02. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Leslie, Mystery

Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell, 500 pages, read by Leslie, on 12/23/2014

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Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric prison ward. In the days that follow, Scarpetta; her forensic psychologist husband, Benton Wesley; and her niece, Lucy, who has recently formed her own forensic computer investigation firm in New York, will undertake a harrowing chase through cyberspace and the all-too-real streets of the city; an odyssey that will take them at once to places they never knew, and much, much too close to home.

I really enjoyed this Scarpetta book more than the last one I read.  This one had more twists and turns than I remember seeing in awhile.  Some of her books had gotten a bit predictable, almost bordering on typical and boring to me, but this one kept me on edge.  I recommend it to those who enjoy her books and those like it.

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Marsha, Paranormal, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

American Vampire Vol 3 by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, 288 pages, read by Marsha, on 12/31/2014

download (2)This third installment in the American Vampire series takes place during World War II in the 1940s.  Follow Pearl and Henry as well as Cash and Felicia as they battle for their very lives.  Again, Skinner Sweet, the first American Vampire makes an appearance, though he doesn’t figure as prominently in this volume as the other 2.  Still, he does not disappoint.  Ever wonder what would have happened if the Nazis had vampires?  Find out in American Vampire Vol 3.  The story is beautifully written and the art is amazing.

 

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Dystopia, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Marsha, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

American Vampire Vol 2 by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, 160 pages, read by Marsha, on 12/30/2014

download (1)Skinner Sweet is back in a second volume of American Vampire.  This volume takes place during the 1930s and has more about Pearl, the vampire Sweet created, and her lover, Henry.  The art is wild in the volume and Albuquerque has really outdone himself with showing vampires as they look in battle.  Enjoy this second installment.  Like the first, it promises to not disappoint!  Skinner is as sneaky as ever.

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror, Marsha, Thriller/Suspense · Tags:

American Vampire Vol 1 by Scott Snyder and Stephen King, 200 pages, read by Marsha, on 12/29/2014

downloadFrom times even before he died and rose from his grave, Skinner Sweet was never what one might consider a “good guy.”  Now, with new powers, including being powered by the sun, he seems almost unstoppable.  Stephen King and Scott Snyder bring the suck back into vampires in this series.  Gone are the days of nice vampires.  Sweet, a new breed of American vampire is bad through and through.  Beginning in the old west and taking place mostly in the 1920s vampire lovers everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief.  This series will not disappoint.

 

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Pulse by Gail McHugh, 414 pages, read by Nikki, on 12/27/2014

How do you keep existing when your heart is so splintered, so completely torn to shreds, your pulse is fading?

You’re broken. How do you move forward when every breath is nothing more than a constant ache? Living becomes an insidious reminder that you threw away the single largest part of yourself. Your soul. No amount of distraction can pull you from the torture of losing your life.

Now that Emily Cooper has walked away from her first love, she finds herself running toward her only love. Unraveling fast, but clinging to hope, Emily risks all she has left on the man that has consumed her every thought and dream since the day they met. Will Gavin take her back? And if so, will their reunion be a collision of two hearts destined to complete one another and rekindle a love that knew no boundaries? Or will scars from their past rip open, tearing slowly at what each of them was meant to be? Can fate, the ultimate game changer, mend the shattered road it laid out from the start?

Only time will tell…

Tick-Tock…

(from goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Back-up by A.M. Madden, 392 pages, read by Nikki, on 12/17/2014

THERE’S A NEW ROCK STAR IN TOWN AND HIS NAME IS JACK LAIR…

Leila Marino’s biggest dream is to become a rock star. A lucky opportunity has her auditioning with an up & coming rock band named Devil’s Lair. The band hires Leila as their back-up singer, signing her up for months in the studio and touring on the road with the sexy bunch.

Jack is the quintessential rock star…gorgeous…sexy…a walking orgasm. Jack Lair is the lead singer of Devil’s Lair and his dreams are becoming reality as his band climbs the ladder of success. He’s living the perfect life, and enjoying every minute of it. With a steady stream of sexual conquests that satisfies his raging libido, he thinks he has all he needs in life…until Leila enters it.

Jack is not prepared for the sudden pull he feels towards Leila, and struggles daily to deny his attraction is anything more. Leila finds falling for her new boss is constant torment. Both convince themselves friendship is their only option.

An intimate moment causes their willpower to collapse, and their erotic love affair to begin. Finding love was a bonus that neither Jack nor Leila anticipated. As they begin their tour together professionally and personally, life couldn’t be any better for the couple. Until a mistake from Jack’s past threatens their new relationship, and their perfect future together. (from goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Front and Center by A.M. Madden, 334 pages, read by Nikki, on 12/19/2014

Jack was a rock star on the way to fame. Leila was following her dream and joining his band as a back-up singer. An insane attraction sparked between them that they couldn’t deny. Attraction quickly led to so much more. They ignored all the warnings and fell in love.

When the couple embark on their tour, they couldn’t be more excited to travel the country hand in hand on the way to stardom. The road ahead is filled with miles and miles of possibilities. Along with their band, Devil’s Lair, they feel nothing could stop them.

An angry ex-band-mate, a pregnant ex-girlfriend, and never-ending Internet gossip all attempt to wreak havoc on their developing relationship. New love does not mix well with stress, pressure and guilt. Together they face each and every challenge, stubbornly fighting for what they have. Will their determination be enough? (from goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

You Were Mine by Abbi Glines, 256 pages, read by Nikki, on 12/12/2014

From #1 “New York Times” bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a brand-new Rosemary Beach novel about Tripp Newark and his hidden romantic past with Bethy Lowry.

In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from…

Bethy Lowry was unraveling long before her boyfriend drowned in a riptide trying to save her after she’d had one too many drinks–again. A trailer park kid working as a cart girl among the wealthy patrons of Kerrington Country Club, Bethy has always been impressionable. But five years ago, before she earned her reputation as a hard-drinking, easy girl, she had spent a single summer with Tripp Newark that changed her life forever… (from goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Bright Side by Kim Holden, 423 pages, read by Nikki, on 12/06/2014

Secrets.
Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

(from goodreads.com)

 

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Ruin - Part Three by Deborah Bladon, 83 pages, read by Nikki, on 12/02/2014

Kayla Monroe felt safe in the arms of Dr. Ben Foster. He was helping her move past a broken heart and she was guiding him towards a reclaimed relationship with the brother he’d lost years ago. Their bond was unique, strong and bordering on a love that would change them both forever.

Then Kayla found herself thrust into the middle of a triangle she wanted no part of. She heard things that altered her reality completely. There’s no one for her to rely on but herself and she has to decide whether a familiar voice from the past holds more weight than the promise of a future she can’t quite grasp yet.

Trusting her heart has never been easy for Kayla. Trusting others has never been easy for Ben. Together they have to determine whether the sins of the past are too much to bear or whether a connection that is undeniable is worth the risk. (from goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Ruin - Part Two by Deborah Bladon, 81 pages, read by Nikki, on 12/01/2014

Kayla Monroe had fallen hard and fast for Dr. Ben Foster. He was everything she needed and wanted after being dumped by the man she thought she loved. What started as a one night stand quickly turned into a blossoming relationship. Then the complications of his youth halt everything in its tracks.

The voices around her are telling Kayla that Ben isn’t the man she thinks he is but her heart is telling her something completely different. She’s drawn to him like a moth to a flame and as she listens as he explains his past, she sees the promise of a future with him that she desperately wants.

She’s the thread that will weave a path for Ben back into the family he has lost. She senses it and as she takes on the task of releasing him from his burdens, she discovers that the man she has been sharing her bed with is, more complicated than she ever imagined.

Just as Kayla is about to step into her future with Ben, she ends up in a place where she’s forced to accept a truth that she never knew existed.the next few weeks. (from goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Ruin by Deborah Bladon, 87 pages, read by Nikki, on 12/01/2014

Sitting next to a stranger on a flight from Boston to New York City alters the entire course of Kayla Monroe’s life. In her quest to escape the pain of rejection she jumps into the bed of an irresistible man who offers her a night that she’ll never forget.

Their connection is fierce and undeniable. When their paths cross again, a twist of fate brings her to the realization that the man she’s using to mend her broken heart is Dr. Ben Foster, a compassionate and respected physician.

Warnings about his past threaten Kayla’s future. She knows she should believe the rumors, but the moments she spends in his arms, and in his bed, wash away any doubt in her mind.

She sees a future with Ben but those closest to her won’t let her forget that the man she’s falling for has left a path of ruin in his wake that may impact her in a way she never saw coming. (from goodreads.com)

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

Every move you make by Carla Cassidy, 336 pages, read by Kim, on 12/28/2014

On her thirtieth birthday, Annalise Blakely gets a strange package. Inside, along with one of her company’s hand-crafted dolls, is a note: I don’t need this anymore. I have my own. Annalise puts the package aside-she has enough on her mind. Since her mother died, Annalise has been working nonstop to keep Blakely Dolls a success. Her deadbeat dad wants to be back in the picture. And she’s dating again.

But the policeman she’s seeing has chilling news: someone is murdering women, dressing them up as Blakely Dolls, and leaving them for the police to find. And, although no one knows it yet, the killer is stalking Annalise, the model for the original doll, for his final display… (from Goodreads.com)

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

Watch me by Cynthia Eden, 200 pages, read by Melody, on 12/28/2014

Watch Me…The first book in New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden’s sexy new romantic suspense series…DARK OBSESSION.

He was hired to protect her.

Watching gorgeous Gwen Hawthorne wasn’t a hard job—but it certainly was tempting. Chance Valentine had tried to keep his distance from the sexy socialite for years, but when her father hired him to keep watch on her—as a twenty-four, seven bodyguard—Chance knew his control was about to be pushed to the limit.

He’d never wanted another woman the way he desired her. Hot. Intense. Consuming. Being so close to Gwen, Chance knew that he wouldn’t be able to resist her. So he gave into his need, her need, and he took them both to the edge of a dark and consuming desire.

But Chance soon realizes that he isn’t the only one watching Gwen. Someone else is out there, a stalker who won’t rest until Gwen is destroyed. Every day, every moment…Gwen is in danger. And Chance knows that if he can’t unmask the stalker, then he may just lose the only woman he has ever loved. (from Goodreads.com)

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

Sounds of night by Jennifer Hayden, 394 pages, read by Melody, on 12/28/2014

Defense attorney, Lexi Chase, has found a new life for herself in Cole Creek, Idaho. She is quickly embraced by the local law community…….until she wins the wrong case and sets a killer free. Suddenly she is thrust into a maze of terror. Someone begins stalking her with a bone chilling vengeance. And then her neighbor is brutally murdered and a cold blooded killing spree begins. County Prosecutor, Derek Slade, Lexi’s one time nemesis, quickly becomes her only ally. Derek isn’t sure what to think of Lexi’s evasive nature, or the fact that she gives him only cryptic details about her past. Though he can’t deny he’s attracted to her, he immediately distrusts her. Before long he has no choice but to accept the fact that he is the only person who stands between her and a sociopathic madman – a madman who has seemingly put them both at the center of his obsession. In the midst of a horrific game, bodies begin to add up. Terror is spreading. Simon says it’s time to play again, and this time he will stop at nothing until he is the last one left standing. (from Goodreads.com)

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

Say you love me by Rita Herron, 378 pages, read by Kim, on 12/27/2014

A columnist for the Big Easy’s hottest erotic magazine, Britta Berger has heard her share of wild, hidden desires. But beneath her sophisticated facade, Britta is running from much darker secrets… including the terrifying night she barely survived. Now someone from her past has returned to play a merciless game. And only one man can help her… . Detective Jean-Paul Dubois knows instinctively that Britta is the key to ending the string of vicious ritualistic murders that plague his city. But still haunted by his past, he must resist the dangerous attraction between them. For lurking deep in the shadows of the bayou, a killer waits to end her life– and their future– with one devastating final strike. (from Goodreads.com)

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

Promise him anything by Carla Cassidy, 336 pages, read by Melody, on 12/24/2014

She promised not to leave him. But some promises are made to be broken…

For a year, Juliette Monroe and her son have been on the run from her abusive ex-husband. But when he finally tracks them down, he must confront local cop Nick Corelli, who has vowed to keep Juliette and her son safe. And when sparks fly between Juliette and Nick, they know that first they must confront the madman threatening not only their blossoming love-but also their lives…(from Goodreads.com)

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Becky, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller/Suspense

Haunted by Kay Hooper, 310 pages, read by Becky, on 12/28/2014

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When Deacon James’s younger sister Melanie calls him, terrified, he goes to her aid in the small Georgia town of Sociable. What he finds is a scared young woman in the grip of what she insists is a paranormal nightmare–and murder. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances. And Melanie is the prime suspect. Trinity Nichols left a high-stress job for quiet, small-town life. But news of the murders has left her–and the town–on edge, especially when there is nothing remotely ordinary about how the men died. And her investigation is yielding more than she bargained for, including a group of strangers who have descended on Sociable, some with abilities Trinity finds hard to believe, and agendas she refuses to trust. For some reason, they know a lot more than they should about what’s happening in town. And what’s happening is growing stranger by the minute. Now Trinity, Deacon, and this odd band of FBI agents must work together to solve a series of disturbances so incredible that Trinity, and the town of Sociable, will be changed forever. She just isn’t certain who–or what–will be left standing when it’s all over

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Becky, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts, 322 pages, read by Becky, on 12/02/2014

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County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch. Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family–along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love… She had it once–for a moment–with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion. Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries

31. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Becky, Fiction, Women's Fiction (chick lit)

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard, 244 pages, read by Becky, on 12/18/2014

 

The dog days of August . . . All summer long, thirteen-year-old Henry kept hoping that something different would happen, but it never did. Then, just as the Labor Day weekend gets under way, in the Pricemart where Henry’s mother, Adele, on one of her rare forays out of the house and into the wider world has taken him to buy pants for school, a bleeding man approaches Henry and asks for help. Frank is a man with a secret, and a man on the run. Adele is a wounded soul whose dreams of family life and romantic dancing died years ago, even before her husband left her and their son. And Henry is a “loser” and a loner, a boy on the cusp of manhood who, over the next five days, will learn some of life’s most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect peach pie, and the importance of placing others–especially those you love–above yourself.