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I am an avid reader, animal lover, devourer of guacamole, storyteller and the author of An Unexpected Obsession, A Dose of Reality, Witch Way, A Coven by Christmas, Love Spells, Summer Solstice (coming soon), Flirting With Death, Flirting With Murder and the rest of the upcoming Assassins Anonymous series. I attended Arizona State University (go Sun Devils!) and make my home in the Valley of the Sun with my husband and three pampered pets. I like to discuss everything funny, sexy, sassy and absurd. But mostly I like to talk about books... and shoes... and outrageously expensive purses... and Chanel sunglasses ...oooh, and anything sparkly... or fluffy! So, come on in and let's chat!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Vacation Love - Escape by M.K. Elliott

Need to get away? Escape by M.K. Elliott takes you to a fabulous island resort in Thailand and fills the days with romance and beautiful tropical scenery. I think many of us can relate to the need to run away from our stressful jobs and lackluster relationships. Lucy does just that when she leaves behind a stagnant live-in boyfriend to seek a little spice.

Putting aside disbelief that, at a glance, a handsome man can know you're different without more that a few words exchanged, I rooted Lucy on as she pursued a relationship with the sexy dive instructor. The romantic in me wanted to see these two together - even with the moral grey area they were entering. I've never been a fan of settling for what you know, when it doesn't make you happy, just because it's easy and familiar. I really wanted Rudy (the dive instructor) and Lucy to find their bliss, which made me keep turning the pages long after my bedtime.

*Spoiler Alert* The only problem I had was the ability on both their parts to hide who they really were professionally - it just seemed silly and even the explanations given barely made sense. Maybe if the reasons had been explored deeper, I wouldn't have had a problem with it. But in this case, the secrets just made unnecessary drama... and I like drama. The ending also seemed rushed. Everything was tied up nicely, but I would have liked at least a glimpse of their happily ever after. This is just me though and expectations may vary greatly. *End Spoiler*

But even with a few nit-picks, I enjoyed this story. It is an easy, quick read and is perfect for a lazy day or vacation. I also enjoy books written by Brits... the colloquialisms are so fun in England! I definitely recommend. Check it out on Amazon and let me know what you think!

Happy Reading!


Romance South of the Border - Cinderella in Overalls by Carol Grace

Cinderella in Overalls by Carol Grace took me a while to get into. The premise is interesting and original... and also timely with Catherine's family losing their farm during these hard times. But the plot was very slow and difficult to stay interested in (for me). I liked both of the main characters, but had to skip pages of unnecessary reminiscences and inner turmoil to get to the good stuff.

Now, the scenery was vivid and I enjoyed it immensely. There were also two possible fun mysteries that were glossed over.

*Possible Spoiler Alert* The visit to the fishing village and the woman in the reeds could have been a neat tangent, but was wrapped up too soon. Also, the silver mine - what could have been an exciting adventure was also cut short after page upon page of describing the trip to get there and the building excitement of discovery. At least there was a happy ending (I love happy endings), but even this seemed rushed. *End Spoiler*

Many of my impressions of this book may stem from a change in my reading preferences. I used to devour romance books with relish (not the pickle kind). But more and more frequently I find I would rather laugh with a good chick lit book or hold on for the ride inside the pages of a romantic suspense. A happy ending alone just doesn't cut it for me anymore. Now, if you are a die-hard romance fan - BUY THIS BOOK. It has everything a romance should have, it just wasn't for me. Take a look for yourself at Amazon, as Cinderella in Overalls is only $2.99.

Happy Reading!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Modern Day Fairy Tale - Three Wishes by Stephanie Bond

Three Wishes by Stephanie Bond is a cute take on Aladdin and his magic lamp. If you love fairy tales, this book will be right up your alley. As a warning, this is a very light read. And by light, I don't mean short, but... fluffy. That sounds negative, but that's not the way I intend it. It's simply a whimsical read and I don't want to mislead anyone into thinking it's something that it's not.

I'm a fan of Stephanie Bond and have been for years - her Body Movers series is the essence of Chick-Lit and I devoured them in short order. I wouldn't necessarily call Three Wishes Chick-Lit though as it's light, but not humorous in my opinion.

Overall, I liked this book, but never completely fell in love with the characters. As for recommendations for fellow Chick-Lit lovers... Try one of the books in the Body Movers series. Three Wishes is currently $0.99 on Amazon, so if you're looking for a bit of reading entertainment this weekend on the cheap - hop on over and try a sample. And as always, let me know what you think!

Happy Reading!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Free and Fabulous - Falling for You by Julie Ortolon

I'm a sucker for a beach setting and Galveston is one of those places I've always wanted to visit. Add in local lore, potential hauntings, likable characters and a happy ending and I am definitely going to rave about the book. Julie Ortolon is quickly becoming a favorite of mine for romance and she didn't miss the mark in Falling for You.

I got frustrated by some of the preconceived ideas held by Chance, the hero in this story. But in the end I felt they added to his character by showing the depth of his breeding and how what we are brought up thinking is expected of us isn't always what is best... or even actually expected. Aurora St.Claire (Rory) is a perfect heroine in that she is easy to relate to and her actions are real instead of being contrived. Her tenacity is inspiring and you want these two to be together, rooting for them until the very last page.

I downloaded this book a while ago, and was surprised to see it is still free on Amazon. I completely recommend Falling for You to those who love a great romance that is also an easy and engrossing read.  And for the price, what do you have to lose?

Besides, the fun doesn't stop after Falling for You, which is the first book in Julie Ortolon's Pearl Island Trilogy. You won't want to miss reading Allison's story in Lead Me On, or Adrian's story in Don't Tempt Me! With so many great books, I suggest you get started reading right now!
Happy Reading!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

LOVED IT!!! Divorced, Desperate and Delicious by Christie Craig

I absolutely adored this book! Divorced, Desperate and Delicious by Christie Craig was a real treat to read. I am a HUGE fan of Chick-Lit, so this isn't really a surprise. But what was astonishing was how I absolutely couldn't put it down. I loved everything about it, which makes writing a review a little difficult... either I'm going to give the whole story away or there won't be any details.

What a dilemma!

I guess I'll stick with generalities because if I start on any one thing, you won't have to read the book and I would be depriving you of an absolutely fabulous read. So, the characters - very well-developed. From the hero and heroine to the mother to the animals - I really felt I knew them all by the time I was done. The story line was fantastic! Easy to follow, but not too predictable in any way - I had to keep picking up my Kindle again and again (even though I really need to be writing) because I needed to read just one more page. Finally, hot sex with laughter - there is absolutely nothing better!

Buy it! Or, actually - don't. BECAUSE IT'S FREE on Amazon right now!!! Read it and fall in love with Chick-Lit all over again!

Happy reading!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cursed with the gift of great storytelling - 50 Ways to Hex your Lover by Linda Wisdom

50 Ways to Hex your Lover by Linda Wisdom was a tremendously fun, witchy read.

Jazz Tremaine is a witch and she knows how to use it. Tough and world-weary, our heroine is a brash wielder of magic, a ghost befriending closet softie, and a temptress to vampires and foul-smelling creature alike.

I enjoyed the ride, the imagery and the imaginative world created in this book. Fluff and Puff are by far my favorite characters with their evil midnight snacking tendencies, though I wouldn't protest stumbling upon Nick in a dark alley...

I have to admit it took me a while to get through this book. It starts well, but lags a bit in the middle. Once things started exploding and curses flying though, I couldn't put it down. It is definitely well worth the few pages where I just wanted things to get moving (or I could have been in a mood - stranger things have happened) to get to the good stuff. Adventure and intrigue follow Jazz as she sets about to right a wrong being committed against the vampires and the ensuing danger awakens a passion she has been trying to suppress for years. The sex is hot, but some of the language may be off-putting to certain readers. This is not a book for young adults, that is for certain. Didn't stop me from gobbling it up though.

I definitely recommend 50 Ways to Hex your Lover and can't wait to read Hex Appeal!

Happy Witchy Reading!