Mirroring that ubiquitous "Jerry Maguire" reference, I'm here to tell you: Erin McCarthy ‘had me at,' "Josie Adkins had to stop waving her hot little a** in Houston's face, or he was going to have to slide his hands across it and squeeze." 


Given my penchant for a hot-n-joyful romance, you may infer why those opening lines of  McCarthy's super-sexy and emotionally intimate, "Houston, We Have a Problem" help make it the book at the top of my "Just Ten More Minutes, Mom!" list of go-to re-reads I hit before tucking into what usually turns out to be sweet dreams, indeed.  


There's just something mightily comforting about picking up an old favorite before we drift off. Maybe it harkens back to those dreamy days of childhood when reading was almost forbidden to those of us scolded for bringing books to the table, to family gatherings, to situations in which our sensitive-to-such-things parents were convinced we loved reading and learning enough, already, and probably could stand a little nurturing of the old social skills instead.


But at night, we snuck under the covers with our trusty penlights to read past bedtime, only to be woken bleary eyed the next morning and hustled off to camp or a day of Scooby-Doo watching by siblings who thought we were kind of goofy for reading  

"Witch of Blackbird Pond"   yet again, when we already knew how it turned out.

As one grows older, one realizes, perhaps, oh, I dunno, that girls who had older sisters who read Jackie Collins and Harlequin Presents may have been having more fun between the vellum sheets at bedtime.  Surely their escalating frustrated cries of ‘just one more minute, Mom!" added new meaning to the term "summer reading fun."

Since I didn't condescend to read romance till I hit my late 30s, I'm doing my best to compensate for all that lost "reading in bed" time by devouring lots of healthy little midnight snacks of sexy re-reads like McCarthy's "Houston, We Have a Problem ."

In "Houston," icy-cool, sexy-hot surgeon Houston Hayes is dazed and confused whenever he's around surgical resident Josie Adkins. Quirky, curvy Josie worships Houston and has a big ole puppy crush on him to boot. Houston's sure that one steamy night with Josie is all he needs to work her out of his system.  When tragedy visits his regimented, precise life, Josie has other ideas about what Houston really needs. 


As you can imagine, what Houston and Josie really need is likely to keep you up all night, many, many glorious nights.  Since part of the fun of being a reader is the joy of being a re-reader, remember that those nights don't have to be all in a row.  Here's to summer reading fun!


What's at the top of your ‘go-to' list of re-reads?  Tell us about your childhood relationship with books...

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by Moderator becke_davis on ‎07-07-2009 02:24 PM

I love Erin McCarthy, too!


These authors are in my re-read pile:


Agatha Christie

Jennifer Crusie

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Suzanne Brockmann

Linda Howard

Anna Campbell

Kresley Cole

Lisa Kleypas

Kristan Higgins

Connie Brockway 

Virginia Kantra

Loretta Chase 

Sarah Addison Allen

and probably a lot more I'm forgetting. . . 

by amyskf on ‎07-07-2009 03:51 PM

I love to re-read, it's like visiting with an old friend...my husband doesn't get why, if I've read a book, I still need to keep the book. Silly man. I have re-reads from all stages of my life it seems, Witch of Blackbird Pond, is there, Mrs. Mike, from when I was a bit older, lot's of Lisa Kleypas, Ravenburn - a lovely first person romance from the 80s? I re-read it at least once a year...


Gosh, it makes me want to go asee what else is on my re-read shelf.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎07-07-2009 05:18 PM
I know what you mean, Amy -- I reread my Mary Stewart books at least once a year, and I think I'm due for an Evelyn Anthony binge, too. Maybe even my old Danielle Steele collection. Just don't get me started on my old Harlequin, Mills & Boon and Candlelight Ecstasy paperbacks -- I won't come up for air for weeks if I get started on those!
by amyskf on ‎07-07-2009 11:27 PM
Candlelight Ecstasy! Oh, Becke that's great. Yeah, I have quite a few Mary Stewarts as well, but I don't know Evelyn Anthony, maybe I need to.
by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎07-08-2009 09:18 AM
I envy you guys, having come to this game so late.  But I'm still not sure I could do the gothic, first-person thing.  Now I'm cringing, cause the minute I think I can't do it...

Anywayz, some of my re-reads as a kid came because of their being faves, and others simply because books aren't inexpensive, and we just didn't have money for them.  even if I didn't like htem, I re-read em.  Of course, I lived in the library during the summer, too. today, my fave place for keepers and re-reads is in big, under-bed storage boxes.  I learned that trick from a girlfriend who's really into erotic romance.  Yeah; exactly.
by Moderator becke_davis on ‎07-08-2009 12:38 PM
Amy - read THE TAMARIND SEED. Some smart publisher should reissue that book.
by Author ErinLMcCarthy on ‎07-08-2009 03:58 PM

Wow, Michelle, I'm so flattered! :-)


When I was a kid I loved The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Nancy Drew, The Three Investigators, and all the Scholastic books about ghosts.  I'd save my money and buy them from the book fair at school then read them over and over.  I was totally that kid with the flashlight at night and the kid trying to sneak a book in her lap to read at the dinner table.


Now I tend to reread classics like Austen, Bronte, Hawthorne, and Poe.  For romance, I read La Nora over and over (especially the Chesapeake Bay series) and Connie Brockway, because her historicals are so rich in detail you always find something new.  Anne Stuart's books always make me sigh with satisfaction at the end.



by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎07-08-2009 11:33 PM

Wow, thanks for stopping by for my fangirl fest, Erin!  I'm also a Ches Bay lover, and I have several Brockways, especially 'As You Desire" (ah, harry...) and "My Seduction," which was one of the first romances I read, and still a fave (ah, Kit).  And I still rememb4r the first copy of  WOBP I bought from Scholastic, I think, in third grade. I used to stare at the cover, dreaming I was that Kit, falling in love with New England, where I ended up living for 11 years later in life, adoring it because of that book. 


Thanks so much for all the fun we have reading your books, Erin!  Looking forward to many more, plus the next in your race-car drivin heroes!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎07-09-2009 01:02 AM
Oh Erin, Anne Stuart -- *sigh*. Ritual Sins is my favorite.
by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎07-09-2009 03:57 PM

My re-reading affair began with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge, and then Ms. Blume had me again with Blubber. I may have read Blubber fifty times before I turned thirteen...


These days I rarely reread entire books, but I reread favorite scenes and passages. I'll often pull Pride & Prejudice off the shelf and read whatever page I flip to. Lately my favorite passages have been the love letter in A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas, the scene at the end of The Dream Thief when Zane shatters the jewel that's captivated his beloved Lea and says "I'd make a ring of them for you, if I thought you'd have me," and the love scene in the drawing room in The Sins of Lord Easterbrook by Madeline Hunter.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎07-09-2009 07:37 PM

Did you all know you can make lists of your favorite books to share with others on your profile here? Set it up at My B&N and remove the privacy restrictions. That's the same place you pick your cool avatar.


I have so many favorites, I ended up making several lists, although some overlap.


Here's a link to mine: http://my.barnesandnoble.com/becke_davis-profile/ 

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎07-09-2009 09:39 PM
Melanie, you're making me sigh. 
by Moderator becke_davis on ‎07-12-2009 04:11 PM
Since I only discovered the joys of historicals about a year and a half ago, I have a lot more reading to do in that genre. BUT I already have a whole bookshelf of historicals I've saved for future rereading!
by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎07-27-2009 04:36 PM
Ah, yes, the future readng boxes. I have a fantasy that in my dotage, I'll get the the boxes I'm packing away...
by Moderator Melissa_W on ‎07-27-2009 05:14 PM

Michelle, I think you would really like Lizzie Skurnick's new book Shelf Discovery about all the YA books we all loved. :smileyhappy:


And I've started re-reading several of my old favorites since I've got this crazy project to read all the Newbery Medal winners.

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎08-11-2009 11:58 AM

What a great idea, Melissa_W!  My husband does something similar at Academy award time w/ nominees for best flick.  Um, do you mean all the Newberys ever written? gulp. :smileyhappy:


I wonder if my fave YA, Witch of Blackbird Pond is in Shelf Discovery... it's only a Caldecott, but...

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