It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

The Its Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at Book Journey.

Life…

busy, busy, busy, yadda, yadda, yadda…

What I Read Last Week

The Recipe Box by Sandra Lee

The Happy Endings Book Club by Jane Tara

The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

Right As Rain by Tricia Stringer

Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: The Kissing Season by Rachael Johns  ★★★

Review: Yours Truly: Women of Letters by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire ★★★★

Review: The Recipe Box by Sandra Lee ★★★

Review: The Happy Endings Book Club by Jane Tara ★★★

Review: The Tailor’s Girl by Fiona McIntosh ★★★

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What I Am Reading Today

Kismet Knight knows exactly how to handle her patients, but when it comes to her love-life, she’s on less steady ground. That was until she met master vampire Devereux, an 800-year-old hunk, who not only managed to convince the entirely rational shrink that vampires really do exist – he also convinced her to start dating him. Kismet’s still having nightmares after being kidnapped by Lucifer, a schizophrenic vampire. From a therapeutic perspective she finds his split personalities fascinating – but she’s constantly terrified. And Dev’s become obsessed with finding Lucifer – before he comes after Kismet again. So much for her nice, ordinary life . .

What I Plan To Read This Week

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At just fifteen years old, Geena had no choice but to leave home. Without an education or any real options, she found herself being lured into the sex industry by the promise of big money and the validation of strangers. She turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of day-to-day life as a callgirl and overcome the emotional scars of her past. But even in her darkest hours, Geena refused to accept her circumstances and never stopped striving for freedom and a better life.  Eventually she found the strength to turn things around and set herself on a path to a brighter future. Now, Geena has a double university degree, the career of her dreams and is in a loving relationship. Call Me Sasha is the inspirational account of one woman’s journey from sexual abuse through prostitution to eventual salvation. It is raw with honesty, compelling and even laugh-out-loud funny as Geena recounts the highs and lows of her fascinating life in the sex industry

Mickey Haller gets the text, ‘Call me ASAP – 187’, and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt.

A dark, compelling and original thriller that will have you spellbound from its atmospheric opening pages to its shocking climax. Hades is the debut of a stunning new talent in crime fiction.  Hades Archer, the man they call the Lord of the Underworld, surrounds himself with the things others leave behind. Their trash becomes the twisted sculptures that line his junkyard. The bodies they want disposed of become his problem for a fee. Then one night a man arrives on his doorstep, clutching a small bundle that he wants ‘lost’. And Hades makes a decision that will change everything… Twenty years later, homicide detective Frank Bennett feels like the luckiest man on the force when he meets his new partner, the dark and beautiful Eden Archer. But there’s something strange about Eden and her brother, Eric. Something he can’t quite put his finger on. When the two detectives are called to the scene of an attempted drowning, they find a traumatised victim telling a story that’s hard to believe – until the divers start bringing up bodies.  Frank is now on the hunt for a very different kind of serial killer: one who offers the sick and dying hope at murderous cost. At first, his partner’s sharp instincts come in handy. Soon, he’s wondering if she’s as dangerous as the man they hunt.

Murder comes well-seasoned in this charming mystery featuring a smart and spunky new amateur sleuth, small-town Georgia spice shop owner Piper Prescott Piper Prescott, a transplanted Yankee living in the South, has got her sass back.  She might be down, but don’t count her out.  “Change of life?” she asks.  Bring it on.  Recently divorced, Piper decides to pursue a dream she’s secretly harbored: owning her own business, Spice it Up!, a spice shop in her adopted hometown, Brandywine Creek, Georgia.  But Piper’s grand opening goes awry when the local chef who’s agreed to do a cooking demo is found stabbed.  Not only did Piper find the body, she handled the murder weapon and doesn’t have a witness to her alibi, making the case look like a slam dunk to brand new police Chief Wyatt McBride.  Desperate to uncover the truth—and prove her innocence—Piper enlists the help of her outspoken BFF Reba Mae Johnson to help track down the real culprit.  The pair compile a lengthy list of suspects and work to eliminate them using their own creative brand of sleuthing techniques including stakeouts, breaking and entering, and one very unorthodox chocolate pie. When Piper narrowly avoids being a victim of a hit-and-run, she knows she’s getting closer to the truth, but can she catch the killer and clear her name before she becomes the next victim? A captivating start to a new series featuring an unstoppably fabulous new crime-solving heroine, a colorful cast of small town characters, and more than a pinch of Georgia charm, Rosemary and Crime is sure to delight fans of Donna Andrews and Jessica Beck.

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thebookdate
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 17:51:21

    Laughing at the busy busy. I am so happy for this coming week to finish and then school will be out over the summer holidays and I can say goodbye to my class and get some reading done.

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  2. Jo
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 18:08:48

    Blood Therapy and Rosemary and Crime both sound great. Though I’d need to read the first Kismet book before Blood Therapy.

    Your yadda yadda yadda looks like my post before I filled it in. Life: Yadda yadda yadda, currently reading: yadda, upcoming yadda…

    Happy reading!

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  3. Mystica
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 19:03:12

    End of the year here is a lot of work in the office and the lands! but its also very enjoyable work since there is always Christmas to look forward to and the New Year to follow.

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  4. Mardel
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 21:27:49

    wow – Lots and lots of books. Hope they’re interesting and keep you busy. I’ve tried reading one of Hilburn’s first novels, but the narration didn’t do it for me. I should try it again, sometimes I’m too impatient when the narration is too formal to sound like modern people.

    Happy Reading and Holidays
    My week of reading

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  5. Teddyree
    Dec 09, 2013 @ 22:20:07

    it’s yada yada time of the year but at least you’re getting the reading in lol. Hades looks promising, I’ll wait for your verdict. Have a good week and happy reading🙂

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  6. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 00:28:04

    I have always wanted to read The Recipe Box. I think it is on my shelf. I will check🙂

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  7. Nicole
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 02:36:20

    I want to read ALL of the books you’re planning to read this week–my Mt. tbr is now crying, LOL.

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  8. laurelrainsnow
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 02:50:14

    Enjoy all of your books…Call Me Sasha sounds really good to me. And Rosemary and Crime must be wonderfully cozy.

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  9. Turn the Page Reviews
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 05:34:20

    I can’t wait to read The God’s of Guilt! Looks so good- have a good week.

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  10. Tea Time with Marce
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 07:25:07

    You always have a great mix of books and a few I haven’t heard of. Busy life will continue i’m sure….. enjoy it.

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  11. Elizabeth
    Dec 10, 2013 @ 13:01:46

    You always read so many book and so many good books.

    ENJOY your week and your books for this week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

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  12. harvee
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 00:57:09

    Rosemary and Crime looks like a cute cozy!

    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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  13. Greg
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 09:09:31

    Rosemary and Crime looks like a fun read, I don’t usually read cozies but tried one recently and quite liked it. This one might even make a nice small Christmas gift.

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