Five Days in Skye: A Novel by Carla Laureano

Hello Romantics!

I’m back with the next awesome read.

But, before I gush about this beautiful read, I want to wish a happy 15th birthday to my baby brother David! Happy Birthday my not so little brother!!!  Love you and I hope you enjoy your day!

Now back to the review (clearing throat): I found this little jewel while trolling through Amazon again.  At the time it was being offered for free and I couldn’t resist the fact that the hero of the book was not only a chef but also a man from Scotland. (I’ve always been a sucker for a man with an accent. Even if he is fictional.)

Five Days in Skye, is the story of Andrea Sullivan and Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald.

Andrea is a hotel hospitality consultant. She has just “blown” a deal with her latest client by giving him a black eye for coming onto her and not taking no for an answer.  As punishment her boss sends her to Scotland to consult and land a contract with known womanizer Chef James MacDonald.  Andrea is not especially excited but what more can she do? Her job is possibly on the line and its only for a few days.

James is a rumored playboy, or is he?  Sure he’s been seen with lots of women but is there more to his story?

The story opens with Andrea having a glass of wine in one of James’s restaurants in London. She wants to do some research on his tastes before she creates her proposal. Enter James who comes over and instantly starts flirting with her.  Of course in true literary fashion Andrea has no clue that the man hitting on her is her next client and she abuses her new potential client right to his face. (SMH)

This introduction sets them up for an interesting dynamic for the rest of their time together.

Will Andrea be able to look pass the facade James has constructed and see the real him.  Will James be able to break through Andrea’s defenses and capture her heart?

You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano

Re-Readability Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Oh yeah it’s that good!  I’ve already re-read several sections a few times.

Romance Rating:

3 out of 5 Stars

Great kissing scenes. Loved how they met.  Love the redemption story that was interspersed throughout the book.

Make sure to read the contest winners page to see who won last weeks prize.


Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits (Austen Takes the South) by Mary Jane Hathaway

Hello Dear Romantics!

So yes I’ve been a bad blogger. I haven’t posted since the end of May!!!  How could I just leave you all to wonder about the next great read!  All I can do is apologize. I promise it wasn’t from lack of great reads just a lack of motivation to get my act together and read them.

So to make up for my lack of communication with you all I’m offering this next great read to one of you. (Details at the end of the review.)

What is this great and endearing find you may ask?

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway

I was scrolling along through Amazon looking for something to add to my kindle collection when this title caught my attention. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a big Austen fan and my all time favorite novel is Pride and Prejudice!!!!

So I think to myself, “Pride and Prejudice, set in the south during modern times…Sounds like a winner to me!”

And my faithful Romantics it was a true winner.

The part of Elizabeth Bennet was played by a spunky college history professor by the name of Shelby Roswell. Shelby is up for tenure at her small college and is trying to recover from a scalding book review by a well renowned Civil War Historian Ransom Fielding (Mr. Darcy).  To her dismay, Professor Fielding has taken a guest professorship at her college.

Ransom Fielding is just looking for a little bit of a sabbatical from his tenured position at Yale. All he is looking for is some peace to write and hopefully come to grips with the loss of his wife six years ago.  Never did he imagine falling love with the one person whose career he came close to destroying!

This book has several of the different themes and characters from the Pride and Prejudice book. There’s even a character that is a combination of Mr. Collins and Mr. Wickham?  If you are a Jane Austen fan you know which characters I’m talking about and you’re probably scratching your head and going WHAT????  I know I was a little confused at first but it works. Trust Me.

There is one expletive in the book and normally I don’t review books on here that contain bad language but the whole book was so entertaining and well written that I decided to bend my rule this one time.

So Romantics, to make up for my long absence, I am offering a free copy of this wonderful book to one of you!

Just leave a comment telling me your favorite Jane Austen character and Why, by Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 11:59pm est. and I will randomly pick a winner to be announced on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013.

or if you can’t wait to read this book make sure you go to:

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits


4 out of 5 stars

Oh yes I’ve already re-read parts of the book about 6 times already and I just finished it last Saturday!

Romance  Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

There are only two big kissing scenes but they are quite lovely. The build-up to their relationship is the best part of this book though.