The winter doldrums have settled in here. It seems that the older I get, the more I hate the cold. I really need to find more friends in warm places to visit during this time of year and I’d even bring an extra suitcase loaded with books along to share. Gray is the only color you see when you look out a window. Luckily for us, the WW Ladies (and Gent) have found some books to color our world.
Tempest’s Legacy by Nicole Peeler
Listened to by joysann
Jane True is increasingly enjoying her newly discovered identity as a water-element supernatural, and she’s treasuring the friendships she’s making with both full-bloods and halflings. When she and her friends become threatened with captivity and death through bogus experimentation, Jane joins Ryu, Anyan, and their investigation team to find and expose the culprits behind it.
The Jane True series is an absolute delight. The first-person urban fantasy is filled with good humor, witty and surprising observations, sexy romance, and lots of suspenseful action. Between Nicole Peeler’s charming heroine and audio narrator Kate Reinder’s pitch-perfect performance of the series, I was enthralled for many hours, listening to book after book in rapid succession.
The Athena Project by Brad Thor
Read by Michael
There is a new team of elite Delta force operatives on the front lines, fighting against terrorism, only there is something different about this team. The four of them are women, and they are called the Athena Project. While diverse in appearance and background, these highly trained experts in their fields have some things in common; they are beautiful, brilliant, athletic, driven, and deadly. The Athena Project team is sent into enemy territory to recover a lost technology that can be used as a transporter device to send explosives into any location.
Somewhat reminiscent of Charlie’s Angels, we get a glimpse at what would happen if the Army were to take advantage of the power that a beautiful woman can have over an opponent in situations where women are unexpected. The story is fast-paced and action-packed, the kind of page-turner that I’ve come to expect in Brad Thor’s books.
Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance by Dana Taylor E-Book
Read by Edie
When the devil moon is out, strange things happen to Maddie, a seemingly straight-laced assistant high school principal, and Phil, the former football star, former alcoholic who’s now the high school coach. They’ve both returned to Beaver Cove, Arkansas, to put their lives back together. Maddie is still recovering from a betrayal by her former fiancé. Phil wants to connect with his 11-year-old daughter whose money-hungry mother is keeping them apart. And then there’s Maddie’s theatrical gay friend (who has his own problems) and Maddie’s Grammy Harris with her wise and blunt advice. The thing is, Grammy Harris is dead.
Devil Moon is Southern women’s fiction with a mystical element, along the lines of Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. It has everything I love in a book. Great characters, great writing, and a great heart. It’s witty, poignant, and fast-paced. Though it’s not an erotic book, Taylor’s writing is sensuous. It’s a book I’ll be reading again, just because I enjoyed it so much.
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
Read by Heidi
Eight people from different walks of life, find themselves in a cooking class, located in Lillian’s restaurant. Lillian’s skills as a chef shows that it’s her soul that comes out in the dishes she creates. Over the course of a year, the students learn that a meal not only is made up of ingredients, but becomes a part of their lives.
I felt as though I was living my own TV show on the Food Network, through this book. The passion of each dish that Lillian spoke about to her students came through. I imagined vividly the smell of the food as it was being cooked. I wished many times throughout the book, that I was a student in Lillian’s class. A sign of a truly great book, get lost in the entire story. Sigh…. I’m hungry again.
Cattitude by Edie Ramer E-Book
Read by joysann
Belle was a contented kitty, sharing her home with Max, the man who, loved, fed, and scratched her head just right, until the self-widowed Caroline moved in, vying for Belle’s place in Max’s house, and willing to kill to get it. In the meantime, Sorcha witnessed the murder of her unscrupulous fiance’ and ran for her life. At the moment when Sorcha’s high-speed escape is interrupted by Caroline’s tossing her nemesis cat in front of the speeding car, the ensuing crash results in a magical switch of roles for Belle and Sorcha, and romantically cataclysmic events for Max.
As a cat-person myself, I enjoyed the cats-eye view of the world from both Belle’s and Sorcha’s perspectives. The intertwining plots and screwball coincidences all make for a light, quick, romantic and imaginative story that was perfect to read in e-book format.
Precious and Fragile Things by Megan Hart
Read by Stacey
A woman on the verge, Gilly is carjacked along with her two children. Once they are freed, she is held hostage by a troubled man. Even as she gets to know him, she remembers he is her only obstacle to freedom…and the most important people in her life.
This book is surprising, amazing and heart-wrenching. In Gilly, Megan has created an everywoman, a harried housewife who dreams of freedom. It is her journey which drives this book; from disbelief to understanding; from terror to strength. She learns what she is capable of, and most importantly, remembers what matters most.
Bottom Line: Winter is nature’s way of saying, “Up yours.” ~Robert Byrne