My time here in Nashville and Atlanta has come to an end. The past 3 weeks I’ve visited the Music City Romance Writers and Georgia Romance Writers, met some wonderful people and saw the sights, but now I’m headed home for a couple of days before flying out on Monday to blog from the New York Comic Con. But first it’s time for the WW Ladies Book Club picks of the week.
The Flame and the Shadow by Denise Rossetti
Read by Joysann
It’s through tragedy and heartbreak that witch Cenda has come late to her magic, so she is indifferent to learning to control it, or understanding her value to others as a tool or a weapon. Trading for the magic he needs to rid himself of his own personal demon, Grayson of Concordia agrees to bring Cenda to a powerful wizard before anyone else captures her, with or without her cooperation. Once they meet, though, the passion that flares between them brings light to both their lives, and they work together to keep her safe from ruthless enemies who would enslave her.
I was so captivated by the intriguing and unusual characters and circumstances in this space fantasy, I couldn’t put it down. The Flame and the Shadow is darkly intense, warmly romantic, and blazingly erotic.
My Man Michael by Lori Foster
Read by Ms. Faye
Michael "Mallet" Manchester is a mixed martial arts fighter on his way to the top. But he’s injured in an accident and his leg is crushed. When a beautiful woman appears literally out of nowhere and offers to heal his leg, he’s actually pretty unimpressed with the offer and more impressed with her lips. He is very, well…male. He doesn’t care that she’s talking like a crazy woman, he just wants to lock lips with her. The book has some humor and some hot scenes of course! But I really loved the way Michael had to learn some uncomfortable lessons in order to get what he really wanted, the girl.
This is not a spoiler since you can read about it in some other reviews, but this book is a time travel. If you watched the trailers that came out for it, the one last week revealed that it is a time travel. It’s been a while since I’ve read a time travel and this one did not disappoint. It’s fun, romantic, unpredictable and satisfying!
Scandal by Carolyn Jewel
Read by Mary
In the life of rake there are many women, but Sophie Evans was different. She was interesting looking, not beautiful, intelligent, not coy, and married, not single. To a rake like Earl of Banallt, wooing a married woman was no obstacle, but Sophie Evans was different; she loved her husband Tommy, even though he, too, was a rake and Banallt’s best friend and companion in his libertine ways. After Tommy’s death, Sophie must marry again, but can she learn to love and trust again, especially a man like Bannallt?
The characters jumped off the page and stay with me after I closed the book. Sophie’s choice between destitution and heartbreak feels very real, and I found myself happily rooting for her to choose the wrong man.
Hands of Flame by C E Murphy
Read by Joysann
NYC public defender Margrit Knight has been embroiled in Old Races politics since defending Alban Korund in human court, and now they’ve named her the Negotiator. As such, she is called upon to find a way to stop a war between them that would cost so many rare and precious lives. Meanwhile, her life is endangered as a target of vengeance, even while defending Alban again, but this time before an Old Races tribunal, which, if she loses, she loses him.
Hands of Flame is the last book in The Negotiator trilogy, and the characters are fascinating, the controversies convoluted. My little paragraph here is far too tepid to do the trilogy, or C E Murphy’s imagination, justice, because the story is just too rich to capture easily in a blurb. If ever she finds more to this world to write about, I’d be eager to get involved again.
Double Minds by Terri Blackstock
Read by Ms. Faye
Parker James is a young woman who lives in Nashville and writes songs for a famous Christian singer. She comes to work to find her brother there, which is not good since he is a homicide detective. The girl who covered for her at work was found murdered.
This is an interesting look at the Nashville music scene and for those who like Christian fiction the plot weaves in some really compelling issues that all Christians face. I don’t normally read Christian fiction but the mystery in a backdrop of the huge music scene in Nashville is fast paced while keeping that suspense steady throughout the book.
Flat Out Sexy by Erin Mc Carthy
Read by Anne
Tamara Briggs’ husband was killed in a racing accident at Talladega and after 2 years she’s ready to start dating someone that’s safer, for her and her kids. Elec Monroe is a rookie race car driver who doesn’t mind being 7 years younger than Tamara. But Tamara isn’t sure that she or her kids can handle the stress of race day.
I’m not a race car fan, so I was already convinced that I wouldn’t like this book. Boy, was I wrong. It was hot and sexy, but it also was about a mother with 2 kids and what she sacrifices by being a single parent. Elec was much more mature than his 25 years, but still sought advice from his mom. I will definitely be looking for this author’s next book. Fun, charming, and sensual.
Bottom Line: I’ve read some pretty strange romances, but just heard that Jack Black and Cloris Leachman hook up on The Office to be shown after the Super Bowl. Ewww.