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Oct 2 2016 11:00am

First Look: Katie Ruggle’s In Safe Hands (October 4, 2016)

In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle

Katie Ruggle
In Safe Hands (Search and Rescue #4)
Sourcebooks / October 4, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

It is funny that the most intriguing character in Katie Ruggle’s Search & Rescue series is the one who can’t leave her house, but one sleepless night will end up putting Daisy in the cross-hairs of a killer in In Safe Hands.

Daisy Little hasn’t left her house since she witnessed her mother murder in a robbery when she was sixteen years old.  She now lives in a home more secure than the White House.  Her windows are barred and her double door entry has an intercom and both electronic locks and deadbolts.  Daisy hasn’t stepped out of her house in eight years, but it is from her window seat in her bedroom that she sees everything that happens in her neighborhood. 

It is from that window seat that Daisy watched what appeared to be a man carrying a dead body out of the vacant house across the street and into an SUV.  The first person Daisy contacts is her friend, Deputy Chris Jennings.  While Chris can’t give Daisy any information about ongoing investigations, he can set Daisy up with Search & Rescue diver, Lou Sparks, who has been playing the part of Nancy Drew since she inadvertently dislodged the headless dead guy from the lake.   Daisy is now part of the official and unofficial investigation in the recent deaths and missing persons around this once sleepy Colorado town. 

[Read more...]

Sep 27 2016 9:30am

First Look: Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire (September 27, 2016)

Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader

Kate Meader
Sparking the Fire (Hot in Chicago Series)
Pocket Books / September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Firemen are hot and they live a life of excitement and danger.  They are the subject of many TV shows, movies and books.  So how about a book about a movie about fireman?  Score!

In Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire, actress Molly Cade’s shining star has taken a little tarnish lately.  A bitter divorce and some hacked private pictures splashed across the internet have sullied her reputation, but she has just the script to bring her back into the public’s affection. 

Firefighter Alexandra Dempsey grabbed headlines last year not only with her antics, but with her passionate and volatile relationship with former City Mayor Eli Cooper.   Molly has a fabulous script about a female firefighter from Chicago and her hot romance with a man of power, but what would really guarantee her a blockbuster would be getting Alex’s stamp of approval to personalize it and make it Alex’s story.

[Read more...]

Sep 6 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Samantha Young’s The One Real Thing (September 6, 2016)

The Only Real Thing by Samantha Young

Samantha Young 
The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk #1)
Berkley / September 6, 2016 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

As the summer winds down, Samantha Young gives us one last stroll on the beach with the first book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, The One Real Thing. She has created for us a place where you would go to simply find a little peace from the chaos known as life.

I stepped out onto the balcony and I didn’t even care that it was a cloudy, gray day above me.

Instead I enjoyed the wind blowing up off the water because it carried with it the smell of sea and the sound of the surf.  I closed my eyes, listening to that gentle rush, the lap of water against beach, the cry of gulls in the air, and I felt a moment of complete peace.

It is letters from the past and a desperate need for a vacation that bring Dr. Jessica Huntington to the little beach town of Hartwell, Delaware.  But from the moment she arrives, the peace and tranquility of the town, the boardwalk and the ocean makes Jessica feel a level of contentment she has never found anywhere else.  

[Read more...]

Sep 2 2016 9:30am

First Look: MaryJanice Davidson Deja Who (September 6, 2016)

Deja Who by MaryJanice Davidson

MaryJanice Davidson
Deja Who (Insighter #1)
Berkley / September 6, 2016 / $15.00 print, $11.99 digital

MaryJanice Davidson creates a new world where who you are and what you do isn’t just governed by what you did in this lifetime, but who you were and what you did in your prior lifetimes. 

Leah Nazir is one of the most talented Insighters around.  We have all lived many, many lives, and Leah has the ability to look at you and see all of your prior lives and understand why your current reincarnation is behaving in a certain way. Do you fear heights? Maybe that was because in your past life, you died falling off a cliff. Are you a germaphobe? Maybe you died of the bubonic plague. It is Leah’s job as an Insighter to help you to understand how who you were effects who you are now.

After reincarnation, some people will unconsciously try to atone for past wrongs.  On rare occasions, a murderer in a past time will becomes a police officer in this one. But there are so many others who continue on with their misdeeds from one lifetime to the next. Murderers, rapists, abusers often find they are continuing their evil deeds from lifetime to lifetime. 

[Read more...]

Sep 1 2016 9:30am

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Apprentice in Death (September 6, 2016)

Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb

J.D. Robb
Apprentice in Death (In Death #43)
Berkley / September 6, 2016 / $28.00 print, $14.99 digital

The most important aspect of J.D. Robb’s In Death series is the relations and how they affect each person.  The relationship between husband and wife is the bedrock of the series, and in Apprentice in Death, the changes in this relationship is mirrored in the redesigning of Eve’s home office and the master bedroom.  The changing of each room which once reflected the individual to something that now blends everything they are as a couple, mirrors the changes in their ever growing connection.

But just as important as the marriage bond is the relationship created by the team. The team made up of mentor and student, trainer and trainee, or master and apprentice. 

“You take on the trainee because you want him to share what you do, you want to give him something maybe.  You want to see something of you in him.”

[Read more...]

Aug 20 2016 11:00am

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Shadow Falling (August 30, 2016)

Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti
Shadow Falling (The Scorpius Syndrome #2)
Zebra / August 30, 2016 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

When the world as we’ve known it comes to an end, finding safety is the key, but is there really such a thing as “safe” or is it only an illusion, something to tell ourselves so we can go to sleep at night?

“There is no crying after the apocalypse.”

In Shadow Falling, Rebecca Zanetti takes us once again to the shattered world recovering from the aftereffects of the Scorpius bacterium.  The Vanguard territory, outside of what is left of Los Angeles, is being hceld together by Jax Mercury and Dr. Lynn Harmony.  With the rest of the Vanguard residents, they are trying to do more than survivor Scorpius, they are trying to rebuild a life out of the rubble.  Part of that rebuilding is getting Lynn to a secret government laboratory only known as the Bunker.  They only have vague references that it even exists and if it does, it appears to be located somewhere in California.   Lynn is certain that several of her former colleges from the CDC are still working there trying hard to find a way to survive total annihilation because as it stands, no woman who has become pregnant before or after being infected with Scorpius has given birth.  Where Scorpius failed to wipe out humanity, infertility might just finish the job.

“The uninfected might be humanity’s only chance to continue.”

“Everyone is gonna catch Scorpius at some point, so our better bet is to find a way to promote successful pregnancies,” Tace said.  “The bacteria lives both in survivors and on surfaces, so someday there won’t be an uninfected person alive.”

[Read more...]

Aug 2 2016 3:30pm

First Look: Katie Ruggle’s Gone Too Deep (August 2, 2016)

Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle

Katie Ruggle
Gone Too Deep (Search and Rescue #3)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / August 2, 2016 / $6.99 print, $4.99 digital

If you have ever dreamed of wrapping yourself around a big, strong, rugged mountain of a man, then I have the guy for you, or maybe it is fair to say that Katie Ruggle has written the man for you in her latest novel, Gone Too Deep.

Ellie Price needs to get into the still snow-covered mountains of Colorado to find her father.  He isn’t in his right mind most of the time and the idea of him possibly wandering around, lost in the woods, looking for her grandfather’s cabin has Ellie in a panic.  The best man to take her out there is a member of Field County’s Search and Rescue, George Holloway.  No one knows the mountains and forest better than him.  But George can be a bit intimidating.  He is a big mountain of a man who keeps to himself.  He doesn’t even have a phone and generally doesn’t speak with anyone unless he has to respond to an emergency.

“So,” the blond said quietly, leaning in toward Ellie, “did George actually talk to you?  Because I’ve never gotten more than a grunt out of him.”

[Read more...]

Aug 1 2016 4:30pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’s Trouble Walks In (August 2, 2016)

Trouble Walks In by Sara Humphreys

Sara Humphreys
Trouble Walks In (McGuire Brothers #2)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / August 2, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

Deciding to take a second chance at love is hard enough after experiencing a tragic loss. Can you risk your vulnerable heart if that person risks their life each day for the benefit of others? 

In Sara Humphreys's latest contemporary novel, Trouble Walks In, Maddy Morgan escaped her hometown of Old Brookfield a year ago after her love, Rick, was killed fighting a fire.  Rick and Maddy had been together since high school and their lives were intertwined for the past decade.  But Rick’s true passion had always been firefighting.  Since he was little, Rick had wanted to be like his father and just like his father, he gave his life trying to save others.  Unlike his father, Rick realized the danger and risk he faced every day and Rick refused to leave a family behind. Rick and Maddy never married and Rick would never agree to father children of his own, but in the end, he still left Maddy alone, grieving the loss of the man that was such a part of her life that staying in the Town that was the focus of their lives together became impossible.  

[Putting her heart on the line...]

Jul 21 2016 9:30am

First Look: Molly Harper’s Where the Wild Things Bite (July 26, 2016)

Where the Wild Things Bite by Molly Harper

Molly Harper
Where the Wild Things Bite (Half-Moon Hollow #8)
Pocket Books / July 26, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Molly Harper does her best to make sure that you cross camping, and really anything involving airline flights, off your list of vacation destinations this year.   I am devastated by the way the great outdoors is portrayed here.  Well, actually not.  Camping and I go together like Peanut Butter and sardines.  Yes, just the idea of going camping makes me a bit queasy.  So I think Molly Harper does a wonderful job portraying what spending a week in the great outdoors means to me in her latest novel, Where the Wild Things Bite.

Anna Whitfield is agoraphobic, germaphobic, aviophobic, and at best, social awkward.  This bibliographer would have been happier staying in her quiet, little apartment but she was determined to return the rare and valuable book on shapeshifters to its owner, Jane Jamison-Nightengale.  She just wished taking the flight to Jane’s little town of Half-Moon Hollow would have allowed her to take a real airplane rather than the flying car that was sitting on the tarmac.  

An evil transportation-hating monster had devoured my plane.  And in its place, the monster had left a little, bite-size plane crumb behind.

[An excellent case against camping...]

Jul 6 2016 9:30am

First Look: Alice Clayton’s Cream of the Crop (July 12, 2016)

Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton 
Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley #2)
Gallery / July 12, 2016 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

Holy cow!  It’s not cheesy to say that Alice Clayton takes us on another tour of the idyllic little town of Bailey Falls, New York in her latest book, Cream of the Crop, and things are still as nutty as ever.  This time she gives us a big, beautiful heroine who is all peaches and cream with buckets of poise, unless she needs to talk to one gorgeous dairy farmer named Oscar, then her self-confidence is as Gouda(s) gone and that just makes her Bleu.  Maybe she just needs to butter him up, or maybe just churn his butter.  Oh, yes! I will be milking this one for all it’s worth. *wink*

[A nice gooey Brie...]

Jun 28 2016 4:30pm

First Look: Darynda Jones’ The Curse of Tenth Grave (June 28, 2016)

The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones 
The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson #10)
St. Martin's Press / June 28, 2016 / $26.99 print, $12.99 digital

Charley Davidson is back.  Back in Albuquerque and back in her right mind.  Good luck with that.  She’s also back to doing what she does best, getting into trouble–I mean, private investigating. 

Darynda Jones has returned our favorite attention-deficit grim reaper to her old stomping grounds in New Mexico, but life doesn’t always go smoothly for Charley. Charley is settling back into her old life, but she is missing her daughter, missing her father, and not missing her step-mother.  On the plus side, she has a new case to investigate but there is something peculiar about being called in by the ADA to investigate a murder charge on behalf of the defendant, especially when said ADA is not a fan of yours.

I drew a deep, cleansing breath.  “No, you’re right.  I need to just put on my granny panties and deal.  We have a case.  No more thongs for me.”

“We have a case?”  she teased.

“A real one,” I said with a nod.  “And according to Nick the Pri—Nick Parker, an innocent man could go to prison if we don’t figure out who really killed his girlfriend, Emery Adams.”

“See?  It’s good to keep busy.  Keeps your mind off all the other, total-annihilation-and/or-death-by-an-angry-celestial-being stuff.”

[More trouble ahead...]

Jun 22 2016 9:30am

Lessons from Darynda Jones’ Charley and Reyes—Til Death Never Do Us Part

The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

As the release date for The Curse of Tenth Grave draws closer, we thought you would enjoy a walk down memory lane with a few Charley/Reyes scenes to put a smile on your face. Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper, and Reyes Alexander Farrow, Son of Satan, have taught us many things over the last few years. 

1. We need to remember family.

“You didn’t remember who you were when you were born?”

His grip on my wrists eased, but just barely.  “No.  But I’d done my research well.  I should have grown up happy, gone to the same schools as you, the same college.  I knew I would have no control over my own destiny once I became human, but it was a chance I was willing to take.”

“But, you’re his son,” I said, trying really hard to hate him.  “You’re the son of Satan. Literally.”

“And you are the stepdaughter of Denise Davidson.”

Wow.  That was a bit harsh.

-  First Grave on the Right

[A hell of a time...]

Jun 7 2016 12:00pm

After Me Before You: What the Movie Did Well and the Book Did Better

Spoiler Warning: We will be discussing differences between the book and the movie version of Me Before You.  There will be some spoilers.  Come back to discuss after you have enjoyed either (or both, definitely both) versions of the story. Bear in mind, this is not a romance, it's a love story, but there is no HEA. 

Trigger Warning: This post also deals with issues that may be difficult or triggering for some people to discuss, such as <highlight for trigger warning> suicidal thoughts, suicide, and assisted suicide </trigger warning>. 

When Hollywood decides to turn our favorite books into movies, most of us purists know that the movie just won’t be able to do justice to the story or the characters from the novels we love. Rarely, there comes a film that gives an author a chance to re-work their original writing in a way that makes it shine just a little brighter. 

Several months ago, I viewed the trailer for the upcoming release of Me Before You and I was delighted in what seemed to be a story of a quirky, fun girl who brings a little sunshine into the life of a quadriplegic man.  My teenaged daughter also saw the trailer and we made a date to see it as soon as it was released.

Since I am very impatient and a novel purist myself, I decided to pick up a copy of Me Before You so that I could enjoy all those extra little scenes which are usually missing from the film and to simply delve into all those emotions being felt by Will and Lou as they get to know each other. After reading the book and watching the movie, I would have to declare that this is one of the few times that Hollywood is the clear winner in their interpretation of a story.

[Say that again?]

Jun 6 2016 9:30am

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Wicked Burn (June 7, 2016)

Wicked Burn by Rebecca ZanettiRebecca Zanetti
Wicked Burn (Realm Enforcers #3)
Lyrical Press / June 7, 2016 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her. An Irish witch is nobody's fool, and she didn't get to her position on the high council without serious power. But her cousins want her to hide out-and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play getaway driver.

Of all the men she's known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he's as desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and holds on tight. Running from the law may not be the smartest plan. But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are exactly what Simone's looking for...

The past and the present collide in Rebecca Zanetti’s latest Realm Enforcers novel, Wicked Burn. Rebecca has been teasing us through two series about the past relationship gone wrong between Simone Brightston, a member of the witches’ Coven Nine council, and Nikolaj Veis, the brilliant strategist and second in command of the Demon Nation. Both in her Dark Protector series and in the beginning of the Realm Enforcers, we have heard many whispers about what must have been a tumultuous history for Simone and Nick, but we have waited impatiently for more than just hints why sparks (and tempers) fly when Nick and Simone are in the same room.

“Simone and I have a history…one I don’t want to discuss right now.”


In story after story, we have heard hints of the passion that is still burning between Nick and Simone and been left to speculate whether that passion would lead to further romance or simply bloodshed between the two of them.

[Kiss or kill?...]

Apr 18 2016 5:00pm

First Look: Cecy Robson’s Let Me (April 19, 2016)

Let Me by Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson
Let Me (O'Brien Family #2)
Cecy Robson / April 19, 2016 / $12.99 print, $3.99 digital

Cecy Robson will once again play your emotions like a concert pianist in her latest novel in the O’Brien Family series.  Let Me blends romance with the serious subject of mental health and trauma.  She shows us that love can’t solve your problem but it can give you the strength to fight and also bring a light into your life to help you survive when you feel all is lost.

In Let Me, Finn and Sol are dragged through emotional trauma dealing with a level of pain which can only be brought about by our own mental struggles.

Finn “The Fury” O’Brien has been training for a shot at the MMA title and he is finally working his way up to a championship tournament.  He should be on top of the world with joy, but each day his disconnect from his own emotions grows.  His fights should be an outlet from the anger inside him, but the more he fights the more his rage builds.  When Finn seriously hurts another fighter, he is forced to seek therapy for his anger issues. Finn never expected to walk in the office to find the only woman he has had more than a fleeting interest in doing her psychology internship. Finn hasn’t been able to open up about his dark past to his therapist, but he finds Sol’s quiet nature just the balm to sooth his need to lash out.

“You may not have the degree, or have taken whatever test you need to take, that doesn’t mean you’re not helping.”

She lifts her head.  “I’m helping you?”  she asks, sounding shocked and maybe a little hopeful.

“Yeah,” I answered, my gut twisting a little when I realize exactly how much.

[Let me in ...]

Apr 6 2016 5:00pm

Striking the Perfect Harmony in Erika Kelly’s Take Me Home Tonight

Take Me Home Tonight by Erika Kelly

Erika Kelly takes us backstage once again with the band Blue Fire in Take Me Home Tonight, and gives us a frank look at depression and moving on from tragedy, or in this case, the inability to move on. 

Blue Fire might be on the cusp of superstardom, but things are a little rocky for the band as they go into their next recording session. They are having artistic disagreements with their new producer. Also, their longtime keyboardist Pete did not succeed in kicking his habit in rehab.  The guys are hoping that they can convince studio musician Calix Bourbon to continue on as their keyboardist. Calix has been filling in for Pete since they signed him into rehab.  Blue Fire has always been more interested in making music than gaining fame and Calix has proved himself a perfect fit. He has written songs with Slater and Derek and has added his own style to the band’s sound. The problem is that they can’t get Calix to commit to the band and the tour that will be coming up later that year. 

To Calix the only thing more important than music is his family.  Three years ago, Calix was in another band that was also on the cusp of success when his brother died in a tragic accident. It only took one moment of lapsed attention to bring their entire world crashing down.   

[Disposing of the rubble to find sweet harmony ...]

Apr 5 2016 1:00pm

First Look: J.R. Ward’s The Beast (April 5, 2016)

J.R. Ward
The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
NAL / April 5, 2016 / $28.00 print, $13.99 digital

Rhage and Mary return in a new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a series “so popular, I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of (it)” (USA Today). 
Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…
For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…
And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from...  

Editor's Note: This post is as spoiler-free as we can make it! If you want spoilers, then click here

J.R. Ward has taken her characters to some dark places where happily ever afters don’t always exist.  As your life changes, your wants and desires can change with it. Will new desires spell the end for Rhage and Mary in her newest BDB novel, The Beast?

[We want The Beast ...]

Apr 5 2016 1:00pm


Here you have it: It's FINALLY HEREA complete play-by-play of all of the events in J.R. Ward’s The Beast, out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of The Beast here to whet your appetite).




***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished The BeastThis is a post to discuss the entire book. There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of The Beast here.***

[Spoilers for The Beast below ...]

Mar 3 2016 10:30am

First Look: Patricia Briggs’s Fire Touched (March 8, 2016)

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9)
Ace / March 8, 2016 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital

Mercy Thompson is a coyote shifter and a currently out of work Volkswagon mechanic in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series.  As a coyote shifter, Mercy belongs to a supernatural group which consists of (pretty much) just herself.  Yet time and again, Mercy has been dragged into the middle of werewolf problems, fae politics and vampire business.   But in Fire Touched, it is Mercy who drags the fight between the humans and the fae to her own front door. Literally.

When human justice failed them, the fae closeted themselves on their reservations declaring themselves separate from the humans.  The fae are done hiding and are ready to take the next step but will that be war with the humans or peace?  Not all the fae agree on their next course of action and some are willing to let loose the stuff of nightmares on the human public in order force a confrontation.

[Don't be afraid to touch my fire ...]

Feb 28 2016 3:00pm

Swoonies 2016: Why Nalini Singh’s Raphael and Elena Should Get Your Vote!

Archangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh

We're almost to the end of the Swoonies 2016 as our final round is prepared to launch on Monday. In honor of our EPIC Couples Battle, The Swoonies, we asked two of our bloggers to make their case for why our two champions should be crowned The Swoonworthiest Couple! Today we're taking a look at Nalini Singh's Archangel's Enigma's Raphael and Elena as Lucy Dosch outlines why they will reign victorious.

Read TanyaLK's Defense of Tessa Dare's Maddie/Logan of When a Scot Ties the Knot, and come back February 29 to cast your vote in the championship round of The Swoonies!

Note: While Archangel's Enigma is not Raphael and Elena's book, The Swoonies rules stipulate a couple must only be featured in a 2015 book (even if only secondarily). To see the beginning of their love, start with Angel's Blood. 

1. What makes them work

An old and powerful archangel like Raphael had lost the ability to empathize with the mortal who shared his territory. Elena has taught him to appreciate the short but bright lives lived by the humans. While most consorts of an archangel are pampered and cosseted in Courts, Raphael supports Elena in her need to continue her life as a Hunter for the Guild. He has made her stronger and she has made him more human. They balance each other well. 

[Balance is the key to an HEA...]