Reading recommendations (because if I made time to read them, you know they’re good)

I don’t always get to read as much as I’d like…

Let me start over – if I read as much as I’d like to, I’d have little time for anything else.  (I’m pretty sure the most important things – eating, drinking, and bathroom necessities I can do with one handed while reading.)  Between school, work, and a limited social life, I don’t get too much time.  But every once in awhile, there comes a glimmer of time – a few days, a glorious week perhaps, in which I can read.

The last two weeks I was able to partake in some blissful reading (YAY!!!!) and I know I’m late to the party on some of these, but here are some of my favorites from the last two weeks.  If you haven’t picked them up yet, you may want to – they’re good for beach reads, train rides, plane rides, or even one-handed necessities of life.  Enjoy!

1. The girl on the train

The girl on the train is a thriller that will take you on a ride (see what I did there, clev-er) 51zHXiTRq3L._SX319_BO1,204,203,200_through the events surrounding a woman’s disappearance told through the eyes of three narrators.  Most of the time we follow Rachel, who is struggling to get her life together after a divorce and gets kind of ….well, a bit obsessed with the disappearance of a stranger.

This booooooook! OMG this book!  I feel like I need to do a whole separate post on topics that sprung to my mind while reading this book.  The writer in me would love to go on about the views of different narrators and reliability of narrators (yes, on and on forever about the technique and why it can be so good when it’s done just right).  Another part of me would like to talk to you about starting over after a divorce and emotional issues.  But, alas, these are topics for another day.

The girl on the train is a great thriller and a very fast read.  Check it out before you go to the beach or travel for vacation, you won’t be disappointed.

 

2. Eligible 

Eligible is a modern day Pride and Prejudice that takes place in Cincinnati.  Liz and Jane 41hnYP26jjL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_flew the nest long ago to go to NYC, but find themselves back in Cincinnati due to their dad’s health issues.  Being back in town puts them the middle of aging parent drama, sibling drama, and oh yes, thrusts them into the paths of Bingley and Darcy. <sigh> Oh Darcy…

I love Pride and Prejudice – I love the original and I love many of the many revamps that have come along recently.  This version had a lot of fresh takes on the old themes and a few new twists and turns – including the reality tv and not friends with benefits.

If you enjoy revamping of P&P or romance novels in general, you should pick this one up (I’m talking to you, Andrea). 🙂

 

3.  Marrying Winterborne

I love romance novels, I really, really do.  I used to call them cotton candy for my brain, 51gjzFcgesL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_fluffy, sugary, and just all around good fun.  If you haven’t read any of Kleypas’ other books, I’d strongly recommend It happened one autumn and A devil in winter.  Marrying Winterborne is a book in a later and somewhat related series.  You don’t have to read the Wallflower series first.  But you should check them out if you like Kleypas’ style.

Marrying Winterborne follows Rhys Winterborne, a self-made man who owns a large and successful department store, and Helen – a woman from old money with a few secrets and who is trying to find (and assert) herself.  A lot of romance novels deal with the beginnings of a relationship – the flirtation, sometimes distrust, the infatuation, and eventual love.  This book instead deals with the deepening of a relationship and finding yourself, which was refreshing. I haven’t read the book before this one (Cold-hearted Rake), where these two actually meet (though it focuses on another couple), but it’s on my to be read list for sure.

 

Happy reading! 🙂

Review “Playing for keeps”

Ebook Review “Playing for keeps (A Neighbor from Hell Series Book 1),” by R.L. Mathewson

imageYay! I’ve found another good and cheap book series.  The “Neighbor from Hell” series is fun and most of the books are on Amazon for $0.99 each (the only thing better than good smut, is bargain priced smut). 🙂

The first in this series is “Playing for keeps.” Haley and Jason start on the wrong foot – his drunken party guests have tried to skinny dip in her pool, his exes have had screaming fits on his front lawn, and he hardly takes care of the place…

But, an amusing confrontation over flowers causes a swarm of bees to erupt from an underground hive, and Haley and Jason are forced to spend an afternoon together waiting for the exterminator (surprisingly enough, this is hardly the weirdest event that has caused a hero and heroine to get to know each other in romance novel).   Anyway, during the afternoon, the two bond over baseball and Jason decides to take the timid Haley under his wing.

But Jason’s feelings are anything but brotherly, though it does take him a little while to realize it, and Haley is hardly unaware of Jason’s charms. Can Jason and Haley survive taking it to the next level?

Playing for keeps” is a fun start to  R.L. Mathewson’s Neighbor from Hell series. It’s a fast read, with plenty of steam and quite a few giggles as well. Can’t wait to read the rest. 4 out of 5 stars! 🙂

Review “Escorted”

Ebook Review – “Escorted,” by Claire Kent

image In “Escorted,” we meet Lori, a romance novelist in her 20s with a job she needs help with – getting rid of her virginity.  She’s been unlucky in love, so she’s decided to hire Ander to take care of that one little issue for her.

Except it’s too good and once isn’t enough (sigh – isn’t that always the case?).  The more time Lori spends with Ander, the more the lines of their “professional” relationship begin to blur.  Can Lori keep her heart safe during her intense interludes with Ander?

My oh my, is this book steamy and it features a hot, brooding hero.  Yes, it’s true and I won’t apologize for it – I love brooding, yearning heroes.  I don’t know what that says about me as a reader, but there you go. :p

Anyway, Ander has a lot to brood about – a terrible relationship with his father led him to his current profession and he’s never been in a solid, loving relationship. 😦  Then, Lori comes into his life and he has trouble keeping things professional…until he decides to give up all of his other clients to focus on winning Lori over (without her knowledge, of course).

Escorted,” was  a fast, sexy read.  The writing seemed a little awkward at times, but all-in-all, it was a good – with interesting characters and a fun plot.  4 out of 5 stars, highly recommended and very steamy.  🙂

Happy reading. 😉