Saturday, October 31, 2015

What Else I Read in October 2015


Christmas at Evergreen Inn by Donna Alward – There is nothing like a visit to Jewell Cove at Christmas time.  Both Todd Ricker and Lainey Price are old friends who find that Christmas changes friends to lovers.  A nice short sweet romance.

Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep – This is book two of the Black Blade series and it does a great job of moving the story forward.  All of the original characters are there along with at least one surprising new character.  The world building, character development and back story are furthered fleshed out.  The plot moves at a nice pace and the action is once again tension filled.  A good well written addition to the series.

Lone Wolf Lawman by Delores Fossen – I have become a fan of several of Harlequin Intrigue books and authors.  Delores Fossen is one of the authors.  Lone Wolf Lawman is the first book in the new Appaloosa Pass Ranch series.  The series is off to a great start.  The characters are interesting, the back story is worked into the story line and the plot is full of twists and turns.   Along with the danger there is a nice romance.  One couple finds their HEA while others are in the backgound waiting their turn.  

Castaway Planet (Boundary Series Book 4)Castaway Planet (Boundary #4) by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor – While this is book 4 (and the start of a new trilogy) in the Boundary series it will work well as an entry to the series. It is a set up for the rest of the trilogy.  Most of the story is about how to survive on an unexplored planet.  It follows the family for the first year.  As the book ends they realize that someone else has arrived.  To find out how that changes things you will have to wait for the next book.  Castaway Planet has an interesting story line, fun characters, as well as lots of tension and adventure. Pick it up for a fun quick read.

What Happens Under the MistletoeWhat Happens Under the Mistletoe by Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp and Meredith Duran - Four fun Christmas stories and as the title suggests they all have a kiss under the mistletoe.  I had two favorites in the collection.  My very favorite was Sabrina Jeffries The Heiress and the Hothead.  This one featured the mill owning sister of Jeremy from a previous story.  I just knew she needed a romance and an HEA .  Jeffries provide the perfect one.

My other favorite was Sweetest Regret by Meredith Duran.  I loved both Lucas Goodwin and Georgie.  Theirs was not a smooth path to an HEA but it was an interesting one.

Like The Heiress and the Hothead the other two stories were based on characters from Hawkins’ and Camp’s series.  I did not know the characters so did not enjoy the stories as much.  This is a fun Christams collection and since it is four novellas you can pick it up and finish a story in a short time.  Great for when you are too busy to start a long book.

Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) by Brandon Sanderson – Shadows of Self is the second book of a new series set in the Mistborn universe.  It does not work as a stand-alone.  At the very least read The Alloy of Law first.  Even better start with Mistborn, then The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages.  All of those are part of the back-story and world building needed to understand all the reference in Shadows of Self.  The story here is full of danger, tension, character development, and surprises.  All of that kept me reading but in the end I don’t know where the story is going.  The set up for the next book is there at the end so I guess I will find out when The Bands of Mourning comes out next year. 

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