Book Review: Perfect Timing by Laura Spinella

17165610Perfect Timing by Laura Spinella

Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 384
Price: $15.00

“That’s what happens when you wear the triple crown of fame-talent, looks, and filthy rich. With this, you can add the fantasy element of wickedly untamed.”

Isabel Lang buried her past long ago, leaving behind the blissful and painful memories of Catswallow, Alabama for a sweet life in Providence working at a radio station. Her life has been set up wonderfully, a great boyfriend who wants her to succeed and a job that brings her joy. But everything changes when Isabel requires help from an unlikely source to keep her job and potentially her sanity.

Aiden Roycroft and Isabel Lang were best friends in the small town of Catswallow, Alabama during their childhoods and teen years. Aiden was the golden boy, handsome and musically gifted. All the boys wanted to be him, and all the girls wanted to be with him. He was trouble, but to Isabel, he was a best friend and someone she could trust.  They shared in the secrets that their families tried to keep in the past and reveled in the memories they had with one another. But when Aiden is accused of a vicious crime, the two flee to Las Vegas where Isabel’s future unravels and crumbles before her.

Seven years later, their friendship is just a long drifting memory. Isabel is content with her life with Nate Porter, a handsome and perfect doctor who plans on giving her the ideal life she has longed for and working hard on running a radio station. Plans change and life becomes jumbled when the new station management demands more ratings putting everyone’s jobs in jeopardy. Everything seems hopeless until Isabel decides to call on a lifeline from the past and contact the only rock star she has ever known.

I love Spinella’s way of weaving the past and the present. Her characters are always so wonderful and quirky; they jump off the page. There were some uncomfortable moments in the story and it may *TRIGGER WARNING* some things for people, so be careful. I feel like Spinella’s love stories are honest in the fact that things are messy. Life is chaotic, and everything doesn’t work out the way you planned, but eventually good things happen. I know that consistently having a happy ending bothers some people, but honestly, I feel like it gives me hope for my own life. I loved this book, and I will be looking for more of Spinella’s writing.

“She knew only of love, what she had read in books
The novels on her shelf held her most prized memories
She shared in their moments, both happy and sad
She felt every word as though the pen which wrote them had stabbed each letter into her skin
Shackling her forever to the thoughts she wished so deeply were her own
She could not lay claim to her feelings,
For they were written by the hand of an ex lover not known
She felt only the fear and joy described on yellowing pages
She was held together only by the loose binding of the oldest book
She was as damaged as the warped covers of collections that had lived well past their time
As each page turned, and chapter end, her life followed suit
She followed a path, not meant for her
Lived a out a fate, destined for another.”

~newwordsoldsoul

Book Review: Ugly love by Colleen Hoover

17788401Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 337
Price: $15.00

“Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”

Tate Collins is studying to become a registered nurse when she moves into her brother Corbin’s apartment until she can find a place of her own. With a crazy schedule of rotations and class, Tate doesn’t have time for love. A detail her brother is all too thrilled about, since his job as a pilot often has him away from home for days on end. Everything goes according to plan until Tate runs into one of Corbin’s friends/co-worker, it is then that she trips and falls into a situation she never could have expected.

Miles Archer is a god. No, not Greek mythology or deity, he’s just chiseled and sculpted in all the right places, oozing charm and arrogance which makes him utterly appealing. He has no room for love or relationships and he guards that part of himself with as much ammunition as he can carry, until he realizes his undeniable attraction with Tate.

Their chemistry fizzes beneath the surface and they concoct the perfect arrangement. No love. No feelings. No emotions. Just sex. What could possibly go wrong?

Armed with two rules Miles gives her at the very start of their affair:
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
Tate has to decide if no strings attached is something she can really handle, especially when it seems like all her strings begin to attach her to Miles.

Things get messy.
Wounds are opened.
Promises get broken.
Rules are destroyed.
Love gets ugly.

I really enjoyed this book. There is nothing profound in this story, nothing that will stick with you or alter your life in amazing ways. It’s just a good book. Of course you have drama and sex, but you also have a really attractive male character that makes your heart leap and your pulse jump. The writing is simple and very straightforward. Unfortunately, the characters don’t have a lot of depth. Yes, we get Miles’s backstory, but again, we don’t dive deep into that time in his life. We get his emotions at face value, but nothing deeper. Despite this, I still thought it was a good book and I would recommend it to those readers who like romance or even a quick beach read. I’m looking forward to other Hoover novels because sometimes you just need some steamy literary sex to get you through the day.

 

 

Book Review: Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell

51wv-MTbz3L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell

Release Date: January 1st, 2009
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 410
Price: $14.99

“Maybe when she’d been eighteen it was a quality she might have laughed at, but at twenty-eight, dependability had turned into something of an aphrodisiac.”

Tilly Cole always keeps men at an arm’s length. If she stops feeling anything towards them, she becomes distant to the point where the men are forced to break up with her so she doesn’t have to leave them. When a newly single Tilly sees an ad for a “Girl Friday” she jumps at the chance. Leaving her flat in London for a fun job in a small town with a chance for a fresh start in a cute country house, Tilly begins to see the possibilities of a life she didn’t think she could have. But her new fun world changes when she becomes the topic of gossip, jealousy, and intrigue all surrounding the local bachelor-Jack Lucas.

Jack Lucas has a reputation as the love ‘em and leave ‘em type. His escapades are legendary and every single woman in town lusts for him and every woman wants her chance to be with Jack. Tilly is not immune to his charm, but decides to do the mature thing and keep her distance from him, lest she wind up like all the other woman who have spent a night in his bed. Despite her attempts to remain away from Jack, her work and home life force interaction and eventually a slight friendship between the two leading Tilly to believe that not all the rumors she’s heard about him are true. With little to go on, Tilly has to decide what she believes is rumor and what is fact—because Jack doesn’t sleep and tell.

I’m going to start off with my mantra, if you can’t get into a book it’s not the right time to read it. I’ve had this book for a few years now, but I could never get into it. This time, it stuck. The writing was witty and hilarious and the characters were fun and charming. I felt like I could easily slip into their world and immerse myself in a culture that I’ve never experienced first-hand. Everything about the story was quaint and charming, but also real. I love the chaos that ensues before things even out, because that’s how life can be. I’m still partial to my happy endings because they make me, as a reader, feel better about the world around me and I think that’s really important. I’m currently looking for more Mansell books to add to my to-be-read pile.

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinella

8701074Beautiful Disaster by Laura Spinella

Release Date: November 23, 2010
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 370
Price: $15.00

“I have more faith in you than you do. You see a single disaster when you look into that mirror. I see the whole beautiful man.”

Mia Well’s career is about to take off. Her eco-friendly office building designs are about to become a long awaited reality when a shocking piece of Mia’s past comes hurtling into her present. The man who was always in Mia’s dreams, the one who never disappeared from her mind, has suddenly resurfaced. With his arrival come memories and emotions that Mia has kept at bay for twelve years.

Mia was a college student in Athens, Georgia studying interior design when Flynn asked to buy her a beer. His mysterious background leaves a lot to be desired, half a name, and no ties to anything or anyone, except for Mia. His edgy and mysterious exterior calls to Mia and her love for a man as enigmatic as Flynn grows with each passing day. When she learns his secrets, Mia remains faithful, holding onto the mystery until he resurfaces.

After all those years of questions Flynn is back in Mia’s life and unconscious in a hospital bed after a nasty accident left him almost dead. Mia remains by his side at the hospital, afraid that she will never get to say goodbye and afraid that a twelve year old mystery will never be solved. Ever since he left, Mia had an empty place in her heart that not even her husband could fill. Mia’s what-ifs build and build until the answers are revealed and a twelve year old ache is diminished.

This book did a lot of things to me. I was in an emotional place and it brought up a lot my own fears. With that being said, it was a really terrific book. There was romance and passion and a sizzle between Flynn and Mia that made me rather jealous. I wanted to know about Flynn’s past and when it was revealed, everything made sense. It killed me how things disintegrated between Mia and Flynn, but she held strong for twelve years—their love was that strong. It’s one of those things that I hope for my own future. And sure, it could have ended differently because life is always uncertain, but I’m glad it ended the way it did. Definitely looking for her other books.