Thursday, October 30, 2014

She's the One by Kim Boykin

Melissa Bliss has built her real estate and property management company in the idyllic community of Isle of the Palms, SC where she works with sexy contractor Shane Carver. Her newest client is socialite Savannah Sinclair, who is renting a townhome out in Mermaid Cove. 

Melissa has inherited the matchmaking skills handed down from her grandmother and sets out to pair Savannah with Shane in hopes of helping Savannah get over her ex-husband, who she still desperately loves. Shane, however, has had his eyes set on Melissa for some time and won’t settle for less. 

With both Shane’s ex-fiance back on the Island and a blues rocker who shows an interest in Melissa, Shane has his work cut out for him. But the biggest hurdle may just be Melissa’s matchmaking legacy, which dictates that the matchmaker must not make a match for herself or she will lose her abilities.

Boykin (Flirting With Forever) paints a picturesque tropical locale that will draw readers into her characters just as much as the Lowcountry scenery. Romance is limited to kisses; there is nothing gratuitously sexy here, so readers of Sherryl Woods’ Ocean Breeze series would find Boykin to be an excellent match. 

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, November 7, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Fiction 10/28/2014

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.

Wyoming Strong by Diana Palmer
By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
Havana Storm by Clive Cussler
The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith
A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Pegasus by Danielle Steel
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
The Wolf In Winter by John Connolly

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Invisible by James Patterson

Ever since her sister was killed in a house fire, Emmy Dockery has been obsessed with linking a serious of unsolved cases with each other. Everything from kidnappings to rape to house fires. And she is positive her sister was murdered. No one believes her and soon she has to take a leave of absence from her FBI researcher job. But Emmy is sure there is a connection and one perpetrator.

Emmy goes to see her ex-boyfriend, ex-FBI agent, Harrison "Books" Bookman, for help. He hears her out but is skeptical But when Emmy finds real evidence, he agrees to help and uses his influence to get the FBI involved. Soon they are on the trail of a killer who has been undetected for years. But they always seem to be a step behind and he keeps killing. Will they catch him in time or will the horror never end?

I'm a big fan of Patterson's stand-a-lone stories and this one did not disappoint. It kept you thinking how can all this be connected and is Emmy really crazy. Definitely recommend this title for a suspenseful read.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Missing You by Harlan Coben

Missing You by Harlen Coben is a stand-alone novel.  It features Detective Kat Donovan looking for the person who murdered her father 18 years ago. She doesn't believe the man in prison for his murder is guilty.

Her best friend sets her up with an online dating profile where she is shocked to see her ex-fiancé’s picture on the site. She has never gotten over their break-up from 18 years ago and reaches out to him online. He acts like he has doesn't remember her, which seems very odd to her.

She also gets involved in a missing persons case when a young boy, Brandon, comes to her and convinces her his mother is missing. This case ends up connecting with the ex-fiancé’s profile online in a shocking way. She works to find the missing woman, uncovering a horrible crime ring, all the while looking for her father’s killer.

Throw in emotions from connecting with the ex-fiancé, and edge of your seat suspense and danger and you have one heck of a read! I highly recommend this stand-alone by Coben, and if you haven’t read any of his Myron Bolitar series, I recommend picking up one of those as well!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Fiction 10/21/2014

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.

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
Wait For Signs by Craig Johnson
Desert God by Wilbur A. Smith
Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk
An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War by Patrick Taylor
The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews
Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Woman on the Run by Lisa Marie Rice

Julia Devaux has a great life and job in New York. But all that ends when she witnesses a mob hit. Now placed in witness protection, her life has been uprooted and she is miserable. She has been relocated to Simpson, Idaho and is now a second grade teacher. She has not embraced this experience and is just waiting for the call to tell her she can go back to her old life.

Sam Cooper, former Navy SEAL, is back home to take over the family ranch. To his delight the new teacher has caught his eye. But right away he can tell something is off about her. That, however, does not stop him from pursuing her.

Julia is trying hard to resist this new life and Sam. But both are tempting her. Julia gives in and starts to find happiness. But it is short lived because her witness protection has failed and the killer is on the way. Once Sam finds out, he will do anything to protect her. But will it be enough?

I always enjoy Lisa Marie Rice's books. They always have an alpha male and a strong female lead. This was an older one of hers but still entertaining.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Rose Hathaway will do anything to keep Lissa Dragomir safe. Even running away from their high school, St. Vladimir's Academy. They have been on the run for over a year when the guardians catch up with them and take them back. Rose is a Dhamphir, a guardian in training, and Lissa is Moroi, a vampire with magic. Now they are back and more dangers lurk.

Rose needs to get back into training and is being mentored by Dimitri, the best guardian out there. It isn't helping that Rose is crushing on him. And since they have been back Lissa isn't acting right. Rose needs to figure out what is going on before it costs them both their lives.

I saw the Vampire Academy movie before I read the series and I loved both of them! It is such a great series about friendship and being true to yourself. I definitely recommend reading the series and watching the movie.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Fiction 10/14/2014

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.

The Christmas Light by Donna Vanliere
Ruth's Journey by Donald McCaig
Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander
A Quilt For Christmas by Sandra Dallas
The Descent by Robert Kirkman

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert

Set in a 1960’s Chicago known as much for its legendary music as it is for its social and political tensions, Last Night at the Blue Angel tells the story of precocious ten year old Sophia Hill and her talented but self-destructive mother Naomi.  A gifted singer, Naomi escapes her restrictive hometown in Kansas seeking a career in the spotlight.  Spending years on the edge of fame, she’s convinced a recent magazine cover is her big break – soon the city and beyond will know her name. 

As her mother’s charms attract admirers at every turn, Sophia watches her with both awe and apprehension.  As the only child in a world of adults, Sophia worries and observes, clinging to her makeshift family, her unconventional routine, and her exhaustive lists of things she might have to invent after a nuclear attack.  Both wise beyond her years and incredibly innocent, Sophia loves her mother fiercely, constantly worried for the day her life with Naomi might change forever.

Last Night at the Blue Angel is both sweeping and incredibly character driven, giving the reader a look at the diversity of life in a city and a family on the brink of change.  Weaving a tale from both Sophia and Naomi’s perspectives, Rotert is able to create a world that is at once lush and heartbreaking, beautiful and gritty.  The characters of Sophia’s Chicago family are dynamic and warm, and the story will engage you from the beginning.  I highly recommend it not just to fans of historical fiction, family dramas, or Chicago jazz, but anyone looking for a book you won’t be able to put down.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I See You by Patricia MacDonald

The jumping back and forth in time in MacDonald's latest make for a quick and thoroughly entertaining read that will appeal to readers of Mary Higgins Clark.

The story starts out in West Philly where "Anna" and "Alan" Whitman live and care for their young daughter "Cindy." When their downstairs neighbor has a stroke and is saved by a homeless woman, Anna and Cindy are caught on video, and the

Now the story flips back a year earlier in Nashville, where Hannah and Adam Wickes care for their toddler granddaughter Sydney while her mother, Lisa, a medical school student at Vanderbilt is at school or doing her rounds. Lisa, a prodigy child with an exceptional IQ, got pregnant at a young age and would never reveal to her parents who the father is.

After her ex-boyfriend is killed and Lisa is caught on a surveillance video cashing his paycheck, the Wickes family is thrown into a tailspin. Lisa insists she is innocent and Hannah and Adam stand behind her, that is, until things don't add up. The more they learn about their daughter, they realize how little they know her, and that she may be capable of a a crime more heinous than the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Troy.

MacDonald's has an intriguing premise here and even though Lisa's crimes will make you cringe, this mystery is a page turner that will please most readers.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Fiction 10/7/2014

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.

A Call to Duty by David Weber
Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson
A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson
The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid
Undead and Unwary by MaryJanice Davidson
Immortal by J.R. Ward
Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs
Ghost Wanted by Carolyn Hart
Closer to Home by Mercedes Lackey
Paris Match by Stuart Woods
Dick Francis's Damage by Felix Francis
Deadline by John Sandford
The Empire of Night by Robert Olen Butler
The Christmas Bouquet by Sherryl Woods
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker

Saturday, October 4, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

What if you couldn’t remember the night that changed your life?  For Cadence Sinclair Eastman, her past is murky and distant after an accident the summer she turned fifteen leaves her prone to debilitating migraines and an unreliable memory.  Returning two years later to her family owned Beechwood Island off the coast of Massachusetts, Cadence will see her Liars (her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and friend Gat) for the first time since that fateful night.

Welcomed back into the fold, Cadence tries to reconstruct the events of her last summer with The Liars.  But no one is talking about it.  As memories begin to return to Cadence, she suddenly can’t be sure what she really knows about her beautiful Sinclair family, or what she really knows about herself.

Written in a way that is at some times sprawling, and other times frustratingly fragmented and concise, WeWere Liars poses an interesting dilemma from the start: how much can you trust a narrator who can’t trust her own memory?  Living a life of impossible privilege and showcasing all the endless hope and doomed naiveté of youth, Cadence and her Liars take shape as the puzzle pieces of her memory begin to take their place.

This book is full of suspense and drama that will draw you in from the beginning, though the writing style can take some time getting used to – for those wanting to avoid it altogether, try the audiobook, which is excellently narrated and just as engrossing as print.  Though technically a YA book, I highly recommend it to teens and adults alike.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Perfect Gift by Dani-Lyn Alexander

With only a few days before Christmas, single parents Jason and Leah both happen to grab the last “Little Family Dollhouse” off the shelf at the very same time. Neither is willing to cede the hard to find item to the other, so they come up with a solution: they will split the cost of this one and spend the rest of the day together finding a second one.

Their mission has them traipsing to every toy store in the area, from the city to the suburbs, to find the must-have toy of the season. They already had a mutual attraction at first sight, and now spending time together, they each learn what lengths they will go to for their daughters.

When their efforts are fruitless, the hunt will extend to Christmas Eve. As the time ticks away, the chances of them completing their search is nil, but Jason has an idea that will give Leah a Christmas that is memorable for both her and her daughter in more ways than one.

Alexander (Reluctant Prince) paints a reliable, feel-good romance for the season that hits all the right notes, which is exactly what readers will seek for the holidays.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, October 23, 2014