What book(s) are you currently reading?

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  • ElectricOutcast on: June 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm #1284

    The One and Only by Mia Madison


    I was young when I decided to save myself for love. It’s earned me quite a reputation. Prude, loser, crazy religious freak. I’ve heard it all.

    A fresh start in a new city is exactly what I need. Landing a job at the publishing company of the gorgeous Brian Wolfe is the icing on the cake.

    When a familiar face shows up on my first day of work, I knew my fresh start would be over before it even began.


    The first time I saw Mallory, it was like being struck by lightning. The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen… and I can’t touch her.

    I couldn’t care less about the age difference, but she’s an employee. If there was ever a deal breaker for me, that was it. Or at least that’s what I told myself.

    Finding out she’s untouched changes everything. I’ve never wanted anything as much as I want to be her one and only.

    If love is what it’ll take to make her mine, that’s exactly what I’m going to give her.

    ElectricOutcast on: June 28, 2017 at 11:55 am #1287

    Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (James Bond #1)

    In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.

    One of SMERSH’s most deadly operatives, the man known only as “Le Chiffre,” has been a prime target of the British Secret Service for years. If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, Le Chiffre will likely be “retired” by his paymasters in Moscow. But what if the cards won’t cooperate? After a brutal night at the gaming tables, Bond soon finds himself dodging would-be assassins, fighting off brutal torturers, and going all-in to save the life of his beautiful female counterpart, Vesper Lynd.
    Taut, tense, and effortlessly stylish, Ian Fleming’s inaugural James Bond adventure has all the hallmarks that made the series a touchstone for a generation of readers.

    BTW if any of you got a Kindle Unlimited, they have the entire Ian Fleming Bond novels available for your reading pleasure.

    Carole on: June 28, 2017 at 11:58 am #1288

    I’m currently reading Richard Leakey’s The Origin of Humankind, and I’ll be alternating that with Jayne Ann Krentz’s The Private Eye which was just re-released as an e-book.

    Diane on: June 30, 2017 at 12:14 am #1292

    Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb

    New York Lieutenant Eve Dallas doesn’t like to see innocent people murdered. And the death of Craig Foster is clearly a murder. He was seemingly ordinary history teacher, but uncovers some extraordinary surprises. Foster’s death devastated his young wife, who’d sent him to work that day with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the private school, too, and as for the ten-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids-they may have been traumatized for life.

    Eve soon determines that Foster’s homemade lunch was tainted with deadly ricin, and that Mr. Foster’s colleagues have some startling secrets of their own. It’s Eve’s job to sort it out- and discover why someone would have done this to a man who seemed so inoffensive, so pleasant… so innocent.

    Now Magdalena Percell… there’s someone Eve can picture as a murder victim. Possibly at Eve’s own hands. The slinky blonde-an old flame of her billionaire husband, Roarke-has arrived in New York, and she’s anything but innocent. Roarke seems blind to Magdalena’s manipulation, and he insists that the occasional lunch or business meeting with her is nothing to worry about… and none of Eve’s business. Consumed by her jealousy–and Roarke’s indifference to it, she is unnerved by the situation that she finds it hard to focus on her case. Still, she’ll have to put aside her feelings, for a while at least-because another man has just turned up dead.

    Eve knows all too well that innocence can be a facade. Keeping that in mind may help her solve this case at last. But it may also tear apart her marriage.

    Detective on: June 30, 2017 at 12:14 am #1293

    Just finished re-reading Imitation, Divided, and Visions. I cannot remember where I left off last (Treachery? Maybe?), and for sure can’t remember what it was about at all, so-. Re-reading. :)

    Rabb on: June 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm #1299

    I have recently started reading some books by Delores Fossen. They are mostly lawmen and someone they love in danger, They are a light read and I am enjoying them.

    Right now I am reading Six Gun Showdown, it is the 5th book in the Appaloosa Pass Ranch series.

    ElectricOutcast on: July 3, 2017 at 10:22 am #1316

    Caitlin Strong 8: Strong Cold Dead

    The terrorist organization ISIS is after a deadly toxin that could be the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The same toxin holds the potential to eradicate cancer. There is a frantic race to see who can get to it first, even as Caitlin Strong begins to assemble the disparate pieces of a deadly puzzle.

    At the center of that puzzle is an Indian reservation where a vengeful tycoon is mining the toxin, disguising his effort as an oil-drilling operation. This is the same reservation where Caitlin’s great-great-grandfather, also a Texas Ranger, once waged a similar battle against the forces of John D. Rockefeller.

    In her highest-stakes adventure yet, Caitlin Strong faces off against a host of adversaries that just might include the beautiful Comanche girl with whom the son of her ex-outlaw boyfriend Cort Wesley Masters has fallen in love, along with a mythic monster culled from Native American folklore that the tribe believes has risen to protect its land. The lives of those Caitlin loves most are threatened by the villains she’s pursuing; her own moral code is challenged. The fate of both the country and the state she loves is dangling on the precipice of a strong cold death.

    Diane on: July 6, 2017 at 9:34 am #1320

    Creation in Death by J.D. Robb

    Eve has seen this crime scene before: the artfully arranged body of a young brunette, arms spread, palms up, body marked by the signs of prolonged and painful torture. Carved into her torso is the time it took her to die – in hours, minutes, and seconds. And on the third finger of her left hand has been placed a silver ring.

    Eve is catapulted back to a case nine years earlier, when a man whom the media tagged “The Groom” put the city on edge with a killing spree that took the lives of four women in fifteen days. Eve and her partner Feeney, her friend and mentor, couldn’t stop him before he disappeared, only to resurface in other parts of the world to kill and kill again. But now The Groom seems to have come back to where he started.

    When it turns out that The Groom’s most recent victim was employed by Eve’s billionaire husband, Roarke, she brings him onto the case. A move that proves fitting when it becomes chillingly clear that the killer has made it personal. The corpse was washed in products from a store Roarke owns and laid out on a sheet his company manufactures. With the Groom’s monstrous return, Eve is determined to finish him once and for all. Familiar with his methods, she knows that he has already grabbed his next victim.

    jen.terpstra on: July 12, 2017 at 4:46 pm #1325

    Just finished “The Dark Prophecy” by Rick Riordan (I’ve had it for two months ?).This series is just okay. I like it better than the Kanes, but not as much as the rest of them.

    Starting “In The Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume.

    Diane on: July 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm #1328

    Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb

    Murder harboured no bigotry, no bias. It subscribed to no class system. In its gleeful, deadly way, murder turned a blind eye.

    Scandalous death sells papers. But as the media frenzy feeds on the wealthy Thomas Anders, strangled to death with black velvet in his plush Park Avenue apartment, Lieutenant Eve Dallas grapples with just one question: a crime of passion or a cold extermination?

    Things don’t add up. The victim didn’t struggle and everyone has an alibi. And when a throwaway comment opens up a horrifying secret, Eve is fighting for far more than justice.

    ElectricOutcast on: July 13, 2017 at 12:18 am #1329

    Found this very good author whose been writing these May-December romance stories and even though they’re mostly 100 to 150 pages long, she has a way of making the stories and characters very investing.

    Mia Madison is the name and one of the stories I’d recommend is The One and Only.

    Diane on: July 17, 2017 at 10:00 am #1335

    Salvation in Death by J.D. Robb

    When Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained potassium cyanide, she’s determined to solve the murder of Father Miguel Flores, despite her discomfort with her surroundings. It’s not the bodegas and pawnshops of East Harlem that bother her, though the neighborhood is a long way from the stone mansion she shares with her billionaire husband, Roarke. It’s all that holiness flying around at St. Christobal’s that makes her uneasy.

    A search of the victim’s sparsely furnished room reveals little– except for a carefully hidden religious medal with a mysterious inscription, and a couple of underlined Bible passages. The autopsy reveals more: faint scars of knife wounds, a removed tattoo–and evidence of plastic surgery, suggesting that “Father Flores” may not have been the man his parishioners had thought. Now, as Eve pieces together clues that hint at gang connections and a deeply personal act of revenge, she believes she’s making progress on the case. Until a second murder–in front of an even larger crowd of worshippers–knocks the whole investigation sideways. And Eve is left to figure out who committed these unholy acts–and why.

    Debbi on: July 18, 2017 at 4:49 pm #1342

    [font=arial, sans-serif]The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp[/font]

    [font=arial, sans-serif]With nearly 1,500 Broadway performances, six Tony Awards, more than three million albums sold, and five Academy Awards, The Sound of Music, based on the lives of [/font][font=arial, sans-serif]Maria[/font][font=arial, sans-serif], the baron, and their singing children, is as familiar to most of us as our own family history. But much about the real-life woman and her family was left untold.[/font]

    [font=arial, sans-serif]Here, Baroness [/font][font=arial, sans-serif]Maria[/font][font=arial, sans-serif] Augusta [/font][font=arial, sans-serif]Trapp[/font][font=arial, sans-serif] tells in her own beautiful, simple words the extraordinary story of her romance with the baron, their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria, and their life in America.[/font]

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    Diane on: July 21, 2017 at 8:21 pm #1349

    Promises in Death by J.D. Robb

    Amarylis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she’s been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she’s taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn’t just “one of us.”

    Dallas’s friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris and Coltraine had started a serious relationship, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. But someone has put an end to all that. After breaking the news to Morris, Eve starts questioning everyone from Coltraine’s squad, informants, and neighbors, while Eve’s husband, Roarke, digs into computer data on Coltraine’s life back in Atlanta. To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own painful, shadowy pasts.

    The truth will need to be uncovered one layer at a time, starting with the box that arrives at Cop Central addressed to Eve containing Coltraine’s guns, badge, and a note from her killer: “You can have them back. Maybe someday soon, I’ll be sending yours to somebody else.”

    But Eve Dallas doesn’t take too kindly to personal threats, and she is going to break this case, whatever it takes. And that’s a promise.

    Carole on: July 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm #1359

    Just finished By The Numbers by Jen Lancaster.  It was an enjoyable read but unsatisfying, too many loose ends at the end of the book.

    FINALLY got to the top of the library wait list for Island of Glass  and started it last night.

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