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!!