Saturday, August 31, 2013

What's a Witch to Do? by Jennifer Harlow

Mona McGregor runs Midnight Magic shop, raising her two nieces, Cora and Sophie, and she is High Priestess. She also has a massive crush on the new doctor in town, Guy.  Mona is just your average 35 year old witch in Goodnight, Virginia.

When trouble came it was an ordinary night. The girls where in bed and Mona was headed that way when there is a knock on the door. Mona finds Alex, a werewolf, beat up and barely conscious on her front step. It turns out someone wants Mona dead and Alex is there to protect her. And they find out a fellow witch has put the hit out.

Now Mona and Alex are teaming up to find out who the culprit is. And it looks like Mona's love life is heading in the right direction. Guy is starting to show an interest in her and Mona couldn't be happier. Expect Alex is always there protecting her and he isn't too shabby.

Just when Mona thought nothing else could go wrong, a demon shows up. Now Mona is more determined to find the shady witch and end this so she can get on with her life. But when you are High Priestess nothing is ever easy.

I loved this book. I loved the characters, the story and the writing. I cannot wait to read the next one, Werewolf Sings the Blues.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay

This isn't my favorite Barclay, but still a page-turner with his signature twist ending. In A Tap on the Window, PI Cal Weaver is driven to find the drug dealer who sold his son Scott the "X" that led to his death. On a rainy night driving through the small town of Griffon, NY near Niagara Falls, Weaver is waiting at a stop light when he receives a tap on the window. It is a young girl from Scott's class needing a ride.

Weaver realizes that an adult male picking up a teenage girl isn't the smartest idea, but maybe she has information that will lead him to finding Scott's drug dealer, so he takes the risk. This sets in motion a chain of mysterious events that lead to murder.

Barclay is adept at balancing plot with several layers that keep his story moving at a swift pace, and this book is no exception. Besides what transpires with Weaver, the readers learns that in the background tensions are rising in Griffon between Mayor Bert Sanders and the chief of police, Auggie Perry, who is also Weaver's brother-in-law. There is rumor that the police meter out their own personal brand of justice. Some residents support Perry's team if it gets the job done and keeps the town safe, while others, especially Sanders, do not.

What is troubling to Weaver is that Claire, the teenager he gave a lift to, is not the girl who returned to her car after he pulled into a burger joint so she could go to the bathroom. And now both Claire, who is Mayor Sanders daughter, and Claire's impostor are missing. Not sure who he can trust, especially the police, Weaver takes a personal interested in finding Claire, which may ultimately lead to answers about his son.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Fiction 8/27/13

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 Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd
Blind Justice by Anne Perry
Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs 
Declan's Cross by Carla Neggers
The Family Business 2 by Carl Weber
The First Affair by Emma McLaughlin
Gone with the Woof by Laurien Berenson
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
I, Saul by Jerry B. Jenkins
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bare it All by Lori Foster

Detective Reese Bareden has just woke up on his neighbor Alice Appleton's couch. The day before a shoot out occurred in his apartment (Run the Risk) and he needs a place to crash until the damage is repaired. He can't think of  better place than his new neighbor's since he has been trying to get to know her. He thought he had an in when he asked her to watch his dog but he was getting nowhere with that approach. Now they are in close quarters together and Reese is going to take advantage.

Alice has had a traumatic event from her past that has kept her from forming relationships. But Reese tempts her and Alice thinks it is time to take a chance. As they get to know each other, a new threat emerges. Alice will do anything to help women in trouble. Will Reese be able to protect Alice?

This is the second book in the Love Undercover series and it is just as good as the first! I can't wait for book three, Getting Rowdy.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

I loved the first volume of Saga, and I love Brian K. Vaughan, so I was anxiously awaiting the second volume in his critically acclaimed (and hot selling) series. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.

Saga Volume 2 picks up where we left off in the first volume, as Marko, Alana and Hazel meet his parents. Still traveling in their tree rocketship, Marko and his mother go in search of Izabel their babysitter. Meanwhile, Alana and his father stay on the rocketship, and bond over their shared love of Marko and Hazel.Of course, there are more hair raising adventures and narrow escapes.

We also follow the various bounty hunters who are searching for the couple. One helps free a child from the sex trade, while another explores Alana's background. We learn how Marko and Alana met, and what prompted their escape. We visit more worlds, see more aliens, and are swept along on a wild, vivid, sensual, hilarious adventure. Definitely worth reading!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Fiction 8/20/13

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.

After Her by Joyce Maynard
Compound Fractures by Stephen White
The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
It Happens in the Dark by Carol O'Connell
The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth
Omens by Kelley Armstrong
A Spider in the Cup by Barbara Cleverly
Tell No Lies by Gregg Hurwitz
The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Knowing the Score by Kat Latham

Caitlyn Sweeney passes by an elderly gentleman in the throes of a heart attack on a London sidewalk. As luck would have it, her training as an international emergency aid worker has prepared her for just this kind of thing. Grateful for saving his life, Philip introduces Caitlyn to his grandson Spencer, a strong hunk of man who is well known throughout London for being not only a tough rugby player, but also as the feature in a sexy underwear billboard ad. 

As an American, Caitlyn knows nothing about rugby, let alone Spencer. What she does know is that despite the attraction, she can’t allow herself to get too close. Spencer is willing to take it slow, which means that his feelings for Caitlyn go beyond the usual superficial relationships he has always known. With his coddling, Caitlyn slowly overcomes her fears of intimacy, but a secret from Spencer’s past may keep Caitlyn from ever fully trusting him with her heart.

A curvy girl with emotional baggage paired with a playboy who has a sordid past is a well-worn motif, but Latham keeps her debut fresh because of characters whose unique careers play a role in their relationship, and the romance runs at a strong pace. Readers will be eager for the next series offering, Playing it Close, which is set for release in April 2014.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Surprising Lord Jack by Sally Mackenzie

Lord Jack Valentine needs to get away from his mother's matchmaking. He isn't ready to wed. On his way to London, Jack is forced to stop at the local inn. They always have a room for the Valentines. When he arrives he is informed that his room has been taken but if he wouldn't mind sharing. Not really caring, Jack heads to his room and falls asleep on the other side of the bed.

Frances Hadley is on a mission. She is determined to get to London and get her dowry so she can leave her horrible aunt and live alone in the country. She cuts her hair short and wears her brother's clothes and tries to pass herself off as a boy. She ends up stranded at an inn and when she wakes up there is a half dressed man in her room. She panics but continues to pretend to be a boy.

Jack takes pity on the boy and agrees to escort him the rest of the way to London. But eventually Jack realizes that Frances is a woman. He is intrigued and agrees to help her locate her brother. Frances is hesitant to trust Jack but she comes around. And in the process falls in love.

This is the second book in the Duchess of Love series and it was fantastic. I loved the characters and the story. Another great one by Sally Mackenzie!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Fiction 8/13/13

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 Last Kiss Goodbye by Karen Robards
Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain
Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber
Tragic by Robert K. Tanenbaum

Saturday, August 10, 2013

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

River of Stars is the newest book by Guy Gavriel Kay. It's an alternate history set in an alternate China during what we would call the Song dynasty.

Kitai is an empire that is in the midst of its twelfth dynasty, and while it is still a great empire, it has lost much of the power and land it had in its heyday. As a boy, Ren Daiyan dreams of the lost rivers and mountains of Kitai, and he carries this dream into adulthood, first as an outlaw, then as a soldier for the emperor.

Lin Shan is a girl raised by a doting father, who has taught her to read and write, and to be a scholar. The journey of Lin Shan and Ren Daiyan spans war, political intrigue, countries and cities. Individually and together, they try and live honorably and courageously, as they face a changing world.

This is a book that is epic in scope, but also intimate in its details and characterizations. A beautiful read that entertains as well as makes you think.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Relentless by Cherry Adair

Isis Magee needs help. She turns to Lodestone, the company that finds things. And what Isis needs found is a tomb. Not any tomb but Cleopatra's tomb. She is certain her dad found it but he has Alzheimer's and can't help Isis. She wants to be able to give her dad the credit he has earned.

Connor Thorne is on leave from MI5 after being injured. He is working at Lodestone until he is healed. When Isis shows up he figures she needs help finding her cat since he pegs her for a librarian or teacher. He is a little surprised when finds out they have a connection through his father. His father was a sponsor for Isis's dad archeology digs. Thorne reluctantly agrees to help.

They head to London to look at her father's collection to find a clue. Once they find the clue they realize they need to go to Egypt. As they get immersed further into the mystery, Thorne starts to realize that the man who killed his partners and injured him is part of this new assignment.

When circumstances leave them alone in the desert, they must fight to survive. They also have to deal with the attraction between them. Just when they think hope is lost, they stumble upon a tomb. Could it be the one they have been searching for?

This is the third book in the Lodestone series and it is just as good as the first two. I really hope she continues this series. Cherry Adair' s next book  Ricochet from the T-Flac series will be available this fall.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New Fiction 8/6/13

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 Beast by Faye Kellerman
Cat in an Alien X-Ray by Carole Nelson Douglas
The Companions by R.A. Salvatore
The Dying Hours by Mark Billingham
Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
Hotshot by Julie Garwood
Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler
Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah
The Last Witness by W.E.B. Griffin
Little Black Book of Murder by Nancy Martin
Multiple Exposure by Ellen Crosby
The Omega Project by Steve Alten
Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
A Tap on the Window by Linwood Barclay
Undead and Unsure by MaryJanice Davidson
Under a Texas Sky by Dorothy Garlock

Saturday, August 3, 2013

P is for Peril by Sue Grafton

This is the first Grafton book I have read and is smack dab (#16 in the Kinsey Millhone series to be exact) in the middle of the series. Why start at "P" you ask? This is the earliest one I could get in eBook format from PinDigital since the Penguin Group stopped selling their eBooks to libraries. Click here to learn more about eBook publisher restrictions and how libraries are being shut out of the eBook market.

P is for Peril takes place in the mid-1980's (as do all of Grafton's books), and features Kinsey Millhone, P.I. in Santa Teresa, California who was hired by Fiona Purcell to find her missing ex-husband. Dow Purcell is an administrator of a nursing home facility who has been missing for several months and the police's trail has gone cold.  Kinsey has her suspicions about Fiona and isn't sure what she can find that the police couldn't but agrees to take on her case.

She begins by interviewing Dow's current wife, Crystal, who has a daughter from another relationship. The daughter, Leila, is an angsty teen who may not have the best relationship with her stepfather. The further Kinsey digs, she finds that Dow's employer was fraudulently billing Medicare and was in a bunch of hot water.  This leads her to a number of shady characters who may have wanted to get Dow out of the picture.  

While working for Fiona, Kinsey signs a lease for a new office that seems too good to be true and turns out is. She discovers that the brothers who rented the office space are suspected by their former insurance company of starting a fire to collect on insurance money; a fire that killed their two parents. Tommy, the younger brother, seems to have developed a romantic interest in Kinsey. But Kinsey is stuck in the middle and may have help the insurance rep in order to save her life.

Loved this book! Kinsey is a likable character, and Grafton keeps the plot interesting by featuring plenty of suspects and not a clear picture on how she will solve the mystery. Kinsey doesn't always play by the rules, but has her client's best interest at  heart, so I dig that. Since the books take place in the '80's, Kinsey has to go to the library and courthouse to do research and stop at pay phones to make phone is pretty cool. Can't wait to read another Kinsey book, and don't worry, you can read these out of order, fortunately, in case you are wanting to borrow this as a library eBook. If you like Sue Grafton, another series to try that features a strong female sleuth is Kate White's Bailey Weggins series.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wrong Bed, Right Guy by Katee Robert

Elle Wasler is sick and tried of given hints to her boss, Nathan, that she is interested and for him not taking action. Now it is time to take matters into her own hands. He lives above the art galley he owns and Elle is going to surprise him in bed. Wearing nothing but lingerie, Elle crawls into bed where she is warmly received. As they get hot and heavy he says something for the first time and Elle realizes that the man  she is about to have sex with isn't Nathan but a complete stranger. A hot stranger who turned her on more than Nathan does.

Gabe thinks he is dreaming but soon realizes that there really is a woman in his bed. A woman unlike his usual type but who is he to argue. Until she freaks out. She bolts and Gabe goes and wakes his brother, Nathan, up to find out who she is and if Nathan wants her. Because Gabe does.

Elle just wants to forget what happened. But she just can't stop thinking about him. Of course it doesn't help that he won't leave her alone. She finally agrees to go on a date but she can't get past the fact that he is a bad boy like her ex who humiliated her. But as Elle starts to let him in, she realizes that she might be wrong and that Gabe is really the perfect guy for her.

I enjoyed this book. Elle could be a bit annoying with her trust issues but overall I liked the characters. The next book is about Elle's brother and best friend, Chasing Mrs. Right.