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Subject: What are we reading this week? 9/6-9/12, 2009
Date Posted: 9/6/2009 9:24 AM ET
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New week!



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Date Posted: 9/6/2009 9:29 AM ET
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Well once I got into The Raider by Jude Deveraux I stayed up til 10:30 or so to finish it last night! It was pretty good. I'm glad I didn't live back in those days with the British being so bad..they were seizing people's property and just so mean to the colonists and treated the woman badly as well. She didn't get Canham-descriptive on all the goings-on(thank goodness!) but enough to understand a bit about those times. I'm mixed on the book overall as it had deception on the part of the hero. He was sick when his boat arrived and he was dressed as someone very overweight and effiminate. He becomes the raider and wreaks havoc on the british by  night and is overweight and sickly/weak during the day. Jessica and he were always picking on each other as kids and now she makes fun of him but grows to like him. He seduces her as the raider and that part I disliked because in each role he criticizes himself in the other to her and she never knows they're the same til near the end then she tricks him. I hate deceit but she was really verbally cruel to him asking him i fhe's remembering whene he 'used to be a man' and poking at how useless he is as a man,etc. but it kept my interest and I made that challenge yeah yeah yeah! and I even enjoyed it!

Now I have one challenge left - angel or devil in the title. I have several but am leaning towards a Harlequin Duets book I've had a while by kate Hoffmann - unexpected angel is the first story. If it doesn't grab me I may read The Winter Devil since I've wanted to read that one a while..wanted to go in order but think it's book #3 ..ick..

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 9:51 AM ET
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I'm still reading Out of the Mist by JoAnn Ross.  It was a little slow to start with and there's flashbacks, but now we seem to be at the story, so I'm sticking with it.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 9:55 AM ET
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Karen Hawkins, "To Catch A Highlander"  and reviewing "Outlander series.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 4:55 PM ET
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Wow! I looked at last week's topic and I actually read the books I said I was going to read. Didn't get distracted at all. I just finished Bengal's Heart last night (TY, Sherri!) and the excerpt in the back of it (something I rarely read) for Nauti Deceptions (I do wish I was further up the WL queue... looks like I'll have to buy that one). I read several others during the week, including anthology The School for Heiresses which resulted in a NTMA, Sabrina Jeffries, that is now on my RL.

This week, my little stack by my chair includes Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie (TY, Laura), Tempted All Night by Liz Carlyle, Trouble by Sasha White, Dark Thirst by Sara Reinke (TY, Heather), and The Carpetbagger's Wife by Deborah Hale (TY, Brenda). And I have Heat Seeker on it's way from The Book Depository (TY, Monika for telling me about this).

Well, looking at my week ahead, it's obvious that y'all are a bad influence on me. Aren't you soooo proud of yourselves? *wink*

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 5:44 PM ET
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Oh I just finished Nauti Deceptions this morning. I really liked it. Lora Leigh can write a 6 page sex scene and I will read every word, unlike some authors, where I can hardly stand to read 1 page LOL. 

Currently reading a non-romance for a challenge. Haven't decided what to read after that.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 5:51 PM ET
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Anne - How did you get your hands on Nauti Deceptions???? It's not due out until Feb 2010!

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 6:00 PM ET
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I just finished Novak's Perfect Lies. Not sure what I am going to read next.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 6:12 PM ET
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I'm reading The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins & it's a little dull.  About average for Hawkins though - which is about average romance & nothing exceptional.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 6:15 PM ET
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I read Unexpected Angel by Kate Hoffmann to finish up the RT summer challenge(title with angel or devil) it's the first story in a harlequin duets but think it counts as a book. If not I have a Blaze title lined up! I was going to read the next story in the same book/same author - undercover elf but it's about a female reporter and reporters and their tenacity and nosiness usually chap my a$$! so thinking Imay leave well enough alone and go to something else! dunno though.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 6:28 PM ET
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I'm reading Bound by Your Touch by Meredith Duran and it is wonderful - the characters have such depth  and I love the story. I can't believe that this is only her second book.  Don't have too much more to read and I'm anxious to read the next book by her Written on Her Skin.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 10:41 PM ET
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I finished The Pirate Hunter by Jennifer Ashley yesterday.  Nothing to rave about, but I did think it was a little better than the first book in that series.

Today, I read Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich.  The last few in the series have been pretty bad, but this one is much better IMHO.  Parts of it captured the laugh-out-loud goofiness of some of the early books.  And I won't spoil the ending for those who haven't read it, but I was happy with where she ended up at the end!

Tomorrow, I'll start A Steadfast Surrender....my first Nancy Moser.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 11:27 PM ET
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Well, I started E, James Potent Pleasures. So far so good.

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 11:39 PM ET
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Finished Out of the Mist by JoAnn Ross.  Not that impressed with it.  Not bad but just ok.  There didn't seem to be any real spark between characters.    Now I'm reading Cullen's Bride by Fiona Brand.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 3:02 AM ET
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books with angel or devil in title that i would recommend:

 

regendade's angel by phoebe fitzjames - old fashioned zebra western. pretty hot. doesnt have rape but there is a near rape by the outlaw.

angel rogue by MJP - classic road romance. love the secondsary romance in it too

 

defiant angel by stephanie stevens - the infamous copy of WHITNEY MY LOVE. I did like the slight tweaks that the author did to the story.

 

death angel by linda howard - the crime boss's mistress and the hitman. loved it as a change of pace. didnt even mind the slight paranormal element. Much.

 

Christmas angel  by jobev - cute MOC story set around xmas time

 

when angels fall - megan mckinney - one of those stableboy romances. not as dark as I was expecting.

date with the devil by olivia rupprecht - man and librarian stranded on an island playing tarzan and jane

the devil's delilah - my favorite loretta chase of all time. its like one of those classic cary grant screwball comedies in a regency setting. features a bookworm hero

devil's pact by7 samanthya cruise - the most substantial erotic romance western I have ever read. really a trip. features menage.

 

tempt the devil by anna campbell

the devil's arms - charlotte lamb - classic harlequin, has amnesia and punishing kisses!



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Date Posted: 9/7/2009 7:31 AM ET
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wow Seton! thanks. I think the Duets story will count but some of those sound ygood!

I ended up reading the 2nd story in that same Duets book Unexpected Angel/Undercover Elf. I liked the first story much better. Then 2nd was around 200 pages (as the first) and the woman is a reporter about to get her big break by exposing the Santa who's giving huge gifts(and yep the kid from the first story was in this one briefly - the 2 scenes mentioned in that story were just written in this one as well) she actually steals a file from the'hero's' office and he knows it yet doesn't want to confront her. she never tells him tils he's caught returning it(turns out she couldn't bring herself to look yet the hero's grandfather told her he was the one, etc but if she used the info it would betray him(family) and therefore the hero. so she had the classic decision to use the info and get her chance to work at the Times(big dream) or not use it and go for hte hero who she was already in luv with..quick romance based on deceit! of course HEA but just an extremely light fluffy read w hich suited me last night.

not sure what I'll read now. found out my order di dn't go through at that book depository place so reordered bengal's heart and  what a dragon should know..left off heat seeker since I have others I haven't read (ok should've left off bengal's heart for the same criteria LOL but oh well) and forgot the other title then remembered it this morning - victoria laurie's newest. well it was no longer discounted and was over $8 so I reserved it at Borders to maybe use my 40% coupon on. bummer. I don't know why it wouldn't go through - jus thappend to realized I hadn't seen a confirmation and  when I orderd I wanted to use Discover which wasn't on their list but paypal was so I used discover through paypal..yesterday paypal wasn't an option so go figure. I know I didn't imagine it! oh well. missed out getting laurie's for 50% off I guess.  :-(

still need to read Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson for our book discussion..maybe I'll go ahead and read that one...
 

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 8:50 AM ET
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Oh sorry Colleen, the one I read was #4 which I guess is Nauti Intentions!!!!  Ooops!  Wishful thinking, no doubt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will probably also buy Deceptions, as it will be a keeper for me!

Reading Magical Seductions, which is erotica.....skipped the first 2 stories as I wasn't interested in them. The 3rd one is paranormal m/m/f so of course I have to read that, its my favorite type of erotica.  I have more game books I need to read after that!

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 8:59 AM ET
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LOL, Anne. I suspected that was the case. Just when we thought it was all over after the MacKay cousins...

Geez, if you like m/f/m erotica, you must be in reader heaven over the Bound Hearts series. May I also recommend Blackmailed by Annemarie McKenna. A bit of a romp, not a lot of character depth (partly due to the shorter length of Samhain TSPBs), an unusual premise, and some unexpected plot twists. But a good evening's read.

Colleen

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 9:52 AM ET
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ooh I like m/f/m too - Forbidden Pleasure by Lora Leigh and Calista's Men by Jory Strong are my faves. I have Blackmailed and basically skimmed through for the good parts ..the storyline didn't grab me like these other 2 did! an so far Forbidden Pleasure is the only one that's totally grabbed me in Leigh's series..

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 12:25 PM ET
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Really quiet weekend at work, really quiet! I read All Together Dead, From Dead to Worse, and Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris. I've really enjoyed this series but feel that the overall tone is getting very dark, its like having a strange wonderful deam that is slooowly morphing into a nightmare. Also read Trading Secrets (copyright 1985) by Jayne Castle, lets just say this book hasn't aged as well as some (most) of her other works, in fact it came "this" close to being a wall banger. And to round out the weekend finished with Shop till You Drop by Elaine Vets, maybe its me but I don't understand why so many people compare this book to the Plum series in terms of humor, I didn't find the story or characters at all amusing, sad, yes, pathetic, definately, clearly I missed something. I found the heroine depressing and her reason for staying "off the grid" once fully revealed was anti-climactic to say the least, in fact it was so anti-climactic that I found myself thinking she deserved the life she was living for being so stupid (hire a better lawyer!!!). Okay I feel better now.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 12:31 PM ET
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I've read Blackmailed, and I liked it. I've collected all the Bound Hearts books but have only read 1 short story, or 2 I think, so far.

Kathleen your description of the way the Sookie books are going is perfect!!!! I also just read those 3 books. I am looking forward to the next one, have you read the plot summary?

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 1:10 PM ET
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Ooh, I'm #1 on the WL for Blackmailed. Looking forward to it. And for those who enjoy M/F/M themes, Six by Opal Carew is a hot one. I picked it up at HPB and I've only just skimmed, but from what I read.....whew!  *fans self*  The writing actually didn't seem half bad, either, for erotica.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 1:31 PM ET
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Hi Anne, yes I did some digging on Amazon about book 10 (the real book 10, not the short story collection) after finishing book 9, I hope it will be as good as it sounds! Honestly, I wouldn't mind if Harris finished up the series esp. if most of the loose ends got wrapped up. To me the longer a series goes the greater the chance of a real clunker ruining the series for me and I really like this series. 

Mini-vent: Dead and Gone really threw me, there was so much going on and yet so little time was spent on any of it. It felt like Sookie never got a chance to think through or catch up on her feelings about any of the events, almost everyone acted out of character at some point and potentially interesting plot developments from book 8 where never followed up on. The whole book just felt chaotic and the ending seemed to negate the whole point of the story. (Several of the Amazon 3 star reviews explained all this much better than I can.) Okay, I feel better now *grin*

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 2:41 PM ET
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I just finished Ladies Man by Suzanne Brockmann.  Honestly, sometimes I feel like she is two different people.  Her Troubleshooters books are SO edgy and intense and romantic (without a lot of romantic scenes)... and everything else I've read by her has been bland and sickly-sweet and blah.  In this one, I really liked Sam and the whole older woman/younger man scenerio.  But the love scenes were just lukewarm and I could not convince myself to like Ellen no matter how hard I tried.

I also read Marly's Choice by Lora Leigh.  It wasn't what I expected.  I honestly can't say if I even liked it or not.  I had a hard time believing that Marly has been in love with and lusted after Cade for YEARS AND YEARS, and has tried to learn everything about sex & prepare herself for his darker desires, when she's only 20 years old.  I think the whole thing would have been more believable to me if she were about five years older.  Also, I could understand Cade's internal conflict about lusting after Marly considering he and his brothers raised her....and he was definitely a sexy alpha male.  The one thing I DIDN'T like about him was his fascination with her telling him no.  I admit I'm not into the whole dom/sub thing, although I love alpha males and don't mind reading about them wanting to be dominant.  This was different (IMO).  He got off on her fighting him and telling him no - the more she did the hotter he got.  He'd tell her "Don't say no.  If you don't like it or are unsure, tell me you're uncertain or afraid.  I know what hurts you and what won't.  Trust me to take care of you."  I'm sorry, but if someone is doing something to me and it HURTS, it would piss me off to no end if he got turned on even more.  I think I know better than anyone what hurts.  I just think this went a little beyond someone saying "no" when they really mean "yes".   He was just a little TOO controlling - he laid out her clothes and she wore them, for God's sake!   Anyway, that's how I feel about that!  LOL 

Now I'm going to read Ultimate Weapon.  I was holding off because I know I'll love it and I just read a McKenna not too long ago, but I feel the need to read a book that will blow me away, because none have recently.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 2:43 PM ET
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Just read Heartless by Diana Palmer. Typical Palmer... an improvement over her last one, at least. I kinda feel like I wasted it because I wasn't really in the mood for her and just read it so I can return it to the library. ;-)

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