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Book Review and New Release: Something’s Cooking by Meg Lacey

Title: Something’s Cooking Author: Meg Lacey Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 Pages: 182 Format read: ebook Rating: C Tess Banyon has made a name for herself in the kitchen. She’s become, almost overnight, a “Martha Stewart”-esque personage (minus the pesky jail time, of course) across the country. When the “diva of domesticity” takes over half the space that was supposed to be devoted to his newspaper column and is on the verge of getting her own television show, investigative reporter Josh Faraday decides it’s time to strike back. Josh has been trying to pitch his own hard-hitting news program to…

Book Review: Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak (Book four of the Whiskey Creek series)

Title: Home to Whiskey Creek Author: Brenda Novak Series: Whiskey Creek Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 Pages: 294 Format read: ebook Rating: C- The fourth Whiskey Creek novel, Home to Whiskey Creek, is Noah Rackham’s story. Noah is a professional mountain bike racer, but he also owns a bike shop in Whiskey Creek where he spends his off season time. He’s been in the series thus far as one of the group of friends that meet at the coffee shop every Friday—the one whose in-the-closet best friend Baxter is secretly (not so secretly, as it turns out, to everyone in the…

Book Review: Three Little Words by Susan Mallery (Book twelve of the Fool’s Gold series)

Title: Three Little Words Author: Susan Mallery Series: Fool’s Gold Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 Rating: 3 ½ stars I always want to like Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold books more than I actually do. Don’t get me wrong—the setting is charming, the small-town feel is idyllic, and the characters are fun and quirky. They’re feel-good books, to be sure. I have enjoyed much about these books—obviously, because I keep coming back for more. Lately, though, their “cookie cutter” feel is beginning to overpower their overall charm for me. They start out with two characters—our hero and heroine—who aren’t in/don’t want…

Book Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

Title: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me Author: Sarra Manning Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2011 Rating: 5 stars (Listened to audiobook) Loved, loved, loved this book. Neve Slater is an archivist (DON’T call her a librarian!) who spends her days listening to the audio memoirs of dead authors and transcribing them in the hopes that somewhere within them is a literary gem just waiting to be discovered. It’s been a largely unsuccessful endeavor so far. But she has found her own pet project: failed novelist and minor poet, Lucy Keener. She’s already read and loved Lucy’s autobiographical (and…

BLOG TOUR and Book Review–Italian Affair by Annie Seaton (Book two of the Affair series)

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Book Review: Charade by Nyrae Dawn (Book one of the Games series)

Title: Charade Author: Nyrae Dawn Series: Games Genre: New adult contemporary Published: 2012 Rating: 4 stars **audio version** Charade opens with freshman Cheyenne Marshall walking in on Gregory, her boyfriend of two years and the guy who she’s followed to college, in bed with another woman. The past year without her was just so hard, he explains, but this was going to be the last time. It wasn’t what it looked like. (!) Then he brings out the big guns: He’s a guy. Yep. Best. Excuse. Ever. Um, no. For Cheyenne, though, this feels like more than the standard-issue boyfriend…

Book Review: Love, Technically by Lynne Silver

Title: Love, Technically Author: Lynne Silver Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 Rating: 3 stars Michelle Kolson has moved from small-town Iowa to Chicago to follow her dreams. Little does she know that her job is about to be outsourced overseas and that the geeky but cute help center guy she’s just met and is crushing over is actually the CEO and founder of the company. Will the truth be enough to send her back home forever? Noah “Sark” Frellish, discouraged by all the women who look at him and only see dollar signs, is hesitant to correct Michelle’s misconception. But…

Come and Get It by Keira Cole (Book one of the Bonifay Family)

Title: Come and Get It Author: Keira Cole Series: Bonifay Family Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 Rating: 3 stars Dixie Rose Bonifay hasn’t had an easy life. Her parents died while she was still in college, so she dropped out to raise her four siblings and had to finish her degree online. She met the love of her life at twenty-two—Garrett—but lost him soon after when he was killed in Iraq. Dixie bounced back once again, using his insurance money to start up a mobile catering business. She loves her job and her family, and feels pretty content with her…

New Release Review: THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD by Leah Rae Miller

Title: The Summer I Became a Nerd Author: Leah Rae Miller Genre: Young adult contemporary Published: 2013 Rating: 4 stars     Blurb: On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl’s body isn’t just unknown, it’s anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way. Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real…

Making It Last by Ruthie Knox (Book four in the Camelot series)

Title: Making it Last Author: Ruthie Knox Series: Camelot Genre: Contemporary Published: 2013 Rating: 5 stars Making It Last by Ruthie Knox is the fourth book in the Camelot series, which follows the stories of the Clark siblings in the fictional town of Camelot, Ohio. It continues the story of Amber Clark and Tony Mazzara that began in book one, the novella (or short story, as my Nook tells me) How to Misbehave. For fans of the series, it’s a must-read. As the author herself points out in her note at the end, romance novels tend to end at or around the wedding, and readers are to…