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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Heart of Lies by M.L. Malcolm (Book Review and Giveaway!)

Title: Heart of Lies
Author: M.L. Malcolm
Publisher: Harper Collins

My synopsis/thoughts: This book starts way back in 1919 in Budapest.  Leo Hoffman is working at a hotel when he finds out that his adopted family has been killed for ties to the Communist Party.  He is warned to not go home or he will meet the same fate.  He is only 19 years old.  We rejoin him six years later, still working at the same hotel.  He has been noticed by certain people in power because of his gift for languages.  He is proficient in five and has a certain way of reading people's body language that enables him to charm just about anyone. 

These people entice him to go to Paris under the ruse that he is just supposed to be an interpreter and also to listen in on wire-taps as an informant.  While in Paris he has a chance meeting with a young girl on a vacation from college. Her name was Martha Levy and she was from Germany.  It was love at first sight.  Before the next 48 hours are over, he has broken her heart and is on the run from the police.  He is forced to leave Paris, but cannot return to Budapest because of his crime.  He makes his way to Shanghai as he has heard that many people go there to start new lives. 

He is able to establish himself within a year and has sent word to Martha that he wants her to join him.  She had almost given up hope, but soon is on her way to Shanghai.  They are married quickly and begin their new life together. 

I don't want to tell you any more about the book and have tried to be vague about his Paris dealings as I don't want to give anything away.  I never knew what was going to happen next but truly loved this book.  There was something about Leo that made me overlook all the bad things that had happened/he had done - and just kept me rooting for him.  This book dealt with a lot about forgiveness - both having to forgive others and having to forgive yourself.  I was even more excited upon reading the author interview at the end because it sounds like there is going to be a second book!  I am very much looking forward to reading it.  I have to include this paragraph to show a little of the writing:

One night. A volcano erupts and destroys an entire countryside in one night. A hurricane rushes ashore and destroys an entire island in one night. An earthquake hits and destroys an entire city in one night. Her love for Leo had the power of a volcano, a hurricane, an earthquake. She could not just go on with her life as if she had not met him. She had to believe that he'd meant what he said. She had to believe that he would find her. (p60, Heart of Lies)

Readers can log onto MLMalcolm.com for more information about HEART OF LIES and M.L. Malcolm, including:


-M.L. Malcolm's bio: http://www.mlmalcolm.com/author_info.html
-A Q&A with M.L. Malcolm: http://www.mlmalcolm.com/conversation.html
-A Reading Group Guide: http://www.mlmalcolm.com/reading_group.html
-About Shanghai: http://www.mlmalcolm.com/shanghai.html
-About Budapest: http://www.mlmalcolm.com/budapest.html



GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to Harper Collins and Authors on the Web I have 2 copies of this book to giveaway! 
Simple Summer Rules still apply! Just leave your comment with an email address.  Spread the word about how easy it is to enter my summer giveaways! 
This giveaway is only open to U.S./Canada and will end on July 25.

~I received a copy of this book from Authors on the Web in exchange for my review.~ 


Publisher/Publication Date: Harper Collins, June 8, 2010
ISBN: 978-006-196218-9
318 pages

What's Happening Wednesday? 6-30-2010

Welcome to What's Happening Wednesdays?

I always have things going on during the week - or things going on with my kids - just stuff that I think I should post - but never seem to have anywhere to post it! I would love it if others would do posts about whatever is going on with them that they want to share - whether it be a gripe or good news - it will all be welcome here!

On my last What's Happening Wednesday post I said that I would have my daughter's grad pictures up and - you guessed it - they are not up (can't find the camera we used. . .)  BUT  I do have other pictures of all the fun stuff my son and I have been doing.  And since I didn't do a What's Happening post last week - this covers the last 2 weeks.

First up was a week of morning soccer camp.
I think they were playing Farmer and Foxes here - Jake had a "tail" tucked in his shorts and the other little boy is trying to grab it.

They were playing "crab" soccer - and Jake was the last one standing.


Here they were playing "Tom and Jerry" - His coach was "Jerry" and when he was touched "Tom" would chase him back to the starting line.

Then - we had our first day at the pool.  The fountains were the biggest draw.



We were just getting ready to get in the car.













Sunday afternoon we made water balloons so we could attack Dad when he got home.


But let me tell you about Saturday night.  I had received an email that Rachel Vincent was going to be signing books at the local Walmart.  I was very excited as we rarely get anyone doing just book signings up here.  My sister went with me and we walked all over the Walmart and finally found her.  But it wasn't just Rachel.  Get this - it was 5 - yes 5 authors!  Carla Neggers, Susan Mallory, Rachel Vincent, Emilie Richards and GENA SHOWALTER.  (Yes, I was excited to meet Gena Showalter!)  Needless to say I had to buy 4 books - but you will hear about them on my next Mailbox Monday.   I just happened to have my small camera in my purse so I snapped this shot.



So - what's happening in your little corner of the world?

Waiting on Wednesday: Faithful Place

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


Faithful Place
by Tana French
Publication Date: July 13, 2010

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was nineteen, growing up poor in Dublin's inner city, and living crammed into a small flat with his family on Faithful Place. But he had his sights set on a lot more. He and Rosie Daly were all ready to run away to London together, get married, get good jobs, break away from factory work and poverty and their old lives.


But on the winter night when they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn't show. Frank took it for granted that she'd dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again.

Neither did Rosie. Everyone thought she had gone to England on her own and was over there living a shiny new life. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie's suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank is going home whether he likes it or not.

Getting sucked in is a lot easier than getting out again. Frank finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind. The cops working the case want him out of the way, in case loyalty to his family and community makes him a liability. Faithful Place wants him out because he's a detective now, and the Place has never liked cops. Frank just wants to find out what happened to Rosie Daly-and he's willing to do whatever it takes, to himself or anyone else, to get the job done.


Faithful Place
Publisher/Publication Date: Viking, July 13, 2010
ISBN: 978-0670021873
416 pages

Waiting on Wednesdays is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

What are you waiting for?







Sunday, June 27, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (6/27/10)



What are you reading on Mondays is hosted by Sheila at One Person's Journey - You can hook up with the Mr. Linky there with your own post - but be sure and let me know what you are reading too!


Currently Reading:
The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
Damaged by Pamela Callow

Bathroom Book:
Starvation Lake: A Mystery by Bryan Gruley

Audio Book:
The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

New this week:
Lowcountry Summer by Dorothea Benton Frank
Private by James Patterson
This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia

Books reviewed last week:
Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown
To Surrender to a Rogue by Cara Elliott

Waiting to be reviewed:
Heart of Lies by M.L. Malcolm
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (audio) by Seth Grahame-Smith

101 Things I Learned in Fashion School by Matthew Frederick and Alfredo Cabrero
Heart of My Heart by Kristin Armstrong



Ready - Set - Read!

Mailbox Monday (6/19 - 6/26)

Bison roam the Black Hills of South Dakota
Mailbox Monday is hosted at The Printed Page . Please visit Kristi and Marcia  and take a look at what packages everybody else got this week!



Simply Irresistible
by Jill Shalvis
(Hachette/October)

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother -- a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won't be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career -- if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes -- and mouth -- are making it hard for her to remember that she's sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie's struggles to overcome the past, though she's about to discover that there's no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.


Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City
by Holly Denham
(Sourcebooks/August tour)

Things are finally going Holly Denham's way: she's in love, she's getting the recognition she deserves at work, and her friends and family have graciously opted to avoid disaster for the moment.

Just when Holly is starting to settle into her new life, scandal erupts and Holly finds herself at the center of a gossip whirlwind that threatens everything she's worked so hard for.

With everything near and dear to her on the line, will Holly be able to employ her usual pluck and charm to beat the gossipmongers, or will the scandal running rampant in the city ruin Holly's hard-earned and long-awaited happiness?


Infinite Days
by Rebecca Maizel
(from Shelf Awareness)

I release you, Lenah Beaudonte.
Believe. . . and be free.

Those were the last words I could remember. When I awoke, I immediately felt a cold surface on my left cheek. An icy shiver rushed down my spine.  "Rhode!" I screamed. He had to be here. There would be no world without Rhode. A door somewhere near me opened and closed. Rhode loomed over me but he was a blur. Even in the haze of that moment his icy-blue eyes pierced me, down to my soul.

After centuries of terrorizing Europe, Lenah Beaudonte, with the help of the handsome Rhode, has been able to realize the dream of all vampires -- to be human again. Now, as a raven-haired, sixteen-year-old, Lenah believes her greatest challenge is fitting in at her new school. But the challenges have only begun. The vicious coven Lenah once ruled is threatening the new-found pleasures of her human life, including the one guy who makes her feel most alive, Justin. Can this ex-vamp survive in an alien time and place or will her past come back to haunt her. . . forever?

In Infinite Days, Rebecca Maizel rewrites the rules of blood-sucking eternity with this fresh and edgy debut novel, the first in a sizzling new YA series.



Sin Undone
A Demonica Novel
by Larissa Ione
(Hachette/September)

Her touch is deadly.

As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she'll die before she'll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin's innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.

His hunger can't be denied.

Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she's no stranger: He's bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld's most wanted and Con soon learns he's the only one who can help her. . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.



Take a Chance on Me
by Jill Mansell
(UK cover shown)
(Sourcebooks/October)

Living in the small town of Channings Hill, Cleo has grown used to the fact that there are some people you just can't avoid, no matter how much you really, really want to.

When her job throws her into constant contact with her childhood nemesis Johnny LaVenture, she's perfectly content to leave the past behind.  But for someone she'd rather have nothing to do with, Johnny is getting harder and harder to ignore. . .







Room
by Emma Donoghue
(from Shelf Awareness)

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It's where he was born, where he and his Ma eat and play and learn. At night, Ma puts him safely to sleep in the wardrobe, in case Old Nick comes.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she's been held for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for her son. But Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's desperation -- and she knows Room cannot contain either indefinitely. . .

Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible.




Two Lethal Lies
by Annie Solomon
(Hachette, October)

On the run since his daughter was born, Mitch Turner has concealed a truth so dangerous, its discovery could jeopardize both their lives. But when a series of shocking murders hits their newfound home, the trail leads straight to Mitch. With the police out for blood and his daughter ripped from his arms, he has nowhere to turn -- until a beautiful stranger offers her help.

Neesy Brown has made mistakes in her life, yet she refuses to believe this mysterious man is a killer. There's a strength in his broad shoulders that draws her to him and a weariness in his eyes that she longs to ease. As the murders tear her small town apart, she vows to help Mitch find his missing child. But a cunning predator is pulling them deeper and deeper into his fatal game. And the price of losing is the child -- and the future -- they could both share. . .



Seduced by a Highlander
by Paula Quinn
(Hachette/September)

Sins that can't be forgiven.

Tristan MacGregor is famed throughout the Highlands as a silver-tongued seducer and an unrepentant rogue. Bold and charming, he's dallied with many women, yet none as beguiling and mysterious as the lass he steals a kiss from at the king's court. Little does he know this beauty is one of his clan's greatest enemies.

Passion that can't be denied.

Isobel Fergusson has despised the bloodthirsty MacGregors ever since they murdered her father. When she learns the handsome stranger who captivated her so is a MacGregor, she vows to forget him. But Tristan means to possess her at any cost and Isobel's body turns traitor at his touch. Can a man she's sworn to hate be the only one she can ever love?




Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued
by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher
(Multnomah/July)

Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch -- the ranch of rescued dreams -- where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need. And she soon began to realize that the dog was rescuing her.

An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder, Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced through her ailing yet courageous canine friend. Despite the blindness of her dog -- and her own heart -- Laurie uncovered what she really needed most: authentic love, unconditional trust, and true acceptance, faults and all.

As Laurie and her dog, Mia, both learned to follow the lead of a master they couldn't see, Laurie discovered the transforming power of God's grace even for imperfect and selfish people -- and she experienced a greater love than she had ever known.




A Season of Seduction
by Jennifer Haymore
(Hachette/October)

Although the widowed Lady Rebecca has sworn off marriage, men are another matter. London's cold winter nights have her dreaming of warmer pursuits -- like finding a lover to satisfy her hungry heart. Someone handsome, discreet, and most importantly as uninterested in marriage as she is. Someone like Jack Fulton.

A known adventurer and playboy, Jack seems like the perfect choice. There's just one problem: Jack isn't interested in an affair. He needs the beautiful, mysterious Lady Rebecca to be his wife. And he doesn't have much time to persuade her. A secret from Jack's past is about to surface, and by Christmas Day, he'll be either married to Rebecca or dead.




Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family
by Helen Brown
(Inkwell Management tour/September)

“We’re just going to look.” Helen Brown had no intention of adopting a pet when she brought her sons, Sam and Rob, to visit a friend’s new kittens. But the runt of the litter was irresistible, with her overlarge ears and dainty chin.



When Cleo was delivered weeks later, she had no way of knowing that her new family had just been hit by a tragedy. Helen was sure she couldn’t keep her—until she saw something she thought had vanished from the earth forever: her son’s smile. The reckless, rambunctious kitten stayed.


Through happiness and heartbreak, changes and new beginnings, Cleo turned out to be the unlikely glue that affectionately held Helen’s family together. Rich in wisdom, wit, heart, and healing, here is the story of a cat with an extraordinary gift for knowing just where she was needed most.





Last to Die
by Kate Brady
(Hachette/September)

No Warning
A ruthless killer hides in plain sight, portraying the ideal citizen while hatching a horrific plan. Sins of the past have come to light and now the time is right for revenge. Six desperate women will be brutally murdered as punishment for the secrets they've kept hidden. . .

No Escape
Detective Dani Cole is devastated to discover that a young woman viciously killed in a local park was someone whose life she'd helped redeem. Her investigation becomes even more personal when it leads her to Mitch Sheridan, a renowned photojournalist. The two share a painful past -- and an attraction that sparks as they race to find the killer. But danger is much closer than anyone imagines. For in the shadows, this calculating criminal has a new target: Dani Cole.



Be Compassionate
by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe
(First Wild Card Tour, August 9)

The life and ministry of Christ was marked by His overwhelming compassion for people. And His heart is the same today as it was then. As believers, we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ and to extend His extravagant love to a broken world. Based on the book of Luke, this study examines the very heartbeat of our Savior and explores how Jesus connects with hurting people in an authentic and powerful way.

Part of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's best-selling "BE" commentary series, Be Compassionate has now been updated with study questions and a new introduction by Ken Baugh. A respected pastor and Bible teacher, Dr. Wiersbe explores the compassionate life of Jesus. Filled with moving examples of Christ's ministry to people of all backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs, this study will inspire you to share His love with the world around you.



The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: John
by Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe
(First Wild Card Tour, July 28)

The book of John lays the very foundation of the gospel: Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and through Him we begin to truly live. This study takes an in-depth look at the life of Christ, from a miraculous public ministry that confirmed His calling to personal revelations that can transform the life of every believer. Rich in theology and essential to evangelism, the book of John provides a definitive guide to Christ's powerful message of hope.

The Wiersbe Bible Studies Series explores timeless wisdom found in God's Word. Based on Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe's popular "BE" series, each study provides topical, relevant insights from selected books of the Bible. Designed for small groups, this twelve-week study features excerpts from Dr. Wiersbe's commentaries on John, Be Alive and Be Transformed, along with engaging questions and practical applications, all designed to help you connect God's Word with your life.






Hailey's War
by Jodi Compton

Twenty-four-year-old Hailey Cain has dropped out of a U.S. military academy for reasons she won't reveal. Now working as a bike messenger in San Francisco, Hailey keeps a low profile until her high school best friend Serena Delgadillo makes a call that will turn her whole life upside down.

Serena is the head of an all-female gang on the rough streets of L.A. She wants Hailey to escort the cousin of a recently murdered gang member across the border to Mexico. It's a mission that will nearly cost Hailey her life, causing her to choose more than once between loyalty and lawlessness, and forcing her to confront two very big secrets in her past.

What did you get in your mailbox?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

To Surrender to a Rogue by Cara Elliott (Book Review)

Title: To Surrender to a Rogue
Author: Cara Elliott
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

My synopsis/thoughts: Alessandra della Giamatti, or Alessa, belongs to a group of scholars who call themselves the Circle of Scientific Sibyls.  They are all women - intelligent women, who have bucked society's rules to gain the knowledge that they have.  In private, they call themselves the Circle of Sin.

Alessa is a widow with a young daughter, Isabella.  She has fled from Italy because of a scandal that she wishes to forget, but isn't finding it easy to adjust to England's standards.  Somehow she continues to run into Lord James Jacquehart Pierson - or Black Jack and they go together about as good as oil and water.  Kind words rarely pass between them and yet they seem  to be drawn to each other. 

Jack was a soldier and a war hero, but he has an artistic side and is taking lessons in painting/drawing - and is quite good.  Based on a recommendation from his brother, he gets asked to accompany a group going on a archaelogical dig in Bath, in order to record findings with his art.  When he arrives, he discovers that one of their experts is Alessa.  Alessa is perturbed to find Jack in Bath and goes so far as to suggest that he "bought" his way in and will be bored in a matter of days.  Alessa also discovers that someone from her Italian past is also a member of this group - Frederico Bellazoni - and he is trying to blackmail Alessa into helping him recover a golden imago.

I liked Alessa's sarcasm where Jack was concerned and that she wasn't afraid to speak her mind - even if it did go against the times.  In the beginning, their relationship reminded me a little of the couple on the old tv series Moonlighting - (am I dating myself?).  They were both really sarcastic and a little mean, but you could tell that there was a spark between them - it was just going to be a matter of when.  This did have a twist at the end which I was not expected and that always makes a book more satisfying when you don't figure it out in advance!

This is the second book in The Circle of Sin trilogy - the first was To Sin With a Scoundrel which I reviewed back in March.  The third book - To Tempt a Rake - is due out in March of 2011.

~I received a copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for my review.~

To Surrender to a Rogue
Publisher/Publication Date: Grand Central Publishing, June 2010
ISBN: 978-0-446-54131-2
360 pages

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Winners!

Here is a recap of the latest winners:

For my personal giveaway for voting in the au pair contest - winner is #68 Colleen Turner - she gets to choose 2 books off of a list of my gently used arcs.

The Last Christian winner is #19 rubynreba.

Whiter than Snow winner is #3 Scottsgal

Winners of Still the One
#14 - enyl
#24 Aik
#18 - Anonymous (Jackie.smith)
#11 - christina
#4 - Kara

All winners have been e-mailed!  CONGRATS!

Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci -- Audiobook Giveaway!


by David Baldacci
Read by Ron McLarty

Evan Waller is a monster. He has built a fortune from his willingness to buy and sell anything. . . and anyone. In search of new opportunities, Waller has just begun a new business venture: one that could lead to millions of deaths all over the globe.

On Waller's trail is Shaw, the mysterious operative from The Whole Truth, who must prevent Waller from closing his latest deal. Shaw's one chance to bring him down will come in the most unlikely of places: a serene, bucolic village in Provence.

But Waller's depravity and ruthlessness go deeper than Shaw knows. And now, there is someone else pursuing Waller in Provence: Reggie Campion, an agent for a secret vigilante group headquartered in a musty old English estate -- and she has an agenda of her own.

Hunting the same man and unaware of each other's mission, Shaw and Reggie will be caught in a deadly duel of nerve and wits.



GIVEAWAY


I have three copies of this audiobook to giveaway -- courtesy of Hachette Books.
Simple summer rules -- just leave a comment with your email address.
Giveaway open to U.S./Canada - no PO boxes.
Giveaway ends July 14.

Giveaway Time! - The War Lovers (audio) by Evan Thomas


by Evan Thomas
Read by Richard Davidson

On February 15, 1898 the American ship USS Maine mysteriously exploded in Havana Harbor. News of the blast quickly reached U.S. shores, where it was met by some not with alarm but with great enthusiasm.

A powerful group of war lovers agitated for the United States to exert its muscle across the seas. Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge were influential politicians dismayed by the "closing" of the western frontier. William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal falsely heralded that Spain's "secret infernal machine" had destroyed the battleship, as Hearst himself saw great potential in whipping Americans into a frenzy. The Maine would provide the excuse they'd been waiting for.

On the other side were Roosevelt's former teacher, philosopher William James, and his friend and political ally, Thomas Reed, the powerful Speaker of the House.  Both foresaw a disaster. At stake was not only sending troops to Cuba and the Philippines, Spain's sprawling colony on the other side of the world -- but the friendships between these men.

Now, bestselling historian Evan Thomas brings us the full story of this monumental turning point in American history. Epic in scope and revelatory in detail, The War Lovers takes us from Boston mansions to the halls of Congress to the beaches of Cuba and the jungles of the Philippines. It is a landmark work with an unforgettable cast of characters -- and provocative relevance to today.



GIVEAWAY

I have three copies of this audiobook to giveaway - courtesy of Hachette Books.
Simple summer rules - just leave a comment with your email address.
Giveaway open to U.S./Canada - no PO boxes.
This giveaway will end July 14.



Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown (Book Review)

Title:Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives
Author: Josie Brown
Publisher: Downtown Press

My synopsis/thoughts: The "perfect" couple of Paradise Heights is getting a divorce - Harry and Dee Dee Wilder.  The news travels fast on Halloween, fueled by rumors from the Paradise Heights Women's League Board.  Margot, Brooke, Tammy, Isabelle, Colleen and Lyssa comprise this board. These women who set the standard for the community and gossiped about the "Undesirables" - those who did not make their standard - had as many secrets themselves. 

Lyssa runs into Harry a few days after Dee Dee moves out and befriends him.  She decides to run interference with the Board and get the women to accept him - It works for a short time - until Harry puts his foot down because he feels they want more than friendship and he is just not interested.  The women are miffed about this and deem Harry "Undesirable" - except for Lyssa.  She remains friends with Harry and tells herself it is just because Dee Dee has left  and he needs some help in learning how to take care of his kids. 

There are 2 other stay at home dads in the neighborhood and she decides to get them together with Harry for coffee.  She hopes this will work out better than it did with the moms.  Meanwhile, Ted, Lyssa's husband, is unaware of all the activities that keep his wife busy during the day - and his job is taking up more and more of his time - keeping him in the office late and traveling more.  When he discovers Lyssa's friendship with Harry, he immediately thinks it is more than it appears.

This timeline in this book was from Halloween until New Year's - and I found that to be pretty realistic when it comes to the rumor mill and how fast some people can change loyalties.  I am not sure what I found so fascinating about this book, but I could not put it down. I wanted Lyssa to have the life that she really wanted - not the life that she had accepted. I could not fathom turning on my friends the way her's turned on her - basically out of jealousy, because she had Harry's friendship (and they thought more than friendship) and they did not.  Even though they claimed to have each other's backs, they were the first ones to put the knives in the minute you turned around!

This would be a great book to take to the beach - it is easy to follow - fast-moving - and entertaining.  I will be recommending this one this summer.

~I received this book in exchange for my review from Pocket Books.~

Publisher/Publication Date: Downtown Press, June 1, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4391-7317-6
331 pages

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