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Subject: What are we reading this week? March 22 - 28, 2009
Date Posted: 3/22/2009 9:22 AM ET
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wow Sunday already!



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I'm currently reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It's historical fiction, but I really like it so far.

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 9:29 AM ET
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I finished The Spy Who Wants Me by Lucy  Monroe. I enjoyed it though the woman wasn't really portrayed as kicking a$$ per se but I'd forgotten that her romantic suspense is really more romance than the action stuff! Which I actualy prefer since I"m a wimp. some spicy scenes and actually 2 'romances' though Ithink the book could've been a little longer..just under 300 pages ..but it suited my mood and kept my interest..and had a nice cover :-)

I'm also still listening to Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie. I'm on part 9 of 16 and it's hard to tell how many more hours because some parts are like 1 hour and 10 min and somve have been under 45 minutes the way they divvy it up! It's fun but a lot of people to keep track of and there are 3 women and stories are crossing over - I *think* all 3 were married to Dyharts? some rich pricks who own an insurance company and are loaded. one got divorced and went to work for a detective agency after the ex bil asked the detective to hire her. turns out she's great at her job. one friend is married to another but he disappeared and she's shacked up with the overbearing brother(I think...) but doesn't want to marry him.she also ws the one to find her mother with her head blown off20 years before..sigh..and Suze is the 18 yr old who married the 'old man' brother jack the total asshole 12 or so years before..he divorced one wife to marry her and now looks like her number is up 'cause the detectives are investigating the halfsister of the one who lost her mom(guess who was in the oven!) and she'd been seen with suze's hubby (who accused HER of cheating and wont' let her work and controls her)oookay so things are pretty interesting LOL! oh well keeping me entertained driving to work and back at least! Think there's supposed to be some murder and stuff too but not there yet...

just started The Remains of the Dead by Wendy Roberts, a ghost dusters mystery. sounded interesting...woman cleans up after the dead but can  hear ghosts and see them unless they committed suicide. only got 2 pages into it before work came in but I'm gonna give it a shot!

ETA: Melissa I read The Red Tent a few  years ago and enoyed it. something to think about!

 



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Date Posted: 3/22/2009 9:57 AM ET
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I am reading Flesh and Stone by Vickie Taylor, it is the second book in her Gargoyle series.  So far so good. I liked the first one as well.  Different than anything I have read in the past. 

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 12:26 PM ET
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Ooh  Melissa - I absolutely loved The Red Tent.  Enjoy it!

I stayed up late to finish Silver Lining by Maggie Osborne.  It was soooo good!  Kind of a western Cinderella story in a way.  I couldn't put it down.  I'm so glad I dug that out of the tbr pile - definite keeper shelf material.  I'm not keeping it only because I'm trying to keep my keeper shelf light but its a wonderful book. Not sure what I'm reading next.



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Started Sweet Memories by LaVyrle Spencer, which is not my usual sort of read, but interesting.  I read about it on someone's blog.

I'm still bogged down in Tempted All Night. I just don't seem to have the patience for historicals lately - which is very annoying, since my TBR is about 9/10ths historicals! I should ditch them all and start over. Yeah, that'll happen...

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 2:07 PM ET
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does maggie osbourne have multiple storylines?

i hear so much about her but the SLs dont appeal.

 

rereading MEGAN'S MARK

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 2:18 PM ET
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Jess - everything I've read by her so far is a stand alone..

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 3:39 PM ET
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does maggie osbourne have multiple storylines?

The thing with MO's western/frontier books is that so many of her heroines are similar.  The gritty, swearing, whiskey drinking type:P  But it's not fair to say that they all are.  I could make a list of which ones are like that so you could mix them up in the reading order & you wouldn't feel like every book had the same heroine in them.  She was a glom for me, and I read too many of her books back to back,  Knowing what I know now, I would have spaced them out some, because most of the books are really very good.  Her older books are what I have trouble with.  Not that they don't have their good points, but they don't read like Maggie Osborne to me:P

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 4:33 PM ET
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I agree with Kim.  If you read them back to back they lose something.

Decided to read Wild Thing - its an anthology by Alyssa Day/Maggie Shayne/Marjorie Liu/Meljean Brook

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 6:58 PM ET
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I just finished The Remains of the Dead by Wendy Roberts, 1st in the Ghost Duster mysteries. It turned out to be a good read! seems like almost everything I read takes me about 50 pages or so to get into but once I did with this one I really enjoyed it. Not thrilled with her job description and grateful I didn't try reading this while eating lunch(her business cleans up after the dead and there were things I was better off not knowing though if you're into totally graphic this won't be anything at all!) I have the 2nd at home so I may start that one or go to a romance then pick up the mystery.

ok, I 'had' to order that book Sherri..sounds good and I don't think I have any of her books so this will be a first! geez like I need more books!

I'm trying to make myself wait on 3 books that are coming out pretty soon..I know walmart will eventually have 2 of them and they discount. not sure about the other so may end up ordering it from deepdiscount since this author never appears at the ubs's I go to. I also have them on my WL just in case. I'm working on mt tbr bit by bit but keep adding to it :-)

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 7:32 PM ET
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I finished These Boots Were Made for Stomping this morning.  Blech.  If I had read this one first I would never have read These Boots Were Made for Strutting, which I actually liked so I'm glad I read that first.  Anyway, I tolerated the 1st story by Julie Kenner, didn't like the 2nd by Jade Lee, and barely skimmed the 3rd story by Marianne Mancusi. 

I've started Immortals: the Darkening by Robin T Popp.  I'm pretty sure it's the 2nd in the Immortals series.  Read the 1st one a few weeks back.  I've got the whole series except for the last one which is WL and the last few are (I'm pretty sure) still WL so I want to get them read.

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 7:53 PM ET
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I'm working on mt tbr bit by bit but keep adding to it :-)

I hear you - lol!

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 9:14 PM ET
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Currently reading Have Your Cake And Kill Him Too by Nancy Martin (#5 Blackbird Sisters) - sure wish I had started this series in order, really enjoying the them. I'm also reading a NF by Michael Gross, 740 Park Avenue etc. It's a big, heavy HC so I'm reading 20-30 pages each night when I go to bed - may have to renew it since I may not finish it in the 2 weeks I have left on it.

MT. TBR is about to explode here - keep getting library books, not reducing the TBR at all.

(edited to correct sisters - spelled it systers......sheesh....)



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Date Posted: 3/22/2009 9:27 PM ET
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I just started the Duchess' Lover.  Older woman/younger man story.  Her dead husband's valet is blackmailing her about her affair with this commoner.  So far so good.   Waiting impatiently for the next Aurora Teagarden book to keep going on that series.   Also reading Real Vampires Have Curves.  Having a little trouble getting into it.  Also, Out of the Dark by Sharon Sala.  Next I vow to read something already wish listed. 

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 9:31 PM ET
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I finished reading Highland Guardian by Melissa Mayhue.  I think it was better than the first (30 Nights With a Highland Husband), but I don't know... there's just something lacking.  I like the characters a lot, and the storyline was good, the writing is good... I'm just not riveted for some reason.  <sigh>  I really wanted to love those books.  lol

Now I have two books going (unusual for me) - Fairyville by Emma Holly and Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr.  I'm pleasantly surprised with SCP. I know a bunch of people (including some on here) were disappointed, so I guess I was resigned to not love it as well.  lol  I'm only halfway through, but it's better than I expected so far.  Just don't tell me the second half is worse than the first half!  :)

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 9:57 PM ET
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I'm reading Superb and Sexy by Jill Shalvis--the last of her Sky High books and it's pretty good. I've had a really slow reading week, not sure what my problem is other than I think I need new glasses. :(

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 10:24 PM ET
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Michelle, I liked Second Chance Pass - love the entire series..it's just that the main couple Paul and Vanni aren't my faves compared to the others! it's sorta like having a bag of m&m's and trying to pick your favorite :-)

I started Devil May Ride, the 2nd in the Ghost Dusters series..this one may be creepier since I think itd eals with bikers and satanic rituals or something along those lines but after this one I think it's Dec before the 3rd book is released.

Shari, I really think I need new glasses too :-( been having tired eyes and too many headaches...thinking about going tomorrow or Tuesday and get them checked...



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I'm starting into Outsider by Penelope Williamson now.  It gets off to a promising start.

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I'm on a bit of a paranormal romance kick and just finished  The Warlord's Daughter by Susan Grant and was kinda disappointed in it after reading and loving the previous one Moonstruck (Borderlands).  The whole scenario of a warlord going to such extremes and risking everything to find and marry a girl he saw at a glance when they were teens was rather far-fetched.  .   There were also several other romances/storylines going on that were distracting and I just wasn't feeling it for the hero/heroines relationship.

I'm about  1/2 way thru At Grave's End (Night Huntress, Bk 3) by Jeaniene Frost and enjoying it - I really like this series and it just keeps getting better.

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 12:17 AM ET
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Started I'm Watching You by Karen Rose, which is good but pretty similar to her first one, Don't Tell. Maybe I need to space her out further.

I'm bummed the library doesn't have the second book, because I was really interested in that character. Despite his three children. ;-)

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 6:26 AM ET
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I'm in the midst of reading And Able by Lucy Monroe.  Generally I'm enjoying it but they just got into this "we have to get married because I was so turned on I forgot to use a condom" part that is really irking me.

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 10:31 AM ET
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I"m about halfway through Devil May Ride by Wendy Robers(2nd Ghost Dusters mystery) it's pretty good so far. reminds me a little bit of the lily bard books by charlaine harris where the main character has some hangups to deal with. lots of death talk like suicide, etc and this one touches on the occult which creeps me a bit though I'm a friggin' wimp as ya'll all know!

Susan that part irked me too but I enjoy her books. I like that couple and the first couple best I think. I htink what buggedme was that she's written tons of sex scenes hotter than that one and no one forgot the condom LOL!

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 11:01 AM ET
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it's sorta like having a bag of m&m's and trying to pick your favorite :-)

EXACTLY!  LOL   Good description Susanna.  I'm about 80% finished with Second Chance Pass.  It's been a while since I've read the other Virgin River books, and I know they each had ALL of the characters in them, but in this one, Paul & Vanni's romance almost seems secondary (which is fine with me).  I just finished reading the scene with Jack & Mel and I was in tears - by far the most emotional/touching scene in the book!

Date Posted: 3/23/2009 11:06 AM ET
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Finished Timepool by Susan Plunkett.  The who done it aspect of this book was a complete surprise to me.  I like that.  When you are in the mood for a timetravel/romance, I would recommend this quick read .

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