01. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Tracy · Tags:

Dick Francis's Damage by Felix Francis, 400 pages, read by Tracy, on 11/01/2014

Felix Francis is back with another edge-of-your-seat thriller, in the classic Dick Francis tradition.

Undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley is assigned by the British Horseracing Authority to look into the activities of a suspicious racehorse trainer, but as he’s tailing his quarry through the Cheltenham Racing Festival, the last thing he expects to witness is a gruesome murder. Could it have something to do with the reason the trainer was banned in the first place—the administration of illegal drugs to his horses?

Then many more horses test positive for prohibited stimulants, and someone starts making demands, threatening to completely destroy the integrity of the racing industry. In order to limit the damage to the sport, it’s critical that Jeff find the perpetrator . . . but he’ll soon learn he’s up against someone who will stop at nothing to prevail.

01. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jane, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown, 409 pages, read by Jane, on 11/28/2014

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.

As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.

01. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jane, Thriller/Suspense

Chasing Darkness by Danielle Girard, 368 pages, read by Jane, on 11/15/2014

The most dangerous place to hide is in the dark… A tough special-agent with the Department of Justice, and a dedicated single mother to her orphaned nephews, Samantha Chase is unbreakable. Until two women, both from the shadows of Sam’s past, are discovered strangled. For Sam, the most unnerving detail is the eucalyptus branch tucked behind the victims’ ears–the signature of a notorious serial murder already convicted and executed for his crimes. To detective Nick Thomas, the only link to the copycat killings is Sam herself. And when she becomes the target of threats–each one more menacing than the last–his feelings for her just might jeopardize the case. But to understand the killer’s twisted motive is to explore Sam’s past–and a crime she’s spent a lifetime trying to bury…

01. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jane, Mystery

Love you More by Lisa Gardner, 368 pages, read by Jane, on 11/01/2014

WHO DO YOU LOVE?

One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter?

AND HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO . . .

As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets. Would a trained police officer truly shoot her own husband? And would a mother harm her own child?

. . . TO SAVE HER?

For Tessa Leoni, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with nowhere to turn, no one to trust, as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. She has one goal in sight, and she will use every ounce of her training, every trick at her disposal, to do what must be done. No sacrifice is too great, no action unthinkable. A mother knows who she loves. And all others will be made to pay.

Love you more . . .

01. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

The marshal's witness by Lena Diaz , 224 pages, read by Kim, on 11/28/2014

Everyone has secrets. Hers may get them killed.

Breaking protocol and going on the run with a protected witness wasn’t in U.S. Marshal Ryan Jackson’s plans. And even though Jessica Delaney’s testimony nearly put away a crime boss, Ryan can’t afford to trust her. Still, the duty-dedicated marshal will do whatever it takes to protect Jessica and uncover the mole leaking her new identity. But staying seconds ahead of the ruthless killers on their trail is easier than keeping himself safe from Jessica’s unexpected vulnerability and irresistible determination.

Now, as the net around them tightens, Ryan’s deepest loss may be the one danger he never anticipated.

01. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Worth dying for by Rita Herron, 279 pages, read by Melody, on 11/28/2014

One man wants to kill her the other will die to protect her.

Just when the residents of Slaughter Creek think they’re safe, a sadistic serial killer strikes. Someone they’re calling The Dissector. Someone who keeps his victims’ body parts as gruesome trophies.

Special Agent Liz Lucas has been on leave, recovering from the trauma of her last case. But returning to find the Dissector will demand extra caution especially with her former lover Special Agent Rafe Hood leading the investigation. The last time the two worked together, passions ran high and Liz nearly lost her life.

Now, even though their attraction is more magnetic than ever, Liz and Rafe must resist getting involved again and focus on stopping this crazed killer. But as the body count rises and the Dissector’s kills become more personal, Rafe soon realizes that Liz may be his next victim.

01. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Melody, Romance

Logan's outlaw by Elaine Levine, 338 pages, read by Melody, on 11/30/2014

Confident and coolheaded, nothing shakes a Man of Defiance—except a woman he can’t resist…

Sarah Hawkins survived capture by the Sioux, but after her escape she faced public scorn. Now, she’ll do anything to start over, and the dusty town of Defiance promises the anonymity and security she needs. Before she melts into the shadows, though, it’s her mission to put a great injustice to rights, and that means jeopardizing her safety once more.

But this time, she’s not alone. Without meaning to, Sarah has fallen under the protection of Logan Taggert, a rough-and-tumble trader unused to caring for others—and yet unable to ignore the tempting, tenacious woman’s plight. Though she refuses to trust him, Logan won’t leave her side, keeping her one step ahead of danger…even as she takes hold of the very thing he never thought he’d risk: his heart.

01. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

In a heartbeat by Rita Herron, 378 pages, read by Melody, on 11/30/2014

A Heartbeat Is All It Takes . . .

With that brief, terrifying phone call, Lisa Langley’s nightmare began again. Four years ago she was the sole survivor of the Grave Digger, a madman who buried his victims alive. Now a copycat killer is on the loose and she’s the only chance Special Agent Brad Booker has of stopping this twisted psycho before more women — including Lisa — die.

Hard-edged and always in control, Booker has never forgiven himself for failing to save Lisa from falling victim to the first Grave Digger. Whatever it takes, this time he’s not going to let her down. Because almost losing Lisa is not something he can live through twice . . .

01. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Melody, Romance

Audrey and the maverick by Elaine Levine, 346 pages, read by Melody, on 11/29/2014

In Elaine Levine’s stunning novel of the American West, a proud rancher and a determined young woman are drawn together in the lawless town of Defiance.

Virginia financier Julian McCaid has put his troubled past behind him. His plans for the future don’t include Audrey Sheridan, the extraordinary frontier woman he met just once. But it’s because of her that he’s come to the Dakota Territory to investigate problems at his ranch. And it’s all the more surprising when he discovers she isn’t the innocent he believed. Now nothing but her complete surrender will purge her from his soul.

If it weren’t for the children she cares for in her makeshift orphanage, Audrey would have left Defiance long ago. Now the sheriff is blackmailing her to distract the man who might derail his corrupt schemes—a man who can offer Audrey not just protection, but a passion bold enough to make them claim their place in this harsh and beautiful land.

01. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Melody, Romance

Rachel and the hired gun by Elaine Levine, 341 pages, read by Melody, on 11/26/2014

From a captivating new voice in romance comes a sexy, intriguing tale set amidst the rugged grandeur of the American frontier…

When Rachel Douglas left her aunt’s house in Virginia for the wilds of the Dakota Territory, she knew the journey would be long and arduous. But she didn’t realize that she had been summoned west to be used as a pawn in a ranch war with her father’s neighbor—or that her fierce, sudden attraction to Sager, her father’s hired gun, would put her heart and her life in jeopardy.

Seducing Rachel and feeding a bitter feud between the two ranches was Sager’s plan of vengeance against those who slaughtered his Shoshone family. Instead, Rachel’s guileless mix of courage and vulnerability touches the conscience he thought he’d buried long ago, and draws them both into a passion without rules, without limits—one that will change their destinies forever.

30. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy · Tags: ,

Edward Scissorhands # 1 by Kate Leth , 23 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/29/2014

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This beautifully illustrated comic book written by Kate Leth picks up many years after the end of the Tim Burton movie. Eli has shared her stories of the man living in the haunted mansion on the hill with her granddaughter who believes her grandmother. Unfortunately, Eli’s daughter thinks her mom was crazy. This is the first comic in a series. Don’t miss the illustrations by Drew Rausch.

30. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Inspirational, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags:

A Dickens of a Cat: And Other Stories of the Cats We Love by Callie Smith Grant (Editor) , 192 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/28/2014

dickens catThis is a collection of heart-warming stories about cats and how they have changed the lives of their owners. Even some very reluctant pet owners and self-identified “dog people” share how they were touched by having a cat in their lives. Well-known authors, including Melody Carlson, Tracie Peterson, and Robert Benson, as well as new voices share their inspirational true stories of these otherwise ordinary cats and dogs whose presence in the lives of humans make them remarkable.

27. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Kira · Tags:

Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks, 309 pages, read by Kira, on 11/22/2014

81617This is a fast-paced urban fantasy novel with romance thrown in.  The protagonist Lily Yu is a detective investigating a murder that appears to have been committed by a werewolf. Or is someone framing the Lupi and planning to wipe them from the face of the earth.  The romance aspect was fine and didn’t annoy me too much.   I look forward to the next title in the series.

 

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26. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Humor, Tammy · Tags: ,

Stink Outside the Box: Life Advice from Kitty by Jeremy Greenberg, Niklas Pivic , 64 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/25/2014

Each page contains an important live lesson, such as “Learn from those who have come before you,” the name of the cat counselor giving advice on this lesson, the counselor’s moment in “purrspective” and then the advice he or she has learned during their nine lives. Next page has a photo of each cat counselor. These house cats try to share the lessons they have learned with us, the humble human, to reduce the stress in our lives and lead a more enjoyable, stress-free life. After all if we are happy and stress-free we will have more time to devote to kitty.

26. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Drama, Fiction, Noelle

Sleepwalking by Meg Wolitzer, 215 pages, read by Noelle, on 11/23/2014

So, I like Meg Wolitzer and thought I’d give her first novel a go.

Published when she was only twenty-three and written while she was a student at Brown, Sleepwalking marks the beginning of Meg Wolitzer’s acclaimed career.  Filled with her usual wisdom, compassion and insight, Sleepwalking tells the story of the three notorious “death girls,” so called on the Swarthmore campus because they dress in black and are each absorbed in the work and suicide of a different poet: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Wolitzer’s creation Lucy Asher, a gifted writer who drowned herself at twenty-four.  At night the death girls gather in a candlelit room to read their heroines’ work aloud.

But an affair with Julian, an upperclassman, pushes sensitive , struggling Claire Danziger—she of the Lucy Asher obsession-–to consider to what degree her “death girl” identity is really who she is.  As she grapples with her feelings for Julian, her own understanding of herself and her past begins to shift uncomfortably and even disturbingly. Finally, Claire takes drastic measures to confront the facts about herself that she has been avoiding for years.

25. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Paula · Tags:

The Art of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein, 321 pages, read by Paula, on 11/23/2014

enzoNearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher’s soul, tries to bring together the family, pulled apart by a three year custody battle between daughter Zoe’s maternal grandparents and her father Denny, a race car driver.

A truly touching and moving story.  I fell in love with Enzo about 2 pages in! I cried.  Repeatedly.  Loved this book!

24. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Raven's Seduction by M.T. Stone, 222 pages, read by Jessica, on 11/24/2014

81rq9ZnyJyL._SL1500_All I wanted, was to add some excitement to my boring life…

The way it was explained, it seemed too good to pass up. Then I met Gunner… he was definitely too good to pass up.

It won’t hurt to give it a try. I can always walk away. Or so I thought.

What is he doing here? He tried to ruin my life once before.

I guess walking away is no longer an option.

This was all an elaborate trap and there is only one way out. It’s time to be strong.

I wish I could have my boring life back.

23. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Simon says die by Lena Diaz, 416 pages, read by Kim, on 11/23/2014

Madison McKinley knows someone is stalking her. The police tell her she’s imagining things, and they’re too busy trying to find the “Simon Says” killer to investigate. But day by day, hour by hour, Madison’s terror grows stronger, and not even the return of FBI Special Agent Pierce Buchanan into her life can calm her fears. Besides, how can she ask Pierce for his help after the way she ended things between them?

Pierce still wants Madison’s love, and his drive to protect her is more powerful than ever. He believes she’s in danger, even if the cops don’t. Finally, as more people start dying and the evidence mounts, the police turn their attention to Madison—as a suspect. Was Pierce a fool to trust her again, or are they both caught in a complex game that neither will survive?

23. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Explosive attraction by Lena Diaz, 288 pages, read by Melody, on 11/23/2014

Detective Rafe Morgan knew that, as a psychologist, Darby Steele was used to people coming to her in need. But now she was the one in danger. A serial killer had made her a pawn in a sick game, sending her photos of his targets with clocks counting down. As a part-time bomb technician, Rafe was uniquely capable of keeping Darby safe. Usually psychologists rubbed Rafe the wrong way, but when it came to Darby, his urge to protect and serve went way beyond the badge. Getting to know the beautiful doctor had opened Rafe’s eyes and his heart. But if their elusive bomber had his way, Rafe would never get a chance to prove just how far he’d go to keep Darby alive.

23. November 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Her dying breath by Rita Herron, 350 pages, read by Melody, on 11/23/2014

Journalist Brenda Banks is on the verge of the biggest story of her career—if she can stay alive long enough to finish it. A serial killer is targeting men in the small town of Slaughter Creek, leaving behind a twisted trail of clues meant only for Brenda. It’s a dangerous, deadly game, one she cannot master without the help of FBI Special Agent Nick Blackwood, the man she’s loved since high school—and whose tormented past could hold the key to catching a killer.

Nick Blackwood barely survived childhood at the hands of his father, a sadistic mastermind known as the Commander. Since he left town, he’s spent his life chasing criminals—and trying to forget the beauty he once loved. But when a murder investigation brings him face-to-face with Brenda Banks, Nick cannot ignore the smoldering fire she rekindles in his troubled soul. Allowing Brenda into his heart means letting down his guard—and that’s just what the killer is counting on…