Monday, November 28, 2011

He would do anything for love...

Absolutely anything.

Synopsis: (from the book site)
Ken and Melissa are at the dawn of a magnificent life together. A passionate romance has led them to the doorstep of marriage. While searching for the perfect wedding present for Melissa, Ken stumbles into a mysterious shop. There, he is given an extraordinary opportunity – to look in on Melissa when she was a girl. Ken has always wished he could have known Melissa from the day she was born and this seems like an incredible blessing. Until he discovers a terrible secret in Melissa's past, one so awful she has found it impossible to mention to him.

Now Ken has another extraordinary opportunity. He can go back in time and change the horrible event that has left an indelible mark on Melissa. He can free her of this burden – but doing so could change things so completely that they might never meet.

Ken has repeatedly told Melissa that he would do anything for her. But would he truly do anything?

For more about the book and to read an excerpt, click HERE

Humina, humina, humina.... ok, ok this review isn't going to write itself.

This story is a heart twister in the form of a book. It's heartwarming, and loving, and all those things that make you want to fall asleep with it next to you on the pillow. 

Take this part for example (from page 26):
Later that night, as she lay in my arms sleeping, I wondered how it was possible that this had happened to me. I never dreamed of a woman like Melissa. I never believed it was possible that a person could make me feel the way she did. As I kissed her hair and settled my head against hers, though, I knew one thing for sure. I could never live without her. Now that she was here, now that she showed me what life could be like with a partner who thrilled me and challenged me and inspired me, I could never be satisfied with anything else.
I pulled her just a little tighter to me and felt immensely thankful that we would always be together.

See what I mean?? *sigh* Ah, true love.

Anyway, I find a love story from the male POV to be very refreshing.  I have not found very often a gooey love story completely written in a single POV, much less that of the man of the relationship, and written by a man.  I will confess, I don't normally go for this kinda thing, never having read a Sparks novel myself. But this book is worth it.  For me this is a breath of fresh air, an easy read, mysterious and thought provoking as well.

Also interesting is the story's premise.  How many of us actually get to prove, even if only to ourselves, that we would actually do anything for the one we love? Even if it costs us that very love.

Truly a pleasant read.. I give it

4.5 Cool Pineapples

Till we meet again

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


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Sunday, November 6, 2011

A good glass of wine goes great with any meal...

Or any book by Christina Dodd for that matter.  And those Di Luca boys in her Bella Terra series sure give good.. erm, wine.

The first book, The Secrets of Bella Terra, begins as misfortune falls upon the Bella Terra Resort in the form of an attack upon the family matriarch, Nonna Sarah, requiring the family to come together to keep not only Nonna, but the resort safe and secure.  But when you mix a family reunion and an old Italian feud with mischief, mayhem and a large dose of jealousy, the results can be disastrous.

Rafe Di Luca. 

No one need say more, really, for this man has everything this reader could want in a romance hero.  First, he's an actual hero, a former serviceman, onetime POW, turned security consultant.  Second, loyalty.  He travels from a place no one but Christina Dodd and Google (I checked) has ever heard of, leaving his team behind, to come protect his home and dearest Nonna.  Next...he is hot. H. O. T. *sigh* Because, let's be honest here.  I think everyone of us has fantasized, at least once in our lives, that our significant other was a hot italian guy whose name ended in -ello.  He also knows how to have a good time. For example, look at what happens in Chapter 18. I admit, I am sometimes envyious of the type of guy who could have this particular brand of fun.  Sure, it hurts a bit for a while, but it's an awesome way to relieve some of that pent up frustration.  Even better when your "partners" are willing participants :) Last, he sure knows his way  around a woman, and yeah, that's what I'm talkin' bout.

Not to be forgotten, is our hostess with the mostest and thus honorary member of the family, Brooke Petersson.  Brooke is a hard as nails child of two Air Force veterans. As manager(?) of the resort, she is forced to put away her past feelings for our hot hero and aid in the search for who turns out to be a killer.  But who could completely harden their heart against a man like Rafe, especially with a past like theirs.

You will find that this blogger is a sizable Christina Dodd fan, read all her books, etc. etc.  This new series keeps that trend alive.  I have always loved her ability write captivating characters, believable plot lines and beautiful sceneries.  This book is no different.

I'm giving it 5 pineapples...(gif to follow)

All the best,

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Top 5 Sundays #60 – Favorite Gun-Totting Heroines!

As seen here on Larissa's blog.

This Sunday's theme: Favorite Gun-Totting Heroines!

1. Lieutenant Eve Dallas
 This girl knows how to get her man.... 

2. Stephanie Plum  

Well...she totes a gun sometimes...

3. Elena Deveraux

Protecting mankind from rogue vamps never looked so easy.

4. Samantha Jellicoe


Relieving people of their possessions never looked this fun.

5. Rhiannon Murphy
She can even talk to them even after they're dead.

Hands on your head, as it were.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow

Question of the Week: What book shelf would you ask Santa for?
Answer: This one!  I don't have the room for that library with 10 foot ceilings and ladders that run around it on rails.  This would be a perfect fit for the space I have now (which is none).

 Til next weekend, and thanks in advance for the follows.