Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Fiction 12/31/2013

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.

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The Death Trade by Jack Higgins
The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Killing Cupid by Laura Levine
Rosarito Beach by M.A. Lawson
Hazardous Duty by W.E.B. Griffin
Easy Day for the Dead by Howard Wasdin
How to Run With a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
Darkness Eternal by Gena Showalter

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

 Layken "Lake" Cohen has just moved from Texas to Michigan. Her dad died suddenly about nine months ago and her mom was able to get a job in her home state. Plus she has to start her senior year in a new school. Lake is not happy. She is miserable.  Until she meets her new neighbor, Will Cooper.

Will is 21 and is raising his younger brother, Caulder. Their parents were killed in a car accident and at nineteen, Will became Caulder's parent.  After one date, they have an instant connection. Will takes Lake to a poetry slam and Lake is mesmerized. But Will and Caulder are going away for the weekend so they have to wait for date number two. But before another date can take place, a shocking revelation happens.

Now Lake and Will are separated by this event that happens. But Lake has to see Will everyday and it is killing her.  And when another tragedy happens, will Lake and Will be able to finally be together?

I loved this book! And there are two more books in the series featuring Lake and Will: Point of Retreat and This Girl.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

This book follows the story of Pat Peoples, recently released from "the bad place," dedicated to the idea of bettering himself and single-mindedly focused on seeing the silver linings in life, which can be both hopeful and heart breaking for Pat as he navigates through life after
his "incident."

What I loved about this book was the honesty of it. You follow with Pat through every step, andhe's not an omniscient narrator who sees the particulars and hidden meanings in everythingaround him - his viewpoint is restricted by his own limitations, just like they would be in reallife. His inner monologue is at times disjointed, or even a bit manic, but I found it refreshingly honest. His character almost reminded me a bit of Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye.

The characters Matthew Quick creates are real - they are quirky and troubled and imperfect. If you are looking for a book to be similar to the movie, you'll find that's not the case (although I'd highly recommend the movie as well). But the book I found was one I could not put down, and a hopeful but not "storybook" ending.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wait for You by J Lynn

Avery Morgansten has moved from Texas to West Virginia to go to college. And to get away from her past and parents. She does not want to be late for the first day of class. She even planned ahead during the weekend. But wouldn't it figure she is late. And as she is heading towards the class, she literally bumps into the hottest guy ever. Flustered, Avery ditches her first college class. They rest of the day goes better and Avery even makes a couple of friends. But isn't it her luck that her neighbor turns out to be the hot guy she made of fool of herself in front of.

 Cameron Hamilton is a flirt. He keeps showing up when Avery least expects him and he is growing on her. She never wanted to find love after a traumatic incident in her past but Cam is breaking down her walls. And when an event happens back in Texas related to Avery's past, she needs Cam more than ever. 

This New Adult novel has all the New Adult ingredients: hot bad boy, girl with a tragic past, and a college setting. I loved it. Sometimes the lead girl can be whiny and annoying but not in this case. I really enjoyed the characters and story!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Wedding Favor by Cara Connelly

Texas cowboy Tyrell Brown should be elated that he just won the case against the insurance company who claimed that Ty pulled the plug on his wife after a drunk driver killed her, but mostly he is glad he never has to see that “bitch on wheels” NYC lawyer Victoria Westin again. That is, until, she is seated next to him on his plane to Paris. Turns out his close friend Isabelle is marrying Vicky’s brother Matt, and they are both in the wedding party. 

Both are weighted down by the obligatory emotional baggage: Vicky’s two-timing ex and the ghost of Ty’s wife. Despite their mutual disdain, they make a pact to get along for the sake of the wedding. To be convincing, they even have a flirtation going, but it doesn't taking much acting for Vicky to pretend to like the hot cowboy, and Vicky is equally sexually tempting as she is sassy, making Ty see he may have finally met his match.

Connelly’s (Christmas novella The Wedding Date) sexy series starter goes off with a bang. The banter between two characters who have a love/hate relationship makes for a humorous and enjoyable ride with plenty of gratuitous love making throughout. Let’s hope Connelly continues the fun her next book in the series, The Wedding Vow.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Harold Fry, recently retired and leading a routine (if not mundane) life is surprised to receive a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend he’d lost touch with twenty years before. Queenie, suffering from cancer and living in hospice care, writes Harold to say goodbye. Planning to send her a short condolence letter and telling his somewhat annoyed wife Maureen he would be back soon, Harold is instead inspired to deliver the letter in person – even though the hospice is more than 600 miles away and Harold himself is ill prepared for the journey – convinced that she will
not die as long as he walks.

What follows is a journey of reflection – both by Harold, who reflects on his own shortcomings as a father, husband, and friend; and for Maureen, who begins to feel a love for husband again that she’d lost so many years before. Meeting strangers and relying on the kindnesses of new acquaintances stirs up memories for Harold that, while often painful, proves cathartic as he makes his journey across England. And Harold’s single-minded determination to “save” Queenie is both maddening and extremely endearing to the reader – you’ll definitely find yourself rooting for him throughout.

This novel is beautifully written, managing to be poetic, humorous, and honest at the same time. The characters Harold meets along the way are quirky and interesting, and the pacing of the story is steady. While this book may make you feel happy, sad, reminiscent, frustrated, or sentimental (possibly all at the same time), I don’t think it will leave you disappointed!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Fiction 12/17/2013

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.

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The Invisible Code by Christopher Fowler
Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust
The New Countess by Fay Weldon
Murder as a Second Language by Joan Hess

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

This twentieth offering in Evanovich's super popular Stephanie Plum series is just mediocre: entertaining enough but nothing new happens, unless you count Stephanie's car not blowing up. That's new since it usually always does.

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is trying to locate Salvatore Sunucchi (aka Sunny) whose bond will give much more than just pizza money. A bona fide wise guy, Uncle Sunny, however, happens to be Joe Morelli's (her soon to be fiance) uncle and his Grandma Bella's nephew. Bella isn't too pleased and hits Stephanie with her evil eye. Tracking down Sunny at his mistress' house has just resulted in being shot at so far, so Stephanie knows this isn't going to be an easy catch.

While out on the prowl for Sunny, Stephanie and her sidekick (and former 'ho) Lula happen across a giraffe lose in the Burg. Lula is determined to catch the giraffe, who she has lovingly named Kevin, and attempts to use lettuce as bait that she leaves on street corners.

Meanwhile, several elderly women have been turning up in dumpsters after being choked to death by a Venetian blind cord. Ranger is looking for the perpetrator on behalf of one of his clients, and he enlists Stephanie's help, but so for the bingo halls and senior centers have not yielded any clues. She taps into Grandma Mazur and her circuit of friends as she looks for some connection between the elderly ladies.

As typical of this series, Takedown Twenty features lots of humor, references to our favorite Lula food places, such as Cluck-in-a-Bucket, and the Morelli-Ranger-Stephanie love triangle (just pick Ranger already). I don't know why I keep reading these; the characters never evolve or progress. Hopefully the next offering will be a little better, but I am sure it will be more of the same, which I will continue to read.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Look of Love by Bella Andre

Chloe Peterson cannot believe her luck. She has just escaped a physical encounter with her ex and now her car is in a ditch. And it is dark and raining. Hard. She decides to try and walk when another car pulls up. At first wary of the handsome man who approaches, Chloe finally agrees to let him help.

Chase Sullivan is headed to his brother's Napa Valley vineyard when he spots a stranded driver. He decides to help and is shocked when he is instantly drawn to this woman. She is sporting a bruise on her face and is drenched. He finally convinces her to come to his brother's house. Once there, Chase's feelings grow.

Chloe agrees to spend one night and then be on her way. But for some reason she agrees to stay and help Chase. He is a photographer and is doing a shoot at the vineyard. One of his people gets sick and Chloe is a natural to help out. Soon Chloe and Chase become closer and Chloe starts thinking they might have a chance. But a threat from her past shows up. Will Chloe and Chase get their happy ending?

This is the first book in the Sullivan series. The series is about the eight Sullivan siblings and they will each have their own book. I cannot wait to read them all!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New Fiction 12/10/2013

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.

Innocent Blood by James Rollins
Innocence by Dean Koontz
Hunted by Karen Robards
Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Once Upon a Lie by Maggie Barbieri
Heirs of the Body by Carola Dunn
The Housemaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch
Secondhand Stiff by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Cupcake Diaries: A Spoonful of Christmas by Darlene Panzera

When an investor offers to buy their shop, Creative Cupcakes’ co-owners and best friends Andi, Rachel and Kim have been given a lot to think about this Christmas. Andi doesn’t want to sell, but both Rachel, who is soon to be married, and Kim, Andi’s sister, dream of what they can do with the money. 

Even with a potential sale looming, the girls get into the spirit by decorating the shop and collecting presents to distribute to foster kids in the area. Unfortunately, they learn that there is a real-life Grinch determined to put a stop to the festivities, and he even goes as far as destroying their holiday decorations, defacing Kim’s window painting and stealing all the gifts. Max, a foster kid with neglectful parents who could really benefit from those gifts, befriends Andi’s daughter Mia and covertly hangs around the shop. There is a possibility that Max could be their Grinch, but perhaps this Grinch will bring them together to give them one of the most memorable Christmases ever.

Panzera’s (Taste of Romance) Cupcake Diaries series seem to follow the same worn plot every time, which involves destruction of their business in some fashion, romance between characters who lack any real passion and cupcake recipes at the end for good measure. For readers looking for fluff, Cupcake Diaries will fit the bill, but anyone wanting any real substance should seek out Susan Wiggs or Cathie Linz as better alternatives.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The aptly title The Fault in Our Stars introduces us to the wise beyond her years Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year old stage IV thyroid cancer survivor with a terminal diagnosis. Hazel has little planned out for her remaining years beyond re-reading her favorite novel and re-runs of America’s Next Top Model. That is, until a chance meeting with Augustus Waters. Gus, a fellow “cancer kid” in remission, draws Hazel out with a confident, slightly nerdy but fully endearing charm that will draw you in from the very beginning.

Together they share books (she recommends the obscure An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten while he recommends a slightly less “literary” novel based on his favorite video game). The two soon become inseparable, navigating the waters of first love and eventually embarking on a simultaneously disastrous and wonderful trip to Amsterdam courtesy of Augustus’ “wish” to meet Van Houten, who promises to answer Hazel’s lingering unanswered questions about the book’s abrupt end.

This is a novel of opposing realities – the romance of falling for someone new and the reality of life with a terminal diagnosis. It’s as sweet and emotional as it is raw. Though technically a YA title, John Green’s writing is witty, smart, and honest – the characters are incredibly believable and engaging for teens and adults alike. Read with a box of tissues nearby. And definitely plan on reading before the movie comes out next summer.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Fiction 12/3/13

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.

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The Apartment
by Greg Baxter
Brown Dog by Jim Harrison
Command Authority by Tom Clancy
Going Dark by James W. Hall
Mars, Inc. by Ben Bova
The Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Retribution by Eric Lustbader
Shoot the Woman First by Wallace Stroby
The Spook Lights Affair by Marcia Muller
Things Fall Apart by Harry Turtledove

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gone by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

The last time we saw Michael Bennett and his family (I, Michael Bennett), they were being whisked away into witness protection. Now it is eight months later, and they have been relocated to a cattle farm in California. It is a far cry from New York City but the kids are adjusting. Michael not as much. He is relieved when his FBI buddy Emily Parker drops by to ask for help on a case. The case involves Manuel Perrine, the man who escaped Bennett and is the reason they are in witness protection.

Perrine has been executing all of his rivals. From mob bosses to drug lords, no one is safe. Since Bennett is the only one to have ever caught Perrine, the FBI pull him in to help. He isn't sure at first because he doesn't want to leave his family but he wants this nightmare to end. He is flown to LA and immediately goes to work with the task force. The trail leads them to Mexico and an unforgettable ending.

I love Michael Bennett. This was another action packed thrill ride. I eagerly await the next installment of the Bennett clan!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Rodeo Queen by T.J. Kline

When she requests to be part of the opening ceremony, recently crowned rodeo queen Sydney Thomas and Scott Chandler aren't off to a good start. Scott believes all rodeo queens are “spoiled prom queens with buckles and cowboy hats.” Seeing her tenderness and aptitude for breaking in difficult horses, his partner Mike hires Sydney to be part of their rodeo circuit.

Now that they will be working together, Scott challenges Sydney to prove that he is wrong. Sydney does just that, but it isn't enough for Scott to take down the wall he has built around his heart and she is unsure if she can stick around for any more heartbreak, especially now that Mike’s daughter, who happens to be Scott’s ex-fiancĂ©, returns to the ranch determined to drive a wedge between them. In fact, she even enlists the help of Scott’s envious brother and Sydney’s dangerous ex-boyfriend to make her plan succeed. With the odds stacked against them, Scott will need to break down all the barriers that stand in their way and prove his love to Sydney or risk losing her forever.

Kline’s (self-published author Tina Klinesmith) supporting cast is cartoonish; readers can practically hear Liz’s evil cackle as she makes her devious plan. The romance between Scott and Sydney is genuine and sexy, but that doesn’t make up for a worn and predictable story that is easily forgotten.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, December 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Fiction 11/26/13

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.


Hostage by Kay Hooper
The Land Across by Gene Wolfe
Our Picnics in the Sun by Morag Joss
To Paris with Love by Carl Weber

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My Favorite Mistake by Chelsea M. Cameron

Taylor Caldwell is starting her sophomore year of college with three new roommates. On move in day the girls, Taylor, Renee and Darah, are unpacking and waiting for their fourth roommate. To their surprise it is a guy,Hunter Zaccedelli. Taylor is not having him move in because she will have to share a room with him. But he isn't going anywhere. He proposes a bet: if he can get Taylor to either hate him or love him he will move out. But she has to really mean it. Not getting anywhere with housing, Taylor agrees to the bet.

Taylor knows she will never love anyone because of a traumatic event in her past. But as big of a jerk as Hunter can be he is also not such a bad guy. And Hunter is starting to open up to Taylor about his painful past. Taylor is starting to rethink her position on love. But when her past comes back to haunt her, will Hunter be there for her?

I am really liking this new genre of New Adult. This is another great one in that genre. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I will definitely be reading another book by Chelsea!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers

Aspiring singer Hilary McIntyre hopes to catch her big break on Broadway and her live-in boyfriend, theater’s new hot “it” guy, might be her ticket in. Her life comes to an abrupt stop when on her apartment steps she discovers Alessandro Moretti, a ghost from her troubled past who left an unforgettable memory in his wake. Hilary hasn't seen Alessandro, her only solace from a childhood of despair, since he left their group home eight years prior.

Her anger slowly melts away as she learns that Alessandro’s struggles and determination to make amends for his transgressions reveal the soul that she always has known him to be. The two make a pact to show each other the undiscovered parts of the city every week and while they easily fall back into comfortable companionship, a secret Hilary harbors that will change the course of their future, floats just under the surface.

Although tough on the outside, Hilary’s honest narration leaves her raw and exposed to the reader, which makes her plight all the more substantial. Desrochers’ story, second in the "A Little Too Far" series, offers the genre hallmarks (a young woman in the midst of self-discovery navigating her career and a tension laden romance), but it is important to note that this new adult offering has a much more serious tone that its cohorts.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, November 15, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Fiction 11/19/13

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.

King and Maxwell by David Baldacci
A Nasty Piece of Work by Robert Littell
Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley

Tabby Allen has grown up hanging out with Chaos, the local motorcycle club. Her dad, Kane "Tack" Allen (Motorcycle Man) is the head of the MC. She has been in love with Parker "Shy" Cage since she was sixteen but he never saw her as anything but a kid. Then one night Shy rescues her from a bad situation. But that night also ends their friendship.

Shy has always had a thing for Tabby but she was too young and the boss's daughter. Then one night changed everything between them. As the years pass, Tabby grows up and becomes engaged. Shy misses her friendship and is jealous of her new man. Then tragedy happens. Tabby starts to lean on Shy and they mend their friendship. Plus their feelings are still there and stronger than ever.

Now they are dating but keeping it from their family and friends. But when club business interferes, their new love is tested. Will they be able to make it through the latest disaster?

This was my first book by Kristen Ashley and it won't be my last! I really enjoyed the characters. If you are a fan of Sons of Anarchy and Jax then I recommend this one! Her Dream Men series features characters in Own the Wind.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

'Til Death Do Us Part by Kate White

This third book in the Bailey Weggins series finds Gloss magazine freelance crime writer Bailey investigating the deaths of two bridesmaids who's death's seem like accidents, but who another bridesmaid fears are actually murders.

Ashley contacts Bailey when her roommate Robin dies by eating something she knew would be fatal with her medication. Both Robin and Ashley as well as Jamie, who was electrocuted in the tub, were attendants in Peyton Cross's wedding last Spring. Ashley is convinced that neither deaths were accidental, so Bailey agrees to poke around while she visits Peyton, who's vast Martha Stewart like empire was started by her husband's investments, in Greenwhich, CT.

The closer she looks, the more the people in Peyton's circle are starting to seem suspicious, including Peyton's much older husband David, his business partner, his ex wife, and Peyton's cousin Philippa. And clearly someone is upset that she is digging around when Bailey becomes victim to a few threats. The local police brush her off as paranoid, and without evidence or a motive, it seems unlikely that the killer will be stopped. That isn't Bailey's only worry since she was also in Peyton's wedding. Could she be the next victim?

I like this series because it is very investigative in nature and the first person narration makes the reader feel like she is solving the case along with Bailey. White stacks up a number of potential suspects that when the truth is revealed, it always comes as a surprise. In this volume, we hear a little bit more about her love life with her partner Jack as well. This series is always a safe bet for me and will be for anyone who enjoys Jonathan Kellerman or Stephen White.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New Fiction 11/12/13

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.


A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
Death of the Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone
Dust by Patricia Cornwell
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
Ghost Medicine by Aimee Thurlo
Hild by Nicola Griffith
Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke
An Old Betrayal by Charles Finch
A Permanent Member of the Family by Russell Banks
Sins of the Flesh by Colleen McCullough
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith
White Fire by Douglas Preston

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bad Nights by Rebecca York

Morgan Rains is at her cabin getaway packing it up and trying to let go of her dead husband. While going down memory lane, Morgan is startled to see a man in her backyard and watches as he passes out. She goes out to investigate and discovers he is naked and injured. She ends up dragging him inside and tending to his wounds and warming him up.

Jack Brandt is not sure what happened to him. He does know he is in danger and needs to leave this cabin and woman before the danger comes. But danger arrives before he can leave. His memory also returns. He co-owns Rockfort Security with two friends. He was on an undercover job hoping to get info on a terrorist when his cover was blown and he was tortured.

Now Morgan and Jack must work together to escape his enemies. They manage to escape the house and connect with his partners. But everyone is not as they seem and danger might be closer then they think.

I really enjoyed this book. It looks like it will be the start of a trilogy. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dying to Please by Linda Howard

When Sarah Stevens stops a burglary in progress, the local media want to feature her in a story, for not only her act of bravery but also for her choice of profession. Sarah, a live-in butler for a retired judge, oversees the household and attends to all her client's needs. Sarah has an unusual set of skills. Besides being highly organized and professional, her background from growing up in a military family has her trained in martial arts. She is not only attends to the home, but also defends it.

Alabama detective Tom Cahill first encounters Sarah on the night of the robbery and makes the false assumption that she is attends to more than the judge's professional needs. Sarah is a tough cookie and fiercely independent, but Cahill can't get her out of his mind. He is in luck when Sarah calls him after she receives a pendant in the mail from an unknown admirer. Ever since her television interview, all sorts of rich types have been crawling out of the woodwork hoping to entice Sarah with a better job offer.

In hopes of drawing her stalker out, Sarah attends a movie on her night off but comes home to find the judge dead after being shot in the head. Having grown close to the judge and his family over the years, Sarah is devastated, but Cahill wonders if it is all an act. He works to clear Sarah as a suspect in hopes of stepping up his game as her potential lover. She is a perfect match for him, but when her next clients turn up dead, he questions whether he trusted her too soon.

This romantic suspense offering from the prolific Howard was just mediocre. The hot love makin' between Cahill and Sarah lived up to Howard's reputation, but the suspense elements just weren't really that "suspenseful." I will continue to read Howard because I know that some of her books are better than others.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Fiction 11/5/13

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 All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
Burning Paradise by Robert Charles Wilson
Buying In by Laura Hemphill
The Dinosaur Feather by S. J. Gazan
The Good Boy by Theresa Schwegel
Havisham by Ronald Frame
Iron Winter by Stephen Baxter
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
Mirage by Clive Cussler 
No Man's Nightingale by Ruth Rendell
Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch
Strait of Hormuz by T. Davis Bunn
Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming
USA Noir by Johnny Temple
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
Want Not by Jonathan Miles
Where the Moon Isn't by Nathan Filer

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot

Heather Wells is back. It is the week before classes start at New York College, where she is the assistant resident director of Fischer Hall aka Death Dorm. It is also a month before she marries the man of her dreams, Cooper Cartwright. They also have a VIR (Very Important Resident), a prince.  Everything is going well until a RA is found dead in her room.

At first it appears she died from her asthma. But it is soon revealed that she was murdered. Evidence is starting to point to the VIR . It seems he is having nightly parties in the floor above where the RA was found. She was also attending these parties. Of course, Heather has to investigate with the help of her PI fiance. But everything is not what it seems and the Prince is hiding a deadly secret.

Then out of the blue Heather's estranged mother shows up. Heather hasn't talked to her in years ever since she ran off with all of Heather's money. Now Heather has to solve a murder, plan a wedding, not kill her mother, and not end up dead.

This is the fifth book in the Heather Wells series and I love it just as much as the others. Here is hoping Meg Cabot writes many more!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Foreplay by Sophie Jordan

Dartmouth college student Pepper has been pining for the same man since she was twelve. She finally has her chance now that Hunter is newly single. Unfortunately, Pepper doesn’t have much experience under the sheets, so her roommates have the perfect guy in mind to show her the ropes. Enter hot, bad boy bartender Reece, who has seduced his share of customers and is more than happy to tutor Pepper. 

Under his guidance, she learns not only about pleasures in the bedroom but also that there is much more to this man than Pepper originally thought. She discovers herself opening up to him on an emotional level she has never done with anyone, not even her friends. Hunter is the man who will rescue her from her past, but the rare chemistry she only finds with Reece gives her doubts about the one thing she always new to be true.

Best known for her sensual historical romances, Jordan makes a big splash with this first foray into the emerging new adult territory. Readers are along for a pleasurable ride with Pepper in her sexual education, which comes from a hot guy whose attraction goes much deeper than sex. A gratifying story that is also hard to put down, Jordan series starter sets a high bar for new adult.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: Fiction | First Look at New Books, November 1, 2013