Morsels [#16]: Laurel Heights by Kate Perry

Laurel Heights, #2
Phoenix Publication
Published: February 22nd, 2012
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

This book was every bit as sweet as it was sad. It’s the story of a girl who can’t do anything right in her father’s eyes. But as most fathers out there, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for his daughter. It’s tough love, but it’s love, nonetheless.

It’s also a story about a woman who couldn’t quite figure out what to do with her life. It’s been years since her husband passed, but she can’t seem to figure out how to live. It’s incredibly sad to see the lengths that she would go to preserve a business she no longer care for, just because that’s all she ever knew. Even to the point of losing her chance at love, and her son, who devoted his life caring for her.

I really enjoyed this one. It had just enough angst to balance out the sweet. It was funny and incredibly sad sometimes, but for me it was nearly perfect.  Eve and Treat is quite the couple.

SIDESTORY:  The villain gets her own romance, too. 

Laurel Heights, #1
Phoenix Publication
Published: January 2nd, 2012
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Freya Godwin is a marketing wiz who has lost inspiration. Greg is a divorce lawyer who’s been hung up on his downstairs neighbour. Before Freya found out Greg’s line of work, she thought they could’ve been so good together. That’s basically the meat and potatoes of the story. Freya has a problem with Greg being a lawyer, and Greg simply wouldn’t quit.

In an attempt to entice her inner muse to come out, Freya decided she needs to get laid. So she puts out an ad. I’m not doing a very good job at summarizing this book, but take my word for it, this was fun. The conflict was a little thin, but that’s what makes romance novels frustratingly fun to read. Everyone makes a big deal out of something when it can all be solved over a little romp in the sheets.


SIDESTORY: Freya’s sister, Anna and the chef who lives in the downstairs apartment. 



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On the Night Table [13]: Housekeeping


Another work week is upon us! I wish I can say that I’m excited about this, but any week that I’m forced to work rather than read is not a good week at all.  Sigh. Unfortunately, I have to play the adult role and fulfill obligations and such. Yep. It sucks being a responsible adult.

This week, I thought I’d try and finish some books that I’ve started a couple of weeks ago. Sort of a housekeeping before I can move on to my  pile of ARCs for May. I’ve started reading The Shadows a couple of weeks ago, and because this book is massive (576 pages), I used my Audible credit to download a copy on audio. I’ve been listening to it at work, and have been reading it simultaneously from time to time. I wish I can say something positive about this book, but unfortunately, this was a non-consequential instalment (relative to the series, that is).  The good news is, I’ve got about a quarter left. Yay.

The Fearless by Emma Pass is a stand-alone post apocalyptic novel set in UK. Basically, it’s what happens when a serum used to treat soldiers with PTSD becomes an unforeseen nightmare. I say, if you’ve read a zombie novel in the past, then you will have an idea on what this story is about. It is sort of similar. Only, there’s a semblance of intelligence left to those who were afflicted. I’m liking what I’m reading so far (I’m about halfway).

If I were really thinking ahead of this post, I should’ve had A Darker Shade of Magic instead of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda pictured here. Can you believe that I can’t find my copy? I did some Spring cleaning over the weekend and have packed up some books to take to the cabin. I have a feeling my copy got lost in the shuffle. Now I have to wait until the weekend to dig it out.


laurel heights summerhill

For the last two weeks, I’ve been ensconced in Kate Perry’s world. I managed to finish off her Summerhill series, and currently working my way through Laurel Heights. Her books are fun, sweet, romantic and with very little angst to speak of. I really enjoy being a curious bystander to her stories, not to mention they’re fast reads. One of these days, I’m going to sit down and write an actual review for these books. They need more love!

This is my plan for the week. What’s yours?

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[509]: Give a Little by Kate Perry

Phoenix Rising Enterprises | E-book from author
January 12th, 2015
Series: Summerhill, #7
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Beatrice Summerhill lives for the thrill of seeking out cutting edge investments and risking it all. But when it comes to the matters of the heart, she only knows how to run. Run away, and keep her sanity intact. They say you always compare every man that comes your way from your own father. And with the late, Reginal Summerhill as the ideal, it’s no wonder Beatrice would run for the hills from every man that knocks on her door. Some are easy to shake off. But Luca is the exception.

Luca may be a successful Formula One race car driver; one who lives for the thrill of speed. But nothing can compare to the thrill of chasing one, Beatrice Summerhill. The woman is as slippery as an eel.  When he’s given the opportunity to give her the world, he asks for a week to convince her that he’s the only one she would ever need.

my thoughts

I am a huge fan of this author. It’s not often that I get the opportunity to read and review her books. When I was contacted by her publicist to  read this, I grabbed the chance even though I’ve not read any of the books from this series. Which is primarily why I didn’t really enjoy this. I didn’t have a rapport with Beatrice. None whatsoever. That’s not to say reading the rest of the books would’ve improved this rating drastically. Not even one bit.

My major misgiving with this book, is the fact that the story moved at a break-neck speed. It was almost like Kate rushed the plot, and couldn’t wait to get out of the Summerhill’s respective lives. I was also frustrated with Beatrice, and felt sorry for Luca. The man was persistent and irresistible, but Bea’s fear of trusting anyone was her downfall. Sometimes, her hang-ups didn’t even make sense anymore.  But I suppose it’s how it is when you’re finding ways to tuck tail and run.

Even if this book was a bit of a disappointment, it at least whet my appetite for everybody else’s stories. I just know that this series will be the source of a brand-new addiction, and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Summerhills.

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