Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Average Girl

Olivia Fowler, helper of the star-struck, runs a successful business helping average people meet celebrities in everyday ways. Flawless at what she does, the celebrities don’t have a clue they’re part of a pre-planned meeting. Business is booming and Olivia knows everything there is to know about Hollywood’s famous and their behavior. Her clients trust her because she is just like them, not famous.

But when Olivia accidentally meets the super-famous Alexander Young at the grocery store, her world is flipped upside-down. She can’t possibly resist those charming eyes and sexy arms. As their romance blossoms, Olivia learns she may not know as much as she thought she did about celebrities and their ways.

Then Olivia’s most important and loyal client requests to meet Alexander. Suddenly, Olivia is forced to choose between her love and her business.

Will Olivia be able to keep her booming business a secret from her soon-to-be boyfriend? Will her clients still trust her if she is no longer the average girl?

My Review

What a fun, charming, witty read. I honestly had an enjoyable time reading this book. Olivia is really a professional when it comes to pairing her star struck clients with their celebrity crush for an accidental "meeting". Although I have to say that Olivia's chance meeting with Alexander Young was very funny. Talk about falling head over heels. Olivia was like Cinderella losing her shoe. Alexander is such a sweet heart and gentleman. It was easy to see why Olivia fell for him. He was so "normal" that I almost forgot that he was a celebrity. This book is a quick read that after you finish it you will be a little sad that it has ended. Which speaking of the ending was a good one. I will be keeping my eyes on this author and more books to come.

Deep Dark

The moment detective Reed Novak steps onto the crime scene, he knows the case is going to rock his world. A beautiful young woman murdered at home. No sign of forced entry. No motive. She’s obviously not the killer’s first victim, and Reed’s instincts tell him she won’t be his last. Reed’s first clue comes via a mysterious text that links to a dating profile, but even more intriguing than the clue is the person who sent it.

As a white-hat hacker in the Delphi Center’s cyber investigation unit, Laney Knox sneaks into some of the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet looking for predators. Laney would prefer to stay away from Austin PD’s most recent murder case, but she can’t ignore the chilling similarities between that crime and her own brutal attack years ago. Laney offers to help the sexy lead detective, but he wants more from her than just a promising tip—Reed wants her trust. Laney resists, but as their relationship deepens she’s tempted to reveal the closely guarded secrets that could make her a key witness…or the killer’s next victim.

My Review

I like this series. Every book that I have read I have enjoyed. Which this book is no exception, except, that I did feel like this book was more heavy on the romance then the crime. Yet, I was ok with this as I was feeling the romance between Reed and Laney. The way that they interacted with each other I did not notice the age difference between them. At the same time they worked well together and they were smart about the case and putting it together. Just like the other books, this one was a quick read. The pacing of the story was steady with no down time and a good ending.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Desire After Dark

Tobias “Slim” Jackson has the perfect life as a pilot on Gansett Island in the summer and in Florida in the winter. He’s happiest when he’s in the air, or at least that was the case before last summer when he met Erin Barton, Gansett Island’s newest lighthouse keeper. Now he can’t seem to find his usual enthusiasm for flying, winter in the sunny South or anything that doesn’t include her.

Erin has been stuck on pause since she lost her twin brother. She’ll tell you herself that her life has been a hot mess since Toby died. After dropping out of law school, she’s flitted from one pointless job to another, existing rather than truly living. Then she comes to Gansett Island to take over as the new lighthouse keeper and meets Slim, who happens to share her beloved brother’s first name. That small coincidence is enough to convince Erin that she needs to spend more time with the dashing pilot—except for the fact that he’s spending the winter more than a thousand miles from her.

Now Slim’s come home to Gansett for the holidays and to hopefully pick up where he left off with Erin. He’s got twelve days before he’s due back in Florida to finish out the remainder of his winter obligations. A lot can happen in twelve days, but will it be enough to convince Erin that it’s time to start truly living again? Read Slim and Erin’s story and catch up with the rest of the Gansett Island cast in Desire After Dark!

My Review

I have read a few books by this author but this is the first one I have read in this series. I was not quite sure if I would be able to jump right into this book due to the beginning introduction by the author mentioning that "sometimes we have to go back to go forward". So seeing as to the fact that this is book fifteen in this series, I did not have a lot of hopes that I would be able to fully enjoy this book. Plus, the fact that the other books I have read by this author were more romantic suspense novels.
At first it did take me about four chapters into the story to actually warm up to not just Slim and Erin but the rest of the Gansett Island cast. Everyone I was introduced to I liked. They are a fun crowd to hang out with and very inviting. I shared laughs with everyone. No one played second string in this book. I am going to go back and start at the beginning of this series as I had an enjoyable time reading this book. I can't wait to read Mallory story.

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.2 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series from Berkley Publishing as well as the new erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force.
Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Quieting

It was a well-laid plan--but it wasn't her plan . . . It's all her grandmother's fault. For the last few months, Abigail Stoltzfus has helped her father with his genealogical research, hoping that breaking through a client's brick wall would also break his melancholy. But now her intrusive grandmother has set her sights on marrying off Abigail and insists she come to Stoney Ridge, where there is a plethora of eligible bachelors.

Except that Mammi is mistaken. There are no eligible bachelors in Stoney Ridge, barring one, and he's all wrong. Dane Glick has the wrong last name and the wrong relatives--including the bishop who is at odds over a church matter with Abigail's uncle, minister David Stoltzfus.

As the conflict grows, setting family against family, it's becoming clear that the path to a solution may lead to a Quieting--a removal of a church leader. But for which one? And when Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem--but will it create another?

Review by Blanche Mancuso

I have read several of these books by author, Suzanne Woods Fisher and absolutely love this author's books. The author keeps you turning the pages while she unfolds a story unlike any other Amish novel.

This is the second book in this series and once again David Stoltzfus and Brother Glick are at odds due to some information David has found in old Bibles and books. In the Amish community the Bishop is to be obeyed. Abigail Stoltzfus is sent to help sort things out but will she become involved with the "wrong" side?

You need to read this fascinating story of David Stoltzfus and Brother Glick to discover if the problems they are faced with will be solved or if it will create more problems. Since I have read several books by this author I can officially state that I am a huge fan of Amish stories. As well as the people of Stoney Ridge. You need to check this author's books out as you will not regret it.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Assistants

A wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city.

Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she’d never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she’s bored, broke, and just a bit over it all.

When a technical error with Robert’s travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She’s always played by the rules. But it’s such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation—and for her it would be a life-changer . . .

The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, “How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?”

My Review

The Assistants is a quick, light-hearted read. Having said this I liked the story but the characters themselves were just alright. Because I thought that Tina's boss, Robert deserved everything that he had happen to him, I was not sorry how the story ended. Yet, my biggest issue was not Robert but actually Tina and her merry band of assistants. They were catty and came off like marshmallow fluff. I wanted more substance from the women. However I instantly pictured Tina and the women like Kirsten Durst's character, Betsy Jobs and her friends from the 2001 movie, Sugar and Spice. So luckily for this factor and that I was able to just read this book as a light-hearted read I kept reading until the end.

Summer Reading Challenge

Friday, May 20, 2016


When Jenn Adler returns from a year in India, she has a surprise for her parents: a young guru from Bangalore whom she intends to marry. Her father, Paul, is wary of this beggar Jenn has brought home who, he suspects, is conning his much-loved daughter while her mother, Maggie, is frightened that this alien stranger will steal away her only child, her focus in life. In the months leading up to the backyard wedding, Maggie is forced to reevaluate her virtues as she casts about for support, and Paul faces an unexpected threat at work one that Maggie could help him meet, if he would only ask. But even with these distractions, the two parents are focused on one primary question: Can they convince their daughter she is making a terrible mistake before the wedding takes place?"

My Review

I was not too sure about this book when I read the premise. However this actually turned out to be a pretty good book. My only issues were that I could not find a strong emotional connection to the Adler family. In fact, I thought the one that was going to be way out there and would be a turn off would be Jenn's fiancé, Arun. It turns out that he was the nice one. He was very practical and I felt horrible for him that Jenn's parents treated him so badly.

I could never like Paul. For the things he did and the clinical and mean ways he came off towards people, there was not a moment where he was likable. Maggie was a different story. She give in too much and her voice was small and sometimes a whisper in the story. Jenn was fine but nothing too exciting about her. My favorite was Arun. From the first moment that I met him I felt a warmth about him that made him a people person. This book was an alright read.

Summer Reading Challenge

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Secrets of Flight

This captivating, breakout novel—told in alternating viewpoints—brings readers from the skies of World War II to the present day, where a woman is prepared to tell her secrets at last.

Estranged from her family since just after World War II, Mary Browning has spent her entire adult life hiding from her past. Now eighty-seven years old and a widow, she is still haunted by secrets and fading memories of the family she left behind. Her one outlet is the writing group she’s presided over for a decade, though she’s never written a word herself. When a new member walks in—a fifteen-year-old girl who reminds her so much of her beloved sister Sarah—Mary is certain fate delivered Elyse Strickler to her for a reason.

Mary hires the serious-eyed teenager to type her story about a daring female pilot who, during World War II, left home for the sky and gambled everything for her dreams—including her own identity. 

As they begin to unravel the web of Mary’s past, Mary and Elyse form an unlikely friendship. Together they discover it’s never too late for second chances and that sometimes forgiveness is all it takes for life to take flight in the most unexpected ways.

My Review

Another wonderful read about the WWII era. What I really thoroughly enjoyed about this book is that the strong will and character of Mary. I instantly fell in love with her. I am an avid fan of aviation and so as I was reading this book I could easily put myself in her shoes for her love of flying as well. The switch back and forth from past to present was so smooth that I never missed a beat. Although, the past was my favorite part of this story. The vivid descriptions of the wide open sky, the planes, and the friendship Mary made were lovely. I was so lost in this book that the pages just flew by. A quick read. I look forward to reading more books by this author.