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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 (last edited Jul 30, 2014 07:23AM) (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments Genres
shiek
Urban Fantasy
regency
american historical
angels/demons

Members
Arshiya
Cathy MI
Fran
Himanshu
Lindy-Lane
Logan
Marybeth
Pamela-Su
Ra-Luka
Sassafrass
Susan A
Tricia
Turtlecollector


message 3: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments susan - deleted your post - so I cuold get my other msg as the second one - now chat away ;)


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btwthesepages | 114 comments Reserved


message 5: by Pamela Su (last edited Aug 23, 2014 11:38PM) (new)

Pamela Su (thebluebaroness) | 194 comments Pamela Su's Reading Status

CURRENT STATUS: 5/5 read

Sheikh - Cornfed - Read
Theme in book description.

Urban Fantasy - Moon Called (288 pages) - Read
Theme in sub-genre: Fantasy > Urban fantasy.

Regency - Murder At Rudhall Manor (224 pages) - Read
Regency mentioned in multiple reviews and the male main character (Lord Adair) appeared in Penelope which is described as a Regency Romance

American Historical - Sweetwood Bride (416 pages) - Read
Theme in sub genre: Romance > Historical Romance & Literature > American.

Angels/Demons - Mind Magic (200 pages) - Read
Theme in blurb: Bad guy is a demon.

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RANKINGS
1. Urban Fantasy
2. Regency
3. Angels/Demons
4. Sheikh
5. American Historical


message 6: by Pamela Su (new)

Pamela Su (thebluebaroness) | 194 comments *stares at the many, many, many sheikh romances*...*sigh* I really don't like this genre.

Short, mindless Harlequin it will be then! LOL.


message 8: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 10994 comments Pamela Su wrote: "*stares at the many, many, many sheikh romances*...*sigh* I really don't like this genre.

Short, mindless Harlequin it will be then! LOL."



Pamela Su,

I had to dig through my pile of paperbacks (I read mostly ebooks now so didn't take too long, lol) and I actually found a sheikh romance!


message 9: by Pamela Su (new)

Pamela Su (thebluebaroness) | 194 comments I used to buy those old harlequins in bulk so I have quite a few sheikh romances somewhere in the boxes. LOL.


message 10: by Susan A (last edited Aug 15, 2014 07:04PM) (new)

Susan A | 1460 comments Genres
shiek -- CornfedAug 7 ★★★
Urban Fantasy Hell & High Water Aug 3 ★★★★
regency The Price of Temptation Aug 12 ★★★★★
american historical Heart of Stone Aug 13 ★★★
angels/demons SPECTR: Volume 1 Aug 15 ★★★★★

Cornfed by Kiernan Kelly Hell & High Water (THIRDS, #1) by Charlie Cochet The Price of Temptation by M.J. Pearson Heart of Stone by Ari McKay Summoner of Storms (Spectr, #6) by Jordan L. Hawk

RANKINGS
1. Angel/Demon
2. Regency
3. Urban fantasy
4. Sheik
5. American Historical


message 11: by Tricia (last edited Aug 30, 2014 08:29AM) (new)

Tricia Schneider (triciaschneider) | 203 comments Genres
Sheik:
Urban Fantasy:
✓ Regency: What Happens in London by Julia Quinn 8/3/14 ★★★★★
✓ American historical: Frankly, My Dear by Sandra Hill 8/12/14 ★★★★★
✓ Angels/Demons: Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison 8/19/14 ★★★

What Happens in London (Bevelstoke, #2) by Julia Quinn Frankly, My Dear (Creole Historical, #1) by Sandra Hill Something Deadly This Way Comes (Madison Avery, #3) by Kim Harrison

RANKING:
1. Regency
2. American Historical
3. Angel/Demon


message 12: by Pamela Su (new)

Pamela Su (thebluebaroness) | 194 comments Mind Magic should be okay for the angel/demon theme right? There's a bad-guy demon in the book description.


message 13: by Susan A (new)

Susan A | 1460 comments Pamela Su wrote: "Mind Magic should be okay for the angel/demon theme right? There's a bad-guy demon in the book description."


Yes, demon is in the description. That's sufficient. I'm not usually a fan of the demon/magic/shifter type stuff. However, I did like Mind Magic.

Hainted was excellent -- this has demon listed on page 3 of its shelves.


message 14: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments for Angels - Stephanie Hecht has a series -I think some of the later ones are long enough


message 15: by Pamela Su (new)

Pamela Su (thebluebaroness) | 194 comments Thanks, Susan. :) I LOVED Hainted. I thought I wouldn't like it but I was proven wrong. Such a good story!


message 16: by Sassafrass (last edited Aug 09, 2014 03:31PM) (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3440 comments HI GROUP E! I'm not sure how I was lucky enough to get the group that had not one but TWO historical fiction requirements! LOL

Anyway, here's my planned list...


Shiek--(title)Delaney's Desert Sheikh (8.9.13) *4 STARS*
Urban Fantasy--(shelved as UF)Shield of Winter (8.2.13) *5 STARS*
Regency--(shelved historical) A Week to Be Wicked (8.8.13) *4 STARS*
American historical-(set in Wyoming 1880's)-The Bounty (8.9.13) *4 STARS)
Angels/Demons--(title/shelved as Angels)Archangel's Blade (8.7.14) *4 STARS*


RANKINGS
1. Urban Fantasy
2. Angel/Demons
3. American Historical
4. Sheikh
5. Regency


message 17: by Susan A (last edited Jul 30, 2014 11:24AM) (new)

Susan A | 1460 comments Pamela Su wrote: "Thanks, Susan. :) I LOVED Hainted. I thought I wouldn't like it but I was proven wrong. Such a good story!"

Have you read Jordan L. Hawk SPECTR: Volume 1 ? I'm trying that for demons. I've really enjoyed everything else I've read by her, so I'm hpoing I'll like this as well

Sassafrass
I love historicals - -I wish I could take your historicals and give you my urban fantasy and demons to read.


Roger - president of NBR United - (roger_presidentofnbrunited) | 1135 comments well if any of you need M/M shiek there is a listopia list of 18 books https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4...


message 19: by Logan (new)

Logan (loganturner) | 877 comments Thanks Roger!!


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Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3440 comments Susan A wrote: "Sassafrass
I love historicals - -I wish I could take your historicals and give you my urban fantasy and demons to read."


I'd be all over it, Susan A!


message 21: by Logan (last edited Aug 31, 2014 10:15AM) (new)

Logan (loganturner) | 877 comments Ranking:
1. Regency
2. Sheikh
3. Angels/demons
4. American historical
5. Urban fantasy

Books:

shiek - To Tame a Sheikh - Finished 8/25 - ★★★★
(summary)
Urban Fantasy - Sunset - Finished 8/26 - ★★★
(shelved as Fantasy -> Urban Fantasy)
regency - One Good Earl Deserves a Lover - Finished 8/23 - ★★★★★
(shelved as Regency)
american historical - Noble Metals - Finished 8/30 - ★★★
(summary - Klondike gold rush)
angels/demons - Demonglass - Finished 8/31 - ★★★★
(summary)


message 22: by Logan (last edited Jul 30, 2014 04:14PM) (new)

Logan (loganturner) | 877 comments If anyone's looking for a freebie to read for sheikh, Harlequin has one available for free reading online HERE.

ETA: Though I can't seem to find a word or page count, so maybe it won't work.


message 23: by R~wka (last edited Aug 29, 2014 10:48PM) (new)

R~wka (r-wka) | 281 comments Read: 5/5

Read:
To Tame a Sheikh (Pride Of Zohayd #1) by Olivia Gates Sheikh - To Tame a Sheikh (title & shelved as Sheikh) ~ Aug 04, 2014; 5★ ~
The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1) by Julia Quinn Regency - The Duke and I (shelved as Regency Romance / Historical-Romance set in England, 1813) ~ Aug 10, 2014; 5★ ~
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1) by Nalini Singh Urban Fantasy - Slave to Sensation (Genre: Urban Fantasy) ~ Aug 15, 2014; 5★ ~
Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark, #1) by Gena Showalter Angels/Demons - Wicked Nights (Has both, Angels and Demons in genre) ~ Aug 25, 2014; 4,5★ ~
Lily and the Major (Orphan Train, #1) by Linda Lael Miller American Historical - Lily and the Major (Set in United States, 1878 / Genre: Historical Romance + Western) ~ Aug 30, 2014; 3,5★ ~

Rankings:
1. Regency
2. Urban Fantasy
3. Angel/Demons
4. Sheik
5. American Historical


message 24: by Cathy (last edited Aug 30, 2014 04:40AM) (new)

Cathy Galloway | 700 comments Here is my plan:
Sheik The Sheikh's Rebellious Mistress
Urban Fantasy Shield of Winter
Regency When the Marquess Met His Match
American historical Wild West Wife
Angels/demons Succubi Like It Hot


1. Urban Fantasy Shield of Winter 8/5/14 *****
2. Regency When the Marquess Met His Match 8/23/14 ****
3. Angels/demons Succubi Like It Hot 8/30/14 ****
4. Sheik The Sheikh's Rebellious Mistress 8/29/14 ***
5. American historical Wild West Wife 8/28/14 ***


message 25: by Tricia (new)

Tricia Schneider (triciaschneider) | 203 comments Logan wrote: "If anyone's looking for a freebie to read for sheikh, Harlequin has one available for free reading online HERE.

ETA: Though I can't seem to find a word or page count, so maybe it won't work."


Thanks, Logan! I like Marguerite Kaye! This looks good! I can't find a word count either, but I'd still like to read it even if it's not for this challenge.


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Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments Logan wrote: "If anyone's looking for a freebie to read for sheikh, Harlequin has one available for free reading online HERE.

ETA: Though I can't seem to find a word or page count, so maybe it won't work."


it looks like it was an online extra only...you can read the whole thing on the harlquin website ;) that being said, she does have a LOT of sheikh books that you could look at in print/kindle


message 27: by Lindy-Lane (last edited Jul 31, 2014 12:08PM) (new)

Lindy-Lane (moonbacklit) | 452 comments bon jour to my group members. on a book hunt. will post as i read a long.


sheik(h)

urban fantasy

regency

american historical

angels/demons


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Pamela Su (thebluebaroness) | 194 comments August starts soon! I will be on holiday the first two weeks of August starting Monday so I will probably not respond much.

Just in case there's a need to contact me, please PM me. I will still have internet access.


message 29: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 10994 comments Pamela Su wrote: "August starts soon! I will be on holiday the first two weeks of August starting Monday so I will probably not respond much.

Just in case there's a need to contact me, please PM me. I will still h..."


Have a great vacation Pamela Su!


message 30: by Turtlecollector Dennis (last edited Aug 24, 2014 08:07AM) (new)

Turtlecollector Dennis | 195 comments Sheik: Bella and the Merciless Sheikh by Sarah Morgan 8/24/14 3♥
Urban Fantasy: Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep 8/5/14 4♥
Regency: Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas 8/4/14 3.5♥
American Historical: Hideaway Home by Hannah Alexander 8/14/14 3♥
Angel/Demon: Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole 8/3/14 4♥

Ranking
1. Urban Fantasy
2. Angel/Demon
3. Shiekh
4. Regency
5. American Historical


message 31: by Pamela Su (new)

Pamela Su (thebluebaroness) | 194 comments LOL. So far every sheikh title has "sheikh" in it. LOL. Until I noticed Susan A's books, so I had to take a look.

I'm going to change my book to Cornfed instead now.


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Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3440 comments Pamela Su wrote: "LOL. So far every sheikh title has "sheikh" in it. LOL. Until I noticed Susan A's books, so I had to take a look.

I'm going to change my book to Cornfed instead now."


I've noticed the same thing, Pamela Su!


message 33: by Sassafrass (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3440 comments I finished Shield of Winter for my Urban Fantasy pick and it was awesome. It's going to be very unlikely that UF won't be my number one ranking for this set of books.


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Tricia Schneider (triciaschneider) | 203 comments I read Call of the Trumpet and The Lady's Tutor a while ago. I remember I really liked Call of the Trumpet. They're both listed as sheik books. I'm still looking to find a good one to read.


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Tricia Schneider (triciaschneider) | 203 comments Sassafrass wrote: "I finished Shield of Winter for my Urban Fantasy pick and it was awesome. It's going to be very unlikely that UF won't be my number one ranking for this set of books."

UF is one of my favorite genres, too. I'll have no trouble finding a book to read for that category. :)


message 36: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 10994 comments 1/5 Read


UF-
Eternal Seduction
Red Fox
A Touch of Midnight- FAC!
Obsession
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Forever Freed

Regency-
Seducing Stephen

Sheikh-
Bella and the Merciless Sheikh

Angel/demon-
A Demon and His Witch
Spell Bound
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

American Historical- The Bride Bargain 8/5 3* - Lots of sex, but the story did give me a sense of the American West in the late 1800's, and there was a nice amount of emotion in the story as well. Enjoyable, easy read.


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Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3440 comments I'm trying to get through my American historical, but it's rough going. I'm sure once I get into the story it will be better, but it's tough.


message 38: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 10994 comments Sassafrass wrote: "I'm trying to get through my American historical, but it's rough going. I'm sure once I get into the story it will be better, but it's tough."

Read a shorter, smuttier one like me Sass!


message 39: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments which one you reading Sassy?


message 40: by Turtlecollector Dennis (last edited Aug 05, 2014 12:23PM) (new)

Turtlecollector Dennis | 195 comments I've read 3 of my 5 and so far UF is in the lead for me. I just have my American historical and a shiek book left to read.

I have Shield of Winter on hold at my library, so I am glad it was so good. I really like that series and have been looking forward to that book.


message 41: by Sassafrass (last edited Aug 05, 2014 03:20PM) (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3440 comments Dee wrote: "which one you reading Sassy?"

I'm reading The Hostage. It got good reviews and so I'm trying to suffer through. But then I keep moving on to other books. LOL

I may need to go with Fran's advice and go short & smutty!


message 42: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments that wasn't one of her best books - go short and smutty! Emma Lang/Beth Williamson have some historicals that are in the 150-200pg range


message 43: by Sofia (last edited Aug 18, 2014 11:46AM) (new)

Sofia Lazaridou (sofiagreycullensalvatore) | 59 comments shiek Captured by the Sheikh 2 stars
Urban Fantasy Sixth Grave on the Edge 5 stars
regency What a Duke Dares 3 stars
american historical Surrender
angels/demons Airel 2 stars


My rankings

1. Regency
2. Urban Fantasy
3. Angels/demons
4. Shiek
5. Americal Historical


message 44: by Sassafrass (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3440 comments Dee wrote: "that wasn't one of her best books - go short and smutty! Emma Lang/Beth Williamson have some historicals that are in the 150-200pg range"

Ok, I'm going to go with The Bounty


message 45: by Fran, Moderator (last edited Aug 13, 2014 08:26AM) (new)

Fran | 10994 comments 5/5 Read


UF- The Nightlife: Las Vegas 8/7 (3.5*). This is the second in the series and if possible, more violent and over the top than the first. It was a pretty quick read, and never a dull moment with these characters.
Regency-The Courage to Love 8/8 (3*). I am burnt out on Regency so I picked one that had a little extra spice. I liked it but didn't love it. A few strange plot points but I really liked the guys.
Sheikh- The Sheik and the Christmas Bride (Desert Rogues, #11) 8/13 (3.5*) I enjoyed this sheik/nanny romance. Strange plot twist thrown in unnecessarily late in the story, but otherwise a nice read.
Angel/demon- His Devious Angel 8/11 (2*) Not very well written. Cute premise but could have been so much better.
American Historical- The Bride Bargain 8/5 (3*) - Lots of sex, but the story did give me a sense of the American West in the late 1800's, and there was a nice amount of emotion in the story as well. Enjoyable, easy read.


message 46: by Sassafrass (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3440 comments I finished my Angel/demon selection, Archangel's Blade. I was at a *4.5 star* rating until the end when it just seemed to rushed to get to the conclusion. After all the build up to the big reveal, I felt let down now they just hurried the ending along. It's still an amazing series and I did enjoy the book up until that part. I give it *4 STARS*

Now, I must try to get through these historicals.


message 47: by Pamela Su (new)

Pamela Su (thebluebaroness) | 194 comments 3 of 5 books completed. :) Regency and urban fantasy left!


message 48: by Sassafrass (new)

Sassafrass (sass-a-frass) | 3440 comments I finished the rest of my books. They were all enjoyable reads. I put them at 3.5 stars which I rounded up to 4. So, I finished my rankings. The top two spots were easy but the last three were essentially a tie.


message 49: by Tricia (new)

Tricia Schneider (triciaschneider) | 203 comments Great job! And fast reading! :)


message 50: by Fran, Moderator (last edited Aug 13, 2014 08:30AM) (new)

Fran | 10994 comments I am all finished with my 5 books and here are the rankings......


1. Sheikh- The Sheik and the Christmas Bride (Desert Rogues, #11) 8/13 (3.5*) I enjoyed this sheik/nanny romance. Strange plot twist thrown in unnecessarily late in the story, but otherwise a nice read.
2. American Historical- The Bride Bargain 8/5 (3*) - Lots of sex, but the story did give me a sense of the American West in the late 1800's, and there was a nice amount of emotion in the story as well. Enjoyable, easy read.
3. Regency-The Courage to Love 8/8 (3*). I am burnt out on Regency so I picked one that had a little extra spice. I liked it but didn't love it. A few strange plot points but I really liked the guys.
4. UF- The Nightlife: Las Vegas 8/7 (3.5*). This is the second in the series and if possible, more violent and over the top than the first. It was a pretty quick read, and never a dull moment with these characters.
5. Angel/demon- His Devious Angel 8/11 (2*) Not very well written. Cute premise but could have been so much better.


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