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Subject: It's July 2013 - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 7/1/2013 3:54 AM ET
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My Reading List - July 2013

FINISHED - 

  1. "SECRET SINS" by Lora Leigh (Callahans #3) (A+++++) A passion for justice. Sheriff Archer Tobias has watched the Callahan family struggle to find peace and acceptance in the community - despite the murders that continue to haunt them. But his darkest suspicions grow worse when Anna Corbin, a member of one of the county's most influential families, becomes the next target. A web of deceit. Anna knows she's in danger. She knows she's on a trail of secrets and lies that could tear her family apart. But is she ready to come face to face with a killer - even if it's someone she loves? A moment of truth. Torn between duty and desire, Archer cannot allow Anna to put herself in the path of a deranged murderer. But as the investigation pulls them closer together - and deeper into the nightmare - Archer realizes that he cannot save Anna from this legacy of blood and vengeance...without putting his own life on the line.
  2. "IMPULSIVE" by HelenKay Dimon (Men of Hawaii #5) (A+++++) Trouble in paradise...Katie Long was supposed to be undercover. She was just supposed to watch Deputy Prosecutor Eric Kimura at his ex's wedding and gather intel on his campaign for prosecutor. But he's a lot hotter in person and the kind of intel they accidentally shared in the hotel bathroom might lose both of them their jobs. Especially since it seems to be a recurring incident. Is it possible for a one-night stand to last ten days? Kimura isn't usually the impulsive type. He's driven, he's ambitious and he knows what he wants - a respectable future in Hawaii politics. Which means half-public sex with a beautiful stranger in a short skirt is just tabloid fodder waiting to happen. Conveniently, just as his campaign is coming under attack. Sabotage, media gossip and an insatiable desire for a woman he just met? If he's not careful, Counselor Kimura might lose all control.
  3. "THE LOVE SHACK" by Christie Ridgway (Beach House No. 9 #3) (A+++++) Crescent Cove, California, where the magic of summer can last forever. Globe-trotting photojournalist Gage Lowell spent carefree childhood summers in Crescent Cove. Now that he desperately needs some R&R, he books a vacation at Beach House No. 9 - redy to soak up some sun and surprise old friend and property manager Skye Alexander. Their long-distance letters got him through a dangerous time he can't otherwise talk about. But when he arrives, the tightly wound beauty isn't exactly happy to see him. Skye knows any red-blooded woman would be thrilled to spend time with gorgeous, sexy Gage. But she harbors secrets of her own, including that she might just be a little bit in love with him. And she's convinced the restless wanderer won't stay long enough for her to dare share her past - or dream of a future together. Luckily for them both, summer at Crescent Cove has a way of making the impossible happen.
  4. "COPPER BEACH" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Dark Legacy #1) (A++++) (unabridged audio CD) A rare book...an ancient code. Within the pages of very rare books, some centuries old, lie the secrets of the paranormal. Abby Radwell's unusual psychic talent has made her an expert in such volumes - and sometimes takes her into dangerous territory. After a deadly incident in the private library of an obsessive collector. Abby receives a blackmail threat and rumors swirl that an old alchemical text know as The Key has reappeared on the black market. A number of ruthless people are searching for the book. Some believe that Abby can find it for them. Abby wants no part of it. But the pressure mounts after a rare-book dealer dies mysteriously. Convinced that she needs an investigator who can also play bodybuard, Abby hires Sam Coppersmith, an expert in paranormal crystals and amber - "hot rocks." Passion flares immediately between them, yet neither entirely trusts the other. Both are concealing secrets. Both have their own agendas. Sam concludes that the only way to keep Abby safe is to take her to property owned by his rich and reclusive family - a compound in the small town of Copper Beach, on a private island. But small towns are no safer than large cities when it comes to dealing with a killer who has paranormal talents and a blackmailer who will stop at nothing to obtain an ancient alchemical code.
  5. "THIRD TIME LUCKY" by Claire Cross (Coxwell's #1) (A+++++) I always get the math wrong...is the third time the charm? Because I can think of three good reasons not to let Nick Sullivan back into my life. FIRST - I got over my infatuation with him - cold turkey. So what did he have to offer, anyway? Mystery? Adventure? A sexy grin and killer sense of humor? All of the above, if I think about it. Which I don't. Ever. SECOND - he had the nerve to come back! After fifteen years, he shows up looking (better than ever) for a place to hide, with a story about being framed for murder. Only problem is, there's no corpse. As if I'd fall for that old line. THIRD - I'm now old enough to know better - and smart enough not to be seduced all over again by the warmth in his eyes. I should give him the boot. But it is murder. And he does need a place to stay. This time it's strictly business. Nothing personal. Just harboring a fugitive. For old times' sake. And just maybe to satisfy my own craving for a little adventure...So what does that add up to?
  6. "RIVER'S SONG" by Melody Carlson (Inn at Shining Waters #1) (A+++++) Sometimes when we look back, we are able to see ahead. Following her mother's funeral and on the verge of her own midlife crisis, widow Anna Larson returns to the home of her youth to sort out her parents' belongings, as well as her own turbulent life. For the first time since childhood, Anna embraces her native heritage, despite the disdain of her vicious mother-in-law. By transforming her old family home on the banks of Oregon's Siuslaw River into The Inn at Shining Waters, Anna hopes to create a place of healing - a place where guests experience peace, grace and new beginnings. Starting with her own family.
  7. "TEXAS PRINCESS" by Jodi Thomas (Whispering Mountain #2) (A+++++) Hiding out from her fiance in her father's barn, Liberty Mayfield can't deny that she made the biggest mistake of her life when she agreed to marry ruthless Captain Samuel Buchanan. If only she could find a way to stop the wedding without risking her father's life. Ever since he defended the Whispering Mountain Ranch as a boy, Tobin McMurray vowed to steer clear of outsiders. But something about Liberty Mayfield makes it impossible to keep his distance. Every minute spent with the vulnerable beauty leaves him hungering for something he swore he'd never have: a wife and a family. Unfortunately, the woman who has ignited his desire is about to marry another man.
  8. "JUST A HINT - CLINT" by Lori Foster (Visitation #4) (A+++++) Clint Evans is a mercenary who plays by no one's rules but his own. Now, Clint is out to rescue a woman who's more than his match...and more trouble than he bargained for. Some days, it doesn't pay to get out of bed. That's what crosses Clint's mind the minute he takes on the four thugs holding heiress Julie Rose hostage. It isn't the danger - Clint's made his reputation by being reliably ruthless, a quality that keeps his wounds deeply undercover. What's got Clint in a lather is Julie herself. The pretty, petite schoolteacher he's been hired to return to her wealthy fiance is no fainting trust-fund baby. She's a bit of a hellcat, one who won't be deterred when she sets her sights on something. And her sights are set on Clint. The one rule Clint never breaks is this - don't get involved with the client. He can look, but he definitely cannot touch - even if it's driving him crazy. Keeping Julie safe until he can figure out who's behind her kidnapping means never letting her out of his sight. And the closer he sticks to the feisty, seductive woman who makes him feel alive...the harder it gets for him to ever consider letting her go.
  9. "UNDER FIRE" by Catherine Mann (Elite Force #3) (A++++++) No holds barred, in love or war...A decorated hero, pararescueman Liam McCabe lives to serve. Six months ago, he and Rachel Flores met in the horrific aftermath of an earthquake in the Bahamas. They were tempted by an explosive attraction, but then they parted ways. Still, Liam has thought about Rachel every day - and night - since. Now, after ignoring his phone calls for six months, Rachel has turned up on base with a wild story about a high-ranking military traitor. She claims no one but Liam can help her - and she won't trust anyone else. With nothing but her word and the testimony of a discharged military cop suffering from PTSD to go on, Liam would be insane to risk his career - even his life - to help this woman who left him in the dust.
  10. "TROPHY HUSBAND" by Lauren Blakely (Kindle) (A++++) Sometimes you can't help falling in love, even when you try to do the opposite...Successful fashion blogger McKenna Bell has spent far too long protecting herself after the way her ex-fiance left her at the altar for a college chick he met the night of his bachelor party. Loving again, trusting again, well, that's just not in the cards. Especially now that her ex is back in town with his new woman, demanding custody of McKenna's favorite creature in the whole world - her dog. No effing way. McKenna's had enough of him and she decides to even the score by finding her own hot young thing - a Trophy Husband. Sure, she's only twenty-seven, but doesn't that make it even more fun - and infuriating to her ex - to pursue a younger man? When she declares her intentions on her daily blog, her quest quickly skyrockets in popularity and that's when Chris enters the picture, and he's got all the assets. He's handsome, successful and turns her inside out with a kiss to end all kisses, the kind that makes you feel like a shooting star. But loving again could mean losing again and it's much easier to focus on getting even, isn't it? Unless, you just can't help falling in love. Which means McKenna will have to come face to face with what she really wants in live - protecting her heart from hurt, or letting go of her fears of a new beginning.
  11. "STARTING NOW" by Debbie Macomber (Blossom Street #10) (A++++++) For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career - her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She's been let go and must rebuild her entire life...starting right now. With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store. There she forms a close bond with Lydia, the sweet-natured shop owner; Lydia's spirited teenage daughter, Casey; and Casey's best friend, Ava, a shy yet troubled girl who will shape Libby's future in surprising and profound ways. As A Good Yarn becomes a second home - and the women a new kind of family - Libby relishes the different person she's become. She even finds time for romance with a charming and handsome doctor who seems to be her perfect match. But just as everything is coming together, Libby must make a choice that could forever change the life she holds so dear.
  12. "ANSWERED PRAYERS" by Danielle Steel (A++++) (abridged audio CD) Faith Madison has enjoyed the good life as the wife of a successful Manhattan investment banker and mother to two grown daughters. But every step of the way she has carried within her a secret she could divulge to no one. The sudden death of her stepfather will touch off a journey of change and revelation. At the funeral, painful memories flood back - and an old friend reenters Faith's life. Brad Patterson was her brother Jack's best friend: a lanky boy who protected Faith when, as kids, they fancied themselves "The Three Musketeers." When Jack died years later, Faith and Brad came together in their shared grief, only to lose touch again. Brad has reentered Faith's life as she is making a decision that plunges her marriage into crisis. Determined to fulfill a long-held desire for a career of her own, Faith applies to law school against her husband's wishes, igniting anger and recrimination. Faith's only solace is her newfound e-mail correspondence with Brad, who is trapped in an empty marriage of his own. As these two childhood friends rediscover each other, Faith and Brad will find the courage to make decisions they should have made years before, and Faith will take the most painful step of all - sharing a haunting secret and opening her heart for the first time in her life.
  13. "WILLOW SPRINGS" by Toni Blake (Destiny, Ohio #5) (A++++) Amy Bright might be the best matchmaker in Destiny, Ohio, but she's desperately shy when it comes to her own love life - and helpless when it comes to Logan Whitaker, with whom she's head-over-heels in love. So Amy decides to become Logan's secret admirer, sending him sensual love letters steamy enough to unseal their own envelopes. After a tragedy on the job, firefighter Logan is battling demons. Thank goodness Amy is there for him. But when a woman from Logan's past resurfaces right as some anonymous letters send Logan's pulse hammering, suddenly he doesn't know what he needs. One smoking-hot kiss could change everything...but will it ruin a one-of-a-kind friendship, or show Logan and Amy that they've already found everything they need, right here in Destiny?
  14. "THE HUNTER" by Gennita Low (Crossfire #2) (A+++++) Hawk McMillan, SEAL commander, is on a lone mission. To get close to Dragan Dilaver, a Kosovo kingpin involved in drugs and arms trafficking. Hawk helped him escape from Asia and return to his former country of Yugoslavia. Now Hawk has to discover where certain weapons have been dropped for Dilaver over the diverse regions of Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania - not an easy task for someone unfamiliar with the territory. In order for the operation to succeed, he needs a tracker and the only available person is CIA contact agent Amber Hutchens. Beautiful and smart, Amber has made a life for herself in Velesta, Macedonia and she is more than capable of assisting Hawk in finding the cache of hidden weapons. Despite the danger of exposure and torture, they risk everything in their mission to strike down Dilaver and his ruthless gang - even their love.
  15. "YOURS TO KEEP" by Shannon Stacey (Kowalski Family #3) (A+++++) Love blossoms where you least expect it...Emma Shaw needs a husband and fast! Not because she's interested in romance - after all, she's too busy with her landscaping company - but because Grandma Shaw is coming to town and she will have nonstop questions about Emma's (stagnant) love life. Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he's recruited by Emma to be her fake fiance. Sean doesn't like the deception, but he can't help his attraction to the feisty brunette. A little presend kissing won't hurt anyone - especially when there's no chance he'll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he's not planning to call home. But when fake, innocent kisses lead to very real, explosive sparks, Emma and Sean discover that their big ruse might just lead to happily-ever-after.
  16. "LOST AND FOUND IN CEDAR COVE" by Debbie Macomber (Rose Harbor #1.5) (A+++) (Kindle) Jo Marie has big plans for her bed-and-breakfast. With the help of handyman Mark Taylor, she intends to plant a beautiful rose garden in time for her upcoming open house. Jo Marie and Mark rarely see eye to eye - especially on matters of home improvement - but she knows he has her best interests at heart. After the two walk the grounds, Jo Marie realizes her beloved rescue dog, Rover, is missing and at a time when she most needs a friend, Mark leaves abruptly. Confused by Mark's behavior and worried for Rover's safety, Jo Marie searches for her precious pup all over Cedar Cove. Rover is on an adventure of his own - one that will lead to a delightful surprise for two unlikely people. 
  17. "CAN'T STOP BELIEVING" by Jodi Thomas (Harmony, Texas #4) (A++++++) Cord McDowell gave up his freedom at eighteen when he went to jail for a crime he didn't commit. Now, ten years later, he's about to give it up again for a piece of land. Nevada Britain, his neighbor, has just made him an offer he can't refuse: If he'll marry her, she'll sign over a section of property that their families have been fighting over for a hundred years. Nevada refuses to explain why, but Cord knows the bargain is in his favor. He just has one condition - she has to sleep in his bed every night for as long as their doomed marriage lasts. Nevada only wants to maintain her family's legacy - and redeem herself for a wrong she did Cord years ago. But as she spends more time with her husband of necissity, she discovers something unexpected - a love so deep it takes her breath away.
  18. "BURNING UP" by Susan Andersen (A++++) She's so good at being bad. Though it's been years since the infamous Macy O'James stepped foot in Sugarville, Washington, everyone remembers what she supposedly did. The tiny town is still buzzing about her crime and lack of punishment. Now back to lend her family a hand, Macy vows to hold her head high - especially at her high school reunion. But forget about the hottest man in Sugarville escorting her. Though she and fire chief Gabriel Donovan generate enough sparks to burn down the town, he's a law-abiding, line-toeing straight arrow. So not her type. But maybe - just maybe - he can change her mind about that.
  19. "A TASTE OF HONEY" by Jamie Alden - Three brothers that define the word sexy...and the women who love them. Feel the heat..."STRIPPING IT DOWN" (A++++) Kit Loughlin has no qualms about discussing sex in her online column. Using a pseudonym, she keeps her private life private and that includes the intimate details of her first time - no one knows about that but her and Jack Donovan. Now Jake has reappeared in her life with something to prove and a lot of new moves. And his scorching touch sends Kit into meltdown. "A TASTE OF SIN" (A++++) When Dr. Kelly Sullivan comes back to her small hometown, Nick Donovan falls in lust - and love - all over again. Kelly is beautiful. Super-smart. Utterly sensual. And most definitely his kind of woman...in and out of bed. "KISS ME TWICE" (A++++) Oh, those memories of Mike...Karen Sullivan can't forget the man. Mike Donovan was hotter than hot. She can't resist just one more night in his loving arms. But his intense sexuality cuts through all her defenses - and rocks her world all over again.
  20. "GAME FOR ANYTHING" by Bella Andre (Bad Boys of Football #1) (A+++++) Some lovers play it safe...others are game for anything. He's the Super Bowl hero men idolize and women lust after...the bad-boy quarterback with a dangerous edge. But behind his devil-may-care grin, Ty hides a deire that only one woman can ever fulfill - and a memory he can't shake: high school graduation night...and mind-blowing sex with the untouchable girl of his dreams. He would trade every trophy to feel the heat of her sensual, uninhibited lust once more. And he may get that chance...because she's just been hired by the San Francisco Outlaws' new owner to make over Ty's less-than-angelic reputation. The country's top image consultant, Julie Spencer is a total pro at cleaning up the messes of the rich and famous. Even working with the man who took her virginity and broke her heart ten years ago can't rattle her. Until he touches her again. One caress - and one very hot kiss - is all it takes to spark the same knee-quaking electricity and soon they're mixing business and extreme pleasure. But knowing the danger this bad boy poses to her heart, Julie is determined to keep her distance. But Ty has a game plan of his own. The more he misbehaves, the more Julie will have to keep tabs on him - and the more he can give his dream girl some very real thrills, by showing her just how fun it is to be bad. This time around, he's game for anything, especially winning her heart.
  21. "GAME FOR SEDUCTION" by Bella Andre (Bad Boys of Football #2) (A+++++) She's not a good girl anymore...now she's game for seduction. The daughter of a powerful sports agent, Melissa McKnight has harbored lust-filled fantasies for Dominic DiMarco ever since she was an awkward teenager, when the San Francisco Outlaws' gorgeous wide receiver became her father's superstar client. Now Melissa's a beautiful, tenacious associate in her father's firm and being around to-die-for hard bodies is all in a day's work...until tangling with Dominic at a photo shoot blindsides her with passion. Dominic has built a flawless career by being in control - on and off the field. And despite his intense desire for Melissa, he's not about to seduce his agent's daughter - until Melissa stages a power play to break free from her domineering father and winds up at an edgy bar on the wrong side of town. Dominic thinks he's rescuing the innocent Melissa he met years ago...but one night of sizzling passion reveals a woman with no limits - including a penchant for sex in public places. If anyone's breaking all the rules of seduction, it's sexy irresistible Melissa. But Dominic has a secret from years ago - one that could ruin his sterling reputation and take Melissa along with him. Will his bad-boy past bind them closer together? Or will they crash and burn?
  22. "RUN THE RISK" by Lori Foster (Love Undercover #1) (A++++) Nothing can shake a cop from pursuing justice. When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious - and in far more danger - than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her. Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction worker" who's moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to the passion bring her the safety she so desires - or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer's crosshairs?
  23. "AGAINST ALL ODDS" by Irene Hannon (Heroes of Quantico #1) (A++++++) Her life is in danger - and so is his heart. For FBI Hostage Rescue Team member Evan Cooper and his partner, dignitary protection duty should have been a piece of cake. Unfortunately, beautiful but determined Monica Callahan isn't making it easy. Estranged from her diplomat father - who is involved in a sensitive hostage situation in the Middle East - she refuses to be intimidated by a related terrorist threat back in the States. That is, until a chilling warning convinces her that the danger is very real - and escalating. As Coop and his partner do their best to keep her safe, the threat against Monica is rising. And with every second that ticks by, Coop knows that the odds of saving the only woman who has ever breached the walls around his heart are dropping. After all, terrorists aren't known for their patience - or their mercy.
  24. "MY MERRY EX-MAS" by Sheila Roberts (Life in Icicle Falls #2) (A++++) Christmas in Icicle Falls...Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, was looking forward to her daughter Danielle's wedding - until Dani announced that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? Even worse, it appears that he, his trophy wife and their yappy little dog will be staying with Cass. Her friend Charlene Albach arrives at their weekly chick-flick night in shock. She's just seen the ghost of Christmas past: her ex-husband, Richard, who left a year ago when he ran off with the hostess from her restaurant, Zelda's. Now the hostess is history and he wants to kiss and make up. Hide the mistletoe! And bring out the hot buttered rum, because the holidays aren't easy for Ella O'Brien, either. Ella, newly divorced, is still sharing the house with her ex while they wait for the place to sell. The love is gone. Isn't it? But watch as Christmas brings all kinds of surprises...Merry Ex-mas ladies!
  25. "THE ROAD TO GRACE" by Richard Paul Evans (The Walk #3) (A+++++) Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, left behind everything he knew and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. As he treks the nearly 1,000 miles between South Dakota and St. Louis on foot, it's the people he meets along the way who give the journey its true meaning: a mysterious woman who follows Alan for nearly a hundred miles, the ghost hunter searching graveyards for his wife and the elderly Polish man who gives Alan a ride and shares a story that Alan will never forget.
  26. "THE NEWCOMER" by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point #2) (A+++++) Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sherrif "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep his town safe and his daughter happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves - suddenly they can't get enough of one another. And just when things are really taking off their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. Mac and Gina know they're meant to be together, but can their newfound love withstand the pressure?
  27. "FREE FALL" by Catherine Mann (Elite Force #4) (A+++++) On this mission, there are no accidents. Pararescueman Jose "Cuervo" James is the guy they call for the most dangerous assignments. He lives for his job. On a high-risk rescue deep in the African jungle, Jose encounters sexy, smart Interpol agent Stella Carson. They'd once had an affair that burned hot and fast, but family is everything to Stella and Jose just can't go there. Fate has thrown them into the deadly hot zone together and sparks will fly...but only if they can live to tell about it.
  28. "CRAZY ON YOU" by Rachel Gibson (Lovett, Texas #2) (A++++) Lily Darlington's been called crazy in her day - and, yeah, driving her car into her ex-husband's living room probably wasn't the smartest move ever made - but the louse deserved it. Now Lily is happily single and she's turned it all around. She knows she's a good mom, a homeowner and a businesswoman, all wrapped up in one great-looking package. A package that police officer Tucker Matthews is dying to unwrap. This ex-military man sure doesn't need another woman in his life. His last girlfriend left him with nothing but memories and a cat named Pinky! But living next door to Lily has been driving him nuts. He dreams about her long blonde hair and even longer legs. And maybe it's time to go a little crazy...and fall in love.
  29. "SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER" by Lisa Kleypas (Travis #3) (unabridged audio CD) (A+++++) He answers to no one...No one has ever truly touched Jack Travis's heart or soul...until Ella Varner comes along. She appears one day on his doorstep with fury in her eyes and a baby in her arms. Her troubled sister is the mother and according to Ella, Jack Travis is the father. But when Ella demands that Jack take responsibility for the first time in his life, he ends up taking much more than that. She trusts no one...Ella Varner is responsible and controlled. Her childhood taught her that love is fleeting and best avoided. That is, until baby Luke appears on her doorstep after her reckless sister, Tara, abandons him. What Luke needs now is stability and Ella's determined to do what is best for him. As her bond with the helpless child grows stronger every day, Ella goes to Houston in search of the father. What she finds there will change her life forever. And when things heat up between these two, the time for talking is long gone. 

Currently Reading -

  1. "Amazingly Broken" by Jordin Williams (Kindle) (I had gotten this book awhile ago free at Amazon.com and just learned that it's been removed from all book seller sites because of plagerism)
  2. "The Apple Orchard" by Susan Wiggs (Bella Vista #1)
  3. "Animal Attraction Anthology" "Buckhorn Ever After - Shohn's Story" by Lori Foster (Buckhorn Brothers #6) "Imagine Me and You" by Maisey Yates "Gimme Shelter" by Heidi Betts "Partner in Crime" by Jules Bennett

Currently Listening to -

  1. "Leap of Faith" by Danielle Steele (unabridged audio Cassette)



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I am reading The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.  It's delightful!!  And of course I am hearing Julie Andrews' voice narrating as I turn the pages of this first-person account. 



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Finished

  • Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie 
  • Southern Cross the Dog by Bill Cheng
  • Where White Horses Gallop by Beatrice MacNeil
  • The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill
  • First Rule of Swimming by Courtney Brkic
  • Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
  • Truth in Advertising by John Kenney

Currently Reading

  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

Listening To

  • You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon 
  • The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

 



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True Porn Clerk Stories by Ali Davis - A book of tales from a girl who worked in a video store that was known mainly for it's porn section. I was expecting mostly humorous anecdotes about the nasty things porn guys do but got mostly her opinions on whether porn is degrading to women and why men watch porn. What's funny is she claims that writing is her real profession and she just did this to supplement her freelance income but it is terribly written. If she spent more than a week putting these 'diary entries' together I'd be surprised. Apparently she was publishing them somewhere as a column because she made an occasional comment about letters received on one of her stories. The anecdotes that did make it in were rarely that funny or interesting. If it weren't a short book and I wasn't stubborn I probably would have binned it.

Twitter Wit: Brilliance in 40 Characters Or Less by Nick Douglas - A compilation of amusing tweets. No commentary, just the tweets. A little boring.

Every Day Is An Atheist Holiday by Penn Jillette - audio - a bit of a memoir, tales about life and show biz and being an atheist. He is a very smart man and I wish I knew him. Entertaining but intellectual. Perfect. Audiobook.

The Princess Of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson - He writes a bit too much philosophising for my taste but the stories are really good.

Dry by Augusten Buroughs - audio - Excellent telling of his struggle to get sober. What made him decide to get clean, the process of rehab, a rough relapse, and the struggle of keeping it up. Addiction can be hard for someone who has never felt it to understand but he makes it pretty clear.

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman - Nice fantasy story about a little boy and a fantastic family down the lane. A malevilent spirit starts causing trouble in the area and the little boy is accidently caught up in the other world when a magical little girl tries to stop the incidents. Told as a big flashback, the boy is a grown man at the start and end of the book, and unsure if any of it actually happened......

Sudden Death by William X Kienzle - If you are a massive football fan or a hardcore Catholic you'll love this book. If you're a mystery fan, not so much. Long, long passages of football descriptions, in fact the first 10% were only the play by play of a football game, and long, long pasages of bible quotes and the rules of the Catholic church. I kinda hated it.

The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie - audio - Mystery tale about a man thrust into a world of spies and murder kind of by accident. There is a little bit of Hugh's humor in the lines of the MC, he can be a bit sarcastic and witty, but it is not a humorous book.

Torch by Lin Anderson - Quick read story about a couple of arson investigators who become the targets of a particularly twisted arsonist. It wants to be a complex story but it stays simple, it unfolds easily and goes quickly, stays interesting. I read it in about 4 hours even though it's 240 pages. A little gruesome, I don't like when they hurt animals, but it's a well moving story. No boring parts and not a lot of philosophising.

I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy - audio - This is a second memoir, no life history but a memoir of his life playing Spock. Mostly about the character's developmemnt and stories of how tv shows and movies came about. Good book, informative if you're a Trek fan. Even if you aren't it's informative about the process but while he has had quite a bit more career besides ST it does focus on Spock.

Let Sleeping Vets Lie by James Herriott - audio - Tales from the British vet's life, this volume covering the period when he woos and wins his wife Helen.

World War Z by Max Brooks - Audiobook, read by a full cast. Henry Rollins, Carl and Rob Reiner, Alan Alda, Martin Scorsese, Nathan Fillion, and a ton more celebrities. This is written documentary interview style, with people telling their stories making up the history of a world-wide zombie war. It's a study of the morality, the politics, the meaning, of everything that happened when the world was thrown into a crisis. It's harsh and judgemental. Most of the stories are about how people failed to retain their "humanity" and the worst that comes out when we are forced to fight for our survival. The actions of the various governments are especially disected. They don't come out well. Much more a sociological study than a horror story, but a very good one. A lot of detail is put across in these stories, and it paints a full picture. Excellent book.

The Ice Cage by Olivier Nilsson-Julien - Kindle book only as far as I can tell. The story is about a man who travels back to his native Finnland from London when his father dies and when he gets there he realizes things don't add up in the death. He ends up uncovering a mad man's plot to "clean the scum" out of the small island that was a part of Sweden until it was given to Finnland and has become poluted by immigrants and lost it's Swedish way. He ends up in a long chase sequence that goes on and on, with a female police officer who is just about the only authority figure not under the thumb of the mad man. They both do such stupid things, prolonging their run, that by the halfway point I was hoping they would get killed. Pretty badly written and a far-fetched plot. It is a stinker.

Junky by William S Burroughs - audio - story of how he started doing drugs and how he quit. Nothing else, just his drug use history. He does a pretty good job of describing the process and why he did it without sentiment or drama. Just the facts maam. Ends on an open note, he has quit heroin and coke and drinking but someone has just told him about a new drug that facilitates telepathy......

Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela Choi - Fiona Yu is an American girl with Chinese parents who want her to fit into the life of a perfect Chinese woman but that's the last thing Fiona wants. Between her parents interferance and working 90 hours a week as a lawyer she has enough issues in her life without the added issue of reconnecting with the love of her life, who she hasn't seen since childhood. This isn't a love story though, her man has now as he did then a very dark side. They remain best friends and while nothing is said outright some of the people bugging Fiona conveniently end up dead. Then she helps a few out of the way. This can only end up badly. A debut novel, this is an excellent story and I am looking forward to what she comes up with next.

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen - audio - A former cop (he loses his badge when he shoves a car vac up his girlfriend's husband's ass when he overhears the husband call her a whore during a fight) ends up in a twisted web of crime and corruption and murder and a monkey between the islands of the FL Keys and the Bahamas, a lot of danger and even more humor. This would make a great movie.

The Man Who Went Up In Smoke by Sjowall & Wahloo - audio - Swedish mystery about a man who goes missing. I'm not crazy about these writers, I find them very dry and dull. They have good stories but I don't really enjoy the style. I have them though so I read them. Or in this case listen to them.

Murder At The Savoy by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo - audio - A little better, this one had a more complex plot and didn't go where you tought it was going.

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch - Victorian mystery, I enjoyed it very much. Our MC is a society man, rich and idle, who solves crimes for fun. This is the first book in a series and I think it should continue to grow this character and his relationships quite well. I found the story interesting although there wasn't much tension. It unfolds calmly and politely for the most part, there is one minor attempt at violence but it doesn't go very far. Almost a cozy.

Animal Magnetism by Rita Mae Brown - audio - A memoir told in stories of the animals in her life. It was ok but I didn't like the reader, she sounded like a stuck up snob, and that put me off the book. It wasn't the author, so I tried to stay objective, but a bad reader can really mess up a book.

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell - First of the Wallender series, one of the better ones. Stays interesting except for some tedium near the end. The writing is a little sloppy but not bad for a first.

I Am A Genius Of Unspeakable Evil... by Josh Lieb - audio - YA book, it was kinda fun but pretty out there. A middle school genius who pretends he is "special" (and has done since he decided it would benefit him if people underestimated him at 2 days old) decides he wants to win the class president election. He is the 4th richest person in the world, using a dummy adult as his proxy, and has a staff of hundreds at his disposal. He contacts them through sensors in his teeth so he can bark commands to them at any time. He has jet fighters and bodyguards at his disposal. No regard for believable technology, there is always a conveniently placed camera, microphone, or staff member. I thought it was fun though, thinking of the posibilities. It ends on a nice note of course, but not too sappy. I think kids would enjoy it as much as I did, if not more. Every kid can relate to feeling powerless and ostracized.

The Short Stories of Summerset Maugham vol 1 - audio - Stories about life and love, the human condition.



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Finished:

In Spite of Everything Susan Gregory Thomas

The Bonfire of Berlin Helga Schneider

Ask Me Why I Hurt Randy Christensen MD

The Violets of March Sarah Jio

All My Patients Kick and Bite Jeff Wells DVM

Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse Suraya Sadeed

Billy Ray's Farm Larry Brown

Don't Breathe a Word Jennifer McMahon

No Place Like Home Brook Berman

Faith Jennifer Haugh

The House I Loved Tatiana de Rosnay

Giant George Dave Nasser

A La Cart Hillary Carlip

Waiting Debra Ginsberg

How to Live with a Neurotic Cat Owner Stephen Baker



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Books finished this month:  

A Ruling Passion by Judith Michaels.  It took me a while to finish this book, not only because it's over 600 pages, but because I got really tired of one of the main characters, Sybille.  She is one megaegotist, completely amoral, with absolutely no redeeming qualities. Definitely someone you love to hate.  The story was involved and interesting except when it came to Sybille and the authors kept bringing all of her behind-the scenes schemes into it. I'm sure some of it was necessary, but by the end of the book the reader didn't care one whit about what happened to her, nothing could be bad enough to pay her back for all she has done.

High on a Hill by Dorothy Garlock  --- Dorothy Garlock knows how to bring the life and times of her stories to the readers. This book is set in the 1920s  after WWI and during the time of prohibition.  Annabel Lee's father is a bootlegger bringing in illegal whiskey from Canada, but wanting to get out of the business and find a permanent home for his daughter and himself.  What follows is a tale of love, deception and ultimately, tragedy. Always an interesting read of the times of a by-gone era.

The Associate by Phillip Margolin  --- This is a real page-turner with lots of twists and turns in the plot. Margolin knows how to build the suspense while keeping the ending a surprise. Daniel Ames, an associate in a powerful law firm, is accused of murder in the death of his boss. When others die he's drawn into finding not only that killer, but who else is involved.  I read this book in one day....could not put it down.

Cat on the Edge  by Shirley Rousseau Murphy  --- This certainly isn't what I expected when I started reading this book, but I found I really enjoyed it after I got into it.  Part mystery, part fantasy [cats who talk, think and act like humans and a woman who can shape-shift into a cat]. But it was a fun read and I will read more of the series and see how it goes.

The Color of Death by Elizabeth Lowell  --- Kate Chandler is a gem cutter trying to  find out who killed her half-brother while he was a courier transporting sapphires she had cut for a client. Sam Groves is an FBI special agent assigned to guarding a gem show after he has stepped on too many higher-ups toes. When he and Kate meet, sparks fly and then they work together to find the killer.  A fun read.

Honeysuckle Summer by Sherryl Woods  --- I needed a fun, quick read on a hot summer day and this fit the bill.  The last of the Sweet Magnolia series, this one deals with Raylene Hammond, a woman who's left an abusive marriage, settled in Serenity, SC and has let her fear cause her to become  agoraphobic.  How she learns to deal with it while finding a new love makes for an interesting read.

The Hunt by Allison Brennan  --- 2nd in 'The Predator' series, this one deals with a serial killer in Bozeman, Montana whose killing college co-eds. One of his former victims, the only one who escaped, and the FBI are searching for him.  Very intense plot, kind of gruesome, but well-written.

Writ of Execution by Perri O'Shaughnessy  --- One of the Nina Reilly series. In this one Nina has a client who has just won a multi-million dollar slots jackpot.  What happens next leads to murder and court cases.  Very interesting to learn about the gaming industry in Tahoe, Nevada. O'Shaughnessy really knows how to keep the reader's interest.

 Letting Go by Pamela Morsi  --- A really delightful book about 4 generations of women, from mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Wilma to little 4-year-old Jet.  Relationships are tested when Ellen Jameson, her daughter, Amber and granddaughter, Jet have to move in with Wilma who is about to be evicted from her home.  How they cope, grow and learn to accept each other and move on makes for heart-warming reading.  Pamela Morsi is a new author to me, but I will defintely look for more of her books.

Black Hills by Nora Roberts  --- One of Nora Roberts better books.  Interesting plot, likable characters [for the most part!] and an exciting ending.  I especially liked it because it was set in the area where I grew up, made it more interesting. Lil Chance has a wildlife refuge in the Black Hills of South Dakota. One man wants to stop her and he will stop at nothing, including murder.

Currently reading:    Dark Sky by Carla Neggers 

Up next:   

 Books read in 2013---  Jan... 13   Feb...11   March...9   April...5   May...7   June...6    July...10



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A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

I just started this book yesterday and I am well into it. I have to keep reminding myself that this is non-fiction.

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Finished Shades of Earl Grey by Laura Childs

Reading Embers by Laura Bickle

Next up, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton - reminded about it by the other thread in the Hidden Gems forum.

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Finished "The Cold Six Thousand" by James Ellroy a few days ago. Just started "The Pinochet File" by Peter Kornbluh.

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Sloggiing thru Anathem by Noel Stephenson.  My brother loved this book and said, 'you gotta read it!'.  I am now on page 250 out of about 1,000 and it better get good  better soon. 

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And I am really enjoying it.

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I just finished The Last-Original-Wife by D B Frank on my kindle and I really enjoyed it. I was working my way thru some old stuff on my TBR when this new release became avaible from the library, so I took a break from my plan and read it. I also finished Cell by S King in audio, it was okay. Now I am reading The Proable Future in print.

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Finished "The Pinochet Files". Bit of a tough read but lots of resourced information on the States involvement in Chile during the Pinochet reign.

Reading "The Picture of Dorian Gray" now, love it so far.

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I'm visiting family in Illinois right now, and hit a local used bookstore with my mom. On the 50 cent shelf was PHANTOM by Susan Kay. I had never heard of it, but the plot about how Erik became The Phantom intrigued me. So far I'm pleasantly surprised! Great plotting, no purple prose and wonderful suspense and atmosphere- I recommend this as a great escape from a hot, noisy summer. On the plane I read Patton Oswalt's Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, which was great but so short I'm glad I only paid $5 used for it.

I've been in a big comic book mood, and when it comes to collected trades I've recently polished off The Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn (recommended to those who enjoy Hellboy/B.P.R.D/Jonah Hex, this book is really cool) and Unwritten volume 4 (which is about writers and people actually entering books; a stunning series for book lovers.) I'm reading Fairest Volume 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham (I'm a HUGE Fables fan, but this has been harder to get into) and Planetary Volume 1: All Over the World and Other Stories by Warren Ellis.



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Finished "picture of dorian gray". Great book although it dragged a little in the middle. Attempted to read "Think and Grow Rich" but put it down after 44 pages. Am now reading "Blood Money" by T. Christian Miller.

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I loved One Good Dog!

 

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Finished: Every Secret Thing~Laura Lippman: Enjoyed this one on my Kindle, well written twisty mystery which reveals human nature as opposite of whst it appears. Kept me guessing!

Started:   Kitchen Boy~ Robert Alexander: My second time I am readimg this, this time for my book group. 

 Midway: Mission to Paris~Alan Furst: Engaging story about the  underground world in Paris during WW2.

                 Midnights Children~Salman Rushdie: Florid wild tale of Indian twins born at the moment of India's independence form Britian.

                 The Paris Wife~ Paula McClain: In the voice of Hemingway's first wife, very well written story about thier lie in Paris,

                 Toronto and back to Paris, including famous stuff about Gertrude Stien, skiing, struggle and the  Bulls at Pamplona, loving it !

Next: The Museum of Innocence~Orhan Pamuk.

On My Kindle: The Power of Three~Laura Lippman

                           The Hamlet~ Wm. Faulkner

                           Expensive People~Joyce Carol Oates:            

 

 



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I just finished The Color of Light, and I really liked it.  But I have read so many books set at the beach this summer about woman with troubled marriages, that they are all starting to run together.  Of the group, The Last Original Wife may have been my favorite this month. I think I will do something HF next to change it up.

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Finished Blood Money. Made a failed attempt at "Fallon by Lamour". Now working on The Brothers Karamazov. 

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I was up all night reading another book by Catherine Ryan Hyde titled Walk Me Home.  Her characters are always in a world of hurt and the two main characters in this one are no different.   I ordered a couple more of her's and will keep reading.