Friday, April 1, 2011

April's Book Group Picks

I want to send out a big thank you to all our book group members!  We had another awesome meeting, full of laughs and some great recommendations.
(I'm definitely looking up the Katie MacAlister books)

The votes were cast... and Dark Lover won by a landslide!   The Search by Iris Johansen also won for our Mystery/Suspense selection.  Remember, you only have to read the one you're most interested in!  

Hope to see you all at our next meeting on Thursday, April 28th at 6:00!

1. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
(Romance/Fantasy Choice)

Book description:
book jacketIn the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.  The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.
-~Book description from Amazon

Note from Jan:
Okay everyone--- you gave me your comments, and you told me to add more spicy books, so here's one for the mix.  This series has enough heat to peel paint off walls.  Dark Lover gets my first Roasted Chili Pepper!  (So hot the chili pepper did not survive the fire!)

However, there is some amazing character development in this series as well, with tortured heroes and strong women, all mixed together in a vampire war.  Definitely not a light read.  JR Ward is an amazing author, especially if you like the heat!

2. Search by Iris Johansen
(Mystery/Suspense Choice)

book jacketWhen Logan's top-secret research station in South America is attacked and his chief scientist kidnapped, Sarah and Monty manage to track the hostage through the jungle and save his life. But that's only the beginning in what turns out to be a series of sadistic and deadly attempts to destroy Logan. Despite Sarah's initial distrust, she comes to respect and ultimately love Logan--which makes her and Monty targets for the killer's vengeance, too. The action moves swiftly across the globe, from the American Southwest to Colombia to Taiwan, and finally to North Dakota, in a tense, dramatic denouement. Johansen manages to explicate her characters' back-stories and illuminate their motivation as she moves the action forward with skillful pacing. Fans of the author's previous suspense thrillers featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan won't be disappointed that she plays only a bit part in Johansen's newest; Sarah and Monty are worth a series of their own, and The Search is a terrific beginning.
~-Review from Amazon

Note from Jan:
A book I've been meaning to read for some time now, one of the many on my list.  It sounds wonderful, especially the character interaction with search and rescue dogs.


  1. After all the talk about Jane's Warlord I couldn't resist downloading the free sample for my Kindle . . . I see what you mean abut the scene with the nightgown! :D Plus, who doesn't love a wolf that wants to eat cats??? It may not be high brow literature, but it certainly is entertaining - now all I need is the time to read all the great recommendations I get from the book group peeps :)

  2. Just think of me in a room full of literary fiction readers while I read that scene. It was a good chuckle, for sure!

    The recommendations are great, aren't they. Katie MacAlister is high on my list just for the beans and corset story. :o) I'm reading Elfland at the moment, but Katie's is next.

  3. After the great review that Diane gave about the Katie MacAlister books,I ordered "You Slay Me" from an other library. It sounds like a fun read. I will let people what I think when I have finished it.