Saturday, June 20, 2009

I'm on vacation! No, really, I mean it this time. I'm not going anywhere special, just liberating myself from my laptop. Well, ok, that's not entirely true; I'll still be writing new posts Tuesdays @ "Unabashedly Bookish," at, so I hope you'll join me there.

RBTB'll be back in bi'ness July 6th with a visit from Hank Phillippi Ryan, a pal I've long wanted you to meet. Then, July 7 I've got some cool RBTB news to share.

In the meantime, feel free to stop in every day to tell us about the books you're just loving! If you've read books you're not crazed for, feel free to talk about em elsewhere. :)

When I come back, I'll randomly choose one commenter to win a 12-pack of romances!


pjpuppymom said...

Have a great vacation, Michelle!

I've been on a "good book" streak lately. Here are a few I've recently read and loved. I've added the release date for those that aren't yet published.

Dark and Deadly by Jeanne Adams

Suddenly One Summer by Barbara Freethy (6/30)

One Reckless Summer by Toni Blake

Wicked Little Game by Christine Wells (7/7)

What Happens in London by Julia Quinn (6/30)

Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare (7/28)

ev said...

Enjoy your week "off". Hubby is heading to NJ next weekend to spend time with the grandkids without me. I have to work and Heather is coming home. So when he gets home we are going to NYC to see Rock of Ages.

I am reading Dead and Gone and enjoying it. The humor is snarky!

Anonymous said...

Happy Vacation! :) Not doing much here, other than reading. ;) Presently loving Tangled in Love by Heidi Betts, which I finally got this week. . . and looooved What Happens in London by Julia Quinn. Can't wait to get the paperback when it comes out! :)


Anonymous said...

Wow, 12 books, pleaase count me in.

Have a good weekend.

Am currently reading Susan Mallery's Lip Service and am enjoying it very much.

Rose G.

Booklover1335 said...

Have a great vacation bella! I am just getting ready to start reading Deeper by Megan Hart and can hardly wait to dive in...been waiting for this one for a LOOONG time :)

Cheryl said...

Hope you have a great vacation, Michelle! I just finished an old Jenny Crusie - Anyone But You. I think it's the first I've read by her . . . hard to believe, isn't it? Won't be the last though. What a great sense of humor. I couldn't put it down.

Cheryl S.

amy kennedy said...

Sounds like everyone's reading great stuff.

And I definately have to read What Happens In London--how great is that title?

Booklover--I read an excerpt of Deeper and was, of course, enthralled. I just read my first book by Megan Hart--Stranger. I have a lot of catching up to do.

I have a tendency to read several books at once--don't know why, but I do, so...I'm reading:

Magic Burns, a great urban fantasy series with a cool love interest--I can't find the book and can't remember the author's name...Ilona...Andrews?
Faeries Gone Wild, an anthology by MN authors, MaryJanice Davidson, Lois Greiman, Michelle Hauf and Leandra Logan
The Conqueror by Kris Kennedy

Jane said...

I'm so jealous of PJ's book list. I would love to get my hands on all those books. I'm currently reading Meryl Sawyer's "Death's Door." I'm loving it so far.

donnas said...

Have a great vacation.

I am finishing up Relentless by Dean Koontz. Then Im either going to read some recently re-released Nora Roberts I havent read yet, or All of Me, or The Betrayal. I can never decide until I finish the book I am currently reading.

Portia Da Costa said...

Enjoy your holiday, Queen Bella!

I'm enjoying Gorgeous as Sin by Susan Johnson, and next I think I'll read A Letter of Mary by Laurie R King. :)

Anonymous said...

So, REALLY! how can an author go on vacation without their laptop?? I DO hope you bring it with you so if you get some great ideas, you can just type them in and get back to them when you can... Really, though hope you get some down time to get some romantic ideas rolling...!

Just finished Lee Child's Gone Tomorrow and met him in person on LI. Told him to "write faster"! Mickey Mac

Anonymous said...

Really liked Tangled in Love -- and since it took me forever to get it, I don't have to wait as long for the next one to come out, only in August. :) Now reading Too Dangerous to Desire by Alexandra Benedict, another book it took me a while to get, but finally reading! :)


Unknown said...

Haven't had much time to read lately because I am remodeling the kitchen. Right not I am reading The Diamonds of Welbourne Manor and I am enjoying it. There is so much to do in the summer. We have has so much rain that I haven't even got my yard work done yet. It is raining again today.

The Scarf Princess said...

I'm so jealous of those of you who've read the new Julia Quinn. I'm so excited for that one! I'm currently reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and finding it to be a lot of fun.

maered said...

Have a great holiday!

I have just finished a Patricia Briggs reread. I love the Mercy books. :) Also read Visions in White by Nora Roberts. Good start to her new series. Next is Never Romance a Rake by Liz Carlyle.

Julie in Ohio said...

Have a blast, Michelle. Hope you're able to relax a bit. =o)

I'm reading Emma Wildes "Face of the Maiden". As a rule I avoid stories with ghosts but so far so good with this one.

All of you that have read "What Happens in London", color me GREEN!!!

Unknown said...

Have fun on the vacation and hoping you have some awesome books to read!

Caffey said...

Hi Michelle! You're missed! But have a great vacation. Hope you getting lots of reading done! I'm having a blast reading DESIRE UNTAMED by Pamela Palmer. Its first in her Feral Warriors series and gosh, this hero Lyon is sizzling and all those in this clan are going to be super reads!

I too just finished two of Mary Balogh's Huxable series. This I so enjoy. There's another two out now too (4 months in a row books!) then next year I believe is Con's story. Gosh I don't know how I can wait a year. But those are not to be missed either!

Anonymous said...

have fun

Charlotte Featherstone said...

Have a great vacation! Hope the weather co-operates!!!

I'm currently loving Ghostland by Jory Strong. A different take on the paranormal and sexy to boot!!! This author is wonderful writer. I've already ordered the next book, Spider-touched!

Myrin said...

Enjoy your holidays, Michelle!

I've just finished the third in the Legacy of the Blood Sword series by Karin Tabke, strong romances playing in the dark Middle Ages. I loved all three books (although there happenes something in #2 that I really, really didn't like and that kinda spoiled the whole book for me a little bit, but I'm sure I'll get over it eventually) and I absolutely can't wait for the next five (!!!) to come out. Don't know when and about whom, though.

Tiona said...

Hey, Bellas! Have a great vacation, QB! I'm sure you brought plenty of romance novels!
Me, finished Dryden's Bride by Margo Maguire, one of her older releases. Before that, I read Teresa Medieros..did I spell that right?...and her newer book Some Like It Wild. Loved em! Next, I'll probably read the next in my reread of Kresley Cole's fabulous Immortals After Dark Series, No Rest For the Wicked and drool over Jason Statham in between books, hehe.
Stay cool, everyone!

The Reading Frenzy said...

Have a great time off Michelle, There are too many great reads to comment on all of them here so I'll do one at a time. I read Lip Service by Susan Mallery over the weekend it's the second in her Titan Sisters trilogy and it was smoking hot romance, just like we bellas like. Yummy!!

LizbethSelvig said...

Good for you -- taking a MUCH needed vacation. Enjoy yourself and your wonderful family.

I've been reading several books: Just finished Michele Hauf's "The Highwayman" -- one of my first forays into the paranormal urban fantasy genre (yes, I am that behind the times). I love Michele and I enjoyed this story a lot. I may still be mostly a contemporary girl, but I'm learning to expand my horizons!

I'm now finishing Connie Brockway's newest, "So Enchanting"--what a fun cast of characters and a great, unusual story line.

Before that I read a Catherine Anderson contemp called "Star Bright". She's interesting to me because of how she weaves her personal beliefs into the stories.

Sounds like I'll never be able to catch up with all the great recommendations here tho!

Happy reading Bellas!

Anonymous said...

Hoping you are having wonderful time.

I have a lot of good books on my tbr but am currently reading Susan Wiggs Fireside.

Pat L.

cheryl c said...

I just read JUST BREATHE by Susan Wiggs. It was a lovely story with lots of wit and emotion. The heroine is a woman that many could relate to. I highly recommend it.

cheryl c said...

Oh, I wanted to recommend a good movie, too. If you love to read romance, then you will love THE PROPOSAL with Sandra Bulloch. I saw it yesterday, and it was wonderful. There were many LOL moments.

Jessa Slade said...

After I get some revisions done, I'll be on staycation too as of July 1. I have a huuuge pile of books to devour... and then I'm going to restock at the RWA conference in DC. Oh yeah, it's gonna be a great book summer!

Enjoy your time off!

Anonymous said...

Too Dangerous to Desire was pretty, wow. :) Now on Too Hot to Handle by Robin Kaye. :)


Fedora said...

Have a fabulous break, Michelle! (Not that you need a break from us ;))

I just finished Virginia Kantra's first three Children of the Sea books--and of course, I want more!!!! Not until next year, alas!

I ♥ Book Gossip said...

I just finished reading Eve of Darkness and it was just fabulous.

Stacy~ said...

Please don't enter me in the contest - I have more books than I can handle right now.

I'm obsessed with Nalini Singh. A bit late to the party, but I'm making up for lost time. Almost done reading "Angels' Blood". Yummy. I seem to be on a paranormal kick right now, which is really unusual for me. Lara Adrian is another author I'm glomming.

Have a great vacay!

orannia said...

I hope you have a wonderful break Michelle! And any reading is just for fun, not work :)

Oh, and I'm currently reading Broken Wing! WOW!

amy kennedy said...

Staycation! I like that Jessa--it's what my vacations usually are.
Man, I need to atrt writing a list, I love the wide range of books--historicals, paras, contemps, mysteries...wonderful.

Cherie--you're the second person I've heard recommend The Proposal. I do love Sandra Bullock.

Lisa--I hate it when that happens! But time will heal the almost ruined wounds...

Maered--loooove the Mercy books. I always feel as if I'm visiting with an old friend when I read a new Patricia Briggs Mercy book.

ev said...

Finished Dead and Gone and now onto Jennifer Ashley's The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie, which is wonderful. Makes me want to cry in parts.

I am also reading Patterson't 8th in the Women's Murder Club series on my ereader.

I think those are the only ones I have going, other than the book of short stories in the truck- (and yes Queen Bella, it's a new one!)

The Reading Frenzy said...

I'm just finishing The Harlequin by Laurel K Hamilton, Love the Anita Blake series and finally being able to get closer to the end of it. Have a great day!

Maureen said...

I hope you have a great time Michelle! Right now I'm reading and loving To Beguile A Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt.

blessedheart said...

I hope you're enjoying your vavation! I must confess, I'm a little jealous of you...LOL!


Anonymous said...

Just finished these 3 really good books.
JoAnn Ross-Breakpoint
Christie Craig-Gotcha!
Eloisa James-This Duchess of Mine


Anonymous said...

last vampire standin nancy haddock

julie kenner
demons are forever


Anonymous said...

Now rereading Some Like it Wicked by Teresa Mederios, because I finally got the latest one a bit ago, which I haven't read just yet, Some Like it Wild. . . probably will start that tomorrow. :) Great stuff so far! :)


Armenia said...

Oh, I am just a romance junkie and I just finished reading:
Almost A Gentleman by Pam Rosenthal
Colters Woman by Maya Banks
Tempting by Susan Johnson
Midnight Master by Cynthia Eden
Everything Forbidden by Jess Michaels
Something Reckless by Jess Michaels
Into the Flame by Christina Dodd

All just really good reads!

Anonymous said...

I picked up Gotcha over the weekend. Havent had much time to read lately. Rats! Am taking a week off after July 4 and hope to get some serious reading time in.

Hope you are enjoying your vacation.

Pat L.

The Reading Frenzy said...

Good morning every one, I'm currently reading Lady be Bad by Candice Hern which was recommended to me by our own queen bella Michelle. Enjoying it immensely. Have a great day!!

Emma said...

Have a great vacation Michelle. I just finished six very good books: Debbie Macomber's "Summer on Blossom Street," C.J. Carmichael's "The Legend," Missy Tippens' "His Forever Love," Janet Dean's "Courting The Doctor's Daughter," Debbie Macomber's "Back on Blossom Street" and Janet Tronstad's "Calico Christmas at Dry Creek."

cheryl c said...

Right now I am in the middle of reading one of Nora Roberts' older and much-loved series THE MACGREGORS. I love Nora Roberts, but I had never read this particular series of books. So far, I am really enjoying these books.

I hope that you are having a relaxing time, Michelle!

amy kennedy said...

debbie haupt--I adore Candace Hern,truly special. There are two other books in the series: Just One of Those Flings and In the Thrill of the Night.

And I think two people mentioned Christie Craig--I have Gotcha! too--TBR pile, she's a scream.

Went sailing today--the day started out rainy and then turned into gorgeous.

Kimberly B. said...

Hello, everyone! I am reading Lyn Benedict's Sins & Shadows. Thanks!

LadyVampire2u said...

I hope your having a wonderful time on your vacation.
Books I'm loving? Well I just finished reading "In Over Her Head" by Judi Fennell and I simply loved it! She's a new favorite author of mine for sure from now on.

Carol L. said...

Hope your vacation is great. I just finished Jennifer Ashley's "The Madness of Ian Mackenzie". I loved Ian, also Eternal Pleasure by Nina Bangs-great, and Teresa Medieros-Some Like it Wild which was a fantastic read.I'm going to start To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt today.
Carol L.

The Reading Frenzy said...

Thanks Amy for the info on Ms. Hern's other books in the series, they are in my ever growing TBR pile. Sailing I'm jealous, here in St. Louis it's hot, muggy and icky. I'm picking up Finger Lickin Fifteen tonight, Stephanie Plum's one of my favorite characters and I know there's a Ranger vs Joe war out there and I'm definitely a Joe girl. We even have an office version of the war.
Have a great day, and Michelle I hope you're enjoying a spa treatment someplace.

Anonymous said...

Some Like it Wild was great. . . and today I started and fit (to the detrement of my eyes LOL) Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jeffries. Was worth it though. . . still pooped though. :) Next (tomorrow!!! LOL), rereading Your Mouth is Driving Me Crazy by HelenKay Dimon for the newest one that I finally got, It's Hotter in Hawaii. :)


mrsshukra said...

I'm now reading Elizabeth Hoyt's To Taste Temptation -- she's never disappoints! Just finished Monica McCarty's Highland Scoundrel -- very good! Next: Karen Ranney's The Devil Wears tartan, Claudia Dain's The Courtesan's Wager and Jennifer Ashley's The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie.

host said...

Have a great vacation, Michelle! (I'm green with envy:) I have to work almost whole summer)
I did have time to do some reading though and I've read a bunch of good books. Here are few:

Love in Bloom by Sheila Roberts
Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
Fantasy Lover by S. Kenyon (it's old one I know, but it's still great)
Invisible by Kimber Chin
Forbidden Nights With a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Enjoy your free time!

The Reading Frenzy said...

Ooh I just started The Neighbor by the very scary and wonderful Lisa Gardner, the hair on my arms started standing up from the first page.
Have a great week end every one and happy reading!!

Pat Cochran said...

I'm currently reading the books I
won in Brenda Novak's Auction: just finished Her Four Year Baby Secret by Alison Roberts, current read: A Soldier Comes Home by Cindi Myers, looking forward to The Earl Of Her Dreams by Anne Mallory, Hot Pursuit by Kathryn Jensen,The Trouble With Moonlight by Donna MacMeans, The Desert King's Pregnant Bride and The
Greek's Convenient Mistress by
Annie West, and Tempt The Devil
by Anna Campbell.

Pat Cochran

Jo Ann White said...

Hi, I just finished reading:
Knockout by Catherine Coulter, Acts of Violets and Shoots to kill by Kate Collins, Gabriel Hawks's lady by Beverly Barton. Would love to win 12 more to read this summer. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

The Scarf Princess said...

I wholeheartedly agree with the person who mentioned the movie The Proposal. Such a sweet, fun flick! And Ryan Reynolds was his usual gorgeous self. Just started reading Shelley Bradley's Strip Search and really liking the sexual tension between the two leads.

Anonymous said...

And I'm loving It's Hotter in Hawaii by HelenKay Dimon now too. :)


dag888888 said...

Just finished Jack Coughlin's Kill Zone! Next to read: The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie!

Anonymous said...

I read Christie Ridgway Dirty Sexy Kniting last week and I loved it !!!! Reminded me of SEP Drema little Dream (author also named her hero Gabe just like SEP).

Portia Da Costa said...

I decided to read A TOUCH OF WICKED by Jennifer Haymore next, rather than the Laurie R King, because there's such a huge buzz about it and Jennifer is so nice on Twitter.

Loving it so far! Incredible dilemma for the heroine, and I've no idea how it's going to resolve. Am steadfastly resisting a peek at the last page! :)

Stacy~ said...

I finished Janice Maynard's "Mating Game" and now I'm totally loving Leslie Parrish's (Leslie Kelly) "Fade to Black", a suspenseful romance. I have all 3 books for review, and I'm so happy about that.

Again, please don't enter me in the contest.

The Reading Frenzy said...

I finished over the weekend Catherine Coulter's Knock Out, It was really good,
Then went on to start Finger Lickin Fifteen and haven't stopped laughing since I picked it up.
Ordered some of the Viking romances that Michelle recommended earlier to read on MY vacation next week. Can't wait!! Happy Monday every one

Anonymous said...

Been reading Dirty Sexy Knitting by Christie Ridgway - great stuff! :)


robynl said...

My pile includes:

Forever My Lady by Jeff rivera
A Ranch Called Home by Candy Halliday
Beyond This Moment by Tamera Alexander

Misty Evans said...

Hi Michelle. Happy vacation!

I just started the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (great mystery, cute paranormal and sexy romance), and I'm laughing my butt off reading Dog Nanny by Ann Whitaker (I love dogs and stories that include dogs :))

The Reading Frenzy said...

I've been reading Dorothea Benton Frank's Sullivan Island getting ready for the July book club read of Return to Sullivans Island at the B&N fiction book club. It's really good.
I hope you're having a grand time Michelle!!

cheryl c said...

I just finished Debbie Macomber's latest, and I am not sure what to read next. I have a pile of TBR books, but there are so many awesome books out this week. I am tempted to buy JQ's WHAT HAPPENS IN LONDON or Loretta Chase's DON'T TEMPT ME.

Julie in Ohio said...

Just finished Jacquelyn Frank's Ecstasy. Strange premise but it worked for me.

Question to throw out into blogland; what makes a book a teen or young adult book??
I am really curious.

My daughter came back from the library with a book that I can't let her read and I know she's not going to understand because she found it in the teen section and it's about a 14 year old. I am usually pretty liberal with what I allow her to read but this one crossed the line. Being small town USA it's very possible it was placed incorrectly by the librarian but it makes me wonder.

The Reading Frenzy said...

I just started The Pillars of the Earth to please my daughter, I would have rather started my vacation with Maidensong but oh well. I'll be back to the blog on July 14th since I'm plagued with only dial up at home because of rural area. So see ya'll when I get back from my staycation!!

pjpuppymom said...

Michelle, I forgot to mention in my first post. Please exclude me from the contest as I'll be re-stocking at RWA in DC. Thanks!

Jane said...

I finally finished Meryl Sawyer's new book. I absolutely loved it. I'm currently reading "Pursuit" by Karen Robards.

Fedora said...

Cheri, I definitely want Debbie Macomber's latest Blossom Street novel! How was it? I just finished Pieces of My Sister's Life and didn't really care for it. I've started Beth Kery's Daring Time and boy, it's a scorcher so far!

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Becke Davis said...

Portia - I loved A TOUCH OF WICKED. Another book I read recently that's stirring up a lot of talk (all of it good) is THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE. Both of those books were keepers.

I just finished EDGE OF HUNGER by Rhyannon Byrd (pauses to fan self) and I may try to read the second two books over the weekend, too.

I've been going back and forth between mystery and romance this week -- John Connolly and Harlan Coben to Christine Merrill and Loretta Chase. And I just picked up a stack of books at the used book store yesterday. As if my TBR pile wasn't big enough already!

(Sorry, had to delete and repost due to major typo in the first one!)

8:55 PM CDT

amy kennedy said...

Jules - you can absolutely bring it up with your librarian, but just so you know teen books ain't what they used to be. There's lot's of well written appropriate books for teens - ask your library if they have a book list, otherwise go to the Hennepin County web site for book lists for teens.

Or e-mail me.

debbie haupt, my goodness, how fast do you read?
etirv, I love Elizabeth Hoyt.
Misty Evans - Charlaine Harris is my hero. When you're caught-up with the Sookie books you'll have to start her "grave" mysteries, I think you'll like those too.

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The Reading Frenzy said...

Well I'm well rested and back from vacation ready for some regiment back in my life.
In answer to your question Amy I read about 4-6 books a week depending and I'll add your suggestions to my ever growing TBR pile.
Now I'm reading Hidden Currents by Christine Feehan and next I'll be reading Hank's Prime Time her new book in her first in the Charlotte McNally series because I WON IT from her autographed and everything how cool is that and she included a coupon for the next one in the series.