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WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- November 28th, 2012

Hi There! joysann here. Barbara’s off being a lady of leisure somewhere and has asked me to post the book blurbs this week. I find this is that awkward time of year when I can’t decide whether to read only holiday books or indulge in a variety of reading pleasures. Fortunately, this week’s blurbs provide several terrific choices. There goes any dents in my TBR pile… not that I’m complaining. Happy reading!

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Joan

 Iced Chiffon: A Consignment Shop Mystery by Duffy Brown

Read by Joan

Savannah raised and recently divorced, Reagan Summerside is left with only Cherry House, a Victorian fix-it-upper, and a pile of mounting bills. Her ex and his good-looking attorney, Walker Boone, took everything else. In order to survive she has been selling off her furniture, and without trying, Reagan has started a consignment store that her aunt names the Prissy Fox. Without telling her ex, she and Aunt Kiki borrow his Lexus to move a water fountain she sold, and they find the ex’s girlfriend dead in the trunk. Determined to hang onto her home and not wanting to pay Walker Boone’s excessive attorney fees, Reagan knows she will have to find the killer before he does.

This is a new mystery series that I have been looking forward to reading, and I really did like Iced Chiffon. The fact that the author actually works at a consignment shop peaked my curiosity even more. I cannot wait for the next book to come out in 2013; I do wonder if Reagan will fall for Boone.

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Heidi

Heidi

Werewolf in Denver: Wild About You Series by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Read by Heidi

Stillman Lodge in Estes Park near Denver is a private hotel, the perfect place for a conference where werewolves can meet, be themselves and work together. Were blogger Kate Stillman agrees to debate political “bad boy” Duncan MacDowell about werewolf segregation. Kate and Duncan are delayed getting to the conference by a huge blizzard and are stuck in a remote cabin, where their attraction to each other is conflicts with their beliefs and loyalties to their organizations. But as the conference continues, they need to decide whose side is the best, while keeping their feelings aside for the good of all.

Even though this isn’t a holiday book, it certainly put me in some holiday spirit: with the blizzard, the fight of opposing sides, all wrapped up in a beautiful lodge. I thought this book would be super serious, but there were so many enjoyable funny sides to this book, that it really went full circle for me. I am looking forward to the next installment of the Wild About You Series: Werewolf in Alaska.

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Kym L

Kym L

Queen’s Ransom: A Sofie Metroplis Novel by Tori Carrington

Read by Kym Lucas

Sofie Metropolis is having a hard time finding the holiday spirit. First, one of her suitors has been deported and the other is playing “now you see me, now you don’t.” Next, she’s somehow managed to acquire yet another lost animal case. Oh, sure, finding Rudolph the reindeer should be easy enough, but when a Greek tycoon tasks the frappe’-gulping PI with finding his kidnapped daughter, Sofie discovers it will take more than iced coffee to get through Christmas alive.

Because I’m a big fan of — okay, sucker for — holiday tales, and also have met Lori and Tony Karayianni (the couple who together write as Tori Carrington), I welcomed the opportunity to read this, their sixth Metropolis novel. As usual, the pair made me long for an ice-cold frappe’ despite the chilly weather. In Queen’s Ransom, the Karyaiannis have gifted us with a holiday tale that’s light on the tinsel, but rich in fun. Now, where did I put that frappe’ recipe?

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joysann

joysann

Charming Freaks by Koko Brown

 

Read by joysann

This fun title holds two erotic novellas:

Charmed – Chloe enjoys the most amazingly realistic erotic dreams starring a handsome Tristan Smythe, only to discover she isn’t dreaming. She has married Tristan during a whirlwind Las Vegas vacation, and now finds herself wondering if his vampiric intimations indicate he’s crazy or she’s crazy, or if her choices were somehow magically influenced.

Nerds Are Freaks Too – Computer nerd Leo has kept his feelings for his best friend Roxanne under wraps for years, but when she hints that she’s looking for something a little less vanilla in her sex-life, Leo knows he can give her what she needs, and more. Now he just has to convince her.

Both of these erotic stories are titillating, but I have a fondness for those beta-male types that sneak up in nerd stories and end up so appealing. Those guys are never quite what you expect them to be. Koko has delivered some sexy fun fantasies.

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Heidi

Heidi

His Mistletoe Bride by Vanessa Kelly

Read by Heidi

When her long-estranged grandfather asks her to leave her Quaker background and return to England, Phoebe Linville made the brave decision to leave America and return by ship, knowing that things will be different. When she arrives, she is met with an unusual request from her grandfather; to marry Major Lucas Stanton. Lucas is handsome and irresistible to Phoebe, and she isn’t sure the marriage is the best idea, but caught in a compromising position, they don’t have a choice. Their stubbornness could cause them not to find true love, especially during the holidays.

This historical brings all the traditional feelings of the holidays, along with family beliefs both from England and America. I found Phoebe delightful with her headstrong ways that had her standing up against her stubborn husband, as well as her seductiveness with him too. The entire book felt full of love, laughter, family, elegance, and happiness, all while dreaming of fancy clothes and sparkling jewelry. A perfect holiday treat to read.

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Joan

Rescue My Heart: an Animal Magnetism Novel by Jill Shalvis

Read by Joan

Adam Connelly was always in trouble growing up and, after a tragic accident, he enlists in the National Guard. He leaves behind a broken-hearted Holly Reid, who tries to move on, but makes some unfortunate choices until returning to run her father’s ranch in Sunshine, Idaho. Adam Connelly has also returned after his years of military service, specializing in search and rescue. Adam still suffers some PTSD from his time in the military, but with the help of therapy, his family and current work training and working with search and rescue dogs, he is doing better. When Holly’s father goes missing she reaches out to Adam to help her find him before a huge snow storm hits the mountains.

This is the third book in Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series. Though I have not read the previous two books, Animal Magnetism and Animal Attraction, I felt I did not need to have read them to enjoy this story. I enjoyed this book as it deals with what our soldiers can go through and how animals can be a comfort and great therapy for them or anyone.

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Heidi

Heidi

A Cowboy for Christmas: A Jubilee, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde

Read by Heidi

Lissette Moncrief is facing more loss than she cares to think about. Her husband dies in Afghanistan and leaves all his benefits to his half-brother Rafferty Jones, a man she never knew about. Now, she learns her little boy Kyle is slowly going deaf, and she has no extra money for his health care. As she feels her world crumbling, she runs her car right into Rafferty’s pickup truck. Rafferty is in town to offer help, and she wants none of it, no matter how attractive Rafferty the cowboy is.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It put me in such a holiday mood, even with the seriousness of loss and love of a sick child. I admired Lissy’s character so much. She shows so much strength, love and drive to help her little boy. The secondary story line of Lissy’s mother-in-law Claudia not only creates conflict, but shows the strength in Lissy. This book has motivated me to read more from Jubilee.

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Bottom Line: Whatever I choose to read on these cold, dark evenings heading into winter, I’ll be snuggled down under a nice warm afghan and a couple of cats. Toasty.

 

WW Ladies Book Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- November 21st, 2011

Hard to believe it’s turkey week already, but save some time for enjoying some good books in between cooking, eating left overs and Black Friday.  Here’s the WW Ladies reading list for the week.

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joysann

joysann

No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper

Read by joysann

A powerful wizard in his own right, Simon Grenville doesn’t bat a eye when, in a flash of light, a strangely dressed, heavily armed woman appears in the woods of his Victorian estate. When Joan explains that she’s from the future, and has come back in time to slay an evil magician who dooms her world, Simon helps prepare her to pass as a normal society lady. The fact is, the man she’s come to assassinate is none other than his own enemy.

Not having read even the cover blurbs, I didn’t know what I was getting into when I picked up No Proper Lady, so I was thoroughly surprised and pleased to find what I’m wanting to call a Futuristic Historical, as absurd as that sounds. The concept seems fresh to me, and the characters are enjoyable. I didn’t put it down for hours while I was enthralled by this exciting fantasy.

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Loretta

Loretta

 Devious by Lisa Jackson

Read by Loretta

If I am walking down the aisle in this wedding gown to meet him and be married, why is the chapel so dark and cold?  Terror and panic encircle Camille as she is unable to loosen a cord relentlessly tightening around her throat…..is this punishment for her sins?  “Help Me” she tries to call out…..

Lisa Jackson’s novel, DEVIOUS, has layer upon layer of horrors hard to imagine, especially since they occur in a convent.  A killer of a tale…. thrilling this reader from beginning to the startling end!

Ashley

Ashley

My Favorite Countess by Vanessa Kelly

Read by Ashley
Bathsheba is now the widow of the Earl of Randolph and now very, very broke. Her solution is to marry a rich Earl, because her first marriage of “love” turned out to be a disaster. She enters England’s season wanting to find a boring man and live comfortable in wealth. What she doesn’t expect is to be taken by and up and coming Dr. John Blackmore and to feel things she has never felt before. Nothing is going as planned and she doesn’t know if she should trust her heart or just settle for dull life.
My favorite Countess is filled with witty and sassy conversations that kept me amused. Bathsheba is my ideal heroine and by far my favorite countess to read about!

Heidi

Heidi

A Texas Christmas by Jodi Thomas, Dewanna Pace, Linda Broday and Phyllis Miranda

Read by Heidi

This anthology features 4 stories in the Texas Panhandle in 1887
One Wish: A Christmas Story by Jodi Thomas
Sam Thompson has been in love with Margaret Allison since she showed him kindness in grade school. But Thompsons are considered bad news in the town of Kasota Springs. So he lives in the canyons and away from town. But when Sam hears that Margaret’s life is at risk, being the sole mercantile owner in town, he can’t help himself but watch and make sure she is safe. To help her escape, Margaret goes with Sam to his home before a blizzard hits, to keep them safe. But safety is hard to come by, and the killers are closer to them, even with the dangerous storm.

Naughty or Nice by Dewanna Pace
James Elliott III is tracking the pink Bluebonnet flower in the Texas Panhandle, but loses his way and time before the blizzard hits. Independent saloon owner Anna Ross is returning with supplies to town, and finds James hurt and almost frozen. They seek shelter with friends and townsfolk but their judgment of Anna, brings James to the rescue for her, while they are stuck together for days during the blizzard.

The Christmas Bell by Linda Broday
Sloan Sullivan knows the train headed to Kasota Springs is in trouble. No movement and no smoke rising from the train. He heads out despite the blizzard to bring supplies to the stranded passengers. Unfortunately, the one person he didn’t want to see, is stuck on the train; Tess Whitgrove. Tess is proving to the town that she can handle herself, returning from Boston with the town’s new church bell, which needs to be rung for Christmas Day and . But with the terrible weather, it may not happen. Soon, other strangers show up and seem to have other plans, than to get warm and out of the weather.

Away in the Manger by Phyllis Miranda
Local Blacksmith Randall Humphrey had one wish for Christmas. To be alone. Unfortunately, with the blizzard approaching, he is unable to be alone, when he is hired to watch over a niece and her two charges who are coming to Kasota Springs. What Randall wasn’t expecting is the niece is beautiful Sarah Callahan to arrive with three-year-old twins and to be stuck with them when the blizzard hits. After a short time, Sarah and the children seem to warm Randall’s heart.

I really enjoyed how the authors wove the stories around the same location and the blizzard theme. Each story has a unique take on romance all while the goal is to have the best happen by Christmas. It was a cozy, heartwarming story, which really put me in the holiday mood.

Marsha

Marsha

His Darkest Salvation by Juliana Stone

Read by Marsha

Jaden DaCosta has never forgotten the man who rejected her several
years ago.  She insists that  she hates Julian Castille yet there is no
denying this heat between them when chance brings them together again.  Julian is a changed man after spending 6 months in hell and now embraces his shifter nature determined to win back his soul at any
cost.  Julian and Jaden,  who works for the PATU,  Paranormal Anti-terrorist Unit, must find a a way to rewrite their painful history and work together.  They race against time to prevent a catastrophic event that would open the portal beyween hell and the unsuspecting human population.

Juliana Stone weaves a classic good versus evil story,  complete with sorcerers, fallen angels, vampires and demons and it is not always clear who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.  I couldn’t help but find myself rooting for Julian and the woman who
will bring him peace at last.  A twist at the end of the story draws me towards Ms. Stone’s next tale.

joysann

joysann

When Passion Rules by Johanna Lindsey

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Alana Farmer is surprised when pressed by her guardian to leave London Society and return to her land of her birth, ostensibly to prevent a succession war, for she is the missing princess of Lubania. Not believing it herself, she is nonetheless put out when the handsome captain of the Palace Guard detains her as a scheming impostor. As things become more dangerous, and passions heat up between them, the puzzles surrounding Alana come apart and her guard becomes her most devoted defender.

An avid Regency historicals reader, I can forget that there is a whole world of intrigue going on beyond the parlors of London’s ton, so I was fascinated to cross into Europe to imagine the courts and societies there. Highly romantic and excitingly suspenseful, Johanna Lindsey writes a delicious and seductive interplay between Alana and Captain Christoph Becker that made my toes curl. Narrator Rosalyn Landor’s rich, aristocratic voice only adds more dazzle to this delightful story.

Bottom Line:  I have Christmas music on already while I read…I know, I’m pathetic, but it makes me feel so good.

 

Monday Giveaways

 

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