Friday, July 31, 2009

Engaging Men by Lynda Curnyn

Engaging Men by Lynda Curnyn

My Rating: 7 *'s

Description: A novel about men . . . and the woman who loves them!

When one ex-boyfriend gets married, a girl can laugh it off. With two, she begins to get nervous. But three? Three?

Angie DiFranco is starting to take it personally. What is it about her that doesn't incite men to plunk down large sums of money in the name of eternal love?

According to her one successfully married friend, men are like tight lids. One woman comes along, loosens him up, leaving him for the next woman to pop off the lid, no problem. After all, would Jennifer have landed Brad so easily without the Gwyneth factor?

Suddenly Angie looks at Kirk, her current boyfriend, with new eyes. Kirk, whose last girlfriend loosened his lid by giving him The Ultimatum. Kirk, who suddenly seems primed to be popped right open.

If the tight-lid theory is true, Angie could be married within a year -- with a little effort. And a little help from her friends . . .

The author of Confessions of an Ex-Girlfriend will utterly engage you with her vibrant new novel chronicling Angie's angst and euphoria as she resolves to mate and make it in Manhattan.

My Thoughts: Surprised at how long this book has been sitting on my shelf...5 years is a long time. Better late than never...

Pretty good story about a woman so focused on what she thinks she wants, she very nearly misses out on what she needs the most. For the most part, I thought Angie epitomized the typical female wanting to have it all. And like most of us, what we think we want is not what we truly need. I thought Kirk was well written as the boyfriend who is focused on his career and isn't thinking beyond landing the big client until his "loosened lid" is opened by Angie. What Angie doesn't plan on is the Kirk she doesn't know that lives inside below the surface. Not that he's a bad individual but it really is true that you don't know someone until you meet their family. Fortunately, Angie isn't a woman who is willing to settle for less than everything and demonstrates great strength of character at the crucial moment where so many other women falter.

The cast of supporting characters bring a well-rounded balance to the story as well as peeling back the various layers of Angie's life to give the reader a clear picture of who she really is.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich

Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich

My Rating: 10 *'s

Description: Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey. According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys. Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. He’s chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and he’s chosen the Barrens as his new playground. Munch received his doctorate degree in quantum physics when he was twenty-two. He’s now twenty-four, and while his brain is large, his body hasn’t made it out of the boys’ department at Macy’s. Anyone who says good things come in small packages hasn’t met Munch. Wulf Grimoire is looking for world domination. Martin Munch would be happy if he could just get a woman naked and tied to a tree. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch on her most-wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey. She also gets a big guy named Diesel. Diesel pops in and out of Plum’s life like birthday cake – delicious to look at and taste, not especially healthy as a steady diet, gone by the end of the week if not sooner. He’s an über bounty hunter with special skills when it comes to tracking men and pleasing women. He’s after Grimoire, and now he’s also after Munch. And if truth were told, he wouldn’t mind setting Stephanie Plum in his crosshairs. Diesel and Plum hunt down Munch and Grimoire, following them into the Barrens, surviving cranberry bogs, the Jersey Devil, a hair-raising experience, sand in their underwear, and, of course . . . monkeys.

My Thoughts: Ranger, Morelli and Diesel all in the same book! Life is good! Lots of wacky new characters make an entrance into Stephanie's life with this book, including a monkey named Carl who has a fondness of flipping the finger at everyone and a man whose flatulence creates flames, much to the dismay of Stephanie's mother and the great amusement of everyone else.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cell Phone

Yesterday, while perusing the ads in the Sunday paper, I discover Best Buy has a sale on cell phones. I've been wanting to upgrade my phone for a very long time now as I need the QWERTY keyboard feature and the phone I've been using doesn't have it. Went down to Best Buy to see if I was eligible for an upgrade yet and the AT&T Gods decreed I was so I came home with this new baby for FREE! Woo Hoo!

Loving the red...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

My Rating: 10 *'s

Description: Some wounds take time to heal . . . and some scars never fade.

Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won't rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost.

Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderlander food chain, Rachel's past comes back to haunt her.


My Thoughts: While still trying to grieve the loss of Kisten, Rachel and her friends find themselves battling a new nemesis that is fatal to humans and Inderlanders alike. A ghost from the past also makes his presence in Rachel's life known though his intentions aren't very clear. Rachel wants to remember who is responsible for Kisten's death and in this installment, we find out, though it's very anticlimatic. Rachel and Jenks's cat, Rex, appear to form a truce as well. Great story that leaves me just wanting more!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

The Romancipation Of Maggie Hunter by Jane Sigaloff

The Romancipation Of Maggie Hunter by Jane Sigaloff

My Rating: 6 *'s

Description: Is it time to move in or move on?

Isn't commitment what every girl dreams of?

Maggie Hunter is living that dream. Her career is taking off and, thanks to Japanese straightening, her hair is lying down. Maggie even has a serious boyfriend, Max, who could very well be The One. In the throes of a feel-good relationship she thought possible only on the big screen, she should be ecstatic when he pops the question: Will you move in with me?

But commitment-wary Maggie's not sure if she's ready to go from "me" to "we" --- or if she can cope with sharing a closet. If only she could be more like Eloise, her best friend who's dying to start nesting. Except Eloise is dating Jake, who's allergic to forward planning. He'll barely commit to an entire weekend at her place, let alone a joint lease.

So Eloise wants a man like Max, and Maggie wants a man like Jake. Or at least that's how it's looking from some angles. Maybe all they need is a switch?

My Thoughts: Pretty good story though I didn't seem to connect with Maggie through most of the book and towards the end of the story, her actions seemed to be out of control and not making alot of sense. Fortunately, the ending brought a twist that enabled all of the characters to have a happy ending.

Visions In Death by J.D. Robb

Visions In Death by J.D. Robb

My Rating: 10 *'s

Description: A brand-new novel in the In Death series set in 2059 New York City. As technology and humanity collide, Detective Eve Dallas searches the darkest corners of Manhattan for an elusive killer with a passion for collecting souls....

On one of the city's hottest nights, New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sent to Central Park -- and into a hellish new investigation. The victim is found on the rocks, just above the still, dark water of the lake. Around her neck is a single red ribbon. Her hands are posed, as if in prayer. But it is the eyes -- removed with such precision, as if done with the careful hands of a surgeon -- that have Dallas most alarmed.

As more bodies turn up, each with the same defining scars, Eve is frantic for answers. Against her instincts, she accepts help from a psychic who offers one vision after another -- each with shockingly accurate details of the murders. And when partner and friend Peabody is badly injured after escaping an attack, the stakes are raised. Are the eyes a symbol? A twisted religious ritual? A souvenir? With help from her husband, Roarke, Dallas must uncover the killer's motivation before another vision becomes another nightmare....

My Thoughts: Very intense with a major twist I did not see coming at all! This installment shows how fragile the characters are as this case becomes personal for Eve, hitting much too close to her heart, but she doesn't let it get personal and take over her direction.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New Additions To The TBR Pile In June

Lots of new titles arriving to the never-ending pile of to be read books. :o)

White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

Description: Some wounds take time to heal . . . and some scars never fade.

Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won't rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost.

Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderlander food chain, Rachel's past comes back to haunt her.


Whispers At Midnight by Karen Robards

Description: She came home to start a new life.
Now she's haunted by

Whispers at Midnight

Carly Linton returns to her hometown of Benton, Georgia, to open a bed-and-breakfast in the house she inherited from her grandmother. She's also dead-set on burying her former good-girl image -- by seducing the one man who can give her a guided tour of the wild side....Matt Converse, the local sheriff, was once the town's bad boy who shared one magical night with Carly at her senior prom. But igniting the sparks of the past can lead to a blaze of danger: first, her house is burglarized, then someone comes after her.

A mysterious enemy wants Carly out of Benton for good, and now she needs Matt more than ever -- to keep her alive.

This Is Chick-Lit by Lauren Baratz-Logsted et al

Description: Chick-lit's unprecedented success has proven its popularity with readers . . .but not with critics, or the literary fiction writers critics love. It's been called "frivolous" and "bubble gum," accused of a preoccupation with fancy cocktails and overpriced shoes and indicted for its supposed lack of intelligence and literary merit. Tired of being the literary underclass, chick-lit writers are finally fighting back --- in style.

Welcome to chick-lit's coming-out party. Here, eighteen of today's hottest chick-lit authors set out to prove that chick is lit --- that fiction by, about and for women is as meaningful, as rewarding and as worthy of respect as any other writing out there.

This is Chick-Lit celebrates what it means to write chick-lit and to read it --- and shows once and for all that you shouldn't judge a book by its pastel color.

Red-Hot And Royal by Susanna Carr

Description: The kingdom will never be the same...

Notify the royal guards: Three everyday women are about to break through the gates, take on the palace and turn on the princes.

Kylee, Lauren, and Shayla are modern-day ordinary women who would never meet the requirements for fabled princesses. Damsels in distress? Definitely not. Fairest in the land? They wish. Pure as snow? Not even close. Now, these three women are about to get to know the wild side of royalty—and inspire three princes to cast the crown aside and bare it all. Their encounters are royally erotic—and the happily ever after they reach is not exactly the fairytale ending you’d expect. It’s much, much hotter. One thing's for sure: These princes never had it so good....

Outside In by Courtney Thorne-Smith

Description: On the outside, Kate Klein-Morgan seems to have it all: a starring role on the hit television series Generations, a handsome husband who's also her manager, and a career that, after a Kirstie-Alley-style slide, is finally back on track. At the age of thirty, Kate knows what it's like to have the tabloids turn on you and she's determined that it will never happen again. Thank goodness her husband Hamilton is there to manage her every move—even if the strict dieting and morning weigh-ins he imposes are becoming more than she can manage.

When Hamilton leaves her for another actress on Generations, the outrageously demanding Sapphire Rose, Kate suddenly finds herself in charge of her own life. Now she must decide whether she's ready to stop playing by the Hollywood rulebook and discover who she really is. Flanked by an irresistible ensemble cast—including her wisecracking friend and tough-love hair-stylist, Paige, and Michael, a high-powered agent who secretly dreams of becoming a novelist,—Kate begins to question her role in an industry that venerates appearance, money, and fame above all else, and applies ceaseless pressure on women to always be thinner, younger, and more beautiful at any cost.

From high fashion to on-set antics, to the real-life whispers about Hollywood's biggest stars, Courtney Thorne-Smith depicts the entertainment world as only an insider can. Yet beneath the glittering façade lies a natural-born writer who, echoing her own experiences, brings the gift of comic timing and a talent for shaping memorable characters to this sparkling debut novel.

Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark

Description: Natalie Raines, one of Broadway's brightest stars, accidentally discovers who killed her former roommate and sets in motion a series of shocking events that puts more than one life in extreme peril.

While Natalie and her roommate, Jamie Evans, were both struggling young actresses, Jamie had been involved with a mysterious married man to whom she referred only by nickname. Natalie comes face to face with him years later and inadvertently addresses him by the nickname Jamie had used. A few days later, Natalie is found in her home in Closter, New Jersey, dying from a gunshot wound.

Immediately the police suspect Natalie's theatrical agent and soon-to-be-ex-husband, Gregg Aldrich. He had long been a "person of interest" and was known to have stalked Natalie to find out if she was seeing another man. But no charges are brought against him until two years later, when Jimmy Easton, a career criminal, suddenly comes forward to claim that Aldrich had tried to hire him to kill his wife. Easton knows details about the Aldrich home that only someone who had been there -- to plan a murder, for instance -- could possibly know.

The case is a plum assignment for Emily Wallace, an attractive thirty-two-year-old assistant prosecutor. As she spends increasingly long hours preparing for the trial, a seemingly well-meaning neighbor offers to take care of her dog in her absence. Unaware of his violent past, she gives him a key to her home...

As Aldrich's trial is making headlines, her boss warns Emily that this high-profile case will reveal personal matters about her, such as the fact that she had a heart transplant. And, during the trial, Emily experiences sentiments that defy all reason and continue after Gregg Aldrich's fate is decided by the jury.

In the meantime, she does not realize that her own life is now at risk.

Halfway To The Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Description: Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Clubbed To Death by Elaine Viets

Description: Helen Hawthorne's latest dead-end job is in a country club's complaint department, dealing with the gripes of the rich and spoiled. Then Rob, her deadbeat ex-husband, sails back into her life aboard the yacht of his new lady, Marcella -- also known as the Black Widow for her string of dead spouses. The next day Rob's reported missing. If the Black Widow has such a murderous reputation, then why is Helen led from the club in handcuffs?

When Marcella helps Helen get released, the two form an uneasy alliance to find out what really happened. Helen's barely begun digging when a club patron is discovered beaten to death with a golf club -- his membership permanently expired. Someone got more than a little teed off and it's up to Helen to get to the truth without getting clubbed herself...


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