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Subject: What Are We Reading This Week, Aug 16-22
Date Posted: 8/16/2009 1:34 PM ET
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new week!

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 1:36 PM ET
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I wound up really liking Hunter's Moon. Forbidden Luv makes me all shmoopy.  I'll look for more books by Handeland.

I usually like to switch genres around, but am now thinking of starting the Susan Sizemore I got the other day... the first in her paranormal series, I think.

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 2:56 PM ET
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Finished What Happens In London  by Julia Quinn.  I agree with others that have said it is a light and funny read that puts a smile on your face.  A book that requires nothing from you except your enjoyment.

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 3:10 PM ET
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I started a fairly short Ellora's Cave I got for around 6 bucks at ubs Friday...it has a bounty hunter in it which fits one of the RT challenges(I know I did NOT need this book but I was needy I guess!) It's Dangerous Boys and Their Toy by Shayla Black...I finally turned out the light when the nookie was held up once again due to them trying to figure out how to fit all their 'stuff' (2 guys here) in the woman when they're so obviously beyond well endowed...the laughing was putting me outta the mood! there's a loose storyline in here somewhere but think I've forgotten what it is so guess I'll pick it up again later and just finish it if I can..oh I remember now! this bounty hunter and detective are after this guy who's supposed to testify against the slave trade and  he's skipped out. he likes rough sex and his latest mistress is in his 'love nest'..not sure why she's there but she's never done the deed with the guy and has this problem of not being able to 'get off' if she thinks the guy will leave...so now she has 2 = mr. leave before dawn and mr. sensitivity who have never shared a woman but are for the first time wtih her...she gives info and they give bigO..IF they ever figure out how to get everything, um, in there...

think I may go back to the love inspired or Laura Jensen Walker :-)

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 2:10 PM ET
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wow did I kill the thead?? no posts since I posted yesterday early afternoon!

I read and finished the 2nd book in the After the Storm series from Love Inspired - pretty good. Marrying Minister Right by Annie Jones. It was pretty good for a shortie book. the woman,man and her ex-fiance were the three musketters type friends til she and the other guy got involved and the now-minister friend Michael bowed out though he'd always loved her. the other guy's(exfiance) family had a private investigator find out that she wasn't the legit daughter of her 'father' so she wasn't good enough so he stood her up at the altar and she was mad at the other friend (best man) for letting her walk down the aisle when he knew the groom wasn't there! kinda weird but oh well. now she runs a charity and hears the town needs help from the tornado, mainly wanting use of the abandoned cabins that are owned by her family...anyways she makes a brief trip to the town and ends up staying and falling in  lvoe again..just a simple story with a HEA.

might get back to  Laura Jensen WAlker though the next book in After the Storm is by Brenda Minton one of my faves from this line and it's short enough for a night shift read..also kinda in the mood for some humor...so dunno what I'll read at work ton ight(hoping it will be slw enough to read!)

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 3:23 PM ET
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I'm reading Don't Tempt Me by Loretta Chase.  I can't decide how I feel about it.  Zoe is very refreshing and entertaining, and Marchmont is a typical stuffy, bored duke.  But I'm almost bored reading it??  I don't know... I keep going in hopes that it'll get more exciting.  Maybe I'm just not in the mood for a historical right now.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 4:33 PM ET
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Susanna, I was thinking everyone was afarid to post in a thread I'd started. ;-)

Michelle, I totally bogged down in Don't Tempt Me. I keep thinking it must be me, because everyone else seems to have loved it. And I normally love Loretta Chase.

I'm not really enjoying I Burn For You, but I guess I'll keep going since there haven't even been any real sex scenes yet. ;-)

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 4:46 PM ET
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I'm still going so slow, finally getting my new laptop and discovering Hulu is not helping. :\ Reading Strange Brew, a paranormal short story collection. Jim Butcher's is next, and since I haven't read a Harry Dresden in a while I'm looking forward to it. I'm still reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See, which is just exquisite as the rest of her work.
Date Posted: 8/17/2009 4:56 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/17/2009 5:00 PM ET
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Finished A Winter Lodge (Lakeshore Book 2) by Susan Wiggs.  Enjoyed it as much as the first one.  I am really liking her books.  The Dakota Trilogy and now this one have been good reads. 

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 5:57 PM ET
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Willa - does it get better?  Did you finish Don't Tempt Me?  I have sooooooooooooooooooo many books to read that I don't really want to waste time reading something that is drab.  But I don't have too many DNFs - normally I force myself to finish unless it's horrible!

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 7:31 PM ET
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I haven't finished it, am taking a break from historicals because they're just not working for me lately.  I currently have a pile of FOUR of the most highly rated recent historicals, all unfinished.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 8:43 PM ET
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I happened upon some of Suzanne Brockman's Harlequin title at a sale so I've been reading some of her early Seal's titles -- Hawken's Heart, No Ordinary Man and now I'm getting ready to start Harvard's education. I'm enjoying them since they are shorter - seems to suit my mood/time constraints right about now.

Subject: Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta
Date Posted: 8/17/2009 9:56 PM ET
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Finally getting around to reading "Scarpetta".  Have had it on my shelf for a while.  Wondering what you think of it if you read it.

 

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 10:04 PM ET
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I read Still in My Heart by Kathryn Smith and didn't like it much.  I think this is my last attempt at reading KS.  I appreciated the subject matter of alcoholism, but she just torpedoed the whole thing with her idiotic characters.  The heroine might as well have had "TSTL" tattooed on her forhead and "doormat" on her back - and not even for the hero, I might add.  Silly book.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 10:27 PM ET
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I'm not really enjoying I Burn For You, but I guess I'll keep going since there haven't even been any real sex scenes yet. ;-)

for me, the first two books in that series were seriously aggravating and stupid, but thought they were fine from book 3 on.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 11:14 PM ET
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I haven't been too diligent about posting lately. I am having a very slow go of reading a non-romance, American Psycho.  Even now, I have about 40 pages left and I've completely stalled.  The story is in first person and now the main character is in such a manic phase of his psychosis that it's hard to read easily. Whatever.  I'll finish it, just need a break for a week or so. 

In the meanwhile, I've read Stephanie Bond's 5th and 6th books in her Body Movers series (can't recall the names, will look them up and edit post).  Both good, looking forward to more.  There are 3 potential romances (with the heroine) in the series and I'm having trouble deciding which one Ms. Bond will pick (if any).  I'm pretty sure I've narrowed it down to 2, but the heroine keeps flip-flopping.  Argh.  I'm hoping that the heroine picks soon, because if it lasts as long as the Stephanie Plum series, I will lose interest.  On Ms. Bond's website she even admitted that publisher's haven't picked up more books (or whatever it's called) for the series and she ended this 6th one with zero closure and several story lines not tied up.

Also read Jill Shalvis' Instant Gratification.  Loved the hero, meh to the heroine (beyotch!).  4 1/2 stars on Goodreads, would have been 5 if it weren't for the heroine. 

I'm about 1/2 way through Deal With This by Lucy Monroe.  Again I like the hero (not as much as the one from Instant Gratification though), but the heroine is kinda weird. 

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 1:56 AM ET
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I've only read 2 but I'm for either the cop or the doctor..can't stand the exfiance. actually i haven't continued reading because I hate how she lets that worthless brother of hers continute to bring her down..and the worthless parents I dont' even wanna see unless she's turning them in! stresses me out and I have a feeling she'll leave it hanging..nancy bartholomew is good at letting stuff hang too!

I started Rekindled  Hearts by Brenda Minton, 3rd in the After the Storm series from Love Inspired. Pretty good so far..nothing to rave about but it's easy to read and pass the time.

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 2:03 AM ET
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I just started A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James (thanks to an awesome PBS member for posting it to me!) I've read "Duchess By Night" by her before and enjoyed it a lot. It's been quite a while since I've read a historical romance so hopefully I'll connect with this one.
I've read the first story in the Strange Brew collection, it was Patricia Briggs so even though it was super short it was entertaining. I just started Jim Butcher's and I just love Harry Dresden, the first time I read him was a short story so I have a soft spot for Dresden's small adventures.

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Date Posted: 8/18/2009 9:08 AM ET
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I'm continuing to clear out my TBR pile (ahem, I won't mention that I ended up buying 5 books from The Book Depository last night - I was just going to buy one - the latest Lisa Marie Rice was 50% off - how could I not buy it? Of course, I then ended up buying 4 more books.) So much for promising myself that I wouldn't buy any books until the FOL book sale that our town is having at the end of September!

Anyway, I have a bunch of old Suzanne Brockmann non-Seal books so I've been reading those - read Forbidden, Freedom's Price, and Body Language. Nothing intense, just a nice easy read. Just right for a very hot day.

I'm now starting a historical Red Roses Mean Love by Jacquie D'Alessandro. I've read her before, just not any of her historicals so I'm curious to see how it is.

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 9:09 AM ET
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I'm reading "Say no to Joe?" by Lori Foster.  Also have "The Bridegroom" by Linda Lael Miller from the library.  Sad to say, but I think I like LF's short stories better. 

 

Betsy in MI

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 10:59 AM ET
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Finished Only Love by Elizabeth Lowell.  It was better than OK but not great.  I just wanted to smack both main characters for the way they were acting. 

Starting today on Blind Date Bride by Jillian Hart.  Short harlequin.

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 11:10 AM ET
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I finished two books and was disappointed in one and pleasantly surprised with the other.  Last night I stayed up way too late skimming through Nicholas: Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber.  I was really disappointed in this one.  Normally I have no problem with paranormal and erotica, but this one was just too "out there" for me.  There didn't really seem to be a love story and the sex was just.... I don't know, just didn't do it for me.  I have Raine's book on its way to me but I'm probably going to turn around & repost it because I have no desire to continue reading this series.  What a bummer.

On the flip side, I made myself forge ahead with Don't Tempt Me (Loretta Chase) and the 2nd half was WAY better than the beginning.  I finally got caught up in the story, the hero cracked enough to let me appreciate him and the love story was wonderful.  I rated it 4 stars, which is huge considering I almost chalked it up to a DNF!  lol

Not sure what's next.

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 11:50 AM ET
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I'm reading Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl, and I am liking it so far.  The only irksome thing about it is that it keeps promising hot sex, yet 100+ pages in, it's still just promises.  All I can say is that it better be worth the work-up!  The hero is cool though, sort of a hot, passionate stud disguised as an absent-minded professor type.  There's a little murder mystery too, so it's interesting.  It's a good read since all I've been reading (when I have time) is more serious stuff- I was ready for something a little lighter.

Date Posted: 8/18/2009 12:39 PM ET
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The hero is cool though, sort of a hot, passionate stud disguised as an absent-minded professor type.

Ooo, that sounds fun! I didn't like the Dahl I tried, but I'll give her another go if I come across that one.

Michelle, I often find the historicals I bogged down in get much better, which is why they're all piled up right now instead of in the get rid of pile. I historically bog down in every Judith Ivory book and then adore it.

Sherri, if you can get through any Lowell book without wanting to smack someone, you're a better woman than I. ;-) I do enjoy her, though. Have you read her historicals?

My stress level is through the roof, so I'm reading nice easy HPs. At least my TBR pile is moving fast.

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