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Yes, thanks so much.

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Great report! Thank you for all the work you put into it.


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Thanks for the great work.

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Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb



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All the books read this month:
Unleashed - Andy Carpenter Novel David Rosenfelt
#2 Tastes Like Chicken Johnny B Truant
1st To Die James Patterson
#3 - All You Can Eat 3 stars Johnny B Truant
#4 - Harder Better Fatter 3 stars Johnny B Truant
8 Hearts Beat as One 3 stars - anthology of paranormal romances 9 authors
A Pedigree To Die For Laurien Berenson
A Shadow of Guilt Abby Green
A Tap On the Window Linwood Barclay
A Train in Winter
A Vow To Love (Vows) Sherryl Woods
A Witness Above (Frank Pavlicek Mystery Series, Book 1) Andy Straka
Accidentally Amish Olivia Newport
Alex Cross, Run James Patterson
An Inheritance of Shame Kate Hewitt
Bad Moon Rising (Dark Hunter world - Hellchaser #3) Sherrilyn Kenyon
Birthright Nora Roberts
Black Gold Vivian Arend
Black Irish Casey Sherman
Bloodline James Rollins
Crazy Bitch Peggy Tibbetts
Dark Storm (Dark Carpathians #23) Christine Feehan
DarkFever Karen Marie Moning
Deadlocked -a Sookie Stackhouse - Charlaine Harris
Diamond Dust Vivian Arend
Diamonds Are For Stealing Richard Brawer
Dog Eat Dog (Melanie Travis #3) Laurien Berenson
Don't Know Much About American History Kenneth Davis
Easy Prey John Sanford
Fat Vampire Value Meal - books 1-4 Johnny B Truant
Fierce Dawn Amber Scott
Habeas Porpoise (Solomon vs Lord) Paul Levine
Hair of the Dog: Melanie Travis Series, Book 4 Laurien Berenson
Happy Birthday to Me Brian Rowe
Heart Fortune Robin Owens
Heartsblood Carolyn McCray
His Brand of Passion Kate Hewitt
His Long Lost Family Brenda Harlen
His Most Exquisite Conquest (The Legendary Finn Brothers #2) Emma Darcy
His Valentine Bride Cindy Kirk
Hot Mahogany Stuart Woods
Hot Vampire Kiss Lisa Renee Jones
Hot Vampire Seduction Lisa Renee Jones
Hot Vampire Touch Lisa Renee Jones
I Never Thought I’d See You Again Lou Aronica
Imprisoned by a Vow Annie West
In Plain View Olivia Newport
Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close Jonathan Safran Foer
Innocent Little Crimes CS Lakin
Isabella Moon Laura Benedict
Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne
Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life Karen Kabo
Killing Kennedy - The End of Camelot Bil O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Ladies Night mary kay andrews
Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares Margaret Lesh
Losing Hope Colleen Hoover
Making Light in Terezin: The Show Helps Us Go On Richard Krevolin
Merry Christmas, Cowboy Janet Dailey
Mistress James Patterson
Mistress James Patterson
Mrs. Lieutenant Phyllis Zimbler Miller
Murder on the Links Richard Brawer
My Life After Now Jessica Verdi
My One and Only Kristan Higgins
Noble Intentions: Season one LT Ryan
One More Sunrise by Michael Landon Jr. and Tracie Peterson
Our Love Could Light the World Anne Leigh Parrish
Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right Sophia Yin and Lili Chin
Proof of their Sin Dani Collins
Risky Business Nora Roberts
Rose Harbor in Bloom debbie Macomber
Rules of Attraction (Governess Brides #3) Christina Dodd
Sarah's Key Tatiana De Rosnay
Screen Shot John Darrin
Secrets Can Be Deadly Richard Brawer
Shakespeare's Christmas Charlaine Harris
Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's' Eye - Len Bailey
Shift Hugh Howey
Silver Mine Vivian Arend
Six Years Harlan Coben
Solomon vs Lord Paul Levine
Someday Soon Debbie Macomber
Sooner or Later Debbie Macomber
Soul Search Amber Scott
Starting Now - A Blossom Street book Debbie Macomber
Step On a Crack James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Still Life Louise Penny
Sweet Tea at Sunrise Sherryl Woods
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Michael Chabon
The Billionaire’s Trophy Lynne Graham
The Broken Saint (Detectives Seagate & Miner series) Mike Markel
The Chaperone Laura Moriarty
The Cloud Seeders James Zendt
The Enemy Lee Child
The English Girl Daniel Silva
The Frog Prince Jane Porter
The General's Daughter Nelson B Demille
The Girl Who Disappeared Twice Andrea Kane
The Greek’s Stolen Bride kate Hewitt
The Hard Way Lee Child
The Hero Robyn Carr
The Hidden Man David Ellis
The Highlander: The Rise of the Aztecs Zoe Saadia
The Hunted Alan Jacobson
The Light Between Oceans M. L. Stedman
The Prize Julie Garwood
The RedBreast Jo Nesbo
The Return of Her Past Lindsay Armstrong
The Sheik’s Dangerous Lover Elizabeth Lennox
The Sheik’s Mysterious Mistress Elizabeth Lennox
The Sheik’s Rediscovered Lover Elizabeth Lennox
The Sheik’s Secret Twins Elizabeth Lennox
The Summer Garden (Chesapeake Shores #9) Sherryl Woods
The Tycoon’s Toddler Surprise Elizabeth Lennox
The Vampire Handbook PJ Jones
The Vampire Wardens and Werewolf Society Lisa Renee Jones
The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo Kerrelyn Sparks
The Wicked Thea Harrison
Then Came You (Gamblers of Craven's #1) Lisa Kleypas
This Time Love Elizabeth Lowell
Tribune: A Novel of Ancient Rome Patrick Larkin
Two Guys Detective Agency Stephanie Bond
Underdog (Melanie Travis mystery #2) Laurien Berenson
Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax Dorothy Gilman
Unfinished Business Nora Roberts
Unleashed David Rosenfelt
Vampires Rule KC Blake
We'll Meet Again: Irish Deathbed Visions—Who You Meet When You Die Colm Keane
Welcome to Serenity Sherryl Woods
Where We Belong Emily Giffin
Wicked Werewolf Night Lisa Renee Jones
Wicked Werewolf Passion - Shi's Story Lisa Renee Jones
Wicked Werewolf Secret Lisa Renee Jones
Wolf Games Vivian Arend
Wolf Signs Vivian Arend
You've Gone Too Far this Time, Sir! Danny Bent

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The only book read by more than one team member this month:

Mistress by James Patterson - read by 2 members


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Team members who read the most books:

Texastitcher - 28 books
desertdreamers - 28 books
LeanMean2 - 12 books
katboxjanitor - 10 books

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Most read authors:

Debbie Macomber 4
Sherryl Woods 4
Johnny B Truant 4
Laurien Berenson 4
Elizabeth Lennox 5
Vivian Arend 5
James Patterson 5
Lisa Renee Jones 7



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Lowest rated and Highest rated books for the month.

Isabella Moon Laura Benedict 1.5
Happy Birthday to Me Brian Rowe 2
A Shadow of Guilt Abby Green 2.5
The Vampire Handbook PJ Jones 2.5
Unleashed - Andy Carpenter Novel David Rosenfelt 6 by 2 different readers
The English Girl Daniel Silva 6
Sarah's Key Tatiana De Rosnay 6
Screen Shot John Darrin 6
Our Love Could Light the World Anne Leigh Parrish 6

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Last two for August:

The Cloud Seeders by James Zendt ***.5

I enjoyed his second novel, The Korean Word For Butterfly, so thought I'd check out the first. A mild disappointment - okay plot and characters, but rather disjointed and did not read smoothly. Glad to see he improves as he writes more.


You've Gone Too Far this Time, Sir! by Danny Bent ****

For 20 years, Danny Bent wanted to raise money for charity. In one minute, while talking to the children in his classroom, he committed himself to ride a bicycle from the UK to India and work in a school in the slums of Mumbai to raise money for ActionAid. This book is the account of that 15,000 kilometer journey - the range of emotions from highest of the high to way down low, the people (for the most part friendly and helpful), the physical stamina and endurance necessary to complete the journey through some of the most formidable geography on earth.

Carol


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Finished - Ladies Night - Mary Kay Andrews - 5*s in August.

I am finishing up the August list and I will post soon!

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Catching up for August:

The Wicked by Thea Harrison 4 stars
Owl shifter Sebastion is cursed and going blind. Now, he's found his potential soul-mate...


Yearnings: A Paranormal Romance Box Set: includes

Fierce Dawn by Amber Scott 3 stars
A young woman is haunted by dreams of a powerful lover - but is it her schizophrenia or is she transforming into a changling?

Heartsblood by Carolyn McCray 4 stars
Modern day ER physician meets mysterious man who can do magic - and is fighting a terrible killer beast from his time. Very good until the end - that bit, but it's part of a series. Humph!

Soul Search by Amber Scott 3 stars
A missing child, a man changed into a werewolf, a medium with a ghost ... romance

8 Hearts Beat as One 3 stars - anthology of paranormal romances by 9 authors


The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks (Love at Stake series) 5 stars
Finally, we get Dougal's backstory and love story.



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8/31/13 10:31 P

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Catching up after Semianr

Three related stories about a variety of shifters
Black Gold – Vivian Arend - 4*
first story - about wolves

Silver Mine – Vivian Arend - 4*
Second Story - about someone who can shift to either a wolf or a cougar

Diamond Dust – Vivian Arend - 4*
Third Story - about bears

The Sheik’s Dangerous Lover- Elizabeth Lennox - 3*
Short story

This Time Love – Elizabeth Lowell - 5*
One I really like about second chances and cave crawling in New Mexico

The Hero – Robyn Carr - 4.5*
The latest story about the community of Thunder Bay Oregon and the people who live there.


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4*

Mrs. Lieutenant by Phyllis Zimbler Miller

This is the story of four very different women, all married to men attending an officers training school in Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the spring and summer of 1970, who despite their differences, bond and become friends.

Sharon is Jewish and from Chicago, and she is against the war. Kim is an orphan from South with a tragic past and a controlling husband. Wendy is from a black community in Texas, and until she was married, her parents shielded her from situations where she might face discrimination. Donna was born in Puerto Rico, and is an "Army brat", and has seen the world though her father's deployment to different bases.

The military world is foreign to them, except for Donna, who grew up in the military, but being an officer's wife is an entirely different thing than being the daughter of an enlisted man. Since the Vietnam was was so unpopular, very often these military wives only had each other for support, and the four women in this story bond over learning what is expected of them as officers wives and their own personal trials.

I really enjoyed this novel, and it felt authentic to me because the author herself was an officer's wife during that same era. I read in a blog interview with the author that she was planning a sequel, about Sharon's life in Europe when her husband was sent there, but that interview was done in June 2008. I did a search on Amazon and could not find a sequel, so I wonder if the author changed her mind about writing it? I would very much like to read it, but even without a sequel, this is a satisfying read.


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Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis 3.5 *

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Crazy Bitch by Peggy Tibbetts - 3 stars

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Hot Mahogany by Stuart Woods ****

Slowly and surely wins the race.


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Just finished the Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman and really enjoyed it 3***

Just started The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. Not sure what I think yet.

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Sweet Tea at Sunrise by Sherryl Woods 3 *

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Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne 4 stars

I was totally able to suspend what I know of earth science and enjoy the ride. Axel I found to be a bit of a whiney sort of fellow. He also had some major mood swings, but I really liked this book a lot.

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The Mark of the Assassin by Daniel Silva ******

If you like spy novels, try Daniel Silva if you haven't yet.

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A Vow To Love (Vows) Sherryl Woods 4*
My first Harlequin book written by Woods. I enjoyed it nearly as much as I have the Chesapeake Bay series.

She has a definite theme of dominant patriarchal figure who manages all the generations (current and upcoming) and their relationships. There are interesting characters, not fully stereotypical.

The twist on the personal danger theme, the personal history between Penny & Sam, past love rediscovered and so on. Not an earth-shattering story, but who really expects that from serial contemporary romances?

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His Valentine Bride by Cindy Kirk 3*

Betsy McGregor is down on her luck and pretty down on love, too. Besides being out of work for so long, she's also harbored a secret crush on Ryan Harcourt since forever. (goodreads)

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The Summer Garden (Chesapeake Shores #9) by Sherryl Woods 5*

A continuation of the evolution of the growing relationships of Moira O'Malley & Luke O'Brien and Nell O'Brien and Dillon (Moira's grandfather).




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1st To Die by James Patterson ****

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One More Sunrise by Michael Landon Jr. and Tracie Peterson

In Kansas, in 1941, 17 year old Joe Daley dreams of becoming a fighter pilot for the Air Force, but those dreams are extinguished when he fails his physical. He settles for being a crop duster, but he never moves past his failure, which has negative effects on his life and his marriage to high school sweetheart Meg.

Fast forward to 1958; Luke Ramsey, who courted Meg in high school, offers up a lot of money to farmers as the Vanguard corporation he works for wants to buy up all the land. Joe opposes this venture because he doubts that the large company really cares about the farmers. Meanwhile, when his plane hits a large bird and begins to spiral towards the earth, Joe thinks of Meg and his two kids and prays for "one more sunrise" to be with them, and he promises to change his ways if given the chance, but is it too late?

I really enjoyed this story; it reminded me a little of "It's a Wonderful Life",and also the movie "Michael". The style of the storytelling can be compared to Mitch Albom.


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The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane ****

This is the first book in a newer series by this author.

Slowly and surely wins the race.


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Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson 3*

Too descriptive in what the perverted bad guys were doing, but how else would you know they were perverted. Would add an R rating to this.

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Murder at the Jersey Shore Trilogy by Richard Brawer
A young security specialist gets involved in murder cases.
Secrets Can Be Deadly 3 stars
Diamonds Are For Stealing 3.5 stars
Murder on the Links 4 stars

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Happy Birthday to Me- Brian Rowe-2**
It just didn't make sense to me. The characters were totally without redeeming qualities and the ending was unacceptable.

Quit stuffing your face and face your stuff.

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Still Life by Louise Penny 3.5*s



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Tribune: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Patrick Larkin ***

First of a trilogy set in the Middle East during the reign of Tiberius Caesar. Lucius Aurelius Valens is a soldier in the service of Rome - a citizen (definite minority in the legions) and a tribune who winds up as a prefect with the Third Gallic Cavalry stationed in Judea. He is devoted to his grandfather's code of "Truth and Honor" and takes it rather literal and extreme ends in his quest to fulfill his duty and adhere to the letter of the law. He has numerous run-ins with increasingly corrupt politicians and military commanders, and winds up investigating the violent and mysterious death of a Roman senator and close friend of Tiberius in the dusty little village of Nazara . Accompanying the Tribune is a young Jewish boy from Antioch, Paulus, who is being sent to Jerusalem for further studies. Although Jewish, Paulus is also a Roman citizen and warrents the protection of the soldiers as they travel through the region. Fast-paced, implausible, historical fiction (much more fiction than history). The reader knows what's going to happen, the only real interest is how many convoluted turns will it take to get there?

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Still Life by Louise Penny 3.5*s



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Hair of the Dog: Melanie Travis Series, Book 4 by Laurien Berenson - 4 stars

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A third time on the Westchester/Connecticut dog-show circuit with Melanie Travis (Dog Eat Dog, 1996, etc.), divorced teacher, mother of five-year-old Davey, and lover of rugged computer designer Sam Driver. A little-liked trainer-handler, Barry Turk, has been shot and killed in the driveway of the house he shared with Alicia Devane, who had left her show-judge husband Bill for Turk. Pregnant, distraught, and under police suspicion, Alicia now asks Melanie to help her find the killer. A sympathetic Melanie starts asking questions, encouraged as usual by her bossy Aunt Peg, a breeder of Standard Poodles. Melanie's interest focuses on Viv and Ron Pullman--the two abruptly shifted their prize Chow from Turk's management to handler Crawford Langley and have been bad-mouthed by Turk ever since--and she also digs up several victims of Turk's sexual harassment, plus a spate of illicit affairs in unexpected places. It's going nowhere--slowly- -until a second killing and a magazine gossip item lead Melanie (the police have vanished) to an off-the-wall solution. Only for those obsessed with show dogs (their grooming, hair problems, and ingratiating personalities). All else here is absurdly contrived and unconvincing. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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The RedBreast by Jo Nesbo ****

This is a really good book but I found it difficult reading because of the localities.
If I were more familiar with Scandinavian countries, it would have been great reading.

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Merry Christmas, Cowboy by Janet Dailey 3 *

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His Long Lost Family – Brenda Harlen - 3.5*
The second of three books abourt brothers finding the family they were meant for.

I Never Thought I’d See You Again – Lou Aronica, ed - 4.5*
An anthology of 16 short stories (some shorter than others) by different authors all that include the phrase 'I never thought I'd see you again'. Some are a lot more interesting than others, but they all more faily quickly. the longer ones are around 80 pages (acording to the index). the shortest one is four pages most are around 15 to 20 pages. They cover a wide variety of situations - fathers and daughters, fathers and sons, young love, finding yourself, dealing with the family of someone you accidently killed. Some are more of a science fiction, not many were romance, but some were. Some are mysteries. Overall an enjoyable read.


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Black Irish by Casey Sherman - 4 stars

I obviously have a soft spot in my heart for Irish hit men with conscience. Honestly, my only complaint about this book was the ending seemed a bit rushed and I think the book would have been better if it had been longer. We got glimpses into why the bad guys were truly evil, but I would have liked more meat to it. The same can be said for Michael and Vincent. More meat of why they made the choices they did would have made this better.

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The Highlander: The Rise of the Aztecs by Zoe Saadia ***.3

Part of her historical fiction series on pre-Colombian native Mexican cultures. This installment covers 1414-1415 and the predominant Tepanec peoples living in the area of what would become Mexico City and the capital of the Aztec culture. Contact between the very different tribal groups living around the Great Lake is increasing and invasion is imminent. Seen through the eyes of a young warrior of the less blood-hungry Acolhua civilization, the steps leading to the eventual Aztec supremacy begin to unfold.

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Dog Eat Dog (Melanie Travis #3) by Laurien Berenson - 4 stars

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Welcome to an elite Connecticut kennel club where shocking secrets gnaw at the best of the breed and competition has a sharp--and deadly--bite.
As if raising her son Davey, training her rambunctious Poodle Faith for the show ring, and grooming fellow handler Sam Driver for romance aren't enough, Melanie Travis's entrée into the exclusive Belle Haven Kennel Club has been met with a grisly murder. Unfortunately, the only witnesses to the crime were the victim's startled pair of Beagles. And they aren't talking. . .

Melanie hadn't intended to do any serious snooping, what with coping with the unexpected arrival of an ex-husband out to get joint custody of the son he's never known. In need of some serious distraction, she's off to sniff out dangerous secrets. . .only to discover that everyone at Belle Haven has something damning to hide.

As the shocking truth slowly comes to light--and her own domestic drama moves center stage--Melanie finds herself eager to put the bite on a dogged killer who's desperate enough to strike again.

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Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life by Karen Karbo a solid 4 stars.

This was an ARC I won on Goodreads. Not exactly a traditional biography, but overall I liked it and I liked when the author made comments that I had been thinking myself. It was a bit like talking with a friend about her thoughts on Julia as well as thinking how the way she lived at times could do all of us some good if we did it ourselves.

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The Greek’s Stolen Bride – Kate Hewitt - 3.5*
A different view of the story of the Minataur (Sp) from Greek Mythology.

Some shorter books by a new author that I recently found:
The Sheik’s Rediscovered Lover = Elizabeth Lennox - 3.5*
Two people know each other (she is significantly younger) and he keeps disappearing. the last time it was after a night of passion that left consequenses. the story is how they found each other again.

The Sheik’s Secret Twins – Elizabeth Lennos - 3.5*
He is called home and made to marry for dynastic reasons, she is pregnant with twins. Later they get back together, but it is a challenge.

The Tycoon’s Toddler Surprise – Elizabeth Lennox - 3.5*
Someone is trying to keep them apart and finally they get back together (after three years) and learn to live together again.

The Sheik’s Mysterious Mistress - Elizabeth Lennox - 3.5*
She is a material witness in a viloent crime and running from the people who want to kill her to keep her from testifying.


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Making Light in Terezin: The Show Helps Us Go On by Richard Krevolin *****

This book is based on interviews conducted during the making of the documentary film "Making Light in Terezin". Krevolin explores the little known role that theater, cabaret, and comedy played in the survival of prisoners of the Terezin (Theresienstadt) ghetto outside of Prague during WWII. It follows a present day Minnesota theater group as they travel to Terezin to perform a cabaret piece originally created and enacted there in 1943. In addition to a transcript of the actual production, interviews with performers, Holocaust survivors (some present at the original performance), and scholars discussing Jewish humor and history are woven together to tell a story not only of survival but also the triumph of culture, artistic expression, and the human spirit. It shows a side of the Holocaust that is poignant and ultimately inspiring.

"For I can see in the midst of death, life persists, in the midst of untruth, truth persists,in the midst of darkness, light persists"
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This won't "Count"; but since we aren't doing follow-up reports every month, I'd like to share this novella.
The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan-****4 stars
It seems to me that I need to find out more. It will be something I will find in time.

Where We Belong-Emily Giffin-*****5 stars
I had mistakenly thought I had already read this. I was delighted to find that I hadn't. Adoption is a hot topic these days, Giffin has the guts to tackle the subject and make it a prominent part of the book.


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Mistress - James Patterson - 4*s

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Vampires Rule by K C Blake 3 stars A vamp is turned back into a human - his destiny is to aid a vamp/werewolf hunter in ridding the world of the first werewolf. Seems like a YA rating

The Vampire Wardens and Werewolf Society by Lisa Renee Jones
6 hot and heavy stories of paranormal romance in one set:(not for younger readers)
Hot Vampire Kiss 3 stars
Hot Vampire Seduction 3 stars
Hot Vampire Touch 3 stars
Wicked Werewolf Night 3 stars
Wicked Werewolf Secret 3 stars
Wicked Werewolf Passion - Shi's Story 4 stars



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Rules of Attraction (Governess Brides #3) by Christina Dodd 4.5 *
The foreshadowing of Hannah feeling like she is being followed and that there was change in the wind was pretty standard setup, but I was puzzled for a bit about the harping on the 9 years since the last major change (since the founding of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses) until we see her getting off a train in the cold, dark night with no coach to bring her to her intended charges.

The intrigue started after the confrontations, recriminations and fits of stubbornness finally settled. Dougald is now Lord Raeburn and has hired Hannah in full knowledge of her identity.

Several piffling matches later we discover the kleptomaniacal tendencies of one household member, the sweet elder Aunties who were - for me - Dougald's sole redeeming factor for quite a bit of the book! And a few other vague references to potentially sinister and shadowy actors haunt Hannah and Dougald with attempts on their life.

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Someday Soon and Sooner or Later (Deliverance Company 1 & 2) Debbie Macomber
A slight departure for Macomber's usual themes, but pleasant... 3.5* for the pair
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Someday Soon : A lovely, lonely young woman gets under the skin of a dangerous mercenary who discovers that love wins over war every time.

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Sooner Or Later : A soldier of fortune teams up with determined Letty Madden, who is searching for her missing brother. But not losing his heart to a beautiful, strong-willed Texas postmistress would be the real mission impossible.

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Then Came You (Gamblers of Craven's #1) by Lisa Kleypas 5*

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Reckless and wild, beautiful Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society and in breaking any rule to flaunt her independence. Now she′s determined to rescue her sister from an undesirable marriage to the ruthless Alex Raiford, the arrogant Earl of Wolverton. She succeeds in rescuing her sister, but in the meantime Alex decides that Lily must be his. He has resolved to make her pay dearly for her interference -with her body, her soul...and her heart.

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Bad Moon Rising (Dark Hunter world - Hellchaser #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon 5*

A worthy addition to the world of the Dark Hunters.
And a wonderful exploration of the racial tones of the dual types of Were's and the added complexity of species.

A lot more focus on the active storyline and background and a lesser quantity of sex scenes than have been employed in many of the other recent books in the series. It had begun to creep into the "filling in the page count" point, but the scenes we were treated to were truly meaningful to the story.

Fang, Fury and Kane are an interesting dynamic within the pack.
Sanctuary may never be the same, but the N'Orleans supernatural community step right up.

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Dark Storm (Dark Carpathians #23) by Christine Feehan 5*
A lot more focus on the plot of this story and some more of the earlier history of Carpathian vs. Vampire -

One thing in the Carpathian legend was twisted sideways - this is the first incident (and hopefully the sole one we read about) when a Carpathian who tended to the extremes of psychopathy in regard to self as the all-powerful leader who all should recognize disregarded his lifemate's existence. (If I add more it will be a spoiler)

Tidbits of history, fantasy, lust, romance and lore. And I enjoyed the infusion of the elemental beings in the volcano as well.

Dax is the classic Carpathian male - but he felt a lot less chauvinistic than most of the others in regard to his lifemate stepping in and using her powers in the fight again Mitro.

I agree with a few of the other reviews that there were a couple jarring transitions and a segment of the book seemed to take forever to slog through, but I drove on and I am glad I did. I hope we get to encounter this team again.

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His Most Exquisite Conquest (The Legendary Finn Brothers #2) by Emma Darcy 3*

Each is a -mostly - typical Harlequin Presents novel. -Book 1 was read in June-
+ A pair of brothers in the very successful family business following their parent's early demise - burying their grief in making the dreams of their parents come true.
+ A pair of lovely sisters - the elder an accomplished executive assistant to brother #1 & she (no surprise) thinks she is in love with him. The younger is a social butterfly with a personal secret she won't share with many people and that secret became tiresome as the story progressed.





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Six Years by Harlan Coben - 4 stars

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Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber 4*

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Let Me Get This Off My Chest: A Breast Cancer Survivor Over-Shares by Margaret Lesh

In this memoir, Margaret Lesh, a breast cancer survivor, shares her experiences with hot flashes from Tamoxifen, mastectomy, reconstruction surgery, dealing with mastectomy bras and other things that go along with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Her style is funny and heartfelt, without resorting to platitudes, and also informative; I wish I would have had this book for my first diagnosis of breast cancer. I really related to the chapters on what it feels like to be told you have cancer, going through a bilateral mastectomy, (though unlike the author, I never had reconstructive surgery), what it was like going through radiation, and dealing with some of the stupid things people say to you when you have breast cancer. I love the section on "breast cancer ettiquette"; what to say and what NOT to say to someone with breast cancer. I also really liked the chapter on when to play the "cancer card."
This book was a pretty quick read, but the information is right to the point without any superfluous "filler" authors sometimes use to stretch out their stories.

I would recommend this book to anyone newly diagnosed with breast cancer, or for loved ones of breast cancer patients who want to know the best way to support their loved ones. I would love to see a book like this written by someone with stage IV breast cancer, which is what I am living with.


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Our Love Could Light the World by Anne Leigh Parrish

This book is a collection of short stories about the Dugan family, a dysfunctional, but entertaining from a distance sort of family. The stories focus on different family members throughout the years; more character driven than plot driven. Though the stories dealt with some dark subject matter, such as alcoholism, divorce, and abuse, there was also humor and glimmers of hope.

I really enjoyed these stories, and seeing how each family member changed over the years, some for better, some for worse. I was disappointed after I read the last story, but only because the writer really draws you in and makes you feel like a part of the family, and it was sad to "leave" them when the book was finished.

I won a free copy of this book from Goodreads. I don't usually read short story collections, but I really loved this book and I want to read more from this author.

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The Frog Prince by Jane Porter ***

I didn't like this one as well as I usually like her books.

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The General's Daughter - Nelson B. Demille 5Stars When I was 20 pages in I realized I had read it before but still a good read.

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Birthright – Nora Roberts - 4.5*
This explores children who are kidnapped and then sold to adoptive parents.

An Inheritance of Shame – Kate Hewitt - 3.5*
The probelms with growing up in a very small, conservative town when your parents were not married. Another part of the continuing story of a family in Sicily.


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Screen Shot by John Darrin 6 stars
Frightening real - a psychpath begins killing off those that have escaped justice - and he's posting it live on the internet.

The Vampire Handbook by P J Jones 2.5 stars
Tries too hard to be cute, but is meanly funny (& not that funny). What vamp wanna-bees should know.

The Broken Saint (Detectives Seagate & Miner series) by Mike Markel 5 stars
The detectives investigate the murder of a college student. Det Miner is LDS, & one of the people they investigate is a bishop of the Mormon church.

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The Hidden Man by David Ellis ****

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Isabella Moon by Laura Benedict 1-1/2 stars (just going to copy and paste my Goodreads review)

It had such an interesting story concept. I thought it started out decently enough, and then more and more characters were introduced and I started thinking - Stephen King. The man can have dozens of characters in his books. Of course his books aren't 346 pages long. They're more like 1,346 pages long - long enough to have character development.

I can't decide which character I felt the most for, but it may have been Isabella's parents (or at least her mother). The men were all psycho or just asses. The women were clueless, stupid, insensitive, or just a personality type I can't understand (the whole abusive relationship thing just was something I could never make sense of).

The chapters in italics were annoying at best. Was that someone's clever idea to spoon-feed the reader with "THIS IS THE PAST"?

The wrap up at the end was priceless! I don't have a problem with endings not being nice and tidy because life doesn't always punish the guilty and the good guys don't always come out on top. This one though, almost had me giggling.

Describing the story to my mother (who got all the details - I'd hate to have to do a spoiler alert in my review),she asked about the climax of the story. Without hesitation, I told her the climax was being able to say I finished it.

I really wanted to like this book and I still believe it has a strong concept. Perhaps it should have been a longer book. Maybe then the characters would have been stronger and I would feel something more (good or bad) for more of them.

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The Light Between Oceans-M. L. Stedman-5 *****
Delightful first novel by an Australian author. The prose is perfect, the insight into several characters impressive and the ending is tear jerking.

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Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: How to Start Your Puppy Off Right by Sophia Yin and Lili Chin - 5 stars



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Step On a Crack by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge ****



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Solomon vs Lord by Paul Levine ***.5

Actually the first in a series on an odd-couple legal partnership (I didn't read in order) of brash Jewish boy Steve and staid WASP girl Victoria. They are opposing counsels in a Miami court case and sparks fly from the outset. Out of economic necessity, they team up (supposedly for one case only) to defend the trophy wife of rich developer who is charged in her husband's death which occurred during some kinky sex play. By the last page, not only have they been successful in court, but they have ironed out differences, given in to physical attraction for each other, cancelled Victoria's wedding to rich agricultural hotshot, gotten custody of Steve's autistic nephew, and become law partners. Predictable, but cute and fast moving.

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Unfinished Business - Nora Roberts - 4*
Another old story (1992) about a father's ambition, a mother's betrayal, and the result of both on their daughter.

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Shakespeare's Christmas - Charlaine Harris - 4*s

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Imprisoned by a Vow – Annie West - 3.5*
What if you needed to marry anyone to get away from an abusive stepfather.

Risky Business – Nora Roberts - 4*
An older book (1986) recently released on Kindle. A mystery/love story set in Cozomul before it was popular. It is interesting to see how times have changed since then (several people were smoking, which you do not see in current books).


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Habeas Porpoise (Solomon vs Lord) by Paul Levine ***.5

Part of a series featuring a Miami odd-couple law partnership: Steve's brash, Jewish, sloppy,go-for-the jugular; Victoria's well-bred (but broke), WASP, compulsive organizer, brand worshipper, play-by-the rules. Steve has custody of his 12 year old nephew, a bright, quirky kid somewhere on the autism spectrum who has an affinity with the dolphins at the local sea attraction. There appears to be an attempt by animal rights activists to free the mammals, but something goes very wrong and one intruder is killed. The remaining perpetrator is placed on trial for felony murder (while commiting a felony and someone is killed, he can be charged just as if he pulled the trigger). Steve is defending and Victoria is prosecuting. Moving between the actual trial and investigation by the duo into what REALLY happened the night of the break-in, the dialogue is filled with banter, yiddish expressions, and an odd assortment of supporting characters. Not exactly compelling, but cute.

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A Tap On the Window by Linwood Barclay *****

This is one of my favorite authors - good mysteries!

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Underdog (Melanie Travis mystery #2) by Laurien Berenson - 4 stars

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My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi- 3.5 stars

Lucy just had the worst week ever. Seriously, mega bad. And suddenly, it's all too much—she wants out. Out of her house, out of her head, out of her life. She wants to be a whole new Lucy. So she does something the old Lucy would never dream of.

And now her life will never be the same. Now, how will she be able to have a boyfriend? What will she tell her friends? How will she face her family?

Now her life is completely different...every moment is a gift. Because now she might not have many moments left.

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In Plain View by Olivia Newport

This is the second book in the "Valley of Choice" series.

It's been a year since Annie sold her high tech company,and settled into the community of Westcliffe, Colorado. She is trying to live a simpler life, but pressure from her parents and a lucrative job offer cloud her judgement. Things are further complicated for Annie when an explosion in the small town brings Annie under suspicion.

This book also continues the story of Annie's Amish ancestors, during the years of the Revolutionary War. One side of the family is on the Patriot's side, and the Amish side of the family wants nothing to do with the war. The differences in beliefs threaten to cause a rift in the family.

I really enjoyed this book, as I did the first one. I didn't mind that the story switched back and forth between present day and the 18th century; it was almost like reading two stories in one. The events of the 18th century explain how it was possible for Annie to have Amish ancestors that she didn't know about. I find it interesting how the actions of our ancestors can have an effect on where we end up in our lives.

I am anxiously awaiting the third book in the series, Taken for English, which will be released February 2014.

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His Brand of Passion – Kate Hewitt - 3.5*
The third of three books about brothers and how they live their lives. This is the oldest and has the hardest time dealing with his feelings.

A Shadow of Guilt – Abby Green - 2.5*
A continuing part of a family in Sicily. I had a hard time dealing with the heroine - she had a big chip on her shoulder and did not appreciate anything that was done to help her.

The Return of Her Past – Lindsay Armstrong - 3*
The story of a young woman who starts a successful business and deals with the family that her parents worked for. It was a little disjointed

Proof of their Sin – Dani Collins - 3.5*
What happens if two people who cannot marry at one time, eventually are able to marry later.

Bloodline – James Rollins - 4.5*
Another in the continuing series about the Sigma Force and how they deal with 'The Guild' and who is behind it. This gets even closer to identifying who the real power is.


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Killing Kennedy - The End of Camelot by Bil O'Reilly and Martin Dugard 3.5*

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Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay 6 stars - I loved it!

Two Guys Detective Agency by Stephanie Bond 3 stars - It was ok but not stellar.



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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (audio book read by Elizabeth McGovern) 3 stars

The chaperone in the story is a married mother of 2 boys (who are headed off to college in the fall and working on a farm away from home for the summer). She is hired to be the chaperone of a young Louise Brooks who is headed for New York city to study dance.

Over the course of the story, we learn the background of Cora (the chaperon) which I found quite interesting. Brooks is really nothing more than a support character who features little in the second half of the book.

There were several themes in the book, more than several actually. Adoption and the rights of the adoptee to know where they came from, a woman's role in the 20's (and beyond), prohibition, sexuality, birth control, race. I am not so bothered by so many issues being covered as how easily they seemed to be addressed in some cases (race being one of the bigger issues I would have liked to have gone deeper).

It was interesting to see the way perspective changed Cora over the years.

My two big complaints (without spoiling details) are how relatively easily everyone was able to adapt in the household after the NYC trip and along with this, how easily she found someone who was able to click with her and willing to go along with it. I can't see it happening that easily in this day and age, never mind in 1922. The other complaint is the audio. I love McGovern and she did a fantastic job with the voices. THe narration when she wasn't speaking in character though, I thought was annoying. I couldn't place the accent in part because it seemed to be a mix of midwestern, PBS Masterpiece Theatre, and Beacon Hill (Boston). I found it jarring at times.

Overall, I liked the book and had come to maybe not love the characters, but at least care about them. The ending, was spot on.

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Continuing to work my way through the John Sandford "Prey" novels and Lee Child's Jack Reacher with:

Easy Prey ***** Lucas, Del and Marcy Sherrill go after a supermodel's killer. Probably one of the more plausible story lines from this always fascinating writer.

The Enemy ***** ***** Wow! This is a prequel with Reacher still in the army and he ain't making nobody happy. The reader also gets to meet his brother Joe and his mother. Lee Child is hands down the best writer I've ever read and there aren't many I haven't read so that is saying a lot!

The Hard Way ***** Reacher starts out to locate a kidnapping victim and winds up taking down a batch of mercenaries. This one is good but some of it is pretty graphic if you're squeamish.

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Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover 5*

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A Witness Above (Frank Pavlicek Mystery Series, Book 1) by Andy Straka 3.5 stars
An ex-homicide cop from New York ends up in Charlottesville, NC. While hunting with his hawk, he finds a body, and is swept into more trouble.

Heart Fortune by Robin D. Owens 5 stars
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Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - 3 stars

Told from the perspective of an eccentric 9-year-old boy, this story follows the boy on his search to feel close to his father. He finds a key in his father's closet (who died during 9/11) and searches New York City for the lock. In the process, he learns a lot more about the world and the people living in his city.

This is a captivating story, but if you are a grammar stickler like me, the writing style will give you a headache. I had trouble following dialogue as it was a continuous paragraph, sometimes without quotation marks or proper punctuation. If you can get past that, it's a great read.

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A Pedigree To Die For (A Melanie Travis Mystery) by Laurien Berenson - 4 stars

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The world of show dogs-and their handlers, judges, breeders and owners-provides the principle background in this competent, somewhat drawn-out debut. Melanie Travis, 30, a teacher in Stamford, Conn., and the divorced mother of four-year-old Davey, doesn't own a dog, although her aunt Peg and uncle Max breed standard poodles. One morning Max is found dead of a heart attack on the kennel floor; after the funeral, Peg asks Melanie to find Beau, the kennel's star stud dog that has been missing since the night Max died. Melanie, whose summer job has fallen through, agrees but doesn't necessarily agree with Peg that someone else must have been in the kennel that night. Setting out on the dog-show circuit, ostensibly seeking a world-class mate for her poodle, Melanie meets assorted handlers and breeders, a respected judge and an attractive hunk named Sam Driver who had tried very hard to buy Beau from Max. In fairly predictable girl-sleuth tradition, Melanie also encounters murder and the possibility of romance. A bonanza for ardent dog fanciers and for others, a likable heroine in a smoothly paced romantic mystery.

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DarkFever by Karen Marie Moning- 4 stars

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands…

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Noble Intentions: Season one by L.T. Ryan ***

Got this on my kindle - not sure if it came from some other media form. Jack Noble is ex-marine, ex-covert agent, current free-lance mercenary getting paid several hundred thousand dollars/job. He's currently working on two: document retrieval and delivery for a NY crime boss and 'removal' of another crime boss that's gotten in the way of the French government. Shoot-em-ups on virtually every other page, bodies dropping everywhere. Every woman he encounters (waitress, hotel concierge, drug store clerk, rental car agent, etc.) throws herself at him, immediately takes him home for hot and heavy sex, and usually winds up dead when the baddies tracking Jack trace him to them - but our hero has a soft spot for a little 8-year old girl whose stripper mother has been shot and will face any peril to protect her. Decidedly high testosterone male fantasy genre.

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Don't Know Much About American History by Kenneth C. Davis 5 stars

This book was done for the 4th - 6th grade age group I would say. I picked it up at a book sale and decided to read it to brush up snce it has been a while since my own American History classes and the big gap between kid #2 and kid #3. I thought it was very well done and though I decided to read only a handful of pages at a time, a quick read. I didn't learn anything new until the end of the book. I knew Sputnik was small, but I had imagined the size of a car. It was just a little bigger than a basketball. Also, the term "debugging" came about from having to clean out bugs (moths mostly) from the first big computer.

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The Hunted by Alan Jacobson 4.5 stars
A man disappears on a skiing trip ... His wife starts a frantic search ... The man has amnesia from head injuries, but has special skills (think Jason Borg skills) ... An international killer is after the FBI agent that put him away. So many plot twists!

Innocent Little Crimes by C S Lakin 3 stars
A reunion of college classmates at the fabulous island resort of the one that made it big - Lila. Each of them has secrets, and Lila is out for revenge for what happened 15 years earlier.

Fat Vampire Value Meal - books 1-4 by Johnny B Truant
I already reviewed the first book, Fat Vampire last month. The continuing story of Reginald, the world's slowest, fattest, and weakest - but smartest - vampire and the upcoming Vampire-Human armageddon. The first one was a stand-alone, the next 3 are cliff-hangers. Now I have to get book 5 when it comes out!
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Two of the Werewolf stories set in Alaska

Wolf Signs – Vivian Arend - 4.5*
Wolf Games – Vivian Arend - 4.5*


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We'll Meet Again: Irish Deathbed Visions—Who You Meet When You Die by Colm Keane
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This is very hard to rate. It is essentially just a collection of people telling their stories about deathbed visions, near death visions, and so forth. The stories are all from Ireland, or rather Irish folks telling their stories. I find the subject fascinating.

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon *****

At 639 pages, this Pulitzer Prize winner kept me engrossed for a week. Opening in NYYC in 1939 , it chronicles the lives and exploits of Sam Clay (really Klayman) of Brooking who is working as a low level go-fer for a novelty company and his cousin Josef Kavalier, smuggled out of Nazi occupied Prague in the coffin of a golem. They join forces with Joe as lead artist and Sam as lead writer and come up with their first comic book - the Escapist, a costumed superhero who "comes to the rescue of those who toil in the chains of tyranny and injustice." Together they battle their own demons (Hitler and Nazi Germany) and vent their rage against the dark forces of anhilation encompassing Josef's family back in Prague. They become famous (but not rich) as creative talents in the new comic book literary genre and hobnob with the likes of Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, Joseph Cornell, and even Eleanor Roosevelt. The action zooms along at the speed of one of their stories and minor characters like the Mighty Molecule (curcus strongman and Sam's father) and Tracy Bacon (B-movie actor who becomes the personification of the Escapist) leaven the mix. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Unleashed by David Rosenfelt ******

This is the latest in the Andy Carpenter series. Another good one.

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My One and Only – Kristan Higgins - 3*
I was not really fond of this one - The main female character had a lot of problems dealling with abandonment. SHe was married right out of college and divorce shortly later. She is getting back with her ex-husband after her stepsister marries his half brother in a destination wedding. The Male lead did not seem to learn from what went wrong the first time.

The Billionaire’s Trophy – Lynne Graham - 3.5*
The third of four stories about sisters and how they live their lives.

The Prize – Julie Garwood - 4*
An older book set in the time of William the Conquerer in Britan detailing the challenges of integrating the existing Saxons with the new Normans.


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Welcome to Serenity by Sherryl Woods 3.5*

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Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport

Annie Friesen is a 27 year old software developer who owns her own company. She no longer trusts her boyfriend, (who is also her lawyer), and while fleeing from him, stows away in the back of a pickup truck and ends up on an Amish farm, where she meets Rufus Beiler and his family. As she is trying to figure out a way to save her company, she finds a sense of peace and contentment as she is living among the Amish and getting to know Rufus and his family.

When she learns that she may share a common ancestor with the Beilers, she becomes interested in genealogy. She traces her family back to the 1700's. Interwoven with the present day story is the story of Jakob and Verona Beyeler, who are on a boat with their 5 children to settle in Pennsylvania.

I enjoyed this story, especially the chapters about her ancestors. I have read a lot of Amish fiction, but this is the first time I have read a story about them set in the 1700's, when the Amish were just beginning to settle in America. After reading this, I can understand why Pennsylvania has one of the largest populations of Amish. I also liked the way the character of Annie changed and grew in her faith in a believable way.

The ending was satisfying, and left me wanting more, but in a good way. There are 3 books in this series, and I have just started the next one, In Plain View. I know I will be anxious to read the third book also, but that one will not be released until February 2014.


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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's' Eye by Len Bailey

Publisher's Description:

"Embark on a journey through the Old and New Testament with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they explore exotic and spice-laden places in search of clues. The detective and the doctor travel back in time with the help of a Moriarty-designed time machine to investigate ten Bible destinations, unlocking clues to ten Bible mysteries. The most fascinating crime cases are those that are already solved, those that have been investigated by the police and brought to a swift, satisfying, and almost inevitable conclusion. So it is with Bible stories which the reader may consider familiar and unremarkable. But under close scrutiny these stories give up their hidden clues, their long kept secrets. Like a jewel newly polished, they sparkle and shine with a fresh, introspective light."


Since I like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, I looked forward to reading this book. Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye is great for a Bible Study Group with the discussion questions in the book. The chapters do not need to be read in order and not at one time.

Because my favorite characters for Holmes and Watson,are Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce , I pictured them as the characters in the book.

There are ten different mysteries in the book using both the Old and New Testament.
The detectives try to solve the mysteries and I enjoyed the manner in which they deduced (as Watson says).

This is a good book for those interested in the Bible, mysteries, Victorian age, time travel and Sherlock Holmes.

I received a complimentary e-book copy to read and review from booksneeze.com. Published by Thomas Nelson.The opinions are my own.
I give this a 5 star.

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Starting Now - A Blossom Street book - Debbie Macomber 5*s

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The English Girl ****** by Daniel Silva

I believe that this is the best in the series so far.
There is humorous banter that previous books did not have.


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Unleashed (An Andy Carpenter Novel) by David Rosenfelt - 6 stars

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Andy Carpenter’s accountant, Sam Willis, is stunned to receive a phone call out of the blue from Barry Price, a high school friend he hasn’t spoken to in years, pleading for help with something too frightening to discuss on the phone. Barry needs Sam’s financial acumen and lawyer Andy Carpenter’s legal expertise—and he needs them immediately. But when Sam almost runs over an injured dog lying in the road on the way to Barry’s house, he can’t drive off without waiting for help to arrive. By the time Sam makes it, Barry’s already taken off on a private airplane headed who-knows-where.

Assuming their help is no longer needed, Sam and Andy turn their full attention to helping the dog Sam found recover from his injuries. Then they learn that Barry’s plane has crashed, and they come to the terrifying realization that Sam was also supposed to have been killed on that plane. Barry was in far more serious trouble than either of them knew, and for Sam and Andy, the trouble is only beginning.

Unleashed, David Rosenfelt’s next Andy Carpenter mystery, is a thrilling read, full of Rosenfelt’s trademark clever plotting, humor, and engaging prose.

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Here we are! This is where you can list the books that you finished in August

All posts need book title, author, and stars; 0 being the worst and 6 being very special.

I want to thank our Librarian for this month, JERSEYGIRL318 .

I would encourage you to comment on books that others have read by sending them a Sparkmail. This topic is just to list books read and finished in August 2013 for the team.

This is a thread where we list all the books that we read during the month of August and rate them by the system listed below. Please note that you need to list title, author, and your rating for it to be counted. Also, please give a description of the book and how it appealed to you. This is a great way to find new books and authors that you might be interested in. Everyone is welcome to join.

If you started a book in July (or any prior month), but finish in August, it counts for August.

DO NOT list books STARTED; only books FINISHED. Include title, author and rating.

Rereads count, audios count, electronics count. Our minimum word count is 25,000.

Book Ratings:

0 stars - Fit for only lining birdcages.
1 star - Agent was better salesman than author was writer.
2 stars - Some parts had promise.
3 stars - Solid read in its genre. Take it on plane.
4 stars - Better than average. Don't lose it on the plane.
5 stars - Recommended. One of the top 10% of books in its genre.
6 stars - Strongly recommended. Beg, Borrow, Buy, or Steal It.



Edited by: TEXASTITCHER at: 8/14/2013 (14:23)
Jo Ann
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