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Title
10th Anniversary
Author
James Patterson
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Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals—but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life—a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki's career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? Lindsay's every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she'll ever be able to start a family. With James Patterson's white-hot speed and unquenchable action, 10th Anniversary is the most deliciously chilling Women's Murder Club book ever.  Reserve It
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Title
What a Woman Needs
Author
Judi Fennell
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Who ever thought hiring a maid would mean a hunky movie star would come to your house to clean? I thought that the first book in Judi Fennell's series was fun, so I couldn't wait to see how the next Manley brother would handle working as a maid, especially in a house of five kids, a hyper dog, and one determined mother.

Bryan Manley is a huge movie star who's used the reporters and attention. What he's not used to, though, is cleaning up after a family of five kids and their widowed mother. But when he loses a card game to his sister, Bryan finds himself in Beth's life, ready to clean up her house. What Beth doesn't expect when her friends hire a maid service for her, is for a movie star to clean up after her kids. After her husband died two years ago, Beth has barely been able to breath as she works her full time job and keeps up with her five kids. Having Bryan around has felt great and her kids absolutely love him, but Bryan isn't looking to settle down and Beth knows that starting anything with him can only lead to disaster. But Bryan just seems to fit and he doesn't know if he can really leave, or if he even wants to, when the four weeks are up.

Talk about heartwarming and heart-wrenching all in one novel. When we first meet Beth, you can't help but feel for her as she tries to keep up with her five kids after losing her husband. Not only did she have to deal with losing her husband, but also the nosey reporters who all thought her husband was at fault for when his plane crashed, when in reality he was far from to blame. Before his name was cleared, though, the damage was done and her entire family was trying to cope with the unwanted attention and hurt from losing such an integral part of theirs lives. Each of Beth's kids had a special place in this story and all needed someone there to fill the hole that was left from losing their father.

While Bryan is used to the adoring fans, he's not used to adoring children who just love him for him. He was so good with all of Beth's kids, especially Maggie, and it was adorable following him interact and connect with Beth's family. In the beginning, I didn't really buy Beth and Bryan's instant attraction to each other because it seemed so instant and strong, despite the fact that all they had done was talk to each other for 5, maybe 10 minutes. But when they actually started to get to know each other and Bryan spent time with her kids, their relationship made more sense and their connection had an honest, solid foundation. Despite being portrayed as a playboy, Bryan was really sweet and exactly what Beth needed to relax and try to enjoy her life again.

While I wasn't that into Bryan and Beth's chemistry in the beginning, Bryan grew on me throughout the novel and Beth's kids drew me in and wouldn't let go. The romance was sweet and the entire family was a part of the charm of yet another fun Manley Maids novel.  Reserve It