I’ve got to admit that I’m loving this Florida winter. It’s going to be really hard to go back home at the end of the month. My mind just can’t wrap around the fact that it’s January when it’s in the 80′s everyday. So, this winter, I’m not curled up with a hot drink under mounds of blankets. I’m sitting in the sunshine, sipping an iced drink with an umbrella in it. Somehow, the book is even better. Now here’s what the WW Ladies/Men have been reading.
Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews
Read by joysann
As a healer, Lady Charlotte de Nay is vowed to never use her magic to harm others. But after slavers invade the Edge and kill her friends to capture her unknown patient, they’ve created a terrible enemy who can and will kill with horrible physical illnesses. When she finds her patient again, she joins with Richard Mar, known as the Hunter to the slavers, to do anything in her power to destroy those made rich on the evil trade.
The Edge series speculates about the space between a world of high magic and a world of none. Again, Ilona Andrews has written a book with characters and situations that I find fascinating and is a thrilling page turner. I’ve become an enthusiastic fan of the adventure and romance I find in each book.
The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge
Read by Amanda, 12
Aoife Grayson has left her mother in the town of Lovecraft. Her brother Conrad and her friends Dean, Casey, Bethina and Cal have gone to Lovecraft to save Aoife’s mother because everyone thinks she’s going crazy from the iron. They discover that Aoife’s mother is not in Lovecraft and are attacked by ghouls. Aoife reunites with her father and goes with her friends to Valentina’s home for a safe place to stay. To find the Brotherhood of Iron, Aoife must leave to the Artic Circle, which can only be reached in dreams. The Brotherhood is the one that has the secret to make the world right again. Aoife hopes that she can save the world and make everything right again, or else she will be considered as crazy as her mother.
My attention was captured immediately in the beginning of the book by the descriptive details of the people of the book. I particularly enjoyed Aoife’s character, because she has such strength in all of her challenges within the book. It was really surprising how suddenly her father appeared in the story. This book has inspired me to want to read more books by Caitlin Kittredge because of her details and emotions throughout the book.
Tarnished by Karina Cooper
Read by Joe
Meet Cherry St. Croix. Society would claim she is a well-heeled miss with an unfortunate familial reputation. They’ve no idea of the truth of it. In her secret world, she hunts down vagrants, thieves – and now, a murderer. A monster stalks London’s streets, leaving a trail of mystery and murder below the fog.
This is an excellent example of a steampunk mystery. While the backdrop is a fictional London that lives both above and below the fog, the story itself is a mystery that doesn’t shy away from any aspect of Victorian life – including laudanum. Cherry St. Croix reminds me of a few of my favorite characters, making this whole book a steampunk version of a Sherlock Holmes tale, if Irene Adler was the main character. And assuming she was a combination of Irene Adler and Stacia Kane’s Chess Putnam. Highly recommend this book and I am eagerly awaiting the second.
Black Diamond Jinn by Mary Hughes
Read by Susan
Government witch Amaia Jones knows the Mayan Doom is going to end the world. Very soon. Like four hours. The only force that can save the world is a black diamond jinn. When her boss won’t let her call him, she turns to her guardian angel. What she doesn’t know is that Rafe is a black diamond jinn and that there’s an enemy behind the Y12 panic. After Rafe tricks Anaia into calling him to her, she discovers he’s the most gorgeous creature she’s ever seen. He agrees to help save the world. In exchange for his help, he wants…her.
Black Diamond Jinn was a fast and exciting read. The writing was great, the characters quirky, the plot smart and the love scenes steamy. I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end.
The Art of Duke Hunting by Sophia Nash
Read by Ashley
The Duke of Norwich’s family has a curse, everyone of the previous Dukes before Roman has meet an untimely end, therefore Roman has two rules avoid all things duck related and never go to sea. He also plans to never marry so this horrible curse will cease to exist. But then the morning after the most extravagant royal bachelor party Roman finds himself aboard a ship in the middle of the biggest storm of the decade. Lucky for him the Countess of Derby was aboard this ship, and Roman soon finds comfort in the arms of Esme. Together Esme and Roman learn that some rules are made to be broken.
The Art of Duke Hunting is full of witty and funny dialogue that made me fall in love with the characters. A heart-warming tale, of two very different people coming together and sharing in each other’s passions. A must read for any historical romance lover!
Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch
Read by joysann
More than an apprentice wizard, Police Constable Peter Grant is called in to investigate the murder of a wealthy American student in one of London’s underground stations. The mystery not only questions who stabbed him, but how he got there from nowhere. Peter’s investigation takes him to new depths of understanding the magics and history of the ancient city.
I’m completely enamored of Peter Grant and his magical investigations. This is the third book in the series, and it just keeps getting more intriguing and addicting. The writing is entertaining and humorous, the characters are charming and quirky, and the books are thoroughly enjoyable.
Over the Edge by Mary Connealy
Read by Ashley
Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave and then fought in the Civil War, when he finally returns to Colorado he is crazier than ever and suffering from a dash of amnesia. Seth doesn’t remember getting married! Callie searched and prayed and worried when Seth disappeared and now that he is back she is much more interested in shooting him! Can their love recover before one of them goes over the edge?
Over the Edge is the third book in The Kincaid Brides Books. I have not read the first two books but after reading this one, I will definitely read the first two books! Over the Edge was romantic historical western! I loved every minute of this page-turning dramatic love-story!
Bottom Line: Gearing up for my weekend with the Florida Romance Writers…just need to pack my flip-flops.