A Perfect Mistake – Zoe Dawson

18302011Title: A Perfect Mistake (A perfect secret #2)
Author: Zoe Dawson
Publisher: Blue Moon Creative
Format: Kindle
Pages: 252
My rating★★★★✫

A perfect mess, the first part of the Perfect Secret / Hope Parish series, was not just a romantic novel, but also a bit of a thriller. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from the sequel. Still I am someone who enjoys reading series, therefore I did move on to the next part.

What the book is about

How can they have a future when their past is based on a lie?

The perfect preacher’s daughter, Verity Fairchild, has something that only she and God know about and she wants to keep it that way. Her mistake was easy to keep secret when she was out of town, but now that she’s come back to Hope Parish for the summer, she comes face-to-face with the guy responsible for it all. Boone Outlaw nearly ruined everything for her and despite the fact that he’s now working at her father’s church, she’s determined to stay as far away from him as possible.

Boone Outlaw doesn’t understand Verity’s anger towards him. He barely knows her. In high school she was Holy Mary Verity and she was off limits – except in his dreams where Verity seems way too real. Most of the time he was wasted in high school, not the type of boy Verity would ever look at twice, but he can’t shake the feeling that something might have happened between them. He’s going to break his own rules to get the answers he needs straight from Verity.

What will Verity do when she finds something in Boone that she never knew existed and her perfect mistake is the only thing that could stand between them and their happiness? Will she sacrifice Boone to keep her secret?

What I think about the book 

The story of Verity and Boone turns out to be a lot more dramatic. Nothing scary, except for the avances of Billy Joe, the boy that Verity’s father would like to see her end up with. I found him quite creepy and a bit of a stalker. Other than that, the story is mostly romance, lust and drama all rolled into one. It was definitely more the kind of story that I had expected from these series and therefore I found it much better than the first novel.

Once again, the reader doesn’t know the secrets that Verity and Boone carry around with them. Throughout the story they tell each other (and their friends/brothers) about what has happened last summer, the summer of their graduation. O yes, it keeps coming back to that one night. A lot has happened that night and during the year after when the girls (Verity, Aubree and River Pearl) left town. As a reader you get to see both Verity’s and Boone’s point of view, so while they are still a bit in the dark about the other, the reader can see where things go wrong for them. Although Booker was more my type of bad boy, I can see why Verity is falling for Boone Outlaw.

This time I was prepared for the fact that this novel was not quite ‘clean’ when it came to the ‘romantic’ scenes. It didn’t really bother me like it did last time. I guess it is something that comes with the genre of new adult novels. So if you like your books to have clean content, pick another one. If you don’t mind, go ahead and read this.

Christmas at the beach café – Lucy Diamond

Christmas at the beach cafeTitle: Christmas at the beach cafe
Author: Lucy Diamond
Publisher: Pan
Format: Kindle
Pages: 100
My rating★★★★✫

This summer I have read The beach cafe. When I finished it I saw that there was a Christmas novella that belonged to the book and I decided to put that one on my Kindle to read when the holidays were coming up. The holiday season is coming closer now and since I’ve got many Christmas novels waiting on my Kindle, I have decided to start reading some already. Maybe I can read them all this year, or at least most of them.

What the book is about

After a hectic summer running her beach café in Cornwall, Evie Flynn is looking forward to her first Christmas with new boyfriend Ed – she’s determined that it’s going to be the most perfectly romantic one ever. Cosy nights in front of the fire, spicy mulled wine, mince pies . . . what’s not to love? But the peace is shattered when Ed’s ex suddenly gets in touch again, and then some unexpected guests arrive: Ed’s surly brother Jake and Evie’s heartbroken best friend Amber. Add in the stress of trying to finish her very own recipe book, snow blizzards and family dramas and Evie’s Christmas starts to look as if it’ll be a total turkey. Will any of her festive wishes come true . . . or is this Christmas just a recipe for disaster?

What I think about the book

Often when I finish a novel I wonder what will happen next. I mean, the story is over, but where will the characters go from that point on. Will they fall out of love or stick together? So it is nice to read a novella every now and then to catch up with the characters and see what the author thinks will happen next.

So in this case we get to go back to Evie and Ed at the Beach Café. The cafe is closed and Evie and Ed have planned to spend some time together. Evie has pictured a very romantic Christmas and she is working on the perfect gift for Ed. While she is preparing for the holidays, everything seems to go wrong. At first Evie hates that her plans are being disturbed, but she has changed a lot since we first met her in the Beach Cafe. Yes, she sure knows how to make the best out of things and she is trying real hard, even when it all seems to get worse all the time.

In the end everything is alright, just like one would expect from a Christmas novella. In the end the holidays aren’t just about romance, but also about friends, family and the community and Evie seems to realize that in time to enjoy herself. Her auntie Jo would be so proud of her.

I think Christmas at the beach cafe is a lovely and fast paced read for everyone who has read The Beach Cafe already.

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses – Jenny Hale

christmas wishesTitle: Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses
Author: Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: Kindle
Pages: 305
My rating★★★★★

It’s not Christmas yet, but since Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses came out last week, I just had to start reading it right away. Last year I have read a few Christmas novels. Two of them (Coming Home for Christmas and A Christmas to Remember) were written by Jenny Hale. They were lovely so I could not wait to start reading this one.

What the book is about

An uplifting, beautiful story about never letting go of your dreams, the special magic of a family Christmas… and the rush of falling in love under the mistletoe.

Single mother Abbey Fuller loves her family more than anything, and doesn’t regret for a moment having had to put her dreams of being an interior designer on hold. But with her son, Max, growing up, when a friend recommends her for a small design job she jumps at the chance. How hard can it be?

Nick Sinclair needs his house decorated in time for his family’s festive visit – and money is no object. What he doesn’t need is to be distracted from his multi-million dollar business – even if it is Christmas.

When Abbey pulls up to the huge Sinclair mansion, she has a feeling she might be out of her depth. And when she meets the gorgeous, brooding Nicholas Sinclair, she knows that she’s in real trouble…

With the snow falling all around, can Abbey take the chance to make her dreams of being a designer come true? And can she help Nick to finally enjoy the magic of Christmas?

What I think about the book

Once again a great novel by Jenny Hale. I really enjoyed it and I was seriously getting in a festive mood. I will have to wait a while before I can start decorating our flat, but at least I can read more Christmas novels until then. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses was a great start of my Christmas reading.

This story has wonderful characters. Not just Abbey and Nick, but I loved little Max as well. Now that I am a mother, it was as if I could actually see Max through Abbey’s eyes. I finally realize what it is like to love your kid like that and what it’s like when others (especially the man you love) are nice to him. I can’t wait for my baby boy to be bigger so we can start our own traditions together. Reading this story definitely gave me some great ideas for the future.

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses is the perfect story if you are searching for something romantic. It is a classic girl meets boy story. You know they will fall in love, but that is exactly what I wanted from this novel. I wanted them to fall in love and see what challenges life would throw at them. It’s not just about love though, it is also about living your dream, whether that would be starting your own business or learning how to relax and enjoy your family. These are challenges that most of us can relate to in a way. Following your heart can be scary, but I also know what it’s like to be super busy and forget to enjoy life as well. Not that I’ve got millions on my bank account to show for it…

Speaking of millionaires… I’ve got one small remark. Once again the female main character in the book is thinking about the future and a possible career change and the male main character is a rich man who seems to be a complete workaholic. The stories are different and I really enjoy all of them, but it was something I noticed. It is not the kind of man I would fall for, as I am usually more into artistic and quirky guys. Still Jenny writes those characters so well that they do become attractive. And since the story is super romantic I didn’t really mind who the characters were. I just wanted them to be together. Therefore I still think that this book deserves five stars.

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