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: Frenemies

by Megan Crane
reviewed by Kelly Y. Smith, Guest reviewer
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Augusta “Gus” Curtis is fast approaching her (gasp!) thirtieth birthday and she’s feeling pretty good about where she is in her life. She’s dating Nate, a long-time friend, has her two besties, Georgia and Amy Lee, by her side, loves her job as a librarian for a quirky, out of the way museum and adores her one bedroom apartment that’s chock full of college memorabilia. But when, with a little help from Nate’s roommate, Henry, she discovers Nate kissing Helen (her old college roommate and friend), she falls apart like so many girls before her when confronted Continue reading Review: Frenemies

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: How I Stole Her Husband

Have you ever cringed because of a book title? I certainly have on many occasions. However, I’ve discovered that some of the most awful-sounding titles cloak some of the best stories. This is one such book. I absolutely loved Liz Ireland’s previous book Three Bedrooms in Chelsea. This latest novel is yet another wonderful read!

Meet Alison Bell, our main heroine. She was once a rich girl and grew up in a very nice part of Dallas, TX, but her father has since went bankrupt and went to live the simple life on a ranch. Alison is now on her own and in her late twenties, living in a squalid apartment, and looking for a new job. She finds a wonderful opportunity in the newspaper and goes to inquire about it. The ad was looking for a nanny, with possible relocation to New York City. This particularly appeals to Alison since her best friend from college relocated there years ago. Continue reading Review: How I Stole Her Husband

Review: The Art Of Undressing

After finishing this third wonderful novel by Stephanie Lehmann, I’ve discovered a few things. First off, she is near the very top of my list of favorite writers. Second, there is a definite trend with her books. Not only do they all have daring titles that cloak true gems of the stories within the pages, but they feature main heroines that are flawed in some way, but are also seriously likeable.

In this third novel, The Art of Undressing, we have Ginger Levine. She lives with her ex-exotic dancer mother (named Coco) in Manhattan, attends cooking school paid for by her wayward father, and has just broken up with her boyfriend Ian, who seemed more interested in her mother anyway. Ginger is the complete opposite of her beautiful, outspoken and feminine mother. She dresses much more plainly and is afraid to open up and be “sexy” around men. Ginger’s main problem seems to be that she is overcompensating for her mother’s outrageous activities. She feels that she is too plain and un-sexy for a man to like her, but she doesn’t know what to do about it. Continue reading Review: The Art Of Undressing

Review: Summer In The City

Do opposites really attract? I definitely think so – as long as people are willing to work on their relationship. Robyn Sisman, author of Summer in the City seems to think so too.

Meet Lloyd and Suze. They are total opposites – Lloyd lives in NYC, is responsible, straight and has a devoted girlfriend named Betsy. Suze on the other hand lives in London, is unpredictable, scattered, and single. The two of them work for the same company but in different countries. When the company asks them to switch places for the summer, they both agree. Lloyd, accompanied by his perfect girlfriend Betsy move into Suze’s untidy flat in London, while Suze happily moves into their pristine apartment in NYC. Continue reading Review: Summer In The City

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