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WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- January 3rd, 2014

Welcome to the first gathering of the WW Ladies Book Club.  We have quite the mix of books today, so hopefully, something for everyone.  If you received a book for Christmas, feel free to share it in the comment sections.  Someone is always looking for a good book to read.

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The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren WilligThe Passion of the Purple Plumeria

Listened to by joysann

When the younger sister of the illusive British spy, the Pink Carnation, goes missing from her boarding school, chaperone/companion Gwendolyn Meadows returns from Napoleon’s Paris with her friend, fearing the sister’s disappearance is political retaliation. Colonel William Reid had just returned from twenty years in India to discover his daughter missing from the school as well. He and Gwen join forces in an increasingly more dangerous search that also increasingly involves their reluctant hearts.

Book 10 in the Pink Carnation series is just as delightful, exciting and romantic as the previous ones, and I’ve been hooked on the audiobooks from the first. The characters always catch my heart, as the mysteries and intrigues that surround them entertain me. The switch back and forth between the modern day researcher’s romance and the fascinating, well-researched historical romance is a captivating format, and I will be listening to the next book as soon as it comes out later this summer.

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Sue

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Heroic Measures by Jo-Ann Powerheroicmeasures

Read by Sue

Hardened by her life with her embittered, greedy aunt, newly-qualified nurse Gwen Spencer is determined to devote her skills to the wounded soldiers of World War I. Convinced she has the “guts, nerves of steel, and tremendous heart” necessary, she is still unprepared for the horrors of the military hospitals and front-line aid stations. Her only relief from those horrors is a best friend from home, and the romantic attentions of Richard, a British nobleman whose family has been deeply damaged by the results of the conflict.

Jo-Ann Power has succeeded in depicting her chosen characters, setting, and plot vividly, and I was completely enthralled. I was particularly moved by the way she conveys the various ways this “war to end all wars” ravages all it touches. Gwen and Richard earn their happy ending, but a number of ongoing plot threads set the stage for the second book in the trilogy.

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Heidi

Heidi

Secret Santa by Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Laura Levine, Cindy Myers 9781420132717_p0_v2_s260x420(Anthology)
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Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels – Attorney Claire O’Brien is summoned by her top client to Ireland, for an emergency that she must handle immediately. Little does she know that her client’s most frustrating but handsome nephew must be part of this new deal her client has plans for.
 
The Yellow Rose of Christmas by Marie Bostwick – Velvet Tudmore is the historian for the quaint town of Too Much, Texas. She prides herself on order and discipline. Suddenly, she has a secret admirer, and she is treating herself to a new makeover so she can finally meet at the annual Christmas ball.

Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine – Jaine Austen is a writer, not a Christmas Elf at the mall. But that is what she has to be, to help in a pinch, and get the job she is hoping for. Little does she know that she would end up in the middle of a murder investigation, all while wear striped tights from hell.

Room at the Inn by Cindy Myers – When a Colorado Blizzard delays Barbara Stanowski’s plans for a perfect holiday with her husband and friends, she thinks things can’t get worse. Then her husband shares unexpected plans, and they have to have shelter in remote cabins, Barbara wants nothing more than to get out. But her heart changes in the most unexpected ways, to find some true Christmas spirit.

This anthology features 4 wonderful stories that will quickly become beloved during the holidays.
They had true Christmas spirit that warmed me from head to toe. My two favorites were the Nightmare on Elf Street and Room at the Inn. I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed. Ahhh, what a way to ring in the holidays.

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joysann

joysann

Redshirts by John ScalziRedshirts

Listened to by joysann

When assigned to the Universal Union flagship Intrepid, Andy Dahl learns about the tragic demise of many crewmembers on a regular basis during their deepspace explorations, and he figures out that he and other lower ranking shipmates too easily fit into that scenario. He and his friends discover that their reality is related to what must be a cosmic comedy, and they set off through space and time in a effort to save themselves before it’s too late.

Totally laugh-out-loud funny in spots, Redshirts drew my nerdy pleasures out in a way similar to the movie Galaxy Quest, but in a more enjoyably thought-teasing and brain-twisting manner. Add narrator Wil Wheaton to the audiobook mix and it takes on even more humorous light and charm. Totally enamored of the characters and their plight, I was almost sad when the story was over, but I can very happily listen to it again soon.

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Joan

Joan

Hard Target by Kay ThomasHard Target

Read by Joan

Leland Hollis has handed in his resignation to the DEA and has sequestered himself at a Dallas hotel to hide from the media hype surrounding a bad situation while recovering from a serious wound. In an adjoining room he hears a woman screaming and a man threatening her, and Leland has to step in. That’s how he becomes involved with Anna Mercado and her teenage son, whose medical condition makes them all vulnerable to the crazy machinations of Anna’s estranged and homicidal husband.

This is the first book in a new romantic suspense series by Kay Thomas. Kay weaves the story with mystery and surprises, and keeps the action, as well as the romance, moving right up to the end. After reading an enticing blurb at the end of Hard Target, I’m already geared up for the next book in the Elite Ops series.

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joysann

joysann

Natural Law by Joey W. HillNatural Law_edited

Read by joysann

The murders of evidently sexually submissive males indicates a serial killer to Detective Mac Nighthorse, who determines the next step in the investigation is for him to go undercover into an exclusive BDSM club. This isn’t a problem as Mac is himself a submissive already living the lifestyle. Meeting Mistress Violet is a bonus in the investigation as she is as willing to help find the killer as she is to help Max find his heart.

Max Nighthorse is about the most strong, sexy, determined and hot alpha male protagonist as I’ve ever read about, yet, under Joey Hill’s skillfully sensual writing hand, I can almost understand the world he chooses to live in. I did not expect to find easy reading here, and didn’t, but I also didn’t expect to discover an empathy for a life choice beyond my experience, which I did. I found Natural Law to be a tasteful, powerful, enthralling and well-written reading experience.

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Bottom Line:  My first book of 2014 is Heart of Stone by Christine Warren.

New Releases Tuesday!

Barbara Vey -- November 5th, 2013

You can tell we’re getting closer to Christmas by the bevy of new Christmas books this weeks.  I love it when authors weave the holiday season into their worlds.  I collect Christmas books and reread my favorites every year.  Looks like there are more to add to my collection.  Favorite title today:  Christmas Break Seattle Lumberjacks – Rookies

Don’t forget to read to the bottom for two amazing giveaways today from Harlequin and Random House Pengiun!

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Jagged by Kristen Ashley (Forever, E-Book)

All Fired Up by Kate Meader (Forever, E-Book)

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Jessica Scott (Forever Yours, E-Novella)

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Entwined by Kristen Callihan (Forever Yours, E-Novella)

The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski (Forever, E-Book)

Fabrick By Andrew Post (Medallion Press)

 

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All I Want For Christmas Is You by Molly O’Keefe  (Loveswept)

Room At The Inn by Ruthie Knox ( Loveswept)

Course of Action by Lindsay McKenna, Merline Lovelace Harlequin

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A Cadence Creek Christmas by Donna Alward  Harlequin

Expecting a Bolton Baby by Sarah M. Anderson Harlequin

The Christmas Wedding Quilt by Emilie Richards, Janice Kay Johnson, Sarah Mayberry Harlequin

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Adventures in Parenthood by Dawn Atkins Harlequin

The Keepers: Christmas in Salem by Heather Graham, Deborah LeBlanc, Kathleen Pickering, Beth Ciotta Harlequin

In For A Penny by Nancy Naigle & Kelsey Browning Crossroads Publishing

 

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Texas K-9 Unit Christmas by Shirlee McCoy and Terri Reed Harlequin

His Christmas Sweetheart by Cathy McDavid Harlequin

Amanda Weds A Good Man by Naomi King 

 

 

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Christmas Break Seattle Lumberjacks – Rookies by Jami Davenport

Simple Gone South by Alicia Hunter Pace (Crimson Romance)

Is This Love? by Sue Moorcroft  (Choc Lit)

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Miracle Road by Emily March  Ballantine

One Perfect Christmas by Stefanie Sloane    Loveswept

Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy   Bantam

The following title were sent without covers, but still are new releases this week.

The Secret Heir of Sunset Ranch by Charlene Sands  Harlequin

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken (Kensington Publishing)

Heist by Kiki Swinson; De’nesha Diamond (Dafina / Kensington Publishing)

Secret Santa by Fern MichaelsMarie BostwickLaura LevineCindy Myers (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

No Escape by Mary Burton (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

The House On Main Street: An Apple Valley Novel by Shirlee McCoy (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

Arizona Temptress by Bobbi Smith (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken (Kensington Publishing)

Heist by Kiki Swinson; De’nesha Diamond (Dafina / Kensington Publishing)

Secret Santa by Fern MichaelsMarie BostwickLaura LevineCindy Myers (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

No Escape by Mary Burton (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

The House On Main Street: An Apple Valley Novel by Shirlee McCoy (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

Arizona Temptress by Bobbi Smith (Zebra / Kensington Publishing)

Finally a Bride by Renee Ryan Harlequin

Learning to Waltz by Kerryn Reid 

San Gabriel’s Secret – An Adam Thomas Mystery by David Ciambrone

That Pearly Drop Murphy’s Laws of Time Travel Book 1 by Jianne Carlo

The Duchess’ Necklace by Mariah Lynn

The Trashy Gourmet by David Ciambrone  

Giveaways

From Harlequin:  

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Improper Arrangements by Juliana Ross Wyoming Bold by Diana Palmer The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins One Night With the Laird by Nicola Cornick What the Bride Didn’t Know by Kelly Hunter (US and UK only)

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Don’t miss your chance to win a copy of MIRACLE ROAD by Emily March!  15 copies to be given away.

Just comment to win.  What’s your favorite Christmas book or movie?  Winners posted tomorrow.

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Bottom Line:  Books make great stocking stuffers!

WW Ladies Book Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- December 9th, 2011

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.

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joysann

joysann

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!

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Sophie

Sophie

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.

 

Heidi

Heidi

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!

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joysann

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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.

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Heidi

Heidi

Unwrapped (Holiday Anthology) by Erin McCarthy, Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell

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Blue Christmas by Erin McCarthy
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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.
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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.
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Santa in a Kilt by Donna Kauffman
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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.
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Snow Angel by Kate Angell
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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.
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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!!
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Sharon

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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.

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Paranoia by Joseph Finder

 

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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.

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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.

 

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- March 17th, 2011

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  The WW Ladies Book Club is back this week with their reads.  Just a reminder to check Monday’s blog to see if you are a winner of any of the prizes because the deadline is March 20th or you will forfeit the giveaway.  Now, raise your glass!

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joysann

joysann

Dead Sexy by Paige Tyler

read by joysann

Selfish, egotistical, callous Drake Parrish gets his comeuppance when a voodoo curse makes him mostly dead some of the time, causing him to become reclusive and begin a new career as a ghostwriter. When popular author Simone Kent is suffering from writer’s block, her agent suggests she contact Drake to help her get started on her new book. More than her writing ignites when the two meet, and together they face off against the voodoo priestess to remove the zombie curse.

I got drawn in right from the start when I so wanted to see that jerk get his. Most likely, somewhere inside every jerk there must be something redeemable, and Paige Tyler finds good qualities in Drake, making him a likable and sympathetic hero. Dead Sexy is a fun, exciting, and very sexy romance with a clever concept that warmed up some cold winter hours for me.

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Stacey

Stacey

Tyler by CH Admirand

Read by Stacey

Tyler Garahan is stuck between a rock and well…a hard place.  His one shot at saving his family’s ranch involves baring it all as the main attract5ion at a ladies lounge.  He finds himself tangled up in love and secrets; not wanting to tell his brothers about what he does at nights nor does he wish to tell the readhead he’s fallen in love with about how deep in debt he and his family are.  When a campaign to drive the bar out of business gets dangerous, Tyler must bare his secrets, or risk loosing everything he loves.

Tyler has to grab a reader right from the beginning, his namesake story won’t work otherwise.  But CH Admirand manages, in those first few pages, to show Tyler’s soul and his spirit.  And that, as well as the strength and love of Emily and her co-owners, gives readers a tale, and a hero, that they won’t want to let go of.

Michelle

Michelle

On the Ropes by Tom Schreck

Read by Michelle

Duffy Dombrowski is a full-time social worker and part-time boxer that finds himself saddled with a flatulent basset hound and a caseload of amusing characters.  His friends include a cop, a doctor and the fearsome foursome who frequent AJ’s bar on a nightly basis.  When a client is murdered, Duffy finds himself delving into a world of terrorism and child pornography.  He has to wrestle with his ethics to do the right thing and the barriers imposed by those exploiting the weaknesses of others.

I fell in love with this hilarious cast of characters as they plodded along in their relatively ordinary lives.  I enjoyed the suspense, plot twists and sarcastic humor.  A great read and it is the first in a series of three.

Stacey

Stacey

Loose Ends by Tara Janzen

Read by Stacey

Conroy Farrel, aka J.T. Chronopolous, comes to Denver to break an associate out of the prison she’s in…at the Steele Street headquarters.  Of course, the chop shop boys (and girls) have a plan of their own to bring their lost boy back at any cost.  But when Con aka J.T. finds his way into Jane X’s car, it sets off a chain reaction that brings the Steele Street family together to face the toughest opponent they’ve ever known.

Where do I start?  Where can I start?  Loose ends is the last book in a series I’ve avidly followed since a friend shoved the first book in my hands almost two years ago.  It was good in a way that I didn’t want it to be; left me wanting more that I knew wasn’t coming.  Tara Janzen’s trademark prose, loveable characters along with a story that didn’t let up, not even for a second, helped her send this series and these characters out with a Bang ….

Linda

Déjà Vu by Fern Michaels

Listened to by Linda

This is the 19th book in a series about the “Sisterhood”, a group of women of various ages and backgrounds who accomplish what the FBI, CIA and Homeland security could not – deal with their # 1 Enemy,  Hank Jellicoe. He has alluded all the agencies by changing his appearance and laying low  –  but the President wants him caught.  The Sisterhood decides it is finally time to come out of retirement and  bring him to justice. The women bring their special talents and insight to the problem – always dealing with obstacles before them in a straightforward, humorous, and inventive manner. The plan to capture their nemesis is laid - success is the goal.

Fern Michaels is one of my favorite authors. I find her books entertaining, funny and the characters are well developed. It was great fun listening to the plan develop.  Readers are critical to the enjoyment of the listener – in this case they really hit the mark.

joysann

joysann

Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Listened to by joysann

Gorgeous, well-adjusted Ted Baudine is marrying his perfect match, Lucy Jorik, until he isn’t. Meg Karanda is Lucy’s best friend and maid of honor, and just can’t let Lucy make this huge mistake and talks her out of it. When Lucy takes off, Meg is left behind in Ted’s small Texas town, broke and scorned, and, for the first time, responsible for herself. Everywhere she turns, there is an angry Ted, determined to make her miserable, until he determines to make her his.

These characters are all off-springs of the wonderfully volatile and romantic matches made in Fancy Pants, First Lady, and Glitter Baby, and it is rewarding to visit these charismatic families again, with the kids all grown up. Call Me Irresistible is as charming, emotionally provocative, and romantic as we’ve come to expect, and I love it. Predictably, this book adapts to an audio version exceptionally well, and narrator Shannon Cochran gives a delightful and captivating performance.

Bottom Line: Green beer and rivers died green…just be careful out there.