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review 2017-08-12 19:59
It wasn't a bad concept but quickly devolved.
The Undateable - Sarah Title The Undateable - Sarah Title

Thought I'd give the romance genre another try and I liked the idea of this one. Frumpy small college librarian (Bernie) goes viral after an event in the library and ends up being part of a feature in a local media outlet. The premise is that Frumpy Librarian goes on thirty dates to both appease the library people to take advantage of her new status as a meme and to help Colin drive more readers to the outlet.

 

And there we have it. Most of the book has Bernie go on these dates while she and Colin fight their attraction to each other, navigate the assignment (she the dates, he finding dates for her), etc. It was mildly interesting and initially it seemed quite readable. I liked the idea of Bernie being a librarian and the whole ridiculous set up of her becoming a meme on the internet and the drive to take advantage to make the most of her 15 minutes was amusing and contemporary.

 

That said, the rest of the book wasn't so great. Some of the dates were funny, others were excruciating to read about (as you do...). There were some side plots that weren't very interesting (Colin and his issues with his co-workers at Glaze). And honestly? Colin was NOT someone who was very appealing. I would assume Title (great author name for this series...) wrote him this way to contrast to Bernie's feminism but I absolutely could not stand the description of his Henry Higgins and her Eliza. It had very uncomfortable and unfortunate implications that I'm not sure the author realized. 

 

I didn't mind these aspects (either Bernie's feminism or Colin's "bro"-ness for lack of a better phrase) but it just became very cliched and wasn't particularly well done. In these types of books you *know* how it will end but *how* you get there is what makes or breaks these types of books for me. This one had a lot of potential but needed to be better hashed out with some of the side stories dropped and maybe more work on the characters.

 

Perhaps romance is just not for me. I am glad this was fairly cheap as a paperback (even new!) but I won't be continuing this series.

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review 2016-10-03 09:00
Review: Practice Makes Perfect by Sarah Title (@TitleAuthor)

Series: Southern Comfort, #5
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Published: August 30, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 90 pages

I always stop and take a look at books featuring Librarians. I thought long and hard about becoming one, but finally decided that though I enjoy reading books, I personally wasn't professional librarian material.  However I still love libraries and those that take care of the books held within.

But this book had more than just librarians, it also had basset hounds. I have been in love with basset hounds since watching The Fox and The Hound as a child. Who can resist those sad eyes and that squishy face? Then we top that off with a guy who wears a bow tie. A history professor doing research about a brothel, all while wearing a bow tie. I mean, how adorkable is that?

The love story between Helen and Henry was one of friends to lovers. He was so sweet to read romance novels to help figure out how to woo Helen. I couldn't help but develop a bit of a crush on him as well.

This was a very nice read and I had a good time with it. Though this is part of a series, it would work fine as a stand alone.

Kensington and Netgalley provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sometimes the best surprises come wrapped in a bow-tie…

Helen Lee has a top-secret dream: to publish a romance novel. There’s just one problem, and her most recent rejection letter doesn’t mince words: Helen can’t write a love scene to save her life. As Head of Reference at Willow Springs, Kentucky’s Pembroke College, Helen is hoping her library research skills will do the trick. But she may have to resort to a far more “hands-on” course of study. Luckily, there’s someone who’s more than happy to instruct her…

History professor Henry Beckham has noticed that his friend, Helen, is behaving strangely. Known for her laser sharp focus—not to mention her snorting laugh—she’s been oddly distracted. He misses that laugh. But it all makes sense when he catches Helen researching erotic writing and discovers her ambition. She seems to think her only option is to die of embarrassment or give up and surrender to spinsterhood in the company of her two basset hounds. Good thing Henry has a much more real-life approach in mind. And his tutorial just might teach them both a thing or two…
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text 2015-10-21 16:07
Orchards in Romance Novels
A Season for Tending (Amish Vines and Orchards Series #1) - Cindy Woodsmall
The Fig Orchard - Layla Fiske
The Charmer (Assassins Guild #1) - C.J. Archer
Conor's Way - Laura Lee Guhrke
Sugar Creek (Destiny, Ohio Series #2) - Toni Blake
Sunrise Point (Virgin River, #19) - Robyn Carr
Miss Westlake's Windfall - Barbara Metzger
The Lemon Orchard - Luanne Rice
By Lori Foster Delicious [Mass Market Paperback] - Lori Foster
Sweet Hush - Deborah Smith

As Fall settles in, it is apple season around here. 

 

It is easy to see a love story play out in the orchard. 

 

Here are some wonderful Romances set in Orchards.

 

 

1. The Fig Orchard by Layla Fiske

 

In an isolated, tradition-bound village high above the Jordan River, balancing delicately amidst age-old superstitions and religious orthodoxy, Nisrina Huniah, a fifteen-year-old girl, is torn between innocent imaginings and looming apprehensions as she marries a man she has never met – only to fall in love on the night they are wed. 

Her joy, short-lived, takes a heart-wrenching turn when the encroaching World War fiercely shatters her reality, propelling her on an unexpected journey where she develops unlikely friendships that ultimately alter her perception of herself and the world around her.

 

2. A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall

 

Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business.  
 
Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable.  

 

3. The Charmer by C.J. Archer

 

andsome. Charming. Devastating. He was the last man she needed, but the only one she wanted. 

Orlando Holt has never assassinated a woman before. The lovely, feisty Lady Lynden will be his first. She's supposed to be a vicious murderess, but when Orlando begins to have doubts, he sets out to discover the identity of the person who hired him. What he learns will turn his world upside down, and propel him headlong into love with a woman who's immune to his charms. 

Twice widowed by the age of twenty-four, Lady Susanna Lynden has had enough of charming men. Her last husband knew all the right things to say to get her to the marriage bed…then made her life miserable. Money may be scarce and her house falling down around her, but the exotic fruit from her orange trees will keep poverty away. Except someone is thwarting her at every turn. Someone who may even want her dead. 

 

4. Conor's Way by Laura Lee Guhrke

 

Olivia Maitland needs a man. Determined to hang onto her family’s Louisiana farm no matter what, Olivia knows she needs a big, strong man to help her, a man who’s not afraid of hard work. But in the aftermath of the Civil War, men like that are hard to come by, and when she finds ex-boxer Conor Branigan lying unconscious in the road, Olivia takes him in, even though the hard, brawling Irishman isn’t exactly what she had in mind, especially when he ignites a passion in her she’s never felt before.
Conor knows what it’s like to pour all your hopes, dreams, and sweat into a piece of land only to have it come to nothing. He’d already seen his family destroyed and their lands taken during the Irish famine when he was a boy, and he has no intention of sticking around long enough to watch a corrupt man with power do the same thing to Olivia. But she and her three adopted daughters touch dreams in Conor he thought he’d forgotten long ago. Can he let go of the bitterness of his past and make a new future with Olivia? Can he believe in love again, or is it just too late for his cynical heart?

 

5. Sugar Creek by Toni Blake

 

Rachel Farris returned to her childhood home with one mission in mind: get Mike Romo out of her family's apple orchard business and out of their lives. But hard-nosed and totally hot Mike, who happens to be the law in Destiny, is convinced the Farris clan stole the land from his family fifty years ago and he's not backing down. Even when shapely trouble shows up in a pair of designer blue jeans. However, neither the hunky cop nor the sexy prodigal hometown girl can anticipate the electricity that heats things up whenever they're together—adding new sizzle to an ongoing feud that's raged for generations, and soon putting both their hearts at risk.

 

 6. Delicious by Lori Foster,  Lucy Monroe, and Sarah Title
 
With a full moon hanging over the apple orchards of Delicious, Ohio, romance is in the air, and three couples are about to experience the magic of falling in love. 

Down on Jonathan Avenue, the shy proprietor of the quaint bookstore can't seem to keep her fantasies about a famous writer to herself. While at The Old Orchard Inn the tempting smell of spiced hot cider lures an out-of-town investor to investigate the magnetic attraction of his sultry but strangely old-fashioned manager. And over at Apple of My Pie a play-by-the-rules accountant wants much more than tasty treats from the pop up food truck's capricious baker. 
 
7. Sunrise Point by Robyn Carr
 
ormer marine Tom Cavanaugh has come home to Virgin River, ready to take over his family's apple orchard and settle down. He knows just what the perfect woman will be like: sweet, decent, maybe a little naive. The marrying kind.

Nothing like Nora Crane. So why can't he keep his eyes off the striking single mother?

Nora may not have finished college, but she graduated with honors from the school of hard knocks. She's been through tough times and she'll do whatever it takes to support her family, including helping with harvest time at the Cavanaughs' orchard. She's always kept a single-minded focus on staying afloat…but suddenly her thoughts keep drifting back to rugged, opinionated Tom Cavanaugh.

Both Nora and Tom have their own ideas of what family means. But they're about to prove each other completely wrong.…
 
8. Miss Westlake's Windfall by Barbara Metzger
 
Ada Westlake has turned down Viscount Ashmead—again, convinced that a marriage of convenience would ruin their perfect friendship. She then also fails to latch onto the fortune in coins she finds in her apple orchard, assuming it is tainted money. Though the viscount knows something about that money, he can’t possibly tell Ada, and so he watches her try to dispose of it—without much luck…
 
9. The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice
 
It’s been five years since Julia’s daughter died. When she arrives to housesit at her uncle’s home in Malibu, she longs only for peace. But to her surprise, Julia becomes drawn to Roberto, the handsome man from Mexico who oversees the lemon orchard. When Roberto reveals his own heartbreak, Julia recognizes his pain, but their stories have one striking difference: Roberto’s daughter was lost—and never found.

 

 

10. Sweet Hush by Deborah Smith

 

Her Harvard-student son just eloped with the First Daughter. CNN is parked on the road to her apple orchards. Secret Service agents have commandeered her country kitchen. The irate First Parents are threatening to have her taxes audited. The President's handsome, tough, ex-military nephew is setting up camp in her guest room. Hush McGillan's quiet Appalachian world of heirloom apples, country festivals, and carefully guarded family secrets has just been flipped like one of her famous Sweet Hush Apple Turnovers. What do you do when your brand-new-in-laws are the First Family, and they don't like you any more than you like them? And what happens next when you find yourself falling in love with the man they sent to unearth all your secrets?

 

Have more? Vote on my Goodreads list! Orchards in Romance Novels 

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review 2015-08-27 19:26
from FictionZeal.com re: Snowed In (Southern Comfort) by Sarah Title
Snowed In - Sarah Title

What do girls want after an extremely brutal breakup?  Ice cream!  Yes, Maureen O’Connell was dumped in the worse way by the guy she’d been seeing for over two years.  Dave laid it out all too plainly — “… I don’t think this is going to work out.  This thing with us.”  He followed this goodie with “Now, hush, the weather’s on.”  So, she’s in the ice cream aisle at the grocery store and breaks down crying.  Along comes ‘a god’ – brown hair; strong jaw; dark eyebrows emphasizing deep blue eyes.  Before she even knew his name (Gavin), they had tongue in each other’s mouths.

 

Nope!  Quite honestly, from the book cover (which is beautiful) and the blurb, I expected something more — even for a novella (70 pages).  What I felt was disappointed.  If giving up character development to get into making out less than five minutes after meeting is something you’re seeking, this may be for you.  However for me, it was a big turn off.  Some of the dialogue was original and humorous.  Also, I really liked one of the sub-characters, Pippa, who was Gavin’s rather eccentric neighbor.  There was some dependency upon coincidence as one of Gavin’s new employees turns out to be Dave.  Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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review 2015-08-26 09:00
Review: Two Family Home by Sarah Title

 


Two Family Home

 


Southern Comfort, #4

 

Sarah Title

 


Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Date of Publication: August 18, 2015
Number of pages: 178

 

 

Available at the following retailers:
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Lindsey Alford moved to Willow Springs, Kentucky, to prove to all doubters (mostly her parents) that she’s all grown up. Something her neighbor Walker Smith never questioned—those short shorts of hers!

Put a cute single girl with an overactive imagination next door to a reclusive hot guy, add in a decadent blue velvet sofa, a locked garage and a nursing home full of busybodies, and trouble is bound to pop up. Literally, in the form of an adorably naughty stray pup with a longing for two people to lick and a home all his own.

Love isn’t complex…it’s a duplex!

Okay, so I am a sucker for a cute puppy. Who isn't?  Seeing that adorable face made me stop my browsing and take a look at the book. And the tag line, "Love isn't complex... it's a duplex." I can totally own that it had me taking a look at the blurb. Then when I read it took place in Kentucky, well I have great memories of seeing the leaves change color as well as my first real snowfall. (Florida girl here.)  Plus, I once worked in an assisted living facility, so this book just tugged all the right cords with me.

Lindsey has just moved from Arizona, away from her parents, for the first time, giving up her bland boyfriend and oh too predictable life. Lindsey wants some new and different experiences, and she thinks that Kentucky just might be the place to start getting them.

Walker is a metallic sculpture artist and the owner of the duplex that Lindsey has just moved into. He is a bit of a loner and spends the first few weeks that Lindsey is in her new place evading her constant attempts to meet him. It's not until she has a minor incident trying to get a blue velvet sofa into the house that he makes his presence known. But with a small town, these two find that their paths keep crossing and forging ties with one another.

One of the things that I found fascinating about this story were the short bits told from the puppy's POV. Yep, that's right. We not only get into Lindsey's and Walker's heads, but a bit of what is going on in the little guy's mind as well. At one point Walker is holding the puppy and Lindsey makes a comment about her ovaries bursting. Yep, I thought, I can totally relate to that visual.

It turns out that I had read book 3 in this series, though I didn't realize it at the time. I had no problem reading this book out of order, as each appears to be just loosely tied to the others. I really like the characters in the book, especially one crusty old man at the nursing home. My biggest complaint is that there was no definitive happy ending, more a okay they're in love and admitting it... the end. I usually like a more concrete ending, but that's my personal preference.  I gave this book a solid 3 star rating - "I liked it."

Thanks to Netgalley and Lyrical Press for the opportunity to read and review the book.

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