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Series Review: Playing Dirty by Pamela DuMond

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

Playing Dirty Series

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Synopsis for The Client (from Goodreads):

I was an underpaid assistant working at a matchmaking agency, surviving on Insta-Ramen and dreams. How was it possible that I made a love match that resulted in the society marriage of the year?

Christmas season was upon us and I planned on enjoying this gorgeous wedding by drinking too much Champagne, eating 5 star food, and relaxing for a change.

I didn’t plan on running into the smoking hot, tuxedo-clad brick wall of a man.

I didn’t plan on him stopping my fall by grabbing onto my boob and Not. Letting. Go.

I most definitely didn’t plan on this gorgeous man being my new CLIENT.

Joe was heir to the Delacroix Hotel fortune, whip smart, hilariously funny, and so yummy. I was tempted to… good God I wanted to… but sleeping with clients was a big, fat ‘No-No.’

It wasn’t fair that our chemistry was through the roof. Not possible that a guy from his side of the tracks wanted someone as broken as me. Practically a sin that we couldn’t be together.

Weren’t some rules meant to be broken?

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Series: Playing Dirty
Author: Pamela DuMond
# of Books: 2 (The Client, The Matchmaker)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Comedy
Heat Rating: Hot
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: September 2017 – February 2018
Source & Format: Read It & Review It–eARC

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**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**

Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I was drawn to the premise of The Client for two reasons. 1) I love when couples meet in bizarre ways and 2) forbidden romance. The tension is always thick, the banter is always on point and I just find myself thoroughly entertained by the whole thing!

What I Liked:

–The Banter–

I loved the banter between Charlotte and Joe. I’m always wary when a book says it’s a comedy because I usually find myself not laughing at the jokes. But I definitely had a few chuckles as I read this. If I wasn’t laughing at the witty back-and-forths between them as I was chuckling at the various situations they found themselves in. They had such explosive chemistry the instant they met and I loved every time they were together.

–Charlotte’s Job–

It wasn’t that Charlotte was necessarily a matchmaker that I loved; it was how she interacted with her clients by doing things that were out of her element or being an unexpected badass at whatever activity they were doing. I just found the whole thing to be entertaining.

–Background Stories–

I thought the character development was pretty solid. I’m glad we got to delve into their respective pasts a bit; it just rounds out their characters a little more.

What I Didn’t Like:

Slightly Misleading Synopsis–

I will say that I thought the synopsis was slightly misleading. When I read it, I thought that these two had one meeting and then the next day, she learns he is her newest client. And that’s not the case at all. There’s a little more build up to that “Oh No!” moment and I actually liked that a whole lot more because you get a little more familiar with the characters before the real magic happens.

My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:

I’m so excited to see what happens in The Matchmaker. I was immediately drawn to Violet’s character in this story and I can’t wait to see the hi-jinks that will ensue during this match!

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–May 31, 2018– Book #2: The Matchmaker

This novel just felt far too rushed–and often forced–to be completely enjoyable. I can forgive the craziness of the “whisked on a private jet out of the country” premise and I’ll admit I was on board with it until it was actually executed.

Lustful glances and inner monologues about having sex with the other lead does not a romance novel make. Sure, I got the fact that these two were insanely attracted to the other but there was very little interaction between them outside of those fantasies.

And that’s a shame because these two have incredible backstories. We get a lot of Aiden’s and it is fascinating but Violet never learns about it. And Violet’s need to assert her independence in her family gets cast aside before it can even be built up.

I think the worst part of this story is that just when it looked like some good progress (in terms of development in all fronts) is about to happen, the book wraps up quickly and neatly and in a way that left me completely unsatisfied. Overall, I was very disappointed in this sequel.

My Rating: 3/5

The Client 4/5 | The Matchmaker 2/5

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While The Client is the perfect pick-me-up for contemporary romance fans who like a little fun, The Matchmaker falls short in delivering the same experience despite the unique premise.

Read if You Like: in love with client stories, comedic romances
Avoid if You: dislike lighter contemporaries

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Movie Mondays: Something Borrowed

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin | Movie: Something Borrowed (2011)

Which did I read/see first? the BOOK

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: Darcy and Rachel
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Thoughts:

My full review of the series can be found here but overall, I did enjoy this book. Giffin does a great job of creating likeable characters despite the circumstances. I hate reading about stories where one person is cheating on the other. It’s just slimy to me and I have a hard time getting past it.

Like I said in my previous review, it’s easy to hate Darcy and I really like Dex and Rachel together. I liked watching them fall in love. But the book wouldn’t have as much drama and meaning if there wasn’t an affair so from a critic’s perspective I can understand why Giffin choose this method.

Conclusion:

I was definitely too young when I read this book (like I was just starting high school) and I think if I read it when I was closer to my 30s I might have enjoyed it a bit more. Still, if you are like me and don’t like stories about cheating or chick lit, avoid this book!

Rating: 3.5/5
Series Review: Full series review here!

Similar Reads: Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot (Queen of Babble #1)
It’s not a book but the movie Bride Wars (2009) with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson reminded me a lot of the relationship between Rachel and Darcy.

The Movie:

I was interested to see how this movie was going to be made more than anything. I find society doesn’t take well to cheating as a whole (though the irony is society still buys magazines plastered with allegations of adultery and the like) so this movie probably wouldn’t appeal to a lot of people. The box office reflects this (which I find interesting because the book was a bestseller for quite some time when it came out) but I have to say I did enjoy this movie very much.

I believe the main reason I love this movie is because of John Krasinski as Ethan. I honestly don’t remember Ethan’s character at ALL in Something Borrowed. Truth be told when I read the synopsis for Something Blue it never even occurred to me that Ethan was a character in Something Borrowed! But he really made this movie for me and I hope for everyone’s sake that the Something Blue movie actually happens because I would love to see more of Ethan. (Just an FYI, the movie was optioned and it sounds like the cast was given contracts for two movies but no word on production or release dates have been given so the odds are pretty low 🙁 )He was funny, blunt and charming and when I think back on the movie, I always think about his scenes.

That isn’t to say the rest of the cast isn’t great. Ginnifer Goodwin (although at the time she was typecasted for these romantic movie leads) has become one of my favourite actresses and I think she did a good job as Rachel. Colin Egglesfield as Dex wasn’t what I pictured exactly when I was reading the book but I think he did a good job. What I liked about his character in the movie was the fact that they try to emphasis more why Dex struggles with his choice between the girls: I found in the book it wasn’t really touched upon all that much. And Kate Hudson as Darcy was great–I absolutely despised her character like I did in the books so WIN.

As far as book to movie adaptions they have done a lot of creative modifications. Marcus wasn’t what I remember reading and I think they took some creative licence to make the movie more of a comedy when the book is definitely far from a comedy. It’s been so long since I read the book that I can’t remember every major plot point but I do know that a lot of the scenes in the movie were changed from the book. It captures the main message of the book overall so as far as adaptations go, it works.

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the MOVIE. While I did enjoy the book, I enjoyed the movie a lot more because of the humour.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for Something Borrowed (from Goodreads): Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.

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DNF Review: Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin

 Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):Young, arrogant, tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?

Review:

NOTE: I never finished this book. I got to Chapter 3 before I gave up. Find out why below:

I didn’t go into this book with high expectations, but I was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it past the 3rd chapter.

In my mind, it isn’t hard to write a parody about Fifty Shades of Grey. If anything, it is too easy. I mean look at how many celebrities have videos on YouTube of them reading the novel out-loud which results in millions of people laughing. But this book just fails.

I think it tries too hard to be “out-there”. The story is just plain odd and weird, not funny. Some lines (maybe about 3 sentences of the 15 pages I managed to read) were actually witty and encouraged me to keep reading. They were what I was expecting the book to be like and not random calls from Beyoncé or a 40 year old roommate bits we get. The wit was just too few and far between so I had to put this book down.

There isn’t much more to say other than that this was a disappointment, like Nightlight, the Twilight parody was. If it took more of a satire approach than a parody, it would have been more successful. I find it hard to believe that there is plans for a sequel because I can’t see how people finished the this one.

Conclusion:

Avoid at all costs if you like your sanity. It wasn’t funny–it was like watching a bad parody film only I couldn’t turn it off (well, it was an eBook so I guess I could have ;))

Rating: 1/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Parody, Adult, Comedy
Recommended for: no one, but those who enjoy “out-there” parodies
Similar Reads: Nightlight by Harvard Lampoon

Movie Mondays: The Princess Bride

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: The Princess Bride by William Goldman | Movie: The Princess Bride (1987)

Which did I read/see first? the MOVIE

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #7 Favourite Book (not in a series)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Humour

Thoughts:

I blame this book in part for my book addiction. This was the first book in a sequence of books that I took out from the library one summer 8 years ago and I haven’t stopped reading since.

Before I read this book, I saw the movie in full once when I was a kid (so I didn’t remember too much) and a few clips here and there from when it was on TV. I read on the forum for one of the magazines that I subscribed to that people LOVED the book and that it was a must-read. Needless to say, my interest was piqued and I decided to pick it up.

This book is by far one of the funniest books I have ever read. I chuckled constantly at the wit and characters and I enjoyed myself immensely. In theory, I should dislike Buttercup for reinforcing everything I hate in a heroine (because if you are at all familiar with her character from either, she isn’t the brightest) but for some reason I can appreciate her character here and not be annoyed with her. I think because I knew it was a comedy that I could separate my expectations for Buttercup from my expectations for a character in most of the novels I read. Also, I think that remembering that this book is a fantasy novel really helps because you remember that it isn’t pretending to be a realistic story and therefore the characters are larger than life.

I think overall, you get a better appreciation for the characters if you have watched the movie by reading the book as you learn more about their back stories. You also appreciate the movie more as well…but more about that below.

Conclusion:

As I said before, one of the funniest, most charming books I have ever read. I highly recommend it for those looking for a cute comedic read or for those who loved the movie.

Rating: 5/5

Similar Reads: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Movie:

I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t enjoy this movie. Sure, people start off like the young Fred Savage–aka the grandson who the story is told to–and pretend that they could care less about a “romance” story but by the end they realize there is more to this story. It is funny, adventurous, memorable and of course, has that dash of romance.

The cast is FANTASTIC! That is all I can say. After reading the book, I think they picked the best cast ever (though it is hard to think of Mandy Patinkin as Inigo after watching him in Criminal Minds for so long :P) as everyone fulfills their role and met my expectations. Cary Elwes as Wesley is absolutely perfect.

Myself (and the rest of my family) still say “Inconceivable” and “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” to this very day. That should say something about how this movie has influenced my life when you consider the fact that this movie was released before I was even born 😉

As for its interpretation of the book, it is nearly spot on and captures the spirit of the book extremely well so book fans shouldn’t be disappointed.

FUN FACT: I have a copy of the original movie poster in my apartment because I love this movie so much 😉

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is BOTH . You can’t go wrong with either–they are both awesome and are nearly parallel in their delivery 😀

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for The Princess Bride (from Goodreads):
What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything

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Movie Mondays: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison | Movie: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

Which did I read/see first? BOOKS

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Genre: Teen, Humour, British

Thoughts:

While it took me a while to get into the book, once I did, it was hard to put down. It had been such a long time since I read something that made me laugh out loud.

Georgia is crazy (in a good way!) and her antics and friends match her in every way. It’s such a cast of characters and they all help make the books awesome, but it is definitely Georgia who steals the show. She is extremely witty and despite her and I having nothing in common, I want her for a best friend. Life would never be dull and these books definitely weren’t.

Conclusion:

A great, humour teen series that those who enjoy humour should pick up.

Rating: 5/5
Series Review: Full series review here!.

Similar Reads: Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones, #1) and Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski (Magic in Manhattan, #1)

The Movie:

I was really excited when I learned they were making this into a movie. It sucked that it wasn’t initially released in North America, but it eventually made its way here and I remember having an awesome time watching it with my two friends who had also read the series.

While lots of things where changed in the movie, you still got the general gist of Georgia’s world that is portrayed in the books. The movie wasn’t as funny, but it had its moments.

The cast, from what I can remember, were what I pictured and I thought they all did a great job.

I can’t help but think that this series would have made a better TV show. I’m seeing Awkward meets Britain as I type this. I think a TV show would have been a better idea though I am glad the movie was made!

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the BOOKS . They are just so funny and the stuff that happens in them is a lot more entertaining than what happens in the movie.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (from Goodreads):
There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

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Book Review: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella


Synopsis (from Chapters.ca):
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates-just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.

Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive-but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse.

Review:

I have read most of Sophie Kinsella’s novels and have enjoyed them immensely so needless to say, I was excited for this one. I only became hesitant when I started to read some people’s reviews here and saw the low star rating.

As a fan, I can understand why people might not like this one because of the characters. They are flawed in some way that makes you not like them. I did not care for Lottie at all. She is everything I dislike in a “heroine” but without her, the story wouldn’t be what it is. I actually really liked Fliss–I thought she was hilarious and I wish that more of the story was from her perspective. Without spoilers the love interests were also flawed but I feel like main issue was that all the characters in this are stubborn and set in their ways and that is what frustrates the reader.

Why I gave this book the rating I did was because I did enjoy it despite my initial impressions of the characters. It made me laugh and I enjoyed the plot and all the shenanigans that happened along the way. Like I said before, Fliss really made this book for me, but I can understand why some people might not like her or get her style and humour.

The only thing I disliked about the book was the lack of an epilogue. I’m sure it is implied about how things end, but I really could have used that last bit of closure (hence the rushed ending tag because I felt like I was lacking that closure).

Conclusion:

So if you enjoyed I’ve Got Your Number, don’t mind stubborn characters and can find humour amidst bitter and frustrating situations, you will enjoy this latest offering from Sophie Kinsella.

Rating: 4/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: British Literature; Chick Lit; Comedy; Romance
Heat Rating:  lukewarm
Recommended for: anyone who enjoys Sophie Kinsella’s novels or British Humour
Similar Books: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella