Yes, I’m still in Florida enjoying the warm life, but I’ll be going home to real winter on Sunday. Rats! At least I have the Silken Sands Conference to look forward to in March in Pensacola, Florida. Also in March is the 5th Anniversary Bash for Beyond Her Book and time is running out if you want to participate. Last year we had over 22,600 comments and we’re going to try to break that record this year. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to participate. Now, here’s the WW Ladies reads of the week.
Vampire in Atlantis by Alyssa Day
Read by Joan
While not a Warrior whose job is to protect the human race, Daniel is a friend of the Warriors and works to have vampires look at humans as other than food. Daniel is tired and ready to walk into the sunlight when he finds himself in Atlantis facing the love he thought lost to him all these eleven thousand years. Serai is one of six maidens that had been encased in glass by an Atlantean high priest, to be awakened when it was their time to wed. However, the Emperor, the magical stone that has kept the maidens safe, is acting erratically as a sorceress tries to obtain it from where it was hidden before Atlantis sank below the sea. Serai and Daniel must find the stone in order to keep Serai and remaining encased maidens from dying, and the Warriors are trying to find Serai after she disappears from Atlantis.
This is the ninth book in a series regarding the handsome Warriors of Poseidon. Though I have not read the other books, I was able to easily follow this fascinating story. I intend to read the previous eight books, and am looking forward to the next book coming out, Heart of Atlantis.
Read by joysann
The fascination with angels creates an opportunity for authors to share what they imagine angels might be, and four favorite authors find worlds of romance for them to inhabit.
Angel’s Wolf by Nalini Singh – though nearly broken in a brutal abduction, recovering Guild vampire Noel begins to recover his self-respect when he is sent to Louisiana to the court of the beautiful angel Nimra who rules there, to find her attempted murderer.
Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews tells a riveting tale about a young widowed mother slipping into an unknown world where unusual powerful beings battle to protect humanity, and her vital part in that war.
Nocturne by Sharon Shinn returns to Samaria where a young woman, though in hiding from them herself, finds and helps a crippled angel languishing in the attic of a mansion.
Ascension by Meljean Brook – While the Guardian Marc Revoire continues his tasks protecting humans from demons, Radha joins him in an investigation to, if for no other reason, see if she can brighten up the guardian’s somber world.
These stories read well as stand-alones, and are utterly captivating. Three introduced me to romantic fantasy series that I’m now intent on starting from their beginnings and getting lost in their worlds.
Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers
Read by Michelle
Dylan McCafferty receives a note from a woman he’s never met, Olivia frost, that his property in New England needs some TLC. Dylan’s life is in California and doesn’t know he owns this property. His father died two years before and never told him about this purchase. Dylan decides to investigate more about this mysterious property. Meanwhile Olivia Frost is busily transforming her historic property into a getaway retreat. As the two lives converge they find, love, jewels and a woman’s past an intriguing aphrodisiac.
A well written novel in which Carla Neggers transformers her characters with each turn of the page. I found her descriptions of life in Knight’s Bridge so intriguing that I would love to find myself somewhere so idyllic.
Justice in June by Barbara Levenson
Read by Heidi
Criminal defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz has her hands full in Miami. She has two of the toughest cases of her career, her family who is worried she is spreading herself too thin and isn’t taking care of herself, and her hot boyfriend Carlos. Mary is risking her own safety while trying to free Luis Corona, who is a suspected terrorist AND trying to keep Judge Liz Maxwell from going to jail for letting drug cases slide through the system. Mary will fight to the end for her clients, but someone is trying to stop them before they even go to trial. Now, Mary’s boyfriend is in hot water too. June will be a true challenge for Mary, all the way to the end.
One of my favorite things about suspenseful novels is when there is a little humor mixed in on the side. I imagined Mary rushing around in the heat of June in Miami, and juggling all her responsibilities, but knowing she just wanted to lay in bed with her hot boyfriend. Then add in a little mystery solving, and you have a fun book to keep you warm.
Immortal Champion by Lisa Hendrix
Read by Stacey
A member of a Viking band cursed by a villainous sorceress,Gunnar is quite aware that the noblewoman he rescues from a fire cannot be the one for him. But fate has other plans. Will she be the one to break his curse?
I loved seeing this story though Gunnar’s head. But I also adored Eleanor,her strength and the fact that Lisa Hendrixlet her intellectual brilliance shine through. Because the hero is an immortal,the action is allowed to take place over an extended period of time,but the way that the story is written,I found myself glued to every single page. I cannot WAIT for Torvald’s tale.
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
Listened to by joysann
Lord John Grey investigates the allegations of corruption by a senior officer, and a vital clue is written in Gaelic. He turns to the only Gaelic speaker he can trust – his Scottish rebellion prisoner, Jamie Fraser. Jamie accompanies Lord John to Ireland where the dangerous investigation leads, creating an opportunity for the two men to begin the friendship that will last decades.
Being an enthusiast for the Outlander series and its characters, I’ve enjoyed the Lord John stories a great deal. Since the relationship between these two men is vital, it’s a pleasure to witness the pieces of their interactions that build that all important trust and loyalty. I always listen to Diana Gabaldon’s books, with their wonderful narrators, and this book gave me no less pleasure than any of the others I so enjoy.
Bottom Line: Today is Bubble Gum Day started in 2006 by children’s book author Ruth Spiro. I want Double Bubble.