Best-selling author Christie Ridgway reveals the five books tucked away in her beach bag. Look for her own fun beach read, "Take My Breath Away," available now.
As an avid reader, I’m always in the middle of a good book. Well, good books. There’s the one I’m reading for pure pleasure, the one I’m reading for book group and the one I’m listening to when I exercise and clean house. I have yet another stash of them set aside—these are the books I’m saving for those perfect hours by the ocean or at the lake or in the mountains.
After perusing the early pages, here are five I tucked away in my beach bag to savor on such a special day:
Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston. She had me with “honey badger.” That’s right, the heroine is a shape-shifting honey badger. She teams up with a grizzly-tiger hybrid on the hunt for the most wanted man in shifter history. In the opening, at a honey badger get-together, poisonous snakes are unleashed in the backyard to give the kids something to play with and the hero and heroine squabble over stolen jars of honey—a sure sign the story will be filled with Laurenston’s trademark humor.
When We Met by Susan Mallery. A novel set in the charming town of Fool’s Gold, California, is perfect for sunny days, and this one is no exception. PR person Taryn Crawford has had her eye on bodyguard trainer and former sniper Angel Whittaker from the get-go. When the widower begins to pursue her, sparks fly, though both will need convincing to risk love again. Snappy dialogue is a Susan Mallery strength, and in the first few pages she had me smiling. There’s always feel-good in Fool’s Gold!
Waking the Dead by Heather Graham. Tingles crept up and down my spine as I read the prologue set in 1816 Switzerland that introduces a sinister artist who promises to paint in blood. Then comes the modern-day crime in New Orleans—five members of the same family have been murdered in five different ways, with the killer or killers impossibly leaving behind no blood trail and seeming to disappear into thin air. I can’t wait to see what private investigator Michael Quinn and his love interest, Danni Cafferty, uncover—though I may make sure to read this one in the daylight.
All a Heart Needs by Barbara Freethy. Like many other readers, I can’t resist stories about big families—and Freethy’s Callaways fit that bill. Rock star Sean Callaway is the black sheep of sorts, and haunted by an old tragedy. But that buried secret begins to come to light due to the actions of young widow Jessica Schilling, putting hearts and lives at risk. This story is sure to be a delight…nobody blends mystery, emotion and romance better.
Between the Devil and Ian Eversea by Julie Ann Long. After twelve years in America, heiress Tansy Danforth is back in England, ward of a duke who is tasked with marrying her off to a worthy man. In the duke’s mind, his brother-in-law, the titular Captain Ian Eversea, is not that man—the rogue has no interest in settling down. You know how that will turn out! I’m looking forward to seeing it told with Long’s usual charming and funny style.
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