Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Big Sis' July, August and September Reads

Yea, it's been a somewhat busy summer.  It included vacation time, and work time, and lazy time...  and now I'm buckling down to catch you all up on what I read for the past three months.  Here you go...

July
Falling for Her Fiance, Cindy Madsen (BookShout) - I like this kind of story - best friends fake being engaged and eventually realize they're meant for each other.  I especially like it when a freebie is actually a good story!

Under the Dome, Stephen King (Kindle) - Read it for the second time, since the new season's shows were about to start.  Loved it again.  Happy I read it again before the show started, but it sort of really bugs me when the shows/movies change how things happen, who they happen to...  But that doesn't take away from the book, that's for sure.

The Litigators, John Grisham (borrowed from the Clifton Public Library, Kindle) - Not sure if I liked it or not.  I sort of expected more but I think it's simply because it took a while for me to get involved with the characters.  Once I did, it was a John Grisham legal novel:  intriguing, good, complex...  I don't want anyone to think it wasn't good; I guess it just took me a while to see how good it was...  It's about a high profile lawyer who walks away from the stress and strain, meets up with two low profile, sort of shady lawyers and joins their "boutique law firm."  He winds up involved in lots more than he bargained for...

Before We Kiss, Susan Mallery - Sam and Dellina live in Fools Gold.  They have a one night stand and he disappears, leaving in such a hurry...  She finally figured out he saw her guest room the night he stayed over:  the room with a wedding gown in it.  He thought he was looking to get married when in fact she was holding it for a friend...  Misunderstandings get straightened out and of course, it's Fools Gold:  there's a happy ending to this love story.

Until We Touch, Susan Mallery - Larissa's mom tells her Larissa's boss, Jack, that she's sure her daughter has feelings for him.  That changes everything.  They're no longer best buds - he's afraid she's feeling more than he is, more than he will, until he realizes...a

The Promise, Robyn Carr - Peyton Lacoumette is a doctor who left her fabulous job after a fling that went nowhere with her former boss, a star doctor who used her as a babysitter, for the most part, for his kids, with whom she had problems throughout the years they were together...  She meets Scott Grant, small-town GP who needs some office help.  It sounds ideal as a stop-gap job, until she has to babysit HIS kids in an emergency.  She swore she'd never be in that position again...

No Place for a Dame, Connie Brockaway (NetGalley, Kindle) - Avery dreams of becoming a member of the Royal Astronomical Society.  But she's a woman.  And only men can be members.  Giles, Lord Strand, agrees to sponsor Avery, a young "man" he met recently...  She dresses as a man, is introduced into society as a man, and of course, eventually, Avery and Giles fall in love and they have to figure out how to keep the secret...

Safe in His Arms, Renee Rose (NetGalley, Kindle - X) - Heavy duty sex in this book...  Becca and Zac have a one night stand.  He leaves.  She's pregnant.  For 6 years he watches her, with video cameras and living nearby; he's special ops and she's the daughter of a rogue agent.  She knows nothing about it until Zac comes back into her life to protect her and their son Parker...

Sight Unseen, Iris and Roy Johansen (Kindle) - Kendra Michaels is a character from the Eve Duncan series and she's the heroine of this book.  She was blind and her other senses developed to incredible degrees of sensitivity.  A special procedure got her vision back and now she uses all of her senses to solve crimes...  She is faced, in this book, with a terror from her past...

August

Invisible, James Patterson and David Ellis (Kindle) - Sometimes you know you're right, but no one else does.  Emmy quit her FBI job to find proof that her suspicions are correct but despite it all, she can't even convince her own field agent ex-boyfriend.  But then she finds that one thing that no one can ignore, and proves her point.  But not without getting into a lot of danger before the end of the book!

The First/The Returned, The Sparrow/The Returned, The Choice/The Returned, Jason Mott (Kindle) - Three short stories about/from The Returned.  I read The Returned in galley format before it pub'd and I'm absolutely hooked on the TV show based on the book, Resurrection.  The new season just started last night.  I have a list of people I wish could come back from the dead, and I'm sure you do, too.  But is it really as okay as we'd want it to be?  Read the book or watch the TV show to find out!

Natchez Burning, Greg Iles (Kindle) - The first installment in a new trilogy, Natchez Burning brings us the story of the possible murder of Violet Turner, the search to prove that Dr. Tom Cage is NOT her murderer, the history of the Double Eagles, a vicious KKK group whose children are continuing their dirty work...  We see regret, anger, love, secrets...  Great story from a great author - can't wait for the second book!

Stay with Me, Alison Gaylin - Brenna remembers every minute of every day since she became an adult.  Too bad she doesn't remember more of the day her sister Clea left or was taken...  But now Brenna's own daughter is in danger.  And the surprise twist was just that:  a surprise.  I loved this book and will be looking to find other Brenna Spector novels from the author.

Wyoming Bold, Diana Palmer (Clifton Public Library, Kindle) - Book 3 in a series from Ms. Palmer, I'll definitely be looking for the rest...  Merissa is a bit eccentric, has never had a boyfriend, and Dalton is a scarred border agent, left for dead by a gang of smugglers.  No one would ever have thought to put these two together, but guess what:  they fall in love and live happily ever after, but not until quite a bit happens between meet and love...

Sprinkles on Top, Kim Law (Kindle) - Holly has never worn matching clothes - she has what most would call "her own style."  Zach is pretty buttoned up in a three-piece suit.  Guess the town of Sugar Springs knows better than they do that they're meant for each other...

Delicious, Adrienne Lee (Kindle) - Nick and Jane knew each other in their teens:  they were step-brother and step-sister to each other when their parents were married.  Now, years later, after their parents divorced and Jane's mom has married and divorced more than once since, their folks are getting back together.  Well, they are if Nick and Jane can't stop the wedding from taking place...  But while they're working together to keep their parents apart, they find themselves getting closer and closer...

Forgotten Sins, Rebecca Zanetti (Kindle) - The Dean brothers are genetically engineered to be killing machines, but they managed to find their way out.  They are each finding love in strange places, and Shane found Josey.  But two years ago, he left without a trace.  And now he's back, some memories are gone, including his whole marriage...  This is one of the earlier back stories referred to in a few of the other Zanetti books I've read - love them!

September

Redemption, CJ Barry (NetGalley, Kindle) - Reya is a Redeemer.  Thane is a cop.  Reya is on this earth to offer people who are about to die the opportunity to ask forgiveness for their sins.  People are spontaneously combusting all around the city.  The devil is trying to get control of this earth.  Together Reya and Thane try to stop him.  At first it was a little strange, a bit difficult to get into, but after a few chapters, I was hooked and I really wanted to see where this story went.  I'm glad it was free, but I liked it.

No Limits, Lori Foster - LOVED this love story!  Cannon rescued Yvette from being kidnapped and tortured several years ago.  She had a crush on him then but was way too young for him, and besides, she was confusing being grateful with being attracted to him.  Or so he thought.  When her grandfather dies and they are brought together again, the sparks fly, and they both fall for each other.  The story has the extreme fighting scene as a backdrop.  I wouldn't have thought I could deal with that for an entire book, but I did!  And it was a fun read!

Hard Knocks, Lori Foster (Kindle novella) - This story is a sort of prequel to No Limits.  Harper had a one night fling with Savage and then he left for ultimate fighting training and a big bout.  He's been gone a few months, gets injured and disqualified and comes home.  It takes time, but he eventually learns that Harper is serious about him, and they eventually get together.  It's short and sweet, and I definitely didn't like it as much as No Limits but it was okay.

Decide, Steve McClatchy - This was assigned reading for our sales conference.  The author is coming to speak to us.  It's about Pain and Gain.  Tasks that you have to complete because someone will be checking to see if they're done don't contribute to you achieving your personal goals.  You should always make sure to include Gain items on your calendar and defend that time.  I got quite a bit more from his short discussion of time management and calendar planning than I did from his Pain/Gain content but we'll see if perhaps he simply is a better speaker than a writer.  I felt almost as if he repeated himself an awful lot and I found myself skimming to finish rather than retaining every word because it was all Pain/Gain over and over...  I'll take another look at it before Thursday's morning presentation...

HP2 and HP3, JK Rowling (Kindle) - When I don't have something to read, the HP books are my standby.  Love 'em!!!

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