Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New Fiction 4/30/13

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 Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs
A Bat in the Belfry by Sarah Graves
Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer
The Blossom Sisters by Fern Michaels
The Body in the Piazza by Katherine Hall Page
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Devil in Her Way by Bill Loehfelm
Five Days by Douglas Kennedy
The Morels by Christopher Hacker
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Stolen by Daniel Palmer
The Tooth Tattoo by Peter Lovesey
The Woman Upstairs Claire Messud

Saturday, April 27, 2013

An Unexpected Love by Claire Matthews

In this short story romance from Matthews (O’Baby!; Making Summer Last), T&G investment analyst Lexi Watts spots an inebriated Jack Brogan at the bar next to their office. Jack, intoxicatingly handsome and oozing charm, is the type of guy who can seduce women with the snap of a finger, and Lexi is no exception, having crushed on Jack for years while they were both junior analysts.

Jack practically falls over Lexi in his drunken state, yet a cab ride home leads to some passionate lovemaking and, before long, regular sex sessions. Lexi’s boss, Dan Yeager, isn’t pleased about the office romance to say the least. Lexi quickly tires of Jack when she learns there is not much behind the hunky fa├žade. Despite his gruff demeanor, Dan may just genuinely care for Lexi. Is it possible that love might be right there under her nose?

The most obvious faults of this story are two-dimensional characters and an unoriginal plot. Still, Matthews’s honest writing shows promise, and readers can hope that she will improve.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, February 10, 2012

Thursday, April 25, 2013

When She Said I Do by Celeste Bradley

Calliope Worthington is stranded with her family at an old rundown house. To her surprise someone is living there. Unfortunately he catches her in her shift and trying on jewelry in one of the bedrooms. He has her in a compromising position when her brother discovers them and calls the man out.

Ren Porter thinks he is seeing an angel. He knows he is a monster but he needs to touch her. Now he is facing off against her brother in a duel. But before anything can happen, Callie intervenes and now they are getting married.

Callie has made a deal with Ren involving a pearl necklace and their marriage. Callie will receive a pearl every time she does what Ren wants until the necklace is complete and then she can leave. But Callie is starting to fall in love with her husband. Will Ren ever feel the same?

I love Celeste Bradley! This was another great one. Cannot wait for her next book!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Fiction 4/23/13

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 Dead Caller From Chicago by Jack Fredrickson
Decadence by Eric Jerome Dickey
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Hit by David Baldacci
Honor Thy Thug: Thugs 6 by Wahida Clark
The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran
The Humanity Project by Jean Thompson
Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende
The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick
Paris by Edward Rutherfurd
The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway
Snapper by Brian Kimberling
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare.

When she wins a trip to the Bahamas, philosophy major and Kansas City waitress Bronte doesn’t imagine that she would spend her vacation inside while awaiting a hurricane. To make matters worse, she becomes stranded in an elevator with the resort’s manager, Logan Hawkings.

After escaping, they discover that everyone else has evacuated and they will need to fend for themselves until rescue arrives. Logan is extremely handsome and a tender lover and protector. When help finally shows up, Bronte learns that Logan isn’t some working-class employee but the owner of the resort—and a billionaire. His past has taught him that women are only after one thing. He puts Bronte to the ultimate test to determine if she is trustworthy, but that seemingly harmless exercise could destroy everything.

Clare’s (Jill Myles and Jessica Sims) latest contemporary (The Girl’s Guide to [Man]Hunting) is gratifying for its likable but flawed hero and heroine, sexy love scenes, and philosophical quotes Bronte perfectly articulates at the right moments. The next series offering is Beauty and the Billionaire, coming in July.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, April 12, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

Sparks' first book in her Love at Stake series offers a silly and entertaining vampire romp that should appeal to readers of MaryJanice Davidson's Undead series.

After Vampire coven master Roman Dragenesti loses his fang while testing out Romatech's latest invention, he rushes to the first all night dentist he can find and meets the Shanna Whelan, a beautiful dentist who has a fear of blood. Unfortunately, about the time he arrives, the place is being gunned down by the Russian mafia.  Shanna is in the witness protect program and has a large bounty over her head that Russian coven master Ivan Petrovsky hopes to claim.

Roman knows getting mixed up with a mortal can only lead to trouble, but he vows to protect her from harm and takes her under his care in his NYC town home that is guarded by his loyal highlanders.  But Shanna isn't Ivan's only target.  He has loathed Roman for over 18 years, ever since he had invented the synthetic blood that stops vampires from preying on humans.  Ivan hopes to blow up his laboratory so that vampires will be forced to prey on humans again, restoring the world to its natural order where vampires are the supreme race.

Roman can't believe he is falling hard for Shanna, and Shanna is not quite sure she can trust him yet, and she still doesn't know that he is a vampire.  But there is something different about Shanna, the fact that she puts up a mental wall that prevents him from controlling her mind, that Roman finds all the more attractive.

This book was slow moving for me at first, and Roman's repetitive "God's blood," is grating, but I am glad a stuck with it because overall I ended up enjoying the story and was rooting for the two protagonists to work it out.  Plus, "vampire sex" is done with mind control, not something physical, which added a unique element I haven't found in other vampire romances.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New Fiction 4/16/13

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.

Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley
Follow Her Home by Steph Cha
Good People by Ewart Hutton
London Falling by Paul Cornell
A Man Without Breath by Philip Kerr
Taking Eve by Iris Johansen
Tomorrow There Will be Apricots by Jessica Soffer
The View From Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman
Where You Can Find Me by Sheri Joseph
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
You by Austin Grossman

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hotblooded by Erin Nicholas

In Honey Creek, the Donovan women have a reputation of being hot-blooded, especially when it comes to men who can fulfill their needs. No matter how much the community despises her, the widowed Brooke Donovan is taking over her husband’s medical practice to prove this Texas town wrong. But an aggressive sex drive is hard to quell when confronted with the alluring San Antonio doctor Jack Silver.

Believing he is responsible for the death of Brooke’s husband, Jack hopes that the check he is intent on giving her will allow him to make amends. Brooke, however, will not take a handout from any man, as she is determined not to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Jack quickly learns that he has his work cut out for him when it comes to convincing feisty Brooke that she needs him not only in the bedroom but also in her heart.

Nicholas (Anything You Want) is adept at creating two enthralling characters hampered by their pasts yet driven by passion, and she infuses her romance with electrifying sex that will have readers who enjoy the sexually explicit seeking out more from this author.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, December 2, 2011

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rush by Maya Banks

Mia Crestwell has been in love with Gabe Hamilton since she was sixteen years old. He is best friends with her brother Jace and with their other friend Ash own a company together. Tonight is the opening of one of their new hotels and Mia wants to surprise Jace. She is dressed to kill but can't seem to find Jace anywhere at the crowded party. But Gabe has noticed her.

Gabe Hamilton has had a thing for Mia since she was twenty. But being almost fifteen years older than her and her being Jace's baby sister, Mia is off limits. Until she walks into the party dressed like that. Because now Gabe has to have her no matter what. But what Mia doesn't know is that Gabe is very different from any other man.

Now Mia is working as Gabe's personal assistant. And by personal Mia does whatever Gabe wants. And I mean anything. Mia is trying really hard to not expect anything but sex from Gabe but she can't help  being in love with him. And she just might be surprised by Gabe's true feelings.

You might think this is another Fifty Shades of Grey knockoff but it isn't. There are similarities, older rich man and young woman, a contract, bondage, a past that makes him this way, ok maybe it is like Fifty Shades of Grey. Either way I liked it! The next book is Fever and that one tells Jace's story.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Fiction 4/9/13

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 Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig
Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb
Code White by Scott Britz-Cunningham
Daddy's Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark
Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell
Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Lifetime by Liza Marklund
Midnight at Marble Arch by Anne Perry
Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble by Ann B. Ross
The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
The Perfect Ghost by Linda Barnes
A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde
Secrets From the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Sleight of Hand by Phillip Margolin
Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg
A Time of Change by Aimee Thurlo
Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Worth the Scandal by Karen Erickson

Worth the Scandal, a modern-day Cinderella story, is the first in a new series featuring the Worth brothers . The distinguished Alex Worth, CEO of his family’s business, has invited assistant Tessa Crawford on a European tour to help relaunch several of their overseas stores.

Alex is taking the place of his brother Hunter, who is investigating a possible spy leaking company secrets to the public. Despite Tessa’s insecurities about her place among the rich, the trip affords her the chance to go from average to glamorous as Alex showers her with luxuries, and it is no surprise that the two of them can’t keep their hands off of each other. But a shocking call from Hunter revealing new information about the spy may put their blooming romance in jeopardy and threaten this Cinderella from getting her happily ever after.

Erickson (Melt with You) sets the perfect stage for love in the world’s most romantic cities, making Alex and Tessa’s quick romance plausible, plus steamy lovemaking and a looming subplot help carry the story along to a surprising yet gratifying conclusion.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, March 2, 2012

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Dinner by Herman Koch

It's a lovely summer evening in Amsterdam, and two couples are meeting to talk over dinner. Paul, an unemployed teacher, and Serge, a candidate in the next election for Prime Minister, along with their wives manage to start the evening off politely enough, engaging in small talk and discussing movies, wine - everything but the very thing they've met to discuss. As dinner progresses through five courses, the tension grows as we learn more about each of the characters, and the reason for this meeting.

I can't tell you too much more without spoiling the plot, but trust me when I tell you that you'll devour this book in one sitting! Dark humor, taut suspense, numerous plot twists, and some characters you're going to love to hate make this story a very delectable treat. If you liked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, this book just might whet your appetite.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Fiction 4/2/13

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.

Alive! by Loren Estleman
All That Is by James Salter
All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg
The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith
The Heretic by David Drake
Juggernaut by Adam Baker
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Manuscript Found in Accra by Paul Coelho
No Way Back by Andrew Gross
Protector by C.J. Cherryh
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
Starting Now by Debbie Macomber
Stepping Stone/Love Machine by Walter Mosley
Widow's Tears by Susan Wittig Albert