Cute story! Fans of romantic movies will really enjoy this one. I thought this was more 'chick lit' than romance, but it is 3* 'Tummy Flip Test' Stars
Cute story! Fans of romantic movies will really enjoy this one. I thought this was more 'chick lit' than romance, but it is still a fun romantic story with some over the top silly moments you might remember from some of your favorite movies.
The Story Kensington Shaw is about to marry Bradley, the only problem is he doesn't pass the TFT: 'Tummy Flip Test'. But he is successful, everyone loves him, and he is ready to start that family she wants so much. Her hard-to-please mom even likes him, and her overly competitive sister-in-law Ren actually approves. He is perfect, right?
Then one day Shane, a British hunk and 'the one who got away' seven years ago, shows up at her office and turns everything upside down. You see, Shane still passes the 'Tummy Flip Test', BIG TIME. And he has never forgotten Kensie. Now he is determined to prove he is the right man for her, and uses their shared love for romance movies as leverage.
“So what should I be waiting for exactly?” Swallowing hard, I wait. I can’t believe I asked that. Shane takes a step forward and turns, stopping me with his hands. Warm copper eyes level to mine with intensity. “Me. You should be waiting for me.”
My Thoughts LOVE LIKE THE MOVIES was a fun and witty romantic story that leverages a lot of great scenes from popular romance movies. I felt a bit lost as I haven't watched all of the movies referenced (or I have long forgotten most of the movie!), but I still really enjoyed the premise. (And now want to watch many of theses movies!)
It is told through Kensignton's POV, so in addition to the romance storyline we also watch her journey as she deals with her many (many!) family problems, with her work issues and possibly losing her job, with her questionable friends who may not have her back, and with Bradley's jealousy and his less-than-noble character.
The best parts (of course!) are the scenes with Shane and their heated moments as they re-enact different scenes from their favorite romantic comedies. Oh, they get a bit corny, but in a cute and sweet kind of way. You will be cheering for Shane by the end.
Unfortunately, Shane is a quiet and under-developed character, mostly because he really didn't get a lot of dialogue. He gets surprisingly few speaking parts for being the main 'hero' of the story, but we do get the benefit of Kensignton reminiscing about their previous relationship which helps us get to t know him better. Still, we never get a solid idea of what he is thinking, but what we do see is sweet, romantic, and convincing.
Final Notes The sensuality / steam factor was pretty low. It's a bit more than kissing, but not by much. If you are looking for a hot and steamy contemporary, this isn't it. But if you are in the mood for a cute, sweet romance with some light humor and a bit of corny romance movie memorabilia, you will enjoy this one.
Lastly, I should mention that Kensington does NOT cheat on Bradley, and this isn't a love triangle. Both of which I was very thankful for! ...more
5* 'Holy crap, this book GUTTED ME. ((Sniff, sniff))' stars!!
Warning: this is a beautiful story, but it is not a romance. Do not read in public, it wi 5* 'Holy crap, this book GUTTED ME. ((Sniff, sniff))' stars!!
Warning: this is a beautiful story, but it is not a romance. Do not read in public, it will cause strangers to ask "uh, mam, are you OK?" And you'll spill the whole story and shake your head "WHY?!!!!!"
Audiobook: I listened to this one, excellent top-notch narration.
I don't know how to describe the story without giving away too many spoilers, but I will say that it was one of the most thought provoking books I have read in ages. This book is is so much more than a love story. It challenged my beliefs, and while I want everyone to get their happily-ever-after I know not everyone will. Life as we know it can change on a dime. What we do have in life is our ability to make the right decisions for ourselves, and not let others make them for us.
This book blew me away, tore at my soul, and left me changed. Their story may be fiction, but I genuinely felt the love and pain Will and Louisa went through. I will likely shed a few tears every time I think about them.
Gaaahhhh!! I hate Alpha Jerks with CHEESY lines, and the doormat women who swoon over them! This was almost a DNF so many t 1 'LOGIC FAIL AHEAD!' star
Gaaahhhh!! I hate Alpha Jerks with CHEESY lines, and the doormat women who swoon over them! This was almost a DNF so many times, but I actually finished it. Maybe because it was such a train wreck, I actually found myself wondering just how fucked up these two really are. The answer? THEY ARE SERIOUSLY FUCKED UP.
FIRST, MEET COLTON: He is the typical misogynist A-hole alpha-jerk hero who believes himself too damaged for love, so he commits to sex-only relationships. He has an endless supply of cheesy one liners, brags constantly about his cock size and prowess in bed, has no problems with sloppy-seconds, sends mixed signals til you go crazy, and has some seriously creepy stalker tendencies.
COLTON ONLY DOES THE SEX THING, NO EMOTIONS OR RELATIONSHIPS.
COLTON DECIDES WHAT HIS WOMEN WANT FROM HIM AND WHEN:
COLTON IS AN ENDLESS LIBRARY OF CHEESY, SMARMY PICKUP LINES!
COLTON GETS ALL OF HIS WOMEN BY BEING AN ASS, AND THEY LOVE IT!:
NOW, MEET RYLEE: Our doormat extraordinaire heroine who piles on the excuses for Colton's asshole behavior, says one thing but always does another, spreads her legs at his commands, and believes she can fix this dude because she is sooooo special. Why does she bother? BECAUSE HE IS SO HOT!! (eye roll!)
RYLEE MAY SAY SHE WANTS CONTROL, BUT HER ACTIONS ARE PURE DOORMAT
COLTON CONTINUES TO MAKE HER CRY, AND YET RYLEE GOES BACK FOR MORE AND MORE...
SHE EMBRACES HER 'INNER SLUT', WHICH COLTON IS ALL TOO HAPPY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF:
Yes, she REALLY has an inner slut. It is what her and her friend chat about, and it gives her the excuse to behave like a doormat with Colton. She tries to convince herself that she can do 'sex only', despite never doing it before, and (no surprise!) she can't do it. She gets emotionally attached (again, no surprise!) Which is why she cries and breaks down so often.
This is book 1 in a series, so there is no HEA nor do we get all of the answers as why they are so fucked up. There are hints of what has him so emotionally closed up, how her fiance died, and what A.C.E. stands for. But honestly, I don't really care anymore. This series did not work for me. It ends as expected, with Colton being a fucking douche bag. We already know Rylee can't resist him being an asshole to her, so of course she will take him back a few dozen more times.
There is a formula that many books are using these days, i.e. asshole hero + doormat heroine + a shit load of fighting over his inability to commit. I am not a person who believes that 'Severe Asshole Syndrome' can be fixed by some great sex with an airhead who should have ran for the hills when they first met. So, I am done with this series. Moving on...
DNF @25% My apologies, but I just couldn't finish this ridiculous story.
I received this as an ARC through Netgalley, so I normally would push my way DNF @25% My apologies, but I just couldn't finish this ridiculous story.
I received this as an ARC through Netgalley, so I normally would push my way through to the end as a courtesy. However, I think the courtesy here is to quit now.
The story opens with one of the most unrealistic pickups at a bar I have ever read.
First, we are to believe that a suave and successful man would thinks eating a HUGE hamburger heavily laced with the worlds hottest chili peppers is a smart and sexy thing to do in front of a gorgeous hot woman he just picked up minutes ago.
THEN we are to believe he is the ONLY person ever to eat an entire one of these giant burgers at this restaurant.
But to make it really ridiculous, we are to believe that he does it with such grace and style that he barely breaks a sweat or gets the least bit uncomfortable.
Oh, and the ridiculous continues. She gets so hot and turned on by him, and find it so cool that he wins some stupid restaurant award they will hang on their wall.
Now for the hot & sexy part. NOT! Next thing we know they are heading to a hotel room for a hot one night stand, and God help me but I didn't see one thing sexy or attractive about this pickup scenario. But then it fades to black, and the hot one night stand is a complete fizzle left to your imagination. And my imagination wasn't having any of it.
This is a far more realistic image of a man eating the worlds hottest chillies. Sexy huh?
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4.5 -- 'Age is just an F'N number' -- Romantic Stars
Ooooh, this was such a fun story! An older couple at opposite ends of the social spectrum find a sweet love and a second chance for real happiness. I smiled through the entire damn book, and now I want to cuss like an F'N sailor thanks to Tom!! :-)
Tom Jenkins is an anti-social 62-year old widower with a foul mouth and a pension for solitude, beer, cigarettes, and working in his vegetable garden. He has been bamboozled into hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, and to make matters worse his daughter-in-law's up-tight mom, Beverly Anderson, is showing up a few days early to prepare the damn dinner.
Beverly Anderson is a pearl-clutching 59-year old widow who loves social clubs, flower gardens, and everything organized. This year, she is in charge of making Thanksgiving dinner at Tom's house. Will there be enough wine to get through it?
Surprisingly, nothing goes as planned. The crazy neighbors invade, the dinner preparations are late, the garden gnome is missing, and Tom says Thanksgiving dinner will be served on paper plates! GASP! But good things happen too. And as these two find common bonds relaxing in the garden or on the porch steps, Bev learns to loosen up and live in the moment while Tom finds a soft spot he didn't know he had.
“Are you going to cuss like that in front of the children?”
He shrugged. “I’ll try not to.”
He nodded a couple of times. “Okay. Fair enough. I’ll try to clean up my language. Happy?”
“Not even close.”
He barked out a laugh. “You have a wicked sense of humor, Bev. Who knew?”
This was such a sweet and sexy (yes, I said sexy!) romance. I have seen older couple romances as secondary characters in many books, but I can't recall any book where they were the main couple. I hope this author starts a new trend and we get more books like this, as I found it so enjoyable.
Oh, and about that debate over who wins? Lets call this one a tie. They both F'N win.