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WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- January 3rd, 2014

Welcome to the first gathering of the WW Ladies Book Club.  We have quite the mix of books today, so hopefully, something for everyone.  If you received a book for Christmas, feel free to share it in the comment sections.  Someone is always looking for a good book to read.

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joysann

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren WilligThe Passion of the Purple Plumeria

Listened to by joysann

When the younger sister of the illusive British spy, the Pink Carnation, goes missing from her boarding school, chaperone/companion Gwendolyn Meadows returns from Napoleon’s Paris with her friend, fearing the sister’s disappearance is political retaliation. Colonel William Reid had just returned from twenty years in India to discover his daughter missing from the school as well. He and Gwen join forces in an increasingly more dangerous search that also increasingly involves their reluctant hearts.

Book 10 in the Pink Carnation series is just as delightful, exciting and romantic as the previous ones, and I’ve been hooked on the audiobooks from the first. The characters always catch my heart, as the mysteries and intrigues that surround them entertain me. The switch back and forth between the modern day researcher’s romance and the fascinating, well-researched historical romance is a captivating format, and I will be listening to the next book as soon as it comes out later this summer.

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Sue

Sue

Heroic Measures by Jo-Ann Powerheroicmeasures

Read by Sue

Hardened by her life with her embittered, greedy aunt, newly-qualified nurse Gwen Spencer is determined to devote her skills to the wounded soldiers of World War I. Convinced she has the “guts, nerves of steel, and tremendous heart” necessary, she is still unprepared for the horrors of the military hospitals and front-line aid stations. Her only relief from those horrors is a best friend from home, and the romantic attentions of Richard, a British nobleman whose family has been deeply damaged by the results of the conflict.

Jo-Ann Power has succeeded in depicting her chosen characters, setting, and plot vividly, and I was completely enthralled. I was particularly moved by the way she conveys the various ways this “war to end all wars” ravages all it touches. Gwen and Richard earn their happy ending, but a number of ongoing plot threads set the stage for the second book in the trilogy.

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Heidi

Heidi

Secret Santa by Fern Michaels, Marie Bostwick, Laura Levine, Cindy Myers 9781420132717_p0_v2_s260x420(Anthology)
Read by Heidi

Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels – Attorney Claire O’Brien is summoned by her top client to Ireland, for an emergency that she must handle immediately. Little does she know that her client’s most frustrating but handsome nephew must be part of this new deal her client has plans for.
 
The Yellow Rose of Christmas by Marie Bostwick – Velvet Tudmore is the historian for the quaint town of Too Much, Texas. She prides herself on order and discipline. Suddenly, she has a secret admirer, and she is treating herself to a new makeover so she can finally meet at the annual Christmas ball.

Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine – Jaine Austen is a writer, not a Christmas Elf at the mall. But that is what she has to be, to help in a pinch, and get the job she is hoping for. Little does she know that she would end up in the middle of a murder investigation, all while wear striped tights from hell.

Room at the Inn by Cindy Myers – When a Colorado Blizzard delays Barbara Stanowski’s plans for a perfect holiday with her husband and friends, she thinks things can’t get worse. Then her husband shares unexpected plans, and they have to have shelter in remote cabins, Barbara wants nothing more than to get out. But her heart changes in the most unexpected ways, to find some true Christmas spirit.

This anthology features 4 wonderful stories that will quickly become beloved during the holidays.
They had true Christmas spirit that warmed me from head to toe. My two favorites were the Nightmare on Elf Street and Room at the Inn. I laughed, I cried, I enjoyed. Ahhh, what a way to ring in the holidays.

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joysann

joysann

Redshirts by John ScalziRedshirts

Listened to by joysann

When assigned to the Universal Union flagship Intrepid, Andy Dahl learns about the tragic demise of many crewmembers on a regular basis during their deepspace explorations, and he figures out that he and other lower ranking shipmates too easily fit into that scenario. He and his friends discover that their reality is related to what must be a cosmic comedy, and they set off through space and time in a effort to save themselves before it’s too late.

Totally laugh-out-loud funny in spots, Redshirts drew my nerdy pleasures out in a way similar to the movie Galaxy Quest, but in a more enjoyably thought-teasing and brain-twisting manner. Add narrator Wil Wheaton to the audiobook mix and it takes on even more humorous light and charm. Totally enamored of the characters and their plight, I was almost sad when the story was over, but I can very happily listen to it again soon.

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Joan

Joan

Hard Target by Kay ThomasHard Target

Read by Joan

Leland Hollis has handed in his resignation to the DEA and has sequestered himself at a Dallas hotel to hide from the media hype surrounding a bad situation while recovering from a serious wound. In an adjoining room he hears a woman screaming and a man threatening her, and Leland has to step in. That’s how he becomes involved with Anna Mercado and her teenage son, whose medical condition makes them all vulnerable to the crazy machinations of Anna’s estranged and homicidal husband.

This is the first book in a new romantic suspense series by Kay Thomas. Kay weaves the story with mystery and surprises, and keeps the action, as well as the romance, moving right up to the end. After reading an enticing blurb at the end of Hard Target, I’m already geared up for the next book in the Elite Ops series.

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joysann

joysann

Natural Law by Joey W. HillNatural Law_edited

Read by joysann

The murders of evidently sexually submissive males indicates a serial killer to Detective Mac Nighthorse, who determines the next step in the investigation is for him to go undercover into an exclusive BDSM club. This isn’t a problem as Mac is himself a submissive already living the lifestyle. Meeting Mistress Violet is a bonus in the investigation as she is as willing to help find the killer as she is to help Max find his heart.

Max Nighthorse is about the most strong, sexy, determined and hot alpha male protagonist as I’ve ever read about, yet, under Joey Hill’s skillfully sensual writing hand, I can almost understand the world he chooses to live in. I did not expect to find easy reading here, and didn’t, but I also didn’t expect to discover an empathy for a life choice beyond my experience, which I did. I found Natural Law to be a tasteful, powerful, enthralling and well-written reading experience.

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Bottom Line:  My first book of 2014 is Heart of Stone by Christine Warren.

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- October 4th, 2012

Yesterday I volunteered to serve free lunches to college kids at UW-Milwaukee.  It’s such an exhilerating feeling to be around them.  Their thirst for knowledge, their whole lives ahead of them.  I hadn’t been back to the campus since I went there 30 years ago and it all looked the same (except for the ways the kids were dressed).  Next time I’m going to take books to pass out along with their lunches.  Fun books to be read when the text books get overwhelming.  Now here’s what the WW Ladies have been reading this week.

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joysann

Take It Like a Vamp by Candace Havens

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Casey Meyers is wild about her best friend and neighbor, Nick Christos, as he’s so much more to her than gorgeous and wealthy, though she takes pains to not let him know that. However, Nick is aware, and feels the same about her, but he’s constrained by his years on the Supernatural Council, and the laws about vampires and other supernaturals not revealing themselves to mortals. Now he has to decide whether to risk his love and her life to the dangers and politics of his volatile secret world.

Take It Like a Vamp was a fun, romantic read that made me laugh even as I was wishing to be in Casey’s shoes. Part Cinderella, part Pretty Woman (without the hooker part), and maybe a little Sabrina, it’s hard to not dream of the fantasy. Candace’s new paranormal will not disappoint.

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Ashley

Ashley

Almost a Scandal by Elizabeth Essex

 

Read by Ashley

Sally Kent comes from a long line of royal sailors, her family has served the crown for generations that is until her youngest brother decides he doesn’t want to anymore. So in order to save their family name Sally disguise herself as her brother and takes his place on the ship. Sally is an amazing sailor but what she doesn’t count on is a tall, dark, and handsome Cole, who is her Lieutenant, and might just make her blow her cover.

Almost a Scandal is a bold and brazen fast paced romance with a daring heroine and smoldering hot hero! With an explosive danger and red-hot romance this book is most definitely a book to treasure!
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Heidi

Heidi

Jacked Up by Erin McCarthy
Read by Heidi

Eve Monroe may live up to her reputation as the most up-tight PR agent on the planet, but she can hold her own. Growing up with two brothers in the car racing industry, as well as her father, has made her the woman she is today. She thinks she is happy, that is, until Nolan Ford’s wardrobe malfunction on National Television turns her world upside down. Now she is racing herself to fix the problem while denying her attraction. Because she is good at that too. Until Nolan starts to break open that hard shell of hers, and shows her that she has a softer side, and how he likes it.

I think there are only 3 words I can think of for this book: Hot, steamy, and sexy!! And no pun intended, but I raced through the book, and I definitely liked it!! Thanks goodness fall is here, so I didn’t overheat with this book!
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joysann

joysann

The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig

Listened to by joysann

Augustus Whittlesby has been boring the new French society circles with his awful poetry and dramatic affectations to the point that everyone ignores him, including the secret police. This gives him leeway to spy on Napoleon’s plans to invade England by finagling his way into accompanying annoying American Emma Morris Delgardie to Malmaison to observe the rumored testing of a new weapon. But Augustus’ and Emma’s friendship grows into something more as danger of exposure threatens each in a different way.

The Garden Intrigue is part of The Pink Carnation series, a delightful and fascinating blend of historical and contemporary romance as a modern-day scholar uncovers the 200 year old manuscripts, revealing English spies and their work. I highly recommend listening to these in audio as narrator Kate Reading is marvelous at instilling the already delightful characters with even more life and color, making listening a real pleasure.

 

Bottom Line:  I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.  ~ Anna Quindlen

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Ashley

Ashley

The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae by Stephanie Laurens

 

Read by Ashley

Angelica Cynster is attending yet another ball which are usually very dull. Angelica hoped for some excitement but what she didn’t expect was meeting the very handsome and mysterious Earl of Glencrae. And she never in a million years would have expected him to kidnap her! What Angelica doesn’t know is that he is forced to kidnap her in order to save his castle and his clan. Fighting against all odds, Angelica and Earl are desperate to find a way to make it work.

The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae is a sinfully sexy and irresistible book, which breaks away from the traditional historical romance novel. It is a well-crafted and fast-paced book that kept me entertained from beginning to end!

 

Bottom Line:  I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.  ~ Anna Quindlen

WW Ladies Book Club Christmas List 2

Barbara Vey -- November 10th, 2010

Today we finish up with the Christmas books we received.  I know there’s a lot more out there that didn’t make it to us, so please feel free to add them to the comments so the readers will have a variety of books to choose from this holiday season.

joysann

joysann

The Mischief of Mistletoe by Lauren Willig

Read by joysann

Tall, handsome, genial, wealthy Reggie Fitzhugh is called “Turnip” by his friends and acquaintances in the ton, for, as he knows, he’s not the brightest plant in the vegetable patch. When he collides with his sister’s teacher, Arabella Dempsey, squashing a Christmas pudding with a secret message hidden inside, the two of them pursue the possibility of a French espionage plot, he quite seriously, she skeptically. Their mutual regard and affection rises, as do the very real threats to Arabella as they try to discover the spies and solve the mystery.

I laughed till tears ran, and the words blurred on the page. Delightfully written, Lauren Willig has added another exciting adventure to her historical Pink Carnation series, and I am enthralled. Turnip is particularly charming and endearing, and is the perfect protagonist for this holiday episode.

Heidi

Heidi

The Naughty List by Donna Kauffman, Cynthia Eden and Susan Fox

Read by Heidi
Naughty but Nice by Donna Kauffman – Melody Duncastle doesn’t trust Griffin Gallagher, who has arrived in the small town of Hamilton, to expand and grow the town into a bigger moneymaker. Griffin’s mission is to save the area from it’s money woes, before it’s too late. The trust issues seem mute next to the passion and heat between them. Both of them know they are in trouble before the holidays.

All I Want For Christmas by Cynthia Eden – Christie Tate doesn’t want to be the good boring girl anymore. She wants a little bit of naughty in her stocking at Tate Toys. Santa’s lap is waiting, in the form of her brother’s best friend, Jonas Kirk. Jonas has wanted Christie for years, but his job as a cop seems to have gotten in the way. The magic of Christmas may need to work on both of them, to get what the desire most.

Tattoos and Mistletoe by Susan Fox – Charlie Coltrane never wanted to return to Whistler, because of all the bad memories of her childhood. She left and her dream of owning her own tattoo parlor is about to come to fruition, but she has to return to sell her Aunt’s B&B first. Nerdy Lester Jacoby, or LJ, is in charge of the renovations and is now the hottest bachelor in Whistler. LJ wants Charlie more than anything, but the past may be harder to put behind them and make their Christmas wishes come true.

I believe there are three things that make up a good holiday story: love, magic and Passion! When those three mix together like a good drink, you come up with perfection. The Naughty List is like that. A good drink that goes down smoothly and leaves you feeling warm all over.

Heidi

Heidi

A Chesapeake Shores Christmas by Sherryl Woods


Read by Heidi

Mick and Megan O’Brien have found love again, after their first miserable marriage and years apart, they are together again and looking forward to their future together. Their family is on the fence whether to be excited or cautious. Especially their son Connor. He is angry and doesn’t want this second marriage to happen. Megan is determined to have everyone reunite and be one before the wedding during the holidays. It seems like only a Christmas miracle could bring this stubborn family together.

I found the family dynamic in this story to be so interesting. Between the parents coming back together and the children dealing with their own feelings. Stir in a little Holiday magic, and you have the makings for one great Christmas story.

Bottom Line: I can’t believe that I put out a Christmas rug and placemat already and it’s not even Thanksgiving…I think the advertisers have finally gotten into my brain and taken over.