Monday, October 03, 2005
January 2005 Books
- **** Secret Shadows by Judie Aitken. Romantic suspense. Native American FBI agent is framed for his sister's murder.
- ***** Midnight Rain by Holly Lisle. Romantic suspense. A sadistic, comatose ex-husband threatens a tarot-card reader.
- *** My Lady Domino by Sandra Heath. Regency romance. A penniless heroine goes to a masquerade and meets an old flame.
- *** A Commercial Enterprise by Sandra Heath. Regency romance. A will gives a woman a mansion... IF she can keep it up.
- **** Blue Flame by Jill Shalvis. Romantic suspense. A wounded firefighter returns to the ranch he inherited.
- *** The Real Thing by Kay Hooper. Romantic adventure. Two classics about antiquities dealers.
- *** Father Christmas by Barbara Metzger. Regency romance. Duke decides to raise one of his dead cousin's twin sons as his heir.
- *** Christmas Wishes by Barbara Metzger. Regency romance. A poor relation runs away with her pet pig.
- * Echoes by Erin Grady. Romantic suspense. Parallel stories in the present and past.
- ***** Dangerous Deceptions by Lynn Kerstan. Historical romantic suspense. An actress and an impoverished nobleman/gamble uncover a Hellfire Club copycat.
- ** Men at Work by Janelle Denison, Nina Bangs, & MaryJanice Davidson. Contemporary romance. Three novellas with working class heroes. Only MJD's was worth reading.
- **** Derik's Bane by MaryJanice Davidson. Contemporary paranormal romance. A sequel to the Secrets stories. Funny werewolf romance.
- **** Treasures Lost, Treasures Found by Nora Roberts. Contemporary romance. Reads like a precursor to The Reef, with divers & treasure.
- **** Stay With Me by Beverly Long. Time travel romance. The heroine travels to the past, where she's mistaken for the hated sister-in-law of the hero.
- ***** Crimson Moon by Rebecca York. Contemporary paranormal romance. A werewolf helps the heroine recover an elixir that gives her family their powers.
- ** Murder and All That Jazz, ed. by Robert J. Randisi. Mystery. Mystery short stories, all connected to jazz.
- * Jerusalem Inn by Martha Grimes. Mystery. Snowed-in murder.
- ***** Double Trouble by Claire Cross. Chick lit. The "good" twin's sister leaves her family, and the "bad" twin steps in against her better judgment.
- ** The Language of Sycamores by Lisa Wingate. Women's fiction. A lost job, possible cancer, a long-lost great aunt, and a program for kids called Jumpkids.
- ** The Titans by John Jakes. Historical fiction. The beginning of the Civil War.
- ** Darkness on the Edge of Town by J. Carson Black. Suspense. Girls are abducted by an internet stalker.
- **** Hard Day's Knight by Katie MacAlister. Contemporary romantic comedy about ren-faire jousters.
- ** Proud Eagle by Cassie Edwards. Western historical romance about logging and an Indian school.
- ***** Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts. Contemporary romance. *sigh* Luke & Roxy. Nora at her best.
- ***** Bite by Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight, & Vickie Taylor. Paranormal romance. Anita Blake tries to keep a girl from chosing to become a vampire; the queen brings Sookie a vampire to kill; a vampire veterinarian; Galahad's story; and synthetic blood.
- *** Beyond the Waves by Elizabeth Marek. Women's fiction about a mentally disturbed girl and her shrink.
- *** Miss Whitlow's Turn by Jenna Mindel. Regency romance. The hero tries to repair his reputation by calling on the respectable heroine.
- *** Big Girls Don't Cry by Donna Hill, Brenda Jackson, Monica Jackson, & Francis Ray. Contemporary romance. A doctor meets a CEO when she collapses; a professor wants to lose her virginity to her ex-boyfriend; a pampered woman is in a plane crash with an outdoorsy-type; and a man employs a "hired wife" and gets more than her bargained for.
- *** Moonlight and Mischief by Rhonda Woodward. Regency romance. The heroine's parents, pushing for a title, think they've found their chance when her brother is invited to a house party.
- **** Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney. Historical romance.
- ** The Warriors by John Jakes. Historical fiction. From the end of the Civil War to the transcontinental railroad.
- ***** Survivor in Death by J. D. Robb. Futuristic romantic suspense. A girl survives the assassination of her family.
- **** Something Wicked by Jo Beverley. Historical romance. Star-crossed lovers and a masquerade.
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