Sunday, June 28, 2015

Me Tarzan -- You Jane by Camelia Miron Skiba



Synopsis:

Moving on doesn’t always have to mean goodbye.

Widowed makeup artist Jane Sullivan is more comfortable keeping her husband's memory alive than dating a pool full of sharks. Ella, her 4 year-old daughter, is her whole world.

When Jane meets Lucas Oliver, famous cover model, it’s hate at first sight. His playboy persona rubs her the wrong way.

Accustomed to every woman fawning over him, Lucas is drawn to the shy, uncompromising single mom and completely melts at the sight of Ella. He is determined to convince Jane that sometimes a second chance can mend a broken heart.

My Review: 4 Stars

After Jane's husband dies her whole world becomes Ella, her 4 year old daughter. She's a makeup artist who lives in the past to keep her husband's memory alive. She doesn't believe in second chances. She thinks that she can only have one true love and is perfectly fine with living alone for the rest of her life.

When she meets Lucas it's hate at first sight. She thinks that he's an entitled, conceited jerk who always gets his way when it comes to what he wants. She can't stand him and does anything and everything to stay far away from him.

Lucas has never met anyone like Jane before. He's used to women who fall at his feet but when Jane goes out of her way to avoid him, he becomes intrigued. When he meets her daughter, Ella, she melts his heart and wraps him around her little finger. He was seriously so cute with her! I loved all their interactions and they melted my heart more than once. Seriously. Adorable!

Jane and Lucas definitely got off to a rocky start. But when they have to stay in the same guest house while on a trip to Paris for Madame V, they slowly start to get to know each other and become friends. Things happen that bring them closer together. I enjoyed seeing them go from disliking each other, to friends, to falling in love.

Of course since they got off to a rocky start, you just know that their relationship is not going to be any easier. Outside forces definitely play a roll in turning their lives upside down even more. Can they weather the outside elements and stay together? Or will it prove to be too much? Will Jane's original thought of no second chances keep them apart?

Yes I enjoyed the book. Yes I couldn't put it down. So why the 4 star review? There were parts of the story that really weren't explained. Characters that would randomly show up out of no where and you were supposed to know who they are. I did get a bit confused a time or two and ended up going back a few times to see if I had missed something. Another reason would have to be because of one of my biggest pet peeves... the book just ended! Grrrr. I seriously hate that! I need closure people! Even if it's just a one or two paragraph epilogue. Just give me something... please?! Lol.

This was my first book by this author and I think I will be checking out some of her other books. Who knows... I just might end up with another author added to my favorites list. :)

Content: Some language throughout the book. Sexual content (non descriptive implied sex, fade to black).

And of course I can't forget my favorite part of reviewing... my casting choices!! ;) This one was a bit harder for me because the hero kept changing on me! One minute I would see one guy and the next it was someone totally different! I hate it when they do that to me! It's just so rude!! ;) Haha.




Sunday, June 14, 2015

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson


Synopsis:

For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he's finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor's matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn't have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls' beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.

Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It's about learning that people aren't always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.

My Review: 5 Stars

Cassie is a recent widow. But she's not like any other widow. She does not miss her husband at all. He was a horrible person who was very controlling and wouldn't let Cassie do anything that she wanted to do. Now that she is free from him she is on a journey of self discovery. She knows that she can never be the person that she used to be but she also doesn't want to be the person her husband had turned her into. She doesn't know who she is. But she does know that she never, ever wants to be controlled by a man again. So when her friend, Becky, tries to set her up with a single father, she wants nothing at all to do with it.

Noah is a single father of two beautiful, active girls. He's on the verge of a promotion and life just couldn't get any better! Until the promotion doesn't come through. he loses his job and his well meaning but meddling neighbor, Becky, decides she has the perfect woman to set him up with. He really doesn't want to have anything to do with any woman and tries his best to dodge any kind of setups. When Becky tells him that all he has to do is find out what Cassie's favorite ice cream is and she'll leave him alone and never set him up again, Noah agrees and sets out to find out what it is so he can get back to living his life. Little did he know that one simple question would set him on the path that he never knew he wanted to go down. Now... all he has to do is to show Cassie that that path isn't all that scary and going down it together is just what they both need.

I really enjoyed seeing Noah and Cassie get to know each other and grow closer together. Noah was extremely patient with what Cassie went through with her husband and had to remind her several times that he wasn't him and didn't want to control her. But I do understand that it can be very scary to start any kind of relationship after everything she had to go through. I felt at times she was too cautious. Noah had to prove himself over and over and over again! And I really didn't think it was very fair to him. When she left to "figure things out" I was thinking she had better do something spectacular to win Noah back!

Most of you know that one of my biggest pet peeves is when a book just ends! No conclusion... no nothing! Just ends! I hate that! But another one of my pet peeves is when the heroine does something to hurt the hero and then the hero has to go crawling back to her. Seriously?! She broke it! Let her fix it! I know... I know... I am probably one of the very few who think this way. But alas... I do! And thank goodness there are some authors who think the way I do! ;) That is all I have to say on this subject. Hehe.

All in all this was a really, really good book! I loved it! Rachael Anderson does it again! She is another auto-buy author for me! I seriously can't wait for Sam's story... Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity. I have already pre-ordered it and I can't WAIT to read it!! ;)

And of course I can't forget the casting! Can I tell you how much I love finding new people to cast for all these amazing books?! Seriously... I love it! :) Hehe. So... what do you think?!



Saturday, June 13, 2015

My Pride, His Prejudice by Jenni James


Synopsis:

When Will Darcy proposes out of the blue, Eliza Bennet's world comes crashing down. Of course she tells him no, but why would he ask her in the first place? Haven’t they always been enemies? For the past year, Eliza has worked for Will's company, Revolutionary Innovations, as an efficiency expert. Her whole goal has been to raise profits, finish her contract, and then get out. She assumed Will wanted the same, but now she's not so sure. And more importantly, she has begun to wonder if she made a mistake in telling him no.

My Review: 4 Stars

Confession... I have never read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I know... I know... there are some of you that are probably yelling at me right now. But I have tried... several times in fact. But each time I did... I would fall asleep. I just couldn't get through it! But that doesn't mean I am not a Pride and Prejudice fan. I fell in love with it the first time my aunt made me watch the BBC version with Colin Firth and Elizabeth Ehle. I swore up and down that I did NOT want to watch it and I was only doing to because she asked me to. But once she went to bed I just kept watching and watching and watching and finished it in one night! I LOVED it!! When I got into reading and saw that so many authors had retellings of Pride and Prejudice I just had to read them!! And of course when one of my favorite authors releases her modern version of Pride and Prejudice I just HAD to snatch it up!

My Pride, His prejudice starts out with a proposal... one that came out of left field. It had Eliza shaking her head wondering where in the world Will got the idea that she actually liked him... let alone loved him! She thought that they hated each other and were pretty much enemies. While she was counting down the days until her contract with his company was up... he was thinking that they were the perfect fit and that he had found the one person who made him better. So when she turns him down and tells him what she really thinks of him, he is beyond confused and can't believe that he let himself believe that she felt the same way he did.

When an emergency arises with his sister, Georgia, he relies on Eliza to take care of his company while he is away. But when he finally finds Georgia he realizes that he needs Eliza in Las Vegas with him. After he explains the situation to her, she drops everything and heads out to help him and his sister. While there they are both able to let their guards down and really get to know each other. No... it is not always smooth sailing but once they actually start communicating things start to look up. And maybe... just maybe... there will be a future for them after all. ;)

For the most part, I really did enjoy this book. There were times when I was shaking my head and wondering if people that age really acted the way they were acting. Eliza definitely had some immature moments and I wanted to shake her and say seriously?! Grow up! But all in all it was definitely a cute book! I was sad when it just ended though! I was like what?! No!! So many unanswered questions for me!! I know this is the first book in the series so I am crossing my fingers and hoping that they will be answered in book 2!! I can't wait to see what Jenni has in store for us next!! Seriously... she is a ROCKSTAR and and definite auto-buy author for me!! <3

And of course I can't forget my casting choices!! I really do love this part as much as you guys do!! It's so fun picturing faces and hearing their voices while reading!! It just makes it that much better!! ;) Hehe.