Monday, January 31, 2011

My Perfect Wedding by Sibel Hodge

*****5 stars
I uploaded this book on my Kindle this morning and was so engrossed, I let everything go for the day. I just finished it and absolutely loved it. I was a bit worried, because I knew that it was a follow-up to Fourteen Days Later, that it wouldn't be as good. I was also worried that it would follow the same plot as many of the romantic comedies that I read where the couple goes through problems and separate. It wasn't a thing like I thought it would be, but better. There was a great plot of mystery with things happening all through out. I couldn't put it down because the suspense was too much. I truly enjoyed it and feel it was even better than the first book. A must read, you will enjoy :)

Book Jacket Summary:
Helen Grey is finally getting everything she wants. She's about to have the perfect dream wedding and begin an exciting new life abroad on the sunny Mediterranean island of Cyprus. But living the dream isn't all it's cracked up to be.

After a mix-up at the airport, Helen finds herself drawn into the midst of an elaborate plot to steal an ancient statue and assassinate a local businessman. And as if that wasn't bad enough, her wedding dress is AWOL, the statue seems to be cursed, and Helen is wanted by the police.

With the big day rapidly approaching, a roller-coaster of mishaps, misunderstandings, and disasters threatens to turn the newlyweds into nearlyweds.

Can Helen prevent an assassination, save the statue, and have the perfect wedding? Or will the day to remember turn into one she'd rather forget?

Fourteen days later by Sibel Hodge

****4 stars
This was a great romantic comedy. I found myself laughing and smiling throughout and really enjoyed it. I truly enjoyed many of the challenges the character Helen had to do. She did them with enthusiasm and there was always a mishap to make you smile. I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book. It was mainly about Helen but had great secondary characters. I have already downloaded the follow-up kindle book "My Perfect Wedding"

Book Jacket Summary:
When accident-prone Helen Grey finds a thong stuffed into the pocket of her boyfriend’s best work trousers, it’s time for her to move on. His excuse that he needed to dust the photocopier and just thought that it was a rag sounds like a lame excuse. Helen’s life is propelled in an unexpected direction after her best friend, Ayshe, sets her a fourteen-day, life-changing challenge. Helen receives a task everyday which she must complete without question. The tasks are designed to build her confidence and boost her self-esteem but all they seem to do is push her closer to Ayshe’s brother, Kalem. How will Kalem and Helen get together when she’s too foolish to realize that she loves him? How can he fall for her when he is too busy falling prey to her mishaps and too in love with his own perfect girlfriend? How will Kalem’s Turkish Cypriot family react when they find out? Is it really possible to change your life in fourteen days?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Always the Bride by Jessica Fox

****4 stars
This is the 5th and last book in the Hen Night installment. I think that this was my favorite out of all of them. I had read each as they came out and was looking forward to the final one, which centers around the character that began the first one. Zoe is getting married and her sister Libby decides to get a fortune-teller for her Hen night. The first book then goes on to the first character at the hen party, which are all close friends with Zoe. It all makes sense that this is the final one. I really enjoyed how realistic this one was and how real all the characters are. I am sorry to see this installment of books to end :(

Book Jacket Summary:
Nobody gets it right all the time.
But Zoe Forster always strives for perfection. So when the fortune-teller at her hen night party predicts she will marry twice, she's seriously unimpressed. Everyone knows Zoe and Steve are meant to be together.
Still, even a marriage made in heaven has to survive in the real world and, a year in, things are getting pretty predictable. Then super-sexy movie stat Like Scottman makes a repeat appearance in Zoe's life, and Zoe and Steve make some unwelcome discoveries about each other's less-than-perfect pasts. It seems the fortune-teller's prediction is about to come true after all...

Monday, January 24, 2011

Honey Trap by Julie Cohen

***3 stars
I much preferred Julie Cohen's last book that I read, One night stand, but found this to be a good read. I liked the character Sophie but really didn't feel like I fully got to know her. It felt like after an action the reasoning was explained. I understood why the decision made but made it lack some of the depth I was hoping for. Otherwise it was an engaging read and kept me going at a fast pace. Look forward to her next book which I have already ordered.

Book Jacket Summary:
Private investigator Sophie Tennant has realised knowing everyone’s dirty little secrets isn’t that much fun.

Retraining as an aromatherapist should rebalance her karma – or so she thinks, until she goes on tour as resident de-stresser with a rock band whose moody, magnetic frontman Dominick Steele is none other than her very first honey trap. Yes, the man she pretended to seduce in order to shop the evidence to his broken-hearted wife, spelling the end of their marriage. Dominic may be a reformed character these days, but Sophie hasn’t forgotten the games he used to play… and he certainly remembers Sophie. A little bit too well…

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Girl like you by Gemma Burgess

*****5 stars
Great single girl in the city. You will absolutely adore Abagail and her friends and family and even could see yourself befriending them as well. There are laugh out loud scenes and I absolutely loved the lingo and names they made up. Too funny! I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the beginning.

Book Jacket Summary:
"I've discovered the secret to successful singledom. I'm acting like a man. And it's working."

After breaking up with her boyfriend of, well, forever, Abigail Wood must learn how to be single from scratch. Her dating skills are abysmal, and she ricochets from disaster to disaster – until Robert, one of London's most notorious lotharios, agrees to coach her.

With his advice, she learns to navigate the bastard-infested waters of the bar scene and practices the art of being bulletproof. The new Abigail is cocky, calm, composed…but what happens when she meets her match?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One night Stand by Julie Cohen

****4 stars
I just happened across this title when looking for a book. It had a cute description and seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. What a great find! One Night Stand was a fast paced book with a cute story. Of course, it is similar to one you have read before in this genre, but Cohen's writing style and characters make it fresh. I could not pull myself out of this book. I ended up finishing it in a day. If you are looking for a good, light read, you will not be disappointed. I can't wait to read another Cohen book.

Book Jacket Summary:
Eleanor Connor may have written seventeen steamy novels, but her own life is more mundane. In fact, the nearest she comes to sex is having to listen through the thin walls of her house as her friend and neighbour, Hugh, makes love to an ever-changing stream of female conquests. But then one night she makes a one-night-only conquest of her own, only to wake up alone, a bit repentant, and as she later realises, very pregnant. Desperate to find her missing lover, if only to tell him he’s going to be a father, she enlists the help of Hugh to help her search – but begins to realise that the perfect partner could have been right under her nose all this time...

Sweet Nothings by Trisha Ashley

****4 stars
I don't know what it is that pulls me in but I love Trisha Ashley's books. Mind you there is a total lifestyle difference in her books but after reading one you will be hooked. As I am an American, many of the recipes and dishes she describes as well as way of life are very different, but it doesn't stop me from keeping up. In Sweet Nothings, Ashley whips of a delightful selection of characters, with the main character, which you will take a shine to, and be amused by some of the secondary ones. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but will definitely pull you into a warm cosy place you want to stay.

Book Jacket Summary:
Lizzie is cooking up a storm of comfort in the village of Middlemoss, enfolded in the last acres of an ancient forest, now that her her charming but quick-tempered husband, Tom, is turning increasingly unpredictable. There are some things even a rich chocolate souffle can't put right, and she realizes she must soon end her marriage and leave Perseverance Cottage.
But fate takes a hand when Tom is found dead. In the aftermath Lizzie has to cope with his quarreling mistresses and devious friends. And the annual Middlemoss Mystery Play needs a new Lazarus.
When her best friend, Anne develops a crush on Rob Rafferty, the charismatic actor,it turns out that he is interested in Lizzie. But she is distracted by the growing rivalry between herself and cookery writer Nick Pharamond. If Lizzie is sugar and spice, Nick is brimstone and treacle. After snatching the village's Best Plate Apple Pie prize from her, he may regret calling her the Queen of Puddings once to often.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wishful Thinking by Melissa Hill

***3 stars
As always Melissa Hill writes a solid story with twists throughout to keep you interested. Even though I gave this book a 3 it wasn't because I had trouble getting through it, because it was well written. I had a problem with the characters. I was easily frustrated by the three characters potrayed. This book was so well done and characters so well formed that I found myself grumpy during the reading of it. I just don't think that this one was my cup of tea. Sorry, but still look forward to my next book by her.

Book Jacket Summary:
Three women with three very different lives board the coast train to Dublin. Each of them is looking for something out of reach.

Every day Rosie Mitchell desperately misses her late husband Martin,but will giving her grown-up children everything they want bring her happiness? And is it too late at 56 for Rosie to carve out a new life and find a new purpose?
Recently married Dara Campbell, successful solicitor in her mid-30s,has it all but is blinded by memories. Dara can't see that her fantasy is standing in the way of a happy marriage. But when faced with a blast from the past, Dara has some tough decisions to make.
Louise Patterson is only 24 but has had a tough start in life and now she's determined to live for the moment, but will her drive to appear the party girl in the face of mounting debts be her undoing? And are her new friends all they appear to be?
Can these women learn to look forward and accept the good things already in their lives, instead of wishing for something more?
But one morning, as they board their usual train, little do they know that fate has something else in store for them.
Rosie, Dara and Louise realise that wishes don't just grant themselves. You have to take your wish, and make it happen all by yourself.

Not what you think by Melissa Hill

*****5 Stars
As with all Melissa Hill books, this is a solid read that will have you absorbed til the end and sorry to see it end. I love that it is a realistic view of friendship and how sometimes not everything runs smoothly. As always with Hill's writting there are twists and turns. A definite book not to be passed up. Let me also add that this has to be one of my favorite authors. You really can't go wrong reading her books!

Book Jacket summary:
When the going gets tough, you find out who your friends really are... Laura Fanning has talent to burn, a brand-new jewelery design company and a wonderful husband. Nicola Peters has independence, a job she loves and her own home. Helen Jackson has a killer wardrobe, a thriving career and a lively and engaging daughter. But all is not as it seems. Laura's struggling to live up to her parents' impossible expectations, Nicola is coping with a life-changing event, Helen's worried that her maternal instinct has gone AWOL - and trying to cope with their problems alone is driving the three friends apart just when they need each other most. Then into the mix comes Chloe Fallon. She's marrying gorgeous Dan Hunt and planning the wedding of the year, but little does she realize how much chaos her wedding preparations are about to cause...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Dating Detox by Gemma Burgess

****4 stars
I always check reviews and usually choose a book by a new author based on those. As I began reading this book, I couldn't fathom the high ratings, then a quarter into it I realized I was hooked. I really enjoyed it and found it highly entertaining. The dating experiences alone are worth reading (lol). I see now why it got such rave reviews and am putting it into my keep pile. I can see myself rereading this!

Book Jacket Summary:
If you can't date anyone nice, don't date anyone at all...Dating is a dangerous sport. So after her sixth successive failed relationship, romantically-challenged 20-something Sass decides she's had enough. The Dating Detox is born. No men, no break-ups, no problem. The result? Her life -- usually joyfully/traumatically occupied with dates, clothes and vodka -- is finally easy. Chastity rocks. No wonder nuns are always singing. Everything falls at her feet. Especially men. Will Sass break the rules? Why does fate keep throwing her in the path of the irritatingly amusing -- and gorgeous -- Jake? Will she ever roll the dice and play again? Or is a love-free life too good to risk losing? For the post-Carrie Bradshaw, post-Bridget Jones, post-credit crunch generation of singles, life isn't beautiful, a bitch, or a beach. It's a party.

The (Im)Perfect Girlfriend by Lucy-Anne Holmes

****4 stars
A solid follow-up to 50 Ways to find a Lover. I really enjoyed seeing where things were going with Sarah. I was on the edge of my seat and reading as fast as I could in parts to see what was gonna happen, although deep down I knew, but enjoyed the ride getting there. I would pass this along with the first one to girlfriends as I am sure it is worth a good laugh and maybe even a second time reading through :)

Book Jacket Summary:
We kissed until it became necessary to stop so that we could breathe, by which time my lips were so swollen it looked like I’d been pleasuring a brillo pad. We grinned at each other again and I felt the urge to utter something brilliantly intellectual.
‘Have I mentioned that I’m hopelessly in love with you?’
Actress Sarah Sargeant has finally landed the perfect boyfriend. But as she leaves London for LA, Sarah finds herself morphing from the perfect girlfriend, baby voicing 'i love you's, into a nutty one who throws phones and screams a lot.
Where did it all go wrong? Was it the photo of a semi-naked ex-girlfriend doing a downward dog she found in her boyfriend's filofax? Or maybe it’s the steamy sex scene she films with the handsomest man in the world, ever.