Welcome to the first day of Fire and Ice! An eight day event where we celebrate all books romantic. It is cold outside! Come on in, grab a blanket, something hot to drink and cuddle up with a sizzling read. Here are the stops today, go visit and hurry right back here for a fantastic post and giveaway!
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I am beyond excited today to officially kick off Fire and Ice with the sweet and wonderful Ophelia London author of "Kissing Books" as she likes to say. What better way to start this event than withDefinitely, Maybe In Love: a modern day, charming and absolutely heart warming retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Now I will be the first to admit that I had a bit of trepidation going into this one as I am not the biggest fan of P&P (I know gasp) or retellings.....my misgivings were soon forgotten as I fell madly in love with this book and Henry Knightley III....sigh....this is the perfect warm, cozy, pick me up read for winter. If you are looking for a feel good read that will leave you smiling, get this now. I cannot recommend Definitely, Maybe In Love enough! You can grab an ebook copy for $2.99. So do it! Now that I am done rambling... let's get to my first guest post and giveaway of Fire and Ice. I am so excited to welcome Ophelia here today to share with you all her list of book boyfriends, but first let me introduce you all to Ophelia:
Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she's lived in Dallas ever since.
A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes.
Ophelia is the author of DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE, ABBY ROAD, the Perfect Kisses series including: FALLING FOR HER SOLDIER, PLAYING AT LOVE, and SPEAKING OF LOVE.
Visit her on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads and Pinterest. But don't call when The Vampire Diaries is on.
Book Boyfriends will be the theme of Fire and Ice so settle in and meet some terrific, swoonworthy book boys!
Here is Ophelia:
Book Boyfriends –
Hi guys! I’m majorly thrilled to be kicking off Fire & Ice by talking about my book boyfriends. Such a happy topic! J Okay, as Maria Von Trapp would say, let’s start at the very beginning….
“Gilbert Blythe” from the Anne of Green Gables series. Hold on, I know we just met, but I have to come clean about something. It wasn’t book-Gilbert who was my first BB; it was that totes adorbes Canadian actor who played dreamy Gilbert in the TV miniseries. Remember him? Not until a few years later did I read the books and fall face-first in love with book Gilbert all over again. (check out his photo here)
“Mr. Darcy” from Pride and Prejudice. Do I really need to explain myself? He’s handsome, he’s rich (I know we shouldn’t care about such trifles, but knowing that diamonds and pianofortes could go on my birthday list every year does help), he rides a horse (swoon city), owns a bunch of land or whatever, and he’s kind of an ass at first which we all know is girl-book-code for: he’s got a heart of gold and is a an amazzzzing kisser.
“Edward Cullen” from Twilight. I’m not too proud or cool or indie to admit that smexy, glittery Edward crawled into my heart the first time he walked into that crappy cafeteria in Forks. I may not be a huge fan of Stephenie Meyer’s writing in general, but girlfriend knows how to write a kickass YA kiss, steamy enough to curl even this love cynic’s toes. Edward gave me all the feels, even on my tenth-ish time through the series (not including Breaking Dawn…which I did not read multiple times. Well, except those Esme Isle bits.)
“Myron Bolitar” from the Myron Bolitar thrillers series. Picture it, ladies: Former college basketball star (read: tall and in amazing shape)-turned sports agent, floppy dark hair, devastatingly handsome (if he does say so himself—which he does, a lot), funny, extremely sarcastic bordering on smartass, Yoohoo chocolate soda addict (how charming is that?), expert martial artists and part-time detective. Think: Mission Impossible meets Brad Pitt from Ocean’s Eleven. I absolutely devoured all ten books of this series for one reason on: Myron.
“Sam Roxton” from I’ve Got Your Number. Not only is this story way cute, but Sam is like the perfect main character dude. He’s smokin’ hot, bossy, cheats at crossword puzzles, is a bit tortured, and he comes to his lady love’s rescue only after yelling at her first then making out with her in the middle of the woods. Seriously, what’s not to swoon over?
“Henry Edward Knightly, III” from Definitely, Maybe in Love. Much like Henry Higgins a la My Fair Lady, I tend to fall in love with my creations, especially when I’ve set out to invent the perfect guy for my heroine. Henry Knightly isn’t my most recent hero creation, but let me tell you, ladies, he’s the one that stuck, the one that still keeps me up at night, begging me to write him into more smexy make out scenes. *Bites lip* It’s times like these that I wish I would’ve written Henry into a series! Want to know more about Henry? Don’t forget to enter to win the iPod shuffle loaded with “Henry’s Playlist,” but only if you dig make out songs… J
Thanks so much Ophelia! You heard it folks, the lovely Ophelia London is giving away an iPod shuffle with Henry's Playlist loaded on it.
I have listened to the playlist and love it. It has special significance in the book, so what are you waiting for enter and win! The iPod Shuffle giveaway along with a copy of Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London is open to U.S. residents only... but Ophelia doesn't want to leave out the International folks either, so for all of you International peeps an International ebook pack. A copy of Definitely, Maybe in Love and all three ebooks in Ophelia's Perfect Kisses series (Playing at Love, Speaking of Love & Falling for her Soldier).
Two very generous giveaways! Please be sure to show some love in the comments! Thank you, Ophelia for helping to kick off Fire and Ice!
Here is my review:
Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London
Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.
“Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.
Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.
Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published October 28th 2013 by Entangled: Embrace
Four and a half stars: An amazing, romantic read that will leave you feeling warm and gooey inside!
Spring Honeycutt is ready to buckle down for her junior year at Stanford. She has no time for boys and romance. Her goal is to finish her thesis on sustainable living and change the world. Unfortunately, her first week brings a bit of trouble. Spring's professor tells her that her thesis needs to be reworked by adding in an alternate view point. To do that she needs someone who knows about land development. Then Spring catches sight of her two new neighbors across the street. One of them is the brother of her arch nemesis and the other is a rich, stuck up law student who drives a Viper. Henry Knightly III is so not her type, but she can't help but stare at him, he is some fine eye candy after all. Later, Summer overhears her two neighbors talking smack about her at a party. She doesn't hide, instead she deals with Henry head on. Soon Spring is working with Henry on her thesis, even though he is the last person she wants to associate with. As the two get to know each other, there is plenty of hilarity as they bicker and disagree, while hiding their growing attraction. Can two opposites attract?
What I Liked:
- I will admit I headed into this with some hesitation. I have never been the biggest Pride and Prejudice fan (dodging rotten tomatoes) and retellings are hit and miss for me, so I wasn't sure how I would feel about this modern day revamp of the well worn classic. Needless to say, I was swept away and I fell madly and hopelessly in love with Henry Knightly III. He is absolutely swoon worthy as he is not only smart and confident but kind and funny. He melted my heart. I ended up devouring this book in a day and I stayed up way late to finish it because I just couldn't put it down. This is the first book of 2014 that left me feeling warm and wonderful, and at the end I had the biggest smile plastered across my face. I loved it!
- For all you Pride and Prejudice fans, I am sure that you will be pleased to see how Ms. London brought the classic tale to life in modern day. She switched up some of the story line, for instance, the parents aren't in the book trying to marry off their daughters, but the heart and soul of the book, the romance, remains pure and just as charming. I think all you of hopeless romantics will eat up this lovely little romance. It has been awhile since I read P&P so I can't speak on all the intricate details that were reworked, but I am sure if you are up for a revamp you will enjoy comparing and contrasting the two works.
- The romance...sigh....I am not the biggest romance reader so I was surprised at how this one inched into my heart and spoke to my soul. This is one of my absolute favorite type of romances. It is the age old opposites attract/antagonist romance. Two completely different individuals with opposite ideals meet and end up butting heads as they bicker over their opinions. There is an attraction at the first meeting, but neither party will admit they are interested in someone who shares beliefs that are contrary to their own. Over time, as the couple continue to meet, they butt heads and debate over their opinions, and during that time something happens. A tiny spark of attraction is born, but Spring doesn't want to admit it. There is plenty of miscommunication and lots and lots of stumbles but in the end, it is everything you want in a good romance. Slow, sweet, pure and satisfying. It takes the entire book to get to that sweet spot and it is well worth the wait. I couldn't have been more pleased when I closed the book. I want to pick it up and read it all over again.
- One thing that makes this book shine is that the romance isn't about sex. It is all about falling in love, the butterflies of attraction and star struck kisses. I loved that sex wasn't a part of the romance at all in this one. Sometimes less in more when it comes to sex, and I think that leaving out the sex scenes was wise. It made so much more of an impact for me. I think we forget the sweetness of a perfect kiss sometimes. Thus, this makes it an perfectly wonderful read for any young lady. Nothing inappropriate in this one.
- Aside from the romance, I enjoyed Spring's character growth. She starts out the book as a focused, feminist with braids and extreme views on the environment and sustainability. She has no time for ridiculous boys and romance. She has put on a false mask and adopted new beliefs. Over time, she learns to see the other side of the fence, and she learns that not everything is at it appears. She has to let go of her prejudices and open her heart. I loved watching her transform and find her true self along with Henry's help of course.
- The ending was absolutely perfect. Everything I wanted. Sweet, satisfying and smile worthy!
And The Not So Much:
- I think one of the things that I dislike about retellings is that I always enter the read with preconceived notions and I pretty much know how the tale is going to play out. I honestly wish that I had gone into this completely blind, and it would have been so much more fun because there are so many stumbles along the way. It would have been more impactful feeling the angst as the romance falters on several occasion mostly because the two are too stubborn to talk things through. It seemed that they would never get it right, but I always knew in the back of my head that they would because that is how the original goes. Not knowing would have made this much more fun. So best advice, forget this is a retelling and try and go in with no advance notions and enjoy the ride.
- There were a couple of niggles at the climax that bothered me a little bit. I will avoid spoilers, but Spring learns her roommate is in serious trouble, and she drops everything to run home to her. I couldn't believe that Henry would let her go alone, why didn't he go with her? I would have thought that after what they had just been through that he wouldn't want her out of his sight. Then the following events bothered me. Why didn't he call? Why would he go back and get her car without seeing her? It just didn't seem right to me. No matter, it all worked out in the end, but I thought this part was a bit unrealistic and I didn't understand his behavior. He should have at least texted or something. I also wished there was just a bit more on Dart and Julia. I would love to have soaked up their scene together,.
- Spring has some major issues with her family. I wished that there was a bit more depth and development in this area. There was some indication at the end that Spring was moving in a positive direction but I thought this was one part of the story that was weak.
- Finally, I was in agony not knowing the list of songs on Henry's playlist for Spring. I desperately wanted to go listen to this playlist so I could find out what the songs were. I am guessing due to copyright infringements that the actual song titles couldn't be included in the book. Trust me, this playlist is a big deal and I was absolutely itching to know the titles of these songs. Thankfully, Ms. London has the playlist on her website so you can go listen to it and enjoy the magic for yourself.
Definitely, Maybe in Love is an absolutely charming, romantic read that will steal your heart. Prepare for butterflies and starstruck kisses as you are swept away by this modern version of a classic tale. This is a book that is perfect for the romantics at heart, and even those of us who aren't the biggest romance readers. I was delighted and enchanted by this heartwarming story. It left me smiling and wanting more. I highly recommend getting this one immediately. It is an excellent, cozy pick me up read perfect for winter.
“I was familiar with Murphy’s Law in the kitchen: the moment your hands are incapiacitated, every inch of your face—and other various body parts— inevitability begins to itch.”
“Is it possible to feel so strongly about someone, to be so overwhelmingly attracted and connected that you want to forgive anything?”
“Being in love felt different than I thought it would. I wasn’t giving up a part of me or sacrificing what I thought I was in order to love him. I’d gained. I’d unfolded…evolved.”
“Life’s too short, too precious not to love whenever we can.”
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
An outstanding start to Fire and Ice! I can't thank Ophelia enough! I hope you all will snatch up this little book. At $2.99, the ebook is a steal! Get it!
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