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WW Ladies Book Club

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.

joysann

joysann

Clean Sweep by Ilona AndrewsClean-Sweep-Cover-Small

Read by joysann

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

Read by Joan

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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Read by Heidi

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

Read by Heidi H.

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

Read by joysann

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

Read by Joan

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

Read by Heidi

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

Read by Heidi H.

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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WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- December 12th, 2012

I just heard on the news about all the women having babies induced today just so they would be born 12/12/12.  When I was pregnant, towards the end I just wanted to be over, but I’m not sure I would let a date influence my decision.  Of course, a lot of people are superstitious.  Whatever makes you feel better, I guess.  Less time to read with a new baby, but try to squeeze in a couple of pages and here’s some suggestions for you from the WW Ladies.

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joysann

joysann

Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance

Read by joysann

Part of what makes dhampir Dorina Basarab so dangerous is loss of control, and the memory loss that goes with it. When her blocked memory is all that can reveal what deadly things happened on an investigative mission, Dorina allows a master vampire with telepathic abilities to explore her mind, exposing more of her past than she wants to know. Ultimately, it all relates to an impending war that involves wizard humans, supernaturals and denizens of Faery.

As complicated as that seems, we faithful Dorina fans know how exciting the involved story might get. There are several characters to know and enjoy, like Louis-Cesare and Mircea, and the crossover from Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer series makes it all the more fun. Fury’s Kiss is exciting, often suspenseful, often humorous, and always captivating.

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Joan

A Howl for a Highlander by Terry Spear

Read by Joan

Duncan MacNeill, a werewolf from Scotland, has been sent by his oldest brother, the laird of Argent Castle and the pack and clan leader, to Grand Cayman Island to find the thief who stole the clan/pack’s investment funds. Nothing will keep Duncan from completing his task until he catches the scent of a female wolf. He feels it his duty to let her know he is in the area and offer his protection should she need it. Shelly Campbell, an American werewolf, is on the island to study plants, hoping to find a plant that would stop the shift or bring it on if a person needed to change. After arriving and having spent her own money to rent an expensive beach home, she finds that the university’s money has been stolen by the same thief that stole the MacNeill’s money, leaving the two working together.

This is the tenth book in Terry Spear’s Heart of the Wolf series. Not having read the other books dealing with the MacNeill clan, I found that the book stands on its own. Fun, exciting and romantic, I also enjoyed that the setting was in the Caymans, somewhere you would not expect werewolves to be found, beautiful beaches and tropical breezes. Wish I were there!

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Alice

My Lady Mage by Alexis Morgan

Read by Alice, 14

Against the evil uncle who is her guardian, mage heir to Agathia Castle calls up the Warriors of the Mist to help save her kingdom. An even darker evil exists throughout the kingdom challenging the supernatural powers of Merewen and her champions.

My Lady Mage is the first in a new series, Warriors of the Mist. It is an easy read with passion, love, intrigue, magic and evil. I can’t wait for the sequel.

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Ashley

Ashley

His Unsuitable Viscountess by Michelle Styles

Read by Andrea

Eleanor Blackwell has been running her grandfather swords business since she was 15 years old. She is an excellent businesswomen, and with that she gave up her dreams of marrying and having a family. Yet, when Benjamin Grayson, Viscount Whittonstall suggest a marriage of convenience she starts to rethink what she wants, But being a Viscountess means changing everything about herself, her manners, her dress and her hair! How far will Eleanor go? And will two such unlikely couples work together, especially with an overbearing mother in law?!

His Unsuitable Viscountess, is a passionate love story that displays that everyone gets a second chance at love. An incredible romance that proves opposites really do attract!

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joysann

joysann

Collared (A Gin & Tonic Mystery) by L.A. Kornetsky

Read by joysann

Bartender Teddy Tonica overhears Ginny Mallard take on the task of finding a missing business man, and thinks that it’s probably a bigger job than she’s anticipating as a professional service provider who generally runs errands for busy clients or plans parties. He offers to lend her a hand, and though neither is a PI, they find themselves following leads that get progressively shadier, and even dangerous. Ginny’s shar pei, Georgie, and Teddy’s occasional feline companion, Mistress Penny, have the heavy jobs of keeping track of their humans and worrying about how to protect them.

Collared is the first book in a new mystery series that pet lovers will enjoy. Written with humor, this first taste of the sluething business is bound to get Ginny and Tonica more involved in both mysteries and each other. The dialog can be clever and entertaining, and I enjoyed their interaction. I’ll be watching for the next adventure by L. A Kornetsky (aka Laura Anne Gilman).

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Bottom Line:  Well, today is 12/12/12 and if today is your 12th birthday, Happy Golden Birthday!