Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan

UndeniableThis is the first in a very (EXCEEDINGLY) gritty contemporary romance series set in the world of motorcycle clubs. The main characters meet while each is visiting a parent in prison and connect then in spite of a significant age difference (ages six and twenty-four). They continue to encounter each other over the years and their relationship develops.

I enjoyed the book, but it is definitely not for the conservative reader.

Reviewed by Kareni

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Making FacesThis is the story of a young man who is a small town star; he’s intelligent, a champion wrester, a football player, and handsome. It’s also the story of a young woman who is bright and a wonderful friend but who thinks she’s plain. The novel is set in 2001-2002, and the young man and four other small town boys go off to war. He is the only one of the five who comes back, and he is dreadfully scarred.

It is a moving read that left me thinking about inner and outer beauty. I recommend it.

Reviewed by Kareni

Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros

Goodnight TweetheartThis is a book that is composed to a large extent of tweets. They are sent by an author struggling after a highly successful first book to write a new book and an English professor on sabbatical. Or so we’re led to believe. One never knows with the internet.

It was a quick and fun read even though there were a lot of popular culture references that zipped right by me.

Reviewed by Kareni

Backwoods by Jill Sorenson

BackwoodsTwo adult teens, his father, and her mother go on a trip together. (The teens’ other parents are married to each other.) There is hiking, there is humor, there are young women who went missing in the area, there is a recovering alcoholic, there is emotional baggage, there is romance, and there is suspense.

This is the third book in a series, but is so lightly connected to the others that it stands alone well. (Though I do recommend the others as well.)

Reviewed by Kareni

The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianI read — and very much enjoyed — this book that is definitely outside my usual reading choices. I recommend it.

I’d call this book a blend of (thinking movies here) Castaway meets Apollo 13. I shared so many snippets of this book to my husband while I was reading it that now he wants to read it, too.

Reviewed by Kareni



Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens

Ghost SeerThis was a fun read; it’s an urban fantasy with a strong romance element.

The main character inherits the ‘gift’ of seeing ghosts when her great aunt dies; her gift is generally centered on Old West era individuals. She also inherits a side-kick: a ghost dog who speaks to her.

I hadn’t realized until I read the author’s note that the ghost with whom the Ghost Seer interacts throughout the book is based on a real historic figure.

Reviewed by Kareni