Happy St. Patrick’s Day! The WW Ladies Book Club is back this week with their reads. Just a reminder to check Monday’s blog to see if you are a winner of any of the prizes because the deadline is March 20th or you will forfeit the giveaway. Now, raise your glass!
Dead Sexy by Paige Tyler
read by joysann
Selfish, egotistical, callous Drake Parrish gets his comeuppance when a voodoo curse makes him mostly dead some of the time, causing him to become reclusive and begin a new career as a ghostwriter. When popular author Simone Kent is suffering from writer’s block, her agent suggests she contact Drake to help her get started on her new book. More than her writing ignites when the two meet, and together they face off against the voodoo priestess to remove the zombie curse.
I got drawn in right from the start when I so wanted to see that jerk get his. Most likely, somewhere inside every jerk there must be something redeemable, and Paige Tyler finds good qualities in Drake, making him a likable and sympathetic hero. Dead Sexy is a fun, exciting, and very sexy romance with a clever concept that warmed up some cold winter hours for me.
Tyler by CH Admirand
Read by Stacey
Tyler Garahan is stuck between a rock and well…a hard place. His one shot at saving his family’s ranch involves baring it all as the main attract5ion at a ladies lounge. He finds himself tangled up in love and secrets; not wanting to tell his brothers about what he does at nights nor does he wish to tell the readhead he’s fallen in love with about how deep in debt he and his family are. When a campaign to drive the bar out of business gets dangerous, Tyler must bare his secrets, or risk loosing everything he loves.
Tyler has to grab a reader right from the beginning, his namesake story won’t work otherwise. But CH Admirand manages, in those first few pages, to show Tyler’s soul and his spirit. And that, as well as the strength and love of Emily and her co-owners, gives readers a tale, and a hero, that they won’t want to let go of.
On the Ropes by Tom Schreck
Read by Michelle
Duffy Dombrowski is a full-time social worker and part-time boxer that finds himself saddled with a flatulent basset hound and a caseload of amusing characters. His friends include a cop, a doctor and the fearsome foursome who frequent AJ’s bar on a nightly basis. When a client is murdered, Duffy finds himself delving into a world of terrorism and child pornography. He has to wrestle with his ethics to do the right thing and the barriers imposed by those exploiting the weaknesses of others.
I fell in love with this hilarious cast of characters as they plodded along in their relatively ordinary lives. I enjoyed the suspense, plot twists and sarcastic humor. A great read and it is the first in a series of three.
Loose Ends by Tara Janzen
Read by Stacey
Conroy Farrel, aka J.T. Chronopolous, comes to Denver to break an associate out of the prison she’s in…at the Steele Street headquarters. Of course, the chop shop boys (and girls) have a plan of their own to bring their lost boy back at any cost. But when Con aka J.T. finds his way into Jane X’s car, it sets off a chain reaction that brings the Steele Street family together to face the toughest opponent they’ve ever known.
Where do I start? Where can I start? Loose ends is the last book in a series I’ve avidly followed since a friend shoved the first book in my hands almost two years ago. It was good in a way that I didn’t want it to be; left me wanting more that I knew wasn’t coming. Tara Janzen’s trademark prose, loveable characters along with a story that didn’t let up, not even for a second, helped her send this series and these characters out with a Bang ….
Déjà Vu by Fern Michaels
Listened to by Linda
This is the 19th book in a series about the “Sisterhood”, a group of women of various ages and backgrounds who accomplish what the FBI, CIA and Homeland security could not – deal with their # 1 Enemy, Hank Jellicoe. He has alluded all the agencies by changing his appearance and laying low – but the President wants him caught. The Sisterhood decides it is finally time to come out of retirement and bring him to justice. The women bring their special talents and insight to the problem – always dealing with obstacles before them in a straightforward, humorous, and inventive manner. The plan to capture their nemesis is laid - success is the goal.
Fern Michaels is one of my favorite authors. I find her books entertaining, funny and the characters are well developed. It was great fun listening to the plan develop. Readers are critical to the enjoyment of the listener – in this case they really hit the mark.
Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Listened to by joysann
Gorgeous, well-adjusted Ted Baudine is marrying his perfect match, Lucy Jorik, until he isn’t. Meg Karanda is Lucy’s best friend and maid of honor, and just can’t let Lucy make this huge mistake and talks her out of it. When Lucy takes off, Meg is left behind in Ted’s small Texas town, broke and scorned, and, for the first time, responsible for herself. Everywhere she turns, there is an angry Ted, determined to make her miserable, until he determines to make her his.
These characters are all off-springs of the wonderfully volatile and romantic matches made in Fancy Pants, First Lady, and Glitter Baby, and it is rewarding to visit these charismatic families again, with the kids all grown up. Call Me Irresistible is as charming, emotionally provocative, and romantic as we’ve come to expect, and I love it. Predictably, this book adapts to an audio version exceptionally well, and narrator Shannon Cochran gives a delightful and captivating performance.
Bottom Line: Green beer and rivers died green…just be careful out there.