Monthly Archives: April 2014

Book Review: Public Relations by Tibby Armstrong

Public RelationsPublic Relations by Tibby Armstrong

Blurb:

Public relations, private complications–it’s all about to hit the front page.

Billionaire playboy Peter Wells pays for sex. His girlfriend-for-hire arrangements are tidy, simple, and not apt to land him with a palimony suit. When an anonymous gossip columnist reveals his predilections for escorts and control Peter vows revenge.

Georgia Whitcomb is a lot of things–incognito journalist, aristocrat, and best friend to a sleep deprived and slightly neurotic editor–but she isn’t really girlfriend material. She’s old money pretending to be no money, and has her independence to maintain.

When the paper won’t name its source, Peter buys the business and dubs Georgia his personal assistant. Georgia is mortified to learn exactly what type of person Peter is–generous, compassionate, demanding. Peter is unprepared for the deep passion and commitment Georgia inspires from him.

As Peter’s past comes to light, the walls around Georgia’s heart erode and her lies begin to unravel. In the end, there seems to be no way to reveal her true self without destroying their fragile romance. With Peter’s investigation peeling back the layers of her deception, only one thing is certain: the fallout from falling in love will be front page news.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been in a slow, progressive book funk, so, I totally needed this! To be honest, I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. In fact, it’s been a while since I finished a book in one sitting.

I know the premise sounds quite cliche — yes, billionaire playboy — but it’s a really entertaining read.

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Book Review: Bird After Bird by Leslea Tash

Bird After BirdBird After Bird by Leslea Tash

Blurb:

Dear Birdy, Princess Birdzilla von MuffinStuff, Keeper of Dreams, Lover of our Fine Feathered Friends, queen of my life and light of my world, I hope this letter finds you well. If you are reading this then I am gone, and sweetheart, I am so sorry.

Chi-town professional Wren Riley is 25 and a rising star in the business world. She can eat a man alive and laugh about it to her girlfriends in seconds flat–and she does, on the regular. Behind the power suits and the flashing, flirty eyes, however, Wren has a secret, vulnerable side. Following a devastating loss and the discovery of a bird journal she and her father made together years before, Wren sets out to seek peace, closure, and something she just can’t name. Is that something tied to the little paper cranes she keeps finding along the way? 

Laurence Byrd grew up a lanky Hoosier kid with the good/bad fortune of having the same name as the state’s perennial basketball legend. With a better affinity for dogs than sports or school, he ends up in the Army instead of the Chicago art school of his dreams. Still, his service to our country is something he can be proud of–until an argument with the girl who means the world to him results in a series of events that blows his life apart. With no one left to understand him, black sheep Laurie pours out his heart into letters and drawings he never intends to send–then he folds them into paper cranes that he leaves behind like messages in little winged bottles. He never dreams someone might be finding them.

God damn it, Sylvia, for a few moments I tricked myself into feeling really alive. I cut it off before anyone got hurt, but just for a moment or two, I really thought I might feel something again–something like trust. Something like love. Not the kind of love we had, but something new. Something like hope.

Spoiler alert: Wren and Laurie are going to meet. And when they do, their lives are never going to be the same.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

The first time I read the blurb, I thought it sounded different from all the current New Adult books I’ve been reading. It also reminded me a little bit of Message in a Bottle because of the letters, so I got really excited about it. Of course, when the author, Leslea Tash, emailed me afterwards about doing an ARC review, I got way pumped up about it even more.

Bird After Bird is one of those sweet reads that can warm your heart. It is about a 25-year-old career woman, Wren Riley, who comes home from Chicago to small town Birdseye after her father’s death. There she finds a bird journal she and her father made together years before which leads her to rediscover her love for birds and her vulnerable side. She then meets hometown boy Laurence “Laurie” Byrd, who at only 22, has had one too many heartbreaking deaths in his life.

The two quickly move from friends to lovers, but living in different worlds get them both questioning themselves about what they want in life and who they are meant to be. Will their obvious connection be enough to see them through?

This Byrd wants a Wren.

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