Thursday, April 30, 2015

Yours to Hold by Darcy Burke

Someone supplied Kyle Archer’s brother with the prescription drugs he used to commit suicide, and Kyle is driven to find out who. He starts with the most likely candidate, Alex’s therapist, Maggie Trent, and although she wasn’t the one who handed him the lethal dose, she agrees to help. Maggie’s life was shattered after Alex’s suicide. In fact, Maggie questions whether she should be providing counseling at all.

Kyle is convinced that when he finds the responsible party, his father will give him the respect and trust he lost when his father had to bail him out of debt incurred from his gambling. Kyle is the kind of guy that any woman could easily fall for, and even though she knows it isn’t entirely ethical, she can’t help fall victim to his advances.

Together they make a dynamic duo, especially in the bedroom, but Maggie knows this can never be long-term, especially since she feels a sense of responsibility for Alex’s death, and Kyle knows his family would never approve.

Burke’s (Where the Heart Is, Only in My Dreams) multi-layered plot keeps readers invested in the storyline, and the explicit sensuality adds to the excitement that will have readers craving the next Ribbon Ridge offering.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | March 13, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Fiction 4/28/2014

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 Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl
Gathering Prey by John Sandford
The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
The Legend of Caleb York by Mickey Spillane
Perfect Match by Fern Michaels
A Catered Mother's Day by Isis Crawford
Grave Consequences by Aimee Thurlo
The Promise by Robert Crais
Your Next Breath by Iris Johansen

Saturday, April 25, 2015

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

For Claire Waverley, life has become a flurry of candy making and worry as the overwhelming popularity of her new business venture slowly takes over her life.  For Sydney Waverley, her life of quiet contentment is only frustrated by one thing: her dream of having another baby.  As each day passes, she worries more, until soon her desire is as apparent as the surprising red highlights popping up in her hair. All the while, her teenaged daughter Bay, who always knows where people belong, has just discovered the boy she’s meant to be with.  If only he felt the same.

It’s been years since “The Year That Changed Everything,” and life for the Waverley women is no less touched by magic.  Waiting in anticipation for the first frost to bring about the blooms of the erstwhile apple tree, the Waverly’s can’t shake the feeling that this year, something altogether different is in store for them.

For those who enjoyed Garden Spells, this much anticipated sequel is sure to please.  Allen incorporates the same elements of family, love, and small town quirkiness, with a hint of magic for good measure.  First Frost is a charming read, perfect if you’re looking for something light and warm to get you through until spring finally arrives.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

A young mom leaves her family in Manchester to start a new life in London. Cat Brown (formerly Emily) is running away from a horrific event from her past and hopes that her husband and son will be better off without her.

When Ben discovers Emily is gone, he turns to the police but no one puts much effort into locating her since it appears she has left voluntarily. Even Caroline, her identical twin who grew up in Emily's shadow, has no desire to find her sister.

When she arrives in London, Cat finds temporary shelter in a shared house where she meets roommate Angel, who takes her under her wing. Angel, who is fiercely caring, couldn't be more different. A little rough around the edges, Angel makes her way in the world through theft and drug abuse and could be just the friend Cat needs right now.

Almost a year goes by and Cat now as a new job in marketing and still no one knows anything of her past. Angel and her have upgraded from the trashy house to a posh city apartment. It seems as if she has really pulled this off, but as the anniversary of the tragic event from her past looms near, everything might unravel.

The strength and enjoyment of this book lies in leading you to believe one thing, but then turning everything around unexpectedly so nothing is as it seems. This is a novel of dark psychological suspense that will keep you on your toes. I would love to chat with anyone who reads this book to see if they figured it all out before the final revelation.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Fiction 4/21/2015

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.

 Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick
Memory Man by David Baldacci
Ghost Image by Ellen Crosby
Pleasantville by Attica Locke
Last One Home by Debbie Macomber
One Night by Eric Jerome Dickey
Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

Set against the backdrop of 1890’s Belle Époque Paris, The Witch of Painted Sorrows begins with an escape.  As Sandrine Salome flees from her cruel husband and the tragedy of her beloved father’s recent death, her thoughts revolve around one place: Paris, the home of her infamous courtesan grandmother Eva Verlaine.

To her surprise, Eva is wary of her plan to stay, insisting that the city holds nothing but dangers for her.  Undeterred, she begins to rebuild her life there.  Secretly, she visits the Maison de la Lune against her grandmother’s wishes, eager to learn what it is she is trying to hide.  The home is said to have belonged to her mysterious 16th century ancestor, La Lune.  She was a courtesan.  She was a painter.  But was she also a witch?

As Sandrine discovers more about the enigmatic La Lune, she begins to feel passion unlike anything she’s felt before - a passion for painting, a passion for love, and a passion for a life of her own.  The only question is, are these her passions?  Or has La Lune’s spirit begun to take over Sandrine’s life? 

Like a wonderful painting, I found the elements of this novel blended in a beautiful way.  Rose weaves together aspects of history, fantasy, romance, art, and the supernatural, with the lush setting of Belle Époque Paris coming alive and creating a really engaging scene for the story.  It was at times suspenseful, sensual, and alluring, and I found the characters to be very well drawn.  A perfect read for those who like gothic romance, a beautiful Paris setting, or simply a story that will transport you to another time and place.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Importance of Being Alice by Katie MacAlister

Alice Wood has just been dumped. But that isn't going to stop her from going on the river cruise of her dreams in Europe. Unfortunately, it was going to end with Alice and Patrick getting married. Alice is  excited to start her adventure but almost immediately a problem arises. There is a strange man in her room.

Elliot Ainslie needs to get away from his crazy family to finish written his novel. It is the only source of income keeping the family castle afloat. He was promised peace and quiet and his own room. But much to his surprise he has a roommate. Irritated at first, Elliot soon realizes that Alice might be just what he needs.

I love Katie MacAlister. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and historical romances. My favorites are her contemporary romances, especially The Corset Diaries. Oh, who am I kidding?! I love them all!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Fiction 4/14/2015

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 Liar by Nora Roberts
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton
The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman
Where they Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
The Alpine Zen by Mary Daheim
What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

1962.  In a tiny village off the Italian coast, Pasquale Tursi has just spotted one of the most beautiful women he’s ever seen.  As her boat approaches his woefully small inn along the rocky coast, he assumes she is there by mistake.  But Dee Moray, an American actress with a secret, is there to hide.  And there to wait.

Halfway around the world in present day Los Angeles, Claire Silver is one bad pitch meeting away from quitting her “illustrious” job with famed producer Michael Deane.  At the end of one more particularly exhausting day, she meets an old man with an accent, holding a decades old business card from Deane, ready to call in a favor.

Beautiful Ruins glides between narrator and time to weave together a story of lost love, sorrow, and hope, with a bit of old Hollywood mixed in for good measure.  Each character and setting is unique, with stories that connect in really interesting (and at times, heartbreaking, ways).  The emotions are vivid and varied - Walter does a great job connecting vignettes that span time and place to create a really engaging story.  Perfect if you are looking for a book that will take you on a journey.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones is back! And this time with a “toy boy” young enough to be her son. Set fourteen years after the events in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, we find Bridget widowed with two small children to raise. After five years of mourning the untimely death of Mark Darcy, Bridget has decided, through the prodding of her friends, that it is time to date again. Now she must find a way to balance dating, raising her children, and writing her screenplay. Yes, a screenplay; and no, we are not privy to the events which led up to Bridget Jones - Screenwriter.

In some ways Bridget has not changed much, remaining very much a functioning mess, as
she is still just as concerned about her weight, appearance, and relationship status. However, she does have moments when she realizes that she has two little lives depending on her, yet she still has a hard time letting go of her old self.

There are many new characters joining in Bridget’s new adventures, as well as some of our old favorites, or maybe not so favorites. Of course I am referring here to Daniel Cleaver, who still has a place in Bridget’s life, but one that I think we can all approve of.

While I’m not a fan of the gaping hole left in my heart by the death of Mark Darcy, and maybe wish the author had just left things as they were fourteen years ago, I did like catching up with Bridget after all these years. It was nice to see that her life could go on after tragedy, and that she could, once more, get her happy ending.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Fiction 4/7/2015

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 Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark
Falling In Love by Donna Leon
The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury
War Hawk by James Rollins
Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross
Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods
Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert
Tracker by C. J. Cherryh
Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove
Emma by Alexander McCall Smith
Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
Compulsion by Allison Brennan
One Mile Under by Andrew Gross

Saturday, April 4, 2015

That Night by Chevy Stevens

Toni Murphy and her high school boyfriend are serving a seventeen year sentence for the murder of her sister, Nicole, who was killed out at the lake while Ryan and Toni were fooling around in the woods.

Toni was only eighteen when she was arrested and convicted for a crime she didn't commit. Now that she is on parole, she just wants to move on with her life and stay out of trouble, but someone out there is intent on putting her back behind bars. A stipulation of her parole is she is not allowed contact with Ryan, but he approaches her in hopes of getting her help in locating the real killer.

The chapters alternate from present day to what was going on in high school leading up to her sister's death. Back in school, Shauna and her group of followers always picked on Toni. Then, they got her sister Nicole to join their clan but eventually had a falling out with her too. Both Toni and Ryan know that Shauna and her friend's testimony is what put them away. Shauna is capable of lying under oath, but could she also be capable of murder?

I totally loved the first two books I read by Stevens, Still Missing and Never Knowing. I stopped reading her when a friend send her recent books weren't as good. Why did I listen at first? She was dead wrong. That Night is another Canadian-set story of psychological suspense that doesn't disappoint. If you are looking for a twisty and dark page-turner like Gone Girl, this author's books are for you!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag

In 1985, in Oak Knoll, California, four kids stumble across the body of a woman. It looks like the See-no-evil killer has struck in Oak Knoll. Detective Tony Mendez is assigned the case and his first steps are to interview the kids and ask FBI profiler Vince Leone to assist on the case. Vince is just getting back to work after being shot and this will be his first case back.

Their teacher, Anne Navarre, is very protective of the kids and is soon caught up in the investigation. And then another body shows up. But the killer didn't finish the job and she is still alive. Now it is a race to find the killer before their is another victim.

This was a great suspense book. I kept thinking I knew who the killer was but kept getting thwarted. I also loved that it was set in the 1980s before cell phones and the use of DNA. This is the first book in a trilogy.