This book is FILLED with delicious and fun recipes that help me stick to "going without" so many things. I'll be using many of these recipes for years...moreThis book is FILLED with delicious and fun recipes that help me stick to "going without" so many things. I'll be using many of these recipes for years to come, especially as my kids get older!(less)
A great, quick read that offers a heart-warming ending with a bit of a twist! This one is short, sweet, and will definitely leave you feeling good. Hi...moreA great, quick read that offers a heart-warming ending with a bit of a twist! This one is short, sweet, and will definitely leave you feeling good. Highly recommended and looking forward to more from this author!(less)
In Love by Design, Liz Matis tells the story of former party-girl turned successful interior designer Victoria Bryce. As the co-host of a design show...moreIn Love by Design, Liz Matis tells the story of former party-girl turned successful interior designer Victoria Bryce. As the co-host of a design show (think Trading Spaces), she’s in need of a new partner… apparently on camera and off. Enter “saucy Aussie” Russ Rowland and the sparks are flying. But Victoria and Russ have both their egos and their pasts to get past in order for something like this to work. Before you know it, this sizzling pair have a laundry list of reasons not to be together.
Although you may find yourself rolling your eyes at their transparent resistance from time to time, Matis’s characterizations never fail to be realistic. Don’t we all make excuses for ourselves not to do something we know is good for us from time to time? And given how much is at stake for these two, especially the stripper scandal (you’ll see), it’s no small wonder that they’ve got to think twice.
But with all that chemistry Matis flawlessly cooks up between them, yikes! There are some truly spicy scenes in here that won’t leave you doubting the perfect pairing of these troubled characters.
In Double Occupancy, Chase does well by her characters, giving them room in their close-quartered villa to really express themselves and draw the read...moreIn Double Occupancy, Chase does well by her characters, giving them room in their close-quartered villa to really express themselves and draw the reader into their love story. Their witty banter will have you laughing but their hot and steamy moments will have you begging for more. By isolating her hero and heroine like this, Chase has given the reader the chance to indulge in a R&R too, focusing on the budding relationship between Travis and Casey. Get lost in this story as though you’re resting up in the villa for yourself… I found it pretty hard to put this one down and climb back into the real world, myself!
For the ultimate in “post breakup recovery” stories, pick up a copy of Candles on the Sand. In this contemporary romance novel, Stephens tells the sto...moreFor the ultimate in “post breakup recovery” stories, pick up a copy of Candles on the Sand. In this contemporary romance novel, Stephens tells the story of Anna, an English woman who finds herself running to Italy after discovering her fiance cheating on her with her own friend! A strained relationship with her mother sends her over the tipping point and, just two months before her intended nuptials, Anna’s starting a brand new life in another country. Quite by accident, too!
A series of truly fortunate events helps her to establish a new home, many new friends, and even sparks a new flame… one she isn’t sure whether to tender or not, given how jaded she now is about love. But Dante isn’t just any other guy. Rather, he’s a tall, dark, and handsome Italian who certainly wants to spend a lot of time with her. Oh, and he’s also technically her boss. So… oops.
In Candle on the Sand, Stephens weaves an involved tale with lots of nice, neat ends tied up for the reader. You’ll truly fall in love with these characters and quite possibly the setting of Anna’s new life in Italy. I know I want to visit! Thanks to a well-told tale full of humor, poignant moments, and real emotion, this book stands out among the women’s fiction and romance I’ve read (or devoured) lately. Pick up a copy for something heartwarming that’s sure to life your spirits!
This book, and the spunky character of Lady Justine, hooked me from page one. With interspersed quotes from the guidebook How To Avoid a Scandal, Marv...moreThis book, and the spunky character of Lady Justine, hooked me from page one. With interspersed quotes from the guidebook How To Avoid a Scandal, Marvelle transports you back in time to witness first hand the blooming romance between Lady Justine and her dark, scarred husband Radcliffe, the Duke of Bradford. And it's not as easy as it sounds for them to get together.
Justine grew up in South Africa, where her father studied the sexual habits of animals in the wild to better understand human relations. Now in London, she's awkward and outcast, clinging to her etiquette book to fit into the ton society. The Duke, on the other hand, is quickly fascinated by her and offers his hand to Justine (there are some political moves happening here as well, but all in the background.) So now they're married and it turns out he's a sex addict with a torrid history of love 'em and leave 'ems. Oh yeah, he's also afraid he's going to hurt her so... he's afraid to have sex with her and lose control.
She wants it bad, obviously, but her lord's dark past threatens to get between them. His evil brother, his discarded (and pregnant!) mistress, and the suffocating memory of his own mother's betrayal haunt him, driving him toward this addiction. Justine wants more than just lust from him, so there's some repair work needed. Can they be honest with themselves and let their true feelings out?
The journey there is well told, gripping at times, and filled with sexually charged flirtations. And oh, the love scenes will make you drop the book by accident. Seriously.
So if you're in the mood for an historical (and erotic) romance that's more than light and playful banter, something that tackles heavy issues and the political climate of the times, pick up this book. It's the first in Marvelle's three-part Scandal series, and I already can't wait to crack open #2.