Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review Just Breathe

  Just Breathe by Janette Paul
Just Breathe, by Janet Paul was a really cute, endearing story about a mismatched couple. Millionaire vs. struggling yoga teacher. 

Back Cover Information:
"Opposites attract in this funny, touching and deliciously romantic novel as hippie Dee meets millionaire businessman Ethan - and her calm world is turned upside down... 
Dee Nichols is a free-spirited yoga teacher, albeit a broke one. But she’s not interested in money or possessions or thinking too far into the future. After surviving a terrible car accident, she’s just happy to be breathing. 
Then Dee meets Ethan Roxburgh at a Christmas party. As the head of Roxburgh Holdings, and a regular in the social pages, he’s the opposite of what Dee wants in her life. Until a job modelling yoga in a TV commercial turns Dee into an overnight celebrity 
Thrust into a whole new world of business and PR (as well as high-heels and plunging necklines) Dee is out of her comfort zone and suddenly Ethan is perfect – as a mentor. Or would be, if she wasn’t so damn attracted to him. After all, he’d never look twice at a short, accident-prone yoga instructor with market-stall couture
Then Ethan does look twice - and life gets sweet and sexy."
I enjoyed the book, I didn't totally fall in love with the characters.

I did appreciate the lessons learned of letting the past go, embrace the scary future and learn to love, even though heartbreak is sometimes part of it. (A lot of times, actually, but that's another story.)

Dee the yoga teacher is a funny, quirky woman that is trying desperately to put the puzzle pieces of her life back together.  The only problem is her tragic car accident from 10 years ago left her missing a piece of the puzzle. She finally learns that her life after the accident is a new one. It's not a life she has to rebuild and get back to.  It's a life that is yet to be written.

I received this as a free eBook from NetGalley to review.

Book Review Along Came Trouble

 When you find yourself wishing a book wasn't ending, I think you've found a good one. That's how I was with this one. I really enjoyed it. It was my first and definitely not my last Ruthie Knox book.

After reading other reviews and realizing there are more Camelot books, I'm going to seek those out!

I felt like I could move into the house next door and become instant friends with this family. The storyline was engaging and the character's conversations flowed together very nicely. Ruthie Knox knows how to make conversations work! I believed the story and was totally caught up in all of it. 

Back cover information:
"An accomplished lawyer and driven single mother, Ellen Callahan isn’t looking for any help. She’s doing just fine on her own. So Ellen’s more than a little peeved when her brother, an international pop star, hires a security guard to protect her from a prying press that will stop at nothing to dig up dirt on him. But when the tanned and toned Caleb Clark shows up at her door, Ellen might just have to plead the fifth.

Back home after a deployment in Iraq and looking for work as a civilian, Caleb signs on as Ellen’s bodyguard. After combat in the hot desert sun, this job should be a breeze. But guarding the willful beauty is harder than he imagined—and Caleb can’t resist the temptation to mix business with pleasure. With their desires growing more undeniable by the day, Ellen and Caleb give in to an evening of steamy passion. But will they ever be able to share more than just a one-night stand?"

The scenes written with sizzle were exciting, and were not embarrassingly erotic. Thank you for that!

I received this eBook as a free preview from NetGalley.
Along Came Trouble (Camelot #2)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Whistling Past the Graveyard

This is the first book I've read by Susan Crandall and it won't be the last.  I was very happy I received this as a free preview from NetGalley. 
Starla was a feisty young southern girl that had a lot of learning and a lot of growing up to do.  I found myself rooting for her throughout her journey.  I fought with her when she was being attacked and I cried with her when she realized the truth about her momma.
It was a well written, easy to fall in love with book and I've recommended it to many friends and family members already.  The stark reality of segregation grabbed a hold of little Starla and she was forever changed. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book Review - The Tutor's Daughter

This was a cute little story about Emma Smallwood, daughter of the local tutor. Emma and her father run the local academy for young men, The Smallwood Academy.  When they have said goodbye to their last student, Emma takes it upon herself to find new students.  Her quest takes them away from their home and to the cliff-top manor in Cornwall. 

The story centers around Emma and her need to figure out how to accept that her mother's death was not punishment from God, and to believe once again in her magnificent creator.  Emma fears being labeled an "old maid" in her old age of 21.  She realizes in the end that love and forgiveness are our ultimate goals as well as prize in life.

The only criticism of the book was when the "mystery" brother was introduced.  I really felt like it was not a fully developed plot in the story and was thrown in as an afterthought, to bring more intrigue into the story.  

The little romantic scenes as well as the tiniest bit of mystery left this a very satisfying read. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."