I really enjoyed Cassie and Noah's story! Although the cover depicts their story as a light hearted romance, there are some pretty dramatic moments anI really enjoyed Cassie and Noah's story! Although the cover depicts their story as a light hearted romance, there are some pretty dramatic moments and themes in the book especially dealing with Cassi'es late husband and her family. I also loved the fact that Cassie and Noah didn't just seem like characters in a romance novel, but people you would tend to know in life. Rachel Anderson writes the story of love, loss and love regained in an engaging way. I liked how even the characters grated each other at times and didn't even like each other at first, but learned to break through their walls to trust. Romance readers looking for more than just a fluffy story will love Rachel Anderson's books. I'm always on the lookout for her works and can't wait to work my way through her backlist. Great story!
I'll be checking out the other books in the Meet Your Match series. ...more
As my tv is set to the Hallmark Winter movie marathons, my candy cane cocoa and pumpkin spice creamed coffee is on hot, this is a great collection toAs my tv is set to the Hallmark Winter movie marathons, my candy cane cocoa and pumpkin spice creamed coffee is on hot, this is a great collection to add to the mood. I recommend this book to any clean winter romance fan in the mood for those warm comfortable nights with some great stories and wonderful authors. I'm adding each author in this collection on my list to check out more of their other works. If only I had a fireplace......more
Friends to loves? Check! Heartwarming romance during the winter season in time for Hallmark Christmas Movie season? Check! Adorable Geeky hero? Check!Friends to loves? Check! Heartwarming romance during the winter season in time for Hallmark Christmas Movie season? Check! Adorable Geeky hero? Check!
How much do I love this novella? SO much! Kenzie and Ty played off each other so well that you couldn't help root for them to get together. Ty is adorably geeky and even though he bored Kenzie's elementary class to near tears, I loved how passionate he was about software programming, to the point that he made a reference later on in relation to how he got to Kenzie's heart. SO awesome. I liked that Kenzie was hesitant to break things off with her fiance and even when she started having feelings toward Ty, she wanted to be faithful and honorable. Both characters were likable with awesome chemistry. I found myself smiling at the end when they got together.
There's also an interesting subplot involving Ty's estranged mother which not only makes this a story about love but also about forgiveness and compromise. If you're in the mood for a wonderful heartwarming story, do yourself a favor and pick up Twist of Fate to read with your hot cocoa. I'm a bonafide fan of Rachael Anderson now. After adding her works to my TBR list, I'm glad I started with this one and can't wait to read more of her other books as well as the other All I want Holiday Romance anthology books. I highly recommend this read!...more
What a sweet and charming story! Although it took a while for me to get into the story, once I got used to the style I was taken away by Maddie &What a sweet and charming story! Although it took a while for me to get into the story, once I got used to the style I was taken away by Maddie & Arthur's story. I liked how Ms. Raney presented their love story like an old fashioned romance in the style of an old timey historical romance. There is a misunderstanding between the two from which a friendship blossoms all the while an attraction grows when they see each other not knowing who the other is. I liked how they communicated through letters and this is where the old Jane Austen style comes in.
It's predictable, sure, but the way the story unfolds is perfect for folks looking for an easygoing, sweet and squeaky clean romance on a lazy weekend afternoon.
This is why I LOVE reading YA! Rewind to You is a sweet romance with such awesome lyrical writing that I couldn't help but be swept up in the feelingsThis is why I LOVE reading YA! Rewind to You is a sweet romance with such awesome lyrical writing that I couldn't help but be swept up in the feelings of the characters. Austin was such a sweet yummy guy I could see why any girl would fall for him. I really felt the pain and guilt at Sienna's tragedy in connection with her father's death. There were some parts where I wanted to yell at my Nook for her not to do certain things (some choices she made were not very smart) and I loved how Austin brought them to her attention but I chalked it up to naivety of youth. I really enjoyed this read and would give it to my daughter if I had one. It's a sweet, clean YA romance that anyone can enjoy and it will inspire some great heartfelt familial talks in connection with grief, family relationships, young love and forgiveness. The beautiful prose alone is worth it but the story and characters make the icing on the cake! Highly recommend this one!...more
The Fourth Wall is one of those books where I read the blurb and think I know what I'm getting into but once I start reading, I have no idea! ThisWow!
The Fourth Wall is one of those books where I read the blurb and think I know what I'm getting into but once I start reading, I have no idea! This is a good thing! After a while of reading similar books, The Fourth Wall is a welcoming change. If I had to tell someone what it was about, I'd tell them "it's about a young girl cursed or blessed (depending on how you view it) with the gift/curse of lucid dreaming to overcome the death of her mother and her broken family". In a nutshell that's exactly what it is. Though I feel like I'd be leaving out a chunk of what makes this book so unique.
Ms. Naranjo's young adult novel features a YA protagonist but some very mature subject matter with death, mourning and moving on. There are small elements of fantasy in our protagonist Marin's dreams. Although I'm a huge fantasy fan who loves the all out fantastical elements, the way it was used here was a companion to the Marin's inner struggle rather than leading the story. Let me tell you, it fit. The true champion in this tale is the Marin's journey to trusting others and facing the everyday with school, schoolmates and family interactions.
I love the way Ms. Maranjo wrote this story with such detail and emotion that made me feel what the characters felt and I rooted for them to overcome their tragedy. I'm looking forward to seeing wha tother stories she has up her writer sleeve!
Fans of realistic fiction would love to dive into this book especially if they are looking for a YA book that falls in the realistic fiction genre.
Content Warning: Some adult language and adult themes...more
The Husband Maker sounded intriguing when I first heard about it. The idea of a girl who somehow inspires her boyfriends to marry their next girlfrienThe Husband Maker sounded intriguing when I first heard about it. The idea of a girl who somehow inspires her boyfriends to marry their next girlfriends made me curious not only for their situation but also the character's themselves. I didn't get a chance to read the first book before The Match Maker, but I definitely hopped on this one.
The Match Maker took me by surprise because I thought it would be more of a romancey romance, but it turned out to be more of Charlotte's journey through her love life. I had a hard time connecting with Charlotte because she was like that friend who gave out good advice but never took her own which made you want to shake some sense into her. Kudos to the author for conveying this through much emotion because it made Charlotte real to me. I found myself talking back to the story much of the way and I had a few surprise along my reading. I'm a huge fan of Scottish heroes in romances and that is one big reason this caught my eye. I don't want to say too much to ruin the surprise but although the targeted love interest may not be who I thought it was in the beginning, I couldn't help but start cheering the possible-to-be. I couldn't connect to the story at first, but the author's writing drew me in to continue reading. I liked the San Francisco sights (it made me miss the city!) but it may have been a tad too detailed for my taste. I did LOVE the Scottish sights and wanted to visit as I followed Charlotte's sightseeing. Ms. White had me glued to the end to find out Charlotte's choice and she has me on the wire waiting to see how it all turns out with The Husband Maker coming in February. Thanks for the fun story!...more
My creative writing mentor in high school passed this on to me to help make my stories more coherent. Various writing rules change all the time but thMy creative writing mentor in high school passed this on to me to help make my stories more coherent. Various writing rules change all the time but the one thing is constant. A character's goals, the obstacles they face to get to said goal, and the character's decision to face them or turn away. This book is an excellent structure for both new writers looking to hone their structure and veterans who want to revisit and compare their story structure with this classic model. It follows the hero's journey (The Ordinary World, The Call to Adventure, Refusal of the Call, Meeting With the Mentor, Crossing the Threshold, Tests, Allies & Enemies, Approach, The Ordeal, The Reward, The Road back, The Resurrection, Return With the Elixir) which is usually identified with the high fantasy genre. This outline is mostly used in screenwriting but can be used to help structure a novel or short story.
Even if you are writing a different genre than the fantasy paradigm, this book an awesome jumping point for writers to add to their arsenal. Revisiting The Writer's Journey as a writer myself of about two decades and seeing how writing has changed over the course of the time puts this in a new light. I'm glad to look back at this time as I'm currently taking a blueprint workshop which makes use of beat sheets, also used in screenwriting. It's interesting to see how similar beat sheets are to the writer's journey. I highly recommend this to writers if only to learn the rules, apply it, write and rewrite until you're comfortable bending and stretching the rules a bit to tell a great story....more
I've had Ms. Smith's Spaces New Adult series on my TBR pile which I so need to move up after reading Found By You.
Roxie and Griffin were adorable andI've had Ms. Smith's Spaces New Adult series on my TBR pile which I so need to move up after reading Found By You.
Roxie and Griffin were adorable and I wish their romance side kept up after the first love scene. I loved the scene where he came to watch her play roller derby and invited her to that evening's party. She thought he wasn't interested when he hopped off the bleachers to leave but then returned with a whole group of his friends to support Roxie and her team, complete with a sign re-inviting her to the party. What a guy!
I did like that Ms. Smith included the fact that sponsors essentially bribed players to sway them to play pro on their teams which happens in both basketball and also football from what I've been told by the players in my family. That hit a nice sense of realism that added a layer of tension between Roxie and Griffin when she found out about his past. I didn't blame Roxie for being apprehensive about entering a relationship with him considering how he got around. But his current actions and sweetness swayed me to like him just like Roxie. Missypoo also had some skeletons in her own closet. I was shocked to find out some things she did herself and it kept me reading as it didn't really go with her personality. I was curious to see how the author would mesh her earlier actions (or lack thereof?) with Griffin while exposing herself to strangers. I was glad to see it revisited later but I really wish that aspect of her life wasn't there so as to make her seem hypocritical when she brushes Griffin off for the prostitute incident.
Other than that, my other gripe was the language sprinkled throughout the book, particularly by Griffin. I usually stick with pretty clean reads and I'm glad that the spacing was easy enough to gloss over most of them.
Ms. Smith is a fantastic writer who knows how to pull you into the story with great characterization, a fast paced story and interesting characters. I appreciate her love scenes were more sensual than crude and really brought out the emotion rather than rely on autonomous body parts or x rated language. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work!
This book is for mature audiences only. 18 yrs and up due to language and sexual content.
***I was gifted an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review***
3.5 - This was a wonderful surprise read! Ms. Soule has a way with words and the thing that really popped out to me was her dialogue. Main character S3.5 - This was a wonderful surprise read! Ms. Soule has a way with words and the thing that really popped out to me was her dialogue. Main character Sloane Masterson was a nice mix of Veronica Mars and Sarah Bailey (from 1996s The Craft), a snarky teen but not annoying. Instead, I was intrigued by her world loved that she enjoyed many of the same things I did (with a nice shout out to Konrath's pen name) and that she seemed comfortable in her skin. Sometimes YA heroines are over the top YA but Sloane read genuine to me and I loved the way she spoke and presented herself. I love that she was attracted to Hayden but was turned off by his attitude. Often heroines are so swoony over heroes that they ignore the jerky personality so it was nice to see Sloane acknowledge that. I was eager to dive into Ms. Soule's world and as I read on find out revelations with who Hayden and his brother are and who are on their trail, I couldn't help but enjoy putting things together alongside with Sloane. The sci-fi romance aspect was very much welcome and proved why I love SFR in the YA genre. Being a world building info junkie, I'm dying to know more about the alien community.
This is the first in a series so there is a bit of a cliffhanger but the story and dialogue make this a worthwhile read and a very fun ride. By the end, I was eager to read more of Ms. Soule's works. I recommend this for mid to older teens due to some minor language, sexual content and situations.
***I was gifted an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review***...more
I really enjoyed Missing Lily! Maybe I've been stumbling across way too many explicit reads lately but this was a breath of fresh air because it focusI really enjoyed Missing Lily! Maybe I've been stumbling across way too many explicit reads lately but this was a breath of fresh air because it focused on characters getting to know each other before anything romantic followed and the strength of its characters made the story come to life. I also loved how the story started right in the middle of the action. Lily (real name Princess Lylin) was a strong character in the sense that I got her angst, motivation and she had me rooting for her safety all the way. I hadn't read Just Ella but this book makes me want to search it out and read it if it's written as well as Missing Lily. The romance was nicely paced and right from the beginning when Lily met Rhys, the chemistry was there as he really cared about and respected her. There's a twist that comes later on with Rhys and one of Lily's sisters that I won't reveal here and even though I wanted to see Rhys stand up and fight to have Lily, I can understand the predicament he was in. Poor Lily even had to grow up with such a bratty sister and parents who didn't hide their favoritism between the two sisters (out of a total of seven). It made me root for her even more.
I can't say enough things about the writing. Ms. Larsen penned such an intriguing tale with an array of characters that really stand on their own apart from the other characters. And she tells such a great story that is a 100% clean for all ages and all parts of the family! For anyone who has daughters who love princess stories with a sweet romance on the side, this would be great for them! I know I'll be saving this to share with my future daughter. I look forward to following this series very closely and adding Missing Lily to my read again shelf. I'm happy to add this as on my best of 2014 reading list!...more