The Carlton Square Series

The Carlton Square Series

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I am so excited to share The Carlton Square series with you guys! This was written by one of my favorite authors, Lilly Bartlett, AKA Michelle Gorman. I have already read both books and the second just hit shelves in the USA. Check out my reviews below!

The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square

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I enjoyed this fun book. Thinking it over to critique it, I realized I really had no complaints. Sometimes chick lit books are predictable, over dramatic, and cheesy, but this book was none of those things. This is the story of Emma and Daniel planning their wedding. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and she, well… wasn’t. Daniel’s parents are expecting a huge, elegant ceremony and are willing to contribute financially, but Emma’s father won’t hear of it. Emma has to pull off an almost royal wedding on a shoestring budget. 

This book took me back to my own wedding planning days, which was fun. I also loved both main characters. Emma is desperately trying not to betray where she comes from, even though she’s marrying into something else. Daniel is clueless about his privilege. The secondary characters were very entertaining, yet also heartwarming. 

The plot moves along at a good pace. Emma has a funny “voice.” I am really excited to read more in this series! I would recommend it to any fan of chick lit, and really, anyone who has ever planned a wedding!

The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square

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This book was super cute, just like the first one in the series! Emma starts a cafe in Carlton Square to provide jobs for at-risk youth. She runs into a lot of trouble from a fellow cafe owner who is trying to run her out of business. She is also juggling a new job, her husband, and her twin toddlers!

I could relate to a lot of Emma’s thoughts about motherhood. Emma wants Daniel to step up more and feels like everything falls to her. I think that’s common and I like how it was handled in this story.

Emma is such a likable character. I love that she is trying to help at-risk youth and learned to overcome some prejudices she didn’t even know she had. We see the return of a lot of lovely characters, like her parents, her mother-in-law, Daniel, Kelly, etc. We also get lots of new characters from Emma’s mom group and the other people who frequent the cafe. I loved the diverse range of characters.

It was very enjoyable to visit Emma and her square again! The plot moved at a good pace and the story was well-done. I hope there’s a third book!

*Quotes and photos provided to me by the author. I wwas given copies of these books and voluntarily reviewed them.*

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The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even Book Review

The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even

By Anna Bell

Genre: Chick Lit

Read my review of another Anna Bell book here.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher and am voluntarily reviewing it.

This book was pretty hilarious and had quite a few moments where I was chuckling out loud and my husband looked at me like I was crazy! In this novel, Lexi finds out her sports-obsessed boyfriend, Will, skipped out on her close friend’s wedding to attend a sporting event! Will doesn’t know that Lexi knows, so she decides to get even with him before she confronts him. She decides that she will make him miss some sporting events for revenge. Lexi is also trying to become an author so when she has an assignment in her writing class to start a blog, she ends up writing about her attempts to “get even.”

One thing I thought could be improved upon would be to make Lexi more likable, as I started feeling so bad for Will, and eventually got annoyed with her deception. The second thing was that the book was also pretty predictable, as I figured out the ending of the book pretty quickly. These were minor critiques and I still really enjoyed the book.

This is a great, fluffy chick lit mixed with some humor and some romance. I liked that there was somewhat of a secondary love interest character for Lexi. That was an interesting subplot. When the story ends, there are a few fun “extras” at the end of the book- one is an article written by Lexi about what to do if your significant other is sport’s obsessed. I would recommend this book to ANY fan of chick lit!

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For Rent Book Review

For Rent

By Erin Huss

Genre: Chick Lit, cozy mysteries, fiction

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This was such a cute and funny book! I love that this book is based on Erin Huss’s real-life experiences as an apartment manager. You can check out more hilarious stories at her blog: http://managingapartments.blogspot.com/ . Main character Cambria is desperate for a job, a place, and a paycheck. She thinks her prayers are answered when she applies for a job as an apartment manager that includes an on-site apartment. When she meets Chase, the hot handyman, she’s even more excited. Cambria ends up getting the job, but it’s not quite what she expected! A series of car thefts occur when she starts the job, causing multiple residents to move out. She also has to deal with the apartment owner’s crazy son, who likes to swim in the nude, among other strange habits. There’s the elderly couple who makes too much noise in their bedroom, bothering their neighbor and her pet bird who goes with her everywhere. Cambria makes it her mission to solve the crimes, keep her residents happy, and get a little closer to the hot handyman.

This book was simply hilarious with all the crazy residents! I really felt bad for poor Cambria being thrown into a job where someone didn’t give her all the dirty details. The mystery was intriguing, especially some surprise stuff that is revealed right at the very end. There was also some romance in this story with the handyman and with Cambria’s ex, who is the father of her daughter. The only thing that could have improved this story would have been for the reader to see more of the relationship between Cambria and her daughter. This story really engaged me right from the get-go and I read it in just a few days. I would highly recommend this story to fans of humor, chick lit, and cozy mysteries!

*Book cover provided to me by the author*

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Coached Book Review

Coached

By Holly Tierney-Bedord

Genre: chick lit

This was a cute, little story. Ro-Ro or Rowan is working as an administrative assistant in a job that she hates and she wants her ex-boyfriend back. She decides to go to Crystal the life coach for help. Crystal encourages Rowan to change herself in almost every way possible. Rowan goes along with it because she wants to be cool and she wants to get back her ex.

Rowan was a pretty clueless, but loveable, main character. You have to be prepared for that, as some readers will get annoyed at her. She is still young, only 23, and trying to figure the world out. She is very kind-hearted and sweet, though.

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me and Rowan definitely grew from the beginning of the story to the end, which I love. It was wrapped up a little quickly and easily, in my opinion. Rowan had some funny situations in this story and I found a lot of her thought processes to be hilarious. At one point, she makes a huge list of petitions she wants to write, including things like bras being uncomfortable. LOL. If you’re looking for a light-hearted, humorous story, pick this book up!

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What Happened in Vegas

What Happened in Vegas Book Review

By: Katie Bloomstrom

Genre: Mystery, Chick Lit, Cozy Mystery, Humor

Soooooo good! I was given this book in exchange for an honest review! Samantha Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite fictional characters! She is Nancy Drew meets Becky Bloomwood. Nothing better than that!

Sam is on her first official mission, finding Leah after her sister, Anna, kidnapped her. While working on the case, she gets to take advantage of a sweet hotel room, private driver, room service, and the like, thanks to her wealthy new boss. She also gets tangled up in multiple complications again! Sam has to do some absolutely crazy things in this book for the sake of the case, including posing as a stripper! There were so many times when she made me laugh aloud. She meets tons of different characters, from the seedy to the sassy to the sweet. I love their descriptions and trying to figure out how they fit into the mystery.

I love that these books are in online blog format. The comments on Sam’s blog are AMAZING. From spam comments to parents who can barely use the internet to old high school enemies, I love them all. They give a “realness” to the story and remind us of Sam’s humble background. For goodness sakes, the librarian in her hometown prints off her blog to give out to the not-so-tech-savvy residents. So funny!

Again, Sam details all of her clues and theories in her notebook and we get to feel like we are trying to solve the case along with her. I love her not-so-traditional methods and watching her progress as she tries to figure everything out. The mystery was very well-done. It was not predictable, yet it was believable.

I wish we had gotten to see and hear more from the sexy FBI agent, Eddie, that Sam met in her last mission. However, the little taste we readers get of him just makes us more excited to read more about him next book! It seems that Sam’s next adventure will take place in Rome and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

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