Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Princess and the Peer by Tracy Anne Warren

Princess Emmaline Whyte wants an adventure. In boarding school must of her life, her brother, Rupurt, has sent for her and has announced she is to be married. Married to someone she doesn't know or love. So she does want any rational princess would do and runs away! She wants to experience London before she has to marry and is going to stay with a former teacher. But she is barely in London when she is robbed.

Dominic "Nick" Gregory, Lord Lyndhurst, witnesses the theft and tries to help. When they fail to catch the thieves, Nick insists on escorting Emma to her teacher. Nick is very taken with her and when they discover her teacher is out of the country, Nick offers to let her stay at his house with his aunt as chaperone  Emma isn't sure but she wants her adventure and agrees. But she lets Nick think she is a governess and not a princess.

Soon a week turns into three and Emma is in love with Nick. But she knows she has to marry another for her country. After giving herself to him, she runs away back to her brother. Nick is devastated. He was going to propose and now Emma as disappeared without a trace. But when he comes face to face with her at a ball, Nick is furious. The governess he fell in love with is a princess. What other lies has she told? Emma is shocked to see Nick and tries to explain that she has to marry another. But Nick won't give her up and will do anything to be with her.

This was my first book by Tracy Anne Warren and I have another author to add to my list of must reads! This is the first in the Princess Brides trilogy. The next one is Her Highness and the Highlander.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Moonlight Mirage by Sami Lee

This steamy trilogy closes with Lee’s Moonlight Mirage, a novel of romantic tension between Hayley Bryant, a young girl Mack took under her wing, and Mitch Wood, Mack’s staunch older brother. Hayley had worked for Mitch two years ago when she was just a naïve girl. Her heart was crushed when she discovered that love would always take a backseat with Mitch, whose only real passion is business.

After exploring the world and releasing her wild side, Hayley has arrived for the wedding with her sexy friend with benefits, Ty Butler, as her date. Mitch is full of regrets and wants a second chance, but Hayley won’t risk her heart again. Instead, she offers him an erotic proposition that will force Mitch to give up control if he is ever going to get what he and Hayley both want.

Lee (Erica’s Choice) has carved out her own niche in the series by taking a conventional love story and giving it an erotic twist. This reviewer was sad to see this story and series end but enjoyed this easy, fun, and romantic diversion while it lasted.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, July 13, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Fiction 9/25/12

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.

Dancing Dogs by John Katz
God: A Story of Revelation by Deepak Chopra
A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery
The Forgiven by Lawrence Osborne
Panorama City by Antoine Wilson
Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
An Outlaw's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller
Rapture by J.R. Ward
The Story of My Assassins by Tarun Tejpal
Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Now You See Me by SJ Bolton

DC Lacey Flint was walking back to her car after talking to a witness. What she sees next changes her life forever. A bloody woman is leaning against Lacey's car but Lacey cannot figure out what is going on. She tries to help her but the woman dies.

DI Dana Tulloch is put in charge and she recruits DI Mark Joesbury. Right off the bat Joesbury is suspicion of Lacey and she is uneasy around him.Soon a reporter is contacted by the killer and Lacey is mentioned in the letter. And soon it because apparent that they are looking at a Jack the Ripper copycat. Or are they? Because it is starting to look like the killer is focused on Lacey. And Lacey has a secret past that she can not have exposed.

I loved this book! There were twists and turns and when I found out about Lacey's past, my jaw dropped. There is so much more I want to write about this book but I don't want to give anything away! I just checked out the next book featuring Lacey Flint, Dead Scared, and I am super excited to start.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay

If you know me, then you know one of my favorite authors is Linwood Barclay.  I discovered him a few years ago and have read everything he has written, so I have a good point of comparison.  I have to say that Trust Your Eyes might be his best book ever.

Ray Kilbride's father recently passed in a freak lawnmower accident and he is back in Promise Falls, New York to settle up the estate.  One of his biggest concerns is what to do with his brother, Thomas, a schizophrenic.  Thomas is on medication and  is pretty harmless, but he cannot care for himself and has been obsessed with maps since he was a kid.  He rarely ever leaves the house and spends all his time on a website called Whirl360, which allows the end user to explore cities and streets all over the word to, similar to what we know with Google satellite.

Thomas's delusions are pretty out there, as he believes he is on a mission to memorize all the maps in the world in the event all the online maps disappear and the CIA will need to tap his brain.  As he is exploring New York City, he comes across a questionable image in an apartment window.  It first looks like a mannequin's head, but when you zoom in, it is clear that it is a person being suffocated by a plastic bag.  Could it be that the Whirl360 camera's actually caught a murder in progress that Thomas is the first to discover?

Ray is positive it is an illusion or mistake, but he goes to New York City anyway to check it out.  When he does, he sets off a chain of events that puts both his and his brother's life in danger.  

Wowzers.  I could not put this down.  And even when you think you have everything all figured out, Barclay leaves you with a final surprise on the very last page.  If you like page turning thrillers and have not read Barclay yet, you are surely missing out.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Fiction 9/18/12

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.

A Death in Valencia by Jason Webster
Beautiful Lies by Clare Clark
Blood Lies by Richard Marcinko
Fallen Masters by John Edwards
Father Night by Eric Lustbader
Hiss and Hers by M.C. Beaton
The Incense Game by Laura Joh Rowland
The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore
The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy O'Brien
Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding
Trouble & Triumph by Tip Harris
The Natanz Directive by Wayne Simmons
Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason
Resurrection Express by Stephen Romano
San Miguel by T.C. Boyle
Something Red by Douglas Nicholas
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Severe Clear by Stuart Woods
Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein

I was browsing the selection at the bookstore when I came across this book, with it's extremely attention grabbing title. I decided to pick it up to see what it was all about. Despite the rather alarmist title, the book itself is not as over the top as you would think it would be.

The Dumbest Generation is a non-fiction book that aims to bring to the light the shortcomings of this generation and the effects that the internet and other new technology has on this current generation. Whether or not the book succeeds at conveying its intentions is another thing altogether.

The author really likes to use loads of statistics in order to prove his point. While statistics are definitely needed for a book like this, he relies on them too much. And even despite all these statistics, the author never really explains how this stuff specifically affects this generation. Instead it's just filled with generalizations that are justified through statistics. There is some stuff I agree with the author on, but the way it's conveyed is just not interesting.

Occasionally, the author uses terms such as "Web 2.0" unironically, which makes him seem like an outsider who does not know what he is talking about. Bauerlein seems to treat the much of the internet, ebooks and the like with disdain, without adequate knowledge of their inner workings.

Sometimes the book comes off as dishonest. The author portrays pro-technology and internet advocates as blindly enthusiastic strawmen, so of course they are going to look foolish. He says something along the lines of kids would rather play Mario Bros. rather than read The Great Gatsby. It's not exactly fair comparing a literary classic with the literary equivalent of Twilight or Harry Potter.

I don't think that The Dumbest Generation is a terrible book, but I do think it's pretty mediocre. There are a lot of other books that tackle similar subjects much more effectively. If you're interested, check out The Shallows by Nicholas Carr.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sunset Heat by Lexxie Couper

This second offering of the Bandicoot Cove: The Wedding series, Sunset Heat introduces three guests present for Aidan and Mack’s wedding but also a love triangle complicated by an erotic ménage à trois.

Kennedy, Bandicoot Cove’s new wedding photographer, is startled to find as Aidan’s best man Luke, an Australian firefighter whom she ducked out on after a one-night stand months earlier. Luke brings along to Bilby Island his sexy and competitive British cousin, Addison, a man who goes after (and always gets) what he wants.

When Kennedy suggests a threesome, the men are more than happy to oblige. However, they soon learn that a sexy tryst can satisfy fantasies and deliver amazing pleasures but can’t provide lasting love. Kennedy will, ultimately, need to follow her heart and choose between the rake and the hero.

Couper (Love’s Rhythm) kicks up the erotic elements without letting the story grow stale. She keeps the characters grounded as each learns that the needs of the heart outweigh those of the body. Through these characters, readers get to experience the best of both worlds: a racy fantasy and romantic sensibility.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, July 13, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Fiction 9/11/12

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.

Black Dahlia & White Rose by Joyce Carol Oates
Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb
A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn
Frozen Heat by Richard Castle
The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis
Robert Ludlum's The Janus Reprisal by Jame Freveletti
Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice by Michael Brandman
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
A Wanted Man by Lee Child

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Afternoon Rhapsody by Jess Dee

In Dee’s titillating Afternoon Rhapsody, the first of an erotic novella trilogy (Bandicoot Cove: The Wedding), Bianca “Bee” Rogers finds herself at the tropical Australian resort of Bandicoot Cove for the wedding of her brother Aidan to McKenzie.

This holiday affords her some time to think about what she really wants, as she has yet to sign the divorce papers that will finalize her marriage to Rick, the man who did so much for her that she lost herself somewhere along the way.

The last thing she expects is to run into Brody Evans, a man going through his own divorce who puts her dormant sex drive into high gear. Are Bee and Brody willing to leave behind their past relationship woes and allow themselves a second chance at love?

This sultry resort on Bilby Island sets the perfect stage for red-hot sex and romance to converge. Readers will also be pleasantly surprised by Dee’s (Colors of Love) unexpected turn of events that will have them wanting these two characters to work it out.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, July 13, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Burn by Linda Howard

This offering from prolific romantic suspense author Howard was just mediocre.  It was interesting enough to keep me reading, but certainly not one of my favorites by her.  I am accustomed to hot love scenes early on in her books, and this element was absent from Burn.  If you haven't read Howard before, I would recommend starting with Up Close and Dangerous, a novel more reflective of her writing prowess.

Seven years ago after winning millions in the lottery and being burned by her supposed friends and family, Jenner Redwine left her former life in Chicago behind for the sunshine state where she met Syndey, a sweet, young socialite from old money.  Syd invites Jenner on a charity cruise called  "the Silver Mist" with the richest of the rich, but Syd never makes it to their shared stateroom where they are supposed to meet up.

Jenner is abducted by Cael Traylor, a man who tells her nothing more than if Jenner doesn't cooperate with his and his team's orders on the cruise, Syd will die.  With her best friend's life on the line, she has no choice to go along, and she soon learns that Cael is doing surveillance on the person and host of the cruise who is staying in the next room from her and Syd's suite.

Despite being dark and sexy, Cael is completely controlling and is no match for the feisty Jenner.  Although she is forced to go along with the plan to make sure they both make it out alive, Jenner won't make it easy for Cael.  Being handcuffed at night to your captor would be terrifying in any other circumstance, but Jenner discovers there is more to Cael than she is telling him, and he just might be one of the good guys.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New Fiction 9/4/12

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.

7 Days by Deon Meyer
The Accomplice by Charles Robbins
An Apple for the Creature ed. by Charlaine Harris
Bleeding Through by Sandra Parshall
Breed by Chase Novak
Buffalo Bill's Dead Now by Margaret Coel
Dance With the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose by Susan Wittig Albert
The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams
Elminster Enraged by Ed Greenwoood
The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli
Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
John Saturnall's Feast by Lawrence Norfolk
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
Lord of Mountains by S.M. Stirling
The Map of the Sky by Felix Palma
NW by Zadie Smith
The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow
The Spirit Well by Stephen Lawhead
The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos
Tiger's Claw by Dale Brown
The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
The Tombs by Clive Cussler
Trojan Horse by Mark Russinovich
Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay