Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Giveaway - The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

Posted by Chris at 8:33 AM 0 comments
I love a new release from a new author that has it all figured out. Great writing skills and a fun read to enjoy in the evenings or on a lazy weekend. I was thrilled to check out this new book and review it over on the Two Classy Chics blog. Stop by and read my review and then enter to win a copy for your summer relaxation below!

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
Publisher: Gallery Books (July 21, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1501100710

You’ve Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancĂ©…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.

Enter the Giveaway

One lucky chick lit reader is going to win a copy of this new release! Here is how you can enter to win.

Giveaway Details: This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or over. You must complete the Mandatory Entry to be eligible. Follow the directions in the Giveaway Tool below. This giveaway will close on August 13, 2015 at 11:59pm EST Time.

Chris received a complimentary book for review purposes. Prize and information provided by Gallery Books. Please read our Official Rules before entering this giveaway. We must receive all entries by the end date of the contest and the odds of winning are determined by the number of entries received. No purchase necessary to enter. Two Classy Chics is not responsible for prize fulfillment. All Content on this site is Copyright of the Two Classy Chics All Rights Reserved

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Movie Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Posted by Shelly H at 3:30 AM 1 comments
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was recently released onto DVD back on July 14th, 2015. I received a copy of this DVD for review.

Movie Synopsis: Check in again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast — including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel — returning for this heartwarming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Now that his first venture has been proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second well as his own wedding. But his efforts are constantly hampered by hilarious complications, and in order to pull it all together, he’ll need a little help and encouragement from his resident friends.

My Thoughts: Okay...I admit up front...I am usually not into comedies but I do have to admit, this one is pretty funny! I did see the first movie and in my honest opinion...this sequel is even better. The actors/actresses in this film play really good parts that are well-written and they all mesh well together. I really love the addition of Richard Gere to the cast as I really enjoyed him in Pretty Woman. I didn't think he could pull off a comedy role like this one but he did a great job with it.

From start to finish the movie is pretty good. There were a few parts in it that I feel could of been written better and could of been more funnier, if you know what I mean. Would I buy this movie? Hmmm, not sure but if you love comedy is definitely one that you will want to pick up and see.

Disclosure: Shelly was provided a complimentary copy of this DVD for her review. No monetary compensation was received. Her thoughts & opinions about this movie are 100% her own.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Spider's Trap by Jennifer Estep

Posted by Chris at 7:43 AM 1 comments
The urban fantasy genre has grown on me mainly because if a few authors I have been introduced to through reviewing for publications. Jennifer Estep is one of the few that I read on a regular basis and there is a huge reason. Her writing is entertaining, fast paced, imaginative, and exciting. There is never a dull moment in her series. I am thrilled to introduce you to the next installment in the Elemental Assassin series.

Spider's Trap by Jennifer Estep
Series: Elemental Assassin (Book 16)
Publisher: Pocket Books (July 28, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1501105173

Keep your friends close but your enemies within stabbing distance.

One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death…

My Thoughts:
This author has developed a method to her storyline, that along with her top notch writing skills, leave you highly entertained and always waiting for her next release.

I was never one to read anything in this genre before trying out a few of her past releases. While it is still not my favorite genre, I love so many parts of these books.

Gin is an assassin and the community where she lives is corrupt and there is a constant battle to keep the peace. The main character is bright, witty, strong, intelligent, a bad ass, and knows what she wants. She has a sweet guy she loves and a circle of friends that help her keep the peace and protect her back.

The fact that the author has such a strong skill in writing a continual series is remarkable. The storyline never gets old and I have only read 4 of them, I think. This book is fast paced and the character development is spot on. Even with a running series, there is plenty of information to help you know who the characters are, although reading these books in order will help you a lot.

For some great action and thrills, Jennifer Estep never fails to deliver. Spider's Trap is an entertaining read in this series that series you will enjoy.

Disclaimer: Chris has personally reviewed the product listed above. She has not received any monetary compensation for her review but did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for this post. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ.

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