Saturday, May 30, 2009

Friday Finds (May 29)

What great books did you hear about /discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! :)

The books I heard of or discovered this past week and I really hope I'll read soon are..

1. Goodnight, Irene by Jan Burke

For thirty-five years the identity of the dismembered woman found under the Las Piernas pier has remained a mystery. What secret did she take to her grave? Southern
California reporter Irene Kelly has uncovered a maze of forensic records and confidential files that suggest a motive far more sinister than anyone imagined. The discovery has brought her close to Detective Frank Harriman, and closer still to exposing a killer who will resort to anything to keep his secrets buried — and Irene silenced forever.

2. Killing Fear by Allison Brennan

Fear Never Dies
Theodore Glenn is bright, charismatic, and loves to inflict pain . . . both on his victims before they die and on those who later find their mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago, Glenn vowed vengeance on his persecutors: Detective Will Hooper, the cop who nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose testimony put him behind bars.

When a catastrophic disaster sets convict Glenn free, he blazes a freshly-bloodied path across San Diego County. But the dea
th he craves most is Robin McKenna's.

Putting aside their past troubled relationship, Will rushes to protect Robin, now a savvy businesswoman o
perating her own upscale club. As the killings mount and Glenn proves a master manipulator, Robin and Will become snared in a twisted web of horror. But the shocking truth is even worse, for this macabre mystery has a twist: the evil they face is even more deadly than they fear.

3. Lucid by Katherine Yeboah (This book I got from Debra at
"It's called lucid dreaming. When you become aware that your dream is a dream, while you're actually dreaming it." Lucid dreaming. It sounded an intriguing enough prospect. A prospect worth giving a go. Why not? And, sure enough, Sloane's first journey into this heralded other-world does not disappoint. A dream unlike any she has ever experienced engulfs her. Swallows her whole. The thrill, however, comes quickly to an end, when Sloane finds herself gazing into her neighbor's apartment. And what she sees there, in a shadowed, secret room, will haunt her from that moment forward.

4. Essential Seduction by Nikki Soarde (This book I got from Debra at

David Metcalfe seduces women for a living. However, after several years as an undercover operative, using his dashing good looks to facilitate the quest for justice has lost its appeal. And when a retaliatory attack lands him in the hospital, he decides it's time to move on.

When friend and former colleague Detective Stevie Soltice
comes to him with a special request, it's hard to say no. Especially when the operation involves rescuing her daughter from The Way, a secretive cult isolated deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Stevie believes the only way in is through the founder's daughter Thea, a beautiful but lonely woman whom they hope will be vulnerable to David's unique talents.

When David meets Thea, she turns his life upside down. Her dedication and passion stir things inside him he's never experienced before and he finds himself falling in love for the
first time. But the deception complicates things. And eventually he must decide what's more important. His love for Thea or the welfare of an innocent young girl?

5. Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin

Rardin fuses spy girl with vampire slayer in this entertaining but derivative debut. Jasmine Jaz Parks, a martial artist turned vampire-hunting government agent, is assigned to protect top-notch operative Vayl, a 300-year-old vampire on the side of the good guys. As Vayl helps Jaz to hone her supernatural abilities and she tries to keep from falling for his Romanian charm, they track down a dirty senator in cahoots with Mohammed Khad Abn-Assan, a terrorist who's making plans for a Red Plague spread through vampire-to-human contact. Rardin delivers all the paranormal touches that fans of Hamilton, Harris and Whedon enjoy, and Jaz's jittery narration amuses, but the fang-filled plot, replete with action licks and paranormal theatrics, will have trouble standing out in this overcrowded field.

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Missy B. said...

Wow, great finds!

Robin M said...

Wow, they all look really really good. Adding most of them to my wish list. :)

Blodeuedd said...

Good finds indeed, I am liking that last book

Darlene said...

Great finds! Goodnight Irene looks really good.

Caspette said...

Goodnight Irene sounds good.

I will be interested to see what you think of Once Bitten Twice Shy. I have seen this one in the book store and have ummed and ahhed about it.

Anonymous said...

Good finds! I'm going to add Goodnight Irene and Lucid to my TBR list.


serendipity_viv said...

These look really good.

FleurDeMar said...

Interesting finds!

I have an award for you - it's waiting at my blog!

DeSeRt RoSe said...

Missy, thanks :)

Robin, thanks I'm glad to add to your wishlist :)

Blodeuedd, thank you :)

Dar, thanks, I really hope so :)

Caspette, I'll let you know :)

Nanscorner, thanks, I'm glad to add to your TBR :)

Scrap girl, thank you :)

FleurDeMar, An award !! WOW thanks, that is so sweet of you :)

Shonda said...

Killing Fear is on my TBR list. I've read great reviews about this author's books.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Desert Rose! Thanks for blogging about my giveaway! Love your blog! And your Friday Finds are great! I've just discovered Jan Burke and am putting Goodnight, Irene on my TBR list!

The Book Resort said...

The cover of Lucid freaks me the ___ out!

The Book Resort said...

Alison is always a gripping read. Enjoy your finds :]!

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Hey honey... head over to my place to pick up some awards that i have for you... hope you had a great weekend!

Jess said...

Once Bitten Twice Shy is a fun book, actually the whole series is pretty good. I don't think I could read Lucid, the cover alone would give me nightmares.

Sharon said...

These look great. Lucid sounds like a unique read! Thanks for the tips.

Jenny Girl said...

I've read Once Bitten last year. Not bad.

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