Friday, April 10, 2015

A to Z April: I Reviews - It Had to Be You by Sarah Webb/Infected by Scott Sigler





Today I've got another chick lit title, along with an adult science fiction title to share.  Once again I'll share the synopsis from Goodreads along with a few sentences about what I remember liking about the book.


First is It Had To Be You by Sarah Webb.  It's set in Ireland, where I'm sure my perfect man must be just waiting to speak to me in his sexy Irish accent.  The main character is an aspiring author (kinda like me, I like to write) who works at a bookstore (also like me as I do work at a bookstore!).  It's a story about actually three friends and how their lives and love lives will get better or take a new turn.  Here's the blurb from Goodreads:
Still-unpublished author Molly Harper would die for a passion like those depicted in the novels sold at Happily Ever After, the bookshop she manages in the Irish village of Burnaby that specializes in romance fiction. And she'd love a boss—any boss—other than her store's detestable, super-smooth new owner, Milo Jones . . . though Milo's very attractive son may be the one good reason why Molly should not take flight.

Molly's best friend, Paige Brady, is a happily married mother of two and running for local office. But suddenly she faces two unanticipated challenges: an opponent's stingingly personal attacks . . . and a surprise pregnancy.

Kate Bowan sells trendy designer shoes by day, and potential matches-made-in-heaven by night. Because of her hectic schedule, the determined dating service entrepreneur has no time to pencil in for loneliness. What she does have, however, is a client who's proving to be a lot more than she can handle.

Welcome to modern life and love in tiny Burnaby, Ireland, where three very different women with big dreams, the closest of friends, are about to discover that "happily ever after" could be only a heartbeat—or a heartbreak—away.



Second is Infected by Scott Sigler.  I first discovered him with this book.  I loved the cover, and it immediately grabbed my attention.  I was reading a lot more adult science fiction at the time, and so this fit right into that niche.  I also got to meet him at  BEA last summer, but I don't think I got my picture taken with him.  :-(
The characters in the story are interesting, and the whole basis for infection is really scary as well.  Here's the blurb for this one:
Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

Working under the government’s shroud of secrecy, CIA operative Dew Phillips crisscrosses the country trying in vain to capture a live victim. With only decomposing corpses for clues, CDC epidemiologist Margaret Montoya races to analyze the science behind this deadly contagion. She discovers that these killers all have one thing in common – they’ve been contaminated by a bioengineered parasite, shaped by a complexity far beyond the limits of known science.

Meanwhile Perry Dawsey – a hulking former football star now resigned to life as a cubicle-bound desk jockey – awakens one morning to find several mysterious welts growing on his body. Soon Perry finds himself acting and thinking strangely, hearing voices . . . he is infected.

The fate of the human race may well depend on the bloody war Perry must wage with his own body, because the parasites want something from him, something that goes beyond mere murder.


So those are the two books I'm sharing today for my I Reviews.  Have you read either of these, or anything by either of the authors?  Have any similar titles to recommend for me to add to my TBR list?

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7 comments:

  1. These sound like great titles. I may have to check them out. :D Happy Friday! :D

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    1. Both are ones that I enjoyed a lot! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. hi Lisa,
    I like the way you personalize your reviews and make your choices sound so interesting. Great contrast between them too so your post must appeal to a wide cross section of readers, Talking of Ireland, have you read any Maeve Binchy? Good to see you visiting my blog again today :-) Many thanks
    Anne
    visiting from http://www.authorsupport.net

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    1. I have not read any Maeve Binchy. Didn't realize they were set in Ireland, they've never seemed my kind of read, but I'll go check them out! Thanks so much for returning the visit!

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  3. Both of these sound great! I do love thrillers, and those set in other countries. Excellent post, and happy A-Zing!

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    1. Thanks! The one set in Ireland isn't really a thriller, but it is fun to read a different setting. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  4. i have seen infected in some other place, it sounds interesting, i like the genre of books post apocalyptic with virus and stuff like that.. this one sounds different from it tho

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