There are several books on my radar for July 2010.
I’m currently reading an ARC of Leslie Parrish’s Cold Sight, the first book in her Extra Sensory Agents series.
Blurb: After being made a scapegoat in a botched investigation that led to a child’s death, Aidan McConnell became a recluse. Still, as a favor to an old friend, Aidan will help on the occasional XI case. But under his handsome, rugged facade, he keeps his emotions in check–for fear of being burned again.
Reporter Lexie Nolan has a nose for news–and she believes a serial killer has been targeting teen girls around Savannah. But no one believes her. So she turns to the new paranormal detective agency and the sexy, mysterious Aidan for help.
But just as the two begin forging a relationship, the case turns eerily personal for Lexie–and Aidan discovers that maybe he hasn’t lost the ability to feel after all…
Janice Kay Johnson’s SuperRomances are a recent discovery. I was pleased to see that she has two books out back-to-back in July and August respectively. The first is Charlotte’s Homecoming.
Blurb: Marrying a local guy and settling in her hometown has never appealed to Charlotte Russell. She’s got a good job in the city…until a crisis forces her return to the family farm. She’s not back long before the well-laid plans for her future fall apart. And she holds Mayor Gray Van Dusen responsible.
In fairness, the gorgeous man hasn’t deliberately messed up her plans. But his very active pursuit of her is sparking all kinds of strange urges. Such as the urge to abandon her urban life. The urge to see where these intense feelings between them could lead. And the strangest urge of all: to have a white picket fence in the last place she’d ever thought to settle.
Blurb: Feel the heat with Kathryn Shay’s firefighting couples in all four books in the America’s Bravest series. Meet the strong, vulnerable women who work alongside men in a competitive and dangerous profession, finding love through their own trials and tribulations. Bundle includes: Feel the Heat, The Man Who Loved Christmas, Code of Honor and The Fire Within.
Note: Code of Honor is also included in Blogger Bundle Volume I: Dear Author Selects Unusual Heroines.
Dear Author also has another Blogger Bundle out in July.
Blurb: For their second blogger bundle, Jane of Dear Author went to the experts: readers! Their task: recommend titles that have not been previously available as ebooks and vote on the ones they want in a bundle. Suggestions were made, reasons argued and votes cast. Now, the four winners are gathered here! From a romantic comedy from Harlequin Duets to an unusual younger hero story, they were the books that stayed in readers’ hearts and intrigued new readers’ minds.
Bundle contains: The Sweetest Taboo by Alison Kent, The Older Woman by Cheryl Reavis, Shotgun Nanny by Nancy Warren and Cullen’s Bride by Fiona Brand.
Love in the Afternoon is the fifth and final book in Lisa Kleypas’s Hathaway series. I still need to read the fourth Hathaway story, Married by Morning!
Blurb: Captain Christopher Phelan has been corresponding with the beautiful golden-haired Prudence Mercer while he was away fighting in the Crimean War. What he doesn’t know, however, is that the woman who wrote to him is actually Prudence’s best friend, Beatrix Hathaway.
Upon his return home to Hampshire, it becomes clear that Christopher’s experiences in war have changed him. In this scene, Beatrix and Christopher argue over the dog he brought back with him, a regimental mascot named Albert . . .
Blurb: Adopted as an infant, Jane Aaron longs to know the identity of her birth mother and why she gave her up. Her only clue is the name of the small Texas town where she was born, so she’s come to Cedar Springs for answers.
Handsome ad executive Asher Price lost his wife, the beautiful, mysterious Susanna, in a terrible car crash eighteen months ago. When he hires Jane as the nanny for his two children, sparks fly. Jane finds herself falling in love with both Asher and his children, but begins to suspect that Susanna was not the perfect mother and wife the family portrays her to have been.
As Jane gets closer and closer to finding out the truth about both her own and Susanna’s past, devastating secrets begin to emerge that may be more than anyone can bear. Will the truth bring Jane and Asher closer together or tear them apart forever?
I’m a fan of Karin Slaughter’s thrillers but I need to be in the mood to read them as they tend to be extremely bleak and brutally violent. Her latest book featuring Dr Sara Linton and Special Agent Will Trent is called Broken.
Blurb: When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It’s a brutal, cold-blooded murder. All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton – home for Thanksgiving after a long absence — finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case. The chief suspect is desperate to see her but when she arrives at the local police station she is met with a horrifying sight — he lies dead in his cell, the words ‘Not me’ scrawled across the walls. Something about his confession doesn’t add up and deeply suspicious of the detective in charge, Lena Adams, Sara immediately calls the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Shortly afterwards, Special Agent Will Trent is brought in from his vacation to investigate. But he is immediately confronted with a wall of silence. Grant County is a close-knit community with loyalties and ties that run deep. And the only person who can tell the truth about what really happened is dead.
Here are a few July releases which I’ve already read and reviewed:
The Bikini Car Wash by Pamela Morsi – A
Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery – B
Crazy for Love by Victoria Dahl – B-
Winning a Groom in 10 Dates by Cara Colter – C+
Mia’s Scandal by Michelle Reid – C+
Are there any books which you’re particularly looking forward to next month?