Thursday, September 3, 2015

Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah & Skye Chatham

Madeline receives an email from Elliot, a man she met at a restaurant opening. Elliott invites her out for coffee and Madeline accepts. When a second date ends disastrously, Madeline thinks maybe this is over before it begins. But Elliot sends a follow up email and everything works out. They start dating and eventually get serious.

With the help of their best friends, David and Emily, Madeline and Elliott navigate the world of dating. With ex-girlfriends, commitment issues, and work, will this relationship last or end in disaster?

This book is written entirely in emails and text messages. It was a fun and quick read. I enjoyed the secondary characters but was disappointed with Madeline and Elliot and their relationship. If you want a quick, light read definitely pick up Read Bottom Up.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Fiction 9/1/2015

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.

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
The Solomon Curse by Clive Cussler
The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'clock Lady by Susan Wittig Albert
A Lesson In Hope by Philip Gulley
Undercover by Danielle Steel
The Drafter by Kim Harrison

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Knockoff by Jo Piazza and Lucy Sykes

Imogen Tate loves her job as Editor in Chief of Glossy.  Eager to return after months away on medical leave, Imogen shocked to find her carefully crafted, beautiful magazine is being reduced to an app.  And the mastermind behind the “revolution?” Her former assistant Eve.

Fresh out of Harvard Business School, Eve Morton has a plan to catapult Glossy into a new age.  Paper is out, coding is in.  And Imogen is left hanging out to dry - a reluctant Facebooker on the best of days who can barely use her iPhone, she finds herself at loss for how to keep up with the marathon web design sessions and omnipresent mandate to tweet, stream, and post every time she turns around.  But Imogen Tate isn’t ready to give up on her beloved Glossy.  Not without a fight.

If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be “fun” (though, really, I need far more than that!).  This is a summer read I devoured in record time. Piazza and Sykes do a wonderful job of bringing to life a world at the corner of high fashion and technology.

The descriptions of the cloths, the characters, and the problems/perks of ever-present devices are honest, entertaining, and witty.  It’s not a love letter to technology, nor is it a judgement of the millennials that love it.  Which, really, is what made it such an engrossing read.  Perfect for weekends when you’d like nothing more than to lose yourself in a book.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Masseuse by Sierra Kincade

Anna Rossi needs money. To supplement her income working as a masseuse at a spa, Anna takes jobs at client's homes. Her newest client is Maxim Stein. Usually she vets new clients but he is offering double what Anna usually makes. When Anna arrives at his mansion, she has a run in with a very hot stranger. He is Alec Flynn, Max's bodyguard.

Anna and Alec start a hot and heavy affair. Anna is falling for him, which scares her since she never gets attached or stays in one place for very long. But Alec is very secretive and that worries Anna. Before too long Anna is the victim of a stalker. But is Alec the one she should turn to for help?

This was a great first book in the Body Work trilogy. I really liked the characters and the story. The Distraction and The Confession are books two and three and conclude the story nicely. And after you read all three, don't worry, there will be another book with Amy and Mike's story!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New Fiction 8/25/2015

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.

X Is For by Sue Grafton
Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr
Keeper's Reach by Carla Neggers
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
Point Blank by Fern Michaels
Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
Last Ragged Breath by Julia Keller
Iron Wolf by Dale Brown
Grand Opening by Carl Weber
Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Raised in colonial Kenya on her father’s ranch, deserted by her mother as a child, Beryl Markham has grown up like the land around her - strong, beautiful, and indomitable.  Seeking freedom from a loveless marriage, Beryl thrusts herself headfirst into horse training, finding a natural ability with the animals that soon defines her as not only the first female trainer in Kenya, but as a success.

As her fame (and infamy) spreads throughout the country she calls home, Beryl strains against the conventions of the European expat society - the Happy Valley set of the 1920’s and 1930’s - finding herself both desperate to find a place to belong and yet unwavering in her need for independence.  Until she meets Denys Finch Hatton, the rugged safari hunter who would be her life’s great love, and Karen Blixen, the future writer of Out of Africa, who would become both rival and friend.

In this extraordinary piece of historical fiction, McLain weaves a tale of three people whose lives were inextricably intertwined.  The story of Beryl Markham, who would later make history as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, is nuanced and authentic.  At it’s heart, it’s a story of survival and identity as much as it is about love.  The setting, which played such a prominent role in Markham’s story, fairly jumps off the page, with vivid details that perfectly set the scene.  Fans of The Paris Wife will surely enjoy this title, as will anyone in search of an engrossing read, or a piece of history from a lesser known point of view.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pursued by the Devil by Carole Mortimer

Attorney Lindsay Carlisle is rattled to find the wealthy and panty-melting Russian, Mikhail Lysenko, waiting for her in her office. He is the man trying to purchase her client’s company, and his presence unaccompanied by his attorney is inappropriate at best.

But his reasons for being there have nothing to do with business; he is there for pure pleasure and makes it clear he wants Lindsay to be his. While deep down his presence alone sends thrills to her very core, she spurns his advances for professional reasons. However, Mikhail doesn’t relent until he gets what he wants.

Now that someone is leaving black roses at her doorstep, his attention and protection is exactly what Lindsay needs. Lindsay allows Mikhail to keep her safe until they can identify and stop her tormentor, even though she is risking her heart with someone who is emotionally dangerous.

Billed as romantic suspense, Mortimer’s (Alpha series) attempt at thrills is contrived and they fall flat, devaluing the hot romance between Mikhail and Lindsay; this is perfunctory reading that entertains but isn’t particularly memorable.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | August 28, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Fiction 8/18/2015

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.
Last Words by Michael Koryta
Gone Cold by Douglas Corleone
The Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman
Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong
Friction by Sandra Brown