Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Wild Ones by M Leighton

Cami Hines is home from college when she meets the man who will change her life. She is at Lucky's bar with the best friend, Jenna, when she is bumped from behind and her beer spills down her shirt. When she turns around to find the culprit, she is speechless. He is the hottest guy she has ever seen. He flirts with her, she blushes. But nothing happens. Basically because her boyfriend, Brent, shows up.

Patrick "Trick" Henley cannot stop thinking about the girl from the bar. When he runs into her again he can't help but kiss her. Her boyfriend doesn't like that but she does. The next time they run into each other it is at work. He works with horses at a ranch, which turns out to be Cami's home.

Cami is conflicted. What she feels for Trick she never felt with Brent. And then there is her father. He warns Trick to stay away from Cami. They try and resist each other but in the end they cannot. But a secret from their parents past may ruin whatever happy ending they deserve.

Another fantastic New Adult book. Normally the POV is the girl's but in this one the chapters alternated between Cami and Trick. If you love New Adult, definitely check this one out.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Fiction 1/28/2014

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 Orphan Choir by  Sophie Hannah
Ripper by Isabel Allende
Tiger Shrimp Tango by Tim Dorsey
An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
The Pawnbroker by Aimee Thurlo
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch
The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
The Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Target by Catherine Coulter

This second entry in the FBI series was such a disappointment! I had heard good things about Coulter and always had her on my "to read" list. I picked up The Target since the cover featured the Chicago skyline (I typically enjoy books set in or near where I live), but this book wasn't particular suspenseful or romantic (no descriptive sex scenes like Linda Howard or Karen Robards) and only part of the book is set in Chicago.

Federal judge Ramsey Hunt is taking a hiatus at a friend's cabin in the remote woods of Colorado. While out chopping wood he hears mewling cries, which he follows, that lead him to an unconscious and frightened six-year old girl. He brings the girl back to his cabin and cleans her up. Uon examination, he realizes she has been sexually and physically abused. Ramsey wants to take care of her and find out her story before he brings her to the authorities. This is my first issue with the plot; shouldn't a judge know that investigators would need to collect evidence off her body for prosecution when they find the suspect?

After about week of slowing gaining her trust, Emma's mother, Molly Lord, ex-wife of washed out singer Louey, tracks her daughter down at Ramsey's cabin. Molly felt the detectives weren't working hard enough to find her kidnapped daughter and set out on her own to find her. Emma, Molly, and Ramsey go on the run together to try and discover who is after her daughter and why.

Their search leads them to the home of Mason Lord, Molly's notorious crime boss of a father, for safety. Could it be possible, though, that Mason and his new wife have something to do with the kidnapping?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rev It Up by Julie Ann Walker

Michelle Carter cannot believe Navy Seal Jake Sommers is back. He broke her heart four years ago and is now declaring his love. But her brother is being threatened and the threat is extended to Michelle and her son. Jake has been tasked to be her bodyguard and she is less then thrilled. How is she going to ignore him and her feelings if he is always around?

Jake Sommers knows he made a mistake. At the time he pushed Michelle away he thought he was doing the right thing. He returns to find his buddies have created a covert operation, Black Knight Inc. They use a motorcycle shop as the front. Now he has an opportunity to make everything right again with Michelle. And becoming her bodyguard puts him close to her and he will do anything to win her back.

This is the third book in the Black Knights Inc series. It is another winner! Her next one is Thrill Ride.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Fiction 1/21/2014

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.

 Worthy Brown's Daughter by Philip Margolin
 That Old Black Magic by Mary Jane Clark
Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd
The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin
The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
NYPD Puzzle by Parnell Hall
Dark Bites by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus
Snowblind by Christopher Golden
The Ways of Evil Men by Leighton Gage
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
The Unwelcomed Child by V.C. Andrews
What We've Lost Is Nothing by Louise Rachel Snyder
Pandemic by Scott Sigler
Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Cecilia Fitzpatrick seems to have it all – a successful Tupperware business, a beautiful family, a loving husband, and a respected spot in the community. Everything is perfect. That is, until she finds a letter from her husband, to be opened on the event of his death. The problem is, her husband is still very much alive.

What follows is the story of three women – Cecilia, unsure what kind of secret her husband has kept from her for so many years; Tess, recently separated from her husband and returning home with her son to pick up the pieces of her life; and Rachel, still trying to come to terms with her daughter’s murder so many years before. Though seemingly unrelated, each is affected in some way by the actions of Cecilia’s husband John Paul, and the real excitement of the book comes from watching the secret unfold and affect the lives of everyone involved.

I won’t give away too much about the plot – you’ll want to be surprised! Though it can feel a bit meandering in the beginning (it took me about 100 pages to really get into the story and get used to the multiple narrators), the rest of the novel is fast paced, humorous, and attention grabbing – even if you’ve guessed “the secret” early, you’ll want to follow through to the end to find out how everything is wrapped up. It’s a good light read – perfect for traveling, or just when you have time to really dive in and read from cover to cover.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Line Between Here and Gone by Andrea Kane

Photo journalist Amanda Gleason's newborn baby is severely ill. He needs a marrow transplant, and soon, for a chance at survival, but neither Amanda nor her only living relative, her uncle Lyle Fenton, are matches. The closest match would be Justin's father, Paul Everett, who died five months earlier.

However, when Amanda's friend sends here a picture of Paul, who she swears she spotted on the street in D.C., there may be a chance he is still alive. Paul, a real estate developer, was murdered on Long Island, although his body was never found and the case was never solved, even though it was ruled a homicide.

Amanda enlists the help of Forensic Instincts (FI), a private Manhattan firm with a reputation of solving the most difficult cases. The FI team is comprised of owner Casey Woods, former Navy SEAL Mark, computer wiz Ryan, former homicide detective Patrick and a clairvoyant ironically named Claire.

Each FI team member uses their unique set of skills to follow leads in hopes of locating Paul, who they believe might very likely be alive. They discover that Amanda's wealthy uncle had business ties with Paul, even though he claimed he didn't know Paul. Fenton also has ties with a Washington politician, the very politician whose campaign party is where Paul and Amanda first met. Someone in Fenton's camp is hiding something, and the FI race against the clock to get to the bottom of it. This case is one that has effected the team on a personal level since it involves the life of a newborn baby.

Although this is the second offering in Andrea Kane's new Forensic Instincts series (following The Girl Who Disappeared Twice), they can be read out of order. Each book follows a different case the FI team is working on. There are a few romantic elements but this series is not as sexy as Kane's standalone novels, but the suspense and lots of surprises along the way make for an entertaining read.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Fiction 1/14/2014

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.  

Snapshot by Lis Wiehl
Mrs. Lincoln's Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini
A Star For Mrs. Blake by April Smith
Dead to Me by Cath Staincliffe
Apple Yard Tree by Louise Doughty
The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley
Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker
Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin
Perfect by Rachel Joyce
Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
Andrew's Brain by E.L. Doctorow
Revolutionary by Alex Myers

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare

Sophie Alton is late. She is supposed to be meeting Megan, a young woman who has beaten her drug addiction and is being reunited with her baby daughter. But when Sophie arrives at the halfway house, there are cops everywhere. It looks like Megan and taken her baby and run. Sophie is shocked and is finding this hard to believe. As a reporter she wants to follow up with the story and is given a chance when she is told Megan's brother wants to talk. It turns out Megan's brother is in prison.

Marc Hunter has been living in hell the past 6 years. He is accused of killing a fellow DEA agent. But when he finds out his sister has run away, Marc takes drastic actions. He kidnaps reporter Sophie Alton and breaks out of prison. The thing is Hunter and Sophie have a past acquaintance. They knew each other briefly in high school but Sophie doesn't recognize him and only knew him as Hunt. Marc takes her as far a cabin and leaves her.

Sophie shocked when she finds out it was Hunt who kidnapped her. While safely back home she continues to investigate. But there is something sinister going on and it revolves around the juvenile hall that Megan had been in as a teen. And then Hunt shows up and asks for help finding Megan. Sophie agrees to help and what they find is danger everywhere.

These is the third book in the I-team series. Pamela Clare is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton

In this seventeenth book in the Kinsey Millhone series, P.I. Kinsey is approached by Con Dolan, a detective on a medical leave from the Santa Theresa PD, to assist with a cold case from 1969. Dolan also enlists the help of Stacey Oliphant, who was part of the initial team working on the case before it went cold. Dolan hopes that getting Stacey interested in the case again will lift his spirits and keep his mind off the terminal cancer that has put him in a deep depression.

The case involves the murder of a Jane Doe, whose body was found dumped outside a quarry of the highway, which also happens to be near Kinsey's family land and forces her to face her troubled family history. No one could ever identify the body and none of the missing persons reports from that time seem to connect with their Jane Doe. She could have possibly been a hitchhiker or a runaway.

With Kinsey's investigative help, the three are led to Quorum, a small desert community near Arizona, where they set up shop. A car that could have been used to transport the body is sitting in a garage and is owned by a former body shop owner. His body shop is now run by his son, and soon Kinsey and the gang are introduced to a group of friends and family who seem to have something to hide.

If you have read this series before, you know the most enjoyable part is the meticulous details Grafton puts into Kinsey's investigative prowess, as her series takes place in the 1980's and there is not Google to rely on. Kinsey has to get answers to her questions by digging through newspaper articles from the library and by interviewing witnesses, mostly in person. The mystery elements were strong in this latest offering, but I felt like Grafton drug this one out too long. Also, the issues with her family were not resolved, so I imagine this will be addressed again in the next books.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Fiction 1/7/2014

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.

From the Dead by Mark Billingham
The Wind Is Not a River by Brian Payton
What I Had Before I Had You by Sarah Cornwell
The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell
The Kept by James Scott
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Standup Guy by Stuart Woods
Robert B. Parker's Bull River by Robert Knott
River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz
Fear Nothing: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel by Lisa Gardner
Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan
Red 1-2-3 by John Katzenbach
Curse of the Infidel by Richard Marcinko
Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah
Rex Regis by L.E. Modesitt
Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs
Bingo's Run by James A. Levine
Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies
 In the Blood by Lisa Unger
The Ascendant by Drew Chapman
The Way of All Fish by Martha Grimes
Delivering Death by Julie Kramer
The Bird Skinner by Alice Greenway
Dreams of the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Weekends With Daisy by Sharron Kahn Luttrell

Dog lover and author Luttrell spends more than a year co-training a therapy dog with a local prisoner in her state; every weekend she drives ninety minutes to the prison, bringing the dog, Daisy, home to live temporarily with her family.

In order to help the dog become more socialized to the outside world, Luttrell takes Daisy with her everywhere she goes; the mall, kid’s sporting events, the grocery store. Before long, she finds herself in full-blown “dog love” with Daisy; how she handles her growing attachment to the dog is expressed with heart wrenching grace.

The relationship she forges with Daisy’s prisoner/handler is more complicated, especially when she finds out the reason for his imprisonment. Luttrell also includes information on a therapy dog’s extremely rigorous training; many dogs that start the training don’t finish.

The story is authentic and touching, and will appeal to animal lovers of all stripes.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Christmas at Copper Mountain by Jane Porter

Harley Diekerhoff couldn’t have been more pleased when the agency places her as the housekeeper for the Brock Sheenan ranch in Marietta, Montana. Leaving behind all her misery in California, this temporary position working for a brusque widower offers no emotions and no holiday celebration, which exactly what she wants.

Harley is managing just fine until Brock’s two children escape from their New York boarding school and arrive at the ranch’s front door. Children are the last thing her broken heart can handle, so she plans on leaving Marietta as soon as possible, but Brock, the kids and the ranch hands need her more than she realizes. The growing physical attraction is enough to melt Brock’s tough exterior. Harley just needs to move beyond her sadness and accept the love that will be the greatest Christmas gift of her life.

Prolific modern lit and romance author Porter (Flirting with Forty; Take Me, Cowboy) unites with a band of romance authors to form Mountain Born Books, an imprint of Tule, which features novellas that take place in the fictional town of Marietta, Montana. This fourth Copper Mountain offering is a feel good shortie perfect for the season that provides a bit more grit than your stock holiday romance.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, December 27, 2013