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CelebratingMy birthday was this past Friday, which was a day off at my workplace to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. We didn't do anything big this time. The husband and the girl baked and decorated me a birthday cake, and that was delicious. We also ordered takeout for lunch, beyond that, we didn't do anything major, unlike past birthdays, when we would at least hang outside. July is also when the girl is celebrating her birthday (in another couple of weeks). Earlier this year, I had my eyes set on a bouncy play place to celebrate her birthday with her friends. Sadly, that's scratched off obviously but I'd still like to see if there's something special we can do. She does want a unicorn cake that she once saw at a local bakery so we'll be ordering that. 
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Short Review (A-Z Wednesday): Drawn in Blood by Andrea Kane

A-Z Wednesday

This is a meme hosted at Reading at the Beach. To join, here's all you have to do: Go to your stack of books and find one whose title starts with the letter of the week. Post:
    1~ a photo of the book

    2~ title and synopsis
    3~ link(amazon, barnes and noble etc.)

The letter for this week is D. I chose Drawn in Blood by Andrea Kane, which I received as an ARC from the author and read in September 2009. This is actually the second book in the Sloane Burbank/Derek Parker series, but it can be read as a standalone too. I would still recommend reading the prequel first, Twisted, if only for understanding the relationship between Sloane and Derek better. I gave it 4 stars. Here's a synopsis, from the back of the book:

Former FBI Special Agent Sloane Burbank has seen her share of danger. She's faced down a serial killer and survived life-threatening injuries... but she never expected that danger to invade the lives of her family....

Then her mother is viciously attacked in the posh Manhattan apartment her parents share and it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary robbery. The thieves were too clever, too knowledgeable, and so obviously after something of her father's. But what could a respected art dealer have done to merit such violence? When a mysterious message is left for him, Sloane knows her father's in over his head. Determined to find out the truth, Sloane discovers a deadly secret buried in his past that has made him the target of a power-hungry mobster with a lethal agenda and nothing to lose.

Sloane is desperate to save her father, but to do so she must hold on to secrets of her own—especially from FBI Special Agent Derek Parker, the man she has grown to love deeply. She knows she must tell him everything, but how can she betray her father's confidence? Can a couple who's faced so much survive this ultimate test of trust? Will they survive at all?

As the decades-old secret claims the lives of her father's oldest friends and the killer closes in on him, Sloane finds herself in foreign territory: alone, facing escalating personal danger, and hunting a moving target in a world where memories are long and loyalties are drawn in blood.


Here's the review I posted on Goodreads:

I should say at the outset, that I really enjoyed this book. I liked the buildup of the mystery, the well-etched characters and the whole ride through the book. While I enjoyed Twisted better, this book was great as well.

Sloane's and Derek's relationship was pleasant to read. I was really rooting for them to get over their issues, and was pleased by the maturity with which it was handled. The whole concept of art theft ring was engrossing, especially with the amount of research that Andrea Kane put in.

Also, while initially it appears as a set of independent crimes, I really liked how it was all tied in together, without leaving the reader crying 'coincidence'!


 To see what "D" books other bloggers chose, visit this link.

Comments

Oh, mysterious and full of secrets! My kind of book.

My "D" is here:

http://weboftyranny.blogspot.com/2010/03/z-wednesday.html
Nise' said…
Glad you liked it as this book is also sitting on my stack!
Tales of Whimsy said…
Cool. I love mini reviews :)
Gina said…
Ooh...interesting feature. This is actually the first time I've heard of this one, but I like it! The booko sounds interesting as well...almost like one I have in my current TBR.... ~~~runs off to find book~~~
Thanks for sharing....and happy reading!
Sherrie said…
Hi!
Sounds like an intriguing book. I have put this on my TBR list. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books
Anonymous said…
I love mysteries!

Thanks for playing!
jlshall said…
Sounds like a book I'd love. I'll have to give it a look. Great choice for this week!
Stephanie said…
I really enjoy mysteries, and this sounds like a great read. :-)
I love mysteries, and this one sounds great! I've never heard of it before, but I'll definitely look into it now :)