Joss Ware. This is the third book in a paranormal romance series (I received it free at a convention) in which I did not read the first two. Probably my fault for reading this out of order, but by the time I realized my mistake, I'd already started it. I liked the couple, but I'm guessing they were introduced in an earlier book, so I felt a little cheated. Blurb: Quentin Fielding had everything. Money. Power. Women. But now that civilization is all but annihilated, Quent wants only one thing: revenge. Harnessing a strange new "gift," he embarks on a deadly mission to find the man responsible for the chaos and destruction, the man he should have killed years ago: his father. Only one thing stands in his way – a mysterious, arrow-wielding beauty… Zoe Kapoor is on her own quest for vengeance, searching for the monstrous fiends who murdered her family. Soon she and Quent join together, journeying through the ruins of the world they once knew as a desperate desire builds between them. Drawing closer to an enemy they never imagined, Zoe and Quent must abandon all fear, abandon all regret, abandon the night… I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed the romance and I liked the couple, but I really didn't care for the world and do not wish to revisit it. It was just too depressing to me.
Dec 14: "Wild About You" by Kerrelyn Sparks. This is one of my most favorite paranormal romance series and this book did not disappoint. I'm amazed how the author can keep the series fresh and wildly entertaining, and it was such joy to actually read a fun book (especially lately). Blurb: It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd like to lick… Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he's a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp – and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive. I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads and I recommend the series to anyone who likes humorous, paranormal romances! Because like all her others, this one was a hoot. Loved, loved, loved it!
Dec 18: "Stalking Susan" by Julie Kramer. This is a mystery I received for free at the 2010 Romantic Times Convention and the author signed it for me, too. Since it was RT, I thought maybe the book would have some romance in it. It does not. I did actually groan when I started reading it, because it's in first person (not my favorite), but it did catch my attention rather quickly. Blurb: Inside the desperate world of TV news, a reporter discovers a serial killer is targeting women named Susan. Riley Spartz is recovering from a heartbreaking, headline-making catastrophe of her own when a
police source drops two homicide
files in her lap. Both cold cases involve women named Susan strangled on the
same day, one year apart. Riley sees a pattern between those murders and others
pulled from old death records. As the deadly anniversary approaches, she stages
a bold on-air stunt to draw the killer out and uncover a motive that will leave
readers breathless. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads. Yes, it's
the beginning of a series, but ended (yay!) in a way I don't feel the need to
go out and buy the next. However, I may eventually do just that, because I did
like the character. Just wish it weren't in first person. Oh well… Minneapolis
So...how's your reading coming along?