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If you read nothing else, read this: You are all invited to meet Jennifer Rardin on Saturday November 7th, and the Club has an exclusive Lunch with her in the theater from 12 noon to 1 pm. Jennifer will be signing in the store from 1-4 pm.

I also hope to see lots of you at our next meeting, Sunday, November 29th!

But I hope you do keep reading, of course!

The October meeting was lots of fun, thanks to all those who made it out!

We met inside the cafe, the weather was a little dreary, and we arranged the tables into more of a conference arrangement, which I think helped a lot. Sometimes I feel like I'm missing out on some good conversations! I always learn so much from all of you, the way you judge what you do and don't like in a book always gives me some new insight the next time I read.

We discussed October's reads, Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin, and Burning Wild by Christine Feehan. Most people seemed to like both authors, even though they are vastly different.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin:

Jennifer's style of writing is simple and filled with lots of little nods to film noir, but never takes it too seriously. The tongue-in-cheek comments made all of us grin while reading, and that's a good thing. The heroine is sharp, real and believable, even in the midst of unreal circumstances. Throw in a few Bond-esque contraptions and you have an interesting mix of paranormal adventure with comedic espionage. Certainly not the normal fare on the paranormal shelf, and quite a fun read for those looking for a straightforward story suitable for everyone. We would in fact recommend this series for young adults looking for something to read after tiring of the Twilight craze, as well as adult readers looking for a quick and fun series. The only complaint we did have was that perhaps it was a bit too light, those of us that enjoy romantic relationships in our stories were hoping for a bit more interaction between the characters.

(for new members: Our rating system consists of two ratings, fangs for overall enjoyability, and penises for the amount of erotic romance (a.k.a. smut! Both systems are a 1-5 system.)

4 fangs out of 5!

0 penises

Burning Wild by Christine Feehan:

Hot. That's what everyone said about Burning Wild. Some of the sex scenes can get a bit intense, so be warned! Jake, the main character can also be a bit of an ass, at least until he is saved from terminal jerkland by his lady love. Still, we do forgive him for some of his transgressions, his parents being what they were, and having the passions of a leopard seething inside him as well. The writing is very well done, in many ways far more engaging than her other books. We all appreciated the build up of the characters and their relationship to each other. Instead of throwing two people together and having them become intimate in a matter of days or weeks, this book actually extends the courtship over a long period of time. During this time we watch Jake progress from a self-serving, domineering rogue to a loving and caring man. We definitely wished there had been something more spectacular for the demise of his parents, suitable for the wrongs they imposed on their son. But all in all, the book hit all the marks for our readers, and was given very high praise!

4 fangs out of 5!

4 penises
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ISBN 9780441013814
Moon Called, by Patricia Briggs

4 fangs out of 5!

Any reader of fantasy fiction goes into a book ready to suspend disbelief. There are mythical creatures dwelling in a world that accepts them as completely normal, and so we do the same. Sometimes it takes another breath to do that, a subconscious reminder to settle back into the story in order to enjoy it. And sometimes-- very rarely, you open the first page and fall into the story completely.

Moon Called is the kind you fall into and accept with no hesitation. Add to that a strong but not superwoman female character of Mercy Thompson, a couple of interesting but not sappy males for her to ponder, and an adventure that takes place within a densely illustrated werewolf hierarchy and you have the makings of a favorite book, and the hook that brings you back, clawing for more!

We all agreed that we would be reading the rest of this series, and also picking up the Alpha and Omega series which is set in the same world. I can only fault this first offering for the ending, which seemed to taper off a bit and not give the ‘wow’ factor I love to get right when I close the book after finishing. So, four fangs out of a possible five and thank you Mrs. Briggs for an enjoyable run with the pack!

ISBN 9780451216953
Dark Lover, by J. R. Ward

4 fangs out of 5!

Have you ever met a person and made a snap judgment about them based on something trivial, such as their hairstyle, or their irritating laugh? If you hung around and gave them a chance, you might find that there is a lot more under the surface, maybe even enough that you ended up being great friends. That is the case with Dark Lover. If we can warn you about one thing, we will warn you to keep reading despite the campy names for the members of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Because even though they may make you cringe with their cheesiness, the writing is otherwise so engaging that it can be easily overlooked.

Those of us that love the erotic nature of vampire fiction will not be disappointed with Dark Lover. The romantic scenes are believable, torrid, and written with a flair too rarely seen in most erotic fiction. It is worth noting that the erotic scenes do not seem trite or misplaced. Too often we are faced with either too much or too little, and we felt that this title had a lovely balance.

The story itself has all the elements of a classic vampire tale, except for classic vampires. In fact, Ward’s take on the vampire mythos will challenge everything that you expect from vampires, in such a way as to keep you guessing about their motives. The only complaints we had were that the glossary seems a bit daunting at the beginning of the story (thought it is really hardly needed), and of course the odd names. Great writing, wonderful sex scenes, and a great ending make this a must read!
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These are the books for September. If you are local, we meet this Sunday at 1 pm at Sherlock's Cafe!


Here are the books for September:

Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances. And when the woman Fang loves is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her. Yet in order to save her, Fang must break the law of his people and the faith of his brothers. That breech could very well spell the end of both their races and change their world forever.

Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

VAMPIRES. WEREWOLVES. TALK RADIO. Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station--and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success. But it's Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew…

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Bloodlust Reading Club

This Sunday is our first meeting! (I'm excited!). Please bring some of your favorite erotic, supernatural or urban horror and fantasy books to pass around and we will talk about what our choices for the coming months will be. I have a bunch of books I'm bringing that I've wanted to read, but never seemed to have the time. One of the reasons I wanted to start a club was so that I had other people to talk about these books with! I look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

The bookstore is pleased that we are doing this, and I hope we can help the store out a bit too. The cafe just got their wine license, and nothing goes with vampires like wine, if you ask me! Also, we can order our books (and any other books you would like as well) on the Sherlock's website and enjoy 20% off and free shipping too! That's cheaper than any online retailer, and you get to support a cool local bookstore too!


Right now I am pretty sure of what I'd like to see on our reading list for next month, so I thought I'd tell you about them.

Moon Called is the beginning of the story of Mercedes Thompson a coyote shapeshifter who is also a pretty decent mechanic. Mercy's world looks a lot like ours except that the Otherworld is begining to be forced out of hiding by our modern technologies. Mercy shares her back fence with the local Alpha werewolf and works evenings on the vampire Stefan's VW bus. She's safe and content -- which doesn't make a very good story, does it? So, of course, matters begin to change on the first page. In this book Mercy faces trolls and gremlins, old boyfriends and older vampires.

The only purebred vampire left on the planet, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But when one of his most trusted fighters is killed- orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate - Wrath must usher the beautiful female into the world of the undead…

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn't there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of brotherhood and blood frighten her. But his touch ignites a dawning hunger that threatens to consume them both…

Have you already read these? Even if you have, are they books you'd like to talk about again? Do you have other suggestions? Let me know, and I'll see you on Sunday!

Jill Fazio
Sherlocks Books and Hobbies
Lebanon, TN 37090


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