I've finished three books in the last couple of days. Go Team Wendy!
The Jasmine Trade by Denise Hamilton - a mystery and the first book in the author's Eve Diamond series. Eve is a reporter for the L.A. Times and gets assigned to write about a car-jacking gone bad. A young bride-to-be (as in a senior in high school young) is shot in her posh Lexus at the shopping mall after picking up her bridesmaid dresses. This crime leads Eve into the world of "parachute kids" and organized crime. A good read, but felt the writing could have been a bit tighter in spots. That said, I ran out and bought the next three books in the series this afternoon. Grade = B+
A Mom For Christmas by Joan Kilby (Harlequin SuperRomance 1236) - Woman comes home on business and gets roped into babysitting for hero's daughter. Hero was married to her cousin, who died in a tragic skiing accident - or was it? ::cue sinister music here:: Can they fall in love and build a life together with the ghost of dead wifey and accusations hanging around? Pretty standard fare. That said, at times I found the heroine's jealousy of her dead cousin a bit creepy. That's just me though. Grade = B-
Silent Desires by Julie Kenner (Harlequin Blaze 98) - This one didn't do much for me I'm afraid, and I've liked Kenner in the past. While boss is out of town, heroine wants to revitilize their book business and come up with a plan to convince the boss to make her an equal partner. Hero is in town on business and meets heroine. Through series of misadventures heroine ends up in hero's hotel room where they burn up the sheets. This was OK, but honestly the way the author gets these two together was so over the top that it soured the book for me. They're essentially trapped in the hotel room because ::cue sinister music here:: The Bad Guy (who is after the hero naturally) has taken hostages in the hotel kitchen. Seriously, isn't it possible to have just a nice, straight forward, sexy romance without bringing in the pyscho gunman? Apparently not. Grade = C-
More to come. I want to burn through several Harlequins this weekend.