Monday, February 20, 2006

Book Thoughts

Read a number of books last week. Got a second round of Rita books to read this week. (I read fast, so I figured I ought to do what I can--especially since that Book That Wouldn't End finally did.)

Anyway, last week, I read Catspell by Coleen Shannon; A Vision of Murder by Victoria Laurie; To The Brink by Cindy Gerard; My Lady Gamester by Cara King; Goddess of the Rose by P.C. Cast and Shadow Touch by Marjorie M. Liu

Hmm. Seems once again, I bounced through at least three different genres--maybe four, since the Laurie book is shelved with the mysteries in the store, not romance. (Her "detective" is a professional psychic with an FBI boyfriend--in this book, she invests in a house to "flip" that's haunted and gets in trouble while she's trying to resolve the haunting.) I liked all of these books, but two of them really punched my buttons.

I really loved the Gerard and the Liu books. Cindy Gerard also writes for Silhouette Desire--her bodyguard books must satisfy her inner need for suspense. This one is a very taut adventure suspense that travels from Florida to the Philippines and back, with a hot, believable reunion romance threaded through it. I even liked the flashbacks.

Marjorie M. Liu's book follows her debut Tiger Eye, but the books are so loosely connected, it doesn't matter if you've read the first one or not. The hero is a Russian with a paranormal talent--he can read history from everything he touches. The heroine has her own talent--healing. They're kidnapped by the same evil organization and encounter each other while being dragged through the corridors. This is another taut thriller with some very interesting additions and some great angst.

What have you read lately that you really loved? Why did you love it?


Sylvia Day said...

I just 'discovered' Linnea Sinclair with FINDERS KEEPERS. I enjoyed it so much, I intend to glom her backlist. :)

Allison Brennan said...

It's sad, I know, but I'm so behind in reading. I did get one RITA entry that I loved and I intend to buy all her other books. Unfortunately, I can't say who!

The last book I bought (well two, actually) were for research, an Ann Rule book and a book about how the FBI tracks and profiles serial killers.

Geri Buckley Borcz said...

I've been on a fantasy binge with fabulous authors who aren't new, but who are new to me: The Shadow Gate by Margaret Ball, which features militant monks, elves of the Three Realms, and kick-ass Texans; and Winged Victory by L.F. Hampton, which features irresistible silver-winged vampires from another galaxy.

Colleen Thompson said...

Great thread!

Lately, I've very much enjoyed J.D. Robb's Origin in Death, John Grogan's wonderful doggie memoir Marley & Me, and Michael Connelly's The Lincoln Lawyer. Currently, I'm reading - and loving- Harlan Coben's The Innocent. I'm been on a mostly-suspense kick lately and have found a lot of great reads.

Allison Brennan said...

Colleen, I love the JD Robb books. I have MEMORY IN DEATH staring at me, waiting for me to finish reading the RITAs. . . . a great incentive!