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Book Review: Twist of Fate

 Twist of Fate by Jayne Ann Krentz

Published: March 1, 1991

Publisher: Severn House Publishers

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Cloistered as a faculty member at a small college, beautiful Hannah Jessett can almost forget her family heritage. Few know she’s the niece of Elizabeth Nord, the legendary anthropologist who stunned the world with her revolutionary work–until her aunt dies, leaving Hannah in sole possession of her priceless unpublished journals.

But Hannah has other matters to contend with. Her brother’s company is about to be destroyed by Gideon Cage, a wealthy entrepreneur with a notorious reputation in the boardroom… and the bedroom.

When she confronts Gideon, all she sees is a powerful man with a fast smile and soft eyes. Yet before she can catch her breath and really understand this puzzle of a man, her whole world is suddenly threatened: her brother, her aunt’s legacy, her heart–and her life!

Personal Thoughts: I came across this book by accident since it came out quite a while ago. However, since it was by one of my favorite romance contemporary authors I dived right in with no  qualms about whether I would enjoy it or not.

Both Hannah and Gideon were a laugh riot throughout the book with their bickering, playing tug of war and just trying to figure out what each of them wanted. The character development was complete and it made me think of Hannag and Gideon as real people and I was able to relate to them. Krentz writing style was great as always and it made my reading experience great.  Overall I enjoyed reading this book and will continue to read this author. There are always surprises and twist and turns that pop up and intrigue you.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

The 2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is being hosted by The Book Vixen. This is one genre that I read on a daily basis and enjoy thoroughly.  I’ll definitely enjoy participating in this challenge. If you want to join in the fun and sign up for the challenge, see the details below and head on over to The Book Vixen to sign up. 🙂 Happy Reading!

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 (books read prior to 1/1/2013 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to read at least 10 contemporary romance novels. As per Pearl’s original post:

    “by contemporary romance I mean straight contemporary, so without paranormal, fantasy or time-travel elements. Sexy, steamy contemporaries are eligible and so are category romances. (i.e. Harlequin Blaze, Harlequin Presents, Harlequin Super Romances, Silhouette Desires, etc.).”

    I’m going to elaborate on this a bit just for the sake of clarification: Books read for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. This reading challenge is specifically for romances between a hero and a heroine. Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.

  • Books can be any format (bound, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are at least 100 pages in length, as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Grab the reading challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing.


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Book Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares  by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Published: October 26, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

It all started with just one thing… a red notebook in a bookstore called The Strand. A stranger finds a red notebook in a bookstore and opens it. Within its pages lies a dare:

“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t put the book back on the shelf, please.”

Lily has left a notebook at her favorite bookstore full of challenges for the right guy to come and do them. Is Dash the right guy? Or are they just playing a game of cat and chase, sending the other to another mysterious location with a clue.  Can their in person encounter be anything like the characters on the written page? Let us find out.

Personal Thoughts:

I found this book to be written uniquely. The various clues that were left for either Dash or Lily and the clever way that each found their respective clues made me admire them. I don’t think I would have done as well as them had I been put in their shoes. Although, who knows how well or how poorly I would do unless I did it myself?

I loved how Dash was all moody and mysterious and full of hate for Christmas, while Lily was the exact opposite. She made him go and sit on Santa’s lap! A 16 year old boy on Santa’s lap! I was laughing when I read that part. 🙂 This book was a great scavenger hunt at a time and place where it’s easy to get lost. I’ve been to New York around Christmas time and I know exactly how crowded and chaotic it can get around Christmas time.

Lily and Dash are a pair of characters. One thing that the authors did that I really liked was how they made the secondary characters be as active as the protagonists. In doing that, it felt like I knew each and every one of them by the end of  the book. Some more, and some less.


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Book Review: The Sky is Everywhere

The Sky is Everywhere by Jany Nelson

Published: March 2010

Publisher: Speak 

“One boy helps her remember. The other lets her forget.”

Lennie just lost her sister and her world is crashing around her. She doesn’t know how to behave, she doesn’t know what to do with her grief. There are also two guys that are making it complicated for her. There is Toby, Bailey’s boyfriend who is a both quiet and seduction. Then there is Joe, he’s the new guy in town, who always seems to be bursting with life, a smile on his face and a talented musician.

Each boy has its pros and cons, but what Lennie needs to realize is that Bailey is never coming back. Being with Toby makes her remember her sister and feel closer to her,  but what kind of  person does that make her? What kind of sister goes after her dead sisters boyfriend? Through trials and tribulations, Lennie must choose between the two boys before either of them find out about each other.

Personal Thoughts:

The Sky is Everywhere is a beautiful book. Lennie is a character that I won’t be able to forget for quite some time. The story grabbed a hold of me and held me captive the entire time I was reading it, and it is still with me. The writing itself is beautiful and unique and it showcases a vulnerability that just won’t let go.

I loved the characters. Lennie aka John Lennon, Joe, Big and Gram stood out the most. Lennie and Joe were my favorites though. One was so happy all the time while the other lost in a depression/grief so deep she didn’t know how to get out or what to do about it.