10. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Jake Understood by Penelope Ward, 281 pages, read by Jessica, on 04/09/2015

91gvnfV2yRL._SL1500_A different side to the story: Jake’s side.

“We’re getting a new roommate,” they said.

I thought nothing of it…until she walked in the door. Her hand trembled in mine as she looked at me with fearful eyes. My entire world spun on its axis.

Nina…

It was a mismatch made in heaven: innocent girl from the boonies moves in with tattooed, pierced, badboy engineer.

I came up with a bet, a plan to tutor her in math and coach her through her phobias. What I wasn’t betting on was becoming addicted to her.

But I was living a double life on weekends, and once she found out about it, she’d be gone.

I had to protect myself and that meant one thing: I couldn’t fall in love.

10. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Leslie, Mystery

Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb, 404 pages, read by Leslie, on 03/28/2015

22571696 .Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She – with her billionaire husband – is getting accustomed to being an object of attention, of gossip, of speculation.  But now Eve has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. With a murderer reading meaning into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate – and dangerous – psychological dance.

I love the Death series by Robb, futuristic setting in a familiar place and knowing Robb will keep us guessing until the end, with just a bit of romance thrown in.  I really like the way her characters have grown, yet stayed the same, it makes them more loveable.  Each book she writes shows us a deeper look into why Eve Dallas does what she does and I’ve yet to read one of the series where I felt the plot was not living up to potential.  A great whodunit series.

10. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Leslie, Mystery

The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, 289 pages, read by Leslie, on 03/19/2015

21530229 Charming con man Nicolas Fox and dedicated FBI agent Kate O’Hare secretly take down world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons, next job Violante, the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what he looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick knows his tastes in gourmet chocolate.

From Nashville to Lisbon back alleys, from Istanbul rooftops to Thames, they chase clues to lookalike thefts. Pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard Reyna holding Kate hostage and a Portuguese enforcer getting advice from an ancestor’s pickled head, they again call driver Willie for ship, actor Boyd for one-eyed Captain Bridger, special effects carpenter Tom, her father Jake – retired Special Forces, and his talent – machete-wielding Somali pirate Billy Dee. This could be their biggest job – if they survive.

I love pretty much anything Janet Evanovich writes!  While this series doesn’t have the amount of humor I find in her Stephanie Plum series, there are funny moments and the characters have one of those relationships where neither really admits the attraction they have for each other.  While you know they will always pull off whatever they have in motion to catch bigger fish, it’s nice to read a fun book where you know the characters aren’t going to be killed off and you can enjoy their interactions.  If only real life went off as smoothly as their cons against the bad guys go.

09. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Fire and ice by Julie Garwood, 320 pages, read by Melody, on 04/08/2015

Fresh from her incredible smash-hit historical romance Shadow Music, New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood returns to contemporary romantic suspense with this wonderfully sexy, exhilarating blockbuster. Filled with sizzling passion and breathless adventure, Fire and Ice features a feisty heroine whom Garwood’s devoted readers already know and love from her hugely popular novel Murder List.

Sophie Rose, a tough and determined newspaper reporter, is the daughter of Bobby Rose, a suave, charming, and handsome gentleman who also happens to be a notorious big-time thief sought by every law-enforcement agency in the country. When the major Chicago daily where she works insists she write an exposé about her roguish father, Sophie refuses, quits her job, and goes to work at a small newspaper. Far from her one-time high-powered crime beat, she now covers local personalities such as the quirky winner of several area 5K runs whose trademark is goofy red socks.

Those red socks with Sophie’s business card neatly tucked inside are practically all that’s found after runner William Harrington is killed near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, seemingly the victim of a brutal death by polar bear. The Alaska cops want to know why Harrington carried Sophie’s card. With an unerring nose for a good story, she heads north. What Sophie doesn’t realize is that on her journey from Chicago to Prudhoe Bay, danger follows in her wake. After one attempt on her life, she’s been assigned brash but sexy Jack MacAlister as a bodyguard by the cautious FBI. Amid great peril and deadly intrigue in the unforgiving Alaskan terrain, she and Jack form an uneasy alliance sparked with sensual attraction. But they will soon be fighting more than their growing passion for each other. Powerful forces will stop at nothing to prevent the exposure of the sinister conspiracy Sophie and Jack are about to uncover.

–from Goodreads.com.

08. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Madeline, Mystery

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, 297 pages, read by Madeline, on 03/15/2015

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins this debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.

–from Goodreads.com.

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08. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Madeline

Us by David Nicholls, 400 pages, read by Madeline, on 03/10/2015

‘I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.’

‘Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?’

Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home.

He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.

So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.

The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.

What could possibly go wrong?

–from Goodreads.com.

08. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Madeline, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

Invisible City by Julia Dahl, 304 pages, read by Madeline, on 03/01/2015

Just months after Rebekah Roberts was born, her mother, an Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her Christian boyfriend and newborn baby to return to her religion. Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since. Now a recent college graduate, Rebekah has moved to New York City to follow her dream of becoming a big-city reporter. But she’s also drawn to the idea of being closer to her mother, who might still be living in the Hasidic community in Brooklyn.

Then Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman. Rebekah’s shocked to learn that, because of the NYPD’s habit of kowtowing to the powerful ultra-Orthodox community, not only will the woman be buried without an autopsy, her killer may get away with murder. Rebekah can’t let the story end there. But getting to the truth won’t be easy—even as she immerses herself in the cloistered world where her mother grew up, it’s clear that she’s not welcome, and everyone she meets has a secret to keep from an outsider.

In her riveting debut Invisible City, journalist Julia Dahl introduces a compelling new character in search of the truth about a murder and an understanding of her own heritage.

–from Goodreads.com.

07. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Drama, Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle, 384 pages, read by Jessica, on 04/07/2015

81YrmXk94jL._SL1500_Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can’t get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It’s not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma’s name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go—even when you know you have to say goodbye.

07. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim K, Romance

Fall with me by Jennifer L. Armentrout, 384 pages, read by Kim K, on 04/07/2015

Jennifer L. Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of the Wait for You series, delivers a new novel of first love, second chances, and scorching chemistry between an artistic bartender and the tough, sexy cop who’s determined to win her Roxy’s loved Reece Anders since she was fifteen, so when the straitlaced cop finally surrendered to a steamy encounter years later, Roxy hoped he’d fall for her, too. He didn’t. Or that’s what she’s always believed. But then Reece storms back into her life when the man who injured her childhood friend is out of prison and wanting to make amends—something Roxy cannot do.

The last thing she wants is to go there with Reece again, but he’s determined to prove to her that he’s exactly what she needs. Especially when a sick creep starts messing with her. But what’s more dangerous to Roxy—a psycho after her or the past that refuses to let go and allow her to open up her heart again?

–From Goodreads.com.

07. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Kira, Poetry · Tags:

Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow, 312 pages, read by Kira, on 04/05/2015

sharp teeth smed51 images (1)Sharp Teeth is a book about 3 different weredog packs that come into conflict.  It is also the story of Anthony, a dogcatcher, newly in love with one of the unbeknownst to him weredog; and of Peabody a police officer looking into the weird tings happening at the pound.  It is brutal, and has some violent scenes – if you dislike extended torture, just quit reading when Ruiz comes into the picture.

Despite the violence, I really liked the book.  It was 
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well written, with little clues about what sharp-teeth-300x264was going to happen next, sprinkled throughout. This is Not my usual fare.

06. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fantasy, Fiction, Kira · Tags:

Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee., 336 pages, read by Kira, on 03/31/2015

3TvEJHOindex   In this 3rd book of the series, Kate is figuring out her relationship with Borgan.  While the townfolk are attempting to persuade the distant owners to expand to  longer season with the local amusement park, the owners are considering selling the property to have condos built on the ocean-side property.  Plus one of the creatures that escaped imprisonment from the magical carousel (in the last book), is looking for her own piece of property to call hers. The middle of the book hits a slow spot, but picks up speed again.  I really hope Ms Lee continues to write in this series.pismo-beach (1)SeaDragondenverzoo.022OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAjantzen_beach_carousel_gray_serpent_2006carousel_nightmare_by_shadowcorvus-d5bqrfh

06. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Angie, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, 374 pages, read by Angie, on 04/05/2015

When a man turns up dead in the cucumbers Flavia De Luce is on the case. Flavia is the youngest daughter of the de Luce family of Buckshaw. She is fascinated with poisons and determined to find out all she can about the dead man. Her quest leads her to her father’s boyhood and a mysterious suicide at his school. It also has her delving into the world of rare stamps and the study of philately. Flavia and her trusty bike Gertrude travel around the area collecting clues and putting the story together.

This was a wonderfully quirky British mystery and a delight to listen to. I loved plucky Flavia and her eccentric family. Even though she is only eleven, she is smarter than many of those around her. I particularly enjoyed how the book unfolded; the mystery was not at all obvious and the reader learned what was going on as Flavia did. I can’t wait for her next adventure.

06. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance

Crazy for her by Sandra Owens , 306 pages, read by Melody, on 04/05/2015

When his best friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Evan Prescott, died in his arms on the battlefield, Logan Kincaid gave his word to watch over Evan’s widow. But for two years he kept his distance…torn between honoring his solemn vow and succumbing to his secret love for his fallen comrade’s wife. But when Dani Prescott desperately reaches out to Logan for the help only he can give, he rushes to her side—determined to fight for her safety as fiercely as he fights against his own buried desire.

Someone claiming to be her husband is stalking Dani and her infant daughter, making them virtually prisoners in their remote country home. Logan’s elite military training and high-risk security expertise have outmatched more dangerous enemies. But the real challenge will be the burning temptation that threatens to overcome Logan whenever Dani is near…especially when she reveals her own hidden passion.

–From Goodreads.com.

06. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Tracy

Gray Mountain by John Grisham, 368 pages, read by Tracy, on 03/30/2015

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

–From Goodreads.com.

06. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Tracy

Driving the King by Ravi Howard, 336 pages, read by Tracy, on 03/20/2015

A daring and brilliant new novel that explores race and class in 1950s America, witnessed through the experiences of Nat King Cole and his driver, Nat Weary

“Howard is a talent to watch.” —Washington Post Book World

The war is over, the soldiers are returning, and Nat King Cole is back in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, for a rare performance. His childhood friend, Nat Weary, plans to propose to his sweetheart, and the singer will honor their moment with a special song. But while the world has changed, segregated Jim Crow Montgomery remains the same. When a white man attacks Cole with a pipe, Weary leaps from the audience to defend him—an act that will lead to a 10-year prison sentence.

But the singer will not forget his friend and the sacrifice he made. Six months before Weary is released, he receives a remarkable offer: will he be Nat King Cole’s driver and bodyguard in L.A.. It is the promise of a new life removed from the terror, violence, and degradation of Jim Crow Alabama.

Weary discovers that, while Los Angeles is far different from the deep South, it a place of discrimination, mistrust, and intolerance where a black man—even one as talented and popular as Nat King Cole—is not wholly welcome.

An indelible portrait of prejudice and promise, friendship and loyalty, Driving the King is a daring look at race and class in pre-Civil Rights America, played out in the lives of two remarkable men.

–From Goodreads.com.

06. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Tracy

Noah Charney by Jojo Moyes, 369 pages, read by Tracy, on 03/10/2015

What happened to the girl you left behind?

In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.

–From Goodreads.com.

06. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Tracy

The Art Thief by Noah Charney, 304 pages, read by Tracy, on 03/01/2015

Rome: In the small Baroque church of Santa Giuliana, a magnificent Caravaggio altarpiece disappears without a trace in the middle of the night.Paris: In the basement vault of the Malevich Society, curator Genevi – ve Delacloche is shocked to discover the disappearance of the Society’s greatest treasure, White-on-White by Suprematist painter Kasimir Malevich.

London: At the National Gallery of Modern Art, the museum’s latest acquisition is stolen just hours after it was purchased for more than six million pounds.

In “The Art Thief,” three thefts are simultaneously investigated in three cities, but these apparently isolated crimes have much more in common than anyone imagines. In Rome, the police enlist the help of renowned art investigator Gabriel Coffin when tracking down the stolen masterpiece. In Paris, Genevi – ve Delacloche is aided by Police Inspector Jean-Jacques Bizot, who finds a trail of bizarre clues and puzzles that leads him ever deeper into a baffling conspiracy. In London, Inspector Harry Wickenden of Scotland Yard oversees the museum’s attempts to ransom back its stolen painting, only to have the masterpiece’s recovery deepen the mystery even further.

A dizzying array of forgeries, overpaintings, and double-crosses unfolds as the story races through auction houses, museums, and private galleries — and the secret places where priceless works of art are made available to collectors who will stop at nothing to satisfy their hearts’ desires.

Full of fascinating art-historical detail, crackling dialogue, and a brain-teasing plot, Noah Charney’s debut novel is a sophisticated, stylish thriller, as irresistible and multifaceted as a great work of art.

–From Goodreads.com.

01. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Drama, Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multicultural Fiction, Noelle

The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar, 317 pages, read by Noelle, on 03/12/2015

This novel explores the interpersonal dynamics and consequences brought about by an unlikely friendship between two women from vastly different walks of life and cultural backgrounds. Lakshmi is a recent immigrant from rural India who finds herself isolated and depressed in a country she struggles to understand while also struggling in an unhappy arranged marriage to an emotionally abusive man. A series of circumstances leads Lakshmi into the care of Maggie, an accomplished African American psychologist who is well established and known for her professionalism. As their therapy sessions progress, Maggie becomes increasingly compassionate towards Lakshmi’s struggles. Maggie is drawn (along with the reader) into the vibrant stories Lakshmi tells about life in her village in India. The women also come to realize they share deep bond as both suffered the loss of their mother at a young age. Soon the boundary lines between patient and doctor become blurred. As their friendship develops, Maggie empowers Lakshmi to realize her potential, despite worry over the ethicality of their relationship as patient and doctor. Just as their relationship seems at its most positive and productive, the plot twists unexpectedly. When unseemly truths from both women are revealed, the consequences are detrimental and challenge the women’s perceptions and acceptance of one another.
As a reader, I especially enjoyed the depth of character development and the author’s ability to weave life truths and human complexity into the story from both Maggie and Lakshmi’s perspective. I found Lakshmi’s narration rich and engaging, although the author’s choice to write in broken English might be a hurdle for some readers. I can see how the author meant the ending of the novel to complete a circle in Lakshimi’s narrative. However, to me the resolution felt abrupt and untethered, leaving the reader and characters with uncertain absolution. In any case, I thought the book was well written and I particularly relished the author’s exploration of storytelling and emotional intricacies in human relationships.

01. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Confess by Colleen Hoover, 320 pages, read by Nikki, on 03/30/2015

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

From Goodreads.com.

01. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens, 560 pages, read by Nikki, on 03/15/2015

Every story has two sides, and in this new book, the epic love story between Kiera and Kellan is shown through his eyes.

All Kellan Kyle needs is his guitar, and some clean sheets of paper. Growing up in a house that was far from a home, he learned a hard lesson:You’re worthless. Now his life is comfortably filled with passionate music, loyal band mates, and fast women… until he meets her.

Kiera makes him ache for more. Makes him feel for the first time that he’sworth more. But there’s one problem— she’s his best friend’s girl.

Just when Kellan thought his emotional defenses were rock solid, Kiera’s indecisive heart wreaks havoc on his soul, changing him forever. Losing Kiera is not an option.

From Goodreads.com.