How weird is this? It is already 52 degrees here in South Milwaukee at 6:30 a.m. and it is December. Right? And this is after 11+ inches of snow last week. It looks like everywhere it’s going to be unseasonably warm, so enjoy!
Just because there was a holiday this week (and next) doesn’t mean that the WW Ladies haven’t been busy reading and ready to offer you up some books for your to consider.
First Blood by Susan Sizemore, Erin McCarthy, Chris Marie Green and Meljean Brook
Read by Joysann
Laws of the Blood fans (like me) will be gratified with Cave Canum by Susan Sizemore. Interesting histories and romances emerge when new characters and familiar ones search for rampaging hellhounds.
In Russian Roulette by Erin McCarthy, vampire Alistair Kirk reluctantly executes a rescue mission for a newly turned woman, and finds himself captivated by her. Now he wants to figure out how to keep her without imprisoning her himself.
Chris Marie Green’s Vampire Babylon is visited in Double the Bite. A Texas detective finds out NYC is stranger than he ever imagined when his investigation into his brother’s death has him seeing a doubly dangerous dark side under the party lights.
Forced to disappear when she was turned, Annie and Jack meet after years of separation, and together fight a supernatural enemy that threatens Annie’s existence. Meljean Brook examines the ties of love and loyalty in Thicker Than Blood.
First Blood is a splendid collection of stories. Since I’ve liked other works by these authors, I am pleased that I found them more than satisfying. Even if you’re currently a fan of only one, you’ll enjoy discovering the others and expanding your reading lists.
Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn
Read by Emily
Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to Thomas Cavendish, the Duke of Wyndham since she was a baby. But she is tired of waiting for the man to marry her. Thomas quite enjoys having a fiancée, no marriage minded mamas were after him, and that was amazing. But for all intents and purposes he does intend to marry Amelia, just when it suits him. All hell breaks loose when a long lost cousin enters the picture who could very well be the true Duke. Thomas doesn’t know who he is anymore, but he knows that he doesn’t deserve Amelia no matter what the betrothal contract says. Even if he’s fallen in love with her.
I absolutely love reading Julia Quinn books. She always has arresting characters, thrilling plots, and what seem to be unattainable dreams. Each chapter brings forth new discoveries, and new romances. FYI, this book is written in same time with her previous book The Lost Duke of Wyndham.
Divorced, Desperate and Dating by Christie Craig
Read by Anne
Sue Finley is a mystery writer, but the mystery that baffles her most is men (she dated a bank robber and divorced a crossed dresser). Detective Jason Dodd breezed in and out of her life with a dazzling kiss, but when Sue starts receiving death threats, the detective finds himself back on the case and into her life.
I was simply delighted by this breezy, snappy, good-time story. If something could go wrong, it usually did for Sue. And having actually lived through some of her embarrassing moments, made it that much more endearing. This book is sure to brighten your day.
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich (Audio)
Listened to by Joysann
By default, Stephanie Plum ends up caring for the young teen-aged son of one of her skips, a relative of some degree to Joe Morelli. While staying in Joe’s house, burglars attempt to locate stolen bank money supposedly hidden there by the previous owner. In her usual chaotic manner, Stephanie juggles the roles of bounty hunter, detective, body-guard, baby-sitter, and lover.
Readers find favorite characters up to their idiosyncratic antics, feel the heat of attraction between Stephanie and her favorite men, and experience suspense as the mystery unfolds. I always enjoy Janet Evanovich’s books on audio. The stories translate well to the spoken word, and a good reader adds color to the excitement already presented. Stephanie Plum fans are die-hards, and I’m one of them.
A Knight’s Reward by Catherine Kean
Read by Emily
Gisela Anne Balewyne escapes her abusive husband with her young child, Ewan in her arms. But she has no money, only her husband’s knife and her skill as a tailor will help the two survive. She settles in the small town of Clovebury, and she sets up shop to be a tailor and dressmaker for the townspeople. But unbeknownst to her, there have been a string of break-ins, and a shipment of eastern silks was stolen. Lord de Lanceau wants his shipment back, so he sends his friend and most trusted warrior, Dominic de Terre to investigate. Dom immediately sees "Anne" and is amazed to see his sweetheart from before he left for the crusade. When he tells her about the missing silks she seems guilty. And he later learns that she had been commissioned to make a dress and cloak out of the stolen silks by a French fabric merchant, Crenardiue. Trouble brews when Anne’s husband finds out where she’s living, and she learns that he’s in cohorts with Crenardiue. But will Anne and Dominic survive long enough to investigate the passion that threatens to override their senses?
I really enjoyed A Knight’s Reward, especially Gisela’s little boy. He thinks of himself as a knight in training, even at the young age of three. There are twists at every corner, and I hope you’ll read this and discover what a truly awesome book it is.
Eye of the Beholder by <
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Read by Joysann
Since the Observers came to Earth, Zara Mitchell’s life has lost any normalcy she might once have had. When the alien man who holds her affection goes missing, her search for him draws her into conflict with both her human neighbors and the alien leadership, all of whom seem to think she is the key to either the destroying or controlling the extraterrestrials.
Stacy Klemstein introduced her sci-fi alien invasion world in The Silver Spoon. Continuing the chilling suspense, Eye of the Beholder enriches the characters and details, setting up exciting potential for continuing the story. I hope it’s not too long till the next book, for Zara has definitely put on her dancing shoes, saying "bring it on", and I can’t wait to see her do it.
Bottom Line: Thanks to the holidays I have all my days of the week messed up. Thank goodness my clock radio tells me the day and date along with the time or I’d really be in trouble.