Phyl's 5 Phaves from May
5. A Night Like This by Julia Quinn. You know, I had some issues with this book. My main issue was that the hero, Daniel Smythe-Smith, wasn't more careful with the reputation and circumstances of the heroine, Anne Wynter. But darn, I do love the humor and emotion that Quinn can infuse into a book. I cared about Daniel and Anne and enjoyed their story. I don't have a lot more to say about this other than this was a quick and fun read.
3. Sydney Harbor Hospital : Tom's Redemption by Fiona Lowe. Lowe's Boomerang Bride came this close to making my November 5 Phaves list and I bought this book wanting to read more by Lowe. Tom's Redemption is part of a connected series of medical romances by different authors, all taking place at Sydney Harbor Hospital. This book is about Tom Jordan, a neurosurgeon who had suddenly taken an unexplained leave of absence two years previously. When he comes back to the hospital it's revealed that he'd lost his sight. He meets Hayley Grey, a surgical registrar (is that what we would call a resident?) who is preparing for her medical exams and has some personal issues of her own. In his two years away, Tom has adapted to being blind and he is discovering that he can teach. Still, is Tom ready to share his life with Hayley? And what about the baggage Hayley brings to their relationship? I liked how their issues were resolved. I don't read many medical romances, so I think that aspect of the setting, as well as descriptions of Sydney, were what made this book so appealing to me.
2. In Enemy Hands by K.S. Augustin. This was probably the most unusual romance I've read in a long time. And if the ending hadn't been so rushed, this would have been my favorite of the month. Anyhow, In Enemy Hands was part of Carina Press's launch in June 2010. It has been sitting on my Kindle for quite some time. Dr. Moon Thadin is a research physicist who believes she has discovered a way to bring dead stars back to life. The Republic wants to test her theory, so she is put into a makeshift lab on a military space vessel that will take her someplace suitable to perform the test. She needs an assistant, and Srin Flerovs is assigned to her. He is capable of performing complex math equations in his head, faster than a computer. However, it turns out that Srin's memory is erased every 2 days. The trick in this book is making a romance believable when the hero "meets" the heroine anew every other day. Shades of "50 First Dates." Only not. Moon has been a loner, focused on her research, and hasn't paid much attention to politics. She only considers the positive ways her research can be used. But Srin manages to make her see that the Republic has much more sinister plans. And so the book becomes an adventure as Srin and Moon find a way to keep Srin's memories intact and free themselves from the Republic. I really enjoyed this and finished it pretty quickly. As I indicated, though, I really would have liked a bit more to the ending.
1. Twisted by Laura Griffin. This is book 5 in Griffin's "Tracers" series, although each book stands alone quite well. This time Allison Doyle, a rookie detective, is involved in what looks to be a simple murder case. But FBI profiler Mark Wolfe is convinced that this murder is the work of a serial killer he's been tracking for 10 years. Mark's job is emotionally taxing and there's also a fairly large age difference between Mark and Allison. He's reluctant to enter into a relationship with Allison, despite the attraction. There's plenty of sexual tension to go along with the suspense of stopping a brutal killer. As usual with Griffin's books, I found it hard to put down. I liked both characters, especially their respective dedication to their jobs. Just another solid entry in the series and easily my favorite read of the month.