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Review: Falling for Prince Charles by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

27983018Title: Falling for Prince Charles

Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Published: February 9th, 2016 by Diversion Books

Length: 303 pages (eBook)

Genre: Chick Lit

Source: Publisher via Tasty Book Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤

 

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

Lauren Baratz-Logsted has mastered the real life fairy tale in her explosive and hilarious Falling for Prince Charles. It’s all here, lovelorn Daisy Silverman flush with cash and high hopes, Prince Charles who can’t resist her, and London in all its splendor. Curl up and get ready to laugh long into the foggy night.” Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE

Daisy Silverman has always been obsessed with His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. When the underachieving 30-something cleaning lady wins a million dollars, she follows her lifelong dream to go to London. Once there, she meets Prince Charles the real Prince Charles. Through a series of misunderstandings, the Royal Family doesn’t realize that Daisy’s Jewish or that she’s spent her life up to the elbows in the wrong kind of toilet water. By the time they do, Daisy is in love with Charles, Charles is in love with Daisy, and the Queen’s white gloves are off. FALLING FOR PRINCE CHARLES is an offbeat alternate-universe romantic comedy showing the heir to the British throne in a light quite unlike any he’s been seen in before.

“Daisy’s madcap adventure is more comedy than romance, and her most unusual and unlikely relationship with Prince Charles will appeal to reads looking for lots of giggles.” -“Publishers Weekly”


my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I loved the cover right when I saw it. It looks like a cute chick lit book. And the synopsis sounded like the perfect romantic comedy. Plus, the fact that it was about falling for the real Prince Charles was definitely unique, and I was curious as to how it was done. So, I was really excited about this book. I couldn’t wait to read it.

WHAT I LIKED

The premise. I loved the idea of a woman who cleans toilets for a living winning the lottery, going to London, and falling in love with a prince. That sounds awesome! And it sounds like it could be this romantic story with the perfect amount of humor. Unfortunately, the IDEA of the story is pretty much all I liked…

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The writing. I can’t quite put my finger on it. The writing wasn’t bad. The author clearly knows how to write. Maybe the writing style just wasn’t for me. It felt all over the place. There was way too much description. It seemed like she tried to make very complex, adjective-filled, uniquely-structured sentences when it could’ve been more simple and easier to understand. Throughout the majority of the book, I kept asking myself, “What just happened? What is going on in the story? What am I reading?” I was just completely lost. I had such a hard time staying focused.

Way too many POVs. OMG. I can handle two points of view, maybe three. But there were points of view from almost every single character, even Bill Clinton, who was in the book for like two seconds. It just made the story very disjointed and confusing. It did not work for me. I would’ve liked to just stay in Daisy’s brain. Also, I felt a little uncomfortable being in the minds of real people. More than half of these characters are real people. It just made it weird for me. I don’t know. It’s hard to explain.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I really wanted to like this book. I truly did. I’ve heard good things about this author, so I was really surprised that I didn’t enjoy it. I just felt like the story tried too hard to be funny and romantic when it was neither. It was very hard for me to finish it. I kept reading because I kept hoping it would get better or maybe it was just me and my warped brain not being able to pay attention, but unfortunately, I still ended up disappointed.

two hearts

2 out of 5 Hearts!


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about the author

Lauren Baratz Logsted

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 25 books for adults, teens (including The Twin’s Daughter and Little Women and Me), and children (The Sisters 8, a nine-book series she created with her husband and daughter). Before becoming an author, Lauren was an independent bookseller, freelance editor, Publishers Weekly reviewer, sort-of librarian and window washer. She lives with her family in Danbury, CT. Visit her at www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com or follow her @LaurenBaratzL on Twitter.

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Reading Challenges Met:

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Around the World

Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

Full House Reading Challenge

Literary Pickers Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

Story Sprites

Title Fight Reading Challenge

Blog Tour: Review – A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley

Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s A Sudden Crush blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by I ♥ All the Books Tours!

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Title: A Sudden Crush

Author: Camilla Isley

Published: February 4th, 2016 by Pink Bloom Press

Length: 256 pages (eBook)

Genre: Chick Lit

Source: Publisher via I ♥ All the Books Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

Joanna Price is a city girl with the perfect life. She loves her job as a book editor, she just married Liam, high profile bestselling author and the man of her dreams, and she’s headed to the Caribbean to enjoy two weeks of paradise for her luxurious honeymoon.

Connor Duffield is a gruff, grumpy rancher from the Midwest. He is a country boy who has a no-nonsense approach to life, more scars than he’d like to admit, and he hates city girls.

So it’s just a misfortune they have to sit next to each other for a six hour plane ride. Even more so when their flight is caught in the perfect storm and Joanna wakes up stranded on a desert island with Connor, the very man she hoped she would never have to see again.

Why are they alone on this forsaken island? What happened to Joanna’s husband?

When her dream honeymoon turns into a hilarious tropical nightmare, Joanna’s first thought is survival. However, she and Connor will quickly discover just how boring paradise can be. As the days turn to weeks, and then months, this mismatched pair will have to learn how to coexist and how to resist the sparkles of an attraction they weren’t prepared to feel.

When they are finally rescued will Joanna’s marriage be saved as well, or will the life she knew and loved be in ruins?

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I am absolutely in love with this cover! I saw it, and I instantly knew I had to read it. I really didn’t care what it was about. But then I read the synopsis, and OMG. Two complete strangers who don’t even like each other are stuck on a deserted island together and begin feeling a connection even though one of them is married?! Yes, please! Plus, I AM IN LOVE with chick lit, and I haven’t read one in awhile, so I was SO EXCITED about this one.

WHAT I LIKED

The plot. I loved everything about the plot. It was exciting, it kept me on the edge of my seat, and it had me laughing out loud. It reminded me of that Harrison Ford movie, Six Days Seven Nights, which I loved by the way. You have these two people who don’t exactly get along, and they are stuck on an island together for months. As a reader, you are constantly wondering about what happened to Joanna’s husband and when she and Connor will be rescued. And when they are rescued, things begin to unfold, and Joanna has to go back to living her life. I just loved everything about it. It was pure entertainment.

Joanna and Connor’s relationship. Ahh! I loved it! They pretty much despise each other from the get-go. And they have this playful, witty, hilarious banter between them that was just awesome. When they realize there is this connection, it’s complicated because she’s a newlywed, and she has no idea what happened to her husband. Then things change and escalate later in the book. And I loved every single minute of it. I almost wish there was a sequel so I can read more about them. They were just so damn sweet together with the perfect amount of humor. Loved it.

The writing. Camilla Isley can write! She is amazing. She reminded me of why I love chick lit so much. This book was heartwarming yet hilarious, and not a lot of authors can pull that off. I want more of her. Camilla Isley, please write hundreds of more books because I am a fan, and I am dead set on owning all of your books. I will settle for two…for now. Which reminds me: I need to go get my hands on I Wish For You.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Would’ve liked more of the island. From the description of the book, we know they get rescued eventually. I just didn’t think it would happen as fast as it did. I wanted the majority of the book to take place on the island, but it was pretty even: half on the island, half at home. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed how it was written. I guess I just wanted more time on the island and more one-on-one interaction between Joanna and Connor.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

How have I not read chick lit in 7 months?! What is wrong with me?! Thank you, Camilla Isley for making me remember my love for this genre. I enjoyed this book so much. It had everything I need in a book: cute romance, entertaining characters, laugh-out-loud moments, and a creative plot. And I can’t even describe in words how much I love this cover. I need to go buy the paperback so I can just display its beauty in my house.

four hearts

4 out of 5 Hearts!


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about the author

Hi! I’m a writer of romantic comedy, cat’s lover, coffee addict, and shoes hoarder.
Besides writing, I love reading (surprise, surprise), cooking—and eating—especially pasta, going to the movies and obviously ordering a gigantic bowl of popcorn, and watching too much bad TV.
I understand that mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem as a part of other animals’ diet, and I don’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but I could really live without them.

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Reading Challenges Met:

Around the World

Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

The Color Coded Reading Challenge

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

Literary Pickers Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

Review: Cocktails at Le Carmen by Isabelle Andover

25475115Title: Cocktails at Le Carmen

Author: Isabelle Andover

Published By: Simon & Fig on June 19th, 2015

Length: 292 pages (eBook)

Genre: Chick Lit

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: ❤❤❤

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

When job cuts at Chloe Saddler’s London communications firm result in an unexpected transfer to Paris, she finds herself leaving behind her friends, family, and boyfriend Scott to start a new life in the City of Light. Getting to grips with La Vie Parisienne and keeping a long-distance relationship afloat is not made any easier by the culture shock. Committing the odd French faux pas and inadvertently indulging in a few too many flirtations with her very sexy (and very taken) boss, Jean-Luc, is just the start of it. Factor in her bridezilla of a sister’s wedding (the hottest event of the year in the Saddler family’s social calendar), an unexpected session of hot, naked yoga, a slightly psychotic stalker, and one incredible kiss at an infamous Montmartre nightspot, and Chloe can say au revoir to her old, safe London life and bonjour to the romance, splendour, and glamour of Paris.

A delightful debut that harks back to the early days of Chick Lit when heroines were flawed, funny, and forever battling for love and happiness. With quirky characters and classic comedic charm, Cocktails at Le Carmen is pure fun from page one.

My Review:

Okay, I have mixed feelings about this book. So, I will make a pros and cons list.

Pros:

It was really funny! There were moments where I found myself laughing out loud unexpectedly, specifically when Chloe was interacting with her crazy, bridezilla of a sister. Hilarious! Chick-lit at its finest; made me remember why I love this genre so much.

I love the variety of characters. We have Chloe and her kind heart, sometimes naïve ways, comical behavior, and her independence; there’s Jean-Luc, her sexy French boss; her best friends and her roommates, who are each uniquely awesome in their own way; her sister, the borderline insane girl who cannot stop talking and worrying about her upcoming wedding; and her cute and quirky parents. They all made the story what it is. Great cast of characters!

The writing was pretty good. Since this is a new author, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a light, fluffy read that had me smiling and laughing, exactly what I was looking for.

Cons:

Okay, here is where the problem lies. I just didn’t feel much of a connection with the love interests. With Chloe and both the boyfriend, Scott, and the boss, Jean-Luc, I just didn’t feel it. Sure, there were some cute moments, but overall, I was just kind of like, eh. I didn’t care one way or the other who she ended up with or if she ended up with anyone at all. And since the romance was kind of a main focus of the story, I ended up feeling a bit disappointed.

So, I’m left kind of in the middle, which is why I gave this book 3 hearts. However, I would still be very open to reading any of Isabelle Andover’s future titles. The fact that it had me giggling loudly in the middle of the night is reason enough to check out any books she ends up writing.

Don’t let my cons stop you from reading the book though. It was funny! Check it out!

*I received a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book Review: The Frog Prince by Sophie Ranald

23936658Title: The Frog Prince

Author: Sophie Ranald

Publisher: Lawsome Books

Length: 289 pages (eBook)

Genre: Chick-Lit/Romance

Source: NetGalley

My Rating: ❤❤❤

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 

From the author of #1 best-selling romantic comedies A Groom with a View and It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?)

“Sophie Ranald has nailed this genre.”

“Sophie has a knack for writing funny, interesting, real women who you could imagine being friends with.”

“Sophie Ranald is an exceptionally funny writer.”

Not all stories end with happily-ever-after… 

On paper, Will Turner seems like the ideal man: he’s gorgeous, has a GSOH and looks great in a pair of Marigolds. Oh, and his tech start-up has made him rich beyond his wildest dreams. So why can’t he find the perfect girlfriend?

Stella’s just moved in with Will’s best mate Julian, and she’d love Will to settle down too, ideally with a New Best Friend for her. She persuades him to try online dating – but there’s a catch. Will has to go undercover and pretend to be an average, hard-working bloke. He’ll do the big reveal only when he’s found Ms Right.

What could possibly go wrong?

While Will encounters ticking biological clocks, YouTube pick-up artists and a cat called Muggle, Stella’s own fairytale isn’t working out quite as she imagined. Is her heart really in the right place? And has she left it too late to kiss her prince?

Fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lucy Diamond and Sophie Kinsella will fall in love with this fresh, funny modern fairytale from Amazon top-10 author Sophie Ranald.

My Review:

Let me start with the cover. I absolutely loved it! I’ve been dying to read this book because the cover is fantastic and gives off this modern-fairytale-romance feel. Maybe my expectations were a bit high, but I was kind of disappointed in the story. The cover and even the synopsis made me think I was going to read this cute romance, but the lead characters, Stella and Will, don’t have many scenes together. I loved the ones they did have, but it just made me want more, which didn’t happen.

However, the writing is very good. I have never read a Sophie Ranald book, and I will definitely check others out based on the writing. I just wanted more from the story. I wanted more humor and laughs and feel-good moments and less depressing parts.

But I will say this. Women who have been in or are in a similar, unhealthy relationship as Stella and Julian (I don’t want to give too much away) should read this. The things Julian said and did were scary accurate. He wasn’t one of those completely unbelievable characters. I’ve seen and known men like him, and I can tell you from firsthand experience that Sophie Ranald got it 100% right. Their relationship can give women going through this some great advice.

So, I’m going smack dab in the middle with this one and giving it three hearts. The writing was great, the characters were likeable and authentic, and the story did have its moments, but the not-so-happy stuff far outweighed the happy stuff. It should’ve been the other way around. But don’t let this review prevent you from reading this book or any other Sophie Ranald books. I looked at her other books, and they sound pretty good, so I will certainly be checking them out because she is clearly a gifted writer.

*I was provided with an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*