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Still Me Book Cover Still Me
JoJo Moyes
Womens' Literature, Romance , Women's Fiction, Humour
Michael Joseph
25 Jan 2018

Lou Clark is back in the ALL NEW Jojo Moyes novel Still Me, follow-up to the Number One international bestsellers Me Before You and After You. Read the first chapter here! Lou Clark knows too many things . . . She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London. She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to meet someone who's going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it'll hurt. Lou won't know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.

So a new life for our favourite Lou. In New York and with a very upper crust family, even down to uniforms.

Lou finds herself in a new place with lots to find out about her new life and is excited for her new job.

This review is just about the first chapter of Jo Jo Moyes new book. NetGalley hasn’t released the remainder yet, but from what I have read it sounds good and gently humorous. As yet i cannot say whether it will make me cry like Me Before You did but who knows. I wait to read more!

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Something weird is going on?

Incandescently Book Cover Incandescently
Incandescent bk 1; #2; #3
Sylvie Parizeau
romance, NA, contemporary, fantasy
By the Book; 1 edition
26 Oct. 2016

PHILIPPE-OLIVIER TISSEROT’s caffeine addiction is about to land him in uncharted territory and one hell of a ride. One that’s about to go viral.

Current status: Computer whiz to hacker to penpal.

Upgrade status: Lover.

Well, I’m still working on the lover part.

I’m just a computer geek studying at MIT. And now I’m in two places at once – the geek and the lover battling it out to get the girl.

The only problem is, my dream girl doesn’t know she knows me in either one of them.

Now I have to win her in both.

Please wait. Upgrade in progress.

This is a series of books with number 1 being Incandescently and number 2 is Apprehension.  The 3rd book is Exposure.

I am reviewing all 3 books here.

Book 1: Incandescently

This is a series of romances with a touch of fantasy set in the French Canadian boonies with (real) French spoken by the characters. (and translated in end of chapter notes for those that need it)

We start with a set of boys sent at an early age – some only 4 – to a Swiss Boarding School.  These boys form a very close pack as even though their parents were very wealthy and very entitled (often literally), they were effectively abandoned by them and thus in need of comfort and affection.

When Liam joins the school, there are now 6 in the pack and he unites them even more by telling them stories of magic and adventure in a fantastical land. This book is Liam’s story of how he grows up to become a famous writer because of the stories he told in school.

I liked the writing style, it was fluid and linked the stories nicely. This book 1 is the scene setter.

4

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Book 2: Apprehension

This is Zac’s tale. Zac, the risk taker, who ignores signs and then falls hard for a girl.

Zac is restless and cannot settle on a career until he discovers obstetrics through Liam’s wife and her twins.

And his home in the magical forest of Laure.

A nice tale but we are now into a more ‘normal’ romance story as the magic was woven into the storyline in book 1.

Thus whilst a nice story, it is not as  unique as book 1.

3

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Book 3: Exposure

Geeks in love are delicious – mostly they do not compute.

“I’m waitng for the right girl. All I need is a sine”.

A great romance series with the odd touch of ‘Spock’.

I thought it was good to have a heroine with a disability and to suggest ways to help technically, though personally, I would still be in favour of the Hearing Dog.

And guys – use those very large brains of yours. Buy a cafetiere! All you need is hot water and ground coffee – replaces the instant after a 3 minute wait.

Giveaway:
A signed copy of the three books in the series: Incandescently, Apprehension and Exposure

AUTHOR BIO:

A paralegal by day and incurable romantic by night, Sylvie is a cross-genre, and she takes Happily Ever After very seriously. The End just isn’t in her vocabulary.

An incorrigible daydreamer, she now feeds her obsession with epilogues by concocting stories in which heroes deal with the happy from the get-go. Ready, or not. And she confesses under oath to loving every minute of it.

Sylvie lives her own Happily Ever After in the beautiful mountains of Les Laurentides in Northern Quebec, alongside her whole set of characters.

In between treks in their backyard wilderness, you can find them hanging out at www.sylvieparizeau.com

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Size-ist?

The Husband Diet Book Cover The Husband Diet
(Amazing Erica) #1
Nancy Barone
Fiction humour
Bookouture; 1 edition
May 31, 2013
312

Erica Cantelli's life feels more suffocating than a size 4 dress. On the surface she's maintaining the image of successful career woman, perfect wife and a doting mother with two wonderful children. In reality she's running out of hours in the day; 6 dress sizes bigger than she wants to be; and the only man who shows her any affection is her gay best friend. In fact fantasizing about how to kill her increasingly disinterested husband is just about all that keeps Erica sane. That and a whole different type of fantasizing about the incredibly handsome new school principal, Julian Foxham. When her husband jokes about trading her in for two size tens, Erica knows something has to change. But is another diet really the answer? Or is getting rid of him the fastest path to happiness? Now if she could only stop thinking about the gorgeous Mr Foxham... For any woman who has ever felt under-appreciated, or thought about giving up on their dreams, Erica is a hilarious breath of fresh air.

I initially liked the 3 books in this series as chick lit in the genre.

The Husband Diet

My Big Fat Italian Break-Up

Romance, Rivals and Ravioli

But then I realised that our heroine wasn’t fat at all! She was a larger size than her mother and sisters true, but I looked up the weight to height ratios on the health sites and found that 78 kilos at 5 foot 10 inches is just within the normal range. And is probably a UK size 14. US size 10/12. True at 88 kilos she was overweight – not obese but… and she was only that weight at times.

This spoils the books in my opinion.

If you are going to have all that angst about weight and curves and whether your boyfriend/lover/husband would prefer someone slimmer then you really need to be overweight… and honestly she would only struggle up a hill if she wasn’t fit, and not because she was too heavy!

So my initial assessment of a 4 went down to a 3 or even a 2 (?) as this book hints of fat shaming when a normal sized woman anguishes over her weight. And also is a very bad example for our young women.

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Hiding? Why?

The Art of Hiding Book Cover The Art of Hiding
Amanda Prowse
romance, contemporary, women's popular fiction
Lake Union Publishing
August 22, 2017
288

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels. Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate--and the sister--she thought she had left far behind. But Nina can't let herself be overwhelmed--her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life. Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman's loss and love.

I have a problem with this book and the storyline. As soon as I read that the husband was dead I knew that the family would be bankrupt, forced to live elsewhere and very down-market and shabby. It was the too obvious next scene in the story.

Why didn’t Nina register as unemployed immediately? And why didn’t she ask for the flat to either have a reduced rent due to the condition? Or get her cousin to improve the state of it, especially as sleeping on old mattresses is very unhygienic. She could probably have got a loan from Social Services to buy a new one even.

And also, when you are told you are bankrupt, the first thing you do is to go through the house and wear all your jewellery – or hide it in your handbag or… AND take all the food in the cupboards and freezer instead of abandoning it. I realise it is not such a good storyline but still really.

So the main character annoyed me and I felt that the story could have been much better constructed.

 

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Where is the end?

On the Edge Book Cover On the Edge
(Adirondack Pack, #3)
K.C. Stewart
paranormal, shifters, romance
K. C. Stewart
(28 July 2016)

Lee had screwed up and now she was paying the price. With few friends left, she clung to the one person who had never let her down, Vince. Unfortunately, he didn’t know who she was either. Lee had hidden herself within a game they both played but three years of friendship online was not enough anymore for Vince. He wanted to meet her, to know the true name of the woman who had become his best friend. Canidea’s fight hits close to home and Vince gets caught in the crossfire. With everyone focused on the enemy, will they even think to look for him in the least likely of places? Lee’s carefully balanced secrets come crashing down around her as her wolf fights for control. Vince is the only one she can rely on to save her from her worst possible self, but who will save him? Lee’s plight is of her own making. Can she find the redemption she requires or is forgiveness just too far out of reach?

When the geek has to come out of hiding. and be the person she really is – but who is that? And do other people recognise her?

A nice romance within this series looking at another of the  more minor characters.

 

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