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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: The Returned by Jason Mott

The Returned by Jason Mott ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: death, family, outrage, goverment “control” Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: Loved ones coming back from the dead, a.k.a. “The Returned”, catapult society into some unknown territory. Is it a […]

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September 18, 2013 - 2:46 am

Alexa Y. - What I love most about your thoughts on The Returned is that it really sounds like the book made a strong impression on you. I love it when a book tackles concepts like this one, as it stands out and makes it even more appealing.

September 1, 2013 - 7:31 am

April Books & Wine - I just got an email about the Returned but have been kind of hesitant because it’s a ‘big kids book’ and I am trying to take less of those on for review. BUT OMG THEN YOU MENTION SOBBING and I am like okay, I need to read this, because I am all about getting an emotional reaction while reading.

Also, the concept is interesting — I have been lucky enough to not lose any people, but if I could bring my dog Benji back for a game of fetch or something, I totally would.

Sounds like it also doesn’t turn into a zombie book, either which in this case is a good thing.

August 30, 2013 - 8:35 am

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews - Been hearing a lot about this book and I’m curious about it so I’m glad you loved it Estelle 🙂 I like that this made you think and evoked a lot of emotion. I’m definitely going to check this out when I can!

August 29, 2013 - 10:19 pm

Bookworm1858 - I just read about this in People Magazine and was wondering if it was any good. I don’t read a lot of adult books and this isn’t one I’d normally pick up but I love the sound of its emotional power-I mean, to get you crying on the subway platform? That is a moment that packs a punch!

August 29, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I requested this one on Netgalley, but I wasn’t approved. It sounds interesting though, and now that I know you liked it, Estelle, I’ll definitely have to look for a copy!

Hot Hot Hot: Cosmo + Harlequin Team Up for Red-Hot Reads

When I was in high school and college, I loved buying copies of Cosmopolitan. Who am I kidding? I’ve been carrying the recent copy of Cosmo with Demi Lovato on the cover in my purse for a few weeks now. So when I read the magazine and Harlequin were teaming up to release eBooks as […]

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August 20, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Kulsuma - Ooh, this looks fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway! XxX

August 20, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Kelley - I love Cosmo! And the Red Hot Reads sounds like a great idea.

August 20, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Even though I’m no longer in my 20’s I still like to read Cosmo!! Thanks for the giveaway!

August 19, 2013 - 1:34 am

bn100 - hello, sounds interesting

August 17, 2013 - 9:45 am

Bookworm1858 - I love that they’ll be featuring careerwomen! While I’d sure like to meet someone and fall in love, in the meantime I’m still working hard on my career and would love to see some aspects of that featured in the books I read.

August 16, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Justine - I <3 the reasons you provided, especially the first three!

August 16, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Ana - Would love to read it! Great giveaway, thank you girls!!

August 16, 2013 - 12:06 am

Madal Sch. - You got me at “Think of a sexier Devil Wears Prada.” Even the covers of these books look hot – they make me think of crazy nights out that involve a lot of laughing and partying.

August 15, 2013 - 4:05 pm

Lily - Yaa I’ve been obsessed with Cosmo magazines for the last year and always have them thrown around somewhere in my room so I get where your coming from!

August 15, 2013 - 3:57 pm

katy - Oooh, I’m intrigued! I’ve never read Sylvia Day but I’ve seen her around the blogosphere and I’ve wondered if I should! The first one sounds really good!

And haha, I used to sneak my mom’s romance books, too. Eventually she caught me and was like “Oh, I don’t care if you read them.” I think I was in high school when that happened but I read them in middle school, too.

August 15, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Tammy - Sounds like great, fun, sexy new reads. Yay!

August 15, 2013 - 11:48 am

Erica - I am SO psyched for these reads!

August 15, 2013 - 10:53 am

Daphne - i have been seeing these and i am super excited to read them. they look like a lot of fun. hello, Cosmo & Harlequin! 🙂

Estelle: Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Three Little Words by Susan Mallery ( web | tweet ) Part of the Fool’s Gold series. Publication Date: July 30, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 360 Target audience: Adult; romance fans Keywords: childhood love, opposites attract, post-military life, small towns Format read: eBook received from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: Isabel was heartbroken when her […]

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August 12, 2013 - 12:03 am

Melissa - I loved Fold and Isabel’s story. Denise was a hoot, but felt really bad for Ford & his brother. I can not wait for new books to come out!!

August 8, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Tanya C. - This was one of the best in the series! IMO it is a very close second to last summer’s All Summer Long. The scenes are funny, steamy and heartwarming. Another winner for Susan Mallery – LOVE HER! And there is a bonus romance within!

August 5, 2013 - 9:50 am

Maria - This book was wonderful and was a great way to finish this summer’s Fool’s Gold series! Isabel and Ford are just perfect together and I just love the chemistry between them!

August 4, 2013 - 8:25 pm

shannon ferguson - I loved three little words!!! Like another commenter said, loved it was a 2 for 1 romance lol

August 2, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Jackie Delude - It’s a another summer hit that sizzles by Susan Mallery!

Wow, talk about having a wonderful summer! Susan Mallery does it again with Three Little Words. How could you not love Ford Hendrix and Isabel Beebe? They have to be some of her best characters yet. Isabel was in love with Ford when she was just 14 years old and he was engaged to her sister. After things fell through with Isabel’s sister Ford leaves Fool’s Gold for the Navy and doesn’t return till many years later. You could say fate has brought them back into town at the same time and allows Isabel her chance at her first and only love. This book also gives you the story about Consuelo and Kent Hendrix with their story. What a wonderful book and a great way to end the summer!

July 31, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Lesley - I loved Three Little Words. This year’s Fool’s Gold trilogy has been the best!

July 30, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - HOORAY FOR THE HEAT WAVE. I love hot. I need to go back to Fool’s Gold for a little while. I’ve been dipping my feet in the adult contemps everywhere lately. Need to frolic on back to this place for a while. Yep.

July 30, 2013 - 10:29 am

julie barrett - I also read this and found it to be a hot steamy read. Just when I think I’ve read the best Susan puts out another book and it’s even hotter. If anybody needs a $1 off coupon for a paperback copy, let me know.


July 28, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Kortney - So glad that you loved the book. I totally found this book relatable too. I have to agree i liked how she incorporated Kent’s story into the book! Can’t wait to see what type of stories come with the football players coming to town!

July 28, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Dee - Great review!! Ford was such a likeable guy, sweet, sexy and caring!! The letters were such a great way to start the book off, as you seen Isobel transform from a young girl into a young woman. Doesn’t everybody keep their romance letters!?

July 28, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Shannon - I loved Susan Mallery’s Three little Words! Ford’s story was a great ending to the bodyguard’s trilogy. It is a must read for summer fun!

July 28, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Shari - I love all the Fool’s Gold books. Three Little Words comes out this coming Tuesday. This is the story of Isabel and Ford, plus an added romance of Kent and Consuelo. You will not be disappointed in this book. Loved it!

July 28, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Patsy T - Three Little Words is like a breath of fresh air. I love the simply getting to know each other again and fall in love. I love that not everyone is perfect. I really liked the 2 for 1 romance. You’ve just got to read it!

July 27, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - THREE LITTLE WORDS is what started it all for me after all. As far as the Fool’s Gold series anyway. This one was just so adorable with a substantial amount of yumminess to it. I enjoyed seeing Isabel struggle with her feelings, her sexuality, her grief over her marriage, making her feel real. And FORD. I love the bad boy who doesn’t think he can ever fall in love line. And like you I love the “reunion” story lines as well. *fist-bumps* for Fool’s Gold solidarity. 😀

ALSO: “I tried to unsend it but that function did not exist then.”
It exists NOW?!? xD

July 25, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Alexa Y. - So, what you’re saying is… I need to read this book? Because yes, I will do that. I enjoy a good romance! Even though I’m technically more partial to historical as opposed to contemporary, this one sounds really, really good. Reunion stories are usually a hit with me!

July 25, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Daphne - I loved this one too. I loved how Ford was so easy going and laid back. I also loved how he could quote her letters to her. He was a sweetie. 🙂 great review.

July 25, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Anna - Ooh I want to read this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

The Big Kids’ Table: HACKED by Gone Pecan

We have an emergency situation on our hands! I innocently clicked into this post like I do every single month and SOMEONE WROTE IT FOR ME ALREADY. What is going on here?! Honestly, DAPHNE wasn’t really too careful about disguising herself. She even included a description of herself. AND A PICTURE. So if you see […]

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July 21, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Alexa Y. - Where We Belong is probably the only Giffin book that I haven’t read yet! It does sound quite intriguing though, as I’m always interested in exploring parent-child relationships. Theirs does sound complicated, but that just makes it seem more real and interesting to me!

July 15, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - So funny, just yesterday (Sunday) someone was recommending Emily Giffin to me. I’ve never read any of her books and since I’ve started reading the adult contemps lately, this friend of mine thought I’d like them. This is twice in two days that I’ve seen her recommended. Also I have Something Borrowed AND Something Blue on my shelves but have NEVER actually removed them from the shelves since I put them there. FOR SHAME. I’m ready for the next Blue Heron book too – I thought The Best Man was really cute. And I’ve heard the Macy Beckett books are really great and Southern so they’re ones that I’ve already got my eye on! This is a great, great Big Kids’ Table. I love it!

July 12, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - How have I never heard of the Sultry Springs series before? It sounds like it’s right up my alley. ♥

I’m not sure how I feel about the plot of Love Overdue, but I’ll probably wind up reading it! Small towns and librarians? Yes, please!

And hooray for the Kristan Higgins love. ♥ I can’t wait to be back in Blue Heron!

July 12, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Lucy - Nice feature, ladies! You may have convinced me to give Emily Giffin’s books a try. And I agree that Love Overdue does look cute.

July 12, 2013 - 8:19 am

Carrie - I just finished Sultry with a Twist the other day. Definitely a fun book. Intrigued enough to read more. Thanks for the recs!

July 12, 2013 - 8:15 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I love reading off the Big Kid’s, AKA Adult, table too. I guiltily enjoy reading kissy-swoony scenes.

July 12, 2013 - 8:09 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - AHH! I’m dying to read Love Overdue as well, it looks adorable!

Estelle: The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr ( web | tweet ) Book 1 of the Thunder Point Series. Publication Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 378 Target audience: Adult Keywords: romance, small town, “Friday Night Lights”-esque Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Cooper arrives in Thunder Point after his old army […]

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June 24, 2013 - 9:00 am

Romance Review: The Newcomer by Robyn Carr - […] I reviewed The Wanderer back in March, I figured the multiple storylines served as an introduction to the series and that […]

March 26, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I’ve been wondering about this book! I’ve never actually read an adult romance book before (that I can remember) and I’m trying to figure out where is a good place to start. I like the way you outlined with bullets (lists are a language I understand, you see). I just opened another internet window while I was typing out this comment to check and see if my library has this one in and it’s checked out right now but I added it to my wishlist so they’ll keep up with it for me so I won’t forget about it.

(The thing about some of these adult contemp romance books is that the authors are so prolific I’m a bit overwhelmed when I look at all of the books they’ve written. I want to start reading some but I’m like WHOA there are too many books here and my eyes are way confused. haha)

Thanks, E!

March 26, 2013 - 5:04 am

VeganYANerds - RBR is back 😀 HOORAY!

This sounds good and it’s the first I’ve heard of it, I’ll definitely be on the look out for it 🙂

March 25, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m so glad you liked this one! It’s also on my list of books to read from Netgalley, and I think I might start it soon, as I’m in dire need of a change from my YA reads. I do like that there appears to be a large cast of characters – bodes well for the future of the series.