Friday, December 31, 2010

January Releases

New releases that I hope to check out in January. Coming soon to a bookstore near you....

Shadowfever (#5) by Karen Marie Moning 
$26.00 retail hardback
(January 18, 2011)

Call Me Irresistable by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
$25.99 retail hardback
(January 18, 2011)

Wild Man Creek (#12 Virgin River Series) by Robyn Carr
$7.99 retail paperback
(January 25, 2011)

Loose Ends (#11 Steele Street Series) by Tara Janzen
$7.99 retail paperback
(January 25, 2011)

Charlie All Night by Jennifer Crusie
$7.99 retail paperback
(January 18, 2011)




Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann



Title: Dark of Night
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
My RatingA-

Genre: Military Suspense
Series: Troubleshooters #14 (out of 16)
Main Characters: Lawrence Decker & Tracy Shapiro
Release Date: January 2009
ISBN: 9780345501561 or 034550156X (paperback edition)
Links to purchase:  (prices reflect pricing at time of review posting)
Sexual Intensity: steamy

Story Overview:


Taking on the world’s deadliest criminals is what the elite security force Troubleshooters Incorporated does best. But now they face a new and powerful threat from their most lethal enemy yet–a shadowy government outfit known only as The Agency.
For years, operative James Nash has performed ultra-covert “Black Ops” missions for The Agency, but when he decide to walk away from their dirty work, his corrupt bosses aren’t about to let him go. After Nash is nearly assassinated, Troubleshooters team leader Lawrence Decker launches a skillful deception to neutralize the threat and protect his friend. With the FBI’s help, Decker fakes Nash’s death, then brings him to a safe house with his fiancĂ©e, Tess Bailey, to recover from his injuries and strategize their next move.
Only a handful of people know that Nash is still alive–and fellow Troubleshooters Dave Malkoff, Sophia Ghaffari, and receptionist Tracy Shapiro aren’t among them. Believing that Nash is dead and that Decker has begun a romantic relationship with Tess, Sophia settles for second best and begins a love affair with Dave, who has adored her for years. But Tracy puts two and two together, discovering the truth about Nash–much to Decker’s dismay.  
As passions flare, Decker struggles to keep his scheme afloat, and to keep Nash alive. But when he finds himself targeted for death, the game turns even more perilous, and Sophia, Tracy, and Dave are swept into the deadly play. Under fire and racing to unmask their relentless adversary, the Troubleshooters know that the closer they get, the greater the risks. But sacrifices and consequences come with the territory. Forced to choose between love and loyalty, they are no longer just solving a crime–they’re fighting for survival.


My Review:
Another great book in the Troubleshooters series. This book starts with a scene 4 days into the future of when most of the book takes place, so that initial scene stays in your mind throughout most of the book. It makes the story incredibly riveting and suspenseful.

The main characters in this story are Decker and Tracy which have been characters in the series for several books now, but NEVER as a couple. Decker is a completely wound-up, serious, no-nonsense kind of operative with lots of hang-ups. Tracy is a blond, seemingly shallow receptionist for the Troubleshooters Incorporated office. She seems to be a very superficial, although not afraid to say exactly what she thinks, character in the series who seems to be really pretty flighty. OMG, I cannot tell you how much I LOVED Tracy in this book! She was a riot and absolutely the perfect Ying to Decker's Yang. They make an amazing couple and I love that she sees right through to him and his soul. Amazing scenes between the two of them in this book! Their scenes are pure fun to read esp. the dialogue between them. Did I mention that I love Tracy's character development in this book? Brilliant!

As always, there are tons of side-storys/plots and another couple that we get to watch develop further is Sophia and Dave. I love how Suzanne Brockmann developed Dave's character in this book. He's always been lovable in a geeky, smart kind of way, but now... Wow!

There is, as always, a lot of action in this book happening at several different places with a lot of the various Troubleshooters characters at once. It is a hopping book and will keep you on your toes to try to keep up with all the action. 


A Note about the Series:
The review before this one gives a good overview of the entire series. 

A note about where I am at in the series...
I have read books 1-14 and have book 15 on it's way, but I don't plan on reading book 15 yet. The final book in the series (#16) is supposed to be released in March and I am going to save #15 to read until right before #16's release. At this point in time, I am not planning on reviewing Books 1-12. I read very quickly and as a result, forget a lot of the details within a few days which is not very good for reviewing. I am absolutely positive that I will re-read this series in the future and will plan on doing the back-reviews then.

But trust me when I say that you will not regret reading any of these books!

I give the entire series an absolute A+ rating. I will read these books over and over again!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Into the Fire by Suzanne Brockmann

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Title: Into the Fire
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
My Rating: A

Genre: Military Suspense
Series: Troubleshooters #13 (out of 16)
Main Characters: Hannah Whitfield & Vinh Murphy
Release Date: July 2008
ISBN: 9780345501547 or 0345501543 (paperback edition)
Links to purchase:  (prices reflect pricing at time of review posting)
Sexual Intensity: steamy

Story Overview:
Vinh Murphy-ex-Marine and onetime operative for the elite security firm Troubleshooters Incorporated-has been MIA ever since his wife, Angelina, was caught in a crossfire and killed during what should have been a routine bodyguard assignment. Overcome with grief, Murphy blames the neo-Nazi group known as the Freedom Network for her death. Now, years later, Freedom Network leader Tim Ebersole has been murdered-and the FBI suspects Murphy may have pulled the trigger. To prevent further bloodshed, Murphy's friends at Troubleshooters scramble to find him and convince him to surrender peacefully.

Murphy himself can't be sure what he did or didn't do during the years he spent mourning and lost in an alcohol-induced fog. He does know he occasionally sought solace from Hannah Whitfield, a former police officer and the very friend who'd introduced him to his beloved late wife.

But Hannah, still grappling with the deafness that resulted from an injury sustained while on duty, was fighting her own battles. For years Hannah had feelings for Murphy, and one painful night their suffering brought them together in a way neither expected-and both regretted.

Murphy is ready to rejoin the living. As always, he finds himself knocking on Hannah's door, and as always, his longtime friend welcomes him back into her home. Yet even as Murphy slowly rebuilds his splintered life, hecontinues to fight his growing feelings for Hannah. 

Then he learns of Ebersole's murder and comes to believe that the Freedom Network has targeted him-and Hannah-to avenge their leader's death to violence. Now Murphy must face the terrifying prospect of losing another woman he loves. 

As the Troubleshooters desperately search for him, Murphy races toward a deadly confrontation with the Freedom Network and ultimate choice: surrender his life in hopes that Hannah will be spared, or risk everything to salvage whatever future they may have together.

My Review:
I loved this book! It was full of suspense from the very beginning until the very end. The storyline/suspense is very good and well-written.

This is the very best kind of love story...where the two main characters have been friends forever so they know each other VERY well and don't want to risk that friendship on a love/lust that may or may not last. Both of these friends are dealing with the horrible tragedy of the death of Murphy's wife and Hannah's best friend which creates an emotional book from the very beginning. Your heart breaks for them while at the same time, you are cheering them on to get on the right path...to love.

As with all of the Troubleshooters books, there are incredible subplots woven within the story...Izzy & Eden (which you cannot help but love Izzy's humor and wit throughout,) Dave & Nash's friendship which is seriously setting up for Book #14, Decker and his emotional baggage (also setting up huge for Book #14.)

A Note about the Series:
I think that anyone could pick up this book and enjoy the ride and suspense without having read the other Troubleshooters books, but I HIGHLY recommend the ENTIRE SERIES so that you can enrich the read by knowing the back-stories of all the characters. I started this series December 13th and have read the first 14 books in the 16 days since then (and that should tell you something about how good they are because those 16 days fell over the craziness of the holidays when time to read is at a premium.)

Suzanne Brockmann has created a wonderful world and cast of characters...all of whom the readers come to love and care about. 

The series itself falls into two categories:
1. Books 1-6 where we are entirely in the world of the Troubleshooter SEAL Team 16. All 6 of these books include a WWII sub-story which is an incredible gift to someone like me who also love WWII history.
2. Books 7-16 take place over a more broad viewpoint with the creation of Troubleshooters Incorporated and a more counterterrorism focused world which includes several stories of characters from the FBI. These books do not have the WWII sub-stories.

Suzanne Brockmann weaves an incredible web with her stories. I have NEVER been one to read ahead in books and I am CONSTANTLY tempted to do so within these books and even to jump ahead to other books within the series just to see what happens. It's suspense at it's absolute finest!

I give the entire series an absolute A+ rating. I will read these books over and over again!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Welcome!

I am just setting this blog up. This blog will be where I will publish my book reviews of what I am currently reading. I read for fun so you will see a LOT of chick lit/romance book reviews on here. ;o)
smiles,
Christi