Pick of the bunch…
Gates of Fire (an epic novel of the battle of Thermopylae) by Steven Pressfield – this gets my top pick this month. Whoa, talk about gripping, stomach-churning and heart-breaking… I couldn’t put this book down. Mr Pressfield’s prose drew me in and wouldn’t let me go until the end. I cried – it’s that good.
For anyone curious, here’s the blurb: “At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. Day after bloody day they withstood the terribly onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courange, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history – one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale…”
Currently I’m reading High Heels and Homicide by Kasey Michaels – gotta love that Saint Just!
Here’s what else I’ve read this past month – all fabulous reads. A rather eclectic mix, I have to admit!
-Fallen Angel by Sophia James (just a wonderful historical by a lovely lady who’s a friend of mine – this is my second reading and I enjoyed it just as much this time. And, yes, she did sign it for me!)
-Hunter’s Moon by Lori Handeland (Had to see whether this is as good as Blue Moon… it so is.)
-The Awakening by L.A. Banks (Got to buy the whole Vampire Huntress set and read them all in order now. If Rob reads this post then, hint hint… Christmas is nigh, darling… pretty please?)
-Prince of Twilight by Maggie Shayne (Mr Romance cover-boy wannabes, eat your hearts out: the inset cover is hot!)
-Edge of Fear by Cherry Adair (third of the Edge trilogy – great twist at the end.)
-I’m the Vampire, That’s Why by Michele Bardsley (PTA moms accidentally turned into vampires? Hilarious!)
-Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (I looooove Sookie.)
-Trouble in High Heels by Christina Dodd (Roberto… be still my beating heart – what a hero!)
-One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (first book in the “Three Plums in One’ compendium – having read Seven Up, of course I had to start at the beginning and find out all about Stephanie.)
-Moonshine by Victoria Clayton (as the blurb says: “a complete delight”. Loved it from beginning to end.)
-The Sound of Butterflies by Rachael King (Poignant, moving and sometimes brutal.)
-Firestorm by Rachel Caine (Weatherwarden series continues with Joanne giving it her all to try and save the world… again! Be warned: it’s a bit of a cliff-hanger so I’m hanging out for the next one.)