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Subject: What are we reading this week? July 26-Aug 1, 2009
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 9:06 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/26/2009 10:38 AM ET
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Still reading the Alyssa Day atlantis book.  I've been out of town and haven't read a thing in 3 days.

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Date Posted: 7/26/2009 12:56 PM ET
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I'm determined to finish up SCANDAL by Carolyn Jewel and START ME UP by Victoria Dahl.

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 1:31 PM ET
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I'm close to the end of Swept Away...ooooo...Annaleah, don't go off with him...I think he is one of the bad guys!

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 5:01 PM ET
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I'm still reading Wait Til Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley(eh) and listening to the Mixed Up Files kid audio while driving! Nearly 2/3 through it - it's just 3 1/2 hours or so but it's interesting! Oh, and the book Finally Thin by Michele Bensen. It's pretty good but kept getting hungry reading 'bout all her binges before she got serious...

this vampire series is I dunno..funny in parts but lots of crazy stuff going on and I swear no one's 'plain' vampire..either a wolf taint or dragaon taint, or just whatver effects them and someone's always attacking or almost killed, changed, etc. I glommed  the first 4 or so but reserved the next from the library if I'm still interested. there's enough silly humor to keep  me going but overall I'm not enjoying htis series as much as some others I've read. was too tired this  morning to read very long so I still have aboutg 60 pages or so til the end. wish me luck!

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 5:06 PM ET
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I'm reading "Dragon Actually" and really enjoying it. She lops off a man's arm for improper touching, my kind of gal. :)

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 7:20 PM ET
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She lops off a man's arm for improper touching, my kind of gal. :)

And the heroine in Swept Away shot off the hand of the assassin trying to kill the hero.  These gals know how to protect themselves and their men.

I finished Swept Away.  What a fun read!  Political intrigue, pirates, spys...I can't wait to read some more Canham, but I think The Madness of Lord Ian McKenzie is up next.

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 7:27 PM ET
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Hi gals. I'm just back from a week at Dance camp and oh do my feet hurt. Read a number of fairly meh books while I was there -- only really good one was a reread of Shards of Honor by Bujold.  Currently reading The Enchanted Mirror by Marianne Willman, which is okay.  Now that I'm home, I think I may reread Barrayar next, while SoH is sitll fresh in my memory.

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 8:47 PM ET
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I have one story left in the Demon's Delight anthology, which so far has been good. I've also been reading Cullen's Bride by Fiona Brand. Despite the really icky cover, its a good story! I'll probably finish it tonight.

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 8:48 PM ET
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I so want to read Swept Away!  I ordered it a month ago and got sent the wrong book (Candace Camp also wrote a book called Swept Away apparently) and I haven't gotten the right book from the sender yet.  I just sent her another note trying to see if she was really going to send it.

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 10:57 PM ET
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Started Sighs Matter by... Marianne Stillings?  It's not doing a lot for me, there seems to be a lot going on from the previous book, which I haven't read. The characters are good, but the plot is not drawing me in.

I think I have both the Canham and the Camp versions of Swept Away, heh.



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Date Posted: 7/26/2009 11:09 PM ET
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If Sighs Matter is the one with the doctor(woman) and cop (guy) it was my least favorite of hers. I read them out of order too and that one was ok but the worst of the bunch. I liked Satisfaction and gosh forgot the other :-( but they were my faves.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 12:19 AM ET
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I love Marianne Stillings.  The Damsel In This Dress is one of my all time favorite books. 

I am reading Lady of Light and Shadows by CL Wilson.  I like it but I'm kind of over the courting thing already.  I mean it's book 2 and only about a week has passed since the beginning of book 1.  But I love the magic aspect of it-funny I don't care for vamps and weres but I like the fantasy/romance combo with fairies and mages and stuff.  But I'm ready for htem to just make their bond and move on int he story. But since it's all about this war with the Mages it probably won't happen until book 3 or 4 I'm thinking.  I would just love to see one of the other Fey warriors get a romance.

I'm also reading How To Knit A Wild Bikini by Christie Ridgeway.  I have a feelign this is going to be one of those teaser books. You know one of those book where the H/H come close to having sex repeatedly and then never do.  I don't need sex in a book but after the 3rd or 4 scene of a kiss getting out of hand and then getting interrupted-it's getting old.  Either give me a sex scene or knock off the teasing scenes and allude to them having done the deed already.



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Date Posted: 7/27/2009 1:26 AM ET
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Yeah, that's the one Susanna. I've read one other by her... can't remember the name, but it was about a cop and a psychic woman. I liked that one a lot more.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 2:53 AM ET
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I've stalled on The Secret Life of Bryan by Lori Foster.  Very interesting premise (bounty hunter disguised as a preacher mistakes a rich society woman as a prostitute) but it's not capturing my interest very easily.  Since it's a library book I probably won't finish it; I find it much, much easier to put aside library books.

After stalling on that, I started Satisfaction Guaranteed by Lucy Monroe, my first by her.  Much better.  About 1/2 way through and planning on reading more by Ms Monroe.

Still working on Nauti Boy.  Haven't made much progress though.  It's the step-sibling thing (squicky!) and a little to much "claiming." I swear at least one character talks about how the hero is claiming the heroine on each page.  Gross.  Any guy talked like that to me, he'd find a knee in his groin, and not in a good way.  ;-P  I think I'll finish it, it will just take me a while. 

I may have to read a few non-romances after I finish these.  I'm finding myself too easily annoyed nowadays. Might do a re-read of the Agent Pendergast books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. 

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 3:09 AM ET
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I haven't read Nauti Boy yet but I've skimmed through. the step part doesn't bother me - partly because they're not related and weren't raised together from childhood and he left when he realized he was attracted to her and they're both adults now..plus she's the big tease!

I love  Lucy Monroe - esp Ready and And Able. SAtisfaction Guaranteed I think comes after those 3 then Deal With This is the ex-fiance's story  - Ilked that one beter than Satisfaction. and the newest 2 she has out bring in characters from these previous books though you could folow the story without reading theirs.

Willa, that really is the worst of hers (IMO) I wasn't wild about it at all. But Midnight in the garden of good and evie and the one Mary mentioned - Damsel in this Dress were good. Damsel has a stalker seems like that creeps me out but was funny. I liked the dream interpreter one too.

ETA: I finished Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home by Michele Bardsley. It was funny but this series is hard to keep stuff straight. I'm in line at the library for the next one. I started Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier but brought in a stack of kid books - Three Cousins Detectives - that I may read instead since they're pretty light and I"m tired!



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Date Posted: 7/27/2009 10:40 AM ET
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I love  Lucy Monroe - esp Ready and And Able.   Me too Susanna!  Willing was just horrible.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 10:56 AM ET
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I'm getting ready to start reading Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 12:25 PM ET
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Just finished a couple good ones- Love at First Bight by Tymber Dalton- one of Siren's menage stories(scifi/futuristic), Relentless by Lauren Dane, and The Wildling by Treva Hart. The last one was especially fun. A futuristic world where women rule and men are pets. Gotta love it!

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 12:41 PM ET
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Through the first 3 chapters of The Madness of Lord Ian...   intrigued and hooked!  Both H and h are very unconventional. 

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 1:32 PM ET
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Finished A Game Of Chance by Linda Howard.  This is the last in the MacKenzie series and I enjoyed it  almost as much as the first one MacKenzie's Mountain and I really liked that one.  Your could read either one as a stand alone.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 2:09 PM ET
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I wasn't crazy about most of the MacKenzie books, but I really liked A Game of Chance.

Starting Lord Savage by Debra Dier for New Author Monday and my gym book. I hope it's good, because everything I have on my MP3 player sucks! Where do they get these awful narrators?

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 3:20 PM ET
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Hooray! Finally finished with Cindy Gerard's "Whisper No Lies," which I really liked, and that finishes off the Black Ops series for me for now, until the next one comes out. The characters and story were very likable in this one, and I love how Crystal holds her own in the end. I've picked up "Unexpected" by Lori Foster for my next read. I know I said I was going to stay away from romantic suspense for a while, and I didn't realize this book kinda falls into that category, but I'm already a few chapters in so I'll likely finish it up.
Date Posted: 7/27/2009 4:14 PM ET
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I had a streak this weekend where everything I read was really good (what a nice change that is!) I read Too Hot to Handle by Robin Kaye (the second book in the series - her first was Romeo Romeo). Since this is Anabelle's book (the sister who wasn't such a nice character in the first book), I was curious to see how the author would handle it. Well, she did a great job - now I have to wait until December for the final book (which is the brother's story). 

I then read Hot Mail by Janice Maynard. I find Janice Maynard's books to be an easy good read, and this book was no exception. I think this is the first book of hers that I read that wasn't an anthology, so that was nice - I think she did a good job with it.

And my final book that I read was Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James which is going on my keeper shelf. Little to no sex (which usually makes me not interested in a book) (I am so shallow!) but this book was so well written and just so good that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I'm now at a loss as to what to read next. I have a couple of historical romances from the library, but I  find I'm just not in the mood for them. Need to search deep in my TBR pile for another good contemporary romance.

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 6:00 PM ET
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Sherri, I wouldn't have st uck with Willing if it hadn't been important for the coninuity of the series! I dont' like that couple even when they show up in other books :-( both are too serious or something!

ahh the Mackenzies..love 'em! the last 3 are my faves - pleasure, magic(shorter story in anthology), and game of chance. our townhomes have some books to check out each saturday w hile some play games so I went a few weeks ago and flipped through game of c hance while we visited!(was too late to play!)

I'm reading one of the earlier books by Brenda Minton(love inspired)..2 books before the one I finished last week but not the first one..guess it's the 2nd but dunno if the 1st is part of that series or independent. I'm really liking it so far..this author writes about some serious stuff yet makes it pretty good. and it's easy to follow too which is  a plus!

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