Review: Love Like The Movies by Victoria Van Tiem


LoveLikeThe Movies

By: Victoria Van Tiem

Release Date: February 24, 2014
Source: From Publisher to Review

It’s Oscars Week!  I can’t wait to watch the red carpet arrivals and the broadcast.  I love movies almost as much as I love books.  Even though romantic comedies aren’t generally nominated for Academy Awards (what a shame!), I do loves me some rom-com.  I’m pretty sure Pretty Woman is my all time favorite but I admit it is hard to choose.  When I received this book from Simon & Schuster I was thrilled because the story is so many things I love rolled into one.  Sweet!

In this debut novel, movie fanatic Kensington Shaw is thrown into love—Hollywood-style—when her gorgeous ex presents a series of big screen challenges to win back her heart.

What girl wouldn’t want to experience the Pretty Woman shopping scene? It’s number two on the list. Or, try the lift from Dirty Dancing? It’s number five. One list, ten romantic movie moments, and a handful of shenanigans later, Kenzi has to wonder…should she marry the man her family loves, or risk everything for a love like the movies?

What great timing!  This story hit me on just the right day and it was exactly what I needed.  I was hooked into the story of Kensington Shaw from the first few pages.  She LOVES romantic comedies just like me!  Kenzi is a romantic and she’s a pleaser.  She wants everyone to be happy with her and her choices even if she might not be.  Kenzi is engaged to the “safe guy” and ready to start the life that is expected of her.  Craziness commences and someone from her past reappears causing her life to be turned upside down.  I swooned and I laughed and I had such a great time with this book.  I know you’ll love it too!

5 daisies


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Beautiful Beginning — Book Review and Giveaway

Beautiful Beginning

By: Christina Lauren

Published by: Gallery Books
Release Date: November 19, 2013
Source: From Publisher to Review

Back when not being able to stand each other also meant not being able to keep their hands off each other in Beautiful Bastard, neither Bennett nor Chloe could have seen this day coming.

An exasperated bride who just wants to elope. A determined groom whose only focus is getting to the wedding night. And—of course—a whole lot of name calling.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive this book from Gallery on my doorstep.  I had no idea it was coming and it was a WONDERFUL surprise.  Beautiful Beginning was so much more than I expected.  Bennett and Chloe were as passionate as ever but also laugh out loud funny mixed with some sweet A-HA moments.  All the usual cast of ‘Beautiful’ characters are involved and we also meet a few of Bennett’s and Chloe’s interesting family members.  I know you’re going to love this book.  I’m trying not to be too sad that this is the end of the ‘Beautiful’ series. Maybe we can convince Christina and Lauren to share more about these characters in the future. ::crosses fingers::

4 Daisies: Great!

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Beautiful Player — Book Review and Giveaway

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By: Christina Lauren

Published by: Gallery Books
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Source: From Publisher to Review

In the third book in the Beautiful Bastard series, an agreement between a venture capitalist and a bookish woman quickly becomes a very NSFW version of My Fair Lady.

When Hanna “Ziggy” Bergstrom moves to New York City for graduate school, Will Sumner thinks his responsibilities to his best friend’s nerdy little sister will be limited to the occasional dinner and check-in. Little does he know that Ziggy is ready to break out of her bookworm academic shell and move more into bombshell territory. Of course she figures the gorgeous womanizing venture capitalist Will is the best person to help mentor her in this new field of study: dating.

Will takes on the challenge with more than a healthy dose of skepticism and humor, but soon finds that Ziggy just needed a tiny push, not a world of change, to reveal a woman every man seems to notice. Soon “Ziggy” is gone and the unfiltered, innocently seductive Hanna Bergstrom is hijacking his dreams, his moods, and even his orderly no-strings-attached dating life—beginning the night his mentoring activities move between the sheets.

I’m completely in love with the Beautiful Bastard series of books.  I devoured both Beautiful Bastard and Beautiful Stranger.  For the third book in the series, I really savored Beautiful Player.  I’ve loved all of the male characters but I think I’ve found my favorite in Will Sumner.  He is equal parts swoony boy and attractive leading man.  I also found I can really relate to Hanna and all her derp.  (I laughed out loud when I actually read the word derp.)  Will is supposed to be mentoring her but I feel like she is really teaching him more than he thought he would ever need to know about women.  Their friendship seems so normal and complicated and just the way real life tends to be.  I cheered for Hanna and Will and I know you will too.

5 Daisies: LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!!

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