A friend of Surfer Guy’s from high school happened to get me on the phone and brought up an author, Don Winslow, who I knew to be local. I have his novel, SAVAGES, that is to come out in 2012 as a movie directed by Oliver Stone. This friend is an attorney who hired Don Winslow as a P.I. in the past and he recommended to me his books with P.I./surfer hero, Boone Daniels. Set in San Diego, both THE DAWN PATROL and THE GENTLEMEN’S HOUR are fabulous mystery-thrillers with a definite SoCal vibe. He mentions many local places that are familiar to me, but anyone would enjoy the very visual voice Winslow uses in the books. The hero has a
posse of interesting friends and there is a smattering of romance. I love Boone as he dithers about how and if he should pursue the burgeoning relationship with the British Petra (he calls her “Pete”). Boone is such a guy. And such a good guy too. I’m a definite Don Winslow fan now.
As for re-reading, I did that too. About once a year I pull out all the Lisa Kleypas historicals I own and have the pleasure of enjoying those stories again.
But I return to her contemporary books as well. The first is SUGAR DADDY, but I’m very partial to SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER as well, with the delicious and very alpha Jack Travis. These are written in first person POV, and the reader is never in Jack’s head, which somehow makes how much he’s bowled over by the heroine, Ella, that much stronger. I defy anyone not to fall for Jack!
Of the Travis Family trilogy, it’s BLUE-EYED DEVIL that makes me swoon. Hardy Cates first shows up as a romantic interest in an earlier book, but when he has a chance at Haven Travis, things really heat up. These two characters are both damaged and it takes a lot for them to overcome past events, but you root for them all the way. The scene where he comes to her rescue in a stalled elevator is just wonderful. Lisa Kleypas has another contemporary coming out in the next month and I can’t wait!
What books did you read over the holidays? Has someone recommended a good book that you’re itching to try?