2009 New Author Challenge, Contemporary Romance

really-somethingFrom the back of the book:


They say you can’t go home again-and when home is Tempest, Indiana, “Litter Box Capital of the World,” who’d want to? Not Allie Dean. She couldn’t wait to leave the place that made her feel worthless when she was at her most vulnerable. Seven years later and 170 pounds lighter, Allie’s back, scouting locations for an indy flick. It’s the perfect opportunity to exact the sweet revenge that comes with looking seriously hot. And the guy who broke her heart just happens to have made himself very available…

Duncan Henry isn’t used to being stood up, though the gorgeous blond who just ditched him looks like she does it all the time. Still, Duncan’s determined to win the stranger over, if only to get close to someone with no connection to Tempest. The truth is, Duncan hasn’t had anyone he could really talk to since Allison left. Yeah, there are plenty of things the ex-jock-turned-weatherman would change if he had the chance-and maybe his chance is closer than he thinks…

Now, with Allie getting ready to shoot and Duncan trying to score, somethings gotta give. The question is, who will give in first?

This book was just okay. I really wanted to like it, but it fell short. The idea that even though she had lost 170 lbs, someone who was around Allison Grey a lot wouldn’t recognize her was a little hard to believe. I also didn’t like how Allie was trying to get revenge on all of the people who she felt had mistreated her without knowing anything about what had happened to then in their lives. She was a little self absorbed.This was a new author for me and I liked her writing style, but not the story. I am planing on reading another book by Shirley Jump and hopefully will enjoy it more than I did this one!

Here’s where you can find this book:

Barnes & Noble

More about Shirley Jump and the books she has written: Shirley Jump

Contemporary Romance

girl-most-likelyFrom the back of the book:

Sometimes All A Girl Needs

Kat Cavanaugh was sixteen when she hitchhiked out of Persuasion, West Virginia, and vowed never to return. Who could blame her? She’d just stumbled upon her father’s adulterous affair, found out she was pregnant, got dumped by her boyfriend, and kicked out of her house and school…all in a single afternoon. Twenty years have gone by and Kat’s back – gorgeous, rich, and looking for an apology from everyone who’d turned their backs on her. First on that list is Riley Bohland, the boy who broke her heart before she could tell him about the baby.

Is A Little Persuasion

But Kat didn’t count on Riley having his own axe to grind, or that he’d be just as delicious as he was at sixteen. She also didn’t count on her heart opening at the sight of him. When their anger ignites a passion intense enough to burn through two decades of secrets and lies, Kat must question everything she thought she knew about her past. And what about her future? The only place to find the answers may be in Riley’s arms…


This book was just okay for me. This wasn’t really what I would consider a romance, even though there is a HEA. This book is more about Kat and her coming to terms with her past. The relationship between Kat and Riley is almost instantly back as if they haven’t spent 20 years apart. It just wasn’t very realistic to me. I liked the romance that bloomed between the secondary characters and would have loved more of their story. The other story line in the book has to do with Riley’s ex-fiance and I didn’t really understand why it was in there, it just didn’t add anything to the story for me. I don’t recommend this book if you are looking for a straight romance, this is more about overcoming your past and dealing with mistakes.

Here are places to order the book:


Barnes & Noble

The author’s website for more information: Susan Donovan

Contemporary Romance

peteFrom the back of the book:

What happens when opposites attract?

Free-spirited Zoey Addler is about hijack agent. And not just any federal agent, but very Special Agent Dante Torelli, a man whose designer suits and Italian shoes are more GQ than FBI. But when her baby niece, Pete, is snatched right in front of her eyes, Zoey doesn’t hesitate to scramble into Dante’s spotless BMW. She needs his help to rescue the baby…if only she can ignore his Lips of Sin.

Oh, baby!

Dante’s original mission is down the drain and he’s dodging bullets with a loopy redhead by his side. He likes quiet. She never shuts up. He likes to follow the rules. She throws the rules out the window. but these opposites do more than attract – they ignite. With a henpecked hit man running wild, cooking-obsessed matrons chasing down contraband spices, and a relentless killer tracking them all, Dante and Zoey will risk everything – for themselves and…

for the love of pete

for the love of pete is a great book. I am a big fan of Julia Harper’s alter ego, Elizabeth Hoyt, so I thought I would give this contemporary a go. I LOVED it. My only complaint were the names of the two Indian women kept messing with my reading, I would have to slow down to sound them out every time. This really has nothing to do with the story, just something that bothered me. Dante Torelli is a hot character. His caring nature and ability to take care of Zoey in the face of the situations they find themselves in is sexy. Zoey is a free spirit who loves her niece and will do anything to get her back. The relationship between Dante and Zoey is sweet. His attraction for her has less to do with her appearance then her caring nature and stubbornness. I can’t wait to read more from Julia Harper/Elizabeth Hoyt.

for the love of pete is available now at:

Barnes & Noble


Check out the author’s website for more information: Julia Harper



Contemporary Romance

aussie-rulesFrom the back of the book:

It’s bad enough that gutsy pilot Mel Anderson has to clean up after her lovable but completely disorganized best friend and business partner, Dimi, while her certifiable employees make more work than they do. Now, the one man she hoped she’d never see – the man who owns the deed to her airport, thank you – is back and looking for trouble. Scratch that, he is trouble. Amazing, holy cow, more please trouble…

Bo Black wants his family’s airport back, and he’s determined to get it. This laid-back Aussie is nobody’s fool, neither is Mel. She’s intense..Uptight. Sexy. And very, very tempting. Suddenly, Bo’s thinking less about revenge and more about kissing and touching and falling into a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-underpants kind of forever love…

Now, somebody’s going for broke; somebody’s going crazy; somebody’s going to try everything; and somebody’s going to play a very risky surprise…



After reading Instant Attraction I went on a Jill Shalvis reading binge. Aussie Rules was the only book of hers that I had yet to read and with the re-release in mass market paperback it seemed the perfect time to read it. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my favorite. There was something about Bo Black that I didn’t like. I’m not sure what it was though. I think that I was comparing him to the hero in Instant Attraction and found him lacking compared to Cam. The plot of the book is great. Mel’s life is turned upside down with the return of Bo. I like when characters have their lives so drastically altered. Mel was an interesting character, she is very tough on the outside and very vulnerable on the inside. She takes care of those around her without allowing anyone to take care of her. On the whole I enjoyed this book, and probably would have loved it if I hadn’t just read Instant Attraction.

Click on a link to purchase the book:

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Check out Jill Shalvis Blog!

Contemporary Romance

32600675From the back of the book:

Get Wild…And Then Get Wilder…

Accountant Katie Kramer is a quintessential good girl – working hard, recycling diligently, all the while trying to ignore the feeling that she doesn’t fit in anywhere. That’s all she wants. Well, that – and amazing sex, and the kind of daredevil escapade she can look back on when she’s crunching numbers in a dusty cubicle. Which explains why she just took a job in Wishful, California, working for Wilder Adventures and Expeditions. Waking up to find a magnificently built stranger towering over her bed – that part defies explanation…

After wandering the planet for months following a life-changing accident, Cameron Wilder has come back to the only home he knows. Under other circumstances, he might be thrilled to find a gorgeous woman sleeping in his cabin, but now, while he’ll risk his body taking clients on adrenaline-drenched excursions, his heart is off limits. Still, Katie’s killer smile triggers something deep in his gut…among other places. Showing her how exhilarating it can be to stop balancing her life as if it was a checkbook is the biggest rush he’s ever felt – and an adventure Katie’s wishing would never end…


I love everything that Jill Shalvis writes. She writes books that are funny, romantic, and sexy. Instant attraction is no different. It held me right from the beginning and I couldn’t stop reading. This book is the first in a series about the Wilder brothers who, along with their Aunt and her estranged husband, run Wilder Adventures and Expeditions. All three men are larger than life and the ultimate alpha male. Cam returns home after an accident that changed his whole world and finding Katie and feeling an attraction to her wasn’t something he planned (or that Katie had planned either). Both Cam and Katie have been through traumatic events, that lead them to look at life in two very different ways. I found the ways in which they dealt with their trauma to be the heart of the story. The relationship that builds throughout the book is one that neither of them wants, and it was fun to read how they resisted their real feelings for each other. It is a story of moving on with your life and not being afraid to risk your heart. I can’t wait for the next book in the Wilder Brother series!

Instant Attraction will be released on February 1st 2009.

To pre-order the book click on one of the following links:

Barnes & Noble


To find out more about the series and/or author: Jill Shalvis website (she has one of the funniest blogs online)

Check out Instant Attraction month at the book binge. They are having excerpts, contest, and an interview with Jill Shalvis.