Sunday, July 24, 2011

Educating Caroline by Patricia Cabot


Synopsis: Lady Caroline Linford is horrified to discover her fiancé, the Marquis of Winchilsea, in the arms of another woman. Unfortunately, Victorian society considers such masculine peccadilloes a trifle; canceling their imminent wedding would be unthinkable. But Caroline's wish is for the man she is to marry to desire only her...and she seeks lessons in the art of romance from the best teacher - London's most notorious rake.
 Braden Granville may be a famous lover but he has no intention of taking part in Caroline's scheme - until he learns she has something he wants - the name of his own unfaithful fiance's lover. As their passionate tutelage begins, sparks fly - and the lines between teacher and student fall away. Now there is just one last lesson to learn - on the subject of true love, the heart chooses its own unpredictable ways.

My thoughts: Educating Caroline was one of the most exciting books I’ve ever read! We are presented to the sweet Caroline Linford, who discovers her fiancé in the arms of another and, instead of crying, she looks for the Lothario of London, Branden Granville – who is handsome, sexy and despite of all, very sweet – to teach her the art of seduction.  Branden, however, doesn’t want to have a thing which such a prune. How is he supposed to teach her the art of seduction? It doesn’t even make sense! But, still, he accepts it, because she has what he wants: the name of his fiancé’s lover.
                Their first lesson is the funniest: she gets to his office – he worked with weapon production – sits down right in front of him, and, full of naivety, pull her glasses out of her reticule and her little notebook. He just stares at her, thinking “What in the name of God did I put myself into?!”. As class begin – he was teaching how to have the best environment for seduction – she suddenly asks: “Can we skip to the kiss part?”. JUST LIKE THAT! He almost chocked at that one. She is asking him, the most infamous man of all London, to teach her how to KISS PROPERLY?! Really?

As the lessons follow, both realize that something happens between them, but neither of them wants to see much less accept it. The narrative get hotter e funnier page after page, as well as their love. The book shows that it doesn’t matter how you look like, how wealthy you are or where you came from, love can happen.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Lonely Hearts Club de Elizabeth Eulberg

Synopsis: Love is all you need... or is it? Penny's about to find out in this wonderful debut.

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like. . .
My thoughts: a good book. A good story, but the end seemed a little blurry. What about now? What is Penny Lane’s position in all of this? If the book’s title is “The Lonely Hearts Club” and the main target is to show that women can live without a date and be happy, why we didn’t see this kind of ending? Penny, our main character, could have continued without a guy. The end seemed like a happy ending instead of an ending that is committed to the title.
                Despite that, the book is really funny, so you laugh a lot. The situations that our main character goes through are great, creative and a few may be chosen as realistic.