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WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- December 20th, 2012

Well, we’re nearing the finish line to complete the Christmas shopping, get the decorations up and mail off those annual newsletters.  Hope you’ve been buying lots of books to give as gifts.  Be sure to get some for yourself…you deserve them!  Here’s some suggestions from the WW Ladies to get you started.

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joysann

joysann

Cowboy Casanova by Lorelei James

Read by joysann

Ben McKay is the one of the huge clan of sexy cowboys that’s seems pretty staid, dependable and quiet, unlike his wild brothers and cousins. But the fact is, Ben discreetly parties out of town in a quiet club – a BDSM club that is exclusive and private. When the new bank president, Ainsley Hamilton shows up there to explore her secret submissive streak, dominant Ben is more than happy to help her experiment, maybe permanently.

Lorelei James has done it again, writing a cowboy romance that sizzles, nearly burning the circuits in my e-reader. I love the McKay clan and all its in-laws and out-laws, and there is always plenty of drama and excitement to keep me turning the pages. Cowboy Casanova is hot and sexy, and brings more to the McKay story. Now I can get started on the more recent story, Kissin’ Tell. (Oh man, I just found there is a brand new e-release, Gone Country. I’ve got some catching up to do!)

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Ashley

    Ashley

Along Came a Duke by Elizabeth Boyle

Read by Ashley

After her father died Tabitha Timmons spent her days being a free house maid to her aunt and uncle, her hands were rough and her clothes were hand me downs. But, what she did have was spunk and a great desire not to marry! However, when a mysterious gentlemen admires her attitude and offers her a solution to her problems, it has Tabitha questioning everything she thought she wanted.

A modern day Cinderella story, full of witty dialogue, and superb characters, It’s a timeless romance story that is a real page turner.   An amazing happily ever after tale!

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Heidi

      Heidi

Gnome on the Range by Jennifer Zane

Read by Heidi

Jane West is a busy single-mom of two very active boys. She works for her mother-in-law Goldie at the local adult toy store. Her weekends are filled with running after the boys and going to garage sales. Once her boys purchase two garden gnomes, her life is turned upside down. Someone wants those gnomes back, and is sending dangerous messages to Jane and her family. Jane’s hot firefighter neighbor Ty Strickland is worried about Jane, even with all the feelings he is starting to have for her. Jane is determined to solve the mystery before someone she loves gets hurt.

It has been a really, really long time where I have read a book and laughed out loud at it. Not only is Jane such an enjoyable character, but her mother-in-law is a stitch and a half!! I think I had a smile on my face the entire time I read this book. I was out drinking coffee between appointments, and two people asked me what I was reading because I was smiling so much. I am itching to read the second book: Gnomeless and the novella for the holidays: Gnome for the Holidays.  I think these books are the best to end the New Year with a BANG!

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Susan

         Susan

The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener

Read by Susan

Charlotte Raven, the daughter of a whore, was surviving in the slums of London by masquerading as a chimney sweep when she was saved by a noblewoman who raised her to be a lady. Charlotte never turned her back on her old friends, though, including the boy who is now a crime lord. When she befriends Lord Edward Durnham’s sister and her sons, she gains Edward’s attention…and his suspicion. After he discovers her underworld connections, she aids him in an investigation to find out who is smuggling gold out of England. This puts both of them in danger.

This book has it all: history, suspense, romance. It’s fast-moving and easy to read. The characters were so well-written, they came alive on the pages. The historical details made it believable and easy to picture the scenes. I didn’t want this book to end.

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joysann

joysann

Poison Princess: The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole

Listened to by joysann

Evie Greene is determined to just stick out the last couple years of school until she can leave her protective mother and take her secret crazy hallucinations away from her affluent home. But in a flash, the world as she knows it ends, and she sees that her nightmares were really prophetic dreams, and the horrors were true. Now she and her companion, tough, brooding, hunky Jackson Deveaux , begin to search for the answers and other gifted young people like them before facing the battle of good against evil.

This is an edge-of-your-seat page turner that totally absorbed me. I listened to Poison Princess on audio, and that only made what was an already terrific story even better. It kills me that there is a wait until the next book in the series comes out – it can only get better.

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Heidi

Heidi

A Cold Creek Noel by Raeanne Thayne

Read by Heidi

Caidy Bowman suffered tragedy as a young girl, and now she stays on her family’s ranch in Pine Gulch taking care of her family and the animals on the ranch. When Caidy’s dog Luke gets injured, she meets new veterinarian Ben Caldwell. Ben’s gruff demeanor ruffles Caidy’s feathers and she has had training around veterinarians. When Caidy finds out that Ben and his family are struggling in a new town and with their own loss, she lowers her guard and invites them to stay on their land. Ben’s only concern is for his children and having them adjust with the holidays, but when he meets Caidy, the feelings between them are undeniable.

This is the type of holiday story that makes you feel good all over. It has heart, warmth, love and the holiday spirit all wrapped up inside.  Raeanne really knows how to create a sense of family with the Cold Creek Series. I really thought this was one of the best ones I have read so far.

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Susan

         Susan

Nightingale by Jennifer Estep

Read by Susan

Bigtime is the home of superheroes, ubervillains and powerful event planner Abby Appleby. When superhero Talon is blinded by ubervillain Bandit and his henchmen during a blizzard, Abby scares them off and takes the blinded superhero to her loft. They become close, but she has her own secrets and transports him to another place and disappears. Now Talon is looking for her – and so is Bandit.

It was super fun to read Nightingale. I’m a huge fan of the Bigtime series and was delighted when Nightingale came out. It more than lived up to my high expectations. Even if you haven’t read the other Bigtime books, it’s a stand alone and you won’t feel confused. I hope Estep will have another one out soon.

Bottom Line:  Books are the gifts that keep on giving.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- February 22nd, 2012

I just saw a display of Peeps and I knew it was getting to be one of my favorite times of the year…Peepfest!  I love to open them and let them get hard for a couple of days before I eat them.  I prefer them tough and kind of stale instead of soft and gooey.  It’s hard to wait though, so sometimes I have to hide them so I don’t eat them too soon and yes, I have on occasion forgotten where I hid them and got a nice surprise much later.  Let me wipe the drool from my mouth and let you catch up on what the WW Ladies have been reading lately.

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joysann

joysann

Tall, Dark and Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy

Read by joysann

Lacy Bradford’s trophy-wife world in Virginia collapses when it turns out that her now ex-husband swindled town folk for millions, making her a local pariah, and putting her in danger from some of the seamier of his business partners. The only person she can think of that might help her is a former farm-boy high school admirer who had always supported her. Having come a long way from a goofy 4-H champion to a real Wyoming cattle rancher, the now handsome, virile Chase Caldwell doesn’t react very well when Lacy finds him, but the sizzling chemistry between them encourages Chase to take the chance he missed all those years ago.

A sucker for western romances, the sexy cowboy on the cover attracted me when I was looking for a fun contemporary romance, and Joanne Kennedy’s book fulfilled its promise with a great deal of charm. With danger and excitement and horses, Tall, Dark and Cowboy was funny and sexy, with lots of yearning and hope and romance, and was exactly what I was looking for.

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Heidi

Heidi

Restless Heart by Wynonna Judd

Read by Heidi

Destiny Hart’s singing career started off with a dare to sing “America the Beautiful” at the Kentucky Idol contest. When Destiny brings down the house, she goes in pursuit of her dreams of becoming a singing star. Destiny has the ambition and the pipes to achieve what she has dreamed about her whole life, but at what cost? Leaving behind family, friends, and the man she loves is certainly a sacrifice to become a star. Destiny is willing to find out but is hoping that those she left behind might still support her and love her.

I have to admit, I picked this book because Wynonna is one of my favorite singers, and was intrigued by the story. I STAYED with the book because I really enjoyed the heart behind this book. Wynonna’s experience in the industry is reflected in the feeling behind the book. I was asked several times by people who knew I was reading this book how I liked it. I can honestly say, “It’s such a nice book!” When was the last time you enjoyed a nice book? For me, it’s been a while. It’s nice and so enjoyable, and I felt good reading it from beginning to end. Chalk one up again for Wynonna, it’s a hit!

Liz

Liz

Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Read by Liz

Gin Blanco is on a mission … all stops pulled. She’s going to take down Mab Monroe once and for all. Mab was responsible for the murder of her family and now she’s bringing in the heavy guns .. hiring mercenaries and bounty hunters to bring down the assassin known as the Spider. In a world of elemental magic, Gin holds an advantage where she controls two elements, Stone and Ice. But is that strong enough to withstand an elemental like Mab, who’s incredibly strong with Fire? The two seem evenly matched, until Mab managed to kidnap Gin’s youngest sister, Bria. Now, as far as Gin is concerned, the stakes just went off the charts. She’ll do anything to save her sister. Even sacrifice herself.

The fifth book in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series, she has again managed to create a a nail biting story that had me on the edge of my chair.

Heidi

Heidi

Yours To Keep by Shannon Stacey

Read by Heidi

Sean Kowalski had no idea when he left the army, that he was married! But when he finds out Emma Shaw has mislead her grandmother that he is her fiancé so she wouldn’t worry while in Florida, Sean thinks that Emma is nuts. But he is a man of his word and decides to play along for the brief visit. Little does he know that playing along will make sparks fly, and there is more that playing that Sean would like in his life.

This was the kind of story that makes you smile from beginning to end. My favorite characters were the grandmothers on both sides, who learn about the ruse, but play along, especially when they see the attraction between the “fake” couple. It was completely hysterical wondering who was going to discover who was faking and who wasn’t. I am really going to enjoy the other Kowalski books.

Liz

Liz

Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

Read by Liz

Merit is the Sentinel of Cadogan House of Chicago. With humans placing the blame for anything supernatural on vampires, it falls to her to find out why Lake Michigan has suddenly turned black and apparently dead. It doesn’t help that she’s also dealing with the death of her lover and the Master of Cadogan House, Ethan. To top it off, her House is being investigated by Frank Cabot of the Greenwich Presidium which oversees all vampire Houses. He is determined to see Cadogan House fail and be disbanded.  To make matters worse, the lake isn’t the only supernatural anomaly. Soon the sky turns red and begins to spit lightening and the earth begins erupting. This is obviously magic at work, but who is performing it and why?

The fifth book in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series, I found this to be a fascinating story with a number of twists and turns that left me guessing.

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Just a reminder, February 29th is the last day to get your book in for a giveaway on the anniversary blog March 5-10th.  Email me at bvey@publishersweekly.com for info.

 

Bottom Line:  There’s a whole Peeps Store in Mall of America…I have to get there someday.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- May 4th, 2011

I had such an exciting meeting yesterday with the educators from the local middle and high schools.  We discussed forming YA book clubs, promoting book communities and having authors come in to talk to the kids.  The adults were so thrilled about the program, we even discussed starting a romance book club.  Then three librarians and two YA readers stopped by my house to pick up books to join the WW Ladies Book Club.  Watch for new faces in the near future.

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joysann

joysann

Size Matters by Stephanie Julian (e-book)

Read by joysann

Tim Sattazahn, just minding his own business walking through the woods in a snowstorm, comes upon a beautiful woman freezing to death after her car breaks down. Beyond the physical desire he’s experiencing as he cares for her, he feels some consternation when he learns that, as a reporter for the Weekly News Journal, she’s there looking for Bigfoot, but doesn’t realize she’s found him. For her part, Carrie Benton is thoroughly taken by the huge, gorgeous, sexy man she’s found that’s made her trip to the forest worth while.

This is a very fun, cute, fast little read. It’s also charming, smile-provoking, and hotly erotic. With Size Matters, Stephanie Julian is cleverly introducing The Fringe, a new series that explores some of the more imaginative reports in the weekly papers at grocery store check-out counter, and I’m looking forward to the next story.

Marge

Marge

Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Read by Marge

Caillen Dagan learned survival from a young age and taking care of his sisters is his number one priority.  His world turns upside down when he learns he’s actually of royal blood.  Desideria is one of the queen’s bodyguards, but has always had to fight for her right to the position.  When political forces plot to overthrow their governments, Caillen and Desideria must work together to clear their names and stop the impending doom.

This sci-fi thriller keeps the action going while plunging the reader into the political intrigue.   I found myself remembering why I’ve always loved sci-fi and now plan to add more to my collection.  Intriguing and exhilarating.

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Heidi

Heidi

A Lot Like Love by Julie James

Read by Heidi

Jordan Rhodes loves her twin brother Kyle, and will do anything to get him released from prison. FBI Agent Nick McCall knows this and uses that desire to get into one of the most exclusive parties in Chicago, with Mob ties. As unexpected developments in the operation happen, the “couple” learns the sparks they are pretending to have go alot deeper.

A great romance with a great amount of sexual tension. It was especially fun to see that the tension was drawn out so the relationship could develop a little bit more. My favorite additions are the Chicago locations AND the timely elements.

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Liz

Liz

Tangled Threads by Jennifer Estep

Read by Liz

Gin Blanco, retired assassin and an Elemental with the rare ability to manipulate two elements (stone and ice) has a number of problems on her hands. One, her one woman mission to bring down mob boss, Mab Monroe, the woman responsible for the death of her family; two, how to reveal to Detective Bria Snow that she was in fact her long lost sister; three, how to handle the budding romance between herself and Owen Grayson; and four, the assassin hired by Mab Monroe (LaFleur).

The latest in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin Series, Tangled Threads is her best by far. If you’re a fan of urban fantasy … hell, any paranormal fan … you’re going to enjoy this entire series like I have.  Arousing, thrilling ride.

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Michelle

Michelle

Broken by Karin Slaughter

Read by Michelle

Dr. Sara Linton returns home for the holidays to be drawn into the path of a serial killer.  Special Agent Will Trent is called in to investigate the murder of a college student.  He befriends Dr. Linton and together they have to unravel the truth from local detectives that are intent on concealing crucial details of the case.

A very gripping, captivating read.  Each page dripped with suspense and had me eager for more.

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Ms. Faye

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny HanWe'll Always Have Summer

Read by Ms. Faye

Isabel has grown up spending summers with her mother’s best friend and two sons. She has always loved Conrad, but when Jeremiah professes his love she realizes she may have chosen the wrong brother. Days before the wedding Conrad reveals he is in love with her as well and now she has to decided if she will stay with the one who loves her or go with the one she loves.

A coming of age story that kept me guessing right up to the last page.  The ultimate unforgettable  read.

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Heidi

Heidi

So Close The Hand of Death by J.T. Ellison

Read by Heidi

The sixth novel of Taylor Jackson, a tough Nashville homicide lieutenant who knows that The Pretender is back. The Pretender has taken several companions in on the task to show multiple serial killings that match those of the  Zodiac Killer, The Boston Strangler and the Son of Sam. As time starts to run out, Taylor realizes that the targets are hitting too close to home as she goes in for the kill before the bodies start to pile up higher.

A true roller coaster ride of thrills while finding out who the killer is, and who are following in the footsteps. My emotions soared up and down with this story. I realized at one point, I was holding my breath for a long time and had to remind myself to keep breathing during the rest of the book.

Bottom Line: Today is Intergalactic Star Wars Day…May the fourth be with you.