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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Catherine
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 17:45:32

    I am going to be such a sad little creature when I finish Wanderlust. I have to wait until September for the next one? How will I possibly last, even with a TBR pile that’s busting out of its plastic container?!

    So far away omg cue the tiny violins.

  2. jmc
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 17:51:14

    Ilona Andrews’s Magic Strikes hit stores today. I’d highly recommend it as a very good follow up to the first two books of the series. Am lamenting the wait for the next book now.

    (I’ve always wondered, since I’m a reader and not a writer or even a wannabe-writer — how does an author feel when readers clamor for the next book on the very day of the most recent release? Flattered? Pressured? )

  3. Kate K
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 17:55:39

    I’ve recently been getting into the Blaze line — but I find there are a lot of duds out there. Anyone have rec’s for good Blaze authors or specific books? The Blaze books I’ve liked have had lots of emotion and interesting relationships (aka not just a string of sex scenes). Examples: I’ve read almost all of Sarah Mayberry’s backlist (thanks DA!) and loved “Ms. Match” by Jo Leigh and “Shaken and Stirred” by Kathleen O’Reilly.

    Any suggestions?

  4. Bonnie
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 18:25:40

    So, Smooth Talking Stranger was released today. Yay!

    But not for me, as it is not yet offered on Kindle. WHY???

  5. Jane
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 18:28:30

    Because St. Martin’s Press hates ebook readers?

  6. Pat Lieberman
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 18:46:23

    Cant wait for Susan Mallery’s new series coming up. I adored her Buchanan and Marcelli and Sweet Series Books.

    Robyn Carr’s Virgin River books are awesome; have one more to read – the latest and can’t wait for the next batch next year.

    There was a book that came out this year that I was very disappointed in – could not even finish it. Don’t want to name it but this author publishes only about one book a year. The h/h and were not likeable people. And there was not much of a plot. But hey, one gal’s opinion.

    Older books that I have loved that I always recommend are:
    Barbara Delinsky – Three Wishes
    Linda Howard – Sarah’s Child
    Kathleen Korbel – A Rose for Maggie
    Vicki Lewis Thompson – The Nerd Who Loved Me
    Erin McCarthy – The Pregnancy Test
    Toni Blake – Red Diary
    Maureen Child’s Candelloni Series and Marilyn Pappano’s Bethlehem Series,
    also Marcia Evanick’s Misty Harbor Series and ANY series by Sherryl Woods; Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street series too. Catherine Anderson’s Coulter/Kendrick and SEP Chicago Stars series. I could go on and on; I see I have.

  7. GrowlyCub
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 19:07:32

    I’m waiting for Jo Beverley’s new book (‘The Secret Wedding’, April release), although I have to admit, while I enjoyed the last one, it was entirely forgettable. I hope this one is better. :)

    Just finished ‘Then Comes Seduction’ by Mary Balogh and was disappointed, especially since I really liked the first one in this new series ‘First Comes Marriage’. I won’t mention details, but let’s just say my first thought was ‘not THAT plot device AGAIN’ and it’s a rather integral one throughout the story. Every time I thought we finally left it behind it cropped up again, sigh. There were a couple of great moments towards the end, but overall I was dissatisfied, which is a shame since the story was character driven, no spies or other annoying things involved.

    One thing I noticed even more in this book than the first one was that when it was over I felt that there should have been more. The story arc was concluded, but somehow I was feeling things weren’t finished. I don’t know if that is because there are no epilogues, or something else. In the end I was left feeling that the characters deserved a better story.

  8. Darlynne
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 19:13:05

    I stumbled across Devon Monk’s Magic to the Bone at the library and loved it. Great characters, an interesting world and I have got to see what happens next when magic bites back. I’m not often surprised, but this was it and I’m buying all the books when they’re available.

    In mysteries, I am all about Dog On It by Spencer Quinn, the first in a series about PI Bernie Little and his canine partner, Chet. Pulling off a first person narration by a dog would seem to be impossible and yet Quinn gives us Chet, a mix of Sam Spade disguised as Rainman with severe ADHD; he’s hilarious and sweet and everyone should have a Chet. Two excellent surprises this month.

    Next is Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews so April is already looking up.

  9. Bonnie
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 19:13:30

    Because St. Martin's Press hates ebook readers?

    Yeah, but Lisa Kleypas’ other books are available. I’m sure STS will be too, eventually. The delay is just weird. And stupid.

    Eh… in other news. So looking forward to Lover Avenged. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into that one.

  10. rebyj
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 19:22:45

    April release Checkered Past by Abby Gaines is good. It’s part of the Nascar series.
    Abby Gaines previous NASCAR books are: Back on Track , Fully Engaged, Teaming Up and has a story in the anthology A NASCAR Holiday 2
    But I haven’t read any of the previous ones and this book stands alone pretty well except for one or two scenes.

  11. cecilia
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 19:55:47

    I just read Magic Strikes today – it was great. I kept smiling after finishing it. I have a whack of TBR books on my reader, but I’m thinking I just want to go back and reread the earlier two books.

    Regarding the Kleypas book – these delays are really stupid. Everybody is talking about this book right now, which means that suggestible and impulsive people like me are poised at the computer, ready to download. The more delay there is, the more likely my more fiscally-responsible side will kick in and say, “Wait for the library copy, read some of your other books for now.” Sale lost.

  12. Barb Ferrer
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 20:28:02

    Since I’m on restricted movement for the next couple of weeks, I have a chance to start digging into the TBR pile– today, I just started reading The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee and right now… I don’t know. I’ve really been looking forward to reading this one since the story sounded really intriguing and it received such great reviews, but she’s got some tics that are taking some getting used to. She slips between third person past and third person present and while she has fairly good control over it, I see no real reason for it. It’s not as if it’s used as a differentiation between characters, so far, it just seems to be… there.

    All I can think is that if this had been a genre novel, no way would it have been published this way.

  13. JHeller
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 20:32:31

    I devoured Deanna Raybourn’s books this weekend. Loved them. Silent in the Grave. Silent in the Sanctuary. Silent on the Moor.

  14. LauraB
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 20:35:22

    Smooth Talking Stranger has been available in audio for about 2-3 weeks. If you can’t wait for the e-book and don’t mind listening, then I’d toddle over to Audible and download it. I’m waiting for payday before I head over there myself. It’s way cheaper than the cds, and (I think) comparable in price to the hardback (esp. if you’re a member).

    I’ve been reading Sarah Hoyt’s alternative British Empire series. Book 1: Heart of Light was okay, and Soul of Fire is pretty good. I’m looking forward to the last one: Heart and Soul, which I already own. I’m also looking forward to reading the new Ilona Andrews and Ann Aguirre’s Blue Diablo.

  15. KeriM
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 20:46:31

    I recently finished Dahl’s Talk Me Down, lurved it! Can’t wait for the next one. Also finished A Bleak Mid-winter by Julia Spencer-Fleming, fantastic book and the next installment is burning a hole in my TBR pile. I finished last night was Pamela Claire’s Surrender. I haven’t been reading to many historicals lately, but I am so glad I read this one. (I just fell in love with Ian. Once I got started I really couldn’t put it down. I have Untamed, the next in the series and Ian’s brother, Morgan, waiting in the wings as well.

    Another recent read was Greg Isles Third Degree, it was pretty intense as Laurel finds out that she is now pregnant with possibly another man’s child, can she keep herself and her children out of harms way, when her husband suddendly goes off the deep end and takes them all hostage?

    It was a good book, a solid B for me. It wasn’t his best work, but it kept me engaged until I finished it. Very suspenseful, but the content may not work for everyone.

  16. MichelleR
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 20:47:12

    I’m flat out refusing to buy any more print books unless they’re photography books. I like my full bookshelves and think they make my home look cozy, but I’ve moved on. But I also buy books on impulse. That means it’s frustrating when I read an interesting review and find out that the book is not available, er, e-vailable.

    Smooth Talking Stranger is just the latest example.

    It would seem to me that savvy pubs would cater to people being able to buy the book and begin reading before they have a chance to think of all the other ways they could spend the money.

  17. Jane A
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 20:55:56

    Just finished ‘Then Comes Seduction' by Mary Balogh and was disappointed, especially since I really liked the first one in this new series ‘First Comes Marriage'.

    I had the exact same reaction to this book compared to the last. I’ll read Meg’s story, but feel a little less enthusiastic about it. Stephen’s book, especially as it’s in hardback, doesn’t seem to interest me much. Maybe he’ll always seem 17 to me? The excerpt implies his heroine is older and it’s calling up an ick factor for me.

    And here’s a rant, completely unrelated to the above. Harlequin is releasing some of Georgette Heyer’s books and they’re not issuing them as ebooks! I applaud Harlequin for their ebook policies, but I think this decision stinks.

  18. Jane
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 20:58:43

    @Jane A: Wow, I totally felt the same way, in all ways. Then Comes Seduction lacked the charm and freshness as First Comes Marriage. Also, Stephen’s book should have been last, after the cousin because of the age thing. He did seem 17 to me. We needed more than three months to really buy into the rapid aging.

  19. Amanda
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 21:13:42

    Jane A., Heyer’s son still holds the rights to her books so it’s possible that he didn’t give Harlequin the electronic rights to them. Not saying this is the case, just possible:)

  20. liz...
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 21:39:12

    My book club is reading Julia Child’s “My Life in France”. It is a really great book. :0)

  21. GrowlyCub
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 21:48:55

    JaneA and Jane,

    Stephen’s story actually interests me quite a bit. My impression is that the heroine is maybe a couple or handful of years older than him and he’s 25 by the time the book starts, so no ick factor for me. I rather like older woman/younger man stories. ‘A Promise of Spring’ is one of my favorite Baloghs.

    The excerpt of Meg’s story also intrigued me and since I had this ‘unfinished’ feeling, I kept thinking I ought to continue reading right away… at least the wait’s only a month, not a year!

    I’m hoping my library will buy Seduce an Angel, because hell will freeze over before I buy a HC as book 4 in a series that started out with 3 paperbacks. I don’t think publishers understand how important consistent packaging is to quite a few of us, apart from the fact that I hate being so overtly manipulated into paying HC prices…

  22. Donna
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 21:52:32

    I’m currently reading Magic Strikes. I really like this series. I picked up Blue Diablo. I can’t wait to start in on it next.

  23. Emily
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 21:57:11

    Just finished Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. I don’t usually read nonfiction, but this was very informative and interesting. Recommended!

  24. she reads
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 22:12:24

    I just read Gena Showalter’s catch a mate and really loved it except the ending ticked me off a bit. The mom in the story made me cringe though- too realistic and much like my own mother. (depressed, man hating, manipulative) Then again- the character was so very real- praise may be in order.

    Other books I enjoyed this month include:
    Flat Out Sexy (Erin McCarthy)- supah racing hotness
    Here Today, Gone To Maui (Carol Snow) – not so much romance, but a fabulous ‘chick’ read
    Danger in a red dress (Christina Dodd) – this sooo worked for me
    Just the Sexiest Man Alive (Julie James)- gah! maybe my fave contemp. romance this year. LOVED IT!
    Hounding the Pavement (Judi McCoy)- cute doggie mystery + raising $ for charity
    A Rake’s Guide to Pleasure (Victoria Dahl)- LOVE! LOVE! (and I rarely am tempted to read or like historicals!)

    Other than that I’ve got a bunch of western or western looking types in my TBR I’ve not gotten to yet…

  25. Moth
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 22:38:11

    Has anyone mentioned Horizon on this thread yet? I got it from my library and had to request it again right away it was so good. Right now I’m working my way through the whole Sharing Knife series in order and it SO GOOD! I am forgot how awesome the first book was, it’s probably been almost a year since I reread it.

    But Horizon is really a great book, and an awesome cap to the series.

  26. Kaetrin
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 22:39:28

    I’m sorry to hear the above posters didn’t think much of the most recent Mary Balogh book – both of the Huxtable books are in my TBR pile. I just read a review of it at Keishon’s site (Avid Romance Reader) and the guest reviewer loved it. Hopefully I will too.

    I have recently finished Dirty by Megan Hart. I really enjoyed it. I was really touched by Elle and Dan and I enjoyed the way they worked it out. I don’t usually like First Person POV and I would have like more of Dan, but I really did love this book. It resonated with me for days after I had finished it.

    I have downloaded Ms. Hart’s entire back catalogue, including the Spice Briefs.

    In fact, I read Reason Enough before I read Dirty. RE is like an epilogue to Dirty but I actually really got into the story just on its own, which, for such a short story, is pretty amazing.

    I also read This Is What I Want. A good little read, while not being her best story BUT, I think it had one of the best lines I have read in a romance, like, ever. It stuck with me and I thought I’d share it here:-

    You lay me down and follow my lines and curves with your hands and tongue, your lips reading the entire story of my body as easily as if I were made of words.

    Wow, the picture this sentence creates – still blows me away.

  27. Nadia Lee
    Mar 31, 2009 @ 23:29:44


    Ilona Andrews's Magic Strikes hit stores today. I'd highly recommend it as a very good follow up to the first two books of the series. Am lamenting the wait for the next book now.

    I just got around to reading MAGIC BITES and liked it very much. I’d have to get Book 2 & 3. :)

  28. BlueRose
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 00:04:46

    @Moth, yes Horizon is excellent (I got Passage out of the library same time so read both together and they make a great story)

    I recently read The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop and was half pleased / half disappointed. Wrote a review on my LJ – are we allowed to link to things like that in comments?

    Also started reading Undone by Rachel Caine – a spinoff of her Weather Wardens series, and so far I like it. Its about a Djinn called Cassiel who has her djinn powers stripped from her and more or less turned into human. And shows the story from her point of view ie re adapting to our society, culture etc.

    Am about to dive into to Nora Roberts Pagan Stone, third book in the trilogy. I like her big stuff:)

    For any readers of older SF, Cherryh has a sequel to Cyteen out, its called Regenesis. Havent read it yet, but heard good things.

    And Katherine Neville has written a sequel to the fabulous The Eight (some 20+ yrs later) called The Fire. I need to read again to get full benefit, but it felt like the beginning of a series.

  29. madscientistnz
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 02:34:51

    I am hoping my copy of Magic Strikes turns up before I go to visit my sister. I keep thinking I should have had it sent to her house! Still, the enforced waiting will give me time to re-read the first two.

    I found a buried treasure on the weekend, Thief With No Shadow by Emily Gee. It seems to have had mixed reviews and I don’t think it’s done as well as it could have, but I absolutely loved it and couldn’t put it down, to the extent of finishing it by torchlight because of an ill-timed powercut!

  30. Evangeline
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 03:24:41

    Pissed that Pamela Britton’s historical trilogy has been pushed to 2010 after being pushed back three times since 2007!

  31. Leigh Ann Baird
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 06:28:43

    I’m going to the bookstore this afternoon to get Magic Strikes. Need.More.Curran.

    I’m salivating for JR Ward’s Lover Avenged. I read an excerpt yesterday and wish I hadn’t because I want it even more now. This is one book I will buy in hardcover and not complain. Speaking of hardcovers, why release a book in hardcover when all the previous releases were paperback?
    I read Sunny’s latest Mona Lisa Darkening and must say I was a bit disappointed. After reading the book, I have no idea what’s coming next in the series. While I get a bit miffed sometimes when a book ends with too many unresolved issues, I wish this book had some.

    Here are a few titles I’ve read this month:

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — great story!

    The Vampire’s Betrayal and The Vampire’s Revenge by Raven Hart –eager for the next installment!

    Tribute by Nora Roberts –Lifetime movie in book form. Good.

    The Vampire’s Bride by Gena Showalter — I really liked this story.

    White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison — I wish she could write faster! LOL

    Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh — I freakin’ loved this one!

  32. DS
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 07:16:09

    I just read P.C. and Kristin Cast’s book Marked. Published a couple of years ago but new to me. It’s vampire, YA, Urban Fantasy and there’s some Mary Sue elements. They managed to make the vampire elements interesting and I wasn’t really disturbed by the Mary Sue bit until I had finished and thought back on it. The audio version was read by Edwina Wren who does a very good job. More coming of age book than a romance. But I listened almost straight through which is a rarity for me any more if I’m not trapped in a car for a 10 hour drive.

  33. LauraJane
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 07:19:10

    Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews was amazing. This series gets better and better. Curran is my favorite shapeshifter ever.

    Both Grimspace and Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre were incredible. I plan to reread them before the third book comes out in September. I want to complain about the wait, but I remember I have an even longer wait for the next Ilona Andrews so I’m thankful for September.

    I also read Ann Aguirre’s first book in the new series, Blue Diablo. I didn’t love it, so coming off of Grimspace and Wanderlust, I was disappointed.

    Yesterday I read a wonderful teen novel by Jennifer Echols called Going Too Far. So, so good. If you’re looking for a sexy teen novel with some angst, this is the one.

    Maybe I will read Magic to the Bone next. I’ve had it for ages, but Darlynne’s comment about it above makes me want to push it up on my TBR list.

  34. Kathy
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 07:21:21

    I just finished Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur. It’s the latest Riley Jensen book. I like the direction the personal life of Riley is going, and it will keep me looking forward to the next installment due in September.

    Next on my list? Hmmm. I think I’ll read Deathwish by Rob Thurman.

  35. Jeanette
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 09:09:02

    I don’t hear a lot about the Finley Anderson Tanner series by Rhonda Pollero and I am hooked on this series. I stumbled across Knock Off and Knock ’em Dead last year and devoured them. Her third book Fat Chance came out this month and I thought it was great.

    Allison Brennan’s Sudden Death was a page turner and I really liked it It was a 2 evening read for me.

    I am reading Laura Griffin’s Whisper of Warning and again I am really liking it too.
    Started it last night and I will have it done tonight too. Maybe today if it’s not busy at work

  36. Jane A
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 09:22:39


    Heyer's son still holds the rights to her books so it's possible that he didn't give Harlequin the electronic rights to them. Not saying this is the case, just possible:)

    I didn’t know this, thanks for the info. If that is the case it it a pity.


    Stephen's story actually interests me quite a bit. My impression is that the heroine is maybe a couple or handful of years older than him and he's 25 by the time the book starts, so no ick factor for me.

    I realize he is supposed to be 25, and I don’t mind the older heroine, but I’m concerned that I’ll always be picturing him at 17. I’d thought it was his book in hardcover, but it’s Con’s? You’re right, I don’t like that publishing ploy at all. At least there is the library…


    I'm sorry to hear the above posters didn't think much of the most recent Mary Balogh book – both of the Huxtable books are in my TBR pile. I just read a review of it at Keishon's site (Avid Romance Reader) and the guest reviewer loved it. Hopefully I will too.

    Please don’t let us put you off! I loved the first book and compared to it the second one felt “meh” to me, but I’ve read some glowing reviews of it so obviously our opinions aren’t unversal ones. I do hope you enjoy them both.

  37. GrowlyCub
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 10:37:35


    Yes, Stephen’s book will be in HC as will be next year’s book about Constantine.

    I see what you are saying about the perceived age, but that doesn’t seem to bother me. He sounded like a 20 year old to me in TCS. A little callow, but showing signs of maturity.


    I hope you enjoy both books. I really liked FCM and wanted to like TCS better than I did, since it had likable characters and a plot that wasn’t driven by outside events. I’m still not quite sure why I didn’t like it better (I’d probably give it a C+), but it was certainly not awful, just not quite a good as the character deserved.

  38. Deb Kinnard
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 11:27:41

    I’m probably the last on the planet to have discovered Linda Lael Miller. Just finished her MONTANA CREEDS: DYLAN. Gorpy title, good book. And I don’t generally do cowboy books, so…

  39. ReacherFan
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 11:32:31

    Guess I’ll be the odd man out here

    Danger in a Red Dress
    – didn’t like it and panned it on my blog
    Trouble in Mudbug – nearly finished and I really like it
    Storm Warning – I liked it, but hated the way Siren is selling this series at such high prices for ebooks when each is little more than a long short story or novella. Outrageous!
    The Findley Anderson Tanner books by Rhonda Pollero grate on nerves – I just want to smack her one
    Dragon Mate by Jory Strong was weak compared with her other entries in her Supernaturals series

    I am on the warpath with editing in ebooks, especially those sold as ‘erotic romance.’ Can they not even distinguish between ‘soul’ and ‘sole’? Bad editing/proofreading has been endemic across all genres I read, from action thrillers to mysteries to romance for a couple of years now. If a crap speller like me sees all the mistakes, professionals must cringe. Prices go up, quality goes down. Publishers and editors need to get back to basics. A book is NOT a blog where mistakes like that can be excused. pant ….. pant Rant over.

  40. Sherry Thomas
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 11:34:34

    MADENSKY SQUARE by Eva Ibbotson.

    It is not only my favorite book that I’ve read this year, but one of the most magical reads I’ve ever experienced. Sigh. Wish I could do that virgin-read all over again.

  41. Jennifer Estep
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 11:58:54

    I’m reading Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole right now. Definitely my favorite of her Immortals After Dark series so far.

    I’ve got The Hunger Games, What A Scoundrel Wants, and a bunch of Jim Butcher titles in my TBR pile. And I’m definitely getting Smooth-Talking Stranger sometime soon … like maybe tomorrow. ;-)

  42. GrowlyCub
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 12:04:47


    I’m curious, would you label this a ‘romance’? I was intrigued, but from all I’ve read online about it, I would not; and I decided it’s not for me.

  43. Jennifer
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 13:59:49

    Madensky Square was wonderful! I wouldn’t call it a romance, despite it being in the romance section of my library, but it really is wonderful. It’s a very soft novel, sweet and gentle, without being syrupy.

  44. BookBoor
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 14:29:56

    I’m in the middle of Ann Aguirre’s Blue Diablo and hoping my streak of great reads holds. Before this I inhaled Ilona Andrews’ Magic Strikes, which totally lived up to my expectations. Before that I hurt myself laughing at the screwball antics of the hero and heroine in Julie James’ Practice Makes Perfect.
    I did a couple of rereads recently also. I reread Kleypas’ fourth Wallflower book because I could not remember the plot or the hero. About halfway through, I realized why I only own books 1 & 3 in the series. I am not very keen on Lillian.
    After BD, I’ll turn my sights to Kleypas’ Smooth Talking Stranger and Jaye Wells’ Red-headed Stepchild and Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin (nee Diana Norman). Feels like Spring really has arrived!

  45. Trish
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 15:45:40

    Has anyone read Robin Schone’s CRY FOR PASSION? No one seems to be discussing this one anywhere – or at least I haven’t seen anything. I really liked it but the end came too soon without really, clearly declaring themselves. I wanted another chapter or something to better flesh out where this relationship was ultimately going to go. What did anybody else think?

  46. Donna
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 16:07:14

    I was thinking of buying Magic to the Bone. Ill have to check it out. I just bought Red-Headed stepchild by Jaye Wells. I also recently read Marked by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast. I didn’t love it.

  47. Sherry Thomas
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 17:32:21


    MADENSKY SQUARE is not a romance in the classic definition, though there is certainly a very satisfactory love story involved.

    I’m hard pressed to label it as anything other than loveliness itself. It’s a slice of life of pre-WWI Vienna, when Franz Joseph was still on the throne, and the great city was still full of its old world elegance. Ibbotson’s gift lies in making her character real in very few lines, and in building a community of characters whose affection for each other is so warm and true I just wanted to go on basking in it forever.

  48. Bonnie
    Apr 01, 2009 @ 18:06:41

    Well, my March reading was pretty average. Nothing to rave about.

    I waited close to a year for Anne Stuart’s Black Ice to appear on Kindle only to be kind of disappointed. I did go on to read
    the second and third books in the series, but I’ve given up. Perhaps I expected to much, due to all the raves about this series, but these heroes are cold, “ICE” cold. Way too much for me. You don’t even feel that they are human. And the heroines? Nothing special there. At all. So….

    Can’t win ’em all.

    On to April!

  49. rigmarole
    Apr 02, 2009 @ 17:03:21

    @Sherry Thomas:

    Oh, Madensky Square is charming, from start to finish.

    A friend of mine, the one who recommended it to me originally, said a few months ago that when she was reading it, for some reason it reminded her of me, and I consider that one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. It’s a beautiful story.

    I’ve got another Ibbotson book preordered for July, I think. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    Also, after talking myself out of it several times, I ran right over and ordered a copy of Just the Sexiest Man Alive. Mrs. Giggles’s review was one glowing rave too many. And then I finally succumbed to Talk Me Down, while I was at it.

  50. Anita C.
    Apr 03, 2009 @ 04:05:32

    Have been fixating on my (every Jan. 1) new year’s resolution to read what I have, and buy no more books until 2020. I figure that’s the year I’ll be finishing up the ones I currently own! So my recent reading list contains OLD books, mostly. But I do have some recommendations:

    Funeral Music (Morag Joss) – great mystery
    Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (Ann B. Ross) Southern craziness, a mystery but no murder, moved along like lightening.
    Letters from Pemberly (Jane Dawkins) – Elizabeth Bennet Darcy’s correspondence to all and sundry in her first year of marriage. Beautifully correct and very Austen sounding, but dull as ditchwater.
    More Letters from Pemberley – see above. Dawkins lightens up a bit and makes Elizabeth a BIT more bitchy, but not by much.
    What Remains (Carole Radziwill) Very graceful and compeling memoir of her 10-year romance (then marriage) with Tony Radziwill, Lee Bouvier Radziwill’s son, and best friend to his cousin, John Kennedy, Jr. Tony dies of cancer 3 weeks after John’s plane crashs. It’s a sad book but very well written. (and very discreet; she mentions meeting Jackie Kennedy by name once; thereafter, she’s referred to as Tony’s aunt!
    Running Hot (Jayne Ann Krentz) – not bad. I’m a little tired of the Arcane Society theme, but this was her most integrated novel in years, I thought, with the h/h fully fleshed out in a way she hasn’t been able to pull off in a long time.

    To #20: I just finished Julia Child’s “My Life in France” – our book club read it this year, too. Loved it. I’m not a cook, don’t know much about food (at least the stuff she learned to cook over their with “them Frenchies” (“they seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere; is he in heaven, is he in hell, that damned elusive Pimpernel” – sorry, I had a Leslie Howard Moment)…

    but her descriptions of the first 10 years or so in France (the first years of her marriage, then getting a foothold in the cookbook publishing door) were tremendously interesting. I recommend to everyone who loves to eat. That would be all of us on this site, right?

  51. Cindy Peterson Jones
    Apr 20, 2009 @ 23:48:51

    I just read ALL MEN ARE CREMATED EQUAL: MY 77 BLIND DATES by Elizabeth Fournier. Loved it!!!

    Elizabeth Fournier’s book about 77 blind dates is great not just in its concept and telling, but great because of the story teller. She’s an unusual girl who bakes potatoes in the engine compartment of her jeep while on the road, loves the theme song from Chico and the Man (yet had one of her blind dates criticize her list of her top ten songs of all time for being cliche), is beautiful and witty and isn’t ashamed of putting it out there that she wants to find love.

    A very enjoyable, funny, uplifting read.

  52. Mary
    Apr 30, 2009 @ 13:27:58

    I work for Borders and was popping around your site –which as a lot of great content and reader remarks. In honor of Charlaine Harris’ new book — “Dead and Gone” releasing May 5 and the release of True Blood on DVD, we’ve created a fun page just for fans..loaded with video and author content including a special Q&A from Harris and an essay in which she opines about the series. If you visit (hopefully you will), you can also preorder both the DVD and book.

  53. Mireya
    Apr 30, 2009 @ 15:58:00

    @Mary: are you peddling the store you work for or are you actually a fan of CHarlaine Harris’ written work and/or the show?

    I am sorry but it does annoy me when I see a thread that is supposed to be for readers to share thoughts, etc., used by a commercial business for free promotion.

    If you are a fan of the show and Charlaine Harris work, how about sharing more than just the ad you just dropped?

    If that was not your intent, I apologize, but seriously, if you re-read your post and then read the intro to the thread, you’ll understand (or so I hope) the why of my reaction.

    Changing the subject, I am reading Lover Avenged. It isn’t annoying me as much as the previous book did, but it saddens me that the actual love story is less than 1/3 of the whole book. This series, most definitely, is no longer romance.

  54. BlueRose
    Apr 30, 2009 @ 16:24:18

    @ Donna

    I got Magic to the Bone about a month ago, overall I liked it, but there is a large chunk in the middle where the heroine careers from disaster to disaster, with no direction and lots of angsting, which I always find a bit of a turnoff. Its the first of a series, so I will certainly give book 2 a go to see if the writing improves, but it was a new take on urban paranormal

  55. liz...
    Apr 30, 2009 @ 17:22:27

    I too am reading Ward’s newest. Does it bother any one else that every third chapter starts with the word “As”? Talk about an author who needs better editing…

    I loved Nina Bangs newest dino book. I just think it is a great twist on a shapshifter book! Love this new series. :0)

    Mireya I agree with you on the Harris post and the LA post!

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