Book Review

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

This was my August Book of the Month – and yet another hit for my monthly choice. Honestly, if you’re in a reading rut or have a hard time choosing books, give Book of the Month a shot. I was initially a little hesitant about this book, with the ultra cute cover and title. I went in expecting a light, cutesy read, but was surprised by this books depth and quality of story. One side note, the fact that this book wasn’t titled All’s Faire is a real lost opportunity.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

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Book Review

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Party is the most middling of all of Jasmine Guillory’s books. This is the third book of hers that I’ve read – I came into it expecting to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed her first two novels, however I found it to be a very average love story. Was it a bad book? No. However, it was pretty forgettable and doesn’t stand out in a very crowded genre.

Maddie and Theo have two things in common:

1. Alexa is their best friend

2. They hate each other

After an “Oops, we made a mistake” kiss, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking.

But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.

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Book Review

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

It speaks pretty highly of an author (or in this case, a writing duo) when my least favorite of their books is still a 4 star read. After reading a few of their other books, I’m pretty much at the point that I’ll read anything that they write. While My Favorite Half-Night Stand wasn’t my favorite Christina Lauren book, it was a pretty good entry to the romantic comedy genre.

Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship…but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.

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Book Review

Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

Recently, I visited London for the first time, and while I was flying there, I wanted to read a book set in the city to set the mood. I stumbled onto Our Stop which really fit the bill – it’s a love story set in the city’s infamous tube system. Sadly, it was a book that was only redeemed from its inchworm pace by a few redeeming moments and sparks of chemistry.

Nadia gets the 7.30 train every morning without fail. Well, except if she oversleeps or wakes up at her friend Emma’s after too much wine.

Daniel really does get the 7.30 train every morning, which is easy because he hasn’t been able to sleep properly since his dad died.

One morning, Nadia’s eye catches sight of a post in the daily paper:

To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress. I’m the guy who’s always standing near the doors… Drink sometime?

So begins a not-quite-romance of near-misses, true love, and the power of the written word.

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Book Review

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

Going into reading this book, I was expecting it to be a serial romance – to not be very memorable, to be very light and fluffy, and to have a very recognizable plot. I’m glad to note that Meet Cute by far and away exceeded my expectations. It was realistic, there were real world consequences, and it there was surprising depth.

Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…

Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.

The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?

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