Cross Fire by James Patterson -- When an assassin starts gunning down crooked politicians, Alex Cross is forced to put his wedding plans on hold and hunt down a murderer who always seems to be one step ahead of the investigation. As if Alex wasn't busy enough, he starts getting phone calls from Kyle Craig, a relentless antagonist from his past. I think the Alex Cross series is James Patterson's best work, and it keeps getting better. This page-turner was suspenseful and intriguing.
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks -- Katie is new to Southport, NC and determined not to make any personal connections, which isn't easy in a small town. Despite her best efforts, she finds herself forming relationships with Alex (a local store owner) and his two children and her new neighbor Jo. Despite a terrifying past that haunts her daily, she slowly lets down her guard and learns the importance of taking risks and getting her life back. Though I get a lot of grief for reading Nicholas Sparks novels, I really enjoy them. Safe Haven was no exception. It was a bit of a departure, though, as it was the first Nicholas Sparks novel that didn't make me cry. And there was a bit of a twist at the end that I didn't see coming.