Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
September 28, 2010 - HarperCollins Publishers, Mass Market Paperback, 304 pagesJane Austen with a bite!
In the fall of 1797 the Austen family is preparing for the winter and making the final rounds of social events still trying to procure a proper match for Jane. But at one such event Jane encounters a man that turns out to be everything she should fear and no one she should associate with. Before the end of the evening Jane has found herself turned into one of the feared vampires called The Damned and the quiet, modest life Jane led is over and choices she makes from here on out will impact everyone surrounding her.
Jane confides in her father what has happened and he takes the family to Bath to find a cure for this condition. There are powerful, healing waters he believes can save her but the condition the entire family needs saving from is the invasion of France onto the English shores. The French overtake one city after another and the Austen family finds itself not only staying in strange surrounding but also must share this home with the French military. Jane has spent her life writing and seeking to compose the perfect piece of literature but now even that does not bring her solace. Writing has been the core of her existence and now that she fails commit one word to paper she feels even more lost.
What Jane does encounter is the residence where the other Damned are staying and discovered there is a mentor called a Bearleader who can take the novice vampire Jane and help her through the transition from woman to vampire. The Damned are also a service to England’s military and use their special gifts of persuasion to help win back the country they may not love but call home.
But does Jane want immortality, can she leave her family and embrace the Damned as her closest allies, is the vampire relationships she is forming her destiny? So many decisions to be made in these the worst of times that will alter Jane and whatever family she choices as her future. Jane does learn to live life as a vampire and fight like a man but the choice of who her true family is has to be made. So what will Jane do to still keep the passion for her writing and what place can give her love and reassurance to pursue her true self?
There have been so many formats written about Jane Austen, her life and the books she wrote. But did I ever expect Jane to be a vampire and find that a credible, interesting story – honestly no. But it is and I think Janet Mullany is the only one that could pull this off because she has the eloquent writing style and wit to make a Jane Austen as a vampire believable. She takes what could have been a light subject and transforms it into showcasing what could happen if the unthinkable has happened to the amazing Jane Austen.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Captain Rachel Waters manages Caprice, a mail running freighter ship going from one planet to the next with her trusty GRE (genetically enhanced dog), Jet in a time after Earth’s demise and recolonization on other galaxies. She leads an ordinary life and considers herself lucky that she has her sister and father to talk. In Rachel’s time technology has advanced so that even though her father’s body may be gone his brain is still functioning and still giving her advice and providing comfort on her long trips out in space.
On the trip Rachel is taking now she is doing a favor for her sister that is humanitarian yes, but legal not so much. She is also taking aboard a passenger she is completely sure is not on the right side of the law. He claims to be an Imperial Marshall with the Draco Alliance part of the super cop force but Jack Luminous is saying allot without telling her anything. He is the replacement for the passenger she was supposed to have taken off the prison planet Null so her suspicions are running high and the story Jack weaves about why he is there has too many holes in it. Before she can get anything figured out and have them safely landed and restocked she finds herself in a gun battle, sucked into a vortex and catapulted into a galaxy not even on the celestial map. Now she is facing a planet inhabited by people the color of blueberries but run by an abhorrent person who believes annihilation is the key to success. Jack it appears is multi-faceted on several levels physically and emotionally because he may just be trying to save this planet, yet Rachel is still not sure what is going on. The one consistent is that Rachel is not one to go along with the plan as written and she finds out quickly neither is Jack.
The more time Rachel spends with Jack the more layers of information that come out contradicting what he has told her and the illusion he has built about himself. But Rachel also finds herself so emotionally drawn to him because she knows buried in the lies is the truth. All these factors are what is keeping Rachel up at night; well that and the fact that Jack one amazing man to look at and the temptation of untold pleasure with him is becoming stronger than she can stand. If Rachel can let her guard down and trust this man will he disappoint or reward her affection and finally let her see the real face behind the man? Rachel must remember that not every time you get too close to the flame is it going to burn you, but it can melt chocolate every time.
What a complete and utter treat this book was and I am delighted to report my first eBook read. The detail of this new world that has grown out of Ms. Hart’s mind is absolutely written with credibility and fascinating to experience with a storyline which has all the elements to make it a fascinating experience. The characters are interesting with both Jack and Rachel well written with emotional depth and physical drive balancing out the story. Wonderful!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
NO MATTER WHY by Joanna Aislinn
The Wild Rose Press, 208 pages - ISBN #1-60154-609-2
Is it possible to convince someone that they are the answer to your prayers? Perhaps with allot of faith and some perseverance thrown in for good measure.
Perseverance is something Billy Jay Eldridge has lots of and while he has had his fair share of bumps in the road of his life he truly believes that Carrie Norwell is the woman for him. One glance of her beautiful face and sweet smile won him over and he is determined to show Carrie what his love can provide her. Carrie on the other hand has dealt with horrific grief and sadness beyond her 21 years and fears any type of relationship will break her heart and hurt her again. Carrie is not sure she could recover from or survive another emotional loss.
Billy Jay knows Carrie could learn to trust and he has enough love for both of them all he need do is remain his sweet, charming self. Yet for every step forward they take in the relationship it seems so many setbacks occur that he worries that he is always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Carrie is trying to take her life in a new direction by finding friends, getting her degree and expanding her experiences outside of the house she shares with her aunt, but can she go so far as to commit to Billy Jay?
Determination and a vigilant belief that prayers do get answered Billy Jay continues his quest and gets Carrie to think that maybe she could dip just a small bit of her toe in the water and see what happens between them.
What a fascinating book with truly well written characters. It is a very chaste relationship but with the angle of first, young love and learning to find yourself when you have so much baggage at such a young age this is the type of relationship that should be written about Billy Jay and Carrie. I think the push and pull of the relationship was developed slowly and with great thought about how people deal with everything life throws at you and still have faith.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
MONTANA GLORY - Book #3 in the Fool’s Gold Series - R.C. Ryan
Grand Central Publishing, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Golden end for a great series
Zane McCord was the youngest of the three cousins that grew up on Lost Nugget Ranch in Montana with their grandfather and extended aunts and uncles. He struggled to keep up but his love of horses proved that he was just as tough and had a talent for controlling even the wildest of the breed. While having been pulled from the ranch at a young age once he returned after his grandfather’s death and was reunited with his cousins he knew that he could fulfill his desire to stay on the ranch and still be the documentary star Hollywood saw him as. Riley Mason needed a place to hide with her daughter; Summer because she had a terrible secret that could get the both of them killed and needed to get out of Philadelphia immediately. The job offer at Lost Nugget Ranch was the perfect fit for Riley and Summer and before she could even completely unpack it felt like home.
Zane took one look at Riley and realized that while he had found life again at the ranch with his extended family, with Riley he started thinking of it as home too. He had traveled the world filming his documentaries but never found the kind of peace that sitting in a room with Riley and her daughter brought to him – this was more than a quick relationship it was long term and that scared both Zane and Riley.
While Riley keeps ducking from telling Zane the truth about what brought her to Lost Nugget Zane does explain about the search for the lost gold and how after generations of searching for the treasure the cousins were getting close or so they hoped. Fancy equipment was being used, notes being deciphered and luck being requested as they dug and searched for their grandfather’s treasure.
With renewed hope and lots of prayers Riley and Zane start to release the secrets and uncover the dreams one another has. Both have been hurt and felt unloved but in one another’s arms they are safe and content. When the secrets and safety are threatened it takes the entire family to jump into action to get a plan worked out and resolve the danger that is lurking trying to take it all away from this wonderful couple. There is also another couple that is trying to find love and with Cal and Cora is a relationship that has been in the works and just now revealing itself and surprising even them to admit it.
I try not to have favorites with any series but have to admit this one really won me over with its characters, colorful scenery descriptions and fascinating story. Zane being the youngest he spent his life playing catch up to older boys and knew that the world was his oyster but that his heart was at Lost Nugget and the love of horses was his true passion. Riley overcame so much to get an education, raise her daughter alone and never relinquish her dreams for them that you just want so much for her to succeed. Together they make a fabulous couple and it is not a push pull relationship as much as one on equal ground and trying to trust each other when you feel you have baggage that no one can accept. Zane and Riley are great characters in an amazing series that I am thrilled to have read and sorry it has ended.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Timeless story of breaking out and finding love at any age
Women spend so much of their lives caring for others and making sure that everyone else’s life runs smoothly. Everything is fine until the day you decide to make your own decisions and live your own life then no one is happy but you.
Caring for others was an established fact for AnnaMarie Whitson who nursed her husband until the day he died, provides for her children and grandchildren in every way possible and even checks up on her mother-in-law who cannot recover from the loss of her son. But AnnaMarie is mature not old or out to pasture and wants to make huge changes and move in a new direction with her life. Shaking up her life is making AnnaMarie happy but everyone that she supported all these years is thinking that they know what is best especially her children who don’t appreciate that she wants to change things from the way they currently are since that is what works for them. Yet AnnaMarie truly is independent for the first time in her life and her independent decision is to attend her 50th high school reunion. The eye opening experience that comes from that has her making more decisions and taking more chances that get negative feedback but does not deter her at all. AnnaMarie realizes she does not need anyone’s permission to move forward with her life and if her children don’t like it – they can just get over it. She is going to renew old relationships, form new friendships and branch out on her own and sees how far the road in front of her goes.
This is a wonderful book because it hits on so many topics women over 50 faces, including the loss of a spouse and the fact that our children want us to behave in a certain fashion that does not work for us. We live our lives for others and when the time comes to grab life with both hands there are too many trying to slap your hands away. My only regret with the book is that I would have liked to know that the HEA is there for AnnaMarie.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Harry Bosch Series #15/Mickey Haller Series #3
Michael Connelly (www.michaelconnelly.com)
October 2010 by Little, Brown & Company in Hardcover, 389 pages
The Reversal is a magnificent piece of literature
Harry Bosch has always has always had a clearly defined job with the LAPD standing for the dead and being a voice for those that have had theirs silenced. The last few months have thrown him many curves with the death of his ex-wife and the incorporation of his daughter Madeline into his life full time but he still cuts through on a straight path. Michael Haller has also known what his job definition is until the day the District Attorney made the call and asked him to move across the aisle from defense attorney to prosecutor. The DA makes Mickey a one-time proposition Mickey does not want to turn down but truly questions if he can bear the burden of standing for the people and doing right by them. The opportunity being offered is to keep Jason Jessup, a child killer behind bars even though new DNA testing evidence can exonerate him and would potentially set him free after 24 years in prison. Mickey chooses his side and incorporates his ADA ex-wife, Maggie McPherson and Harry into the mix which makes the entire situation workable and possibly winnable.
Mickey and Harry are half-brothers who have shared some case time but not even that interaction can prepare them for what they are about to face both personally and professionally together. Mickey has no intention of letting this killer walk and plans to use some of his favorite tricks against the high profile lawyer Jessup has working for him who may be clever but Mickey knows slick does not compensate for the facts and if he can find the key missing witness, reconstruct the police work and piece together fact from media hype he will not only win this but make it a slam dunk sending this murderer back to prison.
As the trial moves forward and the days drag on Jessup becomes more intense and his actions more sporadic. The FBI profiler has concerns about what might happen when all the stress builds up and has to be released. The profiler also feels the original case started off in the wrong direction and once re-routed to its proper path Harry discovers something even more horrific may have happened all those years ago.
Along the way Mickey and Harry form a bond that draws their daughters into the mix even though Harry is reluctant to start down this road. Harry has kept Mickey and that family connection at arm’s length but now he knows Maddie needs family to help her recover from the loss of her mother and the transition of moving away from friends and living with him. Maddie is Harry’s main focus in life and will do anything to make her happy even if it involves doing things that make her very unhappy with him.
I admit openly to being a Harry Bosch fan and find that with age and the addition of the family angle he is even more interesting. The stories could not be told with another character even with Michael Connelly writing them and this is the one factor that shows in his story telling with Harry. Mr. Connelly respects his characters and writes them as if they lived next door and he can relate to them making them plausible to the reader. This story while a horrific nightmare for any parent does also show how venerable Harry has become in his personal life. He was Teflon before and nothing could touch him but now with his daughter in his life what was once armor is now ice cream.
Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer located at www.marygramlich.com
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
RELENTLESS by Kaylea Cross
The Wild Rose Press in Paperback, 348 pages
Kaylea Cross writes books that everyone should be reading
There are physical injuries as well as psychological ones that either cripple you or make you stronger. Rhys Sinclair is a former Delta Force member, survivor of childhood neglect and one near fatal injuries received during a particularly bad mission. He had risen above what would break other men and knows how to move on with life and keep pursing what he wants. Right now he is chasing after the beautiful and strong Doctor Neveah Adams, the physician who saved his life during the last assignment that left him with a metal plate in his head and longing in his heart but he is nothing if not tenacious in going after what he wants and he wants Nev bad.
Rhys knows military not female maneuvers but he is determined to win Nev over and save the world all in the same weekend. Rhys may not be completely healed but he is called back into action to make sure a high profile wedding and Nev’s speech go uninterrupted and how handy both are taking place in the same city. Rhys secures a date with Nev and tries very hard to keep history for writing itself out of existence during what should be a happy occasion.
Rhys has his twin brother, Ben beside him as well as a cast of alpha males who really don’t know the meaning of taking prisoners. They are strong and capable to handle whatever the enemy throws at them but this particular beast that is determined to accomplish one goal and that is their destruction and this enemy is exceptionally strong and cunning. The main target right now is Nev and they want her dead for fear she can identify them and have plans put into place for her destruction. But Rhys is not going to let that happen because he knows the only place she belongs is with him and it is up to him to keep her safe and settled in his arms.
This book is not a comfort read but does have such a romantic side to it you will find it comforting. Rhys is a survivor and knows all about the tough life but when it comes to showing his tender loving side he is not as well versed at that but the reader is really rooting for him because he a man that needs someone to love him and Nev is the woman of his dreams. What a great story and I am so honored to have read it and want to thank Ms. Cross for writing it and keeping the series going.
Mary Gramlich is The Reading Reviewer located at www.marygramlich.com