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review 2017-12-09 02:58
Chasing Christmas Eve - Jill Shalvis

I have followed the Heartbreaker Bay series from the beginning.  From that moment I became invested in the lives of the characters featured and was eager for each of them to get their happily ever after. When I discovered this would be Spence’s story I was eager to dive into this one. Having been fascinated by Spence from the previous books and given my experience with the previous books I had high expectations for Chasing Christmas Eve.

 

What the story is about.

Imagine taking an unplanned trip to a city, you never intended to visit, but because of the weather, it proved to be the safest choice. All this was done to escape the stress of your personal and professional life. In the process the one thing you never expected occurred, you found your soul mate and discovered long-lasting and meaningful friendships. 

Well Colbie Albright could tell you all about such an experience. She ended up in San Francisco, because she was fatigued, overwhelmed with family issues and dealing with writer’s block.   Meeting geeky and sexy Spencer Baldwin and falling in love was not on her agenda, but fate had different plans.

 

The last thing on Spencer Baldwin’s mind is being involved in a relationship not that he has had any luck in that department. Besides his latest project consumed all his waking moments.  Therefore, when he came face to face with the beautiful and mysterious Colbie Albright he was taken aback by his reaction to her.  Getting involved with her would not be a wise move as she is only in the city for two weeks, but the heart want what the heart wants. 

 

Will he be able to let her go at the end of the two weeks or will he be able to convince her that what they share is not worth two weeks but a lifetime?

 

I remember the first time I read a book written by Jill Shalvis. Her writing sucked me in and warmed my heart. She creates relatable characters served up with a side of fun and Chasing Christmas Eve was no different.

This was a fun read, and it had everything I expected. Wonderful characters, humour, heat and friendships. The pacing was perfect and the drama low-keyed.  Never once did I experience a dull moment.  There was surprising and interesting development.  It had to do with Eddie, the homeless guy who Spence is always looking to assist.  It was a shocking but pleasant surprise.

 

I fell in love with Spence when I met him in the previous instalments.  However, I was disappointed with his portrayal in this installment.  Yes, he is brilliant, sexy, caring, and humble but I did not like how he allowed his friends to dictate his personal life. I understood the need to want to protect a friend, but he is a big man who can make his own decisions.  Elle was the one I had the issue with in this area.  She need to chill.  I enjoyed seeing taking a break from work and having fun.

 

Colbie cares for her family even though they are the source of her current situation. They are everything to her.   She is delightful and I enjoyed peeling away the layers of her character.  I loved how she blended in with Spencer’s friends.

 

I loved them as a couple. Their chemistry, which was evident from their initial meeting, was off the charts.  Their initialmeeting took place under unfortunate but funny circumstances. They had so much in common, which made them a perfect pair. They both feared commitment when it came to relationships. She was afraid of opening up her heart, while Spence feared he would break it, as he believed he was no good at relationships. However, where Spence was willing to take a chance, Colbie was more interested in running.  Watching, as they overcome these issues and taking a chance on love was delightful and heart-warming. I enjoyed their interaction with each other, which was fun and filled with heat.  

 

Conclusion/Recommendation

Chasing Christmas Eve is an entertaining, witty and heart-warming story that had me smiling from ear to ear.  This is a great addition to the series and I am eager to see what next Jill Shalvis has in store for the gang of Heartbreaker Bay.

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review 2017-12-06 17:20
Reach For Your Dream – Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean @taylordeanbooks
Chasing Fireflies - Taylor Dean

There are two songs that jumped out at me as I read Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean. I opted to use the Pina Colada song, because I love it and it makes me feel good to sing along to it. You can hear it here.

 

Chasing Fireflies (Power of the Matchmaker)

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MY REVIEW

 

I have been a huge fan of Taylor Dean’s for some time now, so I am excited to check out another one of her novels, Chasing Fireflies.

 

Her sisters act like mothers as they do their best to dissuade Savannah from going to China for four months, but she knew HE was there and she had to find him, her true love. She’ll be OK, she has her magic cloak and that makes her invisible.

 

Emotions bubble to the surface early as I read of the loss of her parents. Can someone die of a broken heart?

 

OK Taylor, Ive got my tissues by my side, so let’s go find Paul, come hell or high water.

 

She’s shy, but that doesn’t mean she not observant, taking in everything around her,a spectator of others.

 

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”  What a great quote.

 

I found it easy to relate to her difficulty with social situations and turbulence. I am a huge fan of my own company and God forbid I end up on a plane with turbulence.

 

Just like the fireflies my sisters and I  tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp.

 

I could follow her life long dream and head to China but that elevator scene…having a hard time getting there. Stopped me in my tracks. Taylor Dean is a must read author for me, and I do love a happy ever after, but this scene struck me so wrong…I’ll read on and see if she wins me over. I know..it’s fiction…just have to go with it.

 

Taylor Dean is very good with sweet, clean, innocent romance and she is sure to include the despair she feels when her dream is crushed. Ah, the sweet agony of youth and its naivety. She is so different from me but I do remember my broken heart and the soul crushing sorrow…that in hindsight seemed to end very quickly. Did more time pass than I thought?

 

I don’t mind predictable,the familiar. It can be warm, cozy and comfortable. I didn’t get into this one as much as I normally do her stories. They usually wrap me up in emotions and require tissues. Chasing Fireflies had its moments and is well worth the read.

 

Chasing Fireflies is one of a series of stand alone novels connect to The Matchmaker.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  3 Stars

 

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review 2017-11-10 23:51
Can't wait to read Michelle Obama's memoir.
Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through th... Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer - Amanda Lucidon

Since I just finished Pete Souza's newly released book that is a collection of pictures from President Obama's administration it seemed like looking at Lucidon's book on former First Lady Michelle Obama would be a good companion read although they're two very different and separate books.

 

Since the former First Lady obviously had a very different role than her husband the pictures are different but no less enjoyable. I'm not sure I recognized as many of these but all the same it was great to relive the administration through the eyes of the photographer as well as via the pictures who met with and/or interacted with her and her husband. One thing I would have liked that was present in Souza's book was some of the text explanations of some of the well-known photographs he took. There's a little bit of that here but I would have just liked more. :)

 

Again, there's not much else to say. It's a picture-heavy book that would make an excellent display on a coffee table or to have on your book shell. Thankfully it's not as large or as heavy as Souza's book, too! That's definitely a plus. 

 

There isn't really much that's wrong with the book but I rated it 3 stars because I felt there was more that could be done. More photos, more interesting text (unfortunately I didn't feel Lucidon had as many interesting things to say but that's just me). But that said, the book is very nice and perhaps it's a mistake on my part to look at it right after Souza's. I'm also not really into photography/coffee table-style books so that could be a part of it.

 

Borrow from the library or skim it in the bookstore if you're not sure. But it'd probably make a nice gift for the right person, too.

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review 2017-10-25 02:38
good book and characters
Chasing Xander (The Collins Brothers) - Lexi Lawton

Xander was going across campus when while carrying boxes into the dorm with her best friend Celeste from home. Kylie trips and the box she dropped had underwear in it and was right near Xander.Kylie is really embarrassed as she picks up her undergarments then Xander questions Kylie on her choice of underwear. And she goes to head for the dorm again and Xander tells her his name and she just tells him her first name- Kylie.   Kylie wanted to get away from home to go to college to get away from her absentee abusive alcoholic  father. Kylie’s mother had died when she was young and she had been raised by her grandmother who was now in a nursing home with Alzheimer's disease.   Kylie and Celeste had agreed to do the college thing together. Kylie is on an academic scholarship for college.Kylie and Celeste are in the dining room, hall when Xander and his best friend Finn walks in. Xander and finn are in a fraternity but Xander is on probation because of his poor academics the year before and he has to repeat his classes form the year before. Xander comes from a rich family and Xander's father had said if he didn't straighten out  and concentrate on his studies Xanders trust fund would be cut off. Xander and Finn went up to Kylie and Celeste and the dining hall.  There is something about Kylie that draws Xander to her. Xander really likes Kylie and goes slow plus she is still a virgin and he really doesn’t want to deal with that.Kylie is very attracted to xander.  Also Kylie was the first girl who seemed to like Xander for himself.  Kylie is notified that her grandmother has died and Celeste and Kylie get in a huge fight but Kylie doesn’t have the money to go home for the funeral. Then Xander takes it on himself to take Kylie to her grandmother's funeral.   Xander was going to stay in a motel but Kylie doesn’t want to stay alone in  the house her  grandmother had already given to her.   Before the funeral Kylie had a run in with her father. Xander and Kylie were going to leave after the funeral but the lawyer told Kylie he had some stuff to go over with her on the will  that couldn’t be done until Friday.  Xander is suppose to leave friday to fly to N Y for his mother's birthday.   

I really enjoyed reading this book it made me laugh at times. I liked the twists in this story. I loved Xander and Kylie together. This had a good plot but it did drag some for me at times but not enough for me to give up on the book. I loved the growth in xander shown throughout this book. I also loved that Xander took Kylie back to Ohio for her grandmother's funeral.  I really didn’t like Kylie’s father. He needed to get out of her life and stay out of it. I thought this was a well written book. There was chemistry between Kylie and xander right away and I liked this as they didn’t rush into anything. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.

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review 2017-10-19 02:42
Chasing Red (Red #1) by Isabelle Ronin
Chasing Red - Isabelle Ronin

 

 

Author: Isabelle Ronin

Title: Chasing Red

Series: Red

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They said she was going to be my ruin...
Then let her ruin me.

Caleb Lockhart has everything—wealth, adoration, a brilliant future. Until a chance encounter with a siren in a red dress changes everything. Until he meets the woman he dubs Red.

Veronica Strafford's past makes it hard for her to trust anyone. Now, kicked out of her apartment, she reluctantly accepts Caleb's offer for a place to stay.

Caleb feels intensely drawn to Veronica. And, for the first time in his life, he really wants something—someone. Too bad Veronica's heart might just be the one thing Caleb can't win.

 

 

 

 

 

Chasing Red was an okay read but I would suggest maybe slotting the book as an NA rather than Adult romance due to some of the more immaturity and mentality of its h/h which kind of reminded me of a West Side Story type of romance for the younger minded readers working their way from teen to adult period.

Opposites side of the tracks kind of relationship for those who really like those type of love stories Chasing Red totally works. But I felt there could have been more character development that brought them further along as a couple and as individual people.

 

 

 

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