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WW Ladies/Men Favorite Books of 2012

Barbara Vey -- December 31st, 2012

There are best of lists popping up all over.  Best books, best movies, best fashions and more than enough worst lists, but we won’t go there.  Rather than name “Best Books,” we’re going with the WW Ladies favorite reads of 2012.  Now this doesn’t mean the book had to be published in 2012, it just means it had to be read in 2012.  In their emails to me, many lamented the fact that they could pick just one and it was a very difficult decision.  Kym absolutely couldn’t make up her mind.  Regardless, here’s what I finally got out of them.

 

Heidi

Heidi

 

Heidi - Gnome on the Range, by Jennifer Zane

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SheilaSomebody to Love, by Kristan Higgins.

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joysann

joysann

 

joysann – This is too hard…  I don’t like to choose. There are just too many books I really enjoy a lot.  Print book: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Audio book: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

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Susan

Susan

 

Susan - The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener
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Kym L

Kym 

Kym –  I can’t do it! I loved Trisha Ashley‘s newest, Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues, just as I love all of hers. Really liked Grace Burrowes‘s Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight and was also thrilled to discover Rena Gregory’s short story in the Five Golden Rings anthology.

 

 

 

 

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Joan

 

Joan –  If You See Her by Shiloh Walker 

 

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Tammy

TammyFifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, I loved the whole trilogy as one story.

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Michael

Michael

MichaelTimeless (The fifth book in the Alexia Tarabotti series) by Gail Carriger (audio book)

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Ashley

Ashley

AshleyOne Night Rodeo by  Lorelei James

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I have to agree that’s it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite book I read this year.  There were many that I enjoyed, but the two I talked about most to people were The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti , a fun romp with an escaped but not guilty convict and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a futuristic adventure that I couldn’t put down.  Neither were all romance, but did have romantic elements.

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Please take a moment to tell me the best book you read in 2012.  It won’t be easy, but I do like to get recommendations, as do all my readers.

Bottom Line:  Remember to check back tomorrow for the link to my new website…it’s launch day!!

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WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- June 2nd, 2011

I don’t know about you, but whenever there is a three day weekend I get confused.  I’m always a day late and I thought yesterday was Tuesday, so that’s why the WW Ladies are on Thursday this week instead of Wednesday.  Anyway, the good news is that we have new readers with us today.  Please welcome Ashley and a family of readers, Paula (mom) and her daughters Sophie and Shelby.  I just love it when families read together and they all did a great job for their debut.  I’m looking forward to many more book blurbs from them.

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joysann

joysann

Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann

Listened to by joysann

When Navy SEAL Izzy Zanella returns from Afganistan with his injured teammate and ersatz brother-in-law Dan Gillman, they discover Danny’s minor brother is trapped in a brutal domestic situation involving their drunken step-father. Since Izzy is already married to Danny’s beautiful sister Eden, though estranged, he races to the rescue, with hopes of saving, not only his teenaged brother-in-law, but the marriage he longs to realize. Between a violent domestic situation and a murderous human trafficking ring, Izzy and Dan confront dangers that make ideal use of their particular skills.

Listening to Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters books is always an enthralling experience, start to finish, this one is no different. We enthusiasts have been rooting for the socially awkward Izzy for a long while, and this is his story. Breaking the Rules is full of action, suspense, drama, friendship, and romance, and is quite rewarding.

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Ashley

Ashley

Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner

Read by Ashley

Edwina Ladoux was a southern princess who lived on a big and rich plantation, before the Civil War. After the war, her family and her life as she knew it was torn apart. To escape the war-torn and poverty of the South, Edwina decides to become a mail-order bride and travel thousands of miles to marry a man she never met, in the Colorado territory. Her new husband Declan Brodie wants a strong, dependable and hard-working wife who can help run his ranch and take care of his four children, what Declan doesn’t expect is a southern princess who can’t cook or clean. Edwina soon realizes that marriage and mother-hood is not what she expected and she wonders if she is destined to live a love-less marriage or if it would be better to return to her former home in the South.

I was taken on an emotional roller coaster ride as the book had all the elements of a superb novel; love, lust, adventure, honor, duty and revenge.  This was truly a captivating read.  I had to read it in one sitting just to find out what happened at the end!
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Heidi

Heidi

Semi-Sweet by Roisin Meaney

Read by Heidi

Hannah Robinson thought her only challenge was to open her new store, Cupcakes on the Corner. But now her life has been turned upside down, as her boyfriend announces he is leaving her for another woman. Hannah has one week to pull herself together and take her next steps to become a success. Turning to her friends and family, she journeys for the next seven months to find success and happiness.

Even though Hannah is the main character of this story, I found the supporting characters like her best friend Adam, her parents and her clients to be just as charming. I was swept up in the charm of her store and the Irish town where Hannah lives. I have been craving cupcakes since reading this book. Dangerous and yummy.

Sophie

Sophie

Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Read by Sophie

Beautiful, fiery Sienna is an x-Psy, as well as the long lost weapon of a cruel and dangerous Psy ruler. Strong, handsome Hawke is the changeling wolf who considers her one of his own people, who protects her like one of his own…and who cannot resist her. Together, they are a dangerous, powerful duo, and they are the two key fighters in the war against the Psy, but all the while they are struggling with the emotion they feel for each other. When one of them succumbs to these longings it further complicates things, and not everything is as it seems. Can Sienna and Hawke and the rest of the changelings of Snow Dancer, Dark River, Wind Haven and more overcome everything, protect each other, and win this war?

This intricate, intelligently written novel is humorous, heartwarming; tear jerking, and action-packed! Singh has mastered the art of jumping from one point of view to another, and uses her many fun, dynamic characters to explain everything in perfect detail. This novel was intriguing from page one.

Shelby

Shelby

Right Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins

Read by Shelby

A lovely artist, Tate, moves out of her apartment in SoHo to escape her ex-boyfriend Roger (jerk) and into a cheap apartment in Golgotham, a part of New York almost entirely occupied by magical creatures. After Tate is attacked in her backyard by a were-cougar, Hexe , a kymeran, and Tate’s new landlord, rescues Tate. Were-cougar Lukas, Hexe, and Tate begin living their lives as friends, and a romance between Hexe and Tate develops as Tate is preparing for an art show of her metal sculptures.

I was definitely intrigued by the characters and the setting and gradually sunk into this ancient fantasy world smack-dab in the middle of modern New York with magic and adventure, discrimination and and romance.

Paula

Paula

Identity: Lost by Pascal Marco

Read by Paula

When James Overstreet, an African-American boy living in 1975 inner-city Chicago, is witness to a horrifically violent crime, he is faced with the dilemma of whether or not to report it to a racially prejudiced police department. Innocently but personally connected to this crime, he chooses to do what’s “right”, and his life is turned upside-down. Fast-forward to the 21st century, where James has become a lawman of substance and integrity, despite all odds. How quickly can his past come back to haunt, even torture him, in spite of the extreme precautions that were taken?

Pascal Marco has debuted a fabulous crime thriller, with easily identifiable characters and exciting, familiar settings. The story has intricacy enough to keep me guessing, but is peppered with such familiar settings so that the story comes vividly alive! This is an engrossing suspense story at its best!

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joysann

joysann

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Read by joysann

Diana Bishop is a descendant of venerable and famous witches, but she wants no part of her heritage. An historian of alchemy doing research at Oxford, she discovers a mysterious ancient text wrapped in magic, and from that moment on she becomes the object of scrutiny by other creatures of magic and darkness. The most sinister-seeming of these is Professor Matthew Clairmont, but it is with him that she faces the perils of her discoveries.

With its mixture of fantasy and fact, A Discovery of Witches required me to polish up my thinking cap. The details of historical accuracy are fascinating, and there is a depth to the fictional science that makes it almost believable. The captivating story, with its romance and magic, is spellbinding.

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Ashley

Ashley

One Whisper Away by Emma Wildes

Read by Ashley

Daughters of English Duke’s are expected to wed young, run a household, and be a dutiful proper wife to their rich husbands. Lady Cecily does not want this, she wants an excitng life and a marriage based off of love not duty and when the Earl of Augustine arrives it looks like she may have the life she wanted, expect the Earl of Augustine is American and part Iroqouis. Lady Cecily realizes that she is going to have to fight against the social norms of her society if she wants to live the life she loves.

An enchanting tale of love at first sight. I enjoyed reading about the tight and strict rules of English society and how this couple broke them in the name of love.

Bottom Line: I’ll be on the 6:15 a.m. flight to Alabama tomorrow for the Heart of Dixie Reader Luncheon and I just found out that I’ll be on the same plane as Kerrilyn Sparks when I transfer in Houston…awesome!to