Thursday, May 28, 2015

Under the Mayhaw Tree by Charlotte Boyett-Camp

Drew Dunne is in a loveless and malevolent marriage to Terri Anne Thompson and contemplates suicide as his only escape. Terri was his best friend’s girl, and he was forced to marry her when she claimed that Drew knocked her up when he was drunk.

Full of shame, Drew has stayed with her as penance to his friend, who died in a fatal car crash that Drew believes was his fault. His only source of light is Alison Bennett, the wife of the new Colquitt (Georgia) football coach, who is also in a controlling relationship with her misogynistic husband.

It is love at first sight for both of them, and Drew works up a plan to rescue Alison while leaving behind his abusive father, wife, and father-in-law. However, there is no chance that Clay Bennett will stand for anyone coveting his woman, and it might take death for Drew and Allison to finally be together and to be free.

It will be a challenge for some to buy into Drew and Terri Ann’s marriage since it is unfathomable that anyone would stay in a relationship is so full of outright contempt and hostility. The novel’s only saving grace is the steamy love scenes, but Boyett-Camp’s (Windlegends Saga series) story deals with abuse, rape, and physical violence, so readers be warned this is not a light undertaking.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | April 17, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Fiction 5/26/2015

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Double Down by Fern Michaels
Never Die Alone by Lisa Jackson
Piranha by Clive Cussler
The Marriage Season by Linda Lael Miller
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
A Quiet End by Nelson DeMille
People of the Songtrail by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Tail Gait by Rita Mae Brown
Texas Tough by Janet Dailey
Make Something Up by Chuck Palahniuk
Constant Fear by Daniel Palmer
Bad Blood by Mary Monroe
Secret Brother by V.C. Andrews
Independence Day by Ben Coes

Saturday, May 23, 2015

When Love Happens by Darcy Burke

Tori, one of the famous Archer sextuplets, and reality show producer Sean met in Malaysia and began a whirlwind courtship that culminated in a Vegas wedding five weeks later.

The very next day after they wed, Tori learned her brother committed suicide. Sean return to L.A. and Tori returned to Ribbon Ridge, Oregon to be with her family. Any attempt at a long distance relationship was futile, especially since their day of bliss was shrouded in family tragedy, and Tori has asked asked for a divorce.

But an opportunity to save his marriage presents itself when his boss requires Sean to pitch a TV idea to Tori and the rest of the Archer clan: a reunion special to air over the holidays. If Sean blows this, he will not only lose his job, but more importantly risk any chance he has to save his marriage.

Readers will have to be patient for the heat to kick up, as the steamy scenes don’t begin until two thirds the way in, but Burke’s (Yours to Hold) latest is another solid entry in a heartfelt and family driven series that gives each member of the Archer sextuplets his or her own story.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | April 17, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle

In one day, Josh Miles' life is turned upside down.  Gemma Henare is beautiful, she is enticing, she is passionate - and all too soon, she is gone.  After an unforgettable night together, Gemma returns to New Zealand, and Josh is left suddenly wanting more from his life - new adventures, new places, and new people.  Or maybe just one person in particular.

Throwing caution to the wind, he books a ticket for New Zealand, and before long he finds himself in an airport with a backpack, a sketchbook, and the realization that his life may just have taken a very dramatic turn.  When he tracks Gemma down in Auckland, they realize that a one night stand might only be the beginning, and soon they are embarking on a whirlwind journey that has much more in store for them than beautiful scenery.

This is my first foray in New Adult fiction, and I was not disappointed.  Halle paints a vivid portrait of New Zealand, bringing out the beauty and natural grandeur of the countryside - you can practically feel the warm sea breezes and the coolness of the sea and sand beneath your toes.  Josh and Gemma's relationship feels just as much as an adventure as their road trip.  But as much as this story is a romance, it's also about two young people struggling to figure out where they fit in the world, and how they fit together.  Perfect for Spring Breakers or those relaxing on a beach somewhere in the midst of an exciting vacation (or just those of us that wish we were). 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Fiction 5/19/2015

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Robert B. Parker's Kickback by Ace Atkins
Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews
Disclaimer by Renee Knight
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
Little Black Lies by S. J. Bolton
Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Did You Miss Me? by Karen Rose

District State's Attorney Daphne Montgomery is waiting for the verdict to come in. The Millhouse case is big deal and she wants justice. When the verdict is announced all hell breaks loose but that is the least of Daphne concerns, She will soon find out that her twenty year old son, Ford, has been kidnapped.

FBI agent Joseph Carter is looking for Ford. He didn't show up to work, which happens to be at Joseph's dad's company. He soon finds a dead cop and Ford car empty. He has been in love with Daphne for nine months and knows this will destroy her. He might not have her love but he will do anything to find Ford.

They soon realize that it might have to do with the Millhouse case. But it turns out to be so much more. Someone from Daphne's past is back and he is out for revenge.

I forgot how much I love Karen Rose. Her books have great characters and stories. And Did you Miss Me? was just as fantastic. I would recommend reading them in order since a lot of the characters show up in the other books.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Incredibly insightful and honest, Bad Feminist comprises a collection of writings by Roxane Gay,  author, blogger, and “cultural observer”.  Her essays (loosely related though never seeming too disorganized) cover a range of topics from race and gender equality, the meaning of feminism and the ways media influence our attitudes and actions, to the perils of competitive scrabble and Sweet Valley High.

Gay explores questions about contemporary culture and media through the lenses of society at large and personal experience, and does so in a way that feels fluid.  Her essays speak calmly and powerfully at the same time, and her observations sharp and perceptive without feeling overbearing.  She asks questions, she explores, she discusses, though not always to a conclusion, which is admirable in and of itself - it’s hard to not feel the need to wrap up arguments in a bow, to leave readers with more questions than answers, and to do so in a way that doesn’t feel unfinished.

Each essay is thought-provoking - more than once I found myself stopping mid-chapter to mull over a sentence or section that was particularly poignant.  Or simply rewinding the audiobook to listen again.  I especially enjoyed her discussions of culture through the lens of books and movies (though that may just be the English major in me).  If you’re looking for a book that will get you thinking and eager to discuss and debate important, sometimes difficult topics - Bad Feminist is a perfect choice.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Fiction 5/12/2015

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Dry Bones by Craig Johnson
Born of Defiance by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer
Solitude Creek by Jeffrey Deaver
The Long High Noon by Loren D. Estleman
The Death's Head Chess Club by John Donoghue
Trauma by Michael Palmer
Countdown to Mecca by Michael Savage
The Enemy Inside by Steve Martini
Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard
The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page
Naked in the Moonlight by Charles Dubow
And Sometimes I Wonder About You by Walter Mosley
How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz
The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens