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After Midnight (Lords of Midnight, Bk 1)
After Midnight (Lords of Midnight, Bk 1)
Author: Teresa Medeiros
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 379
Review Date: 4/11/2006


The eldest and most sensible of the three Cabot siblings, Caroline is naturally concerned that her sister Vivienne has lately been keeping company with the infamous Adrian Kane, Viscount Trevelyan, the enigmatic nobleman whom most of the Ton firmly believe is a Vampire.
Surely, it is nonsense. And yet...
The brooding gentleman inhabits a dark castle and is never seen in the daylight embarking nightly on mysterious excursions to who knows where. And from the first moment Caroline encounters the handsome, hypnotically compelling viscount, she is shaken by a fevered desire for the man that borders on the unnatural.
She must know Adrian's secrets! But each step that draws the inquisitive beauty deeper into his shadowy world pulls her closer to a sensuous surrender, for the power of his passion is impossible to resist. Is he man or monster, champion or villian? And will a yearning heart lead Caroline to dasaster...or to love?


All the Queen's Men
All the Queen's Men
Author: Linda Howard
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 86
Review Date: 8/15/2005


John Medina, the CIA's legendary Black Ops, specialist, works in the shadows of the government's deadliest missions. and no one knows th edangers of getting close to him better than does communications expert Niema Burdock. Five years ago, Niema and her hasband, Dallas, worked with Medina on an explosive mission that trapped Dallas in the crossfire - fatally. although she has slowly healed from her terrible loss, Niema never planned to see Medina again. But now John Medina needs her . .
A French arms dealer is supplying international terrorist units, and only Niema can plant the undetectable bugs needed to crack the deadly ring. Against her better instincts, Niema infiltrates the dealer's glamourous world by going undercover. But when their careful strategy begins to crack, Niema and John take flight in a strange land-and find their partnership sparking with an erotically charged electricity. In a world of deception. John Medina has once again set Niema on a free fall into danger and desire.


Almost Adam
Almost Adam
Author: Petru Popescu
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 59
Review Date: 3/3/2006


In a remote region of Kenya, American anthropologist Ken Lauder is about to make a discovery that will challenge everything we've ever believed about the missing link and the ascent of humankind: a boy who should not exist...a race that defies all logic...inhabiting a secret world that cannot be...
A world Ken Lauder may never escape...alive.


Always a Thief (Quinn / Thief, Bk 2)
Always a Thief (Quinn / Thief, Bk 2)
Author: Kay Hooper
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 219
Review Date: 5/9/2007


The priceless, rarely displayed Bannister collection is about to be exhibited-and the show's director, Morgan West, can't ignore her growing uneasiness. She's certain she hasn't seen the last of the infamous cat burglar Quinn. But she never expected him to turn up at her apartment one dark night in desperate need of her help-help she can't refuse. The mysterious master thief is playing a dangerous game, and it's a game that just might get him killed.
With Morgan's help, Quinn sets a trap intended to catch someone far more elusive and more deadly...than a thief. But an unseen threat shadows him in the fog shrouded San Francisco night, an unknown adversary more cunning that any he has yet encountered. Now, just when the stakes are higher than even Quinn can imagine, no one can be trusted...and everything's at risk.


American Icon
American Icon
Author: Pat Booth
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 8/15/2005


Kate Haywood is at the top of her career. After years of hard work, the homemaking empire she struggled to build has made har a household name. Her top rated TV Show and award-winning magazine inspire millions of women to emulate her beautiful world, from the pastel walls of her immaculate Hamptons home and her elaborate recipes to her picture-perfect marriage.
Then, in one soul -shattering moment, her "perfect" world comes crashing down, and Kate realizes that in reaching for global success, she has lost what matters most: her family. alone and devastated, with the tabloids airing her dirty laundry daily, Kate finds solace in the arms of a mysterious, handsome sculptor who unlocks passions Kate hasn't felt in years - passions that will force her to choose between two very different lives.


The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat
Author: Catherine Coulter
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 48
Review Date: 3/9/2006


Pro football player inherits and English title and estate and lands himself in a whole pile of trouble in the form of English relatives:Daphn, the "double bagging" dog, suave Aunt Cloe and the vamp, Lucilla. What happens is something every good man deserves and must, naturally work hard for.
Very enjoyable read, Catherine Coulter is hard to beat.


At Risk (Winston Garano, Bk 1)
At Risk (Winston Garano, Bk 1)
Author: Patricia Cornwell
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 365
Review Date: 1/22/2007


A Massachusetts state investigator is called home from Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is completing a course at the National Forensic Academy. His boss, the district attorney, an attractive but hard-charging woman, is planning to run for governor, and as a showcase she's planning to use a new crime initiative called At Risk, its motto "Any crime, any time." In particular, she's been looking for a way to employ some cutting-edge DNA technology, and she thinks she's found it in a twenty-year-old murder-in Tennessee. If her office solves the case, they'll all end up looking pretty good, right?
Her investigator is not so sure-not sure about anything to do with this woman, really-but before he can open his mouth, a shocking piece of violence intervenes, an act that shakes up not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them as well. It is not a random event. Is it personal? Is it professional? Whatever it is, the implications are very, very bad indeed...and they're about to get much worse.
Sparks fly, traps spring, twists abound-this is the master working at the top of her game.


Bad Love (Alex Delaware, Bk 8)
Bad Love (Alex Delaware, Bk 8)
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 175
Review Date: 9/15/2010


It came in a plain brown wrapper, no return address-an audiocassette recording of a horrifying, soul-lacerating scream followed by the sound of a childlike voice chanting:
"Bad love, bad love. Don't give me the bad love..."

For Alex Delaware the tape is the first intimation that he is about to enter a living nightmare. Others soon follow disquieting laughter echoing over a phone line that suddenly goes dead, a chilling act of trespass and vandalism. He has become the target of a carefully orchestated campaign of vague threats and intimidation rapidly building to a crescendo as harrassment turns to terror, mischief to madness.

With the help of his friend LAPD detective Milo Sturgis, Alex uncovers a series of violent deaths that may follow a diabolical pattern. And if he fails to decipher the twisted logic of the stalker's mind games, Alex will be the next to die. Taut, penetrating, terrifying Bad Love is vintage Kellerman.


Bait
Bait
Author: Karen Robards
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 261
Review Date: 1/1/2007


When beautiful advertising executive Maddie Fitzgerald is attacked in a New Orleans hotel, she thinks that she's a victim of random, senseless violence. FBI agent Sam McCabe thinks otherwise--that she's the target of a serial killer who's eluded the FBI for weeks. He also knows that there's only one way to catch him: use Maddie as the enticing bait. But as McCabe's intimate protection ignites irresistible passion, Maddie finds herself in greater danger than she believed possible--and closer to the killer than she imagined....
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This was an excellent book, hard to put down, and wishing it wasn't over when it ended.


Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan, Bk 1)
Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan, Bk 1)
Author: Laura Lippman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 187
Review Date: 2/22/2010


In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety-and his taste for illicit midday trysts-makes the case front page news in every local paper except the Star, which crashed and burned before Abramowitz did. A former Star reporter who knows every inch of this town-from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill-now-unemployed journalist Tess Monaghan also knows the guy the cops like for the killing: cuckolded fiance' Darryl "Rock" Paxton. The time is ripe for a career move, so when rowing buddy Rock wants to hire her to do some unorthodox snooping to help clear his name, Tess agrees. But there are lethal secrets hiding in the Charm City shadows. And Tess's own name could end up on that ever-expanding list of Baltimore dead.


The Big Bamboo (Serge A. Storms, Bk 8)
The Big Bamboo (Serge A. Storms, Bk 8)
Author: Tim Dorsey
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 22
Review Date: 10/28/2006


The world's most lovable serial killer is back, bringing together an Oscar-worthy cast of Sunshine State nut jobs with his insatiable passion for All Things Florida.
During this latest cavalcade of nonstop felonies-from Tampa to Ft. Lauderdale to Orlando--Serge finds time to resurrect his obsession with movies, particularly those showcasing his beloved home state. And he wants answers!! Why aren't more films shot here? How come the ones that are stink so bad? And what's with filming "Florida" scenes in California? There there's the cryptic message from his grandfather, Sergio, telling him to go to Los Angeles to uncover a mysterious secret from the distant past.
Naturally, Serge, accompanied by his substance-sustained sidekick, Coleman, must immediately hop a transcontinental flight to straighten out Hollywood once and for all. But, of course, being Serge, his mission is sidetracked by perpetual detours to irresistible celluloid landmarks...and intrigue.
Meanwhile, in Burbank, production of what may become the most expensive flop in Tinseltown history is interrupted by the brazen abduction of the female lead.
Meanwhile, a couple of midwestern dreamers head west for their shot at fame--and find it at the center of a celebrity murder investigation. And even more meanwhile, infamous studio heads Ian and Mel Glick continue to produce juggernaut high-grossing dreck, casting-couch perversion, and cocaine hijinks.
BUT THERE'S MORE, MUCH MORE
How is the Japanese mafia involved? The Alabama mafia? Is the castrating cult throwing a membership party? Will Coleman survive his binge at the Belushi hotel? Who can defuse the nuclear bomb? It all comes crashing together in a breattaking climactic sequence that prompts an enthusiastic Serge to proclaim: ' "Two thumbs way, way up"!


Black Rose (In the Garden, Bk 2)
Black Rose (In the Garden, Bk 2)
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 1494
Review Date: 8/29/2005


Three women meet at a crossroads in their lives, each searching for new ways to grow - and find in each other the courage to take chances and embrace the future.
Roz is a woman of independent means who thought love was behind her, but when romance takes her by surprise, she won't allow anything to keep her from her second chance at happiness.


Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven, Bk 1)
Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven, Bk 1)
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 1412
Review Date: 1/27/2009


In the town of Hawkins Hollow. It's called the seven.

Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, stange things happen. it began when three young boys-Caleb, Fox and Gage-went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And twenty-one years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men-and the women who love them....


This is the first of a three book trilogy with Nora Roberts at her best. I can't wait to read the other two and yet I know when I've finished them all I will wish I hadn't read them so quickly.


Blood Orchid (Holly Barker, Bk 3)
Blood Orchid (Holly Barker, Bk 3)
Author: Stuart Woods
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 216
Review Date: 2/17/2006


Blood Orchid: the name of Ed Shine's favorite flower-and his latest real estate venture. New to town, the dapper developer makes the acquaintance of Holly, her father, Ham, and her wily Doberman, Daisy, just as Holly is trying to get her life back together after the shattering loss of someone very close to her. But before she can settle back into her routine, bullets crash into the home of a friend and a floater is found bobbing in the Intercoatal Waterway. Joining forces with a handsome FBI agent, Holly tracks the clues straight back to their source, only to find a scam more lucrative and more dangerous than any this idyllic town-and Holly-has ever seen.
Very good read, the story pulls you in and it's next to impossible to put the book down.


Bloody Mary (Jack Daniels, Bk 2)
Bloody Mary (Jack Daniels, Bk 2)
Author: J. A. Konrath
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 127
Review Date: 1/28/2012


When Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels receives a re-
port of an excess of body parts appearing at the Cook County Morgue, she hopes it's only a miscount. It's not.
Even worse, these extra limbs seem to be accessorized with Jack's handcuffs. Jack must put her train wreck of a personal life on hold to catch a terrifying and brilliant maniac--a maniac for whom getting caught is only the beginning.

I really enjoyed this book and think I will look for another one by this author.


The Blue Nowhere
The Blue Nowhere
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 183
Review Date: 3/11/2007


His code name is Phate - a sadistic computer hacker who infiltrates people's computers, invades their lives, and with chilling precision lures them to their deaths. Desperate to stop him, the California State Police Computer Crimes Unit frees former hacker Wyatt Gillette to aid the investigation. As the obsessive Gillette fervently attempts to trace the hacker's insidious computer virus back to its source, Phate delivers a huge blow-murdering one of the division's own. Now, teamed with old-school homicide detective Frank Bishop, Gillette must combine their disparate talents to catch a brilliant and merciless killer.


The Bodies Left Behind
The Bodies Left Behind
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 215
Review Date: 1/20/2011


This may be one of the best books I've ever read. Many plot twists, hard to put down.

When a 911 call from an isolated vacation house on Lake Mondac is cut short, off-duty county sheriff's deputy Brynn McKenzie leaves her husband and son at the dinner table to investigate-and walks into a scene of true horror. A visiting Milwaukee couple has been shot dead: Brynn, quickly connecting with the lone survivor of the carnage, realizes the perpetrators-two professional criminals-haven't left the crime scene. Unable to call for backup, deprived of her gun and her car, Brynn and her charge escape into the hostile wilderness in a terrifying cat-and-mouse chase. Will Brynn be the next victim?


Border Bride (Border, Bk 2)
Border Bride (Border, Bk 2)
Author: Arnette Lamb
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 52
Review Date: 9/8/2005


AN UNFORGETTABLE PAST:
Lady Alpin MacKay despaired at the terms of her late guardian's will. In a sweeping move of tyranny, her childhood nemesis, the Scottish lord Malcolm Kerr, had stolen her property. Fiercely determined to reclaim her home, she stormed Kildalton Castle.
A SCANDALOUS PRESENT
Malcolm Kerr stared at the beautiful woman who dared to invade his sanctuary. Citing Scottish law, she announced she was now his possession, along with her guardian's estate. Gleefully, Malcolm smiled at the scheming little minx. She was right where he wanted her: under his roof, under his thumb, and eventually under him . . in bed.
A GLORIOUS FUTURE
Malcolm vowed to have his revenge on this alluring lady: Alpin planned to trick this cruel lord into forfeiting her land. Yet together they would learn that a man's long-forgotten needs and a woman's secret yearnings could ignite a love fierce enough to last for all time . .


Born O'Hurley: The Last Honest Woman/Dance to the Piper (O'Hurley Series, Bk 1 & 2)
Review Date: 10/14/2012


book contains two stories: The Last Honest Woman and Dance to the Piper.

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?
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Though her name was up in lights Maddy O'Hurley cared nothing for the trappings of stardom. All that mattered was dancing. But Reed Valentine's only passions were wealth and power.. until Maddy engaged themesmerizing mogul in the daring dance of love.


Born To Be Wild
Born To Be Wild
Author: Catherine Coulter
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 429
Review Date: 10/23/2006


Get yourself ready for Mary Lisa Beverly-a soap opera phenom who's just won her third daytime Emmy for her role as Sunday Cavendish on Born to Be Wild. She's fun and lovable and has lots of crazy friends, most of whom hang out at her house in the Colony, the famous gated community in Malibu. Unfortunately, there is one bad thing to poleax her champagne life-someone is trying to kill her.
You'll meet Mary Lisa's family in Goddard Bay, Oregon. She blessed with her father, cursed with her mother, and betwixt and between with her two nutzoid sisters.
And how about guys? There aren't any hotties in L.A. of interest to Mary Lisa, but in Goddard Bay-there are District Attorney John Goddard and Chief of Police Jack Wolf. And guess what? Even in the boondocks, bad stuff can happen.
Mary Lisa's best friends, Lou Lou Bollinger and Elizabeth Fargas, become embroiled in the baffling attempts on Mary Lisa's life in L.A. with unexpected results.
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As usual with Coulter a very enjoyable read with lovable characters.


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