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Subject: What are we reading this week? Aug 9-15
Date Posted: 8/9/2009 10:10 AM ET
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New week!

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 10:17 AM ET
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I'm a little over halfway in 2 books : Dreaming in Black & White by Laura Jensen Walker (christian chick lit) it's pretty good - woman is 31 and looking for her romantic partner(head full of the old classic romance movies)..one of her rejects becomes another's mr. right!

Dangerous Passion by Lisa Marie Rice. I'm liking this one in her dangerous series. I think it reminds me of Anne Stuart's 'ice' books - cold hero who's so used to killing with no remorse til the right woman breaks through to him. I don't handle violence well but for some reason I can with her stuff so go figure. I was too tired to read more than 30 min or so last night but so far his one weak link was this female artist's paintings/drawings and he's been buying every single one and watches her every other Tuesday(she brings her art to the shop then) and someone leaks out into to his enemy that he's there so now she's in danger and both are attacked..plenty of bloodshed and heads being blown off..now she's basically a prisoner inside his building which is something else but if she leaves she'll be used against  him and killed so I'm thinking from a couple of thoughts he's had that he's gonna have to officialy 'die' and start over at best..she did another short story in one of the Secrets that way..the guy pretended to die then started elsewhere...but whatever I'm waiting for the nookie which I've gotten a nibble of but of course she's so tight from infrequent use and he's so friggin' HUGE that they've gotta ease into that LOL! ype figured it was time to turn out the lights before it got too hot to get to sleep!

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 10:30 AM ET
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Finished To Have And To Hold by Patricia Gaffney. This is not a light, happy read but it was a book that I found extremely hard to put down. 

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 10:30 AM ET
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I'm reading "A Lady Secret" by Jo Beverly, a new to me author.  Also waiting for "Master" by Collette Gale, should be here Mon or Tues.  Then we'll see.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 11:04 AM ET
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I'm just about done with Red Kiss by Dedire Knight.  I'm going to have to digest it for a bit before I review though.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 11:28 AM ET
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Shari - thanks for the info about the Jill Shalvis books. 

I read A Highlander of Her Own by Melissa Mayhue.  It was on par with the rest of this series.  Not great, but a decent read.

I finished Burn by Linda Howard last night.  What a kick-a$$ heroine!  I loved Jenner.  I thought the book was pretty good, although it was HIGH on the suspense and action and pretty low on romance (aside from a few sex scenes).  Cael was a yummy hero, though, and I like how he learned to appreciate Jenner instead of seeing her as a pain in the rear. 

No clue what I'll read next.  I was going to read Hot Pursuit by Brockmann, but I think I'm burned out on romantic suspense after Burn.  Maybe I'll pick up a paranormal?  I do have two others (historicals) from the library but I'm not in the mood for either of them.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 1:19 PM ET
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I finished Red Kiss by Deidre Knight.  I liked it alot. A- read, definitely.  The only things I didn't like about the book ***** spoiler alert ****** were that River had such a bad view of himself from being a servant for so long and the fact that the author introduced a M/M relationship into the mix.   Nothing graphic, it was more of an introduction of one. But I'm not into that kind of book and I'm really hoping that it doesn't become a book all its own.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 1:58 PM ET
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Is that a paranormal Sherri? oops guess I'm thinking Angela Knight! sorry!

I'm still reading Dreaming in Black & White - have the sequel Dreaming in Technicolor but cheated and read the end of the 2nd book and now don't wanna read anything more! sigh..oh well. I like it ok but this main character I'm mixed on - she's f unny in places but just, well, needs to friggin' grow up and take some responsibility..she loses her job early in the book and is blaming the guy in the single's group because his family bought the paper she works for and since she's been there less thana year she's one of the ones to go. SPOILER:

 

he's offerd her a job that's a huge step to getting her dream job and she friggin' tells him she would never work for him. un-f*kin-believable. grow the heck up girl!

 

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 1:59 PM ET
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Finished Edge of Midnight, which had a really powerhouse ending. Read the world's dullest anthology, The Magic of Christmas. You could grind this one up and serve it to an invalid, it's so bland.  .  Have a Lucy Gordon (my favorite catgeory author) for my gym book today.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 3:25 PM ET
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I'm reading Hidden Currents the last Drake sister novel -- Yes, as said here it's pretty violent in the first third or so -- but I am liking it for Jackson's determination to get her through this and for loving her no matter what she went through -- but so far definitely worth the read if you like her other Drake sister books -- I did find them getting darker and darker as the series went on in terms of what the sister's had to deal with - It's probably good its the last of the series as it seems they (Feehan, Ward, even Sands) seem to reach a bit too far when the series go on and on in terms of new plot twists etc.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 3:33 PM ET
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I just finished Dreaming in Black & White. Not sure if I wanna read about this woman any more! I have the sequel but thinking maybe I need a break..dunno. I have a library book- The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble- I might try that. Better see if there are any reviews on here and amazon though just in case it sucks..

sigh..looks like it's gonna be carrying on with Phoebe unless I wanna go dig around in the car for something else! the reviews for The Reading Group sound what I'm not in the mood for - too many characters and similar dialogue and one problem after another and not much discussion of books...glad this shift if half over..wanna go home and read Lisa Marie Rice!

well I just checked the author's website about the Phoebe books and found out the 2nd book in her  new series/trilogy has an appearance by Phoebe for those of us who want to know what  happened with her after this 2nd book here ends..so guess I can read it now..



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Date Posted: 8/9/2009 8:21 PM ET
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I've been trying (desperately) to get into Seduce Me by Robin DeHart for the last couple of days, but I finally had to ditch it at about the haflway point.  IMO, it's not bad enough to be a wallbanger, but dull enough to put me completely out of the mood to read.  It's either drop it & move on, or remain bored enough not to do any reading:P  I went ahead & started into A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James.  I don't find James incredibly engrossing either, but I do want to finish this series - provided it actually ends at some point in the near future, which these days, who knows?

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 9:46 PM ET
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I'm slowing reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See (I was able to get it used for $5 after my credit!!), I love her and her books just beg to be drunken in slowly. I just started Over My Dead Body by Michele Bardsley from the Broken Heart series so I can post it here as soon as I'm done. I like this series, it's very light, fluffy, quick and original. I'm also reading a book from the library that grabbed my attention on the shelf, Tattoo Machine by Jeff Johnson, a Portland tattoo artist. It's a book divided into short chapters detailing different crazy events in his life as a tattoo artist, and it DOES get pretty crazy! Great book though, I recommend it to anyone with even a tiny interest in tattoos.

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I'm reading a non-romance novel at the moment - Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin.  Think CSI based during the time of the Crusades.  It's an interesting read so far.  I did swing by B&N and pick up the new Meredith Duran (Written on your Skin) and the new Julie Ann Long (based upon Kim's recommendation).



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Date Posted: 8/9/2009 10:40 PM ET
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I enjoyed my Lucy Gordon. Secret babies! Heartbreak! Revenge! Hot Italians! Misunderstandings! More heartbreak! It was actually quite a bit more Harlequin Present-y than she usually is, but that works for me. :-)

Now I have an urge to try Jude Deveraux's twin series.

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 10:46 PM ET
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Kim - DUKE OF HER OWN is the last book in the series. She is going back to Regency period after this.

 

Willa has inspired me and I might do EDGE OF MIDNIGHT OR THE NEW jADE lEE

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 12:03 AM ET
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Yeah, I read she might do something with what's-his-name (Astley?) in a short story but no novel for him.  I'm halfway throught this one & it's pretty good - which is my usual feeling about EJ.  She's a tad wordy for my liking, and just a bit dispassionate, if you ask me.  Seems like it takes her forever to work up to a decent love scene:P

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 12:19 AM ET
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I finished Standing in the Shadows by Shannon McKenna.  She's a fave of mine so I have nothing bad to say other then don't read her if you don't like your heroes to be Uber-Alphas. 

I'm listening to The Night Before by Lisa Jackson for the Serial Challenge. I want to read Lost Souls and Malice but I hadn't read this one yet. I've been reading the series out of order.  . But to count the later books I have to fill in the one I'm earlier book that I'm missing.  I had credits piling up on Audible and I want to close the account.  No opinion yet since I just started.

I'm going to start A Rush of Wings by Adrian Phoenix tomorrow. I'm not usually into the vamp romances but I think this is actually Urban Fantasy so maybe I'll like it better. 

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 8:31 AM ET
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Ahh, Mary, I love Shannon McKenna too. I think I have all of her books on my keeper shelf. Just love her McCloud Brothers series.

Finished Then You Hide and now reading Now You Die (both by Roxanne St. Claire) - one of her Bullet Catcher series (finally Lucy's story). It's a good fast read.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 8:58 AM ET
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I ended up starting Dreaming in Technicolor by Laura Jensen Walker (more of Phoebe!) though I'm not too far into it. Ended up eating out with a friend and her hubby and baby and visiting a bit(which I needed!) so it was after 9 before I got home and settled for bed and I wanted to read more of Dangerous Passion by Lisa Marie Rice. I'm liking this one pretty well...the one weak link  the man has will cost her her life because she has absolutely no survival skills. I know some don't go for this type of hero(sorta like the Ice series by Anne Stuart where you kinda wonder where's the romance but it's being so closed off and hard/cold then finding the one woman...sigh..)anyways...Just 2 hours a month watching her and now she's labeled as his weak link and he can continue with his empire and live but doing so means her death since he can't keep both of them safe or they can obtain new identities and start over..anyways, I like this story pretty well in spite of the gore near the beginning(guess that multi-symptom pamprin is the key!!)

think I'm gonna go see julie & julia today..thinking 'bout getting a friend to go with me but one lives 30 min away and another I think is going on a trip but gonna see if she's left yet!!crossing my fingers it's a good one!

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 9:45 AM ET
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I tried to read When the Morning Comes by Cindy Woodsmall but it was just not capturing my interest.  So now I'm re-reading To The Brink  by Cindy Gerard.  I got it to put on my keeper shelf and couldn't resist a re-read.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 9:54 AM ET
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McKenna is a keeper for me, too, and I have all of them. No one can write an alpha male quite like her! Speaking of alpha males, I finished the Aisling Grey series by Katie MacAlister, and though the last two books didn't quite live up to the first two, I loved every second of reading them and they have also have found homes on my keeper shelf. A lot of the reviewers didn't like Drake, thought he was too bossy, but I thought his overprotectiveness was sweet. Next up: I found an older Amy J. Fetzer at the flea market yesterday, and I brought it with me to work today. "Dangerous Waters" is pegged as a time travel romance, though, not a favorite genre, but I'm gonna give it a try.
Date Posted: 8/10/2009 12:17 PM ET
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Finished The Promise of Jenny Jones by Maggie Osborne.  I have yet to read a bad book of hers.  I love this one as well.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 1:09 PM ET
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Reading Twin of Ice and also Vision in White.

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