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February 7, 2009

I signed off with that last week and didn’t get a whole ton of feedback, but ah well, it didn’t stop me from reading more stuff. So, because I’ve got a full day including an 8am stop at Central Market Plano for their ‘to-die-for’ pancakes — very very early on a Saturday — I need to buckle down and write.

This week was filled with thrillers, weepers, and a little bit of historical romance.

DARK OF NIGHTFirst off…finally finished DARK OF NIGHT and was a bit disappointed in the quality of the book. I mean, seriously folks, it’s a [email protected]#ing hardcover and the pages are falling out with one read? And I am NOT a messy reader. No dog earing, no cracking of spines or folding of pages. Geez! That put me off greatly BTW. Even if I got it at Costco and not full retail, a hardcover with pages falling out! What has the world come to? Oh, and the book was good. I wasn’t entirely happy with the reason for all the thrills and chills, but the ride was satisfying. Why did Nash go on all those ‘covert missions’? I didn’t buy the “money” angle. Ah well. Maybe there is something else down the road.

MEN OF THE OTHERWORLDMy next one was the [insert a bunch of raves here. then repeat, this one deserves a ton of raves] MEN OF THE OTHERWORLD by Kelley Armstrong. OMG. This is the compilation of four short stories Kelley’s posted on her web site over the years. They’re about Clayton and Jeremy. The back story so to speak! And for any fan of the “Otherworld” this is definitely required reading. And because I am special…I snatched it off the pile of books arriving for review…I’m going to treat myself to MADE TO BE BROKEN this weekend. Read and weep oh fellow KA fans.

Virgin River Christmas
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Second Chance Pass
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Temptation Ridge
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Paradise Valley
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Then I spent some time weeping, sigh, oh, yeah. Read all of the Robyn Carr Virgin Rivers books (series part two or books 4, 5, 6 and 7) in two days. I’ve gotten smarter when I read her, I just leave out the contact lens. It’s much better than way. No nasty buildup from the extra salt in the tears. It’s hard to believe she can be so consistently good. But on the other hand, thank goodness she is! I think my favorite is Paradise Valley. Although, I did enjoy the interplay between Shelby and Luke in Temptation Ridge. Then, of course, Second Chance Pass wasn’t shabby either. Paul tried so HARD to be the best friend! And since I missed the Christmas story, I dove into it as well. A Virgin River Christmas was the most heart-warming story I’ve read since A Simple Gift. The thought of Marcie spending every thing she had to track down Ian. And then, Ian, well, he was just worth the cost after a bit of polishing. He did come through for Marcie in the end and that’s what’s important. Every time I read about the tree I just lost it. Sigh, All done now. I’ve got the contacts back in and no time for tears!

Then I finished off my week with back-to-back historicals: Elizabeth Hoyt‘s To Beguile A Beast and Mary Balogh‘s At Last Comes Love. Yes, yes, it isn’t available until the end of April but you want a heads up, don’t you? No, okay, then I’ll just say it’s prime Mary Balogh reading. Balogh’s four tales of the Huxtable family follows a familiar path but she’s able to keep the story unfolding at the right pace and with enough emotion to make it extremely satisfying! Do tell me though what you think of the first three in paperback at $6.99 and the concluding one in hardcover for $22?

Hoyt’s story is the fourth in her Legend of the Four Soldiers series, a beauty and the beast tale. A great read, I highly recommend you pre-order of this one! And if you haven’t read the first three, I say, WHY NOT? She has the sensuality and the historical period down pat. So, don’t miss Jasper’s story in To Seduce a Sinner, plus Samuel’s story in To Taste Temptation, which starts the whole series. Then you’ll be ready in May for To Beguile a Beast? which moves it along and provides a few more twists and turns…my favorite! And a wounded hero, delicious! And he’s got a way with lemons as well. [we’ll talk in May, remind me.]

So, now that you know what I’ve been reading, where is YOUR bookmark?

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  • Tonya Renee Callihan February 7, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Oh wow! I have a huge TBR Pile. I just finished The Man She Married by Ann DeFee, The Secret She Kept by Amy Knupp, Millionaire’s Secret Seduction by Jennifer Lewis.

    Right now I am currently reading The Groom Came Back by Abby Gaines. It’s a great story. Jack Mitchell marries Callie Summers right out of high school to help take her away from her horrible life. He becomes a doctor and works overseas. And now years later he returns home for a divorce, and doesn’t even recognize Callie. But Callie isn’t going to let him go so easy. I can’t wait to finish it. Once I do my review will be on for others to read!

    Sounds like you are reading some great books yourself Sara!

  • Karen H in NC February 7, 2009 at 11:52 am

    My TBR pile consists of 3 5-shelf bookcases jammed pack full of books just hollering at me to 'read me next'!

    I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of 'Vexing the Viscount' by Emily Bryan and just finished that. I thought it was a very good book.

    Right now, I'm reading 'Darker Than Night' by Tom Henderson. This is a true story of the homicide of 2 deer hunters that happened in Michigan in 1985 and wasn't closed until 2003 with the successful procecution of the 2 people involved in the killing.

    Next up on my book-to-read next is 'Dashing and Dangerous, an anthology with such authors as Mary Balogh, Edith Layton, Mary Jo Putney, Melinda McRae & Anita Mills.

  • Sara Reyes February 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Oh, I loved DASHING AND DANGEROUS. You know I have these mood swings in my reading and I sometimes lurch from one kind to another. Other times I just wallow in suspense or historicals or Regencies. I used to think I was weird that way but now I really don’t care as long as I’m satisfied with my reading!

  • ThatBrunette February 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Mine is in REBECCA’S TALE by Sally Beauman. I’m normally not a fan of sequels written by different authors but, something about the blurb on the back drew me in. It is no where near the quality of the original but it is an interesting perspective.

  • Summer February 7, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I really want to read Robyn Carr’s next two books. Pins and needles until then.

    I still cannot believe I haven read Suz’s latest. Sigh.

  • Denise February 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Sara, they had a lot of problems with this book. Before its release (they think they caught all the incorrect books before the release date), there was an entire batch of books that a ton of pages out of order! I don’t mean grab a fistful and place them in backwards. I mean, who the hades knows how all these pages were shuffled and then placed into the book. Booksellers were given a notice to refund and return all such books should there be any still out there.

    If your book had shoddy binding I’m sure you’re then not the only one. I would return the book, if you haven’t already. They must have let the monkeys into the printing room, eh?

    I’m actually reading the book and have about 100 pages to go. To me, it’s not as thrilling as her books usually are. The only thing keeping my attention is the witty repartee between Deck and Tracy. Seriously. But still I trek on…

  • Sara Reyes February 10, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Denise, yes, I should return it but it’s just pissy you know? And do let me know when you finish what you think of the reason the whole thing was done. I was a little bit off on that.

    As for the action between Tracy and Decker. DEFINITELY the best part of the book!

  • Denise February 10, 2009 at 1:10 am

    I think it was wrapped up just a little too nicely. I could sort of see where Suz was coming from with the plot line, but I wanted something… more. Hard to explain. I was just expecting something more along the lines of her previous novels.

  • stacey February 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I like Elizabeth hoyt’s books and mary balogh books and i will get them when i can.thanks for telling me the names of them for i can put them on my list.