Chick Lit

C-
Full Throttle

It took me two months to read Ms. McCarthy's Full Throttle. The novel is the seventh in Ms. McCarthy's Fast Track series, a sequence of books whose appeal has waned as its numbers have risen. I liked the first two books in the series, Flat out Sexy and Hard and Fast. And while Full Throttle is no ...

B-
Death, Taxes and Green Tea Ice Cream

There is a trick to combining romance with other genres like mystery and suspense. You need to have more than a romance novel with a mystery tacked on, or a mystery novel that has a relationship - there has to be an actual blend of the two, in my mind. Unfortunately, I’ve read far too many that si ...

B-
A Perfect Proposal

Like the foam on a high priced, overly sugared cup of fancy coffee, this book is fluffy and sweet. It has no real substance but the lightness of it (and the fact it knows that it is light) works for it rather than against it. On the other hand, the overly-indulgent length leaves you in a bit of a di ...

D+
Wedding Night

Narrated by Jayne Entwhistle, Fiona Hardingham, and Mark Bramhall Sophie Kinsella is a hit-or-miss author for me and this story is a miss. I enjoyed her last book, I’ve Got Your Number, a great deal and wrote at the AAR news blog about my excitement at discovering that Jayne Entwhistle was the ...

B-
The Publicist: Book One

When I saw the blurb for this self-published novel, I'll admit it caught my eye. Christina George is, per the author's description, the pseudonym of someone who has worked 20+ years in the publishing industry and the book promises one author's view of the publishing world from the inside. And that p ...

C
A Royal Pain

A Royal Pain is Megan Mulry’s debut novel and it’s liked by many… just not me. I thought the heroine was a brat; the hero, a bath mat; and the plot both convoluted and at times, dull. A Royal Pain strays far from what would be considered traditional romance. Its heroine, Bront ...

B
A Walk in the Park

The beginning of A Walk in the Park was a bit slow for me. Add into the mix a secret baby plot and I wasn’t sure how much I would like this. But fairly soon I realized I was smiling. And instead of taking copious notes for my review, I was reading and enjoying the book. Not only is this good, it ...

B
Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues

Sometimes I’m attracted to a book for trivial reasons such as a pretty cover. In this case it was the title. While not perfect, this Chick Lit take on the Cinderella story fit my mood perfectly, giving me an enjoyable read, a number of laugh out loud moments, and a wonderful heroine. ...

C+
Getting Over Mr. Right

The cover blurb states: Have you ever had your heart broken? How did you get over it? If a pint of ice cream cheered you up and you were able to delete his number and start again, then you’re a weirdo and this book is not for you. After reviewing my break-ups, I decided that even though ice cream ...

B-
Life Skills

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Many of us have guilty pleasure reads that we pull out every few years and reread; this is one of mine. The heroine is disagreeable, there are some problematic plot points, and the hero and heroine bicker for much of the book. But every few years I pull it out and reread it, getting sucked in once a ...