Saturday, September 15, 2012

Celebrate "Love Unrehearsed" by Tina Reber

Check out the awesome giveaway at The Autumn Review in celebration of Love Unrehearsed by Tina Reber & enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire as well as  Love Unscripted & Love Unrehearsed in eBook! Good Luck!  Click on the following link:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Avoiding Commitment Playlist

About a month or so ago I posted a topic entitled “Playlists Inspired by Books.”  It’s no secret that I love music & I love books.  So what better way for me to commemorate my favorite books and beloved characters than by making playlists to remind me of them?  It helps turn dreaded tasks such as walking on the treadmill or grocery shopping into a fun activity by listening to music that reminds me of my beloved characters and of course, book boyfriends!  

Well, on one of my very favorite (& hilarious I might add) Facebook pages, many people have been posting songs that remind them of the fabulous book, Avoiding Commitment by the fabulous author, K.A. Linde.  If you haven’t read this book yet, it’s a MUST READ!  And yes, shouty caps intended!

Anyway, when this story first originated on Fiction Press, the author preceded each chapter with a song title to reflect the mood of the upcoming chapter.  Who better to create a book-inspired playlist than the author herself?  Immediately, I found myself searching for and downloading all of the songs onto my mp3 player.  Now I can think of Jack and Lexi whenever I want and wherever I go.  I have since made a playlist on YouTube to share with the fan page on Facebook.  The videos are embedded on the sidebar.  Feel free to give it a listen in your spare time.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  Jack is a hard character to forget (not that I’d ever want to).

·         Chapter 1: The Perfect Mistake by Cartel

·         Chapter 2: Free Falling by Tom Petty

o   Free Falling by John Mayer is also mentioned in Chapter 2

·         Chapter 3: It’s All Coming Back to Me Now by Celine Dion

·         Chapter 4: That Thing You Do by The Wonders

·         Chapter 5: Wherever You Will Go by The Calling

o   Wonderwall by Oasis is mentioned in Chapter 5

·         Chapter 6: According to You by Orianthi

·         Chapter 7: Hot N Cold by Katy Perry

·         Chapter 8: This Love by Maroon 5

·         Chapter 9: Burn by Usher

·         Chapter 10: Rehab by Rihanna

·         Chapter 11: Reckless Abandon by Blink 182

·         Chapter 12: Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off by Panic at the Disco

·         Chapter 13: Madeline by Hanson

·         Chapter 14: Whatcha Say by Jason Derulo

·         Chapter 15: Craving by O-Town

·         Chapter 16: Two is Better Than One by Boys Like Girls & Taylor Swift

·         Chapter 17: Don’t Let Me Stop You by Kelly Clarkson

·         Chapter 18: I Never Told You by Colbie Caillat

·         Chapter 19: The Ocean by Mae

·         Chapter 20: Best of Me by The Starting Line

·         Chapter 21: Elephant Love Medley by Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman from Moulin Rouge

·         Chapter 22: All I Ever Wanted by Kelly Clarkson

·         Chapter 23: Breakeven by The Script

·         Chapter 24: Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri

·         Chapter 25: I Told You So by The Orkids

Review - Passion Fish by Alison Oburia & Jessica McQuinn

Let me begin by saying that I loved the characters of Will and Eve and I also enjoyed their story.  That being said, I think this book could have been much better than it was.  First off, there was just too much going on with the many other characters for me to thoroughly enjoy this book.  I prefer when a story focuses on the main characters and their story.  Supporting characters are of course necessary but focusing on so many different stories within the same book becomes confusing and somewhat annoying for me.  As I was reading, I kept thinking that I just wanted to get back to Will and Eve’s story.  I wasn’t interested in Josie & Beau, Skyler & Gage, or Noelle & Thomas.  I just wanted more Will and Eve. 

Additionally, the writing style bothered me a great deal.  It was much too passive instead of active.  Even if you’re not one to usually notice, there is quite a difference between active and passive writing.  Active writing is direct and to the point.  It grabs your attention and is written in the active tense (think action).  Passive tense writing tends to be slow and sluggish.  It lacks energy.  This type of writing slows down my reading as well as my enjoyment of a story.  There was no spark or excitement.   And although Will was sweet and adorable, I found his dialogue annoying because it sounded somewhat stuffy and formal for a 28-year-old guy.

Well, there you have it.  I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it.  It was just okay for me.  What would have made it better besides changing the writing style would have been focusing solely on Will and Eve’s story and adding to the intensity of their developing relationship.  The ideas were there, I just don’t think those ideas were adequately expressed.

By the way, does anyone else think that the author was an “All My Children” fan?

Review - Trust in Advertising by Victoria Michaels

I can’t even begin to describe how much I LOVED this book and it was completely smut free!  Imagine that!  For me to give a 5-star review to a smut-free book, you know it has got to be good!  But really, I mean, what’s not to love about a story with a dreamy, sexy, brooding, damaged man & an intelligent, gorgeous, spitfire of a woman who learns just how to handle him.  Yes, that woman might break down every now and then, but she doesn’t back off and gives as good as she gets.

When Alexandra White is promoted to executive assistant to Vincent Drake, VP and advertiser extraordinaire, he welcomes her via a short, clipped text while on vacation.  “Alexandra, Welcome to Hunter Advertising.  I hope that you are more competent than your predecessor.”  Lexi’s response, “Vincent, Thank you for the warm welcome.  I’m sure you’ll find me more than competent.  Lexi”

From there, Lexi finds herself embarking on a journey in the advertising world working for her old high school crush who has since become devoid of all emotions other than hot-tempered anger.  Somehow, Lexi manages to break through his defenses as he slowly warms up to her and her smart-ass mouth.  Enter the boss’s supermodel bitch of a girlfriend, Jade; his hot and witty best friend, Sean; and Lexi’s sharp & sassy neighbor, Hope and you have one helluva romantic comedy, tinged with witty remarks, snarky comebacks, hot sexual tension, and corporate espionage.
This book had me engrossed from page one.  It was very well written and the back and forth banter between Lexi and Vincent as well as Lexi and Jade had me reeling, laughing, and sometimes climbing the walls.  As predictable as it was, it still remained a page-turner right through to the end as I had to discover if there would be a happily ever after or if I would be crying myself into oblivion.  I will say that I was a bit scared but that’s all I can tell you right now.  I want you to read it for yourself.  This was the perfect book for me to end my summer beach reading!