Book Review: Operation: Valentine by Loretta Hill

OpValetnine582Genre: Romance

From the author of the bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots and One Little White Lie, comes a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about dating in the modern world…

“Once upon a time, there was a young girl called Sarah Dubert who needed to fall in love in six weeks . . .”

Thanks to food poisoning, broken dates, airport malfunctions and even death, Sarah Dubert has never had a boyfriend on Valentine’s Day. However this year she’s determined to break the curse and snare herself a man before Big V. Signing herself up to the online dating site soulmates.com, she begins eliminating possible candidates through dates at her favourite bar, The Blue Saloon . . .

Owen Black, the handsome new owner of The Blue Saloon, likes his women fast, experienced and temporary. A woman on a mission to find love – particularly one with a six-week deadline – would normally have him running for the hills. So why is he so uncharacteristically interested in Sarah’s search? And, more importantly, the success of her dates…?

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It’s the month of luuuuurve so I thought I’d review luuuurve stories this month!

Whilst the cover wasn’t the most favourite one I’ve seen, the book itself was well written and fun to read. Being a Valentines theme story I definitely wasn’t expecting anything serious or crazy. What I got was a cute, definitely predictable story that I really did like reading. The predictability didn’t diminish the lovely way it was written at all. I was entertained with a few laughs along the way Sarah always seemed to be having a tough time catching a break, while Owen sat back watching, waiting! This was a nice clean romance perfect for a sit down with a cup of coffee. Enjoy! You’ll have it read in no time!  I look forward to checking out some of her other books as well!

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  About the Author:Hill, Loretta

Loretta always wanted to be a writer. As a kid she filled pages of exercise books with stories to amuse her friends. Her father, who never wasted his time on fiction, didn’t see much worth in this pass time and pushed her to pursue a ‘sensible’ career. Fortunately, she had inherited some of his talent for numbers and decided to give it a go. She graduated from the University of Western Australia as structural engineer and took her first job with a major West Australian engineering company.

A few years later she met a lawyer at a Black Friday party hosted by a friend. She was dressed as the devil and he just came as himself. They are now happily married and living in Perth with their two young sons and infant daughter.

Despite her career in engineering, her interest in law and her journey into motherhood, Loretta continued to write. Not because she had a lot of time but because it was and always had been an addiction she couldn’t ignore.

books1bI received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Review – A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

alittlesomethingdifferentpolaroidGenre: Young Adult. Contemporary Romance.

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at the local Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

ALSDquoteI was browsing the shelves of the local shops because I had an urge to have paper in my hands. You know what I mean, right? Reading e-books are great, but sometimes you just neeeed that book to feel in your hands, flip the pages, carry around. I picked up this one, because the cover was cute.

Cute. This book is cute! Adorable, quirky, fun! The story is told in different viewpoints, and it reminds of the movies that show everyone’s story from different points of view, think ALSDquote3Love Actually, Valentines Day. I found the switching of viewpoints really refreshing, and the story never faltered for it. From the bus driver, to the barista, to close friends. Not acALSDquote4tually hearing from the main couple, Lea and Gabe, kept me intrigued. We didn’t ever actually know what they were thinking, except for their dialogue with their friends…or a squirrel! My favourite view point had to be the squirrel.. he was so darn cute! Acorns! I think that the way Lea and Gabe dance around each other could be annoying, but the author has provided us with a unique way of playing it out that has you cheering them on, and hoping the next persons view would have them getting together.  It was fun to read in the young adult genre, again. This book definitely proves that you don’t need to be a teen to read these types of book.

Read this if you’re after a fun, quick, sweet, cute read. ALSDquote2

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Review – Decker’s Wood by Kirsty Dallas

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Genre: Contemporary Romance. New Adult. Adult Fiction. Humour.

Decker Steele had it made…Penthouse apartment, VIP parties, girls on tap. You see, Decker Steele is the Pornography Associations award winning, money making machine. But what does a self-confessed, pussy pounding warrior do when his prized package begins to fail? Freak the ‘F’ out, that’s what!
Andi Jennings is the socially inept, geeky and awkward cousin of Decker’s best friend. Only she’s not so geeky and awkward anymore. Now she’s a smokin’ hot country bumpkin, with a smokey voice made for phone sex, and a pair of hot as hell cowboy boots. Everyone adores her, my porn star buddies, my mom and dad, my ‘equipment’. 
So, the prized package isn’t so failing anymore, the catch is, it will only perform for Andi…My friend WITHOUT benefits. 
What will the prince of porn do? The girl or the career?
He has one month to figure it all out.

This was a recommendation on Twitter when I asked for books to read! I love asking, because the randomness of replies always gives me variety!

Saying cute when referring to a book about a porn star actually has me laughing out loud, or at least a bit of a chuckle. Once I got rolling into the story line, probably two chapters, this was a fast, fun read. I liked that the main characters had a background from growing up, which makes it easier to adapt to them becoming involved in any way *IF in fact they do. My favourite part was when Decker nicknames Andi, “Country”, and it sticks. With her cowgirl boots, and her cute dresses, I can definitely see her as a character. Also, who wouldn’t want to own a cute book shop/coffee shop in SOHO, NY! *points to self – this girl would!!*

Read this if you’re after a funny supporting cast of characters, and a story without major angst.

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