Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sweet by Erin McCarthy

College student Jessica Sweet doesn’t return home to the rigid Christian household where she never quite measures up, leading her parents to believe she is building houses for the needy this summer. There is only one problem: she has nowhere to stay.

Fortunately friend Tyler offers up his house for the week, but this means she would be sharing the space with Riley Mann, Tyler’s older, sexier and cockier brother, while Tyler is away with their younger siblings.

The week gets off to a rocky start with plenty of snarky banter until Riley finally takes it to the next step. Her sex drive demands more from Riley than what he is willing to give, but he is about to teach her that slowing exploring each other’s bodies and hearts is even more satisfying and may lead to a passion unlike anything either of them has ever experienced before.

Known for steamy contemporary and paranormal romance, McCarthy’s­­­ second foray into new adult territory (following True) expertly depicts that ubiquitous time of life where independence and self-discovery meets an uncertain future, which is equally exciting as it is terrifying. This riveting addition to the rising new adult category will gratify the genre’s intended audience, “for reals,” who will find themselves craving a Riley Mann of their own.

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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Last Victim by Karen Robards

Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone studies serial killers. When she was seventeen she witnessed her friend's family being murdered by a serial killer named the Boardwalk Killer. And she can see dead people.

Now working at the local prison, Charlie is working with serial killer Michael Garland. After a session Charlie is approached by the FBI. They need her help on a case. A case that might be about the Boardwalk Killer. Before Charlie can give a decision, Garland is killed. Next thing Charlie knows, Garland's ghost decides to stay with Charlie.

Charlie agrees to help the FBI. They are pretty sure it is a copycat since it has been 15 years since the last killing. But Charlie isn't so sure. And on top of that  she is trying to get rid of Garland but he won't go. It doesn't help that he is super good looking and might not be the killer everyone thought.

I really liked this book. It is a departure from Robards usual romantic suspense but just as good. The second book in the series is The Last Kiss Goodbye.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Fiction 9/24/13

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.

Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier
Cut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass
Deadline by Sandra Brown
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
The Fall of the Governor by Robert Kirkman
King's Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Man of His Own by Susan Wilson
Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent
Roxy's Story by V.C Andrews
A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods
The Stranger You Know by Andrea Kane
The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Picture Perfect Wedding by Fiona Lowe

Wedding photographer and bona fide city girl Erin Davis is totally out of her element when she finds herself scoping out a sunflower field for a photo op in rural Wisconsin. Farmer Luke Anderson, the owner of the land, wants nothing to do with her or the wedding. This photo could win Erin the award that would boost her career. She soon learns that under the stubborn exterior is a man with a big heart who lights her fire. Erin is open to a summer fling, but falling in love is out of the question; too bad Luke has other plans for her. 

Befriending Erin is single mom Nicole Lindquist, Whitetail’s wedding planner, who has a thing for their newest fire chief, Tony Lascio. Unfortunately, the town doesn’t take too kindly to Tony replacing Nicole’s deceased husband, a decorated war hero. Will their best intentions come at the expense of Nicole’s happiness and a second chance at love?

RITA award winner Lowe (Boomerang Bride, Saved by the Bride), pens a thoughtful romance featuring dual storylines which holds your attention until the very end. Readers will become as invested in charming Whitetail as they will in the love lives of her characters.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, August 30, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Trial by Fire by Jo Davis

Howard Paxton is a firefighter. Responding to a house fire call, the firemen of Station Five arrive on the scene. What they find is a woman coming out of the burning house trying to use a garden hose. Howard takes her to the ambulance and is instantly in lust. But before he can hit on her, a fellow fireman comes out the house and throws up. There is a dead body tied to the bed upstairs.

Kat McKenna is doing her daughterly duty and checking her parents and the neighbor's houses and collecting mail. They are off on a cruise. But Kat quickly discovers that the neighbor's house is on fire. She calls 911 and tries to put out the fire with the garden house. Instead she inhales a lot of smoke and meets Howard. It is lust at first sight for both of them. As they start to date, someone from Howard's past is back and he wants revenge. And the best revenge is destroying Howard's new love.

This is the first book in the Firefighters of Station Five and I loved it! Hot firemen and steamy scenes, what's not to love! I will be reading all of Jo Davis' books.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New Fiction 9/17/13

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 Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves
Deadly Heat by Richard Castle
Dexter's Final Cut by Jeffrey Lindsey
Fatal Tide by Lis W. Wiehl
The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter
The Fountain of Saint James Court by Sena Jeter Naslund
Help for the Haunted by John Searles
Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff
The Last First Day by Carrie Brown
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas
The Partner Track by Helen Wan
Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M.C. Beaton
Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb
Traveling Sprinkler by Nicholson Baker
Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan

Saturday, September 14, 2013

See Jane Dies by Erica Spindler

Back when they were kids, Stacy Killian dared her younger half-sister Jane to swim out to the middle of the lake. This single dare changed Jane's life forever. As she was out in the water, a deranged boater mowed her over and left the scene of the accident. Jane underwent a ton of reconstruction surgery to fix her face, but not all was loss since she ended up falling in love and marrying her cosmetic surgeon, Ian Westchester.

Stacy and Jane haven't been close in the years following that horrific day. Jane is a successful artist who has it all, including a substantial inheritance from her grandmother; Stacy is a detective with the Dallas PD who has never found love and was left nothing.

Jane and Stacy are reunited when a woman is brutally killed in a Dallas hotel who has connections to Ian. Stacy and her partner Mac believe Ian is guilty, and subsequent murders point to him as the killer. But Jane keeps professing her husband's innocence and will fight for his freedom, even if some unpleasant secrets are uncovered in the process.

Meanwhile, Jane receives harassing messages that suggest the boater from their youth is back to torture her. Could this be connected to Ian and the dead women? Stacy will do anything to protect her sister, no matter what the cost.

I remember Stacy's character from Spindler's 2005 novel, Killer Takes All. These aren't really a series, just a character who reappears, so they can be read in any order. See Jane Die is a finely paced and a few unexpected twists add to the suspense.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

This nonfiction work from a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist reports on a Mumbai slum or "undercity," and the people who struggle every day to make a living and feed their families. The book starts out with Abdul Hussain hiding in his shed from the police, who are looking to arrest him because a neighbor's claim that he lit her on fire. The book then goes back and tells the story leading up to this event.

Abdul and his family of eleven live in a hut in the slum of Annawadi where just over the wall is Mumbai's beautiful international airport and glitzy hotels. Abdul picks through trash for recyclables which he can return for a very small amount of money. This is grueling and unpleasant work for very little compensation. The garbage he buys is from other scavengers in his slum, some of them just kids, who get the trash from the nearby dumpsters or wherever they can.

The slum is full of strife, corruption, and  tension, especially those who are part of a movement to rid the city of Muslims. If you are in trouble with the law, you may be able to bribe your way to freedom.

Boo's reporting opens the reader to the realities of slum life in Mumbai. It is shocking and heartbreaking to read about humans living in such extreme poverty, and those who have the power to help are abusing and corrupting their authority. This is a book that will stay in your memory for a long time.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Fiction 9/10/13

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.

Beloved Enemy by Eric Lustbader
The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton
Enon by Paul Harding
Goat Mountain by David Vann
My Notorious Life by Kate Manning
Nine Inches by Tom Perrotta
Others of My Kind by James Sallis
Rivers by Michael Farris Smith
Robert B. Parker's Damned if You Do by Michael Brandman
Second Watch by Judith A. Jance
Someone by Alice McDermott
Subtle Bodies by Norman Rush
The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Saturday, September 7, 2013

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Victoria McQueen has a gift. She can locate missing things. She gets on her bike, thinks about what needs to be found and travels across a covered bridge. Once on the other side, Vic finds what she is looking for. Unfortunately, one day she goes looking for trouble and meets Charlie Manx. Manx has been kidnapping children and taking them to a place called Christmasland. Vic manages to escape with her life but not necessarily her sanity.

Years later, Vic is all grown up and has a son, Wayne. Charlie Manx was captured that long ago day and has been in prison in a coma. But something strange happens. He dies but his body disappears from the morgue. To Vic's horror, Manx is very much alive and is out to get her.  He recruits a man named Bing, who killed his own parents. Manx and Bing succeed in kidnapping Wayne and now it is up to Vic to end this madness.

This was my first book by Joe Hill but it won't be my last! It was terrific. I started out listening to this book but had to stop because the narrator made Charlie Manx's voice too creepy for me!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Fiction 9/3/13

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.

Alex by Pierre Lemaitre
Bitter River by Julia Keller
The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star by Susan Wittig Albert
Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan
Deceived by Randy Wayne White
Dick Francis's Refusal by Felix Francis
Evil Eye by Joyce Carol Oates
The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein
Hearts of Sand by Jane Haddam
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood
Mage's Blood by David Hair
Man Alive! by Mary Kay Zuravleff
The Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler
Monsters of the Earth by David Drake
Mykonos After Midnight by Jeffrey Siger
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
Never Go Back by Lee Child
The Return by Michael Gruber
The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis
Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson
Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Then We Take Berlin by John Lawton
Total War Rome: Destroy Carthage by David Gibbons
Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis