One Hundred Proposals – Holly Martin

One Hundred ProposalsTitle: One Hundred Proposals (100 proposals #1)
Author: Holly Martin
Publisher: Carina UK
My rating★★★★★

I am trying to read as many Christmas novels as I can this month and so far I am doing great. In order to read ‘One hundred Christmas proposals’ I wanted to read ‘One hundred proposals’ first.

What the book is about

‘Is there really such a thing as a perfect proposal?
Over the next hundred days I intend to find out. I will find one hundred ways to propose to our Chief Proposer Suzie McKenzie and post the results here for your enjoyment. One thing’s for sure, not one of my proposals will be on top of the Eiffel Tower with a dozen red roses.’

Best friends Suzie and Harry are partners in romance. That is, they run, coming to the aid of would-be grooms to create the ultimate marriage proposal.

But when Harry decides to catapult the business into the big leagues with a PR stunt all Suzie can see is a hundred days of heartbreak stretching ahead of her. But however exotic the location, or breath-takingly romantic the setting, Suzie has to keep remembering that ‘Marry Me?’ is the one question she can’t say yes to.

This business proposal should come with one hundred broken heart warnings…

One hundred proposals, one hundred chances to say yes.

What I think about the book 

What a wonderful and romantic story! Even I thought that all the proposals were really cute. I mean, I get accused of having no romantic bone in my body, but a man going through this much trouble to tell a woman that he loves her. That must be worth something. Harry sounds like a real catch.

That being said… every now and then I wanted to shout at Suzie and Harry that they needed to stop thinking and just tell each other “I love you”, because it’s very clear from the very beginning that they love each other and that they’re both too scared to say so. I think that it’s a normal thing for people to hide their true feelings when we think that the other person doesn’t love us, but we’re not always right and true love does exist. If this isn’t meant to be, it’s better to just know, right?

Well even if the hundred proposals are just a publicity stunt, it is just an awesome idea. I mean, if something like that would happen and there would be a blog about it, I would be hooked. I’d want to know if she’d say ‘yes’ and what would happen next. Therefore I loved this book. It’s different and yet it’s still a cute love story where a girl falls in love with a boy.

Paris Cravings – Kimberley Montpetit

paris cravingsTitle: Paris Cravings
Author: Kimberley Montpetit
Publisher: Spellbound Books
Pages: 300
My rating★★★★✫

I’ve received a review copy of this book from e-books for review. The title and short summary sounded nice to me and therefore I accepted this book.

What the book is about

Can life really turn on a dime,
a missed bus—
or a stuck pastry shop door?

Chloe Dillard’s life has always been complicated. Her mother is a neurotic romance novelist and her boyfriend, Mathew, has been pressuring her to go “all the way”—even as one of her own best friends offers to accommodate him.

But after The Worst Night of Her Life, Chloe escapes on her Senior Class trip to the swoon-worthy city of Paris which takes her mind off her troubles—temporarily. On the final leg of her dream trip, Chloe squeezes in one final run for a last-minute box of decadent pastries. Add a stuck door, subtract a broken four-inch heel from her cute strappy sandals, and Chloe ends up one stuck girl on the bakery shop floor with a sprained ankle.

Rescued by the shop owner’s dreamy son with chocolate-syrup eyes, the beautiful city of Paris suddenly becomes Chloe’s personal secret adventure. And even though Jean-Paul, the oh-so-kind La Patisserie shop boy is the gentlemanly guy Chloe has always dreamed of, even he has a girlfriend.

The police are tracking her down as a run-away, Mom’s having a nervous breakdown over her daughter’s “disappearance”, and Chloe’s just trying to have a Happily-Ever-After even as her dreams with Matt are swirling down the drain.

Could being lost in the city of Paris be just what the doctor ordered? What’s a girl to do in the most romantic city in the world?

What I think about the book 

First of all I would like to say that it was such a sweet story. Not only because of all the chocolate eclairs and other pastries, but also because of the sweet love story between Chloe and Jean-Paul. At first Chloe seemed pretty clumsy and it was really annoying that she missed her bus because she really needed to buy more pastries before catching her tour bus. Seriously? I thought it was a bit cliche, especially because Jean-Paul was there right away to save our damsel in distress. It gets better though!

Now that Chloe can spend more time in Paris, she takes you with her in her adventures in the city. At the same time, every chapter contains some fragments of the past couple of months, where Chloe thinks about her boyfriend at home. Mathew, the cheater. Mathew, the one who she thought was supposed to be the love of her life. Of course it’s clear from the beginning that Chloe and Jean-Paul like each other and that something will happen, but I must admit that I didn’t mind it that much. In fact, I was rooting for them. That must say something, coming from a girl who has no romantic bone in her body!

Most of all Paris Cravings makes me want to see Paris. I haven’t been there since May 2000. Back then I was there with my high school class as well. I have also seen Paris with my parents. Maybe it’s about time to go back and discover Paris in my own pace, so that I can enjoy the city the way I have read about it in several novels. That would mean I would make time to shop, walk around, discover some lovely chocolate shops and enjoy the lovely food and wines that France has to offer. Who is with me?

Breaking Ties – Tracie Puckett

breaking tiesTitle: Breaking Ties (Breaking #3)
Author: Tracie Puckett
Pages: 221
My rating★★★★✫

Breaking Rules, the first book in the series, was a freebie on Amazon this summer. I decided to try it, because I liked the synopsis. At the time I had no idea it was part of a series, but as I finished the book in one day I found out that I had to buy the next part to know what would happen next. That’s what I did. I got Breaking Walls and then when it was available I got Breaking Ties as well.

What the book is about

Breaking up is hard to do, and it seems that the Parkers are learning that lesson the hard way. Mandy has broken her official tie to the Raddick Initiative, Bailey’s declared war on her friends and family, and even their father is amidst an emotional crisis. And when a ghost from their past suddenly comes calling, both of the sisters must face the emotions, questions, and truths they’ve kept buried for so long.

Mandy knows that forgiveness and redemption are the keys to moving forward and living a happy life, but she struggles with letting go of the pain she’s carried for four long years. Jones, Georgia, and Fletcher offer a distraction. Gabe is desperate to help. But Mandy insists on deflecting, knowing all along that she can’t avoid the real issue forever; she has to decide once and for all: can she finally find the courage to let go of her past, or is she doomed to live the rest of her life with an unforgiving heart?

What I think about the book

I can’t tell too much without giving away too many spoilers about the first two books, but it’s basically a lovely young adult story full of family, drama and love. Mandy used to be on her own in the past, but throughout the story she becomes more friendly to others and she learns a lot about friendship, love and doing something for others through working on the projects they come up with for the Raddick Initiative.

If you’re in the mood for a fast paced, well-written young adult story, I can definitely recommend the Breaking series to you!

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