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Book Review #346

36458701

 

Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published December 3rd 2017
Edition Language
English

 

“Dean Jacobs, will you always love me?”
“Until the river run dry and the moon goes black.”

Well, I have to tell you in first place that I’ve had never read something from this Author before, and I have to tell you that I have mixed feelings, because I do love this kind of drama, the kind of the School Sweethearts gone in different ways and years later they see each other again with bad feelings between them and a chance for save the love in them, but then there are few things that can happened wit this kind of story, and the plots could be different.

In first place you have a Dean the sexy-hot-man whore-prick-Rockstar that who does not care about anything other than himself and his reputation, until he is accused by a Top Model for rapping her, that’s when his manager creates an infallible plan … reunite him with his ex and commit them, to create the false illusion that he is a one-woman boy.
In the other hand you have a Kara who is a new graduate dermatologist trying to live her life in peace, stuck in her hometown just to avoiding all the stuff that have to do with her ex (magazines, tv, radio) because he broke her heart seven years ago, cheating on her in his early years of fame.

So, what happen when they see each other again in the wedding of a high school friends? There is sexual tension, love, rage and all those feeling that you, normally, have when you still love your ex… I guess lol. And that instantly got me attached to the book the entire time.

But then I had to calm myself to not try to enter in the book and slap them both in every conflict they have, because they were so childish, they were so cute together that I wanted to make amends for them and I almost wanted to go and find a boyfriend for me… almost.

“Yeah, but you want so much more with me now. You want to kiss me, love me and marry me…” He sings the last sentence, just like one of my favorite scenes in Miss Congeniality.

About the book

I love that the read is simple and easy going, and have you wanting see them together again and forgetting the past, all the things that him made for her where very sweet, that all of his songs were about her ‘cuz he never stopped to love her, and that he has made her sing the contract to try to win her it is a brave move.
I like that I saw myself in Kara, I guess that anyone who has a broken heart do react the way that she does, I know that she only accepted his offer for the money but also in the deep because she still loved him and wanted to be with him.

What I do not like entirely and have a lil’ bit furious was that I expected that Dean could be a little more prick with her sometimes before he confesses his undying love for her (I can’t help it I love the prick ones) but he gives in very soon to everything she says and she sometimes is very stubborn and that frustrated me.

So, I give it a 4 of 5 stars just because I expected a more drama at the end of the book, that he would apologize to her at a concert, don’t know, something juicier, outside of that, if you are looking for an easy second chance at romance that don’t has much drama, As Long As You Hate Me is definitely your book.

“I still wasn’t sure I was ready to give this a real shot,
But I have to admit it to myself
I was falling for my fake fiancé”

Book Review #345

36398892

Paperback, 300 pages
Published December 13th 2017
Original Title
The V Card
ISBN
1978380186 (ISBN13: 9781978380189)
Edition Language
English

Where to begin? I’m a huge fan of both Blakely and Valente, so when I found they were collaborating on a book, I knew I had to have it.

When you have two authors who both have a love for writing sweet, spicy and a bit of sexy you get The V Card.

Here are my Top Five reasons I fell in love with CJ and Graham’s journey:

1. Graham makes lingerie. And there is something sexy about a mam who makes things that make women feel sexy.
2. CJ, our virgin, wasn’t afraid to go for what she wanted. Yes, she is a virgin. No spoiler, but what makes me like her is that she wanted her first time to mean something with someone who means something lol. I really can’t phrase that any better. #SorryNotSorry
3. Stephen King…lol
4. So many cute, warm and fuzzy moments. The memories they have about her brother and his best friend, pulls at your heart.
5. Even though their initial coming together was based on CJ’s ‘7-day lessons’, you could immediately tell there was so much more to them. Friends to lovers is one of my favorite troupes.

The Narration
Sebastian York does a superb job as Graham. It is something about the way his tone works for this character that had me captivated. It was sexy, fun and a little dirty, but not too much. Just enough swag to keep a smile on your face. He also does a little accent for the landlord. Made me happy.

Andi Arndt, no surprise there knocks it out of the park. She has the best pacing and knows how to be in tune with the characters. It is like she digs deep down and taps into their hearts, mind and souls. She does this with CJ. I felt every emotion CJ expressed through Andi’s performance.

I recommend The V Card if you want a cute and fun Rom-Com to add to your holiday listen list!

PS- Loved the diversity of the other characters.

Devour These 13 Delicious Novels About Food

 

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

kitchens of the great midwest by j ryan stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest, about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation, is the summer’s most hotly anticipated debut.

When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine — and a dashing sommelier — he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter — starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal’s startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life — its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.

 

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

delicious! by ruth reichl

Ruth Reichl is a born storyteller. Through her restaurant reviews, where she celebrated the pleasures of a well-made meal, and her bestselling memoirs that address our universal feelings of love and loss, Reichl has achieved a special place in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, with this magical debut novel, she has created a sumptuous, wholly realized world that will enchant you.

Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. Away from her family, particularly her older sister, Genie, Billie feels like a fish out of water — until she is welcomed by the magazine’s colorful staff. She is also seduced by the vibrant downtown food scene, especially by Fontanari’s, the famous Italian food shop where she works on weekends. Then Delicious! is abruptly shut down, but Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills.

To Billie’s surprise, the lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan, a plucky 12-year-old, to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love.

 

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

the coincidence of coconut cake by amy e reichert

You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant — whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé… until the morning she discovers him in the buff — with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service — he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game — but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

the school f essential ingredients by erica bauermeister

Once a month, eight students gather in Lillian’s restaurant for a cooking class. Among them is Claire, a young woman coming to terms with her new identity as a mother; Tom, a lawyer whose life has been overturned by loss; Antonia, an Italian kitchen designer adapting to life in America; and Carl and Helen, a long-married couple whose union contains surprises the rest of the class would never suspect…

The students have come to learn the art behind Lillian’s soulful dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. And soon they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create.

 

The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig

the cake therapist by judith fertig

Claire “Neely” O’Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. Every great chef can taste shimmering, elusive flavors that most of us miss, but Neely can “taste” feelings — cinnamon makes you remember; plum is pleased with itself; orange is a wake-up call. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone’s inner self, she can customize her creations to help that person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss.

Maybe that’s why she feels the need to go home to Millcreek Valley at a time when her life seems about to fall apart. The bakery she opens in her hometown is perfect, intimate, just what she’s always dreamed of — and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told.

Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself.

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

the hundred foot journey by richard morais

Slumdog Millionaire meets Ratatouille” (The New York Times Book Review) in this “delicious fairytale-like read” (NPR) about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste.

Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan Haji first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

The boisterous Haji family takes Lumière by storm. They open an inexpensive Indian restaurant opposite an esteemed French relais — that of the famous chef Madame Mallory — and infuse the sleepy town with the spices of India, transforming the lives of its eccentric villagers and infuriating their celebrated neighbor. Only after Madame Mallory wages culinary war with the immigrant family, does she finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris, the launch of his own restaurant, and a slew of new adventures.

The Hundred-Foot Journey is about how the 100-foot distance between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires. A testament to the inevitability of destiny, this is a fable for the ages — charming, endearing, and compulsively readable.

 

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

little beach street bakery by jenny clgan

In the bestselling tradition of Jojo Moyes and Jennifer Weiner, Jenny Colgan’s moving, funny, and unforgettable novel tells the story of a heartbroken young woman who turns a new page in her life… by becoming a baker in the town of Cornwall.

A quiet seaside resort. An abandoned shop. A small flat. This is what awaits Polly Waterford when she arrives at the Cornish coast, fleeing a ruined relationship.

To keep her mind off her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, chocolate and sugar, and the local honey — courtesy of a handsome beekeeper. Packed with laughter and emotion, Little Beach Street Bakery is the story of how one woman discovered bright new life where she least expected — a heartwarming, mouthwatering modern-day Chocolat that has already become a massive international bestseller.

 

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan

the restaurant critic's wife by elizabeth laban

Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here.

In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To protect his professional credibility, he’s determined to remain anonymous. Soon his preoccupation with anonymity takes over their lives as he tries to limit the family’s contact with anyone who might have ties to the foodie world. Meanwhile, Lila craves adult conversation and some relief from the constraints of her homemaker role. With her patience wearing thin, she begins to question everything: her decision to get pregnant again, her break from her career, her marriage — even if leaving her ex-boyfriend was the right thing to do. As Sam becomes more and more fixated on keeping his identity secret, Lila begins to wonder if her own identity has completely disappeared — and what it will take to get it back.

 

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

the particular sadness of lemon cake by aimee bender

On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother — her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother — tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose.

The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden — her mother’s life outside the home, her father’s detachment, her brother’s clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up she learns to harness her gift and becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a luminous tale about the enormous difficulty of loving someone fully when you know too much about them. It is heartbreaking and funny, wise and sad, and confirms Aimee Bender’s place as “a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language” (San Francisco Chronicle).

 

Heartburn by Nora Ephron

heartburn by nora ephron

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has “a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs” is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living. And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron’s irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé.

 

A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White

a place at the table by susan elizabeth white

From Susan Rebecca White, award-winning author of A Soft Place to Land and Bound South, comes a breathtaking story of three richly nuanced outcasts whose paths converge in a chic Manhattan café as they realize they must give up everything they thought they knew to find a home at last.

Alice Stone is famous for the homemade southern cuisine she serves at Café Andres and her groundbreaking cookbook, but her past is a mystery to all who know her. Upon Alice’s retirement, Bobby Banks, a young gay man ostracized by his family in Georgia, sets out to revive the aging café with his new brand of southern cooking while he struggles with heartbreak like he’s never known. Seeking respite from the breakup of her marriage, wealthy divorcée Amelia Brighton finds solace in the company and food at Café Andres, until a family secret comes to light in the pages of Alice’s cookbook and threatens to upend her life.

In her most accomplished novel yet, Susan Rebecca White braids together the stories of these three unforgettable characters who must learn that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole.

 

The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O’Neal

the all you can eat dream buffet by barbara o'neal

Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life’s work after she’s gone. So she invites her three closest online friends — fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds — out to her farm. She hopes to choose one of them to inherit it — but who?

There’s Ginny, the freckle-faced Kansas cake baker whose online writing is about to lead her out of a broken marriage and into a world of sensual delights. And Ruby, young, pregnant, devoted to the organic movement, who’s looking for roots — and the perfect recipe to heal a shattered heart. Finally, Val, smart and sophisticated, a wine enthusiast who needs a fresh start for her teenage daughter after tragedy has rocked their lives. Coming together will change the Foodie Four in ways they could never have imagined, uniting them in love and a common purpose. As they realize that life doesn’t always offer a perfect recipe for happiness, they also discover that the moments worth savoring are flavored with some tears, a few surprises, and generous helping of joy.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

No one cooks up a delectable, suspense-filled mystery quite like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke’s dessert-baking, red-haired heroine whose gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks, and whose penchant for solving crimes–one delicious clue at a time — has made her a bestselling favorite. And it all began on these pages, with a bakery, a murder, and some suddenly scandalous chocolate-chip crunchies.

Hannah already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother’s attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden’s most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah’s famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can’t get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer. But if she doesn’t watch her back, Hannah’s sweet life may get burned to a crisp.