On September 17th, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released the first book of Alliances, a new series by Kat Rosenfeld and the late Stan Lee. If you've been reading the blog for a while, you might wonder about some of the weird "National Days" we spotlight. Truth is, we sometimes need help to narrow down which books we want to review, so we use the good old internet to find theme ideas. When I saw that today was National Comic Book Day, I knew I wanted to cover one of Stan Lee's last projects before he died. It meant I only had a week between the release date and this review, but it was worth it.
Okay readers, before we get started on this review, one small caveat: We have not watched...any...of Mindy Kaling’s TV comedy. (Bethany has seen No Strings Attached, and Kaling’s character was the only one she actually liked in that movie.) We did know that the commercials for her self-titled TV series, The Mindy Project, were funny, but unfortunately neither of us spend much of our scarce free time watching comedy.
I’ve been had, reader! Tricked, duped, swindled, bamboozled, deceived even! I “purchased” Bride, the first book in The Deceit Duet by Logan Chance, for free on Amazon Kindle. By the time I was hooked, I realized that this was not going to be a standalone romance. I would have to buy Groom to find out what happens to the characters...so, of course, I did. Luckily, Groom was only $2.99, so I’m only a little bitter...
Today is Patriot Day in the United States, so I knew I wanted to review a contemporary romantic suspense novel with an FBI or CIA agent as a character. When I saw Sizzle, by Julie Garwood, in the queue of books I have crowding up my Kindle app, I knew it was the one. Julie Garwood always engages me with her strong protagonists - both male and female - and the unlikely events that she puts them through.
I have a confession to make, Readers: I know that romance novels all end up sounding the same after a while. Just ask my boyfriend! When people ask me what I’m reading, he likes to joke that he can guess what it’s about without even hearing the title...
I really enjoy Julia Quinn’s period romances, and when I get a chance to pick one up I’ll usually do it, but this time I was Extra Super Incredibly Excited (yes, with all caps) because the title is Ten Things I Love About You, which is a play off of my favorite movie of all time (Ten Things I Hate About You, for those of you unaware of the best parts of 90s culture).
I don’t know what it is about summer, but I always struggle to read the heavy stuff during the warmest months of the year. I’ve been reading a lot of light romances - a surprising number of which have multiple authors, like this review I did earlier this month - and this one fulfilled my need for summer fluff quite nicely.
Today is my dad’s birthday!!! In celebration, I decided to review a book about an awesome dad (because my dad is AWESOME. Ask anyone). Caveat: that’s pretty much where the similarities end between this character and my dad.
Today is my mom’s birthday!!! If you read my review of (LINK!), you’re already aware that my mom is the person who got me hooked on romance novels. The first one she gave me was a period romance, so in honor of her birthday, I am reviewing a period romance for you lovely readers!
Amazon Kindle’s “Recommended for You” list got me again, guys! I’m telling you, I need to stop looking at that list or I’m going to have to get another part time job to afford my book addiction (since employers don’t hire people they have to pay benefits to anymore…) This time, it recommendedThe Decoy Bride by Lizzie Shane and I happened to be looking desperately for some kind of light-hearted hijinx to help me ride the tide of emotions from the last book I read. Of course this one caught my attention!