Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy 2014!

As 2013 draws to a close, let's remember the good times it brought it. The best movies, the best books, the best holidays.

So, the best book for me: Joshilyn Jackson's "Someone Else's Love Story". Best Eve Summers book: "Insert Name Here" (yes, that _is_ the title). The best romance movie: "Before Midnight". The best non-romance movie: "Star Trek 2". The best trip: the one on which I met Richie McCaw.

May the new year bring us happiness, health, and fulfilled dreams.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Party like Eve Summers!

Now, first off, I'd like to say I'm not the Eve Summers mentioned in this article. I party well, and I never cause trouble. Having said that, New Year's Eve will find me at the airport on the way to Singapore. And if they have a no-champagne-at-midnight policy in the waiting lounge, you might read about me in the papers on 1 January 2014, LOL.

Meanwhile, have an awesome Christmas. Party hard, party well, party wisely.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ho ho ho!

Have you been naughty or nice? Either way, here are some Christmas romances for you:


And here is my Christmas gift to you: buy one of the above books and I'll send you the other free. Simply email me on yve at xtra dot co dot nz with the title of the book you bought, and I'll email you the other.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mad About The Boy - review

"Mad About The Boy" is Helen Fielding's continuation of the Bridget Jones saga. Although time has passed, quite a lot of it, we find Bridget older, yet not wiser. For a grownup, she still has a long way to go before she grows up. For many readers, I'm sure, that's part of her charm. For me, Bridget is as exasperating as she was in Book 1 and Book 2.

Still, the book has a few nuggets of wisdom tucked in-between the silliness. It has a few tear-jerking motherhood moments. Ultimately, it's a light read, one that will make you feel good. You'll be able to put it down for days while more pressing matters arise, but you will pick it up again with pleasure. And when you turn the last page, you won't be left with a feeling that it was a waste of time. :-)

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Highwayman's Bride

The Highwayman's BrideThe Highwayman's Bride by Jane Beckenham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first twist in the tale comes in the very first sentence: "Alone on a darkened road, beneath the constant drip of a damp autumn rain, Tess Stanhope sat atop her stolen horse and waited for the unsuspecting travelers."

So the highwayman is a woman. Nice one. And the surprises just keep coming, as the action moves from the dark road to a village in, and from a ballroom to Charnley Hall with its secrets and riddles.

This is a romance at its purest, with a hero we can all love and a heroine we all want to be. There are the usual highlights, black moments and love scenes, but what makes this story unusual is the author's unique voice and the skill with which she leads us on this journey.

If you like historicals this is a book for you. Even if you just like contemporary romance, give The Highwayman's Bride a go - you will be pleasantly surprised how timeless this story is.

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