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Review: The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

Posted October 18, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: The Boy is Back by Meg CabotReviewer: Rowena
The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot
Series: Boys Series #4
Also in this series: The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400
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four-stars

From New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot comes the sweetly humorous story of a man who has to face his past in order to find his future.

Sometimes to move forward, you have to go back…

One post. That’s all it took to destroy the care free, glamorous life of pro golfer Reed Stewart. One tiny post on the Internet.

Then again, it’s not like Reed’s been winning many tournaments lately, and his uncle isn’t the only one who says it’s because of the unfinished business he left behind back home in Bloomville, Indiana—namely Reed’s father, the Honorable Judge Richard P. Stewart, and the only girl Reed ever loved, Becky Flowers.

But Reed hasn’t spoken to either his father or Becky in over a decade.
Until that post on the Internet. Suddenly, Reed’s family has become a national laughingstock, his publicist won’t stop calling, his siblings are begging for help, and Reed realizes he has no other choice: He’s got to go home to face his past . . . the Judge and the girl he left behind.

Becky’s worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed—which hasn’t been easy, considering he’s their hometown’s golden boy, and all anyone ever talks about. It was fine while they were thousands of miles apart, but now he’s back in Bloomville. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him—until his family hires her to help save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another…or the memories of that one fateful night.

Can the quirky residents of Bloomville bring these two young people back together, or will Reed and Becky continue to allow their pasts to deny them the future they deserve?

This warm, thought-provoking book, told entirely in texts, emails, and journal entries, is as much about the enduring bond of families as it is about second chances at love, and will delight as much as it entertains.

Meg Cabot is back with another book for her Boys series. This series is unique because the entire story is told through text messages, IM’s, newspaper articles and that kind of stuff.

This story follows Becky Flowers and Reed Stewart as they find their ways back to each other after ten years of being apart. Becky and Reed were high school sweethearts who were madly in love with each other until prom night when they got drunk and drove Reed’s fathers golf cart into the pond and Reed skipped town, leaving Becky behind without a goodbye or a fare-thee-well. Becky was left heartbroken but it’s ten years later and she is so over all of that, and over him too…right?

Reed goes on to become a wealthy professional golfer and hasn’t stepped foot in his hometown of Bloomville in ten years. The only people that he keeps in contact with from Bloomville are his siblings and their spouses. He hasn’t seen or heard from Beckly Flowers since he left her behind on prom night and while he’s sorry about it, there’s not much he can do to fix things now. Reed blows back into town when his parents go off the deep end and he’s needed to help fix their lives. He wasn’t expecting to see Becky at all but when her business ends up being the perfect way to help his parents (she owns a senior moving company where they relocate seniors to nursing homes, etc…).

Becky isn’t one to turn away business so of course she signs on to help the senior Stewarts relocate, even if it means spending time with the son that broke her heart and never gave an explanation for why he left her behind. Reading along as these two reconnected and then reunited with one another was a lot of fun. Between the shenanigans between Reed and his siblings and then Becky and her Mom, sister and best friend, I laughed my way through this book. This book has Cabot’s signature humor and the romance really worked for me. I loved Reed, loved Becky and everyone else except Reed’s sister. I hated her. Ha!

This was a fun treat and was perfect for a light weekend read. I definitely recommend to fans of Meg Cabot’s adult books and fans of contemporary romances. Good stuff!

Grade: 4 out of 5

four-stars

Review: The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot

Posted April 28, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

The Bride Wore Size 12
Rowena’s review of The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #4) by Meg Cabot.

Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather’s already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather’s sure things can’t get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather’s long-lost mother shows up.

Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she’s determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it’s the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.

This is the last book in the Heather Wells series and I was looking forward to reading it. How can you not be excited to read a Heather Wells book and get more Cooper Cartwright? You can never get too much Cooper Cartwright.

In this book, Heather and Cooper are weeks away from saying, “I do” so things should be great for Heather and things are until she shows up to work to find that one of her junior RA’s is dead and she’s got a whole lot of residents leading her suspects list. To add to her already rising shit list, Heather is learning as the day wears on that more and more people are invited to the small wedding she had been envisioning for her and Cooper’s big day. And that’s thanks to her soon to be sister in law and while she’s trying to be okay with all of the new additions, things keep getting worse because her mother shows up at her house, expecting to be welcomed and that’s never going to happen because well, she left Heather years and years ago with all of Heather’s hard-earned money. That’s nothing to lightly forgive for, especially since I didn’t think Heather’s Mom was all that sorry.

As always, Meg Cabot packs a whole bunch of laughs in this one. I laughed quite a bit while I reading it and that made this reading experience zip right through. What I like about reading Cabot’s books is that I know what to expect and Cabot never fails to deliver.

But my favorite part of this book was that it wasn’t bogged down with Jordan Cartwright and his fiance’/girlfriend/whatever she is, Tonya.

There were times when Heather drove me crazy (like when she didn’t immediately kick her mother out and how she kept letting her mother talk down to her and dismiss her feelings after everything that she put Heather through) but I laughed enough that I was able to look over a lot of the bulldozing that was done to Heather. But in the end, I closed this book with a smile on my face. Meg Cabot knows how to write a story that just keeps you giggling long into the night. This was a fabulous ending to a great and entertaining series. I thought it lent the whole series the perfect send off and I was glad to have been a part of the ride.

I definitely recommend this book. It was a good book and while it wasn’t my favorite book of the series, it was still enjoyable and I’m still a happy camper.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from William Morrow. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Buddy Review: The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

Posted February 1, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

The Boy Next Door
Rowena and Tasha’s joint review of The Boy Next Door (Boy #1) by Meg Cabot.

Gossip columnist and single New York City girl Mel lives lives in the most exciting place in the world, yet she’s bored with her lovelife. But things get interesting fast when the old lady next door is nearly murdered. Mel starts paying closer attention to her neighbors—what exactly is going on with the cute boy next door? Has Mel found the love of her life—or a killer?

Rowena: I went to breakfast with my friend Tasha a couple of weeks ago and we spent most of our breakfast discussing the books we were reading. So because we read a lot of the same books and because Book Binge is never far from my mind, I asked Tasha to buddy review a book with me each month for Book Binge and just like that, we were off. Our first buddy review book was The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot. It’s a book that is near and dear to my heart (because duh, it’s Meg Cabot) but it was new read for Tasha. I thought it would be interesting to discuss this book with her so here we are.

Alright Tasha, it didn’t take me very long to read this book and when I finally finished it, I was reminded why I love Meg Cabot so much. She never fails to write those books that just entertain the socks off of you.

What were your first impressions of the book?

Tasha: My first impression, hmmm…well, after reading the first 5 to 6 emails, I began to wonder if I could actually finish this. I mean, a whole story read through emails, I wasn’t sure. But I got used to it and found myself REALLY liking the book. This was a first Meg Cabot read for me and I enjoyed it very much.

Rowena: I know what you mean. I first heard about Meg Cabot and this book told in all emails a few years ago by my friend from Australia, Grace. She came down to visit way back in I think 2005 and we were at the bookstore looking for books and this was the book that she was looking for. I had never read a book entirely written in emails but I completely embraced the idea and picked this book up as soon as I could (they didn’t have it in stock at the B&N that we went to). As soon as I read it, I was glad that I did because it was such a fun book.

This re-read didn’t take anything away from my previous enjoyment of this book. I loved it all over again (which I’m happy about since a lot of my favorite books from back in the day are not holding up for me) and seeing John and Mel get to know each other and then fall in love while Mel believes John to be someone else? It made for a great read. Meg Cabot sure knows how to entertain.

What were some of your favorite parts of the book?

Tasha: That’s hard to say. I like the relationship she has with her boss George. If only my boss was as cool as he was. I mean, he tried to sound like a big bad guy, but I think his “bark was worse than his bite”, lol. There was this one part in the book where Mel and Nadine were emailing back and forth about John (after she found out who he really is) and George was being nosey and trying to read Mel’s email. She had purposely wrote something about him because she knew he was reading it,

“ ‘Are ,you kidding? George Sanchez is the sexiest man alive. Any man with that much hair on his back has to be a veritable repository of testosterone…’ HA, GEORGE! CAUGHT YOU!!!!” (pg 164)

That was one of my LOL moments. The characters here were so likeable that it was easy to follow along with the emails and capture everyone’s different personalities. How could you not be sucked in by Mel’s personality. Her response to George and the HR representative, Amy Jenkins just has her character written all over it. And I really really like John. I only wish he was man enough to come clean much sooner and told Mel the truth. But of course, it that happened, then it would’ve been a SUPER SHORT story!

Being that you’ve read other books from Meg Cabot, what would you sets this particular story aside from the others?

Rowena: I agree. I loved Mel’s character. I loved the way that she dealt with everyone at work, her soft heart where her neighbor was concerned and how close she got to what was the dog’s name again? Paco? She was such a giving character, who didn’t let people walk all over her and her personality just rocked my socks. I think my favorite scenes in this book were her responses to Amy Jenkins. And well, her emails about Max aka John. LOL.

What were your thoughts on Max? What a loser that guy turned out to be. When he first comes onto the scene and he’s more concerned with spending a week with a model instead of his Aunt in a coma, I hated his guts. And that model chick he wanted to spend time with? Ugh, what a freaking airhead.

Oh, I forgot. One of my favorite emails was the one John sent to his brother telling him about his first meeting with Mel as Max.

To: Jason Trent <jason.trent@trentcapital.com>
From: John Trent <john.trent@thenychronicle.com>

Subject: How’d it Go?

She’s a redhead. Help.

Haha, oh man I adored John. The obvious affection he had with his brother Jason made me laugh and swoon because one guy is great but two hot brothers? Yum! I LOVED them.

Tasha: Oh yeah, you could tell the sincerity of Jason’s concern for his brother at the beginning of this whole fiasco. Its nice to see that brotherly love. But what about John’s sister-in-law Stacy (Jason’s wife), wasn’t she the BEST? I loved her and I loved the emails between her and John. Some of the CRAZY advice she gave him also had me LOL! I liked that she was pregnant during all of this because it made her more human…blaming all her crazy advice to her hormones, ha! I loved her even more when she forward that email to Mel explaining John’s true feelings for her and the situation.

As for stinking Max, he was a big ka-ka head!!! I mean, who does that…throw a fit because your rich aunt wouldn’t give you money and accidently knock her to the floor AND leave her there to bleed to death? I tell you who…Max Friedland! He got everything he deserved in the end. Broke and no chance of getting any of his aunts money, hehe! I felt sorry for Vivica. She seemed like she really liked that loser. And yeah, I think she was somewhat of an airhead but it wasn’t like she knew anything about what Max had done. Its funny, I pictured Max as some cheesy looking Don Johnson (Miami Vice days) wanna be. You know the type that thinks he’s a real lady’s man, and dresses himself like he’s got plenty of money to throw around, when really he’s nothing! That’s what I thought of Max.

Rowena: Yep. Don Johnson for sure, I mean he wanted John to wear tassles on his shoes during his first meeting with Mel. What the hell? LOL. But you’re right, Stacy was pretty awesome. All of the characters in this book were kind of awesome. What happened with Max made me laugh because that was what he got for being stupid…and selfish.

I loved the characters, the story and the pacing. The story moves at a fast pace so there isn’t time for you to become bored, which is something that I appreciated. Meg Cabot does well with the stories on the lighter side of the emotional train but she does it in a way that still tugs at your heart strings. This book was so full of win that I’d gladly read it over and over again. How about you?

This definitely gets a 4.75 out of 5 from me.

Tasha: I agree, the characters were ah-mazing! They made the story more interesting for me. The different emails back and forth, to different recipients, I was looking forward to ‘em. And I suppose it did make the story go by faster. Definitely a great read for me and I’ll be picking up more from this author.

This being my first Meg Cabot read, I’d give this a 4.5 out of 5.

Thanks for choosing a great book Rowena!

Rowena: …and I think we’re done! Thanks for reviewing this book with me, Tash. You rock! What’s our next book? Your turn to choose.

Tasha: This was fun! Thanks for inviting me to do this. It’s something different and I really enjoyed it 

My pick: Charade by Nyrae Dawn

Rowena: Thanks for doing this with me, I love talking books with my favorite book people!  Next month Tasha and I will be reading and discussing Charade by Nyrae Dawn on Book Binge. See you next month!

This book is available from William Morrow.  You can purchase it here or here in e-format.

Review: Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

Posted July 3, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments


Rowena’s review of Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot.

Main Character: Heather Wells
Love Interest: Cooper Cartwright
Series: Heather Wells #4
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Summer break . . . and the livin’ ain’t easy

Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn’t mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself–who just happens to be newly married to Heather’s ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead . . . and it’s clear that the star was the intended victim.

Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright–who just happens to be Heather’s “new” fiancE. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can’t help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, “this” reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated.

This is one of my most anticipated books of 2012. I am such a huge fan of the Heather Wells series (and Heather Wells) and back in February when I met Meg Cabot at the Passion and Prose event and she was talking about the book, I was on pins and needles. I couldn’t contain my excitement.

So when I finally cracked this sucker open, I thought I would inhale it but that wasn’t what happened. This book is filled with Cabots hystrical sense of humor but for some reason, I wasn’t as invested in this book as I was with the other books in this series. It was good and I’m glad that I read it but for some reason, it took me forever to get through this book.

So in this book, we’re thrown back into Heather Wells world and she’s engaged to be married to Cooper Cartwright (YAY). She’s also still the assistant dorm director for Death Dorm and a lot of drama surrounding Tania Trace. Tania’s filming a reality show with Heather’s ex-boyfriend (and Cooper’s brother), Jordan and somehow, they end up shooting their show in the President’s apartments above the dorm and when one of Tania’s bodyguards gets shot, Heather gets curious. So does Cooper.

Someone is after Tania Trace and since Tania’s holding her Rock Camp at New York College, specifically Heather’s dorm, both Cooper and Heather want to find out what’s going on and figure out how to keep everyone safe.

Heather is such a great character. She’s lovable, caring and dependable. She’s got a big heart and those college kids are really lucky to have her on their side as Sarah and Gavin know. She’s got the love of one of the most stand up and sexy guys on the planet and he’s super protective of her. He trusts her and wants to take care of her and I absolutely love him. Seeing what they’re up to in this book was a treat because I’ve missed these guys. I was so wrapped up in catching up with all of the characters that the story took a back seat to that.

Both Tania and Jordan were background characters for me. I didn’t care for them in any of the books before this one so for this book to kind of focus on them, I just couldn’t bring myself to care one way or the other. Now, I don’t hate them and I don’t wish them ill but they’re not characters that I’d look forward to reading about so with someone stalking Tania Trace and then reading and finding out that Jordan is an ass makes me roll my eyes more than anything else. I totally see why Cooper thinks the way that he does about Jordan.

All in all, this was a good addition to the Heather Wells series because it brings the gang back but I spent more time so happy to be reading about these guys again that the story took a back seat to my happy dancing that I get more Heather and Cooper. I’m glad that I read it, though. I’d recommend this book to fans of the series and to fans of Meg Cabot but it’s not my favorite.

..and that’s your scoop!

This book is available from William Morrow Paperbacks.
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Book Watch: Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

Posted March 9, 2012 by Rowena in Promotions | 2 Comments


It’s summer break at New York College, but that doesn’t mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can kick back and relax. The students may have gone home, but Fischer Hall is as busy as ever.

Only instead of college freshmen, Heather’s got a dorm full of squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls—the first ever “Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp,” hosted by pop sensation (newly married to heartthrob Jordan Cartwright, Heather’s ex) Tania Trace.

But when the producer of the reality television show that’s filming Tania’s every move at the camp ends up dead, and it becomes clear Tania was the intended victim, Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, turns to his son, family black sheep and private investigator Cooper Cartwright, for help, desperate to keep his new daughter-in-law—and company’s highest earning star—alive.

Heather knows perfectly well she’s supposed to leave the detecting to Cooper, her ex’s big brother and her own brand new fiancé. But with hysterical mini divas-in-training freaking out all around her—not to mention their mothers —how can she help but get involved? Especially when Tania Trace herself begins to confide in Heather, revealing a secret that may be a little more “real” than Cartwright Records ever bargained for.

And if an added bonus to solving the crime herself happens to be that Heather can convince Cooper to bury the hatchet with his family and agree to a large wedding, and not the elopement he’s been insisting on, so all of Heather’s friends can come, then maybe putting her own life on the line to save Tania’s just might turn out to be worth it….

I’m a huge Meg Cabot fan and I absolutely adore her Heather Wells series. I inhaled it years ago and have been ever so hopeful for another book so that I can drool all over Cooper Cartwright all over again. I adored him in the series leading up to the third book and loved him even more (yes, it’s possible) in Big Boned. When I heard that she was coming out with another Heather Wells book (thanks to Book Chic for the heads up), I was happy as can be.

When I went to the Passion and Prose event, I got to chat with Meg Cabot herself very briefly about the next book. She’s still writing it but she said that it’s going well and she hopes to have it finished soon. There’s an excerpt for Size 12 and Ready to Rock in the back of the paperback version of Overbite so make sure you get your hands on a copy and get reading because it’ll make you squeal with glee (well, I squealed and my daughter looked at me like I was a crazy woman). There’s so much to look forward to with this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I’ve got ants in my pants and I’m gonna do a boogie dance pretty soon.

This book comes out July 10, 2012 so we have just a few months to wait so come do the ants in your pants dance with me. =)

Who’s as excited for this book as I am, and Book Chic too?

..and that’s your scoop!

This book is available from William Morrow Paperbacks.
Pre-order the book: B&N|Amazon
Book cover and blurb credit: http://goodreads.com