Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!!

Any reading resolutions?

I hope to read more than last year and hope to have more followers this year on the blog. 

Happy Reading!!!

Book Review: "Notorious Nineteen" by Janet Evanovich

Book Description:
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.

The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money -- or maybe just desperate -- Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again -- a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone... or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory. . . .
My thoughts:
This the nineteenth book in the series (duh right!!).  If you have made it this far in the series - congrats!  Half the people I have talked to have given up because of the flip flopping of Ranger and Morelli.  I guess after nineteen books it would get dull, but in my opinion it doesn't. 
Did I still laugh while reading?  Yes.

Did I finish it within a day?  Well I just had surgery when I read it so it took me a little longer, but still was a hard to put down book.
I still enjoy the series.  I will continue reading them.  I love the characters and the way the author makes me laugh. 
This is one of two series I have kept on my 'keeper' shelf.  This series and Debbie Macomber's "Cedar Cove" series. 
If you have read this series - what do you think? 
Happy Reading!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve!!

Merry Christmas Eve to the five readers I seem to have with every post!!  =)

Hopefully in 2013 I can double that!!!  ha ha

I am thankful for every one of you!

Happy Reading!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Review: "Merry Ex-Mas" by Sheila Roberts

Book Description:

Cass Wilkes, owner of the Gingerbread Haus bakery, was looking forward to her daughter Danielle's wedding -- until Dani announced that she wants her father, Cass's ex, to walk her down the aisle. Seriously? Even worse, it appears that he, his trophy wife and their yappy little dog will be staying with Cass…. — Her friend Charlene Albach arrives at their weekly chick-flick night in shock. She's just seen the ghost of Christmas past: her ex-husband, Richard, who left a year ago when he ran off with the hostess from her restaurant, Zelda's. Now the hostess is history and he wants to kiss and make up. Hide the mistletoe!

And bring out the hot buttered rum, because the holidays aren't easy for Ella O'Brien, either. Ella, newly divorced, is still sharing the house with her ex while they wait for the place to sell. The love is gone. Isn't it?

But watch as Christmas brings all kinds of surprises….Merry Ex-mas, ladies!!

This is the second in the "Icicle Falls" series.  I enjoyed the first one, but I think I liked this one even more.  The book follows some more characters of Icicle Falls.  This was another book where I felt I was a part of the book.  I love it when I can read and feel a part of the book.

While I was reading, I kept thinking they were 'my friends' and what would I do if one of my friends were to have these situations arise.   I kept wondering how each little 'story' with each of the characters would end up.  A couple I guessed.  A couple I didn't guess.

At any rate, I am looking forward to the next in the series.

Sheila Roberts is a fairly new author to me.  I received this book as part of her 'fan club.'  If you like Susan Mallery, Susan Wiggs, Debbie Macomber, try Sheila Roberts.  Very good!

Happy Reading!  

Monday, December 3, 2012

Book Review: "An Angel for Christmas" by Heather Graham

Book Description:

A snowy mountainside... A starry night... The makings of a miracle... Christmas has never brought out the best in the MacDougal family. Still, year after year they gather together in the Blue Ridge Mountains to try to make the season merry and bright. But this year is an especially strained one, with Shayne's impending divorce, Morwenna's slavish devotion to work and Bobby's reluctance to face what life has to offer. They've never felt less like a family. Then, in the midst of a snowy sibling shouting match, a mysterious stranger appears. He could be a criminal, a madman-or something far more unexpected. Despite their fears and the growing danger in the dark woods around them, the MacDougals take a leap of faith. But when another stranger arrives on the mountainside, they don't know which of them to believe. One of these men can't be trusted. And one is about to bring Christmas into their hearts.

I believe this is the first book I have read by this author. 

This was a nice quick read.  I loved the family dynamic - it wasn't the 'perfect' family - you got to know what quirks each of the family member has.  Then you get to see how the author ties it all together to make it a great 'feel good' Christmas story. 

There was a little suspense and a little romance - both not too heavy.  The storyline kept moving enough where you didn't want to put the book down because you wanted to know what would happen next and how it would all tie in together.

I will definitely look for other books by this author.

Happy Reading!