I have to admit that all the authors blurbed about today are new to me in that I haven’t read any of them yet, but more to consider for my TBR pile. Meanwhile, I’m gearing up for the Southeastern Wisconsin Festival of Books this weekend. I’ll be doing three panels (luckily the same day) and I know I’ll be asked to recommend books. I have a huge list (divided into genres) and now I have a few more I can add to the list thanks to the WW Ladies.
The Art of Romance by Kaye Dacus (E-Book)
Read by Heidi
This is the second book of the Matchmaker Series, featuring Caylor Evans, an English Professor who has given up on love to be the care-taker for her grandmother “Sassy” Evans. “Sassy” has plans of her own when she decides with her other friends that Caylor needs to be happy. Dylan Bradley has just returned to Nashville after being humiliated in the Philadelphia art scene. His grandmother “Perty” has given him specific instructions to get his life back together. Dylan and Caylor have a spark between them, but their past mistakes are preventing them from moving forward. Their love of the creative arts, as well as their strong faith, could be just the things to bring them together.
One of the biggest reasons I turn to a contemporary Christian romance novel is the fact that you don’t need the sex to have a wonderful romantic story. I truly appreciated they way that Kaye not only wove the story around the main characters, but the way she created the feeling of the struggles within the two main characters themselves. I felt the beginning blossoms of a romance, and how it grew like a strong flower. It was refreshing to see Caylor confronted with someone who had too much to drink, and the appropriate choices she made to keep herself safe. Since this book is part of a trilogy, I am inspired to read the other books and complete the set.
Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams
Read by Dawn
Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler, and most eccentric. Tara also specialists in Tarot Card reading. In this case she will have to use her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way. Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia are disappearing. The bodies are missing and there are very few clues. Tara increasingly ominous dreams, are suggesting something dark, along with her Tarot card reading skills and the unwanted help of the Delphi Daughters she is about to find a terrifying endgame that even Tara could not have foreseen.
I found this book to be very interesting. I love the Tarot cards mixed with the FBI profiling. Those are two stimulating subjects and they mixed well with the story line. The secret scheming and underhanded methods of the Delphi Daughters held my attention from chapter one to the end.
In a Treacherous Court by Michelle Diener
Read by Lynn
John Parker, a loyal courtier during Henry VIII’s reign, is sent to escort a court commissioned artist from the London quay. Susanna Horenbout, the tantalizing artist, unknowingly holds a secret that could change the course of history, and cost many lives. Beneath the many layers of lies and intrigue, Parker struggles to discover who is plotting against the King, while keeping Susanna out of danger, and out of his heart.
I found it a pleasure to read a well – researched historical novel in which nearly all the characters truly existed. A very fast paced, plucky story with much double-dealing, many brawls, and plenty of adventure. My kind of book.
A Choir Of Angels by Marilyn Baron (E-Book)
Read by Kym
Rhonda Paver’s dream was to sing at her daughter Hayley’s wedding. Rhonda was relentless, a bull dog, and never backed down .. Even if it meant selling her soul, to cross over and help her daughter celebrate the happiest day of her life.
This may be considered a short story, but Marilyn gives a fast-paced plot line with wonderful conflict as Hayley learns to cope with the loss of her Mother and prepare for her wedding. A supernatural, humorous, heartfelt ebook which exemplifies a Mothers Love that will prevail, even after death. This is one wedding I wouldn’t want to miss!
The School for Brides by Cheryl Ann Smith
Read by Ashley
Miss Eva Black is a twenty-three old spinster hiding from her mother’s past as a courtesan. The only joy in her life is teaching young courtesans to become suitable wives. She never had any problems with her school until the vengeful Duke of Stanfield comes pounding on her door demanding his mistress back, with his mistress long gone and married; the Duke demands that Miss Eva becomes his new mistress. What starts out as a love-hate relationship has the chance of becoming real love, if the two of them can overcome the secrets of their past.
A witty and sensual tale of love between two people, in two different classes of society. The love-hate between the characters is highlighted with amusing dialogues throughout the novel which made it a delightful read for me.
Bottom Line: Another dark, gloomy, rainy day here. Thank goodness when I open a book I have sunshine throughout my house (seriously, I need to wear sunglasses).