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*** Coffee Shop - Let's Chat About Life And Our Books, Both Current And Planning To Read, All In The Name Of Living HEA ***

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Initial post: Feb 16, 2010, 10:06:54 AM PST
DoraLady says:
From Fani's original post:
[Hi everybody!

I was thinking that I would like an unstructured thread where we could all post the book we're currently reading, our opinion for the one we just finished, what we plan to read next, ask for the others' opinion on what to read or say what we think of a book someone else mentioned. Sort of a romance cafe...]


K O'Doharty's idea for the name "Coffee Shop", I welcome you to the continuation of our great hang out.

*** Coffee Shop - Let's Chat About Life And Our Books, Both Current And Planning To Read, All In The Name Of Living HEA ***


I think this may be a fitting first quote:

[She turned her face toward him. "Look into my eyes. Do you see a new morning with new beginnings?"

He searched her gaze, and then in a husky voice that reached way down inside her, he whispered, "Yes." He drew out the word until it seemed to echo and recho in her mind.] Comanche Moon by Catherine Anderson

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 10:16:23 AM PST
DoraLady says:
K and Bill,

I have enjoyed your comments from Flowers from the Storm.

I know I need to judge the book by reading it myself.

I have been reading what does constitute a romance book to me.

Of course HEA is a must.

To me it is the actual fact that they got together with a commitment to the future. That there is a realization that the other person is special to them in a different way from other people. In a way that they want the other person in their life as a love interest to continue.

I read different types of romances. I like some of the angst, which the H/h have to struggle against great odds to be together, OR to struggle against themselves OR to grow as individuals. Sometimes they are great people, but need to let their own walls down.

It is a balance of what a good romance book is. It is not just one issue or even several issues which I would not consider romantic or love. To me it is about making the best choice with what is available at the time. It is about love, tenderness, the way they relate to each other. Why do they relate that way, etc.

Whether the book is a light or a dark read, a happy go lucky read or a full of angst read it, for me in the end it comes down to: A great romance with the HEA ending and how much the author was able to pull me into the lives and hearts of the H/h. Was I able to understand their choices given their circumstances and previous experiences in life?

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 10:24:30 AM PST
DoraLady says:
Hi Everyone,

Pam -- I am using my laptop again, finally. I am not totally sure it is 100% bug free. Now I can answer all the posts with copy and paste. *S*

K -- May I ask you computer questions/opinions about spybot/adaware later.

I am still reading Hard Evidence.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 12:51:54 PM PST
bookchaser says:
DoraLady: Hi! Thanks for starting this new thread. I think that your quote from The Bride was a nice appropriate ending for the old thread. And I'm glad it didn't end with a stupid self-promotion.

I finished listening to Son of the Morning by Linda Howard. It was the first time I've listened to an audiobook in more than 16 years. They just didn't work for me when I had 4 young kids and way too many distractions. I really haven't considered listening to one again until now. Thanks to K. and several other readers I decided to give it a try again. I'm glad that I did. Son of the Morning was mainly romantic suspense with a little time travel thrown in. I don't usually read romantic suspense so it helped me to be listening to the narrator read it. The H and h don't meet until the second half of the book but the story was interesting so it didn't bother me. Though I wouldn't want all of my books to follow that pattern. I started crocheting a baby dress while listening to the book. The length of it is finished. I just have to add the edging, crochet the sleeves and add a button placket. I also want to start making a new king-size quilt for our bed. I've been putting that off for too long. I'm thinking it might be good to find a few more audiobooks to entertain me while my hands are busy being creative.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 1:35:01 PM PST
Sprite says:
Love the new thread name!

the Bride is one of my favorites so I especially loved the quote.

I did not get a chance to read much this past weekend...even though we were snowed in most of Saturday (Very unusual for GA but a lot of fun). I am still on book4 of Laura Adrian's Midnight Breed series and I am still enjoying the series. The H in book 4 is one of my favorites. Very vulnerable and moody and trully in need of the right heroine to heal his heart. I am waiting for book 5 to arrive so I will probably take a break from the series and read Ransom (Julie Garwood). I planned to read this book several weeks ago but it just did not happen.

Happy reading everyone!

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 2:01:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 16, 2010, 2:03:03 PM PST
KatHart says:
Dora - I wish you the best of luck with this thread. It's a wonderful idea.

This weekend I finished up "No Rest for the Wicked" by Kresley Cole and then went on to "Extreme Exposure" by Pamela Clare. I wasn't sure if I was going to like her contemporaries but I found this book had a little bit of everything. Humor, intrigue, a very steamy man and Ms. Clare's intimate knowlege of how a news room operates. I'm currently reading "Hard Evidence" as well and I'm about 2/3rds of the way through it. My heart goes out to Julian, even with his rough exterior. I couldn't put it down last night but finally my eyes told me I didn't have much choice. Next up is "Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night" by Kresley Cole and then back to Pamela Clare and "Unlawful". I love these boards because I have found so many wonderful books due to the recommendation of others. So, thank you everyone.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 2:15:59 PM PST
Susan says:
Sprite--I'm actually waiting for book 6 in the Lara Adrian series--I thought book 5 was great too. When I read the first book in the series, I thought it was a "light" version of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The second book got me hooked though. I like the ongoing non-romance subplot, I think it keeps the series well connected. While waiting for book 6 (as well as book 5 in Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series and book 3 in J.D. Robb's In Death series), I'm reading The River Knows by Amanda Quick. It's my first by her and so far it seems pretty good. I don't have a lot of reading time this week, my little guy's 5th birthday party is on Saturday and all of my planning has been delayed by the snow. Two of my friends are coming over on Friday and we're going to bake and decorate his Transformers birthday cake, which should turn out o.k. provided that we do the cake first and enjoy beverages second.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2010, 2:31:38 PM PST
DoraLady says:

You're welcome and thanks.

I was also worried about the last thread, once K mentioned it. I was waiting for more posters to post. Where did you all go? I was so happy to have my laptop working and wanted to post.

I am glad that your return to audio-books was so favourable. I am impressed that you can concentrate on crochet and listen to an audio-book at the same time. What a great way to listen to books and do so much more.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2010, 2:41:22 PM PST
DoraLady says:

I am glad you loved The Bride quote.

I hope you are enjoying the snow.

Have you read The Secret by Julie Garwood. LOL at putting JG name in () for Ransom. As if we would not know who wrote Ransom. I love it. Even though Ransom stands fantastically on its own, it is more fun having read The Secret first. Have you been reading Julie Garwood books for long. Unfortunately, I have read all her books (except for Sizzle). I wish I was still discovering all the magic and fun of Julie Garwood's books.

I can't wait for Julie Garwood's new Bride series coming out much later this year.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 2:53:12 PM PST
Bitchie says:
Last month, I read Shelly Laurenston's Magnus Pack series, but I felt I should take a break before getting into her Pride series, then promptly...forgot about them. I got back into them over the weekend though, I read The Mane Event, which contained two stories, Christmas Pride and Shaw's Story. I loved them both, but I liked Shaw's Story more. Ronnie Lee was a ballsy, brassy, kick ass She-Wolf, who did what and who she wanted, and made no apologies about it. I love a heroine like that. Also of particular note was Brendan Shaw, in Lion form, feverish out of his head, sneaking out of the house and dancing the mambo in his neighbor's yard.

I haven't decided what I want to read next- I really want to finish the Pride series, I found a Magnus Pack story that I missed the first time around, and a lot of people are saying wonderful things about Tymber Dalton's The Reluctant Dom, but I don't know if I'm up for a real tearjerker right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2010, 3:06:17 PM PST
DoraLady says:

The idea of this thread is not mine.

On Dec 3rd, 2008, Fani started the original thread "I'm currently reading or planning to read....". Today, the thread reached its maximum length permitted of 10 000 posts.

I combined the name of the original thread and K O'Doharty's suggestion for the name "Coffee Shop". I added the "All In The Name Of Living HEA" because I love HEA in books and I always strive for the best HEA everyday.


I am glad you are enjoying Hard Evidence. Thanks for reminding me about Unlawful Contact. I need to request it from the library then wait for it.

I do not think I read any Kresley Cole books. What are they like? Which is your favourite book from her.

I agree with you KatHart, I also have found so many wonderful books due to the recommendations of others.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2010, 3:14:04 PM PST
DoraLady says:

Enjoy your son's birthday. Enjoy making the cake. I used to love creating different cakes when the kids were younger. They did not care for the cake but the decorations were the major hits. I have a smile from the memories now.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2010, 3:15:31 PM PST
DoraLady says:

What are these books about?

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 3:21:34 PM PST
DoraLady says:
Canada just won another gold. Number two on home soil.

Congrats Maella Ricker, Ladies' Snowboard Cross. My daughter is happy. She said, now she knows which Olympic athlete to write her school paper on.

I am happy she made a choice. She was having a hard time earlier deciding which Olympic athlete to pick.

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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2010, 3:48:29 PM PST
DoraLady says:
Thanks KatHart,

I am not into PNR as romance. I am currious what her contemporary and Highlander books are like.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 4:29:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 16, 2010, 4:30:16 PM PST
Bitchie says:
DoraLady, Shelly Laurenston writes, hmm I guess it could be called paranormal romance, maybe erotic PNR. The Magnus Pack series was about wolves, the Pride series is about Lions. Shapeshifters, not werewolves. They get their power from ancient druid rituals, although that isn't really gone into at all, except to say " we ain't no stinkin' werewolves, you idiot!". Some of the books have an underlying plot, a whodunnit, someone's doing bad things, but the main focus is on the relationship between the main characters. The series contains very alpha males, very strong, smart mouthed, take no crap females, and some pretty hot (and descriptive) sex scenes. They do contain some down and dirty language, so avoid if you don't like that kind of thing. Animal sex, but no "animal sex" if that makes sense. No animal-form sex I guess is what I am trying to say.

Pack ChallengeGo Fetch (Magnus Pack)Here Kitty, Kitty (Magnus Pack)

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 4:55:11 PM PST
smccoy says:
Well, I was going to start Promise Me Tonight by Sara Lindsey, but Amazon hasnt' delivered it, says it's out for delivery with ups, but who knows where it's at, suppose to be at my front door, argh. Velvet Embrace is next, so am pretty excited about that, just needed a few books in between all the darker books I have been reading.
thanks for starting the new post, I'm signed up for e-mail alerts:)

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 5:02:46 PM PST
DoraLady says:
Thanks diremommy,

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2010, 5:05:31 PM PST
DoraLady says:

Your welocme.

Did you pay for faster delivery instead of free postal delivery, if yes I would be upset? If yes call Amazon.

What is Velvet Embrace about. Which were the darker books you were reading.

I still can't beleive all the new to me authors I have not heard about, or I do not remember hearing about.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2010, 5:13:06 PM PST
Karlyn says:
Kat & Dora -

Kresley Cole rocks, and read the IAD series in order for best results. I just finished her newest book last weekend and am still buzzing from a Kresley Cole high!! I just LOVED Pleasures of a Dark Prince!! One of my fav in the series. It's addicting though!!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2010, 5:14:48 PM PST
Karlyn says:
S Mccoy - I read 'Promise Me Tonight' yesterday and really enjoyed it. Steamy. :-) Hope you like it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2010, 5:19:21 PM PST
smccoy says:
The doorbell just rang, it's here! Is it erotic or steamy?

Posted on Feb 16, 2010, 5:29:29 PM PST
smccoy says:
I have Amazon Prime so two day shipping, and Velvet Embrace is by Nicole Jordan. It's an older un-pc book, which I love, and there is some misunderstanding in the beginning about the h being a mistress when she isn't, probably a virgin. The hero and heroine are stranded together for the night, that's all I know until I read it, I'll let you know what I think when I'm done.
I read All Night With a Rogue, Total Surrender by Cheryl Holt, got 1/4 of the way through another Holt book, but couldn't finish it. My Darling Caroline was very good and not dark at all. Really enjoyed that one. A little slow for me, but it was a good story. Just finished He Said No by Patricia Waddell. It's a four book series and I haven't read them in order, have one more, He Said Now. So far, they have all been good books. I can't wait to read the last book which is not the fourth in the series, I read that one first, oops:)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2010, 5:42:51 PM PST
Sprite says:
S. Mccoy-- I am interested to see what you think of Velvet is on my "to buy" list.

Dora-- I enjoyed the snow the entire 24 hours it was on the ground. It was such a surprise to have 4 inches on the ground LOL...we don't get a lot of snow in this part of the South. I have just started reading Julie Garwood. I have read The Bride (several times), The Wedding, The Gift, and Castles. I have loved them all. I recently bought a box of her books off of ebay and think I have most of her historicals. I am savoring each of her books because I like her writing so much. I have The Secret and will read it before Ransom. Thanks for the advice.
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