Monthly Archives: September 2012

WWW Wednesday (September 26, 2012)

I’ve wantonly borrowed this meme from Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What I am currently reading:

I’ve just started to read Elizabeth Lowell’s Beautiful Sacrifice, in the romantic suspense genre. So far, I’m enjoying it! So, even though I’ll put it down briefly to read J.K. Rowling’s new book (“What I’ll read next”), I’ll be sure to come back to it post haste!

 

 

What I have recently finished reading:

I’ve just finished reading Patricia Burroughs’ Some Enchanted Season, a reissue of a Loveswept she published over twenty years ago. It’s a Kindle book on Amazon, and it can be purchased in other formats on Book View Cafe. It’s a contemporary romance between two troubled souls: an artist with a challenging disability and a football player who never quite realized his potential. I remember loving this story when I first read it, and this new, slightly tweaked version was wonderful!

 

 

What I’ll read next:

J.K. Rowling has a new book! J.K. Rowling has a new book! I’ll be waiting at the bookstore at nine a.m. tomorrow morning, cash in hand.

Ummm… So… I think I’ll read The Casual Vacancy next. What do you think?

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Review: Some Enchanted Season by Patricia Burroughs

Some Enchanted SeasonSome Enchanted Season by Patricia Burroughs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a revised version of an old favorite… The story of Kevyn, an artist with a difficult limitation, and Rusty, a football player nearing the end of a surprisingly mediocre career. They meet when she’s seeking a god, a man to model for her latest cover illustration, and he’s half killing himself, trying to win a bet.

Sparks fly almost immediately, when she kidnaps him (or rescues him from his foolishness, depending on your point of view). They part, but can’t forget one another.

Each seems courageous in the lives they’ve chosen. But to be together, each must reach beyond the boundaries of their comfort zones and risk never being the same again.

I love this book. Not surprising – I love everything Burroughs writes!

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Review: Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb

Delusion in Death (In Death, #35)Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As you can tell, I really like series. But there can be a down side; some authors begin to repeat themselves in really unfortunate ways, becoming their own cliches.

Fortunately, Robb (Roberts) is too good a storyteller for that. In fact, she really hits the latest installment of her enormously popular In Death series out of the park.

There are always two arcs to these stories. The first is the obvious: the murder of the week, as it were. The second is the personal: where Eve is in her personal journey.

Only the murder of the week is even more diabolical than ever. It’s indirect… a chemical is released in enclosed, crowded areas, which induces hallucinations, paranoia, and violence. The ensuing riots result in many deaths and terrible injuries.

We watch the investigation unfold, always aware of a ticking clock in the back. When will this person strike again? How can they be stopped? And, now that this very, very dangerous cat is out of the bag, can it ever be put back in?

As always, there is tragedy, there is humor, and there are the cameos from old friends. All in all, this is an excellent story, wonderfully told.

I highly recommend it!

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Review: The Lost Night, by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz)

The Lost Night (Rainshadow, #2, Harmony, #9)The Lost Night by Jayne Castle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this. Prolific series authors have formulas, and Castle (Krentz) is no exception. But I almost always just sink into her books like they’re the comfortable reading chair in the corner of my room. I know I’ll encounter likeable characters, interesting problems (often with a paranormal edge), fun secondary characters (sometimes non-human), and a well-earned HEA.

The reason this book didn’t get five stars, though, was that, in the beginning, it felt way too much like its predecessor, the first in the series, crossed with the opening of another, older story. I even checked the publication date, just to be sure I hadn’t picked up the wrong book! But that aside, once it got going, I had a great time reading it.

I’ll always buy a Castle/Krentz/Quick novel the day it comes out. And the reason for that is I love her writing, I adore her characters, and I know exactly what I’m going to get. After all, I’ve been reading her since “The Gentle Pirate”, a gazillion years ago! And I’ve loved every word!

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