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review 2017-09-09 14:05
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Arm Candy (Real Love) - Jessica Lemmon

This is the 2nd book in the Real Love series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and to enjoy and understand this series, I recommend reading in order.

 

Davis has wanted Grace for some time.  They banter and give one another a hard time.  This hides the sexual attraction nearly ready to explode between them.

 

Grace thinks she has never seen anyone hotter than Davis.  He is seriously out of her league.  Yet here he is, a regular of hers.  Can she take the chance on him?

 

This story was so much fun to read.  I enjoyed the characters from previous series books here as well.  I laughed, cried, and enjoyed every page.  I cannot wait for the next book in the Real Love series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Book Spot!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2017-08-24 17:48
I Love the Twenties, Not This Book
Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella

I have always been fascinated by the 20s. You had the so-called Jazz Age, women fighting for the right to vote in the U.S., etc. and all of it ending when the U.S. enters the Great Depression in the 1930s. I never much thought of what the 1920s was like in England, and now I still would want a book about that since "Twenties Girl" did not hit the mark for me.

 

The big reason why I didn't rate this above 2 stars though is that I hated the main character Lara. She was awful. She honestly only gets a bit better a couple of chapters before the book ends which is just way too long for me to be reading about an insufferable character. I guess you can say the other main character in this one is Lara's Great Aunt Sadie. Sadie is a spirit that is tied to Lara for whatever reason and is now following Lara around to find her necklace so that Sadie can move on. 

 

Lara's life is a mess. She is trying to hold onto her dwindling recruiting business after her best friend goes off with some random guy. Her parents are concerned about her since she has grown obsessed with her ex boyfriend who dumped her via email. Okay that last bit is a jerk move, but her texting and also stalking the guy didn't win me over to her side. When Lara attends her great aunt's funeral and realize her spirit is back from the dead and "haunting" her, Lara initially hopes she's just imagining things. But when she realizes Sadie is here to stay, she does whatever she needs in order to get her life back.


I don't know. This could have been a funny book, or a book version of Ghost (without the weeping and wailing at the end). But it just didn't work. Lara is insufferable. She uses Sadie in order to make herself more popular. She also uses her to manipulate others around her (to hire her as a recruiter) and uses her to force her ex to get back together with her. 

 

Sadie is no prize either since she uses Lara right back to get her to do what she wants too.

 

There are additional characters in this book, and a side plot dealing with Lara's jerk of an uncle, but honestly I don't even want to go down that road.


The writing was okay, the flow was too. I think if I had liked the central premise and characters more this would have been a 4 or 5 star read. 

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review 2017-08-23 04:06
The Pub Across the Pond
The Pub Across the Pond - Mary Carter

Ronan gambles away his family's pub (in his defence, it was a 4 aces hand) to his horrible uncle, who wants to turn it into a tanning salon.  His 6 sisters, rather than seeing it go to Uncle Joe, raffle the pub off in America.  Carlene buys a $20 raffle ticket at an Irish festival in Ohio, and wins.  She moves to Ireland to make a go of running the pub and chaos and romance ensue.

 

This is pure chick-lit.  Heavy on romance, light on sex, with a lot of humour and some odd pranks thrown into the mix.  I enjoyed it, but it's long; longer than it needed to be and the beginning was a slog; I wasn't necessarily interested in the blow-by-blow of Ronan losing the pub, or Carlene's history of bad luck.  Once past that though the story picked up pace and I thought Ronan's gambling and Carlene's father's OCD added a much needed depth to the story.  The twist at the end was pretty effective too.

 

If you've a weakness for the Irish (who doesn't?) and are in the mood for a mostly feel-good read that celebrates, first and foremost, the power of friendship and community, you might enjoy this one.

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review 2017-08-13 18:54
Again, Alabama, Susan Sands
Again, Alabama (Alabama Series Book 1) - Susan Sands

I enjoyed this romance.I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I found this book moved slow in places in the beginning. It was fun in places, shocking in others, and very serious in part from the situations that needed to be dealt with. It had a surprising ending. Not for the under 18 readers.

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review 2017-08-08 16:19
I Was Tired and Gave This One Three Stars
Something Blue - Emily Giffin

Honestly, I didn't like this one much more than "Something Borrowed", but due to the ending (which I had a hard time believing) I still gave it three stars because I think that the main character in this one (Darcy) was more honest about her crap than her ex-best friend Rachel. I did spend about 60 percent of the book disliking Darcy though. And I still found it farfetched that Darcy would go to England and just push herself on Ethan (introduced in the last book). And when Ethan did his reading of receipts to Darcy, the whole thing just fell flat.

 

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"Something Blue" was an interesting book. A sequel to "Something Borrowed" the story also goes back some way to find out more about the main character in this one Darcy. In the first book in the series, I thought she was very under developed. And in this one, I thought her obsession with Rachel and Dex was a mess. I got it, but girl, really? After Griffin provides us with even more ammo to have us hate Darcy, I was just over her. She was blind to her issues and I can't see how she got through her life without someone slapping her on a daily basis.

 

When Darcy flees to England to get away from the mess her life is (no spoilers) it really doesn't feel organic to the story. But I liked the England parts better. There, Darcy reconnects with Ethan and in her own messed up way is there to try to drive a wedge between him and her ex best friend Rachel. 


Why did I give this three stars??

Oh yeah, the story moved to England and I liked how Griffin depicted it. Also we have Darcy growing up a lot in this book. I don't know if I buy she suddenly changed in like two months. And she was still making catty comments to herself about other characters. But I did like that she stopped to realize that she was selfish and took ownership of her relationship with her ex. I also thought that she had a point that Rachel was her best friend and that Darcy would not have done something like that to her. Ethan and others trying to bring up that Darcy stole Dex from Rachel (yeah no) was total crap. I do think that Darcy loved her friends, but she was selfish as the day is long. It doesn't absolve her best friend from sleeping with her fiancee. 

 

The writing was okay in this one.I didn't really care for Darcy's voice. When the book fast forwards a few years Darcy's voice is like night and day. That really surprised me. 


The ending was a surprise, but I don't know it really fit what we know about this character. 

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