Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hidden Summit by Robyn Carr

Hidden Summit by Robyn Carr

To Be Released:December 27, 2011

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "Sick of running into her cheery ex-husband and his new wife, Leslie Petruso accepts a job at the Virgin River branch of Haggerty Construction and takes the high road right out of town. Now she’s got Paul Haggerty’s business running like a well-oiled machine. In fact, things are so busy Paul jumps at the chance to hire an extra set of hands.

Just like Leslie, Conner Danson has been burned by love. But if Leslie was disappointed by her relationship going bad, Conner was decimated. He’s got no time for women…although he spends an awful lot of time pretending not to notice Leslie. And she’s pretty busy “ignoring” the chemistry between them.

According to Conner and Leslie, they have only one thing in common—they’re done with love. But everyone in Virgin River can see that things are heating up at Haggerty Construction. And as far as Paul Haggerty can tell, the best thing he can do is hang on to his hard hat and watch the sparks fly!"

Hidden Summit by Robyn Carr is a book with a really great storyline, but readers need to be in rhythm with the writer to fully appreciate this story. My rhythm did not match Robyn Carr's, but I will not deny the great story I knew could be found in Hidden Summit. I give Hidden Summit by Robyn Carr 4 smirks because while I could not connect with the story itself, there is no doubt these characters in this small town are amazing and drawn people in.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Baby, Don't Go by Stephanie Bond

Review of Baby, Don’t Go by Stephanie Bond

Published: July 26, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Southern town seeks single women. Though they're nothing but trouble...

The hardheaded Armstrong brothers are determined to rebuild their tornado-ravaged hometown in the Georgia mountains. They’ve got the means, they’ve got the manpower…what they need are women! So they place an ad in a Northern newspaper and wait for the ladies to arrive…

Eldest brother Marcus Armstrong considers the estrogen-influx an irritating distraction. He’s running a town, not a dating service!

Reporter Alicia Randall thinks the Armstrong brothers are running a scam and she intends to prove it—even if it means seducing oh-so-sexy Marcus in the process. Sizzling sex and a hot story? Win-win!

At least it is, until she falls for the guy. Will love trump betrayal when the truth comes out?”

Baby, Don’t Go by Stephanie Bond is a wonderful story about finding trust and love in the last place you ever thought you would find it. I have been waiting weeks to read this story capping out finally with the oldest Armstrong brother Marcus. Marcus is a character who is so surly and in charge that it’s hot and when he finally shows interest in a woman, readers will breathe a sigh. Alicia is a lot like Marcus himself, always working and taking care of others before taking care of herself. Once they meet they almost have an instant connection to one another because they recognize themselves in each other. Baby, Don’t Go by Stephanie Bond is a great story that will have readers laughing, crying, and rooting for an H.E.A. I give Baby, Don’t Go by Stephanie Bond 5 smirks because it is a must read and must own book with a lot of personality.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Just Deception by Adrienne Giordano

Review of A Just Deception by Adrienne Giordano

Published: September 5, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “The protector: Peter Jessup, former Navy SEAL, currently employed by Taylor Security. He likes being the hero-in charge and in control.

His client: Lawyer Isabelle DeRosa. The sexy brunette is the personification of Peter's fantasies. She's willing to get physical but nothing more serious.

The assignment: When Isabelle becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her cousin, Peter is there to protect her and help her find the real killer. Their investigation leads to a big-name charity that seems to draw cultlike followers. Isabelle manages to infiltrate the group and become close to their leader, leaving Peter both jealous and worried for her.

As their search leads to danger, Peter realizes he's falling in love with Isabelle. He wants all of her, but she's too used to guarding herself to let him in...”

A Just Deception by Adrienne Giordano is an addictive story about letting go of the past to make way for the future. I found myself unable to stop reading A Just Deception because the story takes unexpected twists and turns, I just know readers will be on the edge of their seats trying to figure out what happens. The main characters Izzy and Peter fit so right with each other, being both insane and all, I found it hard not to fall in love with them. Readers will laugh along with Izzy and brood along with Peter, they are just characters who demand to be noticed. I give A Just Deception by Adrienne Giordano 5 smirks because the story takes readers on a roller coaster ride, the characters are irresistible, and the ending is heartwarming.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Vampire For Christmas by Michele Hauf, Laurie London, Alexis Morgan & Caridad Pineiro

Review of A Vampire For Christmas by Michele Hauf, Laurie London, Alexis Morgan & Caridad Pineiro

Published: October 25, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “’Tis the season…for these darkly sexy tales.

All they want for Christmas is you…

It’s the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.

And they don’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice.

Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there’s no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can’t wait for an invitation.”

A Vampire For Christmas is a collection of short stories by Michele Hauf, Laurie London, Alexis Morgan & Caridad Pineiro and I can tell you that each one is amazing. What I love most about these short stories are the vampires all these authors have created and how intense and instant their connections are with the other main characters. It also helps that all the vampires in this book are gorgeous and hard to resist. I found myself changing all the things on my Christmas list to something like this: Eagan, Damien, Trace, any other hunky vampire available who is honorable and broods…a lot. I give A Vampire For Christmas by Michele Hauf, Laurie London, Alexis Morgan & Caridad Pineiro 5 smirks because the vampires draw readers in, the stories are fun and romantic, and all these authors created different worlds of vampires and supernatural’s that is creative and will linger in readers minds.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Second Guessing Fate by Claire Robyns

Review of Second Guessing Fate by Claire Robyns

Published: September 26, 2011

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Gemma is on a collision course with heartbreak. At least, according to the fortune-teller her best friend drags her to see. Gemma doesn't believe a word of it, but when other predictions start to come true, she begins to suspect that gorgeous, gray-eyed Nick is the man foretold to break her heart before she can find her soul mate. Too bad she's never met a man she's wanted more, because now she has to get him to dump her before she falls too hard.

Nick has plans of his own. He's ready to settle down with Ms. Right, and everything points to the beautiful Gemma. He's determined to prove to her that he's the perfect boyfriend-even if she does seem to be trying her best to scare him off...”

Second Guessing Fate by Claire Robyns is a story about taking your life into your own hands and following your heart (not tarot cards). I just love the way Nick and Gemma have a very simple and easy banter to their relationship which works well on the simple level they both desire. I found myself laughing along with Nick and Gemma; being pulled in by their friends’ advice and ultimately falling in love with all the characters this story has to offer. I give Second Guessing Fate by Claire Robyns 4 smirks because the characters are extreme and instantly draw you in, the story is to the point, and readers will laugh throughout the ridiculousness of it all.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ecstasy Untamed by Pamela Palmer

Review of Ecstasy Untamed by Pamela Palmer

To Be Published: November 1, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “They are called Feral Warriors -- an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by secrecy and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release..
Shattered by recent nightmarish events, Hawke feels his bond with his animal spirit weakening -- and once it breaks, he's finished. The arrival of Faith sends his life spinning even further out of control, for although she delights him and enflames his deepest primal passions, she's promised to Maxim, the newest Feral Warrior.

Faith is drawn to Hawke from the start, but Maxim holds her in his thrall and has secretly bent her to his malevolent will. Though gravely damaged, Hawke is the only one who can end Faith's slavery and protect the Feral Warriors from Maxim's evil designs. But first they both must embrace the wild...and surrender body and soul to a forbidden, all-consuming ecstasy.”

Ecstasy Untamed by Pamela Palmer is an enthralling tale about finding out where you belong. I really wish I could have read the first book in this series because that would have made reading Ecstasy Untamed by Pamela Palmer all that much more important. I found myself falling in love with this story and the characters in it. I love the love triangle between Maxim, Faith, and Hawke; but more than that I love how each character fits into this ever growing story. I think the most important thing I love about this book is how Faith and Hawke always find the humor in everything they do, even during passion. I give Ecstasy Untamed by Pamela Palmer 5 smirks because Faith and Hawke are two characters who are easy to laugh with, the story is exciting, and the other characters make reading witty, funny, and entertaining.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Review of The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

To Be Released: October 25, 2011

6 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing. Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.

Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.

With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.

To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.

And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.”

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa is a lot like Ash himself. Since it is Ash’s journey, it is very action packed, with mysterious trials and crazy unimaginable creatures that haunt different parts of the Neverever. I don’t want to give any spoilers because frankly that is what makes this book so good. As I was reading I was more surprised, outraged, and hurt (in the best, most invested way possible) by all the mysterious surprises that go along with Ash’s story. I also love how Julie Kagawa describes everything in such detail that we as readers feel we are right alongside the characters.

The main characters Ash, Puck, and, of course, Grim are what make The Iron Knight such an enjoyable, thrilling read. Ash is a fantasy come to life, the bad boy prince whose heart is as cold as his icy palace. He’s every girls dream; loyal, determined, motivated, who rarely smiles but when he does the whole world melts away. In The Iron Knight we get to see more of the true Ash; the way he thinks, feels, and sees his life and those in it. It is truly an experience to cherish because as most of you know, it is hard to get Ash to say anything or show emotion. As for Puck himself, always a prankster, his sarcasm and love to joke always tugs your heart strings. Puck is reality(not in a bad way, but a way to look forward to), he is the guy who makes you laugh, is at your back at all times (even if you don’t think you deserve it), always has a witty comeback, first to smile, and sarcastic comments galore. Puck is the man you end up marrying in reality, he’s just too irresistible to let go. Grim, as always, poofs in and out, always quick with his sharp tongue, and rarely accepts or gives compliments. These characters make The Iron Knight what it is; which is a truly phenomenal story about love, friendship, loss, pain, weakness, conscience, regrets, and memories (kind of like reading what it is like to be human from a fey perspective).

The reason The Iron Fey Series is one of my favorite series is because in each book Julie pulls you into the storyline. You are invested in the characters and when they fail, you fail, their heart breaks, yours does as well. It is an emotional journey and that is why these books are so spetacular. The Iron Fey Series makes you believe in the Neverever, wars fought in distance worlds parallel to ours, love lost, pranks and magic that you didn’t think could be possible. Julie has a unique way of pulling the reader into being an additional character. You feel the emotions of the other characters and can’t help but laugh, cry, get outraged, scared, and determined. It is like visiting a world you only wished and dreamt about. The Iron Fey Series makes reading great books, a magical experience that is one of a kind.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Crave by Melissa Darnell

Review of Crave by Melissa Darnell

To Be Released: October 25, 2011

7 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Savannah Colbert has never known why she’s so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It’s as if he’s a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she’s destined to fail.

For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back… different, and suddenly he can’t stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences…”

You know when you read a story that is so good you stay up half the night to finish reading it? Well Crave by Melissa Darnell is one of the few stories that have that effect on me. I am blown away by how this story pulled me in and captivated me from the very first page. I loved all the characters and the plot twists, it was everything a book should be and more. While reading the last page of this book I am reminded of a similar book which leaves off abruptly so that all I want to do is scream; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Normally I would not even mention another book in a book review, but this book is my favorite trilogy of all time and I don’t mind saying in this review Crave by Melissa Darnell is right up there with my top book. I would hate to be a blogger who told readers everything about this story because in order to experience the wondrous, enthralling, enticing book that Crave is; readers will have to be surprised. I will say that getting to know characters like Tristan and Savannah is a delightful treat. Two characters who share such a strong connection that not even family ties can break it; with the power to see into each other’s souls is like having readers be a part of the story as well.

Crave by Melissa Darnell is a series that will grow into what I am sure will be bigger than any books out there today. I find myself liking the paranormal aspect that isn’t like any other books; it is unique and fresh in a very new and inventive way. I’m actually heartbroken the next book in this series is not out yet because I would surely have forgone sleeping if it was available. I rarely do this, but I give Crave by Melissa Darnell 7 smirks because I can’t help but be in love with this story, the characters, and all the possibilities future books can have.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yours To Keep by Shannon Stacey

Review of Yours To Keep by Shannon Stacey
Published: June 6, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he's recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiancé. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother's upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn't like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma's offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there's no chance he'll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he's not planning to call home.

Emma's not interested in a real relationship either; not with a man whose idea of home is wherever he drops his duffel bag. No matter how amazing his "pretend" kisses are...”

I think this is by far my favorite book from this series so far by Shannon Stacey. Yours To Keep is absolutely a book readers should have on their bookshelves. I was blown away by how fast the story went by because I was so glued to my screen until it was done. I loved Sean and Emma, who are so alike and so different it was plain to see how well they fit together. This book made me laugh, cry, smirk, get angry, feel heart break, and so many other emotions. I LOVED the sticky notes Sean used, the way Emma was “bat-shit crazy” and the way these two characters came together was just so comical and romantic. I felt their chemistry and passion for one another as each page went by. I give Yours To Keep by Shannon Stacey 5 smirks because the characters are sooo loveable, the storyline is so witty and funny, and the ending is so adorably sweet and reassuring. I’m still waiting for my Kowalski.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey

Review of Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey

Published: November 1, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “One-night stand + two percent condom failure rate = happily ever after?

Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he's more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn't gone so badly...

Beth's tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she'd see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can't say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room. Then she slips out before breakfast without leaving a note and, despite their precautions, pregnant.

Kevin quickly warms to the idea of being a dad and to seeing where things go with Beth. After all, he's not the player she thinks he is. But she's not ready for a relationship and, given his reputation, it's going to take a lot to convince her to go on a second date with the father of her child.”

Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey is an unexpected romance story about finding in love in the place you thought you’d never end up. So far I have really enjoyed this series by Shannon Stacey and look forward to reading the next book, Yours To Keep. Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey will make readers fall in love with the guy who will never settle down, it will make readers crazy insane with Beth’s hung ups, and readers will fall madly in love with Lily. Undeniably Yours is a roller coaster ride of emotion between Kevin and Beth’s unusual situation. I loved the witty, funny conversations and all of the heated unsettled arguments; it really wasn’t like reading it a great book, it was like watching a great movie. I found myself absolutely glued to my chair as I read Undeniably Yours, just totally memorized by the characters and storyline. I give Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey 5 smirks because Kevin and Beth are an odd but truly wonderful fit, the Kowalski family dynamic is always a treat to read about, and this book just made me laugh at such unexpected times that I found myself adoring it before it even ended.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey

Review of Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey

Published: June 6, 2010

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “When Keri Daniels' editor finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job.

Joe's never forgotten the first girl to break his heart, so he's intrigued to hear Keri's back in town-and looking for him. Despite his intense need for privacy, he'll grant Keri an interview if it means a chance to finish what they started in high school.

He proposes an outrageous plan-for every day she survives with his family on their annual camping and four-wheeling trip, Keri can ask one question. Keri agrees; she's worked too hard to walk away from her career.

But the chemistry between them is still as potent as the bug spray, Joe's sister is out to avenge his broken heart and Keri hasn't ridden an ATV since she was ten. Who knew a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling romantic interludes could make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri & Joe 2gether 4ever.”

Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey makes romance stories worth reading. In Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey readers get to see not only the lives of the main characters through each of their points of views, but we also get to see the lives of the family we are surrounded with as well. Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey had just the right amount of romance, adventure, humor, wittiness, and charm to make any reader flock to this book. I give Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey 5 smirks because the romance was heart- warming, but like any story I love it also made me laugh and wish for my very own “Joe.”

Monday, October 10, 2011

Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

Review of Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

To Be Released: October 25, 2011

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “She’s having serious prom-night déjà vu…

Posey Osterhagen can’t complain. She owns a successful architectural salvaging company; she’s surrounded by her lovable, if off-center, family and she has a boyfriend—sort of. Still, something’s missing. Something tall, brooding and criminally good-looking…something like Liam Murphy.

When Posey was sixteen, the bad boy of Bellsford, New Hampshire, broke her heart. But now he’s back, sending Posey’s traitorous schoolgirl heart into overdrive once again. She should be giving him a wide berth, but it seems fate has other ideas…”

Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins is a fabulous story about knowing in your heart who you love and not being afraid to take a risk on love itself. I found Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins to be a witty, funny, dramatic, heart throbbing story. I couldn’t stop reading this book because it was so good. The dialogue just kept me on my toes in suspense, not to mention how many times I laughed along with the characters. Posey and Liam are these two characters who seem to have nothing in common, but when you look beneath the surface of who they are, readers will find themselves shouting “they’re perfect together!” I give Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins 4 smirks because the story wasn’t just about the main characters, it was about an entire family of characters and I simply couldn’t stop reading and laughing. I find this romance story so unique that I am sure readers will fall in love with it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Sherriff's Daughter by Kay Stockham

Review of The Sherriff’s Daughter by Kay Stockham

To Be Released: October 11, 2012

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Deputy Liam McKenna is dreading the next two weeks. His assignment: watching over the sheriff’s daughter, Carly Taggert. Liam has known Carly—and her knack for getting into trouble—since high school. With her kind heart and optimistic nature, she never intends that trouble, but it sure is attracted to her. He expects to be kept on his toes. What he doesn’t expect is protecting her from himself.

No one is more surprised by the intense passion between them than Liam. Still, nothing can ever happen. She’s the boss’s daughter and Liam’s responsibility. He needs to be professional. At all times. Too bad Carly isn’t about to make it easy for him.”

The Sherriff’s Daughter by Kay Stockham is a story about opening up and following your heart when all your instincts rebel against it. I found Carly and Liam to be two characters who are very unique, in the way they think. I loved that we as readers were able to get two points of views from the two main characters and really be able to get inside their heads. I also loved how different the characters were to me and how I wasn’t able to instantly relate to them, it was a breath of fresh air. I give The Sherriff’s Daughter by Kay Stockham 4 smirks because the characters are unique enough that readers will be experiencing something new within a romance novel and I thought the storyline was one that was not predictable, which made reading all that more exciting.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen

Review of Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen

To Be Released: October 18, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out…

For practical Reda Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of “Little Red Riding Hood” catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man…

Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength. Strength he needed to rescue his royal parents. But as a man, he craved Reda’s heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight it to save his woman.”

Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen continues on the story of the Royal House of Shadows Series, in a rendition of Little Red Riding Hood. I found Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen to reach a part of my inner reader that the other renditions of fairytales have not been able to contact. This rendition of Little Red Riding Hood had more adventure, excitement, thrills, and uncertainty which the original lacked. My inner reader also felt a connection to the characters Dayn and Reda because they were each paralyzed by a fear that didn’t want to identify. That’s what makes these characters relatable, is they show a fear for something other than losing one another. I find it to be refreshing in a romance story because it shows depth and courage. I gave Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen 5 smirks because the rendition was executed perfectly, the storyline keeps the readers wondering, it continues on with the major theme in this series book, and the characters reflect reality.

Friday, September 30, 2011

New Fall TV 2011

Review of New Fall TV (at least the ones I watched ;) )

Ahhhh smell that? It’s Fall which means new Fall TV shows.  I’ve taken the liberty of watching a few shows and am now going to share my opinion on them with all of you.  If you haven’t yet had the time to watch any of these shows, you might feel differently or antsy once you read this review.

Pan Am- Loved it. 5 smirks.  I usually don’t like 60’s themed anything, but this show I couldn’t take my eyes off of.  I like how we get to see into the lives of each main character as they go about doing their jobs working for Pan Am.

The Playboy Club- Adored it. 5 smirks.  This show is very interesting and I can’t wait to see where it takes viewers.  In the first five minutes someone gets murdered and there’s a cover up; truly surprising. I also love that it is set in Chicago.  This show makes me wish I could wear a bunny costume every day.

The Secret Circle- I really want to say this show is witchy…so I will. 5 smirks.  I love the whole secret aspect to the show and how it circles each one of the six families.  Although I have only watched one episode so far, I am really looking forward to the rest of the season.  It makes me wish I had magical powers. Just saying.

New Girl- So geek chic. 4 smirks.  I will continue to watch this show because it makes me laugh and I feel so awkward for the main character Jess.  I also fell in love with her new roommates because it ain’t easy find friends like them.

Hart of Dixie- So fantastic! 5 smirks! Watching this show is like watching what I want for my future to come true.  I love the southern accents and the party’s.  I adore the characters and find myself intensely waiting to see more.  It’s funny and charming.

2 Broke Girls- So very entertaining. 4 smirks. I found myself laughing and shaking my head at the same time.  I would really like this show to survive because I’m kind of invested in seeing what happens to the main characters.

Charlie’s Angels- I’m over Charlie, but his new Angels sure know how to fight. 3-4 smirks, I can’t decide yet.  I love the actresses who play the Angels; I’m just hoping they bring more to the table in the future.  I do plan to keep up with this show, because it is a classic, but I’m still on the fence about it.

Ringer- Intense. 4 smirks.  Love all the actors in this show and as most of you know I am a SMG fan because of BTVS, but this show could go either way for me.  I find myself glued to my chair every time I watch it; however the set up for the show could go either way (make want to watch more or not at all). Crime, mystery, stolen identity, cheating, it has it all.

There you have it! My opinion on some of the hottest new shows on TV this Fall.  Hope you enjoyed this post and/or gave you something to think about before you ditch your much favored TV shows to watch something new.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Only His by Susan Mallery

Review of Only His by Susan Mallery

Published: September 27, 2011

6 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Wedding bells are ringing in Fool’s Gold, but not for Nevada Hendrix. Her triplet sisters are engaged, and even her mother has a more active love life than she does. Determined to make a fresh start, she applies for her dream job, only to discover that her new boss is her first love. Maybe she could overlook the fact that they’ve seen each other naked, but she’ll never forget the way he broke her heart.

Tucker Janack agrees to Nevada’s “business only” ground rules. After all, love is a trap that the construction millionaire has avoided his whole life. But when great business partners turn out to be so much more, every rule gets broken. Will either of them be willing to try again…or will their past get in the way?”

Out of this trilogy of books released this year about Fool’s Gold I think this one is my favorite. I found myself laughing almost the whole time and being teleported into Nevada’s and Tucker’s lives. I love all the Susan Mallery books I have ever read and this one is no different. Everything the main characters felt, I felt and was so absorbed in the story I literally didn’t get up from my chair until I was finished.

Things I Loved About Only His by Susan Mallery:

The first line of the book (hilarious)

Tucker because he’s Tucker

Nevada getting drunk in the middle of the day

Getting to see Nevada’s point of view

Nevada’s personality being completely different from Dakota and Montana’s

Tucker and his very bipolar view of Nevada

Nevada and Tucker’s very pure and simple connection

Cat and her gift to the town (died laughing)

Getting to see a different side of Denise (very momma bear style)

Nevada being scarred for life by Denise’s kitchen table

Tucker being an idiot and calling himself one

Tucker’s thoughts after the explosion (about Nevada and Cat)

Pizza, wine, and cupcakes

Nevada realizing what she wants does matter and accepting her feelings as true and pure

And Tucker sharing something very deep/romantic in front of Cat’s gift to the town

I give Only His by Susan Mallery 6 smirks because I LOVE a book that can make me laugh and be a part of the story. I waited so long to read this book and it was very karmic I was able to after my first week of classes; it was very relaxing/exciting. Only His by Susan Mallery is a book readers will read over and over again because the characters are funny and connection between Tucker and Nevada is such that readers will wish they had the same connection with someone else. Must own.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Val's Rancher by Debra Kayn

Review of Val’s Rancher by Debra Kayn

To Be Released: October 17, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Val McDougal knows all about heartbreak. First, the love of her life, Sam Turner, left to join the rodeo circuit two years ago. Now she faces a new kind of pain-her beloved father is dying. The last thing she needs is Sam's unexpected return to Pike, Montana, to take over his family's ranch, stirring up desires Val doesn't think she can handle.

Sam knows he made the biggest mistake of his life when he broke things off with Val. He's determined to win her back, this time for good. But despite the sizzling heat between them, Val keeps pulling away. He has to convince her to trust him-and her own heart-again, especially as the time draws near when she'll need him the most...”

Val’s Rancher by Debra Kayn is a truly inspiring story about finding love within yourself and the person you were meant to be with. While reading this book I found myself falling in love with all the characters in this series. Each one brings about unique and spectacular personalities that are also intertwined with one another. Val and Sam have this magnetic force that brings them together whenever they are near one another and neither of them can deny it. No matter how much they both try and fight it, we as readers can see they belong and are perfect for each other. Val’s Rancher by Debra Kayn is a fantastic story about following your heart and not your head. Val and Sam are two characters who readers will not be able to turn away from. I give Val’s Rancher by Debra Kayn 5 smirks because the characters continue to surprise me, the story is just too romantic for words, and Val and Sam have this deep connection that will reach readers everywhere.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl

Review of Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl

To Be Released: September 27, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Just how good can a bad boy be?

Olivia Bishop is no fun. That’s what her ex-husband said. And that’s what her smart bob and glasses imply. So with her trademark determination, Olivia sets out to remake her life. She’s going to spend time with her girlfriends and not throw it all away for some man. But when an outing with her book club leads her to a brewery taproom, the dark-haired beauty realizes that trouble—in the form of sexy Jamie Donovan—may be too tempting to avoid.

Jamie Donovan doesn’t mean to be bad. Sure, the wild streak in his wicked green eyes has lured the ladies before. Now it’s time to grow up. He’s even ready for a serious romance. But how can that be when Olivia, the only right woman he has ever met, already has him pegged as wrong?”

Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl is just an incredible story. I found myself flying through the pages which I only do with books that hold excitement. Jamie and Olivia are very interesting characters that have a surprisingly a lot in common. I was so involved in the book that I felt every emotion the characters were feeling. I was sad, hurt, outraged, appalled, happy, content and most importantly I found myself laughing. I’m a type of person who thinks laughing every day is good for the soul and this book definitely made me laugh. Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl just captures readers’ attention with all the witty dialogue and slow progression of Jamie and Olivia’s relationship. I also enjoyed the fact that the ex-husband is as full of himself as the characters think he is. I give Bad Boys Do by Victoria Dahl 5 smirks because I was invested in the outcome, the characters, the storyline, and overall just fell in love with Jamie and Olivia. I can’t wait until the next book comes out!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Something So Right by Elyse Mady

Review of Something So Right by Elyse Mady

Published: September 19, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “After having her heart broken, Lily Carver ran north to manage an upscale resort-and back to her longtime friend Sam Denning. Though she's well aware of how hot Sam's become, she refuses to risk her heart again. No matter how incredible his kisses make her feel...

Sam's been in love-and lust-with Lily since the summer they met. When he finally shows her how much he wants her, Lily can't resist his seduction. But Sam's a forever kind of guy and she's only interested in short, painless relationships.

Lily thinks she can protect both their hearts with a short affair to let their passion run its course, something where they both know the rules and can explore the sparks between them without getting burned. But their best-laid plans are put to the test by their undeniable attraction-and by a secret Sam's been keeping from Lily that could ruin everything.”

Something So Right by Elyse Mady is a touching story about finding happiness that has always been right in front of you. Sam and Lily are two characters who are so afraid of how they feel for each other that the possibility of something more between them is paralyzing. I found Sam to be this larger than life guy who shows readers what a true gentleman is. And Lily shows readers the hidden strength she keeps within herself, but rarely believes in it. This is the second book I have read by Elyse Mady and I find her to be truly in touch with every character and world she creates. Readers will see an inner life within each character brought out by Elyse Mady’s writing. I give Something So Right by Elyse Mady 5 smirks because the storyline is beautifully written, the characters are deep, and it is a book worth reading over and over again.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe

Review of Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe

To Be Released: September 20, 2011

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out…

Princess Breena had been dreaming of her warrior lover when she was ripped from her Elden castle and thrown into a strange, dangerous realm. Lost and alone, she prayed for survival and vengeance for her stolen kingdom. She found both in a woodland cottage…in a dark bear of a man.

The golden-haired beauty had eaten his food and slept in his bed when Osborn found her. Though he wanted to awaken his virgin princess to carnal pleasures, Breena wanted more—including his warrior skills. Skills the once-legendary mercenary had long buried. Now Osborn had a choice—risk his life or deny his princess her fairy-tale ending.”

With each book I read of this series, I become more and more invested in the outcomes. While the main point seems to be deriving fairy tales into this wonderful, magical land, each book has a purpose. A different part of the story is unveiled along with different characters that make up the royal four. Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe takes readers on adventure of the lands, where Princess Breena soon discovers her “dream-life” is real life. While continuing to discover hidden memories Breena makes a deal with a beast, or rather Osborn a very talented warrior. Breena and Osborn’s love-hate relationship sparks each page as readers continue on this heart-wrenching journey of finding a place where they belong. Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe is about discovering dreams really can come true. Even the most tempting, hot, scorching dreams can come true. Breena and Osborn soon realize that what has been holding them back this whole time is the same thing they both crave. I give Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe 4 smirks because the characters are more than relatable, the storyline was believable, and the chemistry between Breena and Osborn is simply desire filling.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs

Review of Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs

Published: June 11, 2009

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Phoebe, who recently discovered she’s a descendant of Nike (the goddess, not the shoe), is finding that supernatural powers come with a crazy learning curve. Her stepfather, headmaster of the Academy for descendants of the Greek gods, has enrolled her at Dynamotheos Development Camp—aka Goddess Boot Camp—with a bunch of ten-year-olds for the summer. Embarrassing as that is, hopefully it’ll help her gain control over her powers in time to pass the test of the gods, continue training hard enough to qualify for the Pythian Games, and enjoy her godly boyfriend, Griffin, all while avoiding the ultimate mistake of accidentally misusing powers.”

Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs is a really fun, exciting adventure. Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs takes readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions for not just one of the characters, but with all of them. In this story we get to see different sides of Phoebe, Griffin, Adara, Stella, Nicole, and Troy. What I love most about this book is the conflict; with so much going on readers will feel like Phoebe who is being pulled into different directions and sometimes even being controlled by her emotions. I give Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs 5 smirks because I felt every emotion the characters experienced, I laughed at the witty dialogue, and the storyline keeps readers guessing.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hold Me by Betsy Horvath

Review of Hold Me by Betsy Horvath

Published: September 5, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Katie McCabe's life is going nowhere fast when FBI Special Agent Lucas Vasco jumps into her car at an intersection. Luc, his undercover guise blown, is on the run from the Mafia and expects to be killed at any moment. What he doesn't plan on is finding himself attracted to the firecracker beside him. He feels compelled to protect her when her life is threatened, and insists she stay with him for her own safety.

After learning she has become the target of a psychotic hit man, Katie is whisked off to Luc's house to hide. Once there, she's shocked to discover that she and Luc have an unexpected connection-a connection Luc already knew existed, but withheld. Will their intense attraction reach flashpoint despite their misunderstandings and the pain of the past?”

Hold Me by Betsy Horvath is a very intense story about surviving the ugly in life to be able to truly appreciate the beauty in it. Katie and Luc are just two characters you want to be able to miniaturize and put in your pocket. They are adorable and hot headed with wit to match and it makes readers truly appreciate how unique and funny they are. I don’t want to give much of this story away because I just love it so much and want readers to experience it, but I will say that reading this story is like falling in love with reading all over again. It had everything in it; romance, mystery, thrill, action, drama. Katie and Luc themselves are constantly surprising each other and readers it is like being on a roller coaster ride. I give Hold Me by Betsy Horvath 5 smirks because it is a great book with a little bit of everything in it and the Katie/Luc relationship is one to behold and laugh along with. Must read, must own.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Oh.My.Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

Review of Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs

Published: May 14, 2009 (paperback)

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe's well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track season and planning for college with her best friends, Phoebe is trying to keep her head above water at the big exclusive Academy. If it isn't hard enough being the new kid in school, Phoebe's classmates are all descendents of the Greek gods! When you're running against teammates with superpowers, dealing with a stepsister from Hades, and nursing a crush on a boy who is quite literally a god, the drama takes on mythic proportions!”

I am really starting to love this author. I’ve read two books of hers from two different series and find myself searching for more of her books to read. Tera Lynn Childs has a cunning, magical, unique way to writing young adult books which can make any reader bow down to her abilities. I find that books in general can mean something to each different reader. Oh.My.Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs is the type of book that inspires me. I felt an emotional connection to Phoebe, Nicole, Troy, and even Griffin that left me feeling inspired to do the best I can in every aspect of my life. Frankly, it was something I really needed because now all I want to do is work out and try out running to see if that fits me. Oh.My.Gods. is a story about unexpected surprises, experiences, and outcomes that can really knock a girl off her feet. I don’t want to give away anything this book has to offer, but I will say Tera Lynn Childs is a must read and a must own. I give Oh.My.Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs 5 smirks because I felt the emotion the characters experience, I laughed, and I was ultimately inspired to change something about myself in order to better my life.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Chantilly's Cowboy by Debra Kayn

Review of Chantilly’s Cowboy by Debra Kayn

Published: June 6, 2011

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “All Chantilly McDougal wants is to run her daddy's ranch. The only one of five sisters content to stay on the McDougal spread, Chantilly loves the land and knows the workings of the ranch better than anyone. So when Stuart McDougal hires Jack Grady as his new foreman without even consulting her, Chantilly is furious. She doesn't need the help of any cowboy, no matter what feelings the man arouses in her!

Jack Grady can understand Tilly's frustrations over working with him, but he needs the job to put his nephew through law school. Besides, he's made a promise to Stuart, and everyone knows a cowboy never goes back on his word. But when he finds himself falling for the boss's daughter, Jack is torn between being honest with Tilly, and keeping her father's secret.”

Chantilly’s Cowboy by Debra Kayn is a fabulous story about finding a way to have it all in life. I found Chantilly Lace and Jack to be two people who absolutely love what they do, but both had to give up a lot along the way in order to achieve all they have. Chantilly is a character who will constantly surprise readers and Jack is a character who readers will dream about (because seriously, who wouldn’t want a cowboy like Jack?). I also loved how both characters were very honest about their feelings for each other, so the reader was never in the dark trying to figure out how they were feeling. I give Chantilly’s Cowboy by Debra Kayn 4 smirks because the story is straight-forward, the characters are loveable, and I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Only Yours by Susan Mallery

Review of Only Yours by Susan Mallery

To Be Released: August 30, 2011

6 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Montana Hendrix has found her calling—working with therapy dogs. With a career she loves in a hometown she adores, she’s finally ready to look for her own happily ever after. Could one of her dogs help her find Mr. Right…or maybe Dr. Right?

Surgeon Simon Bradley prefers the sterility of the hospital to the messiness of real life, especially when real life includes an accident-prone mutt and a woman whose kisses make him want what he knows he can’t have. Scarred since childhood, he avoids emotional entanglement by moving from place to place to heal children who need his skillful touch. Can his growing feelings for Montana lead him to find a home in Fool’s Gold, or will he walk away, taking her broken heart with him?”

Only Yours by Susan Mallery is an extraordinary story about accepting yourself before accepting love. As most of you know, I am a huge Susan Mallery fan and find all her books to be at least 4 or 5 smirks. Only Yours is about another one of the Hendrix triplets, Montana and her journey to not being afraid to be who she is. I am currently enrolled in three upper division summer school classes at the University I attend and I had a midterm today. I told myself if I finish this midterm and do some extra work, my reward would be to read Only Yours by Susan Mallery. I am so glad I finished all my work because Only Yours by Susan Mallery is a must buy book that readers will want to read over and over again.

Things I Love About Only Yours by Susan Mallery:

Simon’s smile and laugh which are a rare treat

Montana’s job (because who doesn’t love adorable puppies and dogs?)

The way Simon sees Montana

The way Montana sees Simon

The misunderstandings and arguments

Finally finding out who the “Max” is tattooed on Denise

The whole Hendrix Family dynamic

Meeting other members of the Hendrix Family

Seeing characters from past Fool’s Gold Books

Simon dealing with unknown emotions and feelings

Montana’s personality and how she always seems on the verge of smiling

And Simon realizing for the first time he can actually be happy

I gave Only Yours by Susan Mallery 6 smirks because it is a story I truly enjoyed reading and one I would read over and over again. I highly recommend Only Yours by Susan Mallery, it is a book you won’t be able to put down and a book you will want to read over and over again.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Game of Love by Jeanette Murray

Review of The Game of Love by Jeanette Murray

To Be Released: August 29, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Chris St. James is ready for normal. After walking away from her pro tennis career and a toxic relationship with a star hockey player, she's starting a new life as a teacher and tennis coach in a small town. Now all she needs is an average guy to share it with.

Brett Wallace is no average guy. Forced to retire from the NFL after an injury-and suddenly single after being dumped by his status-conscious wife-he's returned to his hometown to coach the varsity football team. Wary of women interested only in his celebrity, Brett finds Chris's indifference to his former career refreshing.

The last thing Chris needs is to get involved with another pro athlete, but she can't deny the sparks that fly between them. So she agrees to a purely physical, no-strings-attached affair. But the rules of the game change when she falls for him...”

The Game of Love by Jeanette Murray is one of the most original romance stories I have read this summer. It was unique and captivating in the story itself and the characters. I instantly fell in love with Brett and Chris as a couple because they are so much alike and yet so different. I loved how they danced around each other for the longest time and found ways without even realizing it to become a part of each other’s everyday lives. I also loved the fact that we as readers got to see three points of view in this story and that Chris remained as much as a mystery to readers as she did to Brett. I give The Game of Love by Jeanette Murray 5 smirks because the characters were not only relatable, but loveable and I couldn’t stop reading it. I also loved the fact that this story made me laugh which is something I value when reading a book.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Motor City Wolf by Cindy Spencer Pape

Review of Motor City Wolf by Cindy Spencer Pape

To Be Released: August 29, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “Less than a year ago, Fianna Meadows was a pampered noble in the Faerie court. Then she was exiled, turned mortal and forced to work for a living-in a werewolf bar in Detroit, no less! Still, Fianna has to admit her new life isn't so bad...particularly when it comes to Greg Novak, the bar's sexy owner.

For Greg, keeping his hands off Fianna has been a challenge. But his sense of honor won't let him get involved with a woman put in his care, even if Fianna is eager to explore her new feelings of lust. Resisting the temptation to claim her gets even harder when Greg's grandfather, the region's Alpha, orders him to marry and Fianna agrees to pretend to be his chosen mate.

Fighting his attraction to Fianna isn't Greg's only problem. Someone is killing werewolves and attacking other paranormal beings in Detroit. He vows to do whatever it takes protect both his pack and Fianna-even if that means giving her up…”

Motor City Wolf by Cindy Spencer Pape is a thrilling story. I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I adored Fianna and Greg; their uncertainties, their ability to read one another, and the love and respect they have for each other. I found Motor City Wolf by Cindy Spencer Pape to make me laugh, cry, and be outraged (a good book will always make you feel the emotion the characters are going through). My only regret is that I wish I could have read the first two books in this series before I read Motor City Wolf because then I would have had the full background on the rest of the characters. That being said however, I still give Motor City Wolf by Cindy Spencer Pape 5 smirks because it is a book readers will love and can be a part of.

Monday, August 22, 2011

How I Survived Summer School

As many of you know, I am a college student who just re-discovered reading about 2 years ago. And I mainly write reviews for books, but there are rare occasions such as today that I also write about TV shows. I am going into my last semester of college this coming semester, but in order to do that I had to take 3 upper division courses in summer school. When I signed up I thought I might die just thinking about how much work I had to get done. The first month I was a mess and stressed out to the point I would break down almost every day. Then something truly amazing happened. I discovered while avoiding thinking about summer school and the work I had to do, a TV show that I wasn’t sure I would like but wanted to give a chance. Smallville.

After watching 2 seasons of Smallville, I was more relaxed and carefree about my classes and getting my work done on time. Smallville saved my life this summer and I thought it would only be right to write about this amazing show on my blog. Smallville is a show people can relate to and even re-watching an episode gives me thrills. I love all the characters, the concept, the storylines, how the show progresses, and takes viewers on this roller coaster ride that you don’t want to end. Without Smallville, I would still be a basket case and be worrying about my upcoming final semester. It is very rare that I find a show to be everything I need it to be in order to make me committed to it and so emotionally involved that I do a cheerleader dance every time I decide to re-watch it. Most of you know what the show is about and if not go to your local library and check out a season or two because it is worth it. 8 smirks to Smallville, the show that saved my life and helped me survive summer school.