August 21, 2014

Seduction in Death. J.D. Robb

seduction in Death
Seduction in Death
J.D. Robb
Publisher: Piatkus
Date: 2004
Format: Large Print
Pages: 438
Genre: Suspense
Source: Local Library
Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is playing and replaying the clues in her mind. The candlelight, the music, the rose petals strewn across the bed - a seduction meant for his benefit, not hers. He hadn't intended to kill her. But now that he has, he is left with only two choices: to either hole up in fear and guilt or start hunting again.
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Seduction in Death is #13 in this series - I am slowly making my way through. The cover above is not the cover of the edition I am reading, but couldn't find it anywhere.  However it was published by Piatkus.  The cover above is much nice than the one on the book I have anyway!

Another excellent book in this series.  The bad guys are scum and Eve and the team will not rest until they bring them to justice.  Step by step she hunts them down, and of course Roarke is there in the middle of it as well.  The way Eve finds each little clue and relentlessly tracks the murderers down is very engaging.  She is ruthless and does not suffer fools gladly - when she goes on a rage - watch out!

I loved the by play between Eve and Roarke and the ever growing love between them. Somerset of course has his little cameo role, he is an irritant to Eve, but Peabody - Eve's police assistant - knows Eve well enough to let Eve  know she wouldn't be satisfied with a droid.  

Peabody and McNabb are not speaking to each other when the book opens, and their relationship plays out throughout the book, it eventually results with a confrontation with Charles - Peabody's friend whose work is that of a licensed companion.  McNabb has been thinking the worst about them.  However it this book takes Peabody and McNabb's relationship to a whole new level.
5 stars

August 19, 2014

Save the Date. Mary Kay Andrews

Save The Date cover
Save the Date
Mary Kay Andrews
Publisher:Macmillan Audio
Date: 2014
Format: Audiobook
Narrator:Kathleen McInerney
Length: 13hrs 47min
Genre: Contemporary
Source:Own book

A savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime--one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn't believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all. 
My thoughts
I enjoyed this audiobook, nice light entertainment while I walk.  The narrator was competent and made the listening a pleasant experience. 

Cara is a florist, with a lot going for her - and many challenges that constantly seem to appear and try to trip her up!  She is successful at what she does - but she still owes her dad money on the start up of the business, and now he is demanding that it be paid back in full.  She is working out of a building that is in need of repair - especially the air conditioning and cooling room where she keeps her flowers.

Add to that an assistant who suddenly starts to act a little strangely and becomes unreliable, an ex who is a nuisance and a handsome guy who has stolen her dog - Poppy.  Only he has a dog exactly the same as Poppy so perhaps it was a genuine mistake.

It doesn't matter what happens to thwart Cara, she manages to come out ahead.  Even when a toffy nosed competitor turns up in town, she fights back.  The dog stealer is not what he at first seemed to be and Cara finds that love is a possibility.

4 stars.

August 18, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sheila at Book Journey runs It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Well here we are again - Mondays seem to come around very quickly. Had a busy week last week. A school on the same block as our school, had a big fire last Sunday night and lost 4 classrooms and their library.  We have been making room for them so they can use some of our empty spaces. 13 year old girls burnt them down! Can you believe it.  It is the oldest school in our district and they lost all their photos etc, as the library went up along with the classrooms.

My car magnet arrived and I am very happy with the way it printed out!
You'll notice I caught myself in the window.  Ignore the dent, I had an argument with the local supermarket trolley stand last year sometime. The trolley stand won!

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I had a so so week of walking.  I managed four days of 30 minutes.  However was a little tired at the end of the week, plus nasty weather and I just didn't do the fifth day. Hoping for five though this week.

Reviews posted last week:
All You Need is Love  by Marie Force

What I read last week:
The Homecoming. Book cover
I can always rely on Robyn Carr for a good story.

Until You.  Book Cover
A reread.  Interesting - had forgotten a good deal of it!

Just finished this audiobook. 
Going to enjoy this series, I read #11 first - Swan Point!
So now back at #1.

At present I am reading:
I've just started Sandpiper Island by Donna Kauffman

Beginning to listen to:
River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz.

Just finished viewing:
I have been watching A Place to Call Home - an Australian drama that I loved.  It was like an Australian equivalent of Downton Abbey!  It's been sitting on my recorder since 2013, which is great because season 2 is about to air here in NZ.  I won't have to wait. I don't watch a lot of TV, but this one grabbed me and I was watching two a night!

August 17, 2014

All You Need is Love. Marie Force

All You Need is Love book cover
All You Need is Love
Marie Force
Publisher: Berkeley
Date: 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 302
Genre: Contemporary
Source: own book.
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The family-run Green Mountain Country Store is cherished by locals as a reminder of simpler times. The Abbott children are determined to keep it that way—but their father has different plans…

When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client—and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it.

For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head. As his family’s dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all—especially when it comes to matters of the heart.
My thoughts
All You Need is Love is the first in Marie Force's Green Mountain series.  I fell in love with it straight away because of the ..... setting!  It is set in Vermont, which I know nothing about, however after a virtual trip thanks to Google, I so wanted to visit this place.  Marie Force must have enjoyed her research of this place.  The author speaks of the Vermont Country Store - it's real and I could visit that online too.  After my virtual 'research' I settled in happily to the book and enjoyed the story and the family that runs the store in the book.

Cameron, arriving at a small town in Vermont, comes off second best with the local moose - Fred. However she is rescued by Will Abbott, who while he may seem a little grumpy, actually soon falls under her spell.  Will comes from a very large family, the exact opposite of Cameron who has grown up as an only child. Her mother is dead, and her rich father is rather aloof.  Cameron finds that while Will's siblings initially resent her and the job she has come to do, they soon come around. Cameron finds herself enveloped by this family, and especially loves Will's dad and mum and grandfather.

Cameron loves the country store the family runs, and soon has wonderful plans for the website.  Her relationship with Will develops, yet they both recognise it has a limited life span.  Will is a country boy and Cameron... she's a city girl.  What will happen when the job is done and Cameron wants to return to New York?  

It's a warm, cosy, family oriented story, with a couple who are attracted to each other and know it. In such a large family - the Abbotts have many a story to tell, so I know I will be looking forward to each of them finding 'true love'. I would even love to read the story of the grandparents and parents.
Readers of Robyn Carr and Jill Shalvis would love this series. 
4 stars
Green Mountain series
#1  All You Need is Love
#2  I Want to Hold Your Hand - published June 2014
#3  I Saw Her Standing There - to be published November 2014
#4  And I Love Her - to be published 2015

August 16, 2014

Rock Addiction. Nalini Singh. Cover Reveal and Giveaway.

COVER REVEAL:  Rock Addiction
By Nalini Singh

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A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

Meet the Author

NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

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August 13, 2014

Married Accidentally on Purpose. Rachel Harris

Accidentally Married on Purpose
Married Accidentally on Purpose
Rachel Harris
Publisher:Entangled: Bliss
Date: July 2014
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 266
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Sherry Robicheaux loves men. She loves love. And she loves an adventure. So when she meets a mysterious man while working backstage at a country music concert in Vegas, she’s all about what’s happened in Vegas staying there.

Country music superstar Tyler Blue just wants a weekend of anonymity…though there’s something about the spunky waitress with the streaks of purple hair that tempts him like no other. Until the next morning, when they both wake up with fuzzy memories…and rings on their fingers.

Convincing Sherry to maintain the ruse for his public image isn’t the hardest part—it’s reminding himself that their time spent playing husband and wife in her small town of Magnolia Springs can’t last. Tyler’s first love will always be music—and the road is no place for a sweet down home girl.
My thoughts
Married Accidentally on Purpose was an engaging read, a sweet small town romance - that had my interest captured from the beginning.  It is part of a series - I haven't read the previous ones, I probably would have liked it even more, if I had read them, because we meet Sherry's family and friends who have been part of the books before this one.  However I didn't find it held me back from catching up on what was happening.

When Sherry meets Tyler Blue when she is catering a show that he is doing, she doesn't realise who he is.  She isn't in to the kind of music he plays.  However from the time they first set eyes on each other there is chemistry. After a night on the town they wake up - married!  It turns out Tyler's management is rather pleased about that, and want him to stay married.

Sherry is none too pleased when she finds out that she is married and to none less than Tyler Blue. Spending some time together in Sherry's home town, Tyler and Sherry get to know each other, and we the reader come to appreciated the people they are.  Tyler has a wonderful way about him - comes himself from a wonderful down to earth family, has a sick mother and a wonderful way with post it notes.

There are moments in this book that are sexy and fun, without being over the top.  It is full of family, locals and good heart.  At times poignant and bittersweet.  A great romance read.  As I try new authors in this genre, I am continually surprised by the quality writing I find.  It makes me ashamed of sticking for so long to the well known, highly successful ones.  Writers like Rachel Harris show they can write with the best of romance writers.
4 stars

August 11, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sheila at Book Journey runs It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Thank you to Sheila for hosting this meme, which always adds books to my TBR wishlist!

This week I was sitting close by a couple of my 12 year old boy students who were designing their calendar picture for 2015.  One was doing a car - of course!  He swung his monitor around and said, "Here Miss T, this car could be yours!" Before I looked I asked, "Is it yellow?"  When I looked he had this gorgeous yellow car, that probably cost as much as my house!  Then they both said, and across the front bonnet you could spray on, " 'Reads a Lot' like huge!"

I was amused, and later thought I know what I will do. So I have organised a car magnet, with their words on it!  Can't wait to see their grins.  It will be going on my little yellow car (over twenty years old and no where near the cost of a house!)  

Car Magnet
I am not sure how it will actually print - I had to use a template and added a couple of images myself and not sure what the quality will be like.  I think I might do another one if this doesn't turn out okay. Will have to wait until the post delivers.  Anyway, I cleaned my car today, so it's ready!!

This last week I read:
Very good romance

Wonderful. Sigh!

At present I am reading:
The Homecoming by Robyn Carr

Up next:
I think I will do a reread of Judith McNaught's Until You.  I want to accomplish four rereads before the end of the year.  It's a good idea, but so many other excellent books - such a shame though not to reread more.

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