Looks like I’ll be able to make an unexpected trip to Lori Foster’s Read-Writer Get-Together after all. I’m hitching a ride with two generous authors on Thursday and we’ll be off on an eight hour road trip. This will be my second visit to Lori’s event that’s held in Cincinnati and boasts over 130 authors. But now, enjoy what the WW Ladies have been reading.
One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare
Read by Stacey
Amelia D’Orsay must negotiate with the brooding Duke of Midnight to free her brother from debt. But when they’re brought together by a tragedy that affects them both, they will learn that nothing is what it seems, love is stronger than pride.
Dark brooding hero and the heroine who sees through it. A heroine who begins as a wallflower, but blossoms and learns her own lessons. How can I not love One Dance with a Duke? I also can’t wait to see how Tessa Dare sustains and solves the mystery that connects this trilogy.
Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison
Read by Michelle
Talia O’Brien is a much sought after woman whose research indicates the existence of “Shadowman.” While Adam Thorne of the Segue Institute is searching for her, so are the Wraiths.
Talia’s talents for research aren’t the only ones she has. Her ability to shroud herself in darkness and tap into the unearthly power of “Shadowman” himself. A very fast paced novel that tested my sense of creativity and imagination.
Ice by Stephanie Rowe
Read by Heidi
Kaylie Fletcher hates Alaska. She would rather do anything else than get on a plane and go back to the place of terrible memories. But she needs to know if her thrill-seeking family is dead or alive. Cort McClaine gets pulled into Kaylie’s life, when people he cares about could be dead too. Cort doesn’t want to get mixed up with this woman who is obviously in over her head. But the heat between them might be the one thing to get them both killed.
The thrill ride that this book produces is a heart stopper. I held my breath during each page wondering if the killer will strike again, then again when the heat rises between our two main characters. The story left me wanting more and hoping for a second book.
The Inheritance by Simon Tolkien
Listened to by joysann
Shortly after informing his son Stephen that he will be disinherited in favor of a library for precious books, an eccentric millionaire historian is murdered, and Stephen is charged with patricide, a conviction that will mean a hanging. Despite the circumstatial evidence, the police detective isn’t convinced, and becomes reluctantly involved in investigating the old man’s involvement in a 15 year old atrocity in occupied France during WWII.
Simon Tolkien shows his talents go beyond writing by reading his intriguing and suspenseful courtroom drama himself. He did an excellent job of keeping me listening, and anxious to reach the conclusion. You recognize his last name because he’s the grandson of the Lord of the Rings author, J R R Tolkien, though his stories are far from fantasy and sword-and-sorcery.
Return to Sullivan’s Island by Dorothea Benton Frank
Read by Sheila
Out of loyalty, Beth Hayes agrees to housesit her family’s rambling old Sullivan Island beach home while her mother goes to Paris. At first, Beth, 23, an only child and new graduate of Boston College, feels stuck in the small town isolation of coastal South Carolina. Soon, however, she finds work as a journalist and restaurant hostess, and begins dating an investment developer named Max. It all goes well until she takes her first wrong steps into adulthood. Along the way, she has the company of a dear family friend named Cecily, the ghosts who inhabit the house, and her yorkie, Lola. She also has the support of her loving extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
I hope someone makes a movie of this book because its scenes are so rich that, as Beth learned the right and wrong ways to live and love, I could smell the ocean, taste the crab, and feel the heat and sand. The book is full of southern food, manners, and charm. A sequel to Frank’s popular Sullivan’s Island, it has just been released in paperback. If you’re not going to the beach this summer, this book will let you pretend you’re there.
Bottom Line: Time to stock up on the Dramamine…don’t tell my carpoolers that I’m prone to get car sick.