#BookReview: Second Guessing by Gail Ward Olmsted

second guessingAbout the Book

Jill Griffin & Ben Fein are meant to be together… said no one ever!
Jill has built a successful career writing romantic ballads for many of today’s top performers. Since the tragic end of her marriage a couple years back, the 40-something single mom has all but abandoned hope for a love story of her own.
Ben is a brash, young boy-band singer seeking a solo career who hires Jill to write for him. He’s got a dark secret from his past that he wants to keep hidden.
The attraction between the two is red-hot and when Ben falls hard for Jill, he doesn’t care who knows it. Jill’s been burned before and wants to take things slow, keeping their relationship out of the glare of the media. After a gossip columnist exposes their affair, she’s forced to decide if she can risk letting go of her past in order to build a life with Ben.
When Ben’s past makes headlines, Jill begins to wonder how well she really knows him. But as Ben climbs to the top of the pop charts, he’s determined to succeed… at convincing Jill to take a second chance on love.
Second Guessing is the love story of Jill and Ben, who are so wrong for each other that they may actually be right!

My Review

I really enjoy Guessing At Normal from Gail Ward Olmsted, so I was looking forward to reading the sequel. I have to say that I was impressed! It was great catching back up with Jill, Ben, Carly and the other characters, and seeing how life has been for them. Jill’s life in general is super interesting – a rock and roll widow, dating an ex-boy band singer going solo. The book is a lot more than just a romance though, and there are several deep topics touched on throughout. I would recommend you read the first book before starting this one, to get a better idea of the cast of characters (and because it’s a good one!) but I would recommend both of these. I read this fairly quickly over the weekend, and also really enjoyed the little snippets at the end, and it had me hoping for a third in the series!

4 stars  

I received a review copy 

#Book Review: One Way Ticket by Melissa Baldwin and Kate O’Keeffe

one way ticketMelissa Baldwin and Kate O’Keeffe are two chick lit authors I’m very familiar with, so when I saw their names together on ONE WAY TICKET, you bet I got excited to read this. The blurb sounded promising, I loved the cover and from chapter one, I was happily engaged in this one. Addison Bloom meets Sabrina Monroe at the airport – in her wedding dress. Sabrina is the classic runaway bride, crawling out of a window to escape her wedding. Addison is still smarting from having made a huge life change for love and having that implode, and is coming back from yet another wedding for a friend. The two women meet and agree … to switch lives. Sure, that might seem a little out there but I honestly thought it worked for them. Both run a floral shop so it was easy for them to switch careers, and it just seemed like the right thing for them to do, and I was eager to see how their switch would go.

I had a blast seeing how everything started to come together for each character. There were certain areas that could have come across as too predictable, but that didn’t bother me because it was so fun reading this. I loved the flower shop lingo, all the romantic entanglements, and the friendship that started to form between Sabrina and Addison. I read this book very quickly because it was so entertaining, and would highly recommend you add this to your reading list if you are a lover of chick lit!

5 stars

Reviewed for Reader’s Favorite

#BookReview: Happiness For Humans by P.Z. Reizin

happiness for humansAbout the Book

When Tom and Jen, two lonely people, are brought together by an intriguing email, they have no idea their mysterious benefactor is an artificial intelligence who has decided to play Cupid.

“You, Tom and Jen, don’t know one another-not yet-but I think you should.”

Jen, an ex-journalist who now works at a London software development company, spends all day talking to “Aiden,” an ultra- sophisticated piece of AI wizardry, helping him sound and act more human. But Aiden soon discovers he’s no longer acting and-despite being a computer program-begins to feel something like affection surging through his circuits. He calculates that Jen needs a worthy human partner (in complete contrast to her no goodnik ex boyfriend) and slips illicitly onto the Internet to locate a suitable candidate.

Tom is a divorced, former London ad-man who has moved to Connecticut to escape the grind and pursue his dream of being a writer. He loves his new life, but has yet to find a woman he truly connects with. That all changes when a bizarre introduction from the mysterious “Mutual Friend” pops up in both his and Jen’s inboxes.

Even though they live on separate continents, and despite the entrance of another, this time wholly hostile, AI who wants to tear them apart forever – love will surely find a way.

Won’t it?

A thoroughly modern love story that will appeal to fans of The Rosie Project and Sleepless in Seattle, Happiness for Humans considers what exactly makes people fall in love. And whether it’s possible for a very artificially intelligent machine to discover the true secret of real human happiness.

My Review

The premise for this novel sounded intriguing to me, yet out of my comfort zone. I thought when reading the last paragraph of the synopsis that it wouldn’t be too far out there that I couldn’t find common ground, so I agreed to give it a shot. Unfortunately, my fear of not being able to connect was pretty easy to realize fairly early on. I did really enjoy the first handful of chapters, and I was really interested in the idea behind the AI’s and how they interacted with humans. But before the halfway point, I couldn’t keep up any longer. I don’t think we were a great fit genre wise but I really wanted to give this one a shot but it just wasn’t for me. Still interesting and still will definitely suit a lot of readers, just not this one.

3 stars

I received a review copy