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Subject: It's February 2016 - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 2/1/2016 3:13 PM ET
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FINISHED -

  1. "COVER YOUR EYES" by Mary Burton (Morgan's of Nashville #1) (A++++++) Don't look...At first, they struggle to escape. Then a torrent of blows rains down upon their bodies until their eyes cloud over in final agony. The killer shows no remorse - just a twisted need to witness each victim's last terrified moments. Don't speak...Public defender Rachel Wainwright is struggling to reopen a decades-old case, convinced that the wrong man is in prison. Homicide detective Deke Morgan doesn't want to argree. But if Rachel's hunch is correct, whoever fatally bludgeoned young, beautiful Annie Dawson thirty years ago could be the souce of a new string of brutal slayings. Just prepare to die...Rachel's investigation is about to reveal answers - but at a price she never thought to pay. Now she's become the target of a rage honed by years of jealousy and madness. And a murderer is ready to show her just how vicious the truth can be.
  2. "RAW DESIRE" by Kate Pearce (A++++) Unforgettable pleasure...Ally Kendal nows returning to her hometown to sell her mother's house isn't going to be easy. She left in disgrace years ago and hasn't been back since. But she's never forgotten the one man who awakened in her a secret yearning for wildly erotic sexual pleasure. Undeniable desire...Rob Ward is surprised at the surge of desire he feels when he first sees Ally after all this time. He's gotten over the betrayal he felt when he found her and his best friend together on the eve of his wedding, but it's obvious he's never given up wanting her. And now that she's back he'll show her what she's missed, how good he makes her feel, how easy it is for him to take control and bring her to the edge of sweet surrender.
  3. "HOLD ME" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #16) (A+++++) Destiny Mills believes passion has its place - likein the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. Aftr a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in dlicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once...the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does. Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills - and a ot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust - and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.
  4. "TARGETED" by Katie Reus (Deadly Ops #1) (New Author For Me) (A+++++) Hidden in plain sight...Former Marine sniper and current NSA agent Jack Stone has a new face to go with his new identity. But he still has the same tortured memories - which include the woman he let get away years ago, when they were teenagers. Now his new assignment in Miami will put him so close to the woman he's never been able to forget, he could reach out and touch her - if only she weren't under suspicion. When Sophie Moreno uncovers evidence linking the medical supply company she works for with arms smuggling - and worse - she doesn't know whom to turn to. After a shocking betrayal, she realizes the only person she can trust is a mysterious new person in the company - a man with hauntingy familiar eyes. As Sophie questions her intense attraction to this man and Jack struggles not to blow his cover, the two of them must race against the clock to stop terrorists from killing scores of people - starting with them.
  5. "NEW LEAF" by Catherine Anderson (Mystic Creek, Oregon #2) (A+++++) When Taffeta Brown was viciously betrayed by her wealthy husband, she lost everything - including custody of their daughter, Sarah. Now that Taffy has moved to Mystic Creek, Oregon, to start over, she unexpectedly meets the one man who might help her get Sarah back. Barney Sterling, a local lawman, finds himself drawn to lovely, guarded Taffy, but he's stunned by her proposition - that they marry immediately to improve her chances of regaining custody of her daughter. Barney takes marriage too seriously to commit himself to a woman he hardly knows Yet soon his sympathies warm toward the desperate Taffy and pretending to be in love becomes the easiest part of the plan. But they have no idea what they're up against, or what they're willing to risk to make a miracle come true in Mystic Creek.
  6. "THE TROUBLE WITH TEXAS COWBOYS" by Carolyn Brown (Burnt Boot, Texas #2) (A+++++) Can a girl ever have too many cowboys? No sooner does pint-sized spitfire Jill Cleary set foot on Fidle Creek Ranch than she finds herself in the middle of a hundred-year-old feud. Quaid Brennan and Tyrell Gallagher ar both tall, handsome and rich, and both are courting Jill to within an inch of her life. She's doing her best to give these feuding ranchers equal time - too bad it's dark-eyed Sawyer O'Donnell who makes her blood boil and her hormones hum.
  7. "SWEETEST MISTAKE" by Candis Terry (Sweet, Texas #2) (A+++++) When friends become lovers...it can lead to disaster or...Firefighter and former Marine, Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but he's learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything. He'd just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life. Five years later, she's back and he's battling a load of mistrust for her disappearing act. But for some reason he just can't keep his lips - or his hands - to himself. When her stint as a trophy wife abruptly ends, Abby returns home to Sweet, Texas, and comes face-to-face with Jackson - her biggest and sexiest mistake. Time and distance did nothing to squash her love for the act-first-think-later stubborn hunk of a man and when he suggests they renew their old just-friends vow, Abby realizes she wants more. She'd cut and run once. Could she do it again? Or could she tempt him enough to break his promise?
  8. "INDECENT PROPOSAL" by Molly O'Keefe (Boys of Bishop #4) (book that I won in a contest from the author) (A++++++) With his chiseled jaw an thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia and now he's next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father's greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid and nothing can get in the way - not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean on and a body to love for a night. Problem is, she's pregnant. Scandal is brewing and there is only one solution: marriage. Damage control? Ryan Kaminski can't believe that a cold, calculating political animal now inhabits the body of the emotionally vulnerable stranger who gave her the most unforgettable night of her life. Really, she doesn't want anything from Harrison, except to be left alone to have her baby in peace. But Ryan is broke, jobless and essentially blackmailed by Harrison's desperate family to accept this crazy marriage deal. For two years, she will have to act the role of caring, supportive wife. But what is Ryan supposed to do when she realizes that, deep in her heart, she's falling in love?
  9. "KISS ME" by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #17) (A+++++) After Phoebe Kitzke's kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors - until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool's Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn't exactly thrilled by the city girl's arrival. Thanks to his brother's latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn't fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss that convinces him she's exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid. In his arms, Phoebe discovers she's a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can't stay unless Zane loves her, too...but is this cowboy interested in forever?
  10. "ONCE TASTED" by Laura Moore (Silver Creek Trilogy #2) (A+++++) Three siblings, an extraordinary family, a lasting heritage, they'll fight for the land and the people they love. Everything has come easily to Reid Knowles, the middle son of a California ranching family. But his charmed life is suddenly complicated when his good friend and neighbor asks him to help run the winery next door. His neighbor's niece, Mia Bodell, is in charge - and she has made it clear that she'd rather be roped to a steer than to Reid Knowles. Never one to back down from a challenge, Reid vows to win her trust. Her life is marked by loss, Mia knows that nothing comes easily - love included. In high school, her heart was crushed by Reid, and even though years have passed, the hurt lingers. Mia is achingly aware that the teen heartthrob has matured into a devastatingly handsome playboy and the budding winemaker refuses to let down her guard. But one taste of unbridled passion changes things. From Reid's first intoxicating kiss to his unexpectedly tender seduction, Mia is swept into a passionate affair that could tear her heart to pieces...or give her everything she has ever wanted.
  11. "SMOKY MOUNTAIN SETUP" by Paula Graves (Gates: Most Wanted #1) (A++++) Coming in from the cold had never been so heated by an old attraction...On the run for two years, former FBI agent Cade Landry has only one person he can turn to: Olivia Sharp, his former partner - and lover. But after all this time, trusting the beauty is sure to put both their lives on the line. Taking that risk, Cade braves a raging storm to seek her help. The moment they're reunited, and with no time to explore their reignited passion or the case that tore them apart, they must focus on bringing a band of domestic terrorists to justice. Hurtling them through snow-choked mountains into harrowing danger, Cade feels the pressure of what's at stake: his future, Olivia's life...and a love that never died.
  12. "STRIP SEARCH" by Shelley Bradley (Sexy Capers #2) (A+++++) If the Feds want to nail a Mafia kingpin, they need a slick trap to catch him. Enter Mark Sullivan, built for the job - to go undercover as a male stripper in the mobster's Vegas club. The perk? the club's owner. Sure, she's got some unsavory connections, but how can anyone with thos legs be all bad? When it comes to business, Nicola DiStefano's a pro. As for pleasure, she's been out of commission too long to care. If anyone can strip her of her inhibitions it's the new guy who's stirring her wildest g-string fantasies. But Mark and Nicki have more in common than sizzling sexual chemistry. They each have their share of secrts and motives and with the mob closing in, what gets exposed is as irresistible as it is dangerous.
  13. "TRIPTYCH" by Karin Slaughter (Will Trent #1) (A+++++) In the city of Atlanta, women are dying - at the hands of a killer who signs his work with a single, chilling act of mutilation. Leaving behind enough evidence to fuel a frenzied police hunt, this cunning madman is bringing together dozens of lives, crossing the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veterans detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread - and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy. But another player has entered the game: a loser ex-con who has stumbled upon the killer's trail in the most coincidental of ways - someone who may be the key to breaking the case wide open.
  14. "THE AUCTION" by Cheyenne McCray (writing as Jaymie Holland) "SOLD" (A+++) Christy finds herself on the auction block at an exclusive charity that has some discreet BDSM club participants. Members of an elite kink club have infiltrated and she's intrigued by the possibilities. Zach Nikas, an old flame, turns out to be the high bidder. He's hot and sexy, intelligent and successful and just happens to have a well-outfitted dungeon. A dungeon where Charity learns what Zach and "play" are all about. "BOUGHT" (A++++) Roni is put up for sale to the highest bidder. When John Taylor purchases her, she gets more than she expected with one tall, dark, sexy and mysterious man. But something sinister is going on. Women fitting Roni's description are being murdered. Roni finds out things about John that send her into a panic, making her wonder what's real and what could cost her life. "CLAIMED" (A++++) Navy SEAL Rick Pierce is being auctioned off to benefit the charity auction. He doesn't know that a kink club has infiltrated the event and he's about to get an introduction he'll never forget. Leslie Adams loves to dominate and tie up powerful men - tying up a SEAL will be the ultimate high. She purchases Rick at the auction for a weekend in Cabo and learns there's no tying down a SEAL. "TAKEN" (A+++) In Kelley's demanding life, she is everyone's pillar of trength. For once she would like someone else to make decisions for her and she has a secret fantasy to turn over control to a dominant man. Then Kelley is auctioned off to Nate Davis. Nate shows her how creative he can be and takes her places she never thought she'd go.
  15. "CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING" by Christie Ridgway (Cabin Fever #3) (A++++) Blue-colar landscaper Brett Walker has no interest in the Hollywood vacationers flocking to his hometown in the California mountains. But the scarred ex-soldier does have a duty to protect Blue Arrow Lake - and the family ski resort - from a serial burglar. So when he suspects a break-in, he takes action...and ends up catching sinfully tempting down-on-her-luck heiress Angelica Rodriguez. She reminds him of trouble, but he can't deny her a safe place to stay - in one of his cabins. Angelica has plenty of reasons to distruct - losing her money to her father's legal woes being one of them. Getting up close and naughty with rough, tough and sexy Brett tempts her out of her comfort zone and into the arms of a man who's not from her wealthy world. She's after safety and he's chasing justice, but the fire between them might reveal that all they want is each other.
  16. "OVERRULED" by Enmma Chase (The Legal Briefs #1) (A++++) With his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes, Washington, D.C., defense attorney Stanton Shaw is a hard man to turn down. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross-examined by him. Stanton is a man with a plan - he keeps his questions sharp and his head clool. Until he receives a wedding invitation from Jenny, his high school sweetheart and the mother of his beloved ten-year-old daughter Jenny is getting married - to someone who isn't him That's definitely not part of the plan. Sofia Santos is an ambitious, no-nonsense litigator who doesn't have time for relationships. But when Stanton, her "friend with mind-blowing benefits," begs her for help, she finds herself out of her element in a one-stoplight Mississippi town in order to help Stanton win back the woman he loves. But when two professional arguers with "no strings attached" passion hit the sultry southern heat, the bourbon flows, the stakes rise... and even the best-laid agreements get overruled.

CURRENTLY READING -

  1. "Christmas on Bellevue Lane" by Anna DeSefano (Chandlerville, Georgia: Echoes of the Heart #3) (Kindle application on my cell phone)  
  2. "Wicked Game" by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
  3. "Creed's Honor" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #6) 
  4. "Discovering You" by Brenda Novak (Whiskey Creek #10) (ARC that I received from the author in exchange for my honest review)   

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO -

  1. "Festive in Death" by J.D. Robb (In-Death #39) (unabridged audio CD)


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I am about a quarter of the way into Sharon Osbourne's autobiography Extreme.

It's a page-turner!

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The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

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Finished:  Final Justice by Fern Michaels --- The women's vigilante group is out to clean up some crooked Las Vegas casino tough guys. The last few books of this series seem to be getting a little stale, not as fun as they first were.  Oh, well, guess I'll keep reading them since I have several more and see what happens.

The Bone Vault by Linda Fairstein-- Interesting series about a woman DA in New York City who prosecutes sex crimes, but seem to be involved in other investigations as well. Alex Cooper is working on the case of a woman found murdered who has ties to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History in New York.  As I read this series I wonder if the author, Linda Fairstien who was a former Assistant DA with the Sex Crimes Divison, really was as involved in the actual investigations as Alex seems to be.  Be interesting to find out.

The Kills by Linda Fairstien --- Assistant DA Alex Cooper is prosecuting a man for rape, helping to investigate the murder and sexual assault of an 80-year-old woman and trying to help a 10-year-old boy who's been abused by his father.  As usual she gets herself in danger [twice!] and manages to get out of it relatively unharmed. Always some interesting local history about New York City.

Arkansas Traveler by Earlene Fowler -- Bennie Harper has gone back to Arkansas for a reunion. While there she reunites with old friends and is drawn into a murder investigation. Racial problems are causing a situation for her friend who's running for mayor and Elvia is rethinking her relationship with Emory. Lots going on in this story, but always a fun read.

Seaview Key by Sherryl Woods --- New series by Woods.  Hannah Matthews comes back to Seaview Key thinking she's going to put her grandmother in a retirement home and sell the inn that has been in the family for several generations.  Things don't work out the way she had intended when her daughter decides to drop out of college and the guy she had a crush on as a teenager shows up at the inn.  A fun read.

Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook --- Sarah Hurlihy is a 40-year-old divorcee trying to get back into dating and her sister tells her to place an ad in the personals section of the paper. So she has her sister write the ad and then is afraid to check for messages,  Sarah is a little intimidated by the whole thing which turns into a comedy of errors, and along with her large Irish Catholic family who always seem to turn up at the wrong time, Sarah's life is about to change.

Currently reading: The Hearing by John Lescroart



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Reading:

R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

Little Madhouse on the Prairie by Marion Elizabeth Witte

Finished:

The 6th Extinction by James Rollins

This is Not a Game by Walter John Williams

Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell



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Still reading:

the ten top things the dead want to tell YOU   by Mike Dooley

The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson

My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl read by the author

2 AM at the Cat's Pajama's by Marie Helene-Bertino narrated by Angela Goethals

Making Masterpiece by Rebecca Eaton, narrated by Meredith Mitchell.  Love this audio!

The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith.  REad by Davina Porter.  Read the reviews, this sucked! 

The Family Tree by Carole Cadwaller narrated by Josephine Bailey.

Every Sunday by Peter Pezelli



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The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriart, still reading it, but anyone who doesn't figure out the "big mystery" long before the end doesn't red much. Even so I am enjoying it, I like Moriarty's characters in all of her books that I've read.

 

Children Of The Flames, a non-fiction about the Holodcost. Dr. Jpsef Mengele tortured and   killed many people in the concentration camp, but especially twins. This is their story. It does not go into too many details of what they went thro0ugh. more about how the survivors managed and went on to live their lives. Everyone should read this.

 

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings. I am not a fan of fantasy, but am reading it for the ContemporaryLiterature Challange, as recommended by  my son.

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Listening to "March" by Geraldine Brooks,  I'm on the second cd and it's very good so far.

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Room: Emma Donoghue      I put this book on my wishlist not expecting much.  The book is written from a 5 year old's perspective.  I am glad I read this heart-wrenching book.  It was disturbing.

Cold Cold Heart: Tami Hoag         The story was good, but not one of her best for sure.

The President's Shadow (The Culper Ring Series): Brad Meltzer       I enjoyed this.

11/22/63    : Stephen King           I really liked this book.  I am sure there were facts from the Kennedy assassination, but the time travel spin on the story was interesting also.

Pegasus: A Novel       : Danielle Steel             I thought I would like this alot more than I did.  There was so much repetition that it almost got boring, but I finished it. 

Turtle Diary    : Russell Hoban                This was a strange book.

Shipwreck Island (Shipwreck Island, Bk 1)        : S. A. Bodeen         A very interesting book.  It is listed under the Children's genre, but I think it should be under the YA genre.  I have the rest of the series on my wishlist.

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I am about a third of the way in to "The Girl In the Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz--and I am totally hooked.

The author was sanctioned by Stieg Larsson's family to take the reins of this series following Larsson's death, and I can see why. His writing style--and the flow of the story--"feel" right-on. Of course, there were no outlines or blueprints left behind to follow, so the story-line and any new characters are now his own.

But I am happy to report I am thoroughly impressed and engrossed. Lisbeth lives on!!!

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So far:

Among Others, Jo Walton. Meh. I bet it won the Hugo and the Nebula because it's mostly got teenagers reading science fiction. She could have left out the (alleged) magic entirely and it wouldn't be that much different.

The Martian, Andy Weir. Great book (loved the movie too). The entire book is all about him fixing problems, so if you're not into that don't bother. I don't know if his tech would work or not, I just liked the inventive ways he got around all the disasters.

Jhereg; Yendi; and Teckla all by Steven Brust. Fantasy novels about Vlad Taltos, an assassin and his wife Cawti. Finally (!) collected this whole series and going through them. Hopefully the quality stays up.

Nowhere to Run, C.J. Box. Poor Joe Pickett - the game warden is on his last patrol before heading home when he runs into a couple of "mountain men" who are not in the least friendly. Love this series but you gotta space them out - Joe always gets in a scrape and has to have Nate get him out of trouble. But always an interesting story related to real-life environmental issues.

Rituals of the Season, Margaret Maron. Judge Deborah Knott is preparing for her wedding when an assistant district attorney is murdered on the highway. Nice series - I find it very calming to read about her huge family and relationships, and of course justice will always triumph.

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My Reading Life by Pat Conroy. a sort of reading memoir. non fiction.

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Charles, I recently devoured (irony intended) The Pat Conroy Cookbook, a recipe/cooking/travel/life/memoir.  Delicious!

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I don't do a lot of cooking from recipes so books with recipes have always left me cold. I have come across a few but I always skip over the recipes.

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I am about half way into Mia Farrow's memoir "What Falls Away." I am surprised that I cannot put it down, and I haven't even gotten to the Woody Allen scandal yet.

How fabulous that she just happened to travel to India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi--and then the Beatles showed up!

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on a related note there is an interesting documentary called Wild Man Blues. The movie is about a concert tour in Europe by the dixieland jazz group in which Woody Allen plays clarinet. The camera follows Allen around much of the time and we see him with his young wife Previn (forgot her first name) and his sister. lots of other people as well.

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Just finished Ken Follett's Fall of Giants - loved it!

Listening to The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian. I wish I was reading not listening to it. There are 2 narrators, and both have the most annoying voices. The book is pretty good, about sex slave trafficing and how it affects this one family. Of course since I'm still reading I h aven't gotten to the twist his books all sem to have.