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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 Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- February 16th, 2011

Last week I got to see Lily Tomlin with my sisters.  It was amazing to watch her work the audience.  She latched on to an older woman in the audience and when Lily asked her if she wanted to come on stage, the woman replied, “I didn’t bring my accordion.”  (Well, this is Milwaukee.)  She seemed even more incredible when I realized that she was 71 years old.  Seems like only yesterday she was on Laugh In and after one ringy dingy, she had us all enthralled.  Now, here’s the WW Ladies with their enthralling reads of the week.

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joysann

joysann

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Read by joysann

MacKayla Lane continues exploring the strange worlds created by the powerful, missing, insane Unseelie King to find what she needs to capture the evil book of magic that is instrumental in shoring up the walls of the Unseelie prison. More wary than ever of deception and betrayal, she teams up with sidh-seers, druids, Seelie fae, and Jericho Barrons’ mysterious friends, whatever they are, in a final effort to save the world.

The “Fever” series has thrilled and enthralled me from the first, and Shadowfever is a explosion of mystery, action, passion, lust, love and magic. As I read this last book in the series I experienced surprise and wonder, shock and horror, sorrow and grief, hope and joy, and, in the end, satisfaction; I couldn’t have hoped for more. And since I’ve gotten great pleasure from listening to the previous books on audio, I’ll be listening to Shadowfever for that enjoyment soon, because once is not enough.


DeAnn

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

Read by DeAnn

Everyone has their secrets.  Some are just bigger than others.  When Allison Glenn’s are exposed, lives are forever altered, even seemingly destroyed.  As she works towards rebuilding her lost relationships and starting all over, she realizes her past isn’t in the rearview mirror just yet.  The truth must be told.

Heather Gudenkauf has woven a masterful tale of the incredible power of love, loyaty and family.  I easily identified with the characters, as they tried to have hope for the future, while at the same time coming to peace with, and not forgetting the lessons of the past.

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Heidi

Heidi

Welcome to Last Chance by Hope Ramsay

Read by Heidi
Wanda Jane Coblentz has not used her name for a really long time. Most know her as Mary Smith. She just arrived in Last Chance, South Carolina with her last 5 bucks and hope for a fresh start. Clay Rhodes knows she is trouble, but can’t seem to stay away from her. Clay is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. They are both reluctant to take a chance on each other, especially when both of their pasts are catching up with them.
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What a great small town feel throughout this book. I could actually picture all the quirky characters that make up this entire town, and knows every single piece of gossip as soon as it happens. I got caught up in the entire story, as well as the romance of Clay and Jane, and was left wanting more.
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joysann

joysann

Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Connie Brockway

Read by joysann

“Cupid Cats Shelter: Bring a little magic and love into your life. Adopt a cat.” In Katie MacAlister’s Unleashed, Jacintha Ferreira is called upon in her capacity as an officer in the WA Fish and Wildlife Dept to handle a very large, very unusual wildcat that somehow got into the cat shelter. In Cat Scratch Fever by Connie Brockway, a special old shelter cat brings a widower and his young daughter together with the brilliant, eccentric and lonely scientist that works there. And a cat is instrumental in the reunion of jungle researcher Kate Archer and movie mega-star Jon Ramsey who parted ways in high school in A Cat’s Game by Vicki Lewis Thompson.

As we all know, a cuddly cat can warm our hearts and our laps, and they’re all just a little bit magical, though Cupid Cats are just a little bit more. The affection, the humor, and the romance in these sexy stories are typical of these favorite authors, and I was charmed by each of them again.

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Kym

Kym

The Mistress’ House by Leigh Michaels

Read by Kym

The Earl of Hawthorne bought the lovely house that adjoins his property thinking it will be an ideal place to install his next mistress. To his surprise (and delight), that mistress, Lady Anne Keighley soon becomes his wife. Next up is Felicity Mercer, a friend of Anne’s in need of a hideaway. However, the Earl’s cousin, Lord Colford, makes the scene and sparks fly, resulting in another unexpected wedding. Finally, along comes Georgiana, the Earl’s ward, who is fleeing an arranged marriage. But fate catches up with her in the form of Lord Silsby, a handsome soldier she finds lurking in the garden.

Leigh Michaels wrote the book on romance — literally. Her book On Writing Romance is on the bookshelf of many budding authors, and The Mistress’ House proves she knows her stuff. Her likable characters and clever dialogue are fun, but what I liked best was the way she used the house to link the stories of three couples. It was like getting three books in one! Read it and enjoy!

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DeAnn

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Read by DeAnn

Charley Davidson is a busy girl. Bartender, Private Investigator and Grim Reaper all rolled into one small, albeit feisty package. She seems to have it all. An uncle and father who would do anything for her, great friends (most of them alive) and a man who makes her weak in the knees. So what if she’s not sure who, or what he is?
Darynda Jones has created a cast of characters and a unique story that kept me wanting more every chapter. The twists and turns in this suspenseful drama were amazing, yet it also had me laughing out loud at the banter between the characters. One of the most entertaining books I’ve read I quite some time and I can’t wait for the follow up!

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joysann

joysann

Kentucky Blues by Cat Shaffer

Read by joysann

When Elise Drummond hears the rumor that her mother is living with a much younger man, she’s appalled enough, but when it turns out to be her own high school sweetheart, she flies home to Kentucky determined to put an end to the humiliating affair. Outraged that Sam McCade is taking advantage of a vulnerable woman, she never once considers there might be more to the story than the rumor mill provides. But as she spends time in their company, and feels her own attraction to Sam reignite, she discovers secrets that have them all in danger.

Once I opened the cover of Cat Shaffer’s book, I was hooked. I liked the characters, the suspenseful situation, and the concept of discovering one’s mother might be a “cougar” challenges the imagination. In the end, Kentucky Blues was touching, intriguing, tense, exciting, and satisfyingly romantic.

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Bottom Line: “If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well viewed.” ~ Lily Tomlin

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- January 19th, 2011

I was just reading an article about Netflix.  In about 2 years, you won’t be able to get a movie from them on DVD, only streaming to whatever device you own.  I couldn’t help noticing the parallels with e-books and printed books.  Things are moving faster than I ever imagined.  It’s a scary thought to me, but the the world has always been about change and our ability to adapt to it.  No matter the form of books, the WW Ladies will keep reading them and offering their take on them.

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Kym

Kym

You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon

Read by Kym

A husband kept stateside as his wife fights cancer, leaves her also fighting guilt because he is home while other husbands are not. Another woman deals with evidence her husband’s overseas indiscretion in the best way she knows how. Yet another becomes irrationally fascinated with her neighbor’s activities. The stories have no neat endings, tying everything together, but they make you think about war’s effect on the daily lives of not just the men and women overseas, but those they leave behind.

Reading the stories in You Know When the Men Are Gone was like eavesdropping through the thin walls of the army housing at Fort Hood and peering through its windows at the lives of the families who live there.When I saw a description of it soon to be released, I requested a copy of Fallon’s book because I felt that we, as a country, take for granted the daily sacrifices many families make when a member serves in the Armed Forces. No matter what side we come down on with these wars, we all owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. This book reminded me just how large that debt is.

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Beth

A Pirate’s Possession by Michelle Beattie

Read by Beth

Nate Carter and Claire Gentry have a past together from time shared at an orphanage, but time and circumstances changed the plans they had made. Now, eight years later they end up together again in search of a lost treasure Claire’s father had been after years ago.

What follows is a well written pirate story full of romance and action. A Pirate’s Possession is the third book in a series by Michelle Beattie, but is just fine as a stand alone. The dialog and scene descriptions pulled me in and I had a hard time putting this book down. Fix a cup of your favorite beverage, light the fireplace and settle in for a swashbuckling, fast-paced fun pirate story.

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joysann

joysann

A Werewolf in Manhattan by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Read by joysann

Novelist Emma Gavin writes a delightful and popular paranormal series featuring werewolves. The problem is that her descriptions come so close to fact that the justifiably paranoid New York werewolf pack believes she found an informant from in their ranks, making her a threat to their existence. Security expert (and the next pack Alpha) Aiden Wallace bites off more than he can chew by investigating a completely unbelieving and unwitting but imaginative Emma, entangling them both into a forbidden situation.

Speaking of delightful, Vicki Lewis Thompson has begun her “Wild About You” werewolf series with a romp that has me already anticipating the next one. The likable characters had me looking forward to their inevitable happily-ever-after, and thoroughly enjoying the charming, light and sexy romance.

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Tammy

Spun by Sorcery

by Barbara Bretton

Read by Tammy

The story of Luke and Chloe from the quaint little town of Sugar Maple continues.  Just when Chloe thinks things are going her way, her beloved town just disappears!  Chloe knows it has something to do with her history, so Luke suggests they travel back in time to where it all began – Salem.  While someone is intentionally trying to stop them, Chloe gets the opportunity to meet a long lost relative and see the origin of the feud between her family and the ones responsible for Sugar Maple’s disappearance … the Fae.

Spun by Sorcery was exciting to read because it is filled with adventure and suspense, not knowing how Chloe will ever get out of her next predicament. It also demonstrates the power of true love. I especially was enchanted with the light good humor and romance.

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Heidi

Heidi

Missing Mark by Julie Kramer

Read by Heidi

Riley Spartz is a sassy hot-shot investigative reporter, who seems to have stories fall into her lap, thanks to her keen insight. Riley sees a want-ad stating: “Wedding Dress for Sale: Never worn”. Her radar is on high alert that there is a story behind the ad. As she learns about the missing groom, the mystery becomes more complicated than ever. Riley hopes to report the answers before she becomes the story herself.

I truly adore mysteries where there may be more than one plot happening, and all the little side stories interweave with the main one. The next thing you know, you are on the edge of your seat wondering where the story will turn next! With current themes running through the entire story, I really did feel like I was experiencing the story right along with Riley. Now, that is one fantastic ride!!

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Bottom Line: While change is inevitable, I plan on holding on to my little treasures forever.