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Review – Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Published July 30, 2013 by The Book Momster

Rating – 4.5 of 5 stars (For the cover picture I’m using the one I took of my copy in Toronto.  This was taken on the Toronto Islands with the CN Tower in the background – TLW goes international!)

TLWtorHere are my three little words – I LOVED IT!  Denise Hendrix finally gets her wish as her last two single sons, Ford and Kent, finally find love.  Getting two romances in one book is just icing on this cake.  Isabel Beebe used to write Ford when he was away in the military.  He never responded – not once.  So, her letters became more of a diary as she wrote to him.  Why should she be nervous when they meet each other again?  Oh yeah – because he’s her personal diary and knows more than any man probably wants to know about a girl.  Isabel also hasn’t had much zing in her love life – she and her husband are divorced since he realized he was gay.  Ford changes that for her and shows her “what all the fuss is about.”  Their romance is sweet and I love the AHA! moment Ford has realizing he’s in love.

Secondary to Ford and Isabel, is the romance of Kent and Consuelo.  Poor Kent – he’s been around Fool’s Gold for a while now and I’m so happy he finally finds his HEA.  See – nice guys don’t always finish last!  The greatest part of this romance is that Kent and Consuelo feel they are undeserving of the other for different reasons and their path to working that out is sweet.

Other characters we know and love pop up throughout the book.  Yes, we get some Felicia (I LOVE HER) and without giving it away, her conversation made me giggle.  I love her straight-forward approach to everything.  And once again, Eddie and Gladys are back with their antics and had me in tears!!  Denise will have to join their group now that she doesn’t need to spend her time finding spouses for her children.

I’m not writing more about the story – I don’t want to spoil anything.  I loved this book and want everyone to enjoy it as much as I did.  This summer of the bodyguards has been incredible and these have been my favorite books of the entire series. 

Susan Mallery has really found a magical formula for making a great series.  Great characters, sense of community and family, and happy endings make Fool’s Gold one of my go to places every summer.  I’m just ecstatic that I don’t have to whine yet about having to wait until next year for my fix.  There will be a cookbook and a Christmas book coming out later this year.  Yay!

Sound off below – what Three Little Words do you say about this book?  Have you visited Fool’s Gold yet?  If not, have I convinced you to try it?

Embarrasing Crushes by Susan Mallery

Published July 30, 2013 by The Book Momster

Susan-Mallery-blue-jacket-webWith more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived. Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.

three-little-words-webWhen I was younger, I had a deep and abiding love for a celebrity who shall remain nameless. I wasn’t the kind of girl to hang his picture in my locker or cover my room with his posters – ours was a private love. I grew up in LA, and my dad worked in TV, so I was convinced that my one true love and I would one day meet. And when we did, I didn’t want him to think that I was like the millions of silly girls who had a crush on him. They didn’t know him. I did. My love was real, and as soon as we met, he would recognize me as his soulmate.

 

Back then, I didn’t tell anyone how I felt because our love was sacred. Today, I still won’t confess his name because, frankly, I’m embarrassed. What was I thinking?! He wasn’t very smart, only marginally cute, and he ran like a girl. (There’s your one hint – he was on a TV show that required running. And he had dark hair. Two hints, but that’s it.)

 

In THREE LITTLE WORDS, my latest Fool’s Gold romance, Isabel Beebe knows all about embarrassing crushes, though hers wasn’t on a celebrity. When Isabel was 14, she had a crush on Ford Hendrix, her sister’s then-fiancé. Worse, Ford knew how she felt because when her sister broke up with him, Isabel chased after him, sobbing, begging him not to leave. And when he joined the Navy, she wrote him dozens of long, impassioned letters.

 

Over the years, her letters became less like teenage love letters and more like a “Dear Diary” kind of thing, but that brings its own special twist of humiliation. Because now Ford is back in Fool’s Gold to open a bodyguard-training facility, and this dangerously sexy ex-Navy SEAL knows all her most embarrassing secrets. He knows about her first kiss. He knows when she lost her virginity and where (*cough* inthebackofatruck *cough*).

 

All summer, Isabel has been ducking around corners to hide from Ford, but as THREE LITTLE WORDS begins, she’s decided that enough is enough. Fool’s Gold is too small for her to avoid him forever, especially since he just rented the place next door.

 

Enter the THREE LITTLE WORDS blog tour contest once a day every day from July 30 through August 11 for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or BN.com gift card! And because this blog was set up by Fool’s Gold Cheerleader Lesley Lindsey, if you win, she’ll win a gift card, too!

 

Click here to enter: http://www.susanmallery.com/contentpage.php?id=0018

 

Who was your embarrassing teenage crush? Why are you embarrassed?

Review – Falling For a Stranger by Barbara Freethy

Published July 28, 2013 by The Book Momster

fallingstrangerRATING – 4 of 5 Stars

I have read all of Barbara’s books except one (I will eventually read that one too).  I have yet to not like one of them.  Barbara Freethy knows how to tell a fantastic story and this one is no exception.  Falling For a Stranger is the story of Drew and Ria.  Drew is in the Coast Guard and met Ria at an island getaway.  They have one night and then she “dies” in a boating accident.  Fast forward and Drew sees her from afar in San Francisco and confronts her.  Despite everything, Drew can’t walk away from her and vows to help her.  I’m not going into more detail because I don’t want to spoil the book.

I really love the Callaways and am looking forward to reading about the rest of the family and unraveling the grandparents’ secret which we’re learning a little more about in each new book. One of the greatest parts of this story is making you believe in love at first sight. If you’re looking for a great feel good read with a bit of action and mystery, this book is for you!

That said – this is number 3 in the series.  Technically, you could read this standalone, but the minor storyline with Sara and Aiden in this book will mean more if you’ve read the others first.

I’m back!!

Published July 26, 2013 by The Book Momster

I know I haven’t posted in a while and it may seem like I left the country…oh wait – I did!  Our family took a vacation and went north to Canada.  We visited Toronto and Niagara Falls and we had a wonderful time.  I’m back now and will start posting some reviews of books I’ve been reading soon.  Traveling with me on my trip was my ARC of the upcoming Three Little Words by Susan Mallery.  Here is a picture of the book enjoying the Toronto Islands with the CN Tower in the background.  No – I did not go to the CN tower.  I’m terrified of heights and the thought of going up there made my stomach turn.  Three Little Words will be available 7/30 and can be pre-ordered now.  I enjoyed Ford and Isabel’s story and my full review will post on release day.

So, where has everyone gone on vacation lately?

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I’m a Kindles and Wine One Year Blogiversary Winner!

Published July 11, 2013 by The Book Momster

Yay me today!  I love when I win free stuff and thanks to the great gang over at Kindles and Wine I was a winner in their mega blogiversary giveaway.  I won:

The Romance at Random and Loveswept/Flirt Prize Pack #1, which includes:

  • a Loveswept totebag
  • a Loveswept mug
  • a signed hardcover copy of The Sweetest Dark by      Shana Abe
  • a hardcover copy of The Proposal by Mary Balogh

I’ve not read either book so I will post reviews once I read them.  The Proposal sounds up my alley.  The Sweetest Dark sounds maybe paranormal which I typically don’t read a lot.

Tell me – have you read either book and what did you think?  Were any of you winners as well?

Among the prize packs was a Susan Mallery Fool’s Gold pack.  I hope that winner enjoys reading the “Summer” Fool’s Gold books and loves their stuffed Webster the German shepherd puppy.  I want Webster myself!

Review – The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

Published July 5, 2013 by The Book Momster

Rating – 3 of 5 stars

thenewcomerI’m trying so hard to like this series as much as Virgin River, but here are where my thoughts kept going as I was reading and when I was done:

  • WHO IS THE NEWCOMER?  I don’t have any idea.  I got that The Wanderer was Coop, but I think he’s the newcomer too.  That’s what someone calls him anyway.  Which leads me to…
  • Why can’t this series just have one main story and finish it in one book!!!???  The Wanderer was allegedly the love story of Sarah and Coop.  They had more story in this book than the first one!  I think everything that happened to them in this book should have been in The Wanderer.  Conversely, everything with Mac and Gina’s relationship that began in The Wanderer should have been saved for The Newcomer.  The description on the back of this book to me is a very small part of the overall story in this book.  Which leads me to…
  • Does this series have an already determined and finite number of books?  I feel like I’m reading one continuous novel instead of succinct stand alone stories that are part of a series.  I don’t like this trend – pick a couple, write their story in one book, and then move on and give updates in future books.  Which leads me to…
  • Why is Robyn Carr writing YA stories now?? The majority of this book was teenage angst and drama mostly around Gina’s daughter and her ex.  Not to leave out Sarah’s teenage brother Landon and his girlfriend, Mac’s daughter Eve.  So much focus on the younger set that I felt like the adults were the side story.  Which leads me to…
  • Where is the sexy time??  Oh yeah, lost in the shuffle of teenage angst.  I’ve read the Virgin River series.  It can be better.  Finally, the one thing most disappointing for me…
  • The whole drama with Mac’s ex-wife left me feeling sad – especially the end of the book!  My personal opinion is romances should not end on such a melancholy note!!  Sarah and Coop were looking at some serious changes, but no idea how those are resolved either.  Guess I have to wait for The Hero to find out (hopefully).  Wonder who The Hero is?

Do you agree that books should be stand alone?  Or, do you enjoy this continuing trend of an incomplete book that requires you to read the next if you want to know the outcome?  Finally, can anyone tell me who The Newcomer is??

Cheerleading Post

Published July 1, 2013 by The Book Momster

As I’ve mentioned, I was chosen as one of Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold cheerleaders for 2013.  I’m helping spread the word about how wonderful I think her books are – along with 79 other friends.  I truly believe Susan is a wonderful author and that everyone who loves romances should give her a try.  I think my opinion is validated when I look at Amazon and her latest book, Two of A Kind, boasts almost 250 reviews in less than one week and an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5.0!!  The first book of the summer, Just One Kiss, currently has 535 reviews and a rating of 4.7/5.0.  That’s so awesome!

Just One Kiss and Two of A Kind are now available in bookstores or your e-reader.

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