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WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- December 20th, 2012

Well, we’re nearing the finish line to complete the Christmas shopping, get the decorations up and mail off those annual newsletters.  Hope you’ve been buying lots of books to give as gifts.  Be sure to get some for yourself…you deserve them!  Here’s some suggestions from the WW Ladies to get you started.

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joysann

joysann

Cowboy Casanova by Lorelei James

Read by joysann

Ben McKay is the one of the huge clan of sexy cowboys that’s seems pretty staid, dependable and quiet, unlike his wild brothers and cousins. But the fact is, Ben discreetly parties out of town in a quiet club – a BDSM club that is exclusive and private. When the new bank president, Ainsley Hamilton shows up there to explore her secret submissive streak, dominant Ben is more than happy to help her experiment, maybe permanently.

Lorelei James has done it again, writing a cowboy romance that sizzles, nearly burning the circuits in my e-reader. I love the McKay clan and all its in-laws and out-laws, and there is always plenty of drama and excitement to keep me turning the pages. Cowboy Casanova is hot and sexy, and brings more to the McKay story. Now I can get started on the more recent story, Kissin’ Tell. (Oh man, I just found there is a brand new e-release, Gone Country. I’ve got some catching up to do!)

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Ashley

    Ashley

Along Came a Duke by Elizabeth Boyle

Read by Ashley

After her father died Tabitha Timmons spent her days being a free house maid to her aunt and uncle, her hands were rough and her clothes were hand me downs. But, what she did have was spunk and a great desire not to marry! However, when a mysterious gentlemen admires her attitude and offers her a solution to her problems, it has Tabitha questioning everything she thought she wanted.

A modern day Cinderella story, full of witty dialogue, and superb characters, It’s a timeless romance story that is a real page turner.   An amazing happily ever after tale!

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Heidi

      Heidi

Gnome on the Range by Jennifer Zane

Read by Heidi

Jane West is a busy single-mom of two very active boys. She works for her mother-in-law Goldie at the local adult toy store. Her weekends are filled with running after the boys and going to garage sales. Once her boys purchase two garden gnomes, her life is turned upside down. Someone wants those gnomes back, and is sending dangerous messages to Jane and her family. Jane’s hot firefighter neighbor Ty Strickland is worried about Jane, even with all the feelings he is starting to have for her. Jane is determined to solve the mystery before someone she loves gets hurt.

It has been a really, really long time where I have read a book and laughed out loud at it. Not only is Jane such an enjoyable character, but her mother-in-law is a stitch and a half!! I think I had a smile on my face the entire time I read this book. I was out drinking coffee between appointments, and two people asked me what I was reading because I was smiling so much. I am itching to read the second book: Gnomeless and the novella for the holidays: Gnome for the Holidays.  I think these books are the best to end the New Year with a BANG!

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Susan

         Susan

The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener

Read by Susan

Charlotte Raven, the daughter of a whore, was surviving in the slums of London by masquerading as a chimney sweep when she was saved by a noblewoman who raised her to be a lady. Charlotte never turned her back on her old friends, though, including the boy who is now a crime lord. When she befriends Lord Edward Durnham’s sister and her sons, she gains Edward’s attention…and his suspicion. After he discovers her underworld connections, she aids him in an investigation to find out who is smuggling gold out of England. This puts both of them in danger.

This book has it all: history, suspense, romance. It’s fast-moving and easy to read. The characters were so well-written, they came alive on the pages. The historical details made it believable and easy to picture the scenes. I didn’t want this book to end.

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joysann

joysann

Poison Princess: The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole

Listened to by joysann

Evie Greene is determined to just stick out the last couple years of school until she can leave her protective mother and take her secret crazy hallucinations away from her affluent home. But in a flash, the world as she knows it ends, and she sees that her nightmares were really prophetic dreams, and the horrors were true. Now she and her companion, tough, brooding, hunky Jackson Deveaux , begin to search for the answers and other gifted young people like them before facing the battle of good against evil.

This is an edge-of-your-seat page turner that totally absorbed me. I listened to Poison Princess on audio, and that only made what was an already terrific story even better. It kills me that there is a wait until the next book in the series comes out – it can only get better.

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Heidi

Heidi

A Cold Creek Noel by Raeanne Thayne

Read by Heidi

Caidy Bowman suffered tragedy as a young girl, and now she stays on her family’s ranch in Pine Gulch taking care of her family and the animals on the ranch. When Caidy’s dog Luke gets injured, she meets new veterinarian Ben Caldwell. Ben’s gruff demeanor ruffles Caidy’s feathers and she has had training around veterinarians. When Caidy finds out that Ben and his family are struggling in a new town and with their own loss, she lowers her guard and invites them to stay on their land. Ben’s only concern is for his children and having them adjust with the holidays, but when he meets Caidy, the feelings between them are undeniable.

This is the type of holiday story that makes you feel good all over. It has heart, warmth, love and the holiday spirit all wrapped up inside.  Raeanne really knows how to create a sense of family with the Cold Creek Series. I really thought this was one of the best ones I have read so far.

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Susan

         Susan

Nightingale by Jennifer Estep

Read by Susan

Bigtime is the home of superheroes, ubervillains and powerful event planner Abby Appleby. When superhero Talon is blinded by ubervillain Bandit and his henchmen during a blizzard, Abby scares them off and takes the blinded superhero to her loft. They become close, but she has her own secrets and transports him to another place and disappears. Now Talon is looking for her – and so is Bandit.

It was super fun to read Nightingale. I’m a huge fan of the Bigtime series and was delighted when Nightingale came out. It more than lived up to my high expectations. Even if you haven’t read the other Bigtime books, it’s a stand alone and you won’t feel confused. I hope Estep will have another one out soon.

Bottom Line:  Books are the gifts that keep on giving.

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Barbara Vey -- October 5th, 2011

Well, it’s getting colder here.  The Brewers are in the post season playoffs, the Badgers and Packers won this past weekend, so now’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book.  The WW Ladies have some suggestions.

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joysann

joysann

Darkness at Dawn by Elizabeth Jennings

Read by joysann

Having lived as a young teen with her cultural anthropologist parents in a remote Himalayan kingdom, Lucy Merritt is the ideal agent to send in to uncover a profoundly dangerous secret concerning bio-warfare. She’s the means of getting in, bringing with her her fictitious fiance’, skilled mountaineering expert US Army Captain Mike Shafer, to search the snowbound terrain for evidence of the hidden laboratory. Each is dependent on the other for their safety and lives, and eventually, their hearts.

Along with having a really scary premise, Darkness at Dawn is full of action, adventure, and suspense. I enjoyed how Mike and Lucy’s acquaintance grew into affection, and then to romance, all the while keeping their imminent danger in the forefront. The hero’s confidence and compassion make him particularly appealing.

 

 

Loretta

Loretta

The First Days of the Rest of My Life by Cathy Lamb

Read by Loretta

Madeline is a therapist or “life style guru”, who helps her clients to sort out their troubled lives, while trying to unravel her own family’s hidden and tangled past.  As children, Madeline and her sister Annie face such problems as her father’s sudden death, an abusive step-father, plus their mother’s lingering illness.  Further revelations by their loving grandparents add to their already heavy load.

A completely engrossing novel expressing exceptional love and care amidst evil and fear.  I particularly enjoyed Madeline’s advice to her clients, which, besides being rare in its honesty and common sense, was hilarious.  There were no dull moments for me in the reading of this unusual novel.

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Sharon

Sharon

Lord Langley is Back in Town by Elizabeth Boyle

Read by Sharon

Minerva, Lady Standon suddenly finds herself in a faux engagement to Lord Langley.  Her properness has her setting down certain rules for the engagement which will be difficult to follow for both of them.  But Lord Langley has his own other set of problems—someone is trying to prove he is a traitor.

The ever-so-proper Minerva unraveling at the sight and touch of Langley kept me mesmerized by the seduction in which he was able to indulge and the love they came to have.
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Michelle

Michelle

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Read by Michelle

Jonas lives in a world of sameness.  On his 12th birthday he will be given the role of “the Receiver.”  A role that has to bear the pain and memories of life past and may be called upon by the Council to help in new decisions that could affect the world based on the past.  Jonas has to balance what he once knew against all he’s never known as the giver shares his memories.  Jonas realizes that a world of sameness doesn’t match the intensity and wonder of a world where people can choose.

A wonderful novel that really inspires the reader to think deeply about what he have in our worlds and the many opportunities we have to change our circumstances.  I enjoyed the journey of Jonas and felt his pain.

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Heidi

Heidi

From Ashes to Honor by Loree Lough

Read by Heidi

NYC Police Officer Austin Finley can’t forgive himself for not picking up that call from his brother, who was bugging him for days. Now that his brother is gone with the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11; no amount of counseling will ever bring him back. Mercy Samara is Austin’s therapist, trying hard to keep him from a desk job. But her own memories of 9/11 haunt her as well. Several years later, they are both surprised to be in Baltimore, and are reluctant over hard feeling. The tides turn and their past is hopefully to be put behind, but as the 10th anniversary approaches, harsh memories are coming to the surface once again, possibly changing their relationship forever.

The timeliness of this book around the 10th anniversary of 9/11 made my faith soar once again. Although this book was fiction, the reality was so close that it brought chills while reading. One of my favorite moments was seeing the struggle of the two main characters personally, professionally and romantically. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone with my own feelings on that tragic day. I thought it was wonderful how Loree caused me to examine my own journey with that day, and bring such a sense of peace.

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Sharon

Sharon

Loved by a Warrior by Donna Fletcher

Read by Sharon

She was surrounded by a deadly circle of assailants, but Reeve MacAlpin could not resist helping a damsel in distress.  Tara has a secret—her love will bring death to the one who loves her.  But the Highlander who rescues her tempts her beyond her imagination.

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The situation Tara found herself in demands I read and read until it is solved.  A great passion was awakened but can anyone survive it.  If Scotland today were half this romantic everyone who loves romance would want to be there.   I know I would.

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Bottom Line:  I still want to go to Scotland and see for myself how romantic it is.