Monday, October 31, 2011

Review-The Hot Box

The Hot BoxThe Hot Box by Zane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zane has always been one of my favorite authors and this book definitely shows why.

The two main characters are Lydia and Milena, two best friends from a small town. Despite living in the small town, Lydia has big dreams and hopes to one day make it big in New York City or Hollywood. For the time being, she's stuck working part-time as a cashier at Food Lion and living with her safe but boring boyfriend Glenn. To spice things up a bit, she's also been sleeping with Glenn's best friend Phil for years.

Milena had planned to have the perfect life. She was going to marry Jacour, a hot shot baseball player. However, she learned that he slept with some strippers at his bachelor party so she called off the wedding and went into seclusion, swearing herself off from men. That is until Jacour comes back into town and she has to find a guy to pretend to be her boyfriend, so Jacour doesn't think she needs him. Enter Yosef, a man she literally finds in the street.

As always, Zane creates colorful characters that you can relate to and a spicy, steamy plot that makes you want to keep reading. I enjoyed the little twists at the ending, especially Milena's. A definite must-read.

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Source: Library
Challenge: 100 Books in a Year

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (32)

It's Monday, What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Journey.

Last week: I finished The Hot Box by Zane and Halloween Night by RL Stine.

This Week: I'm reading Halloween Party by RL Stine


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Review-If You Walked In My Shoes

If You Walked In My ShoesIf You Walked In My Shoes by Gwynne Forster

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this story we have Coreen a successful business woman who has a secret: years ago when she was a teenager she was raped by a classmate, and she gave the baby up for adoption. No one knows this, including her husband Bates and his two sons. Coreen and Bates already have enough strain on their marriage, due to her blossoming career.

Frieda Davis is the child that Coreen gave up all those years ago, and now, as a grown woman, she has vowed to find Coreen and get revenge on her for giving her up and causing her to spent years being sexually abused by her foster father. She comes up with a plan to ease her way into Coreen's life so that she can make it miserable.

The premise of this book sounded really good, but unfortunately did not live up to that. It dragged on in many parts and not one of the characters was likeable at all. The only thing that kept me reading was to see exactly what Frieda would do when she finally met up with Coreen and even that was a letdown. This is a generous 3-star rating.

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Source: Library
Challenges: 100 Books in a Year

Monday, October 17, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (31)

Last week: I finished If You Walked In My Shoes by Gwynne Forster and Message from a Mistress by Niobia Bryant (reviews coming soon!)

This Week: The Million Dollar Divorce by RM Johnson

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Challenge Complete: 2011 Summer Romance Reading Challenge

I completed BookChickCity's 2011 Summer Romance Reading Challenge on September 27, 2011. Here are the romances I read:

1. Harvest Moon-Rochelle Alers
2. Summer at Willow Lake-Susan Wiggs
3. Fools Rush In-Janice Thompson
4. The Winter Lodge-Susan Wiggs
5. The Wolf Prince-Karen Kelley
6. Last Night's Kiss-Shirley Hailstock
7. Seduced on the Red Carpet-Ann Christopher
8. Queen of His Heart-Adrianne Byrd

Favorite book: Summer at Willow Lake and Seduced on the Red Carpet
Least favorite book: The Wolf Prince

Series Sunday Review (5)-In Between Lies

Series Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Literary Marie. Here is my Series Sunday pick:

In Between LiesIn Between Lies by Shawna Hill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this story, we have Savannah, a successful career woman who has been hurt by love before. She cautiously enters into a relationship with Kevin, a handsome weather reporter from the local news. Kevin seems like the perfect guy, but of course he's hiding a secret: namely his ex, a crazy, stalkerish woman named Naomi. Even though Kevin is happy with Savannah, he can't resist slipping back into Naomi's bed.

This was a typical crazy-woman-stalks-man-and-his-new-woman story, but there were a few twists and turns along the way. It started off a bit slow and it took me awhile to warm up to the characters of Savannah and Kevin, (also there were quite a few grammatical errors that made the teacher in me cringe) but the story line did keep me on the edge of my seat and wanting to find out just what would happen next. I enjoyed the cliffhanger ending and I look forward to reading the next installment in this series, to see what crazy Naomi will do next.

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Source: downloaded
Challenges: 100 Books in a Year, Contemporary Romance Challenge, E-Book Challenge, Show Me the Free Challenge