#BookReview: Bride Without a Groom by Amy Lynch #ChickLit

May 22, 2015 by  
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Reviewer: Michelle

I received a review copy

bride without a groomSummary:

Single, coupled-up or married, this laugh-out-loud summer read is the perfect anecdote for the wedding season!

Rebecca has chosen the most luscious, five tiered, wedding cake. The engagement ring that she has selected is celebrity inspired. The wedding singer is on speed dial. He doesn’t usually do Michael Bolton, but as it’s for a first dance he’ll make an exception. Father Maguire is checking dates for the parish church as we speak. The deposit on the white sand honeymoon is paid for in full on Barry’s card. She has fallen for an ivory lace couture gown that is to die for. The down payment may require her to sell a left kidney, but it will be worth it. Isn’t that why you have two?

There’s one teeny tiny problem. It’s nothing, really. No need to panic! It’s just that Barry has yet to propose. Says he’s not ready! He can be a bit of a kill joy that way. It’s time to face the harsh reality – Rebecca is a bride without a groom!

Review:

I don’t think many books have actually made me laugh out loud, until recently when I received Bride Without A Groom for an honest review.

Rebecca is a blonde haired diva with a giant secret. Well, it’s not really a secret, but it should be. She is obsessed with the idea of getting married. She has been with her boyfriend Barry for about four years and she already has their wedding planned out… and not just via a board on Pinterest. She actually has called wedding venues, picked out a cake, and is half a step away from putting down a deposit on a Vera Wang dress. And she isn’t even engaged.

After being extremely upset that Barry didn’t propose on her birthday, the two get in a huge fight right before he is about to leave on a business trip in Asia. Things get out of hand between him and a coworker there while Rebecca remains in a serious distress at home, taking it out on Chinese food and chocolate. In the end everything winds up happily ever after. I am definitely rooting for a sequel!

The concept of this story was something I wasn’t sure I would mesh with. Don’t get me wrong, I want to get married someday, but girls who are obsessed with getting married annoy me. This story definitely had me laughing. The way Rebecca deals with problems is hysterical. I wish I knew her in real life because I think she would be a riot. This was a quick read for me because I couldn’t get enough of the things she said!
5 Stars 

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#BookReview: Faking It by Leah Marie Brown

May 19, 2015 by  
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Reviewer: Terry

faking itI received a review copy

Summary:

Haven’t you ever told a little lie in the name of love?
 
Vivia Grant couldn’t be happier. She has her dream job and is about to marry her dream man. Does it really matter that she’s led him to believe she’s a virgin? After all, being in love makes every experience feel like the first time anyway! But an unexpected encounter with an ex-lover is about to expose her embarrassing lie…

When Vivia’s fiancé discovers the truth, he ends their engagement—via text—and uses his connections to get her fired.  Unemployed and heartbroken, Vivia begins planning her new future—as a homeless spinster. But her best friend has a better idea. They’ll skip the Ben & Jerry’s binge and go on Vivia’s honeymoon instead. Two weeks cycling through Provence and Tuscany, with Luc de Caumont, a sexy French bike guide. Too bad Vivia’s not a big fan of biking. And she’s abysmal at languages. Will she fib her way through the adventure, or finally learn to love herself—and Luc—flaws and all?

Review:

Vivia thinks she is all set, perfect husband, dress, wedding; all lining her up for the perfect life. But fate has a way of changing everything. Just 3 days before she is to marry her perfect man, he calls it all off.

Vivia is completely devastated and not sure what to do when she receives the tactless text message from her fiance telling her it’s over. Her best friend steps in and pulls her from the slumps and accompanies her on the honeymoon she was supposed to be going as Mr and Mrs.

Throughout the story Vivia comes to so many realizations, like she was marrying for all the wrong reasons, and that she had changed who she was to make her fiance happy, leaving herself with a shell of the amazing vibrant person she really is.

This was such a fun story, not only does it leaving you cheering for Vivia through all her mishaps and trials, but you also really grow to love the person who is not afraid to just be herself. Go Vivia! #PerpetuallyViv

4 stars


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On Tour: Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery by Jennifer Ammoscato #CLPBlogTours

May 18, 2015 by  
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dear internet it's me averyJennifer Ammoscato will be on tour May 25-June 1 with her novel Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery

Oh, don’t judge me, people. We all do it.
Don’t try to tell me that you’ve never checked that weird mole on your thigh on WebMD. Or how to fold meringue on Epicurious. And, there’s no way that I’m the only one who clears her search history after looking up how to give a great bl— (Um, that last one’s not important.)
When newspaper reporter Avery Fowler discovers her husband is having an affair, the online help site HowTo.com is where she turns to navigate this challenging stage of her life.
If the Internet is Avery’s information god, then HowTo.com is her Holy Grail. Its live chat option is like having a virtual life coach for the low, low price of $14.95 a month:
When I joined HowTo.com, it assigned me “Clementine” as my advisor, based on my choice of “British female” in the Preferences panel. That way, I can pretend that a Maggie Smith or Judi Dench type supplies the wisdom, tinged with a sassy touch of malt vinegar. (In reality, it’s most likely a bored, seventeen-year-old boy labouring in a New Delhi call centre.)
Add into the mix a new boss whose managerial style calls to mind the Wicked Bitch Witch of the West—or the Anti-Christ—and the poor girl needs all the help she can get! The stakes rise and hilarity ensues as our heroine struggles to take control of her personal life and topple her boss after she learns Victoria’s guilty secret.
With Clementine (virtually) in tow, our heroine tackles such tricky situations as dating after divorce, sex once nothing points north anymore, and how to cover attempted murder scenes (despite a paralyzing fear of blood) as the new and improved Avery Fowler 2.0.
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jennifer ammoscatoAuthor Bio:

Author Jennifer Ammoscato – solving the world’s problems one cosmo at a time.

Jennifer Ammoscato is a paid, productive member of society. Frankly, it’s not enough.

Therefore, May 2015 will see the launch of her debut novel, “Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery” (The

“Avery Fowler 2.0” series, Book I).

During the day, she is an intrepid writer/editor for the public relations department of a

Canadian university. By night, she fights crime and the urge to organize closets and stuff herself

with salted chocolate caramels.

Jennifer began writing as a child, producing such classics as “The Occurrence” (she understood

the appeal of werewolves long before Stephenie Meyer). She had to search for the courage to

write a novel, though. “That’s so F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. I didn’t know if I

had the alcohol capacity for it.” However, after being goaded (sorry, encouraged) by a friend, she

took the leap.

Dreams do not inspire Jennifer’s books. In fact, they tend to terrify her. In particular, the everpopular

naked-at-school or I-have-a-final-exam-and-didn’t-study dreams. She usually just makes

stuff up.

She is married to her husband, Ezio. As opposed to someone else’s husband (insert name here).

She is the proud mom of two very tall sons, Dante and Christian.

Blog: www.JenniferAmmoscato.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferAmmoscato

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/JenAmmoscato

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenAmmoscato

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8386357.Jennifer_Ammoscato


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#ChickLitMay: Find Your Next Chick Lit Read!

May is International Chick Lit Month. Let’s be honest—it’s the best month of the year! Every year, chick lit readers and writers get together to celebrate, share, discuss and gush about their favorite book genre. Not familiar with chick lit or Chick Lit Month? Visit internationalchicklitmonth.com for more information.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of ICLM. To celebrate, a bunch of enthusiastic authors got together and made an infographic to help readers find their next chick lit read.

We’re giving away 19 ebooks to 19 lucky readers. Just enter to win the books you’d like to read!

To enter, comment on the blog post below, listing which books from the graphic you’d like to read and WHY you would like to read them. (Make sure to include your email address so we can contact you.) Entrants can only enter once per blog, but can check out other blogs with this same post and comment there for extra entries! All those links are down below.

Entries close on midnight Friday, May 22 (Pacific Daylight Time), and winners will be contacted directly on May 31.

Good luck everyone—and happy reading! 😀

ChickLit-Infographic

Find the authors and books here, and enter again!

Deeper Themes

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A Little Magic

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Laughs Guaranteed

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Light & Bright

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CLP Blog Tours Sign Up: NeverEnding Beginnings by Mary Chris Escobar

May 16, 2015 by  
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Mary Chris Escobar will be on tour in July with her chick lit novel NeverEnding Beginnings. We are looking for book bloggers to share reviews, interviews, guest posts, and excerpts for this tour, and eBooks will be available for reviewers. Please use the form below to join the tour. Thank you!

never ending beginningsSummary:

Neverending Beginnings is Groundhog Day meets My Best Friend’s Wedding.

Kate is alarmed to find out that her practical and level-headed best friend Amy is getting married after dating for only six months. Even more shocking, the groom-to-be is Kate’s old college ex. As the big day approaches, Kate’s inability to hide her feelings is threatening to ruin her friendship with Amy.

On the night of the wedding, her last minute, vodka-fueled toast has her wishing she could turn back the clock and make things right. Imagine her surprise when she wakes up the next day and finds out she can.

Forced to relive one of the most painful weeks of her life, Kate slowly works to repair the damage she has done. In the process, she learns a lot about herself and the cynically charming best man, Ben.

**This tour is now closed for sign ups**

On Tour: Love At First Flight by Tess Woods #CLPBlogTours

May 15, 2015 by  
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love at first flightTess Woods will be on tour May 18-June 15 with her novel Love At First Flight

What would you risk to be with the love of your life? A family is threatened by an irresistible attraction in this compelling debut that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Anita Shreve.

Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. the second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. the me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it.

What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?

Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.

What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into her worst nightmare.

Love at First Flight will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head.

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tess woodsAuthor Bio:

Tess Woods is a health professional who lives in Perth, Australiawith one husband, two children, one dog and one cat who rules over all of them. Love at First Flight is her first novel for HarperCollins. When she isn’t working or being a personal assistant to her kids, Tess enjoys reading and all kinds of grannyish pleasures like knitting, baking, drinking tea, watching Downton Abbey and tending to the veggie patch.

Links

My website:

http://www.tesswoods.com.au/

My Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Tesswoods.harpercollins?ref=hl

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25058078-love-at-first-flight?from_search=true

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Love-First-Flight-Tess-Woods-ebook/dp/B00S47T1AG/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429057388&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=tess+woodsds

iBooks:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/love-at-first-flight/id972723972?mt=11

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/love-at-first-flight-6

Barnes and Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-at-first-flight-woods-tess/1121030099?ean=9781460705414

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CLP Blog Tours Sign Up: When a Spade Isn’t a Spade by Aprille Thomas

May 11, 2015 by  
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CLP Blog Tours is looking for reviewers for When a Spade Isn’t a Spade by Aprille Thomas. You do not have to be a book blogger or run a blog, reviews only need to be posted to Amazon and GoodReads within 3 months after receiving your review copy. Please use the form below to sign up. Thank you!

when a spade isn't a spadeSummary:

Karlie Washington is a smart, sexy, savvy copywriter, and she’s in line for the promotion of her dreams – Creative Director at NJH Communications. She’s been eyeing the job for five years, and already special ordered the outfit for her first day.

But there’s just one problem – Hosea Young. She has to compete with the boss’s pet for the coveted spot. Oh, and everyone else in the office, too.

Determined to come out on top, problems abound for Karlie as she tries to navigate her way up the career ladder. She struggles with a know-it-all coworker, a my-way-or-the-highway boss, and never-ending boyfriend drama. Her chances of success start looking slimmer at every turn, and she soon finds herself at her wits’ end.

So when she accidentally stumbles across the opportunity to secure her success, it seems like a simple decision. But an overactive conscience forces a torn Karlie to reconsider what’s more important, and she quickly realizes that things aren’t always what they seem.

When a Spade isn’t a Spade, Aprille L. Thomas’s debut novella, brings a poetic flair to the complications of corporate life, complex love, and chasing your dreams.

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On Tour: Rock Star’s Girl by Jennifer Farwell

May 7, 2015 by  
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Rock Stars GirlJennifer Farwell will be on tour May 11-June 8 with her novel Rock Star’s Girl

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.

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Jennifer FarwellAuthor Bio:

Jennifer Farwell has been writing since the day she picked up a navy blue Crayola as a toddler and began scribbling on her parents’ freshly painted white walls. She’s the author of SEVEN WEEKS TO FOREVER and ROCK STAR’S GIRL. When not writing novels, she can often be found at a Kundalini yoga class, cheering on the L.A. Kings during hockey season, or curled up with a good book. Her love of storytelling led to completing a Bachelor of Journalism degree and a Master of Arts degree in English, both from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She grew up in Thunder Bay, Canada, and now lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Pico.

Find Jennifer!

Website: http://jenniferfarwell.com

Facebook: https://facebook.com/JenniferFarwellAuthor

Twitter: @jennfarwell
Snapchat: jennfarwell

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jennfarwell

Instagram: http://instagram.com/jennfarwell

Tsu: http://tsu.co/JenniferFarwell

Tumblr: http://jennfarwell.tumblr.com

Goodreads: https://goodreads.com/jenniferfarwell

 

Find the Book!

http://amzn.to/1GREyQ0

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rock-stars-girl-jennifer-farwell/1121417826?ean=9781620157633

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25204759-rock-star-s-girl

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#BookReview: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

April 22, 2015 by  
Filed under British Lit Review, Chick Lit Review

Reviewer: Samantha

the royal weI received a review copy

Summary:

In their first adult novel, authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan take on a story of romance and rivalries inspired by today’s most talked-about royal couple: Will and Kate. 

If I’m Cinderella today, I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy-tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess. But it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall – and thus Bex who accidentally finds herself in love with the eventual heir to the British throne. Nick is everything she could have imagined, but Prince Nicholas has unimaginable baggage: grasping friends, a thorny family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a native. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex reflects on what she’s sacrificed for love — and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.

Review:

If you follow me on social media, you know that I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of the “spare heir.” Come on, Kate! Boy or girl? I’m a huge fan of the royals, so when I was asked to review this book, I was jumping up and down with glee. This book is definitely inspired by Will and Kate’s romance, and the royal aspects made me smile, laugh…and think. It was really interesting to think about if possibly anything written in the book could be true. Kate, do you have hair extensions? Pippa, how supportive of a sister were you during the wedding process? Those parts, plus just the regular girl finding her Prince Charming, were so fun to read. My only, only downfall of this book is that I thought it was really long. Some parts just seem stretched out to me and it took me over four days to read this book, which is a really long time for me to complete a book. Still, if you love the Royal Family or even just like them, or you love chick lit, give this one a shot!

4 stars


#BookReview: Walk on By written by Stacey Solomon

April 17, 2015 by  
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Reviewer: Annie

Walk on By written by Stacey SolomonI received a review copy

Summary:

Ever since Charlotte Taylor was a little girl she’s wanted fame and fortune. She sings with the voice of an angel and is soon plucked out of obscurity and launched into the limelight as the overnight sensation “Lola”

Charlotte attends wild celebrity parties and moves in circles with the rich and famous, but the people living the life of celebrity aren’t all she imagined them to be and neither is her life. Struggling to find the real Charlotte again she battles against the crazy life she’s thrust into, desperately trying to swim to the surface

Blake Hudson is a self-made man. Successful in his own right, he’s busy making his own mark on the world. Self-assured, strong and determined, he’s not looking for a permanent relationship. But when he meets the sweet and charming Charlotte, he’s captivated. But the world of celebrity and business collide and commitments, half-truths and unintentional deception don’t make for smooth sailing

Hilarious consequences ensue through this romantic comedy, but can Lola and Blake overcome the challenges that life and fame throw their way to find their own happy-ever-after, or will Lola just have to Walk on By?

Review:

Stacey Solomon writes about a singer that is new to fame; Charlotte Taylor, whose stage name is Lola.  I love Charlotte’s best friend Rupert; she calls him, Roo-Roo and he calls her, Petal (which I thought was an adorable nickname).  Their relationship was my favorite part of this entire story.  They will make you laugh out loud.

Being new to stardom, Charlotte is not very hip on how to be at parties, interacting with other celebrities.  You can only imagine the hysteria that ensues as she tries to “fit in”.  She is a very funny character that I really enjoyed reading about.  It seems like Charlotte is having a tough time being “Lola”.

When Charlotte leaves England to go to New York to take a break from “celebrity”, she meets Blake Hudson, her Apartment’s Manager.  Their meeting was truly kismet.  Or, was it?  Was he Mr. Right?  It made me feel badly for the celebrities that are all over the internet and gossip magazines.

But, I definitely felt that something was missing within the story, and I was not fond of the writing style.

3 Stars


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