Title: I’ve Got Your Number
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Narrators: Jayne Entwistle
Rating (Story): ★★★☆☆
I’ve Got Your Number is light romantic comedy in which Poppy’s loss of her phone leads her to pick one up from a trashcan. Sam Roxton, whose personal assistant owned the phone wants it back but Poppy is desperate to hang on to it because she’s also lost her engagement ring and can only get news about it through the phone. As you can probably guess, the story sometimes surpassed the bounds of believability, but it was a fun adventure throughout. Overall, I thought it was a pretty standard romantic comedy and would make an excellent movie because someone funny is always happening. However… Poppy, while really witty and a ton of fun can also be an interfering, cowardly, stupid woman. There were times I loved her for her good points, but other times I found her so frustrating I almost hoped things didn’t work out! Overall, quite average. I thought the narration was very well done, especially the emotion with with the narrator told the story. Also, bonus points for singing. I did, however, sometimes find the whiny edge to her voice almost as annoying as Poppy.
Filed under Fiction, Romance
Title: Painted Hands
Author: Jennifer Zobair
Source: from publisher for TLC book tour
Review Summary: A timely and well written story, this book not only gave interesting glimpses into a different culture but also shared some very relatable stories from modern women who care about their careers.
Zainab Mir is already pushing against cultural expectations by working for a Republican senator and things only get more complicated as she befriends a gay reporter; is featured in a suggestive magazine article; and falls for a Muslim-bashing member of the opposition. Amra Abbas also has a high powered career, dreaming of becoming a partner in a law firm. When she reconnects with a childhood crush she conceals her career ambitions until the point at which reconciliation might not be possible. Continue reading
Over break I was mentally on vacation… and that was even before I had the flu! So some nice light reading was exactly what the doctor ordered and the delightful Waverly Bryson series by Maria Murnane did not disappoint. Sure, there were a few of the cliche problems with chick-lit – a little insta-love and a heroine with a slightly man-dependent ego – but overall Waverly was very relatable and a lot of fun. She was kind of like a Meg Cabot character for adults, although without the strange quirk each of Meg’s characters seem to have. She did however have the quality I like most about Meg’s characters – she seemed real and she seemed like someone I might be friends with.
Title: I Never Fancied Him Anyway
Author: Claudia Carroll
Review Summary: My first foray into chick-flick romance novels, this turned out to be just what I was in the mood for. Light, but not too cheesy with believable characters; an interesting twist on the typical chick-flick; and of course a happy ending.
After reading the rather depressing classic, The House of Mirth, I needed something light and I Never Fancied Him Anyway was just the thing. Set in Dublin, I Never Fancied Him Anyway follows Cassandra as she tries to avoid falling for her best friend’s crush although her never-before-wrong psychic abilities tell her he’s the one. Complicating matters, she is offered a position as a talk show psychic working for her crush. This situation is made even more awkward when Cassandra realizes that her psychic powers take a vacation whenever her crush is around! Continue reading