Sunday, August 4, 2013

A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson

Synopsis: A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson, author of The Greatest Love Story of All Time, is a hilariously funny and gorgeously romantic story about falling in love when you least expect it. Charley Lambert has put considerable effort into achieving a perfect life. She has The Job. The Wardrobe. And The Flat. Her womanising, junk food-loving housemate Sam lowers the tone a bit but that aside, things are peachy. Then she breaks her leg in three places, watches her unrequited love propose to someone else and - worst of all - is forced to hand over her job to her nasty deputy while she recovers. Workaholic Charley fears that she will soon go mad. Desperate for something to do, she discovers her talent for helping the lovelorn online. And then William arrives in her inbox. Within hours of his first email, her world starts to change. Helpless, she watches herself fall in love with this man and begins to realise that she's not who she thought she was. But will she be brave enough to turn her back on her old life - all for a total stranger? 

               Laugh out loud and fall in love with Lucy Robinson's A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger Praise for Lucy Robinson: 'Romantic and laugh-out-loud hilarious' Cosmopolitan 'Prepare for public-transport belly laughs' Glamour Lucy Robinson is the author of The Greatest Love Story of All Time. Prior to writing Lucy earned her crust in West End theatre production and then factual television, working on documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel Five. Her writing career began when she started a dating blog for where she entertained readers with frank tales from her laughably unsuccessful foray into the world of internet dating. Lucy was brought up in Gloucestershire and now lives with her boyfriend in South London. She is writing her next novel while working on various television projects and plotting a return to academia.

My thoughts: L-O-V-E I-T! Every page of it made me fell in love more and more with Sam! I just want one for me too! Charley, you lucky bastard! J

                This book was extremely charming and funny! The writing is very catching and well-written; it has great characters that make you cheer up for them. When it got to the high point of the book I literally ran around the house screaming madly. :D

                When she starts hooking up with her “boss” John – SPOILER – I got extremely angry! I mean, for Goddess’s sake, girl, you have Sam right next to you! What is wrong with you?! However, since John is such a Don Juan, every time that he said something cute or romantic or both, it totally blew me and Charley away! LOL

                The ending was thrilling to me, seriously. Not the kind of ending that makes you cry, but rather rejoice on the cuteness and beauty of it. The romance is balanced with the laughter, making this book a delightful and highly recommended reading. The only thing that lacked for me was the fact that Sam and Charley didn’t have a night together – ;) – , but that can be totally forgiven given the fact that the book was perfect.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn


               Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting ... for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, to finally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she has a sneaking suspicion that he never thinks about her at all ...

              It's true. He doesn't. Thomas rather likes having a fiancee --- all the better to keep the husband-hunters at bay --- and he does intend to marry her ... eventually. But just when he begins to realize that his bride might be something more than convenient, Thomas's world is rocked by the arrival of his long-lost cousin, who may or may not be the true Duke of Wyndham. And if Thomas is not the duke, then he's not engaged to Amelia. Which is the cruelest joke of all, because this arrogant and illustrious duke has made the mistake of falling in love ... with his own fiancee!

My thoughts: First of all, I thought that Thomas was a selfish asshole, greedy and short-minded, that only thought about himself and his own pleasure. Only when Jack – the man that was, maybe, the true duke of Wyndham – showed up that he showed me that he had the minimum of nobility and chivalry.

                While I was reading, I really hoped that Jack would start courting Amelia and he and Thomas would get in a fight to win her heart. Ok, they actually fought, but not for the reasons that I expected and wanted! As the story went by, I started to cheer for Thomas and Amelia, so that they could get together and prove that Thomas was the real duke. I’m not going to tell you, readers – if anyone is reading – if he is or isn’t the real duke, but he and Amelia get their share of happiness in the end. The level of romance was regular, in my opinion.

                Milly was one of my favorite characters. She’s one of Amelia’s younger sister and, for me, deserves a story of her own. The only thing that I didn’t like was the epilogue. I think it was, on itself, very weak and unpromising, especially if you compare it with Everything and the Moon.

                Julia Quinn is really one of my favorite authors ever. The way she writes makes me twist and turn throughout the reading, in a wave of feelings and emotions.