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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 Aug 01, 2014 05:32AM) (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments Genres
sports
romance w/ child
YA
LGBT
western

Members
Amy J
Calila
Cathy
Dawn
Debbie
Ezinwanyi~the Troublemaker
Gea
Grace
Jamie NY
Laurla
Mandy
Shannon/Wckdktty
Sunshine
Tea
Vi


message 3: by Amy J. (new)

Amy J. | 349 comments I need help with romance with a child. Any one have suggestions for that genre?


message 4: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments I have a couple. Let me check and get back to you.


message 5: by Dawn (last edited Aug 19, 2014 07:28PM) (new)

Dawn My posting spot.

Completed and ranked in order

Genres
1 romance w/ child Games of the Heart 8/13 ★★★★★
2 sports Chasing the King of the Mountains 8/19 ★★★★★
3 LGBT Paper Planes 8/3 ★★★★
4 western Pickup Men 8/12 ★★★
5 YA Reason to Breathe 8/12 ★★★

Games of the Heart (The 'Burg, #4) by Kristen Ashley Chasing the King of the Mountains (International Men of Sports, #2) by T.A. Chase Paper Planes (Queen City #1) by M. Jules Aedin Pickup Men (Pickup Men, #1) by L.C. Chase Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1) by Rebecca Donovan


message 6: by Vi (last edited Aug 09, 2014 07:42AM) (new)

Vi | 2012 comments Vi's Spot

Tentative List:

1. Sports: Just This Once by Rosalind James - 9 Aug - ★★
2. Romance w/ child: Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry - 2 Aug - ★★★★
3. YA: The Safe-Keeper's Secret by Sharon Shinn - 05 Aug - ★★★★
4. LGBT: Promises by Marie Sexton - 08 Aug - ★★★
5. Western: Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath - 09 Aug - ★★★★

Review:
1. Sports: Just This Once by Rosalind James:
This was a little boring contemporary romance. Hannah was a little too standoffish and Drew was a little too perfect. I had a hard time connecting with them. The feel of New Zealand and Rugby was done very well. I admit to looking forward to a mention of Cricket since NZ do have a strong cricket team. But nope. {I really want a cricket novel}

2. Romance w/ child: Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry:
Mayberry is one of my favorite author so I had great expectations of this book. I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint. The baby in this case is a newborn so as such didn't play an active role. But the author portrayed her effect very well and showed how parenthood affects a bachelor.

3. YA: The Safe-Keeper's Secret by Sharon Shinn:
A very quiet fantasy set in quiet rural town. It had the feel of small town England probably and was very character driven. It completely focused on the cast of characters, their lives and choices. It has quite an open ending whih I liked.

4. LGBT: Promises by Marie Sexton:
My first full-length M/M novel. I liked the setting, the conflicts experienced by the main characters. I liked the cast of characters. The major problem I had was the relationship between the two MC - it sort of had the same dynamics as a m/f relationship. Maybe it's the Gay For You trope that I can't really get behind. I don't know if that's how sexuality works. So while I will enjoyed my first M/M, I won't be rushing out to hop on the bandwagon.

5. Western: Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath:
I liked the first book in the series and enjoyed this too. Dallas was a little difficult to like in the first book but once we get to know him, he became very likable. The character growth of Cordelia was very well done and Dallas was very supportive of her growth. The western setting is such an inherent part of the book that it was almost like being in that era. The only major negative point is the epilogue. I really wish they had left that out.

Just This Once (Escape to New Zealand, #1) by Rosalind James Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry The Safe-Keeper's Secret (Safe-Keepers, #1) by Sharon Shinn Promises (Coda Books, #1) by Marie Sexton Texas Glory (Texas Trilogy, #2) by Lorraine Heath


message 7: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments OK, here a number that I've read:

Books where there is a child but not their own: (either siblings or other baby's kids): Not sure if this is allowed. Needs approval)
1. Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas - female lead raises her very young sister practically from infancy.
2. Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas - female lead raises her sister's baby.
3. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
4. Frederica by Georgette Heyer
5. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Contemporary:
1. The Next Always by Nora Roberts
2. Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
3. Chesapeake Quartet - First Three books feature Seth, the young brother(?) of the male leads. The second book has a female lead with a baby.
4. Seventh Heaven by Catherine Anderson
5. The Will by Kristen Ashley
6. Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley
7. Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper

{There are more Nora Roberts/Kristen Ashley books with kids. Need to dig though)

Historical:
1. Night in Eden by Candice Proctor - I really liked it.
2. Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas (#3 in Fitzhugh Trilogy. Just throwing it out here)
3. Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase
4. Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly

These are about the ones I can say off the top of my head. If you give me more specifics, I can tell you more.


message 8: by Dawn (last edited Jul 30, 2014 06:40AM) (new)

Dawn Amy J. wrote: "I need help with romance with a child. Any one have suggestions for that genre?"

Do you read M/M because I've read a few there that are good. Last First Kiss comes to mind off the top of my head; I'm going to read The Guy From Glamour, it's on my tbr for next month already.

I think the best Kristen Ashley with a child is Sweet Dreams, but I also loved Wild Man Golden Trail, Games of the Heart and At Peace


message 9: by Fran, Moderator (last edited Jul 30, 2014 06:16AM) (new)

Fran | 11193 comments Amy J. wrote: "I need help with romance with a child. Any one have suggestions for that genre?"

Hi Amy J!

I recently read 2 shorter romances with children involved that I really liked. They are part of a series but each can be stand-alone. Different couple for each book. I was able to borrow the ebooks from my library website.

Both Susan Mallery-
Part-Time Wife
One in a Million


message 10: by Fran, Moderator (new)

Fran | 11193 comments Vi wrote: "OK, here a number that I've read:

Books where there is a child but not their own: (either siblings or other baby's kids): Not sure if this is allowed. Needs approval)
1. Sugar Daddy ..."


Wow Vi!
Awesome list!


message 11: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments romance with child(ren) - the child needs to play some sort of role in the romance between the mc's - so like Sugar Daddy would work because the younger sister plays a fairly sig. role from what I remember


message 12: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments Dee, can the child be an infant? In case of Smooth Talking Stranger, it is maybe 2 or 3 months old. Though the baby does indirectly play a role.

Another question is how old can the child be? I think in KA's books, they are mostly teens or hitting teenage years. Will they work?


message 13: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments Thanks, Fran! Now there's only one problem - I need a book for that category. :D


message 14: by Jamie (last edited Aug 09, 2014 07:56AM) (new)

Jamie | 0 comments Read 5/5

RANKED IN ORDER

✓ 1st LGBT: Willow Bend, 8/8/14, 4 stars

✓ 2nd YA: The Sky Is Dead, 8/4/14, 3.5 stars

✓ 3rd Romance w/ child: Who We Are, 8/3/14, 3.5 stars

✓ 4th Western: Texas Winter, 8/3/14, 3.5 stars

✓ 5th Sports: In Dreams He Came, 8/6/14, 3 stars


message 15: by Jamie (new)

Jamie | 0 comments Great suggestions, thanks everyone!


message 16: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments Dawn wrote: "I think the best Kristen Ashley with a child is Sweet Dreams, but I also loved Wild Man. "

Dawn, did Sweet Dreams have a child? I don't remember this one as having one..


message 17: by Dawn (last edited Jul 30, 2014 06:38AM) (new)

Dawn Vi wrote: "Dawn, did Sweet Dreams have a child? I don't remember this one as having one.."

Tate's son comes to live with them and becomes pretty important to her.


message 18: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments Dawn wrote: "Vi wrote: "Dawn, did Sweet Dreams have a child? I don't remember this one as having one.."

Tate's son comes to live with them and becomes pretty important to her."


Ohh. Why am I blanking out on him? I remember the ex and a kid but no specifics. So weird.


message 19: by Amy J. (new)

Amy J. | 349 comments Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions! I'll have a look through them and I'm sure I can find something that looks good!


message 20: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments Vi wrote: "Dee, can the child be an infant? In case of Smooth Talking Stranger, it is maybe 2 or 3 months old. Though the baby does indirectly play a role.

Another question is how old can the ..."


a baby works

i've never read KA - but if the child plays a role (and is under 18/living at home) - i'll take it


message 21: by Grace (last edited Aug 31, 2014 06:15PM) (new)

Grace | 1352 comments 1. sports: Extreme Love by Abby Niles ★★★
2. romance with a child: Rocky Mountain Haven by Vivian Arend ★★★★
3. YA Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade ★★★
4. LGBT: The Nothingness of Ben Brad Boney ★★★
5. Western: Matthew by Emma Lang ★★★1/2

Final Rankings:
1. Western
2. Sports
3. Romance w/ a child
4. LGBT
5. YA


message 22: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Vi wrote: Ohh. Why am I blanking out on him? I remember the ex and a kid but no specifics. So weird.

(view spoiler)


message 23: by Ezinwanyi (last edited Aug 28, 2014 07:53AM) (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere | 2657 comments Ezi's Spot
Reading 5/5


☑Sports: The River Leith (Done 8/8) ★★★★★
☑Romance w/child: Come Away with Me (Done 8/2) ★★★
☑YA: Surviving Raine (Done 8/19) ★★★★★
☑LGBT: Beyond Duty (Done 8/7) ★★★
☑Western: Rode Hard, Put Up Wet (Done 8/9) ★★

The River Leith by Leta Blake Come Away with Me (With Me in Seattle, #1) by Kristen Proby Beyond Duty by S.J.D. Peterson Surviving Raine (Surviving Raine, #1) by Shay Savage Rode Hard, Put Up Wet (Rough Riders, #2) by Lorelei James

Ranking this Genre
1. YA
2. Sports
3. LGBT
4. Romance with Child
5. Western


message 25: by Gea (last edited Aug 13, 2014 02:10AM) (new)

Gea (gea89) | 545 comments Completed: 5/5

✔Sports - Bender by Stacy Borel (3/8) *****
✔Romance with child - Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds (2/8) ****
✔YA - Undeclared by Jen Frederick (10/8) ***
✔LGBT - The Cat’s Meow by Stormy Glenn (5/8) ***
✔Western - Against the Rules by Linda Howard (8/8) *****

Bender (The Core Four, #1) by Stacy Borel Until Lilly (Until, #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds Undeclared (Woodlands, #1) by Jen Frederick The Cat’s Meow (Assassin's Pride, #1) by Stormy Glenn Against the Rules by Linda Howard


message 26: by Debbie (Doc) (last edited Aug 23, 2014 07:33AM) (new)

Debbie (Doc) | 345 comments Completed 5/5

✔Sports – It Had to Be You8/22
✔romance w/ child – 8/5The Sweet Gum Tree4.5*
✔YA - Onyx - 8/10
✔LGBT – Cross & Crown3* 8/16
✔western – The Trouble with Cowboys4*8/19

Rating

1.romance w/ child
2.Sports
3. LGBT
4. Young Adult
5. Western


message 27: by Calila (new)

Calila | 2746 comments What I have so far -

sports - title
romance w/ child - Shaking the Sugar Tree
YA - What Binds Us
LGBT - By Chance Met
western - Clouds and Rain

I may end up changing my LGBT book, depending on how fast I end up reading my first group.


message 28: by Amy J. (last edited Aug 23, 2014 12:56PM) (new)

Amy J. | 349 comments sports- It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Finished 8/4 **
romance w/ child Night in Eden by Candice Proctor Finished 8/23 ***
YA-The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead Finished 8/12 ****
LGBT- Wolf Tales by Kate Douglas (shelved as M/M) Finished 8/18 **
western Long Hard Ride by Long Hard Ride Finished 8/7 ***


message 29: by LaurLa (new)

LaurLa | 3519 comments World Cup of Romance Reading - Phase 1 - Round Robin
Group F


sports: Maverick - Anna Cruise
romance w/ child: The Perpetual Quest for the Perfect Life - Michelle Pace
YA: How to Seduce a Band Geek - Cassie Mae
LGBT: The Current Between Us - Kindle Alexander
western:Texas Danger: The Marshalls - Jean Brashear

Maverick by Anna Cruise The Perpetual Quest for the Perfect Life by Michelle Pace How to Seduce a Band Geek (How To, #2) by Cassie Mae The Current Between Us by Kindle Alexander Texas Danger The Marshalls (Texas Heroes, #6) by Jean Brashear


message 30: by ❀Tea❀ (last edited Aug 18, 2014 05:24AM) (new)

❀Tea❀ (ttea) | 51 comments Completed: 5/5

sports - Out in the Field by Kate McMurray - 06.08.14 - ★★★
romance w/ child - Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood - 05.08.14 - ★★★
YA - Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 02.08.14 - ★★★
LGBT - American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane - 03.08.14 - ★★★★
western - Texas Winter by R.J. Scott - 18.08.14 - ★★★★

Out in the Field by Kate McMurray Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood Onyx (Lux, #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane Texas Winter (Texas, #2) by R.J. Scott


message 31: by Shannon (last edited Aug 08, 2014 05:15AM) (new)

Shannon (wckdktty) | 479 comments Completed 5 of 5

sports Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2) by Jaci Burton 8-1-14 4 Stars

romance w/ child Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #1) by Marie Force 8-7-14 4 Stars (beats Western but not sports)

YA Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth 8-7-14 5 stars

LGBT Bewitched by Bella's Brother by Amy Lane 8-1-14 2 Stars

western Bound, Branded, & Brazen by Jaci Burton 8-6-14 4* (sports beats western)


message 32: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments i just realized there were 2 jamies signed up - but thankfully, this Jamie is the right one ;)


message 33: by Jamie (new)

Jamie | 0 comments Dee wrote: "i just realized there were 2 jamies signed up - but thankfully, this Jamie is the right one ;)"

Whew... didn't even notice there was another!


message 34: by Dee (new)

Dee (austhokie) | 7316 comments niether did I until just now, when I organized the list alphabetically - you are Jamie NY (just so you know)


message 35: by Jamie (new)

Jamie | 0 comments Perfect, thanks


message 36: by Cathy (new)

Cathy | 59 comments completed 1 of 5
Body Check - Deirdre Martin
Binding Arbitration - Elizabeth Marx
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
Without Reservations - JL Langley 7/31 - 2 stars
The Touch of Fire - Linda Howard


message 37: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere | 2657 comments Cathy wrote: "completed 1 of 5
Body Check - Deirdre Martin
Binding Arbitration - Elizabeth Marx
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
Without Reservations - JL Langley 7/31 - 2 stars
The Touch of Fire - Linda Howard"


Cathy, I think you were supposed to wait until today to start.


message 38: by Cathy (new)

Cathy | 59 comments oops! Well I'll read another-I didn't like that one anyway!


message 39: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere | 2657 comments Cathy wrote: "oops! Well I'll read another-I didn't like that one anyway!"

LOL! Well, July 31 was almost August, LOL.
I will start a book soon :D


message 40: by Mandy (new)

Mandy Beyers (mandybeyers) | 763 comments Genre
sports
romance w/ child
YA
LGBT
western


message 41: by Sunshine (last edited Sep 01, 2014 03:18AM) (new)

Sunshine (sunshine22222) | 921 comments My picks

Completed: 5 of 5

Group F
sports - Game For Love (Bad Boys of Football, #3) by Bella Andre Game for Love (Bad Boys of Football #1) 8/18/14
romance w/ child -Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1) by Tara Sivec Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers #1) 8/23/14
YA - The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1) by Tarryn FisherThe Opportunist (Love Me with Lies 8/10/14
LGBT - Cut & Run (Cut & Run, #1) by Abigail RouxCut & Run (Cut & Run #1) 8/14/14
western - Redneck Romeo (Rough Riders, #15) by Lorelei James Redneck Romeo (Rough Riders #15). 8/9/14

Love cowboys.



message 42: by Shannon (new)

Shannon (wckdktty) | 479 comments OK, Completed all 5 books and here is my ranking.

1. YA- Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth
2. Sports Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2) by Jaci Burton
3. Romance w/child Maid for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island, #1) by Marie Force
4. Western Bound, Branded, & Brazen by Jaci Burton
5. LGBT Bewitched by Bella's Brother by Amy Lane


message 43: by Vi (new)

Vi | 2012 comments I'm done with my 5 books. My reviews are in this post. My final ranking:

1. YA: The Safe-Keeper's Secret by Sharon Shinn
2. Romance w/ child: Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry
3. Western: Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath
4. LGBT: Promises by Marie Sexton
5. Sports: Just This Once by Rosalind James


message 44: by Gea (new)

Gea (gea89) | 545 comments I'm also done, and here's my list:

1. Sports - Bender by Stacy Borel
2. Western - Against the Rules by Linda Howard
3. Romance with child - Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds
4. YA - Undeclared by Jen Frederick
5. LGBT - The Cat’s Meow by Stormy Glenn


message 45: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere | 2657 comments I got one more book, my YA and I will be done!


message 46: by Cathy (last edited Aug 23, 2014 03:58PM) (new)

Cathy | 59 comments I'm finished with my books, and my rankings are:

1 LGBT - Sticks and Stones by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
2 Sports - Body Check by Deirdre Martin
3 YA - The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
4 Western - The Touch of Fire by Linda Howard
5 Romance w/child - Binding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx

Based on a better understanding of the rules I am changing my rankings.

1 Sports - Body Check by Deidre Martin - 3 stars
2 YA - The Iron Kin by Julie Kagawa - 3 stars
3 LGBT - Sticks and Stones by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux - 4 stars
4 Western - Touch of Fire by Linda Howard - 3 stars
5 Romance w/child - Binding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx - 2 stars


message 47: by Susan A (last edited Aug 21, 2014 01:54PM) (new)

Susan A | 1554 comments New to this group

LBGT: Dark Space Aug 17 ★★★★★
western: Measuring the Rein Aug 19 ★★★
sports: Spring, Bax & Butterflies Aug 19 ★★★★
kids: Count Your Blessings Aug 21 ★★★★★
YA: Trouble & the Wallflower Aug 21 ★★★
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Rankings:

1. LBGT: Dark Space Aug 17 ★★★★★
2. romance with kids: Count Your Blessings Aug 21 ★★★★★
3. sports: Spring, Bax & Butterflies Aug 19 ★★★★
4. western: Measuring the Rein Aug 19 ★★★
5. YA: Trouble & the Wallflower Aug 21 ★★★


message 48: by ❀Tea❀ (new)

❀Tea❀ (ttea) | 51 comments Finished books.
My ranking:

1. LGBT - American Love Songs by Ashlyn Kane - 03.08.14 - ★★★★
2. western - Texas Winter by R.J. Scott - 18.08.14 - ★★★★
3. sports - Out in the Field by Kate McMurray - 06.08.14 - ★★★
4. YA - Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 02.08.14 - ★★★
5. romance w/ child - Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood - 05.08.14 - ★★★


message 49: by Calila (new)

Calila | 2746 comments Final Ranking

1. Sports - Out in the Field - 08/19-20/14 ★★★★
2. LGBT - By Chance Met - 08/10-11/14 ★★★★
3. YA - What Binds Us - 08/13/14 ★★★★★
4. Romance w/ child - Shaking the Sugar Tree- 08/13-14/14 ★★
5. Western - Clouds and Rain - 08/09/14 ★★


message 50: 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


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