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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

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  1. Jill Myles
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 16:22:33

    I am ready for some PARANORMALS to be released, yo. The well is dry right now and I am re-reading some old stuff. January looks like it will be paranormal-heavy, which makes me happy.

  2. Jennifer Estep
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 16:35:50

    I’m still cackling with glee over the books I got for Christmas, including Fire by Kristin Cashore and Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. Is it wrong to clutch them with greedy hands and mutter “Mine, mine, mine…” ? ;-)

    Also looking forward to Pleasures of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole in January and First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost in February, as far as new paranormals go.

    I just finished Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. I really enjoyed it and plan to read the rest of the series. I also read Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins. I liked it, but I wish there had been more of the hero in the book.

  3. Jill Myles
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 16:42:33

    KC’s book got moved to February 16th. Not that I am counting or anything. ;)

    I think the new Larissa Ione stars a female angel. I am all over that.

  4. Jennifer Estep
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 16:46:32

    @Jill Myles:

    Well, drat. I didn’t know that. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Carin
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 17:01:43

    I can’t wait (just a few more days!) for Victoria Dahl’s latest contemporary Lead Me On. I’m also looking forward to the next Kresley Cole. I have Christmas book $ and deciding where to spend it is very fun.

    I didn’t know about the Larissa Ione. Hooray!

    I’ve also gotten hooked on Sarah Mayberry after reading good reviews here. She’s got a new one with Harlequin that’s out now, Her Secret Fling. I don’t normally enjoy a boss/employee book, but I figure I’ll give it a try and see how she does it.

  6. may
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 17:02:29

    I just read Victoria Dahl’s new (jan) release and I have mixed feelings about it mostly because it wasn’t what I expected… and I didn’t like the heroine much.
    AnyhowI’ll pick up Jennifer Crusie (Cinderella Deal) probably, but looks like a TON I want is coming up in February! Kristan Higgins, Dakota Cassidy, Lori Foster, Kresley Cole… holy yes.
    Here’s hoping you all have some suggestions to hold me over ’till then!!

  7. LaurieF
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 17:25:14

    Am looking forward to Laura Kinsale’s new release (pre-ordered) and all the new paranormal romance releases including several mentioned above. And tonight, because I was shipped a copy a little early, I will be starting Jill Myles new release, “Gentlemen Prefer Succubi”. So many books… and work begins again tomorrow.
    *sigh*

  8. Preeti
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 17:26:04

    @Jennifer Estep — I had the same reaction to Kristan Higgins’ CATCH OF THE DAY. It was a really good book but the romance was the least satisfying part of it due to the hero’s surliness. It read like a chick-lit to me in that the comedy kept coming at the expense of one humiliating scenario after another for the heroine. But it was good enough that I’ll look for more of her backlist and put her on my auto-buy for future. I mean, she really made rural Maine come alive. The sense of place was awesome.

  9. Eva_baby
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 17:50:49

    @Preeti:
    I loved Catch of the Day so much that I went back and glommed her back list. She is directly on my autobuy list now. Her books fill a niche for me that is increasingly harder to find. While I enjoy Paranormals, JD Robb, Suzanne Brockmann and a host of historicals — sometimes I just like a good contemporary romance that does not involve suspense, FBI, navy SEALS, serial killers or stalkers. I love the balance of humor, family drama and romance she includes in all her books. My favorite of hers is Fools Rush In. I love the regular guy, salt of the earth hero and the background family drama is great.

  10. Jessica G.
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 19:22:44

    Toss me into the Kristan Higgins fan club. Jane recommended her and I gobbled up all of her books. Also looking forward to “Lead Me On” by Victoria Dahl.
    @Jennifer Estep, you just reminded me that I want to check out Poison Study. A friend recommended it to me years ago and I haven’t checked it out yet.

  11. Lisa W
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 20:14:20

    @Jennifer Estep: I liked POISON STUDY by Snyder, but the others in the trilogy, while still enjoyable, didn’t measure up as well. They felt rushed, and less developed. And CATCH OF THE DAY was my first Higgan’s, but definitely won’t be my last!

  12. Jane
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 20:16:11

    @Lisa W: Agree. I thought the latter books in the “Study” series really was far from the spirit of the first one. I actually haven’t had the desire to re-read Snyder.

  13. LJ
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 20:21:17

    I’m way behind so I’ll be reading 2009 books well into 2010. I’m currently reading a 2010 YA called Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (Jan 26th) and I love it.

    I’m looking forward to two more YAs in January – Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (Jan 5) and Firespell by Chloe Neill (Jan 5). I wish I had them now.

    I saw Wicked Enchantment (Jan 5) on my local Borders shelf yesterday, but haven’t decided whether I want to buy it. I haven’t read anything by Anya Bast and I don’t know what to expect. I like books about faeries, so I’m leaning toward buying it.

    Joss Ware’s Beyond the Night is also on my January list. Joss Ware is a pseudonym for Colleen Gleason. I loved her Gardella series and wonder why she chose to use a pseudonym for this new series. Maybe there would be more attention on this new series if she had used her name?

    The other January books I plan to buy are Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep (though I’ve never read anything by Jennifer Estep before, I love the cover and description of the book) and Shadowblade by Seressia Glass, which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly.

    I had no idea there was a new Jen Crusie book out in January. Must check it out.

  14. Lisa W
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 20:21:40

    I just finished Kylie Brant’s Waking Nightmare, literally on a date with my husband. It was enjoyable and kept me pretty engaged, and the real killer kept me guessing until maybe about the last 1/4th of the book. I liked that the family drama wasn’t all neatly wrapped up in the end. I’ve got J. R. Ward’s Covet next on my list, but I’m not sure it’s calling me very loudly. I’m looking forward to the next Larissa Ione and Kresley Cole.

    But really, what I wish I could find was a contemporary that really, really wow’d me with lots of deep character and relationship building. I haven’t had a satisfying contemporary read in quite awhile.

  15. may
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 20:30:51

    Fools Rush In was the only Kristan Higgins I wasn’t crazy about. The others? LOVED! I look forward to the next (the next best thing) coming in Feb for sure. :)

    Thanks for the heads up on Spider’s Bite – I forgot I was waiting on that and have added it to my ‘buy quick’ list. :)

  16. NatalieT
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 20:54:49

    I just re-read Kristan Higgins’ “Just One of the Guys” and “Catch of the Day” yesterday. She writes such gorgeous contemporaries. Can’t wait for her next one!
    I didn’t know Jen Crusie had a new one – I love me some Crusie.

  17. Peggy P
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 21:14:57

    I just now finished The Dark Tide by Josh Lanyon – the completion of the Adrien English mysteries and it was … just right, the series ends where it should. I’ve really enjoyed everything Josh writes and highly recommend all the books.

    I’m looking forward to Victoria Dahl’s new release, Julie James new release (which isn’t that soon) and Carrie Lofty’s new book too.

    I really enjoyed the free read of Home for the Holidays by Sarah Mayberry – that was the best free read lately. Mayberry is going on the autobuy list for me.

    I’m looking for a good audiobook – nothing has caught my interest lately and I’ve got a helluva commute every day!

  18. Jill Sorenson
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 21:50:08

    I just read Mary Wine’s In Bed with a Stranger, a 17th century historical/border romance. Nice balance of Cinderella-type heroine with very manly Scots warrior hero (kilt and brogue, check check). I thought the characters, conflict, setting all excellent.

  19. GrowlyCub
    Dec 27, 2009 @ 22:23:41

    Hi Preeti, hi Lisa!

    Don’t really have anything to add, but wanted to give a shout-out to old friends.

    I just hope that 2010 is a better year for me than 2009. I’m with Lisa, I’d love a really good, emotionally gripping contemporary that doesn’t rely on murder and mayhem instead of character development.

  20. Jennifer Estep
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 07:54:11

    @Preeti: I agree. Loved the Maine setting, but the hero was a little too surly/remote for me. But I do enjoy Higgins’ voice/humor, so I’ll be reading more of her books in the future.

    @Eva_baby: I haven’t read that one yet, but I did enjoy Too Good to be True by Higgins. I thought the hero was much more developed in TGTBT than Catch of the Day. And you’re right. It is nice to read a contemporary without gunfights or explosions every once in a while.

    @Jessica G., Lisa W., and Jane: I was reading the reviews on Amazon of the second and third books in Snyder’s Study trilogy. Lots of folks seem to agree that Poison Study is the best. She has a new series out too about glass making and magic that looks interesting.

    Victoria Dahl is another author I’ve been meaning to try too …

    And, um, thanks to everyone who’s interested in Spider’s Bite. Just a heads-up though, it’s much darker than my Bigtime books.

  21. Jane
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 07:57:24

    If Cinderella Deal is the “new” Crusie out, it’s not actually new. Cinderella Deal was formerly a loveswept (I believe). It’s a sweet romance about opposites – a free spirited heroine and an uptight hero.

  22. Dani
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 08:16:05

    I just finished Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer. Whew! I’m honestly surprised I got through all the army maneuvering and battlefield description, but it’s a Heyer and the language is so lively, and even though I wanted to strangle the heroine at one point, she redeemed herself beautifully.

    I’m excited about New Releases in the New Year. Laura Kinsale especially. I’ve got the reprint of Cruisie’s The Cinderella Deal on my list and I believe there’s a Cruisie/Mayer coming out in March. Until then, I’ve got a monstrous TBR pile facing me down with lots of authors I haven’t tried yet. I’ve just cracked open my first Francine Rivers.

  23. Preeti
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 09:13:58

    @GrowlyCub: Oh, hey! I’m on Twitter now, too, as romanticsf. Yeah, my only good recent contemps were more on the comedy side: Kristan Higgins and Julie James. But I re-read Brockmann’s HEART THROB recently. I always pictured Robert Downey Jr as the hero in that one. And if I have the guts to face the pain/angst, I really need to do a complete Theresa Weir re-read one of these days. For historical angst, I just re-read and recommend Sherry Thomas’ latest NOT QUITE A HUSBAND. Not perfect in its plotting–a little too pat–but awesome on the angst.

  24. Jane
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 09:18:05

    @Preeti: Preeti – I had no idea you were romanticsf on Twitter. Must go and follow you.

    I wonder what you all will think about Pamela Clare’s Naked Edge book to be released in March. I really loved it and I know that Robin enjoyed it (although some of the Native American facts were portrayed inaccurately according to Robin).

    It has a decent level of agnst to it as the hero is very deadened emotionally (or thinks he is). He becomes attracted to the heroine who is part Lakota and who is strongly tied to her Lakota heritage. Robin said it reminded her of Sunshine and Shadows in that the heroine has a lot of quiet dignity and it is her quiet dignity, her assured belief in herself and then her assured belief in the hero that he finds redemption.

  25. jep
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 09:29:57

    I received noyjing book related but I’m looking foward to Beth Williamson’s and Catherine Anderson’s new ones later this week. I’m looking forward to severtal new ones in January and February but I need to focus on what I have in the reading pile first. I will be getting Sinful Surrender though, I think.

    Oh, Sarah Mayberry’s Her Secret Fling is more of a co-worker theme (mentor-new employer) then a boss-employee, theme (Blaze coming out in January 2010 (available at http://www.harlequin.com now with free shipping on all orders until 12/31.

    I enjoyed it a great deak.

  26. Dawn
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 09:35:58

    I’ve been reading YA as of late. I just finished Shiver which I enjoyed. Before that I read Fire by Kristin Cashore (liked it) and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (was ok). I have Covet at the top of my TBR list but I wish it was Lover Mine instead. A nice contemporary romance does sound nice. I actually have a book by Julie James that I haven’t read yet.

  27. Joyce D
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 09:55:13

    @Dawn Julie Jame’s books are awesome. Love them, and can’t wait to read her new one coming in March. If you’re looking for a good contemp, pick up the one you have by her–you won’t be disappointed (unless you like lots of sex scenes. Her books are warm, definitely not between-the-sheets hot. But I like that.)

    Can’t wait for the new Jeaniene Frost coming in February!!! The cover is great. And of course the Ilona Andrews.

    And the Joss Ware books (didn’t know she was also COllen Gleason) sound interesting. Loved her Gardella’s too. Post-apocolyptic romance? Does anyone know anything else about them?

  28. GrowlyCub
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 09:55:24

    @Preeti:

    NQAH was very disappointing to me – I had such high hopes for it; too much outside plot, not enough time in the characters’ head. It suffered from low word count syndrome like pretty much all new Historicals I read in 2009.

    I don’t think I’ve read Heart Throb, but I just checked and it’s the TBR mountain range. Will move it to the top.

    Currently, I’m re-reading A Promise of Spring by Balogh for probably the 10th time since 2008. Talk about lovely angst! :)

    I re-read Amazon Lily and Forever and One Fine Day this last year. Oh, yummy goodness. I still haven’t forgiven her for abandoning romance and for completely denying she ever wrote it, though…

  29. GrowlyCub
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 09:59:23

    @Jane:

    I’ve only read one Pamela Clare title and thought it was so-so, but this sounds very intriguing. I hope you guys will post a review close to release time so I will remember to check it out. Ye olde memory cells not working too chipper anymore lately. :)

  30. Juliana Stone
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 10:28:26

    I wish I had more time to read cause at the moment my tbr pile is huge. I just cracked open Beautiful Creatures. It’s YA and so far am struggling to get into it. Might be the holiday stress and too many distractions…the book is generating some good buzz. My brother also gave me The Dome by King and he couldn’t say enough about it…it’s freaking huge though! I’m looking forward to Nalini Singh’s next book as well as Dahl’s.

  31. joanne
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 10:54:00

    I’m looking forward to the next Ghostwalkers book by Christine Feehan,
    Street Game
    , unfortunately I’ve been calling it Street Walker.

    There’s also a new Julie Garwood book called Sizzle, I haven’t pre-ordered but I’m weak and I’ll get it sometime this month.

    And I’m venturing out of my romance book comfort zone with a January release called Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. Something about the plot of an older woman of 80ish who looks back at her life from the
    point where she gained fame by the story of Alice Through The Looking Glass. Dunno, thought I’d try it.

  32. Angela James
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 11:08:49

    These are just the books I’ve pre-ordered from Fictionwise for the next month:

    Death’s Mistress by Karen Chance (the first book had a surprising sly sense of humor for a dark urban fantasy)
    Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts
    Blood Cross by Faith Hunter (2nd in her urban fantasy series)
    Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever by Molly Harper (3rd in her urban fantasy series)
    Firespell by Chloe Neill (her first YA)
    The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg (fantasy)
    Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz (contemporary suspense)
    Deadtown by Nancy Holzner (urban fantasy)
    Turned by Julie Kenner (urban fantasy, 3rd in series)

    These are what I intend to buy as soon as a digital copy is available:

    Dare to Surrender by Lilli Feisty
    Naked Dragon by Annette Blair
    Beyond the Night by Joss Ware

    and…I’m sure there are more. I do have a bunch on my list for February!

  33. Deb
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 11:42:30

    I just finished a series written by Samhain writer, Meg Benjamin. All 3 are set in a small town in Texas. They have a small town community feel similar to Robyn Carr. Really well written with interesting characters, humor and warmth. I really enjoyed them: Venus in Blue Jeans, Wedding Bell Blues and Be my Baby.

  34. Dawn
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 12:29:07

    Wow, some great books are coming out. I’m also looking forward to Ilona Andrews next book. I lurvvve that series. We also have Patricia Briggs next Mercy book coming soon.

  35. Lisa W
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 13:20:26

    @Jane: I’ll add the Pamela Clare on my “Look out for” list. Maybe that will be just what I need on my cruise in March :)

  36. Jane
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 13:23:40

    @Lisa W: I really enjoyed it and I hope, because I liked it so much, that others respond to it as well.

  37. Angela James
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 14:08:21

    For those interested in Joss Ware’s book, Beyond the Night, I just stumbled on it for sale already at Fictionwise

    http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b102193/Beyond-the-Night/Joss-Ware/?si=0

  38. SonomaLass
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 14:26:03

    I’m looking forward to the third Victoria Dahl contemporary, and also to Courtney Milan’s Proof By Seduction. I’m hoping they arrive in the mail today or tomorrow!

    I’m currently reading and enjoying Half-Past Dead, novellas by Zoe Archer and Bianca D’Arc. (Zoe said on Twitter that those would be free for Sony Reader, but so far they are just “coming soon” at the e-book site).

    That’s about it for upcoming romance; all the rest of my planned reading is fantasy/SF/steampunk. Waiting in the pile for when I have time for long, uninterrupted reading are Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and Brandon Sanderson’s continuation of Robert Jordan, The Gathering Storm.. Also in line are Boneshaker, The Windup Girl, and Affinity Bridge. Also Terry Pratchett’s latest Discworld book, but that was a present to my partner, so I have to wait for him to read it first.

    I agree that Poison Study was better than the two books that followed. I have the first of the glassblower books on request from the library; I liked the others enough to read more of her work.

  39. Angela James
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 14:31:47

    I agree with all of the opinions on Maria Snyder’s Study series. The third book was by far the weakest. I do have an ARC of her April YA release, Inside Out. I’m saving it (I do this for books I’m anticipating a lot).

    @SonomaLass, I read The Magicians. It’s a strangely compelling book, and I liked it, though I didn’t love it. I’m not sorry I read it, but it’s not a happy book, that’s for sure!

  40. Janine
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 14:56:44

    I’m interested in reading Courtney Milan’s Proof by Seduction and Patricia Coughlin’s The Lost Enchantress. Coughlin wrote a historical I loved many years ago called Merely Married, and then disappeared from the bookstores. Over the years I have wondered what’s happened to her, and I am really glad to see she has a new book out now.

    Megan Hart also has a new book coming out, a Harelquin Spice called Switch. Her books have been uneven for me recently so I’ll be interested in reading Jennie’s upcoming review of the book.

  41. Sam
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 18:52:39

    Is Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts a re-print? Or maybe I’m thinking it sounded like another book?!?

  42. Janine
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 20:12:09

    @Sam: I know Nora Roberts had a book called Hot Ice that came out in the late eighties, but I don’t know whether Hot Rocks is related.

  43. Angela James
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 20:15:05

    Hot Rocks is a reprint, yep. From her website: Hot Rocks (reprint/mm)

  44. Sam
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 21:09:51

    Thank you ladies. Cool new cover and title!

  45. mary beth
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 21:40:20

    Just finished Rampant, loved it. Great mythology, great kick ass heroines. Read Jellicoe Road after reading the review here. It’s on my top 5 list. Absolute MUST READ. Finished Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and plan on recommending it to everyone I know. And I’ve just started The Sharing Knife. Wow! It’s been a very good reading month.

  46. Bonnie
    Dec 28, 2009 @ 21:48:06

    @Sam:

    Yeah, I think it’s from “Remember When”. So….

  47. Janine
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 00:10:15

    @mary beth: So glad you enjoyed Jellicoe Road so much! Isn’t that book beautiful?

  48. MD
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 01:31:31

    I’m looking forward to the new Rob Thurman Nightlife novel coming in March. These are my favorite urban fantasy novels, combining adventure, humor, and romance in just the right amounts.

    Btw, DA is gorgeous! When it first loaded, I thought I’d gone to the wrong site. =D I love the new color scheme. Just beautiful. Very sleek.

  49. Jane
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 01:34:00

    @MD:

    Thanks! We’ve still got a few kinks to work out but we’ll consider this our “soft launch.” Maili did the design. I think she did a gorgeous job incorporating the 2010 vision for Dear Author!

  50. BlueRose
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 02:34:43

    Wooo sexy new look to the blog! Very classy!

    I have just finished reading my way through all 6 of the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher so I could finally read the last one First Lords Fury.

    And of course waiting for my mystery ARC to arrive in the post some time soon hopefully :)

  51. Danielle
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 06:35:35

    Love the new look!!! I’m looking forward to the new Linda Lael Miller’s McKetticks of Texas series.

  52. Preeti
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 09:02:47

    @Lisa W: Lisa, I have had POISON STUDY in my TBR for years now. Has it passed the 5 year mark since it was published, where I just need to donate it to the library since that indicates I’ll probably never read it?? I can start afresh with the new YA mentioned.

    But I did pick up a couple of Pamela Clare historicals yesterday based on her mention in this comment thread.

    And so interesting to hear Patricia Coughlin will have a new one out. As I’m culling and packing books for a move, I noticed I’d kept her MERELY MARRIED on my permanent bookshelves. V. useful thread this has been, all in all. Dangerous for my future TBR. :-)

    I’m reading Kelley Armstrong’s FROSTBITTEN between scrambling around for move. Good ‘n solid so far.

  53. Jia
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 10:01:05

    @LJ: I assume Gleason had to write under a different name due to sales and/or slight genre switch (post-apocalyptic versus historical paranormal). These books are also coming out from a different publisher than the Gardella books.

    I’ve read the first one and a review with be forthcoming in January.

  54. elisa
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 10:18:20

    Love the new look’s colors, but here are a couple things I DON’T like:
    1. no author anymore at the top of the post, I liked knowing who wrote a post right away
    2. having to click on “older comments”. I liked having everything on one page.

    as for books, I’m looking forward to Jayne ann krentz/ amanda quick’s new book today (I don’t really like Arcane Society too much but I do still like her writing, so…) and also Robin D. Owens, Heart Change.

  55. LJ
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 11:01:20

    Thanks Jia. I’ll wait for your review before I decide whether to buy the book.

    Preeti, I would recommend you hold onto Poison Study and read it when you have a chance. It’s a great book. I haven’t read the other books in the Study series or in the Glassblower series, but I loved Poison Study so much that I’ve purchased all of them despite so-so reviews.

    I like the new look of the site, but I agree with Elisa about clicking on older comments. I have a fast computer, but it took a while to load and I couldn’t remember the newer comments so I had to click through again. This could prevent me from reading older comments in the future.

  56. Mireya
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 11:02:49

    Love the new look. I like clean lines and easy to navigate sites/blogs/forums, etc.

    My current reads are Elizabeth Hoyt’s “The Serpent Prince” (still catching up on her backlist) and “From Waif to Gentleman’s Wife” by Julia Justiss. I am enjoying them so far.

    What am I looking forward to? Well, I have in my Wishlist several paranormals (my favored genre along with historical romance). For January I have “The Taking” by Erin McCarthy, “The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance” which is an anthology of romance short stories (I like these anthologies by theme), “Viking in Love” by Sandra Hill, “Fugitive” by Cheryl Brooks (this is a nice futuristic series and each book has been getting better than the previous ones. I was not fond of the first person pov narrative in the first 2 books, but I persisted, and now I can say this is a series I am enjoying).

    I have in my Sony ebook reader “Covet” by J.R. Ward. I’ve been on a historical romance sort of binge, so I haven’t read a lot of paranormals lately.

  57. Lisa W
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 11:12:40

    @Preeti: Preeti, that’s totally up to you :) My 5 year non-read TBR books are my own personal rule, but I admit I’ve had some in the TBR that I just can’t quite release into the wild and they’ve been waiting for me for over 7 years.

    Once I get my 505 back from the hubby who is currently borrowing it, I’m going to check out the Pamela Clares. Right now, I’ve got THE LOVELY BONES and War’ds LOVER AVENGED vying for my attention. Hoping I like the Clares, as I’ve got a 7 day cruise in March, with two full days at sea -no child, no hubby, just me, a girlfriend and my 505 and her Kindle. Gee, whatever will I do in that time? :D

  58. Jane
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 11:19:15

    Preeti, Lisa:

    I don’t want to deter you from buying Clares older works, but not all the contemps worked for me at the level of this one. A couple of the contemps’ heroines were a bit too … TSTL for me.

  59. Jane
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 11:22:22

    The loading is slow initially but apparently as the site “caches”, it is supposed to speed up.

    I did change the comments to be on one page. I hadn’t realized that they were broken up.

  60. JB Hunt
    Dec 29, 2009 @ 11:29:44

    Looking forward to…

    Victoria Dahl’s Lead Me On,
    Courtney Milan’s Proof by Seduction, and
    Elizabeth Boyle’s How I Met My Countess.

  61. brooksse
    Dec 30, 2009 @ 20:07:02

    Next up for me is Julie Garwood’s Sizzle. I pre-ordered it from Fictionwise. With all the discounts (15% new title discount + their rebate special + club discount), the net cost was about $6.50. Too good of a deal to pass up.

    Another thing I’m looking forward to is having more ebooks available in epub format. The Sony switchover to epub means I can finally buy Harlequin (and a few other publishers) ebooks in epub format. And the fact that Fictionwise is now selling a few secure titles in epub format has me hoping they’ll start offering more of their secure titles in epub format. (If it has to have DRM, I’d prefer it be in epub format.)

  62. Katy Cooper
    Dec 31, 2009 @ 13:51:39

    @Angela James: I’m with you on The Magicians — I liked it but didn’t love it and the ending…On the one hand, it didn’t give me that little happy sigh that I love so much, but I don’t know how it could have ended any other way.

    Very strange experience for me…

  63. DS
    Dec 31, 2009 @ 17:56:32

    Jasper Fforde’s new book is available on audible. Here’s a description from Amazon:

    Part social satire, part romance, part revolutionary thriller, Shades of Grey tells of a battle against overwhelming odds. In a society where the ability to see the higher end of the color spectrum denotes a better social standing, Eddie Russet belongs to the low-level House of Red and can see his own color-’but no other. The sky, the grass, and everything in between are all just shades of grey, and must be colorized by artificial means.

    I just bought it as well as the audible version of the latest book by Tammi Hoag, Deeper than the Dead. Looks like a good 3 day weekend.

  64. Estara
    Dec 31, 2009 @ 19:37:54

    @Deb: I agree – Meg Benjamin does awesome contemporaries! Although I have yet to read the third one – it’s on my TBR on the reader, heh.

    If you search for the freebies on the Samhain blog, you’ll find a connected story, featuring the bakery owner and the dentist from the series!

  65. Mireya
    Jan 01, 2010 @ 10:36:18

    This is a P.S. to my previous post: I read “The Other Mr Darcy” by Monica Fairview. I can’t remember if I learned about it on Facebook or a reviews blog. Anyway, very nice read. I actually rented it from Booksfree and ended up getting my own copy, that’s how much I liked it. Though it does have to do with “Pride and Prejudice” it does not directly involve the original hero and heroine, which is one of the reasons I got interested to begin with. To be honest, I don’t like sequels, so I haven’t read any, but this one involves an imaginary cousin of Mr Darcy, American no less, and Mr Bingley’s sister as the heroine. It turned out very nicely, imho.

  66. Vicki Conroy
    Jan 01, 2010 @ 14:55:23

    I am so looking forward to Charlotte Boyette-Campo’s new western wind novels Reaper’s Justice and Dark Days of the Reaper. Her reaper werewolf series is to die for. All of them and she’s got bunches! Anything from the windverse series, too. I love the emperor in that series.

  67. TaraLeigh
    Jan 03, 2010 @ 11:49:54

    Okay, so I’ve been neglecting my reading lately, but this book…I literally sat here and read it from start to finish in like 4hrs.

    I just loved the premise and coming back to characters in Tumbleweed Creek that I’d met previously. I’ve just discovered Victoria Dahl in the last few mos and horked down all her books each time. For me, that’s good writing–period.

    It’s about coming to terms with your past and having the courage to work outside your own boundaries.

    Lead Me On

    TRY IT!!

  68. Bonnie
    Jan 07, 2010 @ 17:56:28

    I just picked up my first Jayne Ann Krentz book this week – Wildest Hearts. I love this kind of hero. Dark and brooding. Yes.

    Dayum, it’s good. I’m 72% through it (heh… Kindle) and I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in quite some time. Looking forward to her backlist. It’s like finding gold!

  69. Angela James
    Jan 07, 2010 @ 18:02:52

    That’s so funny because I just re-read Wildest Hearts last night! It’s my third Krentz re-read of the past few weeks. I love her older books and her heroes. Those 80s books of hers are so fun for me! I’m glad you’ve discovered them.

  70. Bonnie
    Jan 07, 2010 @ 18:09:05

    Me too, Angela! This is what I felt like when I discovered Nora Roberts a few years ago.

    Like I said, it’s like finding gold. So much to read. Ahhhhh……

    It’s all good.

  71. Shiloh Walker
    Feb 05, 2010 @ 15:15:20

    I’m pretty sure this is where I saw Meredith Duran’s WRITTEN ON YOUR SKIN recommended…maybe by Jane?

    I’m not much of a historical fan, generally, but I read this just a few days ago and it was awesome-loved it.

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