Thanks for everyone’s tips and ideas yesterday on how to deal with a dead brain. I’ll always open to new subject matter, so feel free to suggest topics that inspire, enlighten or just plain bug you about books and the industry. Email me here.
With that said, here’s the WW Ladies blurbs for the week. There will be another set on Saturday. Be sure to stop by.
Holy Smokes by Katie MacAlister
Read by Joyce
Aisling Grey really does want to marry Drake Vireo, but always one or the other can’t make it to the church on time. If it’s not enemy dragons imprisoning Drake, it might be that the Prince of Abaddon has summoned Aisling to threaten in person. In her role as Guardian and Demon Lord, Aisling’s responsibilities keep her pretty busy and often bewildered.
Holy Smokes is a fun continuation in the magical world of Aisling Grey, and her romance with Drake is usually hot and steamy. I’ve enjoyed all 4 of the previous books, and I’m looking forward to reading Katie MacAlister’s newest release, Playing with Fire, which is a "spin off", if I may use the term, of this Guardian series.
A Notorious Proposition by Adele Ashworth
Read by Emily
Garrett Burke and Lade Ivy Wentworth were lovers, and together they were working with the Crown of England to uncover the missing Martello Diamonds. But when Garrett leaves Ivy in bed while he went to meet an informant, he never expected that would be his last memory of her. Now two years later Ivy, known as a seer among the ton, has come to Winter Garden at the request of the Marquess of Rye. He has invited her to investigate his haunted manor, in search for the diamonds. But in the process she runs into her old flame, Garrett. They work together to uncover clues to the mystery of the diamonds, and their passion is always just below the surface. But when they release it all hell breaks loose. Can they solve the mystery before someone gets hurt, or worse, dead?
This book was a fast and entertaining read for me, I was so entranced by it I couldn’t put it down. If you want a passionate romance and a thrilling mystery to solve, this book is for you.
Death Walked In by Carolyn Hart
Read by Jan
A fortune in gold coins, rare Double Eagles, come up missing, stolen from a house filled with visiting family, there for an annual party celebrating the owner’s birthday on a cool, foggy February weekend on a South Carolina island. Who needs the money so badly that they would resort to theft AND murder?? Annie and Max Darling (she, a mystery bookstore owner and he, a private investigator) who are restoring a neighboring antebellum mansion are thrust into the center of the investigation after a mysterious call for help from a woman who says she has hidden something there and is later found dying, by Annie, in their unfinished house.
This is a fast-paced summer read, a perfect book for the back porch or beach.
To Catch a Kiss by Karen Kendall
Read by Ann
Jazz Taylor faces monsters every day in her special effects studio, but can she face Atlanta cop Tony Sinclair while proving her father’s innocence? Not an easy thing to do when your father is renowned art thief known as The Master. As Jazz works to prove her father’s innocence, Tony works to keep Jazz safe. Could this unconventional woman be the perfect wife?
To Catch a Kiss is a quick, fun summer read. Karen has created great characters in the independent and feisty Jazz, the conservative, romantic Tony and the delectable Myles. Bagel, Donovan, Pedro and more add to Karen’s story where parents and children grow up.
Street of Dreams by Marianne Stephens – E-Book
Read by Marge
In 2039, Detective
Eileen “Ice Queen” Murphy is one of the few females in the Kansas City Midwest Law Force trying to prove she’s more than just a pretty face. Past hurts and putting up with the “Good O’ Boys” in the force keeps her from having any relationships on the force, which means hiding her overwhelming attraction to Nick Olson.
Detective Nick Olson, a controlling Alpha male, is partnered with Eileen on a mission to jump back to 1965 before history can be changed. Unlucky in love he must fight the attraction he has for Eileen to protect his heart.
I liked the concept of this story that you can jump back in time for vacations. Of course, those that make the mistake to change or escape back in history are chased by the Law Force. The constant bickering between Eileen and Nick was a little nerve-racking, but the story of their mission to bring back the escaped fugitives from 1965 during the East Coast Black Out more than made up for it. Entertaining and well worth the read.
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Read by Joyce
Having indicated that I’m an avid sci-fi fan, someone recommended I read Ann Aguirre’s book, Grimspace. Wish I could remember who that was, because I’d give her big "thank you!".
Sirantha Jax is a navigator, genetically gifted to aid a pilot to negotiate a ship through grimspace, taking lightyears off travel between stars systems. Contracted to the Corps for the duration of her useful life, she’s devastated when she is the sole survivor of crash that kills dozens, and is charged with being at fault. Held in confinement, she knows she’s heading for either an insane asylum or execution. And then March walks in.
Engrossing and thrilling, this well written space adventure is the kind of book that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Grimspace is the first of a series, and I look forward reading more.
Ring Around My Heart by Pat White
Read by Emily
When Alexandra Hayes accepts the public-relations job for BAM Wrestling Company she had no idea what she was getting herself into. Her first thought, upon seeing her client was "that man needs help." Luke Silver, known as Loverboy Luke to his wrestling fans, was a ladies man. And who wouldn’t notice his obvious charms in his skimpy wrestling shorts. Lexi’s new employers want to change the overall image of their company. How can she change Luke’s image from wrestling’s biggest bad boy to league hero, especially when the man wants nothing to do with it or her? But after Lexi and Luke start working together, she sees a man who guards his past to protect himself and his secrets. And when the secrets are reveled will they damage the relationship and position that Lexi has worked so hard for? Or will they bring the couple closer together?
Ring Around My Heart is the second of Pat White’s wrestling books. I thought this book was so entertaining. Every time she talked about Luke’s wrestling outfit I had the complete mental picture and couldn’t stop laughing. Wrestling really isn’t my thing, but I totally enjoyed this book.
Bottom Line: Talk about brain date, I missed my brilliant, beautiful daughter in law, Jennifer’s birthday. I had it on the calender, thought about calling all day and then completely went blank. So, Happy Belated Birthday Jen!! See you soon!