Navy SEAL, Wes Skelly, reluctantly agrees to go a blind date with Brittany Evans, sister-in-law of a fellow SEAL. The two hit it off and their attract...moreNavy SEAL, Wes Skelly, reluctantly agrees to go a blind date with Brittany Evans, sister-in-law of a fellow SEAL. The two hit it off and their attraction grows as they spend time together. But their relationship is tested as Brittany begins getting sinister phone calls and Wes is called to the side of a woman he thought he loved when her husband is killed.
NightWatch is one of Brockman's earlier Navy SEAL romances. It's always fun to keep up with former characters in her books and a Navy SEAL makes the perfect "alpha-male-hero". Great romance/suspense.(less)
Brockmann continues her Troubleshooters series with the story of Vinh Murphy who lost his wife in a shootout in a previous book in the series. Vinh bl...moreBrockmann continues her Troubleshooters series with the story of Vinh Murphy who lost his wife in a shootout in a previous book in the series. Vinh blames his wife's death on a terrorist group called the Freedom Network and now the leader of the network, Tim Ebersole is dead. The problem is, Vinh isn't sure whether or not he killed Ebersole. A secondary relationship features Izzy Zanella.
This book features many characters from previous Troubleshooter novels and sometimes I got lost trying to remember which character was which. I had a hard time getting into this one, but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next installment. (less)
When sixteen-year-old Matt is falsely accused of threatening to blow up his high school and his friends turn against him, an unlikely classmate comes...moreWhen sixteen-year-old Matt is falsely accused of threatening to blow up his high school and his friends turn against him, an unlikely classmate comes to his aid. (less)
Vowell, a contributor to NPR's This American Life, takes readers on a pilgrimage of sorts to the sites and monuments that pay homage to Lincoln, Garfi...moreVowell, a contributor to NPR's This American Life, takes readers on a pilgrimage of sorts to the sites and monuments that pay homage to Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Vowell brings into sharp focus not only the figures involved in the assassinations, but the social and political circumstances that led to each-and she does so in the witty, sometimes irreverent manner that her fans have come to expect. Vowell also draws frequent connections between past events and the present, noting similarities between McKinley's preemptive war against Cuba and the Philippines and the current war in Iraq.
Interesting premise, but I had a hard time getting into this one.(less)
When her father, a cartoonist, gets a job in southern California, Pasquale, "Paski", must move with her father. Her grandmother and best friends are i...moreWhen her father, a cartoonist, gets a job in southern California, Pasquale, "Paski", must move with her father. Her grandmother and best friends are in New Mexico and she really doesn't want to leave. She discovers that the LA lifestyle is worlds apart from Taos and she doesn't fit in very well. Making matters worse is the fact that the "popular" girls don't like her and they makelife miserable for her. Then she meets Chris; tall, handsome and rich who appears to like her a lot and life begins to look up for Pasqi.
Teens concerned about popularity in high school should read this book. The teen "language" is very authentic. The mix of humor, romance, and danger make a good combination. At times, Valdes-Rodriquez is stereotypical about some of the characters and setting, but the story is highly readable.
Johanna Parker reads the book on CD and makes the story come alive.(less)
It is Caitlyn O'Koren's 16th birthday when her older sister, Cass, runs away. It is the beginning of her junior year of high school and all people can...moreIt is Caitlyn O'Koren's 16th birthday when her older sister, Cass, runs away. It is the beginning of her junior year of high school and all people can talk about is Cass. Cass was the "perfect" daughter...involved in everything, accepted at Yale, popular. Caitlyn has always been in her shadow, but she and Cass have always been close. With her parents focused on finding Cass, Caitlyn becomes "invisible". This is her chance to become the person she wants to be, away from the shadow of Cass. She joins the cheerleading squad with her best friend, Rena, something Cass never did. She doesn't really like it, but it's different. Then she meets Rogerson. He is so different from the jocks she and her friends hang out with. He is mesmerizing and maybe a little dangerous. He has a reputation for doing drugs and has been arrested before. Soon Caitlyn and Rogerson are spending all of their time together. Rogerson has easy access to the drugs he sells, and turns Caitlyn on to smoking pot. Then one day, when she turns up late for a date with him, he punches her in the face. It is shocking and painful and Caitlyn isn't sure what to do. She loves him. Afterwards, he is tender and loving toward her and promises it will never happen again. But it does, over and over again. Caitlyn hides it well, but she becomes a different person, hiding her bruises from everyone who cares about her. quitting the cheerleading squad, hanging out with Rogerson's friends, smoking pot. She needs to tell someone; she wants to talk to Cass desperately, but Cass is gone and Caitlyn is sliding away.
This book by Dessen is about 6 years old, but as always, right on the mark. The phenomenon of date abuse (not rape) is not openly discussed, but in fact 1 in 11 high school students report being abused on a date. Teens who read this should have their eyes open to the signs of someone being abused and what to do if you are the one abused. The teen characters are well-drawn and believable, and the story is still very timely.(less)
Following her academic husband to a new job in a small college town in Washington, Maye is confronted by the challenges of making new friends and, aft...moreFollowing her academic husband to a new job in a small college town in Washington, Maye is confronted by the challenges of making new friends and, after a series of missteps, decides to enter the annual Sewer Pipe Queen pageant, a popular local tradition.
This book was entertaining, but a little "over the top". The situations that Maye found herself in funny, but they weren't always believable. The author used a lot of similes and metaphors which slowed the pace somewhat. The resolution of the story was good and I didn't see it coming, but the very end of the book was a real let-down. I enjoyed it and had fun listening to it, but it's fairly forgettable.(less)
Dennie Banks is an investigative reporter chasing down the biggest story of her career. Alec Prentice is a government agent working undercover to catc...moreDennie Banks is an investigative reporter chasing down the biggest story of her career. Alec Prentice is a government agent working undercover to catch an elusive grifter. When they meet by accident, it's a case of mistaken identities at first sight. What they don't mistake is the instant attraction they have for each other, an attraction they'll do everything in their power to resist--because Dennie thinks that Alec is running interference for her interview subject, and Alec suspects that Dennie is linked to his swindler. As the confusion grows, so do their feelings for each other, and what begins as a romantic comedy of errors may just end in the love affair of a lifetime. (Brilliance Audio Description).
This was a typical Jennifer Crusie madcap romance, full of her signature humor. It is a reprint of one of her earlier books and it was obvious, lacking some of the depth of her more current books. Still it was fun, entertaining and great to listen to.(less)
The plot revolves around the escape from a mental hospital of four very old Indians called Ishmael, Hawkeye, Robinson Crusoe and the Lone Ranger. Thes...moreThe plot revolves around the escape from a mental hospital of four very old Indians called Ishmael, Hawkeye, Robinson Crusoe and the Lone Ranger. These, however, are no ordinary natives. They may be the last survivors of the Indians interned at Fort Marion in Florida in the 19th century. Or perhaps they are the first human beings, as described in tribal creation myths. Their repeated breakouts--37 to date--have coincided with disasters: the 1929 stock market crash, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, etc. On the fateful day when disaffected Lionel Red Dog and his aunt stop to pick up four ancient Indian hitchhikers things begin to change for Lionel and a number of his Blackfoot neighbors. The action moves from Canada to Wounded Knee to Hollywood. As all paths converge on the reservation in time for Sun Dance, Lionel is brought back to his tribal roots by family and the powers-that-be, becoming a protector of the sacred ceremony, while Uncle Eli finally wins his one-man stand against the corporation that built a massive dam just upriver from his mother's log cabin- -with a little help from trickster Coyote, whose dancing summons an earthquake.
This is a unique combination of storytelling, myth and magic, but I didn't like it that well, personally.
Haunted by tragedy, fiery Susanna Osbourne is determined to keep her distance from all men, including handsome Peter Edgeworth, an aristocrat who is d...moreHaunted by tragedy, fiery Susanna Osbourne is determined to keep her distance from all men, including handsome Peter Edgeworth, an aristocrat who is determined to overcome the secrets of the past to build a new future with her.
This is the third in Balogh's Simply series, featuring teachers from Miss Martin's School for girls. As always, this is a delightful Regency Romance, but not quite as frivolous as some of the genre.