While we're all stuck indoors, reading material is a must, so let's get started! First up this week is Janis Reams Hudson's All the Rooms in My Heart (Zebra). Whitney Sheridan blows into the small Texas town she visited as a child, intent on burying her well-loved aunt and tidying things up quickly before she returns home to New York and her hectic life. Getting caught up in things in Washita is definitely not in her plans, nor is handyman Adam Burkett, with his poor opinion of her. Life has a way of fouling up the best of plans, however, and Whitney not only finds herself falling for Adam, but learning things about herself she never suspected. While Whitney is a little hard to like at the beginning, that changes as she does, and I liked her quite well by the end of the story. Of Cupid's five arrows, this one gets three and a half.
Next is Kristine Grayson's Absolutely Captivated (Zebra). Zoe Sinclair, mage, is on a mission: to help the Fates recover a missing item so they can get back to work. Travers Kineally is doing his sister a favor, but he's not too pleased about having to go to Vegas to do it. When his son insists on hearing exactly what's happening, he finds his world turned upside-down. Who knew he possessed magical skills? Who knew there really was such a thing? Well, aside from his son, that is. Clever premise, and sweet, despite Zoe's "tough-guy" facade. Travers seems to believe in what he's told about his magical skills fairly readily, though I'm not sure I believed that he would, given his background. This one was fun, but not a keeper for me. I'm giving it three arrows.
Finally, we have Beverly Barton's The Last to Die (Zebra). I like the last book by her that I read, and this one didn't disappoint. Jazzy Talbot finds herself in a real tangle: her former lover has been murdered, and she's the prime suspect. Caleb McCord is a stranger in the small town, but while few others believe her, he does. How easy it is to fall in love once trust is established. Ms. Barton's suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat, and the chemistry between Jazzy and Caleb is very believable. I'm giving this one four arrows. Can't wait for her next!
Until next time, happy reading!