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Friday, November 27, 2009

I'm not a princess, this ain't a fairytale

Have you ever felt like you had a perfect boyfriend and you never understood why he was with you? I know I have. However, my boyfriend(s) growing up were never as 'perfect' acting as Lauren's in "Bloom" by Elizabeth Scott. Lauren has been together with Dave for almost a year and a half. And even though he is 'perfect' and treats her right ... things with them just never amount to much. She doesn't understand why he's with her. Then a person from her past comes back into her life that she hasn't seen for at least 10 yrs or so .... and he lights something within her. Making her be able to be herself in a way she hasn't been able to be with anyone in a very long time. But as she gets closer to her old friend, the thing she has to deal with but doesn't know how is does she want to give up the life she has let it become or does she want something more?

Bloom gets 4 out of 5 stars. Very cute. The characters were well written and you just wanted to find out more.

To read more about this book or other books from Elizabeth Scott then check out her website.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

You Belong to Me

And the adventure heats up with ... "One Foot In The Grave" (part of the Night Huntress series) by Jeaniene Frost. It starts four years later .. after Cat left Bones as her only way she thought to protect him and her mother. So now she's a special agent for the FBI .... but over the yrs she hasn't found anyone in her love life to match up to Bones yet. Then after she goes on an assignment she can't complete she finds that she has a hitman (or two) after her now. And in a twist of fate she runs into Bones at her best friend's wedding .... Now he wants to help save her and to make her realize he's never letting her go again ...

5 out of 5 stars! So much better then the first book! Especially much more fast paced with lots of additional twists thrown in! YAY! *hehee*

If you want to find out more on this series or Jeaniene Frost's other books then check out her website.

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!!

I hope that you'll have a great day with the Macy's T-day Parade, football, family, friends, and FOOD!!! This morning I'm planning on making an apple pie or two since we're having a late family supper.

Take care, Jess

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Checking out .. Dane Cook

As a birthday present to me, my hubby bought us floor seat tickets to see Dane Cook live!! He was performing his ISolated INcident comedy tour and it was awesome! Also, he had a hilarious comedian to open his show. And here are some photos I was able to take during it. =0)

This girl next door has some secrets ...

When I first started reading "Halfway To The Grave" (part of the Night Huntress series) by Jeaniene Frost, I was a little scared that I bought a series of 4 books and turn out to hate the first one. Especially after reading "The Fixer Upper", since Cat almost started having the same personality of Dempsey (like having feelings for someone then run away from them) ... and there was only so much a person can read about that. But thankfully even though the author created a lead character so flighty, she was also created strong-willed ... and then you have the lead's man that never wants to give up on her and you have a perfect romance novel! Bonus when it's a paranormal romance! =0)

This book was the first in the Night Huntress series (another vampire flick - YAY!) featuring Cat who's half-human & half-vampire, she's known she was different all her life but she had it confirmed by her mother on her 16th birthday. Her mother has a huge prejudice about vampires (because of the terms that happened to get her pregnant) and because of this she passes her prejudice onto Cat .... turning her daughter into a vampire hunter. Cat has no problem with what she does (especially since it makes her mom happy). During one of her pickups (when she's 22 yrs old) she comes across a vampire that doesn't follow the typical protocol that she's used to, and she ends up getting taken back to his place. He's under the impression that she works for someone who's after him ... until she finally gets him to know the truth about her bloodline. Then they partner up since he's a vampire hunter himself aka a hit-man ... he trains her ... they get closer ... they start working .... and the question is will she let herself fall for what she grew up thinking was wrong/evil?

All I can say is I'm hooked ... 4 out of 5 stars easily. To find out more about this book, series or any of Jeaniene Frost's other books then check out her website.

Monday, November 23, 2009


Just saying .... I saw New Moon last night and I LOVED IT!!! Definitely better then the first movie and it was a great portrayal of the second Twilight book!!!! If you haven't seen it yet then GO!! =0)

A Fixer Upper is RIGHT

This weekend I tried reading "The Fixer Upper" by Mary Kay Andrews. I mean the product description of it sounded so cute. It's about a girl named Dempsey, who is a lobbyist from Washington DC, and suddenly is thrown into a huge scandal and is pretty much thrown under the bus. So, her dad tells her about a family home that is in desperate need of repair that he just inherited, which he would like her to fix up since she has no prospects and he's not going to give her any money without working for it. So, she moves into this house and starts fixing it up ... finding a unique distant cousin along the way, a town where everyone knows your business, and some gentlemen who would like to get involved with Dempsey. However, she still cannot get to far away from the mess in DC.

I mean with that type of book ... what more can a girl ask for? But I was wrongly advised! *blah* I mean it sounded cute ... and at the beginning of the book it started out okay but I barreled on thinking and hoping it would get better. And I was sorely mistaken. =0( The book was slower then slow. Dempsey couldn't make up her mind and for someone who was supposed to have gone to law school ... I just thought the character would have been better. *shakes head* I give it 1 out of 5 stars.

However, you might have better luck then me reading it ... who knows? So, if you'd like to find out what others say about this book or find out more about Mary Kay Andrews' other books, then check out her website.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

When you find yourself ...

Who knew I would like Amish stories? I certainly didn't, or didn't realize that I would enjoy them as much as I did. But I guess when you look at it if it is a really good romance story and the plot really catches your interest then anything is possible. =0) And that's what I found with "Hidden" (part of the Sisters of the Heart series) by Shelley Shepard Gray.

This is the first story in the Sisters of the Heart series. I'm not sure if I'll read the others anytime soon, but after reading the first chapter the book held my interest and I couldn't put it down. It's an easy read (under 300 pages) about Anna, a woman who really has no direction in life and finds herself in an abusive relationship. After trying to talk to her family and police about her situation, and everyone not believing her, she turns to the last people she can think of her friend Katie's family who are apart of the Amish community in Pennsylvania. They take her in, and she earns her keep while hiding from her abuser and everyone she knows as she thinks her loved ones who inform him of her location. While doing so she grows as a person, gains a special relationship/friendship, and feels happier then she has in a long time. But what will she be able to go back to the life she just left??

It was a very good story ... if you don't mind it being full of detail yet short ... I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I'm not sure if I'll read the other stories in the series but you never know, since I did love the main characters in this book.

To find out more about this book, series, or other of her books ... then check out Shelley Shepard Gray's website.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Firefighter vs Doctor

Out of all of her novels, "Just One of the Guys" by Kristan Higgins is by far one of her best!! This great romantic comedy, just made it so I couldn't put it down. Especially with lines like, "I'm being killed by my appetizer.", you just can't go wrong. I think most women at one time or another feel like 'just one of the guys', which is a good thing but not when your in love with one of those guy friends.

Which is what happens to Chastity. After moving back to her hometown, the books opens with her getting dumped and not in the most pleasant way either (even though it's never really pleasant). Getting back into the swing of things again, hanging out with her 4 older brothers with their co-worker buddies and such has it's benefits. However, she really would like to find her special someone. In doing so she can't help but still have her crush on one of her best guy friends, named Trevor, whom she has known since she was 10 yrs old and has practically been raised as another brother around her. Then there's a new handsome doctor in town that has caught her eye. And what would she do just to not be seen as just one of the guys ....

This book is one of my faves for Kristan Higgins, my other fave of hers is "Too Good To Be True". To find out more about this book or others of hers, then check out her website.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Raised a bad girl, with the heart of a good girl

"Stealing Heaven" by Elizabeth Scott is a great book! It's about Dani who is 18 yrs old and has been a thief all of her life. It's basically the "family business", since her earliest memory is of her with her parents braking into a home when she was about 3 or 4 yrs old. The book starts off with things going good from a heist with her mom .... and they make plans on there next location. Once they get there, Dani finds that being invisible, like she normally tries to be, isn't as easy. Especially when locals are trying to befriend you. Soon she comes to a dilemma does she still want to live the life she's always known or live the life she's always wanted?!

This is my second favorite book so far of Elizabeth Scott's novels. To find out more about this book or others by checking out her website.

Sookie and Bill ... will they make it?

Over the past three days I have started and finished reading "Dead Until Dark" and "Living Dead in Dallas" which are by Charlaine Harris from her Sookie Stackhouse series. For both books I think I'll give them 4 out of 5 stars.

Both books talk about Sookie's life and how she copes with her power. In "Dead Until Dark" Sookie meets Bill a vampire, who is the first one she has ever meet and decides to start living "mainstream" by moving back into the town he use to be from (when he human). Some situations take place that throw these two together and they see if they're able to make it work.

In "Living Dead in Dallas", Sookie get requested to go to Dallas with Bill, by Bill's boss, to help some vampires there. Throughout this whole book Sookie's wondering/finding out that that she knows she loves Bill but she's not sure if she's in love with him. And like always (at least from what I've seen in these first two books) Sookie tries to save/help everyone she can, no matter what the risk is to herself.

Basically I really liked both books and I can understand why everyone (like my best friend) is highly addicted to this series. Especially since I cannot wait to start on the next ones to see what happen. However, they are a little too fast paced for me. I mean they are good books ... but I think I'm just used to reading more detail in my books ... so that's why I really liked them but I didn't love them. *shrug* But I would still recommend the series to everyone else who has yet to read them. =0)

For more information on the Sookie Stackhouse series or other of Charlaine Harris' books then please check out her website.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How sweet it is ....

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens;
but often we look so long at the closed door that
we do not see the one which has been opened for us."
- Helen Keller

Heartache, friendship, forgiveness .... are just some words to describe this touching story called "How Sweet It Is" by Alice Wisler. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars ... definitely living up to it's name! It's about Deena whom is living in Atlanta, GA and moves into her grandfather's cabin in Bryson City, North Carolina after her life crashes (literally). And the best way to turn her life around for the better is by moving.

Once she gets to the town she meets a town of characters from -- a Dr. Seuss-quoting plumber named Jonas (my favorite character in this book), to her crazy aunt Regena Lorraine, to a group of misfit middle school students, and more ... with the cherry on top being a hot social worker named Zack who usually seems to know the perfect thing to say to her.

I really think everyone should read this ... it's a great book of redemption. To find more about this book check out Alice Wisler's website.


Happy 25th Birthday to me today!! =0)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Husbands ... just can't have enough of them

Last night I finished reading .. "Husbands" by Adele Parks, which I'll give it 3 out of 5 stars. I mean .. it was a good book and I think I loved it right up until the last few chapters. =0P

It's about Bella/Belinda who is thirty but is still living in the past (even though she thinks she's moved on). The problem is when she moves on she has a tendency to ignore things like '2 weeks notices' or telling those around her how she really feels ... so she just walks away (by avoiding calls or moving). Which is how she has gotten into the mess that the book talks about.

It starts off about her married life with her husband Phil ... and how wonderful that life is. Then her best friend Laura gets a new boyfriend ... and the twist is that this boyfriend of Laura's is Bella/Belinda's 1st and current husband Stevie, whom she left about 8 years previously without any note and never divorced from.

Throughout the book it's all about how Bella/Belinda is planning on handling her mess of a situation (since she has 2 husbands). The book is funny, charming, and sweet ... making you wish that everything will work out for the best. And I will admit I like who all the characters ended up with. Yet I guess I just don't like the ending ... it could have been better.

However, I think I will look into more of Adele Parks' books since I do like her writing style. And I do love me some British literature. =0) To find out more about her and her books yourself ... then check out Adele's website.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

When opposites attract...

So far in my major book reading lately I have found that no one else but Susan Elizabeth Phillips can write a great romance novel where every single one (thus far that I've read) deals with opposites attracting to each other (or at least that's what the characters believe in the beginning). My favorite of her novels is still "Match Me If You Can" from her The Chicago Stars books.

However, I just finished reading "Ain't She Sweet"!! And I have to say it has become my second fave out of all her books! Definitely 5 out of 5 stars! It's all about Sugar Beth (a Southern Belle who growing up has made her town resent from all the trouble she caused) and Colin (a British writer who moved to the south and when he started to try making a name for himself, met his match - not always in the best way either). The story is really charming ... and I like how Sugar Beth and Colin "overcome their demons". So-to-speak. =0)

To find out more on this novel or others by Susan Elizabeth Phillips then check out her website.
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