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Subject: What are we reading this week? Feb 10-16
Date Posted: 2/10/2008 4:14 AM ET
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What are we reading? :-)

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 4:22 AM ET
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I just finished the Harlequin Next title I'd started over a year ago and put aside - Once in a Blue Moon by Lenora Worth. Turns out to be a really good read! the only negative was I wanted something simple and short to read here at work on nights and t his one t urned out to have a LOT going on in just the 300 or so pages! geez. a woman widowed for 6 months with a college daughter who's angry and a total selfish youknowwhat, her 3 friends each with their own sets of problems,..the 4 women go to the main character's newly purchased fixer upper beach house and end up with one losing a good for nothing bf and gaining a hunky highway patrolman(who happened to give the main character a ticket near the beginning!), the main c haracter hitting it off with the house inspector/handyman(who's a 5 yr widower), well anyawys, the house friggin' fills up when one of the friend's mother escapes from the nursing home and is on her way; daughter shows up with bf with ring in his nose, other frien'ds son who's always loved that daughter shows up...I lost track of all the people in that house and what all was going on but I was laughing a lot reading it. I thought it was gonna be very serious and parts were but overall it was a fun read! I was sorta set against this one since this author writes for the love inspired line and this character's job is writing devotionals...but glad I got past that!

Now I'm trying to decide how to get through the next 3 1/2 hours of the shift! I have that blaze titel - In Hot Pursuit but also leaning towards 2 other Next titles I have : Starting from Scratch and Grin and Bear It. I also want to read Katie MacAlister's 'you slay me' since I have 4 books in that series...



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Date Posted: 2/10/2008 7:44 AM ET
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Well almost time to leave work. I'm about halfway through 'Grin and Bear It' by Leslie LaFoy another harlequin Next book. It's funny/silly. It's not serious like expected but I'm liking it so far. This woman is going through a divorce and her ex is taking her or everythng and he's the one who wanted the divorce so he could marry a dancer named Sweet Sin..well she's notified his plane crashed and they think a bear dragged the body off...well a crazy fight at the memorial service, finding out she's beneficiary and one thing after another until she looks like a suspect...also the woman is a size 14 which she mentions so I like having a bigger woman though that's my size so I'm thinking 'huh'?? :-)

I definitely need to go home and sleep...sigh...might have to stay up a bit and read some more in this before sleeping.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 9:19 AM ET
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I'm not sure.  I found a lot of books at UBS this weekend, though why I bought them I don't know since I have a massive TBR pile and books from the library as well.  I think I'm going to try some "serious" reading this week and start The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.   I have a couple books that are in swaps that I need to read before they have to go out, including The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman, and  I'll probably read a Regency or historical romance along the way, though not sure which of the dozens I've got waiting.  :-)

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 11:36 AM ET
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I'm still reading Mouth to Mouth by Erin McCarthy and I'm really enjoying it.   I like a little humor in romance.

I'm also reading (not romance) a book called The Fall of Lucifer by Wendy Alec.

Sherri

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 12:05 PM ET
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I'm trying to get through Kathleen Woodiwiss  A Rose in Winter.  Started out great but why do authors always run off and get away from the h/h.  This heroine is talking more with the maid and the servants than she is with the hero of the story.  I find myself skimming :(

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 12:41 PM ET
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I stayed up late and finished On Her Doorstep by Kay Hooper.  It was a sweet romance, written 25 years ago or so.

I picked up Broken by Meghan Hart to start next and read a chapter of it.  It looks good!  Then, I ventured by the Games forum and signed up for ANOTHER swap and pulled another book off my TBR pile for it.  It sounds really good so I'd better set to reading it.  The swap sounds fun, all books are revealed at once and you've got 24 hrs to come and pick one out.  Then, we get a play order and steal books from each other.  Prizes to be awarded for the book stolen the most times and the player stolen from the most times.  Sounds like lots of fun!

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 1:09 PM ET
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I'm still reading through Lisa Kleypas' Wallflowers--I finished It Happened One Autumn and am now reading Devil in Winter.  I've liked the first two although it's kind of hard to like the H of the third when he was the "bad" guy  in the previous book. :)

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 1:43 PM ET
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Sigh.  I cracked at the grocery store and picked up Redeemed in Darkness by Alexis Morgan and Ice Storm by Anne Stuart (even though I didn't love the other Ice book I read).  So I guess I'll be starting one of those!

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 5:15 PM ET
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Shari - "I'm still reading through Lisa Kleypas' Wallflowers--I finished It Happened One Autumn and am now reading Devil in Winter.  I've liked the first two although it's kind of hard to like the H of the third when he was the "bad" guy  in the previous book. :)"

Bad he is, but oh-so yummy in this book.  it's one of my favs by Lisa Kleypas.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 5:20 PM ET
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LOL, Sherri--He has redeemed himself nicely in this book! ;)  Although I don't really think he's bad, I think he was just desperate for an heiress in Autumn.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 5:27 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Fire Along The Sky  by Sara Donati, it's taken me several days to get to page 100, which is really rare for me! But, I do really like the series, so will stick with it.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 7:21 PM ET
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I was too tired when I got home this monring to read much but I'm definitely finishing' grin and bear it' at work tonight if I have to hide in the bathroom to do it! It's a totally crazy story but I'm liking it! (harlequn Next). Ilike the cutesy Next stories but so far all the ones I've read have been good in some way or another.

I also started Chasing Stanley in the jack in the box drive thru this morning..sigh...it was handy so I picked it up and actually got through about 3 pages...might read it after I finish 'grin and bear it'

Sarah, I thouht Eileen was our swap queen! now you've gotten addicted LOL! I've done a couple of the erotica swaps bu I'm usually too late finding out about them! or I don't know what book to use in enough time to sign up.

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 10:17 PM ET
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I just can't resist, I'm averaging about 2 at a time now.  Eileen's latest one she hosted is just ending the playing stage, another one I'm in seems to be dragging on forever so we're still playing.  I couldn't resist this new one.  That's about all I can keep track of anyway.  It is helping me clean out my TBR pile since I make myself choose something from that to use in swaps.  It's fun!

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 10:35 PM ET
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the first one I did was really fun - erotica with a twist-we were sending a book and a, um, accessory of some sort so there was lots of chatter about batteries, etc. this last one was also good(got a good book!) but it didn't seem as chatty as the other one though it was still fun seeing all the books revealed and adding to my wish/reminder lists!

I'm still reading 'grin and bear it'..it's cute and by an author I'm not familar with - Leslie LaFoy. I'm close to being 2/3 done with it. btw, if anyone has any Next books on their shelf lemme know.I have maybe half or so and am looking to get the ones i"m missing!

hope to finish up 'grin and bear it' thenget back to 'chasing stanely' by deirdre martin since it looks like a really cute read though longer than the books I've been reading lately. Also have some more Next titles and the code namedanger books in the car just in case I decide to stick with shorter reads! gotta clean house tomorrow night so don't wanna be in the middle of something good and have to wait!

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 1:18 AM ET
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I just joined another swap.  I never managed to catch one at the beginning until Sam's historical swap Love in another time.  Then I joined an unpostable cozy swap which is almost done.  Last night I signed up for an Elemental swap-books that have fire,earth, water or wind related title or author name.  I have like 20 books in the TBR pile that work for that.  I had to dig them alll out of the storage unit today.  I'll need to pick one and speed read it this week.

I'm about halfway through Edge of Midnight by Shannon McKenna.  It's really good but long.  This one is just shy of 400 pages and it's a trade size.  But I have to get up early so I won't read anymore tonight.  I just came back on to check where we were at with my swaps.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 4:04 AM ET
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ok Mary! I admit to my TBR pile taking over all my shelves, my bedroom, anohter bedroom, the car, and the garage..sigh..but I haven't had to get a storage unit yet! I think you win! :-)

I finished 'Grin and Bear It' and it was a great read for me! The w hole thing was sorta slapstick crazy which fit the bill for me here at work the past 2 nights.

Now I"m trying to get into 'Chasing Stanley' by Deirdre Martin..have about  3 hours til the boss shows up unless he's early...but still should have 2 1/2..just tired and reading relaxes me too much. It was a toss up between Chasing Stanley and Kill and Tell by Linda  Howard..odd that 2 totally different books were calling my name! Ithink Kill and Tell is more of a romantic suspense but it introduces John Medina, the 'star' of All the Queen's Men which I'll probably re-read eventually.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 6:24 AM ET
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gosh it's lonesome on here tonight! I'm about 1/3 through Chasing Stanley and of course realized there are books before it..figures.. I know I have 2 of them somewhere(fair play and total rush) butnot sure about body check, penalty box, and hot ticket..not even sure if hot ticket goes with the 'series' or not...seems like I always start something in the middle dangit!

It's a cute story so far though..about a hockey player and a dog walker/trainer/sitter (and I love doggies! especially big lovey ones and this one stars a newfoundland!)

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 9:28 AM ET
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Susanna~~

I started and finished Chasing Stanley last night and also decided I needed to read her other sporty books.  The library has 2 so I'll get those there and I guess I'll look for the others here.  I liked CS. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 9:32 AM ET
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I'm liking it too Dawn! I just got to the part where he sent his brother with her to her mom's for lunch..I don't like his brother too much but oh well I guess  he'll get his own story later!

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 9:48 AM ET
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I just started reading Atlantis Rising by Alyssa Day.



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Date Posted: 2/11/2008 10:45 AM ET
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Last night I finished up Mouth to Mouth and it was good.  I really liked it overall - both the H & H were written really well and believable.  ;-)  Also still reading The Fall of Lucifer but that's not a romance.   I think I'm going to start Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy today.  I borrowed it from someone here and I need to get it on its way back to her- LOL!

Sherri

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 10:51 AM ET
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I finished Devil in Winter and am now on the last Wallflower book--Scandal in Spring. Lisa Kleypas is a new author for me but I really like her writing and now have some more of her books ordered.

ETA: Susanna--I've read Chasing Stanley, The Penalty Box, and Body Check and liked all of them--I have Total Rush in my TBR. The heroine in Fair Play is a secondary character in Body Check.



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Date Posted: 2/11/2008 11:01 AM ET
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I just got sucked into another swap but I couldn't resist, it's a Harlequin category swap and that's what I mainly read.  Good thing I'm nearly finished with my other swap book so I can find something for the new swap.

At least it's keeping me reading thru the TBR pile at an amazing pace.

Date Posted: 2/11/2008 11:17 AM ET
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Sherri, I would be interested in your thoughts on The Fall Of Lucifer.  I have it on my TBR. 

Technically I am still "reading" P.S. I Love You You, but I barely started it and it keeps getting put aside.  Sooner or later the "mood" will hit me and I will really get into it.

I just finished the American Title winner, Sleeping With Ward Cleaver by Jenny Gardiner.  I thought it was excellent.  On the surface it is a funny book with some really good lines that I was quoting to my husband and he was laughing.  But underneath that there is an edge to it.  The couple has been married for 15 years, have 5 children, and the relationship is just drying up under the pressure of routine.  Then suddenly a lot of things happen and the marriage is going to make it or not.  It is a romance so there is an HEA but it was an intense trip to get there and a satisfying end.

I also read Shannon McKenna's Behind Closed Doors and loved it.  My first McKenna.  I have Standing In The Shadows on my TBR pile which I think is the next story but the plotline doesn't appeal to me so much (though the McCloud brothers certainly do), so I think I'm going to go straight for Out Of Control and then come back for the other one.

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