Review: A Match Made On Madison

A Match Made On Madison
by Dee Davis
reviewed by Kelly Smith

Meet Vanessa Carlson, who’s making her mark as a top-rated matchmaker in Manhattan after leaving her mentor, Althea Sevalas. Taking everything she learned while being Althea’s right-hand, Vanessa launches her own matchmaking company and is on the verge of becoming very successful at it. After all, plenty of people in Manhattan need assistance in finding their soul-mate, right? Even though Althea is happy for Vanessa’s success, there’s a competitive undercurrent between them that rears its head one night after too many dirty martinis were imbibed at Bemelmans Bar. A bet is made between the two that includes Mark Grayson, a handsome, wildly successful and very confirmed bachelor Continue reading Review: A Match Made On Madison

Review: For Better, For Worse

For Better, For Worse
by Carole Matthews
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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For Better, For Worse is one of the funniest books I have EVER read. Filled with hilarious and endearing characters, and mad-cap and suspenseful plot twists, I highly recommend everyone read this book, whether you like chick lit or not. An absolute gem of a book, taking place in New York City and London.

A quick plot synopsis: Josie finds out her husband is cheating on her with a woman in his office, and she flees to NYC to her favorite cousin’s wedding. Continue reading Review: For Better, For Worse

Review: Are You In The Mood?

Are You In The Mood?
by Stephanie Lehmann
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Camille, heroine of Are You in the Mood?, is a 30-something-year-old actress working off Broadway, living in NYC and trying to get her big break. She lives on her own in a tiny apartment, and is doing fine, but somehow knows that her life isn’t complete. She has just met a new guy named Daniel, a responsible, caring man, if a little on the boring side. Camille thinks she is happy with him, but not exceedingly so.

One night, an important critic from the NY Times sits in the audience of the play she is currently acting in. Continue reading Review: Are You In The Mood?

Review: Big Girl

 Meet Victoria Dawson, heroine of Big Girl by Danielle Steel. The firstborn child, she grows up feeling out of place in her family because of her fair hair and thicker build. While the rest of her family is dark haired and thin, Victoria is blond, blue-eyed and according to her father, has his grandmother’s ‘big’ build. Victoria puts up with her father’s thinly-veiled barbs while her mother constantly drops weight remarks. Meanwhile her parents dote on the younger sister Grace, as she is beautiful and thin. Victoria and Grace form a strong sisterly bond despite the family tension.

Victoria goes to college at Northwestern, then later becomes a private high school teacher in New York City. She is aware that she often overeats – especially when things go wrong – but she doesn’t know what to do about it. Continue reading Review: Big Girl

Review: Help Wanted, Desperately

Help Wanted, Desperately
by Ariel Horn
reviewed by Rian Montgomery
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Have you ever been on a bad job interview? Well if so, you are in good company – we all have! Including Alexa, the charming, slightly naïve but always entertaining heroine of “Help Wanted, Desperately” by Ariel Horn. Alexa is in her last year of college and doesn’t know what she is going to do next, but she knows she needs to find a job in the big city. The only other option is a teaching job overseas in Majuro, which is thousands of miles away from her boyfriend Jared.

Thus begins her mostly unsuccessful and insane string of interviews. Continue reading Review: Help Wanted, Desperately

Review: 32AA

by Michelle Cunnah
reviewed by Rian Montgomery

It’s bad enough to get dumped shortly after your 30th birthday, but to also be left for an older, more well-endowed woman? And for the man who dumped you to also be your boss at work, as well as the man you live with? Disasterous and humiliating, these are the circumstances that Emma Taylor is going through when we meet her in “32AA”. Things are really looking down for her. After Adam dumps her, she is unfortunately stuck working for him since he blocks her transfer to another department at work. (She manages to get in her little digs though, which are very amusing). She must also vacate his apartment and find a new place, which is extremely difficult to do in the NY/NJ area. Continue reading Review: 32AA

Review: Priceless

 Twenty-two year old Charlotte Williams seems to have it all: she’s a tall, gorgeous blonde, has a rich father who dotes on her and a huge Park Avenue penthouse where she has just returned to after studying in Paris for a year.

After an exciting first night back in town, Charlotte’s world crashes down around her quickly. Her father Jacob is arrested on charges of fraud, and suddenly everyone is out for her blood. The tabloids trash her and she has enemies threatening her security. Her personal bank accounts have been frozen, and Charlotte feels she has no choice but to leave town. Continue reading Review: Priceless

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