Monthly Archives: December 2014

Recent Release Review- The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Title: The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman, book #2)

The Rosie Effect

Genre: General Fiction

Author: Graeme Simsion

Publisher: Simon and Schuster, Dec. 30, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Rosie Project, starring the same extraordinary couple now living in New York and unexpectedly expecting their first child. Get ready to fall in love all over again. Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because— surprise!—Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie. As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most. Graeme Simsion first introduced these unforgettable characters in The Rosie Project.

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The first book in this series, THE ROSIE PROJECT, was a favorite of mine last year. So naturally I jumped at the chance to read and review this sequel. OMG! This is terrific stuff! Laugh out loud, and I do mean loud, hubby kept quizzing me on what was so funny. This book takes Rosie and Don on a journey to parenthood that is nothing like what I assume you or I have experienced. Don with his Asperger’s Syndrome and Rosie with her own issues are two ships that are not going to pass but collide. Don’s heart is always in the right place but his literal mind and inability to be “average” lead him into one mess after another. Rosie, riding high on pregnancy hormones misinterprets most of what Don is trying to do. Don trying to minimize Rosie’s stress gets himself in tons of trouble. Side characters are absolutely wonderful. Gene the psychologist friend who moves in, Dave and Sonia who also are expecting, George the rock star landlord, Lydia the Social worker with issues and Rosie’s dad, Phil who has his own PTSD.

Graeme Simsion has penned another wonderful book and we can only hope there are more to come. Do I recommend this one. You betcha! Big time. Do yourself a favor, start the year off right , read this one.

 

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Deet’s Life- A peek at my Christmas ornaments

Since I am still basking in the glow of the holidays, I thought I’d show you some of the Christmas tree ornaments that I have painted over the years.  I paint ornaments for family every year and also for my own tree.  All are whimsical and I love painting them.  So here is a short break from Hunky Heroes and Regency Aristocrats. (This first little guy is a mini nutcracker and the 3rd one down is actually a painted, empty Cracker Barrel Restaurant maple syrup bottle, both are only about 3″ tall.)

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Review Novella- Kiss and Tell by Grace Burrowes

Title: Kiss and Tell (The Sweetest Kiss Series)

Kiss and Tell

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Novella

Author: Grace Burrowes

Publisher: Grace burrowes, 2014

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

This is a novella. Approximately 27,000 words, 89 pages. Lawyers in Love, or…. Jane DeLuca, Esquire, thrives on advocating zealously for her clients in Damson Valley’s family law courts, though her solo practice leaves no time for a personal life. She’s opposed in a nasty divorce by dour, stubborn Scotsman Dunstan Cromarty, and yet, as the clients’ issues grow more complicated, so do Jane’s feelings for Dunstan, and his for her. Courtship adjourned? Crossing personal lines could cost Jane and Dunstan their licenses to practice law, and in a small jurisdiction, they’ll oppose each other frequently. Neither can afford to give up their livelihood or their professional integrity, but can they give up each other?

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Fun! Cute! Two divorce lawyers going head to head on a case and reluctantly falling in love. Grace Burrowes can write romance like few others. In this short book we are given such wonderful character development that is seldom evident in short fiction. Dunstan’s Scottish brogue is spot-on. This is the perfect one-evening read. Trust me, this is a goody.

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La Deetda Reads Best Romance Books of 2014

 

 

 

 

Deet’s Best of The Best for 2014

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Every year at this time I think I’m going to post a top 10 and then it turns out that I always have more than ten favorite books. What can I say….there are so many fabulous authors just waiting to be discovered. So-o-o, here are my favorites of 2014 in no special order; a definitive list to spark your reading in the new year:

All are Historical Romance except where noted.

Sherry Thomas, The Luckiest Lady In London—Deet’s review 5-stars

Meredith Duran, Fool Me Twice– Deet’s review 5-stars

Grace Burrowes, The Lost Lords Series, The Captive Hearts Series, What A Lady Needs For Christmas, Deet’s review for all of these ranged from 4-5 stars.

Jane Lark, The Scandalous Love of a Duke, Deet’s review-4.5 stars

D.B. Reynolds, Vincent, Deet’s Review 5 stars (Paranormal Romance)

Carolyn CraneOff the Edge, Deet’s review 5 stars (Romantic Suspense)

Joanna Bourne, Rogue spy, Deet’s review 5 stars

Theresa Romain, To Charm a Naughty Countess, Season For Desire, both rated 4.5 stars from Deet

Tessa Dare, Romancing The Duke, Deet’s review4.5 stars

Eloisa JamesThree weeks With Lady X, Deet’s review 4.5 stars

Suzanne EnochRogue With A Brogue, Deet’s rating4.5 stars

The following authors had one or more books in a series published this year and I highly recommend the series :

Kristin Higgins- The Blue Heron Series, Deet’s overall rating 4.5 stars(Contemporary Romance)

Julie Anne LongThe Pennyroyal Green Series, Deet’s overall rating 5 stars

Carolyn CraneThe Associates Series, Deet’s rating 5 stars(Romantic Suspense)

Courtney MilanThe Brother Sinister Series, Deet’s overall rating 5 stars

Jade LeeThe Bridal Favors Series, Deet’s overall rating 4.5 stars

D.B. ReynoldsVampires In America Series, Deet’s overall rating 5 stars (Paranormal Romance)

Since I’ve read and reviewed all of these authors just type in their name in the search box on the left column to find that review.

Happy reading in the New Year!

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Merry Christmas from Deet

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas Eve from Deet

Santa scaryI guess not everyone is glad that Santa Claus is coming to town.  But To brighten your holiday here is the United States Navy Band and their hilarious rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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Review-The Look of Love by Bella Andre

Title: The Look of Love (The Sullivans, book #1)

The Look of Love

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Bella Andre

Publisher: Harlequin Mira, 2013

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 2

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he? As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he’s home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is–until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love–and protect–her, but will she let him? Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her–and every sinfully sweet caress–as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the only exception. And although Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether…for Chloe’s heart.

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I had heard so many good things about Bella Andre that I thought it was about time I read a book from The Sullivans Series since they must be good because she was up to writing book #13. Starting with book #1 seemed like a very good idea. I’m sorry to say it was not an enjoyable idea. I never really connected with these characters. They were so superficial, plastic, a caricature of real people. All were movie star gorgeous and wealthy. The two main characters’ actions seemed odd in that Chloe was traumatized by an abusive relationship and she had just had a car accident so why was she even thinking of hooking up with this stranger (Chase). The plot was thin and only seemed to connect the overwhelming amount of sex scenes. I read this entire book and I can never get back those hours.

 

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Review-Sinfully Ever After by Jayne Fresina

Title: Sinfully Ever After (Book Club Belles Society)

Sinfully Ever After

Genre: Historical Romance, Holiday

Author: Jayne Fresina

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Dec 2, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Teaching scandalous young men a lesson? This is not your typical book club

To Rebecca Sherringham, all men are open books-read quickly and forgotten. Perhaps she’s just too practical for love. The last thing she needs is another bore around-especially one that’s supposed to be dead.

Captain Lucius “Luke” Wainwright turns up a decade after disappearing without a trace. He’s on a mission to claim his birthright and he’s not going away again until he gets it. But Becky and the ladies of the village Book Club Belles Society won’t let this rogue get away with his sins. He’ll soon find that certain young ladies are accustomed to dealing with villains.

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They first met in Brighton when her brother owed a debt to him and he agreed to take a kiss from her for payment of the brother’s debt.  Now five years later he has come home to find that she lives in the same village and thinks he is there to collect the debt.

If this sounds like a typical predictable romance novel you are in for a nice surprise.  This author has developed Characters that live and breathe on these pages.  She has taken the romantic triangle premise from Austen’s SENSE AND SENSIBILITY and made it her own while at the same time giving much credit to Ms Austen.  She has taken familiar tropes such as sibling estrangement and shown how maturity can lead to family harmony. This is an author to watch.  I highly recommend this historical romance and this author.

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One Thursday ‘Til Christmas Review- ‘Twas The Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries

Title: ‘Twas The Night After Christmas (the Hellions of Halstead Hall, book #6)

Twas the night after Christmas

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday

Author: Sabrina Jeffries

Publisher: Pocketbooks, 2012

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 4

Christmasy Feeling: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has never forgiven his parents for inexplicably abandoning him to distant relatives as a child. Nevertheless, when he receives word that the stranger he calls “Mother” is gravely ill, the unabashed rogue makes a rare return to Montcliff, his country estate. There he finds that the woman is perfectly healthy—and that he has fallen for a cunning ruse crafted by her lady’s companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart. The lively vicar’s widow, too bright and beautiful not to arouse the scoundrel in Pierce, is determined to reconcile the Earl and Lady Devonmont. None of them can predict the secrets, both heartening and shocking, divulged between a mother and son, and between two lovers, each haunted by their pasts, that will make Christmas night at Montcliff one to remember—and the glorious night after, one to treasure for a lifetime.

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Here we have a good book with a serious plot that Ms. Jeffries relieves with spots of humor, a story of true love between two damaged souls who heal each other and loved ones around them.

There is a strong feeling of winter and Christmas spirit. I found it hard to put this book down because I kept turning pages to find out what the scandalous family secret was all about. It was not as predictable as I thought while reading, although it explained the reluctance of the characters to reveal their secrets. All was tied up in a neat Christmas package at the end although I felt it could have been a bit shorter than its 392 pages.

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Favorite Quotes- Stop All The Clocks by WH Auden

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“He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest.”

Stop All The Clocks by W.H. Auden

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