Chick Lit

B+
The Little Lady Agency

The Little Lady Agency found its way to me in a convoluted fashion. AAR’s Blythe Barnhill included it with a batch of other books, enclosing a note saying, “Thought this one looked fun.” Fun is indeed a good adjective for what we have here: a book about disguises and playing at who you’d lik ...

B-
The Dairy Queen

The Dairy Queen describes Dicey Dye's return to her tiny Australian hometown of Moo after her business fails and she separates from her husband. Along with her sister Titch and best friend Sally, Dicey must learn to face her problems instead of avoiding them, while developing the self-awareness to d ...

B
Pug Hill

The cover totally did its job with this one. I took one look at all the cute little pugs in Central Park, and I knew I had to read it. I have two very cute pugs myself, so I am admittedly biased in this regard. The plot was secondary, really. Happily, I found the book itself to be well-written, and ...

B
Making Mischief

Making Mischief is rather inaccurately titled. Its cover shows a young woman drawing on a photo of an attractive man with lipstick. The implication is that she's deliberately (and sexily) making him a laughingstock. And it was likely this implication which kept the book sitting in my TBR pile for ...

B
The Kiss

In The Kiss, author Elda Minger handles a tricky plot set-up with the even trickier setting of a road trip. For the most part, she pulls it off well. Readers should be warned that though there is romance, this is not a traditional romance novel. The main focus of the book is on the emotional journey ...

B
The Manolo Matrix

Julie Kenner continues to surprise me with each new book. Last year’s The Givenchy Code was a non-stop breathless sexy scavenger hunt through New York City. Since The Manolo Matrix features the same deadly scavenger hunt, I wondered how Kenner would keep it new and fresh. Not to worr ...

C+
Everyone Worth Knowing

Although "everyone worth knowing" may have gotten a mention in this book, whether by name or thinly disguised pseudonym, the book isn't necessarily on the list of "everything worth reading". Weisberger's second novel could reasonably be expected to improve on the flaws of her 2003 debut, The Devil W ...

B
Size 12 is Not Fat

Outside of politics and religion, few subjects seem as emotionally charged as weight and body size – especially for women. When my husband asked me the title of the book I was reading, and I told him it was Size 12 is Not Fat, his first response was, “Sure it is. If you were size 12, you’d thi ...

C+
Cheating at Solitaire

Ally Carter’s debut novel is remarkable more for what it isn’t than what it is. It’s not about a young woman living a life of quiet desperation as a singleton in the city. It’s not about serial dating and depression over the lack of a man in the heroine’s life. It’s not about the hero ...

B
Undead and Unreturnable

Undead and Unreturnable is the fourth Betsy Taylor book, the chronicles of a shoe-obsessed secretary who gets hit by a car and wakes up as undead Queen of the Vampires. This would obviously freak out most people, and Betsy's (mis)adventures as she tries to cope with drinking blood and sleeping all d ...