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Sunday, August 28, 2011

In My Mailbox August 28, 2011

In My Mailbox is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren and it was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.  This is where we show off the books that we got in the mail for review, via swap, bought, got from the library or any other means of obtaining books and bookish things.

I know that I ALWAYS find new books to add to my wishlist and I hope that you do too!

Around The World Tours:

Pure (Pure, #1)

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.
Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

I'm currently reading this one and so far it's REALLY good!


Tall dark and eligible? That’s all that matters to the women of Jacobsville when it comes to handsome and aloof FBI agent Jon Blackhawk. But if it were up to him, he would never settle down. Luckily, Jon has the best gatekeeper: his efficient and reliable assistant, Joceline Perry. Without her help, he’d be at the mercy of husband hunters – but the more he comes to rely on her, the more he notices how invaluable she really is…. While Joceline can’t deny that her boss is attractive, as a single mother with responsibilities she’s determined to be professional. But when Jon is accosted by a criminal seeking revenge, she comes to his aid – fueling the spark that is growing between them. As the attempts on Jon’s life increase, Joceline stands by his side. But when the smoke clears, will the man who avoided love realize that all he ever needed was right there all along?

I read this one in 1 sitting and it was REALLY good!

Lessons in Indiscretion

Widowed Lady Julia Renwick is still young enough to crave a man's touch; but she's too old to think that the Earl of Bedingfield could see her as anything more than a family friend. Garrett Walker is handsome, charming and only 26 years old—the perfect catch for any one of this year's debutantes.
Garrett has no interest in the maidens vying for his attentions. He wants only Julia. With just two weeks left in the season, he makes a bold move by asking her to dance. When she counters with a shocking request of her own, Garrett eagerly agrees.

Soon, they are stealing away for passionate encounters at every society event they attend. Garrett introduces Julia to excitements she never knew existed, and her newfound confidence quickly attracts other eligible men. It's not long before Garrett realizes he must find a way to keep the lady all to himself...
The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1)

Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game…

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara’s not interested in getting to know football’s most notorious playboy any better.

As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara’s life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick’s latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.

I really enjoyed this one a LOT!  It's a hot little number and you can read my review here.


Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry, #3)

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers’ lives. But that didn’t stop him from taking risks—whether he’s scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can’t stop looking for the next thrill.

Nikki Cruz lives her life by three rules—boys lie to get their way, don’t trust a boy who says “I love you,” and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Her parents may be from Mexico, but as a doctor’s daughter, she has more in common with her north-side neighbors than the Latino Blood at her school. Then she meets Luis at Alex’s wedding, and suddenly, she’s tempted to break all her rules.

Getting Nikki to take a chance on a southsider is Luis’s biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by Chuy Soto, the new head of the Latino Blood. When Chuy reveals a disturbing secret about Luis’s family, the youngest Fuentes finds himself questioning everything he’s ever believed to be true. Will his feelings for Nikki be enough to stop Luis from entering a dark and violent world and permanently living on the edge?

Bad Moon Rising (Dark-Hunter, #18) (Were-Hunter, #5)

A stunning and suspenseful new landscape emerges in the thrilling Dark-Hunter world—a world where nothing will ever be the same again. . .

Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances. And when the woman Fang loves is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her. Yet in order to save her, Fang must break the law of his people and the faith of his brothers. That breech could very well spell the end of both their races and change their world forever.

The war is on and time is running out...

Dangerous (Long, Tall Texans)
Tall, lean and headstrong, FBI agent Kilraven lives by his own rules. And one of those rules includes keeping his hands off Jacobsville’s resident sweetheart, Winnie Sinclair, no matter the temptation. Shy and innocent, Winnie couldn’t handle a man like him — a merciless man with a haunted past. And this small town may hold not only the woman he fights to resist, but the answers to a cold case that is very personal to Kilraven....
Winnie has had her own share of sorrow and senses Kilraven’s pain. Even though she tries to deny it, the gentle 911 operator feels a connection with the darkly handsome agent. When he makes the disturbing discovery that her family’s unsavory past might have a bearing on his case, Winnie is determined to help him crack it…and the ice around his heart.
As they combine forces in a dangerous investigation, the stakes rise ever higher. Winnie’s life is on the line, and she’ll need Kilraven more than ever. But if they are to have a future together, her ruthless Texan will need to confront his past and risk it all for their love.

Library (To many to post pix of so click the link to go to goodreads page):

This side of the grave - Jeaniene Frost
First Drop of Crimson - Jeaniene Frost
Eternal Kiss of Darkness - Jeaniene Frost
Uncommon Criminals - Ally Carter
Department 19 - Will Hill
So Much Closer - Susane Colasanti
Rot & Ruin - Jonathan Maberry
Chime - Franny Billingsley
Beauty Queens - Libba Bray
Bossy Pants - Tina Fey
Darkness Becomes Her - Kelly Keaton
Hereafter - Tara Hudson
A Need So Beautiful - Suzanne Young
Nightshade - Michelle Rowen
You Wish - Mandy Hubbard



Sash and Em said...

WOW! you got alot from the library! hope you enjoy them all!


Michelle Santiago said...

awesome IMM. i'm really excited for pure and i kinda still drool a little whenever i see the cover for the perfect play. enjoy all your books this week :)

i hope you can stop by and check out our WoW this week.


Book Blather said...

Cool IMM. The Perfect Play sounds really good. I finished Chain Reaction yesterday, so i'll review it soon. :) Have a great reading week!

Unknown said...

Great books! I am particularly appraciating all the hot half naked man covers!! I hope enjoy them : P


Suzanne @ Under the Covers

Sarah (The Book Life) said...

I keep hearing so much about the Perfect Chemistry series, I really should check it out. Darkness Becomes Her is one of my favorites! I hope you enjoy :0)

Misty said...

A friend of mine has been pushing Darkness Becomes Her, so at some point, gonna have to check that out. And I have Chime scheduled in to my reading coming up.
Enjoy all your goodies!

Alissa said...

A lot of people seem to either love or hate Chain Reaction. Hope you like it!

Unknown said...

I love Simone Elkeles! I can't wait to read Chain Reaction, but I also don't want it to end!
Awesome books this week though, enjoy!:D


Jessica said...

Wow! My library doesn't even let that many books leave the place.

Thanks for stopping by my IMM this week!

Jess @ The Midnight Bookworm

-k said...

Oooo I was able to grab a copy of Pure at BEA and I've heard nothing but great things about it ever since. I really hope that you enjoy reading it and all your other books from this week. I really cannot wait to read Chain Reaction!!

Christy @ TheReaderBee said...

Awesome mailbox! I love Diana Palmer! :) Enjoy!

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) said...

You got a nice set of books. I haven't read Mick's story but I did read Gavin's and really enjoyed it.
Happy Reading,
Book Sniffers Anonymous

Angel Snyder said...

Great IMM! I can't wait to get to Chain Reaction!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Amber said...

Lots of amazing things in your mailbox. I really want to read Pure. I hope you love it and all your reads!