Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins.

51l8Fh7o5vL._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_Hi all~ Kristi Rose here. It’s been a great holiday weekend in the sense that I got some reading in. I put aside my pleasure reading to check out this book because I’m in the market for finding comp titles and this one was recommended to me.


Best sort of ‘research’ reading evah! I text Sarah right away and told her home much I LOVED the story. I laughed. HYSTERICALLY. I cried. Then I laughed some more. I stayed up till 1am reading it.

That hasn’t happened in a long time.

So Congrats Kristan on creating a book that KickAss.


What are you all reading? What’s the last book that made you laugh? Cry? or/and stay up far later than you should?



Deception Point by Dan Brown – Gemma’s Choice for Books Kicking Ass

Right after Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code came out, I got the bug to read anything of his I could lay my hands on. Angels and Demons was next on my list. But then getting ready for an overseas move forced me to put aside reading for a time. Fortunately (or maybe not so fortunately) I found I had lots of extra time once I got settled in my new home. And there was an amazing Virgin Music Superstore in Oxford Circle. There I rediscovered Dan Brown and picked up 2 new reads, Digital Fortress and Deception Point. The coolest thing about Brown’s books is that the action occurs in 24 hours from start to finish.

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Deception Point follows Rachel Sexton and Michael Tolland on a breakneck journey to the arctic to follow up on the possibility that alien beings once existed on Earth. There is a scene in about the middle of the book where our two MCs are on the Milne Glacier and tumbling down the ice shelf toward the deadly cold sea. Brown did such an excellent job describing their precipitous flight I think I might have ended up as bruised and battered as the characters on the page.

I loved this book and, even though it isn’t a romance, I would highly recommend it to anybody who loves to read fast paced action and adventure stories.

You can find a copy of the book on Amazon

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Books Kicking Ass- Code of Conduct by Brad Thor

What’s more kickass than a former Navy SEAL tasked with saving the world?

Sometimes I like to step away from romance or at least let the romance be the secondary star in the book. Sometimes I want to have my heart ripped out and tread upon (My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult) or sometimes I want to be afraid to turn off the lights (Irene Kelly Series by Jan Burke). This week I wanted action. LOTS OF ACTION. I wanted to hang onto the edge of my seat with the tips of my fingers and left wondering what was going to happen next. I wanted to feel the sweaty nervousness of anticipation as Scot Havarth (our hero) tried to stop a madman’s plan of genocide.

Brad Thor delivered that in his latest book CODE OF CONDUCT. I love Brad’s books. If you like an action packed thriller and counterterrorism then these are just right!



My Idea Of Funny – A Walk In The Woods By Bill Bryson

Oh, where do I begin to describe my secret affinity for all things Bill Bryson? With the first book I read by him? That would be Notes From A Small Island, where he traveled on foot, train and bus around England, reliving the glory days of working there as a journalist. A neighbor, who was native British, lent me the book while I lived there. I laughed my way through homesickness with that book. Or maybe it’s The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid the story of his childhood in Des Moines, Iowa. I grew up in Iowa and could relate to a lot of his stories. My brother and I trade Bill’s books with each because we are both fans.

But, one of my favorite reads by Bryson has been made into a movie, A Walk In The Woods. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I first saw the trailer for the movie. Seriously, I jumped out of my chair and started dancing. Bryson decides to walk the Appalachian Trail, all 2000 miles of it. With a friend of his he hasn’t seen in a gazillion years. I loved this book so hard. It was funny, moving, rugged, and did I mention funny? I snort laughed through most of the scenes where he talks about his friend and candy bars. Priceless.

In this book, you get history, ecology, bears and the details of a struggle to conquer something larger than life itself. I’ve spent some time sorting through all my old books, trying to find A Walk In The Woods to re-read before I see the movie, but I think it’s one I lent my brother. Unfortunately, if I ask for it back, I’m afraid he’s going to want his back as well.

Here’s a look at the trailer for the movie with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, for anyone who is looking for a good movie to see. It’s on my list.

And here is the blurb for the book:

The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way–and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

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Books Kicking Ass ~ Going Old School ~ Lord Of The Rings

I know what you’re thinking, why is she talking about a book published in the 1950’s? The answer: Because it’s the greatest book ever written!!

Of course, that’s just my opinion and that of maybe a million or so other people.

This is my The Lord Of The Rings story. I remember back in the 70’s my brother read the books. At the time they were published individually as a trilogy. He was obsessed with them and everything Tolkien had created. I was eleven or twelve. I wanted to read them. I really did, but I just couldn’t get my nail polish, lip gloss and Shawn Cassidy brain around it.

The Lord Of The RingsFast forward thirty years. saw a copy of the full three books in one volume on display in the bookstore and picked it up. That night I sat down on the couch with the eleven-hundred page book in my lap. My husband said, “How are you going to read a book that long?” “Just one page at a time,” I said. About ten days later, I was sad to close the book. Why hadn’t I grasped the greatness when I was a child? Who knows. What I do know is J.R.R. Tolkien was a genius and The Lord Of The Rings is a KickAss book. The movies are really great, but they left out so much fabulous detail. Of course, they would each have had to be eight hours long each to cover it all. Even if you’ve seen the movies, you should read this book. Put it on your list of things to do before you kick the bucket.

Tolkien takes the smallest and most unassuming creature in all of Middle Earth and turns him into the hero. A hobbit according to page 2: Their faces were as a rule good-natured rather than beautiful, broad, bright-eyed, red cheeked, with mouths apt to laughter, and to eating and drinking. And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them). they were hospitable and delighted in parties, and in presents, which they gave freely and eagerly accepted.

These are not fierce warriors out to find adventure and save the world. Yet, that is exactly what little Frodo does in spite of the fact that his kind and happy heart would have much rather stayed at home with a pipe and a good book. For this an a thousand other reasons The Lord Of The Rings is my pick for Books Kicking Ass.

The Girl He Knows – Kristi Rose


Yes, that’s right, the book kicking my ass with its awesomeness is by our very own Kickass Chick, Kristi Rose.

Reading books by people you know and love can be a tricky business. Most of all you just want to love the book as much as you love the awesome lady who wrote it. Kristi’s book is a delight. I opened it up Saturday morning and read right through to the end.

What makes it such a delight? I’ll tell you. The book is real. REAL. The people are not perfect, the way they handle themselves is often head shakingly familiar. I loved—LOVED—the way Kristi dealt with the marriages surrounding heroine, Paisley. They weren’t perfect marriages, and the couples went through good and bad stuff, and even some blah stuff in the middle. Hands up who has a perfect marriage?

Is that crickets I hear?

And her hero, Hank—such a guy. In the nicest way a guy can be a guy. I’m not one for chest-thumping Alpha males who are only one step away from the cave. I like my men Alpha, with a soft underbelly, a sense of humor and an ability to see the ridiculous in themselves as well. Kristi delivers a my type of hero in a crushable dollop.

I’m also a sucker for those childhood, waiting-for-the-right-girl-to-wise-up type stories.

Wow, Kristi. Just WOW!

Now that I’m done fangirling…no, wait…okay, I’m done, here’s the official blurb.

She wants one night, he wants forever. 

Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. The problem? This hottie is Hank, her best friend’s older brother, who she’s known her entire life. Stopping after one night is the right thing to do. Being with him clearly breaks the best friend code. From his career as a Naval officer to his Boy Scout reputation, everything about him screams monogamy and commitment…two things Paisley has had enough of. 

When Hank presents a “no strings attached” offer, it’s too good to be true. But, poor choices force her to confront old fears of love and loss, and Paisley has to decide if Hank is worth the risk. The alternative is never experiencing the real deal. Or far worse, settling for less.

Lord of the Fading Lands ~ Fantasy that Kicks Ass!


lord of the fading lands coverI loved this book so much that I bought the other four as soon as I finished it. Now I just need to find the time to read them. Lord of the Fading Lands is infused with both sensual and deadly moments, and I could not put it down. Rain will break your heart over and over again, mending it each and every time. Rain is a King, he’s a shape-shifter and he has a broken heart. Ellysetta is nobody, but she’s his perfect match in every way. I have a feeling this series is just getting interesting. This one is a must read! And that is why this book Kicks Ass!


Once he drove back the darkness.
Once he loved with such passion his name was legend.

Once, driven wild with grief over the murder of his beloved, the majestic Fey King Rain Tairen Soul had laid waste to the world before vanishing into the Fading Lands. Now, a thousand yearslater, a new threat draws him back into the world—and a new love reawakens the heart he thought long-dead.

Ellysetta, a woodcarver’s daughter, calls to Rain in a way no other ever had. Mysterious and magical, her soul beckons him with a compelling, seductive song—and no matter the cost, thewildness in his blood will not be denied. as an ancient, familiar evil regains its strength, causing centuries-old alliances to crumble and threatening doom for Rain and his people . . .he must claim his truemate to embrace the destiny woven for them both in the mists of time.