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Friday, September 30, 2011

Lethal by Sandra Brown (Review)

Thanks to Soho Press and Evan Boorstyn
 Author: Sandra Brown
Binding: Hardcover
Isbn: 1455501476
Size: 1.5" x 6.5" x 9.25"
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 2011-09-20
I read my first Sandra Brown novel about 20 years ago. My favorite of her series is the Texas! series. I entertained myself endlessly on Sandra Brown's book. She always has romance, action, some heartbreaking moment and more. Lethal her newest book published in September 20 is just as fun to read. I thought Coburn was the 'bad guy'. He certainly does not sound 'safe' when he first burst into scene. Yes, burst. There's not other word for it. You sit up and take notice when he's on. Honor Gillette is not one of my favorite of her heroine, but she grow on me. When the story is spectacular, it's difficult not to enjoy every character in the book.

Even the villain is quite enjoyable. Ms. Brown kept me guessing almost to the end. I was almost tempted to jump to the last chapter and read ahead. But, I managed to contained myself since my husband reminded me I only do that on books I am not enjoying. I wonder if there's going to be another book with these couple.

About the Book (from the author's site)
 When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word.

But Honor soon discovers that even those close to her can't be trusted. Coburn claims that her beloved late husband possessed something extremely valuable that places Honor and her daughter in grave danger. Coburn is there to retrieve it -- at any cost. From FBI offices in Washington, D.C., to a rundown shrimp boat in coastal Louisiana, Coburn and Honor run for their lives from the very people sworn to protect them, and unravel a web of corruption and depravity that threatens not only them, but the fabric of our society.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

One For The Money by Janet Evanovich

I am very excited because the movie is coming out. Katherine Heigl looks great on the preview! I can hardly wait. I'm not sure about Ranger. I have a different picture in my head. Still, I'm going to drag everyone and their grandma to see this movie with me!
Product Description (from Amazon)
Read the Dynamite Blockbuster that Started It All!

Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash--fast--but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family.

Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company. She's got no experience. But that doesn't matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants to the time Steph hit him with her father's Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water--wanted for murder.

Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn't. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight--and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man. Review
Stephanie Plum is so smart, so honest, and so funny that her narrative charm could drive a documentary on termites. But this tough gal from New Jersey, an unemployed discount lingerie buyer, has a much more interesting story to tell: She has to say that her Miata has been repossessed and that she's so poor at the moment that she just drank her last bottle of beer for breakfast. She has to say that her only chance out of her present rut is her repugnant cousin Vinnie and his bail-bond business. She has to say that she blackmailed Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond recovery job worth $10,000 (for a murder suspect), even though she doesn't own a gun and has never apprehended a person in her life. And she has to say that the guy she has to get, Joe Morelli, is the same creep who charmed away her teenage virginity behind the pastry case in the Trenton bakery where she worked after school. If that hard-luck story doesn't sound compelling enough, Stephanie's several unsuccessful attempts at pulling in Joe make a downright hilarious and suspenseful tale of murder and deceit. Along the way, several more outlandish (but unrelentingly real) characters join the story, including Benito Ramirez, a champion boxer who seems to be following Stephanie Plum wherever she goes.
Janet Evanovich shares an authentic feel for the streets of Trenton in her debut mystery (she developed her talents in a string of romance novels before creating Ms. Plum), and her tough, frank, and funny first-person narrator offers a winning mix of vulgarity and sensitivity. Evanovich is certainly among the best of the new voices to emerge in the mystery field of the 1990s. --Patrick O'Kelley

Monday, September 26, 2011

(COMING UP) The Angel Maker by Jessica Gregson

I just received this book in the mail. I cannot wait to read it! It sounds intriguing. The thought did occur to me while reading this book. Sari sounds like the Kevorkian of unwanted men. The description makes me antsy to find out why. Why would she be so motivated to do this? Why the whole town? This book got me hooked and I haven't even started reading it.
Synopsis: (from SOHO Press website):
Teenage Sari's smart, inquisitive nature would be enough to make her an outcast in her isolated provincial village; add to that her knowledge of healing herbs, and she's widely considered a witch.

When the men go off to fight World War I, however, everything changes. Without their oppressive and often abusive husbands and boyfriends, the women at last taste freedom and independence, and Sari makes friends. She and a number of other women in the village even begin relationships with injured Italian POWs housed nearby. Swept up in an intellectual and passionate love affair with a university professor, Sari's mind and body awaken for the first time in her life.

With the war's end, the men of the village return. Sari's freedom—and her newfound friendships—are imperiled. But just as Sari knows the herbs that will heal, she knows as well those that will kill. It takes several weeks for the arsenic, sprinkled in her fiancĂ©'s food, to finish him off. The first poisoning leads to another, and then another. Based on a true story, The Angel Makers shows how a good person can be led to evil, and how a community can come together to conceal unspeakable crimes.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

(COMING UP) Heartstrings and Diamond Rings by Jane Graves

I love the cover. I have this lined up to read. Can hardly wait for it. You can whet your appetite or assuage your longing by reading chapter one here now.

(From the author's Website) He's the man of her dreams. . .
In a world full of frogs, Alison Carter is determined to find her prince. Maybe her dating past is more Titanic than Love Boat, but she's seen enough happy marriages to know that true love is possible. No matter what, she won't give up on happily-ever-after. If she can't find Mr. Right, she'll simply hire someone who can.  

She just doesn't know it yet
When Brandon Scott inherits a successful matchmaking business, he thinks his prayers have been answered. Set up a few lonely ladies, collect the fee, how hard can it be? No one needs to know he's not really a professional matchmaker--especially not his first client, the beautiful, spirited Alison. Soon he's falling for her--and her dreams of kids and carpools. But Alison is getting close to figuring out his secret, and if she learns he's deceived her too, she'll walk right out the door, taking Brandon's heart with her.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Kindle and Public Library

I have tried all kinds of reader. I bought a Sony pocket specifically so I can borrow eBooks from my public library. It wasn't as fun, but I managed to read quite a few books in it. Kindle (the latest generation) is the best one, I think. I ever tried Nook color for the same reason. But the back light does not make it an ideal reading for me. My 12 years old now uses it to watch YouTube videos.

I have been buried under LSAT related text the past few weeks. Today, I got a chance to check out my library's website to look for a video. What a nice surprise to find out that Kindle and my public library are together at last!  I can check ou library eBook through my Kindle! I've been waiting for this for ages. I can now say that my Kindle is perfect at last.  I checked out this book below. Since I'm still getting ready for a big test, I also check out McGraw-Hill's LSAT book.

This is the public library book in my Kindle!
See the books I've check out so far! I can hardly wait to check out more.
Click on the picture to see that Public Library has Kindle check out
Does your public library loan eBooks through Kindle yet?

Friday, September 23, 2011

He Loves Lucy by Susan Donovan

I thought this would combine my passion and my likes. A good old 'yellow' book could also play for TNChicks Saturday Photo Hunt. This is a romantic comedy about a woman wanting to be in better shape but food gets in the way. Who can't relate, right? I enjoyed this book with it's laugh out loud moments. I highly suggest it.
Product Description
Marketing exec Lucy Cunningham is thrilled when her firm lands The Palm Club account. The campaign concept for Miami's hottest fitness club was Lucy's idea: take one fitness-challenged woman, put her in front of TV cameras, and into the hands of the club's top personal trainer, Theo Redmond. And there's a big cash reward for each pound shed. It seems like a brilliant idea-until Lucy gets picked to be the guinea pig. It's obvious she needs to drop the pounds, but the idea of letting it all hang out in front of some Malibu Ken jock has her choking on her Milk Duds before she even begins! After one meeting, Theo knows Lucy will be his toughest client and one of the most unforgettable women he'll ever meet. Smart-mouthed and stubborn, it's clear she isn't fond of marching to anyone's drumbeat but her own. But she shocks Theo by rising to the challenge like a pro. And he finds his heart in jeopardy long before Lucy starts to slim down and turn heads. As Lucy sweats her way into a whole new life, things start to heat up between her and Theo. But trust doesn't come easy for either of them. They've both been burned by romance in the past. Now Lucy and Theo are about to discover that appearances can be deceiving-and in the end, true love lies somewhere between pizza and Pilates...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Horton Hears A Who! By Dr. Seuss

My youngest is now 5. He's in Kindergarten and he adores this book. In fact, the other night while I was reading this book, my 12 years old boy also stopped what he was doing and listened.

Who can resist Horton the Elephant who cares so much for the little inhabitants of Whoville? We were going to watch the movie last night, but ended up not being about to because Amazon Instant Play is not selling a copy, and Redbox don't have one either. Today we might be luckier because a library nearby is showing to have 3 copies of the movie.

Have you read this book? If not, you really should give it a try. Dr. Seuss has a particular talent for telling a story. Yes his drawing are creepy, but his story are fun.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Guardian by Margaret Mallory

The Guardian (Return of the Highlanders)
by Margaret Mallory
List Price: $7.00
Published in 2011
ISBN-10: 0-446-57516-X

I fell in love with Margaret Mallory with her All The King's Men Series. Those luscious covers and the fantastic stories. It's what I came to expect with Ms. Mallory. She's like Johanna Lindsey only so much better in her own way.

The Guardian is the first of the new series: Return of the Highlanders. I have a soft spot for any romance books with Highlanders in it. Ian MacDonald is kind (as demonstrated when he was a young lad being followed around by an urchin) and sometimes a bit misguided man, but above all, he's got heart. Sileas is the perfect girl for him. I did not say that she's perfect, only that she's perfect for him. I admire her self-control and demeanor. If I were in her place, I would probably have hit Ian on the head with an iron skillet!

There's a bit of cloak and dagger and some thrilling moment when Sileas took a trip. I like the progression of the romance and the hot sex that follows. Susan Mallory rocks!

Thanks to Ms Beers of Grand Central Publishing for my copy.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Black Ties and Lullabies by Jane Graves

Black Ties and Lullabies
by Jane Graves
Published in 2011
ISBN-10: 0-446-56847-3

My Take:
I enjoy Jane Graves writing since the DeMarcos Brothers (John, Alex and Dave). I adore those guys. They're tough and sexy Texans residing in a book that's romantic and funny and poignant, too. Thanks to Ms Beers of Grand Central Publishing for my copy. I enjoyed reading it over tea when every one of my 5 kids are asleep.

The story flows wonderfully. I like how Bernadette Hogan is a capable girl and Jeremy Bridges is strong and fun to read about. This is a good love story that will keep you entertained from page one. If you live in Dallas area, like I do, there might be one little detail that will annoy you. It has to do with finding pregnancy test kit. It doesn't really take more than 15 minutes to get one, even at an ungodly hour.

I highly recommend this book. Read Chapter One just to whet your appetite.