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Character Interview: Lexi Carmichael from No Woman Left Behind


‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa-la-la-la-laaaa! Introducing Sissy Lu’s first festive Character Interview, featuring Lexi Carmichael from No Woman Left Behind by Julie Moffett. Grab a cup of eggnog or some wassail, but beware the mistletoe!


So, Lexi, give us some small deets below!

Full name: Lexi Carmichael
Age: 25
Favorite Season: Autumn
Favorite Cookie: There is no cookie I won’t eat.
Favorite Hot Beverage: Hot chocolate


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When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall

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Genre: Romance, Retelling, Chick-Lit

Pages: 283

Expected publication: November 1st 2016 by Swerve

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Summary: She is his greatest enemy and his only salvation.

Malcolm MacDonald, a lawyer in Edinburgh, unexpectedly inherits his father’s title of Laird of Dunbronach, forcing him to return to a place he hasn’t seen since he was a small child. To gain the trust of a wary clan, Malcolm must act upon their insistence that he cast aside his English betrothed and marry a Highlander.

However, they have one condition—no lasses of the barbaric clan MacLeod.

When he finds an unconscious woman in the sea, he brings her back to his clan but not before doing the one thing that could save her life—hiding her all too telling MacLeod plaid. When she wakes with no memory of who she is, Malcolm vows to keep the little he knows about her identity a secret. As new dangers threaten his clan, the mysterious lass teaches Malcolm some very important lessons about how to be a Highlander and a laird.

But secrets never stay secret for long, and when she finds her plaid, her memory returns and she flees. Malcolm is forced to make a difficult choice to win her back, facing his darkest fears and his worst enemy for a chance at true love.


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Christmas Under A Starlit Sky by Holly Martin

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Genre: Chick-Lit, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 252

Expected publication: October 19th 2016 by Bookouture

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Step inside a beautiful winter wonderland where love, laughter and cosy nights by the fire will make this Christmas one to remember.

Neve Whitaker loves managing the Stardust Lake hotel. She gets to work alongside her wonderful family and she’s spending Christmas on the most enchanting, snow-covered island in Scotland. So why is her heart so heavy this festive season?

It might have something to do with the gorgeous actor Oakley Rey, the man she finished with before he left for California and the man she loves more than anything. With Oakley’s career in Hollywood soaring, Neve is convinced she’d only hold him back. She had to end it with him – at least that’s what she keeps telling herself.

But now she has a secret she’s struggling to keep, and when Oakley arrives on Juniper Island determined to win her back, Neve is thrown off balance. Will Neve’s fear of having her heart broken again push Oakley away for good, or is it time for her to take a leap of faith?

Get swept away by this deliciously sweet and heartwarming tale, and spend an unforgettable Christmas on Juniper Island.


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Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

 

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Genre: Chick-Lit, Contemporary

Pages: 400

Published: April 2nd 2002 by Atria Books

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For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.

But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.


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A girl’s guide to moving on by Debbie Macomber

 

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★★★☆☆

Genres: romance, contemporary, chick-lit, women’s fiction

Pages:  352

Series: Standalone

Published by Ballantine Books

Release date: February 23rd, 2016

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I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first time reading a Debbie Macomber book. I’m late to the party and I know it while I have seen her movies on Hallmark during the holiday seasons I’ve never actually read her books. Nor have I read any contemporary romances that weren’t a young adult, so this was an experience for me to say the least.

Leanne and Nichole are mother in law and daughter in law, they are close and bonded by the fact their husbands have been consistently unfaithful and they are newly divorced. They’re close, as in live in the same apartment complex and live across the hall from one another. It’s been two years since Nichole hasn’t lived with her estranged husband and she’s still wishy washy.

This book is told in first person in the perspectives of Leanne and Nichole so you get a feel of how they are bonded to one another as well as how their lives affect one another. Once the men they meet come onto the scene their lives are filled with turmoil, questions and more drama than what they perhaps thought would come their way.

Each woman seems to grow, even though I wasn’t keen on Nikolai, Leanne’s counterpart – because he could be too controlling at times and used his emotions to manipulate Leanne, it did, however, make her grow as a person. Rocco and Nichole’s relationship made me smile, but he seemed a little distant, too distant.. and when it came to each relationship I wasn’t able to connect but I could connect with their overall emotional dismay at their situations.

Overall, it was a decent book and quick read. It was cute, but nothing substantial.

Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis

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Brilliant designer Miko Jin is a hopeless romantic. She’s spent most of her life falling in love over and over again…with the men she finds in the pages of her favorite novels.

When Miko meets Liam Ashton, it’s love at first sight. At least, for her. Sure, the two of them are polar opposites, and yes, he seems to be dating someone new each week. But Miko knows what true love is and that you can’t rush it—after all, what she lacks in real-world experience, she makes up for in book smarts. With novels as her guide, and her best friends by her side, she knows she can get Liam to love her back. But just like any good romance novel, fate has a few plot twists in store. Will Miko get her own happy ending? Will she find the strength to stand up for what she deserves even if it means breaking her own heart?


 

Genres: Chick-lit, contemporary, new adult, romance, comedy

Pages: 288

Published by Lake Union Publishing

Released: January 19th, 2016

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“Dear, sweet mother of dogs! My stupid e-book skipped to a later chapter, and I just read the word submissive in a place of work, during a business meeting! Hysterical laughter bubbles up inside me, but I tamp it down. A few more seconds and I would have asked him the rest of that question and then promptly committed seppuku with the Montblanc on his desk. I shut down the tablet and toss it into my bag like it’s on fire.”

Miko Jin is a quirky, funny twenty-six-year-old event designer who devours books and really bases her romantic ideas around them with classics as well as modern titles. Her best friend is Max Ashton and she just so happens to have a brother, Liam. Once upon a time on a New Year’s Eve night a year ago, Miko was able to meet him and since then they’ve had a few run-ins and small talks.

Liam is a scoundrel, he doesn’t do relationships. He does casual affairs, he’s too busy and isn’t keen on difficulties when his life is difficult and hectic enough with his work life and other needling aspects.

However! Miko has been pining for Liam for a year and over the course of the year she has jotted down [and continues to do so as the mood strikes her,] the best literary moments in her mind between couples. She has marked down Sense & Sensibility, Jane Eyre, Gone with the Wind and the list goes on.

Soon, Liam is asking for Miko to design a new restaurant’s layout, this will bring them together more and Miko can finally unleash her devious plan. Except nothing goes according to that plan, she is a quirky, awkward individual and more often than not these plans go awry in a hilarious fashion. These moments actually made me snort, laugh and squeal in delight.

Along the way, somehow and it’s sad how true it can be, Miko loses herself and it’s sad to see that, but what is unique is that she snaps out of it. She sees it for what it is and owns it. Instead of constantly repeating herself that she needs to be “a worldly woman and accept this.” She understands that she needs to respect herself first and foremost, perhaps a little late, but overall. I really did enjoy Miko’s character, who can’t relate to an awkward book nerd? I sure could relate to it!

There are highs, lows, and in-betweens. It made me laugh, cry, want to toss my iPad…. Overall, I really, really enjoyed this.

Book Nerds unite, Awkward girls – stay true to yourself!


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A Kiss From Kringle by Rhian Cahill

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★★☆☆☆

Genres: romance, chick lit, short story

Pages:  43

Series: book 2 of Frosty’s Snowmen

Published by Escape Publishing

Release dateDecember 8thth 2015

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This short read was cute in a Hallmark movie kind of way and then definitely creepy in a Mistletoe Serial Killer kind of way.

What starts off really cute, bossman Kriss Kringle of Frosty’s Snowmen spies a girl he knew he didn’t hire but is taking the place of who he did hire, he later finds out its Haylee’s sister, Leah. She fills in for her sister in hopes no one notices while her sis is at home tending to her sick toddler.

Cute enough to begin with but then it takes a drastically creepy turn, he becomes enamored – ah wait, obsessed? With this girl he just met and she isn’t oblivious to the madness of it all. He goes so far as to say he’s thinking about their future kids – less than 24 hours of knowing her. Ha?

42 hours into knowing one another “magic” happens and he wants more of her.

While Kris Kringle has a cute way of going about his insanity and creepiness, it’s still just that. If you can get past the whole creep factor and take it for what it is.. light, airy, fluff… Go for it!