Relatively Normal

IMG-1457Another author suggested this book on her Facebook page. I was intrigued enough to give it a chance, and I’m glad I did. Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen was a hilarious piece of chick lit that made me–a more quiet, reserved type of reader–laugh aloud many times. Here’s the blurb.

SUMMARY

Catriona Masterton’s fiancé, Ethan, is Normal.

He plans trips six months in advance and arrives at the airport a minimum of three hours early. He purchases life insurance, luggage insurance, and always opts for the extended warranty. He’s responsible, reliable, and would make any woman a wonderful life partner.

In other words, he’s the exact opposite of the Masterton clan.

Cat’s mother has a kitchen gadget fetish, a father whose best friends are taxidermied field mice, and a super stoner man-child brother who lives–where else?–in the basement. Then there’s Nan, her proud Scottish grandmother with a proclivity for profanity and mischief.

What on earth will Catriona’s Normal fiancé think when he comes home with her to meet her parents? What will he think when he discovers his soon-to-be in-laws invited Cat’s ex to join them for a holiday dinner?

Find out in a laugh-out-loud journey of self-discovery, familial pandemonium, and love.

My Review

4 delicious1This one I rated 5’s on Amazon and Goodreads. I rated it Delicious on my more critical sweet scale. It’s super funny, as I’ve already said. The characters—Catriona (Cat), Ethan, Sam, Jazzy, and Cat’s crazy family, the Scottish Mastersons (Nan, dad, mom, and a seemingly useless brother)–are so quirky and fun. Cat and Ethan have been engaged for a year. Cat finally decides to let him meet her family, and the fun begins. The characters are hilarious. The situations slapstick. The heart-tugging romance is amazing. I won’t spoil anything by talking about it. Some chick lit can be super silly and not that romantic, but this one, though slapstick silly at times, had the great heart-connection and swoon-worthy scenes I crave in a good romance as Cat decides what her heart really wants. This is a second-chance, once bitten-twice shy story that is super well done. I absolutely loved every second of the journey and can’t wait to read the next one in this series.

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Can I just say, I’m loving Spring! I mowed my yard for the first time this year, and it made me happy. I even weeded and sprayed RoundUp like crazy all over, because we’ve had a lot of rain in the last couple months…and well, yeah! You know what rain brings (besides flowers). Enjoy your spring, and enjoy a good book!

Happy Reading,

Char

Finding Jack

jackHere’s another book review and a FREEBIE to celebrate April and the arrival of warmer weather. I loved this newest book by Melanie Jacobson. It was one of my favorites I’ve read this year. Here’s the blurb.

SUMMARY

Can their online flirtation become something real?

When smart, practical Emily finds herself in the crosshairs of an Internet prankster, her orderly world goes topsy-turvy. Instead of getting mad at the handsome stranger behind the joke, she finds herself drawn to him. But Jack Dobson, though hilarious and thoughtful, has a lot of secrets. Despite her growing feelings for her new and unexpected long-distance friend, his biggest secret of all might be the one that breaks the spell they’ve been weaving around each other. Continue reading

What the Wind Knows

newfeb2I read this newest one by Amy Harmon, What the Wind Knows, last month, and have been dying to blog about it for any who haven’t read about it yet. Here’s the blurb:

Summary

In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. Continue reading

Sanctuary

newmar1Here’s a great new romantic suspense. I just finished yesterday, and really enjoyed this one. It has a unique premise and a riveting plot. Lots of action. Lots of mystery. Lots of reading goodness. Here’s the nitty gritty on this new book by Traci Abramson.

Synopsis

Kristi Hartinger has come to terms with her life as a single, thirty-something woman. She was in love . . . once. But following her boyfriend’s tragic death, no one else could capture her heart. And nothing else could fill that void, though the serenity of the ocean came close. Two years ago, Kristi left the craziness of her Wall Street career behind and embraced a simpler life on her family’s private island off the coast of Maine. As a resident of the small beach community, she anticipates a quiet future until she comes face-to-face with her past. Continue reading

A Guarded Heart

A Guarded Heart BannerI love when a book grabs hold of my heart real tight…and doesn’t let go. A Guarded heart by Heidi Kimball did that for me. Here’s the teaser:

Teaser

Three years after a shocking scandal destroyed her family and forced her into isolation, Eleanor Hayward finally has an opportunity to put her painful history and dashed hopes behind her. But reentering society is no simple task. In her cousin’s glittering ballroom, Eleanor is stunned when she comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart those years before. Continue reading

Pimpernel: Starbreaker

img-1300Here’s my last January read that thrilled me!!! Pimpernel: Starbreaker by Sheralyn Pratt. This is the 3rd book in the Pimpernel series. If you haven’t read the others, I will put my plug in for them. They’re super, super good!!! I’ve reread them all (except this last one), and my love just keeps growing for the characters in these stories. This author is amazing!

SYNOPSIS

Vic Davalos is one of the most successful models of her generation. She’s also scheduled to be taken out by a hitman by the next new moon.  Continue reading

My Not So Wicked Stepbrother

newbookHere’s another great book I read last month. My Not So Wicked Stepbrother by Jennifer Peel. I’ve read all of Jennifer Peel’s romances. She will probably always be one of my top favs!!! The start of her new Not So Wicked series was so much fun! I’m looking forward to reading more of these! Here is the summary:

TEASER

Loveless is more than a name, it’s a curse.

I, Emma Loveless, have a destiny. It’s not the greatest of destinies, but when you have a name like Loveless, what can you do? I’m cursed to always be the friend, never the girlfriend. Unless you count my love affair with Duncan Hines, Dr. Pepper, and the ever-lovable Pillsbury Doughboy. Continue reading