Weekly Reading Round-Up

My reading round up is sparse this week, but I do have some good news to impart…. Pink XI, aka The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla, is DONE! (At least until revisions.)

Here are those triumphant final moments, accompanied by my second venti peppermint mocha of the morning (you know you’re in the final writing push when your coffee is taller than your computer):

Manzanilla ending

And this is what it will look like on August 5, 2014:


I’ll post more about The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla after the holidays, as well as news about my other upcoming books.

And now back to our regularly scheduled Weekly Reading Round-Up.

This week, I read Sarah MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, which I loved. It reminded me very much of my beloved old Judith McNaught novels, complete with wounded hero, plucky heroine, sweeping emotional highs and lows, and a leavening touch of humor in the form of Lavender the Pig. I am particularly fond of Lavender.

What have you been reading this week?


  1. Christine on December 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Ashford Affair! Finally! Crazy coincidence but my friend sent it to me for Christmas (along with River of No Return) the day after my If You Like column posted. Goes without saying but I enjoyed it very much.

    Also read an ARC of Sous-Chef, about 24 hours in the kitchen of an upscale NYC restaurant. It was really different ANC interesting. I liked it.

  2. Ella on December 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Getting very excited for this summer!
    This week has been all about Evelina!

    • Am7 on December 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      How was Evelina?

      • Ella on December 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        Loved it! It was very interesting! Written in correspondence, it’s a glimpse of London society in the 1770’s… all from the point of view of a country borne young lady.

        Had never read anything like quite like it.

  3. Nancy Kvorka on December 13, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I also finished No Good Duke Goes Unpunished. I really enjoyed it, cannot wait for #4 in that series. I agree with everything you said Lauren. Love Lavender. Something tells me we will see her again.

  4. Jessica S. on December 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I read Stacey Ballis’s latest, Out to Lunch, and a variety of library books. Out to Lunch was great — if you have never read Ballis’s work, you should do so immediately. Bring a snack, as she writes often and well of delicious food. For Out to Lunch, bring a tissue…

  5. Céline on December 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Done? Yeaaaaaah!
    Now, can we read it next week? No? Sure? Ok… 🙂
    I’m happy anyway! 🙂

    This week, I’m reading a very funny urban fantasy series by a brand new French author called Animae… and it’s so funny, I’m loving it. Every word of it! 🙂

  6. Sue G on December 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    In the past two weeks, I have read the first three books in Bella Andre’s Sullivan series, Erin Knightley’s novella Scandalized by a Scoundrel, Vanessa Kelly’s lost in a Royal kiss and am now reading Katharine Ashe’s Kisses She Wrote.
    Enjoyed all of them for different reasons. Erin’s novella was very sweet, a perfect Sunday morning read! 8Very busy at work and I needed something light to read.

  7. Betty S. on December 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I finished Mary Balogh’s Christmas Beau – excellent romance – and will read Deanna Raybourn’s novella Silent Night tonight – can’t get enough of Julia and Nicholas.

    So sorry we have to wait until August for the next “Pink”, but am glad you are finished.

  8. Am7 on December 13, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    So this week I read romances that were nothing alike and yet had some key stuff in common.
    One was Carla Kelly’s The Surgeon’s Lady and the other was A Virgin River Christmas. I adored both, but particularly Robyn Carr’s A Virgin River Christmas. It was perfect. Both of these are parts of series, and while it may help to read in order I think these both work as stand-alones. (I hadn’t read Marrying The Captain and I still was able to follow TSL. I have read more of the Virgin River series, but don’t think it’s necessary to enjoy AVRC.)

  9. Anne on December 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I just finished the trilogy from Juliana Gray: A lady never lies, A gentleman never tells and A duke never yields. Of the three, I vastly preferred the third of them, and it might be up there with my favourite romances, but I don’t think it would have worked as well for me if I hadn’t read the two other books before it.

  10. Kristen Allen-Vogel on December 14, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I read Vicki Lewis Thompson’s new Nerd book, Nerds are from Mars, and before that I read Long Live the Queen, the latest in Kate Locke’s Immortal Empire series. (Queen Victoria and most of the European upper classes are vampires or werewolves, which means people from her era and all points in between are still alive in the present day, sort of a reverse steampunk paranormal thing.) I also read a couple of stories out of Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin.

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