I am so far behind on my Christmas decorations that I don’t even have my tree decorated yet. Normally, I like to put it up and trim it the day after Thanksgiving. I put on Christmas music, make hot chocolate and get in the mood. This year, I brought the tree down and it’s still sitting there…bare naked. I blame it on the books piled all over my house. I keep telling myself, “Just one more chapter,” but time just seems to get away from me. I hope the WW Ladies are doing better than me, so here’s their reads of the week.
Wayfinder by C E Murphy
Read by joysann
When Lara Jansen met David Kerwin in Boston, she was amazed to find herself thrust into a Fairie world to play a major role. With her strange unerring ability to recognize lies, she is tasked with discovering the cause of the deadly rift between the Seelie and Unseelie, and finding a way to halt their unending war. As Truthseeker, she is entrusted with a powerful magical staff that will determine the outcome, if only she can control it.
Because the first book, Truthseeker, was captivating, I was enticed into this second book in the Worldwalker Duology (I like that) in short order. The world is mysterious and fascinating, and the story complex. Best part of all, the resolution was wholly unexpected, so no peeking!
Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
Read by Sophie, 16
Gabby Rivera works hard to get her good grades, has a steady job at local movie theatre, and has no time for anything as ridiculous as boys (except for her best friend, Mule, of course), her dead-beat dad, Prom, (all three of which her little sister, Daphne, would probably die without) or anything that falls in between—including the hideous “hawt pink” prom dress that Daphne thought was so wonderful, she just had to buy. As far as Daphne is concerned, the world Gabby lives in is a cranky, unhappy, extra-hard one, which is such a shame—Gabby could be so pretty and cool if she would just find time to relax and have fun. So when Gabby and Daphne’s dad doesn’t get the alimony to their mom on time and the rent on their apartment goes up, the Rivera women find themselves in a tight spot, only made tighter by love-struck best friends, stupid boys, mean cheerleaders, and a drunk driver/killer who suddenly wants to help—not to mention the fact that Gabby and Daphne can’t ever seem to get along. It’s going to take a lot of growing up and sisterly love to get the girls through the next couple of weeks with each other—and a significant amount of trust, open-mindedness, and cookies to deal with everything else.
Being the middle of three girls, this book got to me in a very special way—the kind of way that kept me up until all hours of the morning and had me preparing to give each and every character the advice I thought they desperately needed. Jennifer Ziegler’s intricate, dynamic characters and use of word choice and details plunks the reader down right in the middle of her novel with no intentions of ever crawling back out…except maybe to hug her sister! I’m not sure I’ve ever read a more heart-warming, riveting, relatable, or serendipitous book than Sass and Serendipity.
Christmas at Timberwoods by Fern Michaels
Read by Heidi
Heather Andrews is the security manager at Timberwoods Mall and she is torn whether to believe Angela Steinhart and her prediction of the destruction of the mall. Angela seems to be an unstable young woman on the surface, who may or may not have visions. But what is Heather is wrong and there really is a bomb to destroy the mall, it would be a deadly mistake. Heather must work against the clock and make sure everyone has a Merry Christmas.
It was a real pleasure to read this mystery holiday story. I was really nervous for the main characters of this story, and the choices that had to make whether to believe a girl with a shaky past or not. Plus, knowing there were so many people in the mall right before the holidays, it made me catch my breath a few times! This book will satisfy all mystery lovers as much as a great big mug of hot cocoa with whipped cream. Actually, do both, and you will have a smile on your face!
Enchanted No More by Robin D. Owens
Read by joysann
Halfblood Jenni and her maimed brother are the last of Mistweaver family whose innate magic can open a portal between this real world and other dimensions and equalize the four elements to keep magic balanced. But Jenni’s continued personal guilt and her fury at the Lightfolk who allowed the deaths of her family make it difficult for her to agree to help them control the wild magic rising from the earth before the Darkfolk can corrupt it. But this time the battle will be different, for this time her half-elf lover won’t abandon her regardless of what happens.
Robin D. Owens begins another imaginative series, this time with elves and dwarves and dozens of mystical beings, and she hasn’t lost her romantic touch. This first Mystic Circle book blends modern world with myth and fantasy, and the result is creative and magical. Despite the title, I am enchanted.
Read by Heidi
Blue Christmas by Erin McCarthy
Blue Farrow is not looking forward to the holiday at all. In fact, she is headed on a Caribbean cruise to get the holiday completely out of her head. But the weather doesn’t cooperate, and Blue is hit by another car in a blizzard driven by sexy Christian Dawes. Due to terrible driving conditions, Christian and Blue are stuck at the No Tell Motel until Christmas morning, with a night of passion in front of them.
One of the best first sentences of a book I have read in a long time: “Santa can suck it”. With a smile on my face, I continued into this story and was swept away with the romance and budding relationship, even with the cynicism of Blue and the laid-back relaxed Christian. It has everything a romance lover could want in a short story.
Santa in a Kilt by Donna Kauffman
On a island off the coast of Scotland, Kira McLeod and Shay Callaghan are fighting their feelings for one another despite their strong attraction. Shay doesn’t want to push Kira after her divorce, but Kira has other things on her mind. Even with a push, she may not be able to convince Shay that they are meant to be together, thanks to his divorce attorney background.
Shay’s struggle with his own feelings despite others around him playing cupid, really resonates in the story, leaving Kira as the strong woman to push her man to the edge.
Snow Angel by Kate Angell
Allie and Aiden hook up one steamy night in Aspen for lovemaking and hot tubbing. On Christmas morning, Aiden finds himself alone and lost for a woman he has truly fallen head over heels for. Three years later, Allie and Aiden find themselves trapped at Dutton’s department store in one of the worst blizzards Chicago has ever seen on Christmas Eve. As fate has brought them together, the mistakes in the past could threaten a truly magical relationship.
I think my favorite part is how all the different personalities of all the people who become trapped in the department store come together to make the best of their situation. Especially Sam the security guard. I got such a chuckle out of him. I was really rooting for Allie to show up in the end of the story on New year’s eve. What a satisfying holiday read!!
Rapture Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee
Read by Sharon
The new Lord Joslyn looses partial memory of a tragic accident; reluctant smugglers try just to keep their daily lives in tact. Somehow all this comes together is a lusty loving story of misplaced trust in family but deserved trust in love.
I love strong women in historical romances and Emily is one of the strongest. She is willing to give up love to help the people dependent on her, but they are reluctant to have her give up everything for them. Romance has many obstacles both family and circumstances as well as each other.
Paranoia by Joseph Finder
Read by Michelle
Adam Cassidy decides to pilfer funds through various departments within Wyatt Telecom to fund a retirement party for a dock worker. When Nick Wyatt confronts Adam he blackmails him into being a mole at his most powerful competitor, Trion Systems. Adam develops an understanding of the term paranoia with the pressure Wyatt is putting on him and the role of the golden boy that Trion has adopted him as.
A compelling read that kept me rapt from the start. I really enjoyed the novice aspect of a bumbling mole intent on saving himself as well as some dignity.
Bottom Line: So tell me, are you easily distracted by books or do you have all your Christmas stuff done…go ahead, make me feel bad.