Review: The First Love Cookie Club

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 384pp
  • Sales Rank: 5,718


“On Christmas Eve, if you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your one true love, he will be your destiny.”
The townsfolk of Twilight, Texas, believe the legend, but not Sarah Collier—not since she was a pudgy teenager, running down the church aisle on Christmas Day in a jingle bell sweater and reindeer antlers, trying to stop Travis Walker from marrying someone else. She may be grown-up, slimmed-down, bestselling children’s book author “Sadie Cool”now, but Sarah will never forget that day. And she’ll never fall foolishly in love again!
But when a letter from a sick fan brings Sarah back to Twilight, she’s shocked to discover that Travis is the little girl’s father—unattached and hotter than ever. His smile still makes her melt, but Sarah knows that ship has sailed. Travis, however, might have different ideas.

My Thoughts

I was really in the mood for a Christmas book this season so I picked this one up.  I was drawn to the cover and the fact that is sounded like cookies were involved.  I was immediately drawn to Sarah Collier, aka Sadie Cool, author of the amazing The Magic Christmas Cookie.  The premiese of her award winning book is the kismet cookies her grandmother and her used to make on Christmas Eve as the story goes you place them under your pillow and the one you dream of is who you are destine to be with forever.  While the story has been a wild sucess, the cookies did not work out the way she had dreamed, as she reflects on the wedding she interrupted 9 years eariler.  Sarah’s PR person brings to her attention that she has been invited to a small town festival by a young girl named Jazzy who is very ill, as she reads the letter she figures out that it is Twlight Texas the same town that her grandma lived in when she interrupted this wedding.  Despite all her hangup she goes back, who would have know that Jazzy is the daughter of Travis Walker, the man she thought she was destine to be with forever.  This fun loving yet heart touching story of a small town and what they would do for each other is well written.  It is a little unbelieveable but still makes you want to believe in the magic of Christmas. A nice simple read for this holiday season. It does make me want another book written to pick up where this leaves off.  4/5 stars. 

Review: Theives Like Us by Starr Ambrose

Thieves Like Us by Starr Ambrose: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: November 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 368pp


Her ex stole the jewels, but this bad boy just stole her heart. . . .
After ditching the ruthless Banner Westfield, aka “the world’s worst husband,” sexy and fiercely guarded Janet Aims thinks the least she deserves for surviving attempted murder is a chance to cash in on her losses. Step one is hocking the wedding ring and ridiculously tacky necklace given to her by her conniving ex.
But just when Janet thinks she’s buried the past, the police claim that the necklace is part of the stolen Pellinni Jewel collection. Which means that even prison can’t stop Banner from dumping her smack in the middle of his evil schemes again.
With Colombian gangsters and jewel thieves hot on her trail, Janet has no choice but to turn to smoldering ex-con Rocky Hernandez, the one man who can make her fragile heart pound. Partnering up with a certified hottie who knows the ins and outs of Detroit’s seedy underbelly as well as he does a woman’s body might have its perks if Janet’s life—and her heart—weren’t on the line. . . .

My Thoughts

I LOVED this book.  It was great to revisit Janet from Starr Ambrose’s book Lie to Me.  It is nice to see that she has made a lot of changes in her life and seems to be moving on with living and life with out her ex-husband Banner.  The story picks up with Janet selling jewelry Banner has purchase for her and getting herself into a ton of trouble with the law as it is discovered that this is a piece from a priceless set of jewelry that has been missing for a very long time.  With all this trouble, Janet turns to Rocky Hernandez, an ex-con, for assistance with not only finding the other pieces of the missing set but to keep her safe and out of trouble.  Sexual tensions brew between these two from the very first time he is introduced.  I will have to admit that I love his character.  There are a few hot and heavy love scenes that make this book for adults only, but there are amazingly written.  Starr Ambrose has a way with words that demonstrates the strong sexuality between these two without being too much like reading an erotica book.  It is a great balance.  The outcome of this book was not what I thought that it was going to be, but it was even better.  I would highly recommend all of the books written by Star Ambrose but I think that this was the best one yet.  One strength that I see in the writing is that the book is set in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Starr Ambrose does a wonderful job of describing the area in perfect detail.  For me, this is amazing.  I have read a lot of books that will be placed in a town but there is never anything written about the area that someone would really be able to picture it.  This book does that and more.  Be prepared to want to read this book in one sitting, you won’t want to put it down!  I give this book 5/5.  Get it read it and Enjoy Janet and Rocky!

Review: Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul: Book CoverProduct Details

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 340pp


Can mysterious matchmaking booksellers bring two lonely hearts together in time for Christmas?
In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?

My Thoughts:

First a little about the characters in this book, Donita K. Paul did a very nice job of defining this unlikely group of people.  You get to know each one individually before getting to know how they might work together.  For sure this is a book that includes a little bit of “MAGIC”.  While I don’t typically enjoy Christmas love stories that are unbelievable or would never happen, I enjoyed this book.  Not because of the “magic” but because of the true life story behind the magic.  I enjoyed exploring Cora and her hang-ups with both her family background and how to balance God.  And then Simon  who is trying to balance his family with a whole different set of issues including Sandy his loving sister and God.  I think that this book as a great blend of both fictional magic and a good love story.  On to the “magic” part of the book, I love the idea that there is this whole street

Sage Street

that seemingly appears to some people and unknown by others and there is a group of people there that’s only purpose is to host this Christmas Ball and match up those special people.  I liked the added touch that they caught glimpses of each other through the website as well.  While this is not your typical Christmas story, I truly enjoyed the books and would rate it 4/5.  Mostly, due to the fact that this was not typical and left you hanging wanting to know more about what was going to happen.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.