Book Review: Temporarily in Love, by Lou Kennedy

Temporarily in Love: a romantic comedy novellaTemporarily in Love: a romantic comedy novella by Lou Kennedy

  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M04RDEW
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: the Proposal by Lily Zante

    The Proposal (A Perfect Match #1)The Proposal by Lily Zante

  • Publisher: Lily Zante (January 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARFOGQ2
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    The Book Blurb:

    A high-flying career woman with no time for romance finds herself at a loose end for her company’s annual marketing convention. Partners are encouraged, and Nadine Stefano has every intention of fitting the image she believes her boss wants.
    At her sister’s recent bachelorette party Nadine finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ethan, one of the male strippers.
    A single woman, desperate to present the image of being in a settled and happy relationship, she hires Ethan to act as her pretend boyfriend.

    Not only is he five years younger, but he is also sexy as sin.

    Theirs is a strong attraction, and the over-worked and uptight Nadine soon finds herself falling for the easy-going young man.

    But company politics and nasty colleagues stand in their way.
    Will they follow their hearts, despite their differences, or will Nadine dump Ethan in order to pursue her career goals?

    My Review:

    A Lovely story
    Ethan is a male stripper at a bachelorette party hosted by Nadine for her sister. While she hides out in the kitchen, she is unexpectedly interested in the man called Ethan. He doesn’t embarrass her, he simply acts as a gentleman and it turns her head. Nadine is a businesswoman and under a lot of pressure and stress. She is also competing for a promotion that she feels she deserves. Willing to put in the extra work while being considered for the position, she learns of a weekend event where she needs to have a significant other along with her. She and Ethan make a business agreement. They are going to pretend to be together for a weekend. It has many little twists and turns to keep it lively and exciting. There is some serious chemistry between the couple. The story is quick and fulfilling.

    My Recommendation:

    It is a cute story with bits of humor and sweet romance. There are some racy moments but not in a graphic way. I look forward to reading more about them as Lily Zante continues the series. If you enjoy a cute romance, then I can recommend this one for a quick read.

    Where to Find The Proposal:


    You can pick up a copy by clicking the link below. The book is only available on Kindle and through KindleUnlimited.

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    New Release: Book Review: Love in an Elevator: A Romantic Comedy Anthology

    Love in an Elevator: A Romantic Comedy AnthologyLove in an Elevator: A Romantic Comedy Anthology by Aven Ellis

    • Publication Date: July 20, 2016
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01IU61DRO


    My Rating:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


    The Book Blurb:

     

    Laugh, swoon, and escape with this romantic comedy anthology!

    Will an elevator ride change her life? In HOLD THE LIFT by Aven Ellis, Sierra Crawford ends up meeting sexy British hockey player Jude Parker after their elevator sticks. Sierra finds herself getting to know Jude—and she likes what she sees. But he wouldn’t be interested in a food-obsessed assistant editor right? Sierra knows she’s quirky—her fondness of Magic 8 Balls is proof of that—so there’s no way he could look her way. Or can he?

    In DOWN, THEN UP by Beth Labonte, Lauren Oswald never expected to see her college love, Jamie, again. Not after the way things ended. She certainly doesn’t expect to see him ten years later at a bachelorette party in Vegas, waiting inside a hotel elevator. Slightly older. Different haircut. No wedding ring. Same eyes. As the pair embark on a late night errand, Lauren is flooded with memories of how Jamie became the one that got away—and she realizes that this one night could be their last chance to make things right.

    In GOING UP? by Whitney Dineen, Fiona Kitchen had a dream when she moved to New York and it wasn’t taking a job as an elevator operator in a posh, West Side, apartment building. She also didn’t expect to meet a hot handyman, a Columbian drug lord and a notorious mob boss and then fall for one of them in a big way. Life in the Big Apple isn’t quite turning out the way she planned, but who said that was a bad thing?

    In Becky Monson’s TAKING A CHANCE, Liza Parker has a fear of heights, crowds and small spaces. So what’s a girl like her doing on a crowded elevator going to the top of the Empire State Building? Freaking out, that’s what she’s doing. Enter Jay Sanders, a tourist who thinks he might be able to help Liza face her fears, but she has to be willing to spend the day with a complete stranger. Maybe taking a chance on Jay is just what Liza needs.

    In HAPPY TO BE STUCK WITH YOU by Rich Amooi, Becca has had an office crush on Daniel—Mr. Delicious—for over a year. Getting stuck in an elevator with him was the last thing she expected. If only she can control her claustrophobia. To make matters worse, they’re also stuck with an eighty-year-old man who has a weak bladder, and a penchant for playing cupid. But life is unpredictable. Sometimes, getting stuck is the best thing that can happen.

    Computer genius Maisy Potter crosses an ocean to take her dream vacation at an English country estate … where the winsome Mark Prebys works below stairs. With him, Maisy discovers a carefree happiness she’s never known. But will the troubles dogging her from back home, a secret or two whispered behind the parlour curtains, and misunderstandings to beat the band extinguish the magic they think they’ve found in each other? And if not, what happens when Maisy’s enchanting holiday ends? Find out in UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS … AND THE LIFT IN BETWEEN by Geralyn Corcillo.

    In THE ONLY WAY IS UP by Lindy Dale, Meet Bailey Burns: hottest thing on the literary circuit. And the most reluctant. After fainting in a lift and regaining consciousness to find herself kissing a stranger, Bailey thinks her week can’t get much worse. But it can. Much worse. Bailey is about to be proposed to by a crazed fan wearing a vampire costume. She’s about to discover she’s in relationship with the guy she kissed. Not only that, but said guy happens to be her new PR manager. Oh dear!

    In OUT OF ORDER, by Dee Ernst, Grace has sworn off good-looking men. As soon as she starts dating one of them, she transforms from a mature, confident woman to a needy teen-aged girl. So when she meets Seth, the best-looking man she’s ever seen, she makes the right choice — forget all about him. But a neurotic golden retriever and a broken elevator keep bringing them together. Is the world working against her… or maybe the gods are finally smiling?

     

    My Review:

    Aven Ellis begins the book with the cutest most hilarious story and the stories keep the laughs going and the romance simmering. I am not going to talk too much about each story because I added the blurb and I hate giving away a good storyline. I love a good sweet short story that draws me in. These eight books did that and they made me wish they were longer. I enjoyed all of the stories and laughed at each of them. It made me want to seek out an elevator just to see what happens.

    The various elevators in these eight books take you into different worlds. England , America. There is something perfect about thinking of elevators in New York City. I was enchanted by these short stories. I wish they had been longer. What’s not to love about a computer geek finding love in England. And who doesn’t love a matchmaking man? The characters were so well written.

    I was provided an ARC of this anthology in exchange for an honest review.

    All were new authors to me except for Rich Amooi and I am now looking for more books by them all to read.I think this is a great romantic comedy anthology!

     

    Recommendation

     

    This book is perfect for anyone that loves a quick romantic comedy. A little light reading before bed, or at the beach. It has everythign it needs to make a reader happy.


    Where to Find: Love in an Elevator:

     
    This anthology is available on Kindle by clicking the link below.

    Book Review: New Release: Lilliana Jones and the Temple of Groom

    Lilliana Jones and the Temple of GroomLilliana Jones and the Temple of Groom by Rich Amooi
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Lilliana Jones and the Temple of Groom, was a fun adventure filled book. There is humor, romance and amazing Italian landmarks. The protagonist is such a funny woman. She has a fear of flying, a fear of Men and a host of other ailments that are explored in this book.

    Lilliana Jones is a single girl that believes men will always walk off and leave you. She has had some experience with this phenomenon, and does not allow herself to get in situations where this can happen. Rich Amooi has written a very likable character with a wonderful cast of characters.

    Her best friend plans an intervention which involves a psychic and several highly unlikely signs which may involve her meeting her soul mate.

    As a doubter she is not prepared for what happens next. The book is so fun. I laughed at her explosive reactions to certain foods as well as her over the top chase for an elusive employee. Marco is adorable. He is patient and so funny. He helps keep this fast paced comedy remembering it is a romance too. He is one good looking and kind Italian. Need I say more?

    Rich Amooi has really brought home a winner. This is a really good book. I have enjoyed several of his other books, but this one is the icing on the cake.

    Lilliana Jones and the Temple of Groom is available worldwide. You can pick up the Kindle version at Amazon

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    Meet Rachel and Drew: The Main Characters in The Shepherds of Donaldson Park

    I have been writing furiously this month on my new book, The Shepherds of Donaldson park. It has been the best writing experience of my life. I have pushed myself to write a story with a bit of humor, a good bit of nice clean romance and a few feisty shepherds.

    It can see the end of the book in sight and I thought I would share an excerpt from the book.  I would and should add in a delightful cover picture here, but alas, I am not at that stage of the process.

    I can see it vividly in my head. Now I just need to get it on paper and even more importantly on the front of the book.

    Instead I will show a picture one of the shepherds.

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    I will share a little bit of information about Rachel and Drew and leave the unfolding of their story for when you read the book.


    Rachel’s Excerpt:

    Rachel Payton woke up alone in her bed to the sound of her dogs milling around in the bedroom.  The wakeup call was familiar to her since they started to stir about right at six ‘clock every morning.

    She sat up; leaned back against the wooden headboard of the queen sized sleigh bed before grabbing the phone and checking the time. She might as well check for any messages from the night before. This was a habit she formed quickly after getting her new phone.

    This phone had all the bells and whistles. It had quickly become her most valuable tool, her lifeline to family and friends. She could search the internet, check out Facebook and read a few emails without ever leaving the cozy bed. Taking a few precious seconds to fully wake up before heading out into the chilly morning, she made use of the phone.

    Twenty minutes later Rachel was turning on the coffee pot that had been prepped last night, she shuffled around in the oversized jacket which was slug over her sleeping gear of yoga pants and a tank top. Rachel smiled looking around the cute kitchen; she felt the familiar stirrings of love for this bungalow she had recently purchased. Sure, it had taken her almost a year to save up for the down payment, but now it was hers, monthly payments, brand new expensive hot water heater and all.

    A year, hard to believe it had only been a year since her world came crashing down around her ears.  A year seemed so long unless you were living it, surviving it. Dealing with life altering decisions and making them work for you. Actually, Rachel thought, a year is not really so very long.


    Drew’s Excerpt:

    Drew walked over to the passenger door and opened it. He reached for her hand before  Rachel could  drop to the ground.  He did not loosen his hold on her hand even after her feet landed on the driveway.  He walked along side of her, enjoying the feel of her hand in his. They walked side by side down the long stone pathway and  up the five steps leading to the wide wraparound porch. He unlocked the front door with his free hand, before showing her into the house.

    His boots sounded loudly on the tiled floor of the foyer. He stopped so that he could pull off his jacket and hang it on one of  the pegs behind the door.  Leading her through the house he pointed out various doors that opened off of the long wide foyer.  drew opened one of the wooden doors and they were entering a spacious brightly lit room.

    At first all Rachel could see was a wall made up of three extremely wide windows that also ran from floor to ceiling. The wall of windows was framing the beautiful pastures outside, like a well hung canvas.

    “Oh, Drew! What a lovely view you have!  I could sit here all day and just watch the wind blow the grass and the clouds flowing across the sky.  How do you leave it?”

    Rachel sank into a high back chair that sat facing the large set of windows. The light flickered across the room as clouds passed briefly in front of the sun.  Drew stood next to her still clasping her hand, gently rubbing his thumb over her knuckles.  He loved the way her skin felt, firm and soft.

    “I’m glad you like it here.  It has always been a special place for me and I have never really wanted to leave here.  I feel like I am bound to this Farm, and it is a very good feeling.”



    I would love to hear what you think about Rachel and Drew.  That is my subtle way of asking you to please provide me feedback in the comment section.  🙂

    First Week of Writing the New Book

    It has not even  been a full week since I started on a new book. Lets break it down. Shall we?  Before day one, a writer friend of mine on Goodreads named J sent me a message and said, “Vicki get writing” So with that bit of encouragement I decided, I would!

    Day One, I sat looking at the Word screen thinking, First word, first word, first word. That went on for about six hours. Alternating looking at Word and Richard Armitage I started thinking about my day and suddenly a picture formed in my head.

    Desktop Word

    Quickly I typed it into the page and realized, I liked it. I liked the colors and the pictures that it was drawing.  So I added a little more, then a person came to me.  Yes, I knew this person, She was easy to picture as well.  So I set about introducing her.

    Next thing I knew, it was six a.m.Time for people to stat milling about the house getting ready for work and school.  I had been writing all night.  I felt great, energized even.  I had written about two thousand words and I had a clear idea of this story.

    This was the first major writing I have done in quite a while. I write book reviews and love writing them.  Nothing pleases me more than sharing good books with people. But this was different in my head. It felt good.

    Day Two, I sat at the keyboard and picked right up.  Everything was coming freely and smoothly until one character asked the other a question.  Suddenly everything was quiet, blank, stark white in my head.  Oh No! No, No, No, This can’t be happening.  I don’t know the answer.  The character sat in his chair staring into space while I thought and thought of an answer.  He sat there staring for two days. Two days of me staring at him as we both ruminated on the question.  That one darn innocent question.

    Day four, I sat down fresh from a full night’s sleep. Coffee in my cup doing it’s job by bringing my sleepy brain to life.  I opened Word pulled up my story and took a big deep breath.  I opened a new tab on the browser and brought up Goodreads.  That seemed like the perfect thing to do. I started chatting with a friend.  I broke down admitting I was stuck. Stuck at 3462 words.

    We chatted and I started describing my dilemma. He asked a few questions which made me think about the character. He asked his name and then let me know the origin of that last name. It was brilliant.  He mentioned that the name of the character could be Swedish or Norwegian and that they were usually farmers or ranchers.  We talked on for a while then suddenly I knew, I just knew who he was and what he did. heck I even knew where he lived and what his house looked like. I had my answer. I had more than my answer, I suddenly with clarity knew his history. It was like a light turning on in my brain. I looked over at the word document and began writing again.

    My character stopped staring and animatedly started telling his story.  It was a huge Aha moment.   He talked so much I was thinking that this story would take place in one setting,  in one sitting.  I finally had to make him stop talking and let someone else speak. It was lovely.  I realized that I was ready for chapter two and I was satisfied with this day’s work.

    Day five,  A research and writing day and it felt good to know what direction this story was heading. If there is one thing I love, it is research. So this was a fun filled day of gathering information. Chapter two flew onto the screen, the plot was beginning to take shape and I realized I had only written for three days, but I had worked on this project for a full five days.

    After a long dry creative spell this was like a full body massage with delicious smelling lotions. It was invigorating and satisfying. I felt very alive and excited with this new phase of writing.  Now chapter three is coming along, introducing more of the story one word at a time and I realized, I needed to read a book and write a review.  So I did without guilt, and at 7964 words, I have to admit that all is well with my world this week.

     

     

     

    On the Run (Big Mike and Minnie) by Susan Amanda Kelly

    On the Run (Big Mike and Minnie #1)On the Run by Susan Amanda Kelly
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I just loved Big Mike and Minnie. Minerva was raised by a family that headed a biker gang in California. Minnie lived in New York. She was in her way to being a super model. Her family wanted her back in Cali and were not taking no for answer. So what does a promising super model do? She runs for NYC any way she can.

    Trouble soon catches up to her at the airport. That is when she meets Big Mike. Trouble continues to follow her so she and Michael have some crazy tricky maneuvers to escape them. It is funny exciting and as sexy as all get out.

    Minnie does not want to be bossed around. How can Mike get her to do what is best for her? It is a balancing act that becomes even more difficult when rival gangs get in an uproar.

    There are some over the top hilariously funny scenes. They make the book even better. There is the elevator scene that was just priceless. Minnie is trying to salvage her potential supermodel career and stay safe at the same time. Big Mike doesn’t realize just what a quick thinker Minnie is. He will come to find out she is a force to be reckoned with.

    Susan Amanda Kelly has written one great book. The characters are so alive and real and the adventures are all within the realm of possibility. This book is totally worth picking up and reading. Now I want the second book. There are no cliff hangers but I did not want the story to end.

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