Jo-Anne and Frannie have a very diverse handful of books for your consideration. I’m willing to bet you are not going to be prepared for Frannie’s contribution this week. I know I’m still chuckling over it. Also, I’d like to point out, several Rachael Duncan books are also up on KU, I mentioned her latest release, At Her Own Risk during the Virtual Coffee Date this morning – now’s your chance to check out Risk and Reward as well as First and Last.
Kim Karr is an author I had never read, so when her book Big Shot was a suggested read on a Facebook page I follow I thought what the heck I’ll give it a try. Let me just say this book was not anything like I thought it would be. This is a second chance romance between our hero Jace Bennett and heroine, Hannah Michaels. The two met briefly at a college party but didn’t meet again until Hannah started dating Ethan. Jace and Ethan were best friends and Hannah had no idea that the two knew each other. Hannah and Jace fell in love but because of her dating Ethan and Jace’s friendship with him, they didn’t think they could be together. Here’s where I found it to get really interesting. Ethan loves porn, especially watching two men with one woman. So he suggests they all get together and give it a try. So we get a little ménage going on. Needless to say, that does not end well. Fast forward 10 years and Hannah and Jace meet again and old wounds are re opened and past lives relived. This book ran the gamut of emotions for me, I wanted to cry at some parts, laugh at others and some parts were just plain hot and sexy. The author takes you back and forth between the couples time in college and the present day so you get a good idea of how all this came about and their feelings. Both Jace and Hannah have a child from previous marriages and the kids are pretty funny in their observations about their parents. You get to see Ethan again and his friendship with Jace is still strong but I have to say unusual. I really enjoyed this book, but if you aren’t a fan of ménages than this might not be for you. 4.5 stars (Jo-Anne)
The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke was a book that I came across when it showed up as an Amazon pick of the day. I was in the mood for something a little different so a suspense thriller seemed to fit the bill. Holy moly this book was intense!!! The main character is Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales. She is a 33-year-old 4th-grade teacher living what looks like to most people, a pretty happy life. Married to the love of her life James for 8 years she is heartbroken when the police come to her house and inform her that he has been killed in an accident in Maui. James is supposed to be in Kansas on business so Jacks can’t seem to understand why he would have been in Hawaii. Because I don’t want to give away too much of the story I will only tell you that he was having a secret affair with a younger woman. Jacks teams up with the fiancé of the women who James has the affair with and together they go looking for clues as to what happened in Hawaii. There were so many plot twists in this book I was constantly on edge waiting for the other shoe to drop. I don’t usually read anything other than romance but I must say this book was so good I may have to rethink that position!! 5 stars (Jo-Anne)
I have fallen down a rabbit hole of ABC’s Battle of the Network Stars, so I accessed some actor/actress biographies. I found Renegade At Heart and dove in, because I adored Falcon Crest from the first moment my mom let me stay up late to watch it with her. I had crushes on pretty much everyone in it. But for some reason, Lorenzo Lamas’s Lance made me take pause for a zillion reasons. He was the quintessential Alpha-hole, yet his devotion to his grandmother made him as irresistible as any of the leading men I flitted between.
Fast forward these years later to a cute narrative which covers more than just straight-to-cable/DVD flicks and snerks of Fernando’s Hideaway skits, Leave It To Lamas, and Are You Hot?
No. Lamas presents a touching and sincere autobiography. He is not a has-been son of a 1950s Latin Lover. Lamas is a man who has learned from his mistakes and cherishes those that have influenced his life. He addresses his famous family (Fernando Lamas, Arlene Dahl, Ester Williams) and his insane tabloid past. Here, he chooses to focus on the lessons he has taken from them. Surprisingly down to earth and down right fun to read, Lamas peels back Lance Cumson and Reno Raines to show that he really is just a vulnerable, and super grateful, family guy…p.s. YouTube has lots of great moments of Lorenzo Lamas, if you want to get reacquainted. (Frannie)
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