Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hush by Karen Robards

Riley Cowan has been thrown for a loop. She has just discovered her ex-husband's body. After the initial shock of the discovery, Riley takes his cell phone. Once she gets away she calls the police anonymously. The ruling is suicide but Riley knows that isn't true. There is no way Jeff would kill himself. She tries to find answers on Jeff's phone but is attacked before she can get any.

Finn Bradley is working with the FBI investigating the Cowan family to find missing money. The head of the family is in jail after stealing millions from investors but no one knows where the money is. Finn was at the site where Jeff's body was and saw Riley steal the phone. He stakes her out, which is a good thing. He is able to save her from her attacker.

Finn has basically becomes her shadow and is sure Riley is hiding something. Riley is attracted to this mysterious man but she is hiding a pretty big secret. Can she trust him or will that be her biggest mistake?

I am a huge fan of Karen Robards and this one did not disappoint! I enjoyed the characters and the story. And I wasn't able to figure out who was behind it all until the very end when I read who the bad guy was!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Fiction 3/24/2015

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 Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons
Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell
Someone Is Watching by Joy Fielding
The Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry
Kill Me, Darling by Mickey Spillane
The Stranger by Harlan Coben
The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis
The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Running Interference by Elley Arden

Cleveland Women’s Professional Football League player Tanya Martin hasn’t spoke with Cam Simmons, now a Super Bowl MVP, in five years. They were always close friends, but he seems to have forgotten about her when he left his past behind.

Now that it is the off-season, he is back in town to convince his hardworking mother to move to Boston where he plays. After overhearing that Tanya’s father will lose the gym that is a South City neighborhood institution if he doesn’t come up with thirty grand to stop a foreclosure, Cam offers the cash, but Tanya refuses, not wanting to have any strings tied to Cam. In fact, the only thing she wants from Cam is a physical relationship. He agrees to her terms even though spending these few weeks with her has him wanting more.

When a bachelor auction showcasing Cam as the top prize proves to be the Hail Mary play they need to raise the funds, Tanya’s feelings are put to the test, especially when a beautiful news anchor is determined to place the winning bid.

Readers need not like sports to appreciate the strong female lead Arden (Kemmons Brothers Baseball series) has created in Tanya, and adding to the entertainment is the the sweat-inducing physicality that occurs both on the field and off.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Forged in the harsh underground mines of Mars, Darrow is a Red - part of a society of pioneers that endure brutal, desolate conditions to collect the Helium-3 that will one day make Mars habitable for those desperate to escape a dying Earth.  Food is scarce, laws are brutal, and life is tenuous.  But Darrow is a Helldiver - smart, headstrong, and unafraid - knowing that their sacrifice will one day create a new world.

Or so he thinks.  Until his wife Eo is killed for rebelling, and Darrow is saved from death by a group of rebels called the Sons of Ares, who reveal a brutal truth: Mars has been inhabited for generations by a ruling class calling themselves the Golds.  And the Reds are nothing more than slaves.

Heartbroken but furious, Darrow agrees to disguise himself as a Gold, undergoing surgeries and grueling training to join their superhuman ranks.  Soon he infiltrates the Institute, the elite Gold academy that will give him the opportunity to take down their society from the inside.  But first he must survive it.

For someone that doesn’t necessarily read science fiction, I devoured this book in a matter of days.  I’ve heard it compared to books like TheHunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones (and once to Lord of the Flies, which I found particularly interesting).  The world Brown creates is richly detailed and complex, weaving elements of ancient Rome with futuristic space colonies in a fascinating way.  Don’t think this book’s appeal is limited simply to genre or dystopian fiction fans - I recommend it to anyone looking for an engrossing, action packed read.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Fiction 3/17/2015

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 Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose
Mademoiselle Chanel by Christopher Gortner
The Stolen Ones by Owen Laukkanen
Host by Robin Cook
A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey

Cara Medlen has avoided her good looking neighbor for almost a year. And a good thing because when they meet for the first time he accuses her of abusing her foster dogs.  Of course it is a big misunderstanding but Cara is determined to stay away. But he isn't making it easy. And it doesn't help she needs his advice on how to rescue some abused dogs.

Matt Dumont is leaving North Carolina to move back home to Boston and start up a PI business with his brother. He just needs to wrap up his last case and he is off. What he doesn't need is to have feelings for the woman next door. Talk about bad timing. And then Cara asks for his help. One thing leads to another and soon Matt and Cara aren't so sure about the futures they had planned.

This was a sweet contemporary romance. I really enjoyed it. I liked the dogs! This is one to read. The next book focuses on Cara's friend Merry, For Keeps.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Her by Harriet Lane

The protagonist in Lane's psychological thriller, Nina Bremner, keeps everyone in the dark, including the reader, which makes for a totally compelling plot that keeps you hooked.

Nina, an artist, lives in the same English neighborhood as Emma, a frazzled mother of two, and spots her for the first time at the market. Hoping not to be seen, she scoots out without being detected. Later, she calls Emma to inform her that she found her wallet on the ground in the store and offers to drop it by. In the subsequent chapter you learn that Nina actually took the wallet out of Emma's purse when her back was turned.

The two form a friendship, one that seems perfectly natural to Emma, but Nina's motives are anything but altruistic. Nina keeps up a charade of acting like a helpful friend, but commits actions, many cringe-worthy, to intentionally torture Emma. The actions continue to escalate and become darker, but to what end?

This is what really makes the pages fly by, as you want to know why Nina does what she does. The chapters alternate between the voices of Nina and Emma, so the reader is privy to what Emma thinks is happening and what Nina is actually doing. You know early on that Emma and Nina have a past connection, but nothing more is revealed, and the ending may leave readers unsatisfied. I don't know if I have ever read another book that ended more abruptly. Perhaps Lane is planning a sequel?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Fiction 3/10/2015

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.
Life or Death by Michael Robotham
Cold Betrayal by Judith A. Jance
The Valley by John Renehan
Endangered by C.J. Box
The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
World Gone By by Dennis Lehane