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What I'm Reading Now

Anyone that has known me since I was a kid knows that I absolutely hated reading.  None of the books that I was assigned to read at school were very interesting--at times they were so boring that I literally fell asleep while reading them (why, hello A Separate Peace--8th grade summer reading), so it came as a total shock to pretty much everyone when I started devouring books in high school.  Surprisingly, no one said anything to me about the fact that the books I was reading were romance novels (I've heard horror stories about people stealthily stealing relatives' books and getting caught or having people shame them for reading "smut").  The worst that every happened to me was that one of my older cousins criticized me for reading a book called Inadmissible Passion because he thought it sounded dirty.  (I didn't really care because I thought the title was awful, but it turns out that in the 10 years since he offered his criticism of that book he has decided that he is the complaint police and will criticize me for pretty much anything--hence us no longer being social network buds.  sigh.)

Anyway, my intention when I started this post was to talk about what I'm currently reading (even if I somehow ended up talking about romance shaming), so here goes.  My current book is one that I've read about half a dozen times in the last 10 years--I love this book so much!  It is Loyalty in Death by J.D. Robb.  It is one of the earlier In Death novels, so there isn't too much back story involved for anyone who hasn't yet read any of the other books in the series, which started with Naked in Death back in 1995.

I first read Loyalty in Death in 2004 when it was already 5 years old, but since it came out during the period in which I wouldn't go near a book if you paid me it isn't surprising that I hadn't come across it before.  The reason I love this book so much is that it has a little bit of everything--political machinations (terrorist group Cassandra is looking to overturn the Capitalist society), romance (Eve and Roarke as well as Peabody and McNab--for the first time), a little Greek mythology (Cassandra is named after Apollo's daughter, who was able to predict the future even if no one believed her), and of course a really interesting homicide.

As soon as I am done with Loyalty I will be moving on to Tessa Dare's Any Duchess Will Do, which is the Smart Bitches' June book club pick.  This book is part of the Spindle Cove series and involves a type of Eliza Doolittle plot (barmaid is taught how to be a duchess as a way for a future duke to get out of marrying).  I have high hopes for this book as I have read a couple of other books by Ms. Dare and I have yet to be disappointed.

After that I'll be jumping into Under the Rose by Diana Peterfreund, which is the follow up to Secret Society Girl, which I reviewed yesterday.

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