I have arrived in Hot-Lanta for the Romance Writers of America Conference. It’s in the same hotel that they have DragonCon, so I kind of know my way around. It’s a huge place and along with the thousands of RWA members, there is also a Microsoft Conference and these guys look lost among so many women. I’ve been inviting them all to the Literacy Booksigning tomorrow from 5:30-7:30. There will be hundreds of authors signing, so if you live in the area, stop by. Now, on to what the WW Ladies have been reading.
A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett
Read by joysann
Bobbi Gallagher’s days as a TV producer in LA are shot unless she makes this reality show work: real life hot sexy country boys looking for love. She uses visiting her brother as an excuse to infiltrate Sultry Springs, Texas, but she didn’t expect to find his best friend to be the hottest man in town or to fall for him herself. Trey Lewis promised his buddy that he wouldn’t meddle with his baby sister, but some promises are so hard to keep.
I’m still laughing! Macy Beckett’s use of colorful and creative metaphors and humorous prose is only part of the touching, tickling romance that made this story so beguiling. When I read the first book, Sultry with a Twist, I knew this second one was going to charm me as well. Surrender to Sultry will be coming out any minute, and I know I’ll find that romance as sweet and entertaining.
A Thousand Bones by P.J. Parrish
Read by Joan
As a rookie cop in Echo Bay, Michigan, Joe Frye was also the first female in the sheriff’s department. Two boys discover some bones in the woods, and what starts out as a few bones and a girl’s cross turns into more graves than Joe’s department can handle. While local law enforcement seeks help from the state police, Joe’s investigation brings her to the attention of the killer.
This story kept me intrigued as I observed what Joe had to go through, not only as a female cop in a man’s world in 1975, but all the leads that must be followed to solve a crime. The clues did not just fall in place as in some stories. Also I find it interesting that P.J. Parrish is the pseudonym for two sisters, Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols, who have written many books together. I found this book to be highly captivating and intense, just the way I like them.
Damaged and Damaged 2 by H.M. Ward
Read by Tammy
The main characters, Sidney and Peter, seem to be destined to be together, but they each have a past that is holding them back. And it’s these secrets that neither is wanting to reveal. But one can feel the passion and chemistry between the two of them, if they can just trust each other enough to give what the other needs. Unfortunately, that haunted past keeps rearing its ugly head.
Both books were quick reads because I couldn’t put either down. I could sympathize with the characters and needed to find out if closure was going to happen for either of the them. The books are mainly romance, but also hit upon a bit of suspense and humor. The author put a great twist at the end of Book One, so be prepared to definitely read Book Two. Two thumbs up for these terrific New Adult books!
Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Read by joysann
Though she chose to leave her siblings and the dark, perilous underside of London for the bright and pleasure-filled world of the blue-bloods, Lena Todd is finding the vampire aristocracy even more treacherous and cruel. She had longed for this sophisticated life, but her decision was largely determined by her need to avoid her growing concern and affection for the taciturn and enigmatic Will Carver, a powerful and dangerous werewulfen known as The Beast. But she’s endangered by her secret alliance with an underground movement, and Will is the first to support her and come to her aid.
Bec McMaster is writing a fascinating, inventive steampunk series. I’ve been very intrigued by this and the first book in the series, as well as the e-novella that falls between them. The characters are likable and sympathetic, and I want to see where their stories go. Visually descriptive, I can almost “see” the world created here.
A Very Exclusive Engagement by Andrea Laurence
Read by Heidi
Liam Crowe wants to get through the latest boardroom meeting on the plans he has of new ownership of the network he took over, even with the daggers shooting from Francesca Orr’s beautiful eyes through the meeting. As they become stuck in an elevator after the meeting, the sparks soon fly. They both want to keep what happened in the elevator to themselves, but now Liam must ask Francesca for help again, as his fiancée.
The chemistry between Liam and Francesca started in chapter 1, and got hotter throughout the book. I got a kick of how much Francesca struggled with being a fake fiancee and trying to cover true feelings. This book was definitely more steamy than a hot summer night!!
The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy’s Secret Werewolf Babies by The Nine Naughty Novelists
Read by joysann
When wealthy vampire ranch owner Rock Fangsworthy resolves to buy out the local winery, he discovers the beautiful lost love of his life has returned to Bloodsuck, Texas, to run the old family vineyard. Buffi Van Pelt did not come alone, but has two of the cutest babies that Rock has ever seen. Buffi’s dilemma is whether to spill the beans about the pups’ paternity after all this time.
The title alone was worth the 99 cents I spent on this parody, and the accompanying warning was a bonus. Every wonderfully awful paranormal romance cliché and pun is used somewhere in these chapters, and it cracked me up. I know these authors had a wonderful time working together to write this delightfully silly thing: Juniper Bell, Meg Benjamin, Kate Davies, PG Forte, Kinsey W Holley, Kelly Jamieson, Skylar Kade, Erin Nicholas and Sydney Somers.
Bottom Line: Did you know…There are more than 65 streets with the word Peachtree in Atlanta.