Saturday, May 31, 2008

Weekly Reader

I've had a busy week and actually I'm amazed I managed to finish four books. My reading at bedtime for an hour is actually starting to add up. Which is nice. I'd forgotten just how reading sooths and entices me. And, of course, it never ends after an hour, unless I fall asleep first . . . LOL!) Here's this week's list:

Cherry Adair
T-FLAC Book 5

Though her confidence is badly shaken by a training accident, A. J. Cooper vows to become an excellent T-FLAC operative. She is everything the antiterrorist agency looks for-she's smart, resourceful, and a crack shot. Eager to prove herself to her instructor, the highly regarded Kane Wright, A. J. takes on a difficult and potentially deadly assignment. A success in the field could be just the thing she needs to make her career with the agency-and working so closely with the extraordinary and irresistibly sexy Kane is a fantasy come to life.

Kane Wright is a master of disguise, hiding his powerful attraction for A. J. in the name of professionalism. But when she doesn't bounce back quickly after her accident, Kane's desire becomes concern. In the field, even a moment's hesitation can turn a routine operation into a deadly one. With A. J. taking a lead position in this mission, Kane knows he won't be able to take his eyes off his gorgeous tomboy trainee. Under the hot desert sun, even as they struggle to unravel a madman's devious plot, their long denied passion will finally boil over. .

One of the things I like about Cherry Adair is the settings for her books - diverse, interesting, and challenging. This one is set in the deserts of Egypt. A.J. is different from normal heroines, but Cherry managed to get me onboard with her in very short order. Kane was her usual to-die-for, strong alpha male. And the action was non-stop - another page turner. My only serious objection -- sex on a camel? What were you thinking?

Cherry Adair
T-FLAC Book 6

While enduring a failing marriage and the loss of her husband to a terminal illness, Lily Munroe found release in her passion for the exhilarating Iditarod race across Alaska. Now single again, she's more determined than ever to win the competition, awaken her sense of self, and leave her past behind.

The person to beat is two-time winner Derek Wright, a man Lily dubs Mr. Wrong. Derek is extremely sexy and devilishly charming, and Lily can't deny her intense attraction. Little does she know that Derek is an elite terrorism agent whose skills she'll need to stay alive. For once the race begins, Lily meets with a series of suspicious accidents. Derek vows to keep her safe -- no matter how hard she tries to shake him and take the lead. As the spirited contest turns into a race for survival, Lily and Derek must battle their growing attraction . . . and a ruthless assassin with a directive to kill.

Lots of things to love about this book AND lots of things I hated. What that description doesn't tell you is that Derek and Lily have known each other for years. What it doesn't tell you is that Lily ran from the consuming passion she felt for Derek when she first started dating him - terrified of it (really?); and settled for a milktoast, no-sex relationship with a lying, scheming adulterer because he was terminally ill. Lily also had no idea about Derek's T-FLAC background and while they were partners for the three-four years it took her husband to die, she superficially never asked ANY questions about his absences and assumed he was a 'playboy' with a revolving zipper, definitely not the truth of the situation. Those things annoyed. I waited, anxious for her to discover his 'hero' background and what her reaction would be. That didn't fail to deliver. I loved the setting -- another diverse and interesting one - BUT, the Airport-like ending bothered me and how long it took Lily to get over herself and let the passion and love be everlasting nearly had me wanting to strangle her. Still I finished it and LOVED Derek, so the book still gets a four.

I took a break from the T-FLAC's since I've finished the Wright Brothers arc, and looked from something smaller that I could read faster AND that wouldn't always call to me to play hooky and interrupt my editing process on THE SWEETHEART DANCE to read.

Rachel Lee and Catherine Mann

U.S. Marine Jon Erikson needed to find peace this holiday season. But attraction sparked when he met park ranger Melinda Hawthorne--a woman also haunted by secrets. Venturing into a perilous wilderness would test their survival skills and growing desire….

Keeping Senator Ginger Landis safe was General Hank Renshaw's top priority. He wouldn't let anything put her at risk--including his growing feelings for her. Danger threw them intimately together, taking them to a passionate point of no return.

Ah, I love these. It is ALWAYS a pleasure to revisit Rachel Lee's Conard County. If you haven't read any of these, you should go hunt them up. They are classic and may be hard to find, but are worth the effort. Two of these stories are in my all time favorite list. While short, A Soldier For All Seasons was a nostalgic revisit to a loved place. Catherine Mann also never fails to entertain. I loved Christmas At His Command - two old friends finally realizing what they mean to each other. Classic.

Finally, the girls and I have started a reading group. Check out last Wednesday's post and join us. Jamie complained that she had school and work and would never find the time, BUT ended up being the first one finished with our first choice AND nagged all the rest of us to get it in gear. KUDOS, baby girl!

Not Another Bad Date
Rachel Gibson

What does a gal have to do to get a good date in this town?

Adele Harris can't even begin to answer that question. She's had so many lousy dates that she's sure she's cursed. Why else would every man she goes out with suddenly act like he's lost his mind—and his manners? Adele thought life couldn't get any more confusing . . . until she learns the marriage of her seemingly Miss Perfect sister is on the rocks. So she goes back to their hometown to give her a shoulder to cry on, only to run smack into Zach Zemaitis . . . the one who got away.

Texans love God, family, and football, though not always in that order

Zach, a former pro star, knows all about football. As for the other two, well, he's doing his best. But when Adele comes charging back into his life—still all lush curves and beautiful, big blue eyes—he wonders if his best is good enough. After all, he did her wrong. Can a woman with her track record ever really believe that he's serious this time . . . or is he destined to be another bad date?

Another one with lots of things to love and hate . . . but I won't talk about it here. Grab your copy, give it a read, and join us for some lively discussion of this book on Wednesday.

Finally, yes. Another trip to Borders this week. I really don't 'normally' visit there every week. Must be the onset of Summer. LOL! Found a book that had been reviewed by a friend on my Shelfari page, by an author I had never heard of, but was intrigued by. Having some time to kill one day, I drove over to Borders to look. Of course, I can't walk in there without buying too. Came home with one of her books - Nalini Singh's Visions of Heat. Also picked up Linda Conrad's latest Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Safe with a Stranger and, another interesting choice for me, Margaret and Lizz Weis - Warrior Angel. Linda's ended up at the top of the stack and got started last night. The others will get read as the mood strikes.

It's hot in Texas. Summer has arrived. Pool is ready for serious swimming. Deck is cleaned and the chairs are out, just waiting for sunscreen, sunglasses, and a good book. Hope you can find a place to read this week, too!

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