Very good book! Goes into clear details of what you should avoid as chemicals in your beauty routine and also why. The whole book is written in very eVery good book! Goes into clear details of what you should avoid as chemicals in your beauty routine and also why. The whole book is written in very easy to follow and grasp language, and it really is just a breeze to read.
Just the sad thing is that most of the 'clean/green' products she mentions are available only in the US (many of them not easy to get online, even) so that was somewhat the bummer for me. Where I live, we get mainly European and French brands and no one has mined that market yet for the clean/er products there. Though the link to the EWG database does help to discover the level of toxicity (I hope I got this one right - like, the database tells you what's in the product and how toxic each ingredient is, giving the product an overall rating then), I still haven't managed to find the Build Your Own Report tool and that would've been really helpful.
But on the whole, Paige Padgett tells you what you should be doing and how, and this is very valuable information that anyone can use to green up her/his beauty and lifestyle routines....more
Had trouble connecting with this story and especially with the characters. I think the blurb is the most misleading thing here - there is nothing remoHad trouble connecting with this story and especially with the characters. I think the blurb is the most misleading thing here - there is nothing remotely like 'When Harry Met Sally' here except that boy meets girl/vice versa.
I was expecting a fun, lightweight, fluffy, and warm romantic comedy. And was sadly disappointed, because this book reads more like very dry literature. If that was the purpose of the book, then great - literature lovers will adore it. But I'm fluffy and love my rom-coms and HEAs - yes, the cheesier, the better - and this one failed to deliver for me.
This is not a light, airy, warm, bubbly romantic comedy. If you're going in looking for this, then don't because it does not deliver on that count....more
It was a bit weird getting into this book. I mean, the heroine is just so literal. Uptight, stick-straight, broom up her a*** kind of person, and manyIt was a bit weird getting into this book. I mean, the heroine is just so literal. Uptight, stick-straight, broom up her a*** kind of person, and many a time even in the opening pages, I was asking my head and going like, 'did she just really go there? OMG, wait, she did!'
This did set the tone for a rather enjoyable and quirky story. If you like oddballs dropped into extravagant circumstances, then this is definitely one for you!...more
Bit of a rehash of the same thing over and over - the author says the same thing over and over in different ways. I was expecting to see what worked fBit of a rehash of the same thing over and over - the author says the same thing over and over in different ways. I was expecting to see what worked for him to cure his diabetes but it read more like a rant against the system, food corps, the medical establishment. Going to check out his website for his program, which I hope will shed more light on the subject. Do yourself a favour and go to his site rather than get this book. It is just a rehash of the same rambling.
Addendum - Brought down to 1 star rating! Just been to his site...and of course, the program is NOT free! Pay up to $175 to get the program. You can also just get the book (this one) for $19.99...and this book will amount you to nothing because it's just "this happened and that happened" with no indication how or why - that's what you have to pay to get.
This tidbit really kills any good I might've carried towards this author as he rages and rants and raves about people offering 'cures' and then asking you for money. He makes it look like you just have to go to his site and download the material available there to reap the benefits he raves on and on in his book with the skill of his prose to say all this and end up not saying anything about the cure. BUT - once on the site, guess what? You have to pay, and a handsome sum, at that. Nope, sorry - totally kills it for me! I'd warn you to stay away from this....more
I so wanted to nab this book! I mean, come on - yes, I am happily married and I'm not out to nab a man, in Britain or anywhere else. But...I'm a romanI so wanted to nab this book! I mean, come on - yes, I am happily married and I'm not out to nab a man, in Britain or anywhere else. But...I'm a romance author, and many of my stories take place in Britain, with - you guessed it - British heroes! What does the British dating scene look like, and of course, what's the dating etiquette that regents this sphere? And why on Earth do men behave in the way they do??? (Eternal question, right?)
So on I go, picking up my review e-copy and just absorbing everything Lady Lara Asprey has to say about dating in modern Britain.
And lo and behold, has this book been an eye opener! Because while British men are Alpha males...they are not the kind we all imagine people romance novels. The British man/hero is NOT someone who will take charge and just barge in right away like he owns the world and everything is owed to him (this is how we define romance tycoons/magnates/billionaires, innit?) He's an Alpha male but he does it all in his own particular way, with proper manners and etiquette, and a somewhat self-effacing streak on the dating scene though he might be eating a different boardroom every breakfast.
I really enjoyed this book and I think it should be required reading not just for all women out in the dating scene out there (the tips apply to ALL nationalities - you will always be the best woman for sticking to the rules and guides Lady Asprey delivers).
But here's the kicker - and I'm not sure this was Lady Asprey's or even the publisher's intention - this is the perfect, must-have book for every romance author who writes or hopes to write about British men as her heroes. Said author will know what to do and not do, how to go about it, and bring this much-needed accuracy and realism to her tales by looking at the ground rules and explanations featured in this book.
This book reminded me a lot of the movie Wanted starring James McAvoy - an underdog everyone walks on learns how to get to the top of the food chain aThis book reminded me a lot of the movie Wanted starring James McAvoy - an underdog everyone walks on learns how to get to the top of the food chain and make life smile down on him...but there are problems with being at the top, too, and that's a whole other kettle of fish.
The pace was rather slow for me, especially the start where I just wanted the action to get on with it. The huge cast of characters also made it hard to follow through and I was often left wondering who's who and where the heck did that one get introduced into the plot.
More of a book to breeze through without stopping to ask yourself many questions. The humor is rather good and you do end up rooting for Vic....more
Had the makings of a great chick-lit book...in the blurb. But on paper/screen, it proved a different story (sorry for the pun - it was a pun; not to bHad the makings of a great chick-lit book...in the blurb. But on paper/screen, it proved a different story (sorry for the pun - it was a pun; not to be taken literally!)
I wanted to enjoy this tale but Avery was a little too over the top for me. I would've entertained this kind of ditziness and over-the-topness (okay, I'm gonna go with the possibility that this even is a word) in a very young/early-twenty something character, but Avery was a grown woman and her behavior fell flat for me. It really was my impression that the author wanted to push for more and (again!) more over the top...and this gritted on my nerves because I wanted to see Avery behave like a normal, regular woman with an Internet addiction (which one of us women doesn't have one of these nowadays???) but she was just (you guessed it!) too over the top for me.
Sad, coz I really wanted to enjoy this book as chick lit is rather rare to come by lately and this had all the makings of a good one, but the delivery kinda killed it for me....more
I'd been waiting for this book! Ever since meeting Kola in Book1 of the Essien Trilogy, I have been on Ms. Taye's back to get Kola's story written. ShI'd been waiting for this book! Ever since meeting Kola in Book1 of the Essien Trilogy, I have been on Ms. Taye's back to get Kola's story written. She took her sweet time (nah, not really!) but when she delivered...Wow! Oh my goodness! I could go on and on with such expressions but you get the drift!
In what is probably the sexiest, hottest, and most sinful book of this whole series, Kiru delivers us two people we've been encountering on and on throughout the Essien Trilogy. Having Kola ending up with Tari? Stroke of genius!
The chemistry was absolutely sizzlingly skyrocketing in this story! Believe me, even if you've read all of Kiru Taye's stories before this one, you've never seen her strike chemistry that is simply so perfectly right until you meet Kola and Tari on the page!
Do yourself a favour and get this book! It will be really worth your time! ...more
This is typical rom-com material. The quirky meet, the incongruous situations, the over-the-top characters. I loved how quickly this book flowed - Ms.This is typical rom-com material. The quirky meet, the incongruous situations, the over-the-top characters. I loved how quickly this book flowed - Ms. McGee's writing is really fluid and elicits a few laughs along the way, and some of the stuff she comes up with it really wicked.
That being said, while I did enjoy the story, it won't go into one of my favourites because some things just didn't click with me. The start was a tad slow - come on, we know Andy's been blackballed and her only option is to accept Blake's offer, so why need to drag this out so much? I also went a little lukewarm towards Andy at the point where she mention she used the Internet bill money to buy clothes for an interview (granted, it was for a job, but her sister was counting on her, having taken her in without blinking, and this is how she repays her?) Kinda killed my cheer for Andy from this point on, even though that was the very start. I also disliked how Blake felt he had to hide who he was - what's shameful about loving hard rock and even watching Downton Abbey? He didn't give the vibe that he was 'that' kind of successful man who had to hide who he was, so this part felt un-heroic to me. I prefer my heroes to be unapologetic about who they are and phooey on anyone who thinks it weird or awful or even demeaning.
Still, a good-enough story to while the time if you're into rom-coms. Warning/spoiler - a big part of the plot is a misunderstanding that could've been resolved much earlier and with more ease than it is done here. ...more