I’ve been cutting back on reviews, but when the opportunity came from Chick Lit Plus to read “Speak Now: or Forever Hold You Peace,” I knew it was timI’ve been cutting back on reviews, but when the opportunity came from Chick Lit Plus to read “Speak Now: or Forever Hold You Peace,” I knew it was time that I read this book–after all, it’s been on my Kindle shortly after it was released earlier this year, (note that I bought the book based on the cover–isn’t it cute?!).
The blurb grabbed my attention right away, so there was no question that the book had me hooked from the first page. I loved Bridgette’s character, and while there was quite a lot of drama throughout the story–I sympathized with her numerous times–she handled everything beautifully. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I’m so glad it ended the way it did. Her two friends made for great sidekicks, including her grandmother, who was quite funny, (I loved that they watched soap operas together).
While the book is a bit long, I wasn’t bothered by that. Becky Monson’s writing is brilliant, so much so that there were a few nights I didn’t go to bed until way late, because I didn’t want to stop. This was my first book by Becky, but it will not be my last!...more
I was looking for a light romantic comedy, so I decided to take part of the author’s Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, where I would read and review this booI was looking for a light romantic comedy, so I decided to take part of the author’s Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, where I would read and review this book, and I’m so glad I did. At first, Violet seemed kind of weak, but hey, if I were in her situation, I would be, too. However, I love how she changes her way of thinking and goes to see her son, though, they seemed like more friend/son, rather than mother/son. As far as Violet’s curiosity about what it’s like to do her son’s job, I found that to be quite comical, and am glad it led her to be able to open her heart again. I loved how it ended, too.
Suzie Jay’s writing was delightful, and she managed to keep me quickly turning the pages, leading me to wander my way through Violet’s adventures.
My only issue with the book was that Violet’s sister’s children seem way younger than her son, which made me wonder about a possible significant age difference between the sisters.
“Walk on the Wild Side” was a very cute and fun read. If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud and charming read, I highly recommend this book, and I give it 4.5 stars!...more
I’ve been a huge fan of Tracie Banister’s, even before I read her book, “In Need of Therapy.” So, after seeing the adorable cover, along with readingI’ve been a huge fan of Tracie Banister’s, even before I read her book, “In Need of Therapy.” So, after seeing the adorable cover, along with reading the blurb, I knew I wanted to read “Twin Piques.”
From start to finish, this book held my attention, as I got to know Sloane and Willa, who are two very different twin sisters. While I saw quite a few similarities between them, I have a feeling they would disagree 100% Sloane is the all-work and no play type, who doesn’t think she needs a relationship, but doesn’t mind mixing business with pleasure, on occasion. Though, her friend, Gav, is a whole other story…especially after they share a bottle of wine. On the other hand, Willa is the free-spirited quirky dog psychic, who believes in love (even finding it herself), and doesn’t second-guess throwing her sister and the man Sloane ends up with together, (no spoilers, but YAY).
“Twin Piques” had me laughing, along with cheering on Sloane (wishing she would open her heart) and Willa (hoping she doesn’t get into trouble, the more she meddles). At times, I felt the storyline was a little predictable, but just when I thought I knew what would happen, I was thrown for a loop–nice job, Tracie Banister!
If you’re looking for a quick and fun read, “Twin Piques” would make for a fabulous beach read!
After reading the blurb, I knew right away that I wanted to read “Starting from Lost.” It seemed like a great first read of 2015, and I was really looAfter reading the blurb, I knew right away that I wanted to read “Starting from Lost.” It seemed like a great first read of 2015, and I was really looking forward to it.
Unfortunately, it took me a bit to get into, and had a hard time finishing it. I found Hannah’s character to be way too cynical to be likable, and found her to be a little immature, too, but I sympathized with her and can understand where she’s coming from. As for Alex and Mackenzie, I really liked enjoyed their characters.
For a debut novel, “Starting from Lost” was well-written. S.K. has a lot of talent as an author, but I just couldn’t get into this one. I will be on the lookout for more books to come by this author.
Overall, while I liked the idea of this book, I wish it would’ve moved along a little faster, and kept me wanting to turn the page. Also, I thought it could easily pass for a YA read.
From the beginning, it was very obvious that Philip and Katie were attracted to one another. After their first kiss, I was silently yelling at them toFrom the beginning, it was very obvious that Philip and Katie were attracted to one another. After their first kiss, I was silently yelling at them to get a room already. However, things moved a little slower than I expected, and I was surprised when they didn’t both go to Katie’s room at the same time. I was holding my breath to see if and when Philip would follow her lead, but he didn’t…at least not yet. I felt bad for Katie, who ended up in her room, drunk, because she felt that he’d turned down her offer and was ashamed of herself for even considering the idea of being with him, (ladies, we’ve all been there, right?). However, when Katie realizes that he did in fact want to be with her, I loved how confident she was in front of him the morning after.
Now, as for ER’s erotic writing between these two, it was pretty hot, and I wanted more–a lot more. This weekend I’m going to read “Room 69,” (Katie and Philip #2, which is book 5 of the Hot Lunch Series), and will have that review up next week.
If you’re looking for a sexy and quick read that you can read one on sitting, I highly recommend this book. I give “Room 306″ 5 stars!...more
When I was approached to read and review this book, I knew I'd love it, and sure enough, I did! Though Mia isn't liked in her family, I found her charWhen I was approached to read and review this book, I knew I'd love it, and sure enough, I did! Though Mia isn't liked in her family, I found her character to be likable. From leaving the US, and heading home to deal with a demanding and witchy bride (along with her judgmental family), Mia had a lot on her plate. Oh, and of course, add in a couple of sexy men to the mix, too! So what can go wrong?! Everything!
Like I mentioned before, I really liked this book! It was funny (I even laughed out loud at some parts), lighthearted, and was a pleasure to read. The only thing that really bugged me was Mia's confidence. If everyone was so mean to her, then why did she stay? I might be wrong, but all she wanted was just to be liked and loved by her family, so I can understand that. "Bad Bridesmaid" ended way too soon, because I would have loved to see what happened after her sister ran and told everyone Mi'a big news, and to get a little more of her and the man she ended up with, (sorry, no spoilers).
If you're looking for a quick and cute wedding read, I recommend this book.
I started this book on a lazy Friday afternoon, when I decided to take off the rest of the day. Though Texas hasn’t had a really hot summer, I’m alreaI started this book on a lazy Friday afternoon, when I decided to take off the rest of the day. Though Texas hasn’t had a really hot summer, I’m already dreaming of my favorite holiday, which is Thanksgiving, so this was a perfect read to dive into.
I loved how the book began. The touching, and at times, funny, letter from the grandmother was really sweet. It drew me in, and I wanted to know if Lauren could master the art of baking the precious and important pie, for her family. Lauren’s search of the right pecans was quite an adventuresome, but she managed to be graceful…even when she wasn’t. I must say that Lauren was more brave than I would be, especially in a winter storm, and with a broken car. While she might not have usually got in the car with a stranger, part of me thought she was playing a game…all for the pecans. As for Jack, the man who held the key ingredient, I liked him, even though he had a mysterious way about him.
The ending was a sweet one, and will have you craving a piece of pie–I was! It also left me wondering if there will be a sequel next year…
If you’re looking for a quick and delightful holiday read, you will love “Going Pecans”.
My original date for this review wasn’t supposed to be until July, but when I started this book on a lazy Friday night, I couldn’t put this book down,My original date for this review wasn’t supposed to be until July, but when I started this book on a lazy Friday night, I couldn’t put this book down, nor did I want to. I was quickly hooked by Portia’s “knowing” with food, wondering where it would take her along her journey.
I loved the characters that the author created, as they held my attention, and I couldn’t get enough of them. It’s obvious that Portia and Gabriel have chemistry from the moment they met, but it’s also easy to see that he tries his best to ignore it. To some, he might come off as a jerk, but after reading more about him and his past, it was easy to understand why he acts how he does. As for his daughter, Ariel, I loved her. She acts way beyond her years, but that’s something I liked about her, and it seemed to add mystery to the story, too.
As for the “knowing”, I found it to be a very refreshing storyline. Nothing in this book has been overused, nor have I read anything like it. “The Glass Kitchen” had it all — intrigue, romance, mystery, and a happy ending, (I even got a little sappy during the last chapter).
This is my first book to read by Linda Francis Lee, and it don’t be my last. If you’re looking for a page-turner, which would make for a great beach read, you will love this book.
After I featured an excerpt of “Dangled Carat” as part of a Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour, I received an email from the author asking if I’d like to read aAfter I featured an excerpt of “Dangled Carat” as part of a Chick Lit Plus Blog Tour, I received an email from the author asking if I’d like to read and review this book. With my review schedule, I didn’t think I would be able to get a review out until May. However, it was a lazy weekend, so I decided to start “Dangled Carat”, even though I was reading two other books. Once I did, I literally could not put this book down, and was sad when I had to stop to go to dinner with friends that night. All I wanted to read was this book, wanting to see if Marc would finally propose.
The blurb hooked me right away. My fifth wedding anniversary is coming up, but I was with my husband for 6 years (YES, SIX) before he proposed, so I felt that I could relate to the main character, Hilary. It turns out that she and I are very similar. We both loved our men, they just wouldn’t put a ring on the finger, no matter how many times their friends nudged them about it.
There were some scenes where I cringed (the New Year’s Eve party especially), feeling sorry for Hilary, but she handled it like a pro, (I wouldn’t have). Hilary and Marc’s characters are very believable, and written very well. I liked that the author wrote scenes during their years together, making it nice to see how their relationship evolved over the years. The only thing that I thought this book was missing was more of Hilary and Marc together — I wanted to feel physical chemistry between them during the present time, because at times, I felt like they were just roommates, not lovers who have been together for so long.
If you’re looking to read an awesome book, one that you won’t want to put down, I highly recommend “Dangled Carat”! No matter what stage you’re at in your love life, you will truly enjoy this book!
I give this book 5 stars!
**Reviewer note: While “Dangled Carat” is a memoir, it doesn’t read like one, and you will not be disappointed! ...more
Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book. It started quickly, and before too long, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
After Poppy moved tWords cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book. It started quickly, and before too long, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
After Poppy moved to New York, her adventure with starting a new life and finding herself started right away. I liked that she had a girlfriend who she could rely on, and seemed to take to Austin almost immediately. While I wouldn’t have been as aggressive as she was (sleeping with him in the same bed, and staying at his home on most nights), I liked how Faerl didn’t make Poppy’s and Austin’s relationship based on sex, but rather romantic and innocent.
There were times when I wanted Poppy to stop thinking, and go with what I thought she wanted all along, which was to be with Austin, but I think that’s what made the book even more dramatic. (I won’t give you any spoilers). :)
Faerl Marie is a very gifted author who has written a wonderful heartwarming and memorable book, and I cannot wait to read what she’ll come out with next.
“Tempting Fate” was my first book by Jane Green, and I loved it. I’ve read books about infidelity, but never one as powerful as this was. The Elliot/G“Tempting Fate” was my first book by Jane Green, and I loved it. I’ve read books about infidelity, but never one as powerful as this was. The Elliot/Gabby/Matt triangle was an interesting one. There were times I found myself pulling for Gabby and her husband to stick together, but I was highly charmed by Matt’s seductive suaveness, so I was torn most of the time.
There was a consequence when Gabby acted out, but I only think that it enriched the story, giving the readers something that they could maybe identify with. I liked it though, and even how it turned out to be a blessing.
I started this book late on a Saturday night, and ended it the next night. Jane’s writing was witty and emotional. Now only were the characters actions were very well written, so were the descriptions, and I’d love for it to be turned into a movie! While I don’t relate to Gabby’s character, I sympathized with her, and understood her need for wanting to tempt fate. The only thing I would change was to add a little more detail about how she and the man she ended up with make it work, (sorry, no spoilers).
“Tempting Fate” was an unforgettable book–one I won’t forget! Like I mentioned, this was my first book by Jane Green, and it won’t be my last.
"Weightless" by Michele Gorman was a cute and whimsical short story, (64 pages). There were a lot of twists and turns that I didn't expect and that's"Weightless" by Michele Gorman was a cute and whimsical short story, (64 pages). There were a lot of twists and turns that I didn't expect and that's what I liked most. The end surprised me a lot, making it anything but predictable. Annabel's (Christy's) character was very well written and I liked her quite a bit. Jack's character was also very intriguing, up until the very end. (Nope, no spoilers!)
If you're looking for a quick book that you can read in a few short hours, "Weightless" is the book for you. Michele Gorman is a very talented author and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
I received Kim Gruenenfelder’s book, “Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink,” for Christmas. Since it’s part of a series, like always, I wanted to start witI received Kim Gruenenfelder’s book, “Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink,” for Christmas. Since it’s part of a series, like always, I wanted to start with the first book that revolves around the lives of Nicole, Melissa, Seema, and Scott. It turned out that I already had the first one, “There’s Cake in My Future,” so I immediately began reading.
Nicole (Nic): At first I wasn’t too sure about Nic’s character, but I loved her at the end. As an engaged woman, she seemed like a stuck-up bridezilla. But after she marries the man of her dreams and is now the step-mother of his children, something about her character changed. While she complained to her friends about her honeymoon, which wasn’t what she thought it would be, the early mornings with her step-daughters, there was a part of me that thought she really wanted to embrace it more than she wanted to let on to others (including herself), which she did! Without any spoilers, at the end it seemed that marriage and motherhood suited her just fine.
Melissa (Mel): From the beginning to the end, I felt sorry for Mel. From dating a man who she loves, to desperately (and humorously) trying out new dating adventures, Mel just wanted what any other woman wants, and that’s to be loved. There were times I found her to be too needy, but other times I’d find her to be strong and courageous. She redeemed herself to me at the end when she finally gained confidence in herself.
Seema and Scott: To this day the question is wondered about by many…can men and women just be friends? I loved the friendship between Seema and Scott. From the beginning, they seemed like a couple, always calling each other nicknames and taking care of each other. One of my favorite parts about this friendly couple was when they watched When Harry Met Sally, (what girl doesn’t love that movie?). After they have a similar WHMS moment, I was curious as to how they would be with one another, especially Seema. I won’t give any spoilers, but I’m happy to say that things worked out just fine for both of them…including the woman who Scott was seeing.
Having a “cake pull” as the center of a chick lit book was a great idea, which was one of the things that drew me in to begin with. For the characters, there was definite distinction between them, and they weren’t predictable either. “There’s Cake in My Future” had me laughing from the first page to the last. I often stayed up late reading because I wanted to know what was next for each character.
This was my first book by Kim Gruenenfelder, and it won’t be my last, (I’m currently reading “Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink”). She is an amazing author who has written a comical, witty, and memorable book, which has reminded me why I love the chick lit genre. Kim Gruenenfelder is my new favorite author, and I can’t wait to see what she’s coming up with next.
“There’s Cake in My Future” is a story about love and friendship, along with being a wonderful example of demonstrating that the things you think can be controlled, simply can’t. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves chick lit and wants to read a page-turner that could easily be read during a lazy weekend.