"Where passion lives...The Maine air was bitter cold and frigid as Dr. Miranda Jones returned to the family home after a busy lecture tour. Bskillut h...more"Where passion lives...The Maine air was bitter cold and frigid as Dr. Miranda Jones returned to the family home after a busy lecture tour. Bskillut her blood turned to ice when, out of nowhere, she felt a knife held against her throat. The unseen assailant stole her bags, slashed her tires . . . and disappeared. Shaken and bruised, Miranda was nonetheless determined to put the assault quickly out of her mind. Then comes a distraction in the form of a summons to Italy to verify the authenticity of a valuable Renaissance bronze of a Medici courtesan known as "The Dark Lady." However, instead of cementing Miranda's position as the leading expert in her field, the job unexpectedly nearly destroys it when her professional judgment is called into question. Emotionally estranged from her mother, her brother immersed in his own troubles-and a bottle-Miranda, desperate to restore her reputation, has no one to turn to . . . except Ryan Boldari, a seductive art thief whose own agenda forces them into a reluctant and uneasy alliance. Now, it has become frighteningly clear that the incident that day in Maine was not a simple mugging, and that "The Dark Lady" may possess as many secrets as its beautiful namesake once did. For Miranda, forced to rely on herself-and an enigmatic partner who offers her suspicion and an intoxicating passion-the only way home is filled with treachery, deception, and a danger that threatens them all."
I enjoy Nora Roberts, her imagination and writing skill captures me. I enjoy the details and complexity she introduces in her stories. The way in which she draws out the mystery and interactions between the people in her stories keeps me interested and makes me want to find the hidden pieces the story tantalizes my brain.(less)
This is my new favorite of the 'In Death' books. Couldn't put it down - lost most of a night's sleep and then wanted to start over the next day. This...moreThis is my new favorite of the 'In Death' books. Couldn't put it down - lost most of a night's sleep and then wanted to start over the next day. This book involves all my favorite things: Set in the future where more things are possible, characters who love each other, despite personality conflicts, lots of electronic & computer geeks, an implausible scenario that gradually becomes real, unexpected villain, and lots of subtle unexpected humor.
I don't want to give away the mystery, but the setting involves 4 friends who form a company to create and develop next generation computer games. The book starts with the development of a game so radical that only the 4 owners can play it and their employees work on small unrelated pieces of it. Of course, Roark knows them, has given them advice (but no money) and has a company which is developing a similar product. One of the founders is found dead in his home in a secure, locked game room. There are no signs of anyone else entering the house or the room. He was playing the new game when he died and the disk self destructs when Eve and her e-squad try to remove it. Very typical mystery and yet it is so filled with twists and details and self-consistent characters that I was hooked by the end of the first chapter.
If you like fantasy and mystery and romance rolled into one, this is the bok for you.(less)
"The serviceable latest from Roberts centers on Fiona Bristow, a professional canine search-and-rescue trainer, who moved to Orcas Island in Puget Sou...more"The serviceable latest from Roberts centers on Fiona Bristow, a professional canine search-and-rescue trainer, who moved to Orcas Island in Puget Sound eight years earlier, just after barely escaping from a serial killer. The story opens with Simon Doyle, an artisan cabinetmaker who arrives on the island with a puppy in tow. It's the puppy that brings Fiona and Simon together, and the romance gets off to a rocky start; he's grumpy and plainspoken; she doesn't scare easily. Then a serial killer begins operating within striking distance, and all Fiona's hard-won peace and equanimity begins to wobble: the man who almost killed her is in prison, but he's got a disciple on the outside. The serial killer plot is very familiar and without much to distinguish it, but the romance is finely done, with Roberts's trademark banter lighting up the page. Fiona and Simon are the main attraction, but the setting and the supporting characters—with paws and without—provide a vivid backdrop."
I enjoy Nora Roberts - some books more than others, but I find her books are among the few that I can reread several times and enjoy every time. This book is no exception. I read it in appreciation of the information about dog trainers who train dogs to track and find. As usual Nora Roberts has done her homework and teaches me about fields I know nothing about. Worth reading if you enjoy her mixture of romance and mystery.(less)
"Seven-year-old Autumn Backman needed a hero. When she saw Special Agent Dillon Savich on TV after he'd brought down bank robbers in a Georgetown bank...more"Seven-year-old Autumn Backman needed a hero. When she saw Special Agent Dillon Savich on TV after he'd brought down bank robbers in a Georgetown bank, she knew she'd found him. She called Savich, but she didn't use the phone." "They were burying dead people in my daddy's grave ... they're coming after us. Please help me." "Who's they?" "Blessed, he's coming." "Ethan Merriweather, sheriff of Titusville, Virginia, a small mountain town near the Titus Hitch Wilderness, goes looking for a missing little girl. Soon after he finds her, Ethan realizes that Autumn has brought him a huge problem - a relentless madman who has the ability to control others simply by looking at them. And the madman is after her and her mom." "It's Uncle Blessed, and he wants Autumn." "When Savich answers Autumn's call, she tells him Blessed is from Bricker's Bowl, Georgia. Savich and Sherlock go to Blessed's home, learn about his brother, Grace, and meet their mother, Shepherd. Savich soon realizes the only way to stop Blessed is to "cut off the snake's head." Back in Titusville, Ethan, Autumn, and her mother, Joanna, are forced to hide from Blessed and Grace in the wilderness. Ethan knows the brothers will never give up their insane pursuit for Autumn. It's a race to stop the madness, or the madness will destroy them all"(less)
"The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Nicholas Winters' efforts led to the cr...more"The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Nicholas Winters' efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation, the male descendent who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents -- and the curse of madness. Plagued by hallucinations and nightmares, notorious crime lord Griffin Winters is convinced he's been struck with the Winters curse."
I love everything Jayne Ann Krentz aka Amanda Quick writes (almost). This addition to the Arcane series is no exception. The reliance on paranormal senses mixed with the more normal mystery solving techniques makes for interesting reading and leaves me with a desire for more straightforward parasenses than modern man possess. Like the earlier books this story involves a romance between 2 people who have no desire for relationships, but who find themselves drawn - physically and emotionally - to each other. The mysteries, the learning to care, and the types of talent' this book describe kept me thoroughly absorbed through the book and beyond.
I plan to reread the first book of the Dreamlight trilogy followed by this one and will then proceed to reread the first two books of the Looking Glass Trilogy. By that time, hopefully, the 3rd volumes of both series will be available in paperback. I almost can't wait.(less)
"The New York Times bestselling author presents the story of a curse that spans generations, and the love that can heal it. . . .
More than three centu...more"The New York Times bestselling author presents the story of a curse that spans generations, and the love that can heal it. . . .
More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsessionfueled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder Sylvester Jones. Driven to control their psychic abilities, each man's decision has reverberated throughout the family line, rewarding some with powers beyond their wildest dreams, and cursing others to a life filled with madness and hallucinations.
Jack Winters, descendant of Nicholas, has been experiencing nightmares and blackouts--just the beginning, he believes, of the manifestation of the Winters family curse. The legend says that he must find the Burning Lamp or risk turning into a monster. But he can't do it alone; he needs the help of a woman with the gift to read the lamp's dreamlight.
Jack is convinced that private investigator Chloe Harper is that woman. Her talents for finding objects and accessing dream energy are what will save him, but their sudden and powerful sexual pull threatens to overwhelm them both. Danger surrounds them, and it doesn't take long for Chloe to pick up the trail of the missing lamp. And as they draw closer to the lamp, the raw power that dwells within it threatens to sweep them into a hurricane of psychic force."(less)
"When the world was young, twins were born. One brought light to a dark world; the other, darkness and danger. They gathered others around them, men a...more"When the world was young, twins were born. One brought light to a dark world; the other, darkness and danger. They gathered others around them, men and women destined to use their powerful gifts for good or evil. Today, their descendants walk the earth as the Chosen, and the ultimate battle has begun.
THE CHOSEN ONES
Brilliant but proper and predictable, Rosamund Hill has lived her life buried in universities and libraries, discounting the legend of the Chosen as a myth. Until Aaron Eagle shows up at her door. Aaron both unsettles and enthralls her. But she can't resist his offers of clandestine visits to private museums, the hunt for a mysterious prophecy. or a makeover that unleashes her untamed soul. With the promise of a love that will defy fate itself, Rosamund is forced to confront the truth about the Chosen ... and the dangerous man who sweeps her into a world of dark secrets."(less)
I have enjoyed every one of the Special Crimes Unit series. The characters have become friends (Not something I do often.). I root for them, sympathiz...moreI have enjoyed every one of the Special Crimes Unit series. The characters have become friends (Not something I do often.). I root for them, sympathize with them and wish I were part of a paranormal unit.
The paranormal parts of the stories are not over-the-top - rather, they are treated as part of the capabilities and personalities of the characters. I love that and love the way Kay Hooper manages to create a world where the unusual is normal.
For me, these books have a great mixture of character development, interesting plots with just the right touches of mystery, romance and violence.(less)
'Joanna Flynn was lucky to be alive. Twice in a matter of minutes she almost died on a patch of oil-slicked highway. But when the doctors told her tha...more'Joanna Flynn was lucky to be alive. Twice in a matter of minutes she almost died on a patch of oil-slicked highway. But when the doctors told her that she would suffer no lasting effects, they were wrong. For that night the dream began...
It was only of a house perched high above the sea, of a ticking clock and the lingering scent of roses. Yet night after night it awoke Joanna with a sense of panic. Its terror lingered throughout her days, urging her to do something—but what?
Then two strangers on the street called her Caroline, and Joanna knew she had to find an explanation for what was happening, or she'd lose her mind. What she finally uncovered was an obituary for a woman named Caroline McKenna—a woman who looked enough like her to be her twin, a woman who was killed in a car accident on the same day Joanna should have perished.
Now her torturous nightmares and a tenuous connection have brought Joanna three thousand miles across country to the town where Caroline lived--and died. Almost everyone has stories to tell about Cliffside's leading lady, and yet no one seems to have known her. Was she the shy wife or the seductress of men? The devoted mother or the selfish beauty?
Too soon Joanna realizes that it's not her sanity at stake, but her life. For unraveling the mystery of Caroline means uncovering the secrets in this picturesque town, secrets someone may have killed to hide. And that someone appears all too willing to kill again.'(less)
If I could, I would rate this book 6 stars (out of max of 5). It is fantastic. I have enjoyed all 12 of the Bishop/ SCU novels, but this hit me harder...moreIf I could, I would rate this book 6 stars (out of max of 5). It is fantastic. I have enjoyed all 12 of the Bishop/ SCU novels, but this hit me harder than the rest.
Why? Must be my familiarity with the members of the SCU, my delight in their increasing powers, or maybe it's the way Kay Hooper develops them as normal people with some extra abilities or senses. While I might not want to befriend many of them, their attachment with each other and their dedication to eliminating the monsters among us.
This book acts as a continuation of several of the previous books with many of the previous 'helpers' and villains returning. Without question, I have to reread Blood Dreams, Blood Sins and then reread this book. Hopefully, without nightmares and with a greater awareness of the range of paranormal possibilities.
If you like Paranormal Mysteries, this novel is a MUST READ.
This is the third book in Jayne Ann Krentz's Dreamlight Trilogy. Unlike most trilogies, each of these books is written by a different persona of Jayne...moreThis is the third book in Jayne Ann Krentz's Dreamlight Trilogy. Unlike most trilogies, each of these books is written by a different persona of Jayne. The first book 'Fired Up' is "written"by Jane Ann Krentz and is set in the 'present'; the second 'Burning Lamp' "written" by Amanda Quick is set in the reign of Queen Victoria while this 3rd volume is set in the far future on another world.
I couldn't put this book down and finished it in a day and night. The same was true of the first 2 books in the trilogy, although I do not remember waking in the middle of the night to finish them. The series deals with men with an obsession and a paranormal gift that feeds (or causes) their obsession, and with the women who center, aid and help cure the men. These books are not filled with many well defined characters. As a matter of fact the only strong characterizations are of the main pair of characters and, in this book, of the dust bunny whose personality shines through.
The conflicts in these books are not between the woman and man, Marlowe Jones and Adam Winters in 'Midnight Crystal', instead they are the result of the interactions with this pair and the 'bad guys' who exist on both sides of the pair.
This book combines several of my favorite genres, romance, the paranormal, sci-fi - in that it is written in the future, and well crafted mystery with minimal emphasis on violence. I give it a 4.5.(less)