Posts Tagged ‘light hearted’

Match Me if You Can

April 4, 2012

Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Title: Match Me if You Can

Genre: Romance

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 383

Geographical Setting: Chicago

Time Period: Contemporary

Series: Chicago Stars Series book #6

Plot Summary: Annabelle Granger is a matchmaker in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. She inherited the clunky business from her late grandmother and is determined to make it her career. But before she can bring fame and fortune to Perfect for You, she has to land a client that will turn heads: Heath Champion, sports agent and heart breaker extraordinaire. Heath has decided it is time for himself to land a wife, and while he has never had trouble with the ladies, his search for a very specific woman has him employing the service of two competing matchmakers. Can Annabella’s homespun business compete with the elite Power Matches to find picky Heath the woman of his dreams?

Subject Headings: Single men – fiction, Single women – fiction, Sports agents – fiction, Matchmakers – fiction, Women business owners – fiction, Inheritance and succession – fiction, Dating services – fiction, Business competition – fiction, Dating (Social customs) – fiction, Mate selection – fiction.

Appeal: fast-paced, humorous, romantic, strong secondary characters, multiple points of view, engaging, details of Chicago, steamy, resolved ending, quirky characters, playful, light-hearted.

3 Appeal Terms that Best Describe the Book: playful, humorous, quirky characters.

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Negotiate Like the Pros: A Top Sports Negotiator’s Lessons for Making Deals, Building Relationships, and Getting What You Want by Kenneth L. Shropshire – Heath has built his empire around his career as a sports agent.

Fodor’s Chicago 2012 by Fodor’s – You read about all the Chicago hotspots Annabelle explored. Now it’s time to see the Windy City for yourself!

Matchmaking From Fun to Profit: A Complete Guide to Turning Your Matchmaking Skills into a New Business by Matchmaking Institute – Annabelle experienced the ups and down of the matchmaking business. Check out this book for more information about her career or how to start your own business.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
A Christmas Wedding by Andrew M. Greeley – Similarly to Match Me if You Can, this book is set in Chicago and is a steamy romance. Chucky and his lifelong rival Rosemarie attend the same college. They decide to get through school by being “just friends.” But when does “just friends” ever work?

See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson – Another humorous romance story set in contemporary times with characters who have a sports background. Jane is a sports reporter with a focus on Seattle’s hockey team and their hot goalie Luc. Luc has a distaste for reporters and is set to give Jane trouble.

The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise – A contemporary and funny romance novel. Daisy’s neighbor needs a fiance to score the career promotion he is after, so he enlists Daisy to be his faux bride-to-be. Is there more to their friendship or is it all one big flop?
name: Jaymie

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Full Speed

October 5, 2011

https://i1.wp.com/covers.openlibrary.org/b/olid/OL8609915M-M.jpgAuthor:  Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes
Title:  Full Speed
Genre:  Romantic Suspense (Audiobook)
Publication Date:  2003
Number of Pages:  7.5 hours
Geographical Setting:  A small town outside Knoxville, TN.
Time Period:  21st Century
Series (If applicable):  Full Series
Plot Summary:  Newspaper reporter Jaime Swift finds herself hot on the trail of what she hopes will be a break out story.  She has reason to believe that a popular preacher has connections to the mob.  In order to solve the case and get her story she is forced to team up with millionaire business man Max Holt.  There is a powerful connection between Swift and Holt and as suspense builds so does the romantic tension between them.  This book is filled with quirky characters, an ai (artificial intelligence) computer who sounds like Marilyn Monroe and is going through menopause and a hound dog named Fleas who hates country music.  These characters work to create a romantic suspense that is funny yet still fast paced and suspenseful.  Note: the audio version doesn’t add anything to the story.  The narrator is a woman who does different voices for each character, this can become confusing and at times it can make a scene seem more comical than it’s supposed to be.
Subject Headings:  Romance; Suspense; Fiction; South; Newspaper writing.
Appeal:  Quirky characters, fast-paced, suspenseful, romantic, relatable characters, conversational, builds in intensity, atmospheric, series characters, linear, resolved ending, small town setting, jargon, funny, light-hearted.
3 appeal terms that best describe this book: light-hearted, quirky characters, and romantic.
3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
Brilliant Bylines:  A Biographical Anthology of Notable Newspaper-Women in America by Barbara Belford.  The main character in Full Speed is a newswoman, so fans of the main character might want to find out about real women reporters in history.

Tennessee Curiosities:  Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff by Kristin Luna.  Provides an in-depth look into some of the more interesting places to see in Tennessee.  Readers who are curious about the Knoxville area, and other cities and counties throughout Tennessee, will find a wealth of information in this text.
The State Line Mob: A True Story of Murder and Intrigue by W.R. Morris.  The villain in Full Speed is a member of a notorious mob family and readers might be interested to read this book about a real mob group who lived and worked in Tennessee in the 1950s.
3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
Bubbles Ablaze by Sarah Strohmeyer.  This book is part of a series chronicling the life of a ditzy hairdresser turned journalist who tries to solve the various cases that she seems to find herself involved in.  It has quirky characters, comedy, suspense, and romance.

Under the Boardwalk by Carly Phillips.  This book includes all the quirky characters, humor, steamy romance and mild suspense that readers of Full Speed will be drawn to, as the main character Ariana works with the sexy detective Quinn Donovan to find her missing twin sister.

Slay it with Flowers by Kate Collins.  Also part of a series, this book will appeal to fans who enjoy a comedic twist to their romantic suspense, as a flower shop owner works with a sexy ex-cop to solve a murder at her cousin’s wedding.
Name:  Jessica Lake

The Easy Hour

August 3, 2011

Author: Leslie Stella

Title: The Easy Hour

Genre: Women’s Lives and Relationships

Publication Date: 2003

Number of Pages: 265

Geographical Setting: Chicago

Time Period: Present day

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Southside born and raised Lisa Galisa (it rhymes!) sells sportswear at Chicago’s Fishman’s Department Store, her retail existence barely more ambitious than dreams of earning the coveted brown senior salesperson name tag and portraying Maria Callas as part of a storewide Greek Islands marketing theme. When Lisa helps her friend Fred launch a popular retro-themed club night—the Easy Hour—in a local Bridgeport tavern, her path crosses that of infamous socialite Honey Dietrich, and before long she is taking memos as her personal assistant. Soon Lisa—when not confiding in gay best friend Tim Gideon—is spending her time planning an Easy Christmas party for Chicago’s elite, and falling in love with Ray Fuchet (also rhymes!), laid-off schoolteacher/part-time Fishman’s janitor and Aristotle Onassis to her Callas. Has Lisa finally come into her own? Can she bring her Easy style to high society Chicago? Stella’s second novel is a witty, sharp story of one girl’s chance to climb a little higher, albeit with her offbeat family and friends in tow. Readers who enjoy a lively, clever, light-hearted story with humorous female characters, a little bit of  fashion and more than a little irony should take note.

Subject Headings: Women’s clothing industry; Chicago—Fiction; Retail trade; Love stories; Women—Humor—Fiction

Appeal:  Humorous, intelligent, light-hearted, offbeat characters, Chicago setting, romantic, sarcastic, sweet, pop-culture references, sarcastic, hipster culture, brisk pace, witty, family issues

3 terms that best describe this book: Witty, intelligent, offbeat characters

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Wacky Chicks: Life Lessons from Fearlessly Inappropriate and Fabulously Eccentric Women, by Simon Doonan (eccentric female characters, humor)

Groovy Chick’s Guide to Shopping and Style, by Bang on the Door (fashion, hipster culture, humor)

Pretty in Plaid: A Life, A Witch, and a Wardrobe, or, the Wonder Years Before the Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass Phase, by Jen Lancaster (sassy humor, fashion, feminine perspective)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

The Night I Got Lucky, by Laura Caldwell (offbeat characters, romantic tone, strong female lead character)

The Bitch-Proof Suit, by Dee-ann Black (fashion, women’s humor, lead character faces personal challenges in business and relationships)

Cat’s Meow, by Melissa De la Cruz (quirky female character, romantic tone, fashion humor)

-Joe

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

February 23, 2011

Author: Meg Cabot

Title: Insatiable

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Publication Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 451

Geographical Setting: Romania; New York City

Time Period: Present

Plot Summary:Meena hates vampires; they are the taking over the world, one television show at a time.  Too bad her new boyfriend is a real vampire.  Not only a vampire, but the dark prince: Dracula’s eldest son.  She finds out soon enough when a vampire slayer shows up at her home demanding that she tell him where the vampire is.  Meena has unintentionally stepped right into the middle of a vampire civil war and both sides want her for themselves because, up until now, Meena has been keeping her own supernatural secret: she can predict people’s imminent deaths.  Too bad she can’t see her own.

Subject Headings: Vampires; Romania; New York City; Psychic; Death Prediction; Subway; Soap Operas; Bats; Countess; Dragon; Vatican; Rome; Joan of Arc; The Metropolitan Museum; St. George’s Church; Fire; Nuns

Appeal: Satirical, funny, quick paced, light-hearted, romantic.

3 terms that best describe this book: Funny, Vampire, New York City

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Vampires in Their Own Words by Michelle Belanger (Anthology of quotes from vampire characters)

Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism by Marina Warner (Meena compares herself to Joan of Arc subconsciously)

Palatine Guard by Lambert M Tennoe and Mariam T Hensen (The Palatine guard in the book is a band of vampire slayers)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (referenced many times in the novel)

James Patterson Witch and Wizard (quick, Supernatural, suspense, multiple points of view)

The Sookie Stackhouse Series (Witty, Strong female, fast reads)

~Angela Bennett

Blueberry Muffin Murder

February 25, 2009

Author: Joanne Fluke

 

Title: Blueberry Muffin Murder

 

Genre: Mystery

 

Publication Date: 2002

 

Number of Pages: 319

 

Geographical Setting: Lake Eden, Minnesota

 

Time Period: Present

 

Series: Hannah Swenson Series #3

 

Plot Summary: Hannah Swenson is looking forward to this year’s Winter Carnival.  Lake Eden’s annual event means more business for Hannah’s bakery, she’ll get to visit with some old friends, and she’ll be able to meet cooking celebrity, Connie Mac, who will be visiting as well!  However, when Connie Mac turns out to be a terror and not the “Cookie Sweetheart” everyone thinks she is, the whole town cannot wait to get rid of her.  But, when Connie Mac is found murdered in Hannah’s bakery, the mystery becomes, who wanted to get rid of her the most?  Hannah decides to solve the mystery herself when she finds out her bakery is a crime scene and must remain closed during the busiest time of the year.  Now Hannah must track down the suspects and find Connie Mac’s killer!  Was it Connie Mac’s husband, her publicist, or her chauffeur?  Or, was it Hannah’s high school friend or even her love interest?  Only Hannah Swenson can solve the case!

 

 

Subject Headings: Women private investigators–Minnesota—Fiction, Swensen, Hannah (Fictitious character)–Fiction.

 

Appeal:  slow paced, light hearted, quirky, character centered, details of recipes, details of baking, serial characters, recognizable characters, strong secondary characters, realistic characters, smalltown, mystery series, romantic situations, mother-daughter relationship, sister relationship, fun

 

Similar Authors and Works:

 

Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

 

Appetite for Murder: A Mystery Lover’s Cookbook, by Kathy Borich.  Enjoy some fine cooking with this cookbook, which is full of recipes that relate to English murder mysteries.

 

Murder in Hollywood: Solving a Silent Screen Mystery, by Charles Higham.  Since the Roaring Twenties, the murder of legendary film director William Desmond Taylor has gone unsolved due to a major cover-up.  Now, as the clues are revealed, the reader will be shocked to discover that a famous actor was the murderer!  

 

The Vampire Cookbook: Ghoulish Recipes for Monster Appetites, by Kilmore Daily.  Humorously titled recipes that make cooking items fun.  The author provides tongue-in-cheek commentary to each recipe such as, “…for producing pleasant but unusual death.” 

 

 

Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

 

A Peach of a Murder: A Fresh Baked Mystery, by Livia J. Washburn.  When Phyllis Newsom enters her peach pie in her town’s Peach Festival her only hope is to finally win first prize.  But she gets more than her slice of the action when one of the judges is found dead and Phyllis is a prime suspect.  Now she must prove her innocence and find the real murderer. 

 

Chocolate Dipped Death, by Sammi Carter.  When one of the townspeople is murdered and the murder weapon was sweets, Abby Shaw, the local candy shop owner is viewed as a suspect.  There is no way to sugarcoat it, Abby needs to solve this crime! 

 

The Chocolate Snowman Murders, by JoAnna Carl.  Specialty chocolate maker Lee McKinney Woodyard is serving as the treasurer for this year’s WinterFest, which isn’t as easy as it seems.  Between the egos and arguments, it is enough to drive someone to drink, literally.  Then when one of the guest judges shows up drunk, Lee must drive him to a hotel so he can sleep it off.  The next day, when the guest judge is found dead, Lee finds that she is a suspect.  Now she must hope that there is some magic in her detective skills so that she can solve the case!      

 

 

Name: Mike