Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Match of Wits Review

After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiance, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes, by hook or by crook, she'll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home.

Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home. . . until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha's determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. When she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor, the lengths to which they'll go to win this battle of wills lead to some memorable antics. 

Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth--until Agatha finds herself in real trouble. Have these two stubborn, too-smart-for-their-own-good people been meant for each other all along?

Okay first let me just say AHH! (that's a very excited scream, by the way) I could not wait until I got my hands on this book! From the first time I saw both Agatha and Zayne interact in A Change of Fortune I have been waiting and waiting for their story. AND I FINALLY GOT IT!!! AHHH!!! Okay sorry for that I'm back to (somewhat)normal.

A Match of Wits by Jen Turano is the fourth book in the Ladies of Distinction series. I love Jen's books so much and A Match of Wits is definitely not an exception. Agatha and Zayne are the kind of couple that have you just wanting to take them by the shoulders and shake them until they realize how silly they are and admit their love. The humor and good story telling throughout Jen's Ladies of Distinction series is sure to have you hooked from the first page until the very last word. If you have yet to pick up any of her book I suggest you do so as soon as possible, starting with A Change of Fortune. Do it and you won't ever regret it! 

5 out of 5. An Afternoon Snack that is scrumptious!

got a free review copy of A Match of Wits from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest review.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

When I Fall in Love Review

Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. But when her family surprises her with a cooking retreat in paradise, she is pulled—or maybe yanked—away from her predictable, safe life and thrown headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime.

Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence, and perseverance. But just when Grace dares to dream of a future beyond her hometown, Max pulls away.

Wrestling with personal demons, Max fights against opening his heart to a love he knows he should never hope for. And as his secrets unfold, Grace is torn between the safe path in front of her and what her heart truly desires. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.

When I Fall in Love is the third book written about the Christiansen Family by Susan May Warren and it was really good. I loved digging even deeper into the Christiansen family and their friends. I especially loved that this book contained Hawaii and cooking, a place I'd love to go and an activity I love to do. 

But while overall I really like this book I also found myself struggling with it. I'm a happily ever after kinda girl, and I mean like FOREVER after, if you get my meaning. I like my boy meets girl, something bad happens, and then everything gets better and I can think that nothing bad ever happens to them again. And yes. I do know that's not true in real life :) And I have read many books where everything doesn't end up completely happy but it's usually something that I can easily fix in my mind. (Yes, I am also that girl who keep writing the story in her head until she is completely satisfied. Don't judge.) But for the life of me I can't think of a simple solution that would satisfy my happily ever after heart. If Susan can do this in the next book/books then she is amazing! 

4 out of 5. An Afternoon Snack that was a tasty treat. 

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.