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Review: Beth Kendrick

Everyone says the first year of marriage is the hardest . . . but what would you do if you found out that you were never really married in the first place?

In this irresistible romantic comedy from award-winning author Beth Kendrick, three wildly different women form an unlikely friendship as they try to decide whether they’d do it all again.

They’ve had the white dresses and the fancy receptions. But now that the honeymoon’s over, Stella, Casey, and Erin have each had to face some hard truths about the men they’ve married and the lives they’ve chosen. So when the news breaks that the pastor who presided over their weddings failed to file a few critical pieces of paper, none of these newlyweds are rushing down to the courthouse to legalize their vows. Instead, the brides share their hopes, disappointments, and secrets while grappling with that pivotal question: Should they stay or should they go?

My Rating:
My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book a lot more than i thought i would. The characters made me think of some of my friends and their marriages, particularly some of their complaints. As a single woman it was nice to be able to sympathize with the main characters just through what i would like and not when it comes to a partner and marriage. I even enjoyed the typically chic-lit ending, can’t wait to try another book by this author.

All you need is love? For the residents of swanky Mayfair Estates, a pre-nup is just another item on the wedding to-do checklist—but three friends get more than they bargained for when they promise to love, cherish . . . and sign on the dotted line.

Ellie married her handsome, wealthy Prince Charming when she was young, naive, and willing to sign a one-sided pre-nup in the name of true love. But seven years and one toddler later, her happily-ever-after has come screeching to a halt. If she can’t save her marriage, she’s determined to save her divorce, and she’s not about to let a lot of legalese stand in her way.

When Jen married Eric, he knew she wasn’t head over heels. Still, he insisted that they were perfect together and even bankrolled her blossoming business. But when Jen’s career finally takes off, she realizes that she may lose her husband. If Eric leaves, Jen will lose everything—including the marriage she values more than she thought.

Up-and-coming attorney Mara is sure her fiancé has forgiven her for a foolish one-night fling—until he adds a “cheating clause” to the pre-nup she had demanded. If he really trusts her, why the clause? And if she’s really trustworthy, why is she objecting?

As romance collides with real life, three very different women turn to each other for moral support and insights about how to safeguard their most valuable assets: their hearts.

My Rating:
My Thoughts:
This was a good book, fairly typical chic-lit. In my personal opinion though it was not as good as [book:Nearlyweds|317159]. Maybe it’s that am single and just couldn’t relate to how the main characters felt, which was odd because i was able to previously. Perhaps it’s the subject of cheating and how the heroines reacted to it. I know for sure i would have done it differently, but again am not married now so who knows if my perspective could change in that matter. Overall it was good and it had a satisfying ending which kept me happy.

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Review: Leaving Normal by Stef Ann Holm

 Synopsis:
Shake it up a little!

At long last Natalie Goodwin’s life is running just the way she wants it. Her new florist shop is all set for a grand opening, and her daughter is enjoying her first semester in college. The house is clean, the bills are paid and cooking dinner every night is now an option. Natalie admits she’s just a teeny bit lonely, but recent dating experiences have left her convinced that Mr. Right does not live in Boise, Idaho.

But life has a big surprise for Natalie and he lives right across the street! Never in her wildest dreams did she think she could fall for a man nine years her junior, but then she has never met a man like firefighter Tony Cruz. He turns her well-ordered life upside down, and pretty soon things go from simmering to scalding. Just when the sparks begin to turn into a three-alarm blaze Natalie is caught unawares again — Tony wants her and a child of his own.

A baby? At forty-three? Natalie is definitely all shook up.


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Source: Personal Library
Genre: Contemporary Women
My thoughts:
Ah Tony, how i love thee!

While Natalie was not a bad heroine, it was Tony who made this book perfect for me. I was a little taken at back when i started reading the story and we find out Tony is married with a child. I took it in strides though trying to figure out where the author was going with this, and am glad i did. We begin to learn the reasons why he’s married and how much he loves his step daughter. I was moved by how hard he was trying in his relationship, how dedicated he was to stay true to the person he married and how he didn’t care one little bit that the child was not his by blood. It was a bit heartbreaking to see him struggle through the separation. I liked how he understood that his pain came more from the loss of a family and his step daughter than his wife. He was not blinded and he made no excuses for his own mistakes in the relationship. *sigh* The man is just totally fantastic with his drool worthy body, unconceited attitude, friendliness and bravery. His romanticism and attentiveness was like a cherry on top, i swear he made me want to go to every fire station to see if i could find me one just like him. :laughs:

Ah yes, the heroine was also a great person. Though i thought it was quite ridiculous that she didn’t just grab Tony with both hands from the very beginning. I understood that due to her past relationship experiences; and the age gap it was hard for her to adjust and just let go. I was glad she finally saw the light towards the end. That epilogue was truly sigh worthy, it had me smiling like a loon.
I’m not sure about the author’s earlier works but so far the books i’ve read i have not been disappointed. I will be buying her next book for sure!

Let’s talk about series

wolfpackLately i have been occupied with book series. Some i have read throughout the years but others are new finds. Lets start with an author whose work is in my automatic buy. Which means i like these author’ work so much that i will buy any books they write, just to see if i like it regardless of the genre. I must say i do not have many in my list since i believe that liking the author’s work and loving it are very different.

I hope by now many of you know about Christine Feehan and if you don’t then i suggest you check your local library or bookstore and start reading her books. She is one of those author’s whose work i have known for a while and deeply enjoy. She has so far about 4 series: Dark Carpathians, Drake Sisters, Ghost Walkers and recently a Leopard series.

“You are my lifemate. I claim you as my lifemate. I belong to you. I offer my life for you. I give you my protection. I give you my allegiance. I give you my heart. I give you my soul. I give you my body. I take into my keeping the same that is yours. You life will be cherished by me for all my time. Your life will be place above my own for all time. You are my lifemate. You are bound to me for all eternity. You are always in my care.”

Today it’s about her Carpathians and am very proud to say i have read and re-read all 19 books. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one so far and fell in love with the characters for many different reasons. The Carpathians are relatively vampires, who are also hunters of  “rogue” vampires. From someone who has read many series on the vampire genre i can attest it’s like no other. For example,  they can shapeshift to different animals. I have had some problems with stories on vampires where the taking of blood resulted on the person’s death. Another thing that really bothers me these days is a vampire who has no soul, therefore no reflection on the mirror. As a friend mentioned once “there is something freaky about someone having a HEA when they have no soul”.

For someone who gags at the mention of cutsey and the overly romantic in a story, am quite the sucker for soulmates. Give the characters a reason to find the person that will complete them and i will at least want to read the blurb on the book. This story has Lifemates and each couple is different and similar in many ways, which will make you hate or love the characters for it. So far of the males my favorite is Gregory and MaryAnne as a lifemate. There is nothing better for me than an Alpha male who knows just the right amount of controlling and that is not afraid to show love and respect to their other half. MaryAnne….well she is a truly fashionista and as tomboyish as i am, i still love clothes and SHOES, even if am the only one who thinks they look good.

There are few authors these days who include discreet-intimacy, as i like to call it, that i still read. It’s not that i want heavy sexual scenes everywhere in a book, but am no longer a teenager i feel i can take the crass words and welcome the explicit intimacy. I enjoyed how Christine delivered these scenes, not being explicit but enough for everyone to know exactly where and how things were getting done. Something that other discreet-intimacy writers make you wonder how the characters went from kissing, to being sweaty and out of breath the next sentence. It’s almost like they want to gloss over the fact the people actually do have sex…..ROFL 

My favorite book from the series seems to be the latest one, Dark Curse. Probably because we finally get to see the Carpathians as a community, and see the light at the end of the tunnel for some of the problems they have experienced thus far. If like me, you have been checking her website to know what the next book will be about, then you must know why it’s a fantastic story. For the poor souls that do not, it’s about two before mention characters that have intrigued us so much we just cannot seem to wait to learn their story from their perspectives.  I have my fingers cross that the story after would be for either Zacarias or Dominic, they are just too close to turning “rogue” so i want to see them paired to a lifemate. These days in her yahoo group we seem to be trying to figure out which of the Carpathians still left will match with whom, i hope once you start reading her books you will join on the fun.

You may find more about Christine Feehan and her Dark Series in her website: http://www.christinefeehan.com/dark_series/index.php