Tuesday, December 25, 2012

When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak

Review of When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak

Published: August 28, 2012

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all—sexy and unpredictable Simon O’Neal. But Simon, who’s just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won’t listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list—and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him.

Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon. The one thing he wants is custody of his son, but that’s going to require a whole new image. He needs to marry some squeaky-clean girl who’ll drag him off to some small, obscure place like Whiskey Creek…

Gail’s the only one he can trust. She agrees to become his wife—reluctantly. But she isn’t reluctant because he’s too hard to like. It’s because he’s too hard not to love!"

I've read a few Brenda Novak books, mostly murder mysteries with romance thrown in, but When Lightning Strikes is one of my favorites of hers to date.  I love how this is a totally Hollywood book, having to do nothing with murder but rather the betrayals of life and getting back on your feet.  Simon is a character who seems so self-destructive, but in all actuality is trying to muddle through life by dimming his emotions.  Gail is a character who puts up this steely exterior, but is really the most vulnerable person of all.  I love how this story and these characters are always changing, little by little.  You don't expect them to change or the story to grow so much it leaves readers in a mess of knots dying to know the outcome, but this story really makes readers want for more.  I give When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak 5 smirks because it is a feel good story readers will want to appreciate again and again.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Case of Seduction by Ann Christopher

Review of Case of Seduction by Ann Christopher

Published: August 28, 2012

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "Law Number 1: Never Fall For Your Boss!

Too late, since Charlotte Evans has been secretly head over heels for Jake Hamilton ever since she started working at his family’s renowned Philadelphia law firm. She’s too smart to expect the die-hard bachelor to suddenly turn into Mr. Right, until he starts putting the moves—on her!

Jake’s prowess is legendary—in and out of the courtroom. He’s never met a woman he couldn’t seduce, except Charlotte Evans. Jake’s lovely assistant may be the only female on the planet who sees past his playboy facade. And now Jake wants forever with the one woman he can’t have. Because when it comes to love, some laws are made to be broken."

Case of Seduction by Ann Christopher made me smile.  I enjoyed reading this book because Charlotte and Jake both have great sense of humor.  I did not put this book down until I finished it because it was so nice to get lost in a romance story that allows the readers to laugh along with the characters.  I was pleasantly surprised I enjoyed this book so much because I'm not really a fan about reading about lawyers, for some reason.  Charlotte is this feisty character who does not take crap from anyone, but is oddly enough very insecure (quite a combination).  Jake, on the other hand, seems to have always been confident with anything in life and as soon as he meets Charlotte he becomes so self conscious it is like readers are getting to know a high schooler instead of a partner at a law firm.  I give Case of Seduction by Ann Christopher 5 smirks because the story was interesting, the characters were fun, and I can't wait to see if this book is part of a series.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gilded Secrets by Maureen Child

Review of Gilded Secrets by Maureen Child

Published: June 26, 2012

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "Defending His Legacy…At Any Cost

When scandal threatens the luxury auction house that bears his family’s name, Vance Waverly suspects the media feeding frenzy is an inside job. Could his gorgeous assistant, Charlotte Potter, be plotting Waverly’s downfall? There’s one way to find out: seduce the truth out of her!

Charlie is between a rock and a hard place. She can reveal Waverly’s secrets to her unidentified blackmailer or lose custody of her child. Whatever she does, she’ll lose the career she loves. But losing the man she’s come to love—her big, bad boss—could put her over the edge…"

I wasn't sure I was going to like this story, but after meeting a brooding Vance and a cheery Charlie it was easy to fall into Gilded Secrets by Maureen Child.  I love how Vance and Charlie stand out as characters, but also seem to be the only ones standing out in one another's lives.  The mystery of this story certainly will hold readers attentions, but what I found I was most drawn to about this story was Vance and Charlie.  I love how they click and everything else that happens around them is mute when they are together.  I love how Vance loves Jake and plans for a future before he even realizes it.  I give Gilded Secrets by Maureen Child 5 smirks because the chemistry and the relaxed nature the characters have with one another it truly a spectacular thing.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Captive But Forbidden by Lynn Raye Harris

Review of Captive but Forbidden by Lynne Raye Harris

Published: June 26, 2012

5 out of 5 smirks

Synopsis: "Public duty
The news that wild socialite Veronica St. Germaine has cleaned up her act and stepped into her father’s shoes as ruler of a Mediterranean principality creates a tabloid frenzy! But it’s not just the paparazzi that are out for blood.…

Private scandal
Duty demands that bodyguard Rajesh Vala must protect Veronica—whatever the cost.… But Veronica has always rebelled against commands, and she isn’t making Raj’s
job easy! He calls it safeguarding. She calls it being held captive at his beach house. Both realize that the attraction between them is inconvenient.… Veronica is forbidden, not for bedding!"

Captive but Forbidden by Lynne Raye Harris, I felt was a mysterious and encouraging story about diversity and love.  What really spoke to me about this story was how you can't really judge a book by its cover and the same goes with people.  I loved how Raj and Veronica seem to anger one another to the point of heated passion.  I loved seeing Raj finally admitting how wrong he was about life and especially about Veronica and find myself rooting for him in the end.  Veronica on the opposite side of the spectrum was a character I really felt for, she never came across as spoiled to me, just really sad.  I give Captive but Forbidden by Lynne Raye Harris 5 smirks because the story was full of surprises I'm sure readers will love.