Synopsis: If you enjoy a hot and steamy romantic fairy tale, then this retelling of Beauty and the Beast is for you.
In this grown up version of Beauty and the Beast, we meet Beauty, a sheltered young girl living in the French countryside with her father. She doesn’t get out much, but her tutor has given her books that she is supposed to read privately. The books all have a rose imprinted on the cover and describe the ways in which men and women love each other. The books give Beauty ideas about pleasures of the flesh.
Just like in the traditional tale, Beauty’s father, Pierre, sets off on a journey and ends up taking refuge in an enchanted dwelling. Pierre takes a rose-covered book, like the ones his daughter reads, and is caught by the beast who lives in the manor. Pierre agrees to send his daughter in exchange for the Beast not killing him.
When Beauty arrives, she feels disappointed that she will spend a lifetime imprisoned with this beast, rather than experiencing the type of relationship between a man and a woman described in her books. Only, as she gets to know Beast, she develops an attraction to him. Later, Beauty discovers that she and Beast can take pleasure in each other’s company in more ways than she’d ever imagined. Continue reading →
Synopsis: Jessica’s world revolves around studying at college and affording prepackaged meals, which leaves little time for socializing. In fact, she is quite content without being noticed, which only makes the attention of a mystery texter all the more unwanted.
She isn’t unfamiliar with strange advances, but this is something entirely different. This person knows things about her. Things beyond just an average stalker.
Even after all that, Jessica would be much more content to forget than discover who is chasing her, electronically or otherwise. Eventually, she finds out that she can’t outrun her past. Continue reading →
Synopsis: A disillusioned author haunted by the disappearance of his father inherits a mirror and discovers that his own story can have an alternate ending.
“With the help of Lythgoe’s spot on descriptions – not to mention the beautiful cover art – I could practically feel the mirror under my fingers. I own an old mechanical typewriter that I used to write many a poem on when I was younger. It belonged to my father and the clack and clatter of it when he used to write was a well-loved sound to me. Lythgoe’s story brings to mind many memories of my youth and childhood and how the simple things were very special. In the Mirror is well crafted, full of deep emotion, wonder, loss, hope and most of all, magic.”
Synopsis: A sunny London lunchtime is punctuated by a casual act of violence that will ricochet across four continents.
Stephen Connor, trainee Metropolitan Police detective is first on the scene when a cyclist is killed in a seemingly ordinary hit-and-run.
Just another tragedy on a London street?
Nothing seems to trouble the driver, Big Oil PR guru Greg Palmer – who treats the incident as a minor inconvenience. Palmer is confronted by the dead girl’s soulmate, Cara who howls at the injustice of a system that allows an unrepentent killer to walk free.
When Cara flees halfway across the world to confront him, Stephen is one step behind.
Can Stephen protect Cara from a group of charismatic eco-terrorists, who try to lure her in?
Palmer thrives on burying bad news and there is no dirtier business than an oil company trying to hide a major environmental disaster.
As a publicity stunt at a major oil refinery goes wrong, who will be there when Cara finds out that the target she cared so passionately about had simply moved?
Against a backdrop of London, New Zealand, Antarctica and Australia, the race begins… Continue reading →
Read from May 27 to 31, 2015 — I own a copy, read count: 1
Synopsis: The second book in the entertaining ‘Shameless’ series by Robert Fanshaw:
Robert isn’t pleased when his wife Caroline agrees to model for a charity painting, especially when he finds out that the world famous artist is an ‘old flame’. Then Robert is dispatched to Scotland to take the case of a strangely familiar woman who has founded her own cult religion. The female acolytes drag first Robert and then Caroline into their pagan ceremonies and their marriage is tested to the limits. Continue reading →
Synopsis: Only the strongest, smartest and most ruthless will survive.
Every six years, the world draws nearer to the sun. In Arcandis, those who want to live must claim the limited places in the Refuge, a series of underground caverns cooled by the sea.
The teenage boys of noble birth are sent out into the city to demonstrate their wits and strength. Some prove themselves in combat, others display their empire building skills, still others attempt to kill off their rivals. Out of over a hundred, only six will be selected by the leaders of the great families and allowed a place in the Refuge. The rest will perish, one way or another.
Not only is thirteen-year-old Bowe younger and weaker than most of the other boys, he has no family to support him. He is expected to die on the very first day of the narrowing path. Instead he begins a journey no one could have anticipated. Continue reading →