Category Archives: romance

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Stealing Parker

The books main character Parker was very compelling. She was not without her flaws but instead of brushing over them the book looked to solve them. The book also dealt with Parker’s mother recently leaving her family and the aftermath in a very realistic way. All of the relationships in this book were very interesting and none of them felt forced. Over all this book was a very fast and enjoyable read.

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Recommended

 

Catching Jordan by by Miranda Kenneally

Catching Jordan

The main character, Jordan, kept switching between two guys trying to decide who she thought was the better match. However, I felt like she didn’t have very much chemistry with either character. I also felt like the main character Jordan made certain decisions that seemed out of place for her character. Some of her actions seemed to only occur to move the plot along instead of something that she would actually do. The side plot and side characters I felt were more interesting than the main plot and main characters. It did lightly touch on gender roles in an interesting way. This book however was an easy fast read and defiantly had some very enjoyable parts.

 

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Recommended with reservations.

 

Ugly Love By Collen Hover

Ugly Love

 

The romance in this book seemed a little rushed at first. However, by the end of the book the two main characters had great chemistry. The flash backs at first took away from the main storyline but at the same time added to the depth of the main characters. The ending was a little bit rushed. However, over all the book was an enjoyable and interesting read.

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Review Submitted by: Taylor Horkan
Rating: Recommended

 

Country by Danielle Steel

Country

 

Truly, I picked up this book because of the one-word title challenge and to see what all the Danielle Steel fuss is about. A swift read, this book would go along nicely to the beach, where you could leave it behind without any regrets. Here’s my wordy summary: Happiness is available in the form of a rich, good-looking man. The End.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating: Recommended
Challenge: A book with a one word title

Whitefern by V.C. Andrews

Whitefern

It’s been decades since I’ve read anything by V.C. Andrews, but this book was a good read with plenty of twists and hidden agendas. It is a sequel to My Sweet Audrina and I certainly was catching up on how our main characters came to be in Whitefern’s situations. That did not, however, keep me from following the story. I’m not sure if having the featured character be clueless/obtuse is a required characteristic, but she certainly was in this book. Anyhow, it was worth a bit of eye strain to read it.

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Review Submitted by: Jane Kostenko
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: A book with a color in the title

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Eligible

This novel is a very modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which I have never read but seem to have absorbed through osmosis. Curtis Sittenfeld is an excellent writer who combines a subtle and impressive style with a sharp eye for plotting (see also Prep and American Wife, and there is a real sense of joy and humor fused in the book.

Austen’s cast of characters are relocated to Cincinnati, New York, and the Bay area of California. One guy is the star of a reality show, “Eligible,” which sounds a lot like “The Bachelor.” The characters engage in modern behaviors such as texting each other, drinking too much, and careening towards one another with witty banter and sexual tension.

I found the actual romantic portions of the book very predictable and mostly uninteresting — the eventual pairings seemed inevitable all along, but I had to remind myself that this was Jane Austen, the ur-text of romance. I was much more engrossed in the financial woes of the feckless Bennet family and the heroine’s efforts to drag them, en masse, to solvency.

This was a speedy read that I found surprisingly enjoyable. I grabbed the original Pride and Prejudice from the library and may tackle that next, in an act of literary reverse-engineering. Skimming through the book now, and seeing how Sittenfeld’s reality-show lug Chip Bingley was originally the august-sounding “Mr Bingley” in Austen’s own hand, hints at what both writers have accomplished.

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Review Submitted by: Michael Dunn
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: Published in 2016

Summer reading book prize.

Loves Music, Loves To Dance by Mary Higgins Clark

Loves Music Loves to Dance

Loves Music, Loves To Dance is a classic suspense where Darcy Scott works with the FBI and local police to find a serial killer. Darcy is involved because her best friend was the most recent victim. The killer has already selected his next victim, Darcy. Several characters are introduced, but it takes until almost the end of the book to figure out who the serial killer is. This book is a great suspense with a bit of romance, a great read.

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Review Submitted by: Courtney Roberts
Rating:  Recommended