transmission
23Mar/17Off

na?

Hold Me

Courtney Miilan

A very enjoyable slice of contemporary romance that basically does the whole 'Shop Around The Corner/You've Got Mail' plot with Physicists and science bloggers.
Unusually among the romance novels I've read this one has a very diverse cast none of whom are defined solely by their ethnicity, identity or whatever.
I much preferred it to the first in this series.

Rating: B

24Feb/17Off

webfence?

Attachments

Rainbow Rowell

I've not made the quickest start to my reading this year. A health issue has meant that I really couldn't concentrate on story for any length of time for the past few weeks.
To get me started I decided to pick out an easy read, something that I've read before.
Attachments is a novel about people working for a newspaper in 1999 and early 2000. It's a sweet tale of female friendship between a film critic and a subeditor told epistolary style through emails which are read by the poor IT guy who has to check for abuse of the Internet by employees. There's a believable but always fundamentally creepy romantic relationship that develops between the IT guy and the film columnist. After all he's read all sorts of things about her life without her knowledge or consent.
It's not as good as later books by the author but it is enjoyable and as I say it's an easy read.

Rating: B+

12Dec/16Off

eggnog?

Miss Kane's Christmas

Caroline Mickelson

This novella is basically the kind of premise that would you find in a Hallmark Christmas movie.
Santa Claus' daughter is tasked to bring back the Christmas spirit to a widower by posing as his kid's new nanny.
Short, super fluffy and free from all major e-book retailers.
Since I'm a Hallmark christmas movie junkie this suited me as a momentary diversion.

Rating: C

13Nov/16Off

glitter?

Must Love Mistletoe

Christie Ridgway

51b-wizjd5lA freebie from iBooks, this is a competent if formulaic contemporary Christmas romance.
High powered attorney Bailey comes home to bail out the family Christmas store at the busiest time of the year.
Who does she find next door? Her high school sweetheart of course. Former bad boy Finn is home looking after his terminally ill Grandmother while recovering from injuries acquired in the line of duty as a Secret Service agent.
Will sparks fly? What do you think?
Worth reading if you like a serviceable contemporary romance and like the price of free!

Rating: C

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28Jul/16Off

banned?

One Con Glory

Sarah Kuhn

one con gloryGeek culture journalist Julie attends a comic-con with two purposes in mind.
The first to interview one of the stars of comicbook based TV show without insulting him...
The second is to win at auction the rare action figure of her all-time favourite superhero Glory Gilmore.
Needless to say this plan doesn't run as smoothly as she'd like.
This is a thoroughly entertaining novella even if everything that happens is entirely predictable.

Rating: B

11Jul/16Off

seesaw?

The Boss's Fake Fiancee

Inara Scott

the boss's fake fianceeAnother bad fake married book.
Our heroine has started a new life at a very successful tech firm after being dumped by her older boyfriend for her best friend.
Coming across her ex at an event she implies that she's with her boss.
When this is leaked to the press his deathly ill Gran believes that they're really engaged.
So our heroine agrees to pretend to be engaged until his Gran is recovered from illness.
Of course things don't quite run smoothly.

Rating: C-

11Jul/16Off

allergic?

Wife By Wednesday

Catherine Bybee

wife by wednesdayUtterly forgettable fake married novel.
Our heroine runs an ultra discreet matchmaking service for the super wealthy.
Titled and super rich the lead male needs a wife to collect his full inheritance.
Turning down the offered matches he instead asks our heroine to be his fake wife for a year.
Of course things don't quite run smoothly.

Rating: C

11Jul/16Off

charter?

The Puffin Island Trilogy

Sarah Morgan

first time in foreverThis trilogy of romance novels are mainly set on the idyllic holiday spot of Puffin Island located on the North East coast of the US.
Book 1 is First Time in Forever which follows Emily as she takes custody of her recently deceased movie star half-sister's child. They move to Puffin Island to hide the kid from the paparazzi. It's a perfectly competent romance novel even if the lead character is a bit of a wet blanket. This one I read as an ebook. Rated C+
Book 2 is Some Kind of Wonderful. This one follows Brittany as she returns to her native Puffin Island afer breaking her arm while working at an archaeological dig in Crete. On the journey back she discovers that her ex-husband from a ten day teenage marriage is back in town.
This one has much better leads than the first book. Rated C+
Book 3 is Christmas Ever After and it is the best of this series. It tells the story of Skylar and what happens to her after rejecting a public marriage offer from her distant politician boyfriend and is left alone in London at Christmas time. I really like the couple in this book. Rated B-

Rating: B-

8Feb/16Off

steve?

The Royal We

Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

heather-cocks-jessica-morgan-theroyalweThis is a soapy romance novel telling the story of an American exchange student who falls in love with a future British King.
Basically it's an AU version of the courtship of the Cambridges.
This book has been really popular with one of my online communities. Honestly I didn't really enjoy it very much. I'm guessing it plays better if you're American and have a really romanticized version of Royalty in your head.
I have no romantic notions regarding the Royals and very limited sympathy for them.
If you like a competently written contemporary romance about royals then this might be for you.

Rating: C+

30Dec/15Off

sober?

What I Did For Love

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

what i did for loveThis is an exemplary piece of Fake Marrieds romantic fiction. I read it last year during my great glut of romance reading but I didn't give it more than a rating then.
This is the story of a former teen TV comedy star whose recent divorce from the biggest male star in Hollywood has caused the paparazzi to make her life hell. After a night out in Las Vegas she wakes up married to her hated (and washed up) former co-star. Despite their mutual loathing they stay together for the sake of her image and his bank balance. Of course real feelings turn up along the way.
This book coasts along brilliantly until the weird section with the quarantine lockdown. From there to the happy denouement there are some really ugly bits that very nearly spoil the book.
Still recommended if you, like me, have a thing for the Fake Married trope.

Rating: B-