Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Guest Review: Not a Fairy Tale by Romy Sommer

Posted March 2, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Not a Fairy Tale by Romy SommerReviewer: Tracy
Not a Fairy Tale by Romy Sommer
Published by HarperCollins UK
Publication Date: February 19th 2015
Genres: Contemporary
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four-stars

And the award goes to...
Not Nina Alexander that’s for sure. With her best gracious loser face firmly in place, Hollywood’s hottest starlet is hoping to end her evening of disappointment with a graceful exit stage left. Only an unexpected proposal and an awkward wardrobe malfunction mean that this is certainly going to be a night to remember... for all the wrong reasons! So what girl would resist the gorgeous Dominic Kelly coming to her rescue?! Especially when he’s whisking her out of the paparazzi’s prying eyes on the back of his motorbike – and wearing a tux to rival James Bond!
Nina soon realises that the only way to recover from such a scandal is to toughen up and snag the role of the decade in the year’s hottest YA screen adaptation. Who better to train her than her very own professional stuntman? Getting up close and personal with Dom will take Nina well out of her comfort zone – both professionally and in her closely scrutinized private life. But this A-list couple know only too well that’s it not all happy ever afters in Hollywood...

Tracy’s review of Not a Fairy Tale by Romy Sommer

Nina is sick of playing the Rom Com klutzy chick. She wants a serious role and one is in pre-production that is perfect. The book is a movie adapted from a book and has angels and demons in a war and a kick-ass heroine that fights for herself and those she loves. Nina wants it badly but when she reads for it they say she’s too soft for the part. She decides to hire a stunt coordinator that she worked on a previous movie with to get her in shape.

Dominic Kelly has spent his life doing stunts and has loved it. He’s not sure why he decides to take Nina under his wing but he admires her drive. When he starts the training he doesn’t go easy on her and he admires her even more because she never, ever complains. He’s wanted her in his bed from almost the moment he saw her but as he says himself – he’s one step away from a man-whore and Nina is too good for him. That doesn’t stop the pair from finally falling into bed together and having a great time.

Nina and Dom decide that it’s just sex and it will work for them both as long as it works. When it becomes awkward then they’ll call it quits as neither one of them is looking for commitment – ever. Only…as they spend more time together each of them starts to fall in love with the other. Despite that neither one of them is ready to make a permanent move until the other comes clean about secrets in their lives and one big one might tear them apart forever.

This was an adorable story. I really loved Nina and Dom together even though there were times that I wanted to hit each of them. Secrets are never a good thing to keep and they each had theirs. On top of that I had a hard time with Nina at times as she would seem so good and wholesome one minute and then kind of a snob the next. I guess that’s what you get with some actresses, right? Despite that I really enjoyed reading their love story. It was sweet, sexy, fun and had just the right amount of angst thrown in to stir things up. This is a great book and one I definitely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

This title is available from HarperCollins UK/HarperImpulse. You can read it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars

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Guest Review: Debutantes Don’t Date by Kristina O’Grady

Posted July 15, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Debutantes Don’t Date by Kristina O’GradyReviewer: Tracy
Debutantes Don't Date by Kristina O'Grady
Series: Time-Travel to Regency England #1
Published by HarperCollins UK
Publication Date: April 30th 2014
Genres: Romance, Time Travel, Historical
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two-half-stars

At the stroke of midnight...

One minute Grace Lancaster is an overworked event manager organising 2013’s New Year’s Eve ball... The next she’s kissing a rather gorgeous man at the Regency themed party. Everyone’s entitled to an out-of-character New Year’s kiss, right? Except Jasper Mossman, Earl of Bingham, isn’t at a costume party - he’s a real-life gentleman from 1813...

And, it seems, kissing a man in Regency London has consequences!
What Grace considers normal behaviour scandalises Regency society and so far she’s provided the irrepressible gossips of the ton with a season’s worth of conversation! In a scramble to protect her reputation, as well as his own, Jasper insists that they marry for the sake of her honour. Marrying Mr Darcy might be a 21st century girl’s dream – but the reality is far from romantic. Corsets are uncomfortable, no running water is disastrous! Grace had always planned on falling in love before she got married, but when Jasper takes her in his arms she just might believe she’s finally found her very own Prince Charming.

 

Tracy’s review of Debutantes Don’t Date by Kristina O’Grady

Grace is an event planner and is at a New Year’s Eve costume ball in 2013. She’s having a good time until the lights go off and she gets very dizzy. Next thing you know she’s crawling out from under a table with her skirts around her waist – then hits her head – and starts wondering what the heck happened. She is assisted from her predicament by a very good looking man. Once she’s up on her feet she leads the man to an alcove and begins to thank him for his assistance by kissing him and practically attacking him. They are having a great time making out when they are caught in the act. Grace doesn’t think this is such a scandalous thing but she has no idea that she has just time traveled and is now in 1813, not 2013, and it’s INCREDIBLY scandalous.

The man who assisted Grace, and ended up kissing her, was Jasper Mossman, the Earl of Bingham. It was highly unlike him to be kissing anyone in public so to get caught was crazy. He had been promised in marriage to someone since birth but had been putting off actually asking for her hand. Now that he and Grace had been caught he was honor bound to marry her instead. Only Grace doesn’t want to get married – she wants to go back to 2013. Jasper finds himself falling in love with Grace and wants nothing more than to be with her the rest of his life. She’s not being very cooperative, however.

When Grace figures out that she’s traveled through time she’s more than a bit shocked. She confesses to Jasper’s sister about the time travel, as she’s staying with her, but no one else knows. She’s highly attracted to Jasper and they can’t seem to keep their hands off of each other whenever they’re together but she doesn’t know when she’ll go back to 2013, or even if she will.

Then there’s the brother of Jasper’s previous intended who owes a lot of people a lot of money and is pissed off that he now won’t have access to Jasper’s money. He devises a plan that will get Grace out of the way and so will leave Jasper open to marry his sister, Anne.

Debutantes Don’t Date was a cute little story that I had some definite issues with. I thought that the book had a good premise to it but unfortunately I didn’t really care for the execution all that much. The POV’s kept skipping around – head hopping from person to person – and I never knew what/who I was going to get next. And, as much as I liked the premise of it all it ended up being pretty convoluted. The character all seemed to be doing things that they would have normally done and that made it way more fantastical to me.

First there’s the time travel part of it all. Grace time traveled but never did she seem aware of history being changed or the impact her being there might have on…everything. It was a little bizarre to have a heroine be that oblivious.

The romance in this story was more lust driven than anything else. Yes, we were told that Jasper and Grace had tea together and talked every day but we were never shown those incidences. Had we been privy to their conversations it might have solidified their relationship in my head.

The threat from the brother of Jasper’s almost fiancé was a bit far fetched but we were shown how bat shit crazy the guy was so I think the author tried to explain things well.

While there were things about the story that I didn’t care for I thought it was a cute, sweet story.

Rating: 2.5/3 out of 5

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This title is available from Carina Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

two-half-stars

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