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Showing posts from July, 2010

Still the One - Robin Wells (Contemporary Romance)

Released May 2010 I had to undergo a minor surgical procedure a couple weeks ago and between medications and being told not to move too much, particularly bending, so that I don't tear open the incision, well I'm going nuts. No moving around much is an absurd thing for someone who needs to walk her daily mile and enjoys getting out and tending to her gardens. As a result, I've been trying to find books that really take me away from my annoyances and keep me wanting to remain laid down and reading! Still the One managed to do exactly that. Once started, I just didn't want to walk away. I needed to know how things worked out for Katie, Zach, their daughter and Katie's in-law's. In Still the One , Katie Charmaine is still grieving the loss of her young husband when a high school romance returns to her life. Seems the daughter Katie gave up as a teen is back in her life and definitely not enjoying

Never Tell a Lie - Hallie Ephron (Suspense)

Released January 2010 With the birth of her first living child just weeks away, Ivy Rose is excited and nervous. During a yard sale, a former classmate, also in the last weeks of pregnancy, shows up. Ivy is rattled by the woman's odd behavior. When Ivy's husband David offers to give Melinda a tour of the house, Melinda gladly accepts. The problem is no one ever sees Melinda again and evidence of her murder is found on David and Ivy's property. Now Ivy is dealing with the stress of pregnancy, as well as the suspicion being cast upon her and David. When it's made clear that David is the prime suspect in Melinda's disappearance and probable murder, Ivy is no longer certain who or what to believe. Never Tells a Lie has its moments. It's definitely fast-paced and easy to read in one sitting. I'll give the author kudos for that. However, if you want a story that is going to throw twists at you, you

Unbridled - Beth Williamson (Erotic Romance)

Released July 2010 Hot, hot, hot! Unbridled shares the story of Alex Finley. Alex has spent the past ten years in Los Angeles, far from her father's Wyoming ranch. At 16, Alex's mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and Alex's dad split leaving Alex alone to watch her mom die. Her father only reappeared, with a new woman in tow, for her mother's funeral. Alex split after that and hasn't seen or spoken to her father in 10 years. When her long-time companion dies and his family throws Alex out, she has no option but to return home. There she learns her father died in a tragic accident and Alex is now half owner of the ranch/resort and that she has a half-brother. Worse, the resort manager is a gorgeous cowboy that Alex has a very hard time resisting. All Alex wanted was to confront her father. Instead, she finds herself falling in love, and she's not sure she's ready. Unbridled has a strong stor

Nauti and Wild - Lora Leigh & Jaci Burton (Erotic Romance)

Released August 2010 Nauti and Wild is definitely steamy! In Lora Leigh's novella, Sierra Lucas harbors an incredible crush on her John Walker. The problem is John's father is Sierra's very protective godfather. For all intents and purposes,  Sierra and John have grown up more like siblings than anything. Sierra's knowledge that John's fiancee is cheating on him weighs heavy and she can't ignore it anymore. John's hurt and turns to Sierra for comfort. After a one night tryst, Sierra shuts John out and he leaves the city. When Sierra is brutally assaulted, John's father asks John to watch over Sierra until the criminal is caught. Having Sierra on his houseboat is certain to lead to other things, but is John ready to admit his feelings for her? If he does, will his emotions get in the way of her safety? Nauti Kisses continues the Nauti Series . Fans of that series will be deligh

Walk Awhile in My Shoes - Eric Harvey & Steve Ventura (Non-Fiction)

Released December 1996 Since the economy tumbled, my husband's plant has been a less than enjoyable environment. I hear many complaints from not only him but also his co-workers. With that in hand, I found it amusing that management recently handed the union workers a copy of Walk Awhile in My Shoes . I only hope management were all handed copies too. In a nutshell, this is a collect of things managers want employees to know and vice versa. It's the things I hear co-workers complain about, but then say they know if they tell the management or union steward that they will be labeled as a complainer or whiner. Not a great atmosphere... Have you ever become frustrated when you tried to meet management's changing demands and are still told you're wrong? Are you sick of hearing how poor a performance you're giving and never hearing that you've done anything right? Are you super tired of doing not only your job but also that

Intent to Kill - James Grippando (Suspense)

Released July 2010 Three years after the tragic hit and run death of his wife, Ryan James has settled into a job as a radio host rather than the baseball star he seemed destined to become. His world is thrown for a loop when he receives a note on the anniversary of her death stating "I know who did it." With this revelation, the case takes place in the forefront once again. When evidence comes to light that Ryan's brother-in-law, an autistic teen, may be to blame, Ryan becomes determined to unravel the truth and move on. James Grippando is a masterful author when it comes to creating an edge-of-the-seat suspense novel with endearing characters. I like to try to resolve the mystery to a book before I reach the end, and this time I was stumped. Now, this is partially due to a piece of evidence revealed towards the end. You end up with a story there's no way you'll solve before the truth is revealed by the auth

Heart and Soul - Maeve Binchy (General Fiction)

Released February 2010 All Frank Ennis wants it to sell off a storage building owned by St. Brigid's Hospital. Selling the building could bring much needed cash to the hospital. However, the other hospital board members disagree and feel it would be best used if turned into a cardiac treatment center. He's not happy with the outcome. Clara Casey is chosen to head up the new cardiac center. She's not getting a lot of leeway from Frank who is determined to give her as little money as possible to get the center outfitted, remodeled and fully staffed. Clara, however, is determined that this cardiac center is going to be a success. Along with a staff ranging from a young Polish girl who is turned from panhandler to a Gal Friday to a handsome young doctor with the best possible bedside manner, Clara's dreams take flight, but on the home front, Clara's personal life isn't as easy. All of the characters in Maeve Binchy's

This is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Tropper (General Fiction)

Released July 2010 Despite their father's atheistic ways, Judd Foxman and his siblings are drawn back to their family home to sit Shiva for a full seven days following their dad's death. Not only is this the first time the entire clan's been together under one roof, it's also the first time Judd's seen any family following his separation. You see Judd caught his wife in bed with his boss and suffice it to say nothing between them is currently pleasant, despite her pleas to make things as amicable as possible. Grieving the loss of his father and the end of his marriage, Judd's reeling in more ways than one. Toss in a surprise announcement that his soon to be ex is also pregnant and Judd's life takes a whole new leap into confusion. This is Where I Leave You made me laugh one minute, tear up the next and walk away feeling incredibly satisfied. Situations the characters find themselves in are paint

His Hired Baby - Jacqueline Diamond (Category Romance)

Released August 2010 Kate Evans survived the tragic death of her husband and is the best single mom she can be to her five-year-old son. However, being a widow doesn't come easy and she needs money to return to school to get her degree. Wanting to move on with her life, she agrees to be a surrogate for a couple facing serious infertility issues. When Kate learns that the woman she's promised her unborn child to has walked away from her husband, Kate begins to have second thoughts. She's promised to give the child to Tony Franco, a busy lawyer, but will he have time for his new daughter after her arrival? She sees the pain her son faces not having a father around, so how could she put another child through that? I'm a sucker for Jacqueline Diamond's Harlequin romances. They always contain strong families and the complication of having an innocent child in the mix. Because they're shorter in leng