Outside of re-reading Cry Sanctuary this week, I’ve been in a book devouring mode this week. For the record, I do tend to read multiple books at a time…and on occasion, those books get nabbed while I’m in the middle of them so my mother can read them, but yeah. Last year I struggled to stay ahead of my Goodreads goal, this year, I’m eating them up like candy.
I discovered Bev Pettersen’s awesome Racetrack Romances. Fell head over stirrups in LOVE with Jockeys and Jewels. Oh, my gosh. I couldn’t put it down. I loved it. Thoroughbreds and Trailer Trash had been on my to-read list, but when I discovered Jockeys and Jewels for free it bumped it to my Must Read Now List. And I did. Now I’ve bought the rest. They’re like romantic suspenses with horses. The little girl in me gets swoon happy.
Jockeys and Jewels
An undercover cop investigates the murder of his ex-partner and falls in love with the dedicated jockey he has deceived. His lies thrust them into the crosshairs of a ruthless killer…and now much more than their love is at stake.
On top of that, I’ve been lost in Nora Roberts’s The Witness. Okay, I love me some Nora, but some times…she just blows my mind. How she handled Elizabeth/Abigail completely has me hooked. I loved getting to meet the character before the plot, and she managed to make it integral to the story rather than an extended prologue.
Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.
Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems. Her own security is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing.
Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.
The mystery of Abigail Lowery intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and professional level. Her sharp, logical mind, her secretive nature, her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, even if he doesn’t know what – and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.
Accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, Gleason is about to walk into the sights of very powerful and dangerous men. And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.
I’m also hip deep in The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. Loving it! Something I think everyone should read.
In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah Winfrey calls the US’s leading expert on violent behaviour, shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger – before it’s too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including: how to act when approached by a stranger; when you should fear someone close to you; what to do if you are being stalked; how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls; the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person; and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life.
What’s next on my to-read list?
Finish Breaking Free by the amazing Cherise Sinclair (loving her Club Shadowlands books!), devouring Color My Horse by Bev Pettersen, and finishing Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann…you know, now that I’ve finally gotten the book back from the book thief in my house. :-p
So…what have you read this week? I love getting more book suggestions! You know, because my Goodreads to-read list needs it. :-p