#BookReview: Izzy As Is by Tracie Banister

izzy as isI almost never miss a Tracie Banister book, and was absolutely delighted to read and review her latest, Izzy As Is. I actually went into the story without realizing that we would be meeting characters from past novels that Tracie Banister has written, and was quite excited when I made that realization. In Izzy As Is we follow our main character Izzy Alvarez, swimsuit model. She’s always been successful in her career because of her good looks and gorgeous body, but with the big 3-0 looming on the horizon, Izzy is shocked to hear her agent say the offers are starting to dry up. When friends encourage her to find her passion so she can have a career post-modeling, Izzy knows just what that passion is – money and a man. She goes on a series of dates looking for a man she can settle down with and that will take care of her – love not required. Izzy has never been into the romantics of relationships, or developing real feelings for the opposite sex. When she meets Eduardo, all the chips fall into place. Good-looking, uber-successful, totally rich. But will Izzy realize there might actually be more to life than a pretty wardrobe and big house, and that it takes more than money to make her truly happy?

Izzy was an over the top character to follow and gave me plenty of laughs. She might not have been the most relatable, but she was still likeable for the most part in her own unique way. The supporting cast was fun to read about, especially Izzy’s family (and mother!) and catching up with Pilar and her family. The failed dates were quite funny, and the other romance angles had me curious to see how Izzy’s story would play out. While I enjoyed the ending and was happy to see some growth for our heroine, it did get a little cliché for me, but still fun to get the conclusion. Overall it was a fun, light-hearted chick lit read that came at a great time for me to escape into her story. Another solid novel from Tracie Banister that I would recommend amongst her past titles!

4 stars

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#BookReview: New Attitude by Kathryn R Biel

new attitudeSummary:

As if it’s not bad enough that I didn’t win the reality design TV show I was on, try coming home to a one word note indicating that my ten-year marriage is over. So here I am, a suddenly single mother in my mid-thirties, doing what everyone advises me to do—have a fling. Except it doesn’t go as planned, so I do the next best thing, which is sit on the couch and mope. But having to provide for a five-year-old doesn’t let me stay home for too long. Before I know it, I’m back to dying my hair wild colors and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.
Except Tony, the fling that wasn’t, keeps popping up in the most unlikely places and won’t leave me alone. I’d like to be strong—I’m way too old for him—but he’s cute and funny and sexy and oh, my ex is getting married to a girl named Bambi. All I know is the way I’m doing things isn’t working. If I want to be happy again, I’m going to need to get a new attitude.

Review:

YAY!!! A follow up to Made For Me, a novel from Kathryn R Biel that I thought was fantastic! Now we are back with the characters, and this time following Kira. Kira’s life isn’t so great after returning from a reality show – she learns her husband has been unfaithful and is leaving her, and she’s suddenly a single mom living with her own mother. I thought it was so great to get to know Kira even better, and she was so easy to relate to. She takes quite a journey in this fast-paced read, and the ending took me totally by surprise!  I always love what this author brings us, and New Attitude is no exception!

5 stars


#ReleaseDay: Lost in the Starlight by Kiki Archer

Happy Release Day to LOST IN THE STARLIGHT by Kiki Archer!

lost-in-the-starlightAbout the Book

A-list singing superstar, Honey Diamond, has it all – the albums, the talent shows, the upcoming Hollywood film. But it’s her gentle light, endearingly shining through all the glitz and glam, that warms the hearts of so many. A shy girl, who’s only ever known fame, born into a world that’s not true to life. Will Honey ever experience the love she so knowingly sings about? Will the vindictive online gossip sites ever leave her alone? Lost In The Starlight is the latest heartfelt romance from best-selling, award-winning author, Kiki Archer, peppered with her trademark laugh-out-loud humour and warming observations about falling in love.

About the Author

Kiki Archer is a UK-based lesbian fiction novelist and winner of the Ultimate Planet’s Independent Author of the Year Award in 2013. She also received an honourable mention in the 2014 Author of the Year category.

Kiki won Best Independent Author and Best Book with Too Late… I Love You at the 2015 Lesbian Oscars.

Her debut novel, the best-selling But She is My Student, won the UK’s 2012 SoSoGay Best Book Award.

Its sequel, Instigations, took just 12 hours from its release to reach the top of the UK lesbian fiction chart.

kikiKiki topped the lesbian fiction charts in 2013 with her best-selling third novel, Binding Devotion, which was a 2013 Rainbow Awards finalist.

One Foot Onto The Ice broke into the American contemporary fiction top 100 as well as achieving the US and UK lesbian fiction number one.

The sequel When You Know went straight to number one on the Amazon UK, Amazon America, and Amazon Australia lesbian fiction charts, as well as number one on the iTunes, Smashwords, and Lulu Gay and Lesbian chart.

Her latest novel Too Late… I Love You has been her most successful to date winning the National Indie Excellence Award for best LGBTQ book, The Gold Global eBook Award for best LGBT Fiction and making that transition into the mainstream contemporary romance charts. It was also a Rainbow Awards finalist and received an honourable mention.

www.kikiarcherbooks.com

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