Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Book 70: Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline

Mary is happily going along with the flow, she helps out people from the neighborhood with various civil suits and helping wherever she can. Her clients pay and she's moving her way up. Then Trish Gambone from Mary's high school days shows up. Trish, was one of the mean girls that made Mary's high school years difficult and not to mention that they have a boyfriend in common (Mary's from the past and Trish's current). However Trish's boyfriend has been threating her and Trish has come in seeking help.

Next thing you know Trish disappears, the neighborhood turns on Mary and Mary is on the run seeking Trish, the truth and herself.

A great novel of suspense, and also one of self-realization, it's fun to watch Mary try and solve the crime and also learn about herself. There is great character development in this and I loved learning about the various people from the neighborhood.

The reader on the unabriged cd set was excellent, with differing voices and accents for the characters, they really came to life for me.

An overall wonderful book that I didn't want to end. This is the latest installment in the Rosato and Associates books, but I haven't read any of the others and this one was easy to follow. I do plan on going back and starting with the beginning now though.

I became a fan of Lisa Scottoline with Dirty Blonde and Daddy's Girl and now it looks like I will get to enjoy all the Rosato and Associates books too.

Date Started
: 13 April 2008
Date Finished: 23 April 2008
From: Library (audiobook)
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Genre: Suspense
Setting: Philadelphia, PA
Characters: Mary DeNunzio, Trish Gambone
Pages: I listened to the audio

Book 69: Crazy Cool by Tara Janzen

When Christian is suddenly pulled out of a tough situation in South America and thrust back into Denver as a bodyguard, he isn't too happy. He has left some of his teammates and best friends behind and he really wants to get back to them. When he realizes that he has been hired as bodyguard for Kat "bad luck" Dekker, he is furious. Then things go crazy.

Kat sees Christian across the lawn at the art auction she is at and she can't believe it is him. A boy when she knew him first, he is all man now and her body still reacts to him. Then he saves her life and kidnaps her to keep her safe and she's not sure she's safe from herself an the feelings she still carries for Christian.

A mix of suspense with a healthy dose of sexy romance, this book was another excellent installment in the stories of the boys from Steele Street. Once they were all car thieves, but now they are part of an elite squad that goes where they are told to and always succeed at their missions.

So when Christian makes Kat's safety his mission and then sets his sights on her, you can be sure he won't fail.

With some flashbacks to get the back story and a lot of heat, this was a fun ride from beginning to end. Also there was more development of other characters to come that have me ready to read the next installment.

Date Started
: 04/19/2008
Date Finished: 04/21/2008
From: My Bookshelf (via paperbackswap)
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Setting: Denver, CO
Characters: Kat Dekker, Christian Hawkins
Series: Steele Street (book 2)
Pages: 415