July 26, 2017

4*Review: FIFTY FROGS by Tawdra Kandle #MeetCute


Author: Tawdra Kandle

Source: eArc from author for review


Boy meets girl. It’s the way romances usually begin . . . and while we all love a happy ending, it’s the #MeetCute that wins our hearts.

How did you two meet?

The #MeetCute Books each have a unique answer to that query. Some might make you swoon, others might make you giggle . . . and some may make you blush.

Twelve authors. Twelve stand-alone contemporary romance novels. Twelve stories that will make your heart beat a little faster.

Because it’s all about the #MeetCute.

Vivian is sick of dating. Sick of the way guys treat her, sick of living and crying by when and if they call . . . she’s just done.

When her aunt reminds her that a girl has to kiss a lot of frogs before she finds her prince--Aunt Gail says that number is fifty--Vivian decides she’s taking control of her dating life: she’s going to go on a series of first dates only, and each one must end in a kiss. She begins chronicling each date--the good, the bad and the downright unbelievable--with a plan to turn the stories into an in-depth magazine series about the realities of dating in the twenty-first century.

Everything’s going along according to plan until Vivian hits a bump in her road with Frog Number Five, who doesn’t seem to understand his role in this deal. And despite Vivian’s determination to make it all the way to the big five-oh, when fate keeps throwing this same man across her path, she begins to wonder if maybe it’s time to ditch the plan . . . and kiss just one more frog.

My take...

When asked if I would be interested in reading FIFTY FROGS, I knew I had to. I loved the idea that this book was about and knew it had to be good. And when I was reading, I couldn't help but laugh (numerous times) at all the crazies Vivian met while trying to write an article on the joys (or lack thereof) of dating frogs while in search of her prince. She is such a fun, quirky character and you really get a feel for her quirkiness at the very start of the book. She will definitely have you smiling all throughout the book.

And Charlie, I just love him. I love how both he and Vivian find they are both in very similar situations; living arrangements, employment, and dating life. It was such a joy to watch them fall for one another in the midst of everything. So, so cute!!

I really had a hard time putting this book down. I would constantly wonder what crazy scenario and/or crazy guy Vivian would find next. I looked forward to it and the silliness that would surely ensue.

Fun plot, hilarious dating hijinks, and one adorable meet cute… FIFTY FROGS was such a good read. If you are looking for your next beach read or late night read, I think you may have just found it. 4 Stars!

5*Review: SPIED by JM Miller #SummerRead #FunRead #MustRead

Title: SPIED

Author: JM Miller

Source: eBook from author for review


Gia Keats works both sides of love’s dirty business. Some days are spent at Silhouette Bridal Boutique, helping brides prepare for their delusional walk to happily ever after. Other days she clocks hours for Duplicity, spying on cheaters and crushing their plans for future trysts. The two jobs are a solid reminder to ignore the dead thing inside her chest and to stay out of love’s sight. She never expected to get caught.

Love is also pretty far down on Mark Foster’s priority list. The closest thing he’s had to a relationship was two nights with a hottie tourist looking for an unforgettable vacation bang. But after he catches a gorgeous local spying on a public make-out session, his sour view of long-term turns a little sweet. He’ll even ignore the odd coincidences that follow her for a taste of the L word.

Falling for Mark’s charm would be easier than choosing a single item from a dessert menu, but Gia knows love’s never that simple.
When an anonymous Duplicity client hires her to target a Silhouette bride and groom, both sides of the business collide.
And Mark’s ties to the bride are the icing on the screwed up cake.

My take...

I am so behind on this review. And the only things I have to blame it on is summer and a very needy 2yr old. Because one thing is for sure…it certainly wasn't the book's fault. Oh no. This book was so much fun, very steamy, and a lot of mysterious. It had characters that I clung to from the start and a plot that kept me hooked the whole time. Yep, this book had it all.

Seriously. This book was so much fun. I loved Gia and the predicaments she constantly found herself in with her job. The Duplicity job, not the family bridal store she also works at. And it all starts after meeting Mark. Always priding herself for being professional and getting the job done, things can't help but go awry after their first meeting. She can't seem to think straight when it comes to him; putting her business and her future at stake.

Mark is very charming and definitely brings the steam to the story. I adored him the whole book and loved how he absolutely flustered Gia multiple times throughout. These two are fabulous together. Absolutely fabulous.

The mystery surrounding the job that Gia takes on really had me guessing. I really wanted it all to work out for the good of the characters, but I also wouldn't have minded seeing it go south either. I have a heart, it's just that I enjoy a little turmoil and drama in my reads. And in the end, I got to thinking how great it would be to see a story emerge from another character and her new connection with Duplicity. A series? I can only hope.

Add this book to your TBR list for the summer and quickly!! Summer is halfway over. I can promise you will enjoy it with no regrets. I know I did. Plus, this author is amazing with her ability to write in so many genres...makes for interesting reads that never bore. So go ahead and pick up her other works as well. 5 Witty, Charming, Intriguing Stars!