Review: The Book Boyfriend by Karli Perrin

The Book Boyfriend
by Karli Perrin

Book boyfriends only exist in books, right?

Wrong.

After a string of failed relationships, Zara Hennessy has given up on love. When she agrees to help her sister at the biggest book signing of the year, she doesn’t anticipate meeting the type of guy she thought only existed in fiction.

Jackson Price can be found on the lips of romance readers all around the world after his ex-girlfriend published a book about him. Eager to start a new chapter in his life, he travels to the UK where he eventually crosses paths with a beautiful and badass real-life heroine.

Meeting Jackson a few weeks before his six-month working visa is due to expire is a cruel plot twist that Zara never saw coming.

Will they find their happy ever after or are they both destined for a series of heartbreaks?

Zara Henessy helped out her sister in a book signing event after her friend cancelled on her. She thought she’d just be lining up along with other bookworms in front of an author’s table. She and her sister Halle have planned and prepared for this a million time. What she didn’t expect however, was that handsome cover model intently looking at her.

Jackson Price was everyone’s dream boyfriend. Every bookaholic wanted a piece of him and his handsome face and hot body. When her ex-girlfriend wrote a book about their doomed love affair, he became The Book Boyfriend.

Whew! That was such a rollercoaster experience! And for someone who easily gets dizzy and faints a lot, I sure am having a great time with this book!

Where do I begin? Oh right, let me start by saying this, Karli Perrin, you rock my world!! {Okay, now I sound cheesy}. But seriously, Karli, I think you just described me as Halle in this story. I am exactly like Halle the bookworm/bookaholic/bibliophile however you want to call it. Everything Halle did in this book is what I’d been doing for years. (Except for the bubble wraps and the book signing – I’ve only been to one event with a particular author and it was awesome!) I go crazy about book releases, cover reveals, arranging bookshelves twice a week, reading at least two books at the same time, {I even have a separate book that I read in the bathroom, because yes, I love the solitude}. I’m glad my husband tolerates my tendency to go gaga over book boyfriends, he says he don’t consider them as competitions.

Anyway, back to The Book Boyfriend… I agree with Zara here, Jackson Price was indeed kind of annoyingly arrogant, but with all his sexy banters and sexual innuendos, I find it hard to despise him. In fact, I found him adorably cocky. Absurd, right? Well, you can all throw your books at me, but I’m still smitten by Jacks Price so just deal with it.

This has been a real short story but every page is all worth it. Love Halle from the start, love Zara for being a good sister and love Jackson for being that book boyfriend everyone dreams of. Love Karli Perrin too!

 

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Review: A Christmas Homecoming by Melissa McClone

A Christmas Homecoming
(Bar V5 Dude Ranch #5)
by Melissa McClone

 

A kiss is just a kiss…

Unless it’s under the mistletoe.

Ellie Smith is determined to make up for Christmases past by spreading holiday cheer throughout the Bar V5 dude ranch, but tech “bah, humbug” billionaire, Josiah Whittaker, refuses to bask in the spirit of the season.

Unwilling to let the geek-to-gorgeous Josiah win, Ellie plans to give him a Christmas he’ll never forget. But after a simple kiss under the mistletoe, Ellie and Josiah both start questioning everything. Can Christmas really bring the gift neither one of them were expecting: true love?

Melissa McClone once again had me sighing and tearing up with another heartwarming Christmas tale back in Marietta, where every year, a wedding proposal happens.

My heart swells with all the love and warmth that Ellie Smith brings to the dude ranch. A kind and generous lady who always makes sure everyone feels at home with her bright smile and a bell wrapped around her neck. She’s got only one rule when working at the ranch though.. Never date the guests.

Josiah Whittaker isn’t a guest in Marietta. He grew up there and had fondest moments with his friends, especially Buck, Ellie’s deceased brother. He’s not really into Christmas, he hates spending it and would rather be at his multi-billion company during this time. But under doctor’s orders, he doesn’t really have a choice but to take care of his well-being. The happy pretty helper might just be what the doctor recommended.

A Christmas Homecoming is a perfect read this holiday. I love reading these tales because of the joy and laughter and love that this season brings. I think Melissa McClone is Mrs. Santa Claus herself because she has this big heart that keeps on giving. Her characters are easy to love even when they keep on messing up and floundering around. Before, my personal favorite from the Bar V5 dude ranch was Brooklyn, a 70-year-old wise girl trapped in a 7-year old body. Now my new favorite is Ellie Smith. She’s a selfless wonder woman. I totally adore this kind of gal.

If you’re looking for a beautiful story that’s sure to pinch your heart and tickle your funny bone at the same time, this is a highly recommended read!

 

 

Review: Provocative (White Lies Duet 1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Provocative
(White Lies Duet #1)
by Lisa Renee Jones

Book one in the sexy and scintillating new White Lies duet by Lisa Renee Jones!

There are those moments in life that are provocative in their very existences, that embed in our minds forever, and sometimes our very souls. They change us, mold us, maybe even save us. But some are darker, dangerous. If we allow them to, they control us. Seduce us. Quite possibly even destroy us.

The moment I walked into Sonoma’s Reid Winter Winery and Vineyard and made eye contact with Faith Winter for the first time was one of those moments. Provocative because I know at least one of her secrets, of which, I suspect she has many. Provocative because she believes I was a stranger to her when we met, but I am not. Provocative because I sought her out, with no intention of touching her. But now I have. Now I want her. Now I have to have her. But that changes nothing. It doesn’t change why I came for her.

There’s nothing more than Faith Winter wanted to do but to make sure her father’s winery was saved and secured. Having no access to her late mother’s bank accounts, she knew she had to set aside her dreams of art and be the woman that could annihilate her problems, by hook or by crook.

The Tiger, Nick Rogers knew something about the wine princess more than she herself could acknowledge. The more secrets he tried to uncover, the more lies he kept on telling her, and the more intense he was feeling about Faith. For she had that power to make his knees weak and his thoughts filled with her, every single night and day. As provocative as Faith Winter was, Nick Rogers would use all available resources to find out everything about her and her involvement in his father’s life..

Provocative is the first book in the White Lies series, and it already had me swooning for the Tiger. His attraction to Faith is palpable and expected, and his energy, raw, poignant and undeniably stimulating. Love that his relationship with Faith wasn’t rushed, but grew into a more intimate connection, sans the lies and secrets on both ends.

I love how this was told in dual points of view, we get to dig on Faith’s conflicting feelings and pick on Nick’s brains. I love how Lisa Renee Jones wrote the story with provocative intentions – to make the reader gasp and grasp for breath and to let us know that there’s much more to come.

The murder, the intrigue, the lust and lies, the connection, the intimacy, the chemistry and the passion, everything was off the charts. And more provocatively so. Can’t wait to read the next book!

Review: Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Mini Shopaholic

(Shopaholic #6)
by Sophie Kinsella

Becky Brandon thinks that having a daughter is a dream come true: a shopping friend for life! But two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping. The toddler creates havoc everywhere she goes, from Harrods to her own christening. On top of everything else, Becky and Luke are still living with her parents (the deal on house #4 has fallen through), when suddenly there’s a huge nationwide financial crisis.

With people having to cut back, Becky decides to throw a surprise party for Luke to cheer everyone up. But when costs start to spiral out of control, she must decide whether to accept help from an unexpected source—and therefore run the risk of hurting the person she loves. Will Becky be able to pull off the celebration of the year? Will she and Luke ever find a home of their own? Will Minnie ever learn to behave? And . . . most important . . . will Becky’s secret wishes ever come true?

Why, hello Rebecca Bloomwood, the most extravagant, spendthrift lady in the world, we meet again!

Two years ago, I’ve already read her first 5 books (Shopaholic series), (review links found below) but I wasn’t able to read Mini-Shopaholic immediately. A month ago, we did some renovations in our house and found some of my old books and soon, I saw myself flipping the pages about the tiniest shopaholic in town!

Like Mother, like daughter, I must say! Minnie, at her tender age of 2 already knew about online shopping and would not settle for anything less than Balenciaga or Baby Dior. And before I forget, have I mentioned that this adorable Minnie already wreaked havoc everywhere she went, from a shopping mall, to Santa’s places even to her own christening!

On top of this, there had been a major financial crisis in their country causing distress in her husband Luke’s career. To make it up to him, Becky decided to throw a surprise birthday bash for Luke, amid being penniless and being too proud to ask for help. In the end, Becky was able to settle her dilemma with the assistance of the last person she intended to ask for help.

Yeah, it was a reeling Becky Bloomwood Brandon experience again. The woman who couldn’t last a day without shopping. I don’t know if it made matters worse, but Becky and her daughter, Minnie, who’s favorite expression is “Miiine!! (Mine!), was certainly making me nauseous and eager to do early Christmas shopping this time of the year.

I loved this book, I don’t know about you, but I really liked this. Although I still have the love-hate feeling for Becky Brandon, her Mini-Me daughter Minnie brought a smile to my face. A really fun and light read, I was able to finish reading the book within 24 hours! Sophie Kinsella never fails to make me happy! I need to get my hands on Shopaholic To the Stars and Shopaholic To the Rescue soon!!

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Here are the links to my reviews of other books in the Shopaholic Series:

Confessions of a Shopaholic | Shopaholic Takes Manhattan | Shopaholic Ties the Knot

Shopaholic and Sister | Shopaholic and Baby

 

Review: Artistic License by Nageeba Davis

Artistic License
(Maggie Kean Misadventures #2)
by Nageeba Davis

Maggie’s life is on the upswing. Her relationship with her handsome cop boyfriend, Sam Villari, is heating up and shows no signs of slowing down. After taking a year-long sabbatical from teaching to work on her sculptures, she is finally having a showing at The Outlook. Although she was supposed to be mingling, she takes collector, Hank Duran, into the back studio where they stumble across a dead body. The showing is closed down and Maggie is back to her second job of amateur sleuthing, this time with her best friend, Lisa, and the down-to-earth, Duran…a memorable investigative team that works hard to find out the identity of the killer while tripping over their own two feet.

A year after Maggie Kean discovered her neighbor Elizabeth’s body in a septic tank, she finally found her talent in sculpting. Detective Sam Villari, who used to handle Elizabeth’s case, is now Maggie’s boyfriend although she isn’t ready to really commit to a serious relationship. On the night of her prestigious sculpture opening at The Outlook, Hank Duran, a prospective buyer, decided to take a look at Maggie’s other masterpieces, which was stored in another location. When both of them went ahead to look for her hidden sculpture, Maggie smelled & discovered a burned body inside the kiln. It wasn’t long before she went into her usual sleuth mode and poked her nose into discovering the killer on the loose. This time, she had her best friend Lisa and Duran as her accomplices/partners in crime. And as usual, Villari was disappointed and angry because Maggie didn’t confide in him about her own investigation.

Nageeba Davis’s second book in the Maggie Kean Misadventures series is exceptionally written, perfect for sleuths like me who love murder mysteries with romance on the side. Maggie was her usual self – snarky, smart-mouth and a snoop. And I actually missed that in her. Sorry, it took me a year to read the sequel, so I was more than happy to share happy thoughts and snide remarks about her. Villari was still hot and hunky. Yes, I know, almost all heroes and heroines are either gorgeous, sexy and hot, so I always say that on my reviews; I couldn’t help it. Anyway, I liked the newest character, Hank Duran, who was a walking rainbow, and had a lot to say about the people around him.

Artistic Licence is a very entertaining read, full of humor and thrills. This is another mystery series that had me thinking about the killer until the end. Thumbs up!

#ThrowbackThursday: The Third Twin by Ken Follett

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It’s Thursday once again and we’re back with my favorite book meme, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) as her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago. Check out her blog to see her TBT recommendations this week 🙂

Lately I’ve been reading paranormal mysteries and horror stories, and I really enjoyed those books. Now it’s time for a little suspense thriller and I chose Ken Follett’s The Third Twin.

The third twin could be your lover, your friend …or your killer. In the course of her work, scientist Jeannie Ferrami stumbles across a baffling mystery: Steve and Dan appear to be identical twins, but were born on different days, to different mothers. A law student and a convicted murderer, they seem a world apart, but as Jeannie begins to fall in love with Steve, she finds her professional – and personal – future threatened.

Steve is accused of a terrible crime, and Jeannie is forced to question just how different the two men really are. Together, she and Steve investigate the mystery and uncover all the secrets. But perhaps some secrets are best left alone.

Jeannie Ferrami’s discovery of a set of cloned twins was baffling.. Imagine being born to different set of parents at different places and different date and time, but bearing the same exact face and body built. A conspiracy that involved disturbing genetic experiments performed by some of the most powerful men in America – a conspiracy that can have you killed.

This is the third Ken Follett book I’ve read and it had me hooked from Chapter 1 until I had to guess who the real antagonist was! A great crime-fiction, mystery-medical drama! I like the way Ken Follett maneuvered the story from a gruesome work of a fear-loving guy, then segueing it to another person of the same taste & appearance but totally different upbringing.

The Third Twin is something that would keep you awake way past midnight, and it made me shudder & think, could this really happen? Could there really be an experiment that could create 8 identical twins born from 8 different moms? of course not! But once you read this book, you might think twice… er… thrice… or 8 times!! After all, everything is possible in Fiction, right? Ken Follett surely had me wondering more than I should with this book.

Review: Artful Dodger by Nageeba Davis

Artful Dodger
(Maggie Kean Misadventures #1)
by Nageeba Davis

Take one funny, wise-cracking artist, one gorgeous, sexy detective, throw in a grizzly murder, a little amateur sleuthing, and you have the makings of a wild, romantic, misadventure.

Art teacher and sculptor Maggie Kean thought she was having a rotten day, burning her toast, stubbing her toe, and all before eight in the morning. Things just couldn’t get any worse. At least, until the dead body clogs up her toilet. To make matters worse, Maggie becomes the prime suspect. Now all she has to do is evade the police, clear her name, trap a killer…and deal with one mouth-watering, hunky detective who drives her crazy while making her hormones do the happy dance.

Maggie Kean was having the time of her life. Burnt toast, stubbed toe and a dead body. Plus Mr. Nostrils treating her as a suspect in the untimely death of Elizabeth, her neighbor, friend and mentor.

Then came the ruggedly handsome and Italian detective, Sam Villari. Obviously smitten with her, Maggie did her best to dodge the officer’s questions, especially when she started her own little investigation. Who could have put poor Elizabeth in the septic tank, of all places? Who could have done it? And why?

The artfully talented Maggie Kean wasn’t one to rest when there’s a dead body just a few meters away from her house. A stylish lady in her own right, she had been enamored by her kind neighbor but also caught the attention of the hot Italian detective investigating the body at the septic tank. You just can’t help but root for her whenever she stuck her nose to the murder mystery.

Nageeba Davis’ writing is superb and very entertaining, leaving the reader reeling with laughing endless and bright eyed. Maggie Kean is such a delight to read. The story is fast paced, with interesting twisting plot lines, and never-ending loads of fun and hilarious. Add the irresistible Italian on the mix, and you got a cozy mystery winner! Now, if I could just meet Sam Villari in person!

I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble and misadventures Maggie Kean gets herself into next!