Hello, and welcome back! We're well-settled into the cold temps now, and I'm still hoping for more snow than the flurries we've seen the last few days. Quite a bit more, actually. I'd like a good five or six inches of snow, just once, to get that nice winter feel. In the meantime, I'm working my way through the February releases that have been stacked here on my desk waiting for attention, and I have three of them to share with you today.
Remember the Alimony (Leisure) by Bethany True is up first, with a 'mystery romance' as it says on the spine. Delaney Davis-Daniels didn't know when she picked up the hunk that he was her almost-ex's divorce attorney. Lucas Church didn't know when he took the amateur stripper home that he'd be facing her over the table in a contentious divorce, but he can't get her out of his head and wants to keep her in his bed. Plenty chick-lit, with a fair mystery here, but I wasn't all that convinced by the romance. I'm sure there are readers out there who'll disagree with me on this one, but I'm not a fan of Delaney and her large circle of family.
The Stranger in Her Bed (Pocket Star) by Janet Chapman is next, with Ethan Knight and Anna Segee butting heads over his role in the sawmill where she's in charge. And that's before he knows who she really is and that someone is trying to kill her. As you'll know if you're a regular here, I'm not a fan of Ms. Chapman's previous books, and I can't say I liked this one much either. The story itself is perfectly fine, but I have a hard time buying into the characters. Maybe it's the tone of the story, maybe it's something else. But I know she has legions of fans who'll disagree with me on this one, too, and flock to bookstores to snatch this one off the shelves. I will not, however, be one of them.
How to Abduct a Highland Lord (Pocket) by Karen Hawkins is last, with Fiona MacLean embarking on the most hare-brained scheme anyone could: she's captured herself a husband. Jack Kincaid is known for his carousing ways, and marriage was never in his cards. But once married to Fiona, the one woman from his past who ever mattered, things might have to change. This one is cute and light, though with some rather difficult to believe twists. Jack and Fiona have plenty of heat between them, and I expect her brothers' stories will be equally enjoyable. This one's earned three of Cupid's five arrows.
Please join us over in the forum for our January book club discussion, and until next time, happy reading!