last night but got too sleepy to keep going!

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 1:40 PM ET
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Going to try a paranormal, Lure of the Wolf by Jennifer St. Giles.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 3:56 PM ET
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I'm reading Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella.  It's a little weird to start, but the quirkiness has me laughing out loud so that's good.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 4:16 PM ET
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I haven't gotten much reading done..my dad's home from the hospital and we've had company on and off most of the day and probably more to come. I plan on finishing though LOL!

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 4:26 PM ET
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I have hundreds of books to read, so I think I am going to move a couple of the books that I keep seeing other recommend on here to the top of my list.


Beau Crusoe comes next since it has been in my pile for awhile.  I've only read one Carla Kelly and it made me mad enough that I skipped to the end to see if it was going to end up the way I thought and since it did, I couldn't finish it.  I figure I should give her one more chance.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 4:39 PM ET
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I just finished Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian, which I enjoyed. I'm getting ready to start Dark Defender by Alexis Morgan.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 4:51 PM ET
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Just finished "Seduce Me At Sunrise", and now reading "To Scotland With Love",  and then........ "An Echo In The Bone" .   

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 6:18 PM ET
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WILLA - Keep in mind that not all paranormals are of the same "genre." Until recently, my only regularly scheduled paranormal reading was Lora Leigh's Breed series. And I'm finding that vampires, shapeshifters, wizards, and other paranormal beings do not behave or have the same characteristics and abilities when authors get to individually define the beings that inhabit their worlds. i.e., I didn't care for Lindsay McKenna's shapeshifters, but I loved Annmarie McKenna's wolf pack. And while Lora Leigh's wizards don't do much for me, I love Cherry Adair's Edge Brothers. Soooo, I hope you enjoy Lure of the Wolf (I haven't read that author, so please report back). If not, try another author's wolves!

I'm reading Kresley Cole's Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Immortals After Dark series #3). Werewolf and witch h/h. Have 3 more after this to finish this series. Hope to get it done before visiting sis next weekend. Both she and her husband like paranormals, viking, and pirate stories so she'll want to borrow them.

Got a huge stack of erotica waiting, but so many series books I need to get through first.

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 7:07 PM ET
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I've read 2 of the 4 stories in Lady Whistledown Strikes Back.  I liked them. I'm liking the 3rd story too.  As is almost always the case with anthologies the stories are too short and people are forced to fall in love very rapidly.  But they're still good.  I like how these stories are all intertwined. For example in the first, the H/h do a foot race in Hyde Park (or some other public park in London), thinkng that no one is paying attention to them.  In the 2nd story, the (2nd story) heroine and her friend are in the park and her friend says "Look over there, I think someone is having a foot race, of all things! So unseemly."  Things like that keep popping up in each story. It makes it kinda fun.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 7:11 PM ET
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which Carla Kelly book sucked?!

still reading Talk of the Town - funny!

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 7:47 PM ET
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Crystal, if you like that aspect of the anthologies, go to Julia Quinn's website and check out her book notes.  She points out several things like that in all of her books...the hero in one book is mentioned as the host of a ball in another book, etc. 

I'm reading A Knight to Remember by Christina Dodd.  There doesn't seem to be quite as much humor as in Once a Knight, but I think I like the story better, and I definitely like the heroine better.



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Date Posted: 9/20/2009 8:38 PM ET
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It's been ages since I read a romance, but I was finally able to squeeze one in this weekend - and it felt gooooood!

I read A Little Bit Wicked, which is the first in the Last Man Standing series by Victoria Alexander.   I have all of the books in this series on my TBR,. And since I really, REALLY need to trim my TBR, somewhere in the back of my mind I was hoping that I wouldn't like this book and could take the entire series off my TBR.

Well, for the first 100 pages or so, it looked like I might get my wish.   This is one of those books where the H&H fall into bed first, and fall into love later.  Even though there was lust aplenty in those first hundred pages, I wasn't feeling the passion.   And the witty banter seemed .... forced.   But then their emotions FINALLY got involved in the story and both characters started to seem much more human.  I devoured the rest of the book and can't wait to finish the rest of the series.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 8:43 PM ET
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I wound up going in a totally different direction and starting Short Straw Bride by Dallas Shulze, which is quite good so far.

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 9:29 PM ET
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Libby's London Merchant is the Carla Kelly book that disappointed me when it took an unexpected turn.  I then skipped to the end to see how it was going to turn out and I was disappointed.   A lot of people like this book, so don't base anything on my review :-)

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 10:32 PM ET
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Between cleaning projects yesterday I read  the I'M YOUR SANTA anthology by Lori Foster & 2 other authors. The LF was the best of the 3 stories but overall I wasn't impressed. At least it was easy to put down and get back to my projects.

Today I read MIDNIGHT ANGEL by Lisa Marie Rice. It was pretty good. I'm still not crazy about the way LMR books end.



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Date Posted: 9/20/2009 11:19 PM ET
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darn I think that London Merchant book is the one I have..sigh..don't like unpredictable. so far Marrying the Captain is the only one of hers I've read though I plan on reading Beau Crusoe if I can ever find it when I'm in the mood! I keep moving it over most of the time then can't find it.

I'm enjoying Talk of the Town..the book is over halfway and still no sex between the main c haracters..they're trying to avoid each other..there's a mystery that meanders..the book isn't too cohesive yet I'm really liking it! go figure...It's a long one though - a little over 400 pages! I may stay up and finish it tonight since I'm about 160 pages or so to the end. Are her historical romances funny/cutesy like this one?

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 11:53 PM ET
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Really enjoyed Short Straw Bride.  It's a bit like the old musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."

Next up: Elizabeth's Wolf by Lora Leigh. Woo-hoo!

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 12:52 AM ET
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WILLA - You're as bad as I am. I open a book and think "I'm not in the mood for... whatever I'm holding in my hands." I start looking through the TBR mountain and find something else.

I've read Short Straw Bride and enjoyed it also. I envy you about E's Wolf. It's one of the few Ellora's Cave Breeds books I don't have (Aiden's Charity and Jacob's Faith being the other 2). And I'm at 49 of 358 in the WL queue. I might have to break down and buy it. *sigh* Being a mom, my book budget always gets spent on stuff for my kid. She's 12 now. Does this ever stop being the case?

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 2:46 AM ET
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iirc, LIBBYS LONDON MERCHANT is a love triangle. are u mad that she didnt pick the other dude? he does get his own bk

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 7:28 AM ET
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I read Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me & Fast Women.  This is the first time I've read any of her books. Of the two, Bet Me was the one I most enjoyed.  They were light reads for the weekend.  Not sure what I'm reading next... back to the TBR pile!:)

Margy

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 8:14 AM ET
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I'm reading Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas, and I'm really disappointed with it so far.  She set up this great chemistry between the H&H and then dumped ice water all over it.  What to do when the heroine marries the villain?  Well, if you can't build the tension any better than she has in this, I'd say chuck it & start again with a new premise.  I had high hopes for this book and I'm supremely annoyed that I'm going into the final quarter and it's no better than this.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 9:43 AM ET
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Was feeling like a western so I picked up Sunset Embrace by Sandra Brown.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 9:48 AM ET
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I finished Prospero's Daughter by Nancy Butler.  I'm not normally a Regency fan, but this was pretty good.    Not sure what I'm reading next.

Decided to read Otherwise Engaged by Suzanne Brockmann.



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Date Posted: 9/21/2009 10:55 AM ET
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I'm just a few chapters into The Bitten, and I'm not sure I like where Banks is going with this one. But I really don't know what I was expecting after she blew my emotions out of the water with the third book. I'm still enjoying the series, but, again, I just don't see how she's going to get her characters out of yet another seemingly impossible corner that she's written them into. 

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