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review 2019-03-22 18:13
The Saturday Night Supper Club, Carla Laureano
The Saturday Night Supper Club - Carla Laureano

I enjoyed this Supper Club romance. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.7* rating, This was a clean, foodie type of romance. The heroine in this is in the top of her field in this back and forth romance. The hardest thing is to trust in this Supper Club idea with each other. And the hero is a fixer. A bit of action in this also. Lots to keep your attention and I found it hard to put down.

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review 2018-02-09 20:49
The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs
The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs - Dana Bate

I weirdly liked this book. Even though the main character was a bit much for me and totally self-absorbed at times, I liked it. Probably because the author does a kick-ass job describing DC and the food the main character is making. She also included recipes in the back I want to try sometime soon as well.

 

"The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs" has Hannah Sugarman at a cross-roads in her professional/personal life. She works at a think tank she really hates and has a boyfriend she really loves. She really would love to quit her job and just cook full-time, but disappointing her parents (both professors) and her boyfriend is something she's not quite ready to do. When her relationship with her boyfriend crashes and burns, Hannah is forced to move out and needs a way to make some money. When her work friend Rachel suggest that they do an underground supper club, Hannah thinks she may have a way to feed her need to cook and save some money. Things would be great except she's hosting the supper club in her landlord's home without his knowledge. And he's running for a council seat in Dupont Circle with one of his mission's to wipe out the restaurants or other entities running around serving food and liquor without a license. 

 

As I said above, Hannah bugged me. I think the reason why is that I didn't get a sense she was trying hard at all. If she didn't want to work at the think tank then quit. Doing a terrible job wasn't winning me any favors. Same issue with her passive aggressively cooking when she's angry at her boyfriend. Or when she talks crap about her boyfriend's parents while they are eating dinner, or talks crap about a new love's interest's mom's cinnamon buns. So yeah, Hannah talks a lot of crap. I wanted to feel for her, but honestly most of the issues/problems are a result of her doing whatever and actually being shocked when she's called out. 

 

The other characters are sketched out pretty well. You get a sense of Hannah's work nemesis and her boyfriend. I loved Hannah and Rachel together, but found it sad when Hannah called Rachel her only DC friend when Rachel rightfully calls her out for being self absorbed. Hannah's landlord was great and I started to wish for a book told from his POV. 

 

The writing was good I have to say. Dana Bate does a good job of describing the food that Hannah is making, but also why Hannah is making certain things and what her food is trying to evoke with regards to eating/memories. The flow was off a bit though. Things get bogged down around the 80 percent mark (IMHO) and then I found myself skimming just a bit to get to the end. 


The setting of D.C. was written very well here. Bate has obviously been to the nation's capitol and doesn't just describe random places and have her character get from to and fro in 10 minutes (not even with the Metro people). She describes Georgetown, the farmer's market (I miss them right now), Dupont Circle, Chinatown (which is the world's saddest Chinatown), the Army Navy Memorial, and a whole host of other places that I have been. I really enjoyed this book so much since there's not a lot about DC I am in love with these days. This book brought it all back though.


The ending was a bit abrupt. I wish that Hannah had more closure (yeah I hate that word) with her boyfriend and that we could have skipped a head a bit. Still I give it four stars for holding my interest and making me laugh out loud several times. 

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review 2016-04-03 18:17
Complications abound as alliances are made – and broken
East of West Volume 5: The Last Supper (East of West 5) - Nick Dragotta,Jonathan Hickman

 

 

Still difficult to follow the story completely but getting the general gist. This is quite involved but interesting nonetheless. Alliances are negotiated and formed and betrayed. It seems that there is nobody that can be trusted for long. Then all the Chosen are summoned – more in the next volume.

 

I find this series interesting and engaging but I’m sure that I have trouble following it – flashbacks don’t help!

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text 2015-07-13 16:11
Screenwriters in Love
Hello, Hollywood! - Janice Thompson
Harvest Moon (Virgin River, #15) - Robyn Carr
She Went All the Way - Meg Cabot
Act Like You Love Me - Cindi Madsen
Sudden Moves - The Sequel to Fresh Air - Charlotte Vale Allen
Charade - Donna Hill
Cooking Up Trouble / Kiss the Cook - Molly O'Keefe
His L.A. Cinderella (In Her Shoes...) - Trish Wylie
His Brother's Secret (Spotlight on Sentinel Pass, #2) - Debra Salonen
Cutting Loose (Mills & Boon Blaze) (Sex & the Supper Club - Book 2) - Kristin Hardy

Even if I can't get the movie Adaptation out of my head, screenwriting is a sexy profession that brings us much joy.

 

Here are some wonderful Romance Novels with heroes and heroines who have this joy.

 

My lists are never in any particular order. Enjoy!

 

1. Hello, Hollywood! by Janice Thompson

 

Athena Pappas is the head writer on Stars Collide, one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. But when Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse is brought in to beef up the show's suddenly sagging ratings, she starts to worry about her job. Sparks fly as the competition--and attraction--between the two writers heats up. Athena has never had a problem writing the romances of her characters. So why is her own love life so hard to script?

 

2. Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr

 

Rising sous-chef Kelly Matlock's sudden collapse at work is a wake-up call. Disillusioned and burned out, she's retreated to her sister Jillian's house in Virgin River to rest and reevaluate.

Puttering in Jill's garden and cooking with her heirloom vegetables is wonderful, but Virgin River is a far cry from San Francisco. Kelly's starting to feel a little too unmotivated…until she meets Lief Holbrook. The handsome widower looks more like a lumberjack than a sophisticated screenwriter—a combination Kelly finds irresistible. But less appealing is Lief's rebellious stepdaughter, Courtney. She's the reason they moved from L.A., but Courtney's finding plenty of trouble even in Virgin River.

Kelly's never fallen for a guy with such serious baggage, but some things are worth fighting for. Besides, a bratty teenager can't be any worse than a histrionic chef…right?

 

3. She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot

 

There are a few places screenwriter Lou Calabrese would rather be than crammed into a helicopter with Jack Townsend, star of her claim to fame, Copkiller, and whose ex just ran off with Lou's ex. Talk about uncomfortable. But when, halfway out to the isolated arctic location where Copkiller IV is currently shooting, their pilot turns murderous and their helicopter crashes, Lou realizes her day has just gotten a lot worse.

 

Now, while family and friends back home fret over her disappearance, Lou is on the run in the arctic wilderness with America's sweetheart Jack Townsend and only the contents of her purse, his pockets, and their mutual knowledge of survival movie trivia to keep them alive. Can these two children of Hollywood put aside their differences and make it back home without killing each other? Or much, much worse, actually start to like one another?

 

4. Act Like You Love Me by Cindi Madsen

 

Brynn McAdams isn't the awkward geek she was in high school--she's grown up and confident, or at least she tries to be. But when her old crush, the impossibly handsome and impossibly unattainable Sawyer Raines, comes back to town to direct her community play, Brynn finds herself determined to be the glamorous girl she knows he'd want, not the shy girl he doesn't even recognize. Good thing she's an excellent actress.

After his bad breakup in NYC, the last thing Sawyer wants is to get involved with another actress. But the poised and beautiful Brynn draws him in, even though as her director, he knows she's off-limits. The few glimpses he gets of the goofy, carefree Brynn just makes her feel...familiar. Like home.

As Brynn's lies start to snowball, she struggles to stop acting and come clean. But what if Sawyer is already falling for the fake Brynn, not the Brynn she truly is?

 

5. Charade (Arabesque) by Donna Hill

 

Tyler Ellington thought a scholarship to film school was the chance to fulfill her lifelong ambition, but she never imagined her hardest lesson would be in love. Betrayed by sexy filmmaker Miles Bennett, the first man she'd allowed into her heart, Tyler flees home to Savannah, only to find another man intruding in her fantasies. Handsome photographer Sterling Grey has the sense of humor, unwavering patience and compassionate heart that are the exact opposite of Miles Bennett. Soon the wounded Tyler finds herself surrendering to the pleasure of his caresses.

 

Even a perfect summer romance can't dissuade Tyler from returning to New York, and to Miles. Working with him to produce her prize-winning screenplay, she is moved by his humble apologies—and swept up in his passionate kisses. Her long-cherished dreams have indeed come true, but Tyler can't forget Sterling's warm, tender touch. Now torn between two men, she must decide which love is the real thing.

 

6. Sudden Moves by Charlotte Vale-Allen

 

After years of self-imposed, fearful reclusiveness inside her home, Lucinda Hunter has started moving out into the world. She has found her family and her isolation has ended. Daily, she babysits seven-year-old Jason and takes great pleasure in the boy's whimsical, thoughtful nature. The little girl, Katanya Taylor, who ventured into her garden five years earlier and beckoned to Lucinda to come outside, is now a feisty, somewhat irreverant teenager who comes with her mother and grandmother to spend weekends with LucindaÑtheir initial connection stronger than ever.

Everything is going well. Yet Lucinda feels an urgent anxiety, fearful that she will never have sufficient time to spend with her very elderly grandmother; that she will never be able to absorb all the details of the family history. She is racing against time. Yet she is happier than she's been since childhood. And meeting Eli Carter, her grandmother's doctor, presents an unexpected and challenging set of new circumstances.

Then, on September 11th 2001, the world is cataclysmically changed. In the aftermath, faced with the shattering repercussions that affect everyone and everything Lucinda knows, she is pulled, finally, entirely, into a new reality. Nothing will ever be the same.

 

7. Cooking Up Trouble / Kiss the Cook by Molly O'Keefe

 

ooking Up Trouble by Molly O’Keefe
Mark Cook shouldn’t mind that a Hollywood heartthrob is intruding on his family’s ranch to learn how to be a cowboy. Or that Mr. Moviestar is getting a bit too close to his best friend, Alyssa Halloway. But, damn it all, he’s jealous to the point of distraction whenever he sees them together! And to compete with a gorgeous actor for Alyssa’s heart, things are gonna get dirty down on the farm….

 

Kiss the Cook by Molly O’Keefe
No one has ever been able to hook heartbreaker Billy Cook like wild Kate Jenkins. Her passionate kisses made him fall in love thirteen years ago, only for her to turn around and break his teenage heart by leaving town. In fact, she’s the reason he vowed to be a confirmed bachelor! Now pregnant, Kate is back in Montana to deliver her baby, claiming her wanderlust days are over. And Billy can’t help wonder if his vow was a bit too hasty….

 

8. His L.A. Cinderella by Trish Wylie

 

Cassidy Malone describes herself as a plain, slightly plump schoolteacher—totally unsuitable for Hollywood life. Unfortunately she is now at the beck and call of top movie mogul and old flame Will Ryan.

Once upon a time she signed a contract, in a whirlwind of youth and confidence. Now, as they write the script they never finished, Will's devilish smile and lethal charm make her yearn for the safety of the classroom!

 

9. His Brother's Secret by Debra Salonen

 

n college, Shane Reynard lacked the nerve to tell Jenna Murphy how he felt. Now, with all his Hollywood success behind him, lack of nerve is not what holds him back. When his latest TV show lands him in Jenna's hometown, he offers her a place on his writing team. Too bad spending a lot of time with her reminds Shane of every single thing he liked about her. 

But as much as Shane wants to fall for her, there's a family secret he has to confess first. And once she knows the truth, there's a real chance Jenna will never want to see Shane's face again.

 

10. Cutting Loose by Kristin Hardy

 

When a gang of twentysomething women get together, men are always on the menu!

A makeover. A masked stranger. A master suite. When Trish Dawson's new look attracts the attention of a fellow costume-party guest, she decides to cut loose and go for it. When his mask comes off, not to mention his clothes, hot actor Ty Ramsay is revealed. Insisting this'll be a one-night-only performance, she's going to risk it all. 

 

But Ty has other ideas...ones that involve all-night make-out sessions, doing damage to the headboard and three-day getaways to the sexiest spots on earth. He might even be thinking long-term, Trish has him so wound up-but she's not sure and may need a lot of convincing...Ty Ramsay style!

 

Vote for the best of the best on my Goodreads list: Screenwriters in Love

 

 

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text 2015-06-16 13:11
Reading progress update: I've read 40%.
Midnight Supper at the Rise and Shine (Lacland Book 3) - Tara Woolpy

Making it through this one. I like the concept of this story and I feel like it's one I am going to end of loving, but the main character is hard to like at this point of the story.

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