Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Billionaire's Favorite Mistake by Jessica Clare

The night of her friend’s engagement party, wedding planner Greer Chada-Janssen is determined to make her closest friend Asher Sutton notice her once and for all. In his drunken stupor, Asher not only notices Greer, but takes her out back to have sex, which is nothing short of terrible. To make matters worse, Asher continues to remind her how it was a mistake.

Greer wants to cut him out of her life forever, especially since he left her knocked up. When Asher learns of her pregnancy, he finally starts to really notice Greer and realizes the only mistake he made was to take her love for granted. Fortunately he has concocted a crazy scheme with Greer’s father, the head of a Playboy-style magazine whose business is falling apart.

Ashton will make a sizeable donation to Dutchman magazine if he agrees to marry one of his three girlfriends, has Greer plan the wedding, and makes him the best man. Ashton also makes a deal with Greer that he will sign her contract to give up all privileges to their baby if she will teach him to be better at seducing women. Ashton’s actual plan, though, is to win Greer back and make them the family she has always wanted.

Reality TV’s The Girls Next Store meets Knocked Up in Clare’s (The Billionaire Takes a Bride) outlandish and sexy fourth series offering. Despite the preposterous sounding set-up, the romance here just works for two characters who will eventually find their HEA (happily ever after).

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | June 24, 2016 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New Fiction 6/28/2016

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 Daredevil Snared by Stephanie Laurens
Ghosts of War by Brad Taylor
Defender by Diana Palmer
The Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross
The Perdition Score by Richard Kadrey
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
The Seascape Tattoo by Larry Niven
The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
The Charmers by Elizabeth Adler
First Strike Ben Coes
A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams
Murder Has Nine Lives by Laura Levine

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

For Wade Watts, life is the OASIS - a virtual world where you can escape the crumbling economy, the energy crisis, and general mayhem of reality. But there’s more inside the OASIS than mystical worlds and multi-player adventures - there’s a quest. Upon his death, eccentric creator James Halliday created the ultimate puzzle with the ultimate prize - his estate, including the OASIS itself. And Wade wants to be the one to solve it.

Wade has devoted himself to studying the videogame ephemera and 1980’s pop culture that Halliday obsessed over, searching for clues that will help him unlock the first door. When he stumbles upon the answer on a hunch, Wade finds himself in the middle of the competition of a lifetime. He just needs to survive - on screen, and in real life.

If you ever thought to yourself “You know what Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was missing? Video games.” - then this book was meant for you. A fast paced, action packed virtual adventure with all the 80’s references you could want.

Cline creates a world that is dazzling in its detail and creativity. Don’t be surprised to find yourself racking your brain, trying to decide what might be a clue. A fantastic read for gamers, fans of 80’s pop culture, or anyone who enjoys a really intricately laid out puzzle, waiting to be solved. And bonus: if you enjoy audiobooks, this book is excellently narrated by Wil Wheaton.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Assistants by Camille Perri

Drowning in student loan debt, and trying to survive in NYC on an assistant’s salary, hard-working thirty year-old Tina Fontana dreams of living a life free from financial worry. That’s all it is, a dream, a fantasy, like winning the lottery.

Then an accidental double reimbursement for her employer’s expenses mean Tina has access to funds to pay off her student loans. Ethically, Tina knows it’s dead wrong, but the longer she goes without returning the extra payment, the easier it is to rationalize the theft.  The money taken is a rounding error, so small in the scheme of things, it will never be missed.  So she pays off her loans, thinking no one will be the wiser.

Oops!  Seems that someone in Accounting has noticed, someone who also needs her student loan debt erased, someone who directs Tina to continue her double requests to get access to more money.  Will she bend to the extortion and embezzle more money from her trusting boss, or will she stop rationalizing and start making amends?

Readers who liked The Devil Wears Prada will enjoy taking this one to the beach or on vacation this summer.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New Fiction 6/21/2016

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 Pursuit by Janet Evanovich
Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Brighton by Michael Harvey
Fatal Pursuit by Martin Walker
Disappearance at Devil's Rock by Paul Tremblay
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
A Sinful Calling by Kimberla Lawson Roby
Willnot by James Sallis

Saturday, June 18, 2016

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Detective Casey Duncan always knew her past would catch up with her.  After all, she’d gotten away with murder.  As a teenager she killed a mobster’s son, a heartless young man who bolted from a group of thugs, left her in an alley to be beaten and tortured, and never called police for help once he’d gotten away.  Somehow, the mobster discovered her secret, and now she is in his cross hairs.  To further up the ante, Casey’s high school BFF Diana is in danger from an abusive ex who has managed to locate her once again.

Help comes in the form of a safe haven, a harbor for those needing to permanently go off the grid.  This means moving to a small outpost in Canada and having no contact with your past life.  At all.  Ever.  No cell phones, no email, no internet. Casey and Diana escape to Rockton, where Det. Duncan learns she has only been granted temporary sanctuary in return for helping to solve a murder.  And then residents of this tiny little town start dropping like flies.  What is happening, and who is pulling the strings?  All is not what it seems in Rockton.

This book is for readers of suspense, who like their heroes dark, scarred, and flawed.  

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

I was disappointed in Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, so wasn't looking forward to Dead Wake. However, I was pleasantly surprised, and in fact, this might be one of Larson's better narrative nonfiction stories that tackles a monumental historical event: the sinking of the Lusitania, which claimed the lives of over 1,000 civilians.

In May of 1915, Cunard's Lusitania set sail from New York City bound for London and was commanded by Captain Turner. This was early WWI when Germany's U-boats were destroying British ships but Woodrow Wilson and the United States had not yet been involved in the war. The British had been monitoring the whereabouts of certain U-boats in a secret room named "Room 40" but where unable to always use this to their advantage for fear of revealing that they had been able to decode German communications.

The ship was struck by a torpedo from a German submarine near the end of its journey close to Ireland's coast. Despite it's size, the ship sunk in approx 16 minutes. The crew who knew how to man the lifeboats were trapped in the luggage room, and the way the boat list, the majority of the lifeboats were inaccessible. Those who had life vests where not instructed on how to wear them beforehand, and many had them on backward or upside down, rendering them useless. When reports came out that Lusitania went down, other ships in the area that were sent to rescue passengers where then deterred from helping because of concerns that they would also become targets.

The sinking of the Lusitania and the lost of so many American lives is what finally forced the United States into World War I two years later. Wilson is not painted as a strong president in this book, at least in my opinion.

You can tell Larson has done his research, as his retelling shares many details you might not have known and reads like a thriller. This is highly recommended to history buffs and anyone interested in ship wrecks.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New Fiction 6/14/2016

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.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Foreign Agent by Brad Thor
Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
Title Wave by Lorna Barrett
Here's To Us by Elin Hilderbrand
Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley
The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund
The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett
Murder on the Quai by Cara Black
The Girls by Emma Cline
Widowmaker by Paul Doiron
Nightstalkers by Steve Alten
League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Foreign Eclairs by Julie Hyzy

A walk home becomes anything but a pleasant stroll when White House chef Ollie Paras is mugged and her purse is snatched.

A White House staff member is found murdered and there seems to be a connection to Ollie’s purse snatching. And does a Wisconsin federal prison bombing link Ollie to a terrorist she put away long ago?

It looks like Ollie and the President of the United States are terrorist targets and the Secret Service is actively involved. The question is how to lure the terrorists into the open without Ollie or the President being killed in the process.

Foreign Eclairs is a fast moving and well-told story. One of Hyzy’s best. Lots of clues and lots of action keeps one’s interest. And of course, there are the recipes to enjoy. This 2016 cozy mystery is the ninth and unfortunately the last in the "White House Chef Mystery" series for Hyzy.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark

Lane Harmon is an interior decorator. She works for Glady, who is tough but gets all of the big clients. Their newest clients are the Bennetts. Parker Bennett, the head of the family, is presumed dead. He also scammed a lot of people out of billions of dollars. Now his widow has to move out of her home in New York and Glady agrees to decorate her new home pro-bono.

As Lane works on the project she becomes involved with Eric Bennett. She has given him the benefit of the doubt that he wasn't involved or knew what his father was doing. But she is the only one. FBI, disgruntled clients, and even Glady think he is guilty and have him under surveillance. But there is more to this story then they know and it might just put Lane in danger.

I don't know why I keep reading her books. There are always a million characters and the stories lately have just been okay. I like her older stories way better, like Loves Music, Loves to Dance.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Fiction 6/7/2016

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 Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter
Indeh by Ethan HawkeCrimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton
Death's Bright Day by David Drake
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger
Dishonorable Intentions by Stuart Woods
Knit to Be Tied by Maggie Sefton
The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer
End of Watch by Stephen King
Die of Shame by Mark Billingham
Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder
Dr. Doa by Simon R. Green
A Study in Sable by Mercedes Lackey
I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
The Cavendon Luck by Barbara Taylor Bradford
What We Become by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Wild on the Rocks by Kiersten Hallie Krum

Bartender and mixologist Quinn Forrester nearly escapes death when she witnesses a murder conducted by a Russian mobster in Atlantic City. She is now on the lamb and makes it to Florida where decides to hide out at a resort on Barefoot Bay.

There happens to be a high profile wedding scheduled and their bartender bailed. Fortunately, Quinn needs the cash and this job might be just the ticket until she can figure out her next move.

As fate would have it, her ex-husband and Navy SEAL Jasper McQueen is also at the resort to provide security detail while he is on enforced leave. They haven’t seen each other in over a year when Quinn walked out on their marriage, even though she never stopped loving him. Jasper isn’t about to let the women who wrecked him out of his sights again, but with the Russian mob on her tail, her leaving this time might not be her choice.

Super sensual and suspenseful, Krum (Castle Haven series) has a lot to offer readers here in this series set in the fictional island that is the brainchild of romance author Roxanne St. Claire. Besides hot sex between two characters with plenty of chemistry,  there is deeper story here with heavier moments that touch on PTSD and suicide that adds more bite than your typical romantic suspense fare.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | June 3, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs
In Childs' 17th Tea Shop mystery, Theodosia and Drayton are sleuthing again after a smash-and- grab jewelry store heist where Theodosia and Drayton were catering big event.

After her Heart’s Desire Jewelry Shop is destroyed and her niece, Kaitlyn killed in the heist, Brooke, the jewelry shop owner asks Theo to find out who did it.

Questions lead to more questions in the ensuing investigation. Is the culprit a Charleston local? Or is it bigger than that? Theodosia and the others from the Indigo Tea Shop set out to find the truth. Always fun reads, this is another installment in the growing list of Tea Shop Mysteries titles.

It’s entertaining and will keep your attention to the end. Recipes included.