The Runaway Jury by John Grishman

“They are at the center of a multi million-dollar legal hurricane: twelve men and women who have been investigated, watched, manipulated, and harassed by high-priced lawyers and consultants who will stop at nothing to secure a verdict. Now the jury must make a decision in the most explosive civil trial of the century, a precedent setting lawsuit against a giant tobacco company. But only a handful of people know the truth: that this jury has a leader, and the verdict belongs to him…

He is known only as Juror #2. But he has a name, a past, and he has planned his every move with the help of a beautiful woman on the outside. Now, while a corporate empire hangs in the balance, while a grieving family waits, and while lawyers are plunged into a battle for their careers, the truth about Juror #2 is about to explode, in a cross fire of greed and corruption-and with justice fighting for its life…”

Well this is my first time ever reading a John Grisham novel. I picked this novel, The Runaway Jury, because I saw the movie and fell in love with it. I loved the plot and style which is was shown so I hoped the book was the same.

Overall the book was truly fantastic to read. There were the same fascinating characters and plot with a lot of detail and development. But there came the problem. There was a lot of detail. I love detail but there was a lot that it got a little long in certain areas. Of course all the other areas were great to read.

As I read the book I found myself wishing that I didn’t see the movie first. The movie was about shooting and the book about tobacco but still with the same characters. At first I was a little confused. I expected the sueing of firearms but I got something else. I liked the movie plot. Now in all honesty that didn’t lose the fact that Grisham delivered a very detailed and interesting book to read. Once I got into the story the movie was no longer a problem.

John Grisham is a fantastic storyteller. Grishman created an interesting and complex characters intertwined into The Runaway Jury to make an exciting story.

A Seduction in Scarlet by Sara Bennett

I stumbled upon this author Sara Bennett and on a whim I picked a random book, A Seduction in Scarlett. Didn’t know anything about her books but the title intrigued me and I am always looking for more romance novels, modern or Victorian period.

The Plot of A Seduction in Scarlet:

“Lady Portia Ellerslie, dearest confidante to Queen Victoria and a woman impeccable breeding, normally wouldn’t dream of dallying in Aphrodite’s Club, London’s most exclusive and erotic bordello. But one lonely night she finds something enticing about the idea of a wild encounter in the notorious hothouse. Donning a daring, dangerously low-cut scarlet dress and a veil to mask her identity, she arrives at the club ready to succumb to the torrid desires raging inside her…and is shocked to find herself gazing into the eyes of Marcus Worthorne, the man she swooned over at seventeen.

Back then, Marcus barely knew she was alive, but now he’s about to make her most wanton fantasies come true. Portia’s proper life is about to change forever…because for Marcus one night with the lady in read could never be enough.”

I liked this novel of Sara Bennett. It was something different. I have read so far many romance novels. Yes this one had the typical undying love but they couldn’t be together. But this time it was because the man wasn’t good enough. He was lower than her which was different. But the thing I thought was fascinating about this novel was that Portia took it upon herself to find what she needed and that was all she wanted, and she didn’t linger. She knew what was at cost. It was the man who couldn’t stop, he wanted her and only her. He wasn’t able to give her up.

I love the fact that Portia went to the bordello to find a night of pleasure if only for one night but instead she finds the man she has loved since she was 17. The sensual scenes which went through with the characters was fantastic to read.

Sara Bennett delivered an erotic, sensual romance novel filled with hope that love will eventually conquer all.

Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

Paula Quinn brings romance and history together to make an enjoyable novel in Ravished by a Highlander.

The Plot of Ravished by a Highlander:

“Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady. For her own protection, she’s been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown’s most closely guarded secret. Until a shocking betrayal-and a bold rescue-land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, a powerful warrior whose searing gaze and tantalizing touch awaken her body and soul.

As the firstborn son of a powerful Scottish laird, Robert MacGregor has no loyalty to the English throne, but he’s not the kind of man to leave a woman in distress. He vows to deliver Davina to safety, unharmed and untouched. Yet one stolen kiss leaves them both smoldering with desire…and desperate for more. With Davina’s secret threatening to destroy his clan, Rob must choose between everything he holds dear and the one woman he can’t live without.”

Well when I picked up the book I wasn’t sure at first. In the beginning it didn’t grasp my attention but once it really got started I was hooked. I loved how she intertwined the history of the kings to create this romantic love story between an undecleared princess and the next highlander chief of his clan. I love history and when authors can create such a plot it is fun to read about.

It was also wonderful to see how fast they were able to create a love between the two that will make you sigh and wish you had your own Scottish highlander.

Paula Quinn is a wonderful storyteller who uses a certain wit and history to create a love story.

A Not-So-Perfect Past by Beth Andrews

Finding new authors is fun to do.  You pick up a book hoping it will be well written and interesting to read.  And when I picked up Beth Andrews A-Not-So-Perfect Past that is what I got.

“Nina Carlson knows all about Dillon Ward.  Knows he served time in prison.  Knows nobody put out the welcome mat when he moved to Serenity Springs.  But that doesn’t stop her from renting him a place to live.  And when someone crashes into her bakery, he’s just the man to fix the damage.

And Nina isn’t the only one who thinks Dillon’s the perfect man for the job: her two kids have taken a shine to him.  Still, she can’t afford to get close to Dillon, even if he is tempting her to toss out her good-girl shoes.  Because it’s not that she doesn’t trust him.  It’s that she doesn’t trust herself.”

This book was truly a wonderful modern romance.  I love the dynamic characters that Beth Andrews created.  Nina the hard-working single mother was a weak character but very strong, she just had to give herself a chance.  Then there is Dillon who was a broken man afraid to let himself love, but is afraid of it.  Her children are also a plus in this story helping their mother learn about herself and Dillon.

A Not-So-Perfect Past is a great love story.  Beth Andrews delivers an enjoyable, charming and realistic story through her plot and characters.

Eight Days To Live by Iris Johansen

Waiting and waiting, that was all I was doing.  Iris Johansen is one of my favorite authors, whether they are the novels or the series.  The one series that I find myself loving and frustrated with is the Eve Duncan Series, and this book Eight Days To Live is just the latest book to the series, and it was amazing.

The Plot of Eight Days To Live:

It all begins with a painting called Guilt.  Eve Duncan’s daughter, Jane, has no idea why she painted the portrait of the chilling face that now hangs in a Paris gallery.  But the members of a cult that dates back to the time of Christ know both the face and the significance behind it.  They believe that Jane must die-when the moment is right, and not an instant before she leads them to an ancient treasure whose value and power are beyond price.  But for now they target those close to her, killing without mercy or conscience.  Jane’s journey takes her from Paris to Scotland to a cave in the Holy Land, as she fights with all she has to save her life.  Even with Eve’s help, can she possibly escape before the clock stops ticking?

I absolutely loved this book.  There was action, mystery, suspense, and humor.  The book was just enjoyable to read.  I think I really liked the story for the sheer fact that it was mainly about Jane.  Eve is a great character but her stories get so frustrating and good at the same time.  Jane is usually there but more in the back ground.  This time she was the main character and she is fascinating.

The returning characters were fun to read again about, Jock and MacDuff.  The new character Seth who is a hunter.  He was in the series before but I couldn’t remember him.  I like his fascination with Jane, it is a little twisted and weird but there is love there.  And the ending has a humorous conclusion thanks to Seth.

I can’t wait for the next book and to see how Eve, Joe and Jane get through the next predictment.  It will also be interesting to see if Seth is going to be in the picture and how he will affect Jane.

Vamps and the City

After finding and finishing the first book rather quickly I went in search of the second book of the series Love at Stake.  Since the last one left me smiling and intrigued about the series I knew I had to go further.

The Plot of Vamps and the City:

“Darcy Newhart thought it was a stroke of genius-the first ever reality TV show where mortals vie with vampires for the title of The Sexist Man on Earth.  As the show’s director, Darcy’s career would be on track again.  And she can finally have a life apart from the vampire harem.  Okay, so she’s still technically dead, but two out of three’s not bad.  Now she just has to make sure that a mortal doesn’t win.  If only she wasn’t so distracted by a super-sexy and live contestant named Austin…

But Darcy doesn’t know the worst of it.  Austin Erickson is actually a vampire slayer!  And he’s got his eye on the show’s leggy blond director.  Only problem is, he’s never wanted any woman-living or dead- as badly.  But if he wins her heart, will he lose his soul?  And if it means an eternity of hot, passionate loving with Darcy, does that really matter anyway?”

Now I had high expectations of this book after I read the first and let’s say I was not disappointed.  Kerrelyn Sparks delivers her squeal, Vamps and the City, with the same witty characters and some new ones.  At first I was thinking oh great now we are going to have a vampire and a vampire slayer fall in love.  Now yes that is what happens but so much more happens which makes the book interesting.  Darcy and Austin are the perfect couple if only they can get over their problems and Darcy will have the chance but Austin is torn.

I really loved the problems and the science that goes on behind the scenes, the science to make everything better for the vampires who are trying to be okay.

Sparks definetly kept my interest from the beginning to the end as Austin and Darcy fought their attraction and just how different they truly were.  It was another book which was charming and had witty characters who entered the pages.

Have you read any Kerrelyn Sparks books?

Laurell Hamilton is back with Bullet

Picking up a new book from an author you have read many times before is always exciting.  The authors drag you back into their world and you get lost within it.

Laurell Hamilton comes back with her latest book Bullet.

Anita Blake is back in St. Louis and trying to live a normal life-as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a U.S. Marshal.  There are lovers, friends and their children, school programs to attend.  In the midst of all the ordinary happiness, a vampire from Anita’s past reaches out.  She was supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion, but the Mother of All Darkness is the first vampire, their dark creator.  It’s hard to kill a God.  This dark Goddess has reached out to her here-in St. Louis, home of everyone Anita loves most.  The Mother of All Darkness has decided she has to act now or never, to control Anita and all the vampires in America.

The Mother of All Darkness believes that the triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude with Anita and the werewolf Richard Zeeman has enough power for her to regain a body to immigrate to the New World.  But the body she wants to possess is already taken.  Anita is about to learn a whole new meaning to sharing her body, one that has nothing to do with the bedroom.  And if the Mother of All Darkness can’t succeed in taking over Anita’s body for herself, she means to see that no one else has the use of it, ever again.  Even Belle Morte, not always a friend Anita, has sent word: “Run if you can…”

Well as far as Laurell Hamilton books goes this again was another amazing book.  The scenes were hot, steamy and sensual as hell.  Of course that is what Laurell Hamilton is known for.  Now don’t get me wrong, those scenes are fantastic to read but I miss some of the early Hamilton.

I like when you hear about her life and her work.  Sometimes I miss that.  Or her ever loving friend Edward, the assassin.  I would like to read more about that at times.

Now with the series I am finding that Anita is gaining so much power there is only one way to go, down.  The war is coming but what will happen?  Maybe one day Anita will have a baby, of course then you ask who the daddy is?  Overall another smash hit for Hamilton’s series of Anita Blake.

Are you a Laurell Hamilton fan?

How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire

Picking up the book I really wasn’t sure I would like it.  I mean I liked the title of the book, How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire.  I thought the title was fun sounding and I was in the mood for a vampire book since I stopped reading them for a while.  Lately vampire books have really all been the same but this book, this author, Kerrelyn Sparks, all I have to say is Wow!  I was floored with the book.  It was different from all other vampire books I have read.  In my opinion Kerrelyn Sparks wrote a hit.

The Plot of How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire:

“Roman Draganesti is charming, handsome, rich…he’s also a vampire.  But this vampire just lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn’t have.  Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lop-sided eater for all eternity.

Things aren’t going well for Shanna Whelan, either. After witnessing a gruesome murder, sh’s next on the mob’s hit list.  And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral because she’s afraid of blood.  When Roman rescues her from an assassination attempt, she wonders if she’s found the one man who can keep her alive.  Though the attraction between them is immediate and hot, can Shanna conquer her fear of blood to fix Roman’s fang?  And if she does, what will prevent Roman from using his fangs on her…?”

Kerrelyn Sparks is a new author for me and so far her first book was such a hit for me I am already looking forward to reading the next book of the series.  How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire was crazy and fantastic all at the same time.  I love the fact that vampires and hunters are finding a place in society to find love.  The plot with Roman needing a dentist and Shanna being the dentist being afraid of blood was priceless.  This first book also introduced you into the world of two types of vampires (Roman is the good type).  You are also introduced to many vampires like the security and the harem, which will lead into the later books.

Sparks is refreshing as her plot with vampires strays away from the traditional way of vampires with the charming and witty characters.

Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris

Sookie is back in this tenth book of the series by Charlaine Harris.

The Plot of Dead In The Family:

“Even with the blood of two vampires in her system, Sookie is having trouble healing from the terrible torture she endured at the hands of her great-grandfather’s enemies during the brief but deadly Fae War.  Worse are the emotional wounds-especially over the loss of her own personal fairy godmother and the near death of her first love.

Sookie is hurt and she’s mad.  Just about the only bright spot in her life-beside the fact that she is, after all, still alive-is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman, who is under scrutiny by the new vampire king because of their relationship.

As the political implications of the shifters’ are coming-out are beginning to be felt, Sookie’s connection to one particular Were draws her into the dangerous debate.  And, unknown to her, though the doors to Faery have been closed, there are still some fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie.  Very, very angry.”

Getting the book in my hands was very exciting because I have been following the series and love the character of Sookie.  Favorite vampire is still Eric, can’t help it.  With him you know exactly what you are getting, good thing or not it is honest.

I found the book enjoyable and a little boring at the same time.  The beginning a little slow, but then they were still dealing with the after effects of the war, so that is understandable.  There were some slow parts but that was not the whole book.

I like that in this book you are learning more about the past of Eric and getting more involved with the Fae and the Were’s.  With Eric it is interesting because it parallels to the TV series of True Blood of bring Eric’s maker to the pages but he wouldn’t be there forever.

Dead In The Family was another quick, humorous and enjoyable book from Charlaine Harris.

The Naked Face by Sidney Sheldon

“You are Dr. Judd Stevens, a brillant, successful psychoanalyst.  You deal with madness in your work-but nothing has prepared you for the madness now eveloping your life.  Somebody wants to kill you.  Nobody wants to believe you.  And your survival hangs on a race against time as you hunt your hunter through a jungle of sex and violence and twisted emotion to a mind-shattering confrontation with the naked face of your enemy and the full horror of the truth…”

I was truly blown away by this suspense thriller.  It was a short book but by no means does that mean it was without detail.  There was so much detail and intrigue which kept my interest.  I was enthralled with the book, could not but the book down.

Now at first I wasn’t sure because there was a lot of detail almost too much but after the first page I was in awe of the book.  I was hooked.

As I read the book all I had was questions on what was going to happen next.   I felt bad as tragedy hit the doctor and found myself frustrated or cringing from the situations in the book.

Sidney Sheldon writes an amazing suspense novel with The Naked Face and is a must read.