Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Book Review Club (September 2015)

Welcome to the September meeting of The Book Review Club! We're back after a summer of fun and reading. Please click through below my post for links to smart, thoughtful reviews of a variety of books. You will not regret it. Promise! A little trivia: On this day in 1850, California became the 31st state. And in 1956, Elvis Presley debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show. Happy Birthday to Michael Keaton! I've always had a bit of a celebrity crush on you.
by Alyssa Goodnight (adult, romance, contemporary)

It's the end of the summer. I've been reading a lot of middle grade and young adult. And I'm really in the mood for a break. So, I pick up JUST SAY YES by our very own Alyssa Goodnight. I expected to enjoy this book. After all, I'm already in the know re Alyssa's snappy writing and her terrific sense of humor. What I didn't expect was to enjoy it oh so much!

In a nutshell: Jade Moran is a single mom in desperate need of a kitchen remodel. She's not looking for romance, and she has her reasons. Max Gianopoulis, contractor, doesn't get involved with clients. He has his reasons. Toss in some wacky family, a teenage daughter (yes, I could relate!), a bunch of humor, a little magic and...voila...a fun, entertaining romance.

The thing with romance is you pretty much know the ending from the start, right? Boy and girl wind up together. What's tricky is the journey, how the author manages to get the hero and heroine together by the last page. And Alyssa does it seamlessly, in small, believable steps. Loved this!

The dialogue is smart and witty:
Her: "I didn't lure you here as a part of a ploy to seduce you."
Him: "I've seen your kitchen...your alibi is rock solid."

Something a Little Different: Each chapter begins with a description of a food and how it relates to life. You know how addicted I'm majorly addicted to licorice? Here's the food description from the top of chapter 5: Licorice can rein in the emotions and foster a sense of control over tricky situations, but it should only be a temporary fix. Ha! Who knew?!

Thank you, Alyssa Goodnight, for JUST SAY YES, a very entertaining romantic read!

Dear FCC: No subterfuge here. Bought JUST SAY YES for my kindle. 

 And now....onto the rest of our reviews. Please click through. You won't want to miss a single one!


Rob Costello: WHAT JAMIE SAW by Carolyn Coman (middle grade)

Jody Feldman: DIME by E.R. Frank (young adult, contemporary)

Sarah Laurence: TONIGHT THE STREET ARE OURS by Leila Sales (young adult, contemporary)

Stacy of the Cat's Meow: THE CURE FOR DREAMING by Cat Winters (young adult)


Patti Abbott:  THE PAINTED VEIL by Somerset Maugham

Alyssa Goodnight: SPOTLESS by Camilla Monk (humorous adventure)

Jenn Jilks of Cottage Country: MY TOWNIE HEART by Diane Sperrazza

Linda McLaughlin: MAISIE DOBBS by Jacqueline Winspear (mystery)

Prairie Rose of Prairie Rose's Garden: GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

Ray Potthoff:   THE DOG MASTER: A NOVEL OF THE FIRST DOG by W. Bruce Cameron

Stacy Nyikos: EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng


Jenn Jilks of Cottage Country: BEING MORTAL by DR. ATUL GAWANDE

Note to Reviewers: Any errors (broken link, missed review, etc), just shoot me an email or leave a comment. Thank you so much for your reviews!


  1. Congratulations to Alyssa! Her romance sounds hilarious from the excerpt. Thanks for hosting, Barrie!

  2. I don't usually read romance novels anymore, but Alyssa's book sounds like a fun read! And after all the depressing books I've read this summer, I think it might be time for something lighthearted.

    Thanks for hosting once again, Barrie! As a side note, I almost reviewed the book that Jenn reviewed, "Being Mortal." I've been recommending it to everyone I know, and I hope your readers will check out her review.

  3. I'm so glad you reviewed Alyssa's book. I still need to order my copy, but it's great to read a review first.

  4. As I am having my kitchen remodeled this sound especially appealing.

  5. Mmmmm. Nothing like a good romance to end the summer. Thanks Barrie...:)

  6. Barrie,

    Thanks for hosting and for reviewing Alyssa's book. The dialogue sounds great.

    FWIW, I'm a love of licorice, also, esp. the little Allsorts. I found licorice toffee at a local British Grocers and loved it, too.

  7. Thanks for reviewing, Barrie! I'm so glad you enjoyed Just Say Yes! :)

  8. Congratulations, Alyssa! And thanks, Barrie, for such an awesome review. This looks like a ton of fun to read!!!! Good luck with it, Alyssa. I know several friends and family who would absolutely love this. Hmmm... Early holiday shopping...

  9. I actually laughed out loud at the dialogue exerpt. Thanks for letting us know Alyssa had a new book out and reviewing it. :)

  10. Summer retreated before I could enjoy a guilty-pleasure book. Might need to push summer back just a few more weeks!


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