There are a lot of books coming out this Tuesday--more than any other week I've run this column. Most of them were even good. Here's a synopsis of the books I've reviewed that will be out this week.
- I'll Never Let You Go by Mary Burton (10/27): This is the third book in the Morgan's of Nashville Series, but can be read as a standalone novel. Leah Carson survived an attack by her ex-husband four years ago, but now women are being murdered in the same manner that he tried to kill her. She's reluctant to believe that he might be back because it took her so long to get her life back to some semblance of normal. When it becomes clear that he is back, the only person to believe her is Alex Morgan, an agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. I liked this book, although it worked more as a thriller than it did as a romance. 3.5 Stars
- What Happens Under the Mistletoe by Various (10/27): This is a Christmas anthology, the best I've read this year, featuring novellas by some of the most well-known historical romance authors of today. The best installment was Sweetest Regret by Meredith Duran, to which I gave a 5 star rating. My least favorite of the novellas was The Heiress and the Hothead by Sabrina Jeffries, but even this was a 3.5. Overall Rating: 4 Stars
- Wishes for Christmas by Fern Michaels (10/27): Upon first glance, you would not think that this is an anthology of three novellas all of which were written by Ms. Michaels. The first involves her Sisterhood Series, the second her Godmother Series, and the last brings both series together. I only got about half-way through the first novella. I used to read this series when I was in college and I loved it. Then, I started to think about the illegality of what the women in the group were doing (they're vigilantes, looking to correct what they saw as injustices done to the members of the group) and I could no longer read it. This novella involves Maggie, who is trying to fix something that she saw as being a mistake she made when she was just a kid. From what I could tell, there was zero romance happening, although according to Ms. Michaels's website, Maggie is engaged to Ted. They barely had any scenes together. If you've never read the series or haven't kept up with it, then you'll be completely lost, which was why I was on the Fern Michaels website. DNF
- One Wild Winter's Eve by Anne Barton (10/27): I was not a big fan of this book, although I did like both Rose and Charles. I just didn't buy a lot of the things that happened. Rose is the daughter of a Duke and has always known that she would have to marry for duty instead of love. Charles was the family's stable boy, but he's always wanted more, including Rose. She returns his affections, but it just isn't possible for them to be together. Or is it? The book follows them as they flee England in an attempt to start a new life in post-Revolutionary America. 3 Stars
- His Work of Art by Shannyn Schroeder (10/27): This is the newest novella in Ms. Schroeder's Hot and Nerdy Series and the first in her new trilogy (the first was about girl nerds and this one is about the guys). It is a New Adult series, so the characters are young (about 22). Adam Hayes is a comic book artist. Reese Carter is a comic book writer. Together they create a new comic book that will take the world by storm. There is a lot of tension between the two, but Adam is concerned about starting a relationship with her because of their different races (he's black and she's white). He knows that there will be a lot of people against them and isn't sure if he can handle that. What I really enjoyed about this novella was that it involved some heavy issues that were dealt with realistically despite being slightly more than 100 pages. 5 Stars