Well, yesterday’s blog about eReaders was obviously a hot topic with lots of comments on both sides of the issue. It seems to come down to personal preference. I would really like to try one…someday. But until then, here’s the WW Ladies Book Blurbs of the week.
Midnight Sins by Cynthia Eden
Read by Joysann
Detective Todd Brooks is incredulous when a suggestion is made that a sex demon might be the murderer of bound, naked men found dead from causes unknown, but he finds clues leading him to Cara Maloan, a succubus who longs for a real and lasting love. Instead of capturing her, he is captivated by the sexy beautiful woman, and he doesn’t believe it’s magic that stirs their mutual attraction. Though his imperative is to find the killer, he also wants to clear Cara of suspicion, protect her from the killer that seems to be framing her, and make her believe in him.
Atlanta is an Other sort of place in Cynthia Eden’s Midnight books, where paranormal beings secretly live and work alongside humans, making it a dangerous situation for both. Wrapped in an intriguing mystery, Midnight Sins is sensually romantic, and a very enjoyable read.
Star Bright by Catherine Anderson
Read by Ms. Faye
Rainie Hall thinks she’s married the man of her dreams, but she’s married a murderer. She fakes her own death to escape him and starts a new life as someone else. Parker Harrigan is a ruggedly handsome cowboy and Rainie’s new boss. He suspects Rainie has a secret, but instead of prying he shows her support and helps her learn to fight for herself. The chemistry between the characters is so perfect you’re dying for their first kiss and you never want it to end! Of course nothing is ever easy and when Rainie’s murderous ex finds out she’s still alive he comes looking for her.
Star Bright is a true, grass-roots romance. Though there’s a bit of suspense the novel is about love and a perfect way to bring in any New Year! If you’re looking for a good contemorary romance I recommend Star Bright! It’s a feel good book with a lot of substance!
Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read by Stacey
Acheron, the leader of the Dark Hunters, has come to a point in his long life where his past has caught up with present. His secrets, as well as those of an undiscovered civilization, are now on the verge of exposure. But what are these secrets? And to what lengths will he go to protect them…and those he holds dear, from his past, his present, and his future?
Acheron was my book of the year for 2008. It took me 2 and 1/2 days to read, and for a book that’s well over 700 pages, it says a great deal. The story expertly melds past and present in a way that includes details fans of the series will definitely enjoy. New readers will absolutely be enchanted by Kenyon’s characters, but will have to beware of spoilers for the rest of the series. As usual, Kenyon closes some doors but opens others. I cannot wait to see what comes next.
Just After Sunset by Stephen King
Read by Michelle
This is a great collection of short stories by the master of horror himself. Nothing like a quick read to give you the chills. Stephen King gives us thirteen tales from the realization that you are dead and in limbo to finding the lost treasures of those who have passed on before you.
Each story will keep you looking over your shoulder and wondering about the supernatural possibilities of the universe. I found it thrilling and heart-stopping. A must read for all the King lovers out there. And I’m at the top of the list.
Foundation by Mercedes Lacky
Book 1 of The Collegium Chronicles
Listened to by Joysann
Fantasy readers have long been enchanted Mercedes Lackey’s land of Valdemar. In the medieval-like world, intelligent, telepathic, horse-like beings called Companions link with humans they call Chosen, enhancing each other and becoming heralds to serve the Crown. When young Mags is chosen, he finds himself pulled from a life of slavery and plunged into training at the Collegium, an academy for heralds, healers and bards. Through special abilities he’s developed and his relationship with his Companion, Mags proves his worthiness to his peers, his instructors, and, most importantly, to himself.
As Foundation is a coming-of-age story, I am not of the target audience, yet I found the story appealing and the audio presentation quite enjoyable. If I were planning a road trip with adolescents, I would take this as good entertainment for the whole family. As it is, I’ll be watching for the next book in this segment of Mercedes Lackey’s extended fantasy.
Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Laura Willig
Read by Stacey
Mary Alsworthy. Raven hair, beautiful and she knows it. Left without prospects that interest her in the wake of her younger, less beautiful sister’s marriage, she needs an escape. Lord Vaughn. Jaded, roguish, enigmatic and up to his neck in espionage. He needs someone to act as bait for the Black Tulip. Enter Mary. Will Eloise Kelly, intrepid grad student, be able to discover what happened (in history, their love life…and hers) even as Colin Selwick waits in the wings? Willig’s series remains brilliantly fresh after four novels. Both Mary and Vaughn’s story and it’s frame of Eloise’s budding relationship (with both Colin and her dissertation) kept me turning pages. All four characters walk off the page and the suspense(in either contemporary or historical t
imes) is an automatic pageturner. I’m excited to see what direction she takes the series next.
Bottom Line: Sending good thoughts and well wishes to our super blurber Joysann who is having surgery this week. Hurry back, we’ll miss you here.