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Subject: What Are We Reading This Week? June 5-11, 2011
Date Posted: 6/5/2011 10:23 AM ET
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New Week!

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 10:28 AM ET
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Posted this in the other thread, forgot it was Sunday!

I finished Blaze of Memory.  If I could give it ten stars I would.  I loved it.  One thing that was weird for me, though, is that normally I fall in love with the heroes in romance books.  I did this time, too, but I loved Dev for Katya, not for me!  lol

I put my review on Goodreads.

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 10:35 AM ET
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Read Clay: Armed and Dangerous by Cheyenne McCray last night.  It's a rather short novel, only 209 pages, but it was good.  Most of her other books are very steamy, but this one really wasn't.  It almost seemed rather tame.  I read the Blaze novel Good Time Girl by Candace Schuler and it was steamier than this book.  I know these were published originally by Ellora's Cave back in 2004 under a different name, but I didn't know she also changed all of the characters names as well.  When I read Luke: Armed and Dangerous I thought it seemed familiar.  I do hope she continues with this series though.  There are a few secondary characters that I would like to read about, plus I just don't get the impression that this series is done.

Tried to read My One and Only by Kristan Higgins, but I gave up.  I've really tried to like this author, but I just can't get into her story lines.  There is always some thing huge that bothers me.  With this book  I only got through the first 30 pages or so before I tossed it to the wall.  Seriously, proposing to a guy in a bar with all of his buddies around, being snarky to the waitress, admitting that not many people like her and then acting like she's doing him a favor does not make me want to read more.  Plus, Higgins kept switching from the conversation between characters to talking to each other to the main character talkig to the reader; often within the same paragraph!  Drove me batty.

Going to move on to Nauti Boy by Lora Leigh next.  Hope it's as good as you ladies promised!



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Date Posted: 6/5/2011 12:33 PM ET
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"Reading The Heir by Grace Burrowes and enjoying it but this is her first books right? Why would she have a whole back story of the hero being engaged to the brother's wife (before they were married of course) and not have a book about them."

I found that odd too -- I think I read in an interview or on her website that she had written those stories but not published them, so we may see them someday. Or did I make that all up because it seemed plausible?

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 2:01 PM ET
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I'm reading a Love Inspired by Missy Tippens - A FAmily for Faith - it's ok not suiper duper great but a decent enough simple read. Trying to decide between Loyalty in Death(yes I found my copy yeah!) or starting a mystery series i found at the library...

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 2:33 PM ET
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I finished The Thirteenth Tale, and all I can say is WOW.  It is truly a work of art- just brilliant.

I am also a couple chapters into Animal Magnetism and am liking it.

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 3:51 PM ET
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I read CANDY STORE by Bella Andre.  It was self-published and about 115 pages long.  And while the sex was hot the plot left alot to be desired.  That along with the need for an editor.  Thankfully it wasn't overly pricey nor did it take me more than 90 minutes to read it. 

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 4:58 PM ET
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I finished Blaze of Memory.  If I could give it ten stars I would.

What did I tell you!  I cried myself silly at the end of that one.  One of my absolute favorites.

I finished Inked and it was good but too short.  I read a non-romance at work last night and it was good but too sad.  It was called A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas.  Her husband was hit by a car while walking the dog and suffered a traumatic brain injury he never recovered from.

Date Posted: 6/5/2011 5:25 PM ET
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Hi all, I haven't posted in months because I really haven't been reading anything, but that changed when Kiss of Snow was released. My husband couldn't believe I paid 12.99 for an ebook but it was totally worth it. Oh my word, what a good book. Btw, I must have missed a book. Who the heck is Cooper?
Date Posted: 6/5/2011 10:58 PM ET
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Now I totally have to catch up on Nalini's books... I started towards the end of last year (and yes, it was one of, "Wow, what a fool I was not to have started reading her sooner!" moments), and left off around book 4...

Today I zipped through a couple Harlequin Romances, which were both actually pretty good stories.  (The last two were really just OK, and these made me realize that I hadn't been feeling much of a sense of connection with the characters in those; they were very flat...)  These were pretty good--Trish Wylie's His L.A. Cinderella and Myrna Mackenzie's The Frenchman's Plain-Jane Project.  Much more of a sense of relating to the heroines, and just fun, lighter reads.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 7:23 AM ET
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I'm reading a free one I got at Amazon by Autumn Dawn called Scent of Danger, although GR has it listed as Something Wild.   So far, not bad.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 10:43 AM ET
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I'm about 1/4 of the way through Bonds of Justice.  Max is great, but I almost didn't remember who he was.  I'm not sure about Sophia, though.  So far you don't know anything about her except she's a J-psy and a lot of bad stuff (both in her past and in her mind) is hinted at but nothing is explained yet.  I'm bound & determined to read this and Play of Passion ASAP, though, so I can get to Kiss of Snow.  lol

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 11:04 AM ET
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Man, you guys are making me want to pick up the Psy-Changeling series again (I've only read the first 2) but I have some trade reading I need to get finished first. 

Finished Hidden Away (KGI, Bk 3) by Maya Banks yesterday, and she's really done well with this series after the first book (which I hated). Garrett is so sigh-worthy. Looking forward to the next one!

I'm now just a few pages into Three Swords, One Heart by N.J. Walters.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 12:58 PM ET
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Finished Nauti Boy by Lora Leigh late last night.  I started skimming towards the end because I was getting sick of the "I need to leave, no you aren't" b.s. that was going on.  Pretty good book though.  I purchased books 2 & 3 to take with me on the long plane ride next week.  I don't know if I'll bring them back though, they may stay in Greece. 

Moving on to Icebreaker by Deirdre Martin.



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Date Posted: 6/6/2011 1:32 PM ET
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Just finished the audio version of the latest in the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig - The Orchid Affair.   Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE this series?  It's such a fun, witty blend of historical romance, spy novel, historical fiction and modern chic lit.  I especially loved this book since the heroine was a 32-year old "spinster" of her time (I'm a wee bit older myself), and the hero wore glasses (I'm a sucker for a man who looks good in glasses).  I always listen to the books as soon as I can get the audio version from the library after release.  The narrator of the audios - Kate Reading - does such a good job.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 3:41 PM ET
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Ooh Diana, I forgot about your trip- I hope you have a great time!!

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 8:56 PM ET
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BIG BIG BIG dnf on Something Wild (aka Scent of Danger) by Autumn Dawn.   That was just painful to read.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 9:14 PM ET
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Thanks Lesley!

Read Icebreaker today and I have an ehh feeling about it.  I really didn't care for the heroine that much; way too controlling and very much a drama queen in my opinion.  Overall it was good but I wish there had been more chemistry between teh main characters.

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Date Posted: 6/6/2011 9:35 PM ET
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Someone here put me on to these books: The Battle Sylph by LJ McDonald. Wow, good world building. Slaves, hives! Ordering second book from library.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 9:51 PM ET
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I'm reading When You Dare by Lori Foster.  Typical alpha male and strong but abused heroine, but I still love it!

Date Posted: 6/7/2011 3:25 AM ET
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Reading SEALed with a Kiss. Pretty good for free. ;-) I would buy her new cheapie, except most of the reviews seem to agree it's the weakest of her books.

Date Posted: 6/7/2011 7:54 AM ET
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5 stars to Strong Silent Type by Lorelei James.  I loved the premise, the characters and the HEA!

Shotgun Wedding by Maggie Osborne was the first time I ever HATED a book by her.  I skimmed 90% of it.  Disappointment.

Now reading The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross.  I'm not a steampunk fan but I have to admit I'm liking it so far.

Date Posted: 6/7/2011 11:40 AM ET
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Three Swords, One Heart by N.J. Walter surprised me. I usually don't expect much from a menage book, but this one reminded me a lot of Gift of the Goddess, and was a really great read. 

Next up is Out of the Darkness by husband/wife team CJ and Jaci Burton.

Date Posted: 6/7/2011 2:05 PM ET
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Ohhh Tina!  I want to read that as well!  Let us know how you like it!

ETA:  What the heck is steampunk?????  Someone please explain.



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Date Posted: 6/7/2011 2:15 PM ET
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Diana,

So far, When You Dare is typical Lori foster fare, but dang you got to love it!  I love her sensitive alpha men.

Steampunk takes place during the Victorian era (usually late 1800s) but it is a time when steam was used to create new and useful inventions and weapons.  So it's a historical with a paranormal twist.  A lot of the stories have the Victorian period as a time when Vampire, werewolves ect are actual known and accepted as part of society.  They're very quirky books.  The best example is Soulless by Gail Carriger!

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