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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Made the Grade: Change of Heart by Shari Maurer

Format: Paperback | Pages: 286 | Release Date: April 2010 | Publisher: WestSide Books

"Change of Heart" by Shari Maurer (Read this as a part of 1 ARC Tours)

My Book Summary : At sixteen Emmi has her life all mapped out. She plans on staying the star athlete on her high school varsity soccer team, play college soccer, and then help kids in other countries. She has had these plans for so long she doesn't think anything can get in her way to stop her from reaching her dreams, until she gets a cold during her team's tournament game she passes out on the field. When she gets back home, her parents take her to a doctor and he says it's just a cold and she should be getting better soon. But when she doesn't get better her parents have her get a second opinion and find out that she has 'viral myocarditis' and is going to need a new heart.

Thankfully her friends are there for her, keeping her in the loop with what was going on at school, and just being there for her. Also, it doesn't hurt that the guy, Sam, who she had just been starting to talk to right before all this started hasn't turned tail away from her, and is sticking around to see where their relationship could end up.

But as the months pass, waiting around for someone to die so she can live, she's starting to feel like she needs to claw up the walls from the boredom. To top that off she has already had to go in to the hospital thinking they have a heart for her, to find it wasn't a good match and to be sent back home to wait some more. The only thing that is helping her move forward is her dream/goals/plans of playing soccer again and everything she planned to do once high school was over .... and no one is going to take those dreams away.

While waiting and going to the hospital she meets Abe, a guy her age who has gotten a new heart two years ago and is now just making sure everything stays A-OK for him. He helps her know what to expect and is a great source to vent to. Even though she has a boyfriend and friends to vent to also, she like having someone whom she can relate to what she's talking about.

Will she get a new heart before her time runs out? Will Emmi decide on to stay with her boyfriend or will she turn to Abe instead? And if she gets a heart .... what happens if her body decides to reject it?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. The book began with a slow start and at first I didn't know if I could get into it, but about a third of the way into it the book started to get better. As a main character Emmi was okay, even though she had all right to be she was a bit over-dramatic about the situation. In truth until Abe came into the story line I really didn't like the book, and it turned out that he was my favorite character. I will say this book stuck to the truth about how a situation like this would effect a teenager, with the emotions that run along with it for the main character and those closest around her. Also ... if you read it and happen to make it to the end ... grab some tissues because it has a good but very sad ending.

Book Teaser(s) :
"I didn't sleep much the past two nights," he confessed.
"Yeah, me either."
"I was such an idiot. I'm sorry." He lowered his voice to a whisper. "The sex shouldn't matter to me, but it did. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I like you, and how the things I like about you are way more than the physical stuff---not that I'm not attracted to you because I am---you're beautiful. You've got a great body, and a fabulous smile." He traced my dimple with his finger. "And I love your hair."
"Now I know your lying," I said, touching my baseball cap. ~ within Chapter 27
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Shari, then please check out her website.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Made the Grade: A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker

Format: Paperback | Pages: 278 | Release Date: February 2010 | Publisher: Razorbill

"A Match Made in High School" by Kristin Walker

My Book Summary : In a everyday high school things for Fiona just went from thinking she was going to have a great first day of her senior year to the worst day she could ever have expected .... and all before first period. You see her high school just implemented a new course graduation requirement called "Trying the Knot", meaning all of the senior class is going to be randomly paired up with each other ... and now they have to manage a monthly budget, go to counseling, and more ... if not they won't graduate! For one brief second Fiona thought this would be wonderful ... she could be paired up with long-time crush! But that thought was quickly put out when she found she was "getting married" to Todd, who just happens to be a popular jock and is dating her biggest enemy!

But along with dealing with this "marriage", she manages to pull a couple of hilarious pranks, finds out that her best friend is keeping things from her, finds that their might be more to the people she's spent years thinking badly of, and maybe she'll find out that someone really does care about her too ....

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, only because I mean I liked the book and the ending, but I really was hoping for something like that "She's All That" movie. *shrug* But for what it's worth this book was based more towards what would really have happened (possibly) in a high school situation. I really liked the characters! Fiona was a strong character, and throughout the book she stay true to herself, which I really respected. Todd had more of a personality then I expected, and I enjoyed the back-and-forth between Fiona and him. All in all I would recommend it to those who like practical teen romance stories. =0)

Book Teaser(s) :
"Why should I?" I asked, totally milking my pouty state.
"Because, Princess," he said. "Because I'm asking you to."
And that was it. Here was Senor Shitslacks, the No-necked Neanderthal, standing in front of me asking me for a favor on no greater basis than the fact that we were united in a fake marriage.
And here I was saying yes. ~ within Chapter 16
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Kristin, then please check out her website.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Idolizing In: Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Format: Paperback | Pages: 372 | Release Date: March 2010 | Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

"Smooth Talking Stranger" by Lisa Kleypas

My Book Summary : Ella has worked hard for what she has, which is a good life with her boyfriend Dane in Austin, Texas, a career that she is very happy with, and good friends. But after avoiding talking to her mother and sister for nearly two years, she takes a call from her mother asking her to come to Houston immediately since Ella's younger sister (Tara) has just left her son at Ella's mother's place and she can't keep him. Now Ella has to find out where her sister is, take care of a baby (even though she has never done so before), and take control of the situation and try to fix it.

Once she gets there, she finds that her sister left a birth certificate with the baby. Now she knows that the baby's name is Luke, he's only a week old, and there is no father's name listed on the birth certificate. After making a few calls to her cousin, whom Tara has been living with, Ella has her write up a list as to whom Tara has been with within the past year -- since she wants the father of this baby to take responsibility even if Tara doesn't want him too. The first name on that list is billionaire playboy, Jack Travis.

Jack is a ladies’ man, with no plans in settling down soon, but as soon as he meets Ella & Luke in his office's lobby he realizes how cute she is and he's determined to help her out by putting her up in a hotel until she finds another place to stay, and even agreeing to a paternity test (even though he swears to have been on one date with Tara but never sleeping with her). Now even though the truth comes out that Jack is telling the truth, he keeps helping Ella out through this trial time of raising a baby and straightening out her sister's mess, especially since she doesn't seem to be getting any support from her boyfriend or her mother.

However, Ella has had a hard time growing up and makes a point of not getting close to anyone but Luke seems to sweep under her defenses, with Jack not far behind. Will Ella be able to put everything to rights again? Will she realize what she has before it's too late? Or will she run back to her old life and boyfriend the first chance she gets ....

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! This story of Ella & Jack I just LOVED!! The way he just swooped in and took care of her, even when she didn't want it, was wonderful and soo sweet to read! I will say that when she's doing the hunt on who's Luke's father and she's confronting a man who is described to be blond ... I knew exactly who Luke's father was before the 5 or more chapters later confirmed it. Basically for my first time reading something/anything by Lisa Kleypas I got to say I was impressed! I'll definitely have to check out more of her books.

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Book Teaser(s) :
Teaser Tuseday for this book...
"Where's he going to stay?"
"With me, of course."
Jack was quiet for a long moment. It might have been my imagination, but I thought his breathing had acquired a rough edge. "I can get him a hotel room," he finally said. "I'll pay for it."
"Why would you ... what? ..."
"I don't want him staying overnight with you."
"But he's my---" I stopped and stared at him in disbelief. "What is this? Jack, I live with him." ~ within Chapter 14
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Lisa, then please check out her website.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: Smooth Talking Stranger


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  • "Smooth Talking Stranger" by Lisa Kleypas

    My Teaser:
    I gave him an outraged glance, incredulous that he would have propositioned me within earshot of his sister. "If you think I'm going to sleep with you just so I can see Gottler---"
    "I said embedded, Ella. Not 'in bed.'" ~ within Chapter 12

    Monday, July 26, 2010

    Feasted On: Victoria and the Rogue by Meg Cabot

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 241 | Release Date: December 2004 | Publisher: Avon Books

    "Victoria and the Rogue" by Meg Cabot

    My Book Summary : Victoria has grown up with her three bachalor uncles in India ever since her parents died when she was very little. But now since she is sixteen they have shipped her off to live with her other aunt & uncle in England, and to find herself a husband. And even though her uncles made a wagor as to how long it would take her to get a man to propose to her, she proves them all wrong by accepting a proposal while on the ship taking her to England!

    Hugo is handsome and says the sweetest things to her ... and it doesn't hurt that he is a work-in-progress and needs her helping hand (and money) every once in a while (or more). But as she soon realizes that all might now be as it seems when it comes to her husband-to-be or his family. Especially since for a family who is on the decline (money wise), they surely do spend enough of it. Plus, it doesn't help that Captain Jacob Carstairs keeps telling her that Hugo is a rogue!!! Which just can't be! The Captain doesn't help any by always seeming to be around the corner or annoying Victoria by doing all sorts of things (especially when he calls her Miss Bee -- for being such a busy body). *sigh* What is a girl to do?

    And then ..... maybe is this one situation where Victoria has it all wrong?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! CUTE & FUNNY to the extreme! Victoria and the Captain are so cute with their arguments. And I love how this is written like a first person passage but it goes into details that make it feel like the childhood stories I grew up with (but it's definitely a young adult book).

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Avalon High | Ready or Not

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Becky cast her cousin a disparaging look over one slim shoulder. She had been, ever since learning of her mother's acceptance of Captain Carstair's invitation to dine, coolly indifferent about the situation. But that, Victoria was quite certain, was all an act.
    Or so Victoria had thought, until her cousin's next words hit her like a slap in the face.
    "If you ask me, Vicky," Rebecca said in a very sour voice, "you're the one who seems to have a problem dining at Captain Carstairs's table this evening. For I certainly don't care. My affections belong entirely to another now." ~ within Chapter 8
    For more information on this book, and/or any other books by Meg, then please check out her website.

    Sunday, July 25, 2010

    Made the Grade: Just Imagine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 372 | Release Date: September 2001 | Publisher: Avon Books

    "Just Imagine" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    My Book Summary : This is a historic romance book that was set in a time period right after the American Civil War (also known as the War Between the States) happened. A time where the south was still smarting at being told what they could do with their property/possessions. Also, it was time where women had no rights unless they were single/spinsters.

    For Kit (Katharine Louise) she was an eighteen-year-old girl from South Carolina, who has lost all of her family and just found out that a Mr. Baron Cain just got ownership of her family's plantation (Risen Glory). She is more tomboy then debutante. Also, she plans on killing Mr. Cain if it the last thing she does. So, she takes a train to New York City, finds Cain's residence, and plans on tracking his moves to find the best opportunity. However, she doesn't expect to get caught on her first night of hiding on his property by Cain himself! She decides to say she was looking for a job, and with her appearance -- looking like a fourteen-year-old boy, she gets hired as Cain's new stable boy.

    Kit only has a week before she needs to leave so she tries to do what she told (for the most part), even if her mouth (with all the cussing, etc) gets away from her. But soon both of them are in for a shock -- Cain finds out that he's the owner of Risen Glory, that his stable boy is actually an eighteen-year-old girl with plans to murder him, but they both find that along with the plantation he has become the guardian of Kit until she turns 23 years old and can gain her inheritance or she marries (which she has no intention in ever doing).

    So now instead of killing him, since Kit decides she just can't do that, she plans to do everything within her power to get her beloved home back from this handsome and dangerous man. What links will both of them go to keep their pride at all costs? Read to find out ...

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! I don't read many historical romances (or if I do most are set in England, not America), but for the setting I feel this book was very cute and true to that time period ... while sticking to how this author writes her stories best! I was kind of disappointed with how the characters played out the situations ... and the ending felt a little too rushed. But all in all since from what I've read this was the authors first books, I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of hers like I am! =0)

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Ain't She Sweet | What I Did for Love | Nobody's Baby But Mine | Honey Moon | Dream a Little Dream | Lady Be Good

    Book Teaser(s) :
    He told himself this was for her own good. She was willful and stubborn, a danger to herself. Whether he liked it or not, he was her guardian, which meant he had a responsibility to guide her.
    But he didn't feel like a guardian. He felt like a man who was losing a struggle with himself.
    "Go away!"
    He twisted the knob and let himself in.
    She stood by the window, the last of the sunlight casting her exquisite face into shadow. She was a wild, beautiful creature, and she tempted him beyond bearing. ~ within Chapter 11
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    What was I thinking?: Sunshine by Robin McKinley

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 389 | Release Date: October 2003 | Publisher: Berkley

    "Sunshine" by Robin McKinley

    What was I thinking? : That I liked the review I read on the The Compulsive Reader about this book, and I hoped I would like it too.

    My Book Summary : This book is a futuristic fantasy where money is now called "blinks", sorcerers/were-"Animals"/Vampires and more are real, and the government has a society called the Special Others Force (SOF) who keep everyone with a special ability or those who are partbloods (part demon, part human, part sorcerer, etc) registered and controlled --- while on the path to kill every known vampire they come across. But life is not as good as it all seems .... which is what Sunshine (aka Rae) is starting to figure out. She has grown up being "her mother's daughter" which means being as normal as she can be ... she was an average teenager growing up and now she works at the family restaurant as the head pastry chef, known best for her cinnamon buns -- which are supposedly bigger then the size of your head.

    One night after work and instead of attending her family's Monday movie night (as celebration of surviving another week), she drives up to her family's old lake house to get away for a bit and enjoy the piece and quiet. What she didn't expect was to be ambushed by a gang of vampires, dragged to a mansion on the other side of the lake, and chained to the wall of the ballroom waiting for her death to come. However, she realizes shortly after that she isn't alone, Constantine (aka Con), a vampire too, is a prisoner as well and she is there so tempt him into killing her. As her luck would have it Con doesn't want to "let his enemy win" by killing her, so she makes it through the night, but when morning comes it is her who has to help him make it through the day....

    My Book Review : 1.5 out of 5 stars. Okay ... I LOVED the plot, the main characters, and the world that the author created!! All very good and just for that I would recommend it for all to read too! However, the reason I have given this book such a low score was because the narrator (Sunshine) rambled like there was no tomorrow! I could have screamed sometimes with how it went from the present situation she would be in, then the next minute she would be talking about things that really had nothing to do with what was going on at the time, and some didn't even make since with the plot. In truth I'm surprised I even finished the book, especially since I liked the book (for the most part) when I was reading it, but as soon as I put it down I had to convince myself to pick it back up again .... since I did want to find out how the book would turn out and end. Also, even though I liked the ending, there was too many loose strings so it felt a little incomplete. *shrug* But that may be just me.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "I have learned what will work, if anything will."
    "And what if it doesn't work?"
    "Then both of us end our existence tonight," he said in that impassive we're-chained-to-the-wall-and-the-bad-guys-are-coming voice I remembered to well.
    Oh gee. Don't pull your punches like that. I can take the truth, really I can. I said something like, "Unnngh."
    "I believe it will work."
    "I'm delighted to hear it." ~ within Part Two
    For more information on this book, and/or any other books by Robin, then please check out her website.

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    Made the Grade: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 292 | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: MTV Books

    "Forget You" by Jennifer Echols

    My Book Summary : Zoey's life is coming apart at the seams, and for a girl who tries to always portray herself as having it all together, that can change a person.

    Basically her a couple of months ago her father informed her mother and her that his new girlfriend was going to have a baby. Then her mother fell into a depression and committed suicide, leaving Zoey to be the find her mother and make sure she got help. After dealing with that, her father threatening her not to tell anyone about what happened to her mother -- so no rumors would be spread, she goes to a party and hooks up with one of her guy friends (called Brandon). Even though she knows he usually is a player, she feels like their friendship before hooking up will make their relationship even better. A week goes by and her world is holding together for the most part. However, on Friday she decides to go to the Football game to support Brandon and her world takes another unexpected turn ....

    While at the game she talks to her friends about an after party that Brandon said was just for the Football team, but they convince her that the Swim team should crash it. Then the next thing she knows is she is getting into a argument with Doug. Who just happens to be the bad boy at school, they haven't like each other for a while now but he also just happens to be the only person who knows what happened to her mom and she hopes he'll keep it to himself. During that night however the argument is the last thing she remembers, as she finds out later that she happened to be in a car wreck loosing her memory.

    Now while trying to piece her night back together, and trying to keep her secrets from everyone still, what she assumed she would have done seems to not have happened. Also, Brandon is no where to be seen but Doug just happens to be every where she is. Will she ever find out the truth and make sure no one finds out her biggest secret of all?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars!! A cute novel. Highly recommended. I wish I had a Doug of my own!! Zoey and Doug's relationship is so sweet especially since she knows there is an attraction but still is never sure exactly why.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "What are you driving after that?"
    I explained the conundrum of having a loaded father who bought expensive cars for himself and his mistress but not his daughter and disallowed his daughter from guying a cheap car either.
    "He's as crazy as my dad," Doug marveled. "If he's so concerned about your safety, why won't he just buy you a car?"
    "He says he doesn't want me to be a spoiled brat."
    A few seconds passed, cars whispering beside us in the other lane of the main beach road, before I realized what I'd given away. ~ within Chapter 8
    For more information on this book, and/or any other books by Jennifer, then please check out her website.

    Monday, July 19, 2010

    Made the Grade: Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 465 | Release Date: February 1999 | Publisher: Avon Books

    "Lady Be Good" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    My Book Summary : Kenny is going through some bad luck recently ... first his manager gets caught using his money in illegal drug dealings, because of what his manager did the PGA commissioner (Dallie Beaudine - who's also a friend) tells him that he will be suspended from the golf tour (including the Masters) for two weeks (hoping he'll straighten out his life), then he gets into a fist fight with a news anchor -- and even though the news anchor threw the first punch -- Kenny takes the blame, and now for the next two weeks during his suspension Kenny needs to cater to Lady Emma Wells-Finch (a friend of Dallie's wife Francesca from England) while she's visiting Texas. What could go wrong??

    Well, just about anything and everything for Kenny ... especially when Emma tells him that during her time in Texas she needs (and wants) to do her best in ruining her reputation, just when he's trying his best to clean his own reputation up. Will Kenny be able to control this new little (wannabe) hell raiser before he loses everything?? Or will he be a victim of her charm and get more than he bargained for?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! I loved "Fancy Pants" -- I was so excited to read this story ("Lady Be Good") since it takes the main characters from "Fancy Pants" and made them secondary characters in this one ..... and when it's done right just makes it all the better! Lady Emma and Kenny have a good relationship and I love reading the chemistry between them. However, I think the end was a little rushed for me. But I did like how their final argument played out!! If you are a fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books (and have read "Fancy Pants") then I highly recommend reading this one! Especially with "Call Me Irresistible" coming out in early 2011, which is about Ted's love life (who's the child from the main characters of "Fancy Pants" and play a secondary role in this book too).

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Ain't She Sweet | What I Did for Love | Nobody's Baby But Mine | Honey Moon | Dream a Little Dream

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Don't you ever do anything like that again!"
    She had to launch a counterattack, but she was too depleted to muster the right words. He pushed her inside the car and was still steaming as he got in himself.
    "We almost did it! Right there in the middle of the busiest street in Wynette, Texas!" The Caddy shot out of its parking space. "Another few seconds, your skirt would have been up around waist and my pants would have been unzipped, and don't you try to deny it. Damn it Emma! I told you yesterday that I wasn't going to let anything keep me from getting back on the tour, but apparently you weren't listening. Or maybe you forgot that this happens to be the commissioner's hometown and everybody knows him." ~ within Chapter 11
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, July 17, 2010

    Made the Grade: Shifters Series, Book 1

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 618 | Release Date: February 2010 | Publisher: MIRA

    "Stray" [Shifters Series, Book 1] by Rachel Vincent

    My Book Summary : Have you ever seen a "black panther" before? Well, in this world there is no such thing as a "black panther", actually if you've seen one it is really a werecat (which is a type of shifter). Faythe is a werecat. Technically in her society, she's called a tabbycat, as she is a female werecat. Since there are so few tabbycat's in each werecat Pride across the US (about one, daughter, per Alpha), the tabbies usually choose who will be her husband and the next Alpha of her Pride. But five yrs ago Faythe ran away her boyfriend/fiancé (Marc) and her family so she wouldn't turn into a mother and house wife because she wanted more out of her life. Of course, they found her, and after they realized she wasn't going to change her mind, her dad (the Alpha) agreed to let her go to college. Faythe did so, moving on with her life as much as possible, hoping to never go back to her parents home, and dating other guys (all humans).

    But now, five yrs later, her family has come to bring her back home whether she likes it or not because of some one is stealing up neighboring Pride's tabbies (one being her friend and the other her younger cousin). Once home she feels there's no need for her to be there and tries to talk her father into letting her leave, which gets her into having 24-hour guard service to make sure she doesn't plan on running for it. Also, with Marc being her father's second-in-command, he is around her all the time, making her not sure if she should still keep her distance or not from him. Especially when old feelings start to emerge again.

    But things start getting worse fast, especially when they find one of the missing tabbies murdered .... her family helps the other Pride members search for the other tabby before it's too late. With everyone else dealing with the mess of the missing girls, Faythe manages to break away from everyone to think about everything that has happened in a short period of time for her, and falls right into a trap.

    Will she manage to come out better then the other tabbies? Will the Pride members find Faythe and the other girl before it's too late, and deal justice to the ones responsible?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! Faythe is a great strong character: fierce, determined, a protector to those she loves, though a bitch at times, with a small sweet side that is sometimes hard to find around her loud mouth. Her relationship with Marc is on rocky ground but it's hard not to root for them. Even though she happens to get into a bit of a love triangle (or should I say a square) with a friend she never considered before, and with a human boyfriend back at college. It definitely make me curious as to what book 2, "Rogue", might hold. =0)

    Book Teaser(s) :
    I let my face slip into the water, as much to escape Marc's tenderhearted babble as to rinse my hair, and I only came up when I had to either surface for a breath or drown.
    "...can ignore me for as long as you want. For the rest of the day, or for the rest of the month. For five more years if that's what you need. But when you finally realize I'm right, I'll still be here waiting."
    He stopped talking, but he wasn't gone. ~ within Chapter 15
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Rachel, then please check out her website.

    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    Idolizing In: Leopard Series, Book 3

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 443 | Release Date: April 2009 | Publisher: Jove

    "Burning Wild" [Leopard Series, Book 3] by Christine Feehan

    My Book Summary : Jake's parents abused him throughout his childhood. They created him so he could have what they were missing, which was the ability to shapeshift into a leopard. They really never loved him at all. Once he was born, he made sure that they never really knew that their experiment worked, so as soon as he was old enough he left not allowing his parents to be able to use him.

    Years later Jake has made a name for himself, is a multimillionaire (or possibly in the billions now), and he has been fighting corporate and strategy battles against his family ever since he left always staying one step ahead of them, as they have yet to give up whatever control on him they can find but lately it's not much or barely anything at all. However, they had sent a women to seduce him, even though he knew that she came from them, he slept with her and now she's pregnant with his child. His parents plan was that now this girl was pregnant it would force Jake to marry the girl, but he was having none of that. In addition, he might not love the child but he would never let his parents have his child either. So, he plans on taking the girl until the baby is born, especially since the girl is already not taking care of herself for the baby's sake. But that is easier said then done, when your in a car chase after the girl and her drunk boyfriend swerving down the highway. The girl and the boyfriend get into a head-on collision with another car and Jake steps into action ... finding that the boyfriend is dead, paramedics trying to save the girl and her baby ... Jake pulls out a woman from the other car, and is immediately drawn to her.

    At the hospital he finds that his son has survived, the girl has died, and he already starts making plans to find out more about the woman he saved from the car, wanting to bring her into his life. But Jake doesn't trust anyone, doesn't plan or want to love anyone, so he plans on making her fall in love with his son and once he finds she has no family plans on taking her home with him.

    Emma, the woman from the other car, is totally lost. She was planning on telling her husband that she was pregnant that day when the car crash happened, but now he's dead and she's all alone. Thankfully the doctors informed her that the baby is fine, but what will she do? So, when Jake steps in, she lets him take over since she really doesn't have anyone. After a couple of weeks in the hospital, she agrees to move into Jake's house to be his housekeeper and take care of Jake's son.

    Two more years pass and Emma has made Jake's house a home, his son and her daughter call them both Mommy & Daddy, even though Emma & Jake are just friends. But the attraction between them has grown. Now has come the time for them to find out if their friendship can move into a relationship both want but are scared to commit too.

    Then there are Jake's parents still after him and everything he has (including his son & Emma's daughter) and they will stop at nothing to get their way. Will Jake be able to keep a hold of his burrowing feelings for Emma and his children away for long? Will they be able to have a relationship, when Jake is the type to control everything? Will Jake be able to protect Emma and his kids from those people who would love to use them against him?

    My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!! Very well written!! I was addicted from the beginning and I couldn't put it down! I loved how Jake's childhood was written in a way that you got to see flashes of him growing up, from birth to him being thirty, so you could understand why he doesn't trust anyone or why he believes himself to be so cruel. And Emma is a mystery all on her own, you believe she is one thing and then suddenly her whole back story comes out from no where! LOVED it I did! =0)

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Dark Melody | Dark Legend

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "If she's a slut, what does that make you?" Emma demanded, almost spitting mad. "She isn't the only woman you have falling all over herself to have sex with you."
    Her eye were beautiful, almost glowing, like two dazzling emerald jewels. He wouldn't have been surprised if sparks flew at him at any moment. "The difference is, Linda would sell her soul to the highest bidder and uses sex to try to get what she wants."
    "And you don't?"
    "Not yet. But believe me, honey, that's going to happen soon. Now tell me what the hell went on and how the children got involved."
    "Go to hell." Her temper rose to meet his. ~ within Chapter 9
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Christine, then please check out her website.

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Call Me Irresistible

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Call Me Irresistible" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    Publication Released Date: Coming in early 2011

    Author's Book Description:
      Ted Beaudine’s book is done! This is the book you’ve been demanding I write for years. The story of “little Teddy,” the nine-year-old heartbreak kid from "FANCY PANTS" and “young Ted,” the hunky new college graduate in "LADY BE GOOD". Ted is all grown up now, and "CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE" is his story.

      I’ve been trying to write this book for years, but I made a serious (and ultimately fortunate) miscalculation. I assumed Ted’s perfect match would be Lucy Jorik from "FIRST LADY". You all loved the idea as much as I did. The only thing was... I couldn’t write the book. They were both so mature, so smart, so completely together. And, ultimately, so boring. They each deserved something more than a humdrum match.

      I set aside “Ted’s Book” to mull it over and began working on "WHAT I DID FOR LOVE", and that was when it happened.

        Meg Koranda exploded into the room like a frisky young greyhound who’d been kicked out of obedience school so many times that her owners had given up trying to train her. In this case, her owners were her adoring parents, screen legend Jake Koranda and Fleur Savagar, the Glitter Baby.... ...Meg was spoiled and impulsive, five-feet-ten-inches of good times, good intentions, good heart, and almost total irresponsibility in her quest to outrun her famous parents’ legacies....

      Who better to drive Ted Beaudine crazy? Except...

      What about our beloved Lucy Jorik? That’s when things got really interesting, but this letter has gone on long enough. Ted and Meg’s book is everything I hoped it would be, and I’m already hard at work on Lucy’s story. You’re going to have to trust me when I tell you that I’ve made the right matches.

      I know you’d all like to have "CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE" available right now instead of waiting until early 2011. Yes, it’s done, but you all know how slow I am. The publisher didn’t receive the revised manuscript until March, and they need a bit of time to put it into production.

      Thank you all for feeling so passionately about these characters and their stories. And now... Back to work.

      SEP

    I CANNOT WAIT for this book to come out! I absolutely LOVED "Fancy Pants" & "Glitter Baby", and to have their kids come together!! YAY!! I mean I feel bad for Lucy but since I haven't read "First Lady" (and I'm not sure if I ever will) you could say that I'm a little biased. *hehee*

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Ain't She Sweet | What I Did for Love | Nobody's Baby But Mine | Honey Moon | Dream a Little Dream

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    July 2010 - Contest Winner!

    I'm soo happy!! I just found out that I'm a winner in one of Gena Showalter's latest contests!!! Check out her recent post announcing it!! To find out more about "The Bodyguard", click here. YAY!!!! As quoted "you'll be entered to win a signed ARC of Unraveled" and I can't WAIT to see where Aden's story goes in this book! =0) To find out more about "Unraveled", click here.

    My Previous Review(s) for Gena Showalter : The Pleasure Slave | Catch A Mate | Playing With Fire | The Nymph King | Heart of Darkness : The Darkest Angel | The Stone Prince

    For more information on the books by Gena, then please check out her website.

    4th of July 2010

    I know it's almost 10 days after July 4th, but here is a video of the celebration we had in West Virginia this year:


    4th of July 2010 from From Me to You ... Videos on Vimeo.

    Monday, July 12, 2010

    Disappointmentville: The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella)

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 296 | Release Date: July 2007 | Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

    "The Gatecrasher" by Madeleine Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella)

    My Book Summary : Fleur has a habit of gatecrashing funerals. All so she can meet a rich man (even if that man may be the window), hook up with him for as long as he buys her things, then gets him to some how give her a big enough amount of money .... then she's off to the next funeral ... the next man.

    Her next target is Richard, a newly widowed ten-million-dollar plus man, that believes his wife was a saint but he feels he barely knew her. Fleur has the looks and says the right things .. so by the next day after the memorial service she is already set to go out to lunch with him.

    As such of a sweet man Richard may be he falls hard for Fleur, but he still feels wrong about moving on so quickly after his wife died that he takes things slow with her. Slower then she is used to. But after a couple of months she moves in with his family, and makes friends a lot quicker with some of them then most people would have believed.

    But then her past and personal things come up, and Fleur rolls with the punches. However, when it's one that she might not be able to escape it's either give up and run as fast as she can to the next man ..... or stay at the place that has treated her better then she's had in years.

    My Book Review : 2 out of 5 stars. I so wanted to like this book. I really did. For the most part it was fine up until her big secret (or the main one) comes out and I just had to skim through the rest to find the ending. =0P A majority of the characters I loved ..... except Philippa was a bit to whiny for me and her husband was too much of a jackass for me to read through.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Wedding Girl

    Book Teaser(s) :
    He spun round, and felt his face freeze in disbelief. Sitting at Richard's desk, legs calmly crossed, was Fleur. His mind began to race. Had she been there all the time? Had she seen him ... ~ within Chapter 7
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Madeleine, then please check out her website.

    Sunday, July 11, 2010

    Made the Grade: St. John Brothers / Talisman Ring Series, Book 3

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 375 | Release Date: December 2003 | Publisher: Avon Books

    "How to Treat a Lady" [St. John Brothers / Talisman Ring Series, Book 3] by Karen Hawkins

    My Book Summary : [See below for a quote on the talisman ring.]

    Chase St. John has hit some troubles, and ever since a man, named Harry, whom he assumed was his friend has been holding the knowledge of Chase's wrong doing over Chase's head for the past month or more in effort to get money out him in trade he won't confess to others what he witnessed. But Chase has had enough and decides that the only way he can keep from ruining the St. John name is by leaving England permanently (London especially). So, he tells Harry this and leaves, with only a bag of his clothes, money, a few other things, and his mothers talisman ring (his mother's most prized possession). Of course Chase is very depressed by the idea of never seeing his family again, so along the way to the ship for his departure he picks up some brandy and gets drunk. On the way though two thieves think of him as an easy mark (which he is as he's drunk), knock him off of his horse and start ruffling through his things, leaving him left for dead or at least close to it.

    Harriett has some troubles of her own, her father took out a loan from the bank, then suddenly past away not long after, since then her family and her have been trying to make ends meat by either plowing fields for whatever then can tend or as of recently became sheep farmers. They only have one payment left but with Mr. Gower, the bank manager, at barking at their heels for the money every chance they get and only 2 weeks left to get the wool sheered and ready for the market, for them to have the money, they are doing everything they can to keep their family home. Even if that means making up a imaginative fiance for Harriet, that will be coming to their rescue with the money they need any day, named Captain John Frakenham.

    Just when she thought her luck was getting worse she comes across Chase's horse all by himself, after rounding him up, she finds Chase not far away with a head injury and brings him home to help him. When Chase comes to he realizes that he is immediately charmed by Harriet, and decides not to tell her that he cannot remember whom he was, which makes her very suspicious. However, not long after he learns of their misfortunes and Harriet's mother tells Chase that she knows who he is, why he is Harriet's betrothed, Captain John Frakenham! At first Chase thinks this is crazy but then he goes along with the ploy and helps out the family to try and pass him off as the Captain when Mr. Gower or other locals stop by. But soon he finds he is more then playing a part, as he gets enlisted to help out with the sheep, which happens to be more work then he has ever done before.

    As days pass things back in London are getting worse as Harry spreads more rumors about Chase, while at Harriet's house Chase finds that he likes the family and Harriet more with each passing day. But will he be able to leave without informing the family of his true identity? Can he keep his secrets in the past? Will him having the talisman ring make the magic come true? And will Harriet's family make it out of their debt?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. It was a very cute story. More tamed then I would have liked but it still kept my interest, wanting to see where this sweet romance between Chase and Harriet would lead.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Sleepless In Scotland

    Book Teaser(s) :
    They say the St. John talisman ring was made by the fairies and given to the handsomest man in all England, one Sir Gervase St. John. The fairies spelled that ring so that whoever held it should fall madly in love. ~ right before Chapter 1
    "Something, perhaps. But for a captain to forget the name and location of his ship?"
    She had a point. He touched the bandage. "But I hit my head. Very, very hard."
    "Yes, but we cannot afford to raise his suspicions where the captain is concerned or he'll guess----" She clamped her mouth closed and glared at Chase as if he'd done something horrid.
    Chase straightened. She'd almost said it ... almost. He closed in on her, wondering if perhaps he could get the truth out of her yet. "Gower will guess what?"
    Her jaw tightened. "Nothing." ~ within Chapter 10
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Karen, then please check out her website.

    2010 International Cup Regatta

    On June 5, 2010 the Carolina Cup Regatta Inc presented the 2010 International Cup Regatta in Elizabeth City, NC. Here is some footage of that event:


    2010 Carolina Cup Regatta from From Me to You ... Videos on Vimeo.



    For more information about this event go to CarolinaCupRegatta.com

    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    Disappointmentville: The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham [aka Sophie Kinsella]

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 327 | Release Date: June 2009 | Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

    "The Wedding Girl" by Madeleine Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella)

    My Book Summary : This novel documents the view points of seven different people through four days, based around a wedding that's supposed to happen when the four days are up and the secrets that come to life around them.

    It is centered around Milly and Simon, with their wedding only a few days away. They seem perfect for each other to everyone who sees them, but Milly has never been truthful to Simon or anyone enough to let them know that she got married ten years earlier and she doesn't think she's divorced. Opps!

    So, when a boy (now grown up) that saw her (and has photos of her) first wedding shows up as her photographer for her current wedding, she gets scared that the truth will come out. At first she plans to hide it, then she decides to take fate in her own hands and track down her current husband to see if they are divorced or not. Without letting her secret slip to Simon or her parents.

    However, Milly is not the only one who is keeping secrets of her own or is having troubles in her life .... Simon has never been close to his father and always lived in his shadow, and because of that he has always tried to best him either in the business world or if not that then to have the perfect relationship. Isobel (Milly's older sister) is what the family calls a 'career woman' and is starting to hate it, but also just found out a new secret of her own that makes her rethink her life. Olivia and James (Milly's parents) are having relationship issues and who knows where they'll end up. Then there is Rupert, who was the boyfriend of Milly's current husband when she married him. In addition, he is the only person she can think of that would know where to find her husband, but he has secrets all of his own that he's been keeping from his family and himself for so long he wants nothing to do with Milly just so they will all stay in his past.

    Once all of these secrets come out in the open .... will everything work out for the best or will things take a turn for the worst?

    My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. *sigh* This was my first time reading a 'Madeleine Wickham' novel, and since I have read all of her as 'Sophie Kinsella’, I thought these would be just as good. But I don't know ... I guess the way some of the characters decided take care of their secrets just rubbed me the wrong way or something, since I had to skim through some of the chapters just to keep reading, if I didn't skim through I would probably have stopped reading the book altogether. I will say I did like the ending and how the characters finally resolved their issues, and I loved the letter that Rupert read it was very sweet. In addition, I did like the fact that this book was about how to grow up and come to turns with who you truly are as a person, and once you do to stick by what you believe in. Therefore, it had a good message but the plot was a little boring and irritating for me ...

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Great," said Isobel. "Well, get dialling!"
    "OK," said Milly, taking a deep breath. "Let's see if we've got the right number."
    I should have done this before, she thought guiltily, as she picked up the phone. I could have done this any time. But even as she dialled, she felt a painful dismay at what she was being forced to do. She didn't want to speak to Rupert. She didn't want to speak to Allan. She wanted to forget the bastards had ever existed; wipe them out of her memory. ~ within Chapter 5
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Madeleine, then please check out her website.

    Thursday, July 8, 2010

    Feasted On: Night Watch Series, Book 1

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 338 | Release Date: January 2010 | Publisher: Kensington Brava Books

    "Eternal Hunter" [Night Watch Series, Book 1] by Cynthia Eden

    My Book Summary : Erin is the new Assistant District Attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and she's already fighting with judges trying to keep the bad guys in jail (or worse). But that isn't the only reason she is there, she's also trying to run away from her past and a stalker who wants her in the worst way. Everything seems to be okay then the guy she has been trying to get locked up for a while now, gets murdered right under the cops noses (in their jail cell)! Shortly after that happens she receives a message/note from her stalker, letting her know that he did it for her and he misses her. Romantic right!? *hahaa* Wrong.

    Erin (who usually is afraid of nothing), asks Jude, a bounty hunter working at Night Watch, to protect her and hopefully stop this guy for good. But the stalker is trickier then they expected....

    Will they be able to stop him before he kills again? Can they stop him before finally he decides to stake his claim on Erin?

    As Jude and Erin get further in their search for the killer/stalker and get closer to each other .... will they be able to trust each other enough to make it through ... or will their secrets and the stalker tear them apart?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars. I couldn't get enough of this book!! Jude & Erin were great characters!! I loved them as a couple! The secondary characters were good too. If the second book is just as good .. then I think this will end up being a great series!!

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "I think baiting the asshole out there might not be our smartest move, and I think that next time, you better let me know your plans." Because being in the dark sucked, and if she was going up against the wolf, she wanted to know everything.
    "Got it." A quick glance her way. "But, for the record, I kissed you because I wanted to do it. Because you've got the sexiest mouth I've ever seen, and because I wanted to taste you." ~ within Chapter 11
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Cynthia, then please check out her website.

    Port Discover's What Will You Do, Dr. Goo?

    On Friday, July 2, 2010 I filmed Port Discover & Arts of the Albemarle's Center Players' performance called 'What Will You Do, Dr. Goo?'

    Performance Description: It's an original play written and directed by Cheryl Blackwelder. About when Dr. Goo is given a secret formula by his arch nemesis, Ms. Evil, the good doctor must use the Scientific Method to save himself before he is turned into...a Flubbity-Wubber! The program was designed especially for elementary-aged scientists and presented by the middle and high school members of the Center Players.

    Here are videos (Part 1 & 2) of that performance, which I put together:


    For more information about Port Discover, click here.

    For more information about Arts of the Albemarle's Center Players, click here.

    Spreading the Word: The Bodyguard

    "The Bodyguard" by Cherry Adair, Gena Showalter, & Lorie O'Clare
    Publication Released Date: June 29, 2010

    Cherry's Book - "Temptation on Ice"
    Description:
      When paranormal operative Sebastian Tremayne heads to the Arctic Circle to keep an eye on red-hot physicist Michaela Giese, the polar ice cap isn’t the only thing in danger of melting. This beautiful brainy woman could spark a nuclear disaster he cannot stop—even with magic—and ignite a fiery passion he cannot resist...
    Gena's Book - "Temptation in Shadows"
    Description:
      Tall, lean, muscular—and definitely rough around the edges—Sean Walker is not your typical nightclub bodyguard. He’s a controller of shadows, able to wield darkness at will. But when a mysterious woman at the club turns out to have powers greater than his own, he has no choice but seduction...
    Lorie's Book - "Hunting Temptation"
    Description:
      A manhunter by trade, Seth is on the trail of his most dangerous prey yet: a living, breathing, maneating werewolf. But the last thing he expects to catch in his trap is a beautiful, beguiling woman—with some wild animal urges of her own...

    My Previous Review(s) for Gena Showalter : The Pleasure Slave | Catch A Mate | Playing With Fire | The Nymph King | Heart of Darkness : The Darkest Angel | The Stone Prince

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010

    Made the Grade: One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 242 | Release Date: July 2010 | Publisher: Simon Pulse

    "One Night That Changes Everything" by Lauren Barnholdt

    My Book Summary : In this high school in Massachusetts there is a secret fraternity called the 318s, and they just recently picked their latest prank victim: Eliza. Eliza knew about the group but it's an anonymous type so most of the student body doesn't really know who the actual members are or not. However, about 3 weeks ago or so, she recently decided on going through her boyfriend's, Cooper's, items while she was by herself in his room and came across his initiation process.

    While doing so, she read the sheet that listed a bunch of point rankings for kissing, etc. that Cooper would have to do with Eliza. Making it so that their whole relationship was based on a lie and she broke up with him because of it.

    NOW ... the 318s are getting revenge on her (because she outted one of their members) by stealing her notebook. But it wasn't just any kind of diary/notebook it was a place she kept things she was afraid of doing (like asking a guy to dance) or saying (like the things she wishes she had the guts to tell her friends, family, or other people).

    But stealing her notebook was just the first step. The 318s try to freak her out by getting her to do some of the things she wrote in the notebook. If she doesn't do as they say, they plan to publish the notebook online.

    So, with the help of her two best friends Eliza runs around Massachusetts during a night that will change her forever. Doing things, she would usually be to scare to do. Trying to out smart parents and cops. Having Cooper with her throughout the experience. Making her wonder why Cooper's trying to help her, if he even cares about her, or if he's just pulling together a personal prank all on his own.

    Will she be able to get her notebook back before she reveals more then she should or even a secret that's in the book but not her own?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars!! It's a sweet book about a girl who feels she has lost her most prized possession, just to have to turn up into the "enemy's" hands. So, she goes out of her way to do what they say to get it back. But just when you think things are going one direction the secondary characters make decisions of their own Eliza world turns into something you never thought would happen. I highly recommend it for those who like sweet teeny romances, with a girl power kick to it. =0)

    Book Teaser(s) :
    I approach them gingerly, not really sure exactly where to begin. I mean, what do I say, "Oh, hi, Nigel, I have to kiss you now?," "Wanna make out?," or maybe just "I'll give you twenty dollars if you kiss me." I pull my shirt down a little, because I figure I need all the help I can get. ~ within Chapter 6
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Lauren, then please check out her website.

    Monday, July 5, 2010

    Feasted On: Chicago Stars Series, Book 4

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 390 | Release Date: February 1998 | Publisher: Avon Books

    "Dream a Little Dream" [Chicago Stars Series, Book 4] by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    My Book Summary : This book picks up just about 8 months after Book 3 in this series left off. Rachel Stone is coming back to Salvation, North Carolina; the town that she never believed she would return too. Especially after her televangelist husband fled the country so the police couldn't arrest him and died in a plane crash. However, before he died he made certain that everyone believed his wife was the one who swayed his ways to do the "devils deeds" by giving her whatever she wanted and dipping into his church funds to do so.

    Since then she has changed her last name back to her maiden name and tried to make ends meat for her five-year-old son and herself. But now she's at the end of her rope and came back to the town thinking that she might be able to find where the missing money her husband stashed was so she will be able to finally settle down in a small house and put the rest of the money aside for her son's future.

    In doing so, she runs into Gabe Bonner (Cal's brother), who is trying to work through his own demons (dealing with the fact that he lost both his wife and son in a car accident about 3 yrs ago) by cleaning up and opening a local drive-in. This is where the two meet when Rachel's car brakes down for good and he finds them trespassing on his property. From the beginning the two don't see eye-to-eye ... she has a never back down attitude and he just wants to be left alone. Somehow she gets herself a job helping him clean up the drive-in with him. In doing so they become closer. Gabe helps her in find a temporary place to live (his grandmother's cottage) and without her knowledge makes sure she takes care of herself (since she was looking out for her son over her own well being).

    However, except for a handful of people and majority of everyone in town believes Rachel is a really bad person. Because of that belief some towns people try to do things to her to either get her to leave town or just to get revenge for what they believe she has done. Gabe becomes her protector, and when her roommate moves out of the cottage he decides to move in with her.

    Will Gabe get over his demons? Will the town ever accept Rachel and her son? Will Rachel ever find the missing money?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! This book was GREAT!!!!!! I LOVED Rachel & Gabe as a couple!! Plus, finding out what else happened for the Bonner family was icing on the cake! Then the cherry on top was the secondary story of Pastor Ethan (Gabe & Cal's younger brother) & Kristy. =0) If I gush any more then you'll know what will happen in the book so ... I just say .... GO READ IT!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 3

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Ain't She Sweet | What I Did for Love | Honey Moon

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "I just can't figure out how we're going to manage our--you know. Our fling?"
    "Fling?" He sounded offended. "Is that what this is?"
    They rounded a bend in the road, and she had to squint against the setting sun. "It's not an affair." She paused. "Affair is too serious. It's a fling, and the point is, I don't see how we're going to manage it."
    "We won't have a bit of trouble." ~ within Chapter 12
    She gave no smile of greeting, no sign that she was glad to see him. "Why did you take off like that?" he snapped.
    "I wasn't feeling well."
    "You seem to be feeling fine now."
    She didn't reply. Instead, she bent her head and began working a clump of chickweed free.
    "If you wanted to leave, you should have told me. You know I don't like it when you're here by yourself."
    "You can't be with me every minute. And why should you try?"
    "What does that mean?"
    "It means I'm not your responsibility." ~ within Chapter 19
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website.

    Friday, July 2, 2010

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Movie Trailer

    Have you read the Harry Potter series?? Well I have and I admit I am obsessed with it and I ALWAYS love their movies! Below is a trailer for the two-parter that is coming out in November 2010 & July 2011 -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows:

    <a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&from=sp&vid=f2822d1e-af61-45f5-b674-f3f697170e3d" target="_new" title="'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Trailer">Video: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Trailer</a>

    Thursday, July 1, 2010

    Feasted On: Falling for Romeo by Jennifer Laurens

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 197 | Release Date: Second Edition - 2009 | Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing

    "Falling for Romeo" by Jennifer Laurens

    My Book Summary : Jennifer and John grew up together. Their parents are friends. Also, they are next-door neighbors with bedroom windows parallel to each other. So, it would be hard not to become friends as well. And they were up until three years ago, which is when they both seemed to drift apart from each other.

    Now they are in their senior year of high school, working together as Romeo & Juliet in their school’s play, and finding out who they have become since then.

    It’s not like they haven’t talked in school. Oh no, they’ve talked. Mostly during English class when they are debating whatever that day’s discussion topic is, they get into very specific arguments because of them, but they don’t really talk any more than that.

    Since they were friends, John has become Mr. Popular. He has hordes of girls wanting to be his girlfriend and just people wanting to follow whatever he says. While Jennifer isn’t quite the social butterfly, but she’s pretty, sweet, and has friends who are on the popular side of the social scene. However, she is mostly involved in the theatre productions at her school (has been since middle school) and loves it.

    Therefore, when their school’s performance came up Jennifer definitely planned on being involved, but for John, he auditioned just so he could get close to Jennifer again. =0)

    Things are okay between them for a while, until the rehearsal kissing scenes start up. Which is where they both realize (and kind of deny to themselves) their feelings for one another. But with each one not brave enough to set aside their own pride to admit their feelings, they have a hard time believing if the chemistry they have on stage is real or is it faked?

    Will they be able to find out before the play is over and their lives go in different directions again?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!!! I LOVED the chemistry between Jen & John!! Plus, finding out how close they were growing up it is kind of surprising they ever stopped being friends, but it does happen. You will be routing for them the whole way! I couldn't put it down. Great Book!!

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "What?" he demanded.
    She echoed him, "What?"
    "What!"
    "I can't believe you did that---in front of all those people!"
    "What makes that any different than what you just did with Alex in front of all those people?"
    "He kissed me, for your information!"
    "I saw it!"
    "Then do you need your eyes examined? He kissed me." ~ within Chapter 9
    For more information on this book, and/or any other books by Jennifer, then please check out her website.
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