Tag: Contemporary

Review: The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst

Posted December 22, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: The Marriage Mistake

Author: Jennifer Probst

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: October 2012

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Three

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review


Carina has had a crush on her brother’s best friend Max for as long as she could remember. But after having her heart broken too many times, she realizes she can’t wait around for Max forever. When she moves to NY to work at her family’s business, she’s dismayed to find she’s to shadow Max. But this isn’t the little girl he remembers, and Carina and Max soon can’t deny their attraction to each other. One thing leads to another and before they know it, Max and Carina are forced into a marriage that neither are ready for.
Or are they?

What a fun romance!
I haven’t read the other Probst stories in this series and I’m happy to say that as a new reader, you don’t have to. Jump right in and begin!

Carina is a firecracker. I liked her personality, her self assurance and her vulnerable side. I was less impressed by Max. He’s gorgeous, of course, and emotionally unavailable. But Max lacked the mystery, the depth that some other leading men have and while the scenes were hot and heavy, I wasn’t sold on Max.

Also, I thought it was funny that the book is called the Marriage Mistake, but the actual marriage didn’t happen until 3/4 of the way through the book. This was a great choice. It really gave the reader time to get to know Max and Carina and see them as dueling forces of nature.

Overall, the story is fun, light and a quick read. (I enjoyed it happily on a flight across country.)

Rating: 7 Pretty Cool, Would Recommend

Posted December 22, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Review: 52 Reasons To Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

Posted November 29, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Title: 52 Reasons To Hate My Father

Author: Jessica Brody

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Publication Date: July 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone


Synopsis can be found here.
Library copy.

Review:

Lexington Larrabee is in for a rude awakening. After causing a huge “incident” one night, her father comes to the decision that his spoiled heiress daughter needs to start taking some responsibility for her actions. And so he tells her she must complete 52 jobs in 52 weeks, in order for her to get her trust fund- $25 million dollars. Lexi, who has never worked a day in her life also has a babysitter- her father’s intern Luke who is watching over her and her jobs, making sure she completes them and hopefully learns something from them.

What fun!
I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Lexi. There’s only so much sympathy I have for a spoiled, million dollars heiress. But from the start, Brody does a wonderful job of making Lexi into a normal girl. A very spoiled, bratty and delusional girl, but a teenage girl nonetheless. And totally likeable!!! She can be sweet, thoughtful and has generally been neglected her entire life. Her father’s minions and servants have been raising her from a very young age.
So already, while Lexi has everything materialistic, she doesn’t have anything she actually needs.

Enter: the 52 jobs.
Under cover of disguise, Lexi works her way through donut maker, maid, flower delivery girl and more. Hilarious and light, it’s easy to get behind Lexi as she makes new friends and gets a fresh sense of purpose. She becomes more confident, figuring out what she wants, what’s important and who is important.

And there’s Luke. Their friendship is so gradual and organic, it seemed that all of sudden they were friends. Or possibly more?
Her email updates on her progress are super funny and as Lexi transforms, so do others around her.

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted November 29, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment


Book Review: Born To Run by Christopher McDougall

Posted September 17, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Title: Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Author: Christopher McDougall

Publisher: Vintage/Knopf

Publication Date: May 2009

Genre: Non Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone


Synopsis can be found here.

Review:
Let’s get one thing straight- I don’t run. I may lightly jog on occasion or perhaps bolt to catch a passing ice cream truck, but run for fun? May I quote a man at the bar in Back To The Future Pt. III- “Run for Fun? What the hell kinda fun is that?”

Well, my friend, perhaps I was wrong. Because after reading Born To Run, I think of little else to do besides, well. Run.

Born to Run chronicles the adventure of the author, Chris McDougall, when he asked the simple question- Why does my foot hurt? Well, Chris, you’ve suffered from some very bad running injuries. So bad, in fact, most modern doctors are telling you to stay off it and stop running. But as McDougall goes deeper and deeper into the history of running, and befriending some amazing characters who will eventually compete in an ultra run of 50 miles, McDougall does the impossible. He finds a way to run, long distances, with no pain. Effortlessly.

McDougall’s narrative is well done, slowly weaving an incredible story of runners, hidden tribes, Olympic games, and foreign cultures. A few times, I found myself wondering where he was going on this tangent, only to have it loop back round again in the perfect conclusion. The cast is a fun line of eccentric characters, including Scott Jerek, Jenn Shelton, and Barefoot Ted, who seek adventure in the Cooper Canyons, Mexico’s remote range of mountains.

The story is so amazing, it’s almost hard to believe.
Almost.
It’s an adventure story, a history lesson, an anthropology class and an exciting race all rolled up into one.

I listened to the audiobook in the car. The narrator was excellent. I even got my husband to listen to it! He finished the book in two days, went out to buy new five fingered running shoes, and has since started running long distances. Inspiration.

Maybe you’re like me, not a runner. It doesn’t matter. You’ll love this book anyway.
And you may go out and get a new pair of running shoes. Maybe the five finger kind. Maybe you’ll run outside a little bit.
Maybe I’ll see you there.

Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome like Cookies and Ice Cream

Posted September 17, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 4 Comments


***Romance Report*** Book Review: Broken by Megan Hart

Posted April 19, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Broken
Author: Megan Hart
Publisher: Spice
Publication Date: May 2007
Genre: Romance/Erotica
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Synopsis can be found here.
Review:
Once a month, Sadie sits with her lunchmate Joe and he tells her about his latest conquest. Sadie listens intently to each escapade, dreaming that she is the girl in Joe’s story. The escape is a time Sadie looks forward to as her real life is far more complicated than Joe’s one night stands. And what is Joe to Sadie? And what is Sadie to Joe?
I don’t normally read or review erotica, but I felt so strongly about this story, I had to post. If you’re not used to reading erotica, and I wasn’t, the many explicit sex scenes may make you want to put the book down. But under it all, and the sex does serve as a function of revelation for both Sadie and Joe’s character developments, it is a beautiful story of two people who are broken in many ways, and their chance to heal.
Sadie’s husband Adam, who she loves, was in an accident and is a quadriplegic. She cares for him in every way she can and their love-hate relationship is so complex it’s heartbreaking. Who Adam was before the accident and how their marriage changed afterwards, shows not only Adam’s transformation but also Sadie’s retreat within herself, adding to the complications between her and Joe.
Joe is a playboy, a seemingly shallow ladies’ man who is going through the motions because he can. But Joe is actually looking for more, more than he lets on. But he doesn’t know how to get it.
Hart’s fantastic writing is hot, sensual and sorrowful. I felt Sadie’s pain, her confusion over her marriage and relationship with her husband, her unrequited feelings for Joe. Again, it is erotica so there is a lot of sex in this book but I didn’t feel like it was gratuitous (and I’ve even felt that in some romance novels, let alone erotica). And Joe’s story is equally as fulfilling.

Don’t push this book aside because it is labeled erotica. I became weepy a couple of times; I was so involved in Sadie and Joe’s journey. And I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this tale.

Rating  10 One of the Best

Posted April 19, 2012 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments