Book Review: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

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With Penny Reid’s books, I always know I’m gonna get a great laugh. And the opening of Truth or Beard, with the main character, Jessica James, dressed up like a sexy Gandalf–oh, I laughed so hard. I love Reid’s humor and there are tons more laugh-out-loud and giggle moments to this novel (for example, there’s a thing with sausages that I can’t even think about without laughing). Jessica and Winston are believable characters and perfect for each other, & I swooned at the HEA. I am once again impressed by Reid’s work! The rest of the series looks equally as promising, and I’m looking forward to reading it!

Book Review: Yours to Keep

yours-to-keepSuper cute, and with some laugh-out-loud moments. Those LOL moments are why I keep coming back to Stacey’s books–this family is hilarious and I’d totally hang out with them. Especially because it would mean I get to bag a Kowalski man (seriously, they’re everywhere. This is the biggest family I’ve ever read about). (Also, in this daydream, I’m a single woman. In real life I’m happily married!)

I wanted to shake both the hero and heroine at one point near the end because really JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER, but otherwise I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Funny, sexy books with ensemble casts really work for me.

Like in Exclusively Yours, there are zillions (rough estimate) of characters because it’s a big family packed with sequel bait, so I think it would be better to be familiar with the series, but I managed just fine with only having read Exclusively Yours, and I probably didn’t even need the background provided there.

Stacey’s got me hooked on this series, and I’ll be loading up my kindle!

Savage Heartache, Available Now!

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Seeking sanctuary amidst a ragtag clan of shifters has never been so dangerous…or so fun.

Famous in the book-blogging world for her honestly hilarious romance reviews, mountain lion shapeshifter Nina Vidal detests the irony of her life—she makes a living off of analyzing happily-ever-afters, but her own HEA is sadly out of reach. To escape the heartache of staying in her pride and watching all of her friends pair up, she seeks refuge in another clan of shifters, not caring that the grumpy alphahole, Jameson, doesn’t want her there.

Grizzly shifter Jameson Cooper has enough on his mind without worrying about the sexy lion girl who’s taking over his clan. He’s alpha of the Rock Creek Clan, and he’s still mourning the loss of his mate. But there’s something about Nina—she’s the one person who won’t tolerate his bossiness or his angst, and he finds himself drawn to her again and again. When it turns out that vampire trouble has followed her from the Corona Pride and Jameson’s clan wants to turn Nina away, Jameson must fight to keep her.

You can read Savage Heartache free with Kindle Unlimited! You can find it here on Amazon or AmazonSmile!

Film Review: Romantics Anonymous

romantics-anonymousSomeone recommended Romantics Anonymous (original title: Les émotifs anonymes) to me ages ago–and then it sat in its Netflix envelope next to my television for weeks. Finally I opened the envelope again and read the description. I saw “chocolatier” and I was sold.

This isn’t my usual aliens-taking-over-the-world escapist kind of movie. Lately I haven’t had much patience for slow-paced anything. But this was funny and awkward and oh, so endearing. Characters’ social anxiety is always great fodder for funny, awkward moments, and sometimes I worry that social anxiety is being made light of. However, I didn’t feel that the film was taking advantage of people with anxiety–rather, showing how people overcome difficulties and still manage, however fumbling, to find each other.

I don’t want to spoil the ending, but there’s a point near the climax where she has an argument against their relationship that felt so real and true, but then there was a rebuttal that was equally real and true. I thought this was masterfully done!