Love me for me – Jenny Hale

Love me for meTitle: Love me for me
Author: Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 290
My rating★★★★★

This book was given to me by my friend Lavender and she told me that I should read it. So that’s what I did this summer. When I was in the backseat of the car on our way back from Switzerland, I started to read this book. I finished reading it before we came back home, because I liked it that much. I don’t often give a 5-star rating to a romance novel, but this one deserves it.

What the book is about

Libby Potter has just lost the perfect job, the perfect apartment and the perfect boyfriend. Moving back to the same home town that she couldn’t wait to escape when she was younger was definitely not on her todo list. Especially as it means running into the man whose heart she broke when she left.
Pete Bennett can still make Libby’s world stop with just the sound of his voice – even ten years on. Only now, she is the last person in the world that he wants to see.
As everyone else welcomes Libby home with open arms, she realizes she’s missed that special closeness that comes from lifelong friendship. And, as Libby tries to make amends with Pete, she begins to wonder whether she made the right choice in leaving all those years ago.
When an amazing career opportunity gives her the chance to leave again, Libby will have to decide what her version of perfect is… and where she really belongs.

What I thought about the book

In the beginning I really felt bad for Libby. I know how it feels to lose everything at once and she still had a plan. The plan was to sell her house and then find a new job in the city so she could leave as soon as possible. Reality turned out to be a little different. Did she really hate her home town that much? Was she sure that she doesn’t belong there? It was really awesome to see the little changes in Libby before she actually noticed them herself.

Peter seemed to be such a catch. I could not imagine why Libby had left him in the first place so from the very beginning I was rooting for him. I wanted Libby to stay and be happy and… well that would not have made a great story of course, as some things just need to happen. The stuff that happened was just how it should be. I could relate to all the choices that the characters were making.

In the end I just found it a really cute and romantic story, with lots of connections to real life. I just loved it.

The California Club – Belinda Jones

Tcalifornia clubitle: The California Club
Author: Belinda Jones
Publisher: Arrow Books
Pages: 517
My rating★★★★★

When I read my first Belinda Jones novel in 2008 I was instantly in love with her style. So far I have read about 5 books written by her and she has never disappointed me. I usually find her characters interesting women that have some qualities I admire, whether they pick up their stuff and go on a road trip or do something else completely, I always end up wishing I had that much courage myself. So when I noticed ‘The California Club’ on a book fair last year, I just had to buy it.

What the book is about

“When Lara Richards jets off to glamorous California, the last thing she’s expecting is to find her old friend Helen transformed from a clipboard-clasping frump into a shimmering surf goddess. The secret of her blissful new life? The mysterious California Club. So the offer of guest membership — one wish, guaranteed to come true by the end of their stay — is one Lara and her friends can’t resist.”

What I thought about the book

The book was everything I had expected it to be, and more. The California Club actually has six main characters, five ladies and one guy. Or five Belles and one Beau, as they describe themselves. Lara is the one who ‘tells’ the story, but as a reader you get a pretty good idea of what the other five are going through. Lara has been in love with her best friend Elliot since forever and even though they’ve known each other for ten years, she has never told him. Now that he is getting married to his girlfriend Elise, she thinks that her chance to get him is over. She is devastated. When she gets the chance to share her true wish, she is scared to actually ask for what she wants and she decides to write something else instead. I am not going to tell you what happens next, because then I’d get into some major spoilers, but I really loved this story. It’s funny, romantic and I loved every bit of it. Once again Belinda Jones has found a way to give her characters the courage they need to change their lives!

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