Review: Regrets Only

Regrets Only - Erin Duffy - Book ReviewTitle: Regrets Only
Author: Erin Duffy
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: Fiction | Contemporary Women
Synopsis from William Morrow

Review: Suburbia, infidelity, paybacks and friendships are the crux of REGRETS ONLY, a thought-provoking and at times funny look when life throws you a curveball.

Claire has given up everything for Owen; she’s uprooted from Chicago and relocated to his native Connecticut and put her career on hold to stay home with their infant son Bo.  She’s exhausted and mentally stalled and Owen wants to make it up to her with a spa day – Claire feels like the luckiest woman in the world.  Until she’s not.  She absently leaves the house without her wallet and upon returning to fetch it she finds their realtor and Owen’s high school sweetheart, Dee Dee in their kitchen scantily dressed in lingerie indulging in champagne and waffles.

With no chance of moving back to Chicago and Dee Dee’s mean-girl friends around every corner Claire reinvents herself with the help of her childhood best friend Antonia and new friend Lissy.

I’ve been there – relocating, trading in a career to stay home and raise children, physical exhaustion and mommy brain!  I laughed at Claire’s antics to get back at Owen.  Personally I’ve not gone thru a divorce so who am I to say whether Claire handled things the right way.  As a mom I totally related to her ‘death folder’ as I’ve often told my husband about should anything happen to me!  I adored the introduction of the stationary store S.W.A.K. and thought it brought a charming element to an overall great story.

If you are looking for a beach read that is sharp, witty, gossipy and snarky then pick this one up!

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Review: When Katie Met Cassidy

When Katie Met Cassidy - Camille Perri - Book ReviewTitle: When Katie Met Cassidy
Author: Camille Perri
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Genre: Fiction | Women’s Fiction | Romance
Synopsis from Putnam

Review:  WHEN KATIE MET CASSIDY unabashedly celebrates lesbian culture and I loved every bit of it.  A compelling plot exploring gender identity, finding one’s own place and being true to yourself in a sweet way.

New York lawyers, Katie Daniels and Cassidy Price couldn’t be more different; Katie is a southern woman jilted by her ex-fiance and Cassidy is a suit-wearing player gaining notches on her bedpost.  When their paths cross at a meeting Katie is instantly intrigued by confident and charming Cassidy.  Cassidy provides us a lens into her LGBTQ community – the family and friendships she counts on.  Katie’s sense of who she is begins to erode and she sets out on a journey of self discovery questioning her own sexual identity.

I found Katie’s journey delightful and especially enjoyed the peak when she moved past her self-inflicted shame and embraced her relationship with Cassidy.

Review: Dating You / Hating You

Dating You / Hating You - Christina Lauren - Book ReviewTitle: Dating You / Hating You
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Fiction | Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Gallery Books

Review: Oh my goodness, Dating You / Hating You was incredibly entertaining, witty, whimsical and wickedly sexy!  I had no idea what this book was about but wish I had read it much sooner.

This is a window into the male dominated show-biz life where women are often downplayed and incredibly tolerant of sexism but portrayed in a light manner which keeps the vibe upbeat.

I laughed out loud so many times at the text messages and comical office antics.  And it rings true when they say, ‘all is fair in love and war’. 

This story is fresh and sweet and dished up with a heavy side of girl power – a true modern romance!

Review: One Snowy Night (Book 2.5)

One Snowy Night - Jill ShalvisTitle: One Snowy Night | Book 2.5 Heartbreaker Bay Series
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
Genre: Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
Synopsis from Impulse

Review: Jill Shalvis’ books are my go-to whenever I need a book that is upbeat, heartwarming and sexually charged – she never disappoints!

One Snowy Night, a holiday novella, is a quick and tidy fun page-turner from Jill’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, which I utterly and completely adore.  Jill’s leading characters are always strong, charming and of course sexy which makes the chemistry undeniable.

Twenty-somethings Rory and Max (and Max’s dog, Carl) are stuck in a blizzard in Max’s truck en route to Lake Tahoe on Christmas Eve.  Rory hasn’t seen her family since she was a teenager and the only ride available from San Francisco is with Max, the guy she’s had a crush on since high school.  Max has had his eye on Rory also, bringing Carl into the grooming shop she works at a little too regularly.  Naturally the ride starts off awkward but once the cute and sometimes funny banter begins sparks fly and what better way to kick off their romance than cozying up in Max’s truck.

This is a cute holiday-themed story that any contemporary romance reader will enjoy.

Review: The Kiss Quotient (Book 1)

The Kiss Quotient - Helen HoangTitle: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Fiction | Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Berkley
Free copy provided by PRHC

Review: This book right here is exactly why I love and adore contemporary romance novels and am officially declaring it my favorite sub-genre to read!  The Kiss Quotient is witty, charming and oh so sexy – trust me when I say it will leave you breathless and your heart fluttering.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book written about an autistic woman seeking romance but Hoang’s brilliant depiction of Stella had me gushing in adoration for her.  This is an amazing debut (and series!) that transforms the recurring fake relationship theme and injects it with autism disorder and biracial ethnicity into a fresh and modern retake.

Stella is a smart, successful and generously compensated econometrician (Google it!).  She is shy, reserved, thrives on order and routine, and has Asperger’s which makes social interactions awkward, especially relationships.  Michael is a drop-dead gorgeous Vietnamese-Swedish escort brimming with talent, confidence and charm.  He has put his fashion design career on hold to care for his sick mother and escorting, though not his choice of profession, is temporarily paying the bills.  

Stella hires Michael to teach her how to be in a relationship and have good sex complete with a comprehensive checklist from French kissing to more than missionary-style sex.  The chemistry between them is unmistakable and Michael is careful to take it at Stella’s pace.  Michael delivers more than great sex.  His ability to see past Stella’s autism and genuinely understand her and ease her anxiety elevates him to top-notch boyfriend status.  The growing love between them is inevitable but their insecurities get in the way.  With a cast of unique characters, Hoang brilliantly stifles any stereotypes and judgments which is refreshing.

This is a delightful, sexy, heartfelt, complex, emotional, educational (dare I say more?!) story that had me rooting for Stella and Michael from the get-go!  If you loved The Wedding Date then you will love The Kiss Quotient also.