#BookReview: Love Pixies by Carol Maloney Scott

lovepixiesAbout the Book

For three lifelong best friends, a college graduation trip to Ireland is supposed to be their last hurrah before starting their jobs, and taking on the stresses and responsibilities of adult life. Heather, Tiffany, and Amanda are on a mission to turn the Emerald Isle upside down…or at least wreak a little havoc, drink a wee bit too much, and kiss hunky Irish boys…before returning to their hometown of Chicago.

When Rhiannon, a powerful fairy, pays a surprise visit to their adorable, thatched-roof rental cottage in County Clare, and persuades them to sign one-year Love Pixie contracts, their lives are drastically altered. Newly armed with fantastical superpowers, charmed necklaces, and the ability to turn ordinary substances into enchanted pixie dust, the girls join together to fight ‘love crime’ and help assigned couples on the brink of disaster build bridges back to happiness. It all sounds quite exciting, until they realize that learning how to use powerful magic is not only time consuming, overwhelming, and confusing – it’s not easy to hide from their family, co-workers, and most importantly – potential love interests.

To complicate matters even more, the trio is repeatedly tempted by the fairy’s rebellious sister, Aideen, who challenges them to break the rules. Perhaps if they listen to the ‘bad fairy’ they can finish their assignment quicker…and get back to work…and play…before anyone is the wiser.

However, the girls were raised to know that there are consequences to bad behavior – at least in the non-magical world. Afraid to ask if there is such a thing as magical jail, the two more sensible Pixies hope to rein in their most wayward partner – before their contracts are terminated…and their couple’s relationship implodes into a pile of ordinary dust.


One aspect I really enjoy while reading is magical realism, so I was quite tickled when a fairy appeared in the beginning to give the friends powers. It was so fun watching as they tried to understand how their life just changed, how to use their powers and how to try to remain normal after their life changed so drastically. The three girls were all so different in personality yet had been friends forever, and I thought each one was interesting to read about. There’s definitely a lot of content in here so sometimes it could feel a bit rushed, but I still enjoyed the writing style and wanted to see how the ending would come about!

4 stars

carolAbout the Author

Carol Maloney Scott, author of the Rom-Com on the Edge series, is a frazzled new bride and wiener dog fanatic. She is a lover of donuts, and a hater of mornings. Recently unearthing a childhood passion for writing, she can once again be seen carrying around a notebook and staring into space. Her stories are witty, fresh and real, just like life.


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#BookReview: Best Friend For Hire by Mary Carlomagno

best friend for hireSummary

Jersey Girl Jessie DeSalvo has her dream job at one of New York’s top publishing companies. After ten years of hard work the day of her big promotion has arrived. Unfortunately, her company has other ideas. Instead of a corner office, Jessie is handed her pink slip.

Left with little more than her cell phone and an unusable contact list, Jessie retreats to less-than-fashionable Hoboken, New Jersey, to figure out her life—and deal with the attentions of her loving but inquisitive Italian-American family. Then she accidentally stumbles into a career as a professional best friend—by helping friends and strangers straighten out whatever is wrong with their lives. Her jobs include planning the New Jersey wedding of the year and saving a bankrupt rock club in town. Soon, things get complicated when she falls in love with the club manager—and promises an appearance by Bruce Springsteen.

In the end, Jessie realizes that not even “The Boss” can make things right—and that she needs to become her own best friend to be truly happy.

My Review

Well shoot. I always get excited to start a new book when I think it’s going to be the perfect fit for me, and can’t help but feel disappointed when I don’t love it as much as I thought I would. Best Friend For Hire fell into that category, and try as I might, I just could not get invested in the story. My thoughts would wander while reading and I would find myself in a chapter without knowing what I read previously and I ended up speed reading throughout the majority of this one. I loved the premise and the cover was great, but I could not connect at all.

2 stars

#BookReview: Blind Item by Kevin Dickson & Jack Ketsoyan

blind itemAbout the Book

No one knows her name, but now everyone wants to.

As an assistant publicist in Hollywood, Nicola spends her days (and nights) sweeping up the scandals of singers, movie stars, and TV actors. Fresh from Ohio, she’s rapidly discovering the real Hollywood is rotten under its glittering skin. Everyone is a hustler with a hard bottom line and a soap opera sob story.

When she breaks her own rules and starts dating a movie star, the Los Angeles scene starts to spill into her own life. As the paparazzi begin the hunt for sexy star Seamus O’Riordan’s new mystery girl, Nicola’s best friend Billy has her back while he prowls parties for the latest scoop to sell to the tabloids. Her roommate Kara keeps tabs on things too—in between befriending a former child star and transforming herself from stylist to reality TV sensation.

As the scandals pile up behind them, their pasts will be exposed… And every secret can be sold.

Written by two Hollywood insiders, Kevin Dickson and Jack Ketsoyan, Blind Item‘s jaw-dropping scandals are real, but the names are not. And they’ll never tell.

My Review

I’m a huge fan of celebrity-lit, so when I was asking to review Blind Item, I jumped at the chance. I loved the sparkly cover, the synopsis, and the fact that the book was written by “two Hollywood insiders” – who better to tell this story? Wow is there a lot happening between the pages. What I always find so intriguing about celebrity inspired books, especially when they are coming from celebrities or Hollywood insiders, is that you know everything involves the truth in some way. So even though some situations or scenes seemed so unreal to me, I had to remember that in the world of celebrity, anything goes. Fascinating. This is a very racy read so keep that in mind if that isn’t your style. The pacing actually was a little slow to me so at times it was challenging to hold my interest, even with all that was packed into the story, but I still thought overall it was fun and very interesting to read. If you like Hollywood or celebrity-lit, I would say give it a read.

4 stars