Monday, July 18, 2016

A Beau for Katie by Emma Miller

Product DetailsA  Beau for Katie by Emma Miller
The Housekeeper's Surprise Match
“Agreeing to work for two weeks as a housekeeper to help a family in need seems like a good idea to Katie Byler. But when Katie sees the handsome, young—and single—Freeman Kemp for the first time, she wonders what she's gotten herself into. Freeman may be considered a catch, but the stubborn young man is driving strong-willed Katie to distraction. When the two of them decide to play matchmaker for Freeman's elderly uncle, though, their feud takes a different turn. The spark between them is strong, but can Katie and Freeman reach common ground to find their happily-ever-after?”

Emma Miller does it again, in my opinion.  This is the perfect (for me) gentle romance that has a message, the perfect book that doesn’t push religion in your face even though it is an Amish/Christian romance.  I am not a Christian, but I love these books because it makes the Amish belief so palatable to me.

However, had I not kept reading this book, I would have never have thought that these two could ever fall in love.  I was tempted to give up after only reading a quarter of this book, because both of these characters were irritating.  Actually I think they reminded myself of me and that is what most likely caused me to b e less than happy with this book.

I’m glad I persevered, since both finally came to see that they were both wrong and could both use a bit of a refresher on how to ‘manage’ others!

But the end proves that Sara ALWAYS knows what she is doing!

ARC supplied by publisher

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen

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Book Description:

"Natalie is a Bloomingdale's salesgirl mooning over her lawyer ex-boyfriend who's engaged to someone else after just two months. Felicia has been quietly in love with her boss for seventeen years and has one night to finally make the feeling mutual. Andie is a private detective who specializes in gathering evidence on cheating husbands—a skill she unfortunately learned from her own life—and lands a case that may restore her faith in true love. For these three women, as well as half a dozen others in sparkling supporting roles—a young model fresh from rural Alabama, a diva Hollywood star making her Broadway debut, an overachieving, unemployed Brown grad who starts faking a fabulous life on social media, to name just a few—everything is about to change, thanks to the dress of the season, the perfect little black number everyone wants to get their hands on . . ."

  Does the woman make the dress, or does the dress make the woman? I think that there is really a lot of truth to this cliché and we are encouraged through this book to understand that while clothing makes for great outward armor, we really can’t be more than we are deep down inside.  Yes, a lovely fitting dress can do wonders for our ego and even go a long way to giving us some courage at times.  But if we are a horrible person inside, no matter what kind of clothing we wear, we will still be that same horrible person.

I have never read a book written in an almost vignette style like this has.  The first third of the book is spent by exploring a bit of the lives that this dress is going to touch.  From the very first person to wear this dress in the prologue, to the pattern maker who built this miraculous dress, we are introduced in very short chapters to everyone.

The second third goes into more detail about these lives and some of these couples find themselves in some very funny situations.

The last third looks at these couples in even more depth and bring to conclusion that everyone will get what they either desire or deserve.  I understand that some readers are a bit out off by the brevity of the character building, but I just didn’t see it that way.  I think this book would have been a big letdown for me if it had been written differently.  Yes, this is a fairly short book coming in at less than 300 pages and for sure I was so entranced by everyone’s lives that I may have wanted more – but what we did get was like having the perfect meal and you still had room for dessert without getting sick!

This book even had something for every age bracket.  It is so difficult for me to find satisfying romances for my age group, but the author managed to hit everything from New Adults to the middle aged and she did it splendidly!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery

Product DetailsDaughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery

Book Description:

"With Joy, Love and a Little Trepidation, Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You to the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year…Their Mother's 
The Misfit 
As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing—keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom's wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family's view of her—and how she views herself—forever. 
The Free Spirit 
When Sienna's boyfriend proposes—in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud—he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say "I do" even if she's not sure she does? 
The Cynic 
Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As Mom's wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she's forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide if she'll let pride stand in the way of her own happily-ever-after."


Although this is a book encompassing all three sisters, only one of the sisters gets the fullest happily ever after (descriptive sex). The other two sisters get a varying degree of HEA.  Yes they all get the guy, but their stories aren’t as fully realized as Courtney’s is.  Their stories are as interesting, but not as gripping since Sienna and Rachel don’t have the familial issues as Courtney does.

Yes this is a book about secrets –and a second time bride who in my opinion, was a bridezilla.  The secrets make this a frustrating read and the slow start to this book added to that frustration.  I very nearly didn’t give this book enough time to grab me –luckily I did.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sweet as Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand

Product Details“Sweet as Honey is a warm, wonderful book filled with delightful characters, humor and tenderness. Jennifer Beckstrand writes lovely stories, sure to touch your heart.”--RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author

Smart, kind, and good-hearted, the three Christner girls are affectionately known as The Honeybee Sisters in the beloved Wisconsin Amish community where, under the care of their aunt, they've grown into skilled beekeepers--and lovely, sought-after young women. . .

Though she has blossomed into a beauty, Lily Christner doesn't really believe it. Deep down, she still feels like a lonely, gawky teenager. Maybe that's why she's all but promised herself to Paul Glick, the one boy who never teased her in her awkward girlhood--unlike Dan Kanagy, whose creative name-calling left her in tears many a time. Now he's back in town after two years away--and being surprisingly sweet, suspiciously attentive--and making Lily unsettlingly yet deliciously nervous. It seems Dan wants Lily's forgiveness--and her heart. But can he convince her--not to mention her protective schwesters and aendi--that despite the past, her future lies with him?... 

This is an interesting take on Amish romance/fiction and that may be because the Aunt that raise these sister's had been out in the world for about 20 years.

This is the story of Lily. She grew up homely and naturally became lovely. As she was growing up, the boy that she was most interested in teased her the most...actually he never really understood that what he was doing was teasing and hurting Lily. So Lily formed a friendship with another young man -Paul - this turned into an engagement of sorts. 

The boy who teased her -Dan -has never forgotten her and is now back in town. Now things are going to get VERY interesting indeed.

I have to say that I found Lily somewhat spineless and I'm not sure if that is the Amish coming out in this character or if she really was spineless. Paul is the über creep of the story and you most likely will come to hate him (or at least dislike him) as much as I did.

I learned a ton about bee keeping, and while that can be good, in my opinion, it did not add that much to the story and I hope that the next two sisters books have more story and less 'lessons'.

I am looking forward to the next two books.

ARC supplied by publisher.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Danger, Sweetheart by MaryJanice Davidson

Danger, Sweetheart by MaryJanice Davidson

Danger, Sweetheart by MaryJanice Davidson

“Blake Tarbell has a town to save. Rich, carefree, and used to the Vegas party lifestyle, Blake is thrown for a curve when his former cocktail-waitress mother pleads he go back to her roots to save the town she grew up in. Blake's used to using money to solve his problems, but when he arrives in Sweetheart, North Dakota, this city boy has to trade in his high-priced shoes for a pair of cowboy boots...and he's about to get a little help from the loveliest lady in town...
Natalie Lane's got no time for newbies. The prettiest gal to ever put on a pair of work gloves, there's nothing she can't do to keep a farm up and running. But when a handsome city-slicker rolls into town with nothing but bad farmer's instincts and good intentions, Natalie's heartstrings are pulled. She's about to teach him a thing or two about how to survive in Sweetheart. And he's about to teach her a thing or two about love...”

Fantastic Fun!

This book is a contemporary romantic comedy…of sorts.  It is simplistically sweet and nefariously evil.

  It is also the mother of all tropes –You MUST read MJD’s Author’s Note before you start this book or you will just think it is the worst piece of drivel that ever came out of an author’s keyboard.

I loved this book and I hated it.  I laughed so hard in spots that I thought I would wet myself; some spots I hated. I was curious as to how the book was going to end and then I lost interest and then I got curious again.  It was the kind of book that should either be shelved on your comfort read shelf, or throw with great strength against the wall.  This book was easy to understand and at the same time filled with none of the information you needed.  The romance ends on the expected HEA note starting with the expected     über   steamy sex scene.

This book is filled with twists and turns and also stagnates. It has some of the coarsest language I have ever read outside of …well I don’t know what, and it also has pithy and deep language and footnotes. If I had to read the word ‘douche’ one more time, my head would have exploded.

Yes there really is such a thing a ‘horse-porn’. *shiver*

What can I say, it has something for everyone! I can’t wait for Jakes book.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Meternity by Meghann Foyer

Product Details Meternity
Apr 26, 2016
by Meghann Foye

The novel your book club must discuss!

"A fresh, contemporary take on love and work, marriage and motherhood, Meternity is guaranteed to surprise and delight!" —Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed andFirst Comes Love

Like everyone in New York media, editor Liz Buckley runs on cupcakes, caffeine and cocktails. But at thirty-one, she's plateaued at Paddy Cakes, a glossy baby magazine that flogs thousand-dollar strollers to entitled, hypercompetitive spawn-havers.

Liz has spent years working a gazillion hours a week picking up the slack for coworkers with kids, and she's tired of it. So one day when her stress-related nausea is mistaken for morning sickness by her bosses—boom! Liz is promoted to the mommy track. She decides to run with it and plans to use her paid time off to figure out her life: work, love and otherwise. It'll be her "meternity" leave.

By day, Liz rocks a foam-rubber belly under fab maternity outfits. By night, she dumps the bump for karaoke nights and boozy dinners out. But how long can she keep up her charade…and hide it from the guy who might just be The One?

As her "due date" approaches, Liz is exhausted—and exhilarated—by the ruse, the guilt and the feelings brought on by a totally fictional belly-tenant…about happiness, success, family and the nature of love.

      I really wanted to love this book The book description made this right up my alley. 

I have no kids (and have been married for 34 years) and this is by choice. I get a little tired of not being able to park where I want to because spaces are saved for mothers...of being run down in the grocery stores by those absurdly long carriages that are made to entertain children. It is an entitled generation.

It sounded (in theory)kind of good for Liz our main character to take matters into her own hands (so to speak) and grab some of the 'goodies' that only Moms get...then it just became an embarrassment for both the reader and the author. 

What I got instead is a book that was written for a different generation than mine, a book that I couldn't even begin to translate into readable English. I finally started skimming and then even gave up on that.

If anything this book will most likely become the lowest rated book ever on AMAZON. The reviews there are amazing and cruel towards the author.
Publisher Supplied ARC

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire...
But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

She Is The Queen of Naraka.

This is a tale told with the most beautiful word painting that I had ever seen. A retelling (if you will) of the myth of Persephone and Hades.  This tale is stuffed full with metaphors, myth and magic.
I would suggest that you read the preview novella (?) first. I wish I had.

Unfortunately it failed to hold my attention as I am not the type of reader that likes to read three pages of description when a couple of paragraphs will do.  Nor do I like not knowing the whole story as I read.  I don’t want to wait until the last chapters to find out what the tale was really about and why everything happened.

I found it too easy to lose myself in my thoughts instead of finding myself immersed in the story.  I want to forget my dreary life when I read and not have to work so hard.

This was beautiful, but a slightly difficult read if you are merely looking for a few hours of entertainment.  This book in part is too special to just spend a few hours with.  I will try to read it again, so for that alone I give it 3.75 stars and not less.

Publisher supplied ARC.