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Estelle: Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz

Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pages: 336 Target audience: adult Keywords: summer in the Hamptons, mothers/daughters, moving forward Format read: ARC eBook provided by author. (Thank you!) Summary: After a mini-disaster, Hannah, a lawyer in NYC, escapes to […]

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May 16, 2014 - 9:00 am

#lonelyheartsclub by Brenda Janowitz: a review in tweets - […] Also check out: Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz […]

January 29, 2014 - 11:19 am

Leah - Oh, this sounds LOVELY!! This is going straight to my To Read list. I have to admit I’m a little disappointed food wasn’t involved though 🙂

January 28, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Meg - Sounds so good! I feel like I read a book by Janowitz many moons ago — the name rings a bell — but now I can’t remember. Off to investigate!

January 27, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - Definitely adding this to read! It sounds really good! Never heard of it before but you make me want to read it! stupid book buying ban… will look for it on my next library trip!

January 27, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Alexa S. - You’ve seriously got to stop doing this to me, E. Every time you write about a book (especially adult fiction), you convince me that it warrants at least a try! (Obviously, this went straight onto my list of books to check out). But seriously, Recipe for a Happy Life sounds pretty darn good!

January 27, 2014 - 4:29 pm

alice-jane - This book sounds wonderful and offers a great escape from the freezing cold weather that I’m experiencing right now! (-21C). I’m happy that the unfortunate news in the book is balanced out since I’m wary of characters with a lot of unfortunate happenings. Also, it’s good to know that the things that happened in the book, despite how bad they may have seemed allowed Hannah to grow.

January 27, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Ok, you sold me. I probably would never have picked this one up based on the cover, but it sounds really good!

January 27, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I love it when I discover a new author that I love. Also, I am a big fan of reading books out of season. If it’s freezing cold winter, I love books set during the hottest months of Summer. And if I’m sweating buckets, bring on the winter books.

January 27, 2014 - 9:40 am

Kimi @ Geeky Chiquitas - Oohhh I love summer books! This sounds like such a cute read, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Great review 🙂

-Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

January 27, 2014 - 9:38 am

Jessica - Oooh- Putting this on my TO READ list!!!

Blog Tour: Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson

Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson ( web | facebook ) Publication Date: November 5, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark Pages: 404 Target audience: Adult Keywords: marriage, betrayal, regrets, parenthood Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks Sourcebooks!) Summary: A blind date between Matt (a cop) and Lucy (reeling from a horrible breakup) […]

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April 14, 2014 - 12:15 am

Review: Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield ThomsonLose Time Reading - […] never would have picked this up had I seen it in stores but after seeing Estelle’s review on it, I knew I had to read it. I’ve slowly teetered away from adult fiction in recent years, […]

November 26, 2013 - 4:24 am

Chloe Lee - The last bok that took me by surprise was Pawn by Aimee Carter. I had expected to like it more. Not to say that I did not like but just not as much as I thouht I would. I guess thats what I get for listening to the hype 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

November 23, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Nicole - Hmm, the last book that took me by surprise was probably Hereafter (Shadowlands #2). I did not expect to like it as much as I did! Glad you liked this one so much and thank you for the chance to win a copy!

November 22, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Alexa Y. - I love that this book took you by surprise! It certainly sounds like a very interesting premise, and I’m curious about these two main characters in particular.

November 21, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Tammy - I just finished A Storm Of Swords audiobook and I’m all caught up with the GOT TV show but I was still surprised by the number of deaths and the detail I got from the book that I didn’t get in the TV show.

November 21, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Ann - Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. I had high hopes for it, but it surpassed my expectations!

November 21, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Christina (My Life In Books) - The last book that took me by surprise was Inferno by Dan Brown because I didn’t predict the ending at all! I still say that Angels & Demons was the best but now Inferno ties Da Vinci Code at number two 🙂

Estelle: If You Were Mine by Bella Andre

If You Were Mine by Bella Andre ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 29, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: Target audience: Adult/romance fans Keywords: animals, big families, family secrets, unlikely friendships Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other books by Bella Andre: I Only Have Eyes for You | Kissing Under the […]

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November 24, 2013 - 11:51 am

Shelve It: A Pepper Photobomb (Plus Books), Estelle - […] review of IF YOU WERE MINE by Bella […]

November 19, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Alexa Y. - I just LOVE that the dog is named Cuddles! It makes me think of an adorable puppy (even though she’s described as a terror). But yes, this romance sounds really good, especially because it starts off with both parties thinking that there’s nothing else but friends with benefits to it! Glad you enjoyed it.

Estelle: Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 17, 2013 Publisher: Dutton Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: recession, marriage, female/male friendships, love Format read: ARC Paperback from Alexa at Alexa Loves Books! (Thanks!) Summary: Unemployment and then long business trips start to take a toll on Chris and Claire’s marriage. […]

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November 14, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Ellice - I LOVED On the Island, so I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. (I highly recommend On the Island. I think you’ll enjoy it. Also, if you read it, let me know so we can talk about it!! I still need to discuss this one with someone!). Glad to see that you enjoyed this one. I wasn’t sure if I would like this one or not, but then again, I really didn’t think I’d like On the Island, because survivor stories are usually not my cup of tea. I love it when a book is a pleasant surprise 🙂

November 14, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m glad that this story was written realistically, and that you liked it well enough. There is something intriguing about it. I like that it tackles issues that feel very real.

November 14, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I had such mixed feelings about this book. Mostly I sympathized with Chris, I felt like he was really trying to do what was best for his family, even if he was misguided. I get why Claire was frustrated and I don’t think hers was an easy position to be in, but she just got under my skin and seemed like such a spoiled brat. Plus after the first 50 mentions I was so tired of hearing about her damn diabetes.

But, I do think Tracy Garvis-Graves is as talented writer who’s great at writing complex, interesting, and, at times, difficult situations. I really, really liked On the Island and I think the fact that I thought that book was so amazing made this one less enjoyable.

Blog Tour: The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins ( web | tweet ) Part of the Blue Heron series. Publication Date: October 29, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 448 Target audience: Adult/romance Keywords: winery, marriage of convenience, family Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other books by Kristan reviewed on RBR: Somebody to Love Summary: […]

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November 13, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Nicole - I think I value compassion the most.

November 13, 2013 - 11:16 am

Hannah - Humor.
My husband can make me laugh like none other. I love a lot of things about him, but that one is one of my favorites!

November 12, 2013 - 11:13 am

Betty - HUMOR—- my man better make me laugh or it just isn’t gunna work. Mr. Betty ALWAYS makes me laugh! I can’t wait to win this giveaway!!

November 11, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I loved this one! After a reading a bunch of KH books over the summer I needed a break, but I had this one for review so I made myself pick it up and I really enjoyed it. I was actually really sad when it was over. I completely agree with you about the perfect balance of humor/romance.

November 11, 2013 - 9:43 am

Daphne - great review! i loved this one, but Higgins is one of my autobuy authors. I loved Honor much more than I was expecting, and Tom was just so vulnerable and honorable…i loved her family, too. they were a hoot.

November 10, 2013 - 6:36 pm

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads, Estelle + Magan - […] have two giveaways going on right now: 40 books for 4 winners | The Perfect Match, great romance […]

November 8, 2013 - 6:17 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds like such a fun read! I think the most important quality in a partner, for me, is honesty. I can’t be with someone who can’t be honest with me.

November 8, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Tammy - The ability to make me laugh everyday.

November 8, 2013 - 11:18 am

Kelsie - I love collecting Kristan Higgins’ books for my bookshelf! I haven’t read this one yet. I’m excited to see what’s coming next in the Blue Heron Series.

Estelle: Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols

Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols ( web | tweet ) Part of the Stargazer series. Publication Date: October 29, 2013 Publisher: Pocket Books Pages: 478 Target audience: Adult/romance Keywords: country band, secrets, PR company Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss! (Thanks!) Summary: Sarah is just about divorced from her husband and trying out a […]

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November 4, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Alexa Y. - Playing Dirty sounds like it would be such a fun read! I think it’s cool that the PR girl in this one is taking on the pressure of making sure the band stays together and makes their gig. There’s something about people managing bands, or anything related to music actually, that makes a book so much more attractive! This sounds flirty and fun for sure 🙂

October 28, 2013 - 9:59 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m sorry to say that I just don’t care for Jennifer Echols’ books. Well, I did really like Major Crush. It was funny, and there was lots of romance, and I just loved it. But I absolutely hated Love Story, and wasn’t all that impressed with The One That I Want. But so many bloggers seem to love her books, so I’m not sure what I’m missing. I love romance, so that’s not the problem.

Anyway, I’m glad you liked Playing Dirty for the most part.