Book Blurbs for the Week

Barbara Vey -- March 26th, 2008

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 Hunter by 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

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  1. Jody

    Good Luck on your naked guy search. Having lived in NYC while the dh was in the Coast Guard, I don’t think you will have too much trouble finding a naked guy; he just might not be the kind of eye candy you are looking for. Have a great trip. I wish I was making the trip there with you. I have been wanting to see SPAMALOT, the musical, I just love those crazy monks.

  2. Lynn Reynolds

    Barbara, if you’re looking for naked men in New York, there’s always the Naked Cowboy right in the Heart of Times Square. Although he isn’t truly naked – he wears tighty-whiteys and a cowboy hat and boots – he certainly provides some eyecatching entertainment for the tourists!

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    Oh, darn. . . Lynn beat me to telling you about the Naked Cowboy. He’ll let you have your picture taken with him, if you want. I never have, so I don’t know if he expects a tip — such as “trade in those tightie whities for knit boxer briefs!” — or not. Personally, having grown up in ranching country, I’d prefer him in tight stacked Wranglers, but he probably wouldn’t get near the attention. Have a grand time. How could you not, in NYC! Oh, and Jody — Spamalot was one of my most magical nights ever at the theater. You must try to catch it!

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