Starting tomorrow I’ll be blogging from New York where I’ll be attending the Novelists, Inc. Conference. You’ll be able to recognize me because I’ll be the one gawking at the tall buildings and looking for famous people. My faithful camera will be traveling with me, so who knows what you’ll be seeing here the next few days (you know I never did find that naked, unconscious guy in New Orleans, but there’s a good possibility he might be in New York).
Now on to the WW ladies and friends blurbs for the week.
Hard to Handle (SBC Fighters, Book 3) by Lori Foster
Read by Joyce Harley Handleman’s one big dream is to win the championship belt in Mixed Marshal Arts, also Extreme Fighting. Each of the three times he’s been up for the big bout, however, something has come up that has taken him out the match before he even gets there. Determined to beat fate and win this time, he seeks the isolation of a mountain cabin for a winter month to devote to serious training. He’s especially committed to having no distractions, like a relationship with a woman any deeper than a one night stand. Though she’s only met him during a rental transaction, Anastasia Bradley admires Harley Handleman’s dedication and determination, and saves her second cabin each year for him and his training. When suspicious occurrences put Anastasia in danger, they find themselves thrown together more closely than either likes, and the attraction is more than either wishes to admit. This contemporary romance is Lori Foster’s third book about the SBC fighters circle of friends and their world of competition. While I don’t have an appreciation for the sport or its like, the age old "dreams of success" story still works for modern readers and Lori Foster tells it well.
Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson
Read by Loretta
The author commands your attention from the Prologue to the last page of this frightening tale. The setting is a college campus. The heroine, Kristi, thinks it is strange that four girls who are missing, were enrolled in the course on "vampires." Lisa Jackson is a master of intrigue and her graphic descriptions stop you cold - how about: "A wisping fog was rising from the damp ground" or "darkness caressed her windows." Gave me goosebumps! You will love the twists and turns in this frightening tale. I did.
Requiem for an Assassin by Barry Eisler
Read by Michael
This is the sixth book in Barry Eisler’s action thriller series about a professional hit man.
When introduced in the first book, John Rain appears to be a simple cold blooded killer – a specialist who does his job well. But as the stories progress, we discover that he is a much more complicated person who has been out on his own for too long, and has lost his moral compass. As he gradually learns to trust and love, he also has to deal with the fact that he isn’t young anymore – he needs help to get the job done. In this latest book, his new partner is in jeopardy and John realizes he can’t do it all alone, that he is going to need some professional assistance from the same people who once tried to kill him.
It was a pleasure to read an action thriller in which the main characters are both intelligent and competent, and don’t seem to suffer the smug moral superiority often found in this genre. I suggest starting at the beginning of the series and enjoying the journey.
The Dream Hunterby Laura Kinsale
Read by Judy
The setting is Enlgland in the 19th Century. But this is anything but the usual Romance Story of that time. Laura takes you on a journey to far away lands with customs and beliefs that are so different from the conservative London Society.
Two unlikely souls meet in the desert, each on a quest for something different from what they have, yet neither realizes what they are looking for. Lord Winter the family rebel, always seeking some new adventure in the far away lands. Sellim, or rather Zenia seeking to establish her true heritage and find her father.
Discovery how they each fight their demons both real and perceived, while running from that which they want most.
A truly captivating book.
No One Left to Tell by Jordan Dane
Read by Michelle
This was a gripping story of detective Raven, who finds herself in the mist of past lives that wont rest. She meets Christian who is her biggest source of unease. Watching the events of his life unfolding, she still wonders if he is to be trusted. Makes you want to clean those skeletons out of the closet!
What a gripping novel…it had me in just three pages. I found my self reading it every spare moment.
Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead
Read by Joyce Other than the fact that Georgina Kincaid is an immortal succubus, she’s lives a relatively normal life as an assistant manager of a book store in Seattle with her cat in an average apartment building, and loves to go dancing. She hangs around with her friends, both human (oblivious) and supernatural, and does her demonic thing only when she must to survive. She’s concerned when her friend and co-worker Doug starts displaying extreme and erratic behavior, and Georgina determines she must interfere with the distribution of a substance that is more than diabolical. I had a good time reading about Georgina and her friends in the first book, Succubus Blues, and it was a pleasure to see what’s happening to them in this new story. There are a couple characters that strike me as sexy and attractive, and I’m not certain that’s even supposed to be part of their nature. Maybe they’re enticing because they’re so mysterious and powerful. I think Succubus on Top could be read independently because Richelle Mead was able to incorporate a summary of the first book into it so well, but you probably wouldn’t want to miss the first one anyway.
Bottom Line: "Practically everyone in New York has a half a mind to write a book…and does." ~ Groucho Marx