Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Lynsay Sands and the Argeneau family are back and chasing a mad doctor!


Abigail Forsythe’s life hasn’t been easy lately. Still, if there’s one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it’s a naked man locked in a plane’s cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival . . . a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch.
Tomasso Notte knows he’s found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They’re miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso’s abilities, or of how intensely pleasurable their unique connection can be. But he’s about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night . . .

I did not enjoy Ms Sands last book as much as I usually do. However, this one I really liked!  Abby has had a rough time lately, so when her friend convinces her to stow away on the plane he is piloting so they could have a beach vacation, she jumps on it. But she never expected to find a naked man in a cage! She decides she must help him escape and they both end up jumping out of the plane. They land on a deserted beach. Eventually they stumble on to civilization and Tomas' friends, but there is still a nasty Doctor who conducts experiments on Immortals after them. Oh, and how will Abby take the fact that Tomas' isn't human? Always interesting to see how Ms Sands brings that up! 

Jodi Picoult brings a heart wrenching tale in "Small Great Things"


Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Whenever I see that Ms Picoult has a book out, my first thought is, "What controversy is she writing about this time?"  I think that this was a perfect topic for her to write about and I feel as if she did it in an eloquent way.

Ruth Jefferson has been a labor and delivery nurse for most of her life. She lost her husband to war and is raising her teenage son on her own. She's also African American. Her mother is a domestic servant for an affluent white family. Her sister embraces her African roots as much as she can and constantly complains about how blacks are treated poorly. Ruth feels like her sister prefers to have something to complain about than is interested in bettering herself.

When Ruth walks into work and goes to a room for an exam on a baby, she doesn't expect for them to be white supremacists who tell her supervisor they do not want her touching their baby. She also doesn't expect to be left alone with him after he had a procedure done and he was in trouble. Her orders were to not touch the baby, but does that include when he was having an emergency?

Little Davis dies and Ruth is arrested for murder. Public Defender Kennedy McQuarrie has never tried a murder case before, but she is so drawn to Ruth that she asks to be able to defend her.  Will separation of race between Ruth and Kennedy keep them from winning their case? Kennedy wants to keep race out of the courtroom when Ruth knows it has to be brought up, because that was why she wasn't allowed to help the baby. 

This book has so many ups and downs and twists and turns. It was simply fantastic and extremely tasteful and well done. The end though. OMG. Ms Picoult's endings always are a shock, this one, though, was extraordinary!

A new fairy tale story "Stealing Snow" by Danielle Page

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.
Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything . . . including Snow's return to the world she once knew.

Snow grew up thinking she was insane. Her parents put her in a mental institution at an early age, when she shattered a mirror, injuring her friend. She thought she had walked through the mirror. At the institute, she Snow meets Bale. He is her friend, confidant, and love. But he is kidnapped and she is determined to save him. She learns she is the daughter of a nasty king and she must decide her destiny, destroy him or join him. She meets several interesting people along the way.

I enjoyed the story, for the most part, occasionally it got annoying, but the end completely surprised me. I had no clue that was going to happen! Wow! It was worth the read just for that ending.