Book Review: Allen, Evanovich, Roberts and Woods

There are just certain authors that, when they publish a new title, I'm going to grab off the shelf. 

Some are better than others, of course, but as a whole, these are some of my solid "go to" authors!

Sarah Addison Allen has been a must-read author since her utterly charming Garden Spells. Her latest, Lost Lake, is another gentle romance tinged with magic and innocence. Just before moving out of her house into her mother-in-law's home, Kate happens upon memories of Lost Lake, where her aunt and uncle ran a resort for many years. On a whim, Kate and her daughter travel there, only to discover Lost Lake is about to be sold, so they decide to spend the last few days there with their Aunt Eby. Of course, long lost romances, curmudgeonly characters, a mute chef, and a talking alligator make appearances in this sweet (but not saccharine) tale. It made me want to be in a cabin, right on the edge of Lost Lake. Atmospheric and sweet, recommended if you like Sarah Addison Allen too!

Janet Evanovich's Heist (co-written with Lee Goldberg) is a bit of a different tale for this Stephanie Plum author. We have a by-the-book FBI agent, a con artist, and a bad guy who needs taking down - so of course you should pair them up! Silly and fun, I enjoyed this audiobook, mostly because it was narrated by the incomparable Scott Brick.

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts was another audiobook listen for me. Iona Sheehan travels to the land of her ancestors - Ireland - to bond with her cousins, and to work on her skills as a witch. Her magical inheritance came from Sorcha, who lived hundreds of years ago, and died battling evil, and evil that still haunts Iona and her cousins today. A typical start to a Roberts trilogy - setting up the characters, seeing who the other two novels will feature, and filled with romance and a touch of magic. Uneven narration marred this at times, but overall, a good listen.

Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington novels are silly, outlandish, and just plain fun. I make a point of always listening to these (Tony Roberts just embodies the characters with his voice), even though they are short and silly. I prefer the ones that focus on Stone, rather than his son, but eh, I'll take what I can get. This latest one, Doing Hard Time, is another outlandish read, and yet, enjoyable. :-)

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