Archive | February 2013

Falling for Her Fiance – Cindi Masden

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I will cheerfully read anything at all that Heather Riccio puts in front of me. This is no exception. I swear, I’ve gotten some amazing reading material from this woman and I heart her tons for it!

I received a copy of this book to read for review purposes and *sigh* have added yet another book to my growing pile of books to buy. (Please send winning fallingforherfiancelottery numbers so I can buy ALL THE BOOKS!)

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before (which means I probably have ad nauseum) but I have wildly varied tastes in my reading material. I love everything from gory horror, to sweet happily ever afters, to torrid erotic romance.

Falling for Her Fiance is one of the sweet, makes you go “awww” and get misty eyed variety. And yes, I did get misty.

Book Blurb:

Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, so when Wes needs a date for his sister’s wedding and Dani needs a partner for her company’s retreat, they devise the perfect plan: a fake engagement to get through both events unscathed. Adrenaline-junkie Wes can prove to both his ex and his family that he’s well and truly moved on, and serious-minded Dani can prove to her boss that she’s worthy of the promotion he seems to only want to give to a family-oriented employee.

But amid the fake swoons, fake kisses, and forced proximity, neither expects the very real feelings that develop. There’s nothing more dangerous than falling for your best friend…but what if the landing is worth the fall?

The Good:

Dude, I so totally loved this book. It was a very fast read, simply because it pulled me along and I didn’t want to stop reading it. That’s always a good sign!

Add to that, Dani and Wes are just too adorable. Their friendship is amazing and it’s sweet to watch them stumble through trying to figure out how to be in love. While pretending to be in love. Yeah.

I loved how Dani and Wes complimented each other and I was rooting for them from the start. It was one of those “It’s about darn time!” things when they finally admitted it to each other.

The Bad:

Honestly, there really wasn’t any bad for me here. I had all the warm fuzzies.

Overall:

This is one of those sweet stories about falling in love that make you walk away feeling good about life. A must read for anytime you need a pick me up or just to feel happy.

Dear Cassie – Lisa Burstein

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By now, it’s pretty much a given that anything Heather Riccio tells me to read, I will read no questions asked.

So when she asked for reviews for Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein, I was all over it. Heather never steers me wrong and Entangled publishes amazing work. I dearcassiehave a free copy of this for the express purpose of review, but I enjoyed it so much that not only is it a definite “MUST READ” for me, I’ll be purchasing a copy so that Lisa will write many, many more.

Book Blurb:

What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?

You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.

You’d be wrong.

There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about.

What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?

But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t—he can’t—the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies.

And yet I can’t help but wonder…what if?

The Good:

Needless to say, the story is gripping. It’s told entirely from Cassie’s point of view (obviously, as it’s a diary) and all of her turmoil is conveyed in raw, moving descriptions of her time at Turning Pines.

Ultimately, Cassie is just an average teenager. She isn’t extraordinarily bad. She isn’t even really a little bad. She’s going through the same sorts of things that all teens go through as they try to figure out who they are and where they fit in with the rest of the world.

As Cassie gets closer and closer to admitting to herself and more importantly to Troyer (I’ve already asked for her story!), it’s heartbreaking to see the effect that her secret has had on her.

Cassie finally learns to start trusting herself, and others, again.

Seriously, the writing is incredible. I felt all the feels that Cassie felt and I was right back in the middle of all the self-doubt I had when I was her age.

Lisa doesn’t fall into the sometimes trap of writing teen characters for adults. They don’t have it all together. They aren’t confident. Her characters are still learning and trying to figure it out. They really are teens. Not teens the way that adults wish they’d been. So, BRAVA!!

The Bad:

Since it’s about Cassie and told from her point of view, I want more about the other characters! I’m looking at you, Lisa!

Overall:

Dear Cassie is incredibly touching. It’s a deep soul-searching journey for Cassie, as she struggles to come to terms with the long and often difficult journey into adulthood. (Doesn’t that sound all official and stuff?)

Honestly, it’s just an incredible read and I think you should sit down and read it. Now.