This was ridiculously cute and fun. Read it in a day because it was so addictive. Loved the cast of characters and I even laughed out loud a few timesThis was ridiculously cute and fun. Read it in a day because it was so addictive. Loved the cast of characters and I even laughed out loud a few times. Fun, clean and light- it was perfect for my mood lately....more
How does this author manage to make me feel so much every single time? And in a novella no less? Laura Florand is fast becoming an author whose booksHow does this author manage to make me feel so much every single time? And in a novella no less? Laura Florand is fast becoming an author whose books I know will be a sure-fire win for me because without a doubt, each one that I've read so far has been beautiful and emotional. This one hit closer to home than expected and I definitely shed a few tears while reading because I could relate a little too much to Kai and her grief. This is definitely a little different than her "Amour et Chocolat" series but still very much worth a read....more
This was not exactly what I was expecting it to be after reading the description. The first half was more along the lines of what I thought was goingThis was not exactly what I was expecting it to be after reading the description. The first half was more along the lines of what I thought was going to be a cute, modern take on the classic historical romance plot- an average woman unknowingly meets and falls in love with a British Duke despite misunderstandings and social restrictions. We meet the wounded and love-weary Bronte and the charming, handsome Max, and the two definitely have a great connection. But it went downhill after that for me. Bronte turned into a whiny, selfish brat with daddy issues and I started to think Max was better off without her. I also thought there'd be more fun drama with Bronte and Max as she learns to deal with dating a British royal and all that, but it was never brought up more than superficially and was casually brushed off. (view spoiler)[Just as I thought we were going to get it with Max's mom hating Bronte because she's a "commoner" and doesn't want to be replaced as the duchess, that confrontation never happens and his mom promptly goes away, basically exiting the story altogether. Where's the fun with that?! (hide spoiler)] Plus, while not graphic, there were some scenes that were a bit more "descriptive" than I like in my books. This was kind of a let-down for me because I thought it had such potential....more
I was really enjoying this book until something happened 3/4 of the way into it that just ruined it for me. (view spoiler)[I'm sorry, the adu2.5 stars
I was really enjoying this book until something happened 3/4 of the way into it that just ruined it for me. (view spoiler)[I'm sorry, the adultery thing just did me in. And that fact that Nate doesn't bother to tell Erin that he's married before they sleep together was just so utterly wrong that nothing could make up for that. (hide spoiler)] I couldn't get past that and the way the characters handled it upset me even more. I liked both Nate and Erin up to that point but after that one scene, I lost a lot of respect for them- especially Nate. So even though I was really engrossed with the story and wanted to find out what happened, I didn't enjoy that last quarter of this book. Not sure I could really recommend this one.["br"]>["br"]>...more
It almost pains me to be able to only give The Wednesday Daughters two stars since I absolutely loved The Wednesday Sisters and was hoping the followIt almost pains me to be able to only give The Wednesday Daughters two stars since I absolutely loved The Wednesday Sisters and was hoping the follow up book would be just as good. Unfortunately, I didn't like any of the Wednesday Daughters like I did their mothers. I think I was supposed to feel sorry for these grown women who still acted like children (so much to the point that I kept forgetting theese were women in their late-thirties to mid-forties) but I really didn't feel much of anything other than annoyed. There were moments that gave me hope that I might still connect with the women- Julie's struggle with her grief over her twin's death was especially touching- but I couldn't make myself care about Hope's struggling marriage or her identity crisis or Anna Page's commitment problems and daddy issues. Another big problem for me was Ally's very odd journal or whatever it was that she was writing about Beatrix Potter. It was weird and I'm not sure why it needed to be included because I just didn't get the point of it. I didn't like any of those parts and found I skimmed most of them. Ally wasn't my favorite Wednesday Sister so I was a bit disappointed this book revolved around her and I really missed the other Wednesday Sisters. It was unsatisfying for me that the other women were mostly left out.
Another strong Kristan Higgins book. I probably liked this as much as I did because of Tom since I'm a sucker for British accents. A few things annoyeAnother strong Kristan Higgins book. I probably liked this as much as I did because of Tom since I'm a sucker for British accents. A few things annoyed me in this book and I never really cared for Honor all that much, but overall a fun, light, clean romance. ...more
There were parts of this that I really liked (mostly revolving around Amore sisters and their story) and then there were parts that really bothered meThere were parts of this that I really liked (mostly revolving around Amore sisters and their story) and then there were parts that really bothered me. I didn't like (or hate) this book enough to write a full review so I'll leave it at that....more
I really didn't think I would like this as much as I liked The Chocolate Thief. And I was sure there was no way it could come close to how much I loveI really didn't think I would like this as much as I liked The Chocolate Thief. And I was sure there was no way it could come close to how much I loved The Chocolate Kiss. But I was wrong. So very, very wrong. I think this is my new favorite in this series. I'm not sure how the author is keeping the magic going with these books but I'm loving every minute of it and I hope it never stops.
Dominique Richard was not a character that made my heart swoon in the other books and I didn't think I'd feel anything for him in the The Chocolate Touch so I didn't rush out to read this - but OH MY GOSH, if I had known then what I know now, I would have been counting down the minutes for this book's release. I'm not sure how the author manages to put two characters who, on the outside, seem to be complete opposites and not two people you would ever choose for the other. And yet they work so well together and are perfect compliments. It's pure magic, I tell you.
Both Dominique and Jamie are battling hidden demons and have wounds on the inside that they don't let other people see. And yet with each other, they're able to find some peace and imagine a way to finally overcome those demons. Their relationship was so sweet in a way that exceeded expectations, especially in regards to Dominique. The slow way they opened up to each other, the trust and faith they had in the other was lovely to read. It was bittersweet when I got to the end. I loved where we left Jamie and Dominique and yet I didn't want to end my time with them. I fell in love with their story.
I read this while I was stuck in bed with a nasty cold and while it was an easy, mindless read, I didn't really like it. Sometimes I don't get HigginsI read this while I was stuck in bed with a nasty cold and while it was an easy, mindless read, I didn't really like it. Sometimes I don't get Higgins' female main characters. Sure they're not the effortlessly natural beauties who don't know how gorgeous they are but have men tripping over their own feet in a rush to be with (like you see in a lot of books these days) but her characters are often too far on the other side of the spectrum for me to relate to. They're often too quirky and odd, weird and even slightly pathetic for me to like. Chastity was one of those characters that I had a hard time being sympathetic to and I couldn't force myself to be invested in what was going on.
As for the story itself, I didn't really like that either. I mostly had a problem with Trevor and how Chastity doesn't demand an explanation for why he's acted the way he has for the last 10 years. Seriously, three sentences doesn't qualify as an adequate explanation/apology for a decade of mixed signals. And the epilogue was so incredibly cheesy. Ugh. Plus, the whole side story revolving around her mom was just bizarre and I'm not sure what, as a reader, I'm supposed to take away from that. It was depressing and confusing. A big letdown for me as I usually really enjoy Higgins' books....more
I didn't think it was possible but I liked this more than The Chocolate Thief. I was enchanted by the whimsy and I loved all the references to princesI didn't think it was possible but I liked this more than The Chocolate Thief. I was enchanted by the whimsy and I loved all the references to princes, witches, towers and how those fairytale references came into play in the story. I absolutely loved all the characters from the get-go too. Magalie's journey really resonated with me and I loved how much heart this book had. I wasn't expecting to be so enticed by macarons since I've never actually eaten one, but I'm now thinking I need to find a place around here to get one....more
Here's what I loved about this book: the setting and the characters. Florand manged to perfectly capture the French snobbery and arrogance (in a charmHere's what I loved about this book: the setting and the characters. Florand manged to perfectly capture the French snobbery and arrogance (in a charming way), the beauty of Paris and the French language, the experience of living in a different country and feeling completely overwhelmed and out of place yet at home too. It definitely had me dreaming of taking a long trip to Paris and hitting up some chocolate shops (Florand even includes a list of her favorite shops in Paris at the end of the book). And the writing perfectly matched the setting too. She was able to take an already romantic city and make the writing equally romantic and sensual. An example:
"It handn't hurt that the intensely physical apprenticeships in chocolaterie had taught him control and power and strength, or that he had filled into his height, but the real key had been his mastery of chocolate, and he knew it. The way to a woman's body was through what she delighted in putting into her mouth. When a woman let his chocolate melt on her tongue, he thought of it as her letting a little bit of him melt there."
Ah, I loved it. The writing was perfect. And the romance between Sylvain and Cade was a slow build up without having to revert to explicit sex scenes or over-dramatic declarations. I loved those two together.
I was a little unsure of Sylvain at first until I got to this passage, and then I was hooked:
"He had learned that if he wanted to find a treasure, he was going to have to hunt for it and be very, very careful as he did.
He hated it, though, being so careful. It was not his nature. He wanted to find that one person and just giver her all of him, his heart, his head, his body. He wanted the sound and scent of her in their apartment, he wanted to be cooking with her in the kitchen, he wanted babies eventually, waking them up every two hours and leaving toys for him to trip over.
He wanted the true prize."
Underneath his arrogance and defensive anger, Sylvain is a good guy. And Cade was a good fit with him. Her determination and backbone were admirable but I also liked how real she was too. Her insecurities and her desire to do what gives her joy and brings passion to her life while being conflicted over familial and business obligations and responsibilities were very relatable. She was definitely a strong character and could match him for each scathing look and cutting remark, yet she was still vulnerable. Both of them were actually. And that's why I liked them together so much because, underneath it all, they were both the same. It made the epilogue all that much more sweeter too.
And that's why I loved this book and stayed up way too late finishing it in one day. I'll definitely be reading The Chocolate Kiss very soon....more
There's just something about chick-lit in the summertime that calls to me and I thought this British one would be a good fit for me. I did really likeThere's just something about chick-lit in the summertime that calls to me and I thought this British one would be a good fit for me. I did really like it although I was a little worried about where the story was going to go. (view spoiler)[I don't really like books about adultery and while Ben is never unfaithful to his wife in the biblical sense, there's definitely some emotional cheating going on. But luckily, the characters own up to their mistakes and how it was wrong to even go there, and I liked that maturity. (hide spoiler)] I wasn't sure I was going to get the ending I wanted and after a while, I wasn't even sure I wanted that ending anymore (view spoiler)[again, not a fan of adultery and I wasn't sure how Ben and Rachel were going to get together withouth some cheating going on. (hide spoiler)] and with the arrival of a new character, I thought maybe things would go in a whole different direction. I did like that the story kept me wondering how everything was going to be resolved but it was fairly predictable at the end. So while I liked it, I didn't love it....more
What I love about Kristan Higgins' books is the fact that I can always rely on them for a sweet, charming and clean chick lit romance that will make mWhat I love about Kristan Higgins' books is the fact that I can always rely on them for a sweet, charming and clean chick lit romance that will make me laugh and smile. Her books are almost always sure bets for me and The Best Man delivered. It's actually in the top three of my favorite books by this author, along with Until There Was You and Too Good to Be True. I also really enjoyed the fact that the main character was less ridiculous and silly than some of her previous characters because it was much easier to like Faith and root for her. Loved this one and it was exactly what I was in the mood for right now....more
This was so cute and witty, and I loved it. It was just the way I like my chick lit- funny and adorable but still clever and smart and easy to fall inThis was so cute and witty, and I loved it. It was just the way I like my chick lit- funny and adorable but still clever and smart and easy to fall into (although I hate labeling it that because it's so much better than most "chick lit" books). When Lincoln starts his "internet security" job and begins reading Beth and Jennifer's emails, I was instantly hooked just like he was. They were so funny they had me laughing out loud and even through the short emails, you get to know both of them quickly. They were exactly the kind of people I wish I worked with so we could become friends. I kept looking forward to the parts with the emails because they were so great and I wanted to know more about Beth and Jennifer. Lincoln was a little harder to love though. He's kinda down on his luck and a little bit pathetic, and I worried how reading a book from his point of view would work out. But he grew on me and I liked seeing him grow up and progress. In fact, I'm not sure if the premise of this novel (falling in love with someone via spying on their private email) would have worked as well if written from Beth's point of view.
And can I just say I loved all the 90's pop culture references? It was awesome. This was actually a recommendation from my public library and I am so glad I took a chance on this. Easily one of my favorites of the year and one I'd happily go back and re-read just to put a smile on my face....more
Good, but I'm starting to find her books a bit predictable. And I'm getting tired of the main character who is always acting completely ridiculous andGood, but I'm starting to find her books a bit predictable. And I'm getting tired of the main character who is always acting completely ridiculous and embarrassingly idiotic. ...more
I pushed through this one even though I didnt enjoy it all that much because I hate not knowing how things work out. There were a couple reasons I didI pushed through this one even though I didnt enjoy it all that much because I hate not knowing how things work out. There were a couple reasons I didn't like this one. First, the fact that Millie isn't noticed by either of the men that this book revolves around until she loses a fair amount of weight and indulges in a makeover bothered me. A lot. Second, the fact that Sam is her sister's ex-husband sat wrong with me. I couldn't get past how wrong that felt (they were married 17 years!) and therefore I just couldn't enjoy this one....more
Kristan Higgins is my guilty pleasure author. Her book are always cute, enjoyable and easy to read. This one was no different even though it wasn't myKristan Higgins is my guilty pleasure author. Her book are always cute, enjoyable and easy to read. This one was no different even though it wasn't my favorite....more
This was a nice, sweet read and I definitely liked this book more than the past few Kristan Higgins' books I've read, so that was a plus. I enjoyed geThis was a nice, sweet read and I definitely liked this book more than the past few Kristan Higgins' books I've read, so that was a plus. I enjoyed getting to revisit some familiar couples but I'm glad the story didn't involve them too much. I liked Parker and James- mostly James. It was nice getting his perspective mixed in with Parker's and I liked his character a lot, so for me he carried the story. Overall, it was a fun, light book perfect for the summer....more
Gah, this book drove me crazy. Didn't like it at all, which was too bad because the summary sounded like it had potential. The characters are just sadGah, this book drove me crazy. Didn't like it at all, which was too bad because the summary sounded like it had potential. The characters are just sad, the writing isn't great, and the plot was silly and ridiculous. It started off good but quickly went downhill once Kay moves to Lyme, and at the point I couldn't stop the eye-rolling. I kept thinking that it would get better but it never did. It was one unbelievable thing after the next. Adam invites her to his Nana's house why? Just because he thinks that she'll like Kay and that Kay will like his Nana?! And after knowing her for about 5 seconds? I'd be trying to push him on someone else too. And he's so sure he's in love with her after only two days and a handful of brief exchanges? Give me a break. Waste of my time and not a great way to start off the new year....more
I've been all over the spectrum with Sophie Kinsella's books- some I've hated, others have been okay, and there have a been a few that I've really likI've been all over the spectrum with Sophie Kinsella's books- some I've hated, others have been okay, and there have a been a few that I've really liked- so I wasn't sure which way it would go with this one but I ended up really enjoying it. It's a bit far-fetched but realism isn't something I'm necessarily looking for when reading these kinds of books. I loved the texts between Poppy and Sam and how that built the spark between them even though in real life that wouldn't be enough to build a real relationship, but hey, it was cute, funny and light-hearted so I loved it....more
Probably closer to 3.5 stars. I liked this story most of the time- it's cute and the "romantic" scenes are all fade-to-black, which was nice to not haProbably closer to 3.5 stars. I liked this story most of the time- it's cute and the "romantic" scenes are all fade-to-black, which was nice to not have to worry about that. I didn't understand why some plot points were even included as they didn't go anywhere really and didn't seem to help the overall story- the OCD scenes, the birth mother drama, the whole evil cousin mess. But overall it was cute, funny and an easy read. Sometimes it's just nice to read this kind of book....more