Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Wedding Secret

Kevin Rossi and Harper Poole’s relationship begins with sex in a wine cellar at his sister’s wedding and ends only a short month later when he is traded to another team. As a MLB player, Kevin has always hinted that relationships and baseball don’t mix, so fiercely independent Harper cuts off communication to avoid heartbreak.

Fast forward to one year later: Harper is a single mother and still the successful Director of Operations at Reliance and Kevin, now a free agent, is back in New York and hopes to start up where they left off. When they run into each other at a Reliance client event where Kevin makes an appearance (he happens to also be brother-in-law of her boss, Harper realizes she can’t keep Anna a secret anymore and will have to tell Kevin about their daughter. She is unsure if Kevin or his family will ever forgive her, which could also cost Harper her job.

Kevin wants to be much to her than just the doting father of their baby, but gets the vibe that there is something else Harper could be hiding. If they are going to make it, Harper will need to let Kevin in and reveal the past she has worked so hard to conceal.

Moon (Unexpectedly Yours) offers a frothy concoction starring an irresistible athlete and a strong female lead whose story of love and family is sure to win the hearts of readers. Warm but not hot love scenes make this a good choice for fans of  Susan Mallery and Carly Phillips.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Fiction 4/15/2014

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.

Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
The Collector by Nora Roberts
The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay
A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey
Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes
Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes
Casebook by Mona Simpson
Far Gone by Laura Griffin
The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford
The Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill
TransHuman by Ben Bova

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

When Chicky Starr decides to leave New York and buy an old mansion in her hometown of Stoneybridge in Ireland, people in town aren’t sure what inspired the decision, or, in fact, if she can pull it off.  Chicky left Stoneybridge years ago with a man she loved, dreaming they’d be married but instead facing the city alone after only a few months.  A self-reliant woman, she finds a job and provides for herself, though she can’t admit to her family that she never married the man she left her home for.  When she returns many years later as a “widow,” she makes the dubious decision to buy Stone House and fix it up as a cozy inn for those seeking an Irish holiday.

With the help of the house’s original owner, Queenie; reformed criminal youth turned manager, Rigger; and niece Orla, Chicky sets to the task of creating a seaside haven in time for the first guests to arrive.  As the story unfolds, the life of each guest is brought to focus as Binchy weaves together these vignettes into a tapestry with one common thread – the idea of searching for something in life, whether it be answers, or redemption, or happiness.

As with most Maeve Binchy books, I enjoyed the attention to detail and the rich and colorful backstory given to the characters, the setting, and the plot.  Each chapter is devoted to a character’s story, and in doing so it begins to seem fated that this motley crew would come together for Stone House’s opening week.  This book reminded me a bit of Nights of Rain and Stars in the way she takes a seemingly unconnected group of holiday guests and weaves their stories together.  My only complaint about the book (and it was minor) is that it almost felt like there were too many stories – because Binchy’s writing is so rich, I found myself wanting to know more, and there were so many points of view that doing so would have been next to impossible.  But all in all, I recommend this book for all Binchy fans as well as those looking for a nice cozy read.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Becca Merritt needs help. Her brother, Charlie, is missing and all she has is a cryptic message telling her to go to the Hard Ink tattoo shop and ask for Nick Rixey. She soon finds out he was in her father's Special Forces unit but is disappointed when he refuses to help her. Determined to figure out what is going on her next stop is trying to gain entry into Charlie's apartment. When the landlord lets her in, they discover the apartment has been trashed and Charlie's computers are gone. Dejected Becca heads home but soon realizes she isn't alone. Before she confronts the intruder, Nick shows up.

Nick Rixey has been burned. Once a dedicated soldier, Nick and his team were discharged from the Army under false circumstances. Now a year later, Nick is still angry at the man, Becca's father, who betrayed his unit. So when the daughter of the man he hates shows up there is no way he will have anything to do with her. But Nick keeps seeing the sad look in her eyes and decides to help. He arrives in time to stop her from being hurt and immediately takes her back to the shop, which is also where he lives.

Becca and Nick are now working together and Nick has brought in the four men from his unit. As they work to find Charlie, it becomes clear that this is connected to their discharge. Will they find Charlie before it is too late and will Nick and his friends clear their names?

This is a new author for me and I loved her. The next book is Hard As You Can and is next on my list!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Fiction 4/8/2014

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.   

In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen
Carnal Curiosity by Stuart Woods
Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover by Ann B. Ross
Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
Shipstar by Gregory Benford

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Matt King’s fortunes have taken a turn lately.  His ancestor, Edward King, married a Hawaiian princess, leaving him a descendant of Hawaiian royalty and one of the largest landowners in the state. In the midst of a business deal with his many cousins to sell the family land and make a fortune, his life looks charmed from the outside. But his fun loving (if not high maintenance) wife Joanie is in a coma from a boat racing accident, and Matt has just found out that doctors must honor her living will and remove treatment.

Suddenly Matt is thrust into the role of primary caregiver to his two young daughters: Scottie, ten years old and beginning to act out for the sake of the attention; and 17 year old Alex, intelligent but willful who has been sent away to boarding school in an effort to end her burgeoning drug use and risky behavior.

As Matt struggles to learn to be a father after years of detached complacency, he is dealt another hard truth by daughter Alex: she caught Joanie with another man. Now Matt is forced to reexamine his life, his marriage, and his responsibility to his wife to make sure everyone she loved (even this mystery man) is able to say goodbye before she dies.

I highly recommend this book.  I found it very powerful in its own quiet way. The characters were authentic and bold – Hemmings didn’t sugar coat some of the more difficult aspects of raising teenage girls and dealing with a rocky marriage. Your heart breaks for Matt, Alex, and Scottie, and often you want to hug them and shake them in equal measure. The emotion is real, and the story is really beautifully narrated by Matt’s inner monologue. The lush, paradise setting of Hawaii provides a good juxtaposition to the emotional difficulties and struggles that the King family deals with as they learn to depend on each other again.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

Six-feet tall secretary Betsy Taylor just lost her job and to make matters worst, gets hit by a truck when she is outside chasing down her cat. She wakes up to find herself in the morgue and promptly walks out and tries to kill herself, but nothing seems to do the trick. After saving a woman and her child in the alley from attackers, she has a thirst for their blood and feels her fangs click into place. She now knows not only is she undead, but she is also a vampire. It turns out when she was attacked months earlier, she was poisoned with the disease that one day would turn her into this monster when she should have perished.

After breaking the news to her dad, stepmother, mother, and best friend Jessica, Betsy receives a phone call from another vampire asking to meet her, but gets abducted on the way and is escorted to an underground mausoleum where she meets Nostro, the head vampire who demands her allegiance to him. Vampire or not, Betsy won't be enslaved to anyone so she is left with no choice but to laugh in his face.

She meets another vampire, Eric Sinclair, who is one of the most attractive men she has ever laid eyes on, you know, if you like that tall, built, dark hair and smoldering eyes type. Unfortunately he is a jerk and Betsy wants nothing to do with him, but she learns that she has no choice but to take allegiance with one the cities vampire covens, especially since Nostro gives her bad vibes. Apparently, vampire lore has predicted that one day a queen will rise who will rule over all vampires, and apparently that queen is Betsy. This shouldn't be a problem, right? Especially when you have sidekicks such as Tina, a lesbian vampire who will do anything for Betsy and her friend Eric who she saved from committing suicide.

Betsy, a shoe lover at heart, is witty, sarcastic and immensely likable in this series starter from Davidson. Having lived in the Twin Cities for several years, the location of this story was also very appealing. Undead and Unwed was unexpectedly (and pleasantly) sensual as well, so this story should appeal to most paranormal romance readers who like quirky characters and can handle a little humor in their plot.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

New Fiction 4/1/2014

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.
Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
Wolf by Mo Hayder
The Lie by Helen Dunmore
High Crime Area by Joyce Carol Oates
By Its Cover by Donna Leon
Frog Music by Emma Donaghue
And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass
Cauldron of Ghosts by David Weber
Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman
I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
Peacemaker by C.J. Cherryh
Death Come Quickly by Susan Wittig Albert
Warriors by Ted Bell
A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis
The King by J.R. Ward
Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr