Mar 162016

You Give Love a Bad NameMistaken First Impressions

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

In her latest contemporary romance series, talented and bestselling author, Marilyn Brant, takes readers to Mirabelle Harbor, a charming suburb near Chicago. All the books in this series take place in the same town, and readers are able to recognize the main characters of each book as the siblings or friends of other main characters in the series. Which really brings a lovely sense of community and familiarity with this town and the people in it! You Give Love a Bad Name is the third book in this series, and lucky for me, all these books are stand-alone. Continue reading »

Aug 222014

Perfect_Bet_-cover-_Brant_840x1260Outplaying and Unmasking

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Following her tender and sweet Pride and Prejudice inspired contemporary romance, Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match, Marilyn Brant gifts us readers with the sequel we were eagerly hoping for! (We wanted us some more Bing-a-Ling!) After seeing Beth Bennet and Will Darcy come together through a most unlikely medium, readers can now see what happens between the two closest people in their lives – Jane Henderson and Bingley McNamara. While it isn’t imperative to read Pride, Prejudice, and the Perfect Match first before reading Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet, you may want to so you can see how Beth and Will fall in love and meet Jane and Bingley before they meet each other.

Both books in this series are entertaining and endearing reads, and while they do pay tribute to Jane Austen’s characters and novels, they don’t follow the personalities and events too closely. Beth and Will meet through an online dating site, Bingley is a ladies’ man with a proclivity for wagers, and Jane’s outward appearance of sweetness and serenity may just be a mask.  Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match focused on Beth and Will and their tangled web of lies, Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet centers on Bingley and Jane and their intense feelings towards each other – whether they be of dislike, irritation, confusion, attraction, or affection. Continue reading »

Jul 122013

Friday Mornings at NineWhat Happens When You Start Asking ‘What If?’  

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift from Mom 🙂

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: NON-Austenesque, Women’s Fiction

TIME FRAME: Present Day – the beginning of September to New Year’s Eve

MAIN CHARACTERS: Three forty something wives and mothers – Tamara, Jennifer, and Bridget


I’ll be honest, unlike Marilyn Brant’s According to Jane and A Summer in Europe, this book wasn’t instantly added to my wishlist. Three women in unhappy marriages contemplating affairs doesn’t really sound like something my romantic heart would enjoy. But having read and ADORED both of Marilyn’s other works of fiction (as well as her lighter contemporary romances) I figured I should still give it a try. Continue reading »