I honestly don't know how to start this review lol. I totally bought this read on a whim and I'm so glad I did! Wallbanger was such a great read. It w...moreI honestly don't know how to start this review lol. I totally bought this read on a whim and I'm so glad I did! Wallbanger was such a great read. It was funny, the romance went from neighbors, to truce, to friends, to nooking (guys, I wanna nook with someone!) to dating. It was slow paced and I have to agree with Caroline Wallbanger Simon does make good woo. The woo-ing guys, the woo-ing! I was swooning along with the woo-ing!! The text messages, the banter, the trip to Lake Tahoe! Omgosh, this read was just amazing. I can't form coherent thoughts right now, I seriously can't.
The thing I liked about Caroline was that she wasn't your typical clueless protagonist. She loves her job, she loves her cat, she loves baking, she has friends and co-workers that love her but she's a little lacking in the romance and orgasm department. It's cool, it's normal. It happens from time to time. And the way she lost her "O" is totally relate-able. Just saying. And depressing. She kept Simon on his toes and I loved that! I loved how their friendship blossomed and how comfortable she got around Simon. Sure the little incident at Tahoe was a minor set back but I mean, who wouldn't react the way she did? As much as I wanted to shake her and scream THINK ABOUT IT the reaction was pretty justified so I couldn't be mad at her!
Simon. Ohhh Simon. Where is there to not love about Simon? Seriously. The guy is a photographer, he's loaded (no, seriously), he's a sucker for baked goods (where can I find one of these men?), he collects sand from every beach he's traveled to, he can cook (cook ladies, the man rocks beds, woo's AND cooks?!) he apparently can make his bed rock but he's also lacking in the romance department but for a whole different type of reason. He's not great at doing the whole commitment thing (especially with the whole traveling for work thing) but for someone who isn't, he seems to know what he's doing even if he doesn't know what he's doing. He's a big softie for someone who can be infuriating (but aren't they all like that?!). The way he handled the "faking" situation was amazing. Just amazing! I was swooning the whole time even though I wanted to smack Caroline and force her to listen to him. And every time he called her "sweet Caroline" and the way he looked at her.... *swooooooooooon*
Like I mentioned, the romance was slow building and really really sweet. Utterly swoon-worthy!
If you're looking for a mellow contemporary that'll make you laugh and swoon I highly, highly, highly suggest giving Wallbanger a try!(less)
The Marriage Mistake focuses on Count's younger sister Carina. She has just finished school and moved to America to help learn the ins and outs of the...moreThe Marriage Mistake focuses on Count's younger sister Carina. She has just finished school and moved to America to help learn the ins and outs of the family's business while being paired up with her childhood crush (that's she's soo over) Max. This is the third book in the Marriage to a Billionaire series and it was the one I liked the least.
Carina really got on my nerves; it's like she hopped on a plane and decided she was over Max, but was obsessed with sleeping around since she was leaving Italy where family and tradition are heavy in her family. She thought moving to a different country on her own allowed her to be the sexually curious girl she always wanted to be. It felt a little over done. If she wasn't thinking about Max (or trying to seduce him, let's be real, she was), she was thinking of sex. Constantly.
Max really got on my nerves too; he was so fixated on protecting Carina and trying to talk her out of sleeping with other guys that he basically offered to sleep with her. But he wasn't attracted to her in that way since she IS his best friend's little sister. I felt like all his feelings towards Carina were forced. Like realizing things last minute while the whole time it seemed like he was in favor of one point more than the other. I just wasn't buying it.
Involving Carina means involving the rest of the family and both Carina and Count come from a big big family, I had trouble remember who was who and where they worked. It just got a bit confusing after awhile. I did like seeing the characters from the previous books make cameo's!
While I didn't enjoy The Marriage Mistake as much as I hoped I would, I'm still looking forward to the rest of this series!(less)
No Mistletoe Required is a relativity short read. It's almost about as long as a novella.
It follows Dan who's all bah humbug about the holidays which...moreNo Mistletoe Required is a relativity short read. It's almost about as long as a novella.
It follows Dan who's all bah humbug about the holidays which is pretty justified when you learn why. I'd be pretty torn up about it too but I don't know if I would go as far as ignoring Christmas! It also follows Anna who basks in the holiday spirit. But she's bah humbug about relationships when it comes to her "deadline" for also a pretty justified reason when you learn why.
(I think the blurb is a bit spolier-y, when I read it I had no idea what it was about really so everything was a surprise)
Both Dan and Anna have their secrets and their baggage and they both seem to be pretty determined to get the other person to let it go (except for the part where Anna won't tell Dan her secret which was pretty unfair... if you ask me) and move on with their lives.
Unfortunately there isn't much more I can say about this read. It was a nice holiday read to get you in the spirit!
And okay, I read it awhile ago so I besides the basics, I don't remember much else :P but hey, at least I'm being honest! (less)