Thursday, May 31, 2012

To Pleasure a Lady by Nicole Jordan

Lord Marcus Danvers has inherited three wards. They are sisters and they range in ages 19-24. His plan is to marry them off. But that was before he met the oldest sister, Arabella. He wants her and for the first time is considering marriage.

Arabella Loring just wants her and her sisters independence. They have been running a finishing school for girls for the past couple of years. And are just trying to live quiet lives after the scandal their mother created when she ran off to France with another man. Not that their father was any better. He always had mistresses. When he died, they became wards to their step-uncle.

But Arabella wasn't expecting Marcus. He makes her feel things she rather wish she didn't. After the scandal broke four years ago, her betrothed broke off their engagement and her heart. Marcus decides to make a wager with Arabella. He has two weeks to get her to agree to marriage or he will give them their independence. Arabella is positive she can resist him. But she has never met a rake like Marcus before!

This is the first book in the Courtship Wars series and I loved it. I loved all the characters and cannot wait to read the sisters stories!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Fiction for 5/29/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.


Honor by Janet Dailey
Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon
So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Moore
The Storm by Clive Cussler
Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh
Thriller 3: Love is Murder ed. by Sandra Brown
The Watchers by Jon Steele
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
The Yard by Alex Grecian

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Once Upon a List by Robin Gold

Gold’s (The Perfectly True Tales of a Perfect Size 12) endearing protagonist Clara Black has lost her fiancĂ©, Sebastian, in an accident just weeks before their wedding. Her depressed demeanor doesn’t go unnoticed, but neither her brother, her mother, nor her best friend can help.

On a trip home to the Chicago suburbs, Clara finds a time capsule from grade school sent by her former teacher. Among other mementos, the capsule contains a list of all the things she hoped to achieve by the time she was 35, which is only a few months away.

Setting out to complete one of the items on the list brings Clara to old high school friend Lincoln, who becomes a surprising but welcome comfort. Afraid that she will forget Sebastian, Clara has second thoughts about taking the romantic plunge with Lincoln and wonders if she will ever be able to find happiness again.

Absolutely charming and punctuated with humor at just the right moments, this book will have readers pulling for the sympathetic Clara as she attempts to triumph in the midst of unbearable loss. This light contemporary will satisfy fans of Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals First Look at New Books, April 20, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

A few months back I received an advanced reader’s copy of “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened” from an online giveaway without having ever heard of Jenny Lawson or really knowing what the book would be about. The first thing that caught my eye was the taxidermied mouse dressed as Hamlet on the cover, so in my mind this book should be hilarious, and it was.

Growing up Jenny’s life was filled with animals, though mostly dead ones thanks to her taxidermist father. Throughout the book Jenny writes of unpleasant, yet hilarious, incidents that occurred in her childhood as well as more recent events that one could attribute to her unusual upbringing. One of my favorite moments from the book involved an antique alligator dressed as a pirate and an airplane window seat. If that doesn't intrigue you enough then what if I told you there is a chapter titled “Stabbed by Chicken.” That was the one I had to read to my sister so she knew why I was laughing so hard I almost started to cry.

And now for my disclaimer: this book is definitely not for everyone. The author is a fan of profanity, and she also makes light of her possible mental illness, but if you have a really quirky sense of humor, this is a must read. That being said, this was the funniest thing that I have ever read, and while the book will not necessarily change your life, it will make you laugh more than you have in a long time, unless you are a regular reader of Jenny Lawson, in which case you already know what I mean.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Fiction for 5/22/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.


2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
Abdication by Juliet Nicolson
Alpha by Greg Rucka
Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell
Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray
A Dark Anatomy by Robin Blake
Dark Magic by James Swain
Canada by Richard Ford
Cliff Walk by Bruce DeSilva
Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for Murder by Catriona McPherson
Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman
A Lady Cyclists Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson
The Last Man by P.T. Deutermann
Nightworld by F. Paul Wilson
Princeps by L.E. Modesitt
The Reckoning by Jane Casey
Secondworld by Jeremy Robinson

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dark of the Moon by John Sandford

If you like well-developed mysteries with a sharp protagonist and a gripping plot, then you need to read John Sandford!!!!  Dark of the Moon is the first in his Virgil Flowers series, which is a spin off from the well-established and popular Lucas Davenport series.

Virgil, who also works for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) like his boss Lucas Davenport, is sent to Bluestem, a small country town in southwestern Minnesota to investigate the murder of the Gleasons, an elderly doctor and his wife.  Driving through the outskirts in a downpour, he can see a blazing fire going up at William Judd's house, a hated old man who made is fortune through scamming.

What is left of Judd's few remains were found in the basement, and now Virgil is investigating all three homicides on request of his old buddy, town Sheriff Jim Stryker, who will lose the next election if the killer isn't apprehended soon.  His investigation brings him back a few generations to when Judd was younger and lived a shocking lifestyle with a few locals.  Virgil is clearly getting close, because a shot at his life and that of his date's comes as a warning to stay away.  But once you meet Virgil, you know he isn't the type to back down and will work even that much harder to catch the killer.

Sandford's mysteries are different from the usual fare in that they really focus on the investigative side of the crime.  This first offering in the Virgil Flowers series is just as pleasing as the Lucas Davenport series.  Fans of Jonathan Kellerman and Stephen White will find Sandford to be a natural choice.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton

Tara Lincoln is an event planner. She has been given the opportunity to plan the big event for the local professional football team. There she meets Mick Riley, star quarterback. Tara isn't looking for a relationship especially with a playboy like Mick. But she does  have a one night stand with Mick. But one night isn't enough for Mick.

Mick Riley is tired of being considered a playboy. His agent is the one who makes it look like he is with a different girl every night. When he meets Tara he wants more than a fling. He wants a relationship. So he goes after her. He keeps asking her out until she caves. And once she caves Mick will do anything to keep her.

Tara has been burned by relationships in the past. She also has a son who is her number one priority and her business which is now starting to gain attention. But there is something about Mick that making her open her heart again. But can it last?

This was the first book I have read by Jaci Burton and I really enjoyed it. The characters were likeable and sex scenes were steamy. I look forward to reading the rest of the Play by Play series!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Fiction for 5/15/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey
The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry
As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson
The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri
Gorilla Beach by Nicole Polizzi
Stolen Prey by John Sandford

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Through the Night By Janelle Denison

Valerie Downing is the head hostess at the Onyx casino in Las Vegas. She also works for the Reliance Group and is clairvoyant. She notices a very attractive man winning big at the tables. It is up to her to make sure he has everything he wants and keeps spending his money at the casino. When Valerie introduces herself and shakes his hand, she actually feels a spark. A little disturbed, Valerie does her job and moves along.

Chase Pierson is a treasure hunter. He is at the Onyx casino for a job and is about to meet his partner. When Valerie walks into the office, he is surprised and happy that it is the woman he felt a connection with early. Together they are tasked to find the rest of Al Capone's cane. Chase already has the top, they just need to find the staff. Chase also has a unique gift. He is a psychometrist, someone who can touch an object and know its history. Together Chase and Valerie should be able to complete the task.

They work great together but Valerie is determined to resist the attraction between them. Chase is willing to wait her out because he knows they would be great together. And when Valerie's life is put in danger, all bets are off.

This is the third book in the Reliance Group series. It wasn't my favorite in the series but it was still a good read. It didn't have enough suspense for me.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Good Guy by Dean Koontz

Oh Dean, how I have missed you!  We can't continue to be apart for long periods of time like this.  Well, it has been at least a few years since I have read anything by Koontz.  His last several books have had a supernatural flair, and I am partial to his straight up suspense novels.  The Good Guy came out in 2007 and is not one I have read, so I thought I would pick it up.  I was reminded how intense our friend Dean's writing is.  His books are some of the best suspense novels I have read and  The Good Guy is a perfect example.

A mason who lays pavement and puts up walls for a living, Tim Carrier hangs out at friend Liam's bar after a hard day's work.  A man walks into the bar mistaking him for someone else, leaves an envelope and takes off before Tim can stop him.  The envelope contains $10,000 cash and a picture of a woman.  A few minutes later, the another man walks in to retrieve the envelope.  Tim takes out the picture, tells the man the hit is off and to take the money for his trouble.  As soon as the he leaves, Tim watches him as he gets in his car so he can call the police, but he doesn't finish dialing when the hit man drives away in a cop car.

Tim locates the Linda, the woman of the photo, to warn her of what has transpired.  She can't think of any reason someone would want her dead.  Tim knows the hired killer is on the wrong side of the law, wants the rest of his payday, and will not stop until she is dead, so Tim and Linda are on the run until they can figure out what to do next.  Unbeknownst to them, they are not dealing with an ordinary hired killer; Kravit believes his mind and body are superior to the average mortal and he will go down guns a blazing before he will ever surrender.

Koontz must have a sick mind to create such psychotic villains.  You gotta love that.  I hope he doesn't wait too long to go back to a straight suspense novel without the supernatural elements.  Otherwise, it will be a while before I read him again.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

New Fiction for 5/8/2012

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.


11th Hour by James Patterson
Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe
Boleto by Alyson Hagy
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
The Emerald Storm by William Dietrich
Exit Plan by Larry Bond
The Family Corleone by Ed Falco
Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark
Home by Toni Morrison
Hush Money by Chuck Greaves
I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits
In One Person by John Irving
The Inquisitor's Key by Jefferson Bass
Lady, Go Die! by Mickey Spillane
Lehrter Station by David Downing
The Master's Muse by Varley O'Connor
The Sea Witch by Stephen Coonts
A Simple Murder by Eleanor Kuhns
The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer
They Eat Puppies, Don't They? by Christopher Buckley
The Whole Lie by Steve Ulfelder
The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

This book was soooooooo good!  I know, not very articulate, but that is how I felt when I finished reading the second in James' Fifty Shades trilogy and was dying to talk to someone about it.  As a result, you are stuck with my ruminations sadly.

Fifty Shades Darker picks up right where Fifty Shades of Grey left off, and Jose's art opening brings Ana and Christan back together, although they are still struggling with the same issues.  Ana has started her new job at an independent publishing firm.  Grey still desires the domination relationship and won't let her touch him in certain areas that bring back painful memories, and Ana still wants something more.  But Ana leaving him last time really has brought about a change in Grey.  He is willing to make concessions if it means that Ana promises won't run, and Ana is willing to try a bit more in the playroom near the end.  Both characters really mature and grow in this second offering.

Aside from the internal issues they both suffer, there are new factors that interfere with their relationship.  One of Grey's ex-subs is stalking Ana and neither Ana nor Grey knows what she wants, but suspect she is dangerous.  Ana's boss may have intentions that are not professional, which obviously doesn't sit well with Grey.  Ana finally meets Eleana (a.k.a Mrs. Robinson), the woman responsible for introducing Grey into this lifestyle when he was only a teenager and is none too happy that Grey still has a relationship with her, even if he insists it is platonic.  Readers also get a glimpse into Grey's past, although some details still remain a mystery.

There is something so addicting about these books.  You just want them to be together and follow the trial and tribulations with them as they work toward that end.  This one ended in a cliffhanger, so I can't wait to read the final book, Fifty Shades of Freed, but will be sad when it is over.

The author has put together a "soundtrack" for each book in the series.  These are songs that appear in the stories, either in the background while they are driving or on Grey's iPod.  I wish the soundtrack really existed, but you can sample the selections on the author's website.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill

Jimm Juree is anything but excited when she finds out that her mother, Mair, has sold the family home and plans to run a resort in southern Thailand. This is just one of many signs that Mair is slipping mentally. Now Jimm and her family, Mair, Grandad Jah, and younger brother Arny are heading south where they believe their lives will never be the same.

The rural village where they end up seems so far from what she is used to, and Jimm believes that her life as she knows it, especially her career as a crime reporter, is now over. It isn’t too long though before Jimm has a case on her hands, so her old life is not all lost. When the bodies of two hippies turn up in a buried VW bus, Jimm is hot on the trail. Committed to reporting on a story to put her on the map again she befriends a local police lieutenant and does some sleuthing on her own.
This decades old crime takes back seat when a murder is committed at the local Buddhist temple, and Jimm sets out to clear the name of the only nun at the temple. With the help of her whole family, including transgendered older brother Sissi who is still up north, Jimm is able to solve the crime and anonymously clue in the police force so she doesn’t get pegged for interfering with an investigation and withholding evidence.
This was a pretty quick read for me since I couldn’t put it down. I found all of the characters interesting, especially Jimm’s family. I loved following along as the temple murder was solved, but I do wish the first mystery had been wrapped up a little better. This is the first in a new series by the author, with the second set to publish in June, and I hope Jimm keeps up her sleuthing.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New Fiction for 5/1/12

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Afraid to Die by Lisa Jackson
All Woman and Springtime by Brandon Jones
The Body in the Boudoir by Katherine Hall Page
Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Breaking News by Fern Michaels
Dead Level by Sarah Graves
Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
A Fatal Fleece by Sally Goldenbaum
Final Sail by Elaine Viets
A Gift for My Sister by Ann Pearlman
The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
Murder on Fifth Avenue by Victoria Thompson
The Proposal by Mary Balogh
Red Cell by Mark Henshaw
The Reverend's Wife by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Robert B. Parker's Lullaby by Ace Atkins
The Solitary House by Lynn Shepherd
Spilled Blood by Brian Freeman
The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
Vultures at Twilight by Charles Atkins