What I'm looking forward to:
Kristen Painter's Out for Blood, October 30th from Orbit Publishing
What I enjoyed:
Barefoot in the Rain by Roxanne St. Claire
Grand Central Publishing
Available October 30
I love reunion stories, and Barefoot in the Rain is one of the best ever. Gripping emotion and sizzling attraction in an incredibly beautiful setting—these are hallmarks of Roxanne St. Claire’s books. And in Barefoot in the Rain, she brings them all together to tell Jocelyn and Will’s story. This second book in the Barefoot Bay Series starts out with a brief, but so important, glimpse into Jocelyn and Will’s past. The event that shattered their love made me ache for them to get back together. It also gave this reader an incredible insight into why Jocelyn has such strong, protective walls around her heart. Will might be a gorgeous hunk of a baseball player, but reuniting these two will take much more than good looks. Other things that set this story above the norm were the unfolding of secondary characters and the touching way in which Roxanne handled the challenges of dealing with Alzheimer’s. I laughed. I cried. I couldn’t put this book down.
The Five Kisses
By Karla DarcyGlades Publishing, August 2012
Short and sweet, these are the words that best describe Karla Darcy’s latest Regency Romance, The Five Kisses. I found this story highly entertaining, a great way to spend an afternoon. Regency Romance is not one of my fav sub-genres, but Ms. Darcy snagged my interest with her opening lines and kept me captivated straight through to the very end. I look forward to the next book from this wonderful author.
Love Inspired Suspense
Available August 1st
Another reunion story and, as I said, I love ‘em.A double-murder in a small town brings Sheriff Elizabeth Bradford face-to-face with the man who broke her heart, the one she can never forget. But Adam isn’t the same boy who left town—left her—so many years ago. For one thing, he’s discovered faith, and puts that faith into action. Some things haven’t changed, and Adam’s insistence on calling her Lizzie stirs up all the feelings Sheriff Bradford thought she’d buried. As the two work together to protect an orphaned, autistic child, Lizzie and Adam face enough challenges to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.
A beautiful story, beautifully written. Diane Burke has another winner in Silent Witness.
I picked up a copy of Don’t You Wish this week expecting a light and frothy, fun, summer read. And it is. But it’s so, so much more. Engaging, interesting, wonderful—I could go on and on. The story hooked me from the opening scene where Annie Nutter, the heroine, sits in the front row of her school bus watching--okay, getting smacked by—the popular kids as they pass her by. Immediately, I could relate. I am Annie Nutter. Aren’t we all?
I could not put this book down! It’ll take more than one caramel macchiato to get me through the day ‘cause I stayed up all night reading it. Annie/Ayla’s story is surprisingly deep, with more emotional twists than I thought a story like this would have. I loved, loved, loved this book and will be on the lookout for more great YA reads from Roxanne St. Claire.
NAL TradeAvailable June 2012
I’m not usually a fan of first person narrative, but Sarah Healy’s debut book, Can I Get An Amen, hooked me from the opening lines and refused to let go through the closing paragraph. Bravo, Ms. Healy, for creating a thoroughly engaging, while thought-provoking, read. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.
Thomas Nelson Publishers