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WW Ladies/Men Book Club

Barbara Vey -- January 23rd, 2013

We all grow up with warnings from our mothers, “Don’t swim after eating, you’ll drown, ” Don’t go outside with your hair wet, you’ll catch a cold,” “Feed a cold, starve a fever.”  Well, they’re all myths, but I didn’t know this one, “Reading in dim lighting will make you go blind.”  While I didn’t think it would make you go blind, I did think it affected your eyesight.  Myth.  It can give you headaches and strain your eyes, but that’s about it.  Personally, I don’t need the headaches, so I stick with nice, bright lighting when I read.

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joysann

joysann

Beyond the Night by Joss Ware

Read by joysann

After an earthquake, or something, Elliott and his companions emerge from their cave explorations to discover that the cataclysm impacted the whole world and, in fact, all of society. Even worse, fifty years have passed and everything they’ve ever known is gone. They are drawn to a city called Envy, and there Elliott finds a woman called Jade and a reason to continue living.

I’m delighted to have found this book because it’s starting me on a new adventure that I’m sure to enjoy in the next five books (#6 comes out in March). Suspenseful, exciting, mysterious and romantic, I couldn’t stop turning pages till I finished. I could easily get stuck in a reading marathon, getting little else done.

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Heidi

Heidi

Discretion by Allison Leotta

Read by Heidi

Assistant US Attorney Anna Curtis is given the chance of a lifetime to handle the biggest high-profile case of her career: the death of Caroline McBride. Caroline, the highest paid escort in Washington DC plummets to her death off the balcony at the US Capitol. Anna is teamed up with the FBI to investigate the death and powerful elected officials. Anna is also teamed up with chief homicide prosecutor, Jack Bailey, who she is also secretly dating and doesn’t want that relationship exposed. Shocking twists and turns happen that lead Anna and her team on a chase that puts everyone in jeopardy.

I have been a fan legal thrillers most of my reading adult life. It takes a lot to surprise me and engross me, and this book did BOTH! I couldn’t put this book down, and when I was at the end, I couldn’t believe it. And just when you think you have all the answers, BOOM! Another twist to make me say out loud, “MAN, that was a great book!”

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Ashley

Ashley

Lyon’s Bride by Cathy Maxwell

Read by Ashley

Lord Lyon is proud, decisive and cursed. If he falls in love he dies,  part of an old Chattan family male curse.  The problem is Lord Lyon needs an heir, so he hopes he can marry and have a son without loving the women. Then just maybe this will break the ancient curse.  But then the brilliant matchmaker Thea, who is given the task of finding an unlovable bride for the Lord, enters his life and both of them start to remember feelings best that complicate everything.

A magnificent read with touching emotions and sizzling sensuality Lyon’s Bride is an excellent start to a new trilogy, I can’t wait to read the next book “The Scottish Witch”.

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joysann

joysann

Tiger’s Eye by Barbra Annino

Listened to by joysann

Since her father died and her mother left, Stacy Justice has refused to participate in her grandmother’s and her sisters’ (the locally infamous Geraghty girls) rituals of witchy magic. But when, after all these years, Stacy is tipped that her father’s death was not an accident but murder, she inexpertly starts using her magical inheritance to find who is responsible.

This is the third book in the Stacy Justice series, and the continuing mysteries are quite fun and charming. Written humorously with clever dialogue, it translates in an entertaining audiobook, courtesy of narrator Amy Rubinate. I enjoyed the books one after the other, and look forward to the next for a few light, easy hours listening.

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Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, Narrated by Paul Michael (Audio)

Listened to by Joe

Anton, an Other on the side of the Light, is a night-watchman, patrolling the streets and Metro of the city as he protects ordinary people from the vampires of the Dark. On his rounds, Anton comes across a young woman, Svetlana, whom he realizes is under a curse that threatens the entire city, and a boy, Igor, a young Other, as yet unaware of his own enormous power. Partnered by Olga, an Other who is in the form of an owl, he struggles to remove the curse and thereby save the city, while at the same time prevent Igor from falling into the clutches of the Dark.

The book is a political thriller mixed into a supernatural world. A cold war existing between the sides of Light and Dark. A strong read all on its own. In audiobook one must also look at the narrator. In this instance it is more narrator than voice actor, but a solid piece of narration. While I tend to favor the voice acting side of audiobooks more, I will always listen to a book read by a solid narrator, and Paul Michael has a long list of work that speaks volumes before you even hit play. An excellent example of a good book recorded into a strong audiobook.

Jean

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Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Read by Jean

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizardly detective, is back from the dead. Good news, except for the fact that he’s now in bondage to one bad-ass queen of faery. Mab wants him to kill for her, and kill, not just anyone, but an immortal. The problem is, someone is lying, and Harry must discover the truth, not only so he doesn’t kill an innocent, but before dark forces put a Chicago-sized hole in the earth. But when Harry does find out what’s going in, it only makes things worse…

I admit Jim Butcher is one of my few autobuys. I love magic, adventure, mystery and sparkling wit, and Butcher has them all. I’m in awe of how he ramps up tension and stakes–just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, they went straight to hell. I also love the recurring staunch friends and allies and how I, like Dresden, can count on them in dark moments. I finished the story well-satisfied but I’m already wishing for the next book!

Bottom Line:  Today is National Pie Day…I’ll have coconut cream, please.

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- May 23rd, 2012
One of Donald's winning moves

One of Donald's winning moves

Donald Driver won Dancing With the Stars last night.  I swear it was like Super Bowl Sunday in Wisconsin.  I actually screamed out loud at the tv (and I’m sure I’m not the only one).  He did an amazing job and it always feels good when the one you’re cheering for wins.  Sorry if your person lost, but that’s reality tv for you.  And while I was watching television, the WW Ladies were busy reading.

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joysann

joysann

Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann

Listened to by joysann

“Mac” Mackenzie and her cohorts, operatives unusually gifted with talents like telepathy and telekinesis, are dedicated to developing the special skills that make each member a force to be reckoned with. Ex-Navy Seal Shane Laughlin becomes part of the team using his own mundane but specialized skills in a dangerous effort to tear down a criminal organization creating an addictive, deadly designer drug. Though Shane experiences the effects of one of Mac’s more exotic talents, he is determined to convince her that he isn’t so susceptible that she can’t trust the something special developing between them.

Born to Darkness kept me enthralled for non-stop hours as I listened to narrators Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank pass the story back and forth, enhancing the thrilling action, the high drama and the strong characters Suzanne Brockmann has written. The new paranormal series introduces a new team of heroes to care about and a new scary world for them to dwell in. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

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Joan

Joan

Beyond the Night by Joss Ware

Read by Joan

Physician Elliot Drake and his friends are cave exploring in Arizona when suddenly they feel the earth shaking and electrical shocks, and then everything goes dark. They awake 50 years later to discover the world as they knew it is gone, and they themselves are changed in mysterious ways. They discover a small band of humans living in what is left of Las Vegas, and Elliot meets a woman to join him in facing an unknown and dangerous future.

The world that Joss Ware has created is intriguing and every page in the book pulls you further into the story. It is a thrilling mix of adventure, danger and romance. This is the beginning of a series, and I cannot wait to read the rest.

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joysann

joysann

Double Dare by Rhonda Nelson

Read by joysann

In support of her father’s business merger, Louisa Honeycutt agreed to a loveless marriage, but bails out at the altar, heading for anywhere until things calm down. She spots Double Dare, Inc, offering adventures of a lifetime, and, spur-of-the-moment.  Louisa deceives owner/guide Sam Rawlins into spiriting her out of town for any kind of adventure. Sam’s intrigued by Lou’s feisty nature, and finds his “no clients” relationships rule is in danger of being broken.

The cover of Double Dare just looked too cute to pass up when I came across it, and as a fast, fun read, was just what I wanted. It’s an older book, the first I’ve read by Rhonda Nelson, and I’ll be looking to see if I find her other and more recent books as clever and entertaining. The story was charming, the dialogue quick and smart, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters’ sweet romance.

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Heidi

Heidi

Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl

Read by Heidi
Olivia Bishop has always lived by the rules. Her ex-husband Victor found it boring and predictable. But now Olivia is starting over and doing things she never has before. Including Jamie Donovan, bad boy of the bar. Jamie might be more temptation than Olivia can handle, but she isn’t stopping or slowing down. Much to the chagrin of her ex.
The heat that develops between Olivia and Jamie practically burned up the pages of the book. WOW! The jealousy of Olivia’s ex, really made the book move quickly, because you were never sure where he would show up next. Olivia and Jamie both have future goals, and it was nice to see it play all the way to the end of the book.

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Kym L

Kym L

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Read by Kym 

When she receives an invitation to accompany her sister to Edenbrooke, Marianne jumps at the chance to escape Bath for the countryside. But adventure and love await her, if she’s only brave enough to risk her heart.

Drawn by the words “A Proper Romance” on the its (very attractive) cover, I picked this book up on a whim and was further intrigued to discover I didn’t recognize either the author or publisher (Shadow Mountain). Well! What a pleasant surprise! In Edenbrooke, Donaldson has crafted a romantic Regency without blatant sexual content. This book is one that I would recommend to any Regency fan including those, like my mother, who prefer a “cleaner” read. Give it a whirl.

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Heidi

Heidi

Good Graces by Lesley Kagen  

Read by Heidi
A sequel to Whistling in the Dark: It’s now 1960 in Milwaukee, a heat-wave has hit, and Sally O’Malley has to keep an eye on her sister Troo and keep her safe during the summer. Because of their escape of a murderer, they are on watch for anything unusual. A series of events makes them wonder if history is repeating itself or has Sally assumed too much and only imagining the worst.Hooray!! Sally O’Malley is back, and she is just as wonderful as ever!! Her voice is so truthful for what she is dealing with while running through Milwaukee in the summer. Just when you think you know where the book is going, another twist comes along and quickens the pace. Sally brings courage, honesty and joy while working with the other characters of the story and it’s lovely how Lesley mixes the past with landmarks in the Milwaukee area. You don’t have to be from Milwaukee (I’m not!!) to enjoy this book!!
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Bottom Line:  I think Donald Driver should go on The Amazing Race next.

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