It’s the weekend and time to relax — okay, relax might be too big of a stretch. If you’re like me, there are plenty of things you need to do around the house. Yard, cleaning, replacing the door. But it is also when I set aside time to just chill and read for pleasure. During the week, most of my reading is research for whatever the current project happens to be. So I really enjoy when I can kick back and read just for the pleasure of it.

Here are a few of the books I’m reading this weekend.

Silence Fallen

by Patricia Briggs

This is the 10th installment in the Mercy Thompson series. I’ll admit, this is one of those series that occasionally suffers from the Moonlighting syndrome. (For those of you not old enough to remember the Bruce Willis series, once the male and female leads got together, a lot of the tension in the series went out the window.) However, Briggs usually manages to deliver a fun book and I’ve been assured by a friend that this is one of the better ones. Here’s the synopsis:

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

Another book I’ll probably read this weekend is from the author Kathleen Brooks. Brooks is one of my guilty pleasures. She writes fun romantic suspense books and I recommend them, especially if you like series that center on a town or family or — as in this case — both.

Bluegrass Undercover

by Kathleen Brooks

This is the first of the Bluegrass Brothers series but actually the fourth book set in the same town and sharing the same characters.

When danger and passions flare it’s best to find cover…

Cade Davies is a former Special Forces soldier who is now a high school teacher and football coach. And something is trying to kill his players. He’s been too busy trying to keep his players alive, while also avoiding the Davies Brothers marriage trap set by half the town, to pay attention and to the fiery redhead who has swept into his small town.

DEA Agent Annie Blake was undercover to bust a drug ring that preys on high school athletes in the adorable, small town of Keeneston. She had thought to keep her head down and listen to the local gossip to find the maker of this deadly drug. What Annie didn’t count on was becoming the local gossip. With marriage bets being placed and an entire town aiming to win the pot, Annie looks to Cade for help in bringing down the drug ring before another kid is killed. What she didn’t intend on was becoming the next target.

Also by Ms. Brooks, comes the next book in the TBR pile.

Forever Secret

This is the fifth book in the Forever Bluegrass series, stories about the next generation of Davies family members and their friends and loved ones.

Sophie Davies has a secret . . . in fact, she has quite a few secrets.

Sophie Davies is the head of weapon development for a private firm contracted with the Department of Defense. Because of her knowledge and high security clearances, she has kept her job a secret for fear of kidnapping and sabotage. She always knew some groups would kill to learn what she knows, and now someone is trying to do just that.

Nash Dagher trained to become an elite weapon for the Rahmi Royal Family while he served at their horse farm in Keeneston. But for the past two years, Nash has been running an operation for the King—an operation once completed would result in his promotion to the head of security for the entire royal family in Rahmi. But when Nash discovers a threat against Sophie, he must decide what is more important: the job of his dreams or the life of the woman he loves. But will Sophie allow him back in her life?

These books are light, easy reads and are fun. Which is exactly what I want in weekend reading.

The last book on my tbr stack for today is a bit heavier.

The Miracle of Dunkirk: The True Story of Operation Dynamo

by Walter Lord

In May of 1940, the remnants of the French and British armies, broken by Hitler’s blitzkrieg, retreated to Dunkirk. Hemmed in by overwhelming Nazi strength, the 338,000 men who gathered on that beach were all that stood between Hitler and Western Europe. Crush them, and the path to Paris and London was clear. And so, unable to retreat any farther, the Allied soldiers set up defense positions and prayed for deliverance.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered an evacuation on May 26th, expecting to save no more than a handful of his men. But Britain would not let its soldiers down. Hundreds of fishing boats, pleasure yachts, and commercial vessels streamed into the Channel to back up the Royal Navy, and in a week nearly the entire army was ferried safely back to England. Assembled from interviews with hundreds of survivors who witnessed the evacuation, The Miracle of Dunkirk is a striking history of a week when the fate of Britain hung in the balance.