Top 10 Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies

 

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Yes this is a very specific Top 10 but I loved these books from the moment I picked them up, from the original cute cartoon covers to the wonder of being introduced to a range of wonderful authors. So here is the Top 10

10 30 Guys in 30 Days ~ Micol Ostow *

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Claudia has just broken up with her long-term high school boyfriend to discover herself at college rather than trying to maintain the relationship long distance. The trouble is it has been so long since she was single she has completely forgotten how to flirt or even talk to guys. So when her roommate challenges her to meet a new guy every day for a month as “target practice” Claudia agrees. Will Claudia Find a new Mr right or will she realise she had him from the start.

9 The Ex Games ~Jennifer Echols

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Hayden and Nick were once a couple but a bet and a hugely public breakup left them “just friends” well less than that really more like their friends were dating each other so they just had to deal. When Nick claims that boys are better athletes then girls and says that despite Hayden’s recent snowboarding comp win that she would not stand a chance against a guy it is war. A battle of the sexes quickly heats up with the girls siding with Hayden and the boys with Nick. The prize losers buy the winners tickets to the concert on Valentine’s Day.

8 In The Stars ~ Stacia Deutsch, Rhody Cohon

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Sylvie is the complete opposite to her best friend Cherise. While they both look to the stars Sylvie follows in her mother’s footsteps as an astronomer while Cherise sees the future written in them, with frightening accuracy. So when she tells Sylvie that Prince charming is coming her way she grudgingly agrees to give it a shot if he asks by the end of the day. Sure enough by the end of the day she has a date. But what if Prince charming, the guy written in the stars as her destiny is not able to claim her heart?

7 Getting To Third Date ~ Kelly McClymer *

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Katelyn is a freshman at college. But she has a secret identity; she is Mother Hubbard, the relationship advice columnist for the collage newspaper. But when the students complain about her strict no non-sense dating advice, her editor hatches a plan. Tyler finds out about Katelyn’s strict 3 date rule and challenges her to give a chance to 3 guys that she had already written off. Considering that Tyler is her current crush it’s not like she is likely to say no. but with Tyler head over heels for her Roommate maybe love is waiting in the past.

6 Drive me Crazy ~ Erin Downing

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For the last year Kate has been Dreaming of that one kiss she shared with Lucas last summer at the Lake. This summer her and her friends are road tripping it back to the lake in “Love” (so cool there is a place called love) where Kate wants Lucas to meet her so they can begin this summer where they left off. She is ready for a week of Fun on the Road with her friends but when Alexis’s annoying, sarcastic and downright irritating cousin crashes their road trip Kate can’t wait to reach Love and escape into Lucas’s arms.

5 Major Crush ~ Jennifer Echols

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Virginia Used to be a beauty queen and a Majorette in the school band but a secret caused her to swap the tiara for a nose ring and try out for drum major the only catch is she is forced to share the title with legacy Drew. Sure he is hot but that does not make him any easier to work with. When given the ultimatum, learn to work together or lose the title, she a Drew form a tentative friendship and soon sparks fly. But with rumours floating around and an evil ex-girlfriend still in the picture they will struggle to keep the band together let alone themselves. i just love Hate -> books

4 Ripped At The Seams ~ Nancy E. Krulik *

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Sami is a small town girl with big dreams. She moves to new you with the dream of making it as a fashion designer and putting her town on the map.  But she soon discovers that the city is not all she thought it would be when someone is murdered in her hotel and that not everyone is to be trusted when her new boyfriend steals her designs. Will Sami be able to make it in the big city or will she return home to her father with her tail between her legs? And will she find her Mr Right in a city where there are so many Mr Wrongs?

3 A Novel Idea ~ Aimee Friedman

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Norah is a good student. She gets good grades and hopes to be off to college after graduation. The only problem is her choice collage wants more extracurriculars. So Norah sets up a book club and an interesting group of people join. From Queen bitch Francesca to science geek Neil but one in particular has caught Norah’s eye James is a hottie and he has great taste in books (what more could you want right?) and Norah decides she will do whatever it takes to get his attention. Whatever it takes turns out to be recreating scenes from her latest trashy romance (yeah I would totally do this). But Norah’s isn’t the only secret plot and everyone in the book club may just be looking for love.

2 She’s Got The Beat ~ Nancy E. Krulik *

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Miranda was a quite girl from a small town. She is off to college in Austin when at the graduation party her long term boyfriend Denny drops the question. She refuses knowing that if she accepted she would never leave her hometown. When she moves to Austin she finds Love in the form of the drums (and maybe her sexy Drums teacher) behind the drums Miranda goes wild but when a new guy starts haunting her thoughts Miranda finds herself chasing someone who just doesn’t seem interested.

1 The Boys Next Door ~ Jennifer Echols

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This was the first. So it’s top of the list status may have a small amount of bias. That being said it is a truly original story and started my love of romance books when I was only 13. Lori is a 15 year old girl who has been crushing on Sean one of the 3 boys next door. He is a senior and one of the popular kids at school. But at the end of this summer Sean will be driving away to collage so Lorrie hatches a plan to catch him. But when Sean is seen Making out With Rachel at a Party Lori knows she has to up her game and Sean’s brother Adam is more than happy to help her. But Adam has an dangerous streak and Lori needs to decide just how far she is willing to go for a shot at love.

these books are most definatly trashy and while I may have started reading them at a young age On rainy days these are still usually the books I snuggle down in bed with. these are my guilty pleasures innocent little tales of cookie cutter love. yes they are predictable but that is actually part of their draw. the only thing with this set of books is they do cover quite a range of ages while i feel that they are all able to be read by anyone within the age range i will put a * next to any that are set in collage / after highschool and may deal with older material.

well as i seem to have a poll at the end of every post.

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Top 10 Love Triangles

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 Whether you love them or hate them Love triangles have become a staple in most romances. I must admit I seem to sit with the Love them camp. A good love triangle adds drama and conflict that will not necessarily end in a war (although not always). Not only that but it helps to fill a book with those delicious little Romantic scenes we all secretly love.  Now to me the best Love triangles are the ones that don’t follow the rules I like to be surprised by a choice even if I have been cheering for them from the start.

Honourable Mention Peeta – Katniss – Gale from The Hunger Games

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What irritates me about this love triangle was that there was so much potential and it just fell short. while I loved how the writing made me flow through this love triangle at the same pace as Katniss From Gale to Peeta I must admit that there was not enough Katniss-Gale scenes to even solidify this as a love triangle (hence the honourable mention) it leaves me on my knees begging Collins to release a little novella set before The Hunger Games with a little bit of Gale. He stood no chance spending most of the series away from Katniss, after Mockingjay though I have to say it has to be Peeta (come on we always knew it would be)

10 Edward – Bella – Jacob from Twilight

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… Yeah I know it is cliché but this was the love triangle which started the passion. The twihards invented the “team” aspect of the love triangle and therefore twilight just makes it into 10th place with an honourable mention. And really this love triangle really had its moments. This series gets a lot of hate but that is only because it built up such a following. The main problem I had with this love triangle was that it was predictable. The strengths of this love triangle was that it happened gradually taking full advantage of the series format. The only other note I will make here is that in the books I was team Edward but as soon as I sit down to the movies it’s all about Jacob. (And no it is not only because of Taylor Lautner’s Abbs) what makes this love triangle work is the monologue Meyer has running through Bella’s head.

9 Ash – Meghan – Puck from The Iron King

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what i like about this love triangle is it is between 3 Fae (admittedly Meghan is only half but she is the daughter of Oberon so still plenty powerful) also between the 2 guys you have something for everyone. Puck is the fun-loving best friend that has been there forever while ash is the mysterious broody guy she was never meant to be with. While i havent read the last book yet (yes it has been out for a while but i am reading through this series again now so soon i will have) i am fairly confident about how this will finish as it seems to follow all the rules. that being said Love triangles where the obvious choice is forbidden do add an element of possibility that anything could happen

8 Graham – Emma – Reid from Between The Lines

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As a general rule I don’t like books that focus around celebrity but the paparazzi are what make this Love Triangle work. Graham is the mysterious guy who after one kiss just leaves the picture and he may or may not be sleeping with the queen bitch Brooke. Reid Alexander is the Teen heart-throb not exactly known for his committed relationships. But he swears that Emma is different. When Emma kisses him less than 24 hours after kissing graham she finds herself catapulted into a relationship with her co-star with who she has electric chemistry. There is no denying the attraction to both of these guys however I would still automatically assume she ends up with graham if it were not for the fact that the story is half told through the eyes of one Mr Reid Alexander.

7 Gage – Cassidy – Tyler from From Ashes

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This is the classic tale of the best friend VS the new guy. Now while I don’t necessarily like everything Cassidy does this love triangle is truly magic. While Tyler may not of had much of a chance at Cassidy’s heart he still manages to keep Gage out of the Picture long enough to take a crack at it. While who Cassidy ends up with is predictable this makes the list because this is one of the few Love Triangles where one of the competitors actually does something to try and win the heart of the person in the middle of the triangle by beating out the third person. the other thing I like is just when one love triangle is solved yet another one pops up which really leads you to question the inevitable end (if only a little) also I loved hearing parts of the story told by one of the sides of the triangle rather than just the centre

6 Seth – Aislinn – Keenan from Wicked Lovely

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What I really love about this love triangle is that you never have any question that Aislinn belongs with Seth however it seems inevitable that she will end up with Keenan. Keenan is Fae. not only is he fae but he is the Summer king and he has chosen Aislinn as his queen as she starts becoming fae she has 2 choices become a summer girl who would need to be around Keenan forever OR risk becoming a winter fae to become his queen. Either way it seems Seth is destined to become part of her past.

5 Tamini – Laurel – David from Wings 

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While if I was rating series this may not have made it this far up the list the love triangle in this series was just a little unconventional. Also it gets bonus points for a truly tragic ending (I implore you when Pike warns you about reading the end READ IT). It takes a nice/ok series and makes it amazing all in one chapter. The interesting thing about this love triangle was it was a choice between who she had been and who people thought she should become. But at the same time either guy could fit either role. Tamini had been in love with Laurel since quite literally before she could remember, while David was Laurels first love (that she could remember) and one of the only humans she could trust with everything.

4 Adam – Rachel – Sean OR Adam – Lori – Sean from The Boys Next Door

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the interesting thing about this love triangle is at first it may seem as if it is the story of a Love triangle as told by someone who while crushing on one of the main players is not actually involved in it (or is she) the way the love story progresses makes the love triangle make perfect sense and I love the Happy Ending it is only a quick trashy teen read after all. Admittedly where this love triangle fell short is that only one of these guys really caught my eye throughout the story. Love you Adam

3 Dimitri – Rose – Adrian from Vampire Academy

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A list of love triangles would not be complete without mention this trio. if for no other reason than i would be beaten to death by the fans (and as i am one, that would be suicide which is illegal here). She is a kick ass schoolgirl learning to be a guardian (basically a bodyguard) Dimitri is her teacher but understands her in a way that nobody else can. Dimitri and Rose are equals in their relationship despite the fact that he is older and her teacher. Considering that Adrian shouldn’t have a chance. Him and Rose are not equals (she is so much stronger than him), he is just another party boy, although he is incredibly charming. It is only Dimiti’s sense of right and wrong that pushes Rose into Adrian’s arms. that being said it was always fairly obvious how this would end.

2 Jem – Tessa – Will From Clockwork Angel

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This love triangle has yet to reach a conclusion but usually by the conclusion of the second book you will be almost certain as to how it will end. In this case I am not. while the two males are the archetype for love triangles (Jem the “good guy” gentleman and Will the “bad boy” with a secret and a fierce sense of loyalty) I have fallen in love with both of these boys and this is one instance where I cannot pick a “team” based on Clare’s other books I can make guesses as to who comes out on top but I will be disappointed if I am right (mind you will be just as disappointed if I am wrong as well). And that is the making of a truly great Love triangle.

1 Melanie – Jarrod – Wanda – Ian from The Host.

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This was such an interesting and original love triangle. Not only is it “the only book to contain a love triangle with only 2 bodies” it also has a second love triangle just because one love triangle is never enough. This is one of few books that actually contains a love triangle with 2 girls rather than 2 guys (sure the other love triangle has 2 guys but her we need some imaginary eye candy). Definite bonus to this Love triangle is you have no way of telling who would end up with Melanie/Wanda.

So what do you thing of love triangles? are they just useless pieces of conflict or tools used to paint a beautiful picture of true love?

what are your favourite Love Triangles i am always looking for a good one.

Love, Roses and Cupid

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With valentines day just around the corner i am going to be once again living vicariously through the characters in my books.

so despite the fact that i am single and bitter i will be posting cute and fluffy “valentines” themed blog posts “yay”

be prepared for cute and fluffy, hearts and chocolates, flowers and PINK lots and LOTS of PINK.

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So I am sorry my fellow lonely hearts but here is to vicarious living and choosing my imaginary Valentine by Valentines Day.

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E-Reader the Love/hate Relationship.

So for Christmas i got my new toy a cute little Kobo that I have already stocked with over 100 books.  admittedly I have yet to pay for one of them.

This access to free books is one of the 3 main reasons that I asked Santa for an E-reader despite the fact that I Maintain that I hate them. now before I get the hate mail. I do most certainly believe in paying authors for their work which is why after reading these books I make a difficult decision. Either I go hunting for a beautiful (hopefully) hard copy of the book or I delete the file. this way it is no different from borrowing the book from the library (without the crazy wait time/ ridiculous reservation fee’s) and in the end if I am going to pay for a book it is much better for retailers, authors, publishers and basically anyone in the business that I am spending more and supporting a larger industry as I can not afford to be buying both. now I do admit that if i do happen to buy the book I will keep the E-book copy. it is defiantly my belief that if you buy a hard copy of a book it should come with an e-book version. this is no different to people who can import CDs into iTunes.  although once I have a copy chances are the that the E-book will just sit on my E-shelves gathering E-dust until such a time as I am on a long boring train ride.

The second reason that i have grudgingly allowed my E-reader into my heart is it loved my books. despite it’s larger price tag put it my wonderful leather case and it is wonderfully sturdy. no dust covers getting torn, no pages falling out, no worry over food steins and it would take more water to destroy it. so when i am traveling not only is my E-reader lighter than the books i used to carry but it lets them stay safe on my bookshelf only being read when they don’t need to be thrown into a bag. as i like to spend a fair amount on the hardcover versions in most cases this is a saving grace. there is also a bonus in as much as mine has a light inbuilt so if i find myself on an overnight flight (hopefully) or in hospital overnight (inevitably) i will not have to worry about reading in the dark.

the third and final reason that despite everything i LOVE my E-reader is that some of my favourite people (Authors) told me to (much to my disgust). i hardly have a choice about being an E-reader owner when some of my favourite Authors see the need to release E-book only novellas between novels in a series (I am looking at you Brigid Kemmerer, Veronica Roth… and basically well everyone). While some authors are nice and release these in a beautiful book like Julie Kagawa’s  The Iron legends or in omnibus volumes like Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers the rest of them have sentenced me to suffer through a devotion to my E-reader. For its extra Content, ease of Transport and Large number of free books to enjoy.