Book Review: Beth and the Bachelor by Susan Mallery

51L4yszr9eL.SX316.SY316Synopsis: Matchmaking friends send Beth Davis on a date with millionaire bachelor Todd Graham. Not exactly Cinderella material, Beth is a widowed, nearly-forty suburban mom. Being auctioned off for charity to someone twice his usual dating range (and closer to his own age), Todd was not happy about his date until he met Beth. He’s fascinated by her and wants to see her again, but Beth doesn’t trust he will eventually promise forever.

Cover: The original cover from the 90s isn’t all that fabulous, but the 2015 edition’s artwork is much improved and more in keeping to Susan Mallery’s other novels. The newer cover has a great sense of space and colour, as well as show an cute couple frolicking in a field… which I don’t actually recall ever happening, but still looks adorable.

Format: The ebook I have has some serious issues– every form of punctuation other than periods are boxes. Quotation marks, apostrophes, dashes, commas… You name it and it’s a square. Needless to say, this made it difficult to get lost in the story.

Plot: I quite enjoyed the general storyline of a recently widowed mother meeting love unexpectedly. I always like a love story where the man is a millionaire and yet down-to-earth and daddy-material. However much I liked the plot and assume Beth does what she does to get the storyline from point A to C, I would have rather some of those middle scenes been written differently so the MC was a little less *readerfacepalm*

Romance: Todd becomes book-boyfriend material. He starts off a little questionable, but soon transforms into a reformed player who owns his own business and is completely ready to commit to a family. He often puts Beth and her kids before everything else, and was very understanding of Beth’s foibles. Had Beth been more consistent of character, I might have considered these two a OTP.

Character Development: Beth annoyed me to no end. She was just so wishy-washy and had a hair-trigger temper, that I couldn’t quite like her. Beth could never make up her mind, and was constantly starting pointless arguments (some entirely avoidable had she only been willing to actually listen). Then when given advice by her best friend –repeatedly—within seconds she would realize she was in the wrong. While some of Beth’s fears were valid, one in particular was ridiculous. Beth’s two boyfriends were fabulous husband-material types, yet she was actually complaining about not having to date a bunch of jerks. Her love interest had the patience of a saint, because I would have long since left that relationship.

Quote: We can love a lot of people at the same time. It doesn’t mean we’re disloyal, it means that we’re living up to our potential as human beings. The capacity to love and feel compassion is one of the things that makes us special.

Verdict: I am sorry to say I was a bit disappointed by this book. I absolutely adore Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, and was expecting this to be on par with her other works. However, as this book is written about ten years prior I can only assume the author was still learning her craft. If you want to read a book by Susan Mallery, skip this one.

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Book Review: Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Synopsis: Katie’s father is a Republican, Drew’s mother is a Democrat, and both are running for President. Their sixteen-year-olds shouldn’t get a long, but when the teenagers are thrown together on a talk show sparks fly of a different kind. With the entire nation watching and taking sides in their parents’ fight, the two teens wonder how anyone can fall in love with the one person you’re supposed to hate…

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Teaser Tuesday (RGBB)

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Red Girl Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

I’ve seen other kids go through it all at school. So often, it’s the same thing. Person X likes Person Y. and what do you know, it turns out that Person Y likes Person X back. It’s a cery nice thing. It’s the way life should be. But then once all the other letters of the alphabet find out about it, they stick their noses into things… Whatever the case, whatever the reasons, relationships that might otherwise have lasted wind up foundering when all the other letters of the alphabet get involved.

“You know what they say the sign of an intelligent person is? It’s the ability to hold two seemingly conflicting thoughts in your mind at once.”

Book Review: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

How_to_Say_I_Love_You_Out_Loud_for_sitejpgSynopsis: When Jordyn’s brother joins her at her school she’s determined not to let anyone know they’re related. He is different, autistic, and Jordyn craves a bit of normal in her life. But by trying to keep her secret, Jordyn ends up pushing away her closest friends and her crush… and no matter how hard she tries, Jordyn can’t forget the kiss they shared over the summer.

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How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

“You remember getting noticed in the wrong way more than you remember getting noticed in the right way, you start just wanting to blend in. you start not wanting to be notice at all.”

“Yeah, well, too bad I’ve always noticed you.”

Kiss Me I’m Irish: Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen Child

reillywantsSynopsis: Connor Reilly and his brothers have a bet: whomever can finish “no sex for ninety days” gets the money. Connor only has a few weeks to go and he figures no woman is safer to be around than his best friend, Emma Jacobsen. Until Emma shows up at a bar in a short skirt and high heels, and suddenly seems anything but safe!

Author: In her author’s note Maureen Child claims to be Irish and loves writing about Irish families. It seems she must be a descendent given that she was actually born in California. Maureen writes under various pseudonyms, one for each genre she writes, and has been nominated five times for the Rita Award for the Romance Writers of America.

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Kiss Me I’m Irish: Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen Child

How could she tell a priest that she wanted to kill his brother?

She’d just keep her thoughts positive and her tears private.

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