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24 Hours (aka Trapped) (Mississippi, Bk 2)
24 Hours (aka Trapped) (Mississippi, Bk 2)
Author: Greg Iles
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 347
Review Date: 4/20/2007


24 hours-that's how long it takes a madman to pull off the perfect crime. He's done it before, hell do it again, and no one can stop him.

But this time, he's just picked the wrong family to terrorize. Because Will and Karen Jennings aren't going to watch helplessly as he victimizes them. And they aren't going to let him get away with it. They're going to fight back.


Almost a Bride (Almost, Bk 1)
Almost a Bride (Almost, Bk 1)
Author: Jane Feather
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 309
Review Date: 9/13/2006


Jack Fortescu gambles to win, and this time his prize is not only his rival's lavish mansion but everything in it-including the man's beautiful sister.

Left homeless by her brother's escapade, Arabella Lacey has two appalling choices: pack her bags or agree to marry the lunatic who's taken over her house. Why would such a handsome and outrageously wealthy man want such an unromantic arrangement? Arabella intends to find out, and have a little fun in the process at Jack's expense...literally. As Jack soon discovers that his reluctant bride is no ordinary beauty, he feels a stir of admiration, among other emotions, that wasn't part of the bargain. Now suddenly he's the one with everything to lose...


Almost a Lady (Almost, Bk 3)
Almost a Lady (Almost, Bk 3)
Author: Jane Feather
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 160
Review Date: 12/15/2006


Nice sequal to Almost A Bride. Meg Barratt, the heroin's best friend from Almost A Bride is the main character. She is mistakenly kidnapped by privateer Cosimo's crew and the rest of the book is her adventure with him on his mission to assisinate Napoleon Bonaparte. Nice story line, however knowing that the assasination will not work from the get-go took away from the plot. Somewhat of a weak ending.


Almost Innocent
Almost Innocent
Author: Jane Feather
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 115
Review Date: 4/20/2007


Growing up behind the impenetrable walls of an English fortress, Magdalen does not know that she is the illegitimate daughter of a powerful English prince and his murdered French mistress-or that she has been a pawn in the struggle between England and France ever since she slipped from her dying mother's womb. All she knows is that she longs for excitement. Then one day, as if in answer to her prayers, Guy de Gervais, a true knight in shing armor, rides into her cloistered world and spirits her away.

For Magdalen, it is love at first sight-the one and only love of her life. Yet Guy sees only his responsibility to keep Magdalen safe until she can be wed to his nephew and thus fulfil her political destiny. When Guy returns from the bloody battlefields of France, Magdalen has grown into a stunning sensual beauty. Suddenly the noble knight is fighting the fiercest battle of his life; against a searing desire for a woman he cannot have.


Beach Girls (Hubbard's Point, Bk 5)
Beach Girls (Hubbard's Point, Bk 5)
Author: Luanne Rice
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 312
Review Date: 10/31/2006


Twenty-five years ago three friends grew from girls to women on the sandy shores of Hubbard's Point, Connecticut, forging a bond they swore would last always. Then time and distance drew them apart-and one was lost forever. Now her nine-year-old daughter has returned to the Point with her widowed father, longing to find the "beach girls" of her mother's stories.

But after years of heartbreak, artist Stevie Moore has withdrawn into a self-imposed exile. And for Maddie Kilvert, Hubbard's Point has becomea place where innocence and tragedy forever intertwine. Can memories of blue skies and laughter bring them together again to embrace a lonely girl and a wounded man?


Beyond Scandal
Beyond Scandal
Author: Brenda Joyce
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 19
Review Date: 11/10/2006


nd innocent, Anne Stewart was seduced by Dominic St. Georges, then brazenly abandoned ontheir wedding night. Now four years have passed, and England's most mysterious lord has returned To Waverly Hall.

Ann can never fogive Dominick for the shame he caused her. She is determined to resist his advances and ignore the gossip and speculation surrounding them. But shocking revelationms and deadly intreagues are drawing her ever closer to her enigmatic husband, to whom she dares not surrender again.

A real mystery of pasternity and who-done-it is mixed in this love story.


Blood Memory (Mississippi, Bk 5)
Blood Memory (Mississippi, Bk 5)
Author: Greg Iles
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 373
Review Date: 4/20/2007


Some Memories live deep in the soul, indelible and dangerous, waiting to be resurrected. Forensic expert "Cat" Ferry is suspended from an FBI task force when the world-class odontologist is inexplicably stricken with panic attacks and blackouts while investigating a chain of brutal New Orleans murders. Returning to her Mississippi hometown, Cat finds herself battling alcohol, plagued by nightmares and endtangled with a married detective. Then, in her childhood bedroom, some spilled chemicals reveal two bloody footprints..and the trauma of her father's murder years earlier come flooding back. Facing the secrets of her past, Cat races to connect them to a killer's present-day violence. But what emerges is the frightening possibility that Cat herself has blood on her hands...


Blue Moon
Blue Moon
Author: Luanne Rice
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 74
Review Date: 4/29/2008


The plot is more complex than it appears. I have read all of Luanne Rice's books and this one is not a dissappointer.


The Christmas Gift
The Christmas Gift
Author: Jeanne Savery
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 3/5/2008


This is book 3 of the six book "White Tiger" series. All are excellent.


Dance with Me
Dance with Me
Author: Luanne Rice
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 247
Review Date: 8/27/2006


Jane Porter left the apple orchards of rural Twin Rivers, Rhode Island, years ago, fleeing the memories that could tear two families apart. Now she has been unexpectedly drawn home to her mother and only sister. Dylan Chadwick has come back too, shedding the steely exterior he wore as a federal agent in oder to follow in the footsteps of his apple-farming father and forget the life he once lived. Amid this lansdscape of loss and renewal, a haunting story of converging lives, small-town secrets- and the magical sway of unexpected miracles-unfolds.


Deadly Affairs (Francesca Cahill, Bk 3)
Deadly Affairs (Francesca Cahill, Bk 3)
Author: Brenda Joyce
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 81
Review Date: 3/16/2007


This book is actually the second of a trillogy by Brenda Joyce which begins with the first book Deadly Pleasure and includes the final book Deadly Desire.

As the heiress to a vast fortune ammassed by her millionaire father, just after the turn of the 20th century, Francesca Cahill's life should be mapped out for her: find an eligible suitor, marry and have children. But Francesca is an unconventional young lady who is not about to give up her knack for sleuthing-even if it brings her closer to danger than she could ever imagine.

Murder strikes once again in the seamy underbelly of New York's high society, exposing scandalous secretsand unleasing an intense investigation into one of the most brutal crimes the city has ever known. Innocent women are being murdered and there seems to be a strange connection between them. Can Francesca unravel the clues - or by doing so will she place herself and other women in grave jeopardy? Francesca must join forces with New York City's Police Commissioner Rick Bragg, the man she cannot resist loving as their seach takes them throuhg a twisted labrynath of menacing lies, corruption and a passion the refuses to be denied.


Deep in the Valley (Grace Valley, Bk 1)
Deep in the Valley (Grace Valley, Bk 1)
Author: Robyn Carr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 77
Review Date: 8/21/2006


Visitors to the town often remark about the Valley's peace and beaty. But visitors don't always see what lies at the heart of a community - or just beyond...

June Hudson grew up in Grace Valley, the daughter of th the town doctor. Leaving only to get her medical traning, she returns home and followed in her father's footsteps.

For June, her emergency room is wherever she's needed - or wherever a patient finds her. Always on call, her work is her life. Which is good thing since this is a town where you should have picked you husband in the ninth grade. The valley is not a place to meet eligible men - until an undercover DEA agent suddenly starts showing up at all sorts of strange hours.


Deep Waters
Deep Waters
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 136
Review Date: 8/21/2006


Charity Truitt and Elias Winter, tow of the Pacific Northwest's most powerful corporate figures, are both facing crises of career and the heart. Fate has brought them together in Washington's tiny Whispering Waters Cove, each eager to downsize and simplify. They're determined to avoid mergers of any kind-but when they meet, the attraction is nothing short of blue-chip. They definitely have one thing in common: A martial arts master, Elias is a novice at relationships; a formidable former CEO, Charity is starting in the mail room when it comes to love. But when the town is rocked by two shocking murders, Charity and Elias must join forces to catch a killer.


Devil's Bride / A Rake's Vow (Cynster, Bks 1-2)
Devil's Bride / A Rake's Vow (Cynster, Bks 1-2)
Author: Stephanie Laurens
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 76
Review Date: 7/18/2007


First two books of a series about a family of rogue noblemen.

Well written - although the books are separate (even the page numbering starts over in the second book), the main characters in book one become periferal characters in book two. The main make character in book two was introduced in book one.

Almost 800 pages of good reading.


Double Standards
Double Standards
Author: Judith McNaught
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 4/9/2007


Lauren Danner is sent to spy on Global Industries by a the owner of a competitor, who is a relative of hers to whom she owes her job.

She falls for the owner of Global - Nick Sinclair. She finds herself trapped in a web of deceit - her secret could destroy his fragile trust - and the promise of a life with Nick.


Dream Country
Dream Country
Author: Luanne Rice
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 194
Review Date: 12/5/2006


Years ago, just out of college, jewelry maker Daisy Tucker traveled to the wilderness of Wyoming's Wind River Mountains in search of inspiration for her art. What she found was rancher James Tucker, a man with the wilderness inside him.
Their life together was close to paradise as a family could get-until the day their three-year -old son Jake, disappeared without a trace. Her heart broken, her marriage in tatters, her husband unwilling to leave Wyoming waiting for Jacke, Diasy returned to Connecticut with Jake's twin sister, Sage and divorces James. Now 13 years later, Sage is on a dangerous cross-country pilgrimage to the father she longs for. As Daisy returns to the Tucker ranch to wait and pray for Sage's safe arrival, she learns that you cannot close the door on the past, but somtimes, if you step through it, it can lead you home.

I couldn't put it down.


Every Breath You Take (Second Opportunities, Bk 4)
Every Breath You Take (Second Opportunities, Bk 4)
Author: Judith McNaught
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 234
Review Date: 4/9/2007


They met in paradise: Kate Donovan, the beautiful self-made Chicago restranteur, and Michael Wyatt, ruthless bussinessman, scion of the fabulously wealthy Wyatt family who Kate soon finds won't take no for an answer. During their idyll on the tropic island of Anguilla, Kate and Michael lower their defenses and surrender all inhabitions- slowly at first, then in a rush of emotions unlike anything either of them has ever known.

But their heaven crumbles when Michael is summoned home for questioning in the disappearance of his half brother. Amid a media firestorm, he retreats into his world of privilege and power,leaving Kate to question everything she knows about her darkly mysterious lover: Is he in fact the culprit in this high profile case? What secrets lay buried in his past and is someone trying to sabitoge their relationship?


G is for Gumshoe (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 7)
G is for Gumshoe (Kinsey Millhone, Bk 7)
Author: Sue Grafton
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 454
Review Date: 12/28/2006


Kinsey Millhone celebrates her thirty-third birthday as only she can-she moves back into her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in the Mojave Dersert by herself, and makes the top of triggerman Tyrone Patty's hit list. As much as she hates to admit it, Kinsey realizes even she's going to need help fending off a hit man and she hires a bodyguard: Robert Dietz, Porsche-driving P.I. who takes his job very seriously. With Dietz watching her for the merest sign of her usual recklessness, Kinsey plunges into a case that will lead her to the gruesome truth about a long-buried betrayal. And in the process will bring her face-to-face with her own mortality.


A Good Yarn  (Blossom Street, Bk 2)
A Good Yarn (Blossom Street, Bk 2)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 803
Review Date: 8/27/2006


Lydia Hoffman owns the shop on Blossom Street. Since it has opened, A Good Yarn has thrived-and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad's ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness.

Three women join Lydia's newest class. Elise Beaumont retired and bitterly divorced, learns learns that her onetime husband is reentering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. Courtney Pulanskiis a depressed and overwieght teenager whose grandmother's idea of helping her is to drag her to senior's swim sessions and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.

If you read The Shop on Blossom Street, you'll enjoy this sequel.


Home at Last
Home at Last
Author: Katherine Stone
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 21
Review Date: 8/21/2006


Lucas Hunter has stalked murderers all over the world with his sixth sense for evil. Now his quarry is the cunning madman known as "Lady Killer," the monster whose victims are always glamorous , beautiful women who were at one time intimately close to Lucas Hunter.

Gelen Chandler's career is on the edge - again. Indee the soon to be ex-anchorwoman is on the verge of leaving Manhattan when the madman calls her-to use her to lure Lucas Hunter out to play.


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