Sunday, February 10, 2013

Big Sis' January 2013 Reads

Sea Glass Winter, JoAnn Ross - I usually like Ms. Ross' books but this one was not one of my favorites.  It was stll a good story but it just took me a bit longer than usual to get involved in the story.  Claire moved herself and her teenage son Matt to Shelter Bay (thin is one of the Shelter Bay series titles) because her 16 year old got into trouble in his LA high school.  He's not stuck up but he does think he's the best basketball player on the Shelter Bay team.  Claire learns that her son's coach really does have Matt's best interests at heart even though she's not sure at the start.  Eventually she finds out he's interested in her, too...

Trading Up, Sandra Edwards (Kindle edition) - I read this for free either via Net Galley or by borrowing it through Amazon Prime, I can't remember which...  Either way, I'm glad it was free 'cause it really wasn't a good story.  I needed something to read and it was free...  I should have known it wouldn't be Pulitzer material when I found out the heroine's name was Tiffany...  Anyway Tiffany had a bad experience when she was younger; she was left at the altar by her ex-fiance.  Now it's time for her ten-year reunion and no one wants to go home and see their ex happily married when they're single with no prospects in site.  Soooo what do you do?  You "buy" a stranger at a fundraiser and rather than just go on a date with him, you convince him to play her doting, handsome and wealthy husband for the weekend...

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross, James Patterson - It's Christmas and after catching the bad guy who robbed the church's poor box, Alex figures he's in for a quiet Christmas holiday with his family.  But do you really think that's a possibility?  There's no chance, not once he's called to defuse a horrific hostage situation...

Shadow Woman, Linda Howard - Imagine, you wake up one morning, shower and when you look at yourself in the mirror, you don't recognize yourself!  That's what happens to Lizette, and as she struggles to find out who she is and what is going on, she deals with a face she doesn't remember, bad headaches that come on as she begins to remember...  It's a bit scary to think something like this could happen, that people could be watching you so closely that they'd know you were remembering things you should be remembering...

Two Graves, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Kindle edition) - I couldn't wait to read this so I caved and paid for this e-edition...  Pendergast thought his wife had been dead for years.   But he then finds she's not and they get back together in NYC.  For about 15 minutes.  She's kidnapped from right in front of him and he chases her and the kidnappers to Mexico, only to witness her brutal murder.  The rest of the story includes his breakdown and eventual recovery, the solution of a serial murderer in NY, Pendergast's trip to South America to find his son and fight a secret Nazi community.  Sound bizarre?  Yes, but absolutely enthralling.

Private Berlin, James Patterson and Michael Sullivan - This wasn't one of my favorites, although the basic premise and the criminal and the crime were fascinating.  I think what put me off was that it took place in Berlin and the surroundings and descriptions of the country and the culture just weren't as irresistable as in other books; they just didn't draw me in as quickley or as thoroughly as in other Private books...

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