Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Fiction 6/30/2015

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780373788439    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062320131    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780385348966    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780312380908

Long Tall Christmas by Janet Dailey
The Silenced by Heather Graham
Untamed by Diana Palmer
The English Spy by Daniel Silva
The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins
A New Hope by Robyn Carr
The Mask by Taylor Stevens
The Assassins by Gayle Lynds
Death By Tiara by Laura Levine

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bachelorette for Sale by Gial Chianese

Trying to stay out of the limelight since her recent stint on the dating show Finding Mr. Right, Cherry Ryan is working with her best friend to raise money for their Providence rec center that will be demolished if they can’t come up with the funds.

When one of the local women participating in the auction bails, Cherry is forced into her spot and is bid on by Jason Valentine’s friend/business partner. The hairbrained scheme is to win Jason a date so that they can get into Cherry’s good graces before they submit their bid for the center’s rehab project. Despite the motive, Cherry and Jason really hit it off, and his bid happens to be the best for the center, even though not everyone on the committee agrees.

When repeated vandalism stops any progress dead in its tracks, Cherry considers appearing on another dating show to obtain the funding to save the center, but this plan coupled with Jason’s uncompromising views on marriage could ultimately leave her heart broken in pieces.

Chianese’s debut and series starter smoothly balances convincing characters, hot love scenes, and emotional depth; plus secondary plot threads about Cherry’s family, her grandparents failing relationship, and the question of what really happened on that dating show keep the pages turning at a fast clip.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | July 17 , 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

When Rebecca “Bex” Porter left Iowa for the chance to study at Oxford the last thing she was looking for was love. And she didn’t expect to meet a prince either.

But sure enough it doesn’t take long for her to fall for Prince Nicholas. Their romance is not without its ups and downs, and even as the novel opens on the eve of their royal wedding it is still not clear if they will actually make it to the altar.

Set over the course of eight years the reader sees how Bex, Nick, and friends survive their college years and beyond while under the scrutiny that comes with being in the royal family’s inner circle.

One of the latest books to fall under the new adult genre heading, this book would appeal to many anglophiles and royal watchers of any age.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Fiction 6/23/2015

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780345541857    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780765335685    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780553392715    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780446557900

The Time of the Wolves by Don Winslow
The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera
Ever After by Jude Deveraux
Summer Secrets by Jane Green
Vixen by Bill Pronzini
Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich
Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Attorney and single mom Kate Barron receives a call at work that she needs to pick up her daughter, Amelia immediately since she has been suspended. Amelia is a model student at Brooklyn's private Grave Hall, so this is completely out of character. When Kate arrives at the school, there are no cops and she learns that Amelia has jumped from the roof of the school to her death.

Shortly after Amelia's death, Kate receives a text from a blocked number saying that her daughter didn't jump. In her heart, Kate never believed Amelia committed suicide, so this is the push she needs to get to the bottom of what really happened that day.

The book alternates chapters between Kate and Amelia's narration and the timeline goes back and forth between what happened before Amelia's death and Kate desperate to find the truth. Amelia tell us about the "club" she was tapped to join and the student there that she fell in love with that was the start of her downfall. Kate is also forced to confront her daughter's parentage.

I have read both of McCreight's (Where They Found Her) novels now, and I couldn't put them down. I am a huge fan of Chevy Stevens psychological suspense stories, so these were equally as good, if not better. I am eager for her to write and publish her next book. With ample plot twists and surprises, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a page-turner.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Atonement by Winter Austin

Former Marine sniper Nicolette Rivers moved to sleepy Eider, Iowa to hide from her family and a muddy past, but she is called back into duty when the Sheriff uses her to take down an armed resident ranting religious nonsense while holding his family captive. Nic has no choice but to shoot to kill, and his death triggers memories of her tours overseas and the man she lost.

Despite her PTSD, Nic wants to help Detective Con O’Hanlon from the Eider PD help investigate the death of a man whose suicide note has the ringings of the same religious jargon spouted by the guy Nic’s was compelled to take out. Working with Con will force Nic into trusting another person, one that she finds attractive. Everything from the past and present may come to a head in order to capture a killer, but Nic isn’t one to go down without a fight, even with death knocking at the door.

Typically the role of a man in most romance suspense featuring military veterans, a lead character who is a female offers a refreshing take and paints a picture of a strong, fearless woman with a sympathetic plight.

With the mild romantic moments of Catherine Coulter’s FBI thrillers and the religious angle as a motive for murder reminiscent of Lisa Jackson’s New Orleans series, readers will find much to entertain in Winter’s (Degrees of Darkness series) series opener.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | May 22 , 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Fiction 6/16/2015

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399165375    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780316334525    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780446553933    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780316329378

Margaret of Anjou by Carl Iggulden
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
The President's Shadow by Brad Meltzer
Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale
Invasion of Privacy by Christopher Reich
The Ultimatum by Dick Wolf
The Governor's Wife by Michael Harvey
Country by Danielle Steel
The Santangelos by Jackie Collins
The Precipice by Paul Doiron

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Blue Streak by Jules Bernard

Nessa and Zach have been friends for over a year, ever since Nessa started working at Blue Casino in Lake Tahoe. Waitressing isn’t her dream job, but she hopes that it will lead to an internship in Blue’s executive offices. She has been in love with Zach this past year, but he never commits to any girl, and teases her as he would a little brother, even though her feelings for him are anything but brotherly.

When all their friends flake on the night of their weekly dinner get together, it ends up being just the two of them, and Zach can’t continue resisting the beautiful girl he adores. After a night of heated passion, Nessa isn’t sure where she stands with Zach and is worried that their actions will ruin their friendship.

Zach is out to prove that Nessa means more to him than anyone, but a woman from his past who won’t take no for an answer might ruin everything.

The first person narration that alternates between the protagonists’ voices grant the reader an intimate view into the feelings of Barnard’s (Deep Blue, Blue Crush, and True Blue) characters. If this series continues on as strong as this entry, then readers will have found themselves a winner that shines among the glut of new adult romances.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | May 15, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Caught Up in the Touch by Laura Trentham

Jessica Montgomery’s chance at a promotion to CFO at her father’s company hinges on convincing Logan Wilde to sign on as chef at their Atlanta restaurants. When she arrives at his Falcon, Alabama eatery, she is confronted by a scruffy, unkempt man who helps her with her and sets her up at his friend’s B&B. She learns that the scruffy “mountain man” is actually Logan Wilde, who just returned from two weeks in the wilderness.

Now cleaned up, Logan, assistant coach to the Falcon football team, won’t make any promises but claims he will think about it. Meanwhile, she is stuck in podunk Falcon until her car is fixed and she won’t let Logan out of her sight until he agrees.

Their chemistry is undeniable, and before long the two surrender to their feelings. In fact, Jessica starts to fall not only for Logan but for this little Alabama town’s way of life. When her controlling father pays a visit to check on Jessica, he may ruin the only chance at happiness she has ever had.

This novel takes the excitement of high school football and the allure of a budding romance and rolls it into a pleasing and thoughtful story. Reliable characters coupled with passionate and genuine love scenes complete the package in Trentham's second of the Falcon Football series.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | May 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Fiction 6/9/2015

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780525954613    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781455559565    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250007049    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780765338464

The Long Utopia by Terry Pratchett
The Fixer by Joseph Finder
The Ultimate Betrayal by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky
The Iron Assassin by Ed Greenwood
Signwave by Andrew H. Vachss
Superfluous Women by Carola Dunn
A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Breaking Point by Jefferson Bass
The Darkling Child by Terry Brooks

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Gamble by Kristen Ashley

Nina Sheridan is taken a time out from her fiance to rethink their relationship. She left England and rented a cabin in the Colorado mountains. But once she arrives after a seventeen hour flight, a snowstorm, and her sinuses hurting, she meets a mountain man. He claims to be the owner and tells her to find other accommodations.
She ends up sleeping in her car. When she wakes up again she is back in the cabin and sick,

After being nursed back to health by this mountain man, Holden "Max" Maxwell, Nina tries to leave. But Max isn't having it and soon Nina is involved in Max's life and making new friends. Nina soon realizes that maybe she has found the place she really belongs. But if Max doesn't learn to open up about his past, Nina won;t be sticking around.

I've said it before and I'll say it again I love Kristen Ashley! This is the first book in the Colorado Mountain series. If you love alpha men and strong female characters then Kristen Ashley is the author for you!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

Soon after a disastrous display at a New Year’s Eve party, Maddie Hyde finds herself reluctantly crossing an ocean, headed towards Scotland, a war at full tilt, and her husband’s impossible mission: to find the Loch Ness Monster.

With only the details of his father’s very public (and failed) hunt for the monster years earlier, Maddie watches as Ellis, with best friend Hank in tow, dives headfirst into a plan to restore the Colonel’s name - and with that, his financial support.  As the pair dissolve into drunken reverie day and night, Maddie withdraws, out of place among the townspeople and alone in a foreign town struggling in the midst of WWII.  As the days and weeks stretch on, Maddie begins to wonder about the life she’s chosen, and the man she’s chosen to share it with.

At the Water’s Edge is a wonderful combination of life and lore.  Gruen pays particular attention to detail, and, in doing so, creates a rich setting.  The story conveys a strong sense of place and history, made even more pronounced by Maddie’s complete displacement within it.  Fans of Water for Elephants will recognize the theme of a main character thrust into a new world, left to figure out a new way - and, in doing so, discovering themselves.

Fans of historical fiction (particularly WWII era) will enjoy this book, but so will those in search of a well told story with a main character who must forge a new path in life.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Fiction 6/2/2015

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781476789255    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780425264034    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780425258446    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780425255711

Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh
Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton
From a High Tower by Mercedes Lackey
Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton
A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett
Time of Death by Mark Billingham
All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank
Blood of the Cosmos by Kevin J. Anderson
The Fateful Lightning by Jeff Shaara
The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig