13 06, 2016

Review: BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman

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Review: BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik BackmanBritt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Published by Simon and Schuster on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 336
Genres: Fiction, General, Humorous, Literary
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The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry returns with an irresistible novel about finding love and second chances in the most unlikely of places.
Britt-Marie can’t stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She begins her day at 6 a.m., because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. She is not one to judge others—no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be.
But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination,bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes.
When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg—of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it—she is more than a little unprepared. Employed as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center, the fastidious Britt-Marie has to cope with muddy floors, unruly children, and a (literal) rat for a roommate. She finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts—and a handsome local policeman whose romantic attentions to Britt-Marie are as unmistakable as they are unwanted. Most alarming of all, she’s given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children’s soccer team to victory. In this small town of big-hearted misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?
Funny and moving, observant and humane, Britt-Marie Was Here celebrates the unexpected friendships that change us forever, and the power of even the gentlest of spirits to make the world a better place.

This was a delight to read. Britt-Marie is such a funny character. She reminds me of Amelia Bedelia from my childhood reading. I am sure she would be horrified to hear that. 63 year old Britt-Marie takes things quite literally and doesn’t understand sarcasm. She doesn’t have a real sense of humor and […]

18 02, 2015

JUST PRU by Anne Pfeffer

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JUST PRU by Anne Pfeffer

JUST PRU by Anne PfefferJust Pru by Anne Pfeffer
March 2nd 2015
Pages: 232
Genres: Contemporary, Depression & Mental Illness, Humorous, Romance, Women's Fiction
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When twenty-five-year-old Pru Anderson—braless, pajama-clad, and clutching her cat, Chuck—is rescued from her burning Los Angeles apartment, the thing that scares her most is meeting the neighbors. New people make her hide in the bathroom, counting by sevens, but when her home is destroyed, she must turn strangers into friends …  or crawl back to the controlling parents she only recently escaped.

What would her idol, Pepper Hathaway, do? That’s a no brainer: the detective-slash-supermodel heroine from Pru's favorite TV series would take no prisoners while looking fierce in a tankini and stilettos. So when the chance comes up to live with playwright Ellen, Pru sets aside her fears and goes for it.

Thus begin the adventures of a girl who's never had a job, a friend, or a first kiss. Swept into Ellen's whirlwind life, Pru begins to build her own, as director's assistant for a new play, muse to brooding actor Blake, and possible love interest to adorably neurotic neighbor, Adam.

Only one thing can derail Pru's exhilarating journey. Well, actually, it's two things—and they're in a car headed straight for LA to torpedo her life. When the past that nearly destroyed her comes calling, who will she be: a Prudence or a Pepper?

This book was just fun. Just Pru follows a girl who needed to loose everything to break out of her shell and begin her life. I devoured this book in one day. This was a quick funny read that made me feel good. Pru is a girl raised on fear. She just lost […]

9 02, 2015

SINGLE, CAREFREE, MELLOW: Stories by Katherine Heiny

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SINGLE, CAREFREE, MELLOW: Stories by Katherine HeinySingle, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on February 3rd 2015
Pages: 240
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Humorous, Literary
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“Katherine Heiny's work does something magical: elevates the mundane so that it has the stakes of a mystery novel, gives women's interior lives the gravity they so richly deserve -- and makes you laugh along the way.”—Lena DunhamSingle, Carefree, Mellow is that rare and wonderful thing: a debut that is superbly accomplished, endlessly entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny.

Maya is in love with both her boyfriend and her boss. Sadie’s lover calls her as he drives to meet his wife at marriage counseling. Gwen pines for her roommate, a man who will hold her hand but then tells her that her palm is sweaty. And Sasha agrees to have a drink with her married lover’s wife and then immediately regrets it. These are the women of Single, Carefree, Mellow, and in these eleven sublime stories they are grappling with unwelcome houseguests, disastrous birthday parties, needy but loyal friends, and all manner of love, secrets, and betrayal.

In “Cranberry Relish” Josie’s ex—a man she met on Facebook—has a new girlfriend he found on Twitter. In “Blue Heron Bridge” Nina is more worried that the Presbyterian minister living in her garage will hear her kids swearing than about his finding out that she’s sleeping with her running partner. And in “The Rhett Butlers” a teenager loses her virginity to her history teacher and then outgrows him.

In snappy, glittering prose that is both utterly hilarious and achingly poignant, Katherine Heiny chronicles the ways in which we are unfaithful to each other, both willfully and unwittingly. Maya, who appears in the title story and again in various states of love, forms the spine of this linked collection, and shows us through her moments of pleasure, loss, deceit, and kindness just how fickle the human heart can be.From the Hardcover edition.

What a wonderful cover this books has? Single, Carefree, Mellow looks like a great read. I saw this cover and knew immediately I wanted to read it. Unfortunately, I disliked so much about this book that the cover is the only part I still enjoy. This book is actually ten stories by Katherine […]

4 10, 2014

INDECENT PROPOSAL by Molly O’Keefe- Blog Tour

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INDECENT PROPOSAL by Molly O’Keefe- Blog Tour

INDECENT PROPOSAL by Molly O’Keefe- Blog TourIndecent Proposal by Molly O'Keefe
Series: Boys of Bishop #4
Published by Random House Publishing Group on September 30th 2014
Pages: 352
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Humorous, Romance
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Perfect for readers of Susan Mallery and Rachel Gibson, Molly O’Keefe’s gritty and sensual tale of passion and politics features the brother of the heroine from the author’s beloved novel, Never Been Kissed. He’s a driven man who refuses to be distracted—until he meets a beautiful bartender who just may change his life.  With his chiseled jaw and thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia, and now he’s next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father’s greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid, and nothing can get in his way—not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean on and a body to love for a night. Problem is, she’s pregnant. Scandal is brewing, and there is only one solution: marriage.   Damage control? Ryan Kaminski can’t believe that a cold, calculating political animal now inhabits the body of the emotionally vulnerable stranger who gave her the most unforgettable night of her life. Really, she doesn’t want anything from Harrison, except to be left alone to have her baby in peace. But Ryan is broke, jobless, and essentially blackmailed by Harrison’s desperate family to accept this crazy marriage deal. For two years, she will have to act the role of caring, supportive wife. But what is Ryan supposed to do when she realizes that, deep in her heart, she’s falling in love?Praise for Indecent Proposal   “Real, immediate, and wrenching. This is a love story not to be missed.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)   “In O’Keefe’s very capable hands, readers are drawn into Ryan and Harrison’s engaging journey to understanding and love. . . . A touching, sexy and surprising story of two people from completely different worlds who turn out to be a perfect match.”—Kirkus Reviews   “Whatever rating system you might use to rank book reads, Indecent Proposal by Molly O’Keefe will blow it right out of the water. . . . Once again, with this book, she excels! Indecent Proposal brings together two lonely, pained individuals, puts them in an untenable relationship, and has them come out the other side in a solid and loving partnership. But the path to get there is filled with anguish and soul searching, and whew, what a ride! . . . I can’t wait to see what O’Keefe offers next.”—Fresh Fiction   “Gut-wrenching, funny, thought-provoking and romantic. Harrison and Ryan are so finely crafted you’ll walk away feeling as if you’d always know their hearts.”—The Book Nympho   “Indecent Proposal is a heartfelt, poignant and sexy addition to the Boys of Bishop series that old and new fans are going to love.”—Book Reviews & More by KathyFrom the Paperback edition.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. Molly O’Keefe has written a bunch of romance novels, there are over 25 listed on Goodreads. All those books have great Goodreads ratings. I didn’t take all of that into account, I just read the synopsis and thought it looked good. Indecent Proposal is […]

2 10, 2014

SASHA by Rae Matthews- Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

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SASHA by Rae Matthews- Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

SASHA by Rae Matthews- Blog Tour, Review & GiveawaySasha (Mixed Drinks #1) by Rae Matthews
Series: Mixed Drinks #1
Published by Rae Matthews on September 3rd 2014
Pages: 190
Genres: Fiction, General, Humorous, Romance
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When it comes to relationships, I have really bad luck. Each time I meet a guy, I cross my fingers and hope he is at least halfway normal. I’m so tired of dealing with crybabies and freak shows that I could just scream. At this point, I’m so close to just joining a convent, taking the vow of chastity, and calling it quits with men entirely. Well, I probably don’t need to go to that extreme... I mean who am I kidding? There's no way I could be a nun. But becoming an old crotchety lady with 20 cats lurking around? Now THAT is a definite possibility. That is until I see him, my brown-eyed stallion man, swooping in to save me from an unforeseen wrinkly old balls attack, and then... he is gone. Well, not gone completely, because I can’t stop fantasizing about him.

I fantasize about him so much that when I finally do see him again, I make a complete and total ass of myself. Several times in fact. How I do not drop dead of embarrassment right then and there is beyond me.

So, remember I said I have really bad luck? Well, sit back, grab a glass of wine or your favorite mixed drink, and let me tell you how it all started, and how it all ends...

I loved this book. Sasha had everything I could want in a romance. It was funny, witty, sexy, realistic, emotional and swoon worthy. I laughed and cried as I read this book. I finished it in one sitting because it was so easy to read and just plain addictive. I was delightfully surprised […]

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