Narcissistic Tendencies

narToday I have a fun treat for you. The 3rd book in the Dating by Design series by Jennifer Peel–Narcissistic Tendencies–was so good that I want to give the 1st book away to a lucky commenter. So read all about it, then leave a comment at the end if you’d like a chance to win Book 1–His Personal Relationship Manager.

Each of the books have been so awesome…and witty. This one pairs up Kate, Binary’s Dating Service’s resident psychologist, with Nick Wells, an over-the-top handsome, egotistical movie star. When Nick signs up for Binary’s matchmaking services, Kate questions whether that is wise. The man seems like a total narcissist to her. And she should know since she’s dealt with one up close and personal before. Her boss asks her to be his Relationship Manager, which she is loathe to do. But her job is on the line. So Kate tries to do her best. But when her heart betrays her by always liking the man, the lines between professional and friendly get very muddy. She doesn’t know quite what to think of the man.

On the one hand, he’s obviously a narcissist.

But then he’ll do something kind that confuses her.

Who’s the real man?

My Review

5 Yummy 3I really loved this one. Definitely 5 stars all the way! The characters are awesome. It was a fun to see Nick grow into someone I could like. I was with Kate in the beginning and thought he was an A-class jerk. But he grew on me, and by the end I really liked him. That’s good writing!

The side characters are hilarious as well. You have the Nanettes from the other 2 books and then Nick’s teenage daughter. Seeing Zander and Meg in this one (from book 2) was gratifying also. And the ending was phenomenal. But I refuse to spoil it for you. It’s so good!!! You’ll have to savor it for yourself.

Favorite Quotes:

People always tell you who they are, even if they are trying to hide it.” – Zander

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You should never enter a relationship with the intention to “fix” someone. You would only end up broken.

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…sometimes we give away what could have been the most beautiful bouquet because we were afraid that we might get pricked by a few thorns. Here’s a newsflash, my dear daughter, all roses have thorns, even you. Though yours are few.” She gave me a sardonic grin. “Honey, you’ve got to be willing to bleed a little.”

Giveaway

Leave a comment with your email to be in the drawing to win a digital copy of His Relationship Manager – book 1 in this series. You won’t regret it. Now go and have a happy day!

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The Highlander’s Hidden Heart

A Highlander's Hidden Heart bannerHere’s another fun read by Julie Coulter Bellon. I’ve read many of her romantic suspense novels and a few contemporary ones lately, but this is her first historical romance between a Scottish lord and an English lady. I thought she did a good job! Read on to learn more, and enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win. Continue reading

My Dearest Enemy

Here’s the latest by Jennifer Moore. I love her historical romances, and this one was set in a unique period of time. Canada. Early 1800’s when England fought against the States (again). I love learning about small pieces of history through fictional stories, and this nibble of history I hadn’t run into before, so I wanted to share. Here’s the synopsis (And don’t you LOVE that cover?):

Blurb

coverStruggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren’t for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier’s injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans. Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn. Continue reading

Young Adult Romances

Here are some fun YA books I’ve read. Kelly Oram writes great YA that always make me laugh out loud. She has a sharp, cutting wit about her, and it reveals itself in her character dialogue. These two books feature romance in a science squad of all places. Hee hee. Read on, and leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway at the end.

The Avery Shaw Experiment

averyAvery Shaw is a science geek who is secretly in love with her best friend, Aiden. But when Aiden wants to put some distance between them and gets a girlfriend, she is crushed. Grayson, Aiden’s older brother, and the most popular senior at Spanish Fork High (hey! This is right close to me!), rushes to the rescue to keep Avery from falling apart. They strike up an Experiment to do for the science fair that Aiden’s left her high and dry without a partner for now, to see if her broken heart can be cured by going through the seven stages of grief. Grayson will act as the unbiased observer.

This cute, witty, heart-tugging romance made me laugh constantly. Avery is a cool, smart character. Grayson is the fantastic, handsome jock. He’s hilarious, but caring. Seeing Avery grow and develop confidence to stand on her own is thrilling. Continue reading

The Smallest Part

smallGIVEAWAY ENDED: Winner is LoraDawn.

Sometimes I read a book, and it goes beyond my expectations. I want to share the wonder (which I will at the end of this post in a giveaway). I’m an avid reader and love books for the sake of a good story. So even if it’s not the best book ever written, I still appreciate the time, skill, and imagination the author put into it. Stories feed my soul. I rarely read one I don’t like.

But then there are authors like Amy Harmon. My hero. Every book she puts out is like the most divine, decadent feast I can imagine. Her stories are not just dessert. They are solid food for my heart and soul. Nourishing. Filling. I don’t finish them and hunger. They linger in my heart for weeks, months, even years. Their messages change me. Inspire me. Make me want to be kinder, stronger, braver. Continue reading