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Friday, November 7, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Beauty & the Biker by Beth Ciotta

Beauty & the Biker (Impossible Dream, #1)Publisher: BC Ink
Pages: 276 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

A new contemporary series—Impossible Dream—celebrating hope, love, and the magic of the human spirit!

Five long-time girlfriends—known as The Inseparables—find themselves in their thirties and battling disillusion. Tangled up in real-life troubles and stifled aspirations, they’re ready to ditch their deepest desires .. until they stumble upon the peculiar matchmaking company, “Impossible Dream,” where they each find the rare opportunity to make seemingly impossible dreams come true.
A series of modern-day fairytales beginning with . . . Beauty & the Biker
PRINCE CHARMING IS OUT THERE. SOMEWHERE.
Miracles happen every day. Even in Nowhere, Nebraska. That’s Bella Mooney’s philosophy and she’s sticking to it! A children’s librarian who writes fairy tales on the side, Bella has earned the reputation of fanciful Pollyanna. No surprise that she applied for her “ideal man” via ImpossibleDream.com, an Internet company designed to make dreams come true. However, even whimsical Bella has real-life issues, forcing her to take drastic actions in order to spin her dad’s life (and in turn her own) for the better. As fate draws her into the troubling world of her new neighbor—a cynical biker with a scarred soul and checkered past—Bella finds herself falling for the most unlikely man, twisting her perceptions of true love and testing her faith in dreams. 

FATE LANDED HIM IN NOWHERE.
Expect nothing. Anticipate the worst. As a detective with the Chicago Police Department, Joe Savage witnessed heinous crimes and acts of cruelty on a daily basis, obliterating his faith in humanity. When a personal vendetta cost him his job and a quirky inheritance offered escape, Joe packed it in and steered his Harley toward a small town bordering Tornado Alley and the Twilight Zone. Where better to lose himself than Nowhere? Resigned to a dark and lonely existence, Joe’s life is suddenly shoved into the sunshine when his eccentric neighbor offers him a chance he can't refuse, especially after her kiss of hope rekindles his dead heart. Inspired and challenged by Bella’s infectious optimism, Joe dares to make the impossible come true.

My Review:

Intro: I think this book had me at the word “biker.” I have a weakness for them. It wasn’t the motorcycle club style biker though which had me a little disappointed but I did end up liking the book anyway.

Characters:

Heroine: Bella-She was a librarian which means I liked her more initially than I normally would have. She was a very lively, happy heroine who just happened to be going through some tough times. I liked that she never quite lost the happy tinge to her character.

Hero: Joe-He wasn’t the bad boy I was expecting but a bit of a curmudgeon. He came off as surly and a bit rude. But he had his reasons and underneath it all was a very sweet and kind guy.

Chemistry: I absolutely loved Bella and Joe together. The contrast in their personalities is what really made them work for me. Opposites attract and all that. Bella really brought Joe out of his shell and Joe helped Bella heal.  

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Conclusion: I really did like this one quite a bit. I didn’t even get a bit disappointed that there were no motorcycle clubs in the book. It was lighter than I was expecting but still a great read. I can’t wait to read more by Beth Ciotta. 
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Author Info
Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed "fun and sexy" by Publisher's Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction. 
Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A veteran professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at www.bethciotta.com

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