Fifty Favorites for 2017: Part Two

A family health scare last month caused me to get behind at work as well as other commitments, so reading was put on the back burner for a few weeks. But now I’m pretty much caught up on schoolwork and I’m writing sort of regularly, so I’m back to reading for pleasure while I eat. I decided to read two shorter books that I had stored on my Kindle app and two recent publications by authors I know through Facebook. I’ll preface these reviews with a warning – NONE of these books would be suitable for young readers! They’re much, much spicier than the ones I write. I won’t go into spicy details here, but focus on the story line.


sophie-and-the-professorSophie and the Professor by Mysti Parker.
This is the third in a series featuring Sophie. It’s a nice short story, perfect for a quick diversion from everyday life. The brooding, straight-laced college professor Alexander receives a curious invitation to Sophie’s Massage Parlor, and decides to check it out. The characters from his real world are cleverly intertwined with those from his magical world of Ancient Greece. It seems to start slowly, as Alexander’s life is dull and he can’t seem to catch a break, but once the action starts, it’s fast and furious. The ending was a bit disappointing for me, as it left several questions unanswered. Still, I want to check out the others in the series.


barefoot-bay-shoulderBarefoot Bay: A Shoulder to Lean On by Morgan Malone

This is a new book release by one of the authors in the Seasoned Romance group. After several disappointments (I don’t consider late 30s to be OLDER), I was so pleased to read about characters with teenage children. Levi and Ella are more of what I think of as seasoned main characters. Both enjoy successful careers and have experienced loss in the romance department. Levi, a doctor, is a yummy Silver Fox with issues, and Ella, an author, is a wounded heroine. The story line is direct and believable. I’ll definitely be reading more in this series.


mr-mondayWorking Girl: Mr. Monday by Shana Gray

Shana Gray is a member of the Seasoned Romance FB page, and after reading one of her books (Passion, Cowboy Style was a title I read in December) I picked up this title when it released. This is the first of a series in which Tess Canyon goes through a series of “tests” as her interview for a position with Diamond Enterprises. She’s eager for the job, because she has a secret agenda – years ago, the company fired her father on trumped-up charges and it ruined her family. The interview will last seven days, but apparently I’d have to purchase the other six stories to find out whether or not she gets the job.


fate-unboundFate Unbound by Isabelle Drake

Isabelle is a member of one of my local writing groups. She’s also a whiz at self-promotion, and I’m hoping to get her to visit 4F1H sometime! Since I’ve known her quite a while I decided I ought to read one of her books. Fate Unbound was originally published in 2009. It follows the struggle of Adrian and Taryn, sent to present day America from their homes and families in ancient Greece in what seems to be a punishment for something they shouldn’t have done. Somehow they end up both finding their way home and back to each other.


So there are the four super-spicy titles I’ve managed to read in the last few weeks. According to the schedule, there are only two weeks until the next Free Week, so I’d better get started on the next set of books! Fortunately, next week is spring break at the university, so hopefully that means I’ll have more time to relax and read.


What’s on your TBR list?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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4 Responses to Fifty Favorites for 2017: Part Two

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Quite a selection you have here, today.
    Not familiar (yet) with the other authors, but knowing Mysti Parker, I’m sure “Sophie and the Professor” would be a very interesting story.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Yes, it was an interesting story. Mysti definitely does her homework as far as historical research. I’m not sure you’d be comfortable with a few of the scenes in this book, though.


  2. Interesting! I particularly like the 7-day premise of “Working Girl”. Very clever.


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