Undisputed by A.S. Teague

Goodreads Summary

I live a life most could only dream of. Parties, women, fame—what more could I want?

As the uundisputedndisputed MMA light heavyweight champ, I’ve faced the world’s toughest men. But, with a single glance, I knew that the five-foot-five redhead with a smart mouth and innocent eyes would be my hardest opponent yet.

Sidney O’Neil isn’t my type. While I spend my nights out drinking at the trendiest clubs in town, she spends hers taking care of her sick nephew. She is nothing I thought I wanted, yet she’s somehow become the one thing I need.

But what happens when the world is tipped on end and I’m no longer who she needs?  How do I convince her that we’re worth the fight when all she knows is defeat?  I’ve never lost a match, and I refuse to start now. But, sometimes, the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage.

Rating

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Review

This is probably one of the best debut novels I’ve read in a long time.

Undisputed is the story of Breccan Carlisle, MMA fighter and playboy, and Sidney O’Neil, accountant who is taking care of her sick nephew, Connor.

Connor is suffering from renal disease, and his aunt arranges for him to meet his idol, Breccan.  Breccan is immediately taken with Connor, because he’s down to earth and doesn’t want anything from Breccan.

Breccan and Sidney have instant chemistry.  Their banter is really funny, and Breccan is a really sweet guy.

I will warn you that this book is really emotional.  There were tears.  But this book was so good.  Such a great read.  I would highly recommend.

Happy reading.

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A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

Goodreads Summary

Sometimes your life is split by a single decision. I’ve spent every day of the last seven years a-thousand-lettersregretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.  I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

Rating

3.75 out of 5 stars

Review

So, based on what I read in the blurb on goodreads, I was expecting an entirely different book.  What I read didn’t really match what I read above.

A Thousand Letters is the story of Elliott (a girl), who met her soulmate when she was 15 in Wade Winters.  After 9/11, Wade decided he needed to be in the Army, and he asked Elliott to marry him and go overseas with him.  She was only 17 at the time, and she asked Wade for more time.  Wade didn’t take kindly to that, and he left, ending their relationship.

Fast forward seven years – Wade’s father is sick, and he comes back home.  It turns out that Elliott is best friends with Wade’s sister, Sophie, and she’s very close to his father, Rick.  Neither Wade nor Elliott have moved on.

I have to say this – one of the reasons I’m not giving this book a higher review is because of Elliott’s family.  They totally sucked.  She lived with her sister, Mary, and took care of Mary’s children.  Mary’s husband, Charlie, was a really nice guy.  Elliott’s father was a real dick, and he and Mary both treated Elliott like shit.  It was pretty infuriating.

There was also a side story with Elliott’s sister Mary that was so stupid and far fetched that it made no sense.  I will give Elliott credit though; she grew a back bone as the book went on.  She was kind of a doormat for a good portion of the book.

There is a lot of poetry in the book, so if you like poetry, you’ll probably like that.  I skipped over it.  The book was kind of long and overly detailed, but it was overall a good read.  Wade’s family was really cook, which made up for Elliott’s family being such assholes.

I would recommend this book.

Happy reading.

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Fake Fiancee by Isla Madden-Mills

Goodreads Summary

They say nothing compares to your first kiss,fake-fiancee
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss…that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he’d never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist…
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren’t REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist…
Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

As a rule, I tend to not read books set around college kids, especially romances.  Mainly because my son is almost in college and it’s weird for me.  Mainly, it’s just because I’m so far removed from that time in my life that I can’t relate.

This book, however, has been getting lots of good reviews, so I decided to give it a try.  First of all, the blurb above sucks.  It’s not really a glimpse of what this story is about.  Not even close.  Maybe if the blurb was a little more revealing, more people would be reading this book; and they should, because it’s really good.

Fake Fiancée is the story of Sunny and Max.  They meet under unusual circumstances, and come together again as seniors in college at Leland University in Atlanta.  Max is the star quarterback.  One part of this story I found super annoying was the drama surrounding the “backup quarterback” and Max’s ex-girlfriend.  None of it was believable, and in a way, it took away from the story.

What didn’t take away from the story were Max and Sunny.  Max was pretty damn mature for a 21 year old college student, and Sunny was wise beyond her years.  Both of them had lost their mothers, and had a hard time dealing after that loss.  Why Sunny becomes Max’s fake fiancée is a bit predictable, but it was a cute part of the story.

As for other characters, I freaking loved Sunny’s Mimi (her grandma).  She was a riot.  Sunny’s friend Isabella was great, and Max’s roommate Tate was cool too.  I wouldn’t mind a book about both of them…..

Overall, this was a solid read and I would recommend it.

Happy reading.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I’m Currently Reading

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What I Recently Finished


 

What I Plan on Reading Next

What’s on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Romance!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish Blog.

This week’s topic – Romance.  It’s Valentine’s Day and what better topic to cover than romance.  I’m going to showcase my:

My Top 10 Favorite Romantic Comedies

These are in no particular order.

Notting Hill.  I love this movie, starring Julia Roberts as a Hollywood star who stumbles into a British book store owner (Hugh Grant) and falls in love.  This movie has a fun, quirky cast and a fantastic story.  If you haven’t seen this one, you should watch it as soon as you can!

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Sweet Home Alabama.  Reese Witherspoon stars in this romantic comedy as a fashion designer who becomes engaged to the Mayor of New York’s son and has to go back to Alabama to get a divorce from her husband.  This movie was Patrick Dempsey’s comeback as an adult actor.  I love this movie and watch it anytime it is on.

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.  This is one of my favorites on this list.  Kate Hudson stars as Andie Anderson, magazine reporter tasked with meeting a guy and doing everything wrong in order to lose him.  What she doesn’t know is the guy she meets, played by Matthew McConaughey, has his own motives for making their relationship work.  They had such amazing chemistry in this movie.  It’s such a great movie.

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Better Off Dead.  This movie isn’t nearly as popular as it should be, because it’s amazing.  Lane gets dumped by his girlfriend Beth and decides he wants to die.  He has to deal with his strange mother who can’t cook, his weird little brother and his super bizarre neighbors, who are hosting a girl from France in their home.  He’s also on the run from the paperboy who wants his two dollars.

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10 Things I Hate About You.  A great teen flick starring Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger.  Stiles stars as a total feminist being raised by a single father who shelters his two daughters from life.  She meets Ledger’s character, a misfit, and sparks fly.  Lots of stars in this movie before the became stars.  Great flick.

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Roxanne.  Another movie that is not as popular as it should be.  Steve Martin stars as a modern day Cyrano de Bergerac, the man with the very large nose.  A young woman named Roxanne moves into town and he is smitten with her, but believes that he has no chance due to his looks.  Fantastic movie.

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The Wedding Singer.  Another one of my favorites on this list. Adam Sandler stars as Robbie Hart, a wedding singer who gets left at the altar on the day of his wedding.  He meets new waitress Julia, who is engaged to a Miami Vice wannabe douchebag named Glenn Goolia.  Robbie agrees to help Julia plan her wedding to Glenn…you can guess what happens next.  Fantastic music in this 80’s themed movie.

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Sleepless in Seattle.  This movie is just beautiful.  The story of Sam, a young widower with a young son named Jonah who moves to Seattle from Chicago after his wife’s death.  His son calls into a “Dr. Laura” type show, and Annie, in New York hears Sam’s story and starts falling for him.    Amazing cast and amazing story.

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Clueless.  One of my all time favorite movies.  Clueless is the story of 16 year old Cher, a girl with wealth in Beverly Hills with a keen fashion sense.  A new girl moves to school and Cher makes it her mission to find Ty a boyfriend; what Cher doesn’t realize, she is finding love for herself.  Great music, great cast, great movie.

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Tootsie.  Another of my all time favorite movies.  Dustin Hoffman stars as Michael Dorsey, an actor in New York who can’t find work.  He goes to desperate measures, and dresses as a woman, names Dorothy Michaels, and lands a lead role in a soap opera (this was the early 80’s when soaps were huge).   This cast was amazing, and the story is great.  A great movie.

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What are your favorite romantic comedies?

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Man Crush Monday #34

This is my 34th installment in my Man Crush Monday meme.  Since I read mostly romance, I thought I’d share some of my “book crushes” with you, and possibly introduce you to some new reading material.

My Man Crush Monday for this week is Nate Ryan from Hooker by Brooke Blaine.

Goodreads Summary

Whoever said singles were missing out by not finding true love and getting married before the age of thirty had never experienced the sheer pleasure of nightly romantic comedy hookerviewings in their underwear while eating one of Licked’s famous Crazy Cat Lady sundaes. Because life just doesn’t get better than that.

At least, it doesn’t for Shayne Callahan. It didn’t take more than a handful of broken hearts after college to solidify that she was better at pairing up those around her than herself. As a matchmaker at the elite HLS—Hook, Line, & Sinker Matchmaking Company—in the City of Angels, she has a knack for finding the other halves of even the most eccentric clients:

Sugar daddy with a foot fetish? Gross, but no problem.
A severe case of nudophobia? Match made before lunch.

But even the most happily independent of women can find their best-laid plans screeching to a halt when they meet that guy. For Shayne, that guy comes in the form of boyishly handsome, suspender-lovin’, dimple-poppin’ Nate Ryan on a pantsless (we’ll get to that later) Metro ride. Of course, relationships can never be easy. Before the destined lovers can ride off into the sunset, they must overcome a power-hungry and sexual-punning boss, a celebrity scandal and cover-up, and let’s not forget Shayne’s dreadful foot-in-mouth disease—with which there can never be a happily ever after. Will fate throw Shayne a freakin’ bone? Or will she be destined to live out her life as sexy(ish), single(ish), and L.A.’s finest Hooker (upper)?

Nate Ryan sees Shayne on a pantsless subway ride and is instantly smitten.  Shayne is put off – why? Because Nate is a few years younger.  Nate was more mature than a lot of book heroes I’ve read recently, and I freaking loved him.  He was hilarious, sweet and romantic.  And he put up with a lot of crap from Shayne.  Nate is one of the best guys I’ve read in a long time, therefore he’s my MCM this week.

Happy reading.

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