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Date Posted: 4/1/2012 11:42 AM ET
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My Reading List - April 2012

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  1. "PROTECT AND SERVE" by Eden Cole (A-) (Kindle) Jake is a hardnosed police detective still in the closet but living a gay lifestyle. He won't risk revealing his preferences down at the precinct where he works. But how can he find a new lover now that he's broken it off with his old one? Ross is the hotshot DA that Jake has never been able to get along with. They're supposed to be on the same team, but every time they interact, Jake ends up pissed off and shouting. Still, Jake can't help notice how dark and sexy the counselor is, how badly he wants to touch him. One rainy night, Ross puts aside their differences and offers Jake a ride. Everything changes.
  2. "MAID FOR LOVE" by Marie Force (McCarthy's of Gansett Island #1) (A+++) (Kindle) Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she's knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy's Restort Hotel by Gansett's "favorite son," Mac McCarthy. He's back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son., He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy and he just may be "maid" for love. 
  3. "SIMON SAYS" by Lori Foster (SBC Fighters #2) (A++) With his perfectly chiseled, lava-hot body, Simon Evans, an ex-fighter, also has a perfect life - great job, great girl and more than enough dough. All that changes, though, when he catches his girlfriend cheating. To shakethings up, Simon goes full force back into the ring, ready to take his rage out on his opponents. To make matters worse, the father who walked out on Simon and his mom eons ago wants to be back in the picture. He's hired his stepdaughter, Dakota, to find Simon. Hot on Simon's heels, the gutsy Dakota puts love on the back burner. But when attempts are made on her life, Simon steps in to protect her, putting both of their hearts on the line. 
  4. "A WANTED MAN" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek #2) (A) The past tends to catch up with folks in Stone Creek, Arizona. So schoolmarm Lark Morgan and Marshal Rowdy Rhodes are determined to hide their secrets - and deny their instant attraction. That should be easy, since each suspects the other of living a lie. But Rowdy and Lark share one truth: both face real dangers. Like the gang of train robbers heading their way, men Ranger Sam O'Ballivan expects Rowdy to nab. And as past and current troubles collide, Rowdy and Lark must surrender their pride to the greatest power of all - undying love.
  5. "THE LONGEST STRIDE" by T.A. Chase (A+) More than twenty years ago, Branimir Javlosk moved from Montana to Kentucky, following the man he loved to a strange new place. They started a rescue farm and rehab center for retired racehorses, or any equine that needed their help. Branimir gained a reputation as a horse shisperer, able to teach the most frightened horse to trust. They were on top of the world - until Branimir's lover died in a car accident. Since then, Branimir's continued on, allowing the horses that need him to fill the empty place left by his tragic loss. Yet Branimir has a secret hidden deep inside of him. One he lets out only on rare occasions when there is a need. Austin Jameson Spellsin is the youngest and favored son of one of the country's richest men. But Austin's not interested in working in the family business of building oilrigs. He wants to ride horses in the Olympics, eventing, to be specific. Yet with all his money, he's never found the right horse for him. Until one morning, he stares at a scar-covered, half-starving mare named Mary's Gospel and sees the look of eagles in her unvanquished gaze. Of course, fallling in love with the damaged  mare isn't going to make her want Austin, so he turns to the one man he knows can help him. Taking Mary's Gospel to Branimir seems the best way to win the mare's troubled heart. Little does Austin expect that Mary's Gospel will lose her heart to the older cowboy, but Austin will also find himself aching to heal the wounded soul hiding inside Branimir.
  6. "THE RIVER DEVIL" by Diane Whiteside (Devil #2) (A++) His desires couldn't be trusted. Hal Lindsay is a decorated Union Navy hero and a riverboat captain who has built an empire around his Missouri River steamboats. Yet deep inside him lurks the pain of a dark, vicious past - one that has him determined never to marry and have children. It's far better to live alone, finding carnal comfort in the arms of women who will do anything as long as the price is right - women with nothing at stake, like the sensual innocent currently masquerading as an experienced gambler aboard his boat, the Cherokee Belle. For once, Hal wants more - much more...and that is a very dangerous thing. Her presence was sheer temptation. Rosalind Schuyler is appalled to be unmasked by Hal - and frightened as well. The prominent New York railroad heiress is in disguise and on the run to escape marriage to a man who would kill to gain her fortune. Now it seems she's in danger of a different kind. For Hal Lindsay is like no man she's met before. One minute, he's kind as a brother, hiding her from those searching night and day for her The next, he's a pure masculine animal, taking her to his bed and beyond what she thought were the limits of her desire. Everything he does, she wants more of, but what she wants most, she knows he can never give. Their passion was beyond control. Now, as the Belle makes its way down a treacherously swollen Missouri River, picking up friends and enemies along the way, Rosalind and her River Devil are caught up in a current of passion, desire and danger with no way back and no way out.
  7. "SECOND CHANGES" by Lauren Dane (A) (Audible) Ten years ago, Rori Simon left town shy, unattractive and with zero self-esteem. Now she's back, older, stronger and finally loving herself - and it shows. Hot men are soon knocking at her door, including Jude Callhan, the bad boy who starred in her teenage daydreams...and her adult fantasies. Jude can't believe the sexy, confident woman before him is actually Rori! She's gotten under his skin like no other woman has...and she brings out secret desires he can't resist. He wants to dominate Rori with every fiber of his being. Wants to own her and pleasure her. To cherish her as he makes her his. Rori discovers she likes being controlled. She also knows Jude is not a one-woman man. Everything changes when she meets Zach Helm. Edgy, sensual Zach knows just what she needs and before long, she's in love. Jude watches them together and wonders if he's lost his chance forever.
  8. "ANGEL IN BLUE" by Mary Suzanne (C) (Audible) Fireman Mack Baird was fearless - about going into a burning building. A relationship, a special kind of relationship, was something else altogether. He knew what he wanted, but was unsure about how and who. Policeman Isaiah "Ike" Madison would turn out to be who and he'd also show the him how. The action is hot and it's not simply burning buildings that are turning up the heat.
  9. "SING ME HOME" byJerri Corgiat (Love Finds a Home #1) (A+++) Country music star Jonathan Van Castle has had his ups and downs. Right now, he's back on the road - and back in the spotlight. Traveling through his home state of Missouri, Jon ducks into a bookstore to flee some adoring female fans - and comes face-to-face with a woman whose china blue eyes sing out to him. Lilac O'Malley Ryan doesn't even recognize the world-renowned celebrity who bursts into her store. And she's bewildered by what seems like his tongue-tied attempts at charm. She just wants to make a sale - and get him out the door. But it's a lot harder to get that to-die-for smile out of her mind. Once they put their rocky start behind them, John and Lil will discover what happens when two unlikely lovers hit the perfect note.
  10. "LOVE MEANS...JOY" by Andrew Grey (Farm #8) (A++) (free read at andrewgreybooks.com)
  11. "LOVE MEANS...FREEDOM" by Andrew Grey (Farm #3) (A+++) (Audible) Spurned by his father and driven from his home, Stone Hillyard is struggling to find shelter in the Michigan winter when he lucks upon the horse farm run by Geoff Laughton and his partner Eli. They take him in, warm him up and give him a job working with their No Boundaries therapy riding program. A drunk driver left Preston Harding unable to work and after months of hard work, his therapist recommends Geoff and Eli's program. But Preston's anger and arrogance nearly get him kicked out until Stone intercedes on his behalf, despite Preston's insults. It's a small act of kindness that helps open Preston's eyes. Stone and Preston will support each other as they face their families' disapproval and fight old secrets. They'll learn - sometimes the hard way - just how love can mean freedom for them both.
  12. "LOVE MEANS...NO SHAME" by Andrew Grey (Farm #2) (A+++) (Kindle) Geoff is in the city, living the gay life to the hilt, when his father's death convinces him to return to the family farm. Discovering a young Amish man asleep in his barn, Geoff learns that Eli is spending a year away from the community before accepting baptism into the church. Despite their mutual attraction, Geoff is determined not to become involved with him, but Eli has discovered that Geoff shares his feelings and begins to court him, neatly capturing first Geoff's attention and then his heart. Their budding relationship is threatened by closed-minded, gossipy relatives and the society at large, a whole new world to Eli and he must decide whether to return to the community, his family and the world and future he knows or to stay with Geoff and have faith in the poser of love.
  13. "LOVE MEANS...HEALING" by Andrew Grey (Farm #5) (A++) (Audible) Seven months ago, Len Parker lost his partner of more than twenty years and he isn't sure how to feel about his blossoming attraction to Chris, one of his farm hands. Hesitant and still huft, Len remains aloof and distant until he's goaded into teaching Chris to ride. Fresh out of a thirty-year career with the Marines, Chris can eplore his sexuality openly for the first time in his life, but what he needs more than anything is peace. He's convinced Len doesn't like him until he digs a little deeper and then armed with hope, Chris sets out to prove that love can provide the healing he and Len so desperately need.
  14. "LOVE MEANS...NO FEAR" by Andrew Grey (Farm #6) (A+++) (Kindle) Raine Baumer is living the party life in Chicago, indulging in short relationships with little emotional commitment. But after he's severely injured in a gay bashing, close friend Geoff arrives to take him to the country to recuperate. There Geoff and his partner Eli treat him like part of the family and Raine meets Jonah, Eli's brother, who is exploring life in the world outside his Amish community. Jonah and Raine's mutual attraction draws them together, gut they may not have a chance to explore it. Jonah's father is making ultimatums and the police believe that the attack on Raine may not have been as random as it initially appeared. Raine and Jonah will have to face what they fear most in order to have any chance at a life together.
  15. "A MAN TO DIE FOR" by Suzanne Brockmann (A++++) (Audible) Carrie Brooks left her home, her job, her very existence, to run away with a murder suspect, a man whose only prior introduction to her was as her kidnapper. She has no reason at all to trust him. After all, he's the emeny - isn't he? Felipe Salazar's been in disguise for so long, he's not even sure who he is anymore. But he knows two things: he's innocent. And he's waited all his life for someone like Carrie.
  16. "LOVE MEANS...NO BOUNDARIES" by Andrew Grey (Farm #4) (A+++) (Audible) Joey Sutherland has found a home with Geoff Laughton and his Partner, Eli, living and working at the farm that has become a regue after a motorcycle accident left him with a scarred face and a lot of insecurities. When Geoff's sister Mari convinces them to take in a musician from the National Youth Symphony, Joey is reluctantly roped into picking him up, already anticipating the disgust he'll see on the man's face. But Robert Edward Jameson surprises him: he's outgoing and friendly, he's willing to try just about anything around the farm and he's blind, which goes a long way toward easing Joey's nerves. Joey and Robbie become inseparable and discover the beginnings of love. But summer is coming to an end and Robbie will return to his home in Mississippi, where his family and servants see to everything he could want of need. Joey can only hope Robbie will take a chance on love and escape  the boundaries that have shaped his sightless life.
  17. "COMPLETELY SMITTEN" by Susan Mallery (A++++) (Audible)  All Kevin Harmon wanted was a beer, a burger and a bed, in that order. He'd had the kind of day designed to make a man rethink his career choices. He'd been bit, he was stuck in the middle of Kansas on a night that was practically guaranteed to produce twisters and he'd just been offered a promotion. Not one thing was going right with his life. For once he wasn't looking for trouble, so of course trouble came looking for him. Haley Foster lived her entire life in a box. Guided by her preacher father and the residents of her tiny hometown as to what to do, what to wear and even who to marry, she'd lost herself along the way. But no more. Now she was going to live on her own terms and do all the things good preachers' daughters didn't do. Starting with Kevin Harmon. The injured U.S. Marshal needed a ride from Kansas to his home in Texas. Haley had a car. She figured she owed him a favor. And he knew a lot more about being bad than she did. A few days, just the two of them, in her tiny convertible and intimate hotel rooms...it would be fun, it would be passionate, it would be an experience. At least that was her plan. He just didn't know it yet.
  18. "PRINCESS ANNIE" by Linda Lael Miller (Quade #3) (A+) A visit with Bavia's royal family was supposed to be the stuff dreams were made of for Annie Trevarren, an American girl abroad. Instead is was turning into a disaster. First Annie impetuously crawled onto a castle and had to be rescued by Crown Prince Rafael St. James himself. Then her dearest friend, the prince's sister, Phaedra, balks at an arranged wedding. The peasants rebel. The throne totters. Worst of all, Annie is losing her heart. Alas, Prince Rafael is no knight in shining armor. His former mistress has moved into the castle and his notorious temper is flaring. But when fate brings Annie and her prince together in a secluded cottage, she can see his stern gaze soften. And his fleeting caresses...is Rafael seducing her? A future with him is highly improbable - but a life without him is unthinkable. Rafael may intend to offer her a lesson in passion, but she'll teach the arrogant prince a better one: nothing is a greater ruler than love!
  19. "LOVE MEANS...FAMILY" by Andrew Grey (Love #7) (A+) (Kindle) Four months ago Robert Edward "Arie" Hawkins lost his sister and the rest of her family in a plane crash. Now his parents have decided it's time for him to marry and carry on the family name. Arie know it's most likely the grief talking - especially from his mother, who's taken to putting more than ice in her iced tea - so to escape Mississippi, Arie calls his best friend, Robbie, and arranges for a visit. Life is always changing at the Michigan farm where Robbie lives. Owner Geoff Laughton and his partner, Eli, have started a therapeutic riding program and adopted a little boy, creating a family. It's while feeding Jakey that Arie meets Officer Hunky. Officer Hunky's real name is Deputy Duane Keenan and he has trouble of his own, but not enough to stop him from pursuing Arie. But Duane's and Arie's families are pulling them in opposite directions. Trying to build a connection to support their mutual attraction may prove to be more than difficult...it may be impossible.
  20. "LOVE MEANS...COURAGE" by Andrew Grey (Farm #1)  (A) (Audible) Len Parker is laid off during the recession in the early eighties and decides to go back to college at home in rural Michigan, where he reconnects with his best friend from high school, Ruby. He's overjoyed when she married Cliff Laughton and overcome with sorrow when she dies an untimely death, leaving behind her husbgand and two-year-old son. Out of work again, Len finds a job at Cliff Laughton's sorely neglected farm. Cliff is still mourning his wife, struggling to raise his son and has little enthusiasm or energy left for work. Len immediately begins to whip the farm - including the two Laughtons - into shape. Working side by side, Len and Cliff grow ever closer, but loving another man takes a lot of courage. Theyll have to stand together as they face faltering business, threatening drought, misguided family and Midwestern prejudices to protect what might be a lifelong love.
  21. "CRUEL INTENT" by J.A. Jance (Alison Reynolds #4) (A+) (Audio CD) Ex-television journalist Ali Reynolds just wants a break from excitement to remodel her new home. But when the savagely murdered body of stay-at-home mom Morgan Forester is found, Ali's contractor Bryan is the prime suspect. Bryan swears he has nothing to do with his wife's murder - but as the investigation progresses, Ali seems to be the only person who believes him. Determined to prove Bryan's innocense, she logs onto singleatheart.com, a dating site for "married singles," and unknowlingly lands herself directly in the path of a calculating killer.
  22. "PROMISES" by Marie Sexton (A) (Audible) Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado, He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone. Until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way to tempting. Facing Matt's affair with a local woman, his disapproving and harassment from Matt's co-workers, Jared fears they'll never find a way to be together - if he can even convince Matt to try.
  23. "FOLLOW ME HOME" by Jerri Corgiat (Love Finds a Home #2) (A++++) (Kindle) Alcea O'Malley Addams lives the life of luxury...until her banker husband shatters their marriage and her self-esteem with his infidelity. Humiliated and broke, she takes a job at a local diner where she begins to restore her psyche and to relearn the value of what matters most in life. An old high school crush - Dakota Jones, a man with his own inner struggles - teaches her to appreciate her own worth as an intelligent and loving woman.
  24. "BECAUSE OF YOU" by Jessica Scott (A) (Kindle) Keeping his men alive is all that matters to Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison. But meeting Jen St. James the night before his latest deployment make Shane wonder if there's more to life than war. He leaves for Iraq remembering a single kiss with a woman he'll never see again - until a near fatal attack lands him back at home and in her care. Jen has survived her own brush with death and endured its scars. And yet there's a fire in Shane that makes Jen forget all about her past. He may be her patient, but when this warrior looks her in the eyes, she feels - for the first time in a long time - like a woman. Shane is too proud to ask for help, but for Jen, caring for him is more than a duty - it's a need. And as Jen guides Shane through the fires of healing, she finds something she never expected - her deepest desire.
  25. "SAGE CREEK" by Jill Gregory (Lonesome Way #1) (A++) After her marriage falls apart, Sophie McPhee returns to the Good Luck Ranch in her hometown of Lonesome Way, Montana, planning to steer clear of men and focus on her new bakery, A Bun in the Oven. But she doesn't expect to see her first crush, Rafe Tanner, who is now a single father running his family's ranch. But is Rafe a changed man? Rafe hasn't seen Sophie since she was his little sister's pesky best friend and he's stunned to discover she's grown into an irresistibly beautiful woman. But Rafe has been hurt too. Though they both have their guards up, Rafe and Sophie seem to melt in each other's company. Can they finally admit that home is truly where the heart is?
  26. "DANIEL" by Tracy Hughes (Return to Calloway Corners) (A)  Daniel. He'd never forgotten her. Eighteen years ago his father had killed a man - the town's preacher. Becca's father. Now his father's about to be released from prison and Daniel's come home. After all these years Daniel still has feelings for Becca. But the last time they were together, one man ended up dead and another in jail. Becca. She'd never forgotten him. Beccas Harris is in real trouble. Her marriage is over, her husband's run off with another woman and he wants custody of their two children. To top it all off, Daniel, the man she'd never stopped loving, is back in Calloway Corners. His return has both of them thinking about second chances and happy endings. Could things work out this time?
  27. "THE BEST LITTLE BOY IN THE WORLD" by John Reid and Andrew Tobias (The Best Little Boy in the World - Growing Up Gay in America #1) (C) The best little boy in the world never had wet dreams or masturbated; he always topped his class, honored mom and dad, deferred to elders and excelled in sports. The best little boy in the world was...the model IBM exec. The best little boy in the world was a closet case who 'never read anything about homosexuality.'
  28. "SOMETHING ABOUT YOU" by Julie James (U.S. Attorney #1) (A+++) Fate has thrown two sworn enemies into each other's arms. Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends with a death. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Palla who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago - and for nearly ruining his career. Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it's no joke; the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes - and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.
  29. "SAFE HARBOR" by Danielle Steel (abridged Audio Cassette) (A+) At eleven, Pip Mackenzie's life has already been touched by tragedy: a terrible accident that plunged her mother, Ophelie, into incolsolable grief. But on a foggy summer day, on a beach near San Francisco, Pip meets someone who fills her gray world with color and light. From the moment Pip walks up to his easel on the beach, artist Matt Bowles sneses something magicalo - she reminds him of his own daughter before a bitter divorce tore his family apart. When Matt offers to teach Pip how to draw, Ophelie is, at first, hostile and wary of this newfound friendship. But Matt's steady kindness makes her realize how much joy he has brought into their lives, helping them to laugh again and to rediscover what they have lost. As this season of healing continues, Ophelie and Pip must leave the beach and Ophelie volunteers at a city outreach program for the homeless. Soul-sharing phone calls and autumn beach getaways deepend Ophelie and Matt's friendship, but fate strikes another blow. Matt must confront unfinished business from his past and Ophelie is struck by a stunning betrayal. As these events reverberate, something extraordinary happens and out of the darkness comes an unexpected gift of hope.
  30. "CHASING THE SUN" by Kaki Warner (Blood Rose Trilogy #3) (A) Daisy Etheridge always yearned to sing. But along the way she fell in love, had her heart broken and bore a child to a man who loved another. Now she has a second chance to realize her dreams. Needing to support herself and her child during her training - and with no other choice - she turns to the family of the man who abandoned her. Jack Wilkins never wanted to work his family's ranch. He wanted to travel the world. But when he left three years ago with his childhood love, his devotion to her wasn't enough to keep her. Now, he's back to try to win her one last time - until a woman from his past appears...with a baby who has eyes like his own. Caught between his feelings for his old flame, his attraction to Daisy and his new role as a father, Jack offers to marry Daisy - though she's unwilling to risk her dreams for a man whose head and heart are prone to wanderlust. But when the ranch is threatened and the Wilkins family is strained to its breaking point, Jack and Daisy must choose what they want out of their lives - and out of each other.
  31. "FOREVER AND ALWAYS" by Lori Foster "GABE" (Buckhorn Brothers #2) (A++) Gabe Kasper, the heartthrob of Buckhorn County, Kentucky, can have any woman he wants. But it's prickly, uptight Elizabeth Parks who gets under his skin. She thinks Gabe's some kind of hero and wants an interview for her thesis. He doesn't consider pulling a couple of kids out of the lake heroic, but he'll answer her questions in exchange for kisses...and more. "JORDAN" (Buckhorn Brothers #3) (A) Jordan Somerville thinks he wants a woman who's a paragon of virtue. But then the gentle veterinarian - rescuer of strays - meets Georgia Barnes, single mother and exotic dancer. She's a far cry from Jordan's dream woman - and she's made it clear that he's hardly her dream man, either. So why is he suddenly tempted to break all his own rules?
  32. "THIS TIME FOREVER" by Kathleen Eagle (A++++) Even shattered hearts can capture a dream. Seeking refuge in a world not her own, a beautiful nurse follows her conscience to the reservation of the Lakota Sioux - hoping to heal the wounds of her ravaged heart. Condemned for a crime he did not commit, a handsome half-breed rodeo rider seeks freedom...and justice. Two lonely outcasts separated by culture, stubborn pride and prison bars, their destinies are joined by a shared duty to a helpless child - and by the blossoming of a bold and magnificent love that a cruel, intolerant society forbids...but cannot destroy.
  33. "THE BEACH TREES" by Karen White (A++++) Julie first knew loss at the age of twelve, when her younger sister disappeared from their backyard - never to be found. As her once close-knit family grew apart, Julie's mother obsessively searched for the girl and when her mother died, Julie took up the search. Even as she went on with life, discovering a love for art that she attributed to her painter great-grandfather, she never let go of the hope that she might find her sister. Then, while working at an auction house in New York, Julie meets Monica Guidry - a struggling artist and single mother who reminds Julie so much of her sister that she can't help feeling drawn to her and even a bit protective. Monica paints a vivid picture of her Southern family through stories, but never says why or how she lost contact with them. And she has another secret: a heart condition that will soon take her life. Feeling as if she's lost her sister a second time, Julie inherits from Monica a valuable portrait - as well as custody of her young son. Taking him to Biloxi, Mississippi, to meet the family he's never known, Julie discovers a connection of her own. The portrait, which depicts a prominent Guidry family member, was done by her great-grandfather - and unlocks a surprising family history.
  34. "GOING COWBOY CRAZY" by Katie Lane (Deep in the Heart of Texas #1) (A++) Double trouble. Faith Aldridge wants answers. Bramble, Texas, is the only place she can find them...as well as Hope, the identical twin sister she never knew she had. But the townsfolk reckon that shy city-girl Faith is really her long-lost sister Hope, back in Bramble at last. And they're fixin' to do whatever it takes to heat things up between her and Hope's long-time flame, Slate Calhoun. But Slate's no fool. The woman in his truck may look like Hope, yet the way she feels in his arms is altogether new. He's determined to keep this twin in his bed - and out of his heart. Trouble is, the real Hope is headed home and she's got her own designs on Slate. If Faith wants to avoid heartbreak, she'll have to show a certain ruggedly handsome cowboy that his crazy-impossible love is worth fighting for.
  35. "UNSPOKEN PROMISES" by Becca Dale (C) (Kindle)
  36. "SUNRISE POINT" by Robyn Carr (Virgin River #19) (A++++) Former marine Tom Cavanaugh has come home to Virgin River, ready to take over his family's apple orchard and settle down. He knows just what the perfect woman will be like: sweet, decent, maybe a little naive. The marrying kind. Nothing like Nora Crane. So why can't he keep his eyes off the striking single mother? Nora may not have finished college, but she graduated with honors from the school of hard knocks. She's been through tough times and she'll do whatever it takes to support her family, including helping with the harvest time at the Cavanaughs' orchard. She's always kept a single-minded focus on staying afloat...but suddenly her thoughts keep drifting to rugged, opinionated Tom Cavanaugh. Both Nora and Tom have their own ideas of what family means. But they're about to prove each other completely wrong.
  37. "OUT IN BLUE" by Sarah Gilman (Return to Sanctuary #1) (A) In a violent world where fallen archangels are hunted for their valuable plumage, Wren knows one thing for certain: the human woman who saved him from a poacher attack will die if she stays with him. The demon responsible for his parents' gruesome deaths two decades ago pines for the chance to rip apart any woman who stands under Wren's wing. Wren doesn't expect Ginger to stay by his side once she discovers his ability to drain life with a mere touch, yet she lingers. When an unusual talent of her own reveals the location of Wren's father, Wren's isolated world implodes. With the help of the demon protectors he's sworn never to trust again. Wren risks everything to rescue his father, confront the demon who stalks his and Ginger's every step and clain his eternity with the most courageous woman he's ever known.
  38. "HOTSHOT" by Catherine Mann (Dark Ops #2) (A++) Old flames burn the hottest. Major Vince Deluca may have just accepted his most difficult recon mission ever - keeping an eye on Shay Bassett. As a pilot in the air force's top secret test unit, Vince keeps a cool head at the controls. But ever since they were teens, Shay's had a way of jamming his radar. Vince owes it to her dad, his old mentor to keep her safe - but can he keep her at arm's length? Once young and desperate herself, Shay cares deeply about the troubled teens she works with. Now she's scheduled to tell Congress about Cleveland's escalating gang activity and someone out there is trying to cut her testimony short. Living to tell the tale may depend on trusting the one man who burned her so badly years ago - and still makes her feel hot all over.
  39. "WITCH FIRE" by Anya Bast (Elemental Witches #1) (A+++) Mira Hoskins doesn't know she's a natural-born witch who possesses the rare - and powerful - element of air. And she never expects to find herself tied to a mahogany bed frame, captive of a man who aches to fulfill her every desire and let lose the magick that dwells inside her. Heat emanates from elemental fire witch Jack McAlister. The Coven, a governing authority of witches, has sent him to protect Mira from a band of warlocks who drain witches of power...and life. Long ago, he saw Mira's parents murdered by this same dark magick. He'd like to quell his guilt and offer her everything she deserves. But she's the long-lost cousin of his boss - making seduction off-limits. With Jack's strong guidance, Mira is luring forth her inner magick. But his sense of duty is quickly swelling into insatiable hunger. He was warned about the natural attraction between air and fire. Now he risks being consumed by the woman he shouldn't want - but can't stay away from.

Currently Reading -

  1. "Blood Game" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #8)
  2. "Moon Awakening" by Lucy Monroe (Children of the Moon #1)

Currently Listening to -

  1. "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah (unabridged Audio CD)


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I've been in a reading slump for a couple months now, not a great start to the year.  I'm hoping a little Kinsey Millhone in N Is For Noose will jolt me out of it.   I'm about 40 pages in an enjoying it so far, so.....finger's crossed! 

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Now reading;

The Making of Minty Malone Isabel Wolff

Finished:

The Last Anniversary Liane Moriarty

Highest Duty Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

It's a Thin Line Kimberly Lawson Roby

Wench Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Married for a Month Susan Mallory

The Package Deal- My Glamorous Transistion from Single Gal to Instant Mom Izzy Rose

The Pig Did It Joseph Caldwell

The Silver Boat Luanne Rice

Down in Bristol Bay Bob Durr

Grayson Lynne Cox

Mad About the Boy Maggie Alderson

Spellmanns Strike Again Lisa Lutz



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 I didn't get much reading done in March [only five books all month]. I'll finish up the books I started and then tackle my TBR pile.

For some reason I just haven't been in much of a reading mood lately, so I'm having a hard time getting through these 3 books.  Maybe it's because they are all similar, courtroom dramas with nasty foes against innocent protaginists.  While interesting in themselves, I think I've gotten bogged down and can't get through them.  I think I'm going to read some 'chic lit' and 'cozies' along with them and get my mind off them for awhile. So I'm also adding:

The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman --- The Mrs. Pollifax series is always a rousing adventure.  So much fun to read about this elderly lady who becomes an agent for the CIA and to see what she is able to accomplish with just her ingenuity. [Had to post this as unpostable, an older book and a few of the pages are loose..still competely readable].

Conch Shell Murder by Dorothy Francis --- I think this is Francis' first novel and while it was a fun read, it didn't have the pizazz that a more accomplished writer would have.  I'm not sure if she's written any more with the recurring protagonist, Katie Hassworth.  I'll have to check it out and see.  Has her writing style matured, what's happened to Katie and Rex?  

Halfway to Heaven by Susan Wiggs

Home in Carolina by Sherryl Woods --- A continuation of the Sweet Magnolias series.  This one centers around finding out if trust can be renewed in a broken relationship.  True to life in the way it's handled.

With Hope by Dorothy Garlock --- A wonderful book by Garlock.  This one, the 1st of a trilogy about the 1930s, tells the story of people living in 1932, the hardships people were living in during that time and how they coped, loved and succeeded.  Garlock has a gift for bringing other time periods to life.

Beach Girls by Luanne Rice --- reading, too

Up Jumps the Devil by Margaret Maron --- Maron's North Carolinians are a lot different from the ones I know and love, but still a fun series. 4th in the Deborah Knott series.

Gilt by Association by Tamar Myers -- The 2nd in the Den of Antiquity series.  A fun "cozy mystery", especially if the reader is into antiques [which I am]. I really like the female protaganist, Abigail Timberlake. She's one feisty lady! 

Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews ---I really like Mary Kay Andrews' books!! Loved Savannah Blues and Hissy Fit was just as good. Great characters, a little mystery thrown in the mix and a fun relationship between the main character, interior designer Keeley Murdock, and her friend Austin LeFleur. Add to that some unexpected romance and you've got a winner.  Highly recommended. 

The 13th Juror by John Lescroart ---  Lescroart never misses!! It took me awhile to get into this book, but when I did I couldn't wait to see how it ended and the ending really came as a surprise. Highly recommended on this one.

The Appeal by John Grisham --- also reading --- I will finish this book!!

Alone by Lisa Gardner--- Finally finished this book, and it turned out to be a spell-binder.  I couldn't turn the pages fast enough when I got to the last third of the book.  One of those stories where the main characters all have major flaws and the ending leaves the reader wondering....who really was the guilty party?? 



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Currently Reading

Zero Day David Baldacci

Currently Listening to

 

Finished

The Ranger by Ace Atkins

Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James

Plum Island by Nelson Demille

Thereby Hangs A Tail by Spencer Quinn

 

 



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Just finished reading

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

The Forest House - Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Currently reading Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading With 125the Recipes by Janice Cole on my Kindle. Reading The Soul of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman in trade paperback. Still listening to Blood Hollow by William Kent Krueger in the car.
Date Posted: 4/2/2012 4:17 PM ET
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Left For Dead, J.A. Jance book, (Ali Reynolds)  

Catch Me, Lisa Gardner, (D.D. Warren)

Both were really good reads if you like these two authors.

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Reading Alias Grace--Almost done then plan to read Time Traveler's Wife

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Finished

  • Smut by Alan Bennett

Currently Reading

  • The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
  • Postcards from the Dead Girl by Kirk Farber
  • My Only Sunshine by Lou Dischler

Listening To

  • French Lessons by Ellen Sussman



 



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Finished - Therby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn

Next up - hard to decide.  Either one of the Dresden Files books, or  A Beautiful Mind for the Contemporary Fiction challenge.

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Listening to:  The Ruins by Scott Smith (audio cd)   good so far

Listening to: Motherless Brooklyn by Johnathan Lethem , read by Steve Buscemi (cassette)  - good so far

looking for something to read in print

 

 

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Finished

Island Of The Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore - A fun book, dark story really but told in a fun way. I liked the humor of it, subtle and twisted. This is my first of Moore's books but I look forward to more of them. 

His Kisses Are Dreamy But The Hairballs In My Cleavage... by Berke Breathed - An Outland anthology. Love it, if you're not familiar with Breathed get familiar!

Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig - It's a kid's book but I like the author so I gave it a whirl. It's a fictionalized story based on facts about the author's grandmother and the hiding of Jews during the German army's invasion of Denmark. Written for tween boys but I didn't feel like I was reading a kids book at all. You don't hear much about the Scandinavian roles in the war, and I never thought much about Demark having Jews, but they did and they also saved most of them. Great story, everyone should know a little bit more about this. 

The Huge Book Of Hell by Matt Groening - Another anthology of Life In Hell comics. I saw a couple repeats from the smaller books but most of these were new to book form. Lots more Akbar and Jeff, my favorites!

Akbar And Jeff's Guide To Life by Matt Groening - Another Life In Hell anthology starring my favorite possibly incestuous gay couple, Akbar and Jeff. 

Herman Treasury V by Jim Unger - Anthology of the newspaper cartoon from the 80's. I didn't get a lot of them, and I was there in the 80's. They were mostly funny though. 

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella - A little more romancy than I normally like but it was kind of a sub story to the main story, about a lawyer who gets screwed but figures it all out in the end. Not a lot of depth and it was fairly unreasonable but I enjoyed it anyway. Well written and no dull spots. 

Bonk by Mary Roach  - Scientific book with a humorous bend about mainly the physiology of sex. Well over half is about the male member. The description made it sound like it was about sex but it's much more about physiology of the organs involved. There's some interesting information there, just doesn't really fit the description. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling  - Shouldn't really need much of a description, lol. It wasn't as badly written as I had originally thought or at least it was interesting enough that I didn't notice. It is very much a children's book though, I understand the others get "older". Very simple in the story and wording. 

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy - Story about a guy dying and discovering he's not happy with how he lived his life. Late 19th century Russia doesn't sound like a very fun time to live. 

 

 

 



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Finished a few freebie romance books on my Nook, finished reading "Little Heathens, Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression" by Mildred Armstrong Kalish. Currently reading "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein.



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This Month: (Big range being I am always needing to recommend to parents)

NightShade By Andrea Cremen

A woman worth 10 coppers by Morgan Howell

Chronicles of vlad todd, book 1

The Hunger Games Trilogy (for third time, a rare re-read fav)

Fruits Basket  Manga 1-4

Rosario Vampire seas 2 , Vol 8 Manga (definitly late teens and up type manga)

Currently Reading:
The Road 
Divine by Mistake by P.C. Cast



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Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote

 

The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams

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Currently Reading:

Ragtime~E.L Doctorow: 2nd time on this one .

Snow Falling on Cedars~David Gutterson: Slowly but surely.

Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet~ Jamie Ford: 2nd try on this too.

The Tiger's Wife~ Tea Obreht: Fascinating so far.

The Lonely Polygamist~Barry Udahl: One I never finished form a book group two months ago.

Next up: Columbine, Waking (for my bookgroup in May) , The Art of Racing in the Wind, and probably something I haven't finished from the library.

 



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"The Reluctant Widow", by Georgette Heyer. Before that, 2 by Julie Garwood; "The Wedding", and "The Bride". I've been in an Historical Romance mood this month.

Next, trying to decide between a space opera series by Elizabeth Moon that starts with, "Trading In Danger", or, the next 2 books in my favorite Simon Green series. Decisions, decisions... 

Or...I could, Very carefully, try to remove the top book from my TBR pile without causing an avalanche and maybe ending up in traction. Of course, that would give me a lot more time to read...

I wonder what's on the top of that pile? indecisionsmiley

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I'm reading - "Zoo Station" by David Downing.  First in a mystery series about an English journalist living and working in 1938 Berlin. Pretty good so far.

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Got caught up in the "A Game of Thrones" (Song of Fire and Ice Series).  Literally, can't put them down unless I'm at work.  Over halflway through the 3rd book and am sad because I understand that Books 4 & 5 are not as good.  I searched the forums to see if there was a previous discussion, but wasn't able to find much.  Anyone here have thoughts on the last two books?  Shall I stop at 3 or go ahead and get the whole dose? 

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You might try looking the books up on Amazon to see what readers are saying about them. The comments have helped me many times in deciding whether to buy a book or not.

I haven't read the books myself, so can't give you my opinion. Darn! I Love giving my opinion! smiley

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Lori,

I totally agree that Amazon is a great place to get reviews! (I love Amazon!!)  That's how I got the impression that the last 2 books weren't great.  If you get a chance do try "A Game of Thrones."  It's totally not my normal genre, but I got hooked.  I prefer humor and these are NOT funny, but....wow! What a great storyteller George R.R. Martin is.  I'm so glad it's Friday and I can read nearly all I want because hubby went fishing. Yay for me!

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Read - One for the Money - Janet Evanovich

Read - Outlaw - Angus Donald

Reading - Holy Warrior - Angus Donald

Listening to - Outlander - Diana Gabaldon

 

Next up after the Outlaw series will be A Game of Thrones series

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I've been meaning to read "A Game of Thrones", just haven't gotten around to it yet. It's on my list; (along with way too many other books). I think my DD has the whole set. I'm going to have to borrow them and give them a try. I'll post here how I like/didn't like, the first one. Unless of course, I get so involved in reading them, that I forget all about posting. "L!"

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April

THE RIDGE by Michael Koryta--an  audio book

WHISPERS OF THE DEAD  by  Simon Beckett

next print book ONE STEP BEHIND, by Henning Mankell  a Kurt Wallander Scandinavian mystery

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