Saturday, June 29, 2013

Just What He Wanted by HelenKay Dimon

Needing to get away from the hustle and bustle of Philly and an unfaithful ex, Andie Patterson relocates to Holloway, West Virginia to manage the Mountain View resort, owned by her friend Lila.  Wanting to make sure everything is running smoothly, Lila and her fiancĂ© send Thomas Nurseries’ employee, Travis Yardley, to check on Andie.

Travis is shocked to learn that Andie is actually a woman, and not just any woman, but one with attitude and curves in all the right places.  Andie is equally smitten with the sexy and hard-working Travis, but refuses to give into her impulses since Travis is ten years her junior. Age isn’t an issue for Travis and he plans to convince Andie he is just the man for her, but the troubled upbringing Travis left behind years ago comes back to haunt him, and Andie’s best intentions might put a roadblock in the middle of their promising relationship.

Flirty and cheerful, this latest from Dimon (We’ll Home for Christmas, Lean on Me) is chalk full of endearing characters and yearning desire.  Readers will only be disappointed that this isn’t a full length novel, but can hope that there are more Holloway romances from Dimon in the future.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, June 21, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Only Lycans Need Apply by Michele Bardsley

Archaeologist Moira Jameson and her assistant Dove are on a dig in the Sudan. Little does she know but she is about to discover a pyramid that has been housing two vampires for 3000 years. But before she can do anything, Karn an evil vampire shows up and tries to get her to open the pyramid. But the cavalry arrives in the form of more vampires and werewolves. In particular, a very HOT werewolf named Drake. They rescue her from Karn and the pyramid disappears.They glamour her so she doesn't remember.

Now seven days have passed and Karn reappears at a faculty function. He has kidnapped Dove and demands Moira go with him. Moira has no clue who he is and struggles to get away. They are rescued once again and are taken to Broken Heart, Oklahoma, where parakind has a safe haven. Once there Moira and Dove are told everything and Moira is quite happy to see Drake.

The pyramid has reappeared in Broken Heart and it is up to Moira to get through the booby traps and get to the vampires. Because there is something special about Moira's blood and only her blood can release the vamps. Drake joins and they begin their quest. Along the way the might also find love.

This is the 9th book in the Broken Heart series and it is just as great as the other 8! If you want to read this series, which I highly recommend, start with the first book I'm the Vampire, That's Why.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Fiction 6/25/13

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.

Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
The Eye of God by James Rollins
The Goliath Stone by Larry Niven
Green-Eyed Lady by Chuck Greaves
House Odds by Mike Lawson
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer
Lethal Treasure by Jane K. Cleland
Merry Christmas, Cowboy by Janet Dailey
Protector by Diana Palmer
Red Star Falling by Brian Freemantle
Saving Laura by Jim Satterfield
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
Slingshot by Matthew Dunn
Tell Me by Lisa Jackson
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

I love this author!  So far, her books have never disappointed me.  Once Burned, the first in the Night Prince series, is another winning story with sexy romance and an interesting plot.  Christine Feehan and J.R. Ward fans should make a Jeaniene Frost book their next read.

Ever since Lelia was accidentally electrocuted in her younger years by a downed power line, she ended with a few special powers.  Not only does her touch shock anyone she touches, but if she touches an object with her right hand, she can see the past, present and future of the person the item belonged to.  Mostly this is more of a curse than a blessing, because through her right hand, she that person's horrors and sins.

These powers make having an intimate relationship impossible, and because of her freaky abilities, there are not many options for a career, so she ends up joining a traveling circus where meets vampire Marty, a sort of father figure to her.  While practicing her routine on Marty's trampoline, she is abducted by four thugs who she soon learns are vampires.  They want to exploit  her powers to locate a vampire they are trying to destroy.  Lelia has not choice but to comply with their demands if she hopes to make it out alive.

While locating the vampire, Vlad, and reading his thoughts, she learns that he can also read her thoughts at the same time.  Vlad talks her into trusting him and giving him her location so he can ambush the vampires.  The sexy Vlad shows up guns blazing (literally), since he can light anything on fire.  After destroying all the vampires but one, he brings Leila to his castle in Romania hoping that Leila can help him identify the individual who sent the vampires to kill him.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Seducing Cinderella by Gina Maxwell

Lucie Miller has been in love with her boss forever. But he doesn't see her that way. Then one day Lucie thinks he is about to ask her out but is devastated when he asks for her best friend's phone number instead. Lucie is crying and upset when her new client walks into her office. Lucie is shocked to discover it is Reid Andrews, her brother's best friend.

Reid is a professional MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. He recently damaged his rotator cuff and was in need of a physical therapist. He needs to be ready to fight in two months to reclaim his title. He makes a deal with Lucie, let him live with her and be her sole client for the next two months and he will transform her into a sexy, confident woman that will attract her boss.

Lucie agrees and the transformation begins. But as they work together, they start to have feelings and end up in bed. Now Lucie is confused. Is she trying to win her boss or Reid? And Reid does want Lucie but is he good enough?

I really liked this book. It was a quick and enjoyable read. It is the first in the Fighting for Love series. Book two Rules of Entanglement is available in e-book.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Fiction 6/18/13

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 Abomination by Jonathan Holt
Always Watching by Chevy Stevens
Claire Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran
Claudia Silver to the Rescue by Kathy Ebel
Crime of Privilege by Walter Walker
Death of a Dyer by Eleanor Kuhns
Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter
Enigma of China by Xiaolong Qiu
The Heist by Janet Evanovich
Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo
Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
Island Girls by Nancy Thayer
Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark
The Long War by Terry Pratchett
The Lovebird by Natalie Brown
Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft
Masaryk Station by David Downing
The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Requiem by Ken Scholes
Reviver by Seth Patrick
The Rules of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake 
Sovereign by Ted Dekker
Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cupcake Diaries (Books 1 & 2) by Darlene Panzera

This bland set by Panzera (Bet You’ll Marry Me) centers on best friends in their small town of Astoria, OR.

In Sweet on You, Andi, Rachel, and Kim are celebrating a birthday but don’t have their customary cupcake to split. Fortunately, there is an attractive gentleman at the next table who has just the cupcake they desire, so Andi sweet talks him into sharing. Like her friends, Andi has financial woes and doesn’t know how she will make this month’s rent or support her daughter. She has always loved baking cupcakes—and eating them even more—so with the financial backing of Jake, the hunky man they sat next to in the bar, the three girls open their own shop, Creative Cupcakes. Jake shows he is interested in more than being just Andi’s business partner, but when she discovers a healthy-eating group sabotaging her business, she may not have the time or courage to take a chance on love.

In Recipe for Love, fiery redhead and Creative Cupcakes’ marketing
rep Rachel has enacted a strict two-date limit rule so a guy can never get a glimpse of her true self. Mike the Magnificent, a magician for a party hosted at the shop, sets Rachel’s heart aflutter, but she is afraid he won’t like her if he got to know her. Worried about finding the money to pay for her grandfather’s medical treatments, Rachel is determined to come up with the perfect plan to boost business and outsell their competition, a snooty French pastry shop around the corner. Mike has an idea that will help, but Rachel needs to keep him at a distance or risk breaking her two-date rule and, ultimately, her heart.

In addition to recycling the same plot, these series titles feature heroines who are lifeless and romantic elements that don’t display real emotion. “The Cupcake Diaries” trilogy has about as much substance as one of Creative Cupcakes’ sugary confections. The Cupcake Diaries: Taste of Romance (Kim’s story) will be released later this month.

Originally published in Library Journal Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, May 24, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Inferno by Dan Brown

Wowzers!  Dan Brown's latest Robert Langdon thriller is another thought provoking page-turner full of history and intrigue with every single chapter ending on a cliff hanger.  In the earlier offerings in the series (The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol), Langdon narrowly escaping capture at every turn was a novelty.  This just gets to be old and unbelievable by book four.  Still, Inferno ended strong and gives you a lot to ponder, even after you turn the final page.  You'll want to discuss with anyone who has read it.

Harvard professor and symbologist Robert Langdon wakes up in a Florence hospital having no idea how he got there.  The last thing he remembers was walking across campus in Massachusetts, with no recollection how he got to Italy.  His doctors inform him that he walked into the hospital with a bullet wound to the head and was mumbling something about "very sorry."  The next thing he knows, a woman starts shooting the older doctor from the doorway and Dr. Sienna Brooks and Langdon escape through another door in the  nick of time.

They take brief refuge in Sienna's apartment where they discover a biohazard tube sewn into a hidden pocket of Langdon's blazer.  The tube reveals a projection of an altered picture of the Botticelli's famous Maps of Hell, which depicts Dante's (The Divine Comedy) journey through hell and purgatory to reach paradise. Their reprieve is short lived since there is an army of Italian police hunting them down, and this is the first of many clues that take Langdon and Sienna from Florence to Venice and finally Istanbul while they solve the mystery and attempt to save the world from a bio plague released by a crazy and powerful geneticist.

Like all of Brown's Langdon books, you'll learn way more about history, art, and architecture than you ever thought you needed to know, and he combines the true, historical elements with a nail biting thriller center around our favorite hero.  The story is full of illusions and nothing is what it seems.

I don't want to spoil too much, but the last third of the book you learn more about this dangerous plague and the transhumanist movement that makes you wonder about the world's future given the WHO's statistics on population growth.  This book will stay in my memory for a long time for sure.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Fiction 6/11/13

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.

Aftershock by Andrew H. Vachss
Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
The Confessions of Al Capone by Loren D. Estleman
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
Eye of Moloch by Glenn Beck
The Hanging by Lotte Hammer
The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis
The King's Deception by Steve Berry
The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
Limits of Power by Elizabeth Moon
One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey
Shadow People by James Swain
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
Time Flies by Claire Cook
The Tower by Simon Toyne
Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Henry and Grace are newlyweds in 1914. They are in Europe when the war is about to start. They decide to travel back home to New York on the Empress Alexandra. But halfway through the trip, a fire starts on the ship and everyone must evacuate. But there isn't enough time to get everyone off. Grace is able to get on a lifeboat but not Henry.

Now Grace is on a lifeboat with 39 strangers. Mr. Hardie, a seaman and crew member, quickly takes charge. They soon discover that the lifeboat is not meant to carry 39 passengers and some hard choices need to be made. At first, everyone follows his lead. But soon Mrs. Grant starts to question him. And then the first person dies. 

Twenty-one days later, they are rescued. But now Grace is on trial for her life. Because some deaths were accidents and some were not.

I did like this book but there were too many unanswered questions. I like my books to answer all the questions and not for me to infer what is going to happen. And while Grace is not a likeable character, this book is definitely worth reading.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Against the Wind by Kat Martin

After Andrew, her philandering and abusive husband, is murdered, Sarah Allen hopes to start anew by moving back to her small Wyoming hometown with her young daughter.  Without much money, she rents a cottage on a ranch that happens to be owned by Jackson Raines.  Back in high school, Jackson asked Sarah out but she laughed in his face, leaving him humiliated in front of all their classmates.  Needless to say, he is not too happy to learn that his housekeeper rented the cottage to Sarah without his knowing.

Jackson isn't the same scrawny boy she remembered from high school and Sarah is more beautiful than he remembered.  Although he wants to be bitter for the way she treated him years ago, the passion he once felt for her rears its ugly head.  Sarah doesn't want Jackson's help, but she is in way over her head.  Someone who Andrew was blackmailing insists she knows the whereabouts of an important disk and threatens her life if she doesn't deliver what he seeks, and soon.

Jackson can't help but stepping in to protect Sarah and her daughter, but Sarah harbors a secret much deeper than the troubles from her failed marriage.  When a L.A. cop shows up in Wind Canyon questioning Sarah about Andrew's murder, she might have to break Jackson's heart once again to keep herself and her daughter safe.

Against the Wind is the first in the Raines of Wind Canyon series.  Martin doesn't pull off the heart pounding suspense like a Karen Robards or a Linda Howard, but this series starter was a quick read with small doses of sexy that will please most readers.  The next book in the series, Against the Fire, focuses on Jackson's younger brother, Gabriel.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New Fiction 6/4/13

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.

Angel City by John Steele
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
Burdens of the Dead by Mercedes Lackey
Casino Infernale by Simon R. Green
Choke Point by Ridley Pearson
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Close Knit Killer by Maggie Sefton
The Doll by Taylor Stevens
Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card
Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin
Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
If You Were Here by Alafair Burke
The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver
Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews
The Last Kind Word by David Housewright
Lost by S.J. Bolton
The Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Dominczyk
Out of Range by Hank Steinberg
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
A Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
Steadfast by Mercedes Lackey
Transatlantic by Colum McCann
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Temptation of Your Touch by Teresa Medeiros

Maximillian Burke needs to get away. He has lost the only woman he loved to his brother and he needs to lick his wounds. He heads to a recently family purchased estate, Cadgwyck Manor. But he gets a less then friendly welcome from the village people. He needs a ride in the pouring rain to the manor but everyone is afraid to go there because of the ghost. Max finally finds a ride but gets a less than welcome greeting at the manor.

Housekeeper Anne Spencer will do anything to keep Cadgwyck Manor empty. Even if it means pretending to be a ghost or not cleaning the house or serving the new master disgusting foods. Anne and the staff are trying to find the treasure that is buried at the Manor. But Anne has met her match with Max. He won't leave no matter she or the staff do. And Anne is starting to realize she just might not want him to leave.

Another great one by Teresa Medeiros. This is the second book in the Burke Brothers series. The first book is The Pleasure of Your Kiss.