#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!

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

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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  
Filed under British Lit Review, Chick Lit Review, CLP Favorites

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


Future Tour: Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder by Holly Kerr

February 11, 2015 by  
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absinthe doesn't make the heart grow fonderHolly Kerr will be on tour February 23-March 23 with her novel Absinthe Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder

What would you do for your friends?

What could be more fun than celebrating your fortieth with your three BFF’s?

Josie sets off with Lana, Poppy and Meredith for an evening celebrating her birthday with the best intentions. Dinner, dancing and a little drinking.

A little more drinking, in a few questionable locations. It’s good to catch up with the girls. But then…

Josie realizes her husband isn’t cheating on her, but Poppy won’t talk about the fact that her husband is. Lana won’t talk about her ex, Ted and Meredith is trying to hide something.

The secrets start to come out.

And then something bad happens.

Secrets can really ruin a friendship.

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CLP Blog Tours Sign Up: The Marrying Type by Laura Chapman

February 5, 2015 by  
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Laura Chapman will be on tour in April with her chick lit/women’s fiction novel The Marrying Type. We are looking for book bloggers to share reviews, guest posts, interviews and excerpts for this tour, and eBook formats will be available for reviewers. Please use the form below to join the tour. Thank you!

The Marrying TypeSummary:

Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it).

With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress.

Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24766966-the-marrying-type

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CLP Blog Tours #BookReview: Give Your Heart a Break by Helen Peterson

February 4, 2015 by  
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Reviewer: Terry

give your heart a breakI received a review copy

Summary:

Gorgeous? Check.
Wealthy? Check.
Sweet? Double check.
When Rachel Thomas meets Mason Conner, it seems she has found a man who is everything she’s ever wanted. After years of the single girl life in New York City, she’s due for some luck in the romance department. But with her less than stellar track record, Rachel can’t seem to let go of her past failures to fall too hard.
That is until Mason’s ex-fiancé reappears, determined to steal him back. With more than winning Mr. Perfect’s heart on the line, is Rachel finally ready to give her heart a break?

Review:

When you have had rotten luck with relationships, and had your heart and trust stomped on it’s so very difficult to trust and believe in the good guy that comes into your life….that is just what happens to Rachel when a chance meet at a new club brings Mason across her path. Mason is that great guy that every girl is looking for and hopes to meet. But Mason also comes with a crazed ex that doesn’t want to let go! The way Mason handles the troubles of an old relationship and his new relationship with Rachel as well truly shows the kind of guy he is.

Rachel and Mason’s love story was a fun read, and add in too it, all the fun characters in Rachel’s life and you have a story you won’t want to put down!

4 stars

helen petersonAuthor Bio

Helen  is a native of Toronto Canada  who went to college to pursue Marketing .  She currently works at a bank as an administrative assistant but her love of writing and telling stories that others can relate to has helped her complete her first manuscript Give Your Heart a Break.  Helen has always loved telling a story especially through song, Staring in all her high school musical theatre productions Like Oliver! And Anything Goes.   Helen currently resides in Markham Ontario.

Connect with Helen!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHelenPeterson

Twitter: @HelenPeterson37

Find the Book! 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/13Id2Yw

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23764139-give-your-heart-a-break

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/give-your-heart-a-break-helen-peterson/1120935368?ean=2940150199583

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/give-your-heart-a-break-4


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On Tour: Give Your Heart a Break by Helen Peterson #ChickLit

January 27, 2015 by  
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give your heart a breakHelen Peterson will be on tour February 2-9 with her chick lit novel Give Your Heart a Break

Gorgeous? Check. 
Wealthy? Check. 
Sweet? Double check. 
When Rachel Thomas meets Mason Conner, it seems she has found a man who is everything she’s ever wanted. After years of the single girl life in New York City, she’s due for some luck in the romance department. But with her less than stellar track record, Rachel can’t seem to let go of her past failures to fall too hard. 
That is until Mason’s ex-fiancé reappears, determined to steal him back. With more than winning Mr. Perfect’s heart on the line, is Rachel finally ready to give her heart a break? 

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helen petersonAuthor Bio

Helen  is a native of Toronto Canada  who went to college to pursue Marketing .  She currently works at a bank as an administrative assistant but her love of writing and telling stories that others can relate to has helped her complete her first manuscript Give Your Heart a Break.  Helen has always loved telling a story especially through song, Staring in all her high school musical theatre productions Like Oliver! And Anything Goes.   Helen currently resides in Markham Ontario.

Connect with Helen!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorHelenPeterson

Twitter: @HelenPeterson37

Find the Book! 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/13Id2Yw

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23764139-give-your-heart-a-break

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/give-your-heart-a-break-helen-peterson/1120935368?ean=2940150199583

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/give-your-heart-a-break-4

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