I'm back in my regular reading groove and this week's books included everything from the ordinary to the truly spectacular.
First stop on my reading list this week was a little known e-book my brother sent me called: Amazingly Content: How to be in Love with All You See and Hear by William Wittmann. (www.bodyandsoulmentor.com). Short little how to book with interesting content and a more interesting philosophy that makes no sense, but who's to say it doesn't work.
Also whittled down my magazine pile this week: I won't cover these except to list them. The Writer Magazine (August 2008), Romantic Times Magazine (August 2008), and Writer's Digest: Writing Basics. Still in my pile: O: The Oprah Magazine (August 2008), Popular Science (July 2008), Yoga Journal (August 2008), and More (July/August 2008).
Then I got back in the reading groove. There is now 221 books in my pile - Yes, Borders again. It's my relax spot!
In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of 'rehabilitation' - the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was...
Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion -- and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities-- or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation...
Spectacular. Well written, imaginative, a 'keep turning the pages even though it's 2 am!' enticing read. Complex story structure, emotion built on emotion, and the H/H interact in an intelligent, truthful manner - no communication issues, no walking away about ego - but rich, textured conflict. I'm addicted. It's a keeper. 4+G
Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need...exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her. Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced-and keep her from Vaughn...
I'm in love with Vaughn. Can there be any greater compliment for a book? Strong. Honorable. Intelligent. Knows his own emotions. Teaches Faith to understand hers. Compelling and fabulously layered. And Faith found the courage and stubborness to fight and be his mate. No artifical strategies to keep the two apart - the tension in their relationship kept me on the edge of my seat because it was real. I loved both books so far, so this one gets a 4+G too - BUT, it's going to Nationals with me to have the author sign it! Fun stuff!
I am now reading the third book - Caressed in Ice, and ordered Mine to Possess, Book 4 from Amazon this morning. Also finished Open Season by Linda Howard - our reading group book. Comments on that one in the archives under that reading group post for that book.
Reading may slow a bit here. I have a lot going on, plus the RWA National Convention in San Francisco in two weeks, plus a vacation afterwards to my brother's in Southern California. In the meantime, keep reading and drop a note in the comments. I'd love to hear from you!