Friday Booktalk

Before I flit off on vacation I’ll put up a few ideas for some great reading.

First: Red Garnier’s Divine Assistant releases today from Ellora’s Cave

Divine Assistant

Blurb: Lucy Divine has her career perfectly mapped out, and a new job as assistant to renowned investor Patrick Holden is an extremely opportune place to start. To Lucy’s surprise, however, her notorious new boss’s accomplishments are instantly overshadowed by his attitude. He’s arrogant and conceited and pleasing him is next to impossible. But Lucy’s disturbed to find she wants to please himβ€”in every way possible. Holden’s brooding, sizzling good looks make Lucy wonder if his passion extends beyond the boardroom.

No one’s ever called Patrick Holden a sweetheart. If he’s anywhere in this world, it’s due to his fierce determination. A blonde, sexy bombshell assistant whose body is begging for a tumble is a distraction he can certainly do without…and one he’s hell bent on getting rid of. No assistant has ever lasted under the strain of his demands, but Lucy is proving to be the exception. She’s intelligent, resourceful, determined β€” and Patrick quickly realizes the only hostile takeover he’s interested in involves his Divine assistant.

Another new release is this one – Coming Together for the Cure with a story, My Right Breast, by none other than my dancin’ partner, Amelia June. (One agitating thing is the buy page has no other author or content info except for one when it’s a multi author anthology – this is odd) – EDITED TO ADD – Amelia put this link to the antho website where it has the names of all the contributing authors. As I thought, a really impressive line up!

From Amelia’s website here’s the blurb about her story: A short story in the Coming Together for the Cure anthology about a woman recovering from a mastectomy with the help of her husband and dominant. A sexy tale about a loving and kinky couple.

Don’t know who else is in it. No info anywhere, but it’s for charity and it’ll be out in print in October too!

I didn’t get much reading done this week. I got first round edits in and turned around for Reading Between the Lines and it looks like I’ve got something coming out in December that I’ll talk about later but I’m writing it now.

But I did finish up Lori Devoti’s Love is All You Need. This one is a contemporary which is also set in the Ozarks near Daisy Creek (the setting of Love is All Around) and gives us a pleasing glimpse of the life of some of the characters in her first book.

But Love is All You Need takes all the heartwarming sweetness and humor of Love is All Around and kicks it up several notches into something even better than her first novel.

Love is All You Need is a wonderful romance. It’s hot with great sexual tension beween Del and the super sexy Sam but there’s a great connection between these two very unlikely characters. There’s also a lot of humor between them.

Devoti gives us an HEA but not in a straight line. It’s a crooked road but just like her characters and their surroundings, unconventional works.

I hope she’ll be back to the Ozarks sometime again, I really enjoy her contemporary romances.

I’ve got a stack of books and several more loaded onto my laptop for vacation so I hope to catch up at least partially on my TBR pile while I’m gone. I should finish up with Kelley Armstrong’s No Human’s Allowed tonight (I love her books) and even though it’ll earn me the “what the hell are you doing buying MORE books” look from my dude, I’m planning to pick up Rachel Caine’s newest and a few of Michelle Pillow’s Cheek titles while I’m away too so I’ll have lots to talk about when I get back!

4 comments to “Friday Booktalk”

  1. Collette
    August 17th, 2007 at 11:52 am · Link

    Have a fabulous time with your sweetie!

  2. Red
    August 17th, 2007 at 2:49 pm · Link

    Thanks for the primo pimping, Lauren. And have a wonderful time. Hope to see pics when you get back? Have fun! πŸ˜€

  3. Amelia
    August 17th, 2007 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Hey Lauren, thanks for the nod!

    I don’t know why they don’t list the authors on the Phaze site, but here’s the official anthology website with the whole list:


  4. Kelly Maher
    August 22nd, 2007 at 11:32 am · Link

    Hi Lauren! Thanks for the nod as well since I’m one of the other contributors to the anthology πŸ˜€ Hope you’re having fun on vacation!