Joyce’s Book Club

Barbara Vey -- February 20th, 2008

Well, that reading dynamo Joyce has been at it again.  She’s managed four out of the five blurbs this week.  I should tell you that Joyce is an Ohio librarian who’s been laid up after knee surgery, so she’s had lots of time to kick back and read.  She’s doing great now walking with a really cool cane that her hubby bought her.  Read Joyce, read.


Evermore by Lynn Viehl

Read by Joyce   For centuries Jayr has been seneschal to Aedan mac Byrne, the only female second-in-command ever.  She has served faithfully, but because she knows her place she can never let Byrne know that she loves him.  Byrne also knows what he owes Jayr as having been the instrument in turning her so long ago, and will never use his position over her to compel her into a relationship she doesn’t desire.  As a team, they run a highly successful theme park in Florida where tourists can see authentic displays of the tournaments and jousting contests of the middle ages.  At night in the off-season, however, ancient conflicts and challenges are met, and those contests are real.   Evermore is A Novel of the Darkyn, a fascinating series in which Lynn Viehl has developed a whole new take on vampirism and sheds an imaginative light on historical events and people.  As in many series, it would be helpful to start at the beginning (with If Angels Burn) to understand the circumstances and characters, but I assure you that would not be painful.  
 

Her Officer and Gentleman by Karen Hawkins

Read by Christy

Forced onto the streets of London by the age of 10, Christian Llevanth learns to survive by depending on his wits and his ability to fight.  As an adult he becomes a highwayman, known as Gentleman James.  Lady Elizabeth is in London to experience her first season at age 25, solely to please her grandfather.  Known for her intelligence, her wit and her stubbornness, she vows to do whatever she must to keep any man from courting her, as she’s perfectly happy living at Massingale House with her grandfather.     When these two meet for the first time, each secretly acknowledges the chemistry that sizzles between them.  And each becomes confused as something more powerful than they’ve ever known begins to develop between them.  After getting so close to the proof he’s spent most of his life looking for, Christian struggles with his plight for revenge as Elizabeth begins to wonder just how happy she really is without love.    I really enjoyed this book, the follow-up to Her Master and Commander.  With a lot of romance, some suspense and action, this book had me hooked from the beginning.  I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and was still disappointed when it ended.  Karen Hawkins has definitely delivered with this one!

Body Movers: 2 Bodies for the Price of 1 by Stephanie Bond

Read by Joyce   Carlotta Wren was dead – or so everyone thought when a woman with her identification leaps from a bridge into the traffic below.  This case of mistaken identity is just what the D.A. has been waiting for to set a trap for her fugitive father… surely a father would come to his daughter’s funeral.  Between that elaborate scheme, her brother’s problems with gambling, loan sharks and probation officers, and the fact that her identity really has been stolen and used to rack up huge credit card bills, Carlotta’s life can be a chaotic mess.  Add to that a mega-rich ex-fiance, a hunky detective, and a tall handsome funeral director all vying for her affection, and matters just get more confusing.   This second Body Movers story is humorous, suspenseful and sexy, and just more proof that Stephanie Bond writes great mysteries.
How Faerie Dust Is Made by Nita Wick

Read by Joyce   Here’s a little HEA tale that Faeriephiles can enjoy.  Family history has taught Conell, Lord Kilronan, to hate faeries and fear their magic.  When he meets Aisling in the forest and realizes she’s a faerie, he wonders if she’s put a spell on him like the one that destroyed his father, for he can’t stop thinking of her.  Aisling knows nearly from the moment she sees him that Conell is her life mate, and somehow she must gain his trust and convince him that the only real magic is love.   Romantic and sensual, How Faerie Dust Is Made is a cute little story in a cute little book, and a pleasing way to spend and hour or two.  

                                                                                                                                                           
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon by Kelley Armstrong, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, P N Elrod, Caitlin Kittredge, Marjorie M Liu, Katie MacAlister, Lilith Saintcrow, Ronda Thompson.
Read by Joyce   The beleaguered honeymooners in this collection of short stories are all troub
led by supernatural interference of some kind.  Written by nine of today’s most popular authors, whether the stories were touching, exciting, funny or all three, I was captivated and entertained by them.  I most enjoy the stories that take me back to the series for which these authors are known, but I like the new creations too.
  Pick a favorite?  No can do. 

Bottom Line:  Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s (or women’s) best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.  ~ Groucho Marx

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