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Edge Of Night by Jill Sorenson (2011) - Romantic suspense
- I don't read a ton of romantic suspense mostly because I recognize I can be hypercritical of the genre. This book by Sorenson was a really good read. It had a solid suspense thread, interesting characters, and enough grisly bits to keep me flipping the pages. I also really appreciated that she wrote a Southern California setting in a factual, recognizable way. Yes folks, there are ::gasp:: characters who aren't white in this book (including the heroine)!
- Talking about O'Keefe's single titles was the new black last year, so I'm tossing this one in not only because I really liked it - but to remind everybody that she also writes really good category romances too! This is book two in a duet, and it was great to revisit the characters I fell in love with over the course of book one. Sassy heroine hiding a secret, an overwhelmed hero who inherits the care of his three nephews and is failing in the Super Surrogate Dad department, and a lovely secondary romance featuring an older couple.
- Damn, I'm really hooked on this series featuring a fictional Seattle-based American football team. This second book features the team's star quarterback, a hero who has built his reputation around the fact that he's seemingly a cocky asshole. Although turns out our bad boy really has a mushy, vulnerable soft side. He's paired up with a heroine who has a notoriously unpleasant track record with "jock" men. The author is working on a third book in this series - can't wait!
Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain (2012) - Suspense
- Fifth book in the suspense series featuring a female serial killer and her twisted relationship with a homicide detective. Cain is a spare writer, which is honestly how I like my suspense reads these days (God, I'm beginning to loathe "filler") and the back-story tidbits she teases out about Gretchen over the course of this story were really great. Also loved Claire and Henry in this book, although I swear Archie made a "relationship" choice in this book that has me questioning his sanity.
- OK, so I might have started screaming as I finished the final installment of this serial, but up until that point I was hooked on this sudsy soap opera set in New York City in the 1920s. Jazz music, Prohibition, an unhappy society wife, a unfaithful husband harboring a Big Secret, and a reckless flapper sister-in-law. In hindsight, and time to adjust to the way the serial "ended" - I realize that this really was one of my more memorable reads of the year. I really, really, really wish romance publishers would get on board with early 20th century settings. It's an amazing time period not only in history, but specifically women's history. (And yes, I realize that World War I was a downer - but I'm talking social history folks....)