#BookReview: Bedside Manners by Phoebe Fox

March 27, 2015 by  
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Reviewer: Emma

bedside mannersI received a review copy

Summary:

Brook Ogden has never encountered a broken heart she couldn’t patch together…

Her counseling practice as the Breakup Doctor—on call to help you shape up after a breakup—is so busy she’s expanded to offer group sessions. (Turns out there are far more than fifty ways to leave your lover.) Her radio show and advice column have made her a local celebrity, and even her personal life, after some gruesome breakups of her own, is in recovery: Ben Garrett started out as a revenge date against an ex, but has turned into so much more.

But when sizzling-hot Chip Santana, an old client she once shared a rather unprofessional midnight roll in the sand with, comes back into her life asking for her help, Brook can’t say no. Yet while she’s busy stitching up his relationship troubles, Chip reveals much more than a therapeutic interest in her.

In the standoff between her heart and her hormones, Brook’s cool, collected Wise Therapist persona begins to crack like thrown wedding china. She’s yelling at recalcitrant cheating husbands. Offering crazy advice to radio callers. She’s even hugging her clients.

When the situation goes critical, Brook’s forced into a decision she isn’t ready to make—and the Breakup Doctor has to decide what kind of casualties she’s willing to accept.

Review:

Brooke Ogden is a therapist specializing in relationships. She is known as the Break-Up Doctor. With encouragement from her friends and her new, amazing boyfriend, she expands her business to meeting with groups of people who are all going through something different in regards to relationships. Brooke has grown a lot since the first book, she is much more mature, has more of a handle on her own life and her decisions, and gives much better advice. But her past comes crawling back… and his name is Chip.

Chip is from the first book and was the reason for many of her outlandish behaviors that got her into trouble. She agrees to help him reconcile his past relationships, taking a risk knowing he is still into her and she somehow is still attracted to him. But, nothing can come in between her and her new love, can it?

There are very few times I have been able to say this, but I loved the second book MORE than the first. Brooke is so much more relatable in this book. The group sessions she leads are hilarious and her real life problems are much more realistic than the first book. Her friends and family add a perfect element to the book and balance out her romance life. I would recommend reading the first book before reading this, but it is not necessary. Great book – one of my favorites of the year! The book ended leading me to think there could be a third – crossing my fingers! Grab a copy of Bedside Manners today!

5 stars

CLP Blog Tours Sign Up: Rock Star’s Girl by Jennifer Farwell

March 19, 2015 by  
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Jennifer Farwell will be on tour in late April with her chick lit novel Rock Star’s Girl. We are looking for book bloggers to share reviews and excerpts for this tour, and eBook copies will be available for reviewers. Please use the form below to join the tour. Thank you!

Rock Stars GirlSummary:

Emily Watts just wants a weekend break from the workaholic hours she’s taken on to keep her business—a popular fashion-snark website—up and running. What she gets is overnight celebrity and a career-killing media scandal.

While taking time out to attend a concert in support of friend Jesse Cinder, a struggling musician, Emily meets Cory Sampson, the lead singer of a chart-topping rock band. When she agrees to a date with Cory, making entertainment headlines is the last thing she expects. Even so, it’s a minor surprise by comparison to her discovery that in the music world, media notoriety trumps all. Tabloid allegations erupt when Cory and fame-hungry Jesse use Emily for personal gain, and her tarnished image spells disaster—personally and professionally. To save the website and writing career she’s made her life and dream, Emily must go from being a pawn in the Hollywood headline game to becoming the media mastermind.

**Jennifer’s tour is now full. Thanks to everyone who signed up!**

Future Tour: They Do, I Don’t: Confetti Confidential

March 11, 2015 by  
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confetti confidentalSusan Murphy will be on tour April 13-20 with her novel They Do, I Don’t: Confetti Confidential 

How can you be a part of a couple’s big day when your own love life is crumbling? Her once happy life in tatters thanks to a cheating husband, lacklustre career and a wrinkling face, Viv no longer believes in love and happiness. In fact, she hates them both. The problem is that as a marriage celebrant, gleeful love is what she has to deal with every day. With 10 hilarious and tragic weddings (and a funeral) to get through before she can give up being a celebrant, can she prove that love and happiness are the pathetic hopes of the naive, or will fate intervene and show her that what she secretly craves could be right in front of her?

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#BookReview: We’ve Always Got New York by Jill Knapp

March 11, 2015 by  
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Reviewer: Samantha

we've always got new yorkI received a review copy

Summary:

The second book in Jill Knapp’s fabulous series about dating in New York picks up after Amalia Hastings returns to Manhattan from her trip to Brazil – and finds that life has indeed gone on without her.

Fresh off the plane, Amalia’s feeling anxious and unresolved; left alone to pick up the pieces and deal with the repercussions of choosing her own path over Michael.

Without an apartment, without a job, and starting to wonder if she’s even without a best friend, she finds herself holding on tightly to the one thing she is familiar with, New York City.

Sometimes you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be…

Review:

I have also read the first book in this series, and while I usually prefer book one over two, I actually really enjoyed the second one quite a bit more! It was fun and past-paced from the first page, and really never a dull moment along the way. I thought this was chick lit all the way, especially with New York City as the setting, and I think chick lit fans will love this one! The ending…whoa, what a cliff hanger! I kept swiping my Kindle thinking there was no way she could leave us hanging like that. I’ll definitely be looking for book three in the series!

4 stars



#BookReview: Kathleen’s Undressed, The Accidental Enigma (The Accidental Series, #2) By Celia Kennedy

February 27, 2015 by  
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Reviewer: Annie

I received a review copy

kathleen's undressedSummary:

In Book Two of the Accidental Series, the vivacious women from Charlotte’s Restrained join Kathleen in Paris, France for Fall Fashion Week! Pairing Prada with Armani, and Proenza Schuler with Betsy Johnson, playing dress-up with the most prestigious credit card in your purse is a whole lot of fun. Kathleen, Hillary, Marian, and Tiziana mingle with celebrities, royalty, and the fashion elite as they critique the next season’s collections.
But wait, where is Charlotte? Will Des Bannerman, The King of Romantic Comedies make an appearance? What happened to Ted and Liam? You’ll find out as Kathleen entertains her friends in her beloved City of Lights.
What should be a frivolous week of ooh’ing and ah’ing everything from lingerie to lipstick, is about to take a turn. Kathleen has secrets. Dark secrets her friends would be devastated to learn!
Against the backdrop of runway shows, the Champs Elysees, the Roman Coliseum, and the Space Needle, twists and turns take place, attempting to draw Kathleen out of the shadows and into the light. This remarkably complex woman, full of hidden surprises, meets her match in Sébastien Langevin, who urges her to reveal all.
Will Kathleen continue deceiving her friends at the risk of their friendship — or reveal the truth at the risk of herself? The true meaning of friendship and love, along with a healthy dose of fashion and laughter, can be found in Kathleen’s Undressed, The Accidental Enigma!

Review:

Celia Kennedy does it again!  She writes a brilliant story involving brilliant woman!  What girl does not like to read about friendship, dating, love, fashion, and all of the fun Celia has surrounding these women!!  This is part two of a series, and I hope that part three is coming up FAST!  “Charlotte’s Restrained” was Book on; of which, I gave five stars.

We have the pleasure of meeting up with Charlotte, Kathleen, Hillary, Marian, and Tiziana again.  These girls live a fun life to read about…this is a wonderfully fun book to read.  Anytime, anywhere…I really enjoyed the French Fashion and land.  Celia is really talented at creating scenes and bringing them to life.

As I read the book, I was awaiting the arrival of characters from book one and they may have arrived.  (I don’t want to spoil this book for you)

We often carry secrets with us, among us, and try to hold on to them with all of our might.  This story reaches deep in to the life of Kathleen to see if and what she will really is ready to share, or just keep buried.  Are some secrets better left unsaid?  Kathleen is a woman that you will adore, just as you did Charlotte.

Again, Celia Kennedy takes us on an exciting ride.  As we all know, I am one of her biggest fans.  This is the type of book that should not be missed, for a simply fun trip through the lives of these five super cool women.

I would find it hard to believe that you would not enjoy Celia Kennedy’s latest hit.

She is an author to watch!

5 Stars


CLP Blog Tours Sign Up: Book Club by Jaime Boust

February 26, 2015 by  
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Jaime Boust will be on tour in April with her chick lit novel Book Club. We are looking for book bloggers to share reviews, interviews and excerpts for this tour, and Kindle and ePub copies will be available for reviewers. Please use the form below to join the tour. Thank you!

book club jaime boustSummary:

Celebrity Kidnappings, the Kama Sutra, Russian Mobsters, Congolese Shimmer Frogs…
Book Club is a time to drink wine, to live vicariously through erotic fiction, and pay lip service to one’s life goals. The club’s founder wants to be a writer but can’t find her story. Billie is the virgin mailwoman who doesn’t know if she’s gay or straight. Ashleigh is the beautiful housewife who can’t get pregnant by her philandering husband, and Marissa is the high-powered executive who has sacrificed her own family for a stressful job that makes her miserable.

They meet once a month, updating their dream boards guided by the self-help book du jour, but nothing ever changes. Until Marissa’s mysterious sister arrives and shakes the women into action.

What will it take to make their dreams a reality? The disappearance of People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, mass abandonment of smart phones, Korean nacho dogs, and some good old fashioned sex.

Book Club is smart, sexy, and endlessly entertaining. A delicious, thought-provoking romp from start to finish. Make it your top book club pick for 2015!

**Jaime’s tour is now full. Thanks to everyone who signed up!**

CLP Blog Tours Tour Kick Off: Adventures in Fashion by Emily Craven

February 23, 2015 by  
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adventures in fashionEmily Craven will be on tour February 23-March 2 with her novel Adventures in Fashion

Madeline Cain knows that after six chaotic months, the rest of her time in New York City will be smooth sailing with Kevin — her new squeeze — by her side. That is, until Madeline’s idols drop a bombshell – she needs to pick a specialisation before the year is out or risk losing the career of her dreams. The problem? She’s about as sure of her photographic passion as a hiker is of outrunning a bear.

Thus Madeline begins her search for her one true path with student-arranged assignments featuring certifiably insane children, lip-synching rockers, a dog whisperer, and… zombies? But it’s not until Madeline secures a ‘life-debt’ by saving a potential mobster from a gun-wielding cross-dresser that she sets her sights on an amazing internship opportunity.

Is her new patron really part of the mob? Can she nail this internship when all her experiments are going to hell? And how does she deal with Kevin’s obsession over her escapades?

Written as though you’re reading Madeline’s Facebook page, Adventures in Fashion will leave you giggling on the floor as Maddie posts about the second half of her Big Apple adventure.

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emily cravenAuthor Bio:
Emily Craven was first inspired to placed pen to paper when she was 12, after she learnt her favourite author, Isobelle Carmody, began her first novel at 14. Emily finished two manuscripts while completing a Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics and Geophysics) at the University of Adelaide. So technically, she can claim to be an astrophysicist (stars), geophysicist (rocks) and writer (crazy). She writes YA fiction, Fantasy and non-fiction. Emily lives in Australia and yes, back when she was a teenager her high school had its own herd of Kangaroos. She’s been to almost every continent (Africa being her weakness in continent-domination) and has the pretty photographs to prove it (though probably less professional than Madeline Cain…).

Unusual talents and hobbies include: Getting excited at the thought of sky diving (though if you try to attach her to the end of a bungee cord she will take you down with her). She loves belly dancing, singing, is a self-confessed Trekkie, and will never pass up a good bar of chocolate. If you put her anywhere in the vicinity of snow, she turns into a five year old.

Emily has a website http://www.madelinecain.com and two blogs, one on writing (http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au) and one on independent publishing and digital storytelling (http://ebookrevolution.com.au). You can find her on Twitter @TheMadelineCain or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GrandAdventuresOfMadelineCain

LINKS TO BUY BOOK:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QY1UUJ0/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d13_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=0K75JPT2QR1ZTDEB9M9R&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=1970559082&pf_rd_i=desktop

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/madeline-cain-adventures-in-fashion

Smashwords: Smashwords – Madeline Cain: Adventures In Fashion – a book by Emily Craven

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/madeline-cain-emily-craven/1120957588?ean=2940046472622

#BookReview: Something in the Heir by Jenny Gardiner

February 19, 2015 by  
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Reviewer: Michelle

something in the heirI received a review copy

Emma Jamison preferred living her quiet life of photographing famous people over anything wild and crazy. When she finds herself photographing Prince Adrian, a gorgeously handsome man, she never thinks a little bit of flirtation will go anywhere. However, she has no idea that Adrian is desperately trying to run away from his royal life and that she is going to be the one to help him.

The two run off to Emma’s beach house and get to know one another. They hit it off really well but Emma refuses to have feelings for him, or so she thinks! She’s been hurt badly by men in the past and there’s no way she’s going to let someone constantly in the tabloids hurt her. There are some funny things that happen at the beach house – Emma’s parents come home and they tell them that Adrian is gay. Caroline ends up hooking up with Adrian’s friend Darcy. The woman that Adrian is supposed to marry ends up showing up unannounced as well.  In the end Emma and Caroline make a trip to Adrian’s royal palace and Emma finally accepts the fact that she DOES like him and the two can finally be together.

I liked this story, but  the first half didn’t do much for me. I think the second half was a bit more upbeat and I liked when more characters were getting involved, such as Serena and Ariana. I feel it is hard to make a book with this type of story line standout because it has been done so many times. A modern day twist though was a nice touch.

3.5 Stars

#BookReview: Charlotte’s Restrained: The Accidental Stalker (The Accidental Series Book 1) by Celia Kennedy

February 18, 2015 by  
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Reviewer: Annie

Charlotte's RestrainedI received a review copy

I cannot contain my excitement over Celia Kennedy and her gifted story-telling!  So, let me tell you this is a five Star Plus book, right now.  I find it hard to believe that she just began her writing career, and I am so pleased to be here at the beginning with her.

I am officially declaring that I absolutely adore Celia Kennedy!!  She does it again, with Charlotte’s Restrained!!!  I believe this is just the beginning of many wonderful stories that she has to tell.  I read her first book, “Venus Rising”, and was in love with it.  This book is even better, if possible.  And, the fact that this is the first book in a series, with the next coming available at the end of this month…I am in stitches with anticipation to read all about Kathleen’s adventures in that book! (The next book is called “Kathleen’s Undressed”..book review to arrive here at CLP soon, thank you Samantha!)

If Celia Kennedy begins a Fan Club, I will gladly be President!

Charlotte is a magnificently lovable woman, living in NYC and trotting the globe from London, to Dublin and the South of France.  Celia introduces us to a wonderful group of women that anyone of us would love to be friends with.  There are dates; nights out on the town, shopping sprees, celebrations…and boyfriends…..I especially love the Irish boyfriend, Liam from Dublin.  I mean, he had me at hello.

It begins with the girls all meeting up for a much needed vacation in France.  This is where meet up with some major issues; from Charlotte meeting Des Bannerman (an actor that she has swooned over since he first appeared in movies)…to them being stalked by paparazzi, to Des getting a Restraining Order taken out against Charlotte.  It was quite the eventful vacation.   It was so much fun to read.  I can totally see this becoming a movie.  Celia truly brought everything to life.  I enjoyed the ending of her chapters…..she has a gift to say so much in just one simple sentence.

But, the madness does not stop there.  The book gets better with each turn of the page, and I hated that it ended.  Sometimes you can get so wrapped up in a book, and the characters that you hate to see it end…this is definitely such a book!

As I anxiously await reading Celia Kennedy’s next novel, I highly suggest you catch up with me!  These adventures should not be missed!

5 Stars


#BookReview: Check Your Privilege by Ella Vincent

February 13, 2015 by  
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Reviewer: Annie

Check Your Privilege by Ella VincentI received a review copy

Ella Vincent wrote a great story of love and friendship.  This is a British Chick-Lit book that I proclaim as a must-read for all chick-lit lovers.  I am still trying to figure out the cover and name of the book…This book is so chuck full of “wonderfulness”, that I thought the cover could have been more enticing.

Her main character, Nancy was married for several years and has two wonderful children, Matilda and Felix.  Her husband, Adam leaves her to go live with his boyfriend, Stephen, because he is ready to face the fact that he is gay.  Nancy and her best friend, Alice are pediatric nurses at the local hospital.

Her life is not as easy financially as it was when she was married to Adam.  And, her happiness level has dropped quite a bit.  Yet, she never gives up.  Her gumption is fantastic!  You find yourself not only liking her, but rooting for her to find love again.

I loved the relationship she had with her friends, family and even her ex-husband.  She has more heart than a lot of others that may have to deal with the issues she is going through.

She is trying to find love online and with blind dates.  When one date is a no-show, she meets a man named Jonny.  He is younger than her, and has some growing up to do (in her eyes).

This story shows texts exchanged between Nancy and her friends, and it is just plain amusing to read.  From the first page to the last, there was never a dull moment.  The story never lagged, and the ending is brilliant.

Go grab this book and let me know what you think!  This book kept reminding me of this song “I get by with a little help from my friends!”.  I was thrilled I read this story.

5 Stars


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