I do have a point here - it's that my reading is in the gutter at the moment. I can't seem to get my butt in a chair and read. I've slowed way down and it's killing me. Why? I have two books waiting for me, and one of them I'm dying to read. But because I'm a good monkey, I started The Southern Devil by Diane Whiteside first thinking that one would be "highly anticipated" what with the hot sex and all. Seriously, I need to get through it this weekend (and write the review). And for you Nosy Nellies out there - it's OK, the sex is hot, but the character motivation (especially the heroine) has me flummoxed. Explaination forthcoming as soon as I finish it.
So what's on tap next. So glad you asked!
It's probably for the best if I don't mention how many Maureen McKade books are in my TBR. It's really frightening actually. I got this one for review, and oooh it sounds so good! Can't wait to start it.
Reason to Live by Maureen McKade - publication date September 2006
How could I refuse the wish of a dying man?
May 30, 1865: During the Civil War, I watched over too many young boys in the hospital, comforting them as they cried out for those they loved, as they whispered their final thoughts to me. Keeping a record of their names, families, and last words seemed a small tribute to their sacrifice--until the war ended, and I found a new mission in life. I would visit the loved ones of those poor soldiers and deliver their messages, so that some comfort could be found even in grief...
But Laurel Covey never expected to find a man like Creede Forrester--an ex-gunslinger who rode all the way from Texas to Virginia in the hope of finding his son, and ended up saving her from a band of ruffians. It pains her deeply to tell him of his boy's death, and she believes that in his heart, Creede blames himself for driving his son away. But there is something more to this rugged, weary man. Something that draws Laurel closer to him...something she cannot resist...Wendy here again: Doesn't that sound fantastic? McKade explains a bit at her web site about her inspiration for this book, but not in as much detail as her electronic newsletter. She got the idea from an old Civil War-era photograph and a documentary she watched on Vietnam War nurses who suffer(ed) from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Then today I got a library copy of:
The Man She Thought She Knew by Shari Shattuck
He's her hottest accessory...
She may be super-rich and drop-dead gorgeous, but Los Angeles socialite Callaway Wilde can be as insecure as any girl about her man's love. Saying yes to a marriage proposal from sexy detective Evan Paley was a leap of faith for Cally, who has been pursued by many -- and almost killed on occasion -- for her money. When her fiancé disappears, Cally fears he's left her high and dry. Turns out she's right, but for the wrong reasons: he's been kidnapped.
Is he an accessory to a crime?
It started with a mysterious phone call that pulls Evan away from a little one-on-one time with Cally. Evan refuses to identify the caller -- a woman in distress -- which brings Cally down to earth fast. What secrets could he be keeping? Big ones, apparently: a dead body soon turns up in Evan's house, and Evan has vanished. On a heart-pounding race to find him, Cally follows a trail of clues to cold-blooded murder and deadly corruption -- and may uncover more than she bargained for about the man she thought she knew.Wendy here again: I loved the first book in the series, Loaded. Loved it! But the second book? Lethal. Not so much. So not buying book 3 - reading a library copy. We'll go from there....