Posts Tagged ‘steamy’

Match Me if You Can

April 4, 2012

Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Title: Match Me if You Can

Genre: Romance

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 383

Geographical Setting: Chicago

Time Period: Contemporary

Series: Chicago Stars Series book #6

Plot Summary: Annabelle Granger is a matchmaker in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. She inherited the clunky business from her late grandmother and is determined to make it her career. But before she can bring fame and fortune to Perfect for You, she has to land a client that will turn heads: Heath Champion, sports agent and heart breaker extraordinaire. Heath has decided it is time for himself to land a wife, and while he has never had trouble with the ladies, his search for a very specific woman has him employing the service of two competing matchmakers. Can Annabella’s homespun business compete with the elite Power Matches to find picky Heath the woman of his dreams?

Subject Headings: Single men – fiction, Single women – fiction, Sports agents – fiction, Matchmakers – fiction, Women business owners – fiction, Inheritance and succession – fiction, Dating services – fiction, Business competition – fiction, Dating (Social customs) – fiction, Mate selection – fiction.

Appeal: fast-paced, humorous, romantic, strong secondary characters, multiple points of view, engaging, details of Chicago, steamy, resolved ending, quirky characters, playful, light-hearted.

3 Appeal Terms that Best Describe the Book: playful, humorous, quirky characters.

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Negotiate Like the Pros: A Top Sports Negotiator’s Lessons for Making Deals, Building Relationships, and Getting What You Want by Kenneth L. Shropshire – Heath has built his empire around his career as a sports agent.

Fodor’s Chicago 2012 by Fodor’s – You read about all the Chicago hotspots Annabelle explored. Now it’s time to see the Windy City for yourself!

Matchmaking From Fun to Profit: A Complete Guide to Turning Your Matchmaking Skills into a New Business by Matchmaking Institute – Annabelle experienced the ups and down of the matchmaking business. Check out this book for more information about her career or how to start your own business.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
A Christmas Wedding by Andrew M. Greeley – Similarly to Match Me if You Can, this book is set in Chicago and is a steamy romance. Chucky and his lifelong rival Rosemarie attend the same college. They decide to get through school by being “just friends.” But when does “just friends” ever work?

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson – Another humorous romance story set in contemporary times with characters who have a sports background. Jane is a sports reporter with a focus on Seattle’s hockey team and their hot goalie Luc. Luc has a distaste for reporters and is set to give Jane trouble.

The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise – A contemporary and funny romance novel. Daisy’s neighbor needs a fiance to score the career promotion he is after, so he enlists Daisy to be his faux bride-to-be. Is there more to their friendship or is it all one big flop?
name: Jaymie

Breathing Room

April 4, 2012

Author: Phillips, Susan Elizabeth

Title: Breathing Room

Genre: Romance

Publication Date: 2002

Number of Pages: 369

Geographical Setting: Tuscany, Italy

Time Period: Contemporary

Series: N/A

Plot Summary:

It seems as though Dr. Isabel Favor’s life is falling apart when her fiance leaves her, her accountant steals her money and leaves her to pay over 1 million in back taxes, and her self-help empire comes crumbling down. Everything that she has worked so hard for has slipped between the cracks, so when a friend offers up a cottage in Tuscany for a few months, Isabel sees this as a chance to start over. Before entering Tuscany, she spends a night in Florence, where she meets a handsome Italian man, Lorenzo. Isabel goes against everything she believes in and has a one night stand with the sexy stranger. Much to both of their dismay, after Isabel arrives to her farmhouse cottage she discovers the hunk she had a one night stand with is her landlord. And he is not the Italian stranger he pretended to be, but an American bad boy movie star, Ren Gage. Isabel tries to her resist her obvious attraction to the sexy movie star before finally succumbing to her desires to be with him. The two plan to make the relationship strictly sexual, but that can prove more difficult than planned.  Things are complicated when Ren and Isabel try to figure out a secret the town seems to be hiding from them.  Ren’s ex-wife also shows up one day with her five children to escape her husband who she believes to be cheating on her.  This book explores a new, steamy romance, as well as love and complications in marriage.

Subject Headings: Fiancés, Loss (Psychology), Women psychologists, Americans in Tuscany, Sexuality, Desire, Men/women relations, Film actors and actresses

Appeal: funny, steamy, fast-paced, engaging, romantic, moving, passionate, insightful, strong sense of place, sympathetic characters, accessible language, resolved ending

3 Appeal terms to best describe book: passionate, funny, engaging

3 Fiction read-alikes:

I’m In No Mood For Love by Rachel Gibson. Much like Isabel, After Clare Wingate finds her fiancé having an affair she finds herself with a sexy journalist who is nothing like her.  This funny and sexy story follows Clare as she decides whether or not she loves or hates her new lover and his carefree and commitment-free lifestyle.

Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Cruise. This humorous contemporary romance follows Tess Newhart and her ex-boyfriend Nick, as she pretends to be his fiancé on a weekend business trip.  Like Isabel and Ren, these two find that opposites do in fact attract.

Houston, We Have A Problem by Erin McCarthy. This humorously written novel follows Dr, Houston Hayes as he tries to have a one night stand with his resident Josie, and inevitable complications follow.

3 Non-fiction read-alikes:

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Like Isabel, the author of this book heads to Italy, and other exotic locations after a failed relationship.  Eat, Pray, Love also contains humor, romance, and enlightenment.

The Italian Affair by Laura Fraser. The author of this memoir moves to Italy after the devastating news that her husband has left her for her high school sweetheart.  She begins a steamy love affair with a married professor. This book is filled with rich descriptions of European countries, humor, and insight into understanding one’s self.

Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and A Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone by Beth Lisick.  Dr. Isabel Favor is a self-help guru whose life falls apart despite following her own rules.  In this perceptive humorous book, the author explores the self-help world to see what works and what doesn’t.

Dutch

November 17, 2011

Author: Teri Woods

Title: Dutch

Genre: Urban Lit

Publication Date: 2003

Number of Pages: 242

Geographical Setting: New York and New Jersey

Time Period: Contemporary

Series: 1st in the Dutch Series

Plot Summary: Bernard James Jr., better known as Dutch, is a New York drug kingpin, but when the book starts, he’s on trial and it seems like his empire is about crash all around him. As the trial continues, the testimony and a series of flashbacks serve to show Dutch’s rise to power from a teen working at a pizza place to a car thief, and after a stint in prison his eventual transformation into one of the most infamous druglords in the East Coast.

Subject Headings: Gangsters, organized crime, street life, mafia, African-American men

Appeal: fast-paced, dark, gritty, hard-edged, stark, plot-driven, dialect-heavy, compelling, flashbacks, steamy, chilling, flawed characters

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: fast-paced, gritty, flashbacks

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Dyson, Michael. “Mercy, Mercy, Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye”. Not quite a biography, Dyson’s book shows how various factors—his abusive father, living in the inner city, cultural racism, religious upbringing, alcoholism and drug abuse—shaped Marvin Gaye into the popstar and man he became. Woods does similar in creating the story of Dutch.

Greene, Robert.  “48 Laws of Power”. Dutch was all about power—who had it, how to earn, it, how to keep it, even during Dutch’s stint in juvie. In this book, Greene discusses the concept of power and creates a series of laws based on popular leaders, such as Machiavelli, Henry Kissinger, Sun-Tzu and Queen Elizabeth. Dutch would probably keep this book on his nightstand.

Moore, Wes. “The Other Wes Moore”. Popular book showing the true-life story of two black men named Wes Moore who grew up on the streets; one ended up in jail, the other was a Rhodes Scholar. Dutch seemed to blame society for his fate, and this book focuses on society’s effects on black inner city youth.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Ashley and JaQuavis. “The Cartel”. The Diamond family is the most infamous drug cartel family in Miami; when Carter dies, his illegitimate son takes over; but a rival group tries to take them down. Like Dutch, Young Carter is a new kingpin that must take on rivals in a gritty urban lit title.

Dickey, Eric Jerome. “Thieves’ Paradise.” Dante Black is a low-level hood, as opposed to Dutch’s far-loftier lifestyle. However, both must deal with betrayal within their circle of friends, ex-lovers, and others in this urban lit book.

Puzo, Mario. “The Godfather.” Although a different sort of gangster in some ways, Dutch probably modeled himself in some ways after Don Corleone, the eponymous Godfather. This is the book that was the basis for the movie, and a classic in its own right.

Name: Brian C

Every Thug Needs a Lady

November 17, 2011

Author: Wahida Clark

Title: Every Thug Needs a Lady

Genre: Urban Fiction, Romance

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 294

Geographical Setting: New York City and surrounding area

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): Thug series, #2

Plot Summary: Roz, a physical therapy student, vows to never get involved with a thug again after her boyfriend of five years cheats on her while he’s in prison. But her plans to stay on the straight and narrow go awry when Trae, her ex-boyfriend’s business partner–who is handsome, powerful, and definitely a thug—tells her he wants to make her his woman.  Being with a thug has its advantages—hot sex and designer clothes among them—but there’s one big problem: Roz wants Trae to leave the lifestyle, and Trae isn’t ready yet.

 Subject Headings: Street life, prisons, man-woman relationships, friendship

 Appeal: gritty, fast-paced, large cast of characters, urban, violent, sexually explicit, strong language, character-driven, romantic, women’s lives and relationships

 3 appeal terms that best describe this book: gritty, urban, sexually explicit

 3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen by Reymundo Sanchez and Sonia Rodriguez

This memoir of the life of a female gang member is gritty, urban, and a fascinating look at the life of a young woman who makes different choices under similar circumstances to the heroines of Every Thug Needs a Lady.

Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis Rodriguez

This memoir of a gang kingpin is incredibly popular and tells an urban, gritty tale of violence, sex, and danger.

Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir by Stanley Williams

This memoir of the former head of the Crips who went from gang leader to peace activist combines gritty and explicit memories of his gang days with the philosophy and peace protocol he developed while in prison.

 3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Upstate by Kalisha Buchannon

Seventeen-year-old Antonio and his girlfriend, Natasha, write letters back and forth as Antonio is imprisoned for a crime he may or may not have committed.  A moving coming-of-age story as well as an enduring love story, this literary novel features characters with similar lives and backgrounds to those in the Thug series, but with a more ambiguous and bittersweet ending.

Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

This street-lit classic is referenced by the characters in the opening chapter of Every Thug Needs a Lady.  It’s the story of the daughter of a drug lord who takes over her father’s business; and despite the consequences, even the words of her mentor can’t make her give up the lifestyle.

The Sex Chronicles by Zane

This collection of 15 erotic short stories features thugs, the women who love them, and nearly every scenario imaginable—and is also immensely popular with a gritty, urban tone.

 

Name: Shelley

The Heat Seekers by Zane

November 16, 2011
 

Author: Zane

Title: The Heat Seekers

Genre: Urban Fiction /African American

Publication Date: 2002

Number of Pages: 320

Geographical Setting: Washington, D.C.

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: In addition to the witty dialogue and steamy sex that Zane is known for, The Heat Seekers is also a saga of two strong women who face some serious issues and manage to overcome them. Best friends Janessa and Tempest have all but given up on finding straight, single, good-looking men who are not “freaks.” Out to have some fun one night, they go to a local club to “get their groove on.” As chance would have it, they end up meeting two eligible men who are also best friends. Geren is handsome, available, seemingly perfect, and is very interested in Tempest. Dvonte is a cute and charming “playa” who nonetheless wins Janessa’s heart. Erotic tension builds for Tempest and Geren as they wait to consummate their love, while Janessa and Dvonte are not ashamed to express their desires. As each couple embarks on their different relationships, the drama builds as each confront issues that could threaten their fairy tale romances. Despite the focus on sexual love, at the heart of this novel is the caring relationship these two women have with each other, and their ability to help each other through rough times. This is an entertaining, thought provoking novel that encourages readers to reflect on their own lives and accomplishments. It also has enough humor and steamy sex scenes to satisfy any reader.

Subject Headings: African American, Urban Fiction, Erotic Fiction, Unwanted Pregnancy, Contemporary Romance Appeal: candid, emotionally charged, dramatic, compassionate, humorous, romantic, sensual, erotic, playful, sympathetic characters, well developed characters, evocative, insightful, character centered, steamy, issue oriented, racy, resolved ending, strong language, sexually explicit, steamy, thought provoking, contemporary, urban, accessible, conversational

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: steamy, thought provoking, humorous

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

How Stella Got her Groove Back by Terry McMillan. Like The Heat Seekers, this book features a strong, African American protagonist who embarks on a passionate love affair and provides the reader with a fairy tale ending.

Sweeter than Honey by Mary B Morrison. This is a steamy, urban tale. Like The Heat Seekers, it features a strong female African American protagonist who encounters drama and has to overcome adversity. It also deals with complex, thought-provoking issues.

True to the Game by Teri Woods. This gritty, urban tale is grittier than The Heat Seekers, yet it provides readers with a similar steamy love affair between passionate African American characters. Like The heat Seekers, this novel deals with some of the serious issues facing contemporary young people.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors In Good Conscience: a Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Guide to Deciding Whether to Have an Abortion by Anna Runkle. Multiple characters in The Heat Seekers deal with unwanted pregnancy, all in different ways. One character deals with a very difficult abortion. This guide will help readers who may be facing the same situation to think their pregnancy through before making a decision.

Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: a Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Decide Whether To Stay in or Get Out of your Relationship by Mira Kirshenbaum. In The Heat Seekers, Janessa stays in a bad relationship with Dvonte. Readers who are dealing with a similar situation in their lives may find help in this chatty, sympathetic relationship guide.

 Men, Love & Sex: the Complete User’s Guide for Women by David Zinczenko with Ted Spiker. The relationships in The Heat Seekers are complicated and the men sometimes seem like they are from another planet. At the same time, the characters are all having satisfying sexual adventures. This book would be great for readers who want to understand the other sex a little more or simply put some spark into their sex lives.

Name: Meghan Maleski

Strange Bedpersons

October 26, 2011

Author: Jennifer Crusie

Title: Strange Bedpersons

Genre: Romance

Publication Date: 2003

Number of Pages: 328

Geographical Setting: Kentucky

Time Period: Contemporary

Plot Summary: Tess and Nick are no longer together; chalk it up to being completely different people. She’s a feminist teacher who grew up on a commune and is extremely outspoken. He’s a conservative, womanizing lawyer who wants to make partner. Of course, underneath his outer-shell, Nick is a decent guy. So when he needs a fake-fiancé for a weekend trip to Kentucky to help his career, she’s willing to play along. See, Nick has to court a Rush Limbaugh-esque writer to get a promotion, and he’s on the school board for a school Tess wants to work at. Will Tess and Nick be able to get his help, and will their closeness affect their relationship?

Subject Headings:

Thirties (age), men/women relationships, lawyers

Appeal: fast-paced, humorous, lighthearted, romantic, upbeat, steamy, conversational, heartwarming, multiple plotlines , charming, breezy, character-centered

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: romantic, lighthearted, humorous

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Brooks, David. “The Social Animal.” Brooks writes about a hypothetical couple and details and discusses soft-science about human nature as he views how the couple changes over the years, much as Tess and Nick change during the novel.

Dowd, Maureen. “Are Men Necessary?” A humorous look at changing gender-roles and relationships; quite possibly a book Tess would have on her shelf.

Gray, John. “Men, Women and Relationships: Making Peace with the Opposite Sex.” By the author of “Men Are From Mars…”, this book details overcoming differences and says not to change your partner—something Tess and Nick learned about.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Dahl, Victoria. “Bad Boys Do”. A HQN romance about wrong first impressions, women in their 30s not wanting to change to find a husband, and a light, goofy, tone.

Donovan, Susan. “Knock Me Off My Feet.” Both books have ‘tomboyish’ main characters with an opposites-attract romance plotline and witty tone.

Higgins, Kristan. “Just One of the Guys”.  Both have tomboy main characters, and a light, breezy, tone, although this romance here has a “will he notice me” vibe.

Name: Brian C

Fire and Ice

October 5, 2011

Author: Garwood, Julie

Title: Fire and Ice

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publciation Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 352

Geographical Setting: Chicago, Illinois; Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): Buchanan Novels ( 7 of 8 )

Plot Summary: Sophie Rose is a feisty and tenacious journalist with a nose for a good story. When Sophie leaves her job at a major Chicago newspaper to work for a small local paper in Alaska, she unintentionally finds herself in the middle of a bizarre story. Far from the city crime beat, she now covers local stories and showcases hometown personalities, such as the winner of several area 5K marathons. When that runner turns up dead with Sophie’s business card tucked into one of his trademark red socks, Sophie follows the trail of the mystery north to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. She is accompanied by former FBI agent Jack MacAlister, who serves as her bodyguard. Sophie and Jack face the dangers of the Alaskan wilderness, as well as their growing attraction toward each other.

Subject Headings: Conspiracies, Former FBI Agents, Bodyguards, Attraction, Male/Female Relationships, Protectiveness in Men, Moving to a New State, Murder Investigation, Small Towns, Female Journalists

Appeal: Action-Packed, Character-Driven, Fast-Paced, Atmospheric, Dramatic, Romantic, Steamy, Suspenseful, Conversational, Descriptive, Dialogue-Rich, Simple Language.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Action-Packed, Steamy, and Suspenseful.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Always Time to Die by Elizabeth Lowell

Similar to Sophie Rose, the heroin of this book is a writer who seeks to uncover hidden secrets. Similar to Fire and Ice, this book features action, adventure and romance. Readers who enjoy Romantic Suspense with strong female lead characters may enjoy this book.

The Maze: FBI Series by Catherine Coulter

This book introduces Catherine Coulter’s famous FBI couple, Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich. While these characters reappear in many of her books, this book follows a similar pattern to Fire and Ice in that it follows the characters as they solve a mystery, falling in love in the process.

Show No Mercy by Cindy Gerard

This is the first book in Gerard’s well-reviewed Black Ops series. Readers who enjoy Fire and Ice will likely be drawn to many of this book’s similar features. It has a female journalist, political conspiracy, action, adventure, and of course… romance.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Call of the Wild: My Escape to Alaska by Guy Grieve

Alaska serves as an essential backdrop to Fire and Ice. The setting has a significant impact upon the way in which the plot unfolds. Readers who are drawn to Fire and Ice because of its setting may also be drawn to Grieve’s account of his time spent in the Alaskan wilderness.

Emus Loose in Egnar: Big Stories from Small Towns by Judy Muller

The evolution of Sophie’s career as a journalist, especially her transition from the big city to a small town, has significant impact upon her character development. Readers drawn to stories about journalists in small towns may find this an interesting read.

The FBI Career Guide: Inside Information on Getting Chosen for and Succeeding in One of the Toughest, Most Prestigious Jobs in the World by Joseph W. Koletar

Similarly, Jack’s past as an FBI Agent plays a significant role in shaping his character and his personality. Readers drawn to stories about FBI Agents or former FBI Agents may be interested in learning more about the profession.

Name: Brigitte Bell

Black Ice

October 5, 2011

Author: Anne Stuart

Title: Black Ice

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 384

Geographical Setting: France, in and aroundParis; AppalachianNorth Carolina

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): Ice Series, #1

Plot Summary:  When American in Paris Chloe Underwood takes a translating job at a French chateau for the weekend as a favor to her flighty roommate, she thinks she’ll be spending her time with a group of high-powered grocery importers. But when she discovers that the group of grocers is, in fact, arms dealers, she finds herself on the run for her life with the sexy and dangerous Bastien Toussaint as her protector. . .or is he her kidnapper?

Bastien Toussaint suspects the naïve young American of being an operative, but he can’t figure out who she’s working for. As an operative for the shady anti-terrorism group The Committee, he’s tired of killing, tired of hiding, and tired of living. Something about Chloe gets under his skin, and when he realizes that she is an innocent who has stumbled into danger, he betrays everything he thought he knew to keep her safe.

Subject Headings: arms dealers, France, Paris, suspense, romance, covert operations

 Appeal: violent, graphic, steamy, romantic, breakneck, sexually explicit, claustrophobic, dangerous, simple language, fast-paced, suspenseful, plot twists

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: dangerous, violent, sexy

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible  by Douglas Farah and Stephen Braun

This biography of Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer, delves into the international arms trade and the shady character who controls much of its operations. Just as Black Ice explores the line between justifiable violence and that which readers cannot forgive, this book explores the man behind a trade that some praise and many condemn.

We’ll Always have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light by John Baxter

Part memoir, part travelogue, part gossip sheet, this collection of essays by an Australian expatriate delves into the seedier side of the city, detailing cafes and brothels, bondage shows and museums. For readers who love both the romance and squalor ofParis.

The Social Agent: A True Intrigue of Sex, Spies, and Heartbreak behind the Iron Curtain by Charles Laurence

This chronicle of secret agents in 1950sPraguefocuses on the seductive double agent Jiri Mucha, whose famous friends and social magnetism placed him at the center of a world of danger and intrigue.

 3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Undertow by Cherry Adair

In this first book in a series about three treasure-hunting brothers, Zane Cutter hires childhood friend Teal to serve as a mechanic and diver on his latest mission. As their feelings for each other heat up, so does danger from every source, including bad guys, Federal agents, and even a hurricane. Like Black Ice, this features an exotic setting, lots of danger, and a steamy romance.

Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard

When Janie Bright and her friends make a list of the qualities they’d like to see in their Mr. Perfect, they don’t expect it to end up going public—or to end up in danger from a crazed stranger. But is the undercover cop—or is he really a bad guy?—next door is both sexy enough to keep Janie busy and bad enough to keep her safe? This book features a dangerous situation, a shady is-he-good-or-is-he-bad hero, and a lot of steam.

Show no Mercy by Cindy Gerard

This first book in Cindy Gerard’s Black Ops series features a damaged reporter, a shadowy billionaire, and the damaged hero who is a member of an elite Black Ops force.  With a high body count, bombings, kidnappings, and plenty of suspense to balance the romance, this book shares the high violence and sexuality level of Black Ice.

Name: Shelley

The Perfect Husband

October 5, 2011

Author: Lisa Gardner

Title: The Perfect Husband

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: 1998

Number of Pages: 404 p.

Geographical Setting: Arizona (Nogales), U.S. East Coast

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): Pierce Quincy Novels

Plot Summary:  Abused by her father as a girl, gentle and obedient Tess Williams believes that she is saved when police officer Jim Beckett appears in her life and marries her, only to discover that life married to sadistic and controlling Beckett is even worse than life before.  Upon discovering that her ‘perfect husband” is actually a serial killer, responsible for the brutal deaths of ten young women, Tess is instrumental in helping the police department put him behind bars.  At the beginning of the novel, Jim Beckett has escaped from prison and is determined to track down and take his revenge on his wife, killing her and taking away their four-year-old daughter Samantha.  Knowing that the police cannot protect her from such a man as Beckett, Tess leaves her daughter in a safe-house and travels to Arizona to enlist the help of ex-marine, retired mercenary and troubled, alcoholic widower J.T. Dillon and his icy, strong-willed FBI Agent sister, Marion.  What follows is a fast-paced and engrossing suspense novel, which takes you alternately between lust, romance, and sheer terror, as J.T. Dillon and Tess struggle to prepare for Beckett’s attack, fall in love, and fight their individual demons along the way.

Subject Headings:  Serial murderers’ wives, escaped convicts, Men/women relations, Revenge in men, Self-defense for women, Married people, Former Marines, Serial murderers, Domestic Violence

Appeal: Suspenseful, fast-paced, thrilling, psychological, character-centered, frightening, sexy, romantic, nerve-shattering, plot-driven, engrossing, multiple points of view, dramatic, menacing, violent, grisly, steamy.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Suspenseful, engrossing, sexy.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

1)  Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed American:  The true, historical account of the serial killer of H.H. Holmes who preyed on young female fair goers of the Chicago 1893 World Fair. A non-fiction work that reads like a gritty and grisly fast-paced suspense novel.

2) Roger Depue, Between Good and Evil: a master profiler’s hunt for society’s most violent predators: A former FBI serial killer profiler and investigator shares his experiences in law enforcement and as a member of the clergy who counsels convicts, describing his part in the creation of new law enforcement programs and techniques.

3) Vincent Bugliosi, Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders: The prosecutor of the Tate-LaBianca trials presents the inside story behind the Manson killings, explaining how Charles Manson was able to make his “family” murder for him, chronicling the investigation, and describing the court trial that brought him and his accomplices to justice.

 3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

1) Tami Hoag, Deeper Than the Dead: Like Gardner, Tami Hoag’s novels frequently read like movie scripts and are full of the thrills, chills, and fright that Gardner readers have come to expect.  This novel also contains a serial killer in a small town.

2) J.D. Robb, In Death Series: Lisa Gardner and J. D. Robb both write romantic suspense featuring fast-paced investigations that pit investigators against a range of deadly criminals. Both offer the satisfactions of on-going series characters, detailed settings, fascinating investigations, and romantic interest

3) Harlan Coben, Tell No One:  Lisa Gardner and Harlan Coben write fast-paced, suspenseful mysteries that are well-plotted but also feature intriguing characters and accurate details about crime-solving.  Tell No One also involves a serial killer and male/female relationships.

Name: Rebecca C.

Dead Until Dark

September 28, 2011

Author: Charlaine Harris

Title: Dead Until Dark

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: 2001

Number of Pages: 292

Geographical Setting:Louisiana

Time Period: Present Day

Series: Sookie Stackhouse Series

Plot Summary:  Sookie Stackhouse seems like a normal small-town Louisiana waitress, but there is something different about her, she has telepathy.   While some might think it would be awesome to hear the thoughts of other people, Sookie finds it to be a curse.  Four years after they came out of the coffin,
Sookie finally meets a real life vampire, Bill Compton.  Sookie is immediately drawn to Bill and although he is a vampire, she is relieved because unlike humans, she cannot hear his thoughts.  Meanwhile, women in the town are being murdered and the only thing they have in common is “relationships”
with vampires, so Sookie fears she might be next.  Sookie, along with Bill, and a cast of quirky characters work to find out who is murdering the women, all while the idea of coexistence between humans and vampires is still fresh.

Subject Headings:  Vampires; Telepathy; Murder; Mystery; Small-town;Louisiana

Appeal: Mysterious, Fast-paced, Witty, Humorous, Steamy, Romantic,
Supernatural, Engaging, Quirky, Contemporary, Small-Town, Imaginative, Upbeat, Flawed characters

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Supernatural, Quirky, Humorous

Similar Authors and Works

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

1) The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the
Invention of Murder
by Daniel Stashower

True crime story of the 1841 murder of a 21 year old woman which was sensationalized becasuse of suspected
connections with Edgar Allen Poe.  (Novel-like writing, murder mystery, engaging)

2) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: a Savannah Story by John Berendt

True story of the murder of a young Savannah, GA boy and the trial that follows. (Murder Mystery, Set in the South, Engaging,
Quirky Characters, sometimes witty)

3) The Vampire Defanged: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero
by Susannah Clements

Analysis of pop culture vampire novels, movies, and television shows, including the Sookie Stackhouse books and
the True Blood television show. (Vampires, Humorous)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

1) Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson

Betsy Taylor is killed in a car accident and becomes undead, this is the story of her foray into the vampire world.  (Fantasy Fiction, Vampire stories, Funny,
Steamy, Fast-paced, Series)

2) Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Follows vampire hunter, Anita Blake as she investigates the murders of innocent vampires. (Fantasy Fiction, Mystery, Fast-Paced, Engaging,
Vampire Stories, Series)

3) One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Follows bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum on her first assignment to track down the murderer of a vice cop.  (Mystery,
Fast-Paced, Funny, Witty, Series)

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