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Subject: What are we reading this week? Aug 2 - Aug 9, 2009.
Date Posted: 8/2/2009 10:35 AM ET
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New week.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 10:45 AM ET
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Finished Lady Sophia's Lover by Lisa Kleypas.  It was a decent read, not great, but good.  It always bothers me when the hero gets shot (in the shoulder) and within hours is ready and able to make whoopie - get real.  However, the book still had a good story, with some unexpected twists and turns and I did enjoy it. 

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 11:15 AM ET
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Just finished The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley which was just wonderful. I guess it's the first in the series of 4 books (the next is Isabella and Mac's story - can't wait). I'm just about to start A Talent for Sin by Lavinia Kent.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 11:33 AM ET
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Still reading The Redemption by ML Tyndall.  Really good.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 11:48 AM ET
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Just finished the last book in the Bridgerton series (On the Way to the Wedding).   It was really good, but now I'm sad that it's done!   Of course, I kept all of them on my keeper shelf, so I can re-read at leisure, but it won't be quite the same.     And of course, there are the two e-books in the series.   I'll probably get them, but I don't have an e-reader and am not a big fan of reading in front of my PC.  Hard to cuddle up with my PC LOL.

Now that I'm finished with the series, I can say that my favorites were the first two (The Duke and I, and The Viscount Who Loved Me) and When He Was Wicked.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 12:16 PM ET
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I'm still reading Blessed is the Busybody - really, it's good, I just haven't had time to read or have been too tired!

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 12:49 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Rough, Raw and Ready by Lorelei James. It's really good so far.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 1:20 PM ET
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I was going to start Standing in the Shadows by Shannon McKenna for the Average Joe swap. But I think I'm going to finish Comanche Flame by Madeline Baker.  I have too many books going right now. I'm halfway through this one and I think I'm going to finish it so I can clear it from my current books slot in my brain.  I can read 2 or 3 at a time but mroe than that and I start to get confused.  If  I wait too much longer I won't remember what's happened in teh book so far. I already ahve a couple of books I know I will have to start from teh beginning again because I got sidetracked from them so long ago I don't remember what was going on so far. 

Hopefully I'll finish it today.  Then I can start Standing tomorrow.  I would love to wait and read it for the Serial Challenge but that starts the day before the mail by date. I hate to cut myself so short on reading time. Although she is one of my favorites so I could probably knock it off in a day.  I just wouldn't get anything else done that day.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 1:42 PM ET
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Dagmar, I just finished The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley this morning and I really enjoyed it. I read her pirate books and wasn't really impressed with them but I loved this one. I looked on her site and here are the other books in the series...

Book 2: Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (Mac)
Book 3: The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (Cam)
Book 4: The Duke Takes a Wife (Hart)

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 1:44 PM ET
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Readng Courting Julia by Mary Balogh -- good, but not as good as the others in that series, I think. Also reading The Martian Child by David Gerrold.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 2:09 PM ET
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Thanks Cyndi - good to know I was wondering if her pirate books were any good...I guess I'll just have to wait for the next books in the series. Looks like it'll be a while before they come out. Drat.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 4:35 PM ET
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The pirates books by Ashley weren't bad, they were just - meh.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 4:46 PM ET
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I'm back from my month-long trip to NY. Had a fabulous time with my family and my kids were fantastic on the drive (they are 7 and 3 and it was 1800 miles each way!!!) :o


I read a bunch while I was gone - in no particular order:
Slightly Dangerous (Mary Balogh), Perfect for the Beach (anthology), A Knight In Shining Armor (Jude Deveraux), Under Fire (Jo Davis), Paradise Valley (Robyn Carr), Bodyguard (Suzanne Brockmann), Moonlight Warrior (Janet Chapman), Miss Wonderful (Loretta Chase), Bad Boys Down Under (Nancy Warren), Smooth Talking Stranger (Lisa Kleypas), Tapestry (Karen Ranney) and Wild Thing (Anne Stuart).

My favorites were definitely Smooth Talking Stranger and Moonlight Warrior - by two of my fave authors so that's no surprise.
I also just finished Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann - holy cow was that an intense book! Loved it.
Now I'm reading Hidden Currents by Christine Feehan. Yikes about the beginning 1/3 of the book! Luckily I had read some reviews so I sort of knew what was coming, otherwise I think it would have REALLY bothered me. I'm about 1/2way through and love it as much as the rest of Feehan's books.


I'm so glad to be back home with my computer. LOL

One good thing about putting my PBS account on vacation hold for so long - I had a TON of wish listed books come up when I signed back in.  Ha!

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 5:00 PM ET
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Ok giving up the Madeline Baker. Don't like a cheating hero. Granted they are "seperated" at this point in the book.  He's in love with the heroine but is sharing the Teepee of an Indian woman who was abused by another tribe. He knows she's hopelessly in love with him, he has sex with her and gives her gifts but the whole time he is planning to get back to the heroine and thinking about how to find the Indian woman a husband.  I don't care for that. 

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 5:20 PM ET
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I finished Pale Moon Rider by Marsha Canham.  Like Swept Away, lots of adventure and danger.  But also like Swept Away, the backstory is very complicated with lots of connections between the minor characters that get revealed along the way.  It's kinda hard to follow, but the adventurous parts and the H/h parts are so cool you don't really mind.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 9:03 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/2/2009 9:15 PM ET
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I need more time to read!

Michelle you had some good  ones! I like Janet Chapman a lot - I don't think I've read any that were super duper but no duds either - I consider her 'muy dependable 'for me! Moonlight Warrior was good though she could've left out the paranormal part and I still would've like the story. I hve some Feehan in mt tbr but guess I'd better read some reviews before I get to anything upsetting.

I'm over halfway through Blessed Is the Busybody - pretty good mystery so far and I like the preacher's wife - she's kinda down to earth - they're doing 'vegetarian month' but she's knowing bacon will be her fall and wondering if it's against their principles if she adds a beef bouillon cubeto her veggie soup. I think they're unitarian or something i'm not familiar with - not overly 'preachy' or 'religious' but sorta along the lines of environmentally conscious and some other stuff I find interesting the way it's presented. her father wont' travel because there migh tbe 'land mines'...hard to explain but she comes across(at least so far) as pretty interesting though too bads he's married 'cause the cop in this one sounds pretty hot!

I still have some library books to get through - Vision in White for one! I need to get this one read since it's due this week.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 9:51 PM ET
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Today I read Trick My Truck but Don't Mess With My Heart by LuAnn McLane. It was silly and funny. Didn't like it as much as Redneck Cinderella but it was still pretty good.

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 10:17 PM ET
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Courting Julia wound up reminding me quite a bit of my favorite Kleypas, It Happened One Autumn. That's the *third* old book I've read in the last month or so that had the same plot as a Kleypas book. Weird.  I actually like the Kleypas better, but think Balogh did a far better follow-up on the villain. (Dancing With Clara, one of my very favorites.)

On to Burn by Linda Hoard, which I just got from the library. Is it just me or is that cover hideous?

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 12:27 AM ET
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arghh having trouble posting! just hope 10 identical posts don't show up! I finished Blessed Is the Busybody by Emilie Ricahards - finally! - and it was good! Lots of surprise and kinda  unbelievable twists and turns but whew made it to the end!

Thinking 'bout reading Vision in White next or maybe get back to The  Prizewinner of Defiance  Ohio, a nonfiction(I think) I started a while back and just could't relax and get into (nothing was appealing at the time so don't think it was the book)

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 10:18 AM ET
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I finished The Redemption by ML Tyndall and I have to revise my earlier review.  This book started out great.  Pirate story set in Caribbean, reformed pirate rescues woman stranded on island after shipwreck.  Kind of a conglomeration of different pirate stories/movies I've seen over the years but hey - good reading.  Until about 2/3rds of the way into the book and a couple of scenes were so over the top and  unbelievable it distracted me from the story.  Then the HEA was almost too perfect and I hate too perfect.  Give me a good HEA but also with a little angst thrown in.  Anyway - 2.5 stars at best.

I've just started on Gabriel West: Still the One by Fiona Brand.  He's a former SAS agent and was married to her at one time.  They both dreamed of a second chance with each other but didn't know how to go about making it happen...until her life was threatened.  Good so far!

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 10:44 AM ET
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Totally agree with you Willa, the cover for Burn is just awful, I shudder everytime I see that hideously orange emaciated body. Wouldn't have picked up the book if I didn't know it was a Howard (got it from the library). What where the publishers thinking?!

On to happier topics. Went on a JAK/Quick reading binge this weekend--To Wild to Wed, Mistress, Seduction, and Rendezvous. Trying to decide what I want to read next, maybe the new LMR book.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 11:40 AM ET
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I was on vacation for a long weekend and finished "You Slay Me" by Katie MacAlister. I have a feeling I'm really going to love this series. The humor is just my cuppa, although some of it is a little on the cheesy side (especially some of the stuff that Jim spouts off). The only time I got really PO'd was a cut on Harry Potter, something about the books being big in Hell (only because I argue against this opinion A LOT with certain family members). But I'm hoping that was a tongue-in-cheek comment on MacAlister's part, seeing as how her books center a lot on demons and such. Anyway, totally loved "Slay" and am a few pages into the second Aisling book, "Fire Me Up." I've got to take this one slow, because I ordered the third book from a PBS member a while ago and it hasn't showed up yet. Hopefully it's not lost in the mail. :-(
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 1:58 PM ET
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finished HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost/ So many people love it so of course I didnt like it. Sigh. Nothing but second rate Buffy fanfic to me.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 2:39 PM ET
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Burn is... kinda meh.  Though it may be me, I'm in kind of a bad place and perhaps not in the right mood for this type of humor. It has made me chuckle a few times and Howard is always readable, but it's not sucking me right in like she usually does.

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