Online virile.com dating columnist Dane Martin has no plans to give up his reign as bachelor extraordinaire. He has a reputation to uphold, especially with the upcoming release of his book Coming on Strong.
Holly Winters, everyone’s favorite girl next door, thanks to her blog of the same name, gives advice, but she doesn’t always take it. When she meets Dane Martin, every fiber of her being warns her to turn tail and run. Instead, she risks her future as an authority on relationships, jeopardizing her upcoming self-help book for women struggling to find commitment among the Virile sycophants.
Has the Girl Next Door tamed the most Virile man alive, or is she just another notch on the bedpost?
Publication Date: January 13, 2014
4 stars. The story was cute and all the elements of a good story were there, but it was a little short for me. I would have liked to see more build-up to the bet that led to them "dating" and spent more time with them before they got their freak on in the bedroom. I'm not talking about lots of drama or anything, but I would have been happy to see more interaction between the main characters. That being said, it was still a pretty darn cute story.
Six months ago, Abby's life fell apart for all the world to see. Her longtime boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Ben, unceremoniously dumped her-on Facebook-while she was trying on dresses for the big day.
When the usual remedies-pints of Ben & Jerry's, sweatpants, and a comfy couch-fail to work their magic, her best friend, Grace, devises a plan to get Abby back on her game. She and Abby are going to spend the summer in Newport, in a quaint cottage by the sea, enjoying cool breezes, cocktails, and a crowd of gorgeous men.
But no matter how far away they go, Abby and Grace discover that in the era of social media-when everyone is preserving every little detail of their lives online-there is no real escape. Dating has never been easy. But now that the rules are more blurred than ever, how will they find true love? And even if they do, can romance stand a chance when a girl's every word and move can go viral with a single click?
Publication Date: April 22, 2014
Grrr. I'm torn with this one. I guess 3.75 stars. Lol. The story was hilarious and I really enjoyed the subject matter as I find myself in a similar boat, but the story just kind of ended and I really was expecting more between her and Bobby. They really seemed to click and I get that the author wanted the lead to remain single, but then there shouldn't have been so much of a click where you were just waiting for something to happen with another character.
Don't get me wrong. I loved my sister. I never, not once, wished her dead."
Brady and Sabine Wilson are sisters born eleven months apart, but they couldn't be more different. Popular Sabine, the head cheerleader dating the high school hunk, seems to have all the luck, while her younger, artsy sister "Brady Brooder" is a loner who prefers the sidelines to the limelight.
After Sabine dies in a horrific cheerleading accident, grief unravels Brady and her family. Once recognized for her artistic talent, 17-year-old Brady finds herself questioning the value of everything she once held dear. Her best friend betrays her. Her parents' marriage is crumbling. And the boy everyone blames for the accident seems to be her only ally in the search for answers in the wake of her sister's death. As an unlikely friendship emerges, Brady learns more about Sabine - and love - than she bargained for.
Publication Date: January 14, 2014
4 stars. This was a good story with a well thought out storyline, but there's just something about it that bugged me. Brady spent the whole story keeping secrets and not telling people the truth about her sister and then they finally get to letting everything out at the end and it was just rushed through. I guess I was just a bit disappointed with the ending.
Thanks to the publishers for copies of these novels for review! Also, a special thanks to my guest reviewer Jessica for stopping by today to share her thoughts!