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

One last breath by Laura Griffin, read by Melody, on 06/29/2014

He’s an ex-cop. She’s an ex-wife. And they’re both out for revenge on the same man….

When pampered former cheerleader Feenie Malone takes a job writing fluff pieces for her South Texas paper, she has no idea she’s about to stumble into a juicy news story that could launch her career — if it doesn’t get her killed first. Almost as soon as she breaks out her press pass, she crosses paths with Marco Juarez, the macho PI obsessed with solving his sister’s murder. The information he has might be the perfect lead — but his dangerously sexy looks could be a deadly distraction.

Juarez has zero patience for reporters, especially mouthy blond ones. But with the evidence pointing to Feenie’s ex-husband, Marco thinks she could be useful. Confident he can keep her on a tight leash, he lets her in on his investigation. He quickly discovers he’s underestimated his new partner, as well as the danger they both face. Now he must protect her — to the very last breath.

29. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance

Love you to death by Shannon K. Butcher, read by Melody, on 06/28/2014

Delicate, expressive hands…long, graceful legs…One man is looking for his perfect woman–and he’ll stop at nothing until he finds her.

LOVE YOU TO DEATH

It’s been days since reporter Elise McBride has heard from her sister, Ashley. She’s convinced Ashley has met with some kind of foul play, especially when she learns that bodies of other missing women have surfaced in and around Chicago–all victims of a brutal serial killer. Convinced her sister is still alive, Elise vows to risk everything to save her…

The last thing ex-cop Trent Brady needs is more blood on his hands. Yet when he catches Elise breaking into her sister’s house, full of reckless determination and fear, he knows she needs his help. But just as desire ignites between them, a twisted madman sets his sights on Elise. Hell-bent on possessing her for himself, this psychopath won’t rest until he has his perfect woman.

29. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance

Breaking point by Pamela Clare, read by Melody, on 06/26/2014

While investigating border violence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Denver journalist Natalie Benoit is caught in a bloody ambush and taken captive. Alone in the hands of ruthless killers, she will need every ounce of courage she possesses to survive. 

Betrayed by another operative, Deputy U.S. Marshal Zach McBride has endured a week of torture and interrogation at the hands of a bloodthirsty Mexican drug cartel. Ready to give his life if he must, he remains unbroken—until he hears the cries of an American woman. 

Although Natalie is only a voice in the darkness of their shared prison, her plight brings renewed strength to Zach’s battered body. With her help, he overpowers their captors, and they flee through the desert toward the border, the attraction between them flaring hotter than the Sonoran sun. 

But past loss and tragedy leave both of them reluctant to follow their hearts, even when the passion between them reaches its breaking point. Faced with feelings neither expected, they fight to stay ahead of the danger that hunts them as forces more powerful than they can imagine conspire to destroy them both.

29. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Teen Books

The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel, read by Angie, on 06/28/2014

Becca Williamson is a singleton in a high school full of couples. She was dumped by her best friend when Huxley entered coupledom and now her new best friend Val wants nothing more than to be part of a couple. Becca’s sister was dumped on her wedding day and has entered a state of depressed hibernation. Becca fights against the world of couples by taking on the role of The Break-Up Artist. Through an anonymous persona online she will break up a couple if she is paid and she has a very high success rate. Her skills are challenged however when she is hired to break up Huxley and Steve, the golden couple of Ashland High. Things get even more complicated when she starts having feelings for Val’s new BF Ezra. Becca just might be in trouble herself on this one.

I had mixed feelings about this book. I thought the premise was interesting, but I found the story a bit unbelievable. I also thought it was exactly how a man would see teenage girls, knowing nothing about how they think or act or what their lives are like. Every single girl in this book wanted nothing more than to be with a boy. If you didn’t have a boy you were a social outcast. Once you had a boy you moved up the social ladder depending on who the boy was. It is seriously degrading to girls to think this has anything to do with reality. Sure some girls are boy crazy and obsessed with being in a couple, but not all girls and certainly not an entire high school of them. I also thought it was terrible the way Becca was portrayed. Sure she ends up fine in the end, but really the majority of the book she comes off as a bitter, jealous girl who isn’t a couple and can’t stand it. She even makes out with her best friend’s boy friend and thinks its ok. Maybe my feelings aren’t as mixed as I thought. I think this could have been a vastly different book if it had been written by a woman who had actually experienced life as a teenage girl. 

I got a copy of this book from Netgalley.

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

Wait For You by J. Lynn, read by Jessica, on 06/26/2014

Some things are worth waiting for.

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago–an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe–please God–make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing.

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet.

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for.

24. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Teen Books · Tags:

Burning Blue by Paul Griffin, read by Angie, on 06/23/2014

Nicole Castro is a pretty, popular girl who seems to have it all. She is athletic, has a perfect boyfriend, has won a beauty contest, is smart. This all changes when someone throws acid in her face scarring her and ruining her perfect beauty. Nicole doesn’t see who throws the acid and seems to retreat into her home with her mom as her only companion. Jay Nazarro is coming back to school after a humiliating experience. Jay suffers from seizures and had a horrible one during a school assembly. Jay is super smart and a skilled hacker, but a bit of a loner and definitely from the poor side of town. Jay and Nicole meet in the counselor’s office and Jay becomes obsessed with figuring out who threw the acid. The police don’t seem to be making any headway so Jay thinks he can use his hacking skills to do better. Jay and Nicole start hanging out and become friends which pushes Jay even more to figure out the mystery.

This was a compelling read. Once the story really got started I didn’t want to put it down. The story is told from Jay’s point of view and he has a fantastic voice. I liked how much depth these characters had. I thought their friendship was pretty believable as was the reactions of those around them. We get additional glimpses into Nicole’s life through her diary entries and the notes from her psychiatrist. I thought the mystery of who actually threw the acid and why was also interesting. Looking back I can see the clues, but during the reveal it was a surprise. I like that there were twists and turns in the investigation that left the reader wandering what was really going on. I guess my only big complaint was a storyline that seemed to go nowhere. Nicole has a young friend who is dying in the hospital. She visits her and is upset when she dies. However, we never really learn who this girl is and what her connection to Nicole is. Seemed like a storyline with no point and pulled the reader from the real story taking place. I think it could have been eliminated with no issues to the plot. Other than that I really liked the book. 

23. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jessica, Romance

My Skylar by Penelope Ward, read by Jessica, on 06/22/2014

From the author of the #1 bestselling romance, Jake Undone, comes a friends-to-lovers story of longing, passion, betrayal and redemption… Skylar was my best friend, but I secretly pined for her. One thing after another kept us apart, and I’ve spent the last decade in fear of losing her forever. First, it was the cancer, but she survived only to face the unthinkable at my hands. Because of me, she left town. For years, I thought I’d never see her again. But now she’s back…and living with him. I don’t deserve her after everything I’ve put her through, but I can’t live without her. This is my last chance because she’s about to make the biggest mistake of her life. I can see it her eyes: she doesn’t love him. She still loves me…which is why I have to stop her before it’s too late. My Skylar is a STANDALONE story and a companion to the novel, Jake Undone. This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content.

23. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Simple Perfection by Abbi Glines, read by Jessica, on 06/21/2014

Woods had his perfect life mapped out for him. Rise up the ranks of the family business. Marry the rich girl of his parents’ dreams. Pretend that wealth and privilege was all he’d ever wanted. Then a girl named Della breezed into town, a beautifully imperfect stranger who captured his heart and opened his eyes to a new kind of future. Woods is ready and willing to sacrifice everything for her when the sudden death of his father leaves him with his mother to care for and a business to manage.

Della is determined to be strong for Woods, even as she’s quietly falling to pieces. No matter how far from home she’s run, the ghosts of her past have never stopped haunting her. Struggling to hide her true feelings from Woods, Della fears she can’t be his rock without dragging him down into the darkness with her. But is she strong enough to let go of the last thing holding her together?

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

One last look by Linda Lael Miller, read by Melody, on 06/22/2014

Linda Lael Miller ignites the combustible passion between attorney Clare Westbrook and homicide detective Tony Sonterra in this page-turning conclusion to her New York Times bestselling trilogy. 

A senseless murder.
A sizzling adventure.
 


Carrying her lover Tony Sonterra’s child, Clare Westbrook has finally buried her commitment phobia and said “yes” to Tony’s marriage proposal. So why is fear running through her veins and haunting her dreams? Sonterra is fired up to leave Phoenix for small-town Arizona, to target a lethal desert crime ring. Clare’s willing to stand by her man, but he won’t be the only one flirting with danger on the job: as a special investigator for the D.A.’s office, Clare is plunged into a race to find a missing child whose mother was murdered. And on a case this hot, the promise of Clare’s bright future could vanish in the blink of an eye.

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

Run from fear by Jami Alden, read by Kim, on 06/21/2014

With each step she takes, he tracks her every move, waiting for the perfect time. The perfect revenge. Until then, he’ll watch her . . . 

RUN FROM FEAR

More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving eight hundred miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back-along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago.

Jack Brooks knows that showing up unannounced is a purely selfish move. Talia doesn’t need his protection anymore, but he can’t get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. And when a twisted madman is hell-bent on resurrecting her torturous past, Jack vows to do anything to keep her safe-even risk his own life to save the only woman he’s ever loved.

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

Never Look Back by Linda Lael Miller, read by Melody, on 06/20/2014

Linda Lael Miller delivers “heart-stopping suspense” (Winter Haven News, FL) in her New York Times bestsellers featuring savvy defense attorney Clare Westbrook and sexy homicide detective Tony Sonterra. 
A hungry attraction. A hidden enemy. 
A multimillion-dollar inheritance from the father she never knew has allowed Clare Westbrook to turn a storefront in a tough Phoenix neighborhood into the legal firm of her dreams. But when explosive shots take out her street-level windows — and nearly take her life — Clare must surrender to Tony Sonterra’s protection if she wants to survive…. Sonterra has designs on a career move to the FBI — and on rekindling his scorching, no-strings-attached affair with Clare. But can the man who sparks her passion be trusted with her life? Or is someone using Clare, the one person Tony has dared to get close to, to get to him?

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

O'Halloran's lady by Fiona Brand, read by Melody, on 06/19/2014

It’s been nine years. I still want you.

World-famous writer Jenna Whitmore has her share of fans. She just never thought one would be out for blood. There’s only one man she can trust with her life, VIP security expert Marc O’Halloran. He left her years ago without a word, so how can she ask him for help now?

Marc had failed to save his wife and child once. There’s no way he’s letting anything happen to Jenna. Whatever their relationship had been, or is destined to become again, he’s keeping it all about maintaining Jenna’s safety. Marc will protect the woman who’s given him something to live and die for.

19. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance

Seducing the accomplice by Jennifer Morey, read by Melody, on 06/18/2014

Socialite Sadie Mancini is a horrible judge of men. Case in point: her latest boyfriend has just abandoned her in Albania. Now, to her chagrin, Calan Friese, her sexy new protector, is a self-confessed killer, serious about terrorists and casual about women. Despite their sizzling chemistry, she knows she must leave him before he leaves her. But can she pull off a dangerous escape?To his surprise, the insecure daddy’s girl has become braver, bolder and wicked with a weapon. Sure, she’s a complication he wasn’t counting on, but he enjoys keeping her safe. Perhaps she’s just the kind of woman he can get serious about.

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

Hide from evil by Jami Alden, read by Kim, on 06/18/2014

Like a chess master, he carefully weighs his next move . . . advancing slowly until he is sure he can capture his helpless pawn. For in his mind, there’s no way to . . . 

HIDE FROM EVILSean Flynn should feel lucky he’s alive. But a betrayal by a close friend-and two years on death row-has left him feeling only numb. When his conviction was overturned, Sean retreated to a quiet woodland cabin, far away from prying eyes. There, he believed, the past couldn’t come back to haunt him . . . until she showed up.

Overcome with guilt, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Krista Slater can’t forgive herself for convicting an innocent man. But when another brutal murder reveals chilling, new facts about his case, she must turn to Sean for help. She’s ready to face his anger, but the desire in his eyes ignites a need she’s never felt before. Shadowed by danger, Sean and Krista uncover a twisted maze of deception and betrayal-all under the dangerous gaze of a cunning mastermind who will do whatever it takes to keep his evil secrets safe.

17. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance

Cowboy under siege by Gail Barrett, read by Melody, on 06/17/2014

“Sabotage at the Bar Lazy K Ranch”An unknown enemy of the Kelley family is seeking vengeance on Cole Kelley–and the Montana ranch he’ll fight tooth and nail to protect. His land is the only thing Cole can depend on. Not his powerful, scandal-ridden father. And especially not Bethany Moore–the beautiful Native American nurse who left him years ago…and is now back with secrets.

Bethany will go up against her own family to help the Bar Lazy K. And the proud cowboy whose guarded heart is as under siege as his land. Their flame burned brightly once before, but will they have a chance to rekindle it before all is lost?

17. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines, read by Jessica, on 06/17/2014

Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…

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

Sworn to protect by Kimberly Van Meter, read by Melody, on 06/16/2014

Iris Beaudoin has always been a pain in Sundance Jonson’s side. But recently, she’s become a sweet ache in his heart. He only wishes he realized his feelings sooner. Before she was attacked and left for dead. Before she became a victim, a survivor.

As the lone tribal police officer, Sundance knows it’s his job to protect his people. But with Iris, it’s personal. When Iris is threatened again, the hunter becomes the hunted. Sundance can’t let a monster destroy Iris. He won’t stop until he finds the assailant and arrests him. Or puts him in the ground….

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

Run from fear by Jami Alden, read by Melody, on 06/14/2014

With each step she takes, he tracks her every move, waiting for the perfect time. The perfect revenge. Until then, he’ll watch her . . . 

RUN FROM FEAR

More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving eight hundred miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back-along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago.

Jack Brooks knows that showing up unannounced is a purely selfish move. Talia doesn’t need his protection anymore, but he can’t get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. And when a twisted madman is hell-bent on resurrecting her torturous past, Jack vows to do anything to keep her safe-even risk his own life to save the only woman he’s ever loved.

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

Beg for mercy by Jami Alden, read by Kim, on 06/14/2014

He lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching . . . And once he has you, all you can do is. . . 

BEG FOR MERCY

Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love. Cole Williams wasn’t just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys. Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother-the only family she has left-for a murder she knows he couldn’t have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother’s life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO.

Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can’t stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city’s elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.

16. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Lord of Hawkfell island by Catherine Coulter, read by Kim, on 06/14/2014

Rorik is a Viking warrior, as fierce and savage as the North Sea during the winter solstice. Mirana is a Viking woman who loves birds, is more ingenious than most men, and loyal down to her toes. Her life changes utterly one fateful day when Rorik and his men come to Clontarf, a Viking fortress on the eastern coast of Ireland, to kill her half-brother. But she is the one taken as hostage to use as a pawn against him.

Rorik is the Lord of Hawkfell, an island off the east cost of Britain. The moment he brings his captive home, it seems that everything begins to fly out his control. The women are out to teach the men a lesson with the result that food is rank, Rorik’s family is out for Mirana’s blood, a murderer is on a loose, and a huge mongrel, Kerzog, dotes not only on his master but also on his master’s captive.

Rorik and Mirana are two strong-willed people, ardent in their opinions, who will have you rooting for both of them equally.