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: Four Nights With the Duke

Four Nights With the Duke
Four Nights With the Duke by Eloisa James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I couldn’t wait to read this soon as I had it downloaded. Mia and Vander’s journey to true love, well, admitting their love, was by turns melodramatic, laugh out loud funny, witty and heart meltingly romantic. I’ve never been so enthralled by two such like able main characters. Mia’s inner insecurities and yearning for love and Vander’s blunt speaking got in the way of the lovebirds believing in what they have seen in each other’s eyes, and hearts all along. Another masterpiece and DIK read. Can’t wait for the next one, where Edward gets his Seven Minutes in Heaven.

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Review: Dark Skye

Dark Skye
Dark Skye by Kresley Cole

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can’t believe this is the 15th book in the series already, and Ms Cole still have me enthralled by her kick-ass, frequently irreverently funny and modern heroines.

This time round the hero, Thronos, is the inexperienced one, while Lanthe, the sorceress whom we met in Kiss of a Demon King has not exactly been a nun while evading his at-first ardent, then semi-vengeful pursuit. The little background snippet of the two protagonists in their childhood was a sweet beginning which sets the scene for their embittered, star-crossed love affair.

Fast forward to the present day when the pair broke out of The Order prison, circumstances led them to embark on an Odyssey to Pandemonia, where they got to know each other, work through some of their relationship issues. While it was a bit of a let-down that the source of their conflict is actually a big-MIS, the pair of childhood sweetheart eventually get their happy-ever-after.

Throughout their adventure to hell, while they caught up on each other, Lanthe’s pop culture references often throw Thronos into adorable confusion. Those were some entertaining moments in the story.

Overall, a very enjoyable read.

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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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