Yahoo now has a section with events in your city, so I was checking out the happenings in Milwaukee. I don’t go out a lot and haven’t been to the downtown bars in many moons. So I was shocked to see that Victor’s on Van Buren was listed as having Ladies Night and a dance contest. You have to understand that Victor’s was "the place to be seen" when I was 21, but has become known over the years as menopause lounge (it’s where a lot of men go who are attending conferences). Maybe I’ll stop in and see if I recognize any of my old buds. And there is that dance contest.
Storm Born by Richelle Mead Read by joysann Is your garden haunted? Got a nuisancy poltergeist? As adept at using a gun as she is a wand, Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire, and she uses both magic and arcane methods to force evil Otherworld denizens out of her human world. Able to cross through the barrier, she is asked to rescue a girl that had been kidnapped by fairies. The task forces Eugenie to reconsider her views of the Otherworld, and she finds she influences the lives and the deaths of the sidhe more than she imagined. Richelle Mead starts her new Dark Swan series with a wild blend of urban fantasy and fairy-tale magic. Beguiling, the story immediately drew me in, and I was happy to stay there. Though Richelle makes the fanciful seem pretty straightforward, I enjoyed the discombobulation of falling down the rabbit hole.
Scandalous by Night by Barbara Pierce
Read by Emily
Twelve years ago Lord Everod’s reputation and life was ruined by one small 15 year old girl. But when he is on the verge of marrying another, Maura Keighly steps back into his life making this second chance seem impossible. Everod sets out to seduce and ruin her, but his plans backfire when he finds himself falling for Maura. To his dismay, his own friends are taking the girl under their wings, trying to protect her from his ‘unwanted’ advances. Through it all, Everod still has an ever building rage toward the young woman that could ultimately be both their downfall.
This is the fourth novel in Barbara’s Carlisle series. I had been looking forward to reading Everod’s story, and now that it is out I can bluntly say it didn’t disappoint. The characters aren’t two dimensional. They jump off the page feeling completely real. They show their true personalities and like all people, you love one side, while hating the other. I immensly enjoyed Barbara’s newest novel and fell in love with her remarkable characters.
My Sisters by Ann Roth
Read by Jan
Three sisters, gone their separate ways and no longer close, are reunited at their childhood home upon the unexpected death of their estranged mother. Each had suffered abuse from her while growing up, not physical but verbal and indifference, that had shaped them into the scarred young women of today. While cleaning out the house and preparing for a yard sale, they touched on long-forgotten memories and forced them to face the painful experiences that had influenced their lives. It’s all about relationships…I enjoyed seeing how each sister faced her shortcomings by looking into the past.
The Rogue and the Rival by Maya Rodale
Read by Stacey
A man wakes up to discover he’s in an Abbey and has been tended to by what he percieves as a vision of loveliness. A young woman finds herself nursing an injured man back to health before she takes her vows. Nuns, Abbesses, Negligent Chaperones and tattered reputations abound. One of the things I’ve come to love are the books where multiple layers of meaning exist to defy the expectations of those who seem to think genre fiction is meaningless. ‘The Rogue and the Rival’ is one of them. Maya tells a story of fate and destiny-of whether we make our own or whether we are forced to make do with the reputations society bestows upon us. The stage upon which this story is told is, of course, filled with almost photographic discriptions, amazing characterization and clever dialogue. I just want to see what she does next.
Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard
Read by Loretta
Gabriel Jones and Jenna McMillan are brought together when they are hired to protect a "high risk client during his flight to Argentina. Gabe remembers Jenna from a former assignation and Jenna comes to find a story for her magaine in the States.
Sparks fly in all directions – provided by guns, bombs, torture and romance with a capital "R." This suspenseful and romantic story will keep your eyes glued to the page. An unusual and unexpected ending is the frosting on this book!
Once Upon a Thanksgiving by Holly Jacobs
Read by Dina Samantha Williams, is a divorced mom with 3 boys, a daughter and a very demanding cat. So, as if trying to work and raise her family was not enough, she has now volunteered to do a Thanksgiving pagent at the kids school. So there is no time to even think about a relationship anytime soon or so she thinks until she meets up with an old childhood friend Harry Remington, who turns out to be the new interim principle at the same school. Harry is enjoying spending time with Samantha’s family as friends, but he realizes how he misses what a real home can be. Samantha and Harry were very affectionate toward one another and they let their passions open up and not think about the past. I loved it how Harry was not afraid to show his feelings toward a woman with kids and that he could not love only Samantha, but her children too. &
nbsp; I thought Holly did a wonderful job of making you feel part of the family, just with her words.
Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong
Read by Joysann
When Robyn Peltier finds herself relentlessly pursued by a despicable homicidal stalker, she turns to her supernatural friends Hope and Karl for help. At the same time, homicide detective John "Finn" Findlay looks to his own supernatural talents to find the killer. Since Finn’s suspect is Robyn, the predators and prey revolve in increasingly tighter circles.
This engrossing Women of the Otherworld series book is a complex, multi-point of view story that allowed me no escape (in a good way). Kelley Armstrong just keeps getting better and better.
Innocence Unveiled by Blythe Gifford
Read by Emily
When a mysterious and secretive trader, Renard, comes to her door, Katrine de Gravere barters lodging in her home for his much needed wool. Who knew when she allowed this stranger into her home, she would be taking the greatest risk of all? Katrine needed the wool to keep her looms full, and her business intact. Her father had been arrested under false pretenses, and he needed her to keep the family business alive. Renard, hopes no one finds out why he is in this little town. When he makes Katrine the promise to bring her wool; who knew that he’d be drawn into her life and ultimately her love?
The reasons why Renard is sneaking around this little town seem so obvious, but the outcome isn’t what you expect. I was enthralled by the mystery and delightful characters.
Bottom Line: Dancing shoes…check, ID (they do look at it at the door)…check, dust off little black book…check, Advil…check. All ready for Victor’s. Oh, and bought new tube of Ben Gay.