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Subject: What are we reading this week? June 14 - 20, 2009
Date Posted: 6/14/2009 8:49 AM ET
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New week!

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 8:52 AM ET
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There's several posts from last night on last week's thread too so don't miss 'em!

I stayed up last night to finish A Knight to Remember by Christina Dodd. I loved it! Now I'm trying to find where the book before this is! I brought along a couple of Jil Barnett books and a few others (plus the trunk collection!) if I get time to read today. Wild and Wicked were the 2 I grabbed though I may read Simple Jess since I see it in the bag..too many decisions and the one I want is in hiding!

Michelle, I liked Rice's books but they're all kinda similar with the guys..the only thing I didn't care for with Dangerous Lover is how abruptly it ended...seemed like everything just wrapped up at the end and her other books seemed to wind down a bit more I think. My favorite of the Midnight books was Midnight Man and they overlap and continue though the 2nd book started earlier than the 1st...and that was my least fave of the 3 (Midnight Run - didn't like the woman at all and the guy wasn't a whole lot better 'cept in bed!) I liked the couple in Midnight Angel though didnt' care for the storyline.



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Date Posted: 6/14/2009 9:10 AM ET
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Still reading Ghost Walk by Heather Graham and the ebook of Bedded by the Warrior.

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 9:45 AM ET
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Finished Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins.  I do believe this is the first Chic Lit book I have ever read ( it is chic lit isn't it).  I liked it.  It was funny, sad and kept you turning the pages. 

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 10:12 AM ET
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I finished Cady's Cowboy by Jory Strong last night.  I emailed her to ask when Erin and Dasan are getting thier story.  It was eluded to in teh book which came out in 2005 but I noticed she hasn't written it yet.  You know she emailed me back within an hour and said it's coming. She got side tracked by some of her paranormal series.  I liked Cady's cowboy although I thought there's be a little more kink considering they both kept fantasizing about spanking and bondage. But there's was just one toy scene and one light bondage scene. 

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 10:32 AM ET
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She's slow on the Crime Tells, Mary.. I emailed her either last year or the year before and she was quick to respond - I had just finished Calista's Men and wanted more but she was into her paranormal stuff. Then  Cole's Gamble came out in ebook. need to move it up the tbr pile I guess but ebooks are harder for me to adjust to.I like paperbacks better :-(

I started Wild by Jill Barnett and it's pretty good so far I guess though not too far into it.

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 11:26 AM ET
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the only thing I didn't care for with Dangerous Lover is how abruptly it ended...seemed like everything just wrapped up at the end and her other books seemed to wind down a bit more I think

EXACTLY, Susanna!  The whole climactic scene was over so fast - didn't live up to the build-up throughout the book, especially given the amount of pages dedicated to Deaver's thoughts and actions leading up to him finding them.  I was expecting a whole lot more... drama, action, violence, or at least tension before it was all said & done.  Plus, there was NO follow-up on Jack and Caroline other than the "I'm so glad we're safe and alive" hug at the end.  I don't need a long, drawn-out epilogue, but a little "I love you" scene would have been nice.  lol

I started reading The Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick.  I've had this on my TBR pile forever - keep renewing it from the library - but for some reason I'm having a hard time getting into it.  I don't know why.  I have read all of the other Arcane Society books - both contemp & historical - and liked them.  I guess this just isn't the book I want to read right now.  I may push myself through it, though, so I can take it back to the library.  I started a Silhouette that I'm reading for the Harlequin readers panel, too.  So far it's pretty good, although I have a hard time relating to the "I'm so tough that I don't need anybody and won't ask for help and won't take it if it's offered" kind of heroine.  lol

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 11:59 AM ET
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I am reading nothing lol Just finished a few paranormals, and am kind of in the mood for a romantic suspense but I have so many I dunno which one. Here is my list, someone pick one for me! lol

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 2:24 PM ET
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Man of my Dreams - Sherrilyn Kenyon, Maggie Shayne, Suzanne Forster and Virginia Kantra - pretty good so far.  Pat

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 2:36 PM ET
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Ashley - try the Gennita Low book, Into Danger.  Or go for Lora Leigh's Hidden Agendas.

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 2:59 PM ET
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about halfway through Wild and it's pretty good so far.

Ashley, I like Marianne Stillings...All Jacked Up for sarcasm and fast pace...Lucy Monroe for sexy...Behind Closed Doors I think has sex and a lot of suspense(it's in my tbr but someone posted some of the hot stuff on a guess the book thread a while back..)

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 3:31 PM ET
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I love Penny McCall, Marianne Stillings and Shannon Mckenna.  SM is darker with more sex and an uber alpha-male.  Stillings is great for witty dialogue and fun without much sex some sex but not like Mckenna.  Penny Mccall-it's been a while so I don't remember how much sex was in them.  Good romantic suspense though.  Kind of in between Stillings and Mckenna.  I have a couple McCalls and Mckennas in the tbr I should get one out. 

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 3:37 PM ET
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Ashley--I vote for Cindy Gerard. If you want to read Show No Mercy (Black Ops #1) , then you should read Into the Dark (last Bodyguard book) first--they meet in that one. Also love Shannon K Butcher and Tara Janzen....and Stuart's Ice books...and most of what's on your list! ;)

Hmm, what am I reading? Oh, Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace by MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi--YA paranormal but pretty good so far. I'm also reading a historical romance Beauty Like the Night by Liz Carlyle--my first by her, I think.

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 4:33 PM ET
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yeah i would say Kristan Higgins is chicklit.

I bought Renegade by new author Sarah Parr. this currently has only 5 reviews on amazon and they are all 5 stars but I suspended indefinitely after 100 pages because her writing had huge jumps in the action. someone called her the 'next Meredith Duran' which I pooh-poohed. It actually reminded me of early Carolyn Jewel which is not a compliment despite my love of Scandal.

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 5:43 PM ET
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Shari, I read series in order so I know I have a long way to get til I get to the black ops books lol

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I'm very sloooowly reading Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson, also started The Secret Wedding by Jo Beverley.

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 9:30 PM ET
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I finished Wild by Jill Barnett. It was pretty good! I didn't find it as funny as A  Knight to Remember by Dodd that I just read but there were some cute moments like when the 2 men decided to cook bread and make soup! I kept wanting to tear up reading it..so sad  how that woman lived alone in fear of being stoned by t he villagers and no friends except hurt wild animals she took care of. wow. 2 injured knights nursed back from death by the heroine back to back by different authors! and I can't believe me who hardly ever reads historicals wants to read another!I want Once a Knight dammit but it's still hiding somewhre..grrr..

eta: yippee I found it! I started digging through boxes and it was on top about to fall off! now I guess I need to read it huh?!



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Date Posted: 6/14/2009 11:55 PM ET
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Well gee, I thought The Secret Wedding was quite interesting, up to the point that the hero and heroine actually met. It's all been downhill from there. Right now it's reminding me of my least favorite parts of Forbidden Magic.  What the hell happened to Beverley? She can still write, but she can't tell a story worth a damn anymore, it seems.

Date Posted: 6/15/2009 11:57 AM ET
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wow Willa! A coworker and I were just talking yesterday morning about a good story and good writing..she was reading the last of the Twilight series and said she loved the story but didnt think the woman wrote very well. I've read books where the author seemed good but the storyline just didnt' grab me and vice versa.

I got about 1/4 through Once a Knight by Christina Dodd. At this point in A Knight to Remember I was liking that one better..this one the hero is poor and is like a 4 yr old standing in the gates of Disney World! He's also skinny I guess from not having a lot of food. I guess poor doesn't bother me so much but he'd better macho up quick for me :-) and I think  he will...can't believe I never read these before!

Date Posted: 6/15/2009 4:43 PM ET
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LOL Ashley--I have that same problem which is why I have entire series here that I haven't read yet!! Yes, I am a Glommer. :)

Date Posted: 6/15/2009 7:00 PM ET
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Shari, it really sucks when I end up not liking the series lol That has happened a few times with me so I try not to get the rest until I have at least read the first. It's hard to resist though lol

and to stay on topic, I ended up reading Mating Claire by Jenny Penn. It's an erotic werewolf story, have to send it to someone so I can put off struggling over what to read for a bit now. The heroine is a bit annoying. She is obvious in her lust for the hero, and even sleeps with him a few times, and then gets mad right after and calls him a slut and a pervert. I just want to smack her.



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Date Posted: 6/15/2009 7:40 PM ET
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At lunch at work I finished Aegean Enchantment (a 1986) by Emily Francis (seems to be the only Harlequin Romance she wrote which is a shame because this one wasn't all that bad).

Then I went right into a 1997 Doreen Owens Malek SC, Big Sky Drifter, set in Montana. I've always enjoyed her books - her first Desire, Native Season, is on my keeper list.

Gail

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 10:48 AM ET
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I'm in the midst of  Running Hot by Jayne Ann Krentz and it's an easy read and I'm enjoying it - which isn't always the case with her Arcane Society stuff.

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:09 AM ET
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I'm reading Jennifer Haymore's book A Hint of Wicked now and I'm kinda on the fence, but it's too soon to tell how I'm going to feel about it yet.  It's got an intriguing premise, but it's a tricky one too.  Books that stray way out of my comfort zone (like Sherry Thomas books do) have to be super-exceptional to hook me & so far I haven't seen that.  Decent writing though, and it is too soon to tell whether I'll like it or not.  I'm a one man, one woman reader and this is certainly different than the stuff I usually go for:P

Willa - "What the hell happened to Beverley? She can still write, but she can't tell a story worth a damn anymore, it seems."

I've said the same thing recently myself.  She's off my auto-buy list after this last piece of $#@ she put out:P



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Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:58 AM ET
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I am reading "Cry Wolf" by Patricia Briggs.  I love Briggs' writing skills.  Of course, they are paranormal romance, but still romance.  LOL

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