UP ALL NIGHT READING: P.A. DEPAUL
Growing up in a household with two parents who love to read, it’s not hard to see why I love to read so much myself. I remember my mother packing all three kids in the car (I’m the youngest) and heading over to the library. I always struggled during those field trips because I never could stick to the number of books I was allowed to check out. I always wanted more. Going way back, influences like Richard Scary and Dr. Suess kept me enthralled, then I moved on to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, before graduating to the Sweet Valley High series. (I always wanted to be like twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield) Once I reached high school, my tastes varied so much, I couldn’t possibly list it all, but by my junior year, I was sneaking romances out of my mother’s stash.
I’ll be honest, I’ve had MANY sleepless nights due to books. If it’s good, I never want to put it down. (I’m looking at you Julie Ann Walker) But I’m only supposed to pick one. So what book am I going to say had me flicking on my small book-light and hiding under the covers to finish? Sweet Liar by Jude Deveraux. Man, I still feel giddy when I think about that book. I must have read it a dozen times. I don’t know what it is about the hero Michael Taggert, but that man had me from the first page.
Okay. When I ask this next question, am I secretly hoping some of you will answer with Exchange of Fire, Shadow of Doubt, or Guardian Redeemed? Um, yes. I won’t lie. But even if you don’t, what book kept you up at night?
The new SBG novel from the author of Exchange of Fire—“if you enjoy military action, suspense, steamy romance, and a little danger, this is the series for you” (Library Journal).
When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand the son of a US senator, but he’s been murdered—and she’s the number one suspect. With both the senator and an avenging drug lord on her trail, her life is in danger. There’s only man she can trust. He saved her once, but will he still be her hero six years later?
Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator’s order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she’s no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Colombian cartel, and he’s never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They’re also dangerous as hell. Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle’s innocence may be a ruse—a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.
UP ALL NIGHT READING: LAURA K. CURTIS
The first books I really remember keeping me up long after decreed “lights out” were Mary Stewart’s gothic romances. Once I started Touch Not the Cat, no way was I going to stop until I had finished it. I have a distinct memory of the illicit thrill of reading a “sexy” book when I was supposed to be asleep.
Our local bookstore didn’t have a romance section, but I read a great deal of epic fantasy (which is chock full of romance) and I was fascinated by the legend of Arthur. I read Stewart’s Arthurian cycle—The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, and The Wicked Day—which was shelved in Fantasy, and then found out she had books shelved in “general fiction” as well. That was where I found Touch Not the Cat. I don’t remember why I picked that above others. Likely it was as simple as the fact that there was an animal in the title. But that choice led me to read not only Stewart’s entire backlist, but also the books of Phyllis A. Whitney and Barbara Michaels. I had never heard the term “Gothic,” but I was a certified addict. I doubt there is a single book by any of those ladies I haven’t read.
I still love Gothic romance, though it’s hard to find today. The modern equivalent is romantic suspense, but most of the ones written now don’t have quite the same flavor. Early Tami Hoag and early Nora Roberts had it—pick up Still Waters by Hoag or Divine Evil by Roberts for that good old Gothic feeling.
Who is she?
A single photo of herself as an infant on a beach, taken before the date on her birth certificate, throws everything Calliope Pearson knows about herself into question. Hoping to find answers, she takes advantage of her job as a travel writer to make a reservation at the Caribbean island resort in the picture.
Resort security chief Mac Brody distrusts Callie on sight. After all, she looks exactly like his deceitful missing wife, Nikki, who owns half the resort. But when Nikki’s found dead, Mac’s facing murder charges, and he’s sure that Callie must hold the key to proving his innocence.
The deeper Callie and Mac dive into the mystery of her past, the more bodies surface. And they’ll have to learn to trust each other, or become victims of a dark danger neither could’ve imagined…