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review 2017-11-09 22:51
The Carrie Diaries - Candace Bushnell

I wasn't sure how I'd like this book going into it. I've watched the TV adaptation and liked it well enough. It wasn't my favorite, but it was entertaining.

I'm glad I ended up reading the book, because I did enjoy it. It's not the world's best literature or anything, but it is an entertaining read that goes surprisingly quickly despite the long length. It is a pretty relaxing read for the most part, but does bring up some important points. Bushnell incorporates many topics into the text such as feminism, cliques, and power dynamics.

I'll admit the last quarter of the book was kind of a let down. I liked the ending well enough and it was set up nicely for the second book, but there were things that happened that made the book more stressful than relaxing for me. It's not necessarily a critique of the book, just something that interrupted my personal enjoyment of it.

As far as TV show vs. book, I think the characters are pretty consistent although. the show smooshes Lali and Maggie together. Also, Missy doesn't exist in the TV show universe. The mishaps and problems each character faces varies slightly, but for the most part they are similar.

Overall, a very entertaining read.

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review 2017-10-24 04:30
Fun and engaging start to the series
ALEC (She-Shifters of Hell's Corner Book 1) - Candace Ayers

As far as series starters go, this one is a winner. Candace Ayers has done a great job of introducing the characters in small town, Helen's Corner and the more I read, the more I understood the second name, Hell's Crazy Corner. The story is engaging and fun, the characters are unique, and the dialogue is witty and often quite funny.

Carter is not looking for a relationship, let alone a mate, when she sees Alec for the first time and the stress that causes her makes for some mishaps in her daily life. Of course, Alec's situation doesn't help matters and what follows is a crazy few days for this pair as well as some serious heat, both in and out of the kitchen.

There were several great scenes in this one, but to go into them would give spoilers. I will say that I laughed out loud more than once and I did cheer a bit at the end of chapter 22 - I couldn't help myself. Of course, you'll have to read it to find out why.

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review 2017-10-20 14:47
good book and characters
A Perfect Gentleman: A Novel - Candace Camp

Graeme woke up to his cousin’s dog as well as his cousin James. Then James said there was some juicy gossip to be told his mother had even got up early to come to Graeme’s. Graeme had married Abigail to save his family estate, pay off his fathers debts. Graeme had been willing to do his duty by his family even giving up Laura who was the woman he already loved. But Thursten Price- Abigail's father hadn’t left anything to chance and used blackmail to make sure Abigaila and  Graeme married and Abigail knew nothing about it. Thursten had poorly treated Abigail most her life.  Abigail thought she had married a kind thoughtful gentleman but on the wedding night he made it clear he would only be Abigail's husband in name only that she had brought herself a title and husband in name only and walked away from her. The next morning Graeme had regretted how he had treated Abigail when he went to her hotel he found out she had checked out that morning to return to N Y. Then James told Graeme that Abigail was now back in London. Resentment and anger long buried stirred in Graeme. No one seemed to know why Abigail had returned. She had been quite successful in society in N Y. Abigail is now twenty eight - it had been ten years since she left to return to the states- and wants to have a child. If Graeme doesn’t want to father said baby she wants a divorce and she will marry someone else who is willing to make her a mother. Graeme’s grandmother wants him to come to London and deal with his wife, take her to his home. Graeme and James leave to return to London together . Graeme finds out on his return to London  he finds out his wife Abigail- who has grown into a beautiful woman- is sought after by many men. Then Graeme and ABigail see each other at a ball later they meet and Abigail tells Graeme why she returned. It had been a slight scandal when Abigail had left for the states the day after she was married and Graeme didn't want any more scandal of a divorce  he was the Earl now. Graeme agreed to live with Abigail as husband and wife l until she got pregnant and she had agreed to raise the child in England. Abigail had begun to get secret letters that have clues to Graeme’s father and his debt. As time goes on Abigail and Graeme and really get to know each other.  

I enjoyed this book , I liked the pace of this. As well as the plot. I loved how Abigail had the strength to face Graeme and let him know her hearts desire. I liked there was some mystery in this story. At first I didn’t like Graeme at all he never gave Abigail a chance  to tell her side of marrying Graeme .Instead he just believed she was as bad as her father. But he did grow on me after Abigail had returned to London. I love how it took time for Graeme and Abigail to grow feelings for each other. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2017-10-13 21:46
Fun dialogue
Alpha Sheriff - Candace Ayers

Alpha Sheriff is a light, fun read with a sexy alpha and the human woman that he can't get enough of. I loved this pair from their first encounter. Kari's sass keeps our hot sheriff on his toes and their banter was certainly chuckle worthy. While there were a couple of unanswered questions, we get plenty of the shifter - mate romance between this pair. It's easy to see the attraction between them from the start and I like that Noah doesn't realize he's found his mate from the instant he lays eyes on Kari. It is pretty quick, but not exactly instant. 

The story moves at a fast pace with some steamy fun, tension between rival clans, and some often quite humorous dialogue. This one is great for a lazy couple of hours in your favorite reading spot and leaves you with a smile and some good feels. 

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text 2017-09-01 12:52
REVIEW BY AMY - Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson
Hearts Are Like Balloons - Candace Robinson
May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…

 

 

@literarydust, @Mommy_Amers, #Contemporary, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/amy/heartsarelikeballoonsbycandacerobinson
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