My July reading list:
"ICE BLUE" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #3) (A) Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value - until somebody tried to kill her for it. The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be stopped at all costs. It's a desperate situation, and international operative Takashi O'Brien has received his directive: everybody is expendable. Everybody. Especially the woman who is getting dangerously under his skin as the lethal game crosses the Pacific to the remote and beautiful mountains of Japan, where the truth can be as seductive as it is deadly.
"JUST OVER THE MOUNTAIN" by Robyn Carr (Grace Valley #2) (A) Here in this peaceful community, folks look out for one another like family, though sometimes a little too well. In a town like this, it's hard to keep a secret - though Dr. June Hudson has managed to keep one heck of a humdinger. Though visits from her secret lover, undercover DEA agent Jim Post, are as clandestine as they are passionate, somehow it fits with her demanding schedule as the town's doctor - a calling that requires an innate ability to exist on caffeine, sticky buns and nerves of steel. But how can a secret lover compete with a flesh-and-blood heartthrob from her past? June's old flame has just returned to town after twenty years - and he's divorced. June is seriously rattled. So when the town's most devoted wife takes buckshot to her husband and some human bones turn up in her aunt Myrna's backyard, she's almost happy for the distraction. Sooner or later, love will have its way in Grace Valley. It always does.
"THE LAST HONEST WOMAN" by Nora Roberts (Audible Book) (A) As the widow of an infamous race car champion, Abby O'Hurley shunned publicity. But how could she keep charming, disarming, and ruthlessly cynical biographer Dylan Crosby from uncovering her darkest secrets? Nora Roberts brings you the remarkable O'Hurley triplets and their mysterious older brother. Their unique family upbringing has led to four extraordinary lives. This is the story of one of those four extraordinary lives.
"HIS WINTER ROSE" by Lois Richter (Love Inspired) (A) After many happy summers in the peaceful town of Serenity Bay, Piper Langley had returned to help revitalize the sleepy village. Trouble was, Piper and her new boss didn't see eye-to-eye. Mayor Jason Franklin had the good looks and the take-charge attitude to earn him the town's respect, but not Piper's. To help the place they both adored, they had to find a way to work together. While his faith in God was strong, it would take an even stronger love to thaw the ice around Piper's jaded heart. Thankfully, Jason knew he was the perfect man for the job.
"EMBRACED BY LOVE"by Suzanne Brockmann (A+) Josie and Cooper were one of those couples everyone envied: gorgeous, successful, and so deeply devoted. Even though Josie tended to work too hard, putting in long hours to life her fledgling company off the ground, and Cooper could be wild and unpredictable, the two complemented each other. It seemed their love would last forever. But sometimes love just isn't enough. When a tragic accident leaves Josie and Cooper with two young children to care for, their bond will be tested. Now the pressures of their commanding careers are compounded by the needs of the children, and they find themselves drifting further and further apart. They will have to work to find the way back to each other, to the incredible passion that was once at the center of their lives - and still burns deep in their hearts.
"THE LEGEND" by C.J. Carmichael (Cooper's Corners) (A+) Since childhood, Kerry Dumas had been in John Eagle's blood...a piece of his soul. But the deputy sheriff fought his obsession, believing, from bitter experience, that his native heritage put the beautiful geologist out of his reach. Now Kerry wanted him to guide her through Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Just the two of them... Kerry was determined to find the treasure her parents had died trying to reach - to put the past behind her before saying yes to a fiancé she felt obliged to marry. But once alone with John, Kerry could no longer deny what her heart had always known. John loved her...and he was the only man she'd ever wanted.
"BEAUTIFUL DREAMER"by Elizabeth Lowell (Audio CD Book) (A+) Nevada is home to Hope Gardener, its rugged, majestic beauty a balm for the aches of her heart and spirit. But the cattle ranch she owns and loves is dying, thanks to the worst drought the area has ever seen. Hope needs a miracle or she will lose the land that has been in her family for generations. And then, one day, the miracle appears on horseback. Rio is the stranger who rides into the Valley of the Sun. A loner, a gentler of horses, a cowboy out of time, an anachronism in the modern-day West, he brings with him a tantalizing promise of salvation: a reputation for finding water in any desert. As a woman alone in a harsh and unforgiving place, Hope knows the danger of trusting such a free spirit. But now she has no choice. A man who makes dreams real, who is as wild and unpredictable as the wind that propels him across the vast and open landscape, Rio has never had a dream of his own to follow. Yet he finds something in this extraordinary lady whose passion tempts him to defy his own rules and stay. Suddenly two independent souls must confront the perils and the truths that reside in the deepest, most closely guarded corners of their hearts...as in the midst of adversity they search for a beautiful dream big enough to hold them both.
"THE BEEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER" by Janice Carter (B+) Just as every bee returns to its hive...She came home to help her dad. But Annie Collins never expected to run the family business on her own. Nor could she have guessed that the daughter she gave up at birth would seek her out. Will Jennings never expected to find Ambrosia Apiary - a place that felt like home before he'd ever laid eyes on it - or to face the tragedy that made him quit firefighting. Sometimes, though, the sweetest thing happen when you least expect them...
"DESERT RAIN"by Elizabeth Lowell (Audio CD Book) (A) Holly...She is a fragile innocent haunted by memories of her past and by dreams of the man who once shared her secrets...the only man she can truly love. Shannon...One of the world's great beauties, her face and figure grace the fashion pages of the most elegant magazines. Though many desire her, only one may have her. Holly Shannon North...She is a contradiction: assured yet vulnerable, irresistible yet untouched. Destiny has brought her back to Hidden Springs, where she can be one person, where romance once touched her tender young heart - back to Lincoln McKenzie, the proud California rancher, long since hardened by life's tragedies. Now, in the icy chill of a desert storm, they must find the way back to love together - to rekindle the fire whose healing warmth has drawn them home.
"VISION IN WHITE" by Nora Roberts (Audible Book) (B) The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds between Parker, Emma, Mac and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration. Mackensie Elliot's experience with her broken family has convinced her the only way to make happiness last is to take a picture of it. She does just that at Vows - where her photos, Laurel's cakes, Emma's flowers, and Parker's almost frightening organizational skills combine for a flourishing business As a bonus, the four friends are able to live on the grounds of Parker's sprawling family estate, where the weddings and other events are staged. Sometimes it means dealing with drama - but even the worst morther-of-the-bridezilla can't compare to Mac's own manipulative mom. Every time Mac talks to her she winds up drained - and so does her bank account. What helps distract her is a slightly geeky, slightly klutzy, but oh-so-cute English teacher Carter Maguire. Mac's enjoying the vibe with him and has no intention of ruining it by making the same mistake her mother makes again and again: getting married. But as the women of Vows band together to score a major client, and Mac nears the breaking point with her mother, she begins to wonder if it's time to come out from behind the camera, and put herself in the picture.
"COLD AS ICE" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #2) (A) The job was supposed to be dead easy - hand-deliver some legal papers to billionaire philanthropist Harry Van Dorn's extravagant yacht, get his signature and be done. But Manhattan lawyer Genevieve Spense soon realizes she's in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that the publicly benevolent playboy has a sick, vicious side. As he tries to make her his plaything for the evening, eager to use and abuse her until he discards her with the rest of his victims, Genevieve must keep her wits if she intends to survive the night. But there's someone else on the ship who knows the true depths of Van Dorn's evil. Peter Jensen is far more than the unassuming personal assistant he pretends to be - he's a secret operative who will stop at nothing to ensure Harry's deadly Rule of Seven terror campaign dies with him. But Genevieve's presence has thrown a wrench into his plans, and now he must decide whether to risk his mission to keep her alive, or allow her to become collateral damage.
"TRIAL BY FURY" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont Series #3) (A) It was one of the most bizarre crime scenes that J.P. Beaumont had ever seen. The body lay amid the garbage behind a Seattle grocery store - a tall, well-built male, both naked and dead. The smell of death didn't help Beau's hangover. He'd been a homicide cop for twenty years...a job that had put his marriage and too much MacNaughtons on the rocks. But it also gave him a sixth sense about people - especially guilty ones. So when the corpse turned out to be a high school basketball coach with a very pregnant wife, Beaumont knew right away that the lady in question was hiding something. And when he found out the victim had been lynched, he suspected this murder was connected with the extremes of love and hatred. Love for the wrong kind of woman...and hatred by people who take justice into their own blood-soaked hands.
"THE LAST CHANCE CAFE" by Linda Lael Miller (A) When a blinding Nevada snowstorm and a broken-down truck force Hallie O'Rourke and her two young daughters into the warmth of the Last Chance Cafe, Hallie could not know she would find a new beginning at the roadside diner. Or that the handsome stranger she meets there would change everything she believes about home and family. Chance Qualtrough is a rancher with deep roots in Primrose Creek, and he's never met a woman as alluring - or downright stubborn - as Hallie. An undeniable passion is pulling them together, but Hallie is fleeing a danger so threatening she dares not let Chance into her heart. Will all that Hallie fears come back with full force, destroying her last chance for the life she's always dreamed of?
"RITUAL IN DEATH" by J.D. Robb (In Death Series #27.5) (Audible Book) (A) When a high-society party is crashed by a naked, knife-wielding, blood-covered man who "thinks" he might have killed someone, Eve Dallas must track down the crime, and the criminals. Everything points to satanic ritual, but Eve doesn't believe in devil worship.
"DOWN BY THE RIVER" by Robyn Carr (Grace Valley #3) (A) In the peaceful town of Grace Valley, neighbors are like family - and just as meddlesome, too. June Hudson the town's doctor, a caring, capable woman who now has a bit of explaining to do. People are beginning to notice the bloom in her cheeks - and the swell of her belly. Happily, DEA agent Jim Post is back in June's arms for good, newly retired from undercover work and ready for new beginnings here in Grace Valley. Expecting the unexpected is a way of life in Grace Valley, and the community is overflowing with gossip right now. Who is the secret paramour June's aunt Myrna is hiding? Does the town's poker-playing pastor have too many aces up his sleeve? But, when dangers, from man and nature, rise up with a vengeance to threaten June and the town, this community pulls together and shows what it's made of. And Jim discovers the true meaning of happiness here in Grace Valley: there really is no place like home.
"WHISKEY SOUR" by J.A. Konrath (Audible Book) (A) Lieutenant Jacqueline Daniels is having a bad week. Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, chronic insomnia has maxed out her credit cards with late-night home shopping purchases, and a frightening killer who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man" is dumping mutilated bodies in her district. Between avoiding the FBI and their moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth PI, Jack and her binge-eating partner Herb must catch the maniac before he kills again...and Jack is next on his murder list. Whiskey Sour is full of laugh-out-loud humor and edge-of-your-seat suspense, and it introduces a fun, fully-drawn heroine in the grand tradition of Kinsey Millhone, Stephanie Plum, and Kay Scarpetta.
"PARADISE VALLEY"by Robyn Carr (Virgin River series #7) (A) Marine corporal Rick Sudder is home early from Iraq - his tour ended abruptly on the battlefield. The carefree boy is gone, replaced by a man who believes his future is as bleak as his mirror image. But can the passion and commitment of a young woman who has never given up on him mend his broken body and shattered heart? As the people of Virgin River rally around Rick, another recent arrival tests the tightly knit mountain town's famous welcoming spirit. Dan Brady has a questionable past, and he's looking for a place to start over. He'd like it to be Virgin River...if he can find a way in. But he never expects to find it in the arms of a woman who was as much an outcast as himself. For a favorite son returned from war and an outsider looking for a home, Virgin River offers them a chance to make peace with the men they once were...and to find the dreams they thought they'd lost.
"LOGAN"by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #1) (A) After years of wandering, Logan Creed, a cowboy with a dusty law degree, has returned home. To put down roots, to restore his family's neglected ranch...to have kids of his own proudly bearing the Creed name. Divorced mom Briana Grant has heard the stories about her gorgeous neighbor. So Logan's kindness with her young boys is a welcome surprise, especially when her ex reappears. And when an unknown enemy vandalizes her home, Logan shows Briana - and the folks of Big Sky country - just what he's made of.
"DYLAN"by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #2) (A+) Hailed as "rodeo's bad boy" for his talent at taming bulls and women, Dylan Creed likes life in the fast lane. But when the daughter he rarely sees is abandoned by her mother, Dylan heads home to Stillwater Springs ranch. Somehow the champion bull rider has to turn into a champion father - and fast. Town librarian Kristy Madison is uncharacteristically speechless when Dylan Creed turns up for story time with a toddler in tow. The man who'd left a trail of broken heart - including her own - is back...and this time Kristy's determined to tame his wild ways once and for all.
"TYLER" by Linda Lael Miller (Montana Creeds #3) (A+) Whether winning championship belt buckles or dealing with Hollywood types for endorsement deals, former rodeo star Tyler Creed can handle anything. Except standing on the same patch of land as his estranged brothers. Yet here they are in Stillwater Springs, barely talking but trying to restore the old Creed ranch - and family. Lily Kenyon knows all about family estrangements and secrets. The single mom has come home to set things right, to put down roots for her daughter. What she doesn't expect is Tyler Creed, whom she's loved since childhood. Now the handsome, stubborn cowboy who left home to seek his fortune just might find it was always under the Montana sky.
"TRIBUTE" by Nora Roberts (Audible Book) (A) Finally out of the celebrity spotlight and away from her mother's demands, Cilla is free to do what she loves: fixing up houses for profit. But her current project is personal. The Shenandoah Valley farm house was once the vacation home of Hollywood luminary Janet Hardy, Cilla's grandmother. When Cilla uncovers a stash of her grandmother's private letters, and begins asking questions about the past, she becomes the target of a crazed killer who's determined to keep family secrets buried no matter what the cost.
"SHOW NO MERCY" by Cindy Gerard (Black Ops Inc. #1) (A) Only two things can compel journalist Jenna McMillan back to Buenos Aires after terrorists held her captive there just months before: a rare interview with a shadowy billionaire and the memory of the dark and dangerous man who saved her. Bad guys, bombs, and bullets are Gabriel Jones's way of life. But he'll never forget the brash redhead he rescued not so long ago...or the passionate kiss they shared before he sent her packing. Now, forced together by a bombing at the National Congress, Jenna and Gabe confront the urgent longings that simmer between them. But this surprise meeting is no coincidence. A ruthless enemy stalks them with deadly precision. The question is...if they make it out alive, will Gabe turn his back on Jenna...again?
"ICE STORM" by Anne Stuart (Ice Series #4) (A+) Behind her mask is a deadly secret...The powerful head of the covert mercenary organization The Committee, Isobel Lambert is a sleek, sophisticated professional who comes into contact with some of the most dangerous people in the world. But beneath Isobel's cool exterior a ghost exists, haunting her with memories of another life...a life that ended long ago. But Isobel's past and present are about to collide when Serafin, mercenary, assassin and the most dangerous man in the world, makes a deal with The Committee. Seventeen years ago Isobel shot him and left him for dead. Now it looks as if he's tracked her down for revenge. But Isobel knows all too well that looks can be deceiving...and that's what she's counting on to keep her cover in this international masquerade of murder.
Currently Reading –
- "Double Homicide - Santa Fe/Boston" by Jonathan & Faye Kellerman
- "What We Keep" by Elizabeth Berg
- "People of the Plains" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #1)
Currently Listening To -
- "Black Hills" by Nora Roberts (Audible Book)
To Be Read - In alphabetical order by author not reading order
- Rescue Me" by Cherry Adair, Lora Leigh & Cindy Gerard
- "White Heat" by Cherry Adair (Men of T-FLAC #11)
- "Twilight Child" by Warren Adler
- "A Royal Mission" by Elizabeth August (Royally Wed)
- The Expectant Princess" by Stella Bagwell (Royally Wed)
- "Hot Pursuit" by Susanne Brockmann
- "Scenes of Passion" by Suzanne Brockmann
- "Two Alone" by Sandra Brown
- "Heaven's Price" by Sandra Brown
- "Hidden Fires" by Sandra Brown
- "The House On Olive Street" by Robyn Carr
- "Keeper of the Light" by Diane Chamberlain (Keeper of the Light trilogy #1)
- "Kiss River" by Diane Chamberlain (Keeper of the Light trilogy #2)
- "And Then Came You - Sam's Story" by Maureen Child
- "A Crazy Kind of Love - Mike's Storm" by Maureen Child
- "A Royal Marriage" by Cara Colter (Royally Wed )
- "Scarpetta" by Patricia Cornwell
- "SEALed with a Kiss" by Mary Margaret Daughtridge
- "Prodigal Daughter" by Patricia Davids
- "Close to You" by Christina Dodd
- "A Lady Decides" by Dorothea Donley
- "Multiple Blessings" by Jon & Kate Gosselin & Beth Carson
- "Building Dreams" by Ginna Gray
- "Pale Moon Rising" by Ginna Gray
- "Hannah's Dream: A Novel" by Diane Hammond
- "Comfort & Joy" Kristine Hannah
- "The Dark Wind" by Tony Hillerman
- "House Calls and Hitching Posts" as told to Dorcas Sharp Hoover
- "Until I Find You" by John Irving
- "Improbable Cause" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #5)
- "Taking the Fifth" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #4)
- "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs
- "Blind Alley" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #5)
- "Countdown" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #6)
- "Quicksand" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #7)
- "The Official Nora Roberts Companion" by Denise Little and Laura Hayden
- "The Knot" by Marty Kindall
- "Dawn In Eclipse Bay" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Eclipse Bay Trilogy #2)
- "Eclipse Bay" by Jayne Ann Krentz (Eclipse Bay Trilogy #1)
- "Dead Irish" by John Lescroart
- "The Betrayal" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #2)
- "The Covenant" by Beverly Lewis (Abrahams Daughters #1)
- "Small Town Christmas" by Debbie Macomber
- "Chasing Stanley" by Deirdre Martin
- "Mexican Hat" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #2)
- "Glory, Glory" by Linda Lael Miller
- "One Last Look" by Linda Lael Miller
- "There and Now" by Linda Lael Miller
- "Code Name: Prince" by Valerie Parv
- "Cross Country" by James Patterson
- "A Man Named Dave" by David Pelzer
- "A Teenager's Journey" by Richard B. Petzer
- "Blood Canticle" Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #10)
- "Merrick" by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #7)
- "Blue Moon" by Luanne Rice
- "Stone Heart" by Luanne Rice
- "Summer Light" by Luanne Rice
- "Sister's Choice" by Emilie Richards
- "Suite 606" by J.D. Robb (In Death Series #27)
- "Ghost Moon" by Karen Robards
- "First Impressions" by Nora Roberts
- "From The Heart" Nora Roberts
- "Reflections and Dreams" by Nora Roberts (Stanislaski series #7 & 8)
- "The Stanislaskis" (Waiting for Nick & Considering Kate) by Nora Roberts (Stanislaski series #5 & 6)
- "Winner Takes All" by Nora Roberts
- "A Wedding at Cooper's Corner" by Kristine Rolofson, Muriel Jensen, Bobby Hutchinson (Cooper's Corners)
- "Blue Bayou" by JoAnn Ross (Callahan Brothers trilogy #1)
- "Magnolia Moon" by JoAnn Ross (Callahan Brothers trilogy #3)
- "River Road" by JoAnn Ross (Callahan Brothers trilogy #2)
- "Sweet Baby" by Sharon Sala
- "The Lucky One" by Nicholas Sparks
- "For Her Son's Love" by Kathryn Springer
- "The Kiss" by Danielle Steel
- "The Long Road Home" by Danielle Steel
- "The Other Twin" by Katherine Stone
- "Drifter" by Susan Wiggs
- "Enchanted Afternoon" by Susan Wiggs
- "Passing Through Paradise" by Susan Wiggs
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