#BookReview: Can I See You Again? by Allison Morgan

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

can i see you againSummary:

From the author of The Someday Jar comes a witty and warm novel about a matchmaker who’s an expert at matters of the heart—except when it comes to her own… 

Matchmaker Bree Caxton has a 98% success rate, a book about to hit the stands, and an amazing boyfriend. Until, that is, he gets cold feet about their future and runs from their relationship.

Afraid no one will buy a book on love from a woman whose love life is a mess, Bree begs her one matchmaking failure, Nixon Voss, to pose as her boyfriend. But when they become a hit with readers, they must carry on their charade just a little longer. Fortunately, they’re both having fun…

But then Bree’s ex decides he wants her back and a newspaper presents a challenge that could expose the truth about her rocky love life. Now she must find the courage to embrace what is, or risk losing something much bigger than her reputation: her heart…

Review:

Hmmm. This was a bit of a tough one. I thought the concept was really interesting – a matchmaker writing a self-help book while she unexpectedly finds herself single just before the big book release. But it became clear from pretty early on that this book was going to be extremely predictable, cliché, and just too over the top with coincidences. And it also got a little tiring of the constant mishaps and drama. For a while I could try to play into it, but even at the end with the house lien situation – it honestly didn’t make sense to me what happened there besides another play for drama and hysterics. I think the concept was there and the writing in general was strong, but it was all just too much.

2 stars

New Book Releases: August 2016

Contributor: Allie

santorini sunsetsSantorini Sunsets: A Novel by Anita Hughes – August 2, 2016. I get so excited when I see that a new Anita Hughes novel is being published. Her stories are always set in exotic locals, and I find it comforting to slip into the beautiful worlds that Hughes creates for her characters. In her latest, we have a big celebrity wedding on the Greek Island of Santorini. New York socialite Brigit Palmer is about to marry Blake Crawford, everyone’s favorite Hollywood heartthrob. It seems like a dream come true until Brigit discovers her ex-husband, Nathaniel, is on the island – and it’s not a coincidence. He’s there to cover her wedding for Hello magazine, and Blake sanctioned the arrangement. Without telling Brigit, Blake sold the rights to their wedding for two million dollars (to be donated to charity). Nathaniel also has some dirt on Mr. Hollywood that could create even more chaos for the big event.

a week in parisA Week in Paris: A Novel by Rachel Hore – August 9, 2016. Faye is a successful violinist who’s excited to be visiting Paris for the first time. Even though she’s never been there before, Paris feels strangely familiar to her. When she returns home, Faye discovers an old suitcase that belonged to her mother. The luggage tag causes her to realize she does in fact have a deep connection to Paris. Faye soon finds herself in the past, Paris 1937, on the eve of World War II. It was a night that altered the course of her mother’s life and leads Faye to question who she is – and the course of her own life.

can i see you againCan I See You Again? by Allison Morgan – August 9, 2016.  Bree Caxton is a popular matchmaker with a 98% success rate. Her talent for helping her clients find “the one” is so revered that she lands a book deal. The week before the book hits the shelves, Bree’s fiancée breaks up with her. The book’s sales and Bree’s reputation depend on her having a happy personal life. Mortified and about to go on book tour, Bree asks former client Nixon Voss (whom she was unable to successfully match) to pose as her boyfriend. Her fans love Nixon, which complicates matters – especially when the ex-fiancée decides he wants Bree back.

results may varyResults May Vary: A Novel by Bethany Chase – August 9, 2016. Can you imagine falling in love at seventeen and marrying your high school sweetheart? And can you imagine after a decade of what you believe to be marital bliss, you discover that the love of your life is having an affair with a man? That’s what happens to Caroline, the heroine of this engaging and thought provoking novel. With the help of her sister and her best friend, Caroline attempts to rebuild her shattered life. She starts dating a widower who has young children and soon Caroline finds herself living another woman’s life – all the while missing her old one.

first star i see tonightFirst Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – August 23, 2016. Phillips is my all-time favorite author of romantic comedies. In her lest novel, she revisits the Chicago Stars football team, which spawned a series of fan favorites (this is the 8th book in the Stars series, but they can be read out of order). Chicago private detective Piper Dove is hired to follow the former quarterback of the Stars, Cooper Graham. Mr. Graham is not happy about this and does everything he can to “lose” the private eye. Eventually Piper ends up working for Coop, who hires her to investigate some employees at his new nightclub. Working so closely with Cooper unsettles Piper, especially after she discovers that his life is in danger. Will a man like Cooper – a successful super-star athlete – let Piper help him?

In My Mailbox: Week of July 25

can i see you againTitle: Can I See You Again?

Author: Allison Morgan

Received: Berkley

Synopsis: From the author of The Someday Jar comes a witty and warm novel about a matchmaker who’s an expert at matters of the heart—except when it comes to her own… 

Matchmaker Bree Caxton has a 98% success rate, a book about to hit the stands, and an amazing boyfriend. Until, that is, he gets cold feet about their future and runs from their relationship.

Afraid no one will buy a book on love from a woman whose love life is a mess, Bree begs her one matchmaking failure, Nixon Voss, to pose as her boyfriend. But when they become a hit with readers, they must carry on their charade just a little longer. Fortunately, they’re both having fun…

But then Bree’s ex decides he wants her back and a newspaper presents a challenge that could expose the truth about her rocky love life. Now she must find the courage to embrace what is, or risk losing something much bigger than her reputation: her heart…

the secret ways of perfumeTitle: The Secret Ways of Perfume

Author: Cristina Caboni

Received: Penguin Group

Synopsis: From Florence to Paris, a scent like no other can take you unexpected places

Elena has a gift unlike any other: the ability to decipher the ingredients of a perfume from its scent alone. Perfume is a part of who she is, and where she comes from. Only wrapped in essences of flowers, herbs and spices does she feel truly at home.

But when Elena’s gift leads her to Paris to learn about the ancient arts of the craft, she also discovers a secret recipe designed by her great-grandmother that no other perfumer has been able to replicate.

As Elena immerses herself in the task, travelling from Paris to Florence, she encounters Cail: a kind, shy man who has his own gift for cultivating unique roses. Together they will follow a path of secret scents, distant memories, and the hope of finding a love neither will ever forget.

a spoonful of sugarTitle: A Spoonful of Sugar

Author: Amanda Orr

Received: Amanda Orr

Synopsis: A generation ago we asked how does she do it all. Now comes a story that wonders, how do we stop?

A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR is a satire on the frenzy of modern parenting, feminism, childcare, and most certainly the pervasiveness of the pharmaceutical industry. THE NANNY DIARIES collides with PROZAC NATION in this story that chronicles Anna Moore’s journey from Super Mom to Super Hot Mess to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Propped up by vitamins and caffeine, Seattle Supermom Anna Moore thinks she has it all figured out. Three free range, organic-fed kids, a skyrocketing career as creative director at her advertising agency, and a stable marriage to a gaming nerd. But when she returns to work after an extended maternity leave only to discover that she’s been mommy tracked and the health department has shut down her daycare, she loses her grip. In swoops Maria, a seemingly experienced nanny, who enables Anna to go and win back her job. Anna quickly gets swept up into her work; while on the home front, Maria’s meddling antics reach a disastrous crescendo. Soon, every aspect of Anna’s life is going horribly and hilariously wrong and she must fight to redefine her existence, with or without a prescription.

you and me in parisTitle: You and Me in Paris

Author: Alix Nichols

Received: Alix Nichols

Synopsis: You’re the One (Chanticleer Short Stories and Novellas Award Nominee)
When schoolteacher Natalie meets chess grandmaster Adrien at the Bistro La Bohème, the connection is immediate and real. Romance is in the air — until life makes a move to test how well they know their hearts…

Winter’s Gift
He’s a steely tycoon. She’s an elite call girl. Both have sworn off love…
When Anton and Anna cross paths over the winter holidays, neither can deny how special their connection is. But it threatens the principle they’ve been living by for years: Don’t trust anyone.

The Devil’s Own Chloe
Young Parisian architect Chloe Germain hires childhood friend Hugo Bonnet as a builder. Lethally toxic to loved ones, Chloe keeps them at arm’s length to protect them.
Or so she thinks.
Patient and strong, Hugo prides himself on being able to fix anything. Trouble is, he’s never tried repairing a chasm in someone’s soul before.
Will his love save Chloe or will fixing her leave him broken?

finding libbieTitle: Finding Libbie

Author: Deanna Lynn Sletten

Received: Deanna Lynn Sletten

Synopsis: Poring over a dusty hatbox of photographs in her grandmother’s closet, Emily Prentice is shocked to discover her father was married to his high school sweetheart before meeting her mother.

In the summer of 1968, Jack and Libbie fall in love under the spell of their small town, untouched by the chaos of the late sixties. Though Libbie’s well-to-do parents disapprove of Jack’s humble family and his aspiration to become a mechanic, she marries Jack a year after they graduate high school. But soon their happiness crumbles as Libbie’s mental state unravels and she is drawn to alcohol and drugs. Despite his efforts to help her, Jack loses the woman he loves and is forced to move on with his life.

Now that Emily’s mother has passed away, Jack is alone again, and Emily grows obsessed with the beautiful woman who had given her father such joy. Determined to find Libbie, Emily pieces together the couple’s fragmented past. But is it too late for happy endings?

 

wedding bell bluesTitle: Wedding Bell Blues

Author: Caroline Fardig

Received: CLP Blog Tours

Synopsis: Lizzie Hart’s crazy love life has been leading up this moment…when she finally gets to marry Blake Morgan. But with their luck, will they make it to ’til death do us part before the wedding even starts?

It’s June in the small town of Liberty, and that means it’s wedding season. Faster than you can say “I do,” the social height of the year turns deadly as a sadistic killer begins targeting couples on what should be their happiest day.

The terror begins as a groom keels over before he can get through his vows. The clever killer frames Bethany McCool, the dead groom’s ex, for the murder. Lizzie knows her friend Bethany is innocent, so she enlists the help of her fiancé, Blake, and sets out to find the real killer. But as the mayhem intensifies, the duo realizes they’re going to have to partner up with the police this time instead of trying to do all the sleuthing on their own.

As if they don’t have enough to do, Lizzie and Blake’s big day is fast approaching, and neither of them can wait to tie the knot. Lizzie’s domineering mother has taken over the planning for the wedding, but even she can’t hold everything together as one by one the florist, the baker, and the caterer start pulling out over safety concerns. With the string of violence threatening to ruin their happily ever after, Lizzie and Blake must rush to find the killer before they become the next victims.