Saturday, May 8, 2010

Weekly Finds: 5/8/10 Part Two

Picked up a few more new ebooks this morning.  I need to stop browsing the Barnes and Noble free ebook section before I rack up too many more books to be read.

My Soul to LoseMy Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent - (Nook)

It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her vest friend.  Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop.  Her secret fears are exposed and it's the worst day of her life.

Until she wakes u in the psychiatric unit.

She tries to convince everyone she's find -- despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again.  Everyone except Lydia, that is.  Another patient with some special abilities...

His Lady Mistress (Harlequin Historical Series)His Lady Mistress (Harlequin Historical Series) by Elizabeth Rolls - (Nook)

Downtrodden servant or gracious lady?

When Max, Earl Blakehurst, meets Verity he sees a downtrodden servant.  He doesn't recognize her as the daughter of a colonel under whom he used to serve, the girl he'd once helped years before.  The life Verity's now living is untenable.  So he proposes a shocking solutiong -- he will set her up as his mistress.

It's only once that Verity's finally agreed, once Max is beginning to lose is heart to her, that he discovers her true identity.  Max is taken aback; he would never have suggested this lady become his mistress.  Mow, to avoid scandal, they'll have to marry!

Slow HandsSlow Hands by Leslie Kelly - (Nook)

This is Maddy Turner's lucky day.  The civilized society girl just bid on sexy rogue Jake Wallace at a charity bachelor auction -- and won!  But Maddy knows Jake's dirty little secret.  And it should keep he from trying out her new boy toy.  Too bad she can't stop herself from indulging in raw, quite uncivilized sex all the same.

Jake Wallace is utterly bewitched by Maddy -- and utterly bewildered.  How can this tantalizing woman melt so rapturously under his ministrations one moment, then turn into a haughty queen the next?    He's determined to get to the bottom of Maddy's agenda.  One slow delicious inch at a time...

Dead(ish) by Naomi Kramer - (Nook)

Linda's had a bad day.  First her boyfriend killed her.  Then she woke up, still on this boring plain of existence, and with an odd obsession about her missing body.  Mike won't tell her what he did with her body, and she can't find the stupid thing herself.  There's only one thing she can do - torment the bastard until he coughs up the information.

Kiss Me Deadly (Silhouette Nocturne)Kiss Me Deadly (Silhouette Nocturne) by Michele Hauf - (Nook)

Death cocktail is what the vampires call a witch's blood.  It's poisonous -- a drop will destroy a vampire within minutes.  Nikolaus Drake is the rare vampire who has survived his first taste.  Now he's on the hunt for the witch who almost brought him to his demise -- Ravin Crosse.

A witch who spends her night hunting vampire tribes, Ravin has three obligations to fulfill to set her soul free.  One of those obligations -- crafting a love spell -- twists her world upside downn when Nikolaus draws the spell from her veins.  Natural enemies rarely make the best bedfellows -- but is it possible their intentions are really, truly the same?  Can Nikolaus's tribal loyalty survive if he surrenders to desires far darker than his own?

The Bride's Baby (Mills & Boon Historical Romance)The Bride's Baby (Mills & Boon Historical Romance) by Liz Fielding - (Nook)

Events manager Sylvie Smith is organizing a glittering fund-raising event: a wedding show in a stately home.  She has even been roped into pretending to be a bride ... a bride who's five months pregnant!  The bride everyone is talking about!  It should be every girl's dram to design a wedding with no expense spared, but it's not Sylvie's.  Longbourne Court was her ancestral home, and she's just discovered that the new owner is Tom McFarlane - her baby's secret father.  Now Tom's standing in from of her, looking at her bump ...

Dragon Keeper Free Edition with Bonus MaterialDragon Keeper: Volume One of the Rain Wilds Chronicles by Robin Hobb - (Nook)

Enter the spellbinding world of dragons ... and those who tend them.

One of the most gifted fantasy authors today, New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb has dazzled readers with brilliantly imaginative, emotionally resonant, and compulsively readable tales set in far-flung realms not unlike our own.  In the enthralling new novel, she returns to the territory of her beloved Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies with a story of dragons and humans, return and rebirth, and the search for meaning, belonging, and home.

For years,  the Trader cities valiantly battled their enemies, the Chalcedeans.  But they could not have staved off invasion without the powerful dragon Tintaglia.  In return, the Traders promised to help her serpents migrate up the Rain Wild River after a long exile at sea - to find a safe haven and, Tintaglia hopes, to restore her species.  But too much time has passed, and the newly hatched dragons are damaged and weak, and many die.  The few who survive cannot use their wings; earthbound, they are powerless to hunt and vulnerable to human predators willing to kill them for the fabled healing powers of dragon flesh.

But Tintaglia has vanished and the Traders are weary of the labor and expense of tending useless dragons.  The Trader leadership fears that if it stops providing for the young dragons, the hungry and neglected creatures with rampage - or die along the river's acidic muddy banks.  To avert catastrophe, the dragons decree a move even farther up the treacherous river to Kelsingra, their ancient, mythical homeland whose mysterious location is locked deep within the dragons' uncertain ancestral memories.

To ensure their safe passage, the Traders recruit a disparate group of young people to care for the damaged creatures and escort them to their new home.  Among them is Thymara, an unschooled forest girl of sixteen, and Alise, a wealthy Trader's wife trapped in a loveless marriage, who attaches herself to the expedition as a dragon expert.  The two women share a deep kinship with the dragons:  Thymara can instinctively communicate with the, and Alise, captivated by their beauty and majesty has devoted her life to studying them.

Embarking on an arduous journey that holds no promise of return, the band of humans and dragons must make their way along the toxic and inhospitable Rain Wind River - an extraordinary odyssey that will teach them lessons about themselves and on another, as they experience hardships, betrayals, and joys beyond their wildest dreams.

After Dark by Bryan Lee - (Nook)

What if the neighborhood vigilante were a werewolf?

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