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: At Any Price

At Any Price
At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stayed up all night to finish this book. Couldn’t put it down, and right after reading it, had to get the other two. Mia and Adam have so much issues with trust and control to work through, it was interesting to see how they each have insights into their own fears and help each other overcome them enough to to be together.

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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: At Any Moment

At Any Moment
At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having lost an aunt and a cousin to cancer, this story resonates with me not just because of personal experience. The painful soul searching journey Mia and Adam went through to find, forgive and heal themselves is so gut wrenching, real and thought provoking, that I’m moved to tears reading it.

Writing from the POV of the two main characters is a brilliant move. Some of the most tragic lines were also the most beautiful and honest emotions expressed, which made Mia and Adam believable and human, flawed and endearing.

To quote Adam: “None of us know when forever will end.” “What makes forever worth it is each day we live and enjoy being with each other. Each day we make each other’s lives better.”

Be forewarned and arm yourself with tissues for this tear-jerker, which is truly in a class of its own.

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Review: At Any Turn

At Any Turn
At Any Turn by Brenna Aubrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a must read for me particularly after the debut. Summing this up as an emotional roller coaster ride would be to under estimate the powerful writing, character building and the plot twists the author threw in. I kinda suspected one of the characters will end up with cancer and even mis-read the clues.

But the bomb at the end of the book was sort of expected, but the way the two protagonists dealt with it made for some great conflicts ahead and I can’t wait to read the final story for the resolution of the many trust issues and emotional angst that’s installed for Adam and Mia.

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