Mad About The Boy by Suzan Battah ~ A Review

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Julia Mendoza is driven by the success of her business. Since her husband Carlos passed away at such a young age, her business By Design is her number one priority. In her late twenties she works too hard and doesn’t take time out for fun. Annoyance with a pesky ex-friend has her begging one of the local surfer’s with a cheeky smile in the grocery store to pretend he’s her boyfriend. Suddenly, life takes a sudden detour from her business plan; much to the delight of her boisterous Latin American family. Christophe Augustine is groomed to take over his father’s successful chain of luxurious hotels. With a wealthy French-American background, Chris has been given privileges that not many have. He works hard, plays harder but seeks approval and recognition above all else. Family is a top priority for him as he fights for custody of his young brother. His parent’s divorce has not diminished his faith in romance. When a gorgeous Latino woman changes one boring morning into an interesting game of role play, though reluctant to help at first, he soon realises she’s not like the string of other women he’s known. A romantic first date ending dramatically doesn’t stop Chris from wanting to know Julia more. And for Julia, she’s all for a bit of fun but when things get too serious she’s running the other way. Too alike, in some ways and complete opposites, in other ways, Julia and Chris fumble through fun moments, annoying confrontations, passionate times and heartbreaking revelations. Love has no boundaries when soul-mates meet but when one is ready to love and the other one isn’t….

~Review ~

 Julia Mendoza has a stalker. And there’s only one way to get rid of someone like that–get a perfect stranger to pretend to be her boyfriend, of course. And Christophe Augustine is about as perfect as they come–wealthy, handsome, and loving. Julia couldn’t have picked a better pretend boyfriend. Until she finds herself working for the wonderful Chris. And he finds himself wanting more than just a work relationship.

Recently widowed, Julia is not ready to take the love plunge again–if ever. But she finds Chris as  irresistible as he finds her. Life doesn’t always give a break to those who deserve it, and outside forces pull at their newly formed relationship.

As a romance writer, I would have loved to have seen this book written with a little more focus on their relationship, feelings, and all the other things that make love great.  And though this book is a good read, there were times when I felt like I was standing outside the action watching through a sheet of glass instead of living it with Julia. Told in third person, there just didn’t seem to be enough emotion in the character’s pov to let me into their mind. And there was so much I wanted to know. The dance scene, the surfing scene, the love scene… Or maybe that’s the romance writer coming out again.

Despite my wishlist for this book, Mad About the Boy is a great novel to add to your upcoming summer reading list. Heartwarming, fun, and a little on the sexy side, it’s perfect for those sunshiny days headed our way.

Author Bio:

Suzan Battah is a proud Australian born author who has loved to write since her teenage years. In 2011 she published her first novel a contemporary multicultural romance – Mad About the Boy. In her spare time she weaves magical tales to entertain. Suzan writes YA Fiction – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, Regency Romance and Contemporary Romance. Other fun things you can find her doing is training at the gym and Latin/Ballroom dancing. Suzan is afraid of heights, loves most things that are sweet, has no clue about fashion and one day hopes to speak Spanish fluently. Her second novel a YA Urban Fantasy Adventure – BaSatai: Outside In will be released on the 14th of April 2012.

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One Pink Line by Dina Silver ~ A Review

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Can the love of a lifetime be forever changed by one pink line? Dina Silver’s tender, absorbing novel, One Pink Line, is the warmhearted, wry story of love, loss and family, as seen through the prism of one singular, spirited young couple who find themselves in a predicament that changes the course of their lives, and those closest to them. With heart, humor and compassion, this debut work of women’s fiction is certain to stir anyone who relishes a good laugh, can stand a good cry, and, above all believes in the redemptive power of love. This unique, contemporary story gives readers a dual perspective. Sydney Shephard, a sweet-tempered, strong-natured college senior is young, in love with an exceptional man, and unexpectedly pregnant. Faced with a child she never planned for, she is forced to relay this news to her neurotic mother, relinquish her youth, and risk losing the love of her life. Then there’s Grace, a daughter, who believed she was a product of this great love, grows to realize her existence is not what she assumed, and is left with profound and puzzling questions about who she really is. Spanning generations and every imaginable emotion, One Pink Line reveals how two points of view can be dramatically at odds, and perhaps ultimately reconciled. Simultaneously deeply felt and lighthearted, One Pink Line deftly mines how the choices we make are able to alter so many lives, and how doing the right thing and living honestly can bring unexpected, hard-won happiness. It’s a must-read for anyone who craves a great love story, absorbing characters, and plenty of laughs along the way.


One Pink Line is beautifully written and unique, as it’s told from both points of view–the mom and the daughter of an unplanned pregnancy. But what can I say about this book that’s not in the blurb above? Maybe that I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about One Pink Line. Thinking about not finishing it because I was afraid that Ethan would turn into the ‘bad guy’ and I couldn’t stand the thought of that. And wondering how things were going to turn out for Ethan, Sydney, and Grace. And not just once. My sleep was disturbed several times over the course of this reading. Yep, that’s probably all I have to offer, because One Pink Line is just what the blurb promises it to be– “tender, absorbing…warmhearted, wry story of love, loss and family…With heart, humor and compassion…certain to stir anyone who relishes a good laugh, can stand a good cry, and, above all, believes in the redemptive power of love. ” That about sums it up as good as it can be. I would like to add that Sydney is incredibly likable and it’s so easy to feel for her and the predicament that she finds herself in. Ethan is amazing. That’s all I can say. There should be more men like Ethan in the world. And Grace proves worthy of her name and shows herself at the end to be the product of her wonderful parents.

Dina has brilliantly captured all the love and support of three people who were meant to be together and rolled it all up into a fabulous story of forgiveness, hope, and family. Thanks, Dina! I can’t wait to see what you have for us next!

Author Bio:
A graduate of Purdue University, Dina Silver has spent the past fifteen years feeding her red wine habit by working as a copywriter in the advertising industry. After seeing the bulk of her professional prose on brochures and direct mail pieces, she is delighted to have made the transition to novelist. She currently lives with her husband and son in suburban Chicago, where she is working on her next book. Inspired by a true story, One Pink Line is Dina’s debut novel.

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Thank You for Flying Air Zoe by Erik Atwell ~ A review

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fasten Seat Belt sign has been turned on, but feel free to ignore it, because sometimes life is best lived on its dizzy edges. Your cruising altitude today will be sky high, and you will be flying at staggering speeds as you travel alongside Zoe Tisdale, former Valley Girl and rock star turned bored butter saleswoman.

On the heels of a brush with mortality, Zoe concludes that she’s been letting time pass her by. Realizing she needs to awaken her life’s tired refrains, Zoe vows to recapture the one chapter of her life that truly mattered to her – her days as drummer for The Flip-Flops, a spirited, sassy all-girl garage band that almost hit the big time back in 1987. But reuniting the band won’t be easy. The girls who were once the whiz kid guitarist, the prom queen bass player, and the hippie lead singer grew up and became women who are now a reclusive dog trainer, a wealthy socialite, and a sociopathic environmentalist. Will Zoe bring the band back together and give The Flip-Flops a second chance at stardom? Is it possible to fully reclaim the urgent energy of youth?

As you follow this wild flight path, please know that your destination could be anywhere at all, complimentary oxygen is provided upon request, and baggage flies free. We hope you enjoy the ride, and Thank You For Flying Air Zoe.

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Zoe Tisdale is having a midlife crises–well, sort of. After a scary plane trip in which her life flashes before her eyes, Zoe realizes that her life isn’t anything like she thought it would be. So naturally she decides to reunite her friends and get their band back together. Their all-girl garage band, the Flip-Flops. Sounds easy enough, but everyone has gone their separate ways and no one is interested in reliving the “what ifs”. Or are they?

Erik’s voice is fresh and true, his sense of humor traditionally fabulous. He brings Zoe and her band mates to life and rekindles that we dream we all had of being a rock star.

I have to admit I was a little taken aback over reading a chicklit book written by (gasp) a boy! But I was fabulously surprised. Erik nailed it! The banter between friends, the concerns about life, getting older, and wondering what you did with the last twenty years that was so great. Or maybe guys feel this way too. Maybe we’re not so different after all…

Hmmm, let me think that over. In the meantime, I loved visiting the pop-rock of my youth (ok, I was a teenager) but it was fun to spend some time in the 80’s again. Thanks, Erik, for giving me that without me having to wear parachute pants again! And please, please, get the next book written before 2028! :)

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Erik Atwell started his writing career in grammar school, when a one page history class assignment ballooned into a forty page fictional account of a politically controversial silversmith in Boston circa 1776. From there, he wrote short stories while living in New Hampshire, screenplays upon moving to Los Angeles, then finally novels when he ultimately landed in Seattle. He now lives in Seattle with his rock star wife and his six-month-old son, whose only musical claim to fame thus far is sleeping through an entire Go-Go’s concert. But in his defense, he was three weeks old, and the stage was a quarter-mile away. “Thank You For Flying Air Zoe” is his first novel, and he hopes to write a second novel before the little guy treks off to college.

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Waitlisted by Laurel Gans ~ A Review


Kacey Barlow had no idea it would be this hard to get into grad school. Her well-to-do family has been attending UI for generations, and admissions had been recruiting her since high school! She was a shoo-in—that is, until they gave her the boot.

She can’t tell her parents, and can’t stand the thought of her friends going off to grad school without her. Her grades are slipping. Her professors can’t remember her name, and her tutor, Taylor, won’t stop hitting on her when they’re supposed to be studying.

Okay, maybe that last one isn’t so bad. But it’s not going to help get her a seat in another school…and applications are due in two weeks…

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Kacey Barlow leads a charmed life–just ask her friends. Already accepted to the UI dental school program, her future is set. Until she loses her seat due to a admissions change. Now Kasey is in a time crunch take the DAT, set up interviews, and tell her parents she’s no longer in. Sounds simple enough, but Kacey learns what the ‘real’ world has to offer. As she chases around trying to get everything in order, she learns a hard lesson about what her classmates and friends have been dealing with during their four years of undergrad. She also gets the unique opportunity to decide if her pre-destined career path is right for her.

To tell the truth, I wasn’t sure which way Kacey was going to go–dental school or no. But it was great to see her grow up a little, own up to her mistakes, and decide what her future is all about.

It’s easy to identify with Kacey. Though I’ve never taken o-chem, I somehow managed to suffer right along with her. Never wanted to enter dental school, but cheered when she secured the steps to make it happen.  Laughed out loud at her blunders and mistakes. Kacey’s character is fresh and fun, and a little entitled, like so many college students today.

Laurel Gans has a fun and unique voice. She delves into the characters giving them multi-faceted personalities that has them jumping off the page. Waitlisted is hilarious and I loved every minute of it.  I can’t wait to see what Laurel has in store for us next!

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Laurel Gans is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she studied Spanish. She is currently a dental student at The Ohio State University with her twin sister, Stephanie. She enjoys writing, water sports and spending time with her family and friends.

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The Year of the Chick by Romi Moondi ~ A Review

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An awkward family homecoming at Christmas.

A humiliating public weigh-in, with two judging parents as the audience.

The announcement of a deadline for arranged marriage doom.

And that’s just the first two chapters.

In “Year of the Chick,” Romi Narindra must find love before her parents find her a husband. This is a difficult task in a world where self-consciousness is at an all-time high, and dating experience at an all-time low.

Severely lacking in seductive skills and uninspired by her corporate job, Romi turns to what she loves, by writing about her quest to find love on her brand new blog.

From whiskey-breath scum bags to uni-brow creeps and everything in between, Romi and her wingmen come up empty time after time. Just when giving up seems like the thing to do, she meets a fellow writer unexpectedly.

On the Internet.

So will it be arranged marriage doom, or an Internet affair that’s not as creepy as “To Catch a Predator”?

Time will tell in the “year of the chick,” a twelve-month quest to find love….tick-tock.

Most of us can’t imagine what it would be like to be weighed in front of our parent’s, put on a diet, and told that we have a year before said parents are going to put us on the marriage auction block. In an ARRANGED marriage!! That’s because most of us don’t have parents like Romi. Being an Indian girl in Canada can be hard, but Romi is just like anyone else. She needs to lose weight, her job isn’t all that she had expected it to be, and she falls in love with a guy she met on the internet. Okay, maybe not that last part. But James seems perfect, almost too good to be true, as he coaxes out Romi’s inner-writer (a career she wanted to peruse yet was forbade to by her parents). But she’s only got a year to convince James that he loves her too. (Because if she’s already engaged, her parents can’t make her get married, now can they?) Not bad timing, but bad geographics as he lives in Spain. But Romi isn’t about to let that stop her. This is the “Year of the Chick”, and she plans to make the best of it.

This book is laugh out loud funny, with believably unbelievable scenes involving her meddling family. Moondi’s voice is amazingly true, snarky, sarcastic, and out-right unconventional.  I loved every caustic line. From her mom and dad running her life and her sister who is a ‘frenemy’ at best to her friends who truly want a slice of happiness for her, Romi can’t help but succeed. Or is that the other way around? You’ll just have to read it to find out for yourself!

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I am Canadian, and here are some strange personal facts:

-I wore denim-top-to-bottom in high school (there is a direct inverse relationship between how much denim I wore and how few tongues were launched down my throat at school dances…or anywhere in high school at all).
-I’m continually baffled by that Malaysian baby whose father let him smoke two packs of cigarettes a day. That baby had so many fat rolls, and I thought cigarettes were supposed to be slimming.
-I always hated those insufferable couples who would cuddle and make out on the subway…until I became half of one. But now I’m back to being none of one so I hate them again.

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Princess of Park Avenue by Daniella Brodsky~ A Review

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How far would you go to forget Mr. Wrong?

Anyone can see Lorraine Machuchi is no ordinary Brooklyn girl. Anyone except for Lorraine, that is. She’s been too busy obsessing over Tommy Lupo to notice. Living day to day on his confusing midnight phone calls and big-haired memories of their relationship in the early nineties, she’s given up any opportunity of leaving Brooklyn. And though she never saw the home she loves as a failure, there are lots of folks she’s pissed off by staying put—her mother, her dead grandmother’s ghost, not to mention the old Italian ladies who shake their heads at her in the pork store. And what’s worse, the very guy she tossed everything away for just told her he’ll never wind up with her—a girl who’s not going anywhere.

…Okay, so you might disapprove of her motive—changing for a guy. But then you probably haven’t seen Tommy with three shirt buttons undone. Besides, when Lorraine crosses the bridge to Manhattan she begins to realize she’s got a lot to offer. She starts coloring hair at a swank salon where they actually appreciate a little talent, even if you have to bend some rules to use it. She gets a fabulous Park Avenue sublet, even if it does involve chasing around a dog/horse named Pooh-Pooh. She meets a guy who’s actually…perfect, even if she might be too hung up on Mr. Wrong to notice. She’s asked to become the newest member of the Princesses, an elite group of Park Avenue’s most powerful socialites, even if the reasoning behind it might be a little fishy. Sure, their $400 cashmere sweaters, charity balls for poor girls with small boobs, and ‘sexy’ yoga are a bit over-the-top, but a Brooklyn girl can learn a lot by discovering her own inner princess…

I would chance to say there’s not a one of us who hasn’t entertained the thought of living it up in the Big Apple. And since  most of us will never have that opportunity, we have Princess of Park Avenue to help us through. Daniella Brodsky weaves a tale of a hometown girl who makes it big in the big city. This is not a “be careful what you wish for story” for Lorraine never wished for anything more than Tommy’s love. And was willing to give up anything and everything for it. (Including a full ride to NYU.) But these sacrifices lead Tommy to believe that Lorraine isn’t going anywhere. So she sets out to prove him wrong. This is where the fairy tale kicks in. Using her natural talent as a hair dresser, Lorraine breaks out of Brooklyn, takes Manhattan in hand, and finds the love she was always destined to have.

Princess of Park Avenue is a fabulous tale and  fun, fun read. I laughed out loud as I journeyed with Lorraine as she found her career, her love, and herself. The rest of us should be so lucky. :)

Daniella Bio:
Daniella Brodsky is the author of six novels published by Penguin, Random House, and Simon & Schuster, one of which has been adapted by Disney as the film, Beauty & The Briefcase, starring Hilary Duff.

Daniella teaches at ANU’s CCE and at her Captain Cook Studio. A native New Yorker, she lives in Canberra, where she is writing her next novel, The Book Code, which has been awarded a 2012 Varuna fellowship.

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