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-

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

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

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

Book Review: Imperfect Chemistry

Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

Synopsis-

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.

When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal,’

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she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions—by experiencing them herself.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

 

 

Review:

This was a cute, short book that was definitely easy to read. I think the writer has a lot of potential. I would have liked to have seen Freya’s story line developed more and to know a little bit more about Jenson, but the story itself is good.

 

3 Stars

Book Review: The Breakup Doctor

The Breakup Doctor by Phoebe Fox

Published by Henery Press

 

Synopsis-

A broken leg requires an orthopedist. A broken car requires a mechanic.

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And a broken heart requires a specialist too.

 

The Breakup Doctor is now in.

 

Call Brook Ogden a matchmaker-in-reverse. Let others bring people together; Brook, licensed mental health counselor, picks up the pieces after things come apart. When her own therapy practice collapses, she maintains perfect control: landing on her feet with a weekly advice-to-the-lovelorn column and a successful consulting service as the Breakup Doctor: on call to help you shape up after you breakup.

But when her own relationship suddenly crumbles, Brook finds herself engaging in almost every bad-breakup behavior she preaches against. And worse, she starts a rebound relationship with the most inappropriate of men: a dangerously sexy bartender with anger-management issues—who also happens to be a former patient.

As her increasingly out-of-control behavior lands her at rock-bottom, Brook realizes you can’t always handle a messy breakup neatly—and that sometimes you can’t pull yourself together until you let yourself fall apart.

 

Review:

I received an ARC of this book and thought it looked interesting by the description and cover. I was expecting a cute quick read, what I got was much more. Brook’s character is great. She is well-rounded and her path to self discovery through her break-up was realistic and at times heartwarming. As someone who has been left cold by a significant other without so much as a explanation- I completely sympathized with Brook’s character. The fact that she starts off stone cold normal and at some point in her journey takes an exit to crazy-town only made me like the story more. I just read that there will be a sequel, and I am definitely looking forward to that.

Phoebe Fox makes a great point in the book about people not showing their true emotions. I write about this a lot and found myself nodding along to a lot of what she wrote in the book more than once. I really liked that towards the end her main character began to see what handling a break-up normally truly was, and that being closed off and cold was the abnormal thing to do.

4 stars

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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

Hilary Grossman, Author of Dangled Carat, talks becoming a Brunette, and becoming an author

When I was eighteen years old I started to highlight my hair.  I started slow, adding a few blond strands here and there.  But it wasn’t enough. I added more.  And before I knew it my dark brown locks were a golden blond, the exact shade I always wanted.

My hair grew fast, and the dark roots were always popping out.  I hated it.  So at the first sign of them I would schedule a hair appointment.  My colorist, Melissa, was eager to assist me.  Well, initially that is.  As month’s turned to years (ten years) she was hesitant to keep coloring my hair with the frequency I desired.

“Hilary, if you keep this up you will be bald by the time you are thirty,” she warned.  But I didn’t listen. I just kept appearing every three weeks, like clockwork.

But then one day something changed.  I ran my fingers through my hair and it felt dead, like straw. It just so happened that I had a hair appointment that day.  But instead of covering my roots with more highlights I did what I previously thought unthinkable.  I went back to my roots, and dyed my hair back to dark brown.

I was nervous when Melissa removed the towel from my head.  As I stared into the mirror I didn’t recognize the face that I saw.  Who was this person, I wondered?  Surely not me. I am a blond not a brunette!

The confusion lasted for quite a while.  For month’s every time I looked in the mirror I did a double take.  It took a while for the image I saw to match the image I felt.

This same feeling of disbelief has happened again.  It took about two years for me to write and publish my book, Dangled Carat.  The entire time I wrote it I didn’t think of myself as an author.

When I received the proof copy of my book in the mail last August I cried.  As I held it in my hands it felt so surreal, truly a dream come true.  But I still didn’t think of myself as an author.

When I logged onto Amazon last September and saw my book on the site and my name next to it, I squealed with delight. I was so excited.  But still, I didn’t think of myself as an author.

Now, about nine month’s later my brain is catching up. Finally I am able to feel what I have been seeing.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that I have started writing another book.  Maybe I just needed time for reality to sink in. I honestly don’t know. All I do know is that I accomplished my life long dream.  I am an author.

 

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Book Review: Dangled Carat

Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman

Reviewed by Jill; @JL_ Knapp

 

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Synopsis-

Hilary had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship—why rush into things?

She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn’t ready—and their friends’ meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year’s Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point. In this relatable, lighthearted, and playful memoir, Hilary reminisces about her life before Marc—from the insecure and awkward teenage years she spent in a back brace and dealing with the loss of her father, to her early relationships and, finally, to the day she met Marc and realized that she really wanted to see him again. Through their first date—even though Hilary was technically seeing someone else at the time—

and the ease of their early time together until Marc first decided that they were moving too quickly, up until that fateful New Year’s Eve, Hilary shares the details of their relationship and how Marc’s inability to commit led her to find an inner strength and confidence she didn’t know she possessed. For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary’s humorous and honest story will hit home.

 

Review:

Dangled Carat is Hilary’s memoir, describing what she went through when dating her commitment- phobic boyfriend. This is a cute book with likable characters, including Hilary’s mother who you can tell from the beginning has her daughter’s best intentions in mind. I found it to be a very accurate portrayal of the emotions a woman had when dating someone like this. Having dated many commitment phobic men myself, I found myself nodding along with many chapters of this book, thinking “yep that’s exactly what i would assume to happen” at different points in their relationship. Hilary is likable and funny, when reading this book you can tell she has a good heart, and you want her to be happy. I would definitely recommend this book but with the disclaimer that- like it’s been said in He’s Just Not That Into You- Hilary is the exception, not the Rule. Hilary was Marc’s exception.

4 stars

 

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Book Review: Uninvited

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan. Published by Harper Teen; Harper Collins

Reviewed by Jill

Synopsis-

From New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan, Uninvited is a chilling and suspenseful story about a girl whose DNA brands her as a killer, perfect for fans of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer andConfessions of a Murder Suspect.

 

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Davy had everything—a terrific boyfriend, the homecoming crown, a bright future at Juilliard— but when her genetic tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome, she loses it all. Uninvited from her prestigious school and avoided by her friends and family, she is placed in a special class with other “carriers” who are treated like the murderers they someday might become.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life and tells her that she alone controls her actions—not the code embedded in her DNA. But even if she can learn to trust him, can Davy trust herself?

Review:

This is the first book I have read by Sophie Jordan, and I have to say I had a really hard time putting it down! This book is the first in a series, the second one to be released in 2015 is called Unleashed. I’m not sure if there will be a third, but if the second is as good as the first, I am hoping there will be. I am usually not a fan of books that take place in a dystopian society, but Jordan writes this one realistically, making the time period not  too far into the future which adds a more realistic undertone to the story. The romance between Davy and Sean takes a while to develop, but you can tell there is a true sense of loyalty between the two of them. I am uncertain if their feelings for each other are genuine, or if they are out of sharing a mutually horrible experience together, but either way it makes for an interesting relationship.

The story is well paced. Davy feels like a teenager in the beginning of the novel, but by the end she has been through so much that the character seems to have aged at least ten years.

Davy is consistently torn between who she wants to be, and who her genetic make-up is telling her she is. Although it’s complete fiction, I find this story relate able. It’s a tried and true tale about the trouble we face when torn between who we really are, and who we wish we were. And sometimes, those lines become blurred, and we lose control over ourselves all together.

This is an engrossing book, that does a great job describing Davy’s life, the atmosphere of the training camp she is sent to, and what her “friends” are like. There really aren’t many un- answered questions, just enough to make you want to read the sequel.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

 

4 stars

 

You can follow Sophie Jordan on Twitter @SoVerySophie

 

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