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message 1: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments use this thread to discuss books - each member in group, please reserve a post for reporting status of books


message 2: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments Genre
nerd/geek/genuis
dragons
BDSM
vampire
fae

Members
AnniLuvs
Daffodil
Grace
Hina
Janeka
Jennifer ♔Princess Penguin
Lauren
Marybeth
Netanella
Nikita
Shelley
Shirene
Sunshine


message 3: by Lauren (last edited Aug 30, 2014 07:38AM) (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) My Tentative List:
Complete: 5/5

✔ 1. nerd/geek/genuis: What Happens in London by Julia Quinn (August 5th), 3★'s
✔ 2. dragons: Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara (August 20th), 3★'s
✔ 3. BDSM: Letting Go by Maya Banks (August 1st), 1★'s
✔ 4. vampire: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost (August 6th), 3.5★'s
✔ 5. fae: Wild Cat by Jennifer Ashley (August 30th), 3★'s

Final ranking:

1. vampire: One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
2. dragons: Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
3. nerd/geek/genuis: What Happens in London
4. fae: Wild Cat by Jennifer Ashley
5. BDSM: Letting Go by Maya Banks


message 4: by Shelley (last edited Aug 12, 2014 08:27AM) (new)

Shelley | 141 comments 1. Nerd/geek/genius: Making Faces - finished 8/6
2. Dragons: Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace - finished 8/11
3. BDSM: Knight - finished 8/10
4. Vampire:Immortal Ever After - finished 8/12
5. Fae: Iced - finished 8/8


My final ranking:

1. BDSM: Knight by Kristen Ashley
2. Fae: Iced by Karen Marie Moning
3. Nerd/geek/genius: Making Faces by Amy Harmon
4. Vampire: Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands
5. Dragons: Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace by MaryJanice Davidson


message 5: by Daffodil (last edited Aug 30, 2014 11:10PM) (new)

Daffodil (daffodil--ripcranberry) | 1058 comments nerd/geek/genuis The Nerd Who Loved Me, Vicki Lewis Thompson, 8-30-14, 2 stars
dragons Nightwalker, Allyson James, 8-24-14, 5 stars
BDSM Knight, Kristen Ashley, 8-7-14 -- loved this, 5 stars
vampire Frostbound, Sharon Ashwood, 8-4-14 -- 4 stars
fae Bloodfire, Helen Harper, 8-20-14, 4 stars

The Nerd Who Loved Me (Nerds, #2) by Vicki Lewis Thompson Nightwalker (Stormwalker, #4) by Allyson James Knight (Unfinished Hero, #1) by Kristen Ashley Frostbound (The Dark Forgotten, #4) by Sharon Ashwood Bloodfire (Blood Destiny, #1) by Helen Harper

Final Ranking
1. BDSM - Knight, Kristen Ashley
2. Dragons - Nightwalker, Allison Jaymes
3. Vampire - Frostbound, Sharon Ashwood
4. Fae - Bloodfire, Helen Harper
5. Nerd/Geek/Genius - The Nerd Who Loved Me, Vicki Lewis Thompson


message 6: by Grace (last edited Aug 27, 2014 02:16PM) (new)

Grace | 1354 comments 1. nerd/geek/genius: Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie Knox ★★
2. dragons: Fire & Ice by Alice Brown ★★★
3. BDSM: Dark Citadel by Cherise Sinclair ★★★1/2
4. Vampire: One Bite With A Stranger by Christine Warren ★★★
5. Fae: Eternity and a Day by Aline Hunter ★★★★

Final Rankings:
1. Fae
2. BDSM
3. Dragons
4. Nerd/Geek/Genius
5. Vampire


message 7: by btwthesepages (new)

btwthesepages | 114 comments For Fae suggestion:
The Iron King


message 8: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) Not really a fan of BDSM but I'll look around for something.


message 9: by AerinLuvs (last edited Aug 16, 2014 03:38AM) (new)

AerinLuvs (anniluvs) | 117 comments AnniLuvs Tracking Post

✔ nerd/geek/genuis----At Any Price390p. 4.5 stars
✔ dragons --------- The Ice Dragon 4 Stars
✔ BDSM--------- Club Shadowlands155pg. 3.5 stars
✔ vampire------ Raphael 248p. 4 stars
✔ Fae.---------------- A Touch of Fae-214 p. 3.5 stars

----------My-RANKING-after-reading----------
1. Nerd/Geek/Genius
2. Vampire
3. Dragons
4. BDSM
5. Fae


message 10: by *Nan* (new)

*Nan* (nan4471) | 170 comments For M/F - Cherise Sinclair has some good BDSM and for M/M - K.C Wells has some.


message 11: by Isha (last edited Sep 01, 2014 05:21AM) (new)

Isha | 500 comments World Cup of Romance Reading - Phase 1
Group D


Genre

nerd/geek/genuis
dragons
BDSM
vampire
fae

My Final Ranking
1. vampire Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward
2. BDSM Cowboy Casanova by Lorelei James
3. nerd/geek/genuis - Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas
4. Dragon - The Barbarian Prince by Michelle M. Pillow
5. Fae - Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison


message 12: by Jennifer H (new)

Jennifer H Reserved


message 13: by Grace (new)

Grace | 1354 comments For BDSM, Cherise Sinclair's Club Shadowlands is free on amazon. I don't usually like BDSM, but I liked this one.


message 14: by Netanella (new)

Netanella | 439 comments Group D

Hello! Looking for suggestions for BDSM and fae - I'll check out Club Shadowlands for the bondage book. Not so sure I like the whole whips and chains scene...

Here are my selections so far:

nerd/geek/genius: Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson
dragons: What a Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken
BDSM:
vampire: This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter
fae:
Nerd in Shining Armor (Nerds, #1) by Vicki Lewis Thompson What a Dragon Should Know (Dragon Kin, #3) by G.A. Aiken This Same Earth (Elemental Mysteries, #2) by Elizabeth Hunter


Roger - president of NBR United - (roger_presidentofnbrunited) | 1398 comments Hello lucky people would have loved to be in this Group!


message 16: by Netanella (new)

Netanella | 439 comments Hey Rog - the grass is always greener - you're "C" group has some of my favorite themes in romance - dystopia, scifi, zombies...go figure!


message 17: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) I found one for BDSM - Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy, #1) by Maya Banks

One of my favorite fae series is Dark Magick by Anya Bast. The first book is Wicked Enchantment (Dark Magick, #1) by Anya Bast


message 18: by Roger - president of NBR United - (last edited Jul 31, 2014 07:13AM) (new)

Roger - president of NBR United - (roger_presidentofnbrunited) | 1398 comments Netanella wrote: "Hey Rog - the grass is always greener - you're "C" group has some of my favorite themes in romance - dystopia, scifi, zombies...go figure!"

wish we could change groups. because the genre you mentioned I hate I actually rejoiced when I found a book in the category I had read and liked and It had 504 pages. sci fi is ok and that and erotica are the saving graces!


message 19: by Daffodil (new)

Daffodil (daffodil--ripcranberry) | 1058 comments Lauren Dane's first book in the Brown Siblings would work for BDSM: Laid Bare (Brown Siblings, #1) by Lauren Dane .

Maya Banks' Sweet series also: Sweet Surrender (Sweet, #1) by Maya Banks

Shayla Black's Wicked Ties (Wicked Lovers, #1) by Shayla Black

Jaid Black's One Dark Night by Jaid Black


message 20: by Daffodil (new)

Daffodil (daffodil--ripcranberry) | 1058 comments Kindle deals for BDSM

The Dom Who Loved Me (Masters and Mercenaries, #1) by Lexi Blake for .99
Masters at Arms & Nobody's Angel (Rescue Me Saga, #0.5-1) by Kallypso Masters for FREE
Knight (Unfinished Hero, #1) by Kristen Ashley for 3.99


message 21: by Netanella (new)

Netanella | 439 comments Thanks for the suggestions, all! I think I'll go with Shayla Black for the bdsm and perhaps the Anya Bast for the fae book.


message 22: by Shirene (last edited Aug 27, 2014 02:26PM) (new)

Shirene (loveromancetales) | 45 comments My Tentative List:

1. Nerd/Geek/Genuis: The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
2. Dragons: Fire & Ice by Alice Brown
3. BDSM: Embracing My Submission by Jenna Jacob
4. Vampire: Dark Lover by JR Ward
5. Fae: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

These are all books/series and authors that are new to me. Can't wait to start.

Final Ranking
Group D
1. BDSM: Embracing My Submission by Jenna Jacob
2. Vampire: Dark Lover by JR Ward
3. Nerd/Geek/Genuis: The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
4. Dragons: Fire & Ice by Alice Brown
5. Fae: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning


message 23: by AerinLuvs (new)

AerinLuvs (anniluvs) | 117 comments Shirene wrote: "My Tentative List:

1. Nerd/Geek/Genuis: The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden
2. Dragons: Fire & Ice by Alice Brown
3. BDSM: [book:Embracing My Submission|161..."


Hi Shirene, fyi~ The Theory of Attraction (Great book, BTW!) does not meet the 150 pg. requirement, unfortunately! I wish I could use that trilogy for the bdsm but they don't allow multiple books, it has to be one book (I posted that Q)...


message 24: by Shirene (new)

Shirene (loveromancetales) | 45 comments AnniLuvs wrote: "Shirene wrote: "My Tentative List:

1. Nerd/Geek/Genuis: The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden
2. Dragons: Fire & Ice by Alice Brown
3. BDSM: [book:Embracing M..."


Thanks AnniLuvs. I was prepping my initial list on my iphone and couldn't see page counts. At least this means I finally get to read Kresley Cole. :)


message 25: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments AnniLuvs wrote: "Shirene wrote: "My Tentative List:

1. Nerd/Geek/Genuis: The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden
2. Dragons: Fire & Ice by Alice Brown
3. BDSM: [book:Embracing M..."


actually while the page count doesn't match, the word count (47k words) does - that is why I included both since I know page counts widely vary


message 26: by AerinLuvs (last edited Aug 01, 2014 08:43AM) (new)

AerinLuvs (anniluvs) | 117 comments Thanks Dee! That is such a great trilogy for our group b/c it could be used for geek or BDSM!

Too bad the second one The Seduction Hypothesis probably doesn't meet the word requirement, it has 97 pages, it is the only one I haven't read yet. the The Theory of Attraction had 136 pgs = 47,000 words.


message 27: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) Decided to get the problematic genre out of the way first and finished Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy, #1) by Maya Banks by Maya Banks. Read August 1st and rated 1 Star. It wasn't even the BDSM elements that turned me off the book. It was the tepid characters and poor writing.


message 28: by AerinLuvs (last edited Aug 02, 2014 09:24AM) (new)

AerinLuvs (anniluvs) | 117 comments Lauren wrote: "Decided to get the problematic genre out of the way first and finished Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy, #1) by Maya Banks by Maya Banks. Read August 1st and rated 1 Star. It wasn't even the BDSM elements that turned ..."

oh thats too bad! I bought this book but havent read it yet. i think this author writes really fast. not sure it is working in terms of quality of product. the last couple books by her that i had checked out from the library i did not finish.

i am not a huge fan of most BDSM, especially the pain bdsm. but bondage is pretty cool, especially shibari. Bound (Mastered, #1) by Lorelei James was amazing and the only bdsm book i loved!

i finished a pretty short bdsm book yesterday called Club Shadowlands (Masters of the Shadowlands, #1) by Cherise Sinclair that was free from AMZ when i got it and it was okay, i gave it 3.5 stars rounded up.


message 29: by Sunshine (last edited Aug 02, 2014 04:11PM) (new)

Sunshine (sunshine22222) | 921 comments My picks...


Group D
nerd/geek/genuis- The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures, #1) by Jennifer Ashley The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures #1)
dragons- Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1) by Thea Harrison Dragon Bound (Elder Races #1)
BDSM - Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas Comfort Food
vampire - Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1)
fae - Faerie by Delle Jacobs Faerie

Whew... Let me know if I need to make an alternate pick


message 30: by Lauren (last edited Aug 02, 2014 10:53AM) (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) AnniLuvs wrote: "oh thats too bad! I bought this book but havent read it yet. i think this author writes really fast. not sure it is working in terms of quality of product."

Agreed. I loved her McCabe Trilogy and early KGI books but lately she just has too many pokers in the fire and her writing is suffering as a result.

The Lorelei James book looks good - I don't mind some mild bondage but the pain is definitely too much for me.


message 31: by AerinLuvs (new)

AerinLuvs (anniluvs) | 117 comments totally agree with you there Lauren. When whips and floggers and even paddles come out I'm just thinking OW OW run!


message 32: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) AnniLuvs wrote: "totally agree with you there Lauren. When whips and floggers and even paddles come out I'm just thinking OW OW run!"

Lol! I guess we just have a low pain threshold ;0)


message 33: by Grace (new)

Grace | 1354 comments AnniLuvs wrote: "Lauren wrote: "Decided to get the problematic genre out of the way first and finished Letting Go (Surrender Trilogy, #1) by Maya Banks by Maya Banks. Read August 1st and rated 1 Star. It wasn't even the BDSM elemen..."

I'm glad to here Bound (Mastered, #1) by Lorelei James is good. I want to read it, but not sure if I'd like it.


message 34: by Netanella (new)

Netanella | 439 comments I found my fae: Michelle M. Pillow's King of the Unblessed, the first in her Realm Immortal series.

King of the Unblessed (Realm Immortal #1) by Michelle M. Pillow King of the Unblessed


message 35: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) Netanella wrote: "I found my fae: Michelle M. Pillow's King of the Unblessed, the first in her Realm Immortal series.

King of the Unblessed (Realm Immortal #1) by Michelle M. PillowKing of the Unblessed"


This thread is NOT going to be good for reducing my TBR.


message 36: by AerinLuvs (new)

AerinLuvs (anniluvs) | 117 comments Grace wrote: "I'm glad to here Bound (Mastered, #1) by Lorelei James is good. I want to read it, but not sure if I'd like it."

It is very different from her other series of books! And for a bdsm book it doesn't have the pain-masochism. it has shibari (an artistic ropework/knot tying) bondage.


message 37: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) Finished What Happens in London (Bevelstoke, #2) by Julia Quinn for the nerd/genius hero category. The scholarly hero aspects of the story were enjoyable albeit underdeveloped. Harry would have been far more interesting if he were a little less John Watson and a little more Jack Ryan.

Also finished One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress #6) by Jeaniene Frost for the vampires category. I don't know what happened to Cat in this one but she got her ass handed to her several times. Also felt that the story was left unfinished. At least there is one more book in the series so perhaps there will be some closure.


message 38: by Hina (last edited Aug 28, 2014 07:09AM) (new)

Hina (hinaj) | 2581 comments World Cup of Romance Reading - Phase 1 - Round Robin
Aug 1 to Aug 31 2014

Group D

Genre


Nerd/geek/genuis - Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie Knox.
Dragons - The Perfect Prince by Michelle M. Pillow.
BDSM - Creed by Kristen Ashley.
Vampire - Highland Vampire by Hannah Howell.
Fae - Highland Guardian by Melissa Mayhue.


Ranking:
1. BDSM - Creed by Kristen Ashley. 8/24/14 ★★★★★
2. Vampire - Highland Vampire by Hannah Howell. 8/23/14 ★★★★
3. Fae - Highland Guardian by Melissa Mayhue. 8/28/14 ★★★★
4. Nerd/geek/genuis - Flirting with Disaster by Ruthie Knox. 8/26/14 ★★★★
5. Dragons - The Perfect Prince by Michelle M. Pillow. 8/22/14 ★★★★


message 39: by Vi (last edited Aug 24, 2014 06:48AM) (new)

Vi | 2012 comments World Cup of Romance Reading - Phase 1

Group D:

Nerd/geek/genius: How to Date a Nerd by Cassie Mae - 24 August - ★
Dragons: Firewalker by Allyson James - 16 August - ★★★★
BDSM: Dare to Love by Carly Phillips - 24 August - ★★★
Vampire: The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole - 21 August - ★★
Fae: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson - 20 August - ★★★

Reviews:
Nerd/geek/genius: How to Date a Nerd by Cassie Mae - ★: Ugh. This was one of the most frustrating books I've read recently. The female lead, Zoe drove me nuts. Her constant indecision and wavering - I know this is wrong, I should not do this, do the same course, I'm a evil person. Sigh. The teenage drama usually doesn't bother me but just didn't work in this book. The nerdy parts were done well but sadly, the female lead eclipsed everything else. Even the male lead, Zack.

BDSM: Dare to Love by Carly Phillips - ★★★: An ok contemporary romance. It's very light on the BDSM.

Vampire: The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole - ★★: Another disappointing read. I didn't like both of the MC - Nikolai was an alpha-hole, Myst came across as a ditzy heroine. I'm thinking that the author style just will not work for me.

Fae: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson - ★★★: A really good fantasy romance with equal coverage for both. The fae portion had a good mix of known and new stuff which made the world interesting. I'd definitely look forward to more books by Wilson.

Dragons: Firewalker by Allyson James - ★★★★: Loved this installment. Really liked the twists the author took with Janet. Mick and the dragons were done well. I'm looking forward to reading more about them.

Ranking:
Dragons: Firewalker by Allyson James - 16 August - ★★★★
Fae: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson - 20 August - ★★★
BDSM: Dare to Love by Carly Phillips - 24 August - ★★★
Nerd/geek/genius: How to Date a Nerd by Cassie Mae - 24 August - ★
Vampire: The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole - 21 August - ★★


message 40: by Netanella (last edited Aug 30, 2014 07:43AM) (new)

Netanella | 439 comments Group D


Themes:
nerd/geek/genius: Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson - 08.09.2014 (★★★★)
dragons: The Ice Dragon by Bianca D'Arc - 08.16.2014 (★★★)
BDSM: Chaining Cheyenne by Reese Gabriel - 08.30.2014 (★★★)
vampire: This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter - 08.18.2014 (★★★★★)
fae: King of the Unblessed by Michelle M. Pillow - 08.07.2014 (★★)
Nerd in Shining Armor (Nerds, #1) by Vicki Lewis Thompson The Ice Dragon (Dragon Knights) by Bianca D'Arc Chaining Cheyenne by Reese Gabriel This Same Earth (Elemental Mysteries, #2) by Elizabeth Hunter King of the Unblessed (Realm Immortal #1) by Michelle M. Pillow

Final Rankings:
1. vampire: This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter - 08.18.2014 (★★★★★)
2. nerd/geek/genius: Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson - 08.09.2014 (★★★★)
3. dragons: The Ice Dragon by Bianca D'Arc - 08.16.2014 (★★★)
4. BDSM: Chaining Cheyenne by Reese Gabriel - 08.30.2014 (★★★)
5. fae: King of the Unblessed by Michelle M. Pillow - 08.07.2014 (★★)
This Same Earth (Elemental Mysteries, #2) by Elizabeth Hunter Nerd in Shining Armor (Nerds, #1) by Vicki Lewis Thompson The Ice Dragon (Dragon Knights) by Bianca D'Arc Chaining Cheyenne by Reese Gabriel King of the Unblessed (Realm Immortal #1) by Michelle M. Pillow


message 41: by Jennifer H (last edited Aug 22, 2014 08:26AM) (new)

Jennifer H Group D
My Final Rankings

1. Fae: A Shiver of Light by Laurell K Hamilton 8/7-5♥
2. Dragon: You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister 8/10-4♥
3. Vampire: A Girl's Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister 8/6-4♥
4. Nerd/Geek/Genius: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 8/11-4♥
5. BDSM: Their Virgin Princess by Shayla Black 8/11-1♥


message 42: by Sofia (last edited Aug 22, 2014 03:14AM) (new)

Sofia Lazaridou (sofiagreycullensalvatore) | 59 comments My Books
nerd/geek/genuis The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie 5 stars
dragons Dragon Bound 3.5 stars
BDSM Show Me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights 5 stars
vampire Dark Lover 5 stars
fae Primal Bonds 4 stars

My Rankings
1. BDSM
2. Vampire
3. Nerd/geek/genious
4. Fae
5. Dragons


message 43: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) Finished Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra, #1) by Michelle Sagara - it took me a while to finish this book even though the plot is brilliant and the characters are very engaging because the language is very dense and I struggled with the writing style.

The dragon elements are very well rendered. It is interesting that they seem to have three forms - their human forms (in which only their eyes give away their natures), the full dragon forms and a human form with dragon scales as armor (very cool).


message 44: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments when it comes to ranking your final books - consider 2 things - 1) your enjoyment of the book and 2) how well the theme was presented/reflected through-out - so you could have a book that you enjoyed more, be lower ranked than one with the theme being a stronger role - if you have any questions, let me know


message 45: by Yvette (last edited Aug 26, 2014 09:54AM) (new)

Yvette (yvettejessika) | 28 comments This is my second group and My first ranking as well:

1. VAMPIRE: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

2.DRAGONS: Playing With Fire by Katie MacAlister

3. FAE: Bloodfever|344262] by Karen Marie Moning

4. NERD/GEEK/GENIUS: No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole

5. BDSM: Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione

Final Ranking:

1.Vampire
2.BDSM
3.FAE
4.Dragon
5.Nerd/Geek/Genius


message 46: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments hey guys, as a reminder, this round finishes on Sunday at midnight - so you need to get your books done and ranked by then. I'll leave the threads open until Monday morning (Sept 1) - but then I'll be locking them so I can finalize the books to through to the next round

If you don't finish all your books, rank the ones that you have - the rest will just get a zero in the ranking scheme



message 47: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments from group D, I need rankings from:

Daffodil
Grace
Hina
Janeka
Lauren
MaryBeth
Netanella
Nikita
Shirlene
Sunshine
Vi


message 48: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (laurenjberman) I'll be finished my last book by Sunday and will post my rankings then.


message 49: by Hina (new)

Hina (hinaj) | 2581 comments I am going to start my last book tonight hopefully and I will put the ranking up tomorrow or later in the week.


message 50: by Daffodil (new)

Daffodil (daffodil--ripcranberry) | 1058 comments Reading my last book now, should finish it soon.


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