- Smokin' Seventeen, the latest in the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. This was a good installment in the series. Evanovich hints that there might be an end in sight for the love triangle of doom (though I doubt it). The mystery was good enough at the time, though I don't remember much about it now, and all the characters were themselves without being annoying about. Recommended if you enjoy the series (and if you think you might like to read about a ridiculous bounty hunter and her hijinks, and you're not reading these yet, I recommend you start at the beginning, One for the Money, if the people are going to make much sense.)
- The Search, Nora Roberts.
I do read romance novels, usually those that crossover into other genres, but not always. If you're going to hate on romance, do it elsewhere.
The Search is about a dog trainer and search and rescue volunteer who was the one who got away from a serial killer. She lives happily in the San Juan islands, training dogs, spending time with her stepmother and best friend, and generally staying out of the way of most people. About the time things start getting weird on the serial killer front, romance rears its head where she wasn't expecting it either.
This was good, really good, actually. I'd recommend it if you like the In Death books; if you like dogs; if you're interested in search and rescue; are looking for smart fluff; or all of the above. The male protagonist was a touch annoying, but I think he was supposed to be. :)
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