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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Life don't go quite like you planned it, We try so hard to understand it ...

"Please give my friend a job. Please." - Miss Sherridan Smith, best friend

"Playing With Fire" [part of the 'Tales of an Extraordinary Girl' series] by Gena Showalter takes on another version of someone who has the ability to control the elements ... in this case those would be fire, wind, water, and earth .... and the person would be Belle. However, Belle didn't get these powers on her own .... a scientist had actually slipped the formula into her drink, without her knowledge, and it changed her into getting them. Now she has these powers .... one hot man and a whole lot of killers after her to get their hands on her and the formula in the process. It doesn't help that the scientist took off without letting her know what was happening to her and now she needs to find him to possibly get an antidote. But will she be able to find the scientist before her killers find her??

3 out of 5 stars. Belle is a cute character ... fierce and kind. You definitely root for her. And I like this new take on these types of powers ... since the only other character I've read so far with them has been Zoey from the "House of Night series" by PC Cast & Kristen Cast ... however ... Gena put's her own twist to them as you soon find out that Belle's powers work mostly with her emotions .... and with that the possibilities are endless. *hahaa*

"If you're looking for trouble, Belle is the girl for you. P.S. - Hurt her and I'll kill you." - Mr. Rome Masters, aka "Cat Man"

For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Gena, then please check out her website.

** Title is from the song It Happens by Sugarland **

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Three little birds, Pitch by my doorstep, Singin' sweet songs, Of melodies pure and true

"The Next Best Thing" by Kristan Higgins is sweet ... heartwarming ... and also a major tear-jerker! Lucy lost the love of her life, 5 and a half years ago, to a car accident. Still living with the great sense of loss .... she finally decides that she would still like to have a family of her own. But she wants someone who isn’t perfect, meaning: a nice man, not-to-handsome, would make a good father, and most importantly someone who won’t make her give her whole heart to him. As she’s already dealt with as much pain as she thinks she can deal with ... she doesn’t want to go through that loss again. This means she’s going to have to give up Ethan, her dead husband’s younger brother, who’s her friend-with-benefits. However, Ethan won’t be pushed aside so easily ...

3.5 out of 5 stars. I meant what I said ... it's heartwarming and a very sweet book about how love can heal the soul. Yet I didn't completely expect to be crying so much while reading it. =0P

For more information on this book and/or any other books by Kristan, then please check out her website.

** Title is from the song Everythings Gonna Be Alright by Bob Marley **

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sometimes i'm an angel, And sometimes i'm cruel, And when it comes to love ... I'm just another fool

Susan Elizabeth Phillips shines with her new novel "What I Did for Love"!! Basically you have two ex-co-star enemies ... one drunken night in Vegas ... a bunch of Hollywood gossip .... and you get a relationship that turns out for the better if only each can get over there own pasts .... and their friends and colleagues around them don't make it worse. Find out what Bram & Gracie do for love!

4 out of 5 stars!! This is one of my now faves of Susan's ... especially since she put so many of her characters from previous books into it! So ... if you've read her "Glitter Baby" and/or "Natural Born Charmer" then you'll get to read about some familiar characters again. =0) However, even though I am a fan of epilogues as I have mentioned in the past, the epilogue that she has is a little too lovey dovey to be realistic ... but oh wells I guess. =0P

For more information on this book and/or on any other books of Susan's then please check out her website.

** Title is from the song True Companion by Marc Cohn **

Thursday, January 21, 2010

It's all about the way you do the things you do

For some reason when I meet someone for the first time, I feel compelled to tell them this. “Hi, my name is Sadie Price. Yeah, great to meet you, too! People hate me.”

Taking the phrase 'The grass is always greener on the other side' to a whole new level "Accidental It Girl" by Libby Street [aka Sarah Bushweller and Emily S. Morris] deals with celebrity status and paparazzi. Sadie is a celebrity photographer who thinks that if she doesn't chase after her "targets" (the celebs) then she's can't be "one of those" types ... and she likes what she does. While celebrity Ethan Wyatt hates that the photographers follow him constantly .... so much so that after he arrives in the New Jersey airport (because he is planning on moving to New York) and meets Sadie ... then encounters her a few more times .. he makes a plan to get her back with her own medicine. Now with rumors spread to the nation about this new mysterious girl .... will Sadie be able to stand the pressure? Or will Ethan's plans backfire?

3.5 out of 5 stars!! The book started out VERY slow .... if I didn't pay for it then I might have stopped there but thankfully after finishing a quarter of the book ... it picked up and became really funny!! The story is mixed in with it's own tabloid feel to it. Definitely cute.

For more information on this book and/or on any of this duo's other books then please check out their website.

** Title is from the song Hold The Line by Toto **

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

If I’m asking you to hold me tight - then it’s gonna be all right

Witty & Hilarious .. "Playing James" by Sarah Mason is everything I could hope for and more!! Holly is a up-and-coming reporter, who just got her big break! James is a cop, who takes his line of work very seriously .... hates reporters ... and is about to get married in 6 weeks time .... and just got assigned Holly to play his shadow up until the day he says "I do." Tempers start flying ... situations get misread ... and when Holly's column becomes a big hit the readers start questioning if there's more between the reporter and the detective then they both are letting on??

5 out of 5 stars!! LOVED IT!! It's up beat! Fast paced! With plenty of twists thrown in just to make you second guess how you think the story will end! =0)

For more information on this book and/or on any of Sarah's other books then please check out her website.

** Title is from the song It's Gonna Be Love by Mandy Moore **

Sunday, January 17, 2010

So let's find a way to bring back the days when our hearts were forever young

Everyone is searching for their own happily-ever-after whether they believe so or not .... "Casting Spells" by Barbara Bretton ... characters are just doing the same. However, Chloe is a half-human half-sorcerer who hasn't fallen into her powers at all ... but has a town who is in need of her guidance. As the town has been protected for over 300 years from outsiders prying eyes is finally falling into their own cracks and everyone is hoping she will make it all better. But when an outsider dies in their town .... a cop moves in to find out if it was an accident or a murder??? Will Chloe be able to get him out town without anything being noticeable?? Or will he find out more then he's supposed to?

4 out of 5 stars. The story was written in a diary kinda form from both Luke and Chloe's sides. It kept me rapt in what was going on and I couldn't put it down!

For more information on this book or other books by Barbara then please check out her website.

** Title is from the song We Were In Love by Toby Keith **

Saturday, January 16, 2010

You get some bad things and you get some good ones

Okay .... for the bad things ...

I just finished a highly predictable story called "Kiss and Kin" by Kinsey Holley. It's cute ... Not much more to say but that. =0P

Now for the GOOD!!!!!

Have you seen Every Little Step??

If you haven't checked out this movie yet then I HIGHLY recommend watching it. Especially if you like dance flicks! It's a documentary about the behind the scenes process of choosing the actors/actresses for the Broadway musical - A Chorus Line!! Two thumbs way up!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Now I know I can't love anyone but you, You make me think that maybe I won't die alone

"Dead and Gone" by Charlaine Harris, everybody wants a piece of Sookie these days ... Some fae want her dead. Quinn and Bill want to be her lover/boyfriend again. The government want to find out how she knew where people were after the bombing happened, and once they know they'd like to use her for themselves. Eric wants her all to himself without asking her for permission first. And more ....

5 out of 5 stars. I really liked this book ..... it was more along the lines of letting the readers know about the details instead of the action itself ... but it brought all of the multiple stories that this series has into play and I really liked it! Sookie isn't completely her brave self in this one .... actually she's mostly out of it .... and because of that I can't wait to find out with will happen next.

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

** Title is from the song Die Alone by Ingrid Michaelson **

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I've found a reason for me, To change who I used to be, A reason to start over new ...

Betrayal of the ones we love are the hardest things to get past, in "Catch A Mate" by Gena Showalter all the characters deal with their own or others betrayals on almost a daily basis. Catch A Mate is a business where people who believe their significant other is cheating on them and want to find out if their accusations are accurate or not. All that person would have to do is hire Catch a Mate and an employee (called the bait) would find that significant other at a club (or some place they normally hang out) and try picking them up but at the end they don't follow it through, and they record it all so the spouse will know the truth. Jillian has worked at Catch A Mate for over 6 years and would love to take it over to make it even better then it already is. Marcus just happened to purchase the business from Jillian's boss. Both have major trust issues ... but will they learn that even though they want to stay enemies, they'll never find anyone else they could trust more then each other?

2 out of 5 stars. Don't let the rating fool you ... it was a really good book ... cute. I mean I loved all of the characters! Main and secondary stories were awesome! However ... the ending ruined it for me .... it felt like Gena tried to wrap everything up to fast. Yet I don't know how it could have been written any better either. Which is sad since I liked it right up until there was about a quarter left in the book. =0(

To find out more about this book and/or other books by Gena, then check out her website.

** Title is from the song The Reason by Hoobastank **

Sunday, January 10, 2010

If I could have just one wish, I’d wish that you were mine...

A new way of looking at the world awaits you in "Cry Wolf" (part of the Alpha and Omega series) by Patricia Briggs. This book is the beginning of a new series of Patricia's, also it starts at the very end of a short story of hers called "Alpha and Omega" which is in the book "On The Prowl". I haven't read the short story but you might want to before you read this book, since even though you don't need too to be able to get an understanding of what happened, but of course, it will give you more info if you do. *shrug* Anyways ....
The story starts right after Charles and Anna have met and bonded halfway. Meaning that their wolves (or wolf forms) have chosen each other as their mates but now their human selves need to complete the process by doing the same. But it's not as easy as it sounds, especially when Anna was forced into becoming a wolf 3 yrs prior and is used to getting abused by her previous pack, making it so she definitely does not trust easily. Add to that a witch who sets up camp in the woods within the packs territory, killing locals who come to close to her, and things get harder for Charles and Anna who are sent in to take-care-of this intruder.

4 out of 5 stars. I wasn't sure at first how I would like this world and it's characters but as soon as I started reading the book I couldn't put it down. Great setting ... I liked how you can every point of view so the story is that much more believable!!

To find out more about this book, series, and/or other books by Patricia, then check out her website.

** Title is from the song If I Was The One by Ruff Endz **

Friday, January 8, 2010

It's just the little things you do ... that makes me wanna get with you

Is it possible for you to move back into your old life after you've grown up and done so much? That is what Izzie and Nick try to figure out in "Overexposed" by Leslie Kelly. Izzie grew up being "in love" with her older sister's brother-in-law, who was only 4 years older then her .... but when she was 14 and chubby .... and Nick was 18 and sexy ... she couldn't help but have a crush ... just too bad it wasn't a mutual feeling. Almost a decade passes ... now their older, wiser, but are at points in their lives where they're looking for the next thing to do .... and both just happen to move back to their hometown. Much to each families delight but not theirs. Since Izzie got home she has been living two lives .... one where she helps out at her families bakery by day ... another where she plays a mysterious stripper by night. When they first see each other again at Nick's families pizzeria .... Nick notices Izzie right away and feels like he has to get to know her ... the only problem is he doesn't remember who she is, until after she gets mad at him and walks out the door. Later Izzie finds out that Nick is going to start being a bouncer at her club and tries to keep her secret from him so it won't get out to anyone else. ...... Does Izzie ever get over her crush? Will Nick find out who the mysterious stripper is? And the big question ..... if they meet on common ground will they stay together or will Izzie run away?

I liked the story. Izzie was a great character. 3 out of 5 stars. The only thing I didn't like was that behind the Izzie/Nick story .... there was a story of Izzie's cousin Bridget with her co-worker ... but they really didn't finish it well and just left it hanging. =0/ Which was disappointing.

To find out more about this book or other books by Leslie, then check out her website.

** Title is from the song Rump Shaker by Wreckx'n Effect **

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Our hearts were on display, For all to see, I can't believe this is happening to me

Past secrets finally come out in "Stargazer" (part of the Evernight series) by Claudia Gray. While Bianca tries to find out the secrets that Ms. Bethany is keeping (like why she decided on admitting human students to Evernight Academy) .... other secrets of hers and those about her come into play. Lucas and her romance try to make it through during their separation the best way they can. But when friends find out what Bianca has been up to are they willing to help her out or will they turn against her? And will their romance last or will they ended up like Romeo and Juliet?

3.5 out of 5 stars. This one had a lot more background plot on the characters which I liked. Yet now they've definitely made it like it's Lucas and Bianca against everyone (both sides of their families) which can be good and bad. But the book ends right when it's building up to something new ... so I'm really curious as to what the next book, "Hourglass", will have in store!! Good series ... cannot wait to see what happens!

To find out more about this book, series, and/or any other of her books ... then check out Claudia's website!

** Title is from the song 18th Floor Balcony by Blue October **

Monday, January 4, 2010

I can give you all the lovin' in the whole wide world!

You can only fake it for so long .... which is exactly what happens in "Faking It" by Elisa Lorello.

Prostitution is the oldest profession in the world.
Rhetoric is the second oldest.

Andi has just moved back to Long Island, and is working her almost dream job at Brooklyn University. During a cocktail party that she was attending with some friends she meets Devin. A hot, polished, suave, stud who happens to be attending the party with a colleague of hers. After some asking around she finds out that he is actually a hired escort ..... who just so happens to keep eying her throughout the night. A while later she happens to call Devin up (even though she knows she can afford him) and they come to an agreement ..... he'll help her gain her missing confidence with herself (her body/sexuality) and she'll teach him more about the written word (and how to write). Almost by day one of their meetings, Andi is infatuated with Devin but he specifically stated: "...I'm going to tell you the one stipulation that I have with my clients: You absolutely cannot fall in love with me." ... so, she has to hide it as much as possible. And then by halfway through their arrangement they both break the rules of their contract by meeting up with each other to hang out on days that they aren't teaching rhetoric or dancing while half naked ..... becoming not completely friends yet not lovers either. But as their contract is coming to an end and their lives throw new obstacles into the mix will Andi and Devin become something even more? Or will someone new come in and sweep Andi off her feet?

2.5 out of 5 stars. I loved the writing! I especially loved the friendship and romance between Andi and Devin .... it's like they are so scared of falling for each other that it makes their relationship that much more special. However, I was a bit disappointed by the ending .... could have been better. *shrug*

"Art is a lie that makes us realize truth." - Pablo Picasso

To find out more about this book then check out Elisa's website!

** Title is from the song I Just Want To Make Love To You by Etta James **

Sunday, January 3, 2010

... the magic's in the music and the music's in me ...

Some Fae are coming out to play in Dana Marie Bell's "Dare To Believe" (part of the Gray Court series - Book 1). Leo has been working in his company for 5 years and even though he became the CEO of it during the recent years he just found out which employee of his has been enticing him. The only problem is she wont stay around him long enough to get to know her, let alone an introduction. Until he plans on finally doing so at the company's annual masquerade ball....
....Ruby has had a crush on her boss ever since she first started with the company. Yet she knows inter-office romances aren't good so she avoids him ...... even though it's mostly she's just to shy and believes she'll make a fool of herself by drooling to much over him. Anyway, they finally meet and talk at the party .... Now Leo doesn't want Ruby to go....

3.5 out of 5 stars. Dana Marie takes on a different world in this book (dealing with the Fae Courts) and I really like the setup. The characters are great ... makes you just want to get to know them more. This is more then just sex and finding each others mates like her Halle Pumas' series, which makes this story that much more interesting. You should definitely check it out!!

To find out more about this book and/or series, or any other of Dana's books then check out her website!

** Title is from the song Do You Believe in Magic by The Lovin' Spoonful **

Saturday, January 2, 2010

This is the way That I say I'm Yours

Why I like these mate finding type of stories is beyond me ... but for a short story (around 200 pages -- 9 chapters) "Claiming Their Mate" (A Feral Attraction story.) by Paige McKellan isn't half bad. The differences between the past few that I've read and this one is ... one: the main person is a female named Jules who's fathers are stepping down as the Leos (aka the big cahoonas) of their pride leaving the Lioness position to Jules who now needs to find her mates to take on the role (even though she doesn't feel ready for the position yet) ... and two: yes I did say MATES not MATE!

2.5 out of 5 stars. So ... if you haven't guessed already the reason I chose to read this book in the first place was yes I like this type of quick book .... but mostly because the main character needs to find a pair of mates instead of just one. I wasn't quite sure how this would work out at first. I mean I've read a few like this so far .... but it's always just been couples ... not trios. LOL. But I definitely give it an A+ for creativeness. In a weird way Paige made it so you of course root for everyone involved ... and you get to read a few sexual escapades along the way. Which is the point .... so if you are into mate finding books check this one out. *hahaa*

To find out more about this book then check out her website!

** Title is from the song Learning To Breathe by Switchfoot **

Friday, January 1, 2010

We are family, Get up ev'rybody and sing ...

Family is coming out of the woodwork for Sookie in "From Dead To Worse" by Charlaine Harris, which is part of her Sookie Stackhouse series. Old to young distant relatives are becoming not so distant anymore for Sookie, who is enjoying it her now growing family .... although secret as they may be. Quinn goes missing ... or takes off ... depending on who's opinion you take, with no word. Jason and Crystal stir up their own trouble ... but of course drag Sookie in to deal with it. Alcide's pack is in the middle of a were war. Another vamp King wants to take over Louisiana. And Sookie doesn't stick to what she says in the previous book, "All Together Dead", which was if she stays away from the supernatural then she'd be fine. But things are looking up for her ......

5 out of 5 stars!!! I loved how all the relationships went. Eric. *happy sigh* And I love that she's finding out new relatives now .... but I hope one of them isn't trying to use her. =0/ If you haven't read it yet then you better! =0)

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

** Title is from the song We Are Family by Sister Sledge **

Someday we’ll know, If love can move a mountain ...

Can two people, who've grown up as sworn enemies, ever become something more? In "Comanche Moon" (part of the The Comanche Series) by Catherine Anderson is about a prophecy and how it brings these two people from apposing sides, Hunter of the Wolf and Loretta, together during 1860's life in Texas. Both have means to hate each other as both of their "people" have killed each others loved ones. But could that common difference actually bring them together or rip them apart even more?

3 out of 5 stars. It's definitely a telling story of those who lived during the Civil War time period. I mean everyone is just defending their own loved ones, the only problem is that (like what still happens now in any war) the ones who really get hurt and the ones that aren't even fighting in the war (the women and children). Very touching, and emotional. Good read. (However .... I think it dragged in a few areas ... still good though.)

For more information on this book, series, and/or other books from Catherine then please check out her website.

** Title is from the song Someday We'll Know by Mandy Moore (feat. Jonathan Foreman) **
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