Last week I got to see Lily Tomlin with my sisters. It was amazing to watch her work the audience. She latched on to an older woman in the audience and when Lily asked her if she wanted to come on stage, the woman replied, “I didn’t bring my accordion.” (Well, this is Milwaukee.) She seemed even more incredible when I realized that she was 71 years old. Seems like only yesterday she was on Laugh In and after one ringy dingy, she had us all enthralled. Now, here’s the WW Ladies with their enthralling reads of the week.
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Read by joysann
MacKayla Lane continues exploring the strange worlds created by the powerful, missing, insane Unseelie King to find what she needs to capture the evil book of magic that is instrumental in shoring up the walls of the Unseelie prison. More wary than ever of deception and betrayal, she teams up with sidh-seers, druids, Seelie fae, and Jericho Barrons’ mysterious friends, whatever they are, in a final effort to save the world.
The “Fever” series has thrilled and enthralled me from the first, and Shadowfever is a explosion of mystery, action, passion, lust, love and magic. As I read this last book in the series I experienced surprise and wonder, shock and horror, sorrow and grief, hope and joy, and, in the end, satisfaction; I couldn’t have hoped for more. And since I’ve gotten great pleasure from listening to the previous books on audio, I’ll be listening to Shadowfever for that enjoyment soon, because once is not enough.
These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
Read by DeAnn
Everyone has their secrets. Some are just bigger than others. When Allison Glenn’s are exposed, lives are forever altered, even seemingly destroyed. As she works towards rebuilding her lost relationships and starting all over, she realizes her past isn’t in the rearview mirror just yet. The truth must be told.
Heather Gudenkauf has woven a masterful tale of the incredible power of love, loyaty and family. I easily identified with the characters, as they tried to have hope for the future, while at the same time coming to peace with, and not forgetting the lessons of the past.
Read by Heidi
Wanda Jane Coblentz has not used her name for a really long time. Most know her as Mary Smith. She just arrived in Last Chance, South Carolina with her last 5 bucks and hope for a fresh start. Clay Rhodes knows she is trouble, but can’t seem to stay away from her. Clay is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. They are both reluctant to take a chance on each other, especially when both of their pasts are catching up with them.
What a great small town feel throughout this book. I could actually picture all the quirky characters that make up this entire town, and knows every single piece of gossip as soon as it happens. I got caught up in the entire story, as well as the romance of Clay and Jane, and was left wanting more.
Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Connie Brockway
Read by joysann
“Cupid Cats Shelter: Bring a little magic and love into your life. Adopt a cat.” In Katie MacAlister’s Unleashed, Jacintha Ferreira is called upon in her capacity as an officer in the WA Fish and Wildlife Dept to handle a very large, very unusual wildcat that somehow got into the cat shelter. In Cat Scratch Fever by Connie Brockway, a special old shelter cat brings a widower and his young daughter together with the brilliant, eccentric and lonely scientist that works there. And a cat is instrumental in the reunion of jungle researcher Kate Archer and movie mega-star Jon Ramsey who parted ways in high school in A Cat’s Game by Vicki Lewis Thompson.
As we all know, a cuddly cat can warm our hearts and our laps, and they’re all just a little bit magical, though Cupid Cats are just a little bit more. The affection, the humor, and the romance in these sexy stories are typical of these favorite authors, and I was charmed by each of them again.
The Mistress’ House by Leigh Michaels
Read by Kym
The Earl of Hawthorne bought the lovely house that adjoins his property thinking it will be an ideal place to install his next mistress. To his surprise (and delight), that mistress, Lady Anne Keighley soon becomes his wife. Next up is Felicity Mercer, a friend of Anne’s in need of a hideaway. However, the Earl’s cousin, Lord Colford, makes the scene and sparks fly, resulting in another unexpected wedding. Finally, along comes Georgiana, the Earl’s ward, who is fleeing an arranged marriage. But fate catches up with her in the form of Lord Silsby, a handsome soldier she finds lurking in the garden.
Leigh Michaels wrote the book on romance — literally. Her book On Writing Romance is on the bookshelf of many budding authors, and The Mistress’ House proves she knows her stuff. Her likable characters and clever dialogue are fun, but what I liked best was the way she used the house to link the stories of three couples. It was like getting three books in one! Read it and enjoy!
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Read by DeAnn
Charley Davidson is a busy girl. Bartender, Private Investigator and Grim Reaper all rolled into one small, albeit feisty package. She seems to have it all. An uncle and father who would do anything for her, great friends (most of them alive) and a man who makes her weak in the knees. So what if she’s not sure who, or what he is?
Darynda Jones has created a cast of characters and a unique story that kept me wanting more every chapter. The twists and turns in this suspenseful drama were amazing, yet it also had me laughing out loud at the banter between the characters. One of the most entertaining books I’ve read I quite some time and I can’t wait for the follow up!
Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer
Read by joysann
When Elise Drummond hears the rumor that her mother is living with a much younger man, she’s appalled enough, but when it turns out to be her own high school sweetheart, she flies home to Kentucky determined to put an end to the humiliating affair. Outraged that Sam McCade is taking advantage of a vulnerable woman, she never once considers there might be more to the story than the rumor mill provides. But as she spends time in their company, and feels her own attraction to Sam reignite, she discovers secrets that have them all in danger.
Once I opened the cover of Cat Shaffer’s book, I was hooked. I liked the characters, the suspenseful situation, and the concept of discovering one’s mother might be a “cougar” challenges the imagination. In the end, Kentucky Blues was touching, intriguing, tense, exciting, and satisfyingly romantic.
Bottom Line: “If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well viewed.” ~ Lily Tomlin