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text 2017-11-23 17:09
Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson 99 cents! Great fun!
Apples Should Be Red - Penny Watson

Recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner:

Start with 62-year old politically incorrect, chain-smoking, hard-cussing curmudgeon.

Add 59-year old sexually-repressed know-it-all in pearls.

Throw in a beer can-turkey, a battle for horticultural supremacy, and nudist next-door neighbor.

Serve on paper plates, garnished with garden gnome.

Tastes like happily ever after.

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text 2016-09-14 16:31
Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson 99 cents
Apples Should Be Red - Penny Watson

Recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner:

Start with 62-year old politically incorrect, chain-smoking, hard-cussing curmudgeon.

Add 59-year old sexually-repressed know-it-all in pearls.

Throw in a beer can-turkey, a battle for horticultural supremacy, and nudist next-door neighbor.

Serve on paper plates, garnished with garden gnome.

Tastes like happily ever after.

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text 2015-12-10 17:00
Sweet Cinderella by Penny Watson 99 cents
Sweet Cinderella (A Christmas Novella) (The Klaus Brothers Book 4) - Penny Watson

Just one night. 

Hannah De Luca Andersen has been battered by the worst year ever, but even that can’t squash her love of the holiday season. She has one night to forget life’s hardships and enjoy the magic of an elegant Christmas gala. If she’s really lucky, maybe a handsome prince will ask her to dance. 

Gregor Klaus, Director of Finance for Klaus Enterprises, has completely lost his Christmas spirit. One look at Hannah thaws his icy demeanor and gives him a new sense of purpose. If he can only figure out the key to Hannah’s heart, he might have the best Christmas of his life. 

But one night isn’t enough for Gregor Klaus. He won’t be satisfied with anything less than forever. 

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text 2015-09-16 16:47
Odd Couples: Opposites Attract in Contemporary Romance Novels
Apples Should Be Red - Penny Watson
Unbuttoned - Maisey Yates
Just My Luck (Escape to New Zealand) - Rosalind James
Love Hacked - Penny Reid
Sheltered - Charlotte Stein
About Last Night - Ruthie Knox
Nobody's Baby But Mine - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Her Best Worst Mistake - Sarah Mayberry
The Chocolate Temptation - Laura Florand
The Theory of Attraction - Delphine Dryden

Oppistes Attract is one of my favorite themes. I love the conflict that comes from just being two very differnt people. 

 

Here are some great Odd Couples in Contemporary Romance. 

 

My lists are never in any particular order. 

 

1. Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson

 

Recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner: 

Start with 62-year old politically incorrect, chain-smoking, hard-cussing curmudgeon. 

Add 59-year old sexually-repressed know-it-all in pearls. 

Throw in a beer can-turkey, a battle for horticultural supremacy, and nudist next-door neighbor. 

Serve on paper plates, garnished with garden gnome. 

Tastes like happily ever after. 

 

2. Unbuttoned by Maisey Yates

 

Carly Denton has learned to keep her buttons and emotions firmly fastened. Her parents’ constant drama, and an unrequited crush on her brother’s best friend, taught her to keep her passion beneath the surface. But she can no longer avoid the one man with the ability to bring that passion to a boil...
 
Lucas remembers Carly as a freckle-faced tomboy—not a frosty woman who treats him like a burr under her saddle. But when they must work together on a charity project, Lucas is shocked to find their bickering melt into some serious mutual attraction. He’s determined to show Carly that he’s the man for her, if only she’d learn to let loose.
 
Lucas is the last man on earth Carly should give in to. The freedom she finds in his arms has her feeling happier than ever, but is it enough to make her realize that the greatest risk isn’t losing your heart, but losing the chance at happiness?

 

3. Just My Luck by Rosalind James

 

Nate Torrance has a job to do, and the biggest rugby boots in the world to fill. He can’t afford to lose his focus, especially not to a brown-eyed Canadian who pushes all his buttons and looks much too good in a climbing harness. 

Allison Villiers may not know what she wants to do with her life, but she’s clear about one thing. She’s not impressed by the new captain of the All Blacks, however big a deal he is to the rest of New Zealand. If only her unfortunate taste for adventure didn’t keep leading her astray ... 

 

4. Love Hacked by Penny Reid

 

There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn't been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit. 

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra--near desperation and maybe a little tipsy--gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all. 

 

5. Sheltered by Charlotte Stein

 

Evie has lived her entire life under her abusive father’s thumb. He controls everything. Where she goes to college, who she sees, what she does. But when she meets Van—a punk who shows her how different life could be—she realizes how much she’s been missing. Van offers her excitement, protection, love…and most of all, sex—even if he’s at first reluctant to give her all the things she’s been craving. She wants to explore this new world of arousal and desire, but Van is only too aware of how fragile she is, how innocent… And how much is at stake, when their love is forbidden.

 

6. About Last Night by Ruthie Knox

 

Cath Talarico knows a mistake when she makes it, and God knows she's made her share. So many, in fact, that this Chicago girl knows London is her last, best shot at starting over. But bad habits are hard to break, and soon Cath finds herself back where she has vowed never to go . . . in the bed of a man who is all kinds of wrong: too rich, too classy, too uptight for a free-spirited troublemaker like her.

Nev Chamberlain feels trapped and miserable in his family's banking empire. But beneath his pinstripes is an artist and bohemian struggling to break free and lose control. Mary Catherine--even her name turns him on--with her tattoos, her secrets, and her gamine, sex-starved body, unleashes all kinds of fantasies.

When blue blood mixes with bad blood, can a couple that is definitely wrong for each other ever be perfectly right? And with a little luck and a lot of love, can they make last night last a lifetime?

 

7. Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

Genius physics professor Dr Jane Darlington desperately wants a baby. But finding a father won't be easy. Jane's super-intelligence made her feel like a freak growing up, and she's determined to spare her child that suffering. Which means she must find someone very special to father her child. Someone a bit . . . well . . . stupid.


Cal Bonner, legendary sports star, seems like the perfect choice. But his good looks are deceiving. Dr Jane learns too late that Cal is a lot smarter than he lets on- and he's not about to be used and abandoned by a brainy baby-mad schemer . . .

 

8. Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry

 

She thinks he's stuffy. He thinks she's spoilt.
Then the gloves come off... and so do their clothes!

For six years Violet Sutcliffe has known that Martin St Clair is the wrong man for her best friend. He's stuffy, old before his time, conservative. He drives Violet nuts - and the feeling is entirely mutual. Then, out of nowhere, her friend walks out just weeks before her wedding to Martin, flying to Australia on a mission of self-discovery. Back in London, Violet finds herself feeling sorry for suddenly-single Martin. At least, she tells herself it's pity she feels. Then he comes calling one dark, stormy night and they discover that beneath their mutual dislike there lies a fiery sexual chemistry.

It's crazy and all-consuming - and utterly wrong. Because not only are they chalk and cheese, oil and water, but Martin once belonged to her best friend. A friend Violet is terrified of losing. What future can there be for a relationship with so many strikes against it?

 

9. The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand

 

She hated him. 

Patrick Chevalier. The charming, laid-back, golden second-in-command of the Paris pastry kitchen where Sarah worked as intern, who made everything she failed at seem so easy, and who could have every woman he winked at falling for him without even trying. She hated him, but she’d risked too much for this dream to give up on it and walk out just so he wouldn’t break her heart. 

But he didn’t hate her. 

Sarah Lin. Patrick’s serious, dark-haired American intern, who looked at him as if she could see right through him and wasn’t so impressed with what she saw. As her boss, he knew he should leave her alone. The same way he knew better than to risk his heart and gamble on love. 

But he was never good at not going after what – or who – he wanted. 

He could make magic out of sugar. But could he mold hate into love? 

 

10. The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden

 

Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it's hard to connect with a man who doesn't seem to know she exists...

Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it's not for a date—he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn't expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of "lessons."

 

Cami soon discovers Ivan's schedule isn't the only thing he likes to be strict about—he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She's shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation...

 

Wow. So many great books! Resisting reread..

 

Vote for your favorite on my Goodreads list: Odd Couples: Opposites Attract in Contemporary Romance Novels  and please your Odd Couples. 

 

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review 2015-09-15 01:07
A Taste of Heaven - Penny Watson

I have really enjoyed Penny Watson's books in the past and when I was given the chance to read her newest release early, I jumped at it.

 

I really loved both main characters from the very beginning. Sophia is so laid back and go with the flow while Elliott is all it's my way of the highway. I just knew they would find a way to work together, and not only in the kitchen. I really felt like Sophia came into her own as she competed on the cooking show A Taste of Heaven. Yes Sophia went with the flow a bit in the beginning, but she found her voice and improved her mad cooking skills the longer she was on the show with Elliott. I think Elliott learned from Sophia and even became a better chef because of their time on the show. I loved Sophia and Elliott started being called Beauty and the Beast as I totally saw Sophia see past Elliott's beast-like actions and it totally worked for them as a couple. I loved the chemistry between Sophia and Elliott both in the kitchen and the bedroom. They fed off of one another and just meshed so well to me. I felt like Elliott's character grew the most over the course of the story, as he started to be open to more ideas from others. I felt like Sophia always had the strength she showed to the end, yet had lost herself a bit in being a care-giver for so many years. Sophia and Elliott brought out the best in each other.

 

I really enjoyed A Taste of Heaven. It was a really fast, fun sweet and sexy read. The story totally kept me engaged and I even would love to see some of the secondary characters get their own stories in the future.

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