Friday, February 27, 2015

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Here's the synopsis:


Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it).


With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress.


Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.

Here are my thoughts:

I was very excited when author Laura Chapman contacted me to review The Marrying Type.  As a former wedding planner by profession myself, a book about a wedding planner sounds just right up my alley.

I quickly related to Elliot as a character when she dealt with multiple wedding related crises with class- and a glass of champagne.  There is nothing like a novel set in the South.  It's guaranteed to be stuffed with classy women, a little gossip and a ton of drama!  I also enjoyed the wedding details woven throughout this book- from the fragrant flowers to the drunken bridesmaid- The Marrying Type does not disappoint.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

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Here's the synopsis:

If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn't love you, first? 

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case. 

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI. 

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all. 
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Here are my thoughts:

Beautiful Disaster remains one of my all time favorite books, so the more I get of the Maddox Brothers, the better.  Beautiful Oblivion absolutely rocked my world, so I've been waiting not-so-patiently to get my hands on Beautiful Redemption.

Seriously, Jamie McGuire, what's a girl gotta do for an ARC?

Anyways, I'm still completely in love with this series.  Although, I do have to admit that Liis may be my least favorite of the female leads in these books.  I do intend to give her a second chance and read this one again soon.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

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Here's the synopsis:

Life after college graduation is not at all what twenty-one-year-old Bree Logan expected. Unable to find a professional communications job, dumped by the guy who was THE ONE, and stuck with a pricey city apartment she can’t afford, Bree ends up moving back home with her parents in the suburbs and working as a cocktail waitress at a posh Chicago hotel.

In a desperate attempt to get a fresh start, Bree goes to a hip salon and requests that the first available stylist chop off her long dark hair. Alarmed when the stylist suggests “The Rachel,” after the famous haircut from the show Friends, Bree is hesitant, but decides to go for it when she is assured it will be a “fresh, modern adaptation” of the infamous 90’s cut. Unfortunately for Bree, it turns out to be exactly the same cut, but with horrific heavy bangs added to it. Hideous doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Bree is convinced nothing will ever go right when she meets neighbor Jack Chelten, a twenty-five-year-old German translator. Not that Bree is looking to date anyone, but there's something quirky and intriguing about his freckle-splashed face and blue eyes. And suddenly Bree finds herself seeking out different opportunities and challenges . . . as well as the boy next door.

In her new adult life, Bree learns that sometimes you have to go through crises to get to where you need to be. And if you can survive The Rachel, you can survive anything, right?
 
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Here are my thoughts:

I've reviewed a few Aven Ellis books in the past year and I've loved them all.  But I'm pretty sure Surviving The Rachel is my favorite thus far.

True story: I had to take my car to get it's oil changed.  I sat in the waiting room with this book on my Kindle.  I never heard them call me to the front to say that my car was finished, because I was so engrossed in this book.  In fact, it was completely awkward when I finally realized that my car was ready and had to walk to the front, red faced.

But also totally worth it.  This book took me less than a day to read because I couldn't get enough.  Bree is a wonderfully relatable character- we've all had the post college struggle to find a job and yourself at the same time.  I loved the appearance of characters from Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista too.  And, most importantly, I'm pretty sure Jack Chelton is being added to my list of book boyfriends.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

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Here's the synopsis:

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. 
Complete strangers since this morning. 
He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget. 
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Here are my thoughts:

Once upon a time, I thought Colleen Hoover and I could be friends.  We could sit around, play with her mini pig, talk books, and hashtag #catsofinstagram together.

Then I read this book.

And Colleen, I'm officially imaginary unfriending you.  Until you release Part 2.

That's how serious this is.

I NEED PART 2.

Translation:  Excellent book.  Huge cliffhanger.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Club!!

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Here's the synopsis:

Forensic accountant Sloane Tobin and kooky pet psychic Willa may have the same face, but that’s the only thing these identical twins have in common.

How she can read the hearts and minds of animals has always been a mystery to Willa, and her rotten luck with men is equally baffling. Although she’s been looking for “The One” for what feels like forever (A teenage marriage to a French mime and dating a guy named Spider seemed like good ideas at the time!), optimistic Willa refuses to give up on love. When she meets Brody, the handsome rose expert hired to save her grandmother’s garden, she’s instantly smitten, but why does he keep sending her mixed signals? Does he return her feelings, or is their attraction all in her fanciful head?

Unlike her twin, Sloane has zero interest in romance. Her passion is her job, where she uses her gift for numbers to take down slimy embezzlers and asset-hiding spouses. When she’s assigned two high profile cases, Sloane feels confident the promotion she’s been angling for is within her grasp. But will her plan to climb the corporate ladder be thwarted by difficult clients, her co-worker-with-benefits, or – most surprisingly of all – her own sister? And how’s she supposed to stay focused on the drama at work when her childhood friend, Gav, moves in next door and the spark between them becomes impossible to ignore?

To get what they both want, can Willa and Sloane band together and rely on each other’s strengths? Or will their differences drive them apart once and for all?
 
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Here are my thoughts:

Twin Piques is told from the alternating points of view of twin sisters Sloane and Willa.  They have polar personalities and I found that I enjoyed Sloane's character more while I related more with Willa (despite my inability to read my pets' minds).  Overall, the characters in this book are some of my favorite I've read in a long time.  They all are easily likable and memorable.

This book had some moments that were predictable, but most were not.  There was a big twist I didn't see coming, but was a pleasant surprise.  And about 3/4 of the way through the book, I started to guess that everything would all tie together, but I couldn't for the life of me figure out how.

I am very glad that I've been introduced to Tracie Banister as an author and look forward to more from her in the near future!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

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Here's the synopsis:

Malaria is nothing a good dose of quinine can’t handle.

At least that’s what software training specialist Frannie Freeman thinks when her vile office manager Malia — aka Malaria — unexpectedly marries their boss Sam, with whom Frannie has been in love for years. Certain it’s only a matter of time before Sam comes to his senses, she hides her heartbreak behind sarcastic humor and copious amounts of tequila.

Exceptional at everything except romantic relationships, Frannie is still waiting two years later. When Sam suddenly confides that he believes he was roofied the night of his surprise Las Vegas wedding, it seems too good to be true. And it isn’t long before she realizes that’s exactly what it is.

A quick little divorce seems the ticket, but Malia’s father has other things in mind. Garland Harper is determined to stop his daughter’s downward spiral, and he isn’t afraid to use whatever means comes to hand — such as Sam’s “saving people” complex. And if that doesn’t work — as the CEO of the company for which they work, Harper has sufficient means to make good on his threat that if Sam reneges on his agreement to stay with Malia until she’s dry, the only bars Frannie will see for many years won’t be offering tequila.

Now, faced with letting Sam go forever or fighting for her heart’s desire, Frannie prepares for battle with a woman’s three best weapons — a loyal heart, a willingness to fight dirty, and the strongest margarita money can buy.
 
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Here are my thoughts:

I had so many people review The Secret Dreams of Sarah Jane Quinn by Sharon Gerlach that I started to read it a couple weeks ago.  However, when I went to buy it, I noticed it was the second book in the two book series and Office Politics was the first.  Many reviews stated they'd only read the second book, but I just couldn't do it out of order.  I'll review Sarah Jane another week.

I loved Office Politics.  Honestly, the book's cover leads you to believe that it may be a little office romance smut, but it was so much more.  Frannie is hilarious and I couldn't get enough of her sarcasm and wit.  This book packed enough drama, humor and romance to keep me coming back for more.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Book Club!!

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Here's the synopsis:

As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent
complications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn't relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren't easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summer night.

Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were convicted of the murder and sent to prison.

Now thirty-four, Toni is out on parole and back in her hometown, struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Prison changed her, hardened her, and she’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back. This means having absolutely no contact with Ryan, avoiding fellow parolees looking to pick fights, and steering clear of trouble in all its forms. But nothing is making that easy—not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who doubts Toni's innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni's life hell in high school and may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. No matter how hard she tries, ignoring her old life to start a new one is impossible. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out what really happened that night.

But the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all.
 
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Here are my thoughts:

I was just craving something different when I picked up this book.  I'd read Still Missing by Chevy Stevens ages ago and absolutely loved it.  Dang, can she write a thriller.

My feelings on Toni were complicated.  She wasn't overly easy to like, but she certainly hasn't had an easy life.  And she definitely...I mean probably...didn't kill her sister.  This book really kept me hooked.  Even once I was sure I'd figured out the "who" I didn't know why, when or where.  And I definitely didn't have half of the "who" figured out before it was all over!

I can't wait to read more Chevy Stevens.

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