Face It (Scissor Link #2) by Georgette Kaplan

Georgette Kaplan has such a unique way of telling a story. I love it! Her characters are dynamic, witty and absolutely zany. She rights at a fast-paced that take a bit to settle into but once you do, time just whizzes right by.

Elizabeth Smile is our main character from this one. If you can remember back to Kaplan’s second book, Scissor Link, Elizabeth was Janet Lace’s administrative assistant. (PS you don’t have to read that one to read this one, this is a stand-alone) The book starts off with a flashback to college when she had a hook-up with her roommate Michelle Harlow. Michelle had Elizabeth’s heart and didn’t even know it. That short fling has been one of the catalysts for Elizabeth never settling down and staying far away from a commitment longer than an evening or two.

So of course, Michelle comes back into her life almost a decade later. Why, well she needs Elizabeth to pretend to be her girlfriend as she is going through a messy divorce. Husband had a threesome and now she wants him to get none of their millions. EEK! Nothing good can come of this idiotic plot and it doesn’t help that Michelle is kind of a douche bag. I’m not kidding I was actually terrified that this was a love story between Elizabeth and Michelle because I wanted to scream, hell no, run away, Liz, run far, far away. Spoiler alertIt’s not. Whew!

Anne, she is an amazing character. She brings so much fun to this book. Anne is Michelle’s sister and Elizabeth meets her at the Harlow family home in Ohio. Michelle needs Elizabeth to help her sell the story to all parties involved including her siblings. One sibling in skeptical and is not afraid to hide her opinion. Anne’s dynamic with Elizabeth is by far the best aspect of this book. (hide spoiler)]

My final thoughts are this. Kaplan writes zany, humor-filled books. Her characters have that biting, sarcastic humor that I adore but I know many folks that do not. There is a lot going on with this book. The supporting characters and their issues can be somewhat distracting. If you overlook that one issue and can just focus on Elizabeth and Anne, the book is so much fun. A true breath of fresh air. I really, really liked it. I think you will see reviews for this one all over the place. My advice it this, if you liked Kaplan’s other works you will most likely like this one too. This is not a serious book at all! It’s self-deprecating, zany, full of witty a*hole comments and just a bit twisty. So I totally liked it!

4 out of 5 stars

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The Origins of Heartbreak (Lakeside Hospital #1) by Cara Malone

I’ll admit it right now. I love romance books within a hospital setting. Give me a doctor book any day. Now in real life, hell to the no. I can barely watch Grey’s Anatomy, any type of blood and I’m out, literally. So really, it was a no-brainer to start The Origins of Heartbreak by Cara Malone.

Megan Callahan is her second year of medical school. Megan is 100% focused on her studies and has very little time for anything else. Relationships are a no go. She dated her former girlfriend for six years and still holds a heavy heart and a ton of guilt for how she broke the other girl’s heart.
Alex McHenry’s has had the year from hell. Heading into her sophomore year in art school, her dad died suddenly of a heart attack. Alex dropped out of her university and has spent the past months caring for her despondent mother and fighting her own depression. Taking the first step, Alex decides to enroll in her local community college’s paramedic program. The EMT’s that came to help her father were so amazing and kind that that has stuck with her as something she would want to do for someone else.

Megan and Alex meet in the medical examiner’s office to witness an autopsy. An unlikely meeting starts a friendship that neither was looking for. These two have an attraction to each other is immediate. What really makes to book shine is the fun, witty flirtatious banter that these two have when they are together. Neither is willing to jump into anything serious. Megan is convinced that she is no good for any women, only bring heartache and destruction to any relationship. Alex is coping with the loss of her father and weaning off the depression medicine that has depleted her sex drive. What you get is a slow burn with flirty friends that can’t seem to deny themselves the other one. These two have lots of fun text messages and quick meet-ups over coffee.

I am so ready for book two. I cannot wait to see what’s next for Alex and Megan. I hope Cara Malone plans to make Ivy and Chloe a part of the series. They are definitely an interesting pair supporting characters.

4.25 stars out of 5

  • The Origins of Heartbreak: A Lesbian Medical Romance (Lakeside Hospital Book 1)
    by Cara Malone
    Link: http://a.co/3dQZ80M

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Fearless by Robin Alexander

Robin Alexander is one of my go-to writers. She writes these amazing fun loving books that pull at your heart, bring a tear to your eye and make you laugh as you turn the pages of her story. She is one of the few writers where you don’t even have to tell me what the book is about, I’m going to buy it immediately. Fearless her newest addition is no exception, this book has it all (humor, romance, adventure) and it was a fantastic read.

Falon Whyte is on a cruise ship vacation trying to relax and have an amazing time. The problem is she just broke-up with her girlfriend on said trip. Not exactly what she had planned but the constant fighting had to stop.

Haley Hollis is on her first vacation since undergrad. Holly is a workaholic who takes no time for the fun in life. The problem is her bunkmate continues to hook-up in their shared cabin and Haley has spent most of her vacation sleeping on a poolside lounger.

Neither Falon or Haley imagined their vacation to start so epically bad, and that’s not going to be the end of it either. I’ll let you read about their mishaps and experience that for yourself. What I will tell you it’s a glorious adventure full of romance and fun. Two fantastic characters who explore their past and presents to create the future that they desire. I loved this one!

4.25 out of 5 stars

  • Publisher: Intaglio Publications

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Huntress by A.E. Radley

You know you have read a fabulous book when you desperately hope that there will be a sequel. Not in the ending was left dangling kind of way, no more than anything you want to read these amazing characters again. This is exactly what the Huntress does, you love every second with this book and more than anything don’t want you time with it to end.

Amy Hewitt is a coffee barista at Tom’s Café. Amy loves the consistency of her job. Is it what she should be doing with her life? Everyone tells her no but Amy loves it none-the-less. Sociology with honors degree is doing Amy a lot of good at this point. One particular plus of her barista job is the chance of meeting up with Cara every day. Cara is a beautiful, professional woman who is drop dead gorgeous. Cara stops in Amy’s shop every morning, orders the same thing and spends a little bit of her time flirting with Amy. Amy lives for this moment of her day, seeing as Cara is completely out of her league in looks and station in life. All of this spins completely out of control when Cara stops showing up for her morning coffee and Amy’s quest to find her lands her in the sights of MI-5’s terrorism unit.

What I can tell you about Amy, an amazing character who is unbelievably endearing. She’s brilliant and empathetic. Her kindness radiates off of her in such an extreme that she can literally tell a stranger she is a fugitive on the run and they will open their home to her. As her quest to find Cara, all hell breaks loose and Amy and her bestie, Kerry, embark on a dangerously epic adventure. They risk life and limb to find the truth. All the while, Kerry and Amy are being chased by Claudia McAllister, a famous analyst who is known for finding criminals on the run.

This book engages the reader right from the very start. It a rollercoaster of zany mishaps that have you both simultaneously on the edge or your seat and laughing till tears fall. The plot is of twists and turns that keep you in Amy’s world of delightful chaos. This book is a fun, lighthearted mystery with just a touch of romance. It was a delightful read, and I enjoyed every second of it!

5 out of 5 stars

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Wendy of the Wallops (The Wallops, #2) by Gill McKnight

Wendy of the Wallops is the second edition to The Wallops series by the amazing Gill McKnight. I was absolutely delighted to find out the ever so klutzy Wendy was going to be the main focus of the book. I can absolutely tell you that Wendy of the Wallops did not disappoint.
If you remember from the last book, Wendy had just come to terms with her sexuality. If you don’t it will be okay this one can easily be read as a standalone, but why on Earth would you want to do that. Wendy is an interesting character. She is serious rule follower that is chock-full of insecurities but a good friend and steward to her community. She also tends to get herself tangled in wacky crazy predicaments. All of this makes for a dang good read full of laughs and zaniness.

When we meet Wendy she has just been assigned to a new case. An informant who has turned on a nasty gang has just gone on the lamb. The London police think that he may be headed to see his daughter who has just moved to the Wallops. Wendy is in charge of keeping an eye on things in town and making a connection with his young daughter. To do so she must begin volunteering a leader for the Girl Guides. This runs in smack dab into the mischievous and sexy Kiera Minsk. Oh, let the chemistry just boil over. Kiera pushes all of Wendy’s buttons but she cannot keep her eyes off her.

McKnight has given us one damn good book. I was thoroughly wrapped up in its awesomeness. A loved every minute and I truly hope to see these characters again.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

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The Last of the Loudens by Robin Alexander

Robin Alexander’s books are a favorite of mine. I love her humor and style of writing, I love that there are always zany characters that a full of life and mischievousness. So when I see a new one of her books is out, I automatically snatch it up.

Taryn Louden doesn’t know what life has in store for her but she knows that she needs a change from how it was going. When her elderly aunt calls her up, shortly after being laid off, to take over as the project manager of her historical home’s massive remodel, she jumps at the chance. Anything is better than taking another job like her last one, sure it paid the bills but every day she died a bit more on the inside. Little did she know how badly the house had been rundown. We are talking seriously decrepit, think horror story style house! Plus, her aunt is acting weird and spends much of her time talking to ghosts from the past.

Vicky Andre is the head of the Louden construction project. She is hated by Taryn’s aunt and the feeling is pretty mutual. She takes the project because restoring old homes is her passion. Vicky used to run through women like water but has recently come to want more in life. Her sister is constantly trying to get her to settle down, she’s just looking for someone that can hold her attention.

This book is good but is not one of Alexander’s best. While chuckle-worthy in a few places it didn’t have the hilarity of some of her others. I don’t always need super funny, though. What I do need is for the two mains to give me the feels or capture my heart just a little. This is where I thought this book faltered, compared to let’s say Next Time or Pitifully Ugly. Those two of Alexander’s you feel the passion and the love coursing through the two protagonists. Vicky and Taryn’s love story just didn’t move me much. This book is good, its just when you compare it to the author’s past books it comes up a bit short.

3 out of 5 stars

  • Publisher: Intaglio Publications
  • www.intagliopub.com

The Last of the Loudens
by Robin Alexander
Link: http://a.co/bGAhB5R

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Cash Braddock by Ashley Bartlett

Cash Braddock by Ashley Bartlett was not going to be on my list of December reads. I scanned the cover and was meh, I have too much to do to add this one. A weekend of terrible weather, and boredom of running the treadmill, I succumbed and picked this one up. Why I gave it a go? Basically, for the fact that Cash is a drug dealer. What an interesting premise in which our main protagonist is actually kind of a bad girl.

Cash Braddock is an educated, smart-ass that chooses to forgo a big girl job to peddle opiates and benzos to college students and housewives. Anti-establishment, I do what I want attitude, with a side of hippie. While morally bendy, she does have a sense of right and wrong, however, twisted her logic may be. While Cash’s day job is
reprehensible, she is also sweet, caring, witty and sarcastic in the best possible way. Imagine a character that goes from peddling Adderall to quoting Plath and Wilde while sipping craft beer all withing the course of an hour. Cash in a conundrum in the best possible ways.

Laurel is Cash’s would-be girlfriend. These two meet and the chemistry is instantaneous. They challenge each other intellectually, open up over past hurts underneath the stars all the while dancing around actually dating. You as the reader, see the beginnings how these two are each other’s other half. True love is in the making. Hold the phone, though, nothing ever worthwhile comes easy, and this is a romance novel, so we are going to have to ramp up the tension. Laurel is super into Cash, but something is holding her back. I’m not telling you, what that something is either. You can read the book and gasp out loud at 1:00AM like I did.

I loved that this book is so different. There were moments I laughed out loud, pop culture references that I adored and parts I cringed because I’m a good girl and Cash is kind of bad. I relished the moments that Laurel and Cash spent alone. These two are really a good match and their chemistry just jumps off the page. Playful, serious and sarcastic all rolled into one harmonious pairing. The story is great, the characters are fantastic and the twist, well I never saw it coming. The ending is kind of abrupt, so I find myself impatiently waiting for the next book in the series, but loving the time I spent with this one. For once, I am actually glad that bad weather kept me inside.

4.25 stars out of 5

Cash Braddock
by Ashley Bartlett
Link: http://a.co/1WjdczZ