Review: A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan (Rating 4.5 Wine Glasses)

Review: A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan (Rating 4.5 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: Regency London’s most celebrated courtesan, The Blackbird, was a woman before her time—uninhibited, financially independent, and free to live by her own rules. Schooled in the sensual arts by the one man she loved the most, she recorded every wicked detail in her diaries… When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths The Blackbird’s steamy memoirs, she’s aroused and challenged by what she finds. Could the courtesan’s diaries  be used as a modern girl’s guide to finding love and empowerment? One curious curator—and one very lucky man—are about to find out… Received for review from PublisherOverall Rating 4.5Character Rating 4.5Love Story(s) 4.5 NOTE: I am going to admit upfront that I LOVED A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man because of Ophelia and Piper. To me, this story will appeal to every “nerd” girl who wants to or has come into her own. It will make you believe in love and maybe see a little of yourself in these characters. The book appealed to me on a personal level and it is going in my “to keep” pile! What I Loved: I thought it was a brilliant story telling device to make this a half historical/half contemporary romance. The […]

Posted May 26, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 6 Comments
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Review: Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men by Molly Harper (Audiobook)(Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Review: Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men by Molly Harper (Audiobook)(Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: Once a devoted children’s librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she’s now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she’s an eternal bridesmaid — which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read. While Jane is trying to master undead dating, she is also donning the ugliest bridesmaid’s dress in history at her best friend Zeb’s Titanic-themed wedding. Between a freaked-out groom-to-be, his hostile werewolf in-laws, and Zeb’s mother, hell-bent on seeing Jane walk the aisle with Zeb, Jane’s got the feeling she’s just rearranging the proverbial deck chairs. Meanwhile, Half Moon Hollow’s own Black Widow, Jane’s Grandma Ruthie, has met her match in her latest fiancé. He smells like bad cheese and has a suspicious history of dead spouses. But Jane’s biting her tongue. After all, would a nice girl really think she has a future with a vampire? Bought on AudibleOverall Rating 4Audio Rating 3.5Story Rating 3.75Character Rating 4.25 Note: Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead men is so a member of the Snort Club. Consider yourself warned that […]

Posted May 24, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 2 Comments
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Review: Chosen by Blood by Virna DePaul (Rating 4.25 Wine Glasses)

Review: Chosen by Blood by Virna DePaul (Rating 4.25 Wine Glasses)

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 From Goodreads: Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and otherborn- humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA-still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills. Bought for myselfOverall Rating 4.25Story Rating 4.50Central “Romance” Characters 4.00 Note: I initially bought this book because the lead character shares my name. I stayed with the story because it was richly detailed and fantastically written. What I Loved: This is going to be one of those rare occurrences where the side characters are really who made me love Chosen by Blood: O’Flare, Dex, Wraith, Lucy, and Mahone were all fantastically written. I felt they were all a nice combo of tortured souls and good solid backbone. I cannot wait to see how they flesh out as the series unfolds. The other part I loved was the thought of all these different creatures coming together to form a special-ops unit. They each brought something unique to the table (talent, ability, strength, weakness) and that made the organizational unit outstanding. What I Liked: Felicia and Knox both were great core characters and were a spectacular first in series couple. They were […]

Posted May 22, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 2 Comments
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Review: Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon (Rating 3.25 Wine Glasses)

Review: Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon (Rating 3.25 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.  Fifteen years later, Phoebe is in love with Sam, a practical, sensible man who doesn’t fear the dark and doesn’t have bad dreams—who, in fact, helps Phoebe ignore her own. But suddenly the couple is faced with a series of eerie, unexplained occurrences that challenge Sam’s hardheaded, realistic view of the world. As they question their reality, a terrible promise Sam made years ago is revealed—a promise that could destroy them all Received for review from PublisherOverall Rating 3.25Story Rating 3.25Character Rating 3.50 NOTE: Don’t Breathe a Word was a very interesting twisty/turning ride. Whenever I thought I had figured out where the story was heading it would veer off in another direction. That being said, please check out this book for yourself because what didn’t work for me will definitely work for other people. What I Loved: Jennifer McMahon has managed to create a story […]

Posted May 19, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Review: Murder Under Cover by Kate Carlisle (Rating 3.75 Wine Glasses)

Review: Murder Under Cover by Kate Carlisle (Rating 3.75 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: When she receives an exquisite copy of the Kama Sutra from her best friend, Robin, to appraise and restore, Brooklyn Wainwright anticipates both recreating a beautiful book and spicing up her love life. But then Robin’s apartment is ransacked, and the great guy she recently met is murdered in her bed. Now Robin is the #1 suspect. Obviously, exploring the Kama Sutra’s bliss will have to wait until after Brooklyn finds the killer… Received for review from PublisherOverall Rating 3.75Story Rating 3.75Character Rating 3.75Mystery Rating 4.00 Note: I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. The reason I point that out is because I think this book would have gotten a 4 if I was already used to some of the characters personalities. That being said, this book really does stand on its own and is a great little cozy mystery! What I Loved: Brooklyn was a fantastic leading lady for a cozy mystery. She was smart, fun, and has a knack for stumbling into trouble. Derek, her boyfriend, is smart, internationally sexy, and incredibly understanding. They work very well together! One of my favorite scenes in Murder Under Cover was when they played the […]

Posted May 16, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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