Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving?
Ohhhhhhh there could be loads on this list!
I’m not going to lie, I judge a book by it’s cover – and then if the blub doesn’t get me? I move on – and usually forget about them.
SO in these 2 book’s cases? I was an asshole – on both of them. I’d seen Wallbanger, by Alice Clayton on everyone’s to-read list on Goodreads, and it was getting fantastic reviews – halariously funny – sexy as hell – etc etc… it was the new IT book last fall. I read the blurb and was less than excited, didn’t get it for awhile. Then I hit a reading lull and was looking for something fluffy to get me out of my slump. I figured Wallbanger would be just the thing; it didn’t seem too deep, everyone said it was hilarious… why not right?
Blurb: Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O. Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick… In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.
I’m going to say right now – hands up in the air – I was sooooooooooooooo WRONG!! Because as soon as I started this gem, I couldn’t put it down, and stayed up until the wee hours of morning – dragging ass to work with my quad shot white mocha….. still hung over from Simon & Caroline. This book made it to my top 10 of 2012 right away. It’s not only funny? But Caroline is a girl ANY of us can relate too…. (accept I’m more a dog person…. no cats for me.) But that doesn’t stop me from loving Clive. Caroline has lost her O – the BIG O – it’s disappeared and has made no re-entry for some time. Even when she dives into her spank bank and pulls out the big guns with flashbacks of Jordan Catalano and Angela Chase making out in the boiler room (some of the best scenes from My So Called Life) a girl can’t help but feel her frustration – because if Jordan can’t get you going? Then I don’t know what can – It doesn’t help that her neighbor Simon seems to be getting it almost every night – and definitely from more than one girl. There’s the moaner – the one who gets spanked – and the of course, the one who sends Clive into a tizzy with her meowing… (YES! Meowing!) So when Caroline finally confronts her neighbor – clad in a pink semi-see through nighty, he’s irritated AND turned on. The hi-jinx ensues! There is hilarious banter – mean flirting – and lots of zucchini bread. Watching these two get the better of each other over and over was some of the funnest stiff I’ve read in a while. And just pulls you in anticipating what will happen next.
The 2nd big WTF was I thinking?
The Opportunist – By Tarryn Fisher.
I read the blurb on good reads – and rolled my eyes (yes, please stop throwing stones.) I’ve read some odd things in my life, but the plot to this? By far, sounded way off the mark from what I usually enjoy.
Blurb: Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.
So, it was $.99 on Amazon and I figured what the hell – all my friends on Goodreads are raving about it – it’s the best series out, and Book 3 was coming out soon. SO I jumped in – and at first I was kicking myself for even trying, it didn’t grab me right away – but then….. Oliva sunk her claws into me and I was hooked. I’m not going to lie, I still don’t see what the big deal is about Caleb Drake, other than he’s Olivia’s first and only love …. but all through the Love me with Lies series (Dirty Red book 2, Theif book 3) I really questioned what the hell was so damn special about this guy? It was said – it kept me on my toes, I didn’t know what was happening from one page to the other. There were so many lies wrapped up in this trilogy – sometimes I wonder if Fisher even kept track of them. But that’s what makes her an amazing author – she makes you feel for characters that you normally would hate and want to smack in the face. So of course, I devoured the entire trilogy in a few days. Lucky for me I hadn’t read them until Thief, the third and final book was already out.
Do yourself a favor – learn from my mistakes and check these two incredible books out!