I fell in love with author Libby Mercer's work last year, finding her sweet romantic tales to be endearing and utterly charming. Libby is the pen name I fell in love with author Libby Mercer's work last year, finding her sweet romantic tales to be endearing and utterly charming. Libby is the pen name for Anna Garner and she is releasing her first chick lit novel under her real name. I'm very pleased that Anna continues on with the streak of "add to your list of books to read" as Lying to Meet You was fantastic.
Our adorable heroine is Chloe Lane, her professional life too hectic to find time to fit in a love life and doing okay without one. Enter lifelong friend, Ethan Webster, with a wacky idea - pretend to be in a relationship together to test the theory that being taken makes you more attractive to a third party. Ethan is hoping to attract the eye of a co-worker and this the perfect plan. Chloe gamely goes along, but finds herself having her own radar pinged by a fellow judge on a reality show, William Shannon. The hijinks that ensue are laugh out loud and exactly what you are hoping to read in a chick lit book. Complete with charming suitors, mishaps, entertaining characters, and some hilarious moments during karaoke this is a solid novel from start to finish. Whether she is writing as Libby Mercer or under her own name, Anna Garner does not disappoint with her zest for a fun book that will leave you smiling for hours after you read. ...more
Meredith Schorr is back with her third novel, "Blogger Girl", and I think it is my favorite to date. Book blogger Kimberly Long is an absolutely charmMeredith Schorr is back with her third novel, "Blogger Girl", and I think it is my favorite to date. Book blogger Kimberly Long is an absolutely charming lead character that kept me invested in her story from page one. A little neurotic and a lot of fun, Kimberly navigates through her lackluster day job while maintaining a successful blog and carrying on a crush on her co-worker, Nicholas. The news that high school nemesis, Hannah, has a hot new chick lit book coming out is not exactly welcome news. While trying to gracefully handle some serous bouts of insecurity, Kim has to figure out what it is she truly wants in life before she loses everything she has fought for.
Meredith Schorr is such a witty author that brings heart and humor to every story she tells. Her characters are always a delight to get to know and this book was no exception. There are well developed supporting characters that don't overpower the main story of Kim and her journey. I love the strong friendships that Meredith writes about in her novels and a love interest that will make you smile. I just flipped back through "Blogger Girl" again to see if there was anything that I would say I wish was different and absolutely nothing. This was a solid book from start to finish, highly entertaining and difficult to put down. Even the books that are reviewed within the book were compelling. And you will never think about The Beatles "Penny Lane" the same again. ...more
First word that comes to mind - Heartbreaking. Followed by fantastic! Kathy Harris needs to put the warning label right on the front page -- You willFirst word that comes to mind - Heartbreaking. Followed by fantastic! Kathy Harris needs to put the warning label right on the front page -- You will get sucked in and you will run a gauntlet of emotions. Sera Taylor is that woman that everyone loves (well except the crazy religious socialite, Beverly). She is genuinely interested in everyone and how they are doing, forming strong bonds with many of the patrons of her music store. When her world is torn apart by a devastating illness, the bond between Sera and the people in her world become everything to her. As all the characters struggle to deal with mortality, love, and loss, you are going to be completely enraptured with the story that is being laid out before you. Husband, Bill, struggles to show his emotions while young singer Mack seems to have a new set of feelings. Best friend, Ruby, provides some sass while Tommy Lee provides the aggravation that keeps Sera going. When Kathy Harris approached me to do a review for her, I had told her it sounded like a heartwarming and heartbreaking story that I couldn't wait to read. It was just that. The characters are not always likable. They are raw and emotional and sometimes human reaction is just not good. They are, however, all based on their love for Sera and their true feelings shine through in the end.
I give this five stars and warn you that you will need to have the Kleenex handy....more
I love geeks! This is no shock to anyone who knows me. And I was thrilled that Libby Mercer asked me if I would be interested in reviewing her new booI love geeks! This is no shock to anyone who knows me. And I was thrilled that Libby Mercer asked me if I would be interested in reviewing her new book, Unmasking Maya, as the male lead was a hot geek!
This is high up there on my list of favorite reads of 2012. I loved the character of Maya. She is clearly lonely, even if she wants to deny it, as her past has burned her and she is unwilling to open herself up to the chance of love again. She is quirky and an artistic fashionista, which I adored. And Derek...cold, indifferent, infuriating, yet incredibly good looking. Yup, I was sold on him immediately. I love that their relationship was not an insta-romance. It took time, it took breaking down barriers, fighting, and ultimately realizing what they both wanted. It was a heart warming story that I couldn't put down.
I do wish that Maya had some retribution for the scandal in NYC, complete with payback against the dastardly ex, and that the sudden appearance of her father had been addressed more. Overall, the book was a flawless read for me. I also would have loved to see more of Lin and her husband, they were a good time.
Libby has a great voice and a knack for weaving a tale that you want to keep reading, you want more and dread the final pages coming up. This was my first book by Libby Mercer and I have to go back and read all her other works now. I dare anyone to read "Unmasking Maya" and not have a smile on their face at the end and clamoring for more of the writing of Libby Mercer....more
I am such a fan of the writing style of Samantha March. She wowed me with her debut novel, Destined to Fail, and I can say without hesitation that herI am such a fan of the writing style of Samantha March. She wowed me with her debut novel, Destined to Fail, and I can say without hesitation that her sophomore novel, The Green Ticket, was just as compelling to read. The character of Alex is such a sweet character with a big heart that you can't help but root for her through the entire book. She finds herself with a dream job, at such a young age, as the manager of a hot salon and spa. But things aren't what they appear on the outside as Alex finds herself sucked into one dramatic situation after another. Creepy owner, Kevin, threw off that sleazy vibe from the get go, but his sweet and seemingly naive wife, Dani, appeared to be earnest in her attempt to be friends with Alex.
While the drama at the job attempts to take over and control her life, we meet Alex's friends and a hopeful boyfriend. The girls that Alex calls her best friends are simply the best. We all want to have that group of girlfriends that will be there for you and do anything for you - Alex has them. They provide the perfect amount of side story to keep it interesting without overpowering the main character and what is going on with her.
I've said it before and I stand by it - Samantha March is so talented and I dare you to read her books and not enjoy them. Clearly she has a big career ahead of her and you won't regret The Green Ticket. I give it five stars and look forward to what Samantha has next....more
**spoiler alert** he sign of a talented author for me is one that can keep you completely on edge, engrossed in the book you are reading. That is exac**spoiler alert** he sign of a talented author for me is one that can keep you completely on edge, engrossed in the book you are reading. That is exactly what happened when I read Tenaya Jane's Blue Aspen. It disturbed me, it fascinated me, and I kept turning the pages to find out what happened next. The lead character, Dulcee, was such a heartbreaking figure. Clearly she had suffered often in her young life, losing her father and having grown up with a mother that made it clear that she was in the way and not wanted. When she was dumped off with her uncle and he showed genuine happiness at having her there, I saw a little sliver of hope for Dulcee. Unfortunately, her uncle had his own issues to deal with and couldn't be there for her. Which is where Vincent Sands came in. First appearing as a shadowy figure looking in the window, he eventually showed himself to Dulcee and a bizarre love story began. He was the disturbing part of the book to me. As Dulcee started to lose her grip on reality and slip further into madness, the character of Vincent became more creepy to me. I found the love between them to be obsessive and controlling. I couldn't stop reading, needing to know where this was going to end up. The alternate story of Dr Patricia Verell that ran parallel with Dulcee's was intriguing. Both women, such polar opposites and yet so similar, let Vincent manipulate their minds. While Dulcee's ultimate decision showed how desperate she was for someone to love her no matter what, I was a bit surprised at how out of control Pat became. And the final line of the book - completely threw me.
Tenaya Jane wrote a very gripping novel about love, madness, and sacrifice. Saying the book disturbed me might make you wonder if I liked it or not. The answer is yes! It is twisted, definitely, but it takes so many offbeat turns that every time I thought I had figured out what was going on, it proved me wrong. If you want a haunting story that lingers with you, then this is the book for you and I can't recommend it enough...more
Fitting to kick off 2013 with an absolutely fantastic book by the lovely Meredith Schorr. Jane Frank is tired of flaky guys that don't know how to hanFitting to kick off 2013 with an absolutely fantastic book by the lovely Meredith Schorr. Jane Frank is tired of flaky guys that don't know how to handle relationships. So she decides to date like a man - love 'em and leave 'em. One little problem, though. Jane doesn't handle it very well. She alienates her family, her best friend, the people that are trying to be in her corner rooting for her and helping her. Jane is at time self absorbed, at times downright annoying, but she is always completely Jane. She breaks up with her "boring" boyfriend, Bob, in hopes of finding a more exciting Mr. Right. Unfortunately, Bob slipping happily into a new serious relationship is not what Jane expected to happen and her lack of a mate sends her on quite the loopy journey. Her hijinks that ensue are laugh out loud and you will be kept completely entertained as she meets man after man. A fun supporting cast, witty dialogues, an embarrassing strip tease, and an ending that you won't see coming will have you clamoring for more.
Meredith Schorr's debut novel, "Just Friends With Benefits", was full of sharp characters and vivid storytelling. Her talent does not fade with her second novel. Meredith writes characters that you want to hang out with, even when you want to smack them upside the head and yell at them to wake up. (Besides she is a Yankees fan and that means that she is pretty much amazing.)
Five stars and a guarantee that you will love this book are what I have to offer....more
Cat Lavoie has arrived on the chick lit scene! Her debut novel, Breaking The Rules, kept me up late at night (and on a “work night”, no less!) as I coCat Lavoie has arrived on the chick lit scene! Her debut novel, Breaking The Rules, kept me up late at night (and on a “work night”, no less!) as I couldn’t put it down. When I was first approached by Samantha to review, I took one look at the cover and said yes. I have a habit of reading anything with cute covers. It doesn’t always work out well, but in this case it was a home run. Charming cover, interesting characters combined with witty storytelling. I loved the friendship between Roxy and Ollie and how their story unfolds with the added twists to keep the reader on their toes. Icky significant others, crazy family members, and wild friends complete the picture. I loved the relationship between the sisters, Roxy, Steffi, and Izzie, and how their relationship with each other grew and became a more solid unit, even through the fights and the secrets being revealed. If you want to believe in happy endings then Roxy is the perfect heroine for you as she searches for what makes her happy. She falls down and messes up, but she picks herself back up with the help of her friends and family and she moves on towards her happiness. ...more
In Tracie Banister’s sophomore novel, In Need of Therapy, she introduces us to Pilar Alvarez, a South Beach based psychologist that has her own set ofIn Tracie Banister’s sophomore novel, In Need of Therapy, she introduces us to Pilar Alvarez, a South Beach based psychologist that has her own set of issues to handle. Not only is her Cuban family a little crazy, but she has three muy caliente men in her life. What is a single lady to do but have a little bit of fun?
If you read Ms. Banister’s debut novel, Blame It On The Fame, then you already know that she has a knack for weaving a tale that will suck you in with characters that are as vividly brought to life on the pages as the hot locations that they are playing in. The character of Pilar is so completely adorable with her quirks that you are going to eagerly keep turning the pages to see what happens next. And you are going to be enamored with three very different men that are all vying for a spot in Pilar’s life (and heart) – Her cheating ex, Victor, that vows he is ready to change for her as he makes one grand gesture after another to try to reclaim his position in her life; Hot lifeguard Mitch, who is unfortunately a patient as well; and fellow psychologist Ford, who has an adorable moppet of a son and a wedding ring firmly in place on his finger. You add a scandal causing sister, a fun best friend, and an over-bearing mother, who just wants her daughter to get married, and you have quite the story.
This review took me almost two weeks to write. Not because I couldn’t think of the words to use to praise the book, but because the review was beginning to sound like a squee’ing fan girl. However, I think all the “squee” in the world is appropriate for In Need Of Therapy and would happily recommend this book to everyone that I know. Two books in and Tracie Banister has proven that she has what it takes to keep readers entertained for many years to come. ...more
Oh, how Monica Marlowe knows how to load up a novel with an emotional punch! "Finding Felicity" was so hard to put down because I just had to know whaOh, how Monica Marlowe knows how to load up a novel with an emotional punch! "Finding Felicity" was so hard to put down because I just had to know what was going to happen, yet at the same time I didn't want the story to end. Madeline is hurt by past betrayal by her sister and instead chooses to bury herself in her work, making her company her life. Learning that her sister is terminally ill and being urged by her nephew to come to Carrie's side, Madeline finds herself in Italy and intrigued by a man that is quite unattainable. The story of Madeline and Anthony is so touching and beautiful as they struggle with their places in this world. Throw in Tyler Reed, who seems to know what Madeline needs in life, and the triangle is off and running.
I love the vivid description of the scenery and the people that pass through Madeline's life. There is a side story, that while I knew immediately where it was going, was touching and bittersweet. I cried...there is no denying it. As wonderful as both men were in their own right, you knew that one was going to win and the other would be left behind. And it did break my heart. Kudos to Monica Marlowe...if I cry, it is always a good book! ...more