One of Donald's winning moves
Donald Driver won Dancing With the Stars last night. I swear it was like Super Bowl Sunday in Wisconsin. I actually screamed out loud at the tv (and I’m sure I’m not the only one). He did an amazing job and it always feels good when the one you’re cheering for wins. Sorry if your person lost, but that’s reality tv for you. And while I was watching television, the WW Ladies were busy reading.
Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann
Listened to by joysann
“Mac” Mackenzie and her cohorts, operatives unusually gifted with talents like telepathy and telekinesis, are dedicated to developing the special skills that make each member a force to be reckoned with. Ex-Navy Seal Shane Laughlin becomes part of the team using his own mundane but specialized skills in a dangerous effort to tear down a criminal organization creating an addictive, deadly designer drug. Though Shane experiences the effects of one of Mac’s more exotic talents, he is determined to convince her that he isn’t so susceptible that she can’t trust the something special developing between them.
Born to Darkness kept me enthralled for non-stop hours as I listened to narrators Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank pass the story back and forth, enhancing the thrilling action, the high drama and the strong characters Suzanne Brockmann has written. The new paranormal series introduces a new team of heroes to care about and a new scary world for them to dwell in. I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Beyond the Night by Joss Ware
Read by Joan
Physician Elliot Drake and his friends are cave exploring in Arizona when suddenly they feel the earth shaking and electrical shocks, and then everything goes dark. They awake 50 years later to discover the world as they knew it is gone, and they themselves are changed in mysterious ways. They discover a small band of humans living in what is left of Las Vegas, and Elliot meets a woman to join him in facing an unknown and dangerous future.
The world that Joss Ware has created is intriguing and every page in the book pulls you further into the story. It is a thrilling mix of adventure, danger and romance. This is the beginning of a series, and I cannot wait to read the rest.
Double Dare by Rhonda Nelson
Read by joysann
In support of her father’s business merger, Louisa Honeycutt agreed to a loveless marriage, but bails out at the altar, heading for anywhere until things calm down. She spots Double Dare, Inc, offering adventures of a lifetime, and, spur-of-the-moment. Louisa deceives owner/guide Sam Rawlins into spiriting her out of town for any kind of adventure. Sam’s intrigued by Lou’s feisty nature, and finds his “no clients” relationships rule is in danger of being broken.
The cover of Double Dare just looked too cute to pass up when I came across it, and as a fast, fun read, was just what I wanted. It’s an older book, the first I’ve read by Rhonda Nelson, and I’ll be looking to see if I find her other and more recent books as clever and entertaining. The story was charming, the dialogue quick and smart, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters’ sweet romance.
Read by Heidi
Olivia Bishop has always lived by the rules. Her ex-husband Victor found it boring and predictable. But now Olivia is starting over and doing things she never has before. Including Jamie Donovan, bad boy of the bar. Jamie might be more temptation than Olivia can handle, but she isn’t stopping or slowing down. Much to the chagrin of her ex.
The heat that develops between Olivia and Jamie practically burned up the pages of the book. WOW! The jealousy of Olivia’s ex, really made the book move quickly, because you were never sure where he would show up next. Olivia and Jamie both have future goals, and it was nice to see it play all the way to the end of the book.
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
Read by Kym
When she receives an invitation to accompany her sister to Edenbrooke, Marianne jumps at the chance to escape Bath for the countryside. But adventure and love await her, if she’s only brave enough to risk her heart.
Drawn by the words “A Proper Romance” on the its (very attractive) cover, I picked this book up on a whim and was further intrigued to discover I didn’t recognize either the author or publisher (Shadow Mountain). Well! What a pleasant surprise! In Edenbrooke, Donaldson has crafted a romantic Regency without blatant sexual content. This book is one that I would recommend to any Regency fan including those, like my mother, who prefer a “cleaner” read. Give it a whirl.
Read by Heidi
A sequel to Whistling in the Dark: It’s now 1960 in Milwaukee, a heat-wave has hit, and Sally O’Malley has to keep an eye on her sister Troo and keep her safe during the summer. Because of their escape of a murderer, they are on watch for anything unusual. A series of events makes them wonder if history is repeating itself or has Sally assumed too much and only imagining the worst.Hooray!! Sally O’Malley is back, and she is just as wonderful as ever!! Her voice is so truthful for what she is dealing with while running through Milwaukee in the summer. Just when you think you know where the book is going, another twist comes along and quickens the pace. Sally brings courage, honesty and joy while working with the other characters of the story and it’s lovely how Lesley mixes the past with landmarks in the Milwaukee area. You don’t have to be from Milwaukee (I’m not!!) to enjoy this book!!
Bottom Line: I think Donald Driver should go on The Amazing Race next.
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