In association with the WW Ladies, I’ll be doing something new, a list of books coming out that week. Starting next week, this feature will be on Thursdays. All emails with info can be sent to: email@example.com with New Release in the subject line. Here’s the list I got this week, but I’m sure it will start getting longer soon.
Say Yes To The Duke by Kieran Kramer
Release Date: August 27, 2013
The Perfect Ten by Dianna Love, et al
Release Date: August 19, 2013
The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
Read by joysann
When the groom’s best man encourages a stop to her wedding at the altar, Faith Holland leaves her family’s vinyard home for a few years to pull her life together. When she returns, she finds Levi Cooper is the worst man ever to come across, but as he is now Police Chief, she seems to run into him everywhere. But now there is time to see past their history and find there might have always been a little something more.
I’m in love with Levi, but I can’t compete with Faith and I don’t want to. They deserve to find each other in this delightful romance. Filled with humor, passion, compassion, and heart-warming love, I laughed and I wept, and it wasn’t from the wine.
The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin
Read by Joan
When a shipment of gold and jade is stolen from a security warehouse, traveling entertainers are suspect and thief catchers close in. While performing a beautiful sword dance, Wen Li Feng catches the eye of the most famous thief catcher Zheng Hao Han. She runs and Han sets out to bring her in, believing she was involved in the theft. He soon discovers he is in for a long and intriguing chase.
Based on a poem, Jeannie Lin has written a wonderful story that takes place in 848 AD China during the Tang Dynasty. Not knowing much about China, I found the characters and the settings drawing me in as did the movie Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, only with a happily ever after ending. The Sword Dancer is exciting and enchanting right from the first page.
A Bride For all Seasons by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher (Anthology)
Read by Michelle
Women traveling far distances to marry a men they have never met was refreshing and humorous. The owner of The Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalogue rewrites the correspondence of the men and women to match exactly what the other needs. Almost like “Dear Abby” of our time. One story was Clay, who disliked children, was deceived by letters from Luvena , her sister’s four children, omitted from correspondence but fell in love with each one of them. Turns out his father was never there for him and feared being a father. The children and Luvena were just what Clay needed to be complete.
Reading about the year 1870 with Mail order brides is a feel good book. I found it refreshing and fascinating to read a clean book free of swearing and sex.
The Red Plague Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
Read by joysann
Archibald Clare is a mentath, a brilliant logistician, a rare talent that is almost magical. Emma Bannon is magical, a powerful Sorceress Prime dedicated to serving Britannia and the queen. Together they hunt for the insane researcher who is trying to create a WMD by raising a plague that will not only destroy enemies, but devastate Britain as well.
The Red Plague is the second book in The Bannon and Clare Affairs, and it is an intriguing venture into a steampunk world. With the first book, The Iron Wyrm Affair, the world and the relationships between the several different important characters become established, and though it stands alone, I couldn’t wait to get into this one. Exciting, mysterious and compelling, Lilith Saintcrow has me looking forward to more.
Tin Angel by Kat Martin and L.J. Martin (Read by Rebecca Cook)
Listened to by Anne
Jessica Taggart leaves Boston for the Barbary Coast when her father leaves her a restaurant. Problem is, when she arrives she finds a brothel in it’s place. Jake Weston is the partner in this business and doesn’t need anyone meddling. She’s looking for adventure, but headed for trouble and Jake is stuck trying to keep her safe.
This is an older book, but should not be missed and Rebbeca Cook does a fine job narrating. The only book that Kat wrote with her husband, western writer L.J. Martin. Set in the 1800s west, the brothel theme is glossed over by Jake being ultra protective of his “girls” and helping them get better lives if they want it. Tin Angel is a delightful, charming romp Maverick style.
Bottom Line: Off to St. Louis to read with the grandkids since I’ve packed lots of books!