Review: What a Girl Wants

What a Girl Wants
What a Girl Wants by Kate Perry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another strong debut to a new series with Sebastian (from the Summerhill series) finding his true love in a lovely little town in San Francisco. Returning to the states after his sabbatical in London getting in some quality time with his long lost relatives, the marketing guru was returning a favor for his former mentor, not expecting to be shot wth Cupid’s arrow. Ariana wasn’t at all the spoiled rich princess he believed.

In fact, she is very much what he wants as his lifelong partner in life. Now, if only he can get her to want him the same way that he wants her too. With the help of a meddling psychic and well meaning friends of Ariana, and some whimsical bit of magic.

There were tender moments aplenty in the story, and I was happily swept along with the plot progression and
to the funny almost comedic, but utterly romantic ending.

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Review: The Catching Kind

The Catching Kind
The Catching Kind by Bria Quinlan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have a ‘little thing’ for jock/nerd pairings so the synopsis read like this wold be another fun romp promising sparks, witty dialogue and a hard look at the notion of beauty. This sweet little romance pitches ‘plain jane’ author Hailey Tate against playboy athlete Connor Ryan, who has to clean up his rep via a staged relationship with the intelligent heroine, who didn’t leave a great first impression when the two first met.

As they worked through their fictitious relationship, they find more things to like about each other. Lines started blurring, and emotions (and a couple of prejudices) started getting in the way of how both relate to each other. There were sweet tender moments thrown in with comical situations while the underlying conflict of beauty and self-worth is played out to a happy ending. Overall, an enjoyable read that I wouldn’t mind seen adapted for the big screen. Oh, and an epilogue would be nice.

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Review: Nobody’s Angel

Nobody's Angel
Nobody’s Angel by Sarah Hegger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A touching, emotional drama that will have you tearing up and sighing at turns, rooting for the brave heroine who’s trying to atone for her wild youth plagued by alcoholism and broken self image as a result of a dysfunctional relationship with her parents. The happy ending is worth the knifing pain of reliving a tortured and shameful past. You emerge admiring her courage for doing what she did and being happy that she’s reunited with her hometown sweetheart. Definitely looking out for the next in the series.

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Review: The Substitute

The Substitute
The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This romance is made for the big screen. The comical situations the two main characters went through, the emotion roller coaster, the friendship between Meghan and her besties, the heartwarming family drama and the heady romance that developed between the lovers all came together to make this contemporary story highly entertaining. Looking forward already to the stories of the other ladies.

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Review: You're the One That I (Don'T) Want by Alexandra Potter

I first came to know Ms Potter through her chick-lit romance, Mr Darcy and Me, which was sharply written and laugh-out-loud funny, and left me with a general good overall impression of her work. So, when I stumbled across this work of hers in a book store while waiting for my flight in the airport, I didn’t hesitate. So, here’s a quick review of this book which I read much earlier on this year, another entry for the Twenty-Eleven Challenge.


You’re the One That I (Don’T) Want

Author: Alexandra Potter

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (Hachette Livre UK)

Year Published: 2010

Stand alone or series: Stand alone

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Review: Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger

Ms Weisbergeris new to me. I’ve watched the movie The Devil Wears Prada, and liked it. So, when I saw this book in the bookstore at the airport (on another business trip), I thought the book could be interesting for passing the time. Plus, this book could serve as my entry for the 2011 Reading Challenge — category To YA or Not.  Of course, I’m sticking with non-YA.

Chasing Harry Winston

Author: Lauren Weisberger

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Year Published: 2008

Stand alone or series: Stand alone

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2010 Round-up Review part 1: Petite Anglaise, Mischief, Playing with Fire and How to Tame A Modern Rogue

It’s a new year, and as I’ve been delinquent in my posts for last couple of months, I’m doing a couple of roundup reviews of books read in 2010.  Hopefully, that’ll help me start off with a clean slate sooner in the new year.

Without further ado, here’s the roundup review post of standalone books read in the 2010:

Title: How to Tame a Modern Rogue

2010 Round-up Review part 1: Petite Anglaise, Mischief, Playing with Fire and How to Tame A Modern Rogue

Author: Diana Holquist

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Forever

Year Published: 2009

Stand alone or series: stand alone

Why I read it: I had to pick a new-to-me author for two reading challenges, and since this author is new to me, her book fit right in.

On the Back cover:

Commitment-phobic Sam Carson has only dated model-gorgeous women. But one stolen kiss from a plain-Jane schoolteacher and he’s hell-bent on stripping away her floral dresses and teaching her the art of being bad. If only her good-girl ways didn’t make him want to be a better man…

Ally Giordano is at the end of her rope. Her beloved grandmother actually believes that she’s living in her favorite romance novel in Regency England and Ally doesn’t have the heart to set her straight. But now Granny Donny’s last wish is for a retreat to the country and Ally can’t refuse her…until she demands that Sam accompany them. And though his smiles turn her knees into jelly, Ally knows better than to trust a playboy…and she definitely knows better than to try to change one. Or does she?

In my books …

A laugh-out-funny romance that’s big on the humour factor, and an endearing heroine who’s not afraid to make a fool of herself.  A light-hearted, and enjoyable read.

IMB Rating: 3.0, liked it

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