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Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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heroes are my weakness 1Title: Heroes are my Weakness
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Publishing Date: August 26, 2014 (from Avon Romance)
Buy Links: AmazonB & N | Kobo | iTunes

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is back with a delightful novel filled with her sassy wit and dazzling charm
The dead of winter.

An isolated island off the coast of Maine.

A man.

A woman.

A sinister house looming over the sea …

He’s a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She’s a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids’ puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she’s not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they’re trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It’s going to be a long, hot winter.

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Top Ten Tuesday (31): Top Ten Books for YA and Contemporary Romance Newbies

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish

I’m going to do a split version for this week and do a top five for YA books and another top five for Contemporary Romance books. So here we go…

Top Five Books for YA Newbies…

 

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JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta. My general belief is that everybody should read this book at least once in his/her life. 🙂 It’s an amazingly woven, poignant, and powerful story. Here’s my attempt to REVIEW this.

 

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FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. If you need an initiation to the YA genre, you’ve got to try Rainbow Rowell’s YA books.

 

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SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson. I love the plot and character development in this one. It was great being with Emily in her journey of discoveries.

 

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THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski. This is a historical fantasy variation of YA, whose story presents sides that you will have a hard time choosing over. Here’s my REVIEW.

 

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THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whalen Turner. This is actually the 2nd book in The Queen’s Thief series and my favorite. But I would still recommend reading the series in order to get that full impact of MWT’s genius.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday (30): Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week, here’s my… 

Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From…

These are all for physical copies so eBooks are excluded 🙂

 

16 MARY HIGGINS CLARK. She’s one of the authors I had first obsessed over so I pretty much have everything she’s ever written except for her latest releases these past few years.

 

14 SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS. Yup, I have read every single book she’s ever written. I’m a self-confessed fangirl to the core.

 

9 JUDITH MCNAUGHT. She’s one of my first historical romance authors I’ve read so she will always have a special place on my bookshelves. I hope she gets back to writing soon.

 

7 NALINI SINGH. To say that I love Nalini Singh would be an understatement. I have a few paperbacks but mostly all eBooks but I plan on rectifying this one soon. I love the UK covers of her Psy-Changeling series so I’m going to be buying physical copies of these soon.

 

6 J.K. ROWLING. I’m missing one book because I remember borrowing it from a cousin to read. 🙂

 

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“Waiting On” Wednesday (32): HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week’s spotlight is on:

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HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS 

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Release Date: August 26, 2014

The dead of winter.

An isolated island off the coast of Maine.

A man.

A woman.

A sinister house looming over the sea …

He’s a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She’s a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids’ puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she’s not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they’re trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It’s going to be a long, hot winter.

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Quote-tastic Monday (6): THIS HEART OF MINE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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THIS HEART OF MINE

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

 

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Review: MATCH ME IF YOU CAN by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

match me if you canTitle: Match Me If You Can
Series: Chicago Stars #6
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: August 2006
Format: Paperback
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | TBD

You met star quarterback Kevin Tucker in This Heart of Mine. Now get ready to meet his shark of an agent, Heath Champion, and Annabelle Granger, the girl least likely to succeed.

Annabelle’s endured dead-end jobs, a broken engagement . . . even her hair’s a mess! But that’s going to change now that she’s taken over her late grandmother’s matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City’s hottest bachelor as her client, and she’ll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

Why does the wealthy, driven, and gorgeous sports agent Heath Champion need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she’s entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of success — the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?

Soon everyone in Chicago has a stake in the outcome, and a very big question: When the determined matchmaker promised she’d do anything to keep her star client happy . . . did she mean anything? If Annabelle isn’t careful, she just might find herself going heart-to-heart with the toughest negotiator in town.

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Quote-tastic Monday (3): MATCH ME IF YOU CAN by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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MATCH ME IF YOU CAN 

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

 

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Friday Favourites (1)

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Friday Favourites is a weekly meme hosted by Natalie @ Book Lovers Life where you can showcase a book or series that’s on your Favorites shelf. It could be a book you’ve read recently or a few years back.

 

As my pilot post for this feature, allow me to feature one of my favorite series in contemporary romance:  The Chicago Stars series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

 

The Chicago Stars series centers mostly on the lives of the players and other important personas of the Chicago stars, a fictional football team. The series has a total 7 books and they are all winners, I can personally vouch for that. But allow me to feature my top 3 in this series. These books are not just my favorites of the series and the author but they’re on my list of favorite books of all time.

 

Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes some of the funniest, heart-warming, and steamiest romance novels. In a span of a book, she takes you from laugh-out-loud moments with her witty dialogue, to bone-melting sweet scenes, to gut-clenching conflicts, and then back to laugh-out-loud. It’s an exhilarating and so worth-your-while reader experience.

 

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Book # 1: It Had To Be You

Summary from Goodreads:

What if a woman who knows nothing about sports inherits a professional football team? The Windy City definitely isn’t ready for Phoebe Somerville, the outrageous York knockout who’s taking over their home town team. And Phoebe is definitely not prepared for the Stars’ head coach Dan Calebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind. This is the book that began it all. The Chicago Stars are about to take the field…and they’re not the only ones playing for keeps.

 

This is really the book that started it all. Dan and Phoebe are such strong and admirable characters and I truly love them to bits. I am particularly in awe of Phoebe as a heroine. She’s got everything when it comes to the look department but her beauty has become a burden to her and she battles to regain a sense of freedom when it comes to having a physical relationship because of things that had happened to her in the past. But then Dan enters into her life and it was beautiful watching him break down her barriers, done unconsciously, and giving her the opportunity to live her life as herself and as she truly wants to. Their overcoming their insecurities or problems was just strongly written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

 

“Pick you up at noon, hot stuff.”

“Don’t call me hot stuff.”

“Sorry. Hot stuff, ma’am.”

 

“I don’t want to kiss you.”

“Liar. All this heat can’t be coming just from me.”

 

“I want children, too. I always have. I just needed to know you loved me.”

“I hope you know it by now. I never loved anybody in my life the way I love you. I want children, but not nearly as much as I want you.”

 

 

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Book # 5: This Heart of Mine

Summary from SEP’s website:

Molly Somerville (IT HAD TO BE YOU) loves her career as the creator of the Daphne the Bunny children’s book series, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. Then there’s her long-term crush on the quarterback for the Chicago Stars football team her sister owns—that awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker (NOBODY’S BABY BUT MINE), a man who can’t even remember Molly’s name! Molly and Kevin battle their attraction and each other as they face one of life’s most important lessons. Sometimes love hurts, sometimes it makes you mad as hell, and sometimes—if you’re lucky—it can heal in a most unexpected way.

 

“All your women are hung up on your good looks. They just pretend it’s your personality.”

“I swear, somebody needs to spank you.”

“You are, like, so not the man to do it.”

“You are, like, such a damned brat.”

 

It was a kiss made in lonely dreams. A kiss that took its time. A kiss that felt so right she couldn’t remember all the reasons it was wrong.

 

She was all the dreams he’d lost at dawn – dreams of everything he hadn’t understood he needed until now.

 

This book is my most favorite in the series. I just love the dynamics between Molly and Kevin. I love that this book can be heartbreaking, funny, heartwarming, and downright romantic all at the same time. I love how SEP presents us with the conflicts not just in the relationship between the hero and the heroine but the conflicts the characters have with themselves, if that makes any sense. The journey is as much about personal developments as it is about finding that happily ever after with somebody.

 

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Book # 6: Match Me If You Can

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

You met star quarterback Kevin Tucker in This Heart of Mine. Now get ready to meet his shark of an agent, Heath Champion, and Annabelle Granger, the girl least likely to succeed.

Annabelle’s endured dead-end jobs, a broken engagement . . . even her hair’s a mess! But that’s going to change now that she’s taken over her late grandmother’s matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City’s hottest bachelor as her client, and she’ll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

Why does the wealthy, driven, and gorgeous sports agent Heath Champion need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she’s entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of success — the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?

Soon everyone in Chicago has a stake in the outcome, and a very big question: When the determined matchmaker promised she’d do anything to keep her star client happy . . . did she mean anything? If Annabelle isn’t careful, she just might find herself going heart-to-heart with the toughest negotiator in town.

 

“She’s as plastic as you are. I’m telling you, it’s a bad idea. If you every have kids, they’ll come out of the birth canal with Fisher-Price stamped on their butts.”

 

“It’s time she came out of her shell.”

Heath regarded Annabelle dubiously. “You were in a shell?”

 

I just love how Annabelle just manages to get under Heath’s skin all the time and without even meaning to. I love the progression of their relationship and the subtle hints here and there about the minute shifts that are happening and the almost clueless-ness of these two. I love their banter and how they are seemingly able to talk about everything with each other.

 

Here are the rest of the books in the series: they are equally entertaining and heartwarming reads.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names I Love

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list is about character names you love or unusual character names that you’ve encountered. Here’s mine.

 

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Eugenides “Gen”

The Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

 

 

 

 
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Heath Champion

Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

 

 

 
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Cather (and Wren)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

 

 
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Ashaya Aleine

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 
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Magnus Bane

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 
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Kaleb Krychek

Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 
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Draco Malfoy

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 
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Four

Divergent series by Veronica Roth

 

 

 

 
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Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

 

 

 

 
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Cricket Bell

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Dominique Richard
The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

Penelope
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Pippa
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

Dimitri
Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

 

 

What about you? Which character names do you love or you find unusual?

 

 

Super Six Sunday: Favorite Book Couples

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Super Six Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Bewitched BookwormsEven though, it’s already Monday, I just couldn’t pass up this Super Six Sunday week. This Sunday’s theme: Favorite Couples.

It was so hard to narrow it down to six when I have a long list of couples that I really enjoyed rooting for. But finally, I did get them narrowed down. Somewhat.

 

Tied at #6

Lola and Cricket

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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I love reading about these two quirky characters, with their past and their present feelings. The chemistry is so there that even before Cricket enters the story and Lola just mentions him in passing, you just know that there’s something special about their connection, whatever that may be.

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Cath and Levi

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Theirs is a romance that hit me blindsided. I didn’t even know Rainbow Rowell was going to go there but when she did, wow, was it amazing. I love the gradual connection that emerged between these two. And when they got together, I thought, ‘Were they ever going to be with anybody else? Of course not.”

 

 

Tied at #5 (again… ^_^)

Pippa and Cross

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean

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It was just so good watching or specifically reading these two fall in love with each other. I don’t know if they were described as such in the book itself but when I think of them, they remind me of jagged puzzle pieces with their oddities and eccentricities particularly Pippa but nevertheless, their jagged edges fit perfectly together. And Sarah MacLean did such a great job with their story.

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Evie and Sebastian

Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers # 3) by Lisa Kleypas

These two have found salvation and redemption in each other. I loved watching Sebastian change for the better or to describe it better, be the man we know he truly is.

 

 

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Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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The beauty with the nitty-gritty of first love. These two just break my heart. With their intense emotions coupled with that you-and-me-against-the-world kind of environment. The development of their relationship just leaves you amazed and flabbergasted. It wasn’t the type of relationship with distinct episodes ending in exclamation points but the type that is just connected by these series of commas, with one episode flowing into the next seamlessly and irrevocably that there was no way of getting to that period without every single thing that had happened before it.

I grabbed this wonderful art from Rainbow Rowell’s website and which she, in turn, got from a digital painting by Simini Blocker.

 

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Eugenides and *SPOILER* Attolia (highlight to read)

The Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner

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Oh, these two. If ever there was a more complicated but profound romance, it will be the story of these two compelling characters. How a romance could’ve developed from their circumstances and blossom into the kind of partnership that these two have, is a complete and utter mystery to me and one that I am more than happy to just enjoy and revel in, thanks to the literary genius of Megan Whalen Turner.

 

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Penelope and Colin

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

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I’ve re-read their story half a dozen times already and I still haven’t gotten tired of it. Or ever will, I daresay. There’s just something magical with these two and how their relationship has evolved from a mere acquaintance into true friendship and later into a beautiful love.

 

 

 

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Ashaya and Dorian

Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh hostage to pleasure

The connection of these two just burns through the pages. Their passion, their strong characters, and their devotion and loyalty just light a fire and touch you as a reader. A short interlude between the two from the previous book in the series and you just know that Nalini Singh would not pass up an opportunity to write a book about them. Their story is fraught with all kinds of obstacles that Nalini just lays down perfectly and although I looked forward to their happily ever after, I was just invested and excited to go along the journey with them. And I was never disappointed. Not even once.

 

Special mentions:

Lydia and JonasA Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan (novella) 16116470

 

Annabelle and HeathMatch Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 

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Tris and FourDivergent Series by Veronica Roth 

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Katniss and PeetaHunger Games series by Suzanne Collins 

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Who are your favorite book couples?