I read this a couple of years ago. It's a complete chick-lit, but definitely one of my favourites. And definitely my favourite Jill Mansell book. Thes...moreI read this a couple of years ago. It's a complete chick-lit, but definitely one of my favourites. And definitely my favourite Jill Mansell book. These books are great if you just wanna lie back and have a light read and a good time.(less)
A fun, predictable read -thank goodness cause I needed something this light. It's about two best friends for seven years, a girl who always goes for b...moreA fun, predictable read -thank goodness cause I needed something this light. It's about two best friends for seven years, a girl who always goes for bad boys and a guy who is a complete nerd. On a crazy thought, and a hope she might turn it to her advantage, the girl agrees to transform the guy into the bad boy he so desperately wants to be, a bad boy all the women would go for. And she succeeds. You can guess the ending to this one. But still, as predictable as it was, it was fun to read it. After all, who wouldn't love a nice transformation story from nerd to bad?
The writing, however, was a bit slow-paced for my taste. It seemed like it took forever to get into the real good bits, and for a while I couldn't connect to the dialogues. And because of this I thought the ending was a bit rushed. Other than that, fine. Liked it.(less)
This is the story of two people in twenty years of time; it is a story of their failed romance at start, their friendships, their relationships, their...moreThis is the story of two people in twenty years of time; it is a story of their failed romance at start, their friendships, their relationships, their carreer attempts, it is the story of their lives entwined. It is a fun story, a heartwarming story, a sad story, a heartbreaking story. It is the kind of story that doesn't leave you for a while.
I finished this book very late last night and haven't been able to stop thinking about it ever since. This is the second book I've read recently that's done this to me, the other being David Benioff's "City of Thieves". The characters are so loveable, so sincere and so real that you immedaitely connect with them and cherish them and want them to be happy. It doesn't matter if they're fictitous, you just want to read them happy. You read them struggle, you read them succeed and all the while you're there with them, right alongside them.
Dex and Em, Em and Dex. I truly loved them. And I envied their friendship most of anything. I'm still thinking about them, and probably will be thinking about them for a while. But I do know I'll always have them in my heart packed away somewhere.(less)
I absolutely loved this book. This was the first time in a long time I've read a historical romance and it just swept me off my feet, it was that love...moreI absolutely loved this book. This was the first time in a long time I've read a historical romance and it just swept me off my feet, it was that lovely. Definitely a delightful break to the paranormal genre I find myself reading all the time.
The series revolves around four unwed women who call themselves 'wallflowers' and intend to gather their wits to find a husband for each. -Thinking about those times I realized I'm well away from the point of being even a wallflower- Getting back to the book itself, this first one in the series was about the oldest of the girls, Annabelle, who has to care for both her mother and brother after her father's death, and Simon Hunt, the charismatic and flirtatious successful businessman who has eyes on her.
Now, you's think the story has already worked itself out from this plot but no. Since she's running out of time, Annabelle wants to marry a wealthy man as soon as possible in order to care for her family, but that doesn't mean she doesn't get other kinds of offers, the 'be-my-mistress' kind of offers. But of course Annabelle doesn't want to become any man's mistress as then she'd lose all reputation and be forced to live her life in shame. And dear Simon, unfortunately, is one of those men who wants her as his mistress. So there you go, a nice plot to tangle yourself in.
Annabelle was a lovely girl. After losing her father, she feels obligated to marry a wealthy man to take care of her family. She's at such a point that she doesn't even care about the looks, age or any other aspects of the possible bachelors. The other wallflowers, two american sisters who are foreign to the english culture and one very shy english girl who's selfconscious, were also very adorable. It was extremely fun to read these four girls together as they enjoyed each others' company and sometimes mocked the traditions they were bound to.
Simon, on the other hand, was a slightly herder man to understand although after a while it was easy to see his way of thinking. He doesn't come from an aristocratic family yet he's smart and has a knack for business so he made himself a fortune. One flaw he has for this scenario is that he doesn't look for a wife, a marriage. However he finds himself wanting Annabelle with an intensity that is new to him. Simon was definitely an absolute charmer. An adorable man who can be stubborn and harsh at times but definitely loveable. I very much enjoyed his interactions with free-spirited Annabelle. He's the kind of man I could easily find myself falling for, a man who will love me and care for me with such an intensity that tears would sting my eyes.
I'm looking forward to the rest of this series and see how all the wallflowers will finally find love and have their happy endings.(less)
This wasn't a bad book but it could've been better. The pace was alright, the mystery ok enough to keep you reading if not a bit predictable. The char...moreThis wasn't a bad book but it could've been better. The pace was alright, the mystery ok enough to keep you reading if not a bit predictable. The characters, however, were a different and more complex story. Emily Drake, a supernatural creature -Other, as they are referred in the book- psychologist helps out the police in a murder investigation with abnormal circumstances. She gets called in by a, what I can only call, good old friend, the Captain Danny McNeal to aid detective Colin Gyth in this murder which is without a doubt a supernatural attack. Throughout the book we're also introduced to Todd Brooks, who is partner to Colin Gyth and the character that got my interest the most, and ME Smith who seemed like had a history with McNeal and several other supernatural creatures, the most important being Niol, the dangerous demon who owns a club for the "Others".
Emily Drake had a very very bad start to the book if you ask me and she was too close to be included to my "gal that annoyed the hell out of me" bookshelf, still don't know what saved her but whatever. She was borderline annoying at times. She's a psychologist for the Other, and yet this one time a poor vampire who has trouble drinking blood comes to her and even though she describes his problem as a very serious and deadly one she still manages to call him a drama queen. What? Have some compassion for your patients doc. Which brings me to my other annoying point. What was up with Colin calling Emily "Doc" all the freaking time? It was all "Doc this", "Doc that", "This and that, Doc"!! I got tired after a while and refused to read the word.
Colin's character was lacking. I mean sure, the guy was there and all, we had his POV but somehow I felt like the writer could've made a better effort getting into the mental status of the guy. Sure, he wss a "shifter" who turned into a wolf so he should've had animal instincts but the only thing the guy thought about was sexsexsex. Have her.Mark her.Fuck her.Sexsexsex. And it didn't matter much whether there was danger around them or other people or they were discussing the case. Whatever, whenever.
Danny McNeal, captain of the PD, I didn't get what he was all about. He knew about all the "Other" stuff and he kept referring to the supernaturals as "we" and yet we were never hinted towards him being a supernatural. All the time I read him as human who knew about all this but somehow the wording of the guy kinda screwed up that aspect.
The only likeable characters in this book were Niol -the demon trouble- and Todd Brooks -Colin's partner, human, clueless- And the way Brooks was ignored all throughout the investigation, just because he didn't know about the nature of the crime and the "monsters who happen to be real", was not believable.(less)
I didn't even have time to put this in my currently-reading shelf, it was a very light read that I started and finished all too quickly.
The story was...moreI didn't even have time to put this in my currently-reading shelf, it was a very light read that I started and finished all too quickly.
The story was alright, a nice love story that was predictable yet fun to read. Although I have to admit, I found some parts a bit over the top, but still it was a quick and nice read that I did want to finish. Recommended to light romance lovers.(less)
I got this as a bargain from amazon and despite its low price I happened to like it a lot. The book takes old fairy tales and give them an erotic twis...moreI got this as a bargain from amazon and despite its low price I happened to like it a lot. The book takes old fairy tales and give them an erotic twist. I thought this was a good idea, a nice way of reading the old fairy tales, something for the woman in all of us.
Even though I didn't like all of the stories -based only on the type of twist they had- I found myself really liking this. Who wouldn't love the "Beauty" from "The Beauty and the Beast" to miss her beast? Or Snow White finding her happiness in all her dwarfs? Or even the evil stepmother who despises Snow White to have her own happy ending? Or, my personal most favourite, the "Cat and Mouse" who find happiness in each other despite their constant quarrel over supremacy? Yes, I loved these stories, and I read them all, even when the erotica was either too much or just not my cup of tea, I still read them all. But my favourite among them will always be the "Cat and Mouse" because the girl in me just can't help but love the bickering couples with a hint of love-hate relationship :)(less)