Joysann and I make quite the book club by ourselves today. We can talk for hours about books and sometimes do. If we put all the books we’ve read and listened to together, I wonder how large our library would be? I think joysann and I would make spectacular book store owners. We would be the ultimate hand selling team. Take a look at what we’ve been reading/listening to this week.
Beauty Queen by Julia London
Listened to by Barbara
Rebecca Leer is a former beauty queen, mother of a 5 year old and now divorced. Problem is that no one can see past her beauty queen status. Stocking up on self help books, Rebecca lives each day with an affirmation. Taking a job with a political campaign seems just the ticket to getting some work skills. Enter Matt Parrish campaign manager with political aspirations of his own. Problem is that he can’t see past the beauty queen part of Rebecca.
I listened to this book on audio and found myself drawn into Rebecca’s frustrating world. It’s not easy when everyone only sees you for the one thing you’d like to forget. Julie London manages to make me not hate Rebecca for her beauty but see into the person she is inside. The bingo rally was cute, but I found myself nitpicking over the numbers (bingo lovers will understand). A pleasant and engaging audio book.
Hidden Passions by Emma Holly
Read by joysann
Tony Lupone came out to his fellow cops and wolfpack mates a while back, and everyone is mostly cool about it. Firefighter weretiger Chris Savoy hasn’t opened that door yet, knowing the trouble it will cause with his less open-minded mates at the firehouse. But when the two of them come together, the heat is almost more than they can keep hidden, and sometimes fires become uncontrolled.
I’ve visited Emma Holly’s magical fantasy city of Resurrection, New York, before and have enjoyed the other Hidden stories that take place there. They’re all very imaginative and compelling, and absolutely scorching hot. Hidden Passions continues in that vein, with characters that are sympathetic and likeable, and storylines that keep me returning for more.
Crazy for You by Juliet Rosetti
Read by Barbara
Mazie Maguire was wrongly incarcerated for the murder of her husband, but since has been cleared of all charges. That doesn’t mean that everyone believes it. Trying to make a new start for herself, Mazie finds herself taking a job as a barista in a coffee shop where the workers uniforms are lingerie. When Mazie’s ex, Ben Labeck, finds himself the number one suspect in a murder investigation, Mazie uses all her ex-con knowledge to try and get him off the hook without falling for him again in the process.
Mazie is a klutz in the spirit of Stephanie Plum. Well-intentioned, but weird things always seem to happen to her. Luckily, she’s a take life by the horns kind of person that I want to know. Quirky, delightful fun. More Mazie please.
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
Read by joysann
Nora Fischer’s life is in the dumps, what with being ditched by her boyfriend and difficulties with her studies, so when she meets with beautiful people who find her beautiful as well, she is enchanted and reluctant to go home. But her world twists again when she discovers she really has been enchanted, trapped into another dimension, and is being used as a tool for the fey to break from their prison. Rescued by a dark, enigmatic and powerful magician, Nora must trust him and learn to use real magic herself to survive.
I found myself enchanted as well, both with the story and that dark, enigmatic magician. This début book is exciting, and I’m certainly hoping that there’ll be a sequel, because surely there must be more to this captivating story. If you liked A Discovery of Witches or City of Dark Magic, this is fantasy journey will appeal to you, too.
Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt
Read by Barbara
Maximus Batten, Duke of Wakefield, is also one of the mysterious Ghost of St. Giles, He has spent years tracking the murderer of his parents but one night comes face to face with lady’s companion, Artemis Greaves. After discovering the identity of the Ghost, Artemis will stop at nothing to get him to free her imprisoned brother, even blackmail.
The Maiden Lane saga continues with this engrossing dark tale of mystery, suspense and love. Let me just say that Elizabeth Hoyt continues to be an auto-buy for me.
Bottom Line: Today is National Cookie Day and I’m happy to say I’ve already started celebrating.