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Bet Me


Jennifer Crusie - Bet Me Jennifer Crusie - Bet Me
Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairly tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans, and it's not long before Min and Cal are dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kreme donuts, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a freakishly intelligent cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions that either one of them ever dreamed of. Including the biggest gamble of all--true love.

Review: Previously reviewed here, and may I just say, this book got even more awesome since the last time I read it. Just fantastic. <3

Overall: 5/5

Mockingjay


Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.

Review: I don't know if I can say anything positive about this book. It was an amazing and fitting end to a great trilogy, but I'm still so emotionally wrecked that I can hardly think. I spent the last 100 pages of the book crying, and I just feel emotionally wounded from reading it. It was amazing though, and everything I expected and more. I don't know if I'll be able to get over the deaths in the end or how rushed the ending was, but I just feel numb to the whole thing. I don't know how long it'll be until I can actually enjoy the series again, but I might leave out reading this installment because it's so painful.

Overall: 4/5 (although I'd like to give it a one, I finished it 30 minutes ago but I'm still crying a bit)

Catching Fire


Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Review: Previously reviewed here

Overall: 4/5

Kiss an Angel


Susan Elizabeth Phillips - Kiss an Angel Susan Elizabeth Phillips - Kiss an Angel
Pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux can either go to jail ormarry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Arranged marriages don't happen in the modern world, so how did the irrepressible Daisy find herself in this fix?

Alex Markov, as humorless as he is deadly handsome,has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little featherhead with champagne tastes. He drags Daisy from her uptown life to a broken down traveling circus and sets out to tame her to his ways.

But this man without a soul has met his match in a woman who's nothing but heart. Before long, passion will send themflying sky high without a safety net...risking it all insearch of a love that will last forever.

Review: Previously reviewed here, but can I say that this cover and all of the others for this book are just horrible? The book is hilarious and takes place in a dumpy circus. At no point in time do they go to the beach. It was lovely to read it and be reminded why it's one of my most favorite books of all time.

Overall: 5/5

The Hunger Games


Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

Review: Previously reviewed here.

Overall: 5/5

Again the Magic


Lisa Kleypas - Again the Magic Lisa Kleypas - Again the Magic
Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father's estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable -- John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside . . . an exile from London society . . .and he took her love.

Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned -- more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before. His ruthless plan is to take revenge on the woman who shattered his dreams of love. But the magic between them burns as bright as ever. And now he must decide whether to let vengeance take its toll . . . or risk everything for his first, and only, love.

Review: Previously reviewed here.

Overall: 5/5

A Wallflower Christmas


Lisa Kleypas - A Wallflower Christmas Lisa Kleypas - A Wallflower Christmas
It's Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady-in-waiting, and if it weren't for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants.

However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.

Review: I don't even have words for how perfect this book was. I still can't believe that it has taken me this long to read it (that's what a get for reading crappy historicals and not being in the mood for them). Everything about this was sweet and wonderful and adorable. I just want to hug all of the characters because they were just right.

Overall: 5/5

Scandal in Spring


Lisa Kleypas - Scandal in Spring Lisa Kleypas - Scandal in Spring
Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses-the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn't count on Matthew's unexpected charm . . . or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.

But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy's wildest fantasies.

Review: Previously reviewed here.

Overall: 4/5

Devil in Winter


Lisa Kleypas - Devil In Winter Lisa Kleypas - Devil In Winter
Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

Sebastian's reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden's good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.

But Evie's proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine's callously discarded broken hearts -- which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions...or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.

Review: Previously reviewed here.

Overall: 5/5

It Happened One Autumn


Lisa Kleypas - It Happened One Autumn Lisa Kleypas - It Happened One Autumn
Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born. Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely "the thing." And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat.

When Marcus shockingly -- and dangerously-swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn't even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed…thank goodness they weren't caught very nearly in the act!

Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?

Review: Previously reviewed here, but I've changed my rating because I really adore the banter between Lillian and Westcliff.

Overall: 5/5

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