transmission
5Aug/17Off

genie?

Sleepless In Manhattan

Sarah Morgan

When Paige and her friends are let go from their jobs they decide to start up their own business. Working closely with her childhood crush Jake as her first client Paige finds herself falling for him all over again.
Normally Sarah Morgan books are super quick reads with really enjoyable dialogue. This particular book took me months of slow grinding to complete. I don't know if it was just this particular set of characters or something to do with my mindset but I struggled with this book from the off. Now that I've finished I can see that it's a perfectly generic piece of contemporary romance. Nothing overly bad or particularly exciting about it.

Rating: C

1Aug/17Off

bella?

The Total Package

Stephanie Evanovich

Dani is a touchline TV reporter covering American Football. Tyson is a star quarterback - back on the top of the game after very public fall from grace. When she's forced to go and work with his team will they be able to get past their history?
This is a perfectly compentent and completely predicable contemporary romance. I doubt I'll remember any of it in a couple of days.

Rating: B-

27Jul/17Off

paintball?

The Hating Game

Sally Thorne

Lucy & Josh are bitter rivals at a publishing house. Every day in their shared office is filled with paranoid and hate driven game playing.
When the pair start to compete for the new position of Chief Operating Officer it brings out a new side to their antagonistic relationship.
I enjoyed the majority of the book and the whole "I hate you so much one day I'm going to realize I love you" vibe was very well done. The score was brought down by how much I dislike the fact that the promotion rivalry was such a big deal to the story and in the end it just fizzled away. The book felt like it stopped suddenly, somehow incomplete because of that.

Rating: B-

25Jul/17Off

bute?

Wildflower Bay

Rachael Lucas

Super uptight Isla loses her job as top stylist in a chic Edinburgh salon. In the aftermath she allows herself to be talked into to taking the reins of her Aunt's hairdressers shop while she helps look after her newborn grandchild. Finding herself on an isolated island (a fictional version of Bute) the confirmed city girl finds herself making friends and having fun for the first time in ages.
I liked this one OK but the relationship between Isla and her pensioner friend was so much more interesting and involving than the eventual love story.

Rating: B-

23Jul/17Off

oceanographer?

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop

Annie Darling

I received this book for review from Netgalley.
Verity runs admin for the Lonely Hearts Bookshop. An introvert dreamer with a bad break up behind her she's invented a fake boyfriend to stop the well meaning interventions of her friends into her dating life. Nearly caught out in her lie she relies on the kindness of a stranger to divert her friends. Turns of the stranger thinks the idea of fake dating is a great one and proposes they be each others fake dates for the summer.
Fun book that was total catnip for me. As I've said before the 'fake dating' trope just works for me. The lead character is easy to root for and the world around the leads is well drawn. The only thing that spoils it is just how dumb the lead male is about his 'one true love'. I could get it if she was a decent human but she's just spoilt and awful.

Rating: B

21Jul/17Off

review?

Until Love Do Us Part

Anna Premoli

Super rich upper crust Defense Attorney and middle class 'Irish' Assistant District Attorney carry bad blood from college into the courtroom. The resultant petty squabble finds the two sentenced to community service. They slowly learn that the other person isn't quite who they thought they were.
This is one of the most forgettable books I've ever read. I honestly had to check on Goodreads to remind myself of the plot after only a couple of days. Forgettable it may be but I still liked some of the back-and-forth dialogue. Still definitely the weakest of the three Premoli books I've read.

Rating: C

20Jul/17Off

breeding?

Love To Hate You

Anna Premoli

She's the daughter of organic farmers who grew up to be a tax lawyer and he's the titled heir to a family business empire that has decided to become an economist instead.
Separated from working together because their relationship is so poisonous they find themselves forced to join forces at the insistence of an important client and things take a turn for the interesting.
I only read this second Premoli book because the preview at the end of You Drive Me Crazy was so up my street. A proper enemies to lovers via fake dating story will always hit my buttons even when it's as basic as this one.

Rating: B-

19Jul/17Off

seoul?

You Drive Me Crazy

Anna Premoli

Maddison works in mergers at a corporate bank. She'd much rather be set free to shop using the money of whichever rich guy she can snag.
She applies for a transfer to the bank's New York office and instead finds herself being sent to Seoul.
Shocked by the culture clash and her stern new boss (and next door neighbour) she begins to grow as a person and to take a chance at real love.
The characters in this are pretty cardboard and the plotting incredibly by-the-numbers but occasionally the dialogue crackles into life enough to be enjoyable.

Rating: C+

29May/17Off

publisher?

Romancing Mister Bridgerton

Julia Quinn

This is a really enormously enjoyable piece of historical romantic comedy.
Penelope Featherington is the perpetual wallflower of the London Set and has had a lifelong crush on Colin Bridgerton - her best friend's brother. When a scandal erupts around notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown the two are involved in the mystery and pushed together.
I'm not a huge fan of historical romances but this is a really well written and thoroughly entertaining slice of romantic fiction. Funny and emotionally involving I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes romantic comedies.

Rating: B+

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