Dec 4: “The Down Home Zombie Blues” by Linnea Sinclair, a sci-fi romance. Blurb from Goodreads: A dangerously sexy space commander and an irresistibly earthy
police detective pair up to save the
civilized galaxy . . . but can they save themselves from each other? Bahia Florida Vista homicide detective Theo Petrakos thought he’d seen
it all. Then a mummified corpse and a room full of futuristic hardware sends
Guardian Force commander Jorie Mikkalah into his life. Before the night’s
through, he’s become her unofficial partner—and official prisoner—in a race to
save the earth. And that’s only the start of his troubles. Jorie’s mission is
to stop a deadly infestation of biomechanical organisms from using Earth as its
breeding ground. If she succeeds, she could save a world and win a captaincy.
But she’ll need Theo’s help, even if their unlikely partnership does threaten
to set off an intergalactic incident. Because if she fails, she’ll lose not
just a planet and a promotion, but a man who’s become far more important to her
than she cares to admit. I got this book free from the RT
Convention. They gave away a flash drive containing something like 300 books
and this was one of several that interested me, mainly because I enjoyed
Sinclair’s Dock Five Universe series. Well, this book is way better. Don’t let
the “zombie” name fool you (like it did me). They’re called zombies, but are
actually alien creatures. Lots of action in this book. Good romance, too. And
it’s set during Christmas (couldn’t have planned THAT any better!). I’m not a
huge sci-fi reader, but could come to love the genre with books like this.
Dec 5: “Ho Ho Honeybun” by Sam Cheever, a novella of the Honeybun Fever series. Blurb from Goodreads: Dolfe Honeybun broke up with Blaise Runa because her party girl ways were driving him to distraction. Unfortunately, out of sight does NOT mean out of mind. And when his favorite party girl sees something she shouldn’t and finds herself being chased by a cold blooded killer… reason shuts down and Dolfe’s heart takes over. If only he can get to her in time! This was an impulse buy. I read an excerpt, saw the Santa hat on the cover and thought, why not? I needed a short book to help me reach my goal of 90 books read (which, I’m sad to say, I will probably NOT reach this year). While this novella is part of a series I’ve never read before, I didn’t need to—I was never lost in that regard. A lot of action happens in this book, but not as much sex as I assumed (even then, it wasn’t exactly at a good time in the story). Once I got past the farcical names (e.g. Honeybun and Whatsnoggin), I became wrapped up in the story and I might be intrigued to read the rest of the series if I didn’t already have so many other series/authors/books to read.
Dec 9: “Reckless” by Jessi Gage, a paranormal romance. Blurb from Goodreads: Divorced construction worker Derek has anger management issues. Acting rashly on the freeway, he causes an accident. His truck escapes unscathed, but he can’t say the same for his conscience. Visions of the wreck haunt his dreams, but they’re always followed by the sweet caresses and soothing words of a beautiful woman who calls to everything male in him. Cami assumes she is dead. With no memory of her past, all she knows is endless fog and the occasional visit to a darkened bedroom where she comforts a man battling nightmares. When she wakes in a hospital bed and regains her memory, she assumes the ruggedly-handsome Derek was no more than a figment of her concussed mind. As Cami recovers, she learns that Derek is not only real but also the driver charged with causing her accident. She should be furious with him, but their inexplicable nights together showed her a tender side beneath his rough exterior. Will she let one reckless mistake drive them apart, or will forgiveness have the right of way? A different kind of paranormal romance (okay, maybe supernatural, then?) and I enjoyed it very much. Nothing better than reading a book that captures your attention. Unless, you have work to do. Hmmm… Oh well. **shrugs**
So… Do you like reading holiday stories during the holidays? Or does it even matter to you? It doesn’t matter so much to me, but it’s nice when I do. Kind of puts me in the spirit, I guess.