Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Practically Perfect by Katie Fforde

**** 4 stars
Fforde books are great. I love her characters and the charm that you just feel when you are reading her books. This isn't my favorite Fforde book, but still is a great read. I really loved Chloe, she was the best friend and such a likeable character. I can't wait to read my next Fforde book.

Book Jacket Summary:
Anna, a newly qualified interior designer, has decided it's time to put her money where her mouth is and risk everything to buy a tiny but adorable cottage in desperate need of renovation.

Outside, the chocolate-box cottage is perfect, but inside, all is chaos. With a ladder for a staircase, no downstairs flooring, candles the only form of lighting, and a sleeping bag and camping mat for a bed. Anna soon wonders if she's bitten off more than she can chew.

Her neighbor Chloe comes to the rescue, providing tea, wine, and sympathy - and a recently rescued greyhound, Caroline. But just as Anna's starting to settle in, make new friends, and the house transforming before her eyes, the good-looking yet impossible Rob Hunter arrives on the scene and puts even more obstacles in her way. Will Anna be able to get over all of life's hurdles in the end, or will she stumble and fall?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Living La Vida Loca by Belinda Jones

***3 stars
I hate to give it such a low mark. I have loved all of her books. This books just didn't pull me in as the others did. I had a hard time liking the characters and it just didn't grab me like her other books have. I still look forward to my other books I have on the shelf by Jones, and think that this book just wasn't my thing.

Book Jacket Summary:
Carmen has been feeling the need to break free for too darn long!

So when her equally frustrated friend Beth suggests the ultimate escape-dancing their way through a series of scorchingly-hot countries-she can't resist.

There's just one catch...they can only go on this adventure if they participate in a reality TV show, one intent on teaching them the mournful tango in Argentina, the feisty flamenco in Spain, and the sassy, celebratory salsa in Cuba.

As they travel from Buenos Aires to Seville and ultimately steamy Havanna, each dance has a profound effect on the girls - as indeed do the sexy guachos, matadors and dirty dancers who partner them...

But, when the sun goes down, will Beth and Carmen have what it takes to go beyond the steps and free their hearts for love?

Cafe Tropicana by Belinda Jones

****4 stars
I loved this book! Belinda Jones does it again. They way she is able to describe a place makes you feel as though you are there visiting yourself. Her romance also is just enough to keep you interested but in suspension as well. I truly enjoy reading her books!

Book Jacket Summary:
Latte-love Ava Langston knows exactly what she wants: her very own cafe in Regency arcade in Bath and a life free of complicated relationships. But her plans go awry when her long-distance dad phones insisting she hop on the next plane to Costa Rica to meet his brand new wife.

Ava has no intention of jetting to Latin America to acquite a stepmother - until, that is, her father offers her head honcho status at a local beachfront cafe. The lure of frothing cappuccinos in a land where the coffee beans grow proves irresistible. But she hasn't planned on Santiago, her sexy-yet-stubborn business rival, or rugged Ryan whose idea of romance is swinging through the rain forest canopy at 6am. Both men give her butterflies bit only one will capture her heart...

Getting Personal Chris Manby

**2 stars
I really had a hard time getting into this book. I am a person that hates to put a book down, but it didn't really catch me til about 2/3 the way through. I feel it just didn't flow for me. I really liked the idea for the book it just seemed very drawn out.

Book Jacket Summary:
"Three losers in love WLTM funny, sexy, rich, perfect individuals to spare them from singledom hell..."

Ruby, Martin and Lou are three old friends who have spent too much time talking about the ones that got away. Facing another summer without love, they decide to approach the dating delima the same way they approached finding flatmates. They're going to place personal ads. For one another.

Will it tempt their dream date/soul mate?
Or is it a recipe for romantic disaster...?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde

*****5 stars
I love Katie Fforde books. They are always so well done. Her characters are deep and there is always so much going on that you are completely lost in time with them. I ended up reading this early into the morning hours to finish it. I just recently ordered many of her older books, as I can't wait to receive them and start on another journey spun by Fforde.

Book Jacket Summary:
Sophie Apperly's family has never taken her seriously. Fiercely academic, they see her more practical skills as frivolous - whilst constantly taking advantage of her. So when her best friend Milly invites her over to New York, she jumps at the chance. It'll do her ungrateful family good to so without her for a while. What's more, she's on a quest - America holds the key to solving her family's financial woes, even if they don't deserve her help.

From the moment Sophie hits the bright lights of Manhattan she's determined to enjoy every minute of her big adventure. So when an evening at an art gallery throws her into the path of Matilda, a spirited old lady who invites her to Connecticut for Thanksgiving, Sophie willingly accepts, much to the dismay of Matilda's grandson Luke, Undeniably attractive but infuriatingly arrogant, he seems to doubt Sophie's motives for befriending his grandmother. No match for the formidable Matilda, he eventually admits defeat, but first he has a proposal to make. He'll help Sophie in her quest to save her family from financial ruin if she repays the favor. But just what does she have to do in return....?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thin Rich Pretty by Beth Harbison

****4 stars
Great read with a great moral. I zipped through this book quickly. I liked how Harbison flipped back and forth between past and future. It was a book of friendship, insecurities, and finding your true self and being happy with that.

Book Jacket Summary:
Twenty years ago, Holly and Nicola were the outsiders at summer camp. Holly, the plump one, was a dreamer who longed to be an artist. Nicola, the shy, plain one, wanted nothing more than to be beautiful. Their cabin nemesis was Lexi. Rich, spoiled, evil Lexi. One night, Holly and Nicola teamed up to pull one daring act of vengeance. But they never considered that this one act would have repercussions for decades. And they never realized the secret pain inside Lexi, and how their need for revenge cost Lexi more than they ever could have imagined.

Today Holly is a successful gallery owner who has put her own artistic dreams on hold. She still struggles with her weight and for approval from her overly critical boyfriend. Nicola is an almost-famous actress who believes that one little plastic surgery fix is just what she needs to put her over the edge into fame. And Lexi... Lexi is down on her luck and totally broke.

Holly will do anything got be thin. Lexi will do anything to be rich. And Nicola will do anything to be pretty. Thin Rich Pretty is the story of three women who believe that happiness is the next dress size down, the next dollar figure up, or the next appreciative glance from a stranger. But mostly it 's the story of how three women save one another and show one another the path to true contentment.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Divas Las Vegas by Belinda Jones

*****5 stars
I loved this book. I have previously read another book by Belinda Jones and found it good. This one, I took with me to the beach and was unable to put it down. I missed out on some fun trying to finish it. I think a part of the thrill for me was the setting. I have been to Vegas once and the way Jones describes it, you want to visit for the first time or all over again! I also adored the main character Jamie and her relationship with Izzy. I think we can all relate to the difference in the characters. It is a must read!

Book Jacket Summary:
Jamie and Izzy, friends for ever, have a dream: a spangly double wedding in Las Vegas. And at twenty-seven, they decide they've had enough crap boyfriends and they're ready for crap husbands - all they have to do is find them. And where better than Vegas itself, where the air is 70% oxygen and 30% confetti?

But as they abandon their increasingly complicated lives in sleepy Devon for the eye-popping brilliance of Las Vegas, their groom-grabbing plan starts to look less than foolproof. And those niggling problems they thought they'd left behind- like Izzy's fiance and the alarming reappearance of Jamie's first love - just won't go away....

Unlucky in Love by Jessica Fox

***3 stars
This is the fourth installment in the Hen night prophecies. I have read the other three and left my feedback on them. It was a cute read but didn't really capture my attention like some of the previous ones did. I did like the characters, Libby and Craig. I think it was the supporting characters and the interaction that just didn't catch for me. I did enjoy it and if you have read the others, you won't want to pass this one. I am looking forward to the next one.

Book Jacket summary:Foster is a danger to men.
According to the fortune-teller at her sister Zoe's hen night anyway. True, daredevil Libby is the queen of reckless romances and disastrous dating, so it's probably best she puts blokes on the back burner for a while. But when Libby escapes to an exotic Thai island to do the on-location casting for a romance-slash-action film, she's soon tangled up in a love story of her own. Has Libby met her match with dishy martial arts instructor Craig? She may think she needs to keep away from men, but it looks like men can't keep away from her.