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Subject: What We Are Reading This Week - January 10th -16th, 2010
Date Posted: 1/10/2010 11:37 AM ET
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Tell us about all the great (and not so great) books you're reading this week!

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 11:37 AM ET
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I just finished the fifth book in the Pink Carnation series, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig.   This is one of my favorite series.  It's a delightful blend of some of my favorite genres -  historical fiction, historical romance, chick lit and suspense.  Well, OK, chick lit is NOT one of my favorite genres.  But in the Pink Carnation books, it works well.

I think this was one of the best books in the series.  There was more emphasis on the historical suspense aspect of the story than the romance, but that was OK.   This one revolved around Mad King George III.    As with all historical fiction books, part of the book is based on historical fact and part is pure fiction.    But again, as she has done with all of the Pink Carnation series, Willig adds a section at the back of the book to the reader know what was real in the story and what wasn't .  Being interested in history, but not a historical expert, I really appreciate that.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 1:31 PM ET
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I finished Hidden Talents by Jayne Ann Krentz this morning. It was good. another I'd read a long time ago and recognized a few things but didn't remember the ending or all the details.  thinking about reading one of her Amamda Quick titles that fits one of the RT challenges but dunno if I'm in the mood for historical. really want light/funny contemporary but oh well think I'm out of those!

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 1:36 PM ET
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I am reading a Candice Proctor, Whispers of Heaven.  Good book.  Like Marsha Canham and Sandra Dallas (totally different genres), this author can write a novel that has intereesting and unique characters.  It is my first by her, but I have two others so I will report in on the next ones.  I am into the Austrailian stories of the 1700's and 1800's right now.  This is a story about the budding attraction between an educated Irish convict servant and the young woman of the manor. 

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 3:43 PM ET
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I'm currently reading Jagged Gift by Nikki Soarde.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 3:45 PM ET
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Finishing up Briar Rose by Cates. Was a little bogged down, but it's picked up. Also started Hands of Flame by C.E. Murphy. I never understand what happened in the previous book til I read the next one - unfortunately, this is the last in the series, so I'll probably never understand it. ;-)

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 6:50 PM ET
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OK, I just finished a great romance.  I found a copy of Good Groom Hunting by Shana Galen, whom I had never read before, and thought 'what the heck, looks good.'  Well, I loved it!  It was a little dirtier then the romance books I usually read, but it was worth the blushing and the worried looks from my husband.  Technically, I guess I started it yesterday, but I just finished it today and could wait to write you guys about it.

The heroine was a little stubborn and not quite as witty with her replies as she could have been, but she kept the Earl in compliance, and there were funny bits throughout the book.  There was also the treasure hunting plot was was well written.  I can understand the writer took some short cuts with it to keep the story moving along at a good pace, although with this book I probably would have like her to take her time and made it even more adventurous.  Still, I was impressed with it, and will look for other books from Ms. Galen to read the other characters' stories.

Sorry ladies, don't look for this one on my bookshelf, I think I will keep it.



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Date Posted: 1/10/2010 7:21 PM ET
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I finished Eternal Nights by Patti O'Shea.  It was very good.  My first book by her and I'll probably look for more.  This is actually the 2nd book in her Jarved 9 series but I followed along easily and didn't get lost.  I've ordered the first one too.  Its a futuristic series and a "friends to lovers" book which I'm TOTALLY into and it didn't disappoint.

Next I'm reading Renegade by Diana Palmer.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 10:23 PM ET
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sounds like a good one Josie! Willa you crack me up!

I'm thinking 'bout starting Rendezvous by Amanda Quick. It was handy and fits one of the RT winter challenges. Just not sure if I"m in the mood for a historical or not. not in the mood for anything I don't think!

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 10:49 PM ET
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i read Kindred in Death (In Death, Bk 29) by J.D. Robb, and as usual, really enjoyed it.  but sheesh.  i guess with a series this long you have to keep getting more shocking - more brutal, more personal, or something.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 11:22 PM ET
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Started The Monk Downstairs by Tim Farrington and am already annoyed that the library doesn't have the sequel.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 12:19 AM ET
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I started Rendezvous by Amanda Quick. It's good so far but gosh they sure  used small print! plus we're busier at work tonight so hard to settle down and get more than a page or so but that's good because hopefully the night will go by faster.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 2:21 AM ET
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Loving The Monk Downstairs. I love "literature" that's also romance. :-) It's really well written.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 5:50 AM ET
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bummer I haven't been able to concentrate on reading..having to work! and now boss is due in..sigh..anyone read this one? Rendezvous by Amanda Quick? I'm only about 50 pages into it. Was gonna read Ravished which I know I have...somewhere! oh well I'll stick with this I guess unless it totally bugs me which so far it hasn't!

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 6:40 AM ET
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Just finishing "Wild Card" by Lora Leigh.  A bit grittier than my usual read, but pretty good. i will read the rest of her series (special Ops, I think)  Then it is on the Jude Deveraux's new book Days of Gold. 

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 6:56 AM ET
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Sherri, glad to hear you liked that Patti O'Shea book. I haven't read it yet. I have read her three Light Warriors books and I liked them a lot! They were very different from other paranormal series I have read. I recommend them.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 7:15 AM ET
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Lynne - Glad to hear the pink carnation books are good - I picked up the first one at the borders outlet closing near me.  Everything was 60% off so I just couldn't resist it! 

Right now I'm half way through White Star by Elizabeth Vaughan and I'm loving it - very good paranormal romance - think Lord of the Rings with romance and zombies!  :P   It's the second book in the series but from the reviews I have read they have said it is pretty much a stand alone also - I am definitely going to have to pick the others up. 

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 8:53 AM ET
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I started off trying to read an old Jayne Ann Krentz - Perfect Partners but just couldn't finish it. I really didn't like the stereotype heroine (a librarian who of course, was rumbled and had read articles about everything), how formal the hero and heroine addressed each other at work (Mr. and Ms.) and just everything. I really like JAK and some of her old stuff is really fun to read, but this didn't work for me at all.

So, after that, I decided to read a WL book that I just got - Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl. Read it in one sitting (stayed up late to finish it and I'm paying for that now). I liked it - it's not a keeper, but I really enjoyed it. The heroine was really hard to like, but I loved the hero. I really enjoyed all of the series (the 3 Tumble Creek books).  

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 8:57 AM ET
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Still reading Ride the Fire by Pamela Clare!

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 9:48 AM ET
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hmm I don't remember Perfect Partners I don't guess! might have to see if I have it somewhere. I've been reading her older stuff..well 2 anyways and now one of her Amanda Quick titles. I like Wildest Hearts, Silver Linings, Uneasy Alliance, and Midnight Jewels the best..at least those are theones I've re-read a bunch of times!

well gotta load the dishwasher and clean up a bit then go to bed! parents coming down or I'd just be going to bed!

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 10:42 AM ET
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Thanks Anne for the tip on O'Shea.  I'm trying not to glom anyone anymore but if I really enjoy the book by her I just ordered, I may.

I haven't started Renegade yet but I will this morning.  I loved Lawless.



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Date Posted: 1/11/2010 11:28 AM ET
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Still working on Can't Stand the Heat by Louisa Edwards- I had no reading time this weekend.  It's ok.  Still kind of meh about the heroine, but I am liking the culinary setting.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 12:36 PM ET
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Just a few pages left in When Bruce Met Cyn by Lori Foster. Not bad, but not my favorite in this series, either. The romance happened just a bit too fast for my liking in this one. 

ETA: Finished it. For someone who isn't necessarily pegged as a romantic suspense author, Foster did a great job of surprising me with the ending. Totally didn't see that one coming, and usually I'm pretty good at figuring out the "whodunnit" in suspense books. :-)

I started Just a Hint, Clint in the same series. An "unhandsome" man and Plain Jane for an H/H. Something I'm not particularly used to, but I like it! 



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Date Posted: 1/11/2010 10:52 PM ET
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I finished Jagged Gift, which was a weird one, btw. I'm getting ready to start reading Standing in the Shadows by Shannon McKenna.

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 1:07 AM ET
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Hard to know how to follow a book I liked as much as The Monk Downstairs, but I've been looking forward to the continuing the Nora Roberts series I started, so guess I'll go with that.

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