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

A lady of the west by Linda Howard, read by Kim, on 06/01/2014

Only true love could redeem….

Victoria Waverly, noble daughter of the war-ruined South, is sold in marriage to a ruthless rancher. Honor and pride help her endure life as a wife in name only but nothing can quench her forbidden desire for hired gunman Jake Roper. His gaze is hard, but tenderness he can’t hide promises to unveil to Victoria the mysteries of love.

Only true love can destroy….

Jake curses his burning need for Victoria, for he wants nothing to stand in the way of his drive to reclaim Sarratt’s Kingdom — the ranch that is his legacy and obsession. But ancient wrongs and blazing passions will bind together the aristocratic beauty and the powerful cowboy. In a bloody land war, they will fight for Jake’s birthright…and seize at all costs the love that is their destiny.

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

Sweet vengeance by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/29/2014

A woman driven by the fires of vengeance…a man consumed by the flames of desire…a passion as dangerous as it is irresistible…

With her cascading raven curls and sleek, sinewy curves, Jocelyn Asbury was a woman any man would want. And Rayne Garrick, 4th Viscount Stoneleigh, wanted Jocelyn…in his arms, and in his bed. He’d found her among a ragtag band of scamps and cutthroats, and saved her from a fate worse than death. But even as she yielded to him with a blazing hunger that matched his, she would soon betray him…in a night of shocking violence that would plunge them both into a world of treachery, danger, and all-consuming passion.

From the teeming slums of London to its scandalous salons and dazzling ballrooms, from a vast estate on Hampstead Heath to the stone walls of Newgate Prison and a magnificent plantation on the shores of Jamaica, her is Kat Martin’s most thrilling, sensual tale yet!

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

Devil's prize by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/31/2014

They Played For High Stakes–Passion, Honor, And Revenge… 
Damien, Lord Falon, made his ruthless proposal to Alexa Garrick at a gaming table where he’d cheated the exquisite young heiress out of a fortune–one night with him would discharge her debt. Yet, as claimed his prize, the handsome earl fought a craving for more than Alexa’s body..and when a twist of fate turned seduction into matrimony, rapture and rage warred within him. How could he love the woman whose flirtation had destroyed his brother? 
Alexa knew of Damien’s French blood, scandalous liaisons, and the whispers that branded his a smuggler. Though she was playing with fire, the dark, devilish earl’s hungry embrace plucked at her heartstrings with a haunting song of desire. But was Damien spinning a web of deceit and treason, as he brought her to his surfswept castle? 
From London’s glitter to the dangerous decadence of Napoleon’s Paris, Kat Martin will dazzle you with her riches, most sensuous romance ever!

28. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Gypsy Lord by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/28/2014

He was Dominic Edgemont, Lord Nightwyck, heir to the Marquis of Gravenwold. But he was also a dark-eyed, half-gypsy bastard…

When tall, handsome Dominic sees one of his Romany band whipping a beautiful, flame-haired captive, he never dreams she is a pampered heiress stolen fro the English court. To have her, he will pay a king’s ransom and make himself her lord.

Lovely Catrina forbids Dominic her bed, but her fiery temper is no match for his cool determination to take her as his lover. Still, she will not be passion’s slave forever. She and her Gypsy Lord will meet again-in a glittering London setting, far from the rustic tent they shared. Will her desire for revenge overwhelm her natural urge to love?

27. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Natchez flame by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/27/2014

A woman of courage and honor. She sold everything she owned to go west and marry a powerful land baron she’d never seen. But Priscilla Wills hadn’t counted on the gunfight or the gunfighter who would change her life: the tall, broad-shouldered man who killed her guardian in self-defense. Reluctantly he agreed to take her through the dangerous Texas back country to her fiance’s ranch. She hadn’t planned on a journey that would take her into a stranger’s soul as he delivered her into another man’s waiting arms.

A man who lived by the gun. He was an outlaw yet Brendan Trask unleashed in the prim and proper Priscilla a fiery passion that matched his own. But a man running for his life couldn’t afford a woman who hungered for the security that only her wealthy fiance could provide.

27. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Savannah heat by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/25/2014

Despite her disguise as Silver Jones, tavern maid, Lady Selena Hardwich-Jones was captured by bounty hunters combing the Georgia cost for the runaway with hair pale as spun silver and eyes like soft brown velvet. Forced onto a ship headed for her home in the West Indies, Silver vowed to make her break for freedom. But in the vessel’s brash owner she found a will to match her own. Major Morgan Trask was determined to deliver his lovely human cargo safely to the aristocrat he had long admired.

Was the ship’s dashing captain Silver’s stern captor–or her gallant protector? Tormented by doubts, tantalized by desire, Silver’s emotions were in turmoil. For a secret shame kept her from telling Morgan. Trask the real reason for her flight, all the while fearing–and yearning –to trust him.

As they sailed into treacherous waters, their very lives in peril, Silver and Morgan could no longer deny their hunger for each other … as they surrendered to a passion that burned hotter than the Savannah heat.

27. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Creole Fires by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/24/2014

When a former Southern debutante arrives at the plantation of a wealthy New Orleans landowner, as his servant no less, a fire is ignited in this steamy historical romance.

27. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

The fire inside by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/23/2014

Kassandra “Kitt” Wentworth was no ordinary young woman. Headstrong and rebellious, this daughter of a viscount had no intention of obeying her father, submitting to a husband … or falling in love. But she never thought a man like Clayton Harcourt would pursue her. As the bastard son of a wealthy duke, Clay was no stranger to scandal. Taking a wife was not his plan, but Kitt’s wild spirit drew him like a flame in the darkness, and the gossip swirling around her awakened a desire to tame and protect her. When Clay lays a trap for marriage, Kitt can’t help but surrender to the passion he stirs within her. But will a secret from her past keep her from trusting her heart to the magnificent rogue who arouses her most burning desires?

19. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Heartless by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/19/2014

To escape her life of poverty as a tenant farmer’s daughter, Ariel Summers made a bargain with the devil–she would become the Earl of Greville’s mistress in exchange for the schooling and refinements of a lady. But she couldn’t foresee the earl’s timely death, or her own disturbing attraction to his bastard son and heir, Justin Ross. 
Justin never meant to demand payment from the tempting young woman his father had so callously planned to ruin. But her innocent allure provoked his ruthless nature and he vowed he would have her in his bed. 
Seduction was his plan, but Justin never suspected Ariel’s innocent passion would awaken emotions he had long believe dead. Now mistrust and betrayal threaten the fragile happiness the two of them have found, and Justin must convince Ariel he isn’t the heartless man she believes him.

19. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Wicked Promise by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/18/2014

A Lady’s Desperate Choice
When the loathsome Lord Bascomb tries to force her into marriage, Elizabeth Woolcot, against her will, must applea to her influential guardian. Nicholas Warring, known as the Wicked Early, is a darkly handsom charasmatic figure–with the power to save her but a past that could put her reputation dangerously at risk. A ruthless womanizer, he has also been convicted of murder–and barely escaped hanging.

A rogue’s tainted honor
Elizabth can’t help her attraction to the man who haunts her dreams–nor he his hunger for her. But she knows it can never be. For Nicholas is a married man. Then a heinous crime shatters their lives–and Nick is the natural suspect. Elizabeth wants to believe in his innocence more than life and love itself–but can she trust a man who has killed before?

14. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Lord of Devil Isle by Connie Mason, read by Kim, on 05/12/2014

Nicholas Scott is lord of Devil Isle in all but name, and rules both his ship and the inhabitants of Bermuda with a masterful touch. But fiesty Eve Upshall will be ruled by no man, especially not the arrogant privateer who rescues her from drowning and a shark attack.

14. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Yesteryear by Dorothy Garlock, read by Kim, on 05/04/2014

Addie Hyde spent four years waiting to see if the high-spirited husband she had married in haste would come back after the South lost the war. Yet Kirby Hyde was never among the Confederates in rags and tatters straggling through Arkansas.

Addie always had spunk, but now she also had a young son, two foster children she cherished, and trouble. Deserters and drifters were making Addie’s isolated farmhouse a dangerous place for a pretty woman without a man—until John Tallman showed up in town.

He asked about Addie, he watched for her, and suddenly he was using his guns and fists to protect her. His kindness showed Addie not to fear him. Her heart soon told her more. John Tallman had a shadow about him that even love might not chase away. And although yesteryear was gone, it could take all a woman’s caring, and all her courage, to make tomorrow theirs.

16. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Historical Fiction, Kim, Teen Books

Annexed by Sharon Dogar, read by Kim, on 09/15/2013

I did not think I would enjoy this book as it fictionalized real historical persons, but Sharon Dogar did an excellent job! You get an entirely different perspective of the eight people hidden in the annex in Amsterdam during WWII and yet she retains the authentic emotional atmosphere of Anne Frank’s diary. Very good read!

05. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Horror, Kim

N0S4A2 by Joe Hill, read by Kim, on 09/04/2013

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photography, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing–and terrifying–playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble–and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

Great book!!! Joe Hill follows in his father’s footsteps as a classic horror writer!!!!!

27. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Autobiographies, History, Kim, NonFiction · Tags:

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, read by Kim, on 08/27/2013

It was wonderful to read this book again after so many years.

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic; a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

19. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Autobiographies, Kim, NonFiction

Treasures From the Attic: The Extraordinary Story of Anne Frank's Family by Mirjam Pressler, read by Kim, on 08/15/2013

This is a wonderful book to read because it puts Anne’s diary into context!

The story is one that is envisioned by many: a relative, an old woman who has lived in the same home for a lifetime, passes away, her death prompting the inevitable task of sorting through her effects by her surviving family. But in the attic in this particular house, a treasure trove of historic importance is found. Rarely does this become an actuality, but when Helene Elias died, no one could put a price on what she left behind.

Helene Elias was born Helene Frank, sister to Otto Frank, and therefore aunt to Anne Frank. Ensconced upstairs in the house she inherited from her mother, and eventually passed on to her son, Buddy Elias, Anne’s cousin and childhood playmate, was the documented legacy of the Frank family: a vast collection of photos, letters, drawings, poems, and postcards preserved throughout decades-a cache of over 6,000 documents in all.
Chronicled by Buddy’s wife, Gertrude, and renowned German author Mirjam Pressler, these findings weave an indelible, engaging, and endearing portrait of the family that shaped Anne Frank. They wrote to one another voluminously; recounted summer holidays, and wrote about love and hardships. They reassured one another during the terrible years and waited anxiously for news after the war had ended. Through these letters, they rejoiced in new life, and honored the memories of those they lost.

Anne’s family believed themselves to ordinary members of Germany’s bourgeoisie. That they were wrong is part of history, and we celebrate them here with this extraordinary account.

07. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Biographies, Kim, NonFiction · Tags:

Anne Frank: A Hidden Life by Mirjam Pressler, read by Kim, on 08/06/2013

This book was written for teens but is an excellent companion book to the Diary of Anne Frank and you learn more of the personal background of the Frank family and those who helped to hide them. You also learn more of what the Frank sisters, Anne and Margot went through in the seven months of their captivity in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.

05. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Biographies, Kim, NonFiction · Tags:

Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Muller, read by Kim, on 08/05/2013

I love learning more about Anne Frank and her family that goes beyond the diary. This is book is an updated version that gives us clues as to who may have betrayed the Frank family although we will never know for sure. It also goes into detail about the fate of Anne, her sister, Margot, and their mother after their arrest and deportation to concentration camps.

23. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Biographies, History, Kim · Tags:

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer, read by Kim, on 07/19/2013

Based on the true story of Irena Sendler, a Holocaust hero, and the Kansas teens who ‘rescued the rescuer’.

I loved this book. Couldn’t put it down!

23. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Historical Fiction, Kim

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, read by Kim, on 07/22/2013

Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

This was also a very short read but very powerful.