Tag: 4.0 Reviews

Lightning Reviews: Jo Goodman

Posted December 30, 2007 by Casee in Reviews | 6 Comments

This is the story of the Compass Club. A series of four books, I thought it would be done best if they were reviewed together.

Let Me Be the One
4.5 out of 5

In bestselling author Jo Goodman’s captivating new quartet, you’ll meet the four intriguing gentlemen of the Compass Club — North, South, East, and West — as they find adventure, excitement, and, of course, romance. Now, in book one of this sweeping and sensual series set in Regency England, join Brendan David Hampton, Earl of Northam, as he unravels a mystery…and the secrets of a woman’s heart.

None of the four friends are yet wed, though the wagers are on North — captivated by a most unique lady. Libby Penrose is wise, witty, beautiful, and quite determined to remain alone. But when the intrigues of a notorious jewel thief find them plotting together, a stolen kiss seals their fate as lovers — yet leaves North with more questions about Libby than answers.

Despite her vow to deny her deep attraction to this powerful, alluring man, Libby surrenders to the breathless desire he awakens. She could not have imagined the whirlwind events that would find North accused of a crime…nor her own confession that would save him — and compromise them both into matrimony. But sweet words of love remain unspoken and elusive. For Libby harbors a dark secret, one that threatens the untested bonds of her marriage. And soon fate will force her to make a harrowing choice: trust her husband…or lose him forever.

It took me about 100 pages to really get into this book. I wasn’t really concerned b/c the same thing happened when I read If His Kiss Is Wicked.

The story of the Compass Club begins with the Earl of Northam, known to his friends as North. The story of North and Elizabeth was captivating. Elizabeth was far from what you would expect from an Earl’s daughter. It was a bit frustrating at first b/c her secrets weren’t revealed until the 2nd half of the book. Waiting to reveal those secrets made Elizabeth seem somewhat cold and did not endear her to me at all. North also had a tendency to want to physically hit her, which I also didn’t like.

Other than those two things, I found myself engrossed in the story of these two. There is blackmail, greed, family estrangement. You name it. What was especially wonderful was that Goodman didn’t make it seem like two much was shoved in.

Overall, this was a great beginning to a great series.

Everything I Ever Wanted
4 out of 5

The toast of Drury Lane, actress India Parr has claimed the attention of London’s most impressive gentlemen – including the Prince Regent himself – with her talent and poise. Though her heart hasn’t been won, she is intrigued by the devilishly handsome South – yet equally determined to keep him from the dark, deadly secret that shadows her private life.

But South has other plans. A clever killer is afoot in London and he suspects India may be involved. Her charms have made her the confidante of many powerful men, and South intends to learn just how much she knows – by spiriting her away to a cottage where she will be safe from peril – but not from South’s powers of seduction. Now, night after night, in the name of justice, he plans to persuade India to reveal all…

What was interesting about this series was the timeline of the books were concurrent. While each man was immersed in a personal intrigue regarding the woman that he was falling for, it wasn’t enough to keep them apart. No matter what was happening, these four men would be there for each other.
When given his assignment by Colonel Blackwood, South has little notion that it will lead him to the woman that was meant for him. Though he is at first suspicious of her, his suspicions are soon laid to rest when he gets to know who India Parr really is.
India Parr has lost more than one person usually loses in a lifetime. Not used to having anyone champion her, India is at somewhat of a loss on what to make of the Viscount of Southerton. She soon realizes that South won’t be dispatched as easily as she had hoped. Though at first, she is leery of his intentions, it’s not long before she comes to depend on South.

This 2nd installment of the Compass Club was very satisfying. Giving more insight into not only the Compass Club, but their arch-enemies, the Society of Bishops, we soon realize that what is happening in the lives of the Compass Club may be related in the most unlikely of ways.

All I Ever Needed
4 out of 5

Lady Sophia Colley, daughter of the late Earl of Tremont, finds herself imprisoned in her own home by mercenary cousins who want her to marry the money her poor father failed to leave them. When the Marquess of Eastlyn arrives to rectify the false rumor that he and Sophie are engaged, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by her honey – hued eyes. East proposes on the spot, only to have Sophie turn him down flat.
But Sophie’s rejection of East is far from personal. In Fact, it’s all she can do to resist his charms… and her willpower is put to the ultimate test when he returns. The desire between them is impossible to deny, but deny it she must in order to protect East from a past intrigue that is about to place them both in very present danger. Now, they must work together in very close quarters, for only after they unravel a treacherous mystery will they be free to pursue the love of a lifetime…

When he finally arrives to dispel the rumor of their engagment, the Marquess of Eastlyn does not expect to find himself entranced by Lady Sophia Colley. When he does the honorable thing and proposes marriage, East is somewhat shocked when she turns him down flat.

It’s not long before East learns what Sophie’s reasons are for turning him down. Refusing any longer to accept her refusal, East does what he must to keep Sophie in his life. After returning to London with Sophie, East meets with the rest of the Compass Club to decide on how to bring the Society of Bishops down once and for all.

I really enjoyed Sophie and East’s book. Though Sophie is only trying to protect East, she’s not a matyr. She’s just a woman who is trying to protect the man she has come to love.

Beyond a Wicked Kiss
4.5 out of 5

Evan Marchman has just inherited a title, lands, and a fortune – but is miserable as the new Duke of Westphal, preferring the intrigue and adventures of the Compass Club to the responsibilities of an estate. More promisingly, he has also gained a ward – a beautiful woman who asks for his aid in unraveling a mystery that will drew them both into a world of hidden pleasures…

Headmistress of a ladies academy, Ria Ashby desperately needs West’s help to find a student who has disappeared without a trace. Yet she cannot help but be distracted by the promise of passion behind the duke’s green eyes and roguish grin. Soon their search for the missing girl leads them to a secret society comprised of the school’s board of governors – an inner sanctum where sensuality rules – and power seduces…

After inheriting the title from his late father, West wants nothing more than denounce his father and the title that goes with him. When he learns that he has a ward, no one is more surprised that West to find that his ward is none other than Ria Ashby.

When Ria comes to him begging him for help, West can do nothing other than help her. It doesn’t take long for him to figure out that Ria’s problem is intertwined with the Society of Bishops.

Though they were always sworn enemies of the Society of Bishops, the Compass Club soon realizes that they have come full circle. At one time young boys, now these young men must stop the Bishops from destroying innocent lives, including those of the women they love.

I loved this series. The only thing that makes me sad is that I have to cross four books off Jo Goodman’s backlist. My favorite of the series is tied between the 1st and the last. You’ll have to decide for yourself. I highly recommend this series (read in order, of course).

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Dead Girls Are Easy by Terry Garey

Posted December 29, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 1 Comment

Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.

Before you can say boo, Atlanta’s ghosts are knocking at Nicki’s door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes left by the dearly departed, leading ghouls to the Light . . . and one-on-one anatomy lessons with Dr. Joe Bascombe, the dreamy surgeon who saved her life. All this catering to the deceased is a real drag, especially for a girl who’d rather be playing hanky-panky with her hunky new boyfriend . . . who’s beginning to think she’s totally nuts.

But things get even more complicated when a friend foolishly sells her soul to the devil, and Nicki’s new gift lands her in some deep voodoo.

As it turns out for Nicki Styx, death was just the beginning.

This is gonna be a quickie review.

Nath had reviewed this on her blog. It looked interesting so I added it to my wishlist. My sister in law gave it to me for Christmas. For info on the plot, read Nath’s review.

I picked this book up last weekend to read just a one chapter. Next thing I knew I finished the book. It was a really light, fast, and fun read. I enjoyed it a lot and do plan on reading the other books in the series.

There was one teeny tiny part I was kind of, I don’t know. It didn’t bother me but it did. Joe is the guy who saves Nicki’s life. We find out he’s married but his wife kind of disappeared on him. He can’t find her for a divorce cause she’s out on some missionary work. It just so happens, she might be Nicki’s twin sister.

By the end of the book, I was hoping Joe would find his estranged wife so he could divorce her and continue to pursue Nicki. That would make for an interesting family reunion.

Grade 4/5.

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Promises Prevail by Sarah McCarty

Posted December 27, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 3 Comments

Promises Prevail by Sarah McCartyReviewer: Holly
Promises Prevail (Promises, #3) by Sarah McCarty
Series: Promises #3
Also in this series: Promises Linger
Published by Ellora's Cave
Publication Date: January 1st 1970
Pages: 377
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Wyoming Territory 1870
Widowed and barren, Jenna sees the newborn left on her doorstep as a priceless gift worthy of any sacrifice. She knows she'll need a husband to keep the baby, but nothing prepares her for the man who offers. Big and dark, simmering with a deadly intensity, Clint McKinnely could put fear into the devil. He certainly strikes fear into her. But Jenna soon discovers that the man behind the reputation is the one man she longs to trust.
A hard man burned out by the choices he's made, Clint is looking for a reason to go on. He finds one in Jenna Hennessy. Lushly plump, sweet and shy, she calls to him on every level. When it looks as though Jenna might lose the daughter she loves for lack of a husband, Clint steps forward. Having Jenna in his home brings Clint a peace he's never known, but even as he ferrets out the secrets that haunt Jenna's nightmares, Clint keeps his own close to his chest, knowing this marriage is temporary because there are some sins a man can't expect his wife to forgive.

This is the third book in the Promises series. I reviewed the first one here. The second was a DNF for me. I just couldn’t get past the first few chapters, so I put it down. I don’t feel like I missed anything, either, so I think these can be read as stand-alones.

Clint has always wanted Jenna, but he stayed away from her, first because she was married, then because he felt he wasn’t good enough for her. Jenna is slightly afraid of Clint. He’s a big man and her experience with men hasn’t been the best, so she avoids him whenever possible. She opens her own bakery after her husband dies and is comfortable running it and being on her own. But when a baby is left on her doorstep, she knows she needs a husband or she’ll never be able to keep it.

Clint steps up and asks Jenna to marry him. He’s already claimed her daughter as his own and Jenna reluctantly agrees, not because she wants to, but because she knows she doesn’t have any other choice.

What Clint doesn’t realize is that Jenna was severely abused by her first husband. Not just a little bit like Clint thought, but worse than even he can imagine. Jenna has a hard road to recovery ahead of her, and she isn’t sure she’ll be able to make it. Once Clint realizes the extent of Jenna’s issues, he knows he’ll have to fight extra hard to bring her back.

Once again Sarah McCarty as written a keeper with this book. I truly adored Asa, the hero from Promises Linger, but I think Clint tops even him. Although he isn’t aware of the depth of Jenna’s emotional baggage in the beginning, he’s still patient and tender with her, waiting until she’s ready before he pushes her into a place she isn’t able to go.

I think the most fascinating part of this story is Jenna’s journey, however. In the beginning she’s timid and seems afraid of her own shadow, but with Clint’s help, she grows to be an amazingly strong woman. I loved that aspect of this story.

The secondary characters (The same ones we saw in the previous two books) truly enriched this story. Just as I was about to get bored with Jenna and Clint, someone else would enter the scene and lighten it up accordingly.

I did become frustrated a couple of times with both the hero and heroine, however. I think Clint did his best to understand Jenna’s position, but I don’t think he pushed her hard enough to find out the whole story, especially when it became apparent it was much more involved than he originally realized. And Jenna was somewhat wishy-washy. I was able to overlook this for the most part because of her past, but a couple times I wanted to smack her upside the head. Cougar especially bothered me. He kept wanting to offer Clint a way out of the marriage, but never really explained why, i.e., because he didn’t like Jenna, or he wanted better for her, or whatever. That part bothered me a lot. I was able to move past it, however. And I think part of my problem with him is that I didn’t read his story, so I was somewhat biased.

This is a very character driven story, and though some elements didn’t work well for me, overall it was a wonderful story. I’d highly recommend it.

4.0 out of 5

You can buy it here or here.

The Series is:
Promises Linger
Promises Keep
Promises Prevail


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Review: Mr. Maybe by Jane Green.

Posted December 27, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Review: Mr. Maybe by Jane Green.Reviewer: Rowena
Mr. Maybe by Jane Green

Publication Date: October 15th 2001
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 368
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To Libby Mason, Mr. Right has always meant Mr. Rich. A twenty seven-year-old publicist, she's barely able to afford her fashionable and fabulous lifestyle and often has to foot the bill for dates with Struggling Writer Nick, a sexy but perpetually strapped-for-cash guy she's dating (no commitments – really). So when Ed, Britain's wealthiest but stodgiest bachelor, enters the picture, her idea of the fairy tale romance is turned on it's head.

Mr. Maybe is the tale of her heartfelt but hilarious deliberation, irresistibly chronicled by bestselling author Jane Green. On one hand, Nick makes up for his low bank-account balance by his performance in the sack, or in the bathtub, as the case may be. But life with him means little more than nightly trips to the bar, a dark and grungy apartment, and plenty of dull political tirades to boot. But those blue eyes, and that tender heart...

On the other hand, there's Ed, whose luxurious house and gargantuan bank account are quite tempting to the starving Libby. But his unsavory mustache and bumbling ways make Libby wonder if the platinum AMEX and unlimited "retail therapy" are worth it. He may have fallen in love with her at first sight, but nothing seems to solve his lackluster performance in the sack – even speed reading The Joy of Sex. When the diamond shopping commences, Libby is forced to realize that the time for "maybe" is up.

Taking romantic comedy to a hip, sparkling new level, Mr. Maybe is a classic tale of what happens to one girl when her heart and her head aren't looking for the same thing. With a laugh and minute and a heroine whose struggles in the dating jungle will remind you of your own, Mr. Maybe is a story that all will leave you smitten.

From the Hardcover edition.

A long time ago, Jane Green was pimped to me by my BBB, Ames, and I’ve been meaning to read her for quite some time now but I just never got around to it.

Until now.

And now I have Ames to thank for yet another author I must add to my list of authors to glom in 2008. That should keep me busy because I enjoyed this book so much that I want to read all of JG’s other books in print, so my bank account won’t thank Ames but I’m sure Barnes and Noble, Borders and Amazon will. =) This book wasn’t my absolute favorite read of 2007 but it was a great book that kept me entertained from the beginning of the story until the very end.

This story follows label happy Libby who works as a PR Rep for some no name actresses and other bigger named celebrities. She loves her job but she hates the paycheck becuase she doesn’t get paid enough to live the life that she longs to live.

She works with celebrities that can afford to eat at the most happening of places, who vacation in the most exotic of spots around the globe and wear the most trendy and hottest brands out there. That’s the kind of stuff she wants, so when she meets a guy who seems pretty interested in her and she in him, she’s fine with having him step in as her “Man of the Moment”, Nick is everything she does not want, so it’s okay that she just has him as her “friend” her friend that she sleeps with and has great fun with, he’s everything she’s not looking for in a man, so she’s safe from falling in love with him, it’s perfect. He’s not super rich, he can’t afford to take her to eat at the most fanciest of restaurants and when she’s with Nick, she can’t wear her super trendy threads because those clothes have no use with the casual jeans and tee shirt clad bloke. Nick is a struggling writer and is not ashamed of telling anyone who asks that he’s on the dole. I can only assume that the dole is London talk for welfare. And wow, I’ve never heard of a man on the dole but hey whatever rocks your socks.

So we’ve got these two unlikely people who are in a relationship that isn’t really a relationship and they’re not supposed to fall in love with each other, only they…kind of do. So because they’re not ready for it, Nick ends the relationship but he wants to keep Libby in his life because even though he’s not ready for a relationship, he really fancies having her in his life and he doesn’t want to lose her completely but Libby can’t deal with that because she wants more than Nick is ready to give her so off they go in their own directions.

Libby’s direction leads her to Ed. A rich man with lots of money to burn and who wants to burn all of it on Libby. Libby is only too happy to let him because this is the kind of life she’s always wanted. She wanted to attend glitzy balls with expensive dresses and she wants to live in that big house and well, Ed’s got a ginormous house that’s waiting for a wife’s touch and Ed wants Libby to be the wife to fix up his house. Libby has already convinced herself that she’s going to settle for the next best thing after love, contentment.

Ed’s not the man that she loves but she can’t have the man she loves so she’ll settle for a life of comfort with Ed. Their sex life is crap, she hates his mustache and he slobbers all over her when they kiss. But he’s nice so she overlooks all of these things and she continues on with her life as Ed’s girlfriend, almost wife. When he proposes, she accepts and she tells him that she loves him too, even though she doesn’t because if she can’t have what she wants then she’ll take what she can have. Meanwhile, Nick is missing Libby and isn’t shocked that she’s moved on because she’s a great girl, why wouldn’t she move on? He’s only shocked when he finally meets the guy she’s moved on to. That guy is oh so wrong for Libby and he’s surprised that she doesn’t see it.

Will these two find their way back to each other or will it be too late?

When I started this book and I’m getting to know Libby, I could tell that she was a bit of a snob but it wasn’t in a bad light or anything, it was cute. Very modern, she was like any normal girl who longs for those Kate Spade bags (I feel ya on that one girl) and those Prada pumps (I’m sure Holly will feel ya on this one, I’m more of a purse girl, Holly’s the shoe addict) but as the book pressed on and Nick falls out of Libby’s life, I got more and more annoyed with Libby. When she was with Ed, she was totally not the person I first met in the beginning of the book. She was a chameleon dater, like Julia Robert’s character on Runaway Bride. She was into the things that the guy she was dating was into. I don’t know if I’m like this, gosh I really hope I’m not but dude…Libby made me want to scream at her for the crap that she allowed herself to get into where Ed was concerned.

It was so obvious to everyone (even her!) that Ed was so wrong for her but because he was “nice” and she liked what he could buy her and do for her that she stayed with him, knowing hot damn well that she was irrevocably in love with Nick. Why fight a good thing? Her reasons for not wanting to be in love with Nick made me want to take a crack at her. Just bop her upside her head but she finally does get things right and they all live happily ever after but the road there is one thats filled with laughter and great secondary characters and a storyline that will have the twenty something ladies nodding their heads over because I could totally relate to Libby even though I hope to high heaven that I’m not quite that bad…because all of the name dropping was getting a bit old for me even though I should expect it with this book being a chick lit book but seriously…who cares if the shoes you got were Addidas, get over it and put them suckers on already, sheesh!

Ed got on my hot damn nerves, I wanted to punch him in his nose. He didn’t love Libby for who she was but for what she looked like. Their relationship was based on what they could give each other and not how much they loved each other. Their relationship was so different from her relationship with Nick that it didn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that they were seriously lacking in the chemistry department but dude, Libby was totally blind to it all…not really blind, just indifferent to it all. Her Mother got on my hot damn nerves too, she was another person I wanted to smack some sense into. Her Father and her brother were great characters, very supporting of Libby and you could totally tell that these two really loved her, just like Jules did. Jules was a fantastic best friend. She listened intently and offered whatever advice she could and you could just totally tell that she had Libby’s back no matter what. I love these kinds of friendships.

Nick’s friends were seriously horrible. I didn’t like them just like Libby didn’t like them but despite them, I loved Nick. He was such a great hero, even though he was on the dole..LOL. He was hot, sexy and he loved Libby, exactly the way she was. Nothing else mattered with Nick but Libby and how she was feeling and I loved how he saw her at her worst and loved her anyway. That’s what us single folks are all looking for, that unconditional acceptance and Nick totally had that for Libby so I was glad that he found his way back into Libby’s life because they were made for each other

Overall, this book was good. It was a great first read and I can’t wait to read more from Jane Green. I enjoyed this book a lot and am excited to read Jemima J when I get home tonight.

Great job JG and thanks bunches Ames! =)


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Simple Gifts by Judith McNaught and Jude Deveraux.

Posted December 19, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Simple Gifts by Judith McNaught and Jude Deveraux.Reviewer: Rowena
Simple Gifts by Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux
Published by Pocket Books
Publication Date: January 1st 1998
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
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In the snow-covered hills of Virginia, a young widow finds that miracles really do come in the least expected packages, in "Just Curious," praised as "one of Devereaux's best (Philadelphia Inquirer). "Change of Heart," set in modern-day Colorado, is the touching story of a clever twelve-year-old who plays matchmaker for his bighearted, impractical mother.

Every year, I read this book around this time. It’s like my Christmas is not the same if I haven’t done my yearly reread of this book and this year was no different. My book is starting to look worn out, I might be needing a new book soon…hehe, I love new books.

Anyway, on with the review.

Just Curious

Hero: MacAllister Taggert
Heroine: Karen Reed
Grade: 5/5

This was such a good holiday story.

I loved it right from the very beginning. When we meet Karen and learn of her husband’s death and how she can’t get over it and how she’s let herself go and to see her getting dicked around the office, getting roped into doing others work while they get the glory from it made me angry on her behalf but then Mac comes into her life and turns it right upside down. I loved that! I loved how their love story came to be, with Mac asking her to take a job “posing” as his girlfriend at his friend’s wedding and how he did everything just so that he can be with her because she could tell him and his brother apart, it was just the cutest story and a great thing to read around this time. Mac’s friends were great and his family was wonderful too. This story never ceases to bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. I loved how Karen thought the lowest of Mac and how he proved her wrong. I loved the first time these two made love, it was such a cute scene and then when they’re awakened on Christmas morning and the kids are in the room and they go down to Christmas morning where Karen is bombarded with gifts, gift she knows that Mac bought and not the others written on the tags. Just to see the lengths in which Mac went to, to snare Karen was just what this romantic loves to read about…I swear you will enjoy this story, a lot…or else something is wrong with you, JUST KIDDING!

Such a great read! Oh and I loved her little notes she’d leave around the office, Magnificently Jettisoned or some other, so frickin’ hiliarious!

Miracles by Judith McNaught.

Hero: Nicki DuVille
Heroine: Julianna Skeffington
Grade: 3/5

A lot of JM fans were disappointed in Nicki’s story because they felt that he deserved his very own full length novel and I wouldn’t have been mad if JM had decided to write that because I didn’t really enjoy this story..for Nicki. He’s trapped into marrying a girl that was pretty much trying to get ruined so that she wouldn’t have to marry anyone and so that she can live the life she’s always wanted to live. Of course, none of that happens because she has to marry Nicki and Nicki banishes her to one of his residents and she’s left all alone, her only recourse of expressing her feelings is through letters to her late grandmother. It is through these letters where everything comes out, the truth behind the night that Nicki “ruined” Julianna, her feelings about her mother, her feelings about Nicki and just every dang thing. This is one of those misunderstanding plots and I’m not really fond of those story lines especially because this was Nicki’s story. I wanted a better and just more for Nicki and I didn’t even like Nicki that much in this story. He was so hard and nothing like the Nicki that I knew and loved from the other books…it was just…okay. Oh and he didn’t even say I LOVE YOU JULIANNA, he only said, “I yearn too!” That is not at all the same thing, Ugh.

Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux

Hero: Frank Taggert
Heroine: Miranda Harcourt
Grade: 5/5

This was another fantastic and very romantic read. When I talk about this book to my sisters and my friends, the storyline sounds so cheesy and it kind of is but I don’t even care, I love this story so much! I loved that Randy was such a “real” woman, she wasn’t the thin heroine we’re used to reading and she loved reading romance novels and she was struggling to make ends meet. She sometimes cried at her circumstances but she never gave up because her son needed her and I just super duper loved that about Randy. I loved her son as well, Eli was such a great character and the wealth of love that he had in his little body for his Mother just warmed my insides. The lengths to which he went to make sure that his mother was taken care of before he pursued his own dreams was admirable for a young boy of 12. With his genius IQ and his friendship with millionaire, Frank Taggert, the little things that he would get into with his best friend had me laughing and sighing at the same time. They were just too cute, how they put the whole thing together with the help of Mike and Sam Taggert was just fantastic. I loved how it all came together and how Frank’s issues with Randy were real and how Randy reacted to all of it was just fantastic! This book brings out the romantic side in all of us and the ending was just soooooo great! This is such a cute read that I highly recommend everyone read it!

Double Exposure by Judith McNaught

Hero: Spence Addison
Heroine: Corey Foster
Grade: 4/5

This story was pure cheese. The prequel to JM’s Remember When showed the romance story between Diana’s step sister, Corey Foster and her childhood crush, Spencer Addison. We see how these two end up together and all that jazz. When I read RW, I was hecka in love with Spence, I thought he was a straight up stud, I still do and though I liked his story well enough, it wasn’t my favorite. I thought it was cute even though I couldn’t believe that Spence thought he could pull marrying Corey without her knowledge FOR REAL off. I mean, seriously…yes, he was desperate and yes he realized that he loved her and we all do stupid things when we’re in love with love being blind and all that but seriously, that was really stupid. I thought his niece and the chap she was marrying were a bit much but I loved seeing Diana and Corey’s Mom and the grandparents, the grandma was hilarious! That scene at the table when they’re telling the story of Spence standing up Corey and her being all heartbroken, I thought it was so cute. How they wanted Spence to know the truth and how he felt bad and then went on that crusade to win Corey back for real and forever was….cute. This story was cute and it still brings a smile to my face even after all these years of rereading it. What’s the holidays without some cheese, huh?

Overall, this book is a wonderful read. I read it without fail every year and every year I enjoy it all over again. I am not yet sick of these stories yet so that’s a good thing because I seriously love it…you guys should definitely read this book and it will be a great holiday gift for your Mom, Sisters, or whoever reads romance like us.

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