Saturday, April 30, 2016

New Blue by Jules Barnard

Hayden Tate was driven away as a teenager when she was falsely accused of sleeping with a teacher, but she has moved back to Lake Tahoe to confront her past. Now working as the HR manager for the luxury Blue Casino, Tate and her friends are suspicious of the covert operations the CEO has going on behind her back.

In fact, Adam Cade, the sexy yet irritatingly frustrating new hospitality manager, has been assigned with new hires for this secret project, which undermines Hayden’s job. And even Adam is starting to question exactly what he has been hired to do but intends to stick with it; he needs the money in order to financially break free from his controlling father.

Blues’ employees have been harmed in the past because of the Casino’s shady dealings, and Hayden knows it is her job to keep everyone safe. But as Adam and Hayden grow close romantically, the secrets Adam has to keep in order to protect her has Hayden questioning if she can trust him and their future.

Barnard (Blue Streak) brings readers back her Blue Casino setting, where both characters full of depth and meaty plots reside. Her latest is another winner and the alternating first person narrations of her protagonists will have readers invested in the story and the romance.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | April 15, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Bear by Claire Cameron

Anna's family is on a camping trip. They detour to a remote island to spend the night before going on to their destination. As five year old Anna and two year old Alex aka Stick are sleeping, Anna is awoken by a noise. It sounds like her dad is yelling. All of a sudden their dad pulls Anna out of the tent and throws her into the big Coleman cooler. A second later, Stick joins her. Her father tells her to stay put and don't come out.

After a long while, Anna is sick of being squashed in the cooler but can't quite get it open. When she finally gets Stick and herself out, the campground is trashed and she doesn't see her parents. As she wanders around she finds her mom laying in the grass. Her mom tells her to take Stick and get in the canoe. What happens next is pure survival for two little kids.

A friend kept trying to get me to read this and I am glad I finally did. It was captivating and heart wrenching. And The Bear is told entirely by Anna's point of view, which makes it even better. I recommend this amazing read.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New Fiction 4/26/2016

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.
Once a Soldier by Mary Jo Putney
Fast and Loose by Fern Michaels
A Buccaneer at Heart by Stephanie Laurens
The Body in the Wardrobe by Katherine Hall Page
The Big Showdown by Mickey Spillane
That Darkness by Lisa Black
Extreme Prey by John Sandford
City of Secrets by Stewart O'Nan
Hide Away by Iris Johansen

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Devil You Know by Mimi Wells

When event planner Calla Stewart learns that there is a potential buyer for her South Florida family home, the neglected mansion her father left behind for his daughter to deal with when the market crashed, Calla makes the trek from Cali to meet the buyer in person. But the buyer is no stranger. It is none other than Dom Cameron, the man who left Calla on a fateful night during her senior year in college a decade ago.

Dom came from a poor Glasgow neighborhood and never fit in with the wealthy crowd that defined Calla’s world. Working his way to become a successful businessman and soccer star, he is back to settle a score. He tells Calla that he will take the property off her hands if she gives him ten days as his personal assistant, introducing him around Miami.

Having broke free from her father’s money and making it on her own, Calla is left with no choice but to comply, but getting one’s revenge isn’t as satisfying when lust and love get in the way.

Wells (The Billionaire’s Deception) is skilled at creating empathetic characters who go through a personal growth and triumph in the end. The sexual tension between Dom and Calla and the confusion behind what really happened on the night in question from years ago keep the pages turning at a fast clip.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | April 22, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Catching Summer by L.P. Dover

After witnessing the death of her MMA fighter husband, tavern owner Summer Jacobs never thought she could be capable of feeling alive again, that is until she runs into Carolina Cougars’ wide receiver Evan Townsend. Wanting to keep up her nursing credentials, Summer will be filling in while Evan’s sister, one of team’s doctors, is on maternity leave.

Being around Evan ignites something in her that she thought died with the death of Austin, and she finally feels ready to take the plunge. But being with Evan poses risks too, especially when an opponent specially targets him during a game, and it seems much more than a simple rivalry.

In fact, Summer’s therapist believes that Evan will bring her down, and she won’t be able to return again from that dark place. Summer is going to have to be brave and follow her gut when it comes to taking a chance on love with Evan.

Dover’s (Intercepting Love) sweet and flirty contemporary and Bk.6 in her Second Chances series takes a darker turn with the death of one of the team’s girls, which propels the plot along and keeps the reader engaged. You need not to be fan of football to fall head over heels for this spunky contemporary with elements of suspense.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | March 18, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Fiction 4/19/2016

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 Mile by David Baldacci
The House of Daniel by Harry Turtledove
The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton
The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banergee Divakaruni
The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey
'til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick
War Hawk by James Rollins

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Murder House by James Patterson

Jenna Murphy used to be a detective in New York until an Internal Affairs investigation has her quitting. Her uncle, the chief in the Hamptons, offers her a job. She accepts and is soon finding her way. But when two people are murder and they have a suspect, Jenna doesn't think they have the right killer. But when her uncle is killed all bets are off and she does everything to get the killer convicted.

Noah Walker is being accused of a crime he didn't commit. The brutal murder of two people at an empty house in the Hamptons. He is convicted and resigned to the fact that he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Jenna starts to realize that maybe Noah isn't the killer. She finds evidence and Noah is released. They start a shaky alliance to find the real killer. But all isn't as it seems in the Hamptons. Will they find the killer before it is too late?

I really liked this book. It kept you guessing until the end. I am a big fan of Patterson's books and this one is right up there as one of my favorites.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Calling It by Jen Doyle

After a car crash injured his leg and he discovers that his fiancee was cheating on him, Chicago baseball star Nate Hawkins returns to his home town of Inspiration, Iowa, where he and his high school buddies were known as the “Dream.”  There he meets Dorie Donelli, a recent transplant from Boston who was hired as the new director of the beloved library that was ravished by a storm.

Dorrie comes from a big family of overprotective brothers and knows a thing or two about baseball. It seems like Nate has finally met his match, but Dorie believes their relationship is strictly physical. Nate had always been her fantasy crush since she was thirteen, and now as an adult, Dorrie believes that the real Nate is just an extension of her fantasy.

She has given their relationship until the date when he reports for training. But Nate is just as driven to get his career back on track as he is to prove to Dorrie that he is in it for the long haul and that he is her “Dream.”

With baseball home openers just around the corner from the release date, readers will want to turn to the fun and spunky midwest locale of Doyle’s debut. Mild love scenes will charm readers not looking for something too heavy under the sheets or in the plot.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

New Fiction 4/12/2016

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 Obsession by Nora Roberts
Titans by Leila Meacham
Close Your Eyes by Michael Robotham
Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline
Poisonous by Allison Brennan
Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro
Lazaretto by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

After depleting her fortune by unwittingly investing in a Ponzi scheme, reclusive author Mimi Banning must publish a new novel or lose everything, including her gated mansion in Hollywood. To help her complete her book, the publisher sends fan and assistant Alice Whitley to troubleshoot the eccentric’s life, including playing nanny for Mimi’s delightfully quirky nine-year-old son, Frank.

There are few rules in the free-wheeling Banning household, but one must be followed.  Never touch Frank without his permission, which Alice learns the hard way.

Mimi has a way of soothing her super-intelligent child, but when she disappears without a trace, Alice is forced to care for Frank, who dresses like a 30’s movie star and acts much older than his elementary school years.  How will Alice and Frank find Mimi?  Will Frank survive until they do?

The characters in this book will keep your interest, especially the engaging, delightful, frustrating Frank.  He will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Unruly by Ronnie Douglas

Ellie is fed up with Noah Dash, her lifelong best friend and sometimes lover, who won’t officially claim her as his old lady to the Southern Wolves MC. Knowing that their relationship is destructive, she finally calls it quits and walks out. But now she needs a ride home.

Enter Alamo, the recently transplanted Wolfer from a North Carolina chapter, who was sent to give her a ride. The handsome and mysterious Alamo agrees to take her to Nashville for a bite and a chance to sing out her sorrows. Ellen has a real talent for music, but isn’t ready yet to make it her career.

As word gets around about their ride, Dash decides to make it clear that she is under his protection, ruining any chance that Alamo and Ellen have at romance. When a problem from his past follows him to Tennessee and threatens Ellie, he will do what it takes to fiercely protect the woman that he wants as his.

Douglas’ (Undaunted) second foray into the MC subgenre focuses too heavily on this MC’s rules and culture that it detracts from the romance and the perfunctory love scenes don’t help. Readers will be lost as to the chemistry of some of the periphery characters since there isn’t a lot of explanation, so they should start with Book 1 for this story to have any meaning.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Fiction 4/05/2016

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.

Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen
What We Find by Robyn Carr
The Beast by J.R. Ward
Visitor by C.J. Cherryh
Miss Julia Inherits a Mess by Ann B. Ross
Blood Orange by Susan Wittig Albert
Maestro by R.A. Salvatore
Silence by Mercedes Lackey
Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom
The 14th Colony by Steve Berry
The Truth About Death by Robert Hellenga
The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King
Here Comes the Bribe by Mary Daheim

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sisi: Empress on Her Own by Allison Pataki

Married at just fourteen, the beautiful Empress Elisabeth is beloved by her royal subjects as she navigates the intrigues of the Royal Court, and finally gives the country an heir.  Tired of the constant pressure of a dutiful public life, the independent Sisi frequently absents herself from the palace in Vienna and spends much time in the country at their home in Hungary.  Public opinion soon begins to turn, and rumors of dalliances abound.

The stoic Emperor Franz Joseph calls his errant wife back to court, and Sisi complies but flees as soon as possible, bored with the duties of Court, and chafing under the strict rules and codes that dictate her life.  What happens when duty and independence collide?

This tale, rich with historically accurate detail, highlights the tension between a very public figure and her wish for a private life.  If you are a fan of Philippa Gregory, then this one is for you.