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Barbara Vey -- February 24th, 2014

Still opening all the packages of books that came to my house while I was in Florida.  So many I want to read.  I think I need to lock up my computer after blogging and just read for about a week straight.  Nothing puts balance back into this chaotic world like reading a good book.  Here’s a look at what the WW Ladies have been reading.

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Clean Sweep by Ilona AndrewsClean-Sweep-Cover-Small

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The Bed-and-Breakfast that Dina Demille runs in a quiet Texas town doesn’t appear unusual, but Dina is from a long line of innkeepers that shelter supernaturals and aliens and otherworldly beings. When an vicious creature infiltrates the neighborhood and begins the slaughter of local pets, Dina feels she must intervene before people start dying. With the help of an intriguing but reluctant werewolf and an outrageously handsome vampire alien, Dina uses her own magic and the intrinsic magic of the amazing house to continue the work her family has done for generations.

Ilona Andrews first released Clean Sweep as a serial posted to her website, and the cliff-hanger chapters had me checking almost daily for a new installment. I can’t say how glad I am to see it now released as a book in whole, and I was delighted to read it again all polished and shiny. It’s exciting, mysterious, titillating, and a lot of fun.

 

Joan

Joan

One Day in Apple Grove by C. H. Admirand1402269021

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After serving in the Middle East as a medic, Dr. Jack Gannon has returned to his hometown of Apple Grove, Ohio, to take over his father’s medical practice. Caitlin Mulcahy was taking the long way home from her last handyman job when she notices the Doc’s car parked at the side of the road, and stops to see how she might help. A black bundle of fur jumps into her arms, with Doc chasing the small puppy not far behind. Now as they decide how to take care of her just until the puppy’s owner is found, Cait realizes that there is more to the man than just being her older sister’s old friend.

This is the second book in the series, and though I haven’t read the first, I did not have any problem following this story. I was enchanted by it since I grew up in a small Ohio town like Apple Grove, plus I was familiar with many of the areas mentioned in the book.

 

Heidi H.

Heidi H.

The War Bride Club by Soraya LaneThe_War_Bride_Club

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Four British women who had married American GI’s during World War II and were then sent aboard a ship bound for New York to live with their new American families. Each woman has her own story and all start out hopeful and eager. The bond of friendship unites them for their journey to an unknown world. Madeline, Alice, June, and Betty face hardships at sea, heartache, love, and pain in New York, and through it all lean on each other.

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I found this to be a story for women, about women. It is a romance, a coming of age and a lesson on friendship all rolled into one. It evokes a bygone time when women stood together and gave the gifts of strength and hope no matter the circumstances.  Empowering.

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Heidi

Heidi

Her Firefighter under the Mistletoe by Scarlet Wilson1113-9780373069279-bigw

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Dr. Jessica Rae is a paediatric consultant, who is called out when a nursery minibus is in a major accident. She is the one on call to go and help the injured children. Little does she know that she will come face-to-face with the one man she hoped to forget. Callum Kennedy is one of the best in the rope rescue units. He can’t believe he has to work side by side with the woman who took his heart. But time and circumstances have changed both of them, and they realize they must sort out the rekindled feelings between them, and face the future, together or apart.

I was really intrigued by the inner-struggle that both Jessica and Callum had and how their past connection brought up some deep resentment and deeper love. I thought it was really romantic the way they worked to fight through the struggle which brought them together. This book really spoke to me about how love can conquer all things, even in the most dire of past experiences.

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Heidi H.

Heidi H.

What the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries16130107

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Max Cale, the Duke of Lyons, takes Lisette Bonnaud to France, looking for her brother who is supposed to have information about his brother who was kidnapped and presumed dead.
The two, naturally, find themselves alone together and the plot thickens.

I love a heroine who can match wits with a Duke and come out on top!  Fun, sexy and delightful.

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joysann

joysann

Fixed (A Gin & Tonic Mystery) by L.A. Kornetsky9781451671650

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Personal concierge Ginny Mallard and bartender Teddy Tonica team up again when they’re asked to investigate a theft of funds from a no-kill animal shelter. As their investigation starts uncovering a long-term embezzlement, a dead body complicates the situation. With even the animals unsettled by the goings-on at the shelter, Ginny and Teddy are unwilling to give up on the mystery even when they’re told to back out.

I sure like the opportunity to read mysteries that aren’t all shoot-’em-up or violent, so the calm and cerebral investigations L.A Kornetsky offers are refreshing. To my way of thinking, it’s a plus that Ginny’s dog and Tonica’s companion cat are quietly driving forces in the team’s investigations, not that the humans are aware of it. I’m enjoying Ginny and Teddy a lot, and continue to be interested in their tentatively growing friendship.

 

Joan

Joan

Lending a Paw by Laurie CassLendingAPaw

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In the three years since she took the job as assistant director for the Chilson, Michigan, library district, Minnie Hamilton has worked hard to acquire the funding for a starting a new bookmobile program. On the premier voyage of the new route, Minnie’s cat, Eddie, leads her to the murder site of the rich benefactor who supported the acquisition of the bookmobile. As almost everyone in town could have a motive for the murder, Minnie, with Eddie’s help, does her own investigating.

Lending a Paw has everything I like in fun-to-read books; a mystery, a strong lead for a heroine, a cat and some romance. While sleuthing, Minnie meets the handsome Dr.Tucker Kleinow, who I hope we will see more of in the next book.

Heidi

Heidi

Snowbound with Dr. Delectable by Susan Carlislesnowbound-1

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Dr. Kyle Campbell would do anything not to be back on a mountain, skiing while helping on the slopes. Baylie Walker loves being in charge of all the volunteers who work on the slopes, even if Kyle is a pain in her neck. But as feelings seem to grow between them, they realize they both have secrets to sort out and there may not be room for love in their lives.

I was really intrigued by the inner-struggle that both Jessica and Callum had and how their past connection brought up some deep resentment and deeper love. I thought it was really romantic the way they worked to fight through the struggle which brought them together. This book really spoke to me about how love can conquer all things, even in the most dire of past experiences.

Heidi H.

Heidi H.

Running on Empty by Colette Ballard7035823

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When her boyfriend assaults her, River accidentally shoots him, the local Golden Boy. Knowing she will never get a fair chance, she goes on the run with her two best friends. As the girls grow up they learn to trust each other and still manage to help River find a way to beat the charges.

This  Young Adult book pushed my acceptable boundaries with some lifestyle choices. I continued reading and very quickly got past that because the story was so compelling and well-written.  I liked River and her friend, Justice, and how they cautiously allowed their friendship to grow into more. A compelling story that kept me up all night reading.  Satisfying and surprising.

Bottom Line:  Today is National Cupcake Day (in Canada) and I plan to show my solidarity by having a cupcake in honor of Canada.

 

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Barbara Vey -- February 27th, 2013

I can’t believe that next Monday starts the week long Anniversary Bash.  Authors, this is your last chance to offer something up for the readers.  You can register and get details here.  Readers, mark it on your calendar.  The party goes from Monday through Saturday with tons of giveaways.

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joysann

joysann

Trapped by Kevin Hearne

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Atticus O’Sullivan, the last druid in the world, has spent the last 13 years training his apprentice for this time when she can be bound to the earth and become the first new druid in a thousand years. But conflicts from Atticus’ past adventures catch up with him, pitting him against gods and goddesses from several pantheons and some of the Tuatha de Danaan from his own country. But he can’t allow even the beginning of Ragnarok interfere with this important task.

Atticus is known as the Iron Druid, and Kevin Hearne’s series is fascinating excitement from book to book. The characters are fantastic and captivating, and story is written with charm and humor. I best enjoy the laugh-out-loud moments that are frequent and in just the right places, making it a series I want to suggest to every reader.

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Heidi

Heidi

True Love at Silver Creek Ranch: A Valentine Valley Novel by Emma TrueLoveSilverCreekCane

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Adam DeSantis is back to Valentine Valley after his tour of duty, with the understanding how his grandmother’s health is getting worse and needs him. He is reluctant to go back to where he grew up, especially with his hard upbringing; but his grandmother sacrificed for him, so he must be there for her. Brooke Thalberg has been working hard for her family at Silver Creek Ranch, and there is always more to do. She seems to be wanting something different, something more, but isn’t sure what or how. When her father hires Adam to work at the ranch, Brooke becomes his boss, so the feelings that are making her insides stir, must be put away, no matter how hard it is.

You know how wonderful it is to put on comfortable clothes? You relax, and feel better inside and out. That is how I felt after reading this book. Great all over. And even with the side stories of the grandmothers fighting for the city, and Brooke helping out the local youth in town, it really made everything comfortable and cozy.

Joe

Joe

Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar by Lexi Georgedemonhuntinginadivebar-200x296

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Half-demon Rebekah “Beck” Damian owns a bar that caters to the paranormal residents of Hannah, AL. Beck’s firmly controlled life goes to hell in a hurry when a hot, arrogant Dalvahni demon hunter shows up, throwing Beck into infuriating lust and a load of unwanted trouble. Conall thinks Beck knows something about a weapon that can wound the near-invulnerable Dalvahni. Prickly Beck is bewilderingly attractive to the “unemotional creature of logic” that is the Dalvahni warrior, plus he’s supposed to kill demons, not fall for them. Added for fun and depth are a sweet shifter dog, a depressed vegetarian zombie, a screechy Wampus Kitty, and scores more.

For me this book fit into the moderately interesting category. The humor and snark in it kept me laughing, but there were parts of the romance elements that seemed rushed and odd to me. This may read differently for someone else. Not having read the first two, I don’t know if I would have gotten to book three if it took until now to introduce any weakness for the demon hunters other than human women. It’s part of the reason I never got fully behind Superman. Still, even with some of the leaps in romantic logic that come close to the physics examples given in a Die Hard movie, it was a solid read. A quick one too as there was always action going on.

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Joan

Joan

Untamed by Sara Humphreys

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Amoveos are shape shifters of various clans ruled by a high council, and have pre-designated mates, their one true love that they must find in life. Unlike most half breed Amoveos, Layla Nickelsen knows what she is and is determined to choose her own mate. However, when William Fleury of the Falcon clan shows up in her dreams and then at her farm she begins to find out more about herself and her future.

Untamed is the third book in the Amoveo Legend series. Not having read the first two books, I still was able to easily pick up the story line. It was a very exciting and romantic story with lots of conflict and tension in this paranormal world. I am anxious to read the next book, Undenied.

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Alice

Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas

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David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, saves Helena Fitzhugh, whom he’s secretly loved for years, from ruin when he offers her marriage after she is found in an ill-conceived rendezvous with married man. Helena reluctantly accepts, though she’s detested David since their childhood. Surviving an accident in which Helena loses her memory, David lives in fear of her recovery, thus ending the marriage he’s always desired.

I really enjoyed this historical with its twists and turns. It was romantic and charming, and made for an interesting read.

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Ashley

Ashley

The Enchanted Land By Jude DeverauxThe-Enchanted-Land

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Morgan Wakefield father has died leaving her his ranch in New Mexico but the only way to inherit it is if she marries and lives with her husband there for a year. For shy, simple, plain Morgan this is a nightmare. But then she meets the handsome Seth Colter and proposes a marriage of convenience to him. Together they sent off on the Santa Fe trial where they will encounter dangers they never expected. Just when one challenge is over another occurs and the new lovers will have to fight for future together on their wild and enchanted ranch in New Mexico.

This might be Jude Deveraux best novel! Its an emotional rollercoaster, there are so many surprising twists and turns in the plot, I could not put it down! The Enchanted Land is truly an enchanted novel with adventure, thrills, and a steamy hot romance. It is honestly one the best western historical romance novels I have read this year!

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joysann

joysann

An Apple for the Creature, an anthology of stories edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L P Kelner

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Here is another of those fantastic anthologies that bring together short stories by multiple excellent authors, many of whom are favorites of mine and some who are new to me. ALL of the stories are exciting and chilling. The premise here is learning, whether as student, teacher or innocent bystander in a wide variety of spooky situations.

These incredible authors are Ilona Andrews, Amber Benson, Rhys Bowen, Mike Carey, Charlaine Harris, Donald Harstad, Steve Hockensmith, Nancy Holder, Faith Hunter, Toni L. P. Kelner, Marjorie Liu, Jonathan Maberry, Thomas Sniegoski. Some of the stories are related to a series the author may have going, and some go off in a wholly new direction for the author. Each of these stories were enthralling, and more than a few gave me goosebumps. They make for an excellent read.

Bottom Line:  Been snowing here for 2 days days…good thing it’s bright and sunny in my fantasy world of books.

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Barbara Vey -- January 9th, 2013

I’ve got to admit that I’m loving this Florida winter.  It’s going to be really hard to go back home at the end of the month.  My mind just can’t wrap around the fact that it’s January when it’s in the 80′s everyday.  So, this winter, I’m not curled up with a hot drink under mounds of blankets.  I’m sitting in the sunshine, sipping an iced drink with an umbrella in it.  Somehow, the book is even better.  Now here’s what the WW Ladies/Men have been reading.

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joysann

joysann

Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews

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As a healer, Lady Charlotte de Nay is vowed to never use her magic to harm others. But after slavers invade the Edge and kill her friends to capture her unknown patient, they’ve created a terrible enemy who can and will kill with horrible physical illnesses. When she finds her patient again, she joins with Richard Mar, known as the Hunter to the slavers, to do anything in her power to destroy those made rich on the evil trade.

The Edge series speculates about the space between a world of high magic and a world of none. Again, Ilona Andrews has written a book with characters and situations that I find fascinating and is a thrilling page turner. I’ve become an enthusiastic fan of the adventure and romance I find in each book.

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Amanda

Amanda

The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge

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Aoife Grayson has left her mother in the town of Lovecraft. Her brother Conrad and her friends Dean, Casey, Bethina and Cal have gone to Lovecraft to save Aoife’s mother because everyone thinks she’s going crazy from the iron. They discover that Aoife’s mother is not in Lovecraft and are attacked by ghouls. Aoife reunites with her father and goes with her friends to Valentina’s home for a safe place to stay. To find the Brotherhood of Iron, Aoife must leave to the Artic Circle, which can only be reached in dreams. The Brotherhood is the one that has the secret to make the world right again. Aoife hopes that she can save the world and make everything right again, or else she will be considered as crazy as her mother.

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My attention was captured immediately in the beginning of the book by the descriptive details of the people of the book. I particularly enjoyed Aoife’s character, because she has such strength in all of her challenges within the book. It was really surprising how suddenly her father appeared in the story. This book has inspired me to want to read more books by Caitlin Kittredge because of her details and emotions throughout the book.

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Tarnished by Karina Cooper

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Meet Cherry St. Croix. Society would claim she is a well-heeled miss with an unfortunate familial reputation. They’ve no idea of the truth of it. In her secret world, she hunts down vagrants, thieves – and now, a murderer. A monster stalks London’s streets, leaving a trail of mystery and murder below the fog.

This is an excellent example of a steampunk mystery. While the backdrop is a fictional London that lives both above and below the fog, the story itself is a mystery that doesn’t shy away from any aspect of Victorian life – including laudanum. Cherry St. Croix reminds me of a few of my favorite characters, making this whole book a steampunk version of a Sherlock Holmes tale, if Irene Adler was the main character. And assuming she was a combination of Irene Adler and Stacia Kane’s Chess Putnam. Highly recommend this book and I am eagerly awaiting the second.

 

Black Diamond Jinn by Mary Hughes

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Government witch Amaia Jones knows the Mayan Doom is going to end the world. Very soon. Like four hours. The only force that can save the world is a black diamond jinn. When her boss won’t let her call him, she turns to her guardian angel. What she doesn’t know is that Rafe is a black diamond jinn and that there’s an enemy behind the Y12 panic. After Rafe tricks Anaia into calling him to her, she discovers he’s the most gorgeous creature she’s ever seen. He agrees to help save the world. In exchange for his help, he wants…her.

Black Diamond Jinn was a fast and exciting read. The writing was great, the characters quirky, the plot smart and the love scenes steamy. I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end.

 

Ashley

Ashley

The Art of Duke Hunting by Sophia Nash

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The Duke of Norwich’s family has a curse, everyone of the previous Dukes before Roman has meet an untimely end, therefore Roman has two rules avoid all things duck related and never go to sea. He also plans to never marry so this horrible curse will cease to exist. But then the morning after the most extravagant royal bachelor party Roman finds himself aboard a ship in the middle of the biggest storm of the decade.  Lucky for him the Countess of Derby was aboard this ship, and Roman soon finds comfort in the arms of Esme. Together Esme and Roman learn that some rules are made to be broken.

 

The Art of Duke Hunting is full of witty and funny dialogue that made me fall in love with the characters. A heart-warming tale, of two very different people coming together and sharing in each other’s passions.  A must read for any historical romance lover!

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joysann

joysann

Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch

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More than an apprentice wizard, Police Constable Peter Grant is called in to investigate the murder of a wealthy American student in one of London’s underground stations. The mystery not only questions who stabbed him, but how he got there from nowhere. Peter’s investigation takes him to new depths of understanding the magics and history of the ancient city.

I’m completely enamored of Peter Grant and his magical investigations. This is the third book in the series, and it just keeps getting more intriguing and addicting. The writing is entertaining and humorous, the characters are charming and quirky, and the books are thoroughly enjoyable.

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Ashley

Ashley

Over the Edge by Mary Connealy

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Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave and then fought in the Civil War, when he finally returns to Colorado he is crazier than ever and suffering from a dash of amnesia. Seth doesn’t remember getting married! Callie searched and prayed and worried when Seth disappeared and now that he is back she is much more interested in shooting him!  Can their love recover before one of them goes over the edge?

 

Over the Edge is the third book in The Kincaid Brides Books. I have not read the first two books but after reading this one, I will definitely read the first two books! Over the Edge was romantic historical western! I loved every minute of this page-turning dramatic love-story!

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Bottom Line:  Gearing up for my weekend with the Florida Romance Writers…just need to pack my flip-flops.

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Barbara Vey -- February 3rd, 2012

Yes, I’m still in Florida enjoying the warm life, but I’ll be going home to real winter on Sunday.  Rats!  At least I have the Silken Sands Conference to look forward to in March in Pensacola, Florida.  Also in March is the 5th Anniversary Bash for Beyond Her Book and time is running out if you want to participate.  Last year we had over 22,600 comments and we’re going to try to break that record this year.  Email me at bvey@publishersweekly.com if you’d like to participate.  Now, here’s the WW Ladies reads of the week.

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Joan

Vampire in Atlantis by Alyssa Day

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While not a Warrior whose job is to protect the human race, Daniel is a friend of the Warriors and works to have vampires look at humans as other than food. Daniel is tired and ready to walk into the sunlight when he finds himself in Atlantis facing the love he thought lost to him all these eleven thousand years. Serai is one of six maidens that had been encased in glass by an Atlantean high priest, to be awakened when it was their time to wed. However, the Emperor, the magical stone that has kept the maidens safe, is acting erratically as a sorceress tries to obtain it from where it was hidden before Atlantis sank below the sea. Serai and Daniel must find the stone in order to keep Serai and remaining encased maidens from dying, and the Warriors are trying to find Serai after she disappears from Atlantis.

This is the ninth book in a series regarding the handsome Warriors of Poseidon. Though I have not read the other books, I was able to easily follow this fascinating story. I intend to read the previous eight books, and am looking forward to the next book coming out, Heart of Atlantis.

 

joysann

joysann

Angels of Darkness by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brook, Sharon Shinn

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The fascination with angels creates an opportunity for authors to share what they imagine angels might be, and four favorite authors find worlds of romance for them to inhabit.

Angel’s Wolf by Nalini Singh – though nearly broken in a brutal abduction, recovering Guild vampire Noel begins to recover his self-respect when he is sent to Louisiana to the court of the beautiful angel Nimra who rules there, to find her attempted murderer.

Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews tells a riveting tale about a young widowed mother slipping into an unknown world where unusual powerful beings battle to protect humanity, and her vital part in that war.

Nocturne by Sharon Shinn returns to Samaria where a young woman, though in hiding from them herself, finds and helps a crippled angel languishing in the attic of a mansion.

Ascension by Meljean Brook – While the Guardian Marc Revoire continues his tasks protecting humans from demons, Radha joins him in an investigation to, if for no other reason, see if she can brighten up the guardian’s somber world.

These stories read well as stand-alones, and are utterly captivating. Three introduced me to romantic fantasy series that I’m now intent on starting from their beginnings and getting lost in their worlds.

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Michelle

Michelle

Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers

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Dylan McCafferty receives a note from a woman he’s never met, Olivia frost, that his property in New England needs some TLC.  Dylan’s life is in California and doesn’t know he owns this property.  His father died two years before and never told him about this purchase.  Dylan decides to investigate more about this mysterious property.  Meanwhile Olivia Frost is busily transforming her historic property into a getaway retreat.  As the two lives converge they find, love, jewels and a woman’s past an intriguing aphrodisiac.

A well written novel in which Carla Neggers transformers her characters with each turn of the page.  I found her descriptions of life in Knight’s Bridge so intriguing that I would love to find myself somewhere so idyllic.

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Heidi

Heidi

Justice in June by Barbara Levenson

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Criminal defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz has her hands full in Miami. She has two of the toughest cases of her career, her family who is worried she is spreading herself too thin and isn’t taking care of herself, and her hot boyfriend Carlos. Mary is risking her own safety while trying to free Luis Corona, who is a suspected terrorist AND trying to keep Judge Liz Maxwell from going to jail for letting drug cases slide through the system. Mary will fight to the end for her clients, but someone is trying to stop them before they even go to trial. Now, Mary’s boyfriend is in hot water too. June will be a true challenge for Mary, all the way to the end.

One of my favorite things about suspenseful novels is when there is a little humor mixed in on the side. I imagined Mary rushing around in the heat of June in Miami, and juggling all her responsibilities, but knowing she just wanted to lay in bed with her hot boyfriend. Then add in a little mystery solving, and you have a fun book to keep you warm.

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Stacey

Stacey

Immortal Champion by Lisa Hendrix

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A member of a Viking band cursed by a villainous sorceress,Gunnar is quite aware that the noblewoman he rescues from a fire cannot be the one for him. But fate has other plans. Will she be the one to break his curse?

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I loved seeing this story though Gunnar’s head. But I also adored Eleanor,her strength and the fact that Lisa Hendrixlet her intellectual brilliance shine through. Because the hero is an immortal,the action is allowed to take place over an extended period of time,but the way that the story is written,I found myself glued to every single page. I cannot WAIT for Torvald’s tale.

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joysann

joysann

The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon

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Lord John Grey investigates the allegations of corruption by a senior officer, and a vital clue is written in Gaelic. He turns to the only Gaelic speaker he can trust – his Scottish rebellion prisoner, Jamie Fraser. Jamie accompanies Lord John to Ireland where the dangerous investigation leads, creating an opportunity for the two men to begin the friendship that will last decades.

Being an enthusiast for the Outlander series and its characters, I’ve enjoyed the Lord John stories a great deal. Since the relationship between these two men is vital, it’s a pleasure to witness the pieces of their interactions that build that all important trust and loyalty. I always listen to Diana Gabaldon’s books, with their wonderful narrators, and this book gave me no less pleasure than any of the others I so enjoy.

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Bottom Line:  Today is Bubble Gum Day started in 2006 by children’s book author Ruth Spiro.  I want Double Bubble.

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Barbara Vey -- September 7th, 2010

I finally had to sleep with a blanket last night which means summer beach reads are over for me and it’s time to go for the cool weather, hot drinks books.  Fine with me.  Here’s the WW Ladies Reads.

joysann

joysann

One More Bite by Jennifer Rardin

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Jaz Parks and her crew are off to Scotland and GhostCon to try and stop a supernatural assassin, a task that becomes difficult when the target is one of her own enemies, and is continuing to practice evil and deadly magic. Jaz’s job with the CIA is on the line, though, so she’s determined to get the assignment right despite the distractions of the company of her annoying father and her increasing attraction to her boss, Vayl.

After discovering the Jaz Parks series, I went through them one right after the other as fast as I could get hold of them. They’re intriguing, fun, sassy, and provocative, especially the titillating relationship between Jaz & Vayl. If you enjoy fast-paced, kick-butt supernatural fantasy, these are well worth your attention.

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Loretta

Loretta

The Irish Duke by Virginia Henley

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Grand Dame – Duchess Louisa is the “queen” of this story.  She narrates her story to her grandchildren as it played out from 1819 to 1894 during the reign of Queen Victoria.  She gives an unusual insight into the time, the rules and regulations, the wealth her family enjoyed, the sumptuous parties and balls she attended, the beautiful clothes she wore, and the rigid customs under which she lived.  Louisa fears marriage – not wishing to be under the domination of a husband and further, after hearing her mother’s screams during childbirth, has decided that having a child is not for her.  When she meets the Irish Duke,, she resists his advances, but in the end, a sweet love story unfolds.
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This is historical fiction at its best written beautifully by Virginia Henley.  I was glad to hear that a sequel is in the works and am looking forward to reading it soon.

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Heidi

Heidi

Die For You by Lisa Unger

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Isabel Raines has the perfect life. She is happy, she is a successful author, and she is married to a man she loves with all her heart. Marcus leaves their home one day, and never returns. When Isabel looks for answers, everything she knew about her life is not what is seemed. Now she is wondering if she is chasing a ghost or someone truly skilled at deception and murder.

I was drawn to this book as soon as I heard it was coming out. I have enjoyed Lisa’s work before, and this book takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and doesn’t let go. It makes you wonder if you were in Isabel’s shoes, would you let whatever consequences happen be final, would you pursue to the bitter end to get the answers. I would be in the second group.

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joysann

joysann

On the Edge by Ilona Andrews

Read by joysann

Between the Broken, the mundane world as most of us know it, and the Weird, where magic is the norm, lies the Edge, a small strip of reality where most people have some magic, and try to make ends meet with products of both worlds. Rose Drayton is stronger in magic than most Edgers, and she finds herself protecting family and neighbors from an inexplicable evil. When an aristocrat from the Weird bargains to aid her, Rose has to decide whether to trust him, and how much.

On the Edge introduced a new series for Ilona Andrews, and has an inventive plot with engaging characters that I highly enjoyed. I was charmed from the start and found myself unable to put it down. I’m very much looking forward to the next book, Bayou Moon, coming out very shortly.

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Loretta

Loretta

The Cold Kiss by John Rector

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Read by Loretta

On their way to a new beginning – Nate, just ouit of prison and Sara, pregnant with their first child, stop at a diner where they meet Syl, who offers them $500 for a ride to Omaha.  Despite an impending snow storm, they start out but a blizzard closes the roads and they decide to take refuge in a run down motel.  When unloading the  car, they find Syl dead in the back seat.  As they are unpacking the luggage, they find that Syl’s back pack is filled with money –LOTS of money -  such as over two million dollars!
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Their arguments as to how to proceed and the subsequent decisions they make develop into one of the most violent, frightening and gripping books I have ever read.  The phrase ‘i could not put it down” fits here — and the ending stopped me COLD.  An outstanding read -  don’t miss this one!
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Heidi

Heidi

Summer of Two Wishes by Julia London

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Read by Heidi

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Macy Lockhart’s world has been turned upside down. Her first husband, Finn, who went off too war was killed. Her second husband, Wyatt rescued her from depression, grief and despair. Now Finn has returned from the dead as a prisoner of war hero. She must decide who to be with, since she is in love with both.

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The interesting concept of this book has raised some great questions with friends. Who would you choose has become a great topic of conversation while I have been reading this book. And the choice of which husband was very gripping throughout the book, and I decided that I would not want to be Macy making such a hard choice. I have friends already asking me to share this book with them, since they want to know what the outcome is. I won’t give away the secret here. You must read it for yourself.

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Bottom Line: I’ve been asked to be on a panel for next year’s DragonCon…will I have to wear a costume?