February 2012 Archive

Cruising Toward Love

by: Christi Barth

Pages: 312

Published: August 30th 2011 by BookStrand

ASIN: 1610346688

From Goodreads: Can an unexplained breakup and ten years of heartache be cured by the romance – and endless buffets – of a tropical cruise? When her sister is left at the altar, small town librarian Zoe Balis jumps at the chance to take the bride’s unused ticket for the honeymoon cruise. But she didn’t count on sharing a cabin with the man who broke her heart ten years ago!

Army medic Nate Hyatt never told Zoe goodbye when he enlisted – or the real reason why he dumped her on prom night after a year as high school sweethearts. And he never stopped dreaming about the girl he left behind. Could this voyage be his chance to fix the worst mistake he ever made? After all, a Caribbean cruise should be romantic… if he can convince her to move past ten years of bitterness and hurt.

Once aboard the luxury liner, Zoe befriends a bored Internet mogul with more heart than tact. Nate vents his problems to a ship’s photographer battling PTSD. The four team up on an island hopping treasure hunt. The stakes grow higher with each of Zoe’s mysterious brushes with death. They race to discover why she’s a target and who’s behind it, while still competing in the treasure hunt.

Zoe’s never gotten over her first love, and is tempted to let Nate back into her life. But she already lost him once. She’s not willing to risk loving a man whose career keeps him in a combat zone. Can Nate breach her defenses and suture her broken heart? Grab a deck chair and see if they survive the stormy relationship seas as they cruise toward love!

 

This book was a really fun read for me. I read it while on vacation myself and found myself unable to stop turning the pages, I was enjoying it that much. I’ve always liked the idea of love between two people that endures despite time they’ve spent apart and problems they’ve had with each other in the past. At first, I wasn’t that big a fan of Zoe, I thought she was a little too focused on the past and was being a little over-dramatic. But then I fell in love with Nate and understood what all of her freaking out had been about. He’s a wonderful hero to this story and it’s hard to not fall for him. My favorite character was Callie though, I think she definitely stole the show a couple of times and made this book even more entertaining. She was so funny and a perfect addition to the little group of friends that forms while Zoe and Nate are on this cruise. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an escape from every day life. The cruise setting made me feel like I was enjoying a trip as wonderful and the characters were. The chemistry between the two main characters is perfect. I love when I can read a book and feel the electricity between two characters. I could definitely feel it with this one. So anyone looking for an escape and a fun romance with a little bit of adventure thrown in need look no further. 🙂

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Blurry

by: Sherri Fulmer Moorer

Pages: 163

Published: August 5th, 2011 by Wings ePress

ASIN: 1613099851

From Goodreads: What happens when Little Miss Perfect’s life is turned upside down? Rachel Shull is about to find out. A year ago she broke up with her boyfriend, Danny, over suspicions that he was hiding something from her. Now Rachel’s life is full of accomplishment, achievement, friends, and even a boyfriend. It all seems perfect, until a childhood friend dies in a tragic accident. When it’s discovered that Danny had a heated argument with Kirsten shortly before her death, suspicions about his double life resurface. As the case unfolds and tragedy strikes people close to Rachel, she discovers that Danny isn’t the only one with dangerous secrets. Life in the small town of Woodland, South Carolina becomes blurry with lies and deceit, and Rachel finds herself questioning everybody; even her new boyfriend.

 

This book sucked me right in. I can only imagine having to go through something like this in high school! Rachel is an amazingly strong main character. If I were in her shoes I would have been an emotional wreck right from the very beginning. But she stays strong and true to herself, and that’s a really good message for young adult readers. This book has twists and turns in it that I didn’t see coming. This book really kept me guessing and I got so invested in the story that I read it all in one sitting! I just couldn’t get myself to put it down. This novel also was quite scary. The events that occur in this novel are not for the faint of heart, but I think that’s the element that really kept me wanting to read more. I needed to find out who was on the Rachel’s side and who wasn’t. It’s one of those stories where you don’t know which characters you can trust, so you’re constantly analyzing their behavior to see if you can figure anything out. This is a book that would be perfect for any young adult or even adult if they’re looking for a suspense-filled novel. I can tell you that this book will keep you guessing and make you want to keep turning the pages until you find out the answers to all of your questions! 🙂

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The Case of the Flashing Fashion Queen (A Dix Dodd Mystery #1)

By: Norah Wilson

Published: April 22nd, 2011

ASIN: B004XT6L8E

From Shelfari: Tired of getting no respect at the big P.I. firm where she’s worked for years, Dix Dodd has hung out her own shingle at the ripe age of 40. There are plenty of cheating husbands to go around, and Dix has a knack for busting them. Problem is, it doesn’t always pay so well. Conscious that the guys back at the old firm are laying bets about how soon she’ll come crawling back, she figures she’s got six months to make a go of it. The going gets even tougher when she hires Dylan Foreman. But when he told her about getting fired from his law firm and disbarred for putting common decency before the firm’s interests, she hired him on the spot. In addition to being smart, he’s gorgeous enough to remind her she’s a woman. And at 28, young enough to make her feel like a total cougar. Things start looking up when Dix gets hired by millionaire businessman Ned Weatherby’s wife Jennifer Weatherby, to tail Ned 24/7 for a week, for a cool ten grand. Easy-peasy, right? Wrong! The job lands Dix in the middle of a murder investigation – with her as the prime suspect and her arch-enemy Detective Richard Head (a.k.a., Dickhead, one of the cheating husbands she’d nailed) gunning for her. Dix will need all her ingenuity, as well as the help of Dylan and her oddball cast of supporters to extricate herself from this one.

 

 

I found this novel to be very enjoyable. There were a lot of funny moments and Dix Dodd is a wonderfully entertaining main character. I loved being inside her head and figuring out this mystery with her. I’m one of those people that never truly figures out the mystery before everything is revealed and while this book is no exception, I did have my suspicions and it was nice to not feel overwhelmed by the mystery and feel like there was too much going on for me to be able to keep up. Everything in this novel is very lighthearted and fun and is a great escape from reality for a couple of hours. Anyone looking for a fun read should pick this up, even if they’re not a very big mystery fan. This novel has enough humor and suspense and even a little romance in it, that it should be a perfect read for a wide range of readers. I loved all of the characters in this book, even the ones I think I wasn’t supposed to like. They had enough life and humor and fun in them that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about them and watching events unfold as Dix Dodd worked her way through this mystery.  Of course, I was especially a fan of Dylan who is just a wonderful assistant and all around great guy. (Oh, and of course, gorgeous!) 🙂 To anyone looking for a fun read, I would suggest picking this up. I hope I get to read another book in this series soon!

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Sower of Dreams

by: Debra Holland

Published: July 29th, 2011

ASIN: B005FA30V6

From Goodreads: A Fantasy Romance endorsed by Andre Norton, The Grand Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy

“Desert and sea both provide vivid backgrounds for action and real emotion in Sower of Dreams–outstanding and well-presented fantasy, which will keep the book in one’s hands, eyes on the page–a GOOD READ.”

On present Earth, Khan Laenser is on the run from a death threat and stumbles across a secret shrine in the desert. Inside the shrine, the goddess Withea sends him to the ancient world of Kimtair to reclaim the wasted land that was once a flourishing civilization.

When Princess Daria of Seagem spurns the marriage proposal of Thadis, the king of a neighboring country, he invades. Daria flees into the desert, only to fall pray to a marauding beast. when Khan rescues her, they join forces to defeat their enemies. But will his vow to the goddess and her royal responsibilities tear them apart.

 

 

I really, REALLY enjoyed this novel. This story is very similar to a story I had running around in my head for years and this was like getting to watch it finally come to life! I really enjoyed it. Obviously, I hadn’t thought of the whole story, but the idea of being able to travel to different planets through portals and talk to other people in your dreams is an idea that I had and loved reading about. Debra did this type of story way better than I ever could have. It’s a very engaging read. The emotions feel incredibly real, and so do the different settings. Everything is so vividly described that I could really lose myself in the world and the events. Both the hero and heroine are unique, even by science fiction and fantasy standards. Daria is strong and fully devoted to her people and doing what’s right. She’s a great heroine and while she goes through so many emotional trials, she manages to stay strong and be someone that I found myself really liking. Khan is a fantastic hero. He is willing to help Daria and fight for her to the death. He’s also incredibly sweet and caring. He’s the kind of guy anyone would be lucky to find themselves with. This story is one for science fiction and fantasy lovers as well as romance lovers. The world is rich and the characters are deep and lovable. It’s a very refreshing read that’s different from most of the stuff out there today. I would definitely suggest picking this up if you’re looking for something new to read. Oh, and I hope I get to read book two! 🙂

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