A Book Cover Issue

Let’s face it. As a serial reader + bookworm, sometimes, I feel ashamed to buy some books… Covers can really establish the success of a book or not. Authors you are warned, and maybe you already know it because you are readers too.

Personally I read almost anything (except horror genre) and usually I need a way out after reading “tough” books, those that are usually called literature with capital L. So, I really really like to go through the Romance/Contemporary adult/Soft erotic books list on Amazon or at the bookshop. Those books are really light, easy and fast to be read and they give you the time to resume, so to say, from a book that needs more time and consideration. Or simply, you just need them to escape from the “misery” of everyday life.

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The problem is: the forbidden book… I believe sometimes there are YA or romance novels that deserve a far better cover than a young plastic girl or an Alpha unreal man slammed in the front.

And what about being at the duty free area before jumping on a plane?

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She simply adored YA and NA novels; romances with, if possible, some hot sex scenes. Just a few. Just the necessary. Sometimes imaging wasn’t enough. Those books were such a great laugh, and let us face it, also enthralling and imagination nurture. While at the duty free area she picked up a novel, whose blurb told about a nerd girl falling in love with a stunning American football player. Yes! That would do to keep her on the safe side while on the plane.

Bloody flight fear! Fantasizing was all she needed, not unasked medicine. Embarrassed by the cover, she placed her hand all over it, trying to catch glimpses over her shoulders of customers watching her. Maybe they were judging her!

Time to face the check-out now.”

© Dom ~ a short story about embarrassing book covers and forbidden books

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I wrote this short story some time ago, and then got

Inspired by The Daily post’s one-word prompt: forbidden

 

The Chocolatier’s Secret ~ by Helen J. Rolfe

RATING: 9/10 📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖

GENRE: romantic novel/ contemporary fiction

BOOK DETAILS: Link to book details on  Amazon.com  ~  Amazon.it  ~ Amazon.co.uk

SYNOPSIS:  Molly is a midwife with a terrible fear of flying. So she usually turns down all her friends’ invitations to summer breaks to Spain or other exotic places that involve a flight. But then something “swirling” happens in her life. And she finds herself on a plane, direction Australia, sat next to a total stranger from Australia, met on the internet.

As I usually don’t spoil, I won’t this time either. This book is much much more than a romantic novel. So go ahead, read this book and you will find out! A great read for your summer or for a cozy evening curled up on the sofa.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Andrew (a chocolatier in Magnolia Creek; his caring father Louis; Julia, his ex girlfriend; and his wife Gemma); Molly (a young English midwife; her beloved and loving family; Ben, her Australian encouraging internet friend)

SETTING: Magnolia Creek – near Melbourne (Australia) – the UK

POINT OF VIEW: Andrew’s, Molly’s, Gemma’s ( 3rd person narration omniscent)

HOW I MET THIS BOOK: I remember seeing a tweet from some romantic writers, and I thought to fire a question: “In search for a good relaxing read, what do you suggest?” Ms. Rolfe answered with a link to a Sunday readings list. That was the time when I purchased Handle me with care. After that I decided to read all her novels. They give me a sense of peace, they are so real, tangible and solid.

This is her fourth novel. Her second set in Magnolia Creek, but you can read it as a standalone.

SOMETHING NEW I LEARNT FROM THIS BOOK:

  • In Australia you can ski and there is a ski season! Victoria, Mount Hotham. Who could have said it?
  • Eggs Benedict is a breakfast/brunch dish. Never tasted it. I should, when I go to the UK or USA or Australia.

HOW THIS BOOK WON ME OVER (quotes from the book):

This is much more than a romantic novel. As usual Ms. Rolfe goes deep into topics that aren’t usual part of light romance. In this case we are talking adoption and its related issues, dialysis and kidney illness, fear of flying. No stereotypes served, just real life.

As I have already written, when you read one of Ms. Rolfe’s books, you can sense  you are reading something for real. Scenes and places seem so concrete and tangible. Ms. Rolfe is great at respecting  readers’ perceptions and expectations. That is what I appreciate most. Sometimes it is annoying to read romantic books that are so far away from real life.

I really loved this novel! I gave it 9/10 book icons, even if honestly I skipped some pages here and there.

Here some excerpts from the book:

Technology was great in some ways; in others, it could turn your whole world upside down. (kindle location 82)

How can anyone from the UK get involved with someone who lives in Australia? k.l. 3722

Molly was no longer preoccupied with her fear of flying, now she was scared of something else. She was scared of getting in too deep in an impossible, never-going-to-happen relationship, with someone on the other side of the world. k.l. 3729

Remember. Life isn’t black and white. It’s colourful, like everything you create in the chocolaterie… life is crumbled raspberries, gold lustre paint, hundreds and thousands. Life is rarely anything but complicated. It’s glorious technicolour. k.l. 4295

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ADDRESS TO THE AUTHOR:

Let’s follow an order:

1 – Your novel made me discover the world of adoption from a different point of view (that of the birth father) and also the consequences of a difficult choice;

2 – you never disappoint your readers;

3 –as usual  I really like your books’ covers;

4 – I wish your book had been longer! It finished far too soon.

5 –  are you writing another novel 🙂 ?

© Dom

Shopping for a Billionaire ~ by Julia Kent

RATING: 9/10 📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖

GENRE: romantic novel /chick lit/ billionaire series.

BOOK DETAILS: Shopping for a Billionaire 1-5 and Shopping for a Billionaire’s fiancée (the books of this series I read).

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Link to book details on Amazon.com  ~ Amazon.co.uk

SYNOPSIS: Shannon is single. Has been for a year or so. She is a mistery shopper, and one day while evaluating a men’s room she bumps into a really really Hot Guy. Want to find out what happens next?

Screamingly funny, while being extremely spicy!

Shannon Jacoby. She is not exactly perfect. And I love not-exactly perfect. She is allergic to bees. But she lives her life fully. She is smart. But she is not posh. She is avarage. But she is not plain.Well. She is a Jane Eyre in Boston. And I love Jane! As well as Becky Bloomwood. Except here you can peep through the keyhole and find out what happens behind closed doors. Because yes, something happened – between Jane and Mr. Rochester, Becky and Luke.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Shannon (with an annoying ex, a weird family, a fabulous bbf, wonderful colleagues and an irritating allergy to bees) and Declan (with a self-confident billionaire father, two brothers and a supportive personal secretary).

HOW I MET THIS BOOK: After an accurate reasearch on Goodreads, Amazon, the NYT and the Sunday Times reading lists/best sellers, and my favourite book blogs, I decided to go for this. I needed a quick funny read and something relaxing after a tough work time. Before this, I read a dreadful book so I wanted something absolutely certain and to be trusted. My aims were: relaxing – laughing out loud- dreaming of a billionaire ready for all girls in the world (with a soft butt – quotation here). I ended up reading the first set of 5 +1 of the best chick-lit/romantic novels I have ever read after Kinsella’s Shopholic series.

SOMETHING NEW I LEARNT FROM THIS BOOK: OMG, is there a job really called Mistery shopper? Where have I been all these years? And mostly,  why didn’t I end up working as a mistery shopper? And bumping into a billionaire (hot billionaire)?

HOW THIS BOOK WON ME OVER (quotes from the book):

I laughed a lot, almost crying, while reading hilarious witty scenes. However, the author has the ability to present also really deep thoughts with a light touch. That is what I appreciated most.

I really loved this novel! I kept on adding bookmarks to bookmarks, I can’t write them all down. Here below you can find only some I picked up because they are the most significant to me.

1 – “Take the job, Shannon. Worry about what-if later. You can’t spend your life worrying that the devil you don’t know might turn bad when the devil you know already is. Unemployment doesn’t suit you.” page 593

2 – What are Tiger Moms? The same women who rule over their piano – playing prodigies, the kids mastering Chopin before they were weaned, who make Yo-Yo Ma look like a drunk homeless dude playing a broken recorder in East Cambridge, who raise soccer players who make Luis Suarez look like Rainbow Brite – and they are lined up here at the mall with their kids, and they are not taking a “no” for an answer.

3 – Mommy Masochist. She has dressed the kid in all white and he looks like a cross between President Snow from The Hunger Games and a Ralph Lauren ad. He’s three. Three. And you put him in white? Mommy Masochist. page 611

4 – Thomas the Daddy Doormat is wearing white jeans (those are a thing? For men?) And a white turtle neck, with a red wool sweater the exact color of a Mommy Masochist’s shoes.

5- Sex ed classes shouldn’t teach abstinence, or the mechanics of sex, or even birth control. They should march those teens to the mall two days before Christmas and make them play Santa’s helper for a few hours. That would drop the teen pregnancy rate by a good fifty percent, tout de suite. Page 619

POINT OF VIEW: books 1 to 5 is Shannon’s; book 6 is Declan’s (I loved this one!)

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ADDRESS TO THE AUTHOR: Chapeau Ms. Kent! I wish we were best friends. You are definitively one of the few authors of romantic novels that can quote Pavlov and Yeats, while describing hot sex scenes without them seeming indecent.

This series threw me back to some years. Becky Bloomwood is back. Well, I don’t want to seem blasphame here (forgive me Sophie), but the main character of this series just reminds me of my dear loving hilarious sweet cute British Becky. Except Shannon, this is her name, comes from the U.S.A. and lives in Boston.

Scenes in the ER with the judging British doctor are breathtaking,  in sense that you are laughing so much you cannot literally breath. And this said by a European that loves Britain and the British. All in all, plenty of intercultural references can be seen here.