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.

29. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Fiction, Humor, Kira · Tags:

The Devious Book for Cats: A Parody by Fluffy & Bonkers with the assistance of Joe Garden by Fluffy & Bonkers with the assistance of Joe Garden, 213 pages, read by Kira, on 12/14/2014

This parody of The Dangerous Book for Boys is another set of short essays or even just a few paragraphs, featuring humorous riffs on cat behavior.  I enjoyed it!index2 index

29. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Humor, Self Help, Tammy

Who Moved My Mouse?: A Self-Help Book for Cats (Who Don't Need Any Help) by Dena Harris, 136 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/28/2014

who moved my mouseDoes your kitty have emotional issues? Does kitty feel unfulfilled? This humorous guide, based on classic self-help texts is  filled with quizzes and tips to teach all cats how they came make small daily changes that will improve their lives and the lives of those around the. With chapters such as “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff . . . But Feel Free to Freak Out Over Anything That Moves Suddenly or Without Warning” this book was a great help to both my kitties. They were able to test out their newly learned skills and life philosophies this week when the four little nieces and nephews came to visit for Christmas. I can’t say that peace and harmony reigned but there was less hissing and tears. ; )

 

29. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas (Jane Austen Mysteries #12) by Stephanie Barron, 329 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/28/2014

jane austen  The newest Jane Austen mystery book out in time for your holiday reading pleasure. Jane discovers family secrets and murder during the twelve days of Christmas in Regency England. Jane, Cassandra and her mother are invited to spend the Christmas holiday with her brother James and his family in the home Jane grew up in. James is now the rector of their father’s church but unlike his fun-loving father is a serious minister who questions any holiday frivolity. The whole family is invited to to stay at The Vyne a nearby manor house. The ladies are thrilled with the chance to see the house again and become re-acquainted with their neighbors especially in a festive household. But international politics, love affairs and murder creep into even the fashionable of society and dampen the holiday spirits of all those staying at The Vyne. Will Jane discover who the murderer is and why before everyone goes their separate ways?

26. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jessica, Romance

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon, 333 pages, read by Jessica, on 12/26/2014

B1UT5aDSFvS._SL1500_I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.
It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.
And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all . . . a love story.

26. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Kira, Mystery · Tags:

The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe, 320 pages, read by Kira, on 12/26/2014

the sth A blending of genres, this is a mystery set in medieval times, with a little bit of magic, and a large amount of Guy Noir (a more serious version).  Eddie LaCrosse is a sword for hire/detective with a tragic past (as far as women are concerned).  His childhood best friend, hires him to clear the queen of having murdered her own son. Not quiet sure how the title fits.  Great pacing, and an intriguing story, though I wish the female characters had been drawn more completely and less tending toward objects.  Eddie_LaCrosseeddielacrosse86efb52beeea082270089188ca448ce6

22. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Tammy · Tags:

The Virgin in the Ice: Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #6 by Ellis Peters, 220 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/21/2014

virgin in the ice It is the winter of 1139. A civil war in England has sent refugees fleeing from Worcester to the abbey at Shrewsbury hoping to find a safe haven there. Traveling with a young nun the group, including an orphan boy and his 18 year old sister. But somewhere in the dangerous countryside they disappear. Brother Cadfael sets

In the winter of 1139, raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester, among them are two orphans a boy of 13 and his beautiful 18-year-old sister and a young Benedictine nun. They set out but disappear somewhere in the wild countryside. Brother Cadfael wants to go search for them but he is called to the Church of Saint Mary where a monk has been found beaten and bleeding beside the road. He will surely die without Cadfael’s medicinal knowledge. The monk’s fevered ravings give Cadfael a clue to the missing party and he soon embarks on a dangerous quest to find them.

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

Last kiss goodbye by Rita Herron, 369 pages, read by Kim, on 12/21/2014

Fearful yet determined, Ivy Stanton returns to the small Appalachian town she left fifteen years ago… the night her parents were murdered. But in coming home to Kudzu Hollow, she discovers she is not alone in her search for the truth: Matt Mahoney, the man who saved her life, who haunts her dreams, who was wrongfully accused of the crime, has come back, too, demanding answers — and justice. When Matt looks into Ivy’s eyes, he sees a woman whose pain mirrors his own. The feelings she stirs within him promise a life he never thought he’d have. But evil still resides in this sleepy mountain town, as do secrets worth killing for. Now danger stalks them both, and Matt is fighting for more than vengeance… he’s fighting for their future.

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

Every move you make by Carla Cassidy, 336 pages, read by Melody, on 12/21/2014

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)

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

Say mercy by Jennifer Hayden, 348 pages, read by Melody, on 12/19/2014

Ten years ago, Mariah Ann (Ryan) Kendall walked away from her hometown, the nightmares of her childhood, and the love of her life……and straight into the arms of the devil, himself. From an abusive marriage to a life on the run, Ryan somehow survives and eventually makes her way back to the home she ran from to begin with. Confronted with more than one demon, Ryan is forced to face the ghost of her alcoholic father and the house where he died. She must also face Colton Wade. Her childhood sweetheart – the boy she left behind without so much as a goodbye, is now a man filled with bitterness and anger. Attraction simmers between them, in spite of their tumultuous past. But secrets can be deadly and soon Ryan learns that Colt has a few of his own. And among those secrets, a monster lies in waiting. A monster that soon leaves body after body in its wake. A monster that will stop at nothing to get what it wants; Mariah Ann Kendall, dead. (from Goodreads.com)

16. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance

Keep by Karyn Lawrence, 270 pages, read by Melody, on 12/15/2014

Billionaire CEO Shawn Dunn has plenty of sex, power, and money. A woman turning down his advances? Unfathomable. Yet that’s what she does, again and again.

Kara Hayward is supposed to be off limits. Her sister is hiding from the dangerous assassin she escaped from, and it’s best for everyone if Shawn keeps his distance. Certainly as far as Kara is concerned. Shawn’s only after one thing and then he’ll walk away, just like her ex-husband.

But Shawn has larger desires and he’s used to getting what he wants. He doesn’t care if being together is dangerous. He doesn’t believe that threat to him, or his empire, is real. Right up to the night he has everything taken away.

16. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Humor, Tammy · Tags:

Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. by Jim Benton, 96 pages, read by Tammy, on 12/15/2014

dog butts  A collection of cartoons by New York Times Bestseller Jim Benton. Though the title implies lots of pet or animal cartoons there are only a few. Personally I found the humor hit or miss.