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Date Posted: 1/31/2015 2:31 PM ET
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  1. "NIGHT MOVES" by Stephanie Tyler (Shadow Force #4) (A+++++) Anything can happen under the cover of darkness. Kell Roberts has walked the thin line between life and death for so long that is now feels like home. He is a soldier, a survivor and a loner. Still, Kell cannot turn his back on the beautiful woman caught in his firefight against the drug lords of Mexico. She says that her name is Teddie, but Kell senses that there's much more to her story - and it's about to pull him into a mission he didn't sign on for: keeping her alive. Teddie Lassiter knows that this lean, mean rescuer just saved her life, but the steel glint behind those soft gray eyes seems to be hiding something deep. The men after Teddie are deadly, but the man who holds her life in his hands and tempts her with his wicked touch is even more dangerous. He could make her dream about living and loving again. And if they can survive, maybe, just maybe, they can stop fighting the world and each other - and simply surrender.
  2. "COME MIDNIGHT" by Suzanne Forster (New Author For Me) (A++++) His famous art photographs captured women at their most emotional, their most vulnerable. But was Nick Montera really a man of such seductive power? He was accused of a crime of passion, of enticing a model to reveal her most intimate secrets - and then making her his prey. Psychologist Leigh Rappaport knew she should keep her professional distance from a man like Nick. But since their first encounter, she was overwhelmed with a hungry desire she had never felt before - and fascinated by this complicated, mysterious man. Now Leigh is drawn into a riveting case that will unmask Nick's true nature - and she finds herself taking a chance on the most dangerous kind of love.
  3. "BABY, IT'S YOU" by Jane Graves (Rainbow Valley #2) (A++++++) With only the wedding dress on her back and her honeymoon luggage in the car, Kari Worthington is running away. Determined to put her controlling father, her rigidly structured life and the uptight groom she left at the altar in her rearview mirror, she escapes to the Texas Hill Country...and lands on a tall, dark and gorgeous winery owner's doorstep. All she needs is a job and a place to live until she can get back on her fee. So why is she fantasizing about losing herself in his powerful arms? For Marc Cordero, freedom is so close he can taste it. He's devoted his life to managing the family business and being a single dad. Now with his daughter away at college and his brother taking over the winery, Marc is ready to hop on his Harley for parts unknown - and until a runaway bride bursts onto the scene. Free-spirited and tantalizingly sexy, Kari excites him like no other woman has before. But when irresistible passion turns into something more, will Marc give up his future to take a chance on love?
  4. "THE MARRIAGE TRAP" by Jennifer Probst (New Author For Me) (Marriage to a Billionaire #2) (A+++++) To satisfy his late father's wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride - someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy - and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael "proposes" to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: if she will play the part of his fiancee during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for-comfort flirtations. But once in Italy, sexual tension sparts the hottest no-strings-attached arrangement on any continent. Could marriage the bhe most enticing trap of all?
  5. "WHEN ADAM MET JACK" by G.A. Hauser (New Author For Me) (A++++) Attorney Jack Larsen may not have everything he wants, but between his successful career and best friend Mark Richfield, he's content. But when Mark comes out of the closet only to declare his love for ex-LAPD officer Steve Miller, Jack is devastated. Months later and still wounded, he's not looking to be swept off his feet, but it's hard to say no to handsome Hollywood hotshot Adam Lewis. Adam Lewis has made a name for himself representing some of today's brightest stars. But when his business partner is accused of unethical behavior, he finds himself in need of legal advice. When Adam walks into the law office of Jack Larsen, it's strictly business until he sets eyes on the powerful and sexy hero that's about to rescue his reputation.
  6. "IT HAD TO BE YOU" by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #7) (A+++++) The heat is on...Ali Winters is not having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she's a thief and now she's about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who's as sexy as he is stern. After a high-profile case goes wrong, Luke Hanover returns to his hometown for some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he help Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke's own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling? Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor?
  7. "WISCONSIN WEDDING" by Carla Neggers (Tyler, Wisconsin #3) (A++++) Welcome to Tyler. Wedding bells are ringing. Liza and Cliff are getting married. It's a big affair. Weddings bring family together - Byron Forrester arrives for his brother's wedding. He's visited Tyler once before and despite his uneasy relationship with Cliff, he's glad of the opportunity to return. And spark romantic notions - Nora Gates, independent-minded owner of Tyler's department store, fancies herself a spinster. One brief, passionate affair sated her curiosity. But Byron's arrival shatters her tranquillity.
  8. "A CHRISTMAS PASSAGE" by David Saperstein and George Samerjan (New Authors For Me) (A+++++) It's the most wonderful time of the year for some - and the worst for others. But within the heart of every Christmas, lies a special surprise for everyone...Christmas Eve morning at a crowded airport threatens to become Christmas Day when a heavy snowfall waylays five strangers on their way to Asheville, North Carolina. Marta's traveling with two children and the weight of a bitter divorce on her shoulders...Andy, a widower and Vietnam vet, reminisces at the airport bar when he notices the presence of a female soldier...Specialist Ileana is on leave from Iraq, fraught with guilt about leaving her comrades...Reggie, a laid-off assembly worker, contemplates his uncertain future...and wealthy businessman John is troubled by the untimely death of his high-powered, workaholic father. As the travelers reflect on their lives, a new challenge soon arises: their plane is grounded. But in the spirit of the season, a good samaritan offers to drive them to Asheville. Then her van gets stuck on a snowy road - and the real journey begins for an unlikely group who have more in common than meets the eye as they embark on a magical passage that will show them the true meaning of Christmas.
  9. "NEVER TOO MUCH" by Lori Foster (A+++++) One chance at forever...Ben Badwin likes his women sexy, wild and as uninhibited as his desires. Nothing like the brash, dirt-covered, wholesomely cute woman who just strutted into his diner. But something about Sierra Murphy's independent attitude makes Ben's fantasies run wild. Sierra doesn't need a man in her life, not even one as tempting as Ben. But the more she keeps her distance, the more he wants her and the harder it is for Sierra to steer clear of his teasing touches and his enticing eyes. To get him out of her system, Sierra makes a proposition: she'll sleep with him, but for one night only. Now, it's up to Ben to turn one night of pure ecstasy into a passion that never ends.
  10. "JAR OF DREAMS" by Liz Flaherty (New Author For Me) (A+++++) For as long as she can remember, Lucy Dolan has been jotting down her hopes on slips of paper and saving them in a pickle jar - her jar of dreams. It was the first thing she saved when the beloved family diner went up in flames and it's safely buckled in her beat-up minivan when she lands in Taft, Indiana, to start over. She rents a room and goes into business with her landlady, but then Gert's nephew comes charging in to "rescue" his aunt. Boone Brennan will be damned if he'll let Lucy take advantage of his Aunt Gert, who raised him and his sister. Believing that she's just passing through, he's deeply suspicious of her - despite the sparks that fly between them. Just as Boone and Lucy are starting to open up to each other, a series of fires throws Lucy under suspicion. Boone wants to trust her and his feelings, but with the whole town against her, will he stay by her side? Or will Lucy move on and find another place to make her dreams come true.
  11. "PICTURE PERFECT WEDDING" by Fiona Lowe (New Author For Me) (Wedding Fever #2) (A++++++) Erin David will do whatever it takes to be the photographer for high-end brides. So what if capturing the moments of people's lives means she has no time for her own? Nothing will get between her and the security she craves, not even the gorgeous farmer refusing to let her shoot in his sunflowers. His family has always been tied to the land, but lately Luke Anderson feels more like he's chained. While he ponders his future, he still has cows to milk and no time to deal with Erin or bridezillas in his fields. Yet there's something about the sexy city girl he can't say no to. So he says yes: just this once. With the town in need of a photographer, Erin agrees to spend wedding season in Whitetail. The sparks flying between her and Luke quickly ignite, but just as Erin starts to picture her own happy ending, Luke takes a gamble that could risk it all.
  12. "ALWAYS ON MY MIND" by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #8) (A+++++) There's nothing like the real thing. After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan needs to accomplish something in her life. But when she returns home to Lucky Harbor, she finds herself distracted by her best friend, Jack Harper. In an effort to cheer up Jack's ailing mother, Dee, Leah tells a little fib - that she and Jack are more than just friends. Soon pretending to be hot-and-heavy with this hunky firefighter feels too real to handle. No=strings attachments suit Jak just fine - perfect for keeping the risk of heartbreak away. But as Jack and Leah break every one of their "just friends" rules, he longs to turn their pretend relationship into something permanent. Do best friends know too much about each other to risk falling in love? Or will Jack and Leah discover something new about each other in a little town called Lucky Harbor?
  13. "SWEET REWARD" by Christy Reece (Last Chance Rescue #9) (A++++++) When the risk is the reward - let the danger begin. Adrenaline junkie Jared Livingston has found the perfect blend of exhilaration and danger in his new job at Last Chance Rescue. Raised to depend only on himself, Jared tried marriage, but the end of the relationship renewed his belief that he was meant to be a loner. Now a desperate plea from his ex-wife puts Jared in the unique position of using the skills she despised to rescue her missing daughter. The case brings Jared face-to-face with Mia Ryker, the only agent ever fired from LCR - for playing too far outside the box. Now Mia's back, and as a team, they're as compatible as fuel and fire - blowing off tension in each other's arms, blowing open the secret life of a wealthy philanthropist and his shameful dealings. Their search for the innocent child takes them to places neither has been before - to the edge of danger and to the edge of their hearts.
  14. "BOUND AND DETERMINED" by Shayla Black (Sexy Capers #1) (A+++++) Wanted for kidnapping: a beautiful blonde with a penchant for trouble. May be armed (with bad intentions) and dangerously seductive. Kerry Sullivan is running out of time - and patience. With her brother wrongfully accused of embezzling millions, she can't handle one more humiliating hang up from the man she's begging for help. Rafael Dawson may be one of the top electronic security experts in the country - and the only man who can prove her brother's innocence - but his phone manners are appalling. Damn Yankee. Too bad kidnapping the man isn't an option. Or is it? There's nothing Kerry wouldn't do for her brother. There are lots of things she longs to do to Rafe when he's tied up and naked in Kerry's secret hideaway. Rafe is certainly something to look at, but her brother's life is riding on her pulling off the impossible: getting this man who's always in control to lose it. But when the tables are turned, Kerry finds herself at Rafe's mercy. And the only way to get her way is to let him have his way - with her.
  15. "LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE" by Diana Gabaldon (Lord John Grey #2) (unabridged audio CD) (A+++++) It is 1758 and the flames of the Seven Years War are burning hotter than ever. The rigors and dangers of battle are actually a welcome respite for Lord John and his brother, Hal, who feel the constant strain of their family's troubled history. Seventeen years earlier, their father - the Duke of pardloe - apparently committed suicide. His reputation as a Jacobite agent survived, souring the family name, but now evidence has surfaced that the duke was murdered and his suicide staged. Only Scotsman and Jacobite James Fraser can help Lord John discover the truth.
  16. "MIDNIGHT RAIN" by Dee Davis (A+++++) For undercover FBI agent Katie Cavanaugh this was supposed to be a routine job - go in, get the evidence, catch a killer. But from the moment she lays eyes on John Brighton the intense charge in the air between them tells her that the stakes will be higher this time around. Posing as his physical therapist allows Katie firsthand access to him, but she can't let the intimacy of living together cloud her judgment. She will need her instincts sharp if she is going to find him guilty...or prove his innocence. Left for dead along a deserted highway, John awakes to find himself the lead suspect in a murder investigation. The only bright point in his life is Katie. Warm and beautiful, she is the one person he thinks he can trust. But as a net of suspicion closes in, John and Katie must work to unravel the maze of secrets and lies that threatens to keep them apart forever.
  17. "THE COWBOY" by Joan Johnson (Bitter Creek #1) (A+++++) Trace Blackthorne was taught from the cradle to take what he wanted. And he wanted Callie Creed. Eleven years ago, the feud between their families had torn them apart. But now Trace has come home, a ruthless hard-eyed stranger, making her an offer she couldn't refuse: marry him and save her struggling family from financial ruin. But the secrets of the past return to haunt them. And Callie is once again compelled to make an impossible choice - between the family who desperately needs her and the only man she has ever loved.
  18. "BETTING THE RAINBOW" by Jodi Thomas (Harmony, Texas #7) (A+++++) Sisters Abby and Dusti Delaney have spent their entire lives on Rainbow Lane, but they dream of something bigger. So when a poker tournament comes to town, Dusti is determined to win enough money to pay for Abby to finish school. Enlisting expert Kieran O'Toole to reach her the game, Dusti feels the sparks fly as they play their hands. But Kieran refuses to stand in the way of her dream, even if it means losing her forever. After a year of traveling, Ronny Logan is settling into a home on Rainbow Lane, but that's all the settling she'll be doing. Ronny refuses to fall for anyone, regardless of the chemistry she has with her neighbor Austin Hawk. Still, something undeniable begins to grow between the two loners - if only they can let their barriers fall and open their hearts.
  19. "DASH OF PERIL" by Lori Foster (Love Undercover #4) (A+++++) To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is six feet four inches of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life - and women - to the limit. Until Margo is threatened and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own. Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side...skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs - in all the ways that matter.
  20. "SILVER THAW" by Catherine Anderson (Mystic Creek #1) (A+++++) After years of living in fear of her husband, Bamanda Banning has left him and moved to Mystic Creek, Oregon, for a fresh start. But she's having a tough time providing for herself and her six-year-old daughter. Writing her secret yearnings on slips of paper and sending them into the wind helps her cling to the hope that things will get better...and that she can find happiness again. Jeb Sterling has no idea that the handwritten messages he finds scattered his land are the first hints that his life is about to change. Nor does he understand why he feels so compelled to help Amanda Banning and her daughter when a cold snap leaves them temporarily homeless. Maybe he's inspired by Amanda's courage or perhaps by her beautiful blue eyes. Either way, the man who once renounced love suddenly finds himself willing to do anything for the pair. Amanda seems to have given up on her dreams, but Jeb refuses to quit until he makes her every wish come true.
  21. "RIVER'S CALL" by Melody Carlson (Inn at Shining Water #2) (A+++++) What happens when the ties between generations are severed? Anna Larson's daughter, Lauren, is confused, brokenhearted and misguided. It's the turbulent 1960s and, feeling alienated from her mother, Lauren choose to stay with her paternal grandmother. However, repelled by the woman's manipulative and spiteful ways, Lauren returns to her mother, the river and the Inn at Shining Waters. But as time passes, Lauren, now a mother to her own defiant teenager, faces a new crisis - one that puts the entire family at risk.
  22. "HEAVEN'S PRICE" by Sandra Brown (abridged audio CD) (A+++) Blair Simpson embraces a life most merely dream about. Nearly thirty years old, she devoted her nights as well as her days to dancing in the chorus lines of Broadway musicals and in an occasional high-paying TV commercial. She'd never considered another career, believing that this is what she'd been born for. But when an injury sends her to a small town for six long months of recuperation, she finds herself surrounded by couples her own age, raising families and building dreams together. And there she meets a man who forces her to come to terms with a part of herself she has long denied. From Blair's first encounter with Sean Garrett, her new landlord, their powerful sexual attraction catches her off guard. And for the first time, she is unable to lose herself in her dancing, and Sean's passion and tenderness urge her to open her life to him. As a restorer of old houses - what Sean most wants is a future with fiery raven-haired Blair. But Blair's own passion for dance has ruled her for so long, she may not be able to break its hold - even if it costs her the love she thought she'd never find.
  23. "BACK IN THE GAME" by Lori Wilde (Stardust, Texas #1) (A++++++) (I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review) Welcome to Stardust, Texas...where dreams come true and love is always right around the corner. Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan and have a great pair of legs. Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn't conquest or a team he couldn't beat. And now that he's off the field he's ready to tell all about when he played the field. So he chooses Breeanne Carlyle to do the job - she's got the requirements, but more important, there's something about her that makes him want to be a better man. Convinced there's more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can't help bu be tempted. After all, it's boring always being the good girl and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne's breaking all the rules playing the game of love.
  24. "ONE WISH" by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point #7) (A++++++) Grace Dillon was a champion figure skater before she moved to Thunder Point to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition. And though she's proud of the quiet, self-sufficient life she's created running a successful flower shop, she knows something is missing. Her life could use a little excitement. In a community where there are few eligible singles, high school teacher Troy Headly appoints himself Grace's fun coach. When he suggests a little companionship with no strings attached, Grace is eager to take him up on his offer, and the two enjoy...getting to know each other. But things get complicated when Grace's past catches up with her and she knows that's not what Troy signed up for,. Faced with losing her, Troy realizes Grace is more than just a friend with benefits. He's determined to help her fight for the life she always wished for but never believed she could have - and maybe they can find real love along the way.

CURRENTLY READING - 

  1. "Fantasy" "The Widows Auction" by Sabrina Jeffries "Louisa's Dream" by Emma Holly "Mr. Speedy" by Elda Minger (New Author For Me) "The Awakening" by Christine Feehan (Leopard People #1)
  2. "Folly Beach" by Dorothea Benton Frank (Lowcountry Tales #8)

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO -

  1. "The Lady in Blue" by Javier Sierra (New Author For Me) (unabridged audio CD)


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Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

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Through good fortune I guess I have finished 2 already, one very late last night and one this morning.

Over My Dead Body by Rex Stout - Nero Wolfe, one of my favorites and this is going in my top 5. It gave a lot of background on our elusive genius, and introduced a daughter! It's not that simple of course and I don't think she's ever referred to again, I've never heard of her. Good murder too. Fun book.

How Did All This Happen by John Bishop - British comedian. This was the perfect memoir, I wish every celebrity would write them this way. He was personal and introspective, never boring even when going on about sports which I hate, and he told not only how he became a comedian but what he was thinking along the way. Easy 5 stars.

Before Midnight by Rex Stout - A little slower than Wolfe usually is but still better than most. This one was a little light on memorable tings to write about. Archie as charming as ever.

Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir - Kinda creepy Icelandic story about a murdered and desecrated college guy who was into real magic. Black magic. It was pretty good for a first in a series. There was a little romance too but not enough to be annoying or unbelievable.

Catching Fire Hunger Games 2 by Suzanne Collins - A lot more action than the first book, and the revolution is finally getting somewhere.



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Finished

  • Desertion in the Time of Vietnam by Jack Todd

Currently Reading

  • Redeployment by Phil Klay
  • Y by Marjorie Celona

Listening to

  • Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie
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Currently Reading:

Leaving Time - Jodi Picoult

Finished:

The Hungry Season - T. Greenwood - 3.5 Stars

The Courage Tree - Diane Chamberlain - 4.0 Stars

The Dressmaker - Kate Alcott - 4.0 Stars

The Beach House - Mary Alice Monroe - 3.5 Stars

Swimming Lessons  - Mary Alice Monroe - 4.0 Stars



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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, in audio, and loving every minute of it.

I have so many non-fiction books going right now, books on knitting (4), aprons (2), cooking (1), breathing (1), tapping (1).  I hate it when I do that!  Read this one for 15 minutes, then glance through that one.  Forgot what I read in the other so pick it up again.  Good grief!

 

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Finished:  A Fool for Murder by Marian Babson.  A quick read, 70 year-old Sir Wilmer Creighleigh has returned from a lecture tour in America with a 17 year-old bride, much to the dismay of his children and family.  Not a lot of substance to the plot, but entertaining.

A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton --- This is one of the best books I've read in a long time...loved it.  Steve Hamilton is a new author to me, but I will definitely be reading everything of his I can find.  I have the second book in this series Winter of the Wolf Moon and it's next on my TBR list.  In this book, Alex McKnight, former police officer in Detroit, MI, has moved to Paradise, MI after retiring on disability [shot in the line of duty, partner killed] and has taken a job as a PI.  His best friend calls and asks him to come to a motel, just found a man dead.  What comes after is a taut, well-written novel that will keep the reader turning the pages until late at night!! 

Winter of the Wolf Moon by Steve Hamilton --- Another excellent book by Hamilton.  Alex McKnight is similar to C.J. Box's Joe Pickett character, a man dedicated to doing the right thing, yet fallible and then feeling guilty about the mistakes he's made.  Alex McKnight tries to help a woman who comes to him desperate to escape from a man, but when she disappears, Alex blames himself for not protecting her and then finds himself in desperate circumstances.  Another page-turner!!

The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart --- This is an older book and, I guess, because of that and the way it's written it took me awhile to get into the story. 'Mary Grey' is mistaken for a woman who left home several years before and was believed dead. She is asked to impersonate the woman and make 'her' grandfather believe she has returned home. Through an involved story line she assumes this persona only to find herself in grave danger.  The last third of the book got very interesting. I can't find an ISBN # anywhere, if interested in it, pm me and I'll send it to you.  I'm putting it on my unpostable list.

Trophy Hunt by C.J. Box --- As always, C. J. Box writes one terrific story and I had a hard time putting this one down!  Joe Pickett is working with his friend Nate Romanowski and others to find out who is killing and mutilating animals and then 2 men.  It's a real page- turner, but I have yet to find one of Box's stories that isn't. I love this series.

'C' Is For Corpse by Sue Grafton --- Kinsey Millhone is hired by a young man who thinks someone tried to kill him by causing him to wreck his car and that person may still be after him.  Kinsey takes the case and ends up looking for the killer.  Always a good story and series even if it is an older one.

Another Summer by Georgia Bockoven --- A continuation of The Beach House by Bockoven.  A beach house on the California coast is available for rent during the summer months. Several different people rent it for a month at a time; each coming with their own set of problems and heartaches.  Each one leaves renewed.  A heartwarming novel.

The Stone Forest by Karen Harper--- 16 years earlier, Jenna and her sister, Mandi, were abducted; only Jenna came home. Now someone is trying to make Jenna think Mandi might still be alive.  Mandi's old boyfriend, Mace, has come back home to help his dying father with the family business. Jenna's mother is a state legislator with her eye on the vice-president's job.  A taut, well-written read with a surprise ending.

Claws and Effect by Rita Mae Brown --- Mrs. Murphy, Tucker & Pewter help Harry and Deputy Cooper solve another mystery.  Who's killing people at Crozet Hospital and why?  A fun read as are all the Sneaky Pie Brown books.

Killing Her Softly by Beverly Barton--- Very well written mystery, someone is killing Quinn Cortez's former lovers and the police suspect him and he has no alibi for any of them.  Annabelle Vanderlay's cousin was one of the women murdered. While she wants to believe he's innocent, she has some doubts. A real page turner.

Talk of the Town by Lisa Wingate --- This is a book that will leave you feeling good and believing in the goodness of others and God.  Amber Anderson is a young woman from Daily, Texas who is a finalist on American Megastar [think America's Got Talent, The Voice, etc.]. She's a sweet young innocent who sings gospel music and has won the hearts of the voters. But all is not as it seems with the contest and the associate producer, Mandalay Florentino, is about to find out.  I really enjoyed Lisa Wingate's writing style,  and will be looking for more of her books.

Currently reading: haven't decided

Up next:  undecided

 



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FINISHED

Where She Went (If I Stay, Bk 2): Gayle Forman    Good, but didn't like it near as much as the first one.

First Love: James Patterson                                        I really enjoyed this one.

Invisible: James Patterson                                            Another good one.

Carnal Curiosity (Stone Barrington, Bk 29): Stuart Woods               Another good one.

 

 

 

 

 

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I am reading Marlys Choice by Lora Leigh
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I'm reading this

Sultry with a twist,

recently finished this    Bully



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I'm on vacation from work this week. My goals will be to get through Ender's Game and Gone Girl.

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Print:  Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen.

My favorite genre, Southern Fiction.  Sort of predictable, but I didn't care.  It was a nice, relaxing read. 

At last, I finished the Signature of All Things in audio.

Just started Casting Off which got terrific reviews here.  I am enjoying every last detail about the knitting and the islands, but damn, I cannot stand the main character, and don't really care for the writing, either.  I am in the minority.



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Out Stealing Horses. the author's first name is Per.

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WHALES' ANGELS: A husband and wife battle whalers in a seagoing adventure of international intrigue and murder
Author: Paul, J. Mila

This is a Mystery, Thriller & Suspense >> Thrillers & Suspense.......This is a very good read.  Especially if you like this kind of book.

 

Red Cell Seven (Red Cell, Bk 2): Stephen Frey      Another good Frey book.

The Night Circus: Erin Morgenstern         It took me awhile to get into this, but glad I did.  Definitely strange.

 

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Finally finished Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy in audio.  It was a good history refresher.

I am reading "Still Missing" by Chevy Stevens, it is very good, has been pulling me back from the TV which is a good thing!  I have been off with my reading since November.

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Ok I was attempting Marlys Choice but I couldn't get past the logistics involved. Overall good story though.
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I just started and quit Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses in audio.  I tried to like it, but it was read in a real cutesy tone.  I can't tolerate cutesy.

So I started China Dolls by Lisa See and read by Janet Song, who reads all of her work, beautifully. 

Meg, I could not get past maybe the first third of Still Missing, and I tried it twice.  It gave me the willies, and I didn't like the main character.

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Bonnie, it is creepy, but I like it!  Finished "Still Missing", I enjoyed it.

Just started The Hurricane Sisters by D B Frank in audio  Still listening to this, light and easy.  Not sure what to start in print next.



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I did edit an earlier post with the following. I am wondering since this is my first year posting in this thread, is there a preference?  Add to the earlier post, which can get missed, or make a new post as the month progresses?  Usually I just post my picks of the month in the other thread.  This thread helps me keep better track of everything.

Just started Casting Off which got terrific reviews here.  I am enjoying every last detail about the knitting and the islands, but damn, I cannot stand the main character, and don't really care for the writing, either.  I am in the minority.

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Oh please don't judge me: I have plowed through 5 of the Diagnosis Murder books this month.  Yes, yes, based on the old tv series with Dick Van Dyke.  I am amazed how good and entertaining they are, I finish one and immediately start the next.  The writing is clever, the mysteries complex and entertaining.  Honestly, they are **** and ***** stars.  I am struggling in real life right now, and need to be non-taxed in my reading, and simply entertained, it seems.

For a quick diversion and change of pace, yesterday I started and almost finished Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke, about a widowed young woman who is offered a home by a man who needs a mama for his toddler.  Chaste, frontier love, very reminiscent of Little House On the Prairie to me.  Pleasant and comfortable reading in a time of stress.  Just what I need right now....

 

 

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True Pleasures: A Memoir of Women in Paris by Lucinda Holdforth. Oddly I started this book a few weeks ago and wasn't sure I would like it so I set it aside. Now a couple of days ago I started reading it again and now I am really enjoying it. The author has done a lot of reading about Paris and many of the famous women who have lived there over the centuries. The memoir is sort of a combination of the author's experiences in the city and the history of other women who have lived in Paris.

Still reading Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. slow going. just finished this yesterday. Book is set in Norway. The chronology of the book is mixed all the way through.The author does a nice job of keeping the various times straight so there is never any doubt about where the narrative is but I'm not sure how necessary the mix is to the story. Story is mostly an internal family dynamic with a father son relationship at center of book. The book has a sketchy quality with several implied relationships that are never filled out specifically. I would say maybe a 7 out of 10 rating.

Just started yesterday The Promised Land The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America by Nicholas Lemann. Very well written and interesting so far. Author is a journalist so the writing is more lively I think rather than a scholarly treatment. There are footnotes. I feel lucky finding two books that I am really liking.



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I just started Rose Madder by Stephen King.

 

This month I've read:

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green -- LOVED

A Different Kind of Normal by Cathy Lamb -- LOVED

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell -- Pretty Good

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper -- Just eh. I only started caring in the last third of the book



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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I just found this book at a library sale I went to a few weeks ago. I'll have to put it on the tbr pile for the time being. I've got way too much stuff ahead of it for now.

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Finished:
The Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin
Riders of the Storm by Julie E. Czerneda
Your Pregnancy & Birth by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
Baby Bargains by Denise & Alan Fields

Reading:
The Sword of Calandra by Susan Dexter
a story per day from Renunciates of Darkover edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective
a chapter per week from Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis & Judith Schuler
 

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