I hadn’t read a Harlequin paperback in a long time, but I picked this one up at the ALA Conference and didn’t feel like bringing my Kindle out by the pool, so I picked it up off the pile and read it. Reading it reminded me of being a pre-teen or teenager getting that first taste of reading romances. Average girl dating a prince, something comes between them (in this case, her infertility so she can’t provide an heir), an unexpected preganancy, and the question of whether they will end up with a loveless marriage to give the baby a name or if they are really in love and she can get past his original rejection. It was a quick read that I enjoyed for what it was – a Harlequin Romance.
After reading Amy’s Forbidden Fantasy, I decided to try another book by the same author. I got this book for free and then bought the rest of this set. Elizabeth and her husband Mark come to Las Vegas to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Elizabeth wakes up tied to a bed, naked and blindfolded. She finds out that her captor also has her husband captured nearby. What she doesn’t know is that her husband arranged the whole thing with a nontraditional “sex therapist” to restart their sexual relationship which had gone flat. Elizabeth’s captor awakens in Elizabeth the knowledge that though she is a kick-ass take-charge woman in her career as a lawyer, she really wants a man to take charge in the bedroom, and that neither she nor her husband were expressing what they truly wanted out of their sexual relationship. In the end, even when Elizabeth finds out that Mark arranged it, this encounter is good for their relationship.
Amy’s Forbidden Fantasy was a book that was free on Amazon when I bought it. I was undecided as to what to read last week and the cover intrigued me, so I chose to read it. There is not much story here so it is a very quick, but pretty well-written, read. Basically Amy wants to participate in a gang-bang and her lover decides that will be her birthday present, even though he is hesitant to let her do it or to participate in it. It happens and when it is over, she has gotten it out of her system and they go on with their relationship. Not much here in the way of story, but not a total waste of time to read. I actually liked the writing enough to try another book by this author.
Previous to this I had read Beth Kery’s Because You Are Mine series and enjoyed it, so I was excited to read another novel by her. As I started it, I realized that I had read the first chapter of the book as a preview (probably in the last book in the other series). And when I had read it, I hadn’t been sure about reading this novel because in that chapter, the heroine has just found out that she has cancer. That knowledge is one of the things that leads her to do something totally out of character with an unknown actor whom she had been painting a body tattoo on. But since I had the novel, I decided to give it a try and I am glad that I did.
Following that scene in the first chapter, the book skips ahead to the following year, after her treatments are finished, where Joy realizes that that “unknown” actor was actual superstar Everett Hughes. Everett has not let his superstardom go to his head, but he has a lot of trouble convincing Joy to trust him and their developing feelings for each other. Joy must learn to live with the fame that comes with dating a superstar if she wants the relationship to continue, and must learn to trust that he is as genuine as he seems to be. But when a cancer scare returns, she reverts to her old ways and runs, and he must figure out where she is and prove to her all over again that he will stay by her side through the good times and the bad, even if she doesn’t want him to have to go through the bad times with her.
I liked that the hurtles in this relationship weren’t just a jealous ex-lover making waves, but a situation that could happen to anyone. Joy’s love for Everett makes her not want him to have to experience what she went through caring for her mother dying of cancer. It just made this book seems very real, while still portraying a dynamite love story.
Whiskey Sour is the first book in the Jack Daniels mystery series. Jack “Jacqueline” Daniels is a cop in Chicago; we were reading Chicago-area mysteries for this month’s Mystery Fiends book discussion group. The book very much follows the typical police procedural mystery, showing us the ins and outs of a police investigation. Jack is attempting to catch a serial killer who has become fascinated with her. The character of Jack Daniels was fully realized and the Chicago location rang very true to this reviewer who grew up in the city. I have already started on the next book in the series, Bloody Mary, and plan to read more (as I have quite a few of them on my Kindle).
The twelfth installment of the Women’s Murder Club series lives up to its predecessors with quick pacing and interconnected storylines, following the current happenings in the lives of the Women’s Murder Club members. Lindsay has just given birth and is juggling worries about her baby’s health along with a number of unsolved homicides, Claire has had a body stolen from her morgue and is being held responsible for its loss, Cindy is trying to find a balance between her work life and her romantic relationship, and Yuki is in the midst of the trial of her life. The storylines come to satisfying conclusions, but in the end we are left with a cliffhanger which will continue into the next book in the series. A quick read that fans of this series will devour.