As usual this time of year, I’m swamped with final papers and examinations, but I managed to read five awesome books this month!
Sealed With a Kiss by Mysti Parker and MJ Post
Once again, Mysti and MJ have created a solid, can’t-put-it-down story that had me rooting for the two main characters all the way through. This time, Harper is the country half, although she has no trouble adjusting to the big city. She wanted to get away from Lexington, KY and let her brother deal with their mother, so she accepts a job as a guide at a NY aquariium. Gabe, a sea lion trainer, is the big city boy, firmly entrenched in his commitment to his family. Though their initial attraction is physical, the two come to know and appreciate each other in an entertaining fashion. Great reading fun, and I’ve already ordered Book Four of the series.
Secret Valentine by Cherry Christensen
This is a follow up to Cherry’s Christmas novella Secret Angel. Hannah Wagganer is now a professor at a Traverse City college, and Jasper is still delivering the mail in Glen Arbor, Michigan. The town’s residents are preparing for a Valentine celebration at the church, but a powerful storm blows through and Hannah and her friend take refuge at Jasper’s cabin. Jasper is a total gentleman, but for some reason he becomes cold and distant toward Hannah. His reasons are explained later, though I’m not sure his intense mood swings would be something I’d be willing to overlook. But Hannah forgives him quickly, and their relationship progresses. I’ll look for a third book with a wedding at the end.
The Noble Heir by Julia Keanini
Stories about princes and princesses are the original romances, and they continue to be popular in the sweet romance genre. The Noble Heir is the opening book to a series about a royal family in the fictional country of Valdoria. Prince Theo is Crown Prince, and his family is host to several photographers in preparation for a major event. The photographer assigned to him is a woman he’s known for years, and she’s princess of a neighboring country. But she’s in disguise, using a different name. Why? And how is he going to fight his attraction to her? I enjoy reading books in series, especially when the stories are well written, so I’m looking forward to the next prince’s story.
Die Like an Eagle by Donna Andrews
On a busy Saturday morning, I had a free half hour in the middle of running errands. It wasn’t enough time to go home and get something else done, so I visited the library. Since my local library card was accepted there, I checked out the most recent Donna Andrews mystery (at least, it’s the most recent one on their shelves). Meg Langslow is a blacksmith by trade, but she gets roped into the most interesting situations. In this installment, Meg’s husband is coaching their young twins’ baseball team, and Meg is Team Mom (meaning she’s the coach’s wife, responsible for keeping the stats and the volunteer list for refreshments). At the opening game of the season, a body is discovered in the port-a-potty – and it’s the umpire and brother of the opposing coach. I’m always entertained by Meg’s roundabout way of unearthing the solution.
Asking for Trouble by Jannine Gallant
Jannine is an active member of Authors Helping Authors, a wonderful resource group I belong to. I discovered this novella on my Kindle app, so I started reading it one quiet morning when I should have been grading papers. This is a cute second-chance story featuring Miranda, a daycare owner, and Cole, her adventurous ex-boyfriend. Cole needs Miranda’s help when he’s put in charge of his toddler nephew for ten days. Miranda is naturally reluctant, because she still loves him and knows that helping him is only asking for more heartache. Jannine is a great storyteller, and I hope to read some of her romantic suspense soon.
What have you read lately?