Hope you all enjoyed celebrating the 4th of July yesterday. When my kids were little, we would get up early and decorate their bikes, then walk over to the the grade school. There was a community wide parade that would come by and you’d join in. We would all march to the local park where everyone would get one of those little cups of ice cream that you ate with a wooden spoon. More often than not, their dad would have to go home and get the car to drive us home because the kids little legs couldn’t pedal their hotwheels back (it was a couple of miles). I miss those days. But the WW Ladies have been busy reading.
Honeymoon to Die For by Dianna Love
Read by joysann
To prove he is innocent of an assassination, former military sniper Ryder Van Dyke must get an FBI agent into his family’s arms manufacturing business to find who is illegally dealing guns to terrorists. To do this undercover, he actually marries Special Agent Bianca Brady, the agent who built the case against him, and brings her home as his bride. As Ryder helps Bianca uncover dangerous secrets, she not only begins to trust him, but begins to believe in his innocence.
One does not drowse through any of Dianna’s thrilling new romantic suspense novel, for she opens it with high-octane action, and keeps the momentum up straight through. That, along with engaging characters, suspenseful plot, and sizzling romance, kept me reading straight through. While Honeymoon To Die For is third in the Slye Temp series, the story is not dependent on the other books and would make an exciting, romantic read on its own, but I think you’ll go back for the others.
Written In Red: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop
Read by joysann
Raised in virtual slavery for her value as a prophet, Meg Corbyn escapes seeking shelter and a job as the Lakeside Courtyard’s Human Liaison. Shapeshifter Simon Wolfgard is in charge of the Courtyard and its security, keeping humans away and unaware of the myriad lives within its walls. But Meg quickly comes under his protection too, thereby to the interest of The Others
I read this book 3 times in two weeks, cover to cover. And I’ll read it again soon. I’ve always been entranced by the rich and complex worlds Anne Bishop creates, but this outshines even her other books. The characters are wonderful and mysterious and just plain appealing, and I can’t get enough of them. It’s going to be a long wait for the next book in the Spring.
It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis
Read by Anne
Ali Winter is a lovable good person. She volunteers at the senior center, helps everyone out and dreams of her own flower shop. Then her boyfriend dumps her and life gets out of control. Blamed for a theft, she finds she’s in over her head. Enter Luke Hanover, big city police detective. He comes home for some R & R and finds Ali instead. Seems like Luke will have to wait a while to get some rest.
Part of the Lucky Harbor series, this book can easily be read as a stand alone. Adorable, fresh and fun, Lucky Harbor is filled with entertaining seniors set on helping Ali out. I dare you not to want Ali as a BFF. This is one town I’d love to vacation in.
Prophecy Girl by Cecily White
Read by Joan
St. Michael’s Guardian Training Academy trains Guardians, a race of secret fighters descended from archangels. When the guardians graduate, their job is to protect humans from soul sucking demons created by Lucifer. Guardians are either Channelers or Watchers, and each Channeler is bonded to a Watcher for life, and rarely does one refuse a bondmate. Amelie Bennett is entering her senior year when something is targeting and killing Guardians. When former graduate Jackson Smith shows up to replace one of the recently killed instructors, Amelie feels that he is her bondmate. Jackson tries to stay away from Amelie, however, as he knows from an old prophecy she will cause his death.
I loved this book from the beginning. Cecily White has created a great story not only for YA but also adults. The story is set in romantic New Orleans so it is not hard to believe that it is part Fantasy, Paranormal, and of course, Romance. I hope to read more about the Angel Academy and the struggle with the soul sucking demons that inhabit the Crossworld.
The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith
Listened to by joysann
Three hundred years ago millions of people were killed when vampires rose up from their hidden lives and occupied much of the northern hemisphere, turning humans into their cattle. Now mankind is prepared to begin the long war to destroy the vampires and recover the lost part of the world. When the heir of the Empire of Equatoria, Princess Adele, is kidnapped, the elusive legendary vampire fighter Greyfriar appears to rescue her.
First in the Vampire Empire trilogy, the audiobook is read by James Marsters, and, unsurprisingly, he rocks. I loved listening to the story, which is a thrilling paranormal steampunk adventure, and the narration and vocal performance make it quite exciting. All three books are out now, and I’m anxious to get to The Riftwalker and The Kingmakers as soon as I can.
Bottom Line: “You may be a redneck if . . . your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.” ~ Jeff Foxworthy