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Friday, January 13, 2012

Stuck With You by Trish Jensen

Title:         Stuck With You
Publisher:  Bell Bridge Books
Pub Date:  January 01, 2012
ISBN:       9781611940862
Author:     Trish Jensen

From Goodreads:

As lawyers on opposing sides of a messy divorce case, Paige Hart and Ross Bennett ought to have kept matters purely professional, yet Paige and Ross came to loathe each other with an intensity that was strictly personal. The bad blood between them takes on an unexpected new dimension when the infuriated pair is forced to share a hospital room, when they’re quarantined after being exposed to the rare and highly contagious Tibetan Concupiscence Virus that’s reputed to shift sensual desire into high gear.

When symptoms (which a nonmedical person might mistake for pure and simple lust) start showing up way ahead of schedule, the lawyers’ objections to each other are overruled — and they enjoy every minute of it. But, after the doctors declare that the disease has run its course, Paige and Ross are still feverish with a longing for one another that they hope will never be cured. When the verdict comes in, will they be sentenced to life — in love?

This is definitely a fun read! I was laughing all the way from the funny and witty dialogue between Paige and Ross. Although the reason for quarantine them is a little unbelievable but this is just a fiction! So just enjoy the story that for sure will make you relax after a stressful day at work. The so call symptoms of the virus made both Paige and Ross become blind to the sparks that exist between them. On top of that, they have their own reasons for not trusting their heart. The subplot on Rachel and Nick adds more juices to the story. The pace is good. The development of the story is good too. And it's just so funny!

Overall, this is fun, easy and fast read. If you need something for a good laugh, this is the book for you. I enjoy reading it very much. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Note: I receive the digital copy of this book from the publisher via Net Gallery. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Accidental Bride by Denise Hunter

Title:         The Accidental Bride
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Pub Date:  January 03, 2012
ISBN:       9781595548023
Author:     Denise Hunter

When a wedding reenactment turns real, this cowgirl suddenly finds she’s an accidental bride. Shay Brandenberger is raising her daughter in Moose Creek, Montana on her childhood ranch, nestled against the Yellowstone River. Despite her hard work, she can’t seem to keep her head above water—and now the bank is threatening to foreclose. She prays for a miracle, but the answer she receives is anything but. Having agreed to play the bride in the Founders Day wedding reenactment, Shay is mortified to be greeted at the end of the aisle by none other than Travis McCoy, her high school sweetheart—the man who left her high and dry for fame and fortune on the Texas rodeo circuit.  Then the unthinkable happens. Thanks to a well-meaning busy body and an absent minded preacher, the wedding reenactment results in a legal marriage. But before Shay can say annulment, Travis comes up with a crazy proposal. If she refuses his offer, she’ll lose her home. But if she accepts, she may lose her heart.  Shay isn’t sure if the recent events are God’s will or just a preacher’s blunder. Will trusting her heart to the man who once shattered it be the worst mistake of her life? Or could their marriage be the best accident that ever happened?

I like this book a lot. Besides the interesting storyline, the meaning behind the story captures my heart. My favorite quote from the book -
“For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people?” 
This is so true. Shay made lots of decision based on other people's judgment. However she has forgotten that, most of those people do not know about the truth. Lots of time people make judgment based on limited information available to them at that time. And it'll be so tiring to please everyone. I'm glad that finally Shay realizes about this and make a change for it. Travis has been very good to Shay and her daughter. At times I feel a little frustrated that how come Shay fails to see his love for her. But despite his good heart, he has never being honest to Shay about his feelings. He thought his actions have shown that to Shay. I wish he could be more persistent when Shay rejected him. At the end both decided to trust God on handling this for them.

Overall it's an enjoyable read. A little about forgiveness and letting go. And trusting God.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Note: I receive the digital ARC of this book from the publisher via Net Gallery. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

First Date by Krista McGee

Title:         First Date
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Pub Date:  January 10, 2012
ISBN:        9781401684884
Author:      Krista McGee

Addy Davidson is the last girl in the country who wants to be on the new reality TV show to win a date to prom with the President’s son. She’s focused on her schoolwork so she can get a scholarship to an Ivy League college, uncomfortable in the spotlight, never been on a date, and didn’t even audition for it.

But she got selected anyway.

So she does her best to get eliminated on the very first show… right before she realizes that the President’s son is possibly the most attractive guy she has ever seen in person, surprisingly nice, and seemingly unimpressed by the 99 other girls who are throwing themselves at him.

Addy’s totally out of her comfort zone—but that may be right where God can show her the most about who she is . . . and who she was meant to be.

The story is fun and light-hearted. It's like a modern fairy tale story. I like the pace of the story, not too fast and not slow at all. I like to see how much Addy has grow throughout the whole audition period. And she's lucky to have Kara as her roommate. Despite all the spotlight, Jonathan surprisingly is a humble and kind gentleman. The moments between Jonathan and Addy are sweet and adorable.

I like the way the story is being tell. Slowly, more and more about Abby and her past are being unfolded. The entries from her mother's journals are very touching. And it's interesting to see how the author has included the religion element in the story. It's very refreshing. I enjoy reading it very much.

I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Note: I receive the digital ARC of this book from the publisher via Net Gallery. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Monday, January 2, 2012

An O'Brien Family Christmas by Sherryl Woods

Title:         An O'Brien Family Christmas
Publisher:  Harlequin
Imprint:     MIRAbooks
Pub Date:  September 27, 2011
ISBN:       9780778312703
Author:    Sherryl Woods

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author SHERRYL WOODS takes the O’Briens to Ireland for a family Christmas they’ll never forget!

Dating Matthew O’Brien—a playboy and a younger man—cost Laila Riley her career and her parents’ respect. A high price, even for love—and when Laila decides it was just a fling, she breaks it off , despite Matthew’s objections.

But the O’Brien family has other ideas, and they conspire to get Laila to join them on a Dublin holiday. It’s a great time to get away from it all, but Laila has reservations about the trip. Matthew’s bound to be there, and she’s far from immune. What if she can’t resist temptation?

Meanwhile, the O’Briens are in an uproar over matriarch Nell’s unexpected romance with an old fl ame. Will she follow her heart despite the risks? And will Laila discover that some risks are actually once-in-a-lifetime opportunities?

About the author:

With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than one hundred books in that distinctive setting, whether her home state of Virginia, her adopted state, Florida, or her much-adored South Carolina. She’s also especially partial to small towns wherever they may be. With her Chesapeake Shores series, Woods has created a fi ctional setting on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, an area not that far from her Virginia home and yet another area dear to her heart. One of her cousins, in fact, was one of the original authors of the Chesapeake Bay Act, designed to preserve this vast estuary.

A member of Novelists, Inc. and Sisters in Crime, Sherryl divides her time between her childhood summer home overlooking the Potomac River in Colonial Beach, Virginia, and her oceanfront home with its lighthouse view in Key Biscayne, Florida. “Wherever I am, if there’s no water in sight, I get a little antsy,” she says.

This is a rather sweet story. I like the O'Brien family. They are fun and good people. Although Matthew is younger than Laila, but I like the way he wants to win back Laila's heart, and it's very well planned out too. Although I wish he could be more persisted when Laila split up with him the very first time. Laila on the other hand has no confident on herself. And she's also taking her father's opinion a little too hard. Can't blame her though. Who does not want recognition from own parents?

Anyway this is an enjoyable read. Light and sweet. I like the O'Brien clan. I will look for other books in this series.

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Note: I receive the digital copy of this book from the publisher via Net Gallery. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.