#BookReview: Once in a Lifetime by Kathryn R Biel

once in a lifetimeI have read from Kathryn R Biel in the past, and her books have always been such fun to read. I was so intrigued by the premise of Once In a Lifetime – a former girl group reuniting for a reunion concert. Um, yes please! The Sassy Cats is made up of Callie, Angie, Tabitha, Mandy and Daphne, and ten years after their breakup, each women has changed – and not all for the better. Readers get an insight to each character, their life currently, and how they decided to live post stardom. The women are not necessarily close after putting away their microphones, but all agree – if somewhat hesitantly – to do the reunion show. And that’s when things start to unravel.

Once in a Lifetime read pretty quickly, not only because of the fast moving storyline, but because it was simply fun to read. I did enjoy getting to know each of the characters, though some were more likeable than the others, and the build up to the end was rising with each chapter. Because there are five main characters and each one needed to tell their story, I found myself wanting just a little bit more from each one, or a little more back story explained throughout, but I understand having that many characters with fun stories means shortening up here and there. Still a very solid and fun chick lit book, that kept me invested throughout the story. Kathryn R Biel is a talented writer that I would recommend for chick lit fans.

4 stars

Reviewed for Reader’s Favorite

#BookReview: The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr

the boyfriend swapAbout the Book

If you love Christmas movies, as in you check the Hallmark Channel guide starting in July, then hang on to your stockings, because here comes the merriest of indulgences in print. It’s “The Proposal” meets “The Holiday”.

First meet Robyn Lane. She’s always dated struggling creative types, including her current squeeze (Perry, an actor). For this year’s Chrismukkah celebration, her parents would love her to bring someone stable, reliable, steadily employed. You know, with health insurance and a 401(k).

Now let’s meet Sidney Bellows. Her parents already plan her professional life (she’s an attorney at her father’s law firm). If she brings her current boyfriend (Will, an attorney) to the family Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have their wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

Leave it to a mutual friend (and copious amounts of wine) to find a playful solution: Swap those boyfriends, fool the parents, and enjoy the holidays. It’s perfect! Robyn can show off a successful attorney boyfriend, and Sidney’s high-society family won’t ring those wedding bells when they meet a flaky actor beau.

The fun isn’t in the theory, it’s in the practice.

Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years. Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe.

Fool the parents? Enjoy the holidays? Swapping boyfriends never sounded so good or went so bad. Take time to read this one. It’s like Christmas in July.

My Review

Meredith Schorr is one of my favorite chick lit authors, and I was excited to see what The Boyfriend Swap had in store for me. That answer is a lot of laughs, a fast moving story line, and a terrifically fun ending. Even though the main plot point might be a bit of stretch – you know, boyfriend swapping – it still read very relatable and I give major props to the author for that. Each character was interesting to get to know, even the supporting cast, and if you haven’t read anything from Meredith Schorr, I highly suggest you do!

5 stars

#NovelSpotlight: Stormy Summer by Suzy Turner #ChickLit

stormy summerTITLE: Stormy Summer

RELEASE DATE: 10th July 2015

AUTHOR: Suzy Turner

AMAZON LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Stormy-Summer-Suzy-Turner-ebook/dp/B011F7835A

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25894481-stormy-summer

SYNOPSIS: When Summer Miller is rudely awoken from the best hot ‘n’ heavy dream she has had in a long time, her day gets progressively worse… until she prangs the car belonging to one of the office’s hottest blokes. One thing leads to another and she soon finds herself dating a man who isn’t quite what he seems. When her imagination goes overboard and she thinks he might actually be a ‘she’, Summer ends up running away to Portugal – straight into the arms of a handsome American stranger…

AUTHOR BIO: Born in England and raised in Portugal, Suzy lives with her childhood sweetheart Michael, two neurotic dogs and several cats – one who thinks she’s a princess.

Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy worked as a trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she took the job of assistant editor for the region’s largest English language publisher before becoming editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine. Early in 2010 however, Suzy became a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul, Daisy Madigan’s Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo, Forever Fredless, And Then There Was You as well as Stormy Summer.

www.suzyturner.com