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Advance Review- Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters

Would Like To Meet

Title: Would Like To Meet

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Rachel Winters

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Dec. 3, 2019

Pages: 368

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 3

Violence Rating: 4

Description from Amazon:

Can you fall in love like they do in the movies?

It’s Evie Summers’s job to find out. Because if she can’t convince her film agency’s biggest client, Ezra Chester, to write the romantic-comedy screenplay he owes producers, her career will be over. The catch? He thinks rom-coms are unrealistic–and he’ll only put pen to paper if Evie shows him that it’s possible to meet a man in real life the way it happens on the big screen.

Cynical Evie might not believe in happily ever after, but she’ll do what it takes to save the job that’s been her lifeline . . . even if it means reenacting iconic rom-com scenes in public. Spilling orange juice on a cute stranger? No problem. Leaving her number in books all over London to see who calls? Done. With a little help from her well-meaning friends–and Ben and Anette, the adorable father-daughter duo who keep witnessing her humiliations–Evie is determined to prove she can meet a man the way Sally met Harry. But can a workaholic who’s given up on love find a meet-cute of her very own?

**
This book is a breath of fresh Contemporary Romance air. An original plot that we all crave in the genre. If Evie seems to be a bit dense about what is going on with Ezra then we forgive her because her Rom-Con , meet cute, antics are so funny and adorable. She has the obligatory two girlfriends and one gay guy BFF’s (Bridget Jones Diary, anyone?) but they sort of fit with the theme. Ezra and Monty(her boss) are real creeps but Annette and her Dad save the day for all Evie’s mess-ups. If you love Rom-Con movies you will love this book. I bet yiou will love it even if you don’t like those movies.

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Review- Take It Off The Menu by Christina Hovland

Take It Off The Menu

Title: Take It Off The Menu: A Sizzling, Accidentally Married Rom Con!
(Mile High Matched, book#3)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Christina Hovland

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Publisher: Amazon Digital, August, 2019

Pages: 296

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon:

Saying “I Do” has never been such a mess.

Marlee Medford just got dumped. Yes, things have become ho-hum in her longtime relationship, but she was two days away from walking down the aisle with the man she thought was her forever when he called it off. Convincing herself that they’d be able to reignite their spark once the wedding craziness settled? That was easy. Suddenly finding herself without a fiancé? Not so much. Marlee needs to regain control of her life, and a weekend away with her friends is a solid first step.

One of Denver’s best up-and-coming chefs, perpetual bachelor Eli Howard, isn’t into serious relationships—especially the kind that ends in marriage. As if to prove his point that they aren’t worth the trouble, the wedding he was supposed to be catering just fell apart. Feeling oddly protective of the jilted bride—his little sister’s best friend—his weekend plans now involve a trip to Sin City with her group of friends. But it looks like he had a bit too much fun in Vegas when he wakes up married…wedding night included.

Marlee’s attempts at getting her life back together are failing miserably. Her ex-fiancé is taking the house, her chihuahua is intent on a love affair with Eli’s sneakers, and she’s now accidentally hitched to the guy who can’t even say the word marriage. With their quickie annulment denied, Eli and Marlee just have to hang tight until the divorce goes through. It’s just a little divorce amongst friends, what’s the worst that could happen?

Take It Off the Menu is book three of the Mile High Matched series, but stands alone and can be read in any order.

**
This is book three of the Mile High Matched Series. I haven’t read the first two but They are going on my TBR pile. Christina Hovland is a welcome find in the ever expanding Contemporary Romance genre. This was a rollicking ride from page one and when I got to the part with Babushka, it was even better. Yes, there is a stretch where Marlee is TSTL but she over comes and grows up. Eli is a commitment phobe but with good reasons. He also grows up. You won’t be able to put this book down. Fun Read!!

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Release Day Review- Badly Done, Emma Lee by Leah Marie Brown

Badly Done Emma Lee

Title: Badly Done, Emma Lee (Riches to Romance book #3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Leah Marie Brown
Publisher: Lyrical Press, October 30, 2018
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Pages: 352
Rating: 4
Sexy Rating: 5-behind closed doors
Violence Rating: 0
Description from Amazon.com:
All seemed lost—until this Southern belle embraced a new beginning in the unlikeliest of places . . .

Spoiled, stylish, socially connected Emma Lee Maxwell has spent her life in the idlest of pursuits—attending debutante balls, organizing sorority mixers, and acting as Charleston’s unofficial Gossip Queen. But when her family’s fortune suddenly dwindles, Emma Lee realizes her days as a Lowcountry Princess are numbered.

When she discovers that she’s inherited her aunt’s cottage in the Cotswolds, she hightails it to England, nurturing fantasies of polo matches and jaunts to London. All that social organizing is going to come in handy—Emma Lee plans to take after her namesake and put her people-pleasing ways to good use by becoming the village’s very own matchmaker! And she’ll start with three local brothers . . .

There’s just one skeptical, handsome, charming challenge: the oldest brother, Knightley, is stubbornly insisting Emma Lee abandon her well-meaning ways and focus on making a match of her own—with
him . . .

**
This is a modern mash up of Jane Austen’s EMMA. It feels more like the movie CLUELESS, in that Emma Lee is very naïve, but intelligent and also very kind and generous. Emma Lee is certain that her matchmaking skills are a calling; after all she matched her BFF with her true love. She makes friends easily in her new home in England and immediately starts to plan matches for them. Knightly Nickerson is the son of Emma’s Aunt’s friend who picks her up at the airport and there is an immediate attraction that they both work to deny.
This is a fun easy read from an author who sustains Emma’s personality throughout the pages. This book follows the basic Austen story with all modern twists. I enjoyed this light escapist read. Well done, Leah Marie Brown.

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Review- The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore

Title: The Opposite of Wild (Clover Park Series, book #1)

The Opposite of Wild

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Kylie Gilmore

Publisher: Extra Fancy books, Jan. 2014

Source: purchase

Pages: 266

Rating: 2

Sexy Rating: 4

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:

Ex-cop Ryan O’Hare takes one look at buttoned-up control freak Liz Garner and just itches to loosen the woman up. Not that he’s into her. Because a woman like that comes with way too many expectations. Not to mention, she practically works for him, and he didn’t hire Liz to watch after his beloved Harley-stealing Gran so he could turn Liz loose in his bed. Still, there’s something about her, a hidden wild side, that makes him wonder what it would take. Liz must be crazy to work for the insensitive, arrogant, horribly…hot man she’s avoided for years. Unfortunately, she needs the money and Ryan’s grandmother needs a keeper. (Midnight tango lessons and ziplines with Gran, anyone?) Ryan’s rare smile and swaggering confidence have Liz torn between throwing her favorite pinot grigio at his head or throwing herself at him. Can this control freak find a way to let loose with the tough, no-strings guy who once broke her heart?

**

First let me say the writing was good here.  But…Liz was really over the top annoying and I really don’t know what kept me into this book.  I did like the feisty granny although she was a bit dramatic also. Ryan must have really been hard up to keep trying to date the wacky Liz. Daisy did the right thing running away to Arizona. This definitely was not my cup of tea.

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Each book in the Clover Park Series can be read as a stand-alone novel, or for more fun read them in order. Characters you’ve loved from past books frequently pop up in other books. The Clover Park Series Book 1: The Opposite of Wild Book 2: Daisy Does It All Book 3: Bad Taste in Men Book 4: Kissing Santa (a Novella) Book 5: Restless Harmony Book 6: Not My Romeo Book 7: Rev Me Up Book 8: An Ambitious Engagement Book 9: Clutch Player

 

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London Library Bars- Yeah!

Bar library london

Found on BuzzFeed  16 Library Bars in London

Now this is my idea of a fun way to drink my wine.  Usually I favor Pinot Grigio but in these settings I may have to go with a Pinot Noir or Merlot or even two fingers of a single malt. completely ensconced in my book I may not even notice the famous author sitting by the fire.

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Humor Video- S%$T Romance Readers Say

We have all said these things…..sigh (just skip the ad)

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Recent Release Review- Kiss The Earl by Gina Lamm

Title: Kiss The Earl (Geek Girls, Book #3)

Kiss The Earl

Genre: Time Travel Romance/Regency

Author: Gina Lamm

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 7, 2015

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

When Ella Briley asked her lucky-in-love friends to set her up for an office party, she was expecting a blind date. Instead, she’s pulled through a magic mirror and into the past…straight into the arms of her very own Mr. Darcy.

Patrick Meadowfair, earl of Fairhaven, is too noble for his own good. To save a female friend from what is sure to be a loveless marriage, he’s agreed to whisk her off to wed the man she truly wants. But all goes awry when Patrick mistakes Ella for the would-be bride and kidnaps her instead.

Centuries away from everything she knows, Ella’s finally found a man who heats her blood and leaves her breathless. Too bad he’s such a perfect gentleman. Yet the reluctant rake may just find this modern girl far too tempting for even the noblest of men to resist…

**

This author has no problem telling a story. We are treated to lots of action. She also has no problem with characterization, all are well developed.

But this reader had a problem with the lack of common sense that the heroine exhibits. She knows she must walk two miles to shelter on an unpaved roadway. She breaks one of her stiletto heels and instead of breaking off the other heel and struggling along the best she can she throws away her shoes and goes ahead in her tights/pantyhose. Well naturally two miles later she has cuts on her feet and then she gets an infection that nearly kills her. But she laments that everything “happens” to her as if her own stupidity is not to blame.

Patrick is not much smarter since he could have solved most of his problems early on by telling the truth to the Baron.

This Time Travel novel struck me as Regency chick-Lit. Obviously not my favorite genre. However if that is what you like then this book does offer a rousing good adventure. this is a standalone novel with some reference to the first two books.

P.S.- If that guy on the cover is our hero, then the book is worth the read just to fuel the imagination.

Geek Girls series:

The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl (Book 1)

Geek Girls Don’t Date Dukes (Book 2)

Kiss the Earl (Book 3)

 

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Recent Release Review + Giveaway- When A Rake Falls by Sally Orr

Title: When a Rake Falls (The Rakes Handbook, book #2)

When a Rake Falls

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sally Orr

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 7, 2015

Source: Free for Review from the publisher

Rating: 2

Sexy Rating: ? some kissing

Description from Amazon.com:

He’s racing to win back his reputation Having hired a balloon to get him to Paris in a daring race, Lord Boyce Parker is simultaneously exhilarated and unnerved by the wonders and dangers of flight, and most of all by the beautiful, stubborn, intelligent lady operating the balloon.

She’s curious about the science of love Eve Mountfloy is in the process of conducting weather experiments when she finds herself spirited away to France by a notorious rake. She’s only slightly dismayed-the rake seems to respect her work-but she is frequently distracted by his windblown physical magnificence and buoyant spirits.

What happens when they descend from the clouds? As risky as aeronautics may be, once their feet touch the ground, Eve and Boyce learn the real danger of a very different type of falling…

**

This is the second book in The Rakes Handbook series.  I enjoyed book one, the first written by this author.  However this book really did not set well with me at all.  The hero was silly beyond my endurance.  He broke into song if he was happy and even if it was an inappropriate time.  The writing was choppy with the sort of writing that involved he-did this-then-they-did-that-then-she-did-this. I felt the author was trying for humor but it was silly instead of funny.  I gave this book a good try to the 70% mark on my Kindle and then just gave up.

I’m not recommending this book but if you want to read the first book there is a rafflecopter giveaway for that one.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/54ca7af785/

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Kindle Book Review- A Passionate Affair With A Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson

Title:  A Passionate Love Affair With a Total Stranger

A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger

 Genre: Contemporary Romance/Chick-Lit

Author:  Lucy Robinson

Publisher: Notting Hill Press

Source: Purchase, Kindle $3.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

Charley Lambert has worked hard at creating a perfect life. She has an aspirational flat, a job of international significance and a very good pair of legs, thanks to a rigorous health and fitness regime. Best of all, her boss has asked her out after seven years’ hard flirting and a covert fumble in a cleaning cupboard. 
Then she breaks her leg in three places, watches her boss propose to someone else and – horror – is forced to hand over her job to her nasty deputy. Charley, a certified workaholic, fears that she will go mad. 
Dangerously bored, she starts helping people who are talentless at internet dating. Then William arrives in her inbox and rocks her world. Helpless, she watches herself fall in love with him and discovers she’s not who she thought she was. 
 But can she turn her back on her old life – all for a total stranger?

**

This is Chick-Lit the way it should always be written; funny, sweet, angst-ridden, character driven and full of romance.  I read this over 400 page book in one day.  I could not put it down.  I became so entwined in the lives of Charley, John, Sam, Hailey and the Lambert family that I had to stay up all night to see them safely to the end of the book.  All but one made it that far.  Take this one along on your August vacation for an entertaining beach read.

It is set in England, written by a British author, so there is a plethora of British Slang, or as my Oxford English Dictionary calls most of it “vulgar British slang”.  So you don’t have to run to the dictionary here is a brief list:

Slapper– A promiscuous woman

Muff– A woman’s genitals

Fitties-( I couldn’t find a definition of this anywhere.)

Slag– A Promiscuous woman

Wanker– A contemptible person

Buggered– Extremely tired

Skive– Avoid work or duty by staying away or leaving early.

Pash– A brief infatuation.

(Let’s not hold it against the author for that truly awful book cover.  Inside is what really counts.)

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Review- Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Title: Wallbanger

Wallbanger

 Genre: Erotic Romance

Author: Alice Clayton

Publisher: Gallery Books, Feb. 2013

Source: purchase

Rating: 2.5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid mixer to die for, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, she also has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Every moan, spank, and—was that a meow?—punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has—yep, you guessed it—no O. Enter Simon Parker. When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has…well…mixed results. Because with walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick. A delicious mix of silly and steamy, this is an irresistible tale of exasperation at first sight.

**

This is very sexy chick-lit.  On Amazon this book has, as of this writing, 2,654 reviews, 1,937 five-star reviews and 154 three star reviews and this one makes it 155. ( I changed my mind and only gave it two-stars on Amazon) Why didn’t I like it as well as all those other reviewers?  Well, it starts off with a bang, literally, and it seemed like a cute chick-lit premise.  But the heroine is so self indulgent and whiny that I found it hard to get to actually like her.   The hero on the other hand is handsome and hot as all get out but he is having friends-with-benefits arrangements with three other women. For me this would be a red flag but not for our heroine.  Oh yes, she does doubt a bit but hopes that the “harem” will just dissolve.  We anxiously wait for this to happen so our dear heroine can get some.  Well finally it looks like she will throw caution to the wind and make a move on our hero and he says sorry “no”.  Then we wait until the end of the book before these two stop teasing each other ad nauseum and actually do get it on and by this time I don’t care anymore.  The humor is forced and the side characters, who are supposed to be adult, act like teenagers. The sex scenes are just boring.

What did I like? Well, the texting between characters was cute and fun.

Note: there is lots of sexual innuendo, “adult” language and sex in this book.  If you don’t like that, then you should pass on this one. Pass on it even if you do like that sort of thing.

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