Thursday, February 27, 2014

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

The year is 1999 and Lincoln O'Neill has a new job.  He works nights at a newspaper and he reads other people's email. The company has installed security software on all the computers that flags any inappropriate words. It usually takes him a hour to finish and then he has the rest of the night to plan his life. Then he reads Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder's emails to each other. He knows he should be sending them a warning but as he reads he becomes attached. Especially to Beth.

Beth has been in the same relationship since college but doesn't know if it is going anywhere. Jennifer's husband wants to have a baby but Jennifer is freaking out. As Lincoln reads about their lives he slowly starts to get his own. And maybe Beth isn't so far out of reach.

I really loved this book! It is written in emails and as a regular book. This is Rainbow's first book. Her other must reads are Eleanor and Park and Fangirl.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Fiction 2/25/2014

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 Chase by Janet Evanovich
The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
Kiss and Tell by Fern Michaels
Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Death of a Policeman by M.C. Beaton
The Resistance Man by Martin Walker
Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott
Vienna Nocturne by Vivien Shotwell
The Red Road by Denise Mina

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hotshot by Julie Garwood

Peyton Lockhart has had a rough year. She moved from Texas to Minnesota for a job but quickly realized that her boss was a jerk. A sexual harassing jerk. When she confronts him and gets proof, he threatens her. That is all she needs and gets out of town. Back in Texas, working in a restaurant, Peyton's Uncle Len makes her and her sisters an offer: to take over his resort, Bishop's Cove in Florida. If they can make a profit it is theirs to keep.

Finn MacBain hasn't seen Peyton Lockhart in years. He can't believe how she grew up and he is interested. When they reconnect at a wedding, sparks fly. But Finn is busy with his FBI career and gun shy with relationships, so after one night Peyton doesn't hear from him again. But when her life is threatened,  Finn can't stay away.

Now in Florida, one disaster after another happens while they try to renovate the resort. It soon becomes apparent that there are two different enemies out there. One is closer to home and the other won't let their life be ruined. And Finn soon realizes he won't let anything happen to Peyton.

Another great one be Julie Garwood. Lots of suspense and a great story. This is book number 11 in the Buchanan-Renard series.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Spiraling by Rachel Cross

Once an Olympic contender, Amy Astor is hoping to secure another contract as the ice princess on the “Enchanted” tour. This might be her last chance to work as a professional skater since her injured hip and age are a threat to her career.

When the agent for former TruAcord boy band member turned actor Shane Marx contacts Amy about a paid opportunity to teach Shane how to skate for a hockey player role, Amy jumps at the chance to obtain the media attention (and ultimately the eye of the “Enchanted” producers) this will procure. Likewise, Shane believes that Amy’s squeaky clean image will shape up his rep as a stereotypical Hollywood womanizer which keeps costing him roles.

Behind their mutual exploitation of each other grows a real passion, but Shane’s problems could be much deeper than Amy could ever realize and Shane learns that Amy’s clean image is anything but.

Although the timing is perfect since it coincides with the 2014 Winter Olympics, Cross’s (Rock Him) story isn’t as inspiring. There are too many unnecessary plot threads in an awkward attempt to create more tension, and even though the sex between Shane and Amy is hot, this isn’t enough to carry the story to a satisfying completion.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, February 28, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Fiction 2/18/2014

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.

Moving Target by Judith Jance
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger
Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb
Runner by Patrick Lee
Dead Water by Ann Cleeves
Like a Mighty Army by David Weber

Saturday, February 15, 2014

River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz

It has been forever since Jayne Ann Krentz has written a straight romantic suspense novel without paranormal. And it was worth the wait!

Lucy Sheridan hasn't been back to Summer River for thirteen years. She is back because her Aunt Sara has died and left everthing to Lucy. The first person she runs into is Mason Fletcher. When she was sixteen, he was nineteen and she had a huge crush on him. The last night she ever visited Summer River, Mason had rescued her from a party that would have ended badly for Lucy.

Lucy wants to fix up Sara's house before she sells it. Her first project is to rehab the fireplace. Mason offers to help and as he starts they make a startling discovery: a dead body. They discover the body belongs to Tristan Brinker. He went missing a couple of days after the party Lucy had attended thirteen years ago.

Lucy is determined to find out why Sara would have killed him. And as she looks for answers, other malicious events start happening to her and Mason. She also begins to wondered if Sara's car accident was an accident after all. As they get closer to the truth, Lucy and Mason find out not everyone is who they seem.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Texas Fandango by Cynthia D'Alba

Attorney KC Montgomery has loved family friend Drake Gentry ever since they were kids, but she never seemed to be on his radar. Drake is now divorced from her cousin Olivia and was recently dumped by his girlfriend, so the two tickets he has to the Sand Castle Resort in the Caribbean (with no girlfriend now to take) present the perfect opportunity for her to make her move. She offers him a deal that would be hard for any man to refuse: two weeks of nothing but sand, sun and sex plus no strings attached.

The vacation more than fulfills KC’s most wildest fantasies of Drake and not following her heart after the vacation is over will be harder than she knows. Drake falls for the woman who is all kinds of right for him, but how can renege on his original deal, especially when she makes it clear she wants nothing more?

Sensual fun in the sun, the only fault readers will find is that this is just a novella and not a full length novel. Even though it is over all too quickly, this latest offering gives readers a sexy escape, and they will sure to seek out D’Alba’s (Texas Two Step) earlier titles.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, February 14, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Fiction 2/11/2014

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.

Conquest by John Connolly
After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman
The Cat, the Devil and Lee Fontana by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
The Counterfeit Agent by Alex Berenson
The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith
Where Monsters Dwell by Jorgen Brekke
Killer by Jonathan Kellerman
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
The Martian by Andy Weir
Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen
Thirty Girls by Susan Minot

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley

Gwendolyn Kidd  has been seeing a man for a over a year. She meet him at a bar and took him home. He keeps coming back in the middle of the night. She doesn't even know his name. One day she gets a visit from her sister Ginger's crazy  friend. She demands to know where Ginger is and implies Ginger owes alot of money to the wrong type of people. Then she threatens Gwen. Gwen has no choice but to find Ginger's boyfriend Dog. He belongs to the local motorcycle club, Chaos. When Gwen shows up she finds out Ginger owes the club $2 million dollars and Dog and her are broken up. Gwen also attracts the attention of the head of the club, Tack.

Cabe "Hawk" Delgado cannot believe Gwen has walked into the motorcycle club alone. By the time he finds out, she is back home and Hawk decides to pay her a daytime visit. He warns her off looking for Ginger and lets her know he has been watching her. Gwen cannot believe what is happening. The man she has been seeing only at night might not be who she ever wants to see again. He takes Alpha male to a whole other level. Hawk knows that Gwen needs his protection. Especially from Tack. Will he be able to convince her to give him a chance?

I love Kristen Ashley. If you love the whole Alpha male type, then she is the author for you. Mystery Man is part of the Dream Man series.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Come Away With Me by Kristen Proby

Seattle photographer Natalie Conner is on the beach early morning snapping shots of Puget Sound when she is accosted by a sexy guy furious that she is taking his picture. Natalie never shot him and is surprised at his overreaction, especially when he tries to take her camera. The dude eventually relents when Natalie proves that there are no shots of him.

The next day Natalie runs into the guy from the beach in one of the local shops and takes him up on his offer for drinks. She learns his name is Luke Williams and that he doesn't like his picture take and has a phobia about crowds. There is something about Luke that makes Natalie feel he is trustworthy, and on her their next date she reveals some of her secrets that she hasn't told anyone.

Luke is clearly smitten with Natalie and her curves, but what Natalie doesn't yet know is that Luke Williams (think Robert Pattinson) is a popular celebratory from a vampire movie franchise. He has been out of the limelight for the last five years and Natalie had never seen his movies, so she is totally clueless of who he is. Natalie also hasn't yet told him that on the side she shoots boudoir photos, which might night sit well with the possessive Luke.

Their relationship gets pretty hot and heavy early on. This book is totally predictable but still sexy, escapist fun and the first in the "With Me in Seattle" series. I can't wait to pick up the next book.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Fiction 2/4/2014

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.

Confessions of a Wild Child by Jackie Collins
To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo
Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant
Lion Plays Rough by Lachlan Smith
The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira
The Girl With A Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson
Cell by Robin Cook
One More Thing by B.J. Novak
Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons
Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble by Mignon Franklin Ballard
The Wily O'Reilly by Patrick Taylor
Burn by Julianna Baggett
That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay
By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan
Do or Die by Suzanne Brockman
Somerset by Leila Meacham
The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes
The Mark of Evil by Tim F. LaHaye

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

I read Fool Moon based on someone's suggestion. I read the first Dresden Files book, Storm Front, years ago and recall thinking it was just okay. I like urban fantasy well enough and have really enjoyed both Patricia Briggs and Kim Harrison series. However, Dresden just doesn't do it for me.

Harry Dresden is a freelance wizard who consults for the Chicago Police Department's Supernatural Investigations unit. In particular, he works with Karrin Murphy, who is one of the few cops that believe in Harry's abilities. Murphy gets in touch with Harry when a series of murders over the last few months has her suspecting the deaths are not caused by humans. The most recent victim is one of John Marcone's people. Marcone is a notorious mobster who seems to always evade the law.

What Harry and Murphy discover is that the killings seem to be done around the full moon, leading Harry to research the kinds of werewolves that may be roaming the city. In order to protect Murphy, he goes off on his own and learns about Tera, a supernatural being who is leading a group of young wolf. Her boyfriend happens to be the kind of werewolf that can't control himself but who insists he is innocent. It is possible that someone is setting him up, but who, and why?

This second offering started interesting enough to engage the reader but just kind of fizzled out a third of the way in. There is a lot of bloody battles between beasts and Dresden. I guess the mystery angle was done well, with lots of potential suspects, but the rest really didn't hold my attention. This is the last Butcher book for me.