Catherine Bybee has WOWed me with her previous Not Quite books. The first book Not Quite Dating was enjoyable that I had given it solid four stars. It...moreCatherine Bybee has WOWed me with her previous Not Quite books. The first book Not Quite Dating was enjoyable that I had given it solid four stars. It kept me swooning, however, it didn't make me want to grab the next book right away. However, amazon had a deal, and I already had Catherine Bybee under my radar, so I went and bought the other two books in the series. I picked up the second book, Not Quite Mine, and I was so delighted that I ended up giving it four stars.
With the third book, Not Quite Enough at my disposal, it was no wonder that I decided to read it as soon as I finished with the second book.
And I have to admit, I was disappointed.
But Catherine Bybee has turned this disappointment around as soon as I got passed the middle part.
Monica Mann is a nurse. She is introduced in the first book as the best friend of the heroine. Now, she gets her spotlight. She is member of a team of nurses that help in disasters. An earthquake hits Jamaica that leaves the country in devastation, so she goes to Jamaica to help out.
Monica is particularly good at segregating cases. People from all over are rushing to their hospital because of lack of doctors from other places. So the doctors decide to send her over to a clinic to help (since even people who don't need a doctor are rushing off to their hospital, thus it has become overly crowded). She goes to the clinic and helps out. Trent Fairchild, the pilot, who has been helping them out, has offered his house to Monica for her to have access to his amenities and his bed (for sleep of course).
Of course this is a romance book, so they're attracted to each other. They hit it off, without them expecting more from each other. Trent brings Monica to a secluded part of Jamaica which has not been destroyed by the tsunami. They make most of their time together, but there's an aftershock of the earthquake which causes the cave they are in to topple over. They are trapped which only each other, and a bag with meager supplies to survive with until rescue comes.
So, why was I disappointed? There was a scene inside Trent's house, where they were fine and then suddenly, something changed. And I couldn't figure out what. Probably they realized they were deeply attracted to each other that it became awkward? But what salvaged the book was them being trapped in the cave. Here, I have felt them genuinely connect with each other.
Solid four stars for Not Quite Enough by Ms Catherine Bybee.
Katie Morrison has everything a girl could want. She has fancy shoes, she has money, she lives in hotels, she can party. But she doesn't have the one...moreKatie Morrison has everything a girl could want. She has fancy shoes, she has money, she lives in hotels, she can party. But she doesn't have the one thing she really wants. A viable uterus. Katie had a miscarriage, which damaged her uterus for good.
The experience had changed her. She had matured, but she does not correct others about their view about her. She decides to help her brother with the designing of his new chain of hotels. She gets a job as an interior designer.
At her brother's wedding, a baby is left in her room's door. With the baby comes a letter and adoption papers with Katie as the mother. She falls in love with Savannah (the baby) and hires a private investigator to find out who left her the baby.
Dean Prescott is the best man of her brother. Dean and Jack have been best friends for so long, but Dean and Katie have always had a thing for each other. They had been together once, and that did not end well. Dean tries to win Katie back, but Katie has to juggle her job and keeping Savannah secret from everyone.
Not Quite Mine is enjoyable and had strong potential for a five star read. However, the ending, on who Savannah's mother was, was actually not believable. But I guess love can know no bounds, especially if the love we are talking about is on paper.
But yes, love can be sweeter the second time around.(less)
I Only Have Eyes for You is a wonderful addition to the Sullivan series! Personally, I was looking forward to Sophie Sullivan...moreBella Andre did it again.
I Only Have Eyes for You is a wonderful addition to the Sullivan series! Personally, I was looking forward to Sophie Sullivan's story, because I honestly saw a bit of myself in her when she was talked about in previous books. And when I say a bit, I really mean a bit. Because I am sort of like Sophie, except, without the killer body, without the money, and without whatever that counts.
Sophie has been in love with Jake McCann since forever. Jake was her older brother's friend and she thought he didn't see her the way she wanted him to see her. But he did. Jake saw Sophie being hands off since she is sister of his best friends.
But there has to be a point where enough pretending is enough. Sophie has had enough and is off to seduce Jake if she has to.
I have enjoyed this book so much that I can't wait to read the next book.
*Also, for kindle owners, the Sullivan series is available for lending.
The introduction itself was enough to draw out a couple of laughs from me. Bossypants starts strong enough for me to keep going.
Tina Fey is an engagin...moreThe introduction itself was enough to draw out a couple of laughs from me. Bossypants starts strong enough for me to keep going.
Tina Fey is an engaging narrator. Her narration exudes her natural humor. I have not seen SNL or 30 Rock but I have seen a couple of her movies to know that she is funny when she wants to be. Her humor comes out naturally.
However, the book is not all laughs. There are parts when the pace does slow down, don't worry, it picks up pace in a while. We get a look in Tina's personal life, hardships in her career and even how she got her scar (which I never noticed).
*Tina makes a couple of references to a pdf book, so make sure you have a downloaded copy for easy reference.(less)
What would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it for...moreWhat would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it for seeing if the guy I am dating is worth my time of day. But that's just me. Emerson Taylor had different ideas. She kissed her way to get better grades. Her aunt has threatened to pull her out of private school if she does not improve her grades. Studying would have been a simple solution but studying is too hard for Emerson.
Emerson is obsessed with lip gloss. She was shallow and I had a hard time getting in the story. I honestly had to put the book down a couple of times. I also had the the compulsion to rant, therefore one status update for this book. I seldom put up status updates, but this book has frustrated me so much, I just had to.
But despite me wanting to throw my kindle against the wall (which I didn't do because I love my kindle), I still ended up giving this book 4 stars. Why? Emerson met a boy she cared about and she gradually salvaged herself by actually studying with Edwin McNeely. She has turned herself around, and made me change my opinion about this book too.
Also, here's a nice quote I got from the book which I like to share: "There was a time when I was so focused on achieving great things that I lost sight of who I was. I was concentrating so hard on the goal that I forgot to appreciate the climb." (less)
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)
A Time To Kill is actually a book outside my comfort zone. I usually pick up dystopian or romance fiction and A Time To Kill is neither. Also, it's my...moreA Time To Kill is actually a book outside my comfort zone. I usually pick up dystopian or romance fiction and A Time To Kill is neither. Also, it's my first read or rather listen from John Grisham, and it was a wonderful initiation.
A Time To Kill is fast paced in plot. Enjoyable and exciting with couple of laugh out loud moments but mostly drama. Thought invoking and morally challenging, A Time To Kill was a fantastic listen that it has been adapted into a movie with big shot Hollywood stars (Samuel Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock).
Michael Beck is BEST narrator I've ever heard on an audiobook (but please note, I've only heard five). The other narrators could be irritating robotic voices, whereas Michael Beck is actually good.. The shift of characters is obvious by changing accents and voices and makes it easier for the listener to follow.
A 10-year old black girl is raped by two dopeheads, who are definitely menaces to society. The girl is left in critical condition. The girl's father, Carl Lee Hailey, decides to take justice in his own hands and blows the two dopeheads' heads off with an M16. He is brought to jail, and employs Jake Brigance, a young but brilliant lawyer, to defend him. Jake accepts the criminal case for $10,000 but Carl Lee Hailey only had $900. The rest will be paid in installment after Carl Lee gets out. But will $900 be worth all the trouble?(less)
The allure of the forbidden is irresistible. The more we are told no, the more we want it. We know bad boys are a bad idea. They will break your heart...moreThe allure of the forbidden is irresistible. The more we are told no, the more we want it. We know bad boys are a bad idea. They will break your heart, no doubt about that. But as a girl, or rather a woman, I have to admit, that I do want a bad boy who is willing to go good for me. Cause everybody knows that once a bad boy finds his significant other and turns over a new leaf, he will be the best a girl could have. (Or probably that's just what the books and movies want us to believe.) And I in turn, would go to the dark side for him. Well not psychotic dark side, but just be gaga over him.
Rule Archer is tattooed and pierced too much, that it would probably make any good girl go running the other direction. Also, girls come and go and never did Rule ever feel guilty about it. Shaw Landon is a pre-med student, with straight As. She volunteers and works, though her parents provide for her, but she is a modified version of a good girl, because if there's one thing she wants, it's Rule.
Rule: A Marked Men Novel, has angst, drama and enough goo-ey moments to make me smile while reading. However, it also did have a couple of typographical errors which are hard to miss. But once overlooked, Rule is an impressive new adult romance book that will sure put Jay Crownover's name to my "authors to read" list. However, I feel like I should mention that there were parts where my jaw hit the floor. How can a guy be pierced down there? I had to pause and be weirded out. Curiosity is getting the best of me, but I refuse to google it. I am too scared of what I might see. XD
The Silver Linings Playbook has caught me by surprise.
I have joined audible.com and got a promo where I get two free credits for the trial version. An...moreThe Silver Linings Playbook has caught me by surprise.
I have joined audible.com and got a promo where I get two free credits for the trial version. And audible.com had a promotion where you get two books, get another one free. The Silver Linings Playbook movie had tons of Oscar nominations and won a couple of rewards too, so I thought this would be a good choice. Please let me point out that I have not seen the movie.
Initially, the book was frustrating. I was listening and all I heard was stomach master 6000, push ups, sit ups, muscles burning, "Ahhhh! E-A-G-L-E-S! EAGLES!" I felt like I was getting a peak at a teen's life who was obsessed with looking good and football. I did not initially like Pat Peoples. I thought he was shallow and he was irritating me like crazy. And let's not forget how obsessed he was with his wife Nikki and how he can't wait til apart time was over. I felt like I was listening to this for a couple of hours. If I was reading this, I probably would have dropped it and wouldn't have bothered with the book ever again.
But I am glad I have the audiobook cause I just had to listen while I was doing something else. I was multi tasking, so I felt no time is wasted. So I just listened on.
And Pat Peoples is not what he seemed at all. He had this insane desire to improve himself. He worked out like crazy. He read literary classics so he wouldn't be an illiterate bufoon. He made sure he always overtipped. And he also tried to be kind rather than right. He did all this in hopes to improve himself. So that his wife Nikki would come back to him, so apart time can be over.
Pat has come fresh from the bad place. He is trying to build up old ties and has reunited with his friend Ronnie. Ronnie, and his wife Veronica invites Pat to a dinner party, where Tiffany, Veronica's sister, is also invited. They don't click, but they do have a connection. Both are suffering from depression. Tiffany has lost her husband.
Chapter by chapter, I get to know Pat and Tiffany and I connected with them. The Eagle's annoyed me at first, but eventually, I became happy when the Eagle's won, and sad when they lost. I desperately wanted Pat and Tiffany to find their silver lining. And they did. (less)
Now You See Her by Linda Howard is actually an enjoyable read. This is the second book I have read from this author. The first book was not memorable,...moreNow You See Her by Linda Howard is actually an enjoyable read. This is the second book I have read from this author. The first book was not memorable, but with this book I am impressed. This book is about a painter with special gifts.
Paris Sweeney is a gifted painter. But her gifts become more intense. It started a year ago, but now, she can see ghosts, guess every answer in Jeopardy with 100% accuracy, been lucky with green lights and parking spots, can grow plants even if they are out of season, and she can paint events without being in the scene.
She was never impressed with her recent work, feeling as if something is missing, or the colors are unrealistic. Coming from a small town where she knew almost everybody, the ghosts strike conversation with her, and she responds back, and the people who are alive start to doubt her mentally. She moves to New York where the ghosts are snobbish and do not bother with her.
Her art dealer, Candra Worth has asked her to paint a portrait, and Sweeney needed the money since she is good with portraits. However, meeting the Senator Mcmillan and his wife, whom she dislikes very much, she excuses herself and says she cannot make the portrait. It almost starts to rain, so Richard Worth, Candra's soon to be ex-husband, gives her a ride. There is attraction between the two of them, and Richard is vocal about this, but Sweeney says no, since Richard is still technically married.
Sweeney starts sleepwalking, and paints in her sleep. She starts with the hotdog vendor, who ends up sprawled on the street with blood oozing from his head. The hotdog vendor was mugged and murdered. After every episode, Sweeney is attacked with chills that are debilitating. But Richard visits and sees Sweeney's condition and takes care of her. Sweeney draws a pair of shoes next, One is a woman's heel, the other is a man's shoe. Sweeney knows it's a murder scene, but the big question is, could she help prevent it and save a life?
I liked Sweeney and Richard's characters. Sweeney has zero tolerance for bullshit. She's a refreshing character. Richard is in every way a gentleman, and all I can say is Sweeney is one lucky lady. (less)
When Lightning Strikes is my first read from Brenda Novak, and I can promise you it won't be my last (unless I die tomorrow, then I break my promise.)...moreWhen Lightning Strikes is my first read from Brenda Novak, and I can promise you it won't be my last (unless I die tomorrow, then I break my promise.)
This book is a very nice prelude to a very promising relationship between me and Brenda Novak. If the next books of the series is as delicious as When Lightning Strikes, then I will devour the next books like chocolate, and chocolate is a necessity for my well being.
Gail DeMarco owns a PR company, and she used to handle Hollywood's hottest bad boy, Simon O'Neal. Now, Simon is spiting her by scaring her clients that they won't get projects if they don't drop Gail and move to a different PR company. Now, Gail's company is near bankruptcy and her workers almost out of jobs.
Gail tries to fix it by apologizing and Simon does accept. However, Josh, Gail's right hand man, did not think that Gail could fix it and went ahead and leaked information that Simon was trying to rape Gail.
That information has ruined any chance of Simon getting custody of his son. Gail tries to right her wrong by suggesting that Simon marry a decent girl to show he is a changed man. Ian, Simon's manager, tells Gail is perfect for the role. She is trust worthy and it would negate the bad reputation Simon got from the rape claim. Gail agrees to do it if Simon would not self destruct by drinking alcohol and stay away from other girls. Simon asks for sex, but Gail is adamantly saying no. Gail wants their marriage to be more believable by Simon spending time in her hometown, but Simon is also saying no.
They put up the pretense of dating and spend the night together for paparazzi's sake. Next morning, Simon is missing. Gail does not trust him, so she tries looking for him. The house help does not help Gail in locating him, so she ends up searching his entire house. She can't find him. Simon's driver steps up and reveals Simon's location. He is in his workshop, bleeding and dazed.
Gail figures that Simon needs a change of scenery. She decides to bring him to Whiskey Creek, a fictitious town in Northern California, with very interesting residents (which I plan on reading more in the next books).
I connected with the characters and been speeding through the pages until I finished in no time. I really liked the development of Gail and Simon's love story. It wasn't instant since they were working with each other for two years (though Gail was attracted to Simon ever since, but has not been obvious about it). The more time they spent with each other, the more they get to knew each other, the more they liked each other, and then gradually the like turned to love.
And if my review is not as obvious, I highly recommend to contemporary romance fans like myself. (less)
One Pink Line by Dina Silver has been on my kindle for so long that it has caught cobwebs and has been put on the back of the shelf. But it's on my ki...moreOne Pink Line by Dina Silver has been on my kindle for so long that it has caught cobwebs and has been put on the back of the shelf. But it's on my kindle, so I am figuratively speaking. Or typing. But you get my point. But what I want to say is, "IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER CAUGHT THE IMAGINARY COBWEBS."
This book is so raw and real and poignant and all kinds of touching and I could go on an on but I know you get what I am saying.
This book has two POVS.
1. Sydney Shepard. Sydney Shepard is in high school when she met Ethan Reynolds, who was already in college. They met at her best friend's party. They shared a few classes together, but Sydney never knew Ethan. It was because of a fateful drunken game of spin the bottle that they came together. Sydney went to college, and they made a long distance relationship work, until the last couple month's of Sydney's stay at Purdue. She slept with her friend Kevin on a senior frat dance, and ended pregnant. She made wrong choices that somehow ended up right.
2. Grace. She's a kid, and she's having sexual ed class. She thought she knew how she came to be, but then the teacher was all science-y and how was it possible that she came first, before her dad came in the picture?
This book shows how vulnerable the characters are. Teenage pregnancy and single mothers are there. It happens. But this book gave me insight on how hard it could be. But how it could also work.(less)
this book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in m...morethis book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in my head, the ending was how it should be. and if it ended different, how corny the book would be.
but holy cow!
when it came, i feel so devastated. i take it back. there has to be some other way!
this book has affected me. i love it, but i hate it.