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Jaclyn Wilde and her mother own a successful and highly regarded event planning business. They have both had their share of difficult customers and bridezillas, and nearly meet their match in bride-to-be Carrie Edwards who makes being obnoxious an art form. Edwards has alienated every vendor in her path on her way to the altar, and Jaclyn cannot wait for the wedding to be over.
In addition to her work, divorcee Jaclyn has recently met sexy detective Eric Wilder, with whom she shared a steamy night. After years of not dating, Jaclyn thinks he just may be worth the effort if she can commit some time away from her work to have a personal life again. When the current bridezilla is found dead, and Jaclyn is pronounced as the last person to see her, Eric puts his professional ethics first, and backs away from the relationship just as Jaclyn may need him the most.
Linda Howard has written an entertaining novel with characters you’ll care about as they find their way through a complicated tangle of crime and passion. Recommended for fans of romantic suspense.
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April 18th, 2011
It’s still early in February, but we thought we’d start working on our Valentine’s day recommendations. This year, rather than offer formula romances, we’re presenting you a list of real love stories:
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: a love story with wings (B B624)
Falling Palace: a romance of Naples(914.573 H713)
HRH The Duchess of York
Victoria and Albert: a family life at Osborne House (942.081 V64y )
Love Stories of World War II (940.53 L897)
Gutted: down to the studs in my house, my marriage, my entire life (643.7 L331)
The Turkish Lover (B Sa23t)
Love is a Mix Tape: life and loss one song at a time (B Sh543)
Frankie’s Place: a love story (B St838)
About Alice (792.028092 ei34)
February 2nd, 2011
Julie, an American, must go to Italy to retrieve the contents of a safe deposit box left to her by her mother. What she finds is not the treasure she was told to expect, but rather fragments of old documents, a notebook, a crucifix, and a paperback copy of Romeo and Juliet. Julie doesn’t have much to fall back on, so more out of need of a fortune rather than sheer curiosity, she embarks on a quest to discover just what the contents of the box mean.
The critics called this “a women’s Da Vinci Code“. I can understand why they say that, but I think it does an injustice to this novel. While both novels involve historical intrique and puzzles to be solved, Dan Brown’s book was very much a race against the clock with little in the way of character development or relationship building among the characters. It’s a historical thriller. In Juliet, Fortier gives us an unusual twist on a Shakespearean story and while there are some questions to be answered and things that must happen in order to erase an ancient curse, we don’t get the feeling that we are on the clock and along the way there are characters that come to life, relationships that develop and a romance between a contemporary Juliet and Romeo. Fortier’s novel does not have the pace of a thriller, and takes its time revealing its secrets. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, romance, and intrigue.
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January 25th, 2011
I love the premise of this book. Daniel is a man who has lived many lives, but who has the uncanny ability to remember each of them. This is a blessing and a curse. Daniel speaks countless languages, has the ability to do many occupations, and has amassed a fortune by collecting rare items and stashing them away in secret places to be unearthed in later lives. He is cursed by finding his one true love in a very early life and then spending subsequent lives finding her as the wife of another, too old for him, locked in circumstances that keep them apart and since she lacks his ability, she must be convinced each time that she loves him.
Brashares takes an unusual premise and makes it entirely believable, leading up to a contemporary story of Daniel finding his love yet again in the person of a college student who doesn’t understand their connection. This is a love story without the typical formula of a romance and it’s a winner.
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December 17th, 2010
Set in the Desi culture of New Jersey, Bantwal’s latest is a formula romance. Anjali is a widowed fashion designer who runs a boutique catering to the formalwear needs of Indian immigrants in New Jersey. Unfortunately, Anjali’s parents, who co-manage the boutique with her, have recently informed her that the shop is about to go under financially and that her uncle is coming from India to help them figure out a better business plan.
When Uncle Jeevan arrives, he not only brings along ideas and cash, but he also brings his protege, Rishi. Although Anjali is initially resistant to Rishi’s involvement and his advances, she eventually finds herself falling for him. The question is whether Anjali can get over her fear of loss and commit to a new relationship.
Recommended for romance readers and those who enjoy lighter Indian fiction.
October 21st, 2010
Jill has juggled two jobs and a ten year old daughter since her husband abandoned his family seven years earlier. When he shows up again, Jill must decide whether she can forgive him and take him back, or whether they’re better off without him. Subplots include a potential new boyfriend in Jill’s life, and, as if things aren’t complicated enough, Jill’s very supportive boss informs her she’s considering selling or closing the business that has kept a roof over Jill’s head.
Cook writes light and entertaining stories and her latest is no exception.
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October 19th, 2010
From the youth services collection, Shiver is a teen werewolf love story. Stiefvater stretches typical werewolf lore, giving her pack some unusual abilities and features. In typical werewolf stories, the humans turn to wolves at the full moon, at times of stress, at nightfall, or at will. In Shiver, the pack members turn to wolves when the weather cools, and when it warms in the spring, they once again become humans and take up their summer occupations.
Grace has been watching the movements of the wolf pack since she was a child, and in particular one wolf who lurks near her house every winter and who has befriended her. When Grace encounters Sam, a young man who has been shot in the forest, she recognizes his eyes as those of the friendly wolf. As Sam reveals his secret, Grace falls in love with him. While Grace is young, she has been parenting herself while her all-but-absent parents pursue their own interests, so she is resourceful and mature beyond her years. Recommended for those interested in paranormal romances and young love. If you enjoy Shiver, you can move right on to the sequel, Linger.
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September 17th, 2010
With a nod to Bram Stoker, Cabot has named the protagonist in her latest novel Meena Harper. This should give you some indication as to the story’s subject–an unusual one for Cabot. Meena is a writer for a long-running TV soap opera. When she is passed over for the job of head writer, her new boss presents her with the task of writing in a vampire storyline. Meena thinks this is preposterous and that such an improbable story will surely sink the show. Meanwhile, the single Meena meets a handsome and mysterious man with whom she believes she can build a life. The problem is that Meena’s new beau has quite a dark side himself.
With Meg Cabot, we’ve come to expect princesses, chicklit, and romance. This is a little darker than her usual style, but still, there’s a prince, definite chicklit, and a bizarre sort of romance. Even knowing what I do about Cabot’s style, it took awhile for me to figure out if this was going to be a more serious novel or the madcap story it turned into. Cabot fans are loyal, and along with her usual readers, I predict that fans of paranormal fiction will also find this new vampire novel appealing. Could it be the start of another series?
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September 5th, 2010
Elizabeth Adler writes romances that include elements of mystery or suspense. They often take place in European locations and usually among the very wealthy. This latest is no exception.
Sunny Alvarez and her television detective boyfriend, Mac, have planned to spend a month in San Tropez and Mac has rented a villa for the occasion. When they arrive, they find out that the villa is not only rundown, but also has been rented to a number of people for the same time period. Well able to afford to stay in the area despite the loss of their rental fees, they decide to make the best of it and the entire group of scammed vacationers descends on a local hotel to enjoy San Tropez together. The detective in Mac is determined to figure out who conned them, and when a series of art thefts in the area heats up, he becomes involved in numerous cases. Sunny, who is helping Mac investigate, also becomes involved in a local historical mystery involving the original owner of the rundown villa.
As always, Adler writes a light, appealing romance with a wonderful setting. I recommend her for beach reading.
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May 23rd, 2010
Have we seen it all yet or are we just at the tip of the paranormal romance fiction iceberg? We have romances with ghosts, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, zombies, demons, angels, aliens. mermaids, imaginary friends…and this is just off the top of my head.
I wonder what it is that propels us beyond romance literature between consenting adult humans. I mean we’ve had the bad boys, the cowboys, the wealthy beyond-belief men, the soulful artists, the guys next door, the dedicated professional men, the ne’er do wells and we’ve paired them up with the ingenues, the career women, the single mothers, the seasoned women, the sworn-off men women, the wealthy women, the princesses, and the down on their luck women. Have we run out of types?
Are you a paranormal romance fan? Do you think the trend will continue or will human romance win out? What types of creatures are creeping into romances that I haven’t mentioned?
May 1st, 2010
Giffin is best known for her fun chick lit titles including Something Borrowed and Baby Proof. Her latest doesn’t disappoint. Newlywed Ellen has everything–a husband she adores, a career about which she’s passionate, a wonderful, loyal, best friend, and she’s truly happy. When an ex with whom she had a bad breakup crosses her path and expresses his regret at having let her get away, Ellen must evaluate what she has in her life, what she treasures, and who she really loves. Giffin fans will want to read this latest featuring genuinely likeable characters.
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December 5th, 2009
Anna has been a medium since she was a child, and efforts to hone her skills in communicating with spirits in Ann Arbor, Michigan paid off, even if it often left people looking askance. Anna eventually left the midwest where she felt herself an outcast. Now, in New York, and working as a substitute teacher, she gradually opens up to people about her other career as a medium.
The one glitch in an otherwise satisfying life is that her neighbor is a pianist who practices constantly, breaking Anna’s concentration and endangering her growing reputation as an authentic medium. Worse than that, the ghost of Mozart watches over the pianist, who has also recently relocated to New York to further his career. Mozart gets upset with Anna for being upset with the pianist, and he finally concludes that Anna and the pianist should be together romantically, thus complicating Anna’s life further.
Cameron’s novel has a fun plot and likeable protagonists. Recommended for chick lit and romance fans.
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December 3rd, 2009