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WW Ladies/Men Book Club

Barbara Vey -- February 8th, 2013

Today joysann wrote an insightful piece on the book she read (blurb below), Schooled by Deena Bright on my website.  Deena is yet another teacher being scorned for the books she writes and actually lives close to joysann.  We also welcome new readers Alice and Autumn today.  Thanks for your contributions and I hope we see many more.

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Alice

Warrior Betrayed by Addison Fox

Read by Alice

After the death of her father, Montana becomes the leader of his shipping company. Strange things start happening, including her mother reappearing after 20 years missing, talking about curses, immortal warriors and Mt Olympus. She hires and begins to fall in love with handsome security expert Quinn Tanner as her life changes and she discovers the truth behind her mother’s words, and finds he is part of it all.

Warrior Betrayed was a fast paced good read with lots of romance and intrigue. I couldn’t put it down. It was easy to relate to the characters, and I’ll be picking up the next book in the series right away, Warrior Enchanted.

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Ashley

Ashley

The Fairest Beauty by Melanie DickersonFairestBeauty

Read by Ashley

Sophie is a poor kitchen maid in the evil Duchess Ermengard’s castle. The Duchess is known for her evil and hateful antics toward all the servants, especially Sophie. Sophie often dreams of escaping the terrible castle, but she has no family, no money and nowhere to go. Then one day a young handsome man named Gabe shows up at the castle claiming she is the betrothed to his brother and life as Sophie knows it gets  flipped upside down. They plan a daring escape and begin  a frightful journey back to Gabe’s castle, where they  must not only protect each other from the dangers around them, but  also protect their hearts as a romance together is impossible.

The Fairest Beauty is a masterful retelling of the fairy tale Snow White. It has everything that a great romance needs, a young forbidden love, an action-packed adventure, and a happily ever after ending. The Fairest Beauty was unique enough from the classic fairy tale that it kept totally engrossed throughout the entire novel. I can’t wait to read more books like this!

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joysann

joysann

Schooled by Deena Bright

Read by joysann

High school teacher Jenelle Garrity suddenly finds herself out of her marriage and alone, but handsome Briggs Alexander, a popular sports celebrity, is happy to keep her company. So is compelling Leo Cling, a brilliant, up and coming businessman. Problem is, both young men are her former students from years ago. But the college grads aren’t boys anymore…

Deena Bright’s erotic contemporary is a delightful escape from ordinary life with the not-so-plausible circumstances sparking a woman’s imagination. The double controversy of a) former students and b) two hunky men makes for good conflict, and the likeable characters make the story titillating. I think it is a fun, sexy entertainment, and I’ll be watching for the sequel.

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Joe

Joe

Ever After by Kim HarrisonEAhcCover

Read by Joe

The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans falls apart.

I’ll admit I haven’t read all of the previous ten books in this series, but this was an easy book to slide into with even no knowledge of all the players. Also, it is a testament to the writing that even in the eleventh book in a series you can introduce evolution in the characters. Because to follow a series and group of characters for that long you need to have an attachment to the characters. And while the ending had a truly epic feel to it, the whole thing was handled with a grace that wouldn’t unbalance the worlds they live in for the next installment in the series. A truly excellent read.

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Autumn

Autumn

Blood Promise by Richelle MeadBlood Promise

Read by Autumn

From a young age the fiery dhampir Rose Hathaway vowed to always protect her best friend Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi princess and the last of her line. But this vow was made before the mysterious and handsome Russian guardian Dimitri Belikov entered into Rose’s life as her private combat instructor. Soon the physical closeness of their combat training turned to a heated love affair with Dimitri always on Rose’s mind. After an attack on the academy by the sinister Strigoi, resulting in Dimitri being turned, Rose had to make the hardest decision of her life- leaving Lissa’s side to set out on a vigilante mission to set Dimitri’s soul free from the irreversible Strigoi curse. But if Rose finds Dimitri, will she be able to look at the face of her lover and kill him?

Blood Promise is a mesmerizing and emotional page turner full of suspense, longing, seduction, and deception.  I could not put this book down and jumped straight into the next book of the series; the anticipation was killing me!

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Ashley

Ashley

By the Blood of HeroesByTheBloodofHeroes
The Great Undead War: Book I
By Joseph Nassise

Read by Ashley

During World War I, the desperate Germans introduce a new gas to the battlefield. This gas nicknamed the “corpse gas” changes the entire war; the gas resurrects the bodies of the dead, giving the Germans an unlimited source of troops. When famous Allied pilot Major Jack Freeman is shot down and taken captive by the Germans, only one veteran officer is crazy enough to attempt a rescue mission.  Captain Michael “Madman” Burke is fearless and wild enough to go behind enemy lines and attempt a vital mission.
 
By the Blood of Heroes is not what I would normally read, but after reading this, I am now totally in love! I am ecstatic that I found a new genre! It’s a full-on action packed adventure, filled with lots of blood, guts, and gore. A thrilling ride of a novel, historical and adventure readers will enjoy!

Bottom Line:My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter.”  ~Thomas Helm

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- January 11th, 2012

It’s been a lovely winter, more like spring actually.  But tomorrow they are predicting snow storms and the perfect excuse to cuddle up with your tbr pile, a throw and a hot drink (preferably with whipped cream).  Time to get some serious reading done and the WW Ladies are here with their reads of the week.

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joysann

joysann

Harvest Hunting by Yasmine Galenorn

Listened to by joysann

Some werewolves have gone missing, including the pregnant sister of one of their friends, so Delilah puts her skills as a private detective to work to find the woman before it is too late. She uncovers a cruelly evil, deadly magic worked by sorcerers to be used in the upcoming demon war. It is no surprise to learn that she, her sisters, and family and friends are all targeted by the agent of the demon general.

The D’Artigo sisters’ lives are complicated, but very magical and intriguing. Each book in the Otherworld series is narrated by one of the three half-human, half-fey women, bringing different perspectives and personal revelations to the ongoing story, keeping it fresh and interesting. Harvest Hunting kept me enthralled for many hours of pleasurable listening. There are a couple of newer books in the series out, so I have some serious catching up to do, and I’m looking forward to it.

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Heidi

Heidi

Baby It’s Cold Outside by Addison Fox

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Read by Heidi

Sloan McKinley wants to escape New York and her stifling, overbearing mother that only wants her married to be more popular in their “circles”. Sloan’s best friend Grier, is in Indigo, Alaska after the death of her estranged father, and needs Sloan’s support. Sloan finds herself in the tiny town, that is preparing for the Great Bachelor Competition. That is the last thing she wants. But Walker Montgomery, town lawyer and confirmed bachelor, is turning her head and possibly her heart.

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!! The first of the Alaskan Nights Series has everything a long, cold winter night could ask for: Adventure, Self-discovery, Love, Friendship, and of course a small town full of RUGGED HOT MEN!! Imagine yourself curled up under a comfy blanket and reading this cozy love story and you will be completely satisfied. I am really looking forward to the next installment of this series!!

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joysann

joysann

The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff

Read by joysann

An indication of her Wild Power, Charlotte “Charlie” Gale has a different kind of magic than the rest of her family, one that allows her to slip through time and space with music and a walk in the Wood. While playing with a Celtic band in Nova Scotia, she sides with the environmentalists against the building of an oil platform that would endanger a seal colony and the selkies that live among them. Wiith her teen-aged cousin Jack, with draconian magic in his own right, she sets about finding a sealskin thief who is using the fae to further the industrialist’s goals.

Tanya Huff introduced the fascinating Gale family in The Enchantment Emporium, and their convoluted relationships, unusual family dynamics and their magic are marvels of imagination. This second book is an exciting continuation, and the likable characters make me want to know more about them, and where they are going. There is much mystery in the Gale family history, and in their magic, and I hope this unfailingly entertaining author is planning to give us more.

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Michelle

Michelle

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Read by Michelle

David is a young boy whose mother has died of cancer.  While he and his father are learning to move on, his father brings a new woman home and they then have a child together.  David retreats into a world of fantasy by pouring through his beloved books.  His affinity is for myths and fairy tales.  In their new home David is surrounded by a mystery of a lost great uncle, the whisperings of the characters in his books and the haunting notion that his mother is trapped and needs his help.  David finds himself lost in an unknown world, faced by fears and not knowing who to trust.  His goal is to find the king who may be the only one able to send him back home.

This was an enchanting tale of adventure, imagination and faith.  Mr. Connolly takes the reader on a fast paced journey to the underworld of unimaginable beasts.  The only way out is to let go and face your fears.
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Loretta

Loretta

Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

Read by Loretta

Laura Adderly has just received her final divorce papers, but to her dismay has also discovered that she is pregnant.  To add to her problems she has begun receiving searing messages in her brain from her brother, Justice Turnbull.  He is incarcerated at a Security Psychiatric Hospital, and is able to communicate with her mentally.  This crazed killer has escaped from his cell  and is vowing to destroy her and her unborn child.

Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush are co-authors of Wicked Lies – an out of this world novel -  you might say!  The suspense had my heart pounding and my breath coming in gasps as I devoured page after page os this astounding story.  Although it is only 529 pages long, I thought it was not long enough.  A thriller throughout!

 

The winner of Marjorie M. Liu’s 2 signed new releases from Monday’s blog is Denise McGee.  Denise please email me your address.  bvey@publishersweekly.com  I’ll pass it on to Marjorie and congratulations!

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Bottom Line:  I’m off to Wautoma to visit a pal and my hardest decision is what audio book to listen to in the car…decisions, decisions.