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Subject: What are we reading this week? 9/5 - 9/11, 2010
Date Posted: 9/5/2010 10:16 AM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 10:24 AM ET
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I recently finished Skinny Dipping, a contemporary romance by Connie Brockway.    Connie is a Minnesota author, and this book has a somewhat "Minnesota" feel - with family lake compounds, Scandanavians, etc.   It took me three weeks to read, but that was more a function of the craziness of my job than the book.     I found it easy to put down, but also always felt compelled to pick it back up.    And even though it took me a while to read, I think the storyline is going to stick with me for a while.

It was much more than "just" a romance, but more about two people finding their true selves (in mid-life yet) and thereby finding each other.     And even though a lot of it was serious, it was also really FUNNY.

Here's the link to the PBS bookpage and my full review:   Skinny Dipping

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 10:43 AM ET
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that sounds like a good one Lynne..I know the feelilng I've had books that wre good but for some reason just took me a while to get through! I think I have this and and another of her contemporaries in my tbr somewhere or other..

I haven't settled ona new book yet - tired and working - the mystery I started a few nights ago I'd like to read - Quitler's Knot by Arlene Sachitano - but so many characters I'm not sure I can focus on it here at work. The Harlequin I ended up reading yesterday was perfect for picking up and putting down. I started Shelly Laurenston's new book last night and not sure I can even make it through that one sad I was very tire but crows and ravens for the shifters? But it got good reviews on amazon(at least the kindle version since that's what I clicked on since it came up first) so I guess I'll stick with it but it's probably gonna be one of those 'read at home' books since it's samhain and they're known for some spice! True Courage has been on my list(library book and 4th in this series by Dee Henderson) but hers take some concentration esp if she starts flashing back and forth or doing 2 people in 2 places simultaneously stuff..sigh...so that leaves either trying that mystery again, skipping Heaven Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and reading Nobody's Baby But Mine(library had this one but not the other and I wanted to go in order) or reading Waiting Out the Storm by Ruth Logan Herne, a Love Inspired. the LI is the best choice for work but I'm kinda wanting funny and that's SEP...too many decisions huh?!

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 10:45 AM ET
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I tried to read Renegade by Lora Leigh. I don't know why I keep torturing my self with her books.It was a DNF  for me.  I feel like it has been so long since I read a really good book.

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 10:54 AM ET
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I tried to read Renegade by Lora Leigh. I don't know why I keep torturing my self with her books.It was a DNF  for me.  
Me too.  I don't even try to read LL anymore.  It is like Julie Garwood.  Just nothing there for me.

I am reading Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas so I can get it on to the next person on the WL.  Nice contemporary story by a good writer of characters.   If kids make you cry, watch out for this one. 

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 11:57 AM ET
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I finished Liz Carlyle's A Woman of Virture and really liiked it. Not sure what I am going to pick up next. Halfpriced books is having a 20% off everything sale, so I think me and the hubby might sneak up there and take a look around. I am sure that my TBR pile is not quite big enough. It never is.

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 12:21 PM ET
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I finished off Beauty Emerges by Dominique Adair last night.  Nice, quick read.  Then, I picked up Love's Payback by Elizabeth Lapthorne.  I'm finding that one a fast easy read too.

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 3:17 PM ET
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Finished Beowulf & Roxie by Marissa Chenery last night.  Astoundingly Average.  I think Patricia Briggs has ruined me for anyone else writing werewolf paranormals.

Starting on Cold Night, Warm Stranger by Jill Gregory next.

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 3:32 PM ET
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I'm reading Waiting Out the Storm by Ruth Logan Herne..picked a good one since we ended up busier than I expected and I've barely gotten 1/4 of the way through this little romance! and I'm already geared for tears..already been mentioned the hero's lab is 15 and really old and might not make the winter..if the doggy dies this will make like the 5th romance I've read whre a dog has died(4th lab) and of course I have a lab dangit..I'm gonna be sobbing..

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 3:48 PM ET
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I am working on LESSONS IN FRENCH by Laura Kinsale.  I am enjoying it, but, it is a bit tedious. 

 

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 4:17 PM ET
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About halway through Only a Whisper, a harlequin intrigue by Gayle Wilson. Pretty good. I don't usually read that line, but I liked her historicals a lot.

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 5:07 PM ET
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I was in a huge reading slump so I am re-reading Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh....it was my least fav of the series but I am liking it a lot better the 2nd time around.

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 5:37 PM ET
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I finished Infamous by Suzanne Brockmann.   Can I just say that I LOVED IT?!?!?!?!?!  I literally ignored my family and stayed in my pajamas until 3pm today so I could sit around & read it.

Gosh, maybe I just need to start each book expecting it to suck... that way if it does, I'm not disappointed.  Then when a book really turns out great like this one, then I'm astoundingly surprised!  lol   Honestly, I went into this not expecting much, so maybe I'm just a huge fan of Brockmann's writing?  Her characters actually think like normal people, the dialogue is normal conversation between two people, her main characters are very seldom too stupid to live, etc.  A.J. was terrific - not perfect (40-something ex-military recovering alcoholic suffering from PTSD), but he was charming and cute and REAL.  Alison was smart and assertive and realistic and I could see the draw (of her) for someone like A.J.  I liked the plot, I liked the mystery, the paranormal aspect (Jamie's ghost "haunting" A.J.) was done a heck of a lot better than I expected, and I loved the diary entries intermittently thrown in throughout the story, which told the love story between Jamie and Melody.   This book definitely gave me the warm fuzzies!

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 5:46 PM ET
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Yesterday was a great reading day, I finished Susan Mallery's "Finding Perfect", which I really enjoyed.  I didn't realize the H was from the Keyes sisters book until well into it.  I might not have liked the book so much without that connection.  Then I read Jennifer Ashley's "Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage", which I loved.  I hate that it's a whole year until the next one (Cam's story) comes out.  I like this series.

Now I'm on to Carly Phillips' "Love Me if You Dare".  I haven't been able to get very far into it, but I like the characters so far.

 

Renee

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 7:32 PM ET
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Sherri, Patricia Briggs definetly ruined me for paranormal wearwolves.  I finally just quit reading them.  They were just boring.  I DNF Wild Fire by Christine Feehan.  by page 100 I felt like I had read the same works over and over. Normally I like her books but not this one.

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 9:06 PM ET
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I spent all day reading A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James. I just loved it!!! I laughed on nearly every page. 5 stars!

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 11:40 PM ET
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I just finished The Seductive One by Susan Mallery and of the original trilogy I loved this one the best! I'm now reading The Marcelli Bride by Susan Mallery, but just started so, I have no clue on my feelings yet.

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 11:44 PM ET
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Michelle, I just put Infamous on my RL, LOL! I got sick of the Troubleshooters, so I haven't read anything by her in a while:)

Date Posted: 9/6/2010 10:39 AM ET
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Well I just cant make up my mind about Infamous - I put it on wl then hear something icky and take it off then hear good and put it back..I think right now it's off but not sure! I found out my library has it ordered so I got in linefor it there and figure if I just love it I'll either buy it somewhere or get back in line again LOL!

I finished Waiting OUt the Storm by Ruth Logan Herne..good and a bit sad..I think Winter's End was better but it's book 3 (came out first though) Now I'm reading the 2nd book (heroine was alcoholic in book 1 and hero was introduced briefly) both are struggling a year later day to day -her with not drinking and a bratty 7 yr old who's acting like a 2 yr old all of a sudden(I'd have whooped the poo out of this brat by now!)and finanaces and wanting to start a business..him with haunts from 12 yrs earlier(he pretty much has the not drinking under control) Made to Order Family I think is the title of this one. I'm less than 100 pages from finishing htis one but got too tired.

Date Posted: 9/6/2010 11:57 AM ET
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I am almost finished Liz Carlyle's A Woman Scorned and I am loving this one. It is a grittier, darker romance for her and reminds me a bit of Sherry Thomas without the long separation. Very good.

Date Posted: 9/6/2010 12:54 PM ET
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Finished Visions of Heat, definitely liked it better the 2nd time....now I am going to re-read Caressed by Ice...I love Judd, and even better, it takes place near Hawke :D

Date Posted: 9/6/2010 2:37 PM ET
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I just finished Hot on her heels by susan mallery, going to start her new series chasing perfect. I really love her books. One of my favorite authors

Date Posted: 9/6/2010 3:59 PM ET
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I finished Cold Night, Warm Stranger by Jill Gregory and I thought it was amazingly predictable.  I believe I could have told you the entire story after just reading a few chapters.  Definitely done better by others.

Now I'm reading The Mercenary's Bride by Terri Brisbin.

Date Posted: 9/6/2010 9:26 PM ET
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I finished Take A Chance on Me by Susan Donovan, and really liked it a lot.  I think I may have read one book of hers before, but can't remember- this one makes me want to read more by her though.  I really liked both the hero and heroine, and though I did get frustrated with their lack of communication, it was worth it in the end when they finally did connect.

I have started The Sparkling One by Susan Mallery now but haven't gotten very far in yet.

Date Posted: 9/6/2010 11:07 PM ET
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I finished Made to Order Family by Ruth Logan Herne..Love Inspired. good author and 'real' characters but I swear she kills off a person/dog every friggin' book! sigh..I actually handled people dying better than the dog! but I expected it since it said a bunch of times how old the lab was,e tc etc etc..this story was about 2 alcoholics making it.he's a control neat freak with no kids and she has 3 and the youngest is being a big time brat though we find out why later in the book.

not sure what I'll read  next. was working on a quilt block but cant' find the lace darn it.gonna look one more timethen Ill have to contact the lady who gets the block and ask if she has more or where she got it. sigh. hate doing that but don't know where the lace could've gone. I took it to a friend's 2 wks ago and she doens't have it..said I packed it up with the stuff. the stuff stayed in the car til this morning. so wher ethe heck did it go??! not a big piece either so guess I'll spend tomorrow digging through the car looking under seats...wanna find something to read now though!

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