Things have been semi quite around here as I’ve dealt with some pretty devastating personal issues. But I’m back and things should be getting back under way now.
Can you believer it’s March already?! Well tomorrow, it’s March, but close enough. This year is flying by already and that’s kind of scary. That said I’m really enjoying the wide mix of books I’ve been reading lately and hope to keep that momentum running over the next few months.
In other news, I returned yesterday from Melbourne after spending a glorious long weekend in the city for the Australian Romance Readers Convention. It was a truly wonderful event, and I’m hoping to have a few posts up about it in the next week or so. Likewise, the weekend before I was fortunate enough to attend the Books By The Bridge signing in Sydney and that post should go live tomorrow.
After a long history with crappy guys, high school teacher Em Newman is going man-vegan. Four months of revirginization has opened her eyes to her doormat imitation but, baby’s got spine now, and some smooth-talking—even if he is sinfully hot—rugby player, won’t be adding her as a notch anytime soon.
Lincoln Quinn loves rugby, women, and poker. And he likes to win at all three. When his team mates bet him he can’t break through Em’s resolve, he’s more than up for the challenge. But this lady has a shoebox of stipulations before she’ll even go on a date with him, much less use that mouth for kissing instead of giving orders.
Something’s gotta give but this time Em’s not settling. And Linc’s questioning everything he ever knew about matters of the heart.
Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they can’t even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym.
When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust the community has put in them, and even their own safety to investigate her death. Their efforts bring them up against an old-school cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood like his own, and Dunlow’s young partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines.
Taking a business-for-losers course over the summer is Annie Cassidy’s idea of hell. Her place as ‘the looks not the brains’ in her family is well-established, and she has no intention of ever entering a classroom again. Even if it means letting down her sister. Again.
Jilted professor, Dominic Grayson, reluctantly takes a job teaching an adult-learning summer class. It’s a far cry from the university environment he’s used to, and it’s certainly not as stimulating as his regular job. Until Annie walks in and stimulates him in all the wrong ways. Avoidance seems the best option, but when his sister challenges him to see more than just her long legs and distraction techniques, Dominic can’t refuse.
As the summer heats up, lines start to blur: between student and teacher, friend and lover, until neither Dom nor Annie know where they stand. And when it seems like Project Annie is doomed, can either of them see beyond a summer fling into something real?
Last week on the blog:
REVIEW: The Golden Child by Wendy James 5/5 Stars