You all know how I always stop to talk to anyone who I see reading a book. Well, this week alone I talked to four women (reading Catherine Anderson, Lisa Jackson, Francis Ray and Sandra Brown). The biggest concern they all voiced was the dilemma of neighborhood bookstores closing. One woman says the highlight of her week is to roam the bookstore, buy a couple she thinks she’ll enjoy and stay to read them at the coffee shop. None of the four owned e-Readers and had no plans to buy one. “I like to hold the book and occasionally look back at the cover to see if the characters look like they’re written about in the book.” They all agreed that they pass the books on to others after they read them to “share the joy.” And now, here’s the WW Ladies sharing the joy of the books they read this week.
Bastian by Elizabeth Amber
Read by joysann
In 1881, while excavating the ancient Roman Forum, archeologist Lord Bastian Satyr is unknowingly led to discover the Temple of Vesta by one of the original Vestal Virgins. Silvia has lived in a lonely, invisible state since the temple was destroyed centuries ago, and is only able to interact in the world by possessing other human bodies. Now unearthing the temple has become vital for her freedom, and Bastian and Silvia are drawn to each other in a passion that is a new experience for both of them.
I’ve been enjoying every book in the Lords of Satyr series, and Elizabeth Amber maintains her marvelous creativity with an unusual blend of the historical and the mythological. Magical, mysterious, intriguing, different, sensual, and captivating, Bastian is just as sizzling hot and erotically romantic as its brothers.
The Return of Black Douglas by Elaine Coffman
Read by Kathy
Isobella Douglas, fresh off a failed engagement, is convinced she was born hundreds of years too late. She and her twin sister Elizabeth are touring Scotland, seeking the tombstones of their Douglas ancestors and indulging Isobella’s passion for Medieval Celtic archaeology when they suddenly find themselves thrust backward in time by the devilish ghost of the Black Douglas. They arrive on the island of Mull in 1515 just in time to witness a clash between rival clans, the Macleans and the Mackinnons. With no way back to their own time, Isobella and Elizabeth will discover if they have what it takes to survive in the 16th century Scottish Highlands, and whether they can resist the wild Highland men.
Elaine Coffman has blended a couple of my favorite ingredients, Scottish Highland Lairds and the time-travel genre, to concoct a delightful fantasy. Romantic, titillating and exciting.
Rest in Peace by Frances Devine (E-Book)
Read by Heidi
Victoria Storm and her residents of her senior boardinghouse are in the middle of another mystery when the local pet store owner is found dead. The parrot of the store starts squawking out clues, more evidence is discovered and precious Miss Aggie disappears. Victoria and the seniors have very little time to solve this mystery before Victoria can walk down this aisle for her wedding.
The seniors living in Victoria’s boardinghouse are hysterical. They reminded me of some of the residents I knew when I worked in a nursing home. Older, set in their ways, and stubborn to a fault. But you can’t help but love them. This faith-filled mystery is a great read for a Sunday afternoon.
The Devil in Disguise by Stefanie Sloane
Read by Ms. Faye
Lady Lucinda is as rich as she is beautiful and that brings some unwanted attention on a lot of levels. Lord William Randall is a rouge and a spy with a new assignment, to protect Lady Lucinda. The only way to do that is to court her and secretly watch over her. Lord Williams greatest nemesis, once thought dead, is back with a vengeance and his target brings about a confrontation of danger.
This is a historical romance with a touch of humor and mystery. Nothing is more exciting than danger peppered with romance and that for me is a must read.
Absolutely, Positively by Heather Webber
Read by Heidi
Lucy Valentine and her family were blessed by Cupid with psychic abilities, where Lucy has the ability to find things. But it’s proving difficult to find who the “Lone Ranger” is; a masked man who is throwing cash out into the public all over town. By the time Lucy tries to catch him, he disappears. With the help of her hunky boyfriend, Sean, Lucy is determined to find out and maybe even solve a few questions in her own love life.
I found this book charming and intriguing. Lucy and her boyfriend are constantly trying to have a intimate moment, but are getting interrupted. I think that is the story of most people’s lives. I loved the way that Lucy is determined to help those looking for lost loves, and wishing for love herself. The quirky characters in this series really made the story come alive for me.
The Book of Scandal by Julia London
Listened to by joysann
Because of her proximity to the royal family and her possible implication in treason, the dissolute Earl of Lindsey, Nathan Grey, demands his estranged wife Evelyn return home to the country, even if he has to kidnap her to do it. Though enraged by his high-handedness, Evelyn begins to see, not only the real danger to their lives because of the political intrigues, but that it might be time for both of them to reflect on their estrangement, and discover they might rekindle the love and passion they once shared.
Julia London’s books are new to me, but with The Book of Scandal, I’m afraid I’m developing a new addiction. It is filled with passion, heartache, romance, mystery, excitement and suspense, and there was never a dull moment. Listening to this Regency romance took me a away for a few pleasurable hours.
Bottom Line: Today I’m guest blogging at the International Thriller Writers debut author’s blog.