Today I get to go over to son Andrew’s flat and help him clean it. Joy. He’s moving out so he can save money to pay for his Master’s Degree. While I’m very proud of him for his educational diligence and valiant attempts to save money, I just wonder if he would be willing to bring a mop (and use it) to my house if I called. Probably he’d just suggest others that I could contact who would do a better job and then offer to take me to the movies. Well, with our children, we take what we can get. While I’m off scrubbing floors, check out what the WW Ladies have been reading this week.
Immortal Outlaw by Lisa Hendrix
Read by joysann
Four hundred years since succumbing to a witch’s curse sets shapeshifter Steinarr into the reign of Edward I, where in England’s forests he’s human by day and a wild, savage lion by night. His hopes of breaking the curse focus on Marian as he helps her fulfill a dangerous quest for an inheritance. Steinarr must protect her from bandits and murderers, a forced marriage, and, most especially, from his other self.
Steinarr’s story was fascinating and fun. Clever banter, imaginative legends, and rewarding romance make the book a delightful tale. I’ve no reason to doubt Lisa’s historical details with which she peppered her story, so I found it just that much more interesting. Now I anticipate the next episode about the Viking warriors in the Immortal Brotherhood series.
Man of the West by Sadie Callahan
Read by Denise
Jolie Jensen is on the run with her daughter. She needs to find a safe place where she can find a job and support her daughter. Welcome to the Circle C Ranch where Jolie is now the cook. Sheriff Jake Strayhorn befriends her, but Jolie is slow to reveal her past.
I found this book to be very realistic in dealing with issue of fear. I can’t imagine always having to look over my shoulder to see if anyone is there and having a child to protect just brings more stress in the situation. Genuine and sweet.
The Turk and My Mother by Mary Helen Stefaniak
Read by Heidi
This novel is an interesting mix of three tales. A first generation Croatian American man narrates the tales that were told to him by his spunky grandmother while growing up in Milwaukee. The tales mix the past and present while speaking of love, family devotion and the old country reveal the intricate blend of characters that make up this family.
So many unique and spunky characters with a mix of 1930′s Milwaukee, my home town, made this an engaging read.
Read by Sheila
All four stories in the anthology Men of Danger involve a man in uniform needing to protect the woman he loves. In Lora Leigh’s story, Rick Grayson, town sheriff must protect Hannah Brookes, a kindergarten teacher he secretly yearns for. Red Garnier tells of police detective Zach Rivers on the case of a former sweetheart whom he still loves. His heartbreak? Paige has amnesia. Alexis Grant’s story is about an R&B singer who needs a bodyguard (who doesn’t??). And in Lorie O’Clare’s story, Ashley Jones, a homicide detective, is put on a case with hunky FBI special agent Chase Reed.
I sometimes feel a novella is just the perfect size. These sexy stories get pretty steamy, so if the summer isn’t hot enough for you yet, turn up the heat with Men in Danger, like I did. Time to make more ice cubes.
Faerie Fate by Silver James
Read by joysann
Becca has been crippled, lonely and in pain for half of her 50 years, and is reluctant to face another birthday. She awakens young, whole and bewildered in an ancient time of her Irish ancestors, and is inexplicably drawn to the clan chieftain, Ciaran MacDermot. Becca and Ciaran are given a second chance to fulfill vows made generations ago in a time when promises were sealed with magic.
How often have we said, “If I only knew then what I know now”? Silver James has given her heroine just that opportunity. Faerie Fate is a magical and fulfilling fairy tale that made me want to wake up as that heroine (without the pain), and again enjoy the thrills and the passion of youth. I loved the romance of it all, and the thought that it can happen again and again.
Spinning Forward by Terri Dulong
Read by Heidi
Sydney Webster suddenly finds herself a widow from New England with realizations of her husband she never knew. Now living in Cedar Key, Florida at her friends B&B, Sydney finds while pulling herself together. She starts to discover herself, her passion for knitting and the will to move on.
I found this to be a fascinating journey of self-discovery and the timeless story that women can accomplish anything they set their minds to, including the chance to love again.
Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts
Read by Kym
Lucky is the head of customer relations at a grand casino in Vegas which entails every headache you might imagine, and more. With the porn industry’s annual trade show in town, as well as a swinger’s convention, she’s got her hands full. But things get even trickier when a woman plummets to death from one of the casino’s helicopters. As Lucky works to solve the murder, she finds herself distracted by two hot men — one of them a female impersonator — vying for her interest. Could Lucky be about to get, well, lucky?
Coonts’s characters are so entertaining and likable that I found it difficult to believe this is her first novel. Mixing romance and mystery in a way that will surely attract comparisons to Janet Evanovich, Coonts is also certain to find an appreciative and well-deserved audience. I say, if you wanna get lucky finding a good read, pick up this book.
The winner of Brenda Novak’s lip gloss giveaway Monday was Sheila. Sheila please send me your snail mail address so I can forward it to Brenda and thanks for commenting. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bottom Line: Just found out that Andrew is taking me to the movies to see Knight and Day for helping him out. A very fair trade.
My upcoming events:
Lady Jane’s Salon – July 5th
Thrillerfest – July 7-10
San Diego Comic Con – July 22-25
Romance Writers of America – July 28-31
DragonCon – September 3-6
Eagle Library Author Event – September 25
Emerald City Writers Convention – October 1-3
New York Comic Con - October 8-10
Readers ‘n ‘ritas – November 12-14