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Subject: What are we reading this week? June 7 - June 13, 2009.
Date Posted: 6/7/2009 9:26 AM ET
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New week.



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Date Posted: 6/7/2009 10:54 AM ET
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I finished A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore last night. Great book.  Have some tissues handy.  I never got that menage I was hoping for but then I dind't really expect it since it's a straight historical romance and not erotica.  But the story was different from the standard Regency romance.  At least as far as I've ever read.  Everytime I read a romance where the heroine is torn between 2 men (I mean really hopelessly in love with 2 men) then one of them turns bad and the choice is made for her.  But in this one-you want her to end up with both because they both love and deserve her. 

I'm looking forward to her 2nd book which appears to be the story of the one she didn't choose. 

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 11:01 AM ET
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I started reading MacGowan's Ghost by Cindy Miles and realized I have read this book before.  It says its a 2009 release so I'm not sure how I did it - maybe an ARC or something - but I know I've read it before.   But its a great book!  Fun characters and good romance.

So I'm moving on to reading The Conqueror's Lady by Terri Brisbin.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 11:07 AM ET
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I fnished the non-romance book Not Buying It and was disappointed though I'd already figured that much out.  It seems to be marketed towards the frugal/thrifty marketplace when it's mostly a political statement and not a good one at that..the woman goes from long flowy poetic monologue to vicious childish stabs aka Bush-bashing that goes on for several entries(written like a diary) then goes back to Voluntary Simplicity group then back to another philosophical or political thing that never gets resolved ..Imean, I've read political stuff I haven't agreed with but at least the author was more coherent in presenting it for crying out loud. I really don't see how this woman earns what she claimed because I sure wouldn't buy this book(library) though overall it had some interesting stuff in it - just wish she'd done a better job of making it more cohesive and the publisher had been honest and said what it was on the back cover because that particular audience would probably like it more than I did.

need a romance now dangit!

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 11:26 AM ET
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(Copied from Redwingsgal's post on last week's thread.) Mostly chick lit for me right now. I'm about 3/4 through A Connecticut Fashionista In King Arthur's Court by Marianne Mancusi and so far, so good. When it's done, I plan to read A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest by the same author and then Tall, Dark & Dead (Garnet Lacey, Bk 1) by Tate Hallaway.

I've got both of those Marianne Mancusi books on my TBR, but haven't read them yet.  I have read What, No Roses?, which was really unique.  You don't see many romances set in the Roaring 20's, especially time-travel romances.

And I really, really like Tate Hallaway's books.  Her books are among the few that I buy new.  The latest in the series is sitting on my bedside TBR right now.

Presently, I'm reading Real Vampires Don't Diet by Gerry Bartlett.  This is a series that I normally love, but I have been much in the mood to read due to some sucky life events recently.    But I'm not going to give up.  The reading mood WILL come back!



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Date Posted: 6/7/2009 1:35 PM ET
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I'm reading Highland Scandal by Julia London.  I'm not thrilled with it, but I guess it has captured me enough that I don't want to stop reading it.  I almost hate that - sometimes I wish I could just NOT finish a book.  But for me, it's not a DNF unless it's TERRIBLE or I really can't get into it.  Otherwise I make myself at least skim to the end so I can see what happens.  lol

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 2:24 PM ET
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Parting Gifts by Lorraine Heath -- Loved it! Stayed up half the night to finish and was so bummed to fall asleep before the end - Had to finish it first thing this morning. Have a hankie handy - Was a wishlist book but definitely worth the wait. Story much better than the cover looks.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 3:02 PM ET
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Read Twisted Creek by Jodi Thomas today. Quite, character driven romance, (note-kisses/closed door only), well written. Really liked that the author didn't tie everything up all neat and pretty in the end. Yes, the story implies a HEA for the H/h but also that life won't be all roses for them and their friends, they will have to work for their happiness.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 4:35 PM ET
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Single white vampire by Lynnsay Sands   I have already read the first two.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 5:48 PM ET
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Today I  read SHOTGUN WEDDING by Maggie Osborne.  It made me laugh and cry. I love this author.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 9:40 PM ET
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Today I read UNDER HER SKIN by Susan Mallery, first of the Lone Star Sisters books. It was just ok. Wasn't really feeling the romance between the H&H and I didn't find the hero very likeable. This book, I felt ,was focused more on setting things up for the next books. The next book, LIP SERVICE is on it's way to me. We'll see if the series gets better.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 9:53 PM ET
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About halfway through Public Display of Affection (Susan Donovan).  Even though you have an inkling in the first 4 pages of what's going to happen, it is very fun watching it all play out.  I'm liking this one better than the last one.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 10:10 PM ET
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About a third through Sugar Daddy by Kleypas. I had skimmed this one previously and thought I would give it another try, now I'm not longer put off by first person. She's certainly a good writer.

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 10:16 PM ET
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I'm going to start To Beguile A Beast --- Elizabeth Hoyt. I heard that it's a great read, so we'll see.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 2:28 AM ET
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the other day i read The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston, which had me just cracking up.  since i'm almost caught up on her already published books, i'm happy she's got a couple more coming out this year.  :)  plus, i still have nearly all of the anthologies to try to get.

the book i read after that was kind of a downer, so i thought i'd go for something funny again.  unfortunately, The Reluctant Reformer by Lynsay Sands was a bit of a disappointment.  many of the other books i've read from her had me laughing - particularly The Switch and The Perfect Wife, but this one just didn't do much for me.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 7:32 AM ET
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Finished Night's Rose by Annaliese Evans.  Loved it! Really cool stuff.  Its a keeper. Can't wait for book 2.

Started Pyramid of Lies by Anne Marie Winston, another in the Family Secrets series I am reading.  So far all of this series is very good!

Also reading Davin's Quest, might finish it today. Sci fi erotica, another keeper for me.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 9:10 AM ET
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I just started Witch Fury by Anya Bast - the 4th and final in her series.  IT's ok so far - I'm not being wow-ed like I was with Book 2.  Hopefully it picks up.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 9:44 AM ET
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Finished Yours Until Dawn by Teresa Mederios and The Bequest by Candice Proctor.  Both of these were excellent and would not hesitate to recommend them.  Could not finish Crouching Vampire Hidden Fang by Katie Macalister.  I enjoyed her first dragon books but not her more current books, afraid she is off my reading list. 

 

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 10:36 AM ET
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I finished Don't Tempt Me by Sylvia Day last night.  Nice chemistry between the H&H but that's about its strongest point - there really isn't much there.  I wouldn't even call it all that hot for a Sylvia Day book.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 11:21 AM ET
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I finished reading the Kurland story in Veils of Time, And the Groom Wore Tulle- ugh.  This is my problem with anthologies- the stories are too short to the point of being rushed, and that was definitely the case with this one.  There was no chemistry between the hero and heroine.  Even apart from it being a time travel story, it was completely implausible.  I only read this in order to backfill what I missed between A Dance Through Time and A Garden in the Rain, but it really wasn't necessary- I wasn't missing anything.  Bleah, I hope the rest aren't that bad.

Now I'm onto Under Fire by Jo Davis, which is good so far.  Really liked the first one, so I think this one will be at least as good.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 1:41 PM ET
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I remember reading and enjoying Veils of Time several years ago.  Let me see what my notes say on that anthology ....

OK, thanks to my notes, I now remember the stories in Veils of Time.  I didn't like the Kurland story very much either.  The other stories in the anthology were much better IMO.   My favorite was the story by Maggie Shayne.



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Date Posted: 6/8/2009 8:10 PM ET
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I finished Highland Scandal by Julia London.  It turned out to be better than I expected, considering I wasn't even really "into" it halfway through.

I also read Line of Scrimmage by Marie Force.  I love books with an athlete hero, so I was prepared to like this book.  I wasn't sure about the premise, though (hero has 10 days to win back his wife before their divorce is final) but for me it worked.  Ryan was a strong, sexy hero and despite some TSTL moments for Susannah, I liked them together.  A good, quick, light read.

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 10:05 PM ET
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Well, I think I've stumbled across a winner here...  I'm reading What A Scoundrel Wants by Carrie Lofty, and boy, did this one take me by surprise:P  I got it through a WL offer a few days ago and  had it sitting out with the new Suzanne Enoch book, which was the one I was planning to read next.  I almost shuffled it off into TBR oblivion, but I picked it up & read the back cover because I simply could not remember why I had it on WL to begin with:P  I only remembered later it was because of a Smart Bitches review.  Anyway, I was all prepared to not like it and pass it on to the next wisher, but nope, I got engrossed, and I'm at the halfway point now (just started it this afternoon).  I'm really enjoying it a lot.  It's a "Robin Hood" medieval, with a twist... the hero is Will Scarlet.  And he's cool.  Just as ambivalent about being a hero as this character was portrayed as in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, only infinitely hunkier - if you Christian Slater fans find that at all possible:P  The heroine is a pill, but I'm kinda into that too.  She's earned the right to be a pill, for one thing, and for another, perfect would be wasted on this hero anyway.



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Date Posted: 6/9/2009 6:48 AM ET
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I'm reading a really fun historical.  It is one I've had on my bookshelf for awhile, but has turned out to be really enjoyable.  It's called At the Bride Hunt Ball by Olivia Parker.    If you like humor and fun banter between the hero and heroine, this is a good one.

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 7:20 AM ET
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Finished Family Secrets: Pyramid of Lies by Anne Marie Winston, another installment in the Family Secrets series. Its romantic suspense, short fast read. Great series! Will be reading more of Davin's Quest today.

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