Monday, June 20, 2011

Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen

Review of Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen

To Be Released: July 26, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “When old enemies are thrown together, all bets are off…

Way back in high school, golden boy Cade Gallari publicly revealed he’d slept with “fat girl” Ava Spencer to win a bet. Now a decade older and a head turner with her own concierge business, Ava isn’t the gullible dreamer she once was— and she plans to prove it when Cade, hotter than ever, breezes back into town with an offer she can’t refuse.

A documentary film producer, Cade is shooting a movie about the mysterious mansion Ava inherited. And he wants her as his personal concierge. She’s certainly professional enough to be at his beck and call without giving him everything he wants. Like another shot at having her in his bed. But Ava doesn’t count on Cade’s determination. Because he’s never gotten over her— and he’s not above playing dirty to score a second chance at a red-hot future…”

Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen is a fun-filled, heart stopping story about a Sisterhood being completed into a family. This story of Sisterhood continues on with Ava (we as readers have already discovered Jane’s and Poppy’s stories), who is a spunky, self assured woman who can handle anything except for Cade.

Things I Love About Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen

The different points of view of both Ava and Cade

Ava and Cade’s long and at points painful history

Cade loving challenges

Ava finally accepting a challenge

Cade’s view and opinion of Ava

Cade’s passion for people and stories

Ava’s incredible capabilities to deal with everything with grace

Ave and the champagne bottle

And the hospital scene

I give Playing Dirty by Susan Andersen 5 smirks because I just fell in love with all the characters not only from this book, but from the previous ones as well. Playing Dirty is a must read because you can’t help but relate and become emotionally involved in the outcome of the story.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa

Review of Summer's Crossing by Julie Kagawa

Published: June 1, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "A Midsummer's Nightmare?Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.

Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist."

Summer’s Crossing by Julie Kagawa is a fantastic novella in The Iron Fey Series told from Puck’s point of view.  Summer’s Crossing by Julie Kagawa is highly witty, humorous, and adventurous.  I give 5 smirks to Summer’s Crossing by Julie Kagawa because it is a novella that gives incredible insight to a character that is almost as loveable as all his pranks.  Must read and a must own.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Baby, Come Home by Stephanie Bond

Review of Baby, Come Home by Stephanie Bond

To Be Released: June 28, 2011

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: “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…
Sensible yet sexy middle brother Kendall Armstrong penned that ad himself—but there’s just one woman he really wants to answer the call…

Civil engineer Amy Bradshaw—Kendall’s ex-fiancée—fled Sweetness years ago, taking a precious souvenir with her. She’s back now…but only on a professional level. Really. Little does she know that old flames always burn the hottest..”

Baby, Come Home by Stephanie Bond is story about long time romance and how three little words could have and can change everything. I found this book (second in this series) to be a very modern love story about how not communicating can truly affect how a person sees themselves and how they build their lives. Baby, Come Home by Stephanie Bond pulls readers in with the passionate dynamic between Amy and Kendall that sparks fire within every reader’s hearts.

Things I Love About Baby, Come Home by Stephanie Bond

Kendall’s foul mood

Marcus’s planning and executing

Amy’s homecoming

Kendall and Amy’s relationship status misunderstanding

The spicy food


The bridge

Amy’s memories both good and bad

Amy making the best life she could

Kendall and Tony’s meeting

Kendall and Amy’s fiery personalities

And Amy’s final decision about where her heart truly lies

I give Baby, Come Home by Stephanie Bond 5 smirks because it was a story I couldn’t get enough of.