Title: Cougar Club
Author: Susan McBride
Finished: March 6, 2011
Format: Early Reviewer
I figured it was about time I get to some of my old Early Reviewer books and I’m wishing I hadn’t waited so long because two out of the three were really great reads.
Cougar Club tells the story of three friends, each in a different stage in their life, going through midlife experiences and slowly finding their way to true happiness under stressful circumstances. One finds herself out of a job, one feels like her perfect marriage is in trouble, and the third fears she is being replaced by a younger model.
I wasn’t sure where the book was going to go but I enjoyed the journey of the lives of these three women and how they come back together after so long apart and help each other through their struggles. It’s the kind of relationship every girl wishes they had with their friends.
A very quick and fun read. Great for all ages but also a new perspective on life under every circumstance.
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Title: The Girlfriend’s (Gay Friends) Guide to Understanding Men
Author: Bo Sebastian
Finished: August 24, 2010
Format: first edition, e-book
I’ve had this earlier review e-book for quite some time and finally pushed my way through it. It was fun read here and there, lots of good tidbits, but I have a feeling it’s not exactly the same book that was being released to the rest of the world.
This book is almost a Sex and the City guide book for women and how to avoid dating the wrong men, bad situations, and even friendship advice. It’s very similar to other books I’ve read about dating, but written by a gay guy there was a definitely different spin to the whole thing which was quite fun.
Overall, quick and fun read.
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Title: Rich Again
Author: Anna Maxted
Finished: May 31, 2010
Format: first edition
For awhile I couldn’t remember what it was about this book that intrigued me when I requested it as an Early Reviewer. It took me a long time to finally get into the story and often it got set aside for other books until I just forced myself to read it on a vacation.
Rich Again tells the story of a wealthy family, focusing mainly on the lives of the two daughters. Once I got further in, it became very interesting seeing the twisted lives of this wealthy family.
Every topic you could imagine seems to be covered in this sordid tale of love, hatred, betrayal, and eventual happiness. The secrets this family keeps from each other from day cause consequences they could have never predicted. One daughter is nearly caught in an incestuous relationship only to find the truth out just in time. They are so focused on survival of the fittest that they don’t even realize all their downfall is brought on by an unlikely suspect who only reveals itself to them in the final moments.
Maxted’s writing is creative, in depth, intense and relational. After the first cliffhanger, it was nearly impossible to set the book aside until I started getting answers and solving the mystery myself.
Turns out, I shouldn’t have waited so long to find out what Rich Again was all about.
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Title: The Killing Circle
Author: Andrew Pyper
Finished: January 28, 2010
Format: Early Reviewer paperback
This was an early reviewer when I received it but has since been released. It’s a very interesting book.
It tells the story of an aspiring writer who works for a newspaper. He decides to join a writing circle in the hopes of gaining some inspiration. While he has been spending his time with the group, a killer is targeting people in random patterns, chopping them into pieces and leaving them in the open. As a single father, he fears for his son’s safety against this killer.
Years later, a similar pattern begins to show and Patrick Rush becomes confused as to what is reality, fiction, and a very sick game.
It was definitely an interesting book, I felt it was difficult to start reading and the jump back and forth through time became a little confusing so early to start off. It was definitely worth reading until the end to find out what was fully going on.
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