Book Review: An American Girl In Italy

An American Girl In Italy- Aubrie Dionna

 

Published by HarperImpulse, HarperCollins

 

Synopsis-

An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants… but the one thing she needs!
Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caffés and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself…
Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony’s latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can’t even put her smartphone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum.
Only, there’s one Italian attraction that Carly hadn’t quite expected to be a part of the tourist route…

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Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly’s morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he’s a more than capable tutor.

But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?

 

 

Review:

 

Dionne paints a perfect picture of Italy in this fresh and funny Women’s Fiction novel. Her main character, Carly, is a smart, hardworking American girl who travels to Italy on a gig with her orchestra. Carly is in desperate need of some fun! And a little romance to boot. You can tell Dionne is classically trained in music (or has done a lot of research on the matter!) because she described every moment that Carly and the others are playing so their instruments so perfectly, can can almost hear the songs as you read along.

I have this theory about the book, which I could be wrong about, but I believe that Carly’s love interest, Michelangelo,  is actually the main character. He is so well developed and well rounded, and i found myself routing more for him to be get Carly than the other way around. You know him so well by the end of the book and really want everything to work out for him! Unfortunately I can’t get too much into what goes wrong in his life without some huge spoilers but I will see the guy could use a break! (and a pretty blonde wouldn’t hurt either).

All in all I give this book 5 stars. It’s well written, funny, and romantic. Great for the beach or if you’re sitting outside. I say that because i read this book mostly in bed but the amount of Italian sunshine described in the book made me wish i was sitting on my porch instead with a glass of lemonade!

 

5 stars

Aubrie

 

Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine and BTS Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happy Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her books are published by HarperImpulse, Entangled Publishing, Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Inkspell Publishing, and Lyrical Press. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

Book Review: Foreplay

In keeping with my Sophie Jordan themed weekend, my next post is a book review of the most recent New Adult novel I have read of her’s, Foreplay. The sequel, Tease, is out now.

Scroll down further in the site to check out the cover reveal for her latest Young Adult novel, Unleased.

 

Foreplay by Sophie Jordan

Published by HarperTeen, HarperCollins

 

Synopsis-

Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs. 17254035
Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

 

 

 

Review:

I am a big fan of New Adult books. Those and Young Adult (or Teen as they’re being called these days) have more heart and passion in them than most women’s fiction does. I am happy to day that Foreplay doesn’t not let you know. Besides being extremely well written, Jordan creates a story that you feel like you can step into. A lot of romance novels and very surface based. You can’t really relate to the characters, and they are really more for entertainment than for creating a great story. But Pepper’s character is completely relate-able. She is shy and insecure, yet still strong and intelligent at the same time. She is torn between her heart and her brain and it makes sense that all of this is happening while she is 19 years old.

I really liked this book, and will absolutely be reading the next installment.

5 stars

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Book Review: The Heiresses

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard

Published by Harper, HarperCollins

 

Synopsis-

heiressesYou know the Saybrooks. Everyone does. Perhaps you’ve read a profile of them in People or have seen their pictures in the society pages of Vogue. Perhaps while walking along that choice block on Fifth Avenue, you’ve been tempted to enter the ornate limestone building with their family name etched into the pediment above the door.
The only thing more flawless than a Saybrook’s diamond solitaire is the family behind the jewelry empire. Beauties, entrepreneurs, debutantes, and style mavens, they are the epitome of New York City’s high society. But being a Saybrook comes at a price—they are heirs not only to a dizzying fortune but also to a decades-old family curse.

Tragedy strikes the prominent family yet again when thirty-four-year-old Poppy, the most exquisite Saybrook of them all, flings herself from the window of her TriBeCa office. Everyone is shocked that a woman who had it all would end her own life. Then her cousins receive an ominous threat: one heiress down, four to go.

Was it suicide… or murder? In the aftermath of the tragedy, the remaining heiresses—Corinne, the perfectionist; Rowan, the workaholic; Aster, the hedonist; and Natasha, the enigma—wrestle with feelings of sadness, guilt, and, most of all, fear. Now they must uncover the truth about their family before they lose the only thing money can’t buy: their lives.

 

 

Review:

A fantastic read! Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars. I seriously could not put this book down. Sara Shepard never disappoints with her well rounded, relatable characters and spooky murder mystery plot lines. Exactly what I was hoping for from her latest novel. I really hope she turns it into a series because the ending sets it up for one. At least a sequel, please!

I recommend this book for Young Adult and New Adult lovers, although those who enjoy Women’s Fiction will probably like it also.

5 stars

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Book Review: American Honey

American Honey by Nancy Scrafano

Synopsis-

After graduating high school, Olivia “Ollie” McKenna leaves her small town roots in Summerville, Georgia, to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. With her best friend and older sister in tow, wholesome Ollie travels to the big city to compete in singing contest Atlanta Idol.

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There she meets nineteen-year-old Jack Bradley, a fellow country singer who quickly becomes a close friend. The connection between them is magnetic and an opportunity to sing together

could change their lives forever. But what about Ollie’s mama’s fear of the music business? She’s been burned by the lures of the bright lights before and doesn’t want Ollie anywhere near that world. And Ollie’s growing feelings for Jack as more than just a pal could ruin everything. Despite her own doubts, Ollie is determined to win. Can she make her dream come true or will she return to her hometown empty-handed and brokenhearted?

 

 

Review: Nancy Scrafano has written an adorable book! American Honey is a quick and easy read with a like-able main character (not to mention the title is named after an awesome song). A lot of the book took place in the next town over from where I live, so i was interested to see how Nancy described the area of North Carolina.

I would, recommend this book to readers of Young Adult and New Adult.

5 Stars

 

Nancy

For more on Nancy, you can check out her Twitter page @NancyScrofano or check out her Goodreads page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5784909.Nancy_Scrofano

Book Review: How To Win A Guy In 10 Dates

How To Win A Guy In 10 Dates by Jane Linfoot

Published by Harper Impulse, HarperCollins

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Synopsis-

The 10 Date Challenge:

Day 1: Take one loaded commitment-phobe explosives expert, embarking on the impossible–a challenge to have ten dates with one woman.

Day 5: Add in a fiercely independent and feisty burlesque teacher who has sworn off men.

Day 10: She’s so not his type and he’s so not in her life-plan. But the heat is sizzling and the attraction is explosive. And they’re fighting it all the way….

 

 

Review:

I don’t usually read romance novels, in fact this is the first one I have ever read, but I must say this… Jane is a fantastic writer.

Her descriptive writing style makes you feel like you are right there with the characters themselves. The story is great and the book itself is an easy read. It’s one of those books that when you are reading, you don’t even realize how much time has passed. She is truly a gifted and talented writer and I can’t wait to read more from her.

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes romance novels.

5 stars

 

Jane Linfoot writes fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and a bit of an edge. She lives with her family and pets in Derbyshire, UK, and loves hearts, flowers, happy endings and all things vintage.

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For more information on Jane or to buy her books you can check out her websites-

US     http://amzn.to/175vMNR

UK    http://amzn.to/19axrXZ

Author Page Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JaneLinfoot2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/janelinfoot  @janelinfoot

Website: http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk

Book Review: Almost Royalty

Almost Royalty by Courtney Hamilton

Published by Forrest Thompson Publishers

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Synopsis- Courtney Hamilton is a Velveeta-loving attorney driven to distraction by a city that seethes with soul-sucking status seekers. When her friend Marcie formulates an impossibly detailed rating system for acceptable men–the Los Angeles Eco-Chain of Dating–Courtney goes on a self-destructive binge that doesn’t stop until she gets thrown out of group therapy for insulting a former child actress.

Courtney is mortified as she watches her best friends give up stellar careers in law and the arts to marry entertainment royalty and civilian overachievers. Worse, they expect Courtney to do the same. So they hatch plots to get her to give up her career, break her addiction to fake cheese, marry into high-orbit wealth and rule the stratosphere alongside them.

But Courtney resists. She doesn’t want to be a poster child for the Opt-Out Generation. And she certainly doesn’t want to be molded into date bait for the top rung of L.A. society. All Courtney wants is to be left alone so she can search beneath the surface for a meaningful life. But between a meddling, narcissistic mother, a self-absorbed therapist and friends trying to send her to dating re-education camps, it seems that fake cheese is the only genuine thing left in the city. Social ambition combats self-actualization in this biting tale of one woman’s search for certainty in a city full of mirages.

 

 

Review: Courtney Hamilton’s brain operates so much like mine that there were moments while I was reading this book when I wondered if I had

accidentally wandered into my own self conscious. Her hatred of all things phony (apart from cheese, of course) is downright inspiring.

Never have I laughed so hard while reading a book.

An absolutely fantastic read. Quick and easy- I honestly couldn’t put it down.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes comedy. I would recommend this book to anyone who can handle the truth about what the world is really like. I would recommend this book to anyone who breathes oxygen and drinks water.

seriously…. she nailed it.

 

5 stars

Book Review: Seven Minutes in Heaven

Seven Minutes in Heaven, a Lying Game novel

Reviewed by Jill

 

Synopsis-

Sutton Mercer had the perfect life, great friends, and a gorgeous boyfriend—until she was murdered. Then the killer forced Sutton’s long-lost twin sister, Emma, to pretend to be her. Emma has been living Sutton’s life for weeks now, frantically trying to figure out who killed her sister and why. But when Sutton’s body is discovered, Emma suddenly becomes the number-one suspect in her twin’s murder. Now she needs to find the killer before she ends up behind bars—or worse.

In this stunning finale to the beloved series The Lying Game, Emma finally solves her sister’s murder—but the killer will do anything to make sure that the truth dies with her.

 

Review: I reviewed the first Lying Game novel a few months back, and was so impressed by the originality of the book that I had to read the rest of them. I didn’t make sense for me to review every single one, I though it best to read the whole series first and then make a decision on whether or not it was worth reviewing in the end. And it WAS.

For all intents and purposes, Seven Minutes in Heaven is the last installment of The Lying Game series. There are two digital novellas that follow. The first is a prequel that takes place a year before Sutton dies called The First Lie (which I am currently reading), and the second is called True Lies.

But this is the book you want/need to get to. You find out EVERYTHING. It was one of the most compelling books I have ever read. Every single question I had, everything that didn’t make sense, is answered by the end of this book. Who killed Sutton? How, and why? You find out.

You feel a sense of really knowing the characters when it’s finished, and you’re glad you stuck with it through the end.

There are one or two books in the series that move a little slow, but this one grabs you from line one, and doesn’t let you go. I read this book in 2 days and it’s nearly 400 pages long (not terribly long but still I did leave the house to do other things during this time).

I highly recommend this book for anyone, especially if you are a teen or in your early twenties and ESPECIALLY is you like mysteries.

5 stars

 

P.S It would be my dream to interview Sara… so if you’re reading this and every want to make a woman happy.. please contact me ;-)

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