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review 2014-10-23 14:51
Can guys and girls ever really be just friends?
Better off Friends - Elizabeth Eulberg

It’s not a secret that books about friends who fall in love, is one of the topics that make me instantly buy the book. And, as you can conclude based on the title alone, Better off Friends is just that kind of book.

 

Better off Friends is a cute contemporary novel. Chapters alternate between Macallan and Levi who talk about how they met, their friendship and all weird situations they got into, because people thought they were more than friends. If you ever had a very good friend of the opposite sex, you can totally relate to their problems.

 

Each chapter is preceded by a small dialog between Levi and Macallan. They comment, in friendly banter, on the events so far and what is going to happen next. These were my favorite parts of the book. I felt like I was sitting in a coffee shop with them while they were retelling their life story to me.

Um, yeah. Friends lie to make each other feel better. You didn’t know that? Have I told you that you look really cute today?
Thanks, I — Wait a second.

And that’s not the only banter in Better off Friends. The book is full of it! Not only between Levi and Macallan, but also between Macallan and her girlfriends.

“Hey!” I slapped my hand against the table. “Speak for yourself, but I’m a very fun time.”
“Yeah,” Danielle agreed, “read the stalls in the guy’s bathroom.”
“Ha, ha.” I shot her a dirty look.

Point of view for a chapter is represented by his or hers silhouette on a swing (from the cover). This little detail was super cute. I love it when books have something like that. It’s completely unrelated to the quality of the story, but makes it more unique. And I feel that publisher really put an effort to make me like the book.

 

The biggest flaw of Better off Friends is that, at around half of the book, Levi and Macallan start to realize that they feel more than friendship for each other. From that point, there will be a lot of misunderstandings and missed opportunities to delay the ending. I was bored at times and felt like the end, the final resolution, was dragging on. It could have been much better if their pure friendship continued longer, so we had more wonderful banter and less drama.

 

In The End…

Better of Friends is about all the problems you will encounter if you have a male best friend. From the annoying questions‘Why don’t you two just go out already?’ to the real danger of losing your heart. If you are looking for some literary depths you might be disappointed. But for a light, fluffy love story with a bit of banter and drama, Better off Friends is a perfect choice.

 

Recommended to fans of young adult contemporary romance novels about best friends who fall in love, good banter, high school setting, …

Source: www.bookwormdreams.com/book-review-better-off-friends-by-elizabeth-eulberg
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text 2013-12-17 16:44
Favorite Adoption Themed Romance
Dangerous Curves Ahead - Sugar Jamison
Savage Spirit - Meg Cameron
The Sweetest Thing - Jill Shalvis
The Lion's Lady - Julie Garwood
Charmed - Beth Ciotta
On the Edge - Ilona Andrews
What the Librarian Did (Harlequin Super Romance) - Karina Bliss
Law Man - Kristen Ashley
The Professional: Part 1 - Kresley Cole
This Time Forever - Kathleen Eagle

A child of the heart and heart wrenching choices, romances with the theme of adoption at their center give us another view of love.  

 

Here is a list of some of my favorite love stories that deal with issues of adoption in powerful ways from giving up a child, to adopting a child, to being the adopted one.

 

1. Dangerous Curves Ahead (Perfect Fit, #1) A sister's jealously over the adopted sibling.

2. Savage Spirit (Dawn of Love, #3)  A white boy adopted into a Shawnee tribe. YA

3. The Sweetest Thing (Lucky Harbor, #2)  Teenage Lovers reunite and the child they gave up for adoption comes back into their lives. 

4. The Lion's Lady (Crown's Spies, #1) Adopted by her her mother's friend and rasied Native American. My favorite Garwood. 

5. Charmed (Friends and Lovers Trilogy, #2) Simply Charming.

6. On the Edge (The Edge, #1)  Great Urban Fantasy. 

7. What the Librarian Did (Harlequin Superromance, #1622)  The regret and the second chance.

8. Law Man (Dream Man, #3) Stepping in and taking care of childern in need. 

9. The Professional: Part 1 (The Game Maker, #1) Erotica. The heroine searches for her Russian parents. 

10.  This Time Forever deals with the adoption of Native American childern

 

Here is a very good Heroes and Heartbreaks blog on this topic for your reading pleasure: Adopted Babies is a Well Used Trope. 

 

As always, I would love to know your favorites! 

 

If you would like to vote for the best of the best go to this Goodreads list: Adoption in Romance Novels 

 

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text 2013-11-05 17:22
Marines: Bulldogs and Jarheads Heroes and Heroines of Romance
A Virgin River Christmas - Robyn Carr
Cover of Night - Linda Howard
Fiancé by Friday - Catherine Bybee
The Nerd and the Marine - D.R. Grady
Beast - Pepper Pace
Skin Deep (I-Team, #5.5) - Pamela Clare
Morning Glory - LaVyrle Spencer
Marrying The Royal Marine - Carla Kelly
Head Over Heels - Susan Andersen
Charmed - Beth Ciotta

Reblogging for Veterans' Day!

 

As any service man or woman will tell you, it matters which branch of the military to which you belong. Each has its own culture, history, and habits. 

 

In this list, I feature romances staring Marines from several eras. 

  

Here is a little about this fighting force in their own words: 

 

Our Purpose is Our Promise

 

We make Marines. We win our nation's battles. We develop quality citizens. These are the promises the Marine Corps makes to our nation and to our Marines. They are the reason for our demanding recruit training process. They form our reputation as America's force in readiness and are honored through the reciprocal commitment, between the Marine and Marine Corps, expressed in our motto: SEMPER FIDELIS.

 

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text 2013-10-28 21:37
Girlie Girl Romance Heroines
Storm's Heart - Thea Harrison
Her Best Worst Mistake - Sarah Mayberry
Getting Lucky - Susan Andersen
The Chocolate Kiss - Laura Florand
Coyote's Mate - Lora Leigh
Undead and Unwed - MaryJanice Davidson
After the Kiss: The Stiletto Series - Lauren Layne
Here Kitty, Kitty! - Shelly Laurenston
Motorcycle Man - Kristen Ashley
Charmed - Beth Ciotta

While I am just this side of Tomboy myself, (my husband describes my style as pretty but sturdy), I appreciate a heroine who clearly invests some of her monthly budget in fashion magazines like so many women of the world do. 

 

I like quirks in my characters so I think a shoe fetish, clothes addiction, jewelry needs, and the compulsion to wax poetic about housewares are just as good of quirks as any others. 

 

I, of course, could have filled every slot on this list with Kristen Ashley's ladies and their shopping and long passages on hair alone.  I restrained myself.  I also left off some classics such as Minerva from Jennifer Cruise's Bet Me to make room for some other heroines and their lovely painted toes. 

 

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review 2013-08-04 00:00
Waiting for Ty - Samantha Ann King This hot little GFY number was just what I needed last night, after a very emotional (but excellent) read. Ty doesn't do men, Landon doesn't either, but they seem to be in love with each other. Landon doesn't care what anyone else thinks, but Ty is from a very religious, old values family, and was worried about what the relationship would do to his own with his family, so he runs. After one VERY hot night, he tells Landon that it can't happen again, and they don't speak for two months.I would have liked to have seen a bit more of what happened during those two months, instead of just cutting to Ty deciding enough already, he missed his best friend, his lover, and I would have liked it better if Landon hadn't been quite so welcoming when Ty finally got his head out of his ass. Make him grovel, just a little bit, the guy fucked and ran, and didn't contact you for months! Where's your dignity?But it was a short and kinda smutty, and just what I needed to help me sleep last night, so job well done.
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