Friday, June 5, 2009

48HBC Post #2 Book Review - Flirting with Temptation by Kelley St. John

Flirting with Temptation Flirting with Temptation by Kelley St. John

rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the back of the book:

She's Playing it cool.

Wild Child Babette Robinson doesn't do relationships, but she does have a knack for helping other peole with theirs. When she opens her own match-mending business and dubs herself "The Love Doctor," she becomes the biggest name in Birmingham. She even attracts the attention of socialite Kitty Carelle, who hires her to fix her broken engagement to Jeff Eubanks - Babette's ex!

He's Turning Up the heat.

Three years ago, Jeff and Babette's chemistry was off tthe charts, but though she based in his sexy charm nad wicked wit, she couldn't commit to a deeper relationship. Covinced that all women have wandering eyes, Jeff issues a challenge: He'll do as Babette askes and talk to Kitty, if Babette abstains from all flirting for one whole week. With Jeff doing his best to make her melt in his arms, will this sassy vamp be able to save her business? And after seven tempting nights, will sh want to give up the man she once tossed away?

What a fun book - it's loaded with everything a lighthearted contemporary romance needs. It has a great heroine and hero, good characterization, fun secondary characters, some of which come from an earlier book, it has a plot that moves along steadily, it has humor and so much more.

I really liked Babette as the heroine. She's confident and spunky, but she still has doubts about herself so she feels like a normal woman, one anyone can relate to. I also like Jeff, he seems torn and bitter, but Babette seems to bring out the best in him and he in her.

I loved the journey to get them back together, with Babette trying to get him back together with Kitty to prove she can commit to something (her job). I also enjoyed the side story of Granny Gert, who is very amusing. And the additional characters from Sunny Beaches, the retirement type community next door to Jeff's condo are great. I love Rose especially when Babette first gets there and they are spying on Jeff. That scene is just hysterical.

So if you enjoy humor and love mixed together, this is just the book for you. I have read several books by Kelley St. John and not a one of them has disappointed and this one by far does not. I was sad when it was over, I want more of the Robinson family, but it ends in a good way and I am satisfied there.

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
# Pages: 297
Genre: Contemporary Romance (humor too)
Binding: Paperback

48-hour book reading challenge update:
Books completed: 1
Reviews completed: 1
Hours spent so far: 1:45
Pages Read: 145

48 Hour Book Challenge Post #1 - I'm Starting Now

Well it's official - I'm starting the 48-hour book challenge (48hbc) now. The kids and DH are fed and I'm in my chair with my computer and my book. I will be starting with Flirting with Temptation by Kelley St. John. I'm halfway through the book at this point so I will be starting with page 160. Next post in a little while with my progress. After this it is on to The Actor and the Housewife which I have also started while working out at the gym. It is great so far.

48-hour book challenge participants and others - make sure you check out my sidebar for my two giveaways and enter!

48 Hour Book Challenge

MotherReader is hosting the 4th Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge on her blog. Go visit to see the other participants and add your name if you are interested.

Here are the basic guidelines:
  1. The weekend is June 5–7, 2009. Read and blog for any 48-hour period within the Friday-to-Monday-morning window. Start no sooner than 7:00 a.m. on Friday the fifth and end no later than 7:00 a.m. Monday. So, go from 7:00 p.m. Friday to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday... or maybe 7:00 a.m. Saturday to 7:00 a.m. Monday works better for you. But the 48 hours do need to be in a row. That said, during that 48-hour period you may still have gaps of time in which you can’t read, and that’s fine. (In the middle of the three different challenge weekends I’ve had to go to work, attend a ballet recital, and drive for a Girl Scout event.)

  2. The books should be about fifth-grade level and up. Adult books are fine, especially if adult book bloggers want to play. If you are generally a picture book blogger, consider this a good time to get caught up on all those wonderful books you’ve been hearing about. With the change in the way prizes are awarded, graphic novels can be included in the reading. One audiobook can also be included in your time and book total.

  3. It’s your call as to how much you want to put into it. If you want to skip sleep and showers to do this, go for it. If you want to be a bit more laid back, fine. But you have to put something into it or it’s not a challenge. Twelve hours is the benchmark for winning prizes.

  4. The length of the reviews or notes written in your blog are not an issue. You can write a sentence, paragraph, or a full-length review. The time spent reviewing counts in your total time.

  5. New this year, you can include some amount of time reading other participant's blogs, commenting on participating blogs and Facebook pages, and Twittering about your progress. For every five hours, you can add one hour of networking. This time counts in your total time.

  6. On your blog, state when you are starting the challenge with a specific entry on that day and leave the link to that post at the MotherReader sign-in page with the trusty Mr. Linky.

  7. When you finish, write a final summary that clearly indicates hours - including partial hours - you spent reading/reviewing/networking, the number of books read, and any other comments you want to make on the experience. It needs to be posted no later than noon, EST on Monday, June 8th. Also, check-in at the Finish Line post on MotherReader that will be posted Sunday and please link to that post from your final summary post.
I plan to start on Friday June 5, 2009 at 8pm and finish Sunday June 7 at 8pm.
This gives me time to settle in after evening routine and also to get home on Sunday night after spending the day at my parents.

I will be out part of the day on Saturday for my son's end-of-baseball party and probably will catch up my Sunday blogging all at once that evening since I will be at my parents. I will be reading, but won't have as much access to a computer.

I'm excited. I haven't done one of these before, but I think it will be fun. Besides I seriously need to catch up on reading and reviews!

Review: A Morning Like This by Deborah Bedford and a Giveaway

A Morning Like This (Bedford, Deborah) A Morning Like This by Deborah Bedford

rating: 4 of 5 stars

David and Abby Treasure seem to have everything together: a perfect marriage, a perfect son, and a perfect life. But one simple phone call turns their world upside down. Years ago, David had an affair outside of his marriage, and though he never knew it, the affair produced a daughter. Now his former lover calls with heartbreaking news: his daughter is dying of leukemia. Her only hope for survival is a bone marrow transplant-from David or his son.

Can David and Abby set aside their betrayal and anger to save a little girl's life? If they can make it through, they may find that their love for one another and their faith in God can be redeemed . . . and grow stronger than ever before.

I received this book from Faithwords via Twitter. It is a reprint of an earlier Deborah Bedford book so this isn't new. But let me tell you - it is a wonderful book.

This book is a look into what everyone believes is the perfect marriage and family even those participating, even David whose indiscretion in the first year of marriage is known to him but not to Abby. Then his life is shattered when he learns of his daughter. A daughter he never knew and the fact that she is sick and needs the bone marrow transplant.

Reading this book you get all sides. You see it from David's side and you see it from Abby's side. You get glimpses from Braden (their son), from Susan (the long-ago lover) and also from Sam (the daughter). All of them are human and their mistakes, pride and love show through. They all go through changes and I loved reading about how the changes came about.

This book is very moving. The characters very real, but it gives you hope. It gives you hope that even when trust is destroyed that it can be rebuilt especially when you have God in your life to help you with it.

I can't recommend this book enough. It's real, it's timely in this age of infidelity and divorce and it's compelling. I picked this up and did not stop reading it until I reached the end. It drew me into their lives and kept me there wanting to know more. I will also be searching out this author's backlist.

I'm giving away my gently read copy of A Morning Like This by Deborah Bedford so one of my readers can enjoy this book also.

To enter:
  1. leave a comment and make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if it's not in your profile (this is 1 entry)
  2. If you have read any of Deborah Bedford's other books let me know how it was - just a brief note in a comment (for an additional entry)
  3. Twitter about this review and contest and let me know - use @cfulcher so I will see it (for an additional entry)
  4. Follow me on Twitter (cfulcher) or here on Blogger and let me know (for an additional entry for each one) - if you already follow just let me know.
Contest will go through next Friday, June 12 at midnight and I'll draw the winner over the weekend.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday Finds - June 5th

Please enter my contest for Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz below you can enter through Saturday at midnight - I'll draw the winner on Sunday or Monday and post.

Friday Finds is hosted over on Should Be Reading. It's all about what great books you have heard about/discovered in the past week. Here is my entry, and head over to the Should Be Reading Blog to read others and find books to add to your TBR pile!

I've been perusing's 1.99 sale and here are some that I have found:

When Winifred 'Freddie' McGinty, a troubled teen possessing extraordinary powers enters her life, Cass Shipton , while showing Freddie how to harness her gifts, has a horrifying vision of a family that recently disappeared, and, calling on her circle of friends, discovers that Freddie is linked to the killer. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Though well-bred, fashionable, and educated, Isabella Goodrich feels useless as a spinster in a world of matchmaking and social gatherings. She'd rather be practicing her skills at the sword and discussing philosophy than making painful small talk at ridiculous parties. Then Isabella meets the mysterious Phineas Snowe, and she becomes convinced she is meant to follow him to the mission fields of the Orient. As a woman with an independent nature, she sneaks away and boards a ship to China. What she discovers about her companion and the world beyond Britain's shores draws her into a greater quest - and deeper love - than she could have imagined.

The Bell Witch was around long before the Blair Witch was fabricated for scares. In 1818, a supernatural force haunted the Bell family of Red River, Tennessee and eventually caused the death of one its members. A local schoolteacher, Richard Powell, recorded these chilling events for his daughter, but the manuscript disappeared. Then in 1998, novelist Brent Monahan discovers the long-missing manuscript and after verifying its legitimacy translates it into a book, An American Haunting: The Bell Witch, now widely considered the greatest ghost story ever written.

Life is rewarding for Samuel Truelove. He's a gifted heart surgeon, he's married to the love of his life, and he has a beautiful daughter. But when he misdiagnoses his daughter's illness and is suddenly called away to perform emergency surgery, a deadly cascade of events is set in motion. After multiple tragedies, Sam withdraws into himself, takes a leave of absence, and joins a small town clinic. His search for redemption and healing will test the idea that God has the power - and the will - to repair what seems irreparably broken.

Down and out New York PI John Docker has a past he'd rather forget. So when he finds himself in Berlin in 1948, just after the Russians have blockaded the city in a move that ultimately sparks the Cold War, it's against his better judgement. Docker is there to track down some stolen treasure - the Cross of Christ, a legendary religious relic that was last in the hands of the Nazis and is now missing. Reluctantly he collaborates with British Military Policeman Captain Beauchamp, who is on the trail of the murderers of Nazi atomic scientist Friedrich Kessler, found tortured and dead in a bombed-out Berlin hotel. Jailed Nazi architect Albert Speer has agreed to give Beauchamp some information on Kessler's killers - and the atomic secrets they may have been after - in return for intelligence on the Cross. Against the backdrop of the Berlin airlift, Docker and Beauchamp race against the clock in a bid to recover the atomic secrets and the Cross.

The tattoos on his arms still reading "Live by the Sword" and "Die by the Sword," Aramis Black is ready for a fresh start. Determined to set aside his violent tendencies, he opens an espresso shop in Nashville and begins to put his childhood memories behind him. The past isn't finished with him, though. One ordinary day at the shop, a man is shot before his eyes, speaking dying words to Aramis that are all too familiar. Now Aramis must uncover the conspiracy behind a centuries-old mystery - and the shocking truth of his mother's death. Will Aramis be able to conquer his past? Or will evil get the best of him?

Washington D.C. A woman is found murdered in her own home; her throat slit, her corpse brutalized, subjected to the most appalling torture before she died. A piece of incriminating evidence leads to the swift arrest of a local drug dealer. Case closed. But local cop Jack Cassian has questions. The victim came from one of the city's wealthiest families. So why was she living in such a rough part of town? Why is her mother, the icily formidable Lydia Chapin, so hostile and unhelpful. Teaming up with the dead woman's sister, Sydney, to find the answers, Cassian's investigation leads him from the crack dens of the inner city to the posh country clubs and gilded offices of the nation's political elite. The answers lead only to further questions - and, before they know it, Sydney and Cassian are slipping deep into a labyrinth of money, power, and deceit to uncover a decades-old conspiracy that could rock the nation. Can they survive long enough to learn the secrets of . . . the Betrayed?

Hugh Wellesley is an average man with an average sort of life until the night he learns that a corpse has been found, floating in the river. It is Sylvie, his mistress, and as suspicions swell, Hugh's once simple, even boring, problems turn interesting, dangerous . . . and frightening.

Okay I'm going to quit now - these are just some (and you can see I only got through the b's) that caught my eye. Check out the sale - lots of books for $1.99 - great service - I've ordered from them several times and no I'm not employed by them. I just got the email today and saw the books and thought it would make a good Friday Finds post. Have a wonderful weekend.