Author: J Lynn
Series: Gamble Brothers #1
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Published: April 2012
Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother’s best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can’t stop bickering.
Forced together for her brother’s wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they’re forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of “accidents” as the family tries to prove their “spark” can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don’t strangle each other first…
Tempting the Best Man is a wonderfully light contemporary romance that by the last page had me smiling from ear to ear. I really enjoyed it.
The basis for the storyline is simple. Maddie is the maid of honour at her brother’s wedding. The whole wedding party spends the days leading up to the wedding at a vinyards and that includes the Gamble brothers, the groom’s best friends. Chandler, Chad and Chase (can you get any more American than that? haha) Maddie has been head over heals in love with Chase since she was a young girl and is dreading spending the weekend with him as things between them recently have become complicated. And of course by an ‘unlucky’ mistake in the bookings they end up having to share a cabin together.
The rest of the weekend is filled with near misses, misunderstandings and a good helping of passion too. Both Maddie and Chase are telling the story and this really worked well with the storyline. It was good to get inside Chase’s head and see how he really feels about Maddie and the reasons for his reluctance to give in and just be with her.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I must say that I was impressed. She really does a great job of drawing you into the characters and the storyline and had me really routing hard for these two. I’m looking forward to reading more by her.
So, at the end of the day, this book is what it is. A relatively short, easy read about love, family and a good old fashioned wedding! If you’re looking for something short and sweet, I really recommend this one!
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: December 2010
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?
So I have been in a bit of a reading ‘lull’ lately. I’ve been sick for a few weeks and just havent felt like reading. But yesterday I decided to pick up Anna and the French Kiss and see if it could get me back on track. And boy oh boy did it ever! This was the PERFECT choice to cheer me up and get me reading again. I absolutely adored every minute of it and read it in less than a day.
Contemporary cute chick lit romance set in Paris. What more could a girl ask for. I was enthralled, mesmerized and completely sucked into this wonderful story.
There are so many amazing aspects to this book but one that stands out the most for me is the setting. Paris. Anna doesn’t want to spend her senior year in a Paris borading school but it doesn’t take her long to start falling in love with the city… and me along with her. Although I have been to Paris, it has been many years since then but I now feel a deep need to go back there. The way that the culture, people and places in Paris is woven into the storyline is pure genius, it really works and I felt like ‘Paris’ was just another character in the book!
The characters are superb! Each and every one of them. And more importantly, believable. There was no love at first sight here. Anna and Etienne’s relationship built up beautifully as the book went on and was not without its ups and downs and I just loved this. Anna is relatable and extremely likeable and Etienne (insert dreamy sigh here) is just.. wow. It was also interesting (for me) to realise how Americans view us Brits and this is highlighted a lot in this book. I was facinated. Whenever Anna pointed out one of Etienne’s ‘Briticisms’ I had a little chuckle to myself because I didn’t realise he said something different until she pointed it out.
Anna also provides for a LOT of funny internal dialogue. I found myself laughing out loud several times over her internal witty and sarcastic musings.
So with its wonderful characters, engaging storyline, beautiful setting and general ‘cuteness’ I think this is WELL deserved of five stars. I really can’t find fault, at all, with this book and recommend everyone to read it.
Author: Simone Elkeles
Series: Perfect Chemestry, Book 1
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: December 2008
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart
So many people have told me that this book is amazing. And for some reason I put off reading it for quite some time. Mainly, I think, because it is a contemporary chick lit, a genre which I’m not usually that interested in. Well let me tell you, this book has completely changed my mind about that! Not only was it as amazing as I was told, it was actually far better than many paranormal/fantasy books I’ve read over the years (my usual genre). I LOVED this book!
Here we have 2 complete opposites. Brittany – She’s a white girl from the north side of town, where cars and houses and appearances are everything. She’s captain of the pom poms, most popular girl in school and underneath all that she’s screaming inside. She hates putting on the appearance of being perfect and just wants to be herself. But her mother expects her to be the best. Alex – He’s a mexican gang member from the south side of town, where crime, gangs and low income housing is a plenty. He’s a member of the Latino Blood (LB), he’s known for being the bad boy, and nobody messes with him. But like Brittany, inside he’s someone else. He’s only a gang member because he doesn’t have a choice, he just wants to keep his mother and brothers safe and knows LB will protect them if he does as he’s told.
You put these 2 together and you get one amazing story! Watching their relationship progress was so interesting. I was literally glued to my kindle for 3 days. I coulnd’t get enough of this book. They are paird together in chemistry to do a project and at first they completely butt heads. Eventually though their need to be themselves (rather than the appearance they put on) becomes the connection between them. The question is, can the worlds of these 2 people mix? And can they each put aside gangs and appearances in order to be together?
At the heart of this book is a great love story. Alex… oh Alex. If you’ve read it, no further explanation is needed. If you havent then, lets just say he’s the perfect bad boy with a heart. I wish I had an Alex all to myself! Never before have I routed for 2 people to be together so badly. The 2 main characters were just written so well. And despite the main story being about Alex and Brittany, I also liked the sub characters within this story… such as Alex’s best friend Paco and Brittany’s unlikely friendship with Isa. These sub plots added more to the story which I really enjoyed.
Lastly I think what makes Perfect Chemistry stand out is the message behind the story. The fact that people from different backgrounds or races or relgions are still just people at the end of the day. Divisions shouldn’t stop them from being friends or in the case of Alex and Brittany, more than friends. Recommend to all!