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Subject: It's January - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 1/1/2012 1:24 AM ET
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My January 2012 Reading List:

Finished -

  1. "LOVER'S LEAP" by Emily March (Eternity Springs #5) (A+++) Twenty years ago the town bad boy, Cam Murphy, left Eternity Springs in handcuffs, riding in the back of a sheriff's van...and breaking young Sarah Reese's heart. The defiant teenager vowed never to return. In Australia, Cam makes a new beginning. He builds a successful business and suffers few regrets until Sarah - and their daughter - walk into his life and then immediately run away. Realizing it's time to right yesterday's wrongs, Cam follows Sarah home to Colorado - and turns her world upside down. Cam wants to know his daughter. He needs to prove to Sarah, the town and himself that he's changed. Will the residents of Eternity Springs offer forgiveness - and will Sarah have the courage to trust this man asking for a second chance?
  2. "DANGEROUS RACE" by Dee J. Adams (Adrenaline Highs #1) (Kindle) (A++) When the team leader dies under mysterious circumstances, driver Mac Reynolds takes charge. The pair clash as Trace resents his high-handed attempts to control her, while Mac fears Trace's recklessness will get her killed. Neither can throttle back the desire that spins out of control whenever they touch. Trace lets herself be seduced when Mac convinces her he finds her beautiful despite her scars and she begins to hope for more. But Mac knows he's not nearly good enough for Trace.
  3. "WITH ABANDON" by J.L. Langley (With or Without #3) (Kindle) (A+) Love was never part of his plan...until it pounced. As heir to an old and proud heritage. Aubrey Reynolds works and lives for his family, his employees and his pack. Agreeing to watch after a visiting werewolf is no big deal - until he discovers the newcomer is his mate. His very male mate...which is a very big deal, indeed. Revealing his sexuality was never part of Aubrey's well-ordered life plan. Much as he loved caring for his eight younger brothers, Matt Mahihkan knows it's time to grab the opportunity to attend college in Atlanta. Realizing Aubrey is his mate should have been a delightful experience...except Aubrey treats him more like a dirty little secret than a lover. Yet Matt is a patient man. Aubrey can't stay in the closet forever. Can he? In time, they settle into a comfortable, if complicated routine. Until a rogue werewolf with an axe to grind forces Aubrey to add to the wedge of secrets driving him and Matt apart, leaving Matt exposed to danger...and Aubrey is forced to choose between love and duty
  4. "MISTLETOE MINE" by Emily March (Eternity Springs #4) (A) (Kindle) Newly engaged to her college sweetheart, Molly Stapleton has one wish for her holiday wedding: get her estranged parents back together. Three years ago, a family tragedy drove Emma Stapleton away from her husband, Jared, and their sprawing Texas ranch. Time, false pride and unhealed hurts have only widened the divide. But Molly, with the help of some very special people in Eternity Springs, has a plan. As Emma and Jared arrive in this magical town to share Molly's happiness, they meet face-to-face, heart to heart. Will they accept this last chance to renew their promises of love - and cherish the gift from the daughter who loves them both?
  5. "DARK GOLD" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians #3) (A) Was he a man...or a miracle? Alexandria Houton would sacrifice anything - even her life - to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encountered unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex could only cry to heaven for their deliverance. And out of the darkness swooped Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful, more mysterious, than any other creature of the night. The ageless Carpathian male snatched them from a hideous fare. But was Aidan a miracle...or a monster? Alex's salvation...or her sin? If she surrendered to Aidan's savage, unearthly seduction - gave him the color, the light, the family he craved - would Alex truly save her brother? Or sacrifice more than her life?
  6. "MURDER GAME" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #7) (A+++) Games should be fun, but for two expert teams across the country, they're murder - because the winning team is the one that gets the most kills. The participants in this violent challenge are rumored to be GhostWalkers. And Kadan Montague isn't happy about it. Kadan is a GhostWalker and he's determined to clear the GhostWalker name of the rumors. To do it, he's going to need the help of psychic Tansy Meadows. But as soon as he sees her, he knows his mission will be more complicated than he imagined - and the "murder game" may not be at all what it seems.
  7. "THE BAY AT MIDNIGHT" by Diane Chamberlain (A+) It's been more than forty years since that August night, but Julie's memories of her sister's death still shape her world. Now someone from her past is raising questions about what really happened that night. About Julie's own complicity. About a devastating secret her mother kept from them all. About the person who went to prison for Izzy's murder - and the person who didn't. Faced with questions and armed with few answers, Julie must gather the courage to revisit her past and untangle the complex emotions that led to one unspeakable act of violence on the bay at midnight.
  8. "ETERNAL HUNGER" by Laura Wright (Mark of the Vampire #1) (A+) Alexander Roman wants nothing to do with the controlling rulers of his vampire breed or the family he escaped from a hundred years ago. But as a new threat to the pureblood vampires emerges, Alexander's ties to the past are forced upon him again and without warning, he finds himself - disoriented, terrified and near death - at the door of a stranger. Dr. Sara Donohue is dedicated to removing the traumatic memories of her patients - like those of the stranger at her front door. But what he tells her of his past is too astonishing to believe. Yet she has seen his flesh scarred by the sun and witnessed his inhuman strength. And never before has she felt so connected to a man. But as their worlds collide, Sara and Alexander are bound by something stronger, as one becomes the hunter and the other prey.
  9. "WHISPERS IN THE DARK" by Maya Banks (KGI #4) (A+++) The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can't. She came to him when he needed her the most...She came to him at his lowest point. The voice of an angel, a whisper in the dark. She's the only thing that gets Nathan Kelly through his captivity, the endless days of torture and the fear that he'll never return to his family. With her help, he's able to escape. But he isn't truly free, because now she's disappeared and he's left with an all-consuming emptiness as he struggles to pick up the pieces of his life. Did he imagine his angel? Or is she out there, needing his help as he'd once needed hers? Now he rushes to save her before it's too late...Shea has been on the run from people who will stop at nothing to exploit her unique abilities. She never wanted to drag Nathan into more danger, but she doesn't have a choice, so she reaches out to him for help. Finally face-to-face after having already formed a soul-deep bond in hell, their emotional connection is even more powerful than their telepathic one. Nathan refuses to let her go again, but she worries they can never have a life free of the dangers that dog her every step. Can he convince her that they are meant to face these dangers together?
  10. "MATES: TRUE AND ETERNAL" by Laura Wright (Mark of the Vampire #1.5) (A) (free read at LauraWright.com) 
  11. "BURN" by Linda Howard (unabridged Audio CD) (A++) It's true what they say: Money changes everything. Money certainly changes Jenner Redwine's life when she wins a lottery jackpot. But it also costs her plenty: Her father rips her off and disappears, her fortune-hunting boyfriend soon becomes her ex and friends-turned-freeloaders give her the cold shoulder when she stops paying for everything. Flush with new money, Jenner can't imagine ever finding a place in the world of the wealthy. Seven years later, though, she's rubbing elbows with the rich, despite the fact she still feels like a party crasher. Luckily she finds an ally - and a guide to the rarefied realm of privilege - in shy, kind-hearted heiress Sydney Hazlett, who quickly becomes Jenner's confidante and surrogate sister. When Sydney invites Jenner on a charity cruise aboard a luxury liner, Jenner reluctantly agrees. But while she's expecting - and dreading - two weeks of masquerade balls, art auctions and preening glitterati, what she gets is more like a Hitchcock movie than a Love Boat episode. Taken hostage by a menacing stranger, Jenner must cooperate in a mysterious cloak-and-dagger scheme - or else. With nowhere to run and with Sydney's life as well as her own at risk, Jenner is drawn into a game of dizzying intrigue and harrowing danger. But as her panic gives way to exhilaration and fear of her captor turns to fascination, Jenner rediscovers feelings she hasn't had in years - and realizes she's found a life worth living. If she survives.
  12. "LONG, LEAN AND LETHAL" by Lorie O'Clare (FBI Sex Crimes #2) (A++) Some games are the most dangerous...Detective Rain Huxtable works alone and she likes it that way. But when a fourth spouse turns up dead in Lincoln, Nebraska, Rain's superiors call in help from the FBI. They've either got a serial killer or a hired murderer on their hands and their solution is to team Rain up with Special Agent Noah Kayne - and send them undercover as a married couple. Noah is infuriating...and infuriatingly attractive. Rain wants no part of this charade, but with four people dead under suspiciously similar circumstances in a matter of months, she has no choice but to play the part of a doting wife and investigate a close-knit group of suburban couples. It's hard enough to keep up a professional facade when the heat between her and Noah burns so dangerously. But it may be even more dangerous for Rain to let her guard down once she realizes that the couples involved are playing a very sordid - and deadly - game.
  13. "SURRENDER IN SILK" by Susan Mallery (Kindle) (A+++) Jamie Sanders was finally turning her back on her secret life as a government agent to search for who she really was - as a person and as a woman. But first she had to take on one final mission. She was determined to help the man who had made her into a lethal killing machine - the man who had also awakened the woman within her. But as she rescued Zach Jones from his foreign captors and tried everything in her power to heal the wounds that scarred him, inside and out, she had to accept what she'd been hiding from for years - that he was what she'd been searching for all along.
  14. "LAST CHANCE" by Christie Reece (Last Chance Rescue #6) (A+++) McKenna Sloan saved Lucas Kane's life and then vanished. Lucas moved mountains trying to find her again and finally McKenna relented - for one fleeting night. The truth is, McKenna's life is all about the dark, deception-filled world of Last Chance Rescue and for her there's no hope of love or Lucas. But fate, and Lucas's determination, soon change everything. A kidnapped young woman, a lure to flush out a killer and the fierce need to bring a criminal to justice combine for one explosive event. For a woman who specializes in staying away from relationships and staying in the heart of danger, this is the most impossible mission of all. Because the odds are deadly and the passion won't die.
  15. "CHASING FIRE" by Nora Roberts (A+++) Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there's also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation and the job is in Rowan's blood: her father is a legend in the field. She's been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home - even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air. Fortunately, this year's rookie crop is among the strongest ever - and Gulliver Curry's one of the best. He's also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids' arcade. He came to Missoula to follow in the footsteps of Lucas "Iron Man" Tripp, yet he's instantly more fascinated by his hero's daughter. Rowan, as a rule, doesn't hook up with other smoke jumpers, but Gull is convinced he can change her mind. And damn if he doesn't make a good case to be an exception to the rule. Everything is thrown off balance, though, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year's tragedy. Rowan knows she can't complicate things with Gull - any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn't find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.
  16. "WAKING UP IN CHARLESTON" by Sherryl Woods (Charleston Trilogy #3) (A++) The moment Amanda defied her rich and powerful father to marry Bobby O'Leary, Big Max disowned her. Even now, with Bobby dead and Amanda mired in debt, he refuses to forgive her. But Caleb, the new man in Amanda's life, is determined to mend fences between father and daughter. He also has a far more personal mission - to make Amanda and her family his own. But when she learns how close he is to Big Max and the secret Caleb's been hiding, there's every chance she could walk away. As a pastor, Caleb's used to calling on a higher power for help and heaven knows it's going to take a miracle to fix this before it's too late.
  17. "THE NEXT ALWAYS" by Nora Roberts (The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1) (A+++) The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands and even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major face-life from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett's social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there's another project he's got is eye on: the girl he's been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen. After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town's bookstore. Though busy and with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett's transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look...at both the building and the man behind it. With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett is happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time, in between blueprint meetings and kindergarten pickups. It's no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something that could arouse the secret yearning that resides in Clare's independent heart - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next.
  18. "XIN LOI, VIETNAM: THIRTY-ONE MONTHS OF WAR: A SOLDIER'S MEMOIR" by Al Sever (B) No one in Vietnam had to tell door gunner and gunship crew chief Al Sever that the odds didn't look good. He volunteered for the job well aware that hanging out of slow-moving choppers over hot LZs blazing with enemy was not conducive to a long life. But that wasn't going to stop Specialist Sever. From Da Nang to Cu Chi and the Mekong Delta. Sever spent thirty-one months in Vietnam, fighting in eleven of the war's sixteen campaigns. Every morning when his gunship lifted off, often to the clacking and muzzle flashes of AK-47s hidden in the dawn fog, Sever knew he might not return. This raw, gritty, gut-wrenching firsthand account of American boys fighting and dying in Vietnam captures all the hell, horror and heroism of that tragic war.
  19. "WICKED TIES" by Shayla Black (Wicked Lovers #1) (A++) Morgan O'Malley has seen a lot kinky things as the hostess of a cable sex talk show. But she's never met a man like Jack Cole before. A self-proclaimed dominant, he's as alpha as a male can get and good for Morgan to have around when an obsessed stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her. Though Jack is a bodyguard, Morgan feels anything but safe in his presence. Because slowly and seductively, Jack is bringing her deepest fantasies to the surface. And when he bends her to his will, what's more shocking that her surrender is how much she enjoys it and how she starts to crave his masterful touch. A willing player in Jack's games, Morgan knows that his motives aren't pure, but she has no idea how personal they are.
  20. "ON THIN ICE" by Cherry Adair (T-FLAC #6) (A+++) Lily Monroe thought she had married an honest, dependable man, but she was painfully mistaken. It didn't take long for her once-loving husband to become a secretive stranger - mixing with shady people and caught up in even shadier dealings. And though Lily nursed him through a sudden terminal illness, her marriage was over long before he passed away. During that difficult time, only her passion for the exhilarating Iditarod race across Alaska gave her something to look forward to - and she channeled her emotions into training dogs for the grueling event. Single again, she's more determined than ever to win the race, awaken her sense of self and leave her past behind. In the competition, the person to beat is two-time winner Derek Wright, a man Lily dubs Mr. Wrong. Extremely sexy and devilishly charming, Derek is the consummate playboy. Or is he? Although Lily can't deny her intense attraction, she believes that Derek is dangerous to her scarred heart. Little does she know that Derek is an elite antiterrorism agent - or how desperately she'll need to depend on his skills to keep herself alive once the race is underway. The frozen wilds of Alaska are perilous, the ice and snow as deadly as they are beautiful. But now there's even more to worry about than the harsh elements. Lily meets with a series of suspicious accidents, and - whether she likes it or not - Derek vows to keep her safe. The stubborn woman tries everything she can to shake him and take the lead...until it becomes obvious that the "mishaps" plaguing her along the trail are something far more sinister. The spirited competition and test of strength turns into a race for survival. Lily and Derek must battle the forces of nature, their growing attraction and a ruthless assassin with a directive to kill.
  21. "UNLAWFUL CONTACT" by Pamela Clare (I-Team #3) (A+++) Journalist Sophie Alton is investigating the disappearance of a young mother named Megan, recently paroled and now running from the law with her baby daughter. Sophie's search leads her to Megan's brother, Marc, a convicted killer - and the man she shared an unforgettable night with twelve years ago. Condemned to life in prison, Marc uses Sophie to escape so he can find his sister and protect her from the monster who's pursuing her. Sophie knows she should fear Marc. But the heat and hunger of his touch still lingers in her mind - and on her body - after all this time. Together they will follow a dangerous trail, as people on both sides of the law do everything they can to keep Sophie and Mark from finding Megan - and a shocking truth about the past.
  22. "BELIEVE IN ME" by Laura Moore (Rosewood Trilogy #2) (A++) After learning of her husband's affair, Jordan Radcliffe is crushed, but she knows she must stay strong for her three young children. So she moves back to Rosewood, the idyllic horse farm where she grew up. Wishing only to recover and reassess her life, Jordan feels an undeniable attraction to architect Owen Gage - and does her best to ignore it. Her heart is too fragile to love again. Yet when Owen, wh himself is wary of any romantic involvement, offers her a job she badly needs, Jordan has no choice but to accept, even though it means she'll be working alongside him every day. And that closeness could intensify the connection between them - a desire as unnerving as it is powerful.
  23. "BAD COMPANY" by K.A. Mitchell (Bad in Baltimore #1) (Kindle) (A+) Some things are sweeter than revenge. "I need a boyfriend." Hearing those words from the mouth of his very straight ex-friend is enough to make columnist and editor Nate Gray choke on his Corona. It's been thirteen years since Kellan Brooks' father crushed Nate's family on his climb to wealth and power. Even longer since he'd entrusted Kellan with the confession that he might be gay - only to have his best friend out and humiliate him to their entire high school. The last thing Nate expects is Kellan begging for his help.
  24. "ON LAVENDER LANE" by JoAnn Ross (Shelter Bay #3) (A++) Sometimes the second time is the charm...After seeing enough of war, former Navy SEAL Lucas Chaffee is settling back into civilian life when he accepts a job refurbishing a farmhouse for an old friend, who plans to turn it into a culinary school. Celebrity TV chef Madeline Durand was badly shaken when her husband's illicit video went viral, so she jumps at the chance to reevaluate her life in Shelter Bay while helping her grandmother turn the family farm into a new business. Little does she know that the man who broke her heart years ago is already on the job. Having let Maddy leave Belter Bay once, Lucas isn't about to let her get away this time. But rekindling their romance won't be easy, as she still hasn't forgiven him for a fateful night ten years ago. But Lucas is a man on a mission and with the help of some Shelter Bay matchmakers, he plans to come up with a very special recipe of passion, patience and perserverance to win her over.
  25. "CODE OF HONOR" by Catherine Mann (Special Operations #1) (A+) One last mission...Air Force captain Joe Greco had stood silently by when photojournalist Brigid Wheeler fell for his best friend and he lent her comfort when Cooper was killed. Now he was forced to play protector as they embarked on the most dangerous mission of their lives. One last chance...The covert operation was a chance for Brigid to avenge Cooper's death and nothing would stop her from following Joe into the action. Though the grief they shared had brought them close, they'd never crossed the line. Until now.  One last betrayal...In the heat of danger Joe and Brigid finally surrendered to the explosive passion that burned between them. Then they discovered a shattering truth: Cooper was alive...and the ultimate betrayal was still to come.
  26. "FALLING FOR GRACIE" by Susan Mallery (Los Lobos #2) (A++) First comes love, then comes marriage...At least, that was Gracie's plan at the ripe old age of fourteen. She loved eighteen-year-old heartthrob Riley with a desperation that made her a town legend. Even now that she's all grown up, the locals in sleepy Los Lobos won't let her forget her youthful crush. And how can she, when she's face-to-face with Riley at every turn? The onetime bad boy has come back to town seeeking respectability - but the sparks that fly between them are anything but respectable! Gracie's determined to keep her distance, but when someone sets out to ruin both their reputations, the two discover that first love is sometimes better the second time around.
  27. "DEFENDER" by Catherine Mann (Dark Ops #1) (A+) When a USO boat goes down in flames, test pilot Jimmy Gage pulls a scantily clad Chloe Nelson out of the shark-filled Mediterranean. Although she is grateful and he's hot as the fire that took the boat down, the last thing Chloe needs is a jet jock to be her bodyguard. But then, she inadvertently finds herself closer to Gage than she ever expected, side by side with him in a dangerous mission. Gage is desperate to find a fellow airman, missing and reportedly held captive. A pub in Istanbul, controlled by a notorious and sadistic female adversary, may hold the key. Now, moving in toward untold dangers, Gage can't afford to let his growing attraction to Chloe distract him for a second - or it may cost the lives of his crew, the prisoner they must rescue and the woman he's unable to resist.
  28. "SWEET SUCCESS" by Susan Mallery (A+++) The free-spirited owner of a booming chocolate emporium in Santa Magdelana, California, Allison Thomas is out to save the world - one truffle at a time. Everyone adores Ali - who wouldn't love a lady who sneaks midnight chocolate deliveries to the local health spa? And even if a string of crumbled relationships have put romance on hold, Ali's perfectly content with her life and her high-flying career. That is until the mysterious Matt Baker stirs up her world. New to town, Matt quickly gets under her skin and leads her into temptation. But neither love nor chocolate seems to melt Matt's icy heart. Now, in a unique setting where luscious desserts, sweet wine and fresh ocean breezes intoxicate the soul, it may prove impossible for either of them to resist this seductive recipe for a wondrously indulgent passion!
  29. "HIGH-POWERED, HOT-BLOODED" by Susan Mallery (Man of the Month - Mr. December) (A) Mr. December: Duncan Patrick, CEO Scrooge - His Objective: Lose the "bah humbug" attitude - His Plan: Find the right (temporary) mistress. A powerful businessman, Duncan didn't like ultimatums, unless he was making them. But the board demanded his public image change. When he encountered sweet kindergarten teacher Annie McCoy, he knew she'd make him look like a perfect angel, though it would take some devilish manipulation. Once he had Annie playing his pretend mistress, Duncan needed to make her his real-life lover. Could a grouchy CEO cultivate the charm necessary to win the woman he'd almost destroyed?
  30. "SOME LIKE IT HOT" by Louisa Edwards (Hot #2) (A++) He's feeling the heat - Sexy, single and even sweeter than the treats he bakes, New York pastry chef Danny Lunden is trying to stay focused on food - not females. With the Rising Star Chef competition approaching, he doesn't have time to get all steamed up over the gorgeous woman he encounters on the plane to Chicago. Even if she is Eva Jansen - the billionaire heiress in charge of the contest. She takes the cake - Danny assumes that "Eva the Diva" is a spoiled rich girl who doesn't share his passion for food. But when the two meet up again in an elevator - alone - they share more than just passion. They share a kiss hot enough to start a kitchen fire - and they're hungry for more. To indulge their new secret craving, Eva and Danny have to break every rule in the cookbook. But - like chocolate and caramel - some ingredients are so sinfully good together, one scrumptious bite is never enough.
  31. "WISH YOU WELL" by David Baldacci (abridged Audio CD) (A) The story of Louisa Mae Cardinal, a precocious twelve-year-old girl living in the hectic New York City of 1940 with her acclaimed but sadly underpaid writer father, her compassionate mother and her timid younger brother, Oz. For Lou, her family's financial struggles are invisible to her. Instead, she is a daughter who idolizes her father and is in love with the art of storytelling. Then, in a single, terrifying moment, Lou's life is changed forever and she and Oz are on a train rolling away from New York and down into the mountains of Virginia. There, Lou's mother will begin a long, slow struggle between life and death. And there, Lou and Oz will be raised by their remarkable great-grandmother, Louisa, Lou's namesake. Suddenly this young girl finds herself coming of age in a landscape that could not be more foreign to her. On her great-grandmother's farm, on the land her father loved and wrote about, Lou finds her first true friend, learns lessons in loyalty, tragedy and redemption, and experiences adventures tragic, comic and audacious. When a dark, destructive force encroaches on their new home, Lou and her brother are caught up in another struggle - a struggle for justice and survival that will be played out in a crowded Virginia courtroom.
  32. "THERE GOES THE BRIDE" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #1) (A+) Legend claims this antique Irish wedding veil can grant your heart's deepest desire. But be careful what you wish for. The moment Texas socialite Delaney Cartwright touches the veil, she knows she can't go through with her wedding. And it's not just because she envisions a stranger's dark eyes and irresistible lips the second her fingers hit lace. But she can't simply call the whole thing off. The nuptials to her nice, predictable childhood friend are the social event of the season (not to mention that her mother would freak). To fan the flames of this dying ember, Delaney abducts her fiance for a night of passion...and grabs the wrong guy! It isn't her fault that Detective Nick Vinetti of the oddly familiar eyes and lips has crossed her path - and looks games for all kinds of sexy fun. Now Delaney hatches an outrageous plan to get out of marrying: she'll hire her own kidnapper. With an altar to avoid and a cop to dream of, this runaway bride is hoping a little Irish magic will unveil the true destiny of her heart.
  33. "UNDER FIRE" by Jo Davis (Firefighters of Station Five #2) (A++) Zack fights fires and saves lives, yet his own thirst for life has run dry - until he comes to the rescue of hardheaded, sharp-tongued exotic dancer Corrine Shannon, who sparks a carnal appetite that has the normally shy hero burning out of control. But just as they are consumed by the flames of passion, they find themselves under fire from two relentless enemies with fifty million reasons to succeed. The dangerous men will stop at nothing to get what they want, even if it means putting a permanent end to Zack and Cori's love - or their lives. Can Zack and Cori withstand the heat, or will their newfound romance be extinguished as fast as it began?
  34. "FINDING LOVE" by T.A. Chase (Kindle) (A+) Leaving Minnesota, Timothy Gapin doesn't have any plans except getting as far away from all the memories as he can before his money runs out. His secret lover has married, breaking his heart and making him chose a life in the open rather than a relationship built on lies. Little does Tim know that four days later he would grab dinner at a diner and find a place to stop. Somehow this diner in the middle of nowhere becomes his home and the people who work there his family. In addition to the workers at the diner, Tim meets Bernie Capley, a long-haul trucker who isn't all he seems to be. Falling in love with Bernie is easy for Tim, but the past has a way of barging into the present, forcing decisions that affect their future.
  35. "PLAY DIRTY" by Lorie O'Clare (Bounty Hunters #1) (A) Heartthrob bounty hunter Greg King knows how to work it - and he knows that he can have any woman he wants. But there's more to Greg than meets the eye...and he's still haunted by the memory of his beautiful, estranged wife. Much as he's tried to move on, he's never been able to stop wondering what he could have done to make her stay. After putting a vicious criminal behind bars, Haley King had no choice but to leave her loved ones behind and enter the witness protection program. Turns out that, in her new life, Haley has once again found herself in serious trouble - and needs help from the only person she can trust: her husband. Now, as old secrets threaten to tear them apart and danger closes in from all sides, it's up to Greg to keep Haley safe...and convince her that this time, he's playing for keeps.
  36. "THE WINSTON BROTHERS" by Lori Foster (The Winston Brothers #1, #2 & #3) (B) Mack, Cole, Zane and Chase. These devastatingly handsome brothers are proud and passionate, tough-minded and tenderhearted. Left alone in the world after their parents' deaths, they learned to depend on each other - and to cherish the bonds of blood and brotherhood that held them together. Now, with their heart-melting charm and smoldering smiles, they will inspire your wildest, most sensuous fantasies - and will surely bevcome the men of your dreams.
  37. "OUT OF BOUNDS" by T.A. Chase (Love of Sports #1) (A) Professional basketball Kasey Johnson makes a point of keeping his sexual preference under guard and out of the public eye. Empty, off-season flings are all he can look forward to until he retires. He figures his secret is safe - until he meets Ingram Fletcher, a nightclub owner who ignites a passionate inferno in his body. Gram has lusted after Kasey ever since the long, tall basketball player was traded to Phoenix a year ago. But with Kasey's twin brother running interference, up until now Gram's been unsure if it's safe to make a play. Then some incidental contact in the crowded club leads to a kiss that starts Gram wondering if a relationship is possible - now and beyond March Madness. A romantic weekend together answers that question. Now the only one remaining is if Kasey is ready to make a fast break out of his comfort zone.
  38. "THE BROKEN H" by J.L. Langley (The Ranch #2) (A) Once Sheriff Grayson Hunter loved the Broken H, his ancestral home and Shane Cortez with all that he was. But he hasn't felt like he belonged there for a long time. For years, he's stayed as far away from the ranch and the man as possible. Shane Cortez has been The Broken H's foreman for going on twenty years; he's lived there even longer. As a young man, he fled his home to seek refuge at the ranch. He found it, but owing to his rocky past, he's kept himself from the one thing that has always been dear to him: Grayson. Now Shane has let go of his demons that haunted him for so long. And he wants Gray. An accident brings them together, but they'll have to mend what's broken to build a life together at The Broken H.
  39. "DESTINY UNLEASHED" by Sherryl Woods (A+) (Million-Dollar Destinies #4) Destiny Carlton is finally ready for a little sweet revenge. For twenty years Destiny Carlton has put family and duty ahead of her own hopes and dreams. Now with the orphaned nephews she raised grown and married, it's time for the once free-spirited artist to reinvent herself yet again, this time as a savvy businesswoman out for revenge. Her target - William Harcourt, a man she once loved, a man who now seems hell-bent on destroying her family's business. For William, going after Carlton Industries is a high-stakes gamble. He's gotten Destiny's attention, but he's also infuriated her family. Now they stand firmly between him and his real goal - winning Destiny's heart. William has set the corporate game in motion, but suddenly he's playing by Destiny's rules. And when an unpredictable women's fury has been unleashed, who knows what unexpected twists life might take?
  40. "ORCHID BEACH" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #1) (A) Smart, attractive and fiercely independent, Major Holly Barker, the army-brat daughter of a master sergeant, has been forced into early retirement at the age of thirty-seven as the result of a scandalous sexual harassment case. With the help of her dad she makes the move to civilian life, becoming deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the calm, sunny surface of this sleepy well-to-do coastal island town lies a web of evil and deceit that escalates when a colleague and another associate are brutally gunned down. Alone, an outsider with no clues to go on, finding the killers won't be easy for Holly and her seemingly low-key new career soon thrusts her into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Surrounded by a staff of officers she neither knows nor trusts, Holly finds help in a most unexpected source - Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty who quickly becomes her inseparable companion and protector. The closer she gets to unraveling the mystery of Orchid Beach, however, the nearer Holly comes to danger, darker and more deadly than any she could ever have anticipated.
  41. "ONCE IN A BLUE MOON" by Eileen Goudge (A++) While growing up, it was Lindsay's job to look after her little sister, Kerrie Ann. When the girls' stripper mom was sent to prison for selling drugs, their neighbor, a retired exotic dancer by the name of Miss Honi Love, fought to keep them, but to no avail. Thirty years later, Lindsay is the owner of a bookstore in the sleepy California seaside town of Blue Moon Bay. Adopted by a loving couple - from whom she inherited the home she shares with the ever-feisty Miss Honi - she's still trying to reconnect with her long-lost sister. Unbeknownst to Lindsay, Kerrie Ann has led a very different life, bounced from one foster home to the next. Now, newly sober, Kerrie is fighting to regain custody of her little girl. When the sisters are finally reunited, the two very different women clash. As Lindsay and Kerrie Ann engage in the fiercest battles of their lives - while each embarks on a journey of the heart with the unlikeliest of men - they are drawn together, restoring belief in the unshakable bond of family.

Currently Reading -

  1. "One Smitten, Twice Shy" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #2)

Currently Listening To -

  1. "Explosive Eighteen" by Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum #18) (unabridged Audio CD)

To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order

  1. "The Bodyguard:" "Temptation on Ice"/Cherry Adair "Temptation in Shadow"/Gina Showalter "Hunting Temptation"/ Lorie O'Claire
  2. "Kiss of Midnight" by Lara Adrian
  3. "Honk if You Love Real Men: Four Tales of Erotic Romance" by Carrie Alexander, Pamela Britton, Susan Donovan, Lora Leigh
  4. "Two Little Miracles" by Caroline Anderson
  5. "Exposure" by Susan Andersen
  6. "Here to Stay" by Catherine Anderson (A Harrigan Family Novel #4)
  7. "Sun Kissed" by Catherine Anderson (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #7)
  8. "The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances by Andy Andrews
  9. "Pieces of My Sister's Life" by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
  10. "Track of the Cat" by Nevada Barr (Anna Pigeon #1)
  11. "Witch Fire" by Anya Bast (Elemental Witches #1)
  12. "A Lion Called Christian:The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends" by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
  13. "Doc Holliday" by Matt Braun (The Gunfighter Chronicles) (abridged Audio CD)
  14. "Then Comes Baby" by Helen Brenna (Mirabelle Island)
  15. "Chances Are" by Barbara Bretton
  16. "A Man to Die For" by Suzanne Brockmann (unabridged Audible*)
  17. "Future Perfect" by Suzanne Brockmann
  18. "Bittersweet Rain" by Sandra Brown (unabridged Audio CD)
  19. "Love's Encore" by Sandra Brown (abridged Audio CD)
  20. "April & Oliver" by Tess Callahan
  21. "Key West" by Stella Cameron (New Orleans PD #1)
  22. "Comanche Trail" by Will Camp (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #7)
  23. "Mind Tryst" by Robyn Carr
  24. "Sworn to Silence" by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder #1)
  25. "Secrets She Left Behind" by Diane Chamberlain
  26. "61 Hours" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #14)
  27. "Echo Burning" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #5)
  28. "One Shot" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #9)
  29. "The Affair" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #16) (unabridged Audible*)
  30. "Worth Dying For" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #15)
  31. "Wyoming Winter" by Judy Christenberry (The Randalls)
  32. "Lonestar Sanctuary" by Colleen Coble (Lonestar #1)
  33. "Welcome to Temptation" by Jennifer Cruise (Temptation #1)
  34. "Double Play: Ambushed!/High-Caliber Cowboy" by B.J. Daniels
  35. "Dark Deceptions" by Dee Davis (A-TAC #1)
  36. "Desperate Deeds" by Dee Davis (A-TAC #3)
  37. "Dangerous Desires" by Dee Davis (A-TAC #2)
  38. "Give Him the Slip" by Geralyn Dawson (Holy Terrors #1)
  39. "Scarlet Nights" by Jude Deveraux (Edilean #3)
  40. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens (unabridged Audible*)
  41. "Secrets of Bella Terra" by Christina Dodd (Scarlet Deception #1)
  42. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by Susan Donovan (San Francisco Dog-Walking Group #1)
  43. "Take A Chance on Me" by Susan Donovan
  44. "The Stylist" by Cai Emmons
  45. "Brother's In Blood" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #5)
  46. "The Christmas Box Collection: The Christmas Box/Timepiece/The Letter" by Richard Paul Evans
  47. "The Walk" by Richard Paul Evans (Walk #1)
  48. "Dark Celebration" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #11)
  49. "Dark Magic" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #4)
  50. "Dark Slayer" by Christine Feehan (abridged Audio CD) (Carpathians (Dark) #20)
  51. "Ruthless Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #9)
  52. "Street Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #8)
  53. "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" by Fannie Flagg
  54. "Line of Scrimmage" by Marie Force
  55. "Simon Says" by Lori Foster (SBC Fighters #2)
  56. "Buckhorn Beginnings: Sawyer/Morgan" by Lori Foster
  57. "The Secret Life of Bryan" by Lori Foster (Visitation #1)
  58. "Lowcountry Summer" by Dorothea Benton Frank (Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audible*)
  59. "Ecstasy" by Jacquelyn Frank (The Shadowdwellers #1)
  60. "Jacob" by Jacquelyn Frank (The Nightwalkers #1)
  61. "Daniel's Gift" by Barbara Freethy
  62. "Garden of Secrets" by Barbara Freethy (Angel's Bay #5)
  63. "The Outsider" by Ann H. Gabhart (Harmony Hill #3)
  64. "Hot Wheels and High Heels" by Jane Graves
  65. "Sacred Evil" by Heather Graham (Krewe of Hunters #3)
  66. "Black Ties and Lullabies" by Jane Graves
  67. "A Client Called Noah" by Josh Greenfield (A Family Journey Continued, Noah #2)
  68. "Ape House" by Sara Gruen
  69. "East of the Mountains" by David Guterson
  70. "Same Kind of Different as Me" by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
  71. "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah (unabridged Audio CD)
  72. "One Child" by Torey L. Hayden
  73. "How to Knit a Love Song" by Rachael Herron (Cypress Hollow Yarn #1)
  74. "Until There Was You" by Kristan Higgins
  75. "Wet & Wild" by Sandra Hill (Viking #2)
  76. "Black Silk" by Metsy Hingle
  77. "Still Waters" by Tami Hoag (abridged Audio CD)
  78. "Magic" by Tami Hoag
  79. "Jubilee" by B.J. Hoff
  80. "A Game of Chance" by Linda Howard (Mackenzies #5)
  81. "Kill and Tell" by Linda Howard (John Medina #1)
  82. "Daniel" by Tracy Hughes (Return to Calloway Corners)
  83. "Surrender Bay" by Denise Hunter (Nantucket Love Story #1)
  84. "Dead Sleep" by Greg Iles (unabridged Audible*)
  85. "Third Degree" by Greg Iles (unabridged Audio CD)
  86. "Tall Dark...Westmoreland" by Brenda Jackson (The Westmorelands #15)
  87. "Devious" by Lisa Jackson (New Orleans/Rick Bentz/Reuben Montoya) (unabridged Audio CD)
  88. "Lost Souls" by Lisa Jackson (New Orleans #6) (abridged Audio CD)
  89. "Knit Two" by Kate Jacobs (Friday Night Knitting Club #2)
  90. "A Lot Like Love" by Julie James
  91. "Fatal Error" by J.A. Jance (Ali Reynolds #6) (unabridged Audible*)
  92. "Fire and Ice" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  93. "Lying in Wait" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #11)
  94. "Blood Game" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #10)
  95. "Chasing the Night" by Irish Johansen (Eve Duncan)
  96. "Eight Days to Live" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #9)
  97. "The Storm that is Sterling" by Lisa Renee Jones
  98. "The Cowboy" by Joan Johnston (Bitter Creek #1)
  99. "At Home in Mitford" by Jan Karon (Mitford #1)
  100. "Betting on Love" Patricia Kay (Kindle)
  101. "Wild Thing" by Robin Kaye
  102. "Born to Be Bad: One Bad Night/Bad to the Bone/Captivated by You" by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  103. "One Tuesday Morning" by Karen Kingsbury (9/11 #1)
  104. "A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog" by Dean Koontz
  105. "Fired Up" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Arcane Society #7) (Dreamlight #1)
  106. "In Too Deep" Jayne Anne Krentz (Arcane Society #10) (unabridged Audible*)
  107. "Going Cowboy Crazy" by Katie Lane (Deep in the Heart of Texas #1)
  108. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larrson (Millennium #1) (Audio MP3)
  109. "Wicked Night Games" by Kathleen Lawless
  110. "Mr. Strictly Business" by Day Leclaire (Man of the Month - Mr. February)
  111. "Suddenly Sexy" by Linda Francis Lee
  112. "Mr. Paradise" by Elmore Leonard
  113. "The Revelation" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's Daughters #5)
  114. "The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship and the Redemptive Power of Music" by Steve Lopez
  115. "Fangs for the Memories" by Kathy Love
  116. "Shadow and Silk" by Elizabeth Lowell (Risk Ltd #2) (Kindle)
  117. "Stone Creek" by Victoria Lustbader
  118. "A Turn in the Road" by Debbie Macomber (Blossom Street)
  119. "Call Me Mrs. Miracle" by Debbie Macomber
  120. "Completely Smitten" by Susan Mallery (unabridged Audible*)
  121. "Someone Like You" by Susan Mallery (Los Lobos #1)
  122. "Sunset Bay" by Susan Mallery (unabridged Audio CD)
  123. "The Sassy One" by Susan Mallery (The Marcelli Sisters of Passion Road #2)
  124. "Hotshot" by Catherine Mann (Dark Ops #2)
  125. "Total Rush" by Deirdre Martin (Blades #8)
  126. " Mistletoe Mine" by Emily March (Eternity Springs #4) (Kindle)
  127. "A Song for My Mother" by Kat Martin
  128. "Hot Rain" by Kat Martin
  129. "Scent of Roses" by Kat Martin
  130. "The Summit" by Kat Martin (Paranormal #2)
  131. "Tall, Dark and Lethal" by Dana Marton
  132. "Tag You're It" by Penny McCall
  133. "Hard and Fast" by Erin McCarthy (Fast Track #2)
  134. "Slow Kill" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #9)
  135. "We Bought A Zoo" by Benjamin Mee
  136. "A Creed Country Christmas" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #4)
  137. "A Creed in Stone Creek" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #5)
  138. "A Wanted Man" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek #2)
  139. "Don't Look Now" by Linda Lael Miller (Look Book #1)
  140. "Holiday in Stone Creek" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek #4)
  141. "McKettrick's Luck" by Linda Lael Miller (McKettrick Men)
  142. "Princess Annie" by Linda Lael Miller (Quade #3)
  143. "Ragged Rainbows: Ragged Rainbows/Miracle Baby" by Linda Lael Miller/Janice Kay Johnson
  144. "Spell of the Highlander" by Karen Marie Moning (Highlander #7)
  145. "Last Light Over Carolina" by Mary Alice Monroe
  146. "Cold Ridge" by Carla Neggers
  147. "The Angel" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #2)
  148. "The Whisper" by Carla Neggers (BPD-FBI #4)
  149. "Inside" by Brenda Novak (Bulletproof #1)
  150. "Tall, Dark and Deadly" by Lorie O'Clare (FBI Sex Crimes #1)
  151. "Motion to Suppress" by Perri O'Shaughnessy (unabridged Audio CD) (Nina Reilly #1)
  152. "Heart Search" by Robin D. Owens (Heart #10)
  153. "It Happens Every Spring" by Catherine Palmer & Gary Chapman (Four Seasons #1)
  154. "Nelson's Brand/Lonetree Ranchers Colt" by Diana Palmer/Kathie DeNosky
  155. "The 9th Judgment" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  156. "The Christmas Cookie Club" by Ann Pearlman (unabridged Audio CD)
  157. "Vanish in Plain Sight" by Marta Perry (Amish Suspense #1)
  158. "Lucky Charm" by Carly Phillips (Lucky #1)
  159. "Serendipity" by Carly Phillips (Serendipity #1)
  160. "It Had to be You" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  161. "The Perfect Poison" by Amanda Quick (Arcane Society #6)
  162. "My Sister, Myself" by Tara Taylor Quinn (Shelter Valley #2)
  163. "Home at Last Chance" by Hope Ramsay (Last Chance #2)
  164. "Until There Was You" by Francis Ray (Grayson Family #1)
  165. "Driftless" by David Rhodes
  166. "Dangerous Lover" by Lisa Marie Rice (Dangerous Trilogy #1)
  167. "Into the Crossfire" by Lisa Marie Rice (A Protectors #1)
  168. "Fox River" by Emilie Richards
  169. "Chaos in Death" by J.D. Robb (In Death) (unabridged Audible*)
  170. "Automatic Proposal" by Kelsey Roberts (Miami Confidential #2)
  171. "One Summer" by JoAnn Ross (Shelter Bay #2)
  172. "Gastion Part 2: From Dream to Destiny" by Caddy Rowland (Gastion #2) (Kindle)
  173. "Gastion Part 1: The Cost of the Dream" by Caddy Rowland (Gastion #1)
  174. "Lone Star Legacy" by Roxanne Rustand
  175. "Deep in the Heart" by Sharon Sala
  176. "Nine Lives" by Sharon Sala (Cat Dupree #1)
  177. "Head Over Heels" by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #3)
  178. "Superb and Sexy" by Jill Shalvis (Sky High Air #3)
  179. "The Sweetest Thing" by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #2)
  180. "44 Scotland Street" by Alexander McCall Smith (44 Scotland Street #1)
  181. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (unabridged Audible*)
  182. "Legacy" by Danielle Steel
  183. "The House" by Danielle Steel (abridged Audio CD)
  184. "Dead Wrong" by Mariah Stewart (Dead #1)
  185. "Blacker than a Thousand Midnights" by Susan Straight
  186. "Angel in Blue" by Mary Suzanne (unabridged Audible*)
  187. "Midnight Caller" by Leslie Tentler (Midnight #1)
  188. "The Hot Flash Club Chills Out" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #4)
  189. "The Comforts of Home" by Jodi Thomas (Harmony, Texas #3)
  190. "In the Air Tonight" by Stephanie Tyler (Shadow Force #3)
  191. "Another Life" by Andrew Vachss (Burke #18) (unabridged Audio CD)
  192. "Chasing the Sun" by Kaki Warner
  193. "Open Country" by Kaki Warner
  194. "Certain Girls" by Jennifer Weiner (Cannie Shapiro #2)
  195. "Fly Away Home" by Jennifer Weiner
  196. "The Beach Trees" by Karen White
  197. "The River Devil" by Diane Whiteside (Devil #2)
  198. "Addicted to Love" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #3)
  199. "All of Me" by Lori Wilde (Wedding Veil Wishes #4)
  200. "Blood Orchid" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #3)
  201. "Hothouse Orchid" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #6)
  202. "Orchid Blues" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #2)
  203. "About That Man" by Sherryl Woods
  204. "A Vow to Love" by Sherryl Woods (Vows #1) (Men in Uniform)
  205. "Honeysuckle Summer" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #7)
  206. "Tea and Destiny/Light the Stars" by Sherryl Woods/Raeanne Thayne
  207. "Eternal Blood" by Laura Wright (Mark of the Vampire #2.5) (Kindle)
  208. "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski

* Books marked (unabridged Audible) come from Audible.com

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Happy New Year!


  1. Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
  2. Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
  3. Crash by J.G. Ballard
  4. The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer
  5. Other People by Martin Amis
  6. Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell


  1. Ravelstein by Saul Bellow
  2. Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

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I think I'll join in the fun this year, even though school is severely eating into my reading for pleasure time.


  1. The Ha-Ha:  A Novel by Dave King
  2. Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov
  3. The Mists of Avalon Book 1 Mistress of Magic by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Audio)


  1. Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky
  2. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (Reading small portion per day)
  3. The Holy Qur'an in Today's English by Yahiya Emerick (Reading small portion per day)
  4. Wicca:  A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham (Reading small portion occasionally)
  5. The Women's Torah Commentary by Elyse Goldstein (Reading weekly)
  6. American Reform Judaism:  An Introduction by Dana Evan Kaplan (Reading small portion occasionally)
  7. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Reading small portion per day)

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Currently reading The Shadows in the Street by Susan Hill.

Up next is You're Next by Gregg Hurwitz.

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  • The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Currently Reading

  • The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

Listening To

  • Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

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These are in no certain order, but as the mood hits......

Catnap by Carole Nelson Douglas --- also reading

Enquiry by Dick Francis --- Can't beat Dick Francis for a taut, well-written mystery.  He knows how to keep the reader's interest with his carefully drawn plots.  Always a winner.

Charade by Sandra Brown

The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry --- reading, too

Drop Shot by Harlan Coben

Hangman's Root by Susan Wittig Albert --- A continuation of the China Bayles series.  Always a quick, fun read.

Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark --- waiting in the wings

Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown --- The first in the Mrs. Murphy series, [I'd already read some of the others], another fun, quick read with interesting characters.

Simple Genius by David Baldacci --- reading, too

Haunting Rachel by Kay Hooper---- Kay Hooper is one of my favorite authors. Every book I've read of hers has been a real page-turner and this one is no exception. A woman loses one love only to find another in a man that looks almost exactly like the first, paranormal at its best.

Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy

Missing Joseph by Elizabeth George

Forever by Jude Deveraux

Blindside by Catherine Coulter --- A continuation of the FBI series featuring Savich and Sherlock, FBI agents.  To me this one wasn't as good as some of the others, seemed to be rushed in both story lines, and the conversations between people seemed very trite, almost silly for adults.  The children in the story talked more like grown-ups than the adults did. 

Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich

Suddenly by Barbara Delinsky --- A really compelling book about how the suicide of a friend affects the lives of all those who knew her and ripples out to many others.  Very thought-provoking, highly recommended.

The Fifth Victim by Beverly Barton

CopyKat by Karen Kijewski --- I really like Kijewski style of writing and sense of humor.  Kat Colorado is an engaging character, I'd like a friend like her!! 4th in the Kat Colorado series.

Blind Alley by Iris Johansen ---The 4th in the Eve Duncan series.  This one revolves more around Eve's adopted daughter Jane.  I can't really get a good feeling about Jane, a 17-year-old body with a  40-year-old mind. She's not a very likable person, too intimidating or something. But as usual the story is a page-turner.

Mismatch by Tami Hoag

Goose on the Pond by Earlene Fowler --- A fun continuation of the Bennie Harper series.  A former cowgirl turned museum curator married to the local chief of police who always seems to get involved in murder investigations.

Deadly Night by Heather Graham--- As always, another terrific book by Heather Graham.  Enough of the paranormal to keep you turning the pages, along with a tense mystery and a little romance thrown in. A winner! 

Isle of Palms by Dorothea Benton Frank  --- in reserve

The 13th Juror by John Lescroart

False Prophet by Faye Kellerman

Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah --- A beautiful love story,  a woman in a coma after an accident, her husband loves her enough to bring her first husband to town to see if he can bring her out of the coma, knowing by doing so he might lose the woman he loves. How true love really does conquer all.

The Appeal by John Grisham

Alone by Lisa Gardner

Cry Mercy by Mariah Stewart --- up next

The Red Hat Club by Haywood Smith --- One of the very best books I've read about women and the friendsips that they keep throughout their years together.  Funny, heart-warming, empowering. I loved it!!

Protect and Defend by Eric L. Harry ---DNF, I just couldn't get into this book after almost 100 pages, Too convoluted and too much jumping around from country to country, person to person, crises to crises, etc., etc.  It didn't grab me, so it's going to be posted. Maybe someone else will like it.

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Currently reading:

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King - really enjoying this one
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (audio) - just ok - not really doing it for me

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I just started "The Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkeness. Not my genre usually -- haven't read about Vampires since Anne Rice was writing about them in the early '90s, but wee doggies!...is it good!!! Could NOT put it down! Highly recommended!

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Bin Laden's Bald Spot  --by--  Brian Doyle

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Currently Reading

  1. The Complaints by Ian Rankin
  2. L.A. Out Laws by T Jefferson Parker

Currently Listening to

  1. Dog On It by Spencer Quinn


  1. The Sixes by Kate White
  2. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  3. Rules of Prey by John Sandford
  4. The Doomsday Key by James Rollins
  5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  6. The Devil Colony by James Rollins



  1. The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
  2. The Bone House by Brian Freeman
  3. Motion to Suppress by Perri O'shaughnessy
  4. Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake
  5. Private by James Patterson
  6. Stalking Angel by Robert Crais
  7. Shadow Prey by John Sandford
  8. The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner
  9. The Chase by Clive Cussler
  10. The Kill Clause by Gregg Hurwitz
  11. Compelling Evidence by Steve Martini
  12. Final Jeopardy by Linda Fairstein
  13. Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter
  14. Until Proven Guilty by J.A. Jance
  15. Dark of the Moon by P.J. Parrish
  16. Edge of Evil by J.A. Jance
  17. Ice Station by Matt Reilly
  18. The Favored Queen by Carolly Erickson
  19. Cemetery Girl by David Bell
  20. City of the Sun by David Levien


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Currently reading The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

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Melissa - I have a book review on Amazon for The Descendants

I am now reading




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Bill- I finished it but barely.  The MC is so weak and passive.  

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I just finished : Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon  ,  It was quite a page turner, I really liked it.  That is the 3rd book of McMahon's I have read, and I have enjoyed them all.

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Currently reading Deadly Nights by Heather Graham. 

Just finished Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forreser.  This was the first book I read on my new Kindle Fire and it was very good.  This was the first in a series and it was very good.  It had me guessing to the very end.

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100% agree Melissa  ,  I wasn't going to post my review. I gave it three stars . but since we agree why not



I'm near the bottom

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Great review, Bill.  I'm not sure why the author decided to write this in the male's perspective.  She definitely didn't grasp the male mind, i'm guessing obviously because i'm female.  But I see that you didn't understand him either so I guess I'm right in feeling that the MC's reaction seemed implausible.  

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Finished Reading:  



Why Do Pirates Love Parrots?  An Imponderables Book by David Feldman

The Wal-Mart Effect:  How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works---And How it's Transforming the American Economy by Charles Fishman

What Are Hyenas Laughing at, Anyway?  An Imponderables Book by David Feldman

The Divorce Party by Laura Dave 

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The Secret Fruit of Peter Paddington ,  very funny , I am laughing on every page.

Peter Paddington is your typical thirteen-year-old paperboy with a few exceptions. He's 204 pounds, at the mercy of an overactive imagination, and his only friend is a trash-talking beauty queen reject from across the street. As if that wasn't bad enough, Peter's nipples pop out one day and begin speaking to him


bwahawhaw , talking nips makes this a CBGB "must" read

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Currently reading:  The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (fantastic read so far, but for the exceedingly detailed, graphic description of the main character's accident/recovery from his gruesome burns and injuries)

Next to read: Black & White by Dani Shapiro (finished/enjoyed Family History by the same author last week, so thought I'd give this one a go)

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Between the Assisinations by Aravind Adiga - Interesting, it's a group of short stories told like a travelogue of the Indian village they take place in. Each chapter starts with a tour guide description of an area of town or building or whatever then there is a story that includes the thing described. I loved it, but I enjoy Indian writers for some reason. There's nothing happy about them but I still enjoy it. 

Garfield Hits The Big Time by Jim Davis - Garfield cartoons, not much to say. Bathroom books count don't they? 

The Insider by Piers Morgan - Interesting back room tales from when he was editor of a British tabloid. Lots of scandal and dishing. I hated to see it end. 

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick - See the book discussion

Polically, Fashionably and Aerodynamically Incorrect by Berkley Breathed - The first Outland collection. I loved Bloom County so much but for some reason I didn't get in to Outland. I think it was partially because I just moved out on my own for the first time and had no money for the Sunday paper, lol. Not much to say about the book, if you know Outland you know it was pretty surreal. 

Whistling for the Elephants by Sandi Toksvig - I wasn;t sure what it was really about until at least half way through but it was mainly a story about some empowered women and what they could accomplish. It was quite feminist, which normally would annoy me but it was done so well and unaccusingly it was fine. The author is a lesbian so it was no surprise. She's mostly known for comedy and she doesn't rant feminist things and the book wasn't like that either, just a story about some damaged people and how they got everything back on track. Of course the women fared better than the men, lol.

Good Times by Justin Lee Collins - Written by the subject, which I like in a memoir but he's a terrible writer. It was readable, just really amateurish. It was a quick read and I don't regret reading it, that's about as good as I can say, lol. If you're not a fan of his there isn't anything in it for you, it is very much just about him. Not much observation of the world of stand up or even retail going on around him, just a telling of what happened. 


The Birth Order Book by Dr Kevin Leman

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Started: Snow falling on Cedars~David Guterson: Love it so far!

ShortShorts ~ed: Irving Howe: shorter than short by many notable writers!

The Emperors Children~Claire Messud: story about preppies, expats, and spoiled college dropouts, should be interesting  .

Foreign Bodies~Cynthia Ozick: Like her ideas, this is a cross between "The Ambassadors" (Henry James) and "Ripleys Game" (Patricia Highsmith)

TBR: A Visit from the Goon Squad~ Jennifer Egan: for Feb book group 

          The Frozen Rabbi~ Steve Stern: This looks really interesting.

          The Free World~David Bezmozgis

DUMPED: Room~Emma Donohoe: Can't relate to the 5 year old vernacular.

Want to read soon: ~  ,Justin Cronin waiting for it to go into a more portable format but resisting the ereader.The Terror~ Dan Simmons


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I have finished Don’t Breathe a Word and then Every Last One, both were really good.  I just started Garden Spells.  I keep picking up small books; I will have to tackle some of the larger historical fictions on my TBR soon.

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Currently reading:

  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King - not sure what to think of this one so far...almost halfway through
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (audio) - just okay
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Currently reading:

1. The Yellow Admiral   by Patrick O' Brien
2.  Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: 24 Stories   by Haruki Murakami
3.  Angel Pavement   by J. B. Priestley
4.  Dragon's Teeth  by Upton Sinclair
5.  The Voyage of the Beagle  by Charles Darwin
6. In This Our Life   by Ellen Glasgow