Marriage by Christmas is a hilarious holiday read that knocked my reindeer socks off.
Anna and Tom are about to get married. It's Anna's dream Christma...moreMarriage by Christmas is a hilarious holiday read that knocked my reindeer socks off.
Anna and Tom are about to get married. It's Anna's dream Christmas wedding. Her holiday themed Christmas gown just needs final fitting. The reindeers and the sleds have been sorted out. Everything is in place. But a couple of days before the wedding, Tom is acting distant, so Anna asks Liv, her best friend, to follow Tom. They end up at a pizza place, where Tom is meeting up an attorney. Why? Apparently, Tom is already married to an exotic dancer. There is only one way they could get married on time. It's if Tom's wife, Charisma Jones, signs the annulment papers. But Tom has no idea where Charisma might be. She has no facebook, no twitter.
Anna confronts Tom, that he has to go to New York to look for Charisma, but Tom thinks it's ridiculous and they should just postpone the wedding, and give the private investigator a couple of weeks before they could say that Charisma is missing, and the annulment could take place. But Anna is adamant that they get married on Christmas, so she gets on the first plane out to New York to find Tom's wife.
On the plane ride, Anna is seated beside Miles, someone she dated before, but didn't end well. Miles had ordered a kiwi cocktail for her, which put Anna into anaphylactic shock. Anna did not end up calling Miles back.
The trip changes Anna. Her list making skills forgotten. She knows that the search for Charisma Jones is a wild goose chase but still tries.
Can there be a Christmas miracle for Anna and Tom?
- Despite me enjoying the novel, I did not like Anna and Tom. The selling characters in this book is actually Miles and Liv. I felt Anna was complaining all through out the novel, while Tom seemed shallow and ball-less, until the final chapter of the book. But I still recommend this novel. It's fun and perfect for the holidays. (less)
Have you ever experienced reading and enjoying it, until the author says something, which is quite unforgiveable that it destroyed almost everything?
W...moreHave you ever experienced reading and enjoying it, until the author says something, which is quite unforgiveable that it destroyed almost everything?
Well, I did. Susan Elizabeth Phillips had done that mistake.
One of the characters of the book described a pug, UGLY.
I love pugs.
How can this pug be ugly?
Pugsley, my pet dog, God bless his soul, is really adorable. How could anyone call him ugly?
And now, Pugsley is crying.
But despite my seething anger, I continued on, chanting She called a pug ugly again and again. But obviously, the chanting didn't work. I still loved this book.
How could I hate it, when I was still up 3am in the morning, trying to finish it? And, pray, tell me, how I could hate a book with a hero who has a British accent? That got me all weak in the knees already.
Speaking aside, the story is cute and the happily ending well deserved. The bantering of the H/h is refreshing. The dialogues are all witty and humorous. I was laughing loud so often, I thought the doctors are going to take me away.
The plot, though not actually unique, (the heroine had three ex-husbands and was a mean ass is high school) is still good, since Susan Elizabeth Phillips added tons of new stuff to it, that it became an original.
I should also mention that this book taught me that it's never too late for love. Despite all the heartaches that can come my way, we should never close our doors. And also, it's never to late to ask for sorry.
This book is 97th on the All About Romance Top 100 list. And I'm wondering why it isn't any higher.
BTW, Susan, I forgive you for saying that a pug is ugly.
However, I think Pugsley does not. He takes things quite seriously. He is deeply hurt, thus, the frown.(less)
**spoiler alert** I belong to the 6% of the human populace who do not like this book. And I have to say, I do not like being the odd man/woman out.
I h...more**spoiler alert** I belong to the 6% of the human populace who do not like this book. And I have to say, I do not like being the odd man/woman out.
I honestly wanted to like this book. This is included in All About Romances Top 100 list and on Dear Reader Top 100 list plus it won Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Contemporary Single Title (2005), so it was justified that I had high hopes for this. Also, all my goodreads friends rated this four stars or more, however, the characters and dialogues were unbelievable.
Examples are: (1)
Bonnie turned back to the field and called Roger's name. When he came trotting over to them, she said, "Honey, are you going to ask me to marry you?" "Yes," he said. "I didn't want to rush you, so I thought I'd wait till our one-month anniversary. It's only eleven days." "Very sensible," Bonnie said. "Just so you know, I'm going to say yes." Roger sighed. "That takes a lot of the worry out of it." He leaned over and kissed her and went back to the field.
Seriously, does that really happen in real life? I think not.
(2)When Diana, Min's sister, decided not to get married since her fiancee is a cheating bastard, her mother caught her drinking wine, but then her mother quickly said:
"Do you know how many calories—"
Mothers are not like that. The could be calorie police at times, but not at a really lousy time, such as your failed wedding. And if the mothers are all like that, I'll stab them to death.
(3)Statistics are vital in everyday life. Dialogues with a mention of statistics a little often are cute, however, almost every conversation with a mention of percentages of whatever does not strike me as amusing.
(4)The characters also talked about theories on love. That got me confused on what I am reading. Whether this was a contemporary romance book or a psychology book. And in my honest opinion, I think the author was trying to merge the two in one.
Also in the duration of the book, there wasn't any real focus on the H/h. One minute, it's Min and Cal, then next, it's different people talking. The thought and motive were both good, however, it would have worked more if this was a movie.
To all my friends who loved this, I am absolutely sorry. I really wanted to love this book. And it wasn't due to a lack of effort on my part. (less)
I never expected much from a woman named after a fruit. Especially a plum.
And I didn't expect a lingerie buyer to do a spectacular job out of bounty h...moreI never expected much from a woman named after a fruit. Especially a plum.
And I didn't expect a lingerie buyer to do a spectacular job out of bounty hunting either.
Apparently, even the police and Vincent Plum, owner of 'Vincent Plum Bail Bonding Company" didn't expect much either.
But when a girl has been laid off and desperate enough, there is nothing she wouldn't do, just to get $10,000, even though her life is at stake.
SO how does she get the $10,000? All she has to do is bring Joe Morelli in. The Joe Morelli with whom Stephanie Plum played Choo choo train with. And when I say choo choo train, Morelli is the train while the thing between Stephanie’s legs is the tunnel. We’re talking about the very Morelli who devirginized Stephanie in college, and never bothered to call her back. The Morelli whom she almost killed with her car. Well, aside from the past history with Morelli, bringing him in sounds easy. But the thing is, Morelli is an ex-cop and was charged with murder. Does Stephanie stand a chance when she has ZERO self defense mechanisms up her sleeve and is even scared of her own gun?
The first book of the Stephanie Plum series, One For the Money, is pretty cute and enjoyable. Though the mystery is predictable it didn’t destroy the book at its good moments. There were parts that I laughed out loud, I especially found Grandma Mazur pretty cute for someone overaged. Stephanie has character and I liked her. But the book just wasn’t that remarkable as I expected to be. Thus the three stars. For the record, I’m definitely moving on with the series.
Isn’t it nice when a book you read could not just make you laugh at some lines, but can make you smile almost all throughout the book (exemption are t...moreIsn’t it nice when a book you read could not just make you laugh at some lines, but can make you smile almost all throughout the book (exemption are the pages where either or both major protagonists are in distress of course) and just as you are about to close it? But then, it just hits you that it’s over and then you’re wistfully happy?
It Had To Be You just has to be that book.
Phoebe Somerville, blonde hottie, has just inherited a football team. And she doesn’t even know the its in football. It sounds like a complete joke, but it isn’t. If her team, the Chicago Stars doesn’t win the championship, the team goes to her evil cousin. The team really doesn’t matter to her, since she wants her father to spite her father and make him roll in his grave. But then Coach Dan Calebow, hot muscled god, decides to step in and set things straight with Phoebe. If she doesn’t, all of the team’s hard work goes down the drain.
At first, for Phoebe, handling the team, was a burden. But as the days passed by, the team became more of a family and helping them win became a necessity and not an obligation. So in order to make her father go ballistics in heaven or hell or wherever he is, Phoebe decides to do what her father never expected her to do. To win and keep the team, for life.
The book is great, but for me came short just a little. I honestly have no idea how American football goes, and I know a bit of soccer, but they’re two different things. So I had trouble imagining the sports parts, but I could feel the testosterone in the air as I was reading. (less)
I've been in a really bad book slump. I would grab a book, but never finish. But thanks to Sophie Kinsella, I am out of the dump. I needed a good laug...moreI've been in a really bad book slump. I would grab a book, but never finish. But thanks to Sophie Kinsella, I am out of the dump. I needed a good laugh and Sophie never fails to deliver. (less)
Lexi Smart is suffering from a disastrous night. Why? (1) Her father just died. (2) She has no Christmas bonus (...moreRemember Me? is chick lit at its best.
Lexi Smart is suffering from a disastrous night. Why? (1) Her father just died. (2) She has no Christmas bonus (lacking just a few days of employment). (3) Loser Dave stood her up.
Could the night get any more worse?
Well apparently, it could.
Lexi couldn’t get a blood taxi. So she runs to the middle of the street just to catch one, but Lexi bloody slips.
Lexi wakes up at the hospital, and it looks like Lexi just didn’t slip but got involved in a car accident. Which she precisely did. But somehow, she can’t remember. F*ck! She can’t remember a huge chunk of her life. Three years to be exact.
Well, by the looks of her, despite the bruises and cuts, Lexi looks way better than ever. Lexi has fuller lips and look at her teeth! She’s not snaggletooth anymore. She’s also two sizes smaller. And was the doctor implying that she was driving a Mercedes convertible in the accident?
But OMG. The good news doesn’t end there. Lexi’s now boss at Delham carpets. Earns three times more than what she used to. And she’s married. Married to one gorgeous hunk of a man, who’s also sweet and thoughtful. Eric Gardiner is one hot male specimen. And he’s made Lexi a marriage manual which has everything Lexi has to know about married life, except Monte Blanc, but I’ll tell more of Monte Blanc later. It has everything in it, to Lexi’s diet, schedules and foreplay?
Everything seems perfect. But everything isn’t as it seems. Lexi has none of her old friends. From being a carefree spirit, the missing three years suggest that she’s been a boss from hell, a cobra and a major b-i-t-c-h. But it’s never too late to mend your ways right?
And is her married life is as perfect as she thought it was? A gorgeous architect comes and drops the bomb that Lexi was supposed to leave Eric for him? Could things get any more confusing and complicated?
Major spoiler ahead. Could Eric become even more thoughtful? After one round of attempting to have sex with him, Lexi proves Eric is overly thoughtful, by asking if his every move is alright. I should also mention that he asks if it’s alright to put his penis inside – okay, I think I shouldn’t mention the details. But Eric thinks penis is hot. To the male readers of this review, that was totally un-hot, especially mentioning it in the middle of supposed to be sex.
Sophie Kinsella never fails to delight me. This novel wanted me to roll on the floor and laugh, but at the same time, I cared for Lexi. This is a nice, cozy and light read which was perfect for my de-stressing.
BTW, what is Monte Blanc? You just have to read this to find out. Clues? Well, it involves a man as naked as the day he was born plus whipped cream! LOL (less)
Unfortunately, Naomi had seen Cal naked. She'd walked in on them making love once. After retreating, she'd stood behind the closed door and complained bitterly about people who didn't have the common courtesy to make some noise while doing it so the world could know what they were up to and not accidentally walk in.
The quote above, is one of the most striking things Susan Mallery has taught me. That quote alone, made me conclude that Mallery is brilliant and very wise.
Anyway, if there's 3-in-1 instant coffee, there's also 2-in-1 books. That is what this book is. It's 2-in-1.
Not only have you got a romance novel in your hands, but also an educational one. I have read this, and I felt that I have hit two birds with one stone. If you have plans of opening a restaurant, pick this book up. It presents a lot of probable problems one could encounter when you have your own restaurant.
Delicious is a funny and light read packed with many laugh out loud moments, and tons of times, made me hungry just imagining Penny's fish and chips.
It is only now that I have read a book where the couple has been married but divorced. At first the story was very enjoyable to the point that I declared "I will be a fan when I finish this book." However, the last few pages made me take back my statement. Again and again, events which are similar were just being thrown into my face, that it became frustrating. One is enough, two is too much and the third time around had the potential of choking me. For me, it just took too long for the H/h to get their happy ending, considering that they already been divorced though they deserve to be together.
Well, I just guess that love is sweeter, the second time around. If it worked with Cal and Penny, I'm hoping that the second time around, me and Mallery will be in better terms.(less)
Daisy Devreaux had forgotten her bridegroom's name.
"I, Theodosia, take thee ..."
Seriously, how many brides have you heard, forgotten their husband-to...more
Daisy Devreaux had forgotten her bridegroom's name.
"I, Theodosia, take thee ..."
Seriously, how many brides have you heard, forgotten their husband-to-be's name??
Daisy had two choices. Being a bastard child, her father didn’t give her much. Either she marry this Russian studmuffin beside her, or go to prison?
After much contemplation, the Russian studmuffin, also known as Alexander Markov, would be a better choice, since her father wouldn’t deliberately put her in harm’s way.
But he did.
Now, Daisy is married to a manager of a CIRCUS. Take note, a circus manager. But that’s not it. Alex is also a circus performer, the whipping kind. But that’s not it yet, aside from the fact that the circus is a roving type thus she has to wake up before 6am everyday, she also has to perform and wear a skimpy costume.
At some point, you would think that the worse things in life would stop.
But no, they do not. They get more worse. Daisy gets framed for stealing a hundred bucks, and now she’s the circus outcast. She has to haul elephant manure as punishment. Then she has to be part of her husband’s whipping performance.
However, things might be worth it, if only, her husband would have love for her. ____ Don’t think that this book is a light one. Because it isn’t. This book made me cry like a baby and made me have an agonizing headache in the morning. But still, all was worth it. For it still managed to make me smile in the end. (less)