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Jaclyn Wilde is a wedding planner who loves her job—usually. But helping Carrie Edwards with her Big Day has been an unrelenting nightmare. Carrie is a bridezilla of mythic nastiness, a diva whose tantrums are just about as crazy as her demands. But the unpleasant task at hand turns seriously criminal when Carrie is brutally murdered and everyone involved with the ceremony is accusing one another of doing the deed.

The problem is, most everyone—from the cake maker and the florist to the wedding-gown retailer and the bridesmaids’ dressmaker—had his or her own reason for wanting the bride dead, including Jaclyn. And while those who felt Carrie’s wrath are now smiling at her demise, Jaclyn refuses to celebrate tragedy, especially since she finds herself in the shadow of suspicion.

Assigned to the case, Detective Eric Wilder finds that there’s too much evidence pointing toward too many suspects. Compounding his problems is Jaclyn, with whom he shared one deeply passionate night before Carrie’s death. Being a prime suspect means that Jaclyn is hands-off just when Eric would rather be hands-on. As the heat intensifies between Eric and Jaclyn, a cold-blooded murderer moves dangerously close. And this time the target is not a bride but one particularly irresistible wedding planner, unaware of a killer’s vow

(I was hesitant about reading this book. I'm a huge fan of Linda Howard's earlier mystery/romance. "Kill and Tell" is still one of my favorite books. If you haven't read it. Read it! This felt more like romance/humor despite the fact that there was a murder. It's an alright read. There's a lot of talk about weddings and the wedding planner business Jaclyn and her mother set up and a whole lot about the awkwardness b/w Jaclyn/Eric because he was assigned to her case. The mystery is solved about half way through the book and the rest is just getting evidence to prove it.)

Karie Marie Moning

 I enjoyed her Highlander series. I read the books years ago when I was in my scotland+historical+timetravel phase. I hadn't read any of her other books but I picked up this one, mostly because I just loved the cover.
Dark Fever (book 1 of Fever series)

MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death – a cryptic message on Mac's cell phone – Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister's killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed – a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister's death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane – an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women – closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac's true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book – because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

The story starts off slow but the mystery/suspense surrounding Mac's sister's death is really good. Since things started to build up in the later half of the book, I was sad when it ended. One question was answered but then several more came up. I guess that's the basis of a series. I have to read the next book then!
I'm not sure the summary does it justice. Jericho is a big part of the book (he is not easy to like but he is also a mystery) but V'lane (the alpha Fae that makes sex addicting) shows ups 3 times in the entire book and I almost don't see his importance. Maybe V'lane makes more appearances in the other books but a guy whose presence MAKES Mac lose her clothing (they magically come off her body) wherever she is I could so do without.



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