Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Guy Most Likely To...by Leslie Kelly, Janelle Denison, and Julie Leto

Review of The Guy Most Likely To...by Leslie Kelly, Janelle Denison and Julie Leto
Published: June 26, 2012

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "Ever wonder what happened to the guy most likely to...

Score with the prom queen?
Lauren and Seth were the high
school “it” couple—until Seth disappeared on prom night. But a reunion gives Seth a chance to show Lauren an evening long overdue.

Not date a Playboy Bunny?
Ali was the highlight of geeky Will’s high school years. But now that he’s ditched the nerdiness, he’s 100 percent of calculated hotness...and Ali won’t be able to say no.

Ride out of town on a Harley?
Rebel Scott “Rip” Ripley always had a thing for the elusive Erica. But reunion night holds a few sexy surprises when Erica decides it’s time to take the bad boy for a ride."

What can I say about Lauren and Seth's story?  It was refreshing to be introduced to realistic characters who say what real life people would actually say.  Lauren and Seth are a truly witty and funny couple who get a second chance at happily ever after.  I also loved how the story didn't drag on, but got right to the point. Well done, 5 smirks.

Will and Ali are two characters who defy high schooler logic.  Even though in the real world we all know the cheerleader and nerd can end up together, the logic conveyed by the small minds in this story is just too irresistible for this snark to pass up.  I loved the clichĂ©s and how Ali and Will were able to break free from everyone at their reunion.  5 smirks.

What I loved about Rip and Erica's story is how it is also a story about being true to one's self.  I admire the courage and leap of faith Rip and Erica took in one another.  I would really love to see what happens in their future. 5 smirks.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak

Review of When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak

Published: October 30, 2012

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She's grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she's troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn't her mother.

Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren't talking. Cheyenne is set on finding answers, but without so much as a birth certificate, it won't be easy.

Things get even more complicated when her closest friend is attracted to the man Cheyenne has secretly loved for years. For Eve's sake, she decides to step aside—which lands her right in the arms of Dylan Amos, oldest and baddest of the hell-raising Amos brothers. He's the kind of guy she's sworn to avoid. She can't afford to make a mistake, not when she finally has a chance to learn who she really is and change her life for the better. But…maybe there's more to Dylan than she thought. Maybe letting him go would be a bigger mistake."


When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak is a story that will have readers rooting for the underdogs to finally have their shot at true happiness.  Cheyenne is a character whose loyalty is as strong as her will to survive her background is, which is so inspiring the pages just fly by as readers time becomes irrelevant. What is so amazing and different about When Snow Falls is how there is a love triangle, but it is such a love triangle full of honesty and trust it is almost shocking to read it through.  The first time Dylan speaks to Chey I instantly am rooting for him and them as a couple, because even the words on the pages readers  can see their souls colliding with each other.  As for Chey and her hardships, her friendships, family, her relationship with Joe and all the other messes that seem to collide in her life all at the same time, the constant is always the same.  While I won't say what the constant is, I will say that Chey discovering her past, her present, what she wants out of her life, and how she finally stands up for what her heart truly desires is the best part of this book.  When Snow Falls by Brenda Novak is easily 5 smirks because this story makes readers fall in love with characters who don't know how to give up and who strive to never lose what they thought they could never have.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blazing Midsummer Nights by Leslie Kelly

Review of Blazing Midsummer Nights by Leslie Kelly

Published: June 5, 2012

5 out of 5 smirks

"Anything can happen on a magical midsummer’s eve...

Marketing director/workaholic Mimi Burdette has The Plan—work for her father and date his right-hand man. Problem is, there’s no heat in the relationship. Not even a spark. And worse still, Mimi is having some seriously sexy, panties-ablaze dreams—and the star looks a lot like Xander McKinley, the hunky firefighter next door.

Mimi’s dreams might be due to the strange tea she drank. Or the predictions from the fortune cookie she ate. Or they could be due to Xander’s smokin’ hotness. But whether it’s magic or just old-fashioned fireworks, Mimi is about to break all of the rules—including her own!"

I loved how this story took on a life of its own, much like A Midsummer Nights Dream itself.  I loved the parallels this story took and how modernized the characters became.  Mimi is a character who is devoted and endlessly beautiful; Xander has a certain wit and calmness along with hotness about him which will keep readers on the edge of their seats trying to figure out when these two characters will collide.  I don't want to give anything away, but if you are a Shakespeare fan then you know how the story goes.  I give 5 smirks to Blazing Midsummer Nights by Leslie Kelly because it's hard not to fall in love with the characters and a modernized classic.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Shades of Desire by Virna DePaul

Review of Shades of Desire by Virna DePaul

Published: May 29, 2012

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "
What she can't see could kill her...

Natalie Jones is the lucky survivor of an elusive killer who preys on young women and then disappears from view. And since her harrowing ordeal, the once gutsy photojournalist has remained isolated in her home, paralyzed by fear and her failing vision.

Special Agent Liam “Mac” McKenzie has scars of his own. But despite his efforts to ignore the attraction that simmers between him and Natalie, he needs her help to catch a predator. Soon, they will forge a tentative alliance—charged with desire. Through a soft-focus lens, Natalie dares to envision a future with Mac beyond the investigation…never guessing that the clues hidden within her photographs are drawing them into an explosive confrontation with a madman."

Shades of Desire by Virna DePaul is a mystery thriller story about trusting in others as much as you trust in yourself.  What I loved most about this story was how unrelenting both Natalie and Mac are towards one another.  They seem to push the other to be a better version of one another which makes their relationship rocky until they figure out they are exactly what the other wants.  I loved that this story did not revolve around solely Mac and Natalie's budding romance, but intertwined it with a murder mystery involving a lot more people than readers will realize.  I give Shades of Desire by Virna DePaul 4 smirks because Natalie and Mac have heated passion that will give readers pause on how things may or may not turn out.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Trust In Me by Beth Cornelison

Review of Trust In Me by Beth Cornelison

Published: December 11, 2011

4 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "A hero for the rest of us?
Escaping the cheating fiancé and sheltered life her father has arranged for her, Claire Albritton wants nothing more than to take control of her life and learn to fight her own battles.

Kevin Fuller believes he must rescue damsels in distress and Claire is decidedly out of her element in small town South Carolina. When trouble inevitably finds Claire, Kevin's white knight protection and heroics are exactly what Claire doesn't want. But his kisses...that's another matter."

Trust In Me  by Beth Cornelison is a story ultimately about trust. What I found most appealing about this story was how both Kevin and Claire have almost the exact same trust issues that come to light when they try to fight their attraction to one another. I loved that Kevin is this almost surly character who isn't surly at all, but comes across as such before he opens his mouth to speak.  Claire in contrast seems like a sweet woman, but underneath it all she has a fire just waiting to be let out.  I loved how this story comes together and almost all the characters in it have trust issues, but because of their togetherness as a community learn how to overcome those issues.  I give Trust In Me by Beth Cornelison 4 smirks because this story, while is about trust issues, expresses how a community can heal itself.