Ooh, I think I have to checkout these Kentucky cookbooks. Just found browsing over in my public library's ebooks (overdrive) and cleaning up some wishlists.
Paula Graves is one of my favourite Harlequin Intrigue and RomSus authors, and this book doesn't disappoint.
What I particularly like about her heroines is that they're strong, but show it in their actions and behaviour, and don't need continual reassurance from other characters.
And Graves is quite good at sneaking in social commentary and feminist viewpoints without preaching. In this case, Here, Risa is 8 months pregnant, yet keeps doing her job and reminds the hero that women have been working and giving birth for thousands of years, thank you very much. And pregnant women can lust! Who'd a thunk it!
Graves' male heroes are more vulnerable emotionally, and more human, then ones in most other men in the genre; there's much less of the alpha in them.
The plot was tense, and ends on something of a cliffhanger, which is to be expected in what is the first book in an offshoot series. There's no kidnapping of the heroine, which is a nice change, and problems are solved by teamwork, and not the amazing heroics by one man.
Here's the blurb:
Holy shit is it ever a gorgeous book.
And funny. And interesting. And, well just as Amazing Fantastic Incredible: as the title suggests.
This is one for the re-read where you'll just keep discovering more and more even though read it before.
The Stan Lee Experience page at Fandomfest website: http://fandomfest.com/stan-lee-experience-2/
Well, in addition to celebrity ones like Stan Lee these authors are coming to Fandomfest (Louisville, KY) this weekend so sampling. See http://fandomfest.com/authors/ for details.
E.D.E. Bell's page on booklikes is http://booklikes.com/e-d-e-bell/author,4074224 . "… a genre-bending fantasy saga that follows the adventures of Cor, a woman caught in a dying world that does not accept her, and Atesh, a dragon scientist who's been asked to violate his own ethics or put the lives of his family at risk. Follow their trials as they deal with a shattered world, mired in political upheaval, while they try to rediscover a lost magic. The Banished Craft begins the Shkode trilogy: a quirky and modern take on dragons and wizards, exploring themes of identity, prejudice, violence, compassion, and the ways we are all connected. "
Geoffrey Mandagora at http://booklikes.com/geoffrey-mandragora/author,3139523. ""What you will be working on is underhanded, unfair, and damned un-English." 1887 The British Empire is in danger of collapse and teeters on the brink of war with the Kaiser Reich. Spies and saboteurs play at deadly games in the British shipyards as each side seeks naval superiority. Ian Rollins is collateral damage in their shadow war. The "accident" and his grievous injuries are about to bring his naval career to an ignominious end. But with the aid of a former Pinkerton detective, a clandestine agent for the Admiralty, a brace of Serbian savants, and one, mostly sober valet, he might survive. If he can master the skills necessary to command the world's first fully operational combat submarine, the HMS Holland Ram, and protect the secrets of the Thunderbolt. Historical Note. The Fenian Ram, fictionalized for this novel, does exist and is currently on display at the Paterson Museum in Paterson, NJ. "
J. Sherwood Weber at http://booklikes.com/j-sherwood-weber/author,635445. "...a political intrigue that spirals into an action and adventure series as the final events unfold. 8,994 P.E. — The elven city of Elvorium has become corrupted to the core by politics. With his father dead and the Royal Schism at his back, Prince Hairem ascends the throne as king of the elven world on Sevrigel. Young and bold, Hairem is determined to undo the council’s power, but the brutal murders by an assassin loosed within the city threaten to undermine the king’s ambitions. As corruption and death threaten to tear Elvorium apart from within, the warlord Saebellus threatens the city from without, laying siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem finds himself in a dangerous political balance between peace and all out war."
Stephen Zimmer at http://booklikes.com/stephen-zimmer/author,662886. "The Exodus Gate, by Stephen Zimmer, is a modern fantasy novel that is the first release in the Rising Dawn Saga. The story unfolds around Benedict Darwin, host of a popular late night radio show that deals with the paranormal. Benedict comes into possession of a virtual reality simulator that turns out to be something far greater and more powerful than he ever expected. Meanwhile, supernatural powers from the depths of the Abyss and their human allies are working tirelessly to bring about a One World Government. They are also laboring to bridge the boundaries between time and space to bring back the Nephilim, the monstrous offspring of Fallen Avatars and humans that were destroyed in a Great Flood that occurred long ages ago. An epic tale of courage, hope, and adventure, with fantastical realms and exotic creatures."
Amy McCorkle at http://booklikes.com/amy-mccorkle/author,2382993 . "Gemini Michaels doesn't believe in fairytales. Not the Disney kind anyway. More like Grimm's fairytales. Her father Jacob Michaels is a powerful man whose reach goes as high in government as his ambition allows. He got there by peddling in darkest of vices. Sexual slavery and prostitution…"
Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr. at http://booklikes.com/ronald-r-van-stockum-jr/author,4993260 . "…Set in Louisville, Kentucky in 1976, the writer recounts what-ifs with spectacular scenes in a rail yard, through hidden tunnels, and in old abandoned buildings. From the beginning when a visitor from another world pops up in a downtown Louisville ad agency, until the spectacular finale, Van Stockum gives us another unique and interesting journey in to the world of "What if?" …"
As with most of the Love Finds You series, this was a re-read for me. The first time I read it, I noted that I found it "heartwarming and touching", leading me to believe that I would have rated it 4 stars. The fact that the book is heartwarming and touching hasn't changed this time around, but what has changed is my perception of the book.
First of all, I found Vance's attitude very annoying. He wasn't much better than the jerk of a Phys Ed teacher, Kent! Meg may have overstepped her bounds some, but it was with the best interests of his child at heart! I also really didn't care for how he couldn't let his deceased wife Angie go, even though he was fully aware that he was falling in love with Meg.
Meg was a very kind and caring individual, though a bit naïve at times, especially when it comes to her mother and Kent himself. I found I could really identify with her! I liked how she made it a point to say at one point that she didn't want to take Angie's place in Vance and Cammy's hearts, she wanted her own unique place in their hearts because she was a different person than Angie was.
The religious aspect wasn't preachy in this story, more like woven into the daily lives of the characters, as if to say that it was a natural thing to each of them. I especially liked how Meg found her way back to her religious roots in this story!
Overall, the book was interesting enough to read once or twice, but I'm not sure it would reach comfort read status for me.