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Mesg #67 "Dreamerscove Secret Reading Stash"
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Sat Feb-13-10 03:56 PMby Dreamerscove

Okay, going to jump in. Most of the books I read are used or from the library, so it'll be a definite mish-mash of old and new stuff.

I'm having to pare down what books I have, so I'm slowly going through all the boxes from Alaska, those given to me, and odd ones that I have no idea where they came from.

I have to be seriously selective about any books I like. Liking a book is not enough to keep it. It has to be amazing. So, I'll be putting that verdict in all the listings.

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1. Just Another Miracle! - Caroline Anderson, Dreamerscove, Feb 13th 2010, #1
2. Chasing Baby - Pam McCutcheon, Dreamerscove, Feb 13th 2010, #2
3. The Other Laura - Sheryl Lynn, Dreamerscove, Mar 01st 2010, #3
4. Nine Months - Beverly Barton, Dreamerscove, Mar 01st 2010, #4
5. Mismatched Mommy? - Mary Anne Wilson, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #5
6. Flirting With Danger - Gail Douglas, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #6
7. To Be a Mother - Rebecca Winters, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #7
8. Rent-A-Bride LTD - Emma Goldrick, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #8
9. Hunter's Moon - Dawn Stewardson, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #9
10. Runaway Heart - Clare Richmond, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #10
11. For Her Eyes Only - JoAnn Ross, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #11
12. Marriage for Sale - Carol Devine, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #12
13. No Ordinary Child - Darlene Graham, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #13
14. Miss Prestick's Crusade - Anne Barbour, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #14
15. Overnight Wife - Mollie Molay, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #15
16. The First Day - Barbara McMahon, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #16
17. Flyboy - Victoria Leigh, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #17
18. The Prince's Wedding - Justine Davis, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #18
19. The Mermaid - Betina Krahn, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #19
20. Hers to Remember - Karen Lawton Barrett, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #20
21. Love Bites - Margaret St. George, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #21
22. Stranger in the Mist - Lee Karr, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #22
23. Finn's Twins - Anne McAllister, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #23
24. Scarlet Butterfly - Sandra Chastain, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #24
25. His E-Mail Order Wife - Kristi Gold, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #25
26. The Pirage - Jayne Ann Krentz, Dreamerscove, Jun 11th 2010, #26
27. Cats in the Belfry - Patricia Knoll, Dreamerscove, Dec 05th 2010, #27
28. Lady Moonlight - Rita Rainville, Dreamerscove, Dec 05th 2010, #28
29. The Last Bridesmaid - Leandra Logan, Dreamerscove, Dec 05th 2010, #29
30. Man in a Million - Darlene Scalera, Dreamerscove, Dec 05th 2010, #30

Mesg #342 "1. Just Another Miracle! - Caroline Anderson"
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From a box of used romances.

This is a Harlequin Romance and is pretty typical of the genre, but the spunky heroine was nice. But I wanted to bonk the hero and the twin boys heads once in a while. Okay, maybe a lot.

Book: Nice read, a little above the formula Harlequins. But not amazing.

Verdict: To the second-hand store.

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Mesg #343 "2. Chasing Baby - Pam McCutcheon"
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A Harlequin "American Romance". Another feisty heroine. I did like this one as it started in an unusual fashion and had a lot of other interesting characters that were not just paper cutouts.

Book: Good hook, very good characters. A different premise.

Verdict: Almost a keeper. But going to second hand store.

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Mesg #428 "3. The Other Laura - Sheryl Lynn"
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Harlequin Intrigue

It had a good hook. Woman wakes up to a husband and child that she doesn't remember. Even worse, she was a horrible person before. But then there is the mystery of why her memories don't exactly match up, and that pesky problem about the car crash and the bullet they found lodged in her.

It was a pretty good book, but for me it fell apart at the end. I didn't like who the author decided 'did it', as it was definitely not a happy ending there. And, to me, a bit of a stretch.

This one will be going into the second-hand store pile.

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Mesg #429 "4. Nine Months - Beverly Barton"
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It looks like this was apart of a 'series'. The lights go out for 36 hours. A series of books were written around the event.

As you can imagine from the title, this one involved a baby being the result. The dynamics between the female and male lead were pretty good. As a good simple romance, this did its job.

However, it didn't stand out enough to be a 'keeper'.

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Mesg #779 "5. Mismatched Mommy? - Mary Anne Wilson"
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Fri Jun-11-10 10:13 PMby Dreamerscove

Harlequin American Romance

Book: Has a good hook, with a modern fairy godmother given the impossible task of getting two people together. The Fairy Godmother was interesting, but really short amount of time that passed from the beginning to the end was way too short. Way too short to really fall in love. And fall in love despite grubby little hands of a rugrat. hehe.

Verdict: Fun book to read once, but not over and over. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #780 "6. Flirting With Danger - Gail Douglas"
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Loveswept

Book: Cassie Walters owns a business. A business of butlers. And she's good at it, both the business end and at being a butler herself. She takes over when one of her best falls ill, not willing to allow a lesser butler serve for a very important client. And when she meets that client face-to-face for the first time the sparks start flying.

This was a fun book. Nothing really deep, just plain fun (although the part about the father was annoying).

Verdict: Fun but not enough to stay in the keeper pile.

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Mesg #781 "7. To Be a Mother - Rebecca Winters"
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Harlequin Super Romance

Book: A story of young love lost and then found again later, with a twist. The Father is who raised the daughter from an unplanned pregnancy, not the mother. After Samantha Bretton survives cancer, she wants to put to rest the one big mistake of her life.

Both Nick and Samantha were well developed characters, and the interactions with the daughter, who never knew her mother but always wanted to, felt honest and well-written

Verdict: Fun book to read once, but not over and over. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #782 "8. Rent-A-Bride LTD - Emma Goldrick"
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Harlequin Presents

Book: An older Harlequin, and it shows. A domineering male lead and the female lead that is rescued right from the start, finding herself married to a complete stranger. This one did better than most in that Stacey grew as a character as the book went on, from a doormat to saving herself at the end.

Verdict: To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #783 "9. Hunter's Moon - Dawn Stewardson"
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Harlequin Intrigue

Book: Intrigue with a bit of time travel.

"When tour guide Dani Patton came to, she'd been transported through time. She was in Transylvania, in 1850, and hooded villagers - convinced she was a vampire - were about to drive a stake through her heart!"

It helps that she looks like someone in 1850, but then she has to convince the family she isn't who they think she is, and must find a way to get home before anyone else with a stake gets any big ideas. Like the vampire hunter the town Mayor hires.

Verdict: Fun book to read once, but not over and over. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #784 "10. Runaway Heart - Clare Richmond"
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Harlequin American Romance

Book: For some reason this entire book didn't capture me. I'm not sure if it was the mystery, or one or both of the MC's. I finished this a month ago and already the premise is out of my head. Not a good sign.

Verdict: To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #785 "11. For Her Eyes Only - JoAnn Ross"
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Harlequin Untamed

Book: A tough guy MC, and a real witch as the female lead. I read the first chapter and then started skimming.

Verdict: Fun book to read once, but not over and over. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #786 "12. Marriage for Sale - Carol Devine"
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Silhouette Desire

Book: A play off the Amish or similar insular community. The Hero buys the woman who has put herself up to bid, thinking he's saved her from slavery. But, apparently he didn't quite understand, and ends up married instead.

The woman was a little too innocent even though the author tried to mitigate that with the woman having her own talents.

Verdict: To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #787 "13. No Ordinary Child - Darlene Graham"
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Harlequin Super Romance

Book: All of the main characters were well thought out and it was obvious the author did their homework on mentally handicapped children. The plot was well planned, as well.

Verdict: A good book to read once, but not over and over. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #788 "14. Miss Prestick's Crusade - Anne Barbour"
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Signet Regency Romance

Book: Helen Pestick is returning to England with her baby nephew, the true Earl of Camberwell. But first she has to convince the brother of her dead sisters husband (all without DNA tests!).

Good thing Edward Beresford never wanted the title anyway. But he finds himself wanting the child's guardian...

Verdict: Fun book to read once, but not over and over. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #789 "15. Overnight Wife - Mollie Molay"
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Fri Jun-11-10 11:44 PMby Dreamerscove

Harlequin American Romance

Book: Aiyiyi!

This is the sort of book that you want to throw across the room at the end and wonder how drivel such as this can get published and you are getting rejection slips?

Yes, there was a good catch at the beginning: Arden ditches her Christmas Eve wedding, and a bridegroom made of wet noodles, and escapes to the airport to take the honeymoon alone while figuring out what she's going to do.

Then comes an airport closure due to weather, a nosy relative anyone in their right minds would sucker-punch and a domineering father that incites the same instinct.

The book builds and builds with the meeting of a handsome stranger with a briefcase chained to his wrist, and someone else trapped in the airport who recognizes him and wants to take him out and his new little innocent door-mat beauty when he can after getting sent to jail.

Oh, and the climax? NOTHING!

All the build-up was for nothing. Nothing changed. The two went off, happily ever after, and would have to come back to the same messed up lives and not really changing at all.

The couple is doomed to divorce in a few years, if they aren't dead by then from all the people who want the guy dead.

No closure. No future. A cop-out ending. Don't read this book. Ugh.

Verdict: I would burn this book if it weren't too hot to use the fireplace now.

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Mesg #790 "16. The First Day - Barbara McMahon"
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Harlequin Super Romance

Book: Susannah spent 8 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit. And she meets the assistant district attorney who helped put her there intersecting her life in his own attempt to put right past wrongs.

The book had good characters, but the over dramatized plight of the heroine and the torment she'd been through got old really fast.

Verdict: Over-dramatic. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #791 "17. Flyboy - Victoria Leigh"
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Loveswept

Book: I like flying, so this book was fun in that respect as it stars a talented pilot as the male lead.

It was a little tiring to have the leads making any and every excuse to keep from getting together and having the relationship they both wanted. I started skimming until they'd get over their internal dialogs to where something would happen.

Verdict: To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #792 "18. The Prince's Wedding - Justine Davis"
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Harlequin Super Romance

Book: This was a part of a series written by many Harlequin writers concerning the royal family of Montebellan. This book, I think, came towards the end.

A prince who had amnesia and a cowgirl. Oh, and a baby, the next heir to the throne. Yes, it had some good times in it.

Verdict: A bit of fluff reading. Good once, but I won't read it again. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #793 "19. The Mermaid - Betina Krahn"
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Bantam Books Historical Romance

Book: A romance with a twist. A woman who knows more about some aspects of ocean life than the handsome scientist.

This was a fun read with fun characters, and lovely dolphins. This is worth reading at least once.

Verdict: Fun, but I would only read it once. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #794 "20. Hers to Remember - Karen Lawton Barrett"
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Harlequin Intrigue

Book: Adrienne Winston wakes up in the hospital, not able to remember anything from the past 3 years. Oh, and she's also somehow married and pregnant.

The mystery deepens as parts of her past is unlocked, including that of a dangerous killer she has the evidence to send to jail. If he doesn't kill her first.

Verdict: Good to read once. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #795 "21. Love Bites - Margaret St. George"
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Harlequin American Romance

Book: Trevor d'Laine's sexy voice seduced her every night with his late-night radio talk show. So Kay Erickson couldn't pass up the chance to be his personal assistant - despite his insistence that he was a vampire.

Vampires didn't wear faded jeans. And they were dark and brooding, not vibrant and fun. Yes.. with one glance of his silver blue eyes, Trevor could hypnotize her....

This book was pure fun, with fun characters and a fun premise (and an in-joke about Renfield). It built up to a great climax and conclusion. Although I didn't care for the fate of Trevor at the end, I can see why the author did it.

Verdict: Definitely worth reading once, but in the end not a keeper. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #796 "22. Stranger in the Mist - Lee Karr"
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Silhouette Shadows

Book: The back description of this book isn't very good. The story is much better, once the info-dumps at the beginning are taken care of. Actually, despite having a good story and characters, this author had way too many info-dumps. The editor should have sent it back to be fixed.

Verdict: A good read despite an author craft flaw concerning info-dumps. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #797 "23. Finn's Twins - Anne McAllister"
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Harlequin Presents

Book: An older Harlequin, but the Heroine didn't suffer from wilting-flower syndrome. The characters were fun, as well as the premise. There was also good character growth from the beginning to the end.

Verdict: A fun read, but not a keeper. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #798 "24. Scarlet Butterfly - Sandra Chastain"
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Loveswept

Book: This was a really good book. Strong characters, an exotic local, a historical mystery that is tied to a modern-day mystery. The author did a good job here.

Verdict: Almost a keeper. Almost. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #799 "25. His E-Mail Order Wife - Kristi Gold"
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Silhouette Desire

Book: Drew Connelly's 6 year old daughter and her octogenarian grandma surprise him after a business trip with an e-mail bride. And the type of person he would usually never look twice at. Only she's more interesting than how she looks.

This was a fun book. A bit of fluff, and an enjoyable bit of fluff. And I like feisty Grandma's!

Verdict: A good read once, but doesn't quite make it to the keeper pile. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #800 "26. The Pirage - Jayne Ann Krentz"
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Harlequin Temptation

Book: Kate Inskip is a writer of historicals, and none of the men she meets in real life live up to the men in her imagination. She's also been working herself to the bone until two friends interfere and Shanghai her to a remote South Sees island resort.

Then she meets Jared Hawthorne and his son.

The characters in this book are what made it. From the two MC's, to the son, the workers in the resort (and their constant betting on anything that moved) and the natives living in the nearby village. The writing was nicely vibrant, with spunky characters.

Verdict: Definitely worth a read, but ultimately not a keeper. To the used bookstore it goes!

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Mesg #1093 "27. Cats in the Belfry - Patricia Knoll"
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Harlequin Romance

An older one from the early 90's. Laura Decker returns home for her Great-Aunt's funeral to inherit a rambling house with seven pampered cats. Problems start up when the good-looking neighbor, who just happens to have a yard full of exuberant dogs, is named Executor of the estate.

Yeah, you guessed it. They fight like 'cats and dogs'.

Turns out the Great-Aunt is playing matchmaker from the grave.

This had some good and bad parts. Some of the dialog is great, but there are places where it just goes too far and left me rolling my eyes and skimming ahead to where it grew believable again. The only huge complaint I had was that the end came too sudden and then BOOM, the book was over. Unfortunately this is a problem with a lot of books.

Verdict: Worth one read, but not two. Not a keeper.

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Mesg #1094 "28. Lady Moonlight - Rita Rainville"
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Silhouette Romance - 1985

Kara Brady's ESP allows her to pick racetrack winners to help a Mexican orphanage. Only, the skill starts attracting the wrong attention, including that of Mr. Dane Logan who doesn't believe the gift exists.

Cute, funny with a nice twist. Throw in a crazy Aunt with the same skill, the ESP growing, and of course the skeptic that finds himself believing all of it and it had a lot of fun. I also liked the twist of who the 'bad guys' encountered at the first of the book really were at the end.

Verdict: A good book, definitely worth a read, but not a keeper.

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Mesg #1095 "29. The Last Bridesmaid - Leandra Logan"
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Harlequin American Romance

Being "Always the bridesmaid but never the bride" had never bothered Detective Jill Ames before. But, when the last of her hometown bachelorette buddies announces an upcoming marriage, she needs a husband quick!

1-800-HUSBAND provides Matt Travis, who is desirable, unpredictable, irresistible, and all wrong.

The book had a great beginning, even with the too coincidental (and practically eye-rolling) development that the hero doesn't really like cops.

However, it really took a step back at the forced sex scene. She's tipsy, possibly drunk, he's not, and it still happens? Yeah, right. I'm guessing the guidelines for Harlequin said there had to be at least on sex scene, and that seemed a good place to stick it. Honestly, the book would have been better off without it.

Then there was the development about the girlfriends fake marriage. Bleah.

Verdict: Good for the first part, went downhill from there. Definitely not a keeper.

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Mesg #1096 "30. Man in a Million - Darlene Scalera"
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Harlequin American Romance

Bleach. Okay, this one is not really the author's fault. The description on the back of the book and the ACTUAL story inside DO NOT MATCH! The blurb on the back got the names right, and the scene that starts off the story, but it's all wrong from there.

I ended up skimming a story I would not have picked up in the first place. What a disappointment, as I would have liked reading the story described on the back of the book.

Verdict: Out it goes!

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