Friday, January 31, 2014

Review Of What The Bride Didn't Know By Kelly Hunter

Shh…it's a secret!

Special ops expert Trig Sinclair is a man's man, and that means he knows the cardinal rule of the bro code—no matter how dynamite Lena West is, as his best friend's younger sister, she's strictly off-limits!

But when a secret mission to Istanbul sees Lena and Trig pretending to be married (and sharing a bed!), he finds himself in a whole new world of sweet torture…. But if Trig thinks playing the honor-bound hero is tough, it's got nothing on how Lena feels when she discovers what her "groom" is really hiding…

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About What The Bride Didn't Know

                                    Available as: NEW Paperback $4.49 from 
                                                  Recommended Ages: 17 and Up
                                                            paperback: 224 pgs.

                             Published October 22nd 2013 by Harlequin KISS

                                  For This Review: *ebook Copy Provided through Harlequin KISS*
                                                                                   3 1/2 STARS

I am a sucker for best friend romances. Maybe it’s because the idea of such a strong yet platonic relationship that grows into a romance strikes me as a good basis for a lasting relationship, or maybe it’s because the characters always seem perfect for each other. I’m not sure. What I am sure of however is that I really enjoyed this book.
 It is absolutely perfect if you want a light read with touching romance, thought out back-story and some 007 action. From the prologue, I adored the relationship between Trig and Lena. The sexual tension practically leapt of the page, while both characters remained totally oblivious. Lena’s oblivion comes from her insecurities.
   As a character, Lena is fantastically done. She is insecure due to being the ordinary one in a family of geniuses, and because of the scars she got from a mission gone wrong. Despite this, she is tough, independent and feisty, as well as being well aware of her flaws. In a way she’s someone most people can relate to, while also possessing the characteristics we aspire to.
  Trig is the perfect match for Lena, supportive, kind and understanding, as well as knowing her well enough to know when to back off.
  However, things don't really heat up until Lena loses her memory… And believes that her best friend is her husband. Then the chemistry is off the charts, as Trig tries to avoid intimacy until Lena regains her memory.
  The middle Eastern settings are vivid and beautiful, and Kelly Hunter’s writing is simple and enjoyable.
All in all I’d give it about 3 ½ out of 5
 Overall: Touching Read!
Genre: Romance
    About the Author

 Australian born Kelly Hunter is a three time Romance Writers of America Rita finalist, a USA Today Bestselling author and loves writing to the demands of the short category romance form.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review: Accidentally… Cimil? By Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Cimil. Bargain hunter? Philanthropist? Terrorist? Or just plain crazy? Whatever she is, happy isn't one of them.

Roberto the Ancient One, who's had his eye on Cimil for four thousand years, has patiently waited for the day to make her his forever. And to deliver payback for the centuries of humiliation he's endured due to her theatrics. But can Cimil's wild heart and mind ever be tamed?

Who knows? But it's going to fun watching him try.


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I was introduced to Mimi Jean’s brilliant stories recently, and fell immediately in love. Funny, full of angst, pain, heartbreak and gods…. I just couldn’t resist! And all through her Accidentally In Love series, there was one character with whom I loved; Yup, it was Cimil.
   She’s funny, smart, egotistical, narcissistic, mysterious... and totally batshit crazy. What’s not to love? Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to find out more about her! And ‘Roberto” her on/off romance, and this novella did not disappoint. It begins before the events of any of the other novels, revealing the origins of Cimil’s crazy. During this time period she meets Narmer/Roberto.
   I admit, I wasn’t sold on him at first. His ego was far, far too big for any normal person to even like him – but then I remembered that Cimil was the heroin of the story, and he fit her perfectly. Throughout the novella he began to grow on me regardless, as the layers of narcissism were pulled back and an actual relationship began to form between the characters.
 All in all I had many laugh out loud moments, a few “oh no he didn’t!” moments and a lot of fun reading Cimil (and her unicorn’s!) story. Finally, we get to learn more about Minky! Seriously, there is a unicorn in this story. Read it if only for that.
  I give it 4/5.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ten Reasons To Stay Sabrina Jeffries Review

 A delightful eNovella from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries about a young woman who learns that you can’t learn about love from a textbook.

In "Ten Reasons to Stay," previously published in the anthology The School for Heiresses, lessons go far beyond etiquette and needlepoint. Eliza Crenshawe’s lesson is to look before she leaps. But when she discovers that her new guardian plans to marry her off without so much as a Season, she forgets all that. She flees—on a horse she unwittingly steals (oops!)—from Colin Hunt, a newly minted earl who wants nothing more than for her to go home…or stay forever

Sabrina Jeffries is probably one of my favourite historical romance authors. And this novella was what introduced me to her work, back when it was part of an anthology. So now that it's available for purchase by itself, this seems like the perfect time to review it!
  The story has no lulls, and, as always, her characters are brilliant, well written, relatable and flawed. Her clear writing style sends you straight into 19th century England, but without the confusion a lot of other historical novels often bring. Another thing that sets this story apart is that Colin, the hero, is bi-racial, something rarely seen in many stories, especially historics. The great thing about this author’s writing is that she looks at the societal barriers of class, race, and image, which are issues that we still have today, and is able to write a story with depth, as well as one with love, comedy and drama. This ability to deliver so much, with so little words, is brilliant.
  The chemistry between the characters is another thing of beauty, with enough sexual tension, angst and common ground to bring about a truly genuine relationship in a relatively short amount of time. Thus, the love scenes are pretty erotic, but not gratuitously so.
  All in all this is a brilliant short story, and holds true to me for all but one scene near the end, where I feel some loose ends are too easily tied up. But I’ll leave you to decide for yourself!
(4 stars)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dads Continues its Impressive Hilarious Antics with Eli Nightingale, Episode 13

The series was created by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and follows Warner and Eli, two successful video game developers whose lives are unexpectedly changed when their fathers move in with them. 

Dads continues to impress me more and more. Last episode may have been maybe the most funny episode. It is a series that truly pokes fun of every and all stereotypes. This also includes preconceptions of social groups in society.

Eli (Seth Green) and Warner (Giovanni Ribisi) are a perfect example of just with the fact that they are game developers and they both carry qualities of being nerdy which is what a game developer is usually labeled as but going beyond that there is actual hilarious antics going on! Just with last week's episode Warner acted so gay or feminine and then he is diagnosed by his doctor as having apparently very low level of testosterone which is a measure of what make would make a man well a man. He is given pills to increase his levels and acts like he is following his doctor's order until we see that he knows how he is like and would rather be more feminine. His wife Camilla (Vanessa Lachey) insists while he defiantly continues to stick by his own rules.

Despite hearing news of how some view Dads as offensive have to say these comments are completely unfounded. After all this is a comedy and you can see that when you watch it. Another thing is that Edna is obviously a stereotypical illegal immigrant working maid but even so it is not offensive. The dialogue never suggests that Edna or any other character is being attacked if anything it is merely poking fun and shouldn't be taken so strongly. The Entertainment should be taken into account since this is what is labeled as a sitcom so the fact that some view it as offensive then they are obviously mistaken on what genre of entertainment this is. Comedy pure and simple.

Currently even my own smaller brother has seen Mister Edna Episode 12 and was quite engrossed. It only makes up my mind that Dads really has an amazing touch to it. It draws viewers in despite its target range of the 18-48 year old demographic. My brother being younger than that so Dads truly shows itself to be a very addicting TV treat.

New Episode tonight! Eli Nightingale on FOX (Thanks to FOX for getting this TV show on their lineup) at 8pm/7c on Tuesdays. Airing Tonight!



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