Summer has officially arrived and with it beach reads. Personally, I could read any book at the beach. There’s just something about having the sun warm your bones while you’re deep in an adventure and an ice cold lemonade quenching your thirst. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Of course, I could do without the sand that seems to cling to every crevice of my body, but that’s a small price to pay for not having to shovel snow. Here’s what the WW Ladies have been enjoying in the sun.
Awakening by JoAnn Durgin
Read by Kym A
Lexa Clarke joins a Team Work Mission for the summer. She expects to travel to an exotic country, but instead is sent to San Antonio, TX to rebuild homes destroyed by a flood. Lexa meets the team work mission director, Sam Lewis who challenges her to grow spiritually and emotionally. They have an immediate attraction, which brings out the best and worst in Lexa. During the eight weeks, Sam and Lexa endure many challenges that cause them to question and grow in their faith, which also brings them closer as a couple.
This is a humorous, uplifting, and adventurous story. Awakening is JoAnn Durgin’s first published novel, which I found to be an entertaining story with many surprising twists and turns.
Spirit Dances by C E Murphy
Read by joysann
Since recognizing and accepting her shamanic powers, Seattle Detective Joanne Walker’s gifts for magic and healing have grown almost faster than she can learn to control them. In fact, watching an exquisite theater performance of Native American dance, Joanne discovers metaphysical changes in herself as magic swells around her. Something evil is hijacking the magic, however, and Joanne is drawn into searching for an extraordinary murderer.
I’ve been an enthusiastic fan of Joanne and her exploits for years, and The Walker Papers series just keeps getting better. This one I read cover to cover, enthralled, allowing no distractions (then read the last chapter over again). There’s mystery and suspense, humor and sorrow, discovery and excitement, and delight.
Talk to Me by Cassandra Carr (E-book)
Read by Stacey
A young sports radio producer from Buffalo moves to Manhattan for her big break, a drive time sports talk show hosted by a former hockey player. But from day one, explosive sexual tension wars with a strong professional camaraderie. When they take their relationship into the bedroom, will they learn there is more at stake than just sex, or will they loose the game of love before the opening face off?
Debut author Carr delivers a scorching erotic tale that captures the essence of Manhattan, Brooklyn and two people who have legitimate concerns about being in a relationship. With her skillful pen, she draws them closer, past emotional pitfalls and well developed secondary characters, towards a love that I genuinely believe is happily ever after.
My One and Only by Kristan Higgins (E-book)
Read by Kym L
Harper’s got her life just how she wants it. She’s ready to pop the question to long-term boyfriend Dennis when she is interrupted by a phone call from her flighty sister. It seems Willa is getting married — again — to the brother of Harper’s ex-husband Nick. Harper will have to postpone her own plans for matrimony in order to attend the wedding. There, despite the presence of Dennis, Harper and Nick realize they still love each other. To find a future together, they will have to confront the issues that drove them apart, issues both would rather ignore.
Although My One and Only departs somewhat from Higgins’ usual theme of finding love for the first time, it reads as delightfully as her other books. I was left satisfied by Nick and Harper’s tale and enjoyed the numerous other quirky characters as well.
Slugfest: A Dirty Business Mystery by Rosemary Harris
Read by Heidi
Paula Holliday has left Connecticut to attend the Big Apple Flower Show in New York City. Her goal is to sell all of the merchandise in her booth, not to be involved in another murder mystery. But when mysterious circumstances keep happening to sabotage the show AND a security guard winds up dead, Paula can’t help but search for answers.
Even though this is the fourth in the series, Slugfest is a funny, quirky mystery all on it’s own. Not only did I fall in love with Paula, I loved JC Kaufman who is looking out for Paula during the flower show. That feisty woman could make any robber think again. With the whole story wrapped around gardening and a flower show, it’s a perfect summertime read!
The Heir by Grace Burrowes
Read by Stacey
Dutiful, driven Gayle slowly and inescapably falls in love with his housekeeper. But she has secrets and will not let herself see him as anything but her boss…despite the steadily growing attraction between them. But as he continually demonstrates himself to be a true gentleman, she finds she is powerless to resist him. Yet when her past intervenes, she finds herself hoping that circumstances will allow her to find true love with the heir.
It’s Grace Burrowes’ writing style and amazing characters that made this book such a joy to read. It was quite easy to understand why Gayle’s entire family wanted to protect him, his emotional fragility and his desire to protect those around him from any sort of harm combine to create a wonderful central character and from that, a great story.
Bottom Line: “If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.” ~Bern Williams