Friday Booktalk!

Sort of a slow week for reading as I’ve been dealing with household stuff and writing. But I did finish Kindred in Death, which is my favorite of the last say, five or so Eve books. Roberts/Robb does a great job in this one with the balance of story and romance – great growth for the people we’ve grown to love over the series. A wedding coming up, some lovely scenes with Mira and Peabody, Eve and Roarke seem to be on their stride again after Roarke’s total jerk behavior some books ago.

Really when I read any Nora Roberts book I’m reminded of the power of good storytelling. Eve is such an interesting character and Roberts has given her life. Roarke as well. With these characters and this series, the growth has been incremental and subtle in all the right ways.

I’ve got piles of books in my TBR pile and I just ordered a Nook reader to continue my addiction!

Okay so because it is Friday and we do talk books today – I’ve got an ARC of COMING UNDONE – want it? Just reply to this post with a book you’ve recently loved and why. I won’t count any entries that just say “I want the book” or whatever (been getting a lot of that lately). It’s fun and easy! I’ll choose a winner by noon pacific tomorrow 11/14 and yep, international entries are definitely ok!

55 comments to “Friday Booktalk!”

  1. Natasha A.
    November 13th, 2009 at 9:47 am · Link

    Well, to go with the Nora theme. I just read Vision in White. I loved it. As I was reading, I realized how much I love her characters. I really do need to go on a Nora reread adventure!

    Also, I just finished On The Edge by Ilona Andrews. Wow. I am….wow. I seriously can’t wait for more!!

  2. Lori
    November 13th, 2009 at 10:06 am · Link

    Finally got to No Surrender. It’s been in my ereader for a couple weeks. Loved it! I love how Shannon writes kickass women who are still vulnerable and she totally puts that vulnerability into her heroes as well. Gallagher was just so into Carmen. How can you not fall for him instantly? Plus, the action was nonstop and fun to boot. I love this series.

  3. Ute Heikaemper
    November 13th, 2009 at 10:12 am · Link

    Nora Roberts new books are a must read πŸ™‚
    and I stopped waiting for the german translations, I prefer the original books.

    Just reread “Remember Summer” by Elizabeth Lowell, another one I first read in the german translation.
    I can’t tell you exactly why this is one of the books I reread nearly every year, but I really love it πŸ™‚

  4. Rossy
    November 13th, 2009 at 10:12 am · Link

    Well i just finished reading The House on Olive Street by Robyn Carr. It was an excellent book and i canÒ€ℒt believe it took me this long to finally read it.

  5. Michele
    November 13th, 2009 at 10:13 am · Link

    Further to your mention of the In Death series. I’ve just started with Naked in Death. I love Eve’s kick ass character and well as for Roake – definitely strong Alpha Male. I look forward to continuing the series. I know it will be slow going, I’m doing audio books on my way to & from work and I believe at last count was book 27. I’ll eventually get there.

  6. Jodie
    November 13th, 2009 at 10:22 am · Link

    Hmmm, that is an interesting comment about Roarke’s behavior. I don’t remember that. . . (sigh) I’ll have to suffer and go re-read the last five books! Kindred is on my pile to be read for the weekend. However I just finished Shelly Laurenston’s The Mane Squeeze and loved it. Her universe keeps getting more layered, and the addition of roller derby was unexpected and quirkily enjoyable! I love your stuff, and your blog by the way. Just thought I’d let you know before I go back to lurking here and on your list.

  7. Mary Nieve
    November 13th, 2009 at 10:34 am · Link

    :lol:Loved, loved, loved The Main Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston. I laughed at the way the characters mocked and poked fun at each other the way good friends and family do. Love revisiting characters from previous books. Thought the storyline was great about hybrids and prejudice of some shifters. Just trying to find your way to fit in with your family when you are the odd duck out. Read it on my breaks at work and the men wanted to know what was so funny. It was one of the best days of the month at work. πŸ˜€

  8. Pamk
    November 13th, 2009 at 10:44 am · Link

    I just finished Covet by JR Ward. Was hard going in some of it. but after reading it I’ve deceided I liked it lol. I loved Shelly Laurenston Mane Squeeze and Illona Andrews on the Edge. Need more of those two. So many books on my tbr pile. I just bought 4 new samhain books and they are having a sale. giving 25% back in book money yay. and I am going to buy your Trinity next week when I get paid again lol.

  9. Jessica S
    November 13th, 2009 at 10:54 am · Link

    On a whim I started reading the lone star sisters series by Susan Mallery and I loved the last book, Hot on her Heels just for the progression you saw in the character of Garth. You started off hating him in the beginning of the series, but in the end you kinda started cheering for him… not my usual read, but i enjoyed the change of pace

  10. Tracy
    November 13th, 2009 at 11:02 am · Link

    I recently read Alexandra’s Legacy by NJ Walters. This was her first werewolf book, and it simply rocked. Everything about it, the characters, the story, the suspense all worked and made this book a fabulous read. I really recommend this one. Thanks for the giveaway Lauren, Coming Undone looks wonderful. πŸ˜†

  11. Lisa Freeman
    November 13th, 2009 at 11:23 am · Link

    I read Lacey Alexander’s What She Needs – it was fabulous. She is a great author to read if you like books that encourages females to explore their own sensuality. The premise of this one is a little far out but the characters and the romance are spot on!

  12. Teresa W.
    November 13th, 2009 at 11:32 am · Link

    I just finished reading Servant: The Kindred by L.L. Foster it was the third in the series amd I really enjoyed it!

  13. RKCharron
    November 13th, 2009 at 11:44 am · Link

    Hi Lauren πŸ™‚
    I have all of Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb’s in Death books except the latest.
    I just started Under the Dome by Stephen King so that is the one I am loving at the moment. At over 1000 pages it hasn’t let me down yet. (I’m halfway through). It grabs you by the throat in the first page and doesn’t let go!
    All the best,
    PS – I think I’m comment 13 on Friday the 13th!

  14. Brandy W
    November 13th, 2009 at 11:45 am · Link

    Oh this is too easy for me. I just finished of all things No Reservations. Why did I love it? It made me laugh and wish I was that bold of a woman. The story is great, the sex even better and the things I’d love to do with hubby now has just expanded.

    For me No reservations was even better than Taking Care of Business. It was like checking in and catching up with my good friends.

  15. JP
    November 13th, 2009 at 12:33 pm · Link

    I was recently blown away by HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost. I have all these first books in series in my TBR, and I thought, you know, I should pull one or two out and see if I like them…and I am now kicking myself for letting Cat and Bones languish on my shelves for so long! I devoured it, and promptly got the other books in the series. Excellent stuff — good plotting and pacing, great characterization, and new (to me) twists on the paranormal genre.

  16. Cathy M
    November 13th, 2009 at 12:45 pm · Link

    I just finished reading the second book in Elisabeth Naughton’s, Stolen Heat and it will definitely be on my keeper shelf. A great romantic suspense storyline, with lots of action, plus I loved the heat level and smart dialogue between the two main characters, Kat and Pete.

  17. Diane M.
    November 13th, 2009 at 12:47 pm · Link

    I loved The Main Squeeze by Shelley Laurenston because the reader will laugh so much during the great read of the book.

  18. Patti
    November 13th, 2009 at 12:59 pm · Link

    I recently read The Trials of the Hon. F. Darcy by Sara Angelini. I loved it – first because I’m a sucker for P&P spin-offs, but also because it was fun, laugh out loud, a bit bittersweet, and all around fabulous! Loved the secondary characters as much as the H/H. A great re-telling of the story set in modern day. It’s on my keeper shelf for sick/bad/need-a-pick-me-up days.

  19. Amy S.
    November 13th, 2009 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Only in My Dreams by Dana Marie Bell, I love this series and couldn’t wait for this book to release. It’s so good too.

  20. Nancy
    November 13th, 2009 at 1:57 pm · Link

    I want this book!

    One good thing about my new part time job is that I can read on the bus again! Somehow when I’m home, I feel like if I’m reading I’m not writing and that makes me feel guilty!

    Just finished Lady Of Desire by Gaelen Foley which is a historical romance and absolutely adored it. I so love GF’s books!

  21. steph j
    November 13th, 2009 at 2:03 pm · Link

    There are so many but I just finished Lynsay Sands the renegade hunter and Kenyon born in night and I loved them both.

  22. Fedora
    November 13th, 2009 at 2:13 pm · Link

    I recently finished Emilie Richards’ Happiness Key and loved that–it’s one of those women’s friendships books, and it was very satisfying πŸ™‚

  23. Jody F.
    November 13th, 2009 at 2:22 pm · Link

    I just got done reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and loved it. It had a great mix of action, political intrigue, and romance. Can’t wait for the final book in this series.

  24. Mina Gerhart
    November 13th, 2009 at 2:33 pm · Link

    I just finished reading Wend Petzler’s “Blood Keep”.
    WOW, what a great read, I LOVE the book!
    Isabella is a kick ass heroine & Nicolas is SO pigheaded (Male chauvinest ) and unaware that I couldn’t help laughing at their interactions.
    When they FINALLY realize they are perfect for each other it’s just an awww moment.

  25. Ann
    November 13th, 2009 at 3:00 pm · Link

    Uhoh, I feel a Eve/Roarke reread coming on. πŸ™‚
    I’m currently reading Legacy by Jeanne C. Stein and just finished rereading Triad (speaking of which- are there any other stories set in that world?). Now I’m just hanging out at home and missing the sun. Maybe tomorrow. 😎

  26. Ann
    November 13th, 2009 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Never mind, I just checked. yay more books. πŸ˜€

  27. Christine
    November 13th, 2009 at 3:03 pm · Link

    Bed of Roses by nora Roberts. Great installment to her wedding series. Love the bridezilla moments that she adds. In all of her series I love the dynamic of the friendships that she weaves throughout the stories. And after all these years Nora can still make me cry and make me laugh.

  28. Amy Kathryn
    November 13th, 2009 at 3:11 pm · Link

    I have been adding some YA to my TBR lately and the Book Smugglers talked up Eva Ibbotson and I have really liked her. I enjoyed both Countess Below Stairs and A Company of Swans. I liked the sweet stories, but also the references to classical literature and the settings.

  29. L
    November 13th, 2009 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I saw the musical first which I LOVED and then read the book. It is an amazing story. I love the fact that it tells another side of the Wizard of Oz story. Maybe the Wicked Witch of the West is not all bad!!!

  30. Bella
    November 13th, 2009 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I actually just picked up my first “In Death” book based on YOUR recommendation (and also Lorelei James’s πŸ˜‰ ). I’ve had to push myself to finish the last couple books I’ve read, even by authors who are usually must-reads for me. But yesterday, I started Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr and I am totally hooked at ~ 80 pages in!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Laurie
    November 13th, 2009 at 4:19 pm · Link

    I haven’t read any of Nora’s Robb books, but have read my fair share of “her” books – my faves are the “Dream” series.

    I’m currently reading LOVE YOU TO DEATH by Shannon K. Butcher and absolutely loving it. She’s a new author to me – admittedly, the book is a loan from a friend – I’m enjoying it so much that I’ll definitely be getting her backlist – and soon! A recent read that’s especially delicious is Alison Kent’s upcoming WITH EXTREME PLEASURE – it should be on everyone’s bookstore shopping list!

  32. Pearl
    November 13th, 2009 at 4:21 pm · Link

    I finished Stephanie Tyler’s HARD TO HOLD today and WOW! One of the best military romantic suspenses I’ve read in a long time!
    I loved everything about it! Hero and heroine were both amazing and the plot was great. I love romantic suspense that is realistic and not over the top in both suspense and romance and this book delivered on that.

  33. Jane
    November 13th, 2009 at 4:22 pm · Link

    A recent book I really enjoyed was Heather Graham’s “Unhallowed Ground.” I’m a big fan of her ghost stories and she creates a great balance of mystery and romance.

  34. Amber Leigh Williams
    November 13th, 2009 at 4:26 pm · Link

    I recently read Jessica Anderson’s first Doomsday Prophecy book. I loved it; kinda out there but fresh!

  35. sarah
    November 13th, 2009 at 4:29 pm · Link

    I just finished Only in My Dreams by Dana Marie Bell. I have read all the other books in this series and loved this one! I love shifter stories with mates that are meant for each other.

  36. QLady48
    November 13th, 2009 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Hi, TGIF!!! I just finished reading Kindred in Death. Yes, I liked it, luved it, not sure. I’m starting to think they ‘re all too much alike. I start Bed of Roses tomorrow and I’m very excited!! Thanks, Sue

  37. Collette
    November 13th, 2009 at 5:20 pm · Link

    I seem to have read a zillion books lately but one that sticks out is Jellicoe Road. It’s a YA book but it’s really amazing. Engrossing, full of emotion, all about relationships between males and females, parents and children. I’ve been forcing it on recommending it to all my friends and they in turn have been passing it on as well. Really well written.

  38. iPinkGirl
    November 13th, 2009 at 5:27 pm · Link

    One of my favorite authors right now is Shelly Laurenston. Her characters are funny and mean and she knows her way around a setting. I’ve been able to see places such as Texas, Northern California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee, just on her descriptions alone. I own all of her books and look forward to the next one coming out.

  39. Linda
    November 13th, 2009 at 5:31 pm · Link

    I just finished Shannon Mckenna’s Edge of Midnight- Love those McCloud brothers. Yummy. Mckenna has the absolute perfect blend of steaminess and action. Whew!

    I also finished Tessa Dare’s Goddess of the Hunt. Her characterization was so strong. The H/H stayed consistent and true to their motivation till the very end. Really excellent to read from a craft standpoint.

  40. Elaine G
    November 13th, 2009 at 5:32 pm · Link

    A book I recently read that I enjoyed was Bound to Shadows by Keri Arthur. I love how tough Riley is.No matter whats going on in her personal life she takes her job seriously,even when the two intersect. And the sexy men in the book**fans self**:) I love Keri’s world and how the story is set in Australia.I can’t wait for the next book even though its the last one in the series.

  41. Janet H
    November 13th, 2009 at 5:35 pm · Link

    Right now I’m reading The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell because I love Kay, Benton, Lucy, and Marino. 241 pages in and it’s great. Read last month and loved Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James. It was a very fun read.

  42. Blanche
    November 13th, 2009 at 5:57 pm · Link

    I’m just finishing up Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl and I’m not sure why I kept it in my tbr pile for as long as I did! It is an awesome book with a wonderful storyline and very hot S E X! :mrgreen: I also discovered this is book 2 in the series so I need to find book 1 and wait for book 3 to be released!

  43. Tez Miller
    November 13th, 2009 at 6:32 pm · Link

    I’ve been very slow with reading lately, and the hot weather’s making me lethargic, but I can say that I’m currently reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s THE LAUGHING CORPSE, and really enjoying it. Mostly because the subject matter is so interesting (because I haven’t really read about vaudun before).

  44. Amanda
    November 13th, 2009 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Just read Unbreakable by Sydney Somers. I read it bc it was free on kindle. I loved the style of her writing. Plan to buy the rest of the series.

  45. Janell
    November 13th, 2009 at 7:04 pm · Link

    So I just finished the last 2 J. D. Robb books back to back and liked them very much. Reading them that close, because I forgot to read the last book, probably reading yours’ Lauren or Patricia Briggs, etc, and I felt I should get caught up-anyway I thought they were both very good and I enjoyed Louise’s wedding and poor Eve’s struggle to be matron of honor. But I had to share that I am stuck at LaGuardia today and found a room at the Marriott near it and decided to go to the bar for a glass of wine. While there, I took some napkins and started to take some notes on how the bar sounded because I decided I am needing a bar scene to further the plot of my first book AND, after 2 1/2 glasses of wine and 4 napkins of GREAT notes, one of the bartenders took the napkins and threw them away. AND I had a bit of a fit and, for the first time, said “I am a writer and I need you to find those napkins in the garbage because they are full of great stuff!” Well, the bartenders both helped and they found 3 of the 4–not perfect but shame on me for not putting them in my pocket. Anyway-it was a first admission that I am a writer. Thought you might appreciate the visual!

  46. Jessie
    November 13th, 2009 at 7:10 pm · Link

    I just finished Born of Fire which I loved, Kenyon has such a way of just sucking me into a story

  47. Maryam
    November 13th, 2009 at 7:50 pm · Link

    Currently reading Kindred in Death… first chapter was really rough. Recently finished Demons Not Included by Cheyenne McCray and can’t wait till the next book! It came out in June… and yes, I’m way behind in my reading. This is the start of Cheyenne’s new Night Tracker series. Nyx is half-human, half-Drow… and my favorite type of heroine. All kick-ass πŸ™‚ But she’s got her vulnerabilities. Her insecurities make her real. Loved the interactions with her friends… and felt her pain at the loss of loved ones. Not exactly a HEA with the man in her life… but I live in hope for their future happiness.

  48. Liz Walters Syreen
    November 13th, 2009 at 8:14 pm · Link

    I have to say Kindred in Death will most likely be the last of that series I read. I do not say this lightly–but I had nightmares after finishing it. I have read the whole series so far, but life is too short for nightmares.
    Reread Tinker by Wen Spencer. Love her world building.

  49. Joy
    November 13th, 2009 at 8:28 pm · Link

    I loved Kindred – and agree with your points. Also finished Demon Forged last week and it was awesome.

  50. Donna Saltzman
    November 13th, 2009 at 8:32 pm · Link

    I just read Rain and Fire and I just love it,Lauent Cole was great I could put it down once I started to read it after one page I was hooked I was up all night the next morning my daughter called and I told her her I could not talk I was deep in to a book she LOL asked if she could read it when I was done this is a book that I could read again and again along with Ascension
    I could not put it down till the end just love these two and hoping for more, look your work I have read almost all of your books