I look at my to-be-read pile and I think I need a nice long European cruise where I do nothing but read and eat and kick back to enjoy the fact that it’s hard for people to disrupt my reading if I’m on a ship! And, now that I have my passport, I’m ready to sail. Here’s what the WW Ladies got off their tbr piles this week.
Dog Collar Crime by Adrienne Giordano
Read by Heidi
Lucie Rizzo is feeling down since she lost her banking job, and had to move back home. It’s home that she wants to stay far away from, with her mob-infested family. While trying to re-group, she has started a dog walking business and looking into her own doggie clothing/accessory line, Coco Barknell. All of a sudden, she is being attacked and her dogs are getting kidnapped! Lucie has to turn to her on again-off again man, Frankie Falcone, to help her get her dogs, and find out why these attacks are happening!! With everything going on, she also has to see where is her heart is at for her job, her family, and her love life.
I don’t know what I loved most about the book…. Lucie and her mob family OR Frankie and his mob family OR Roseanne, Lucie’s best friend OR the mystery of who is the doggie napper is OR the wonderful dogs themselves!! And since it’s set in Chicago (my hometown!), it’s even sweeter!! It has the right mix of love and mystery, with a sprinkle of puppy makes it a book to fall in love with. Plus, out of all the dogs in the book, I think Otis is my favorite!
Banquet of Lies by Michelle Diener
Read by Becky
Giselle poses as a chef, trying to remain invisible as she tries to find her father’s killer and keep hidden a political document he gave her. As the mystery turns dangerous, Lord Aldridge becomes curious about his new chef and his attention puts her into danger.
History and intrigue make up this beautifully written novel of spies, romance and danger and I love historical intrigue! The added bonus is that Giselle is smart and courageous and extremely clever. It reminded me a bit of Downton Abbey insomuch as how the drama of the servants and the drama of the upper class tie together for a fuller story overall.
Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta
Read by DeAnn
iCade is 17 and a survivor. She finds out she was an experiment and that she has a brother that she must save. She bands together with a crew of interesting characters in the hope of finding her brother. But, those who created them have their own agenda and they will do anything to stop her, or have her.
This YA futuristic story reminded me a bit of Serenity, but with young adults and a different kind of mission. This was a little more gritty than most YA futuristics I’ve read. I like how Cade is forced through circumstances to be a loner, but has to overcome that in order to band together with this crew to save her brother. I think many young adults, and adults, often feel isolated and find it difficult to socialize and this story really addressed that transition for Cade in a way that was part of the story itself. There’s a lot of good vs. evil and adventure along the way. Fascinating and intriguing.
Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Higman
Read by Becky
Widow Lily Winter travels around the world to Australia to find a long lost twin sister she’s just discovered exists. Lily’s daughter has moved out leaving Lily alone and lonely, so the enticement of finding a sister she had no idea she had gives her good reason to overcome her terror of flying. Once there she discovers more about herself and about her sister as she also finds a chance to fall in love again.
I adore Lily! Her mother is not very loving, yet Lily is. This is an inspirational romance, very sweet and emotional. Love conquers all is layered in a way that reveals to us how many different kinds of love there is and how all love is important. I experienced a roller coaster of emotion while I read this book. Lily’s need for love and connection gives her courage and it was truly moving and uplifting to read!
Would Be Witch by Kimberly Frost
Read by DeAnn
Tammy Jo Trask discovers that she may have actually inherited the family witch powers after all. When a locket carrying the family ghost is stolen she has to get help from the man she is forbidden to contact. A powerful, magical man on a LOT of levels!
This book reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse series in that it is funny, paranormal and the main character is a hoot! The only other author I’ve read that was like that is Angie Fox with her Demon Slayer series. Kimberly Frost was new to me, but I love a good laugh and gave this a try and boy was I happy I did!I There’s a lot of magical mishaps that had me laughing out loud and Tammy Jo’s personality made pretty much everything fun. Captivating, humorous and highly engaging…I’m still smiling.
Nora Roberts Land by Ava Miles
Read by Sarah
Meredith loves books written by Nora Roberts and is criticized by her estranged husband for wasting her time on such nonsense. He ascertains that the failure of their marriage was in part due to her unrealistic expectations derived from the pages of these novels. Meredith rises to the challenge and lives her own fantasy, demonstrating the real value of fantasy is more than entertainment, but rather a human need to experience life on one’s own terms, giving both hope and desire.
In Ava Miles’ story she contemplates the value of fantasy in everyday life. To me, this only serves to enrich one’s life and reminds me that life can be what you make it including finding love like in the pages of a Nora Robert’s story.
The winner of Dianna Love’s giveaway yesterday is Beth aka Scifibookcat . Please email Cassondra @ authordiannalove.com (no spaces) and put Honeymoon to Die For in the Subject line. Congratulations.
Bottom line: They may have to bury me with my tbr pile, but I’ll go out happy!