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Monday, April 22, 2013

Review The Marlowe Girls series by Beth Fred


The Fate of a Marlowe Girl:

Description:
When twenty-four-year-old Tiffany escapes her sister Kammy's too wild Cancun bachelorette party, she finds herself in a bar with the unwanted attention of a gorgeous local named Luke.
Luke may be charming but Tiffany is leaving in two days and doesn't need any complications. But complications are exactly what she gets when the cops show up to raid Kammy's party. When Kammy is arrested, Tiffany agrees to have dinner with Luke, so he'll help her get Kammy out of jail. Kammy's arrest forces her to spend an extra day in Cancun, meaning she'll miss a crucial meeting, and as an accountant in tax season, she is already drowning in work. Not to mention, every second she spends with Luke makes it harder to leave. With Luke, Tiffany can forget about work.
But will the airport be their final goodbye?

The Other Marlowe Girl:
Description:
When twenty-four-year-old dance school drop out Kammy Marlowe is evicted by her mother, she goes to her favorite bar. She finds an unlikely friend in the blunt eye candy, Enrique. But Kammy knows there is no way she and Enrique have a shot because he's her brother-in-law’s brother and has been privy to her wild past.
Enrique swears he’s only interested in the person she is today, but their relationship is tested when her ex-husband's drug dealer attacks her, looking for money. With no options and a money hungry drug dealer on her back, Kammy accepts a position as a dancer at a strip club. But when Enrique shows up at the club, their relationship is over. With no reason to stay in Texas anymore, Kammy auditions for the Bolshevik Ballet and gets the opportunity to go to Russia. Only Enrique is determined to stop her.

Will she give up the chance of a lifetime to stay with the man she still loves?

My review:

Both books (so far) of The Marlowe Girls Series are an easy, quick and enjoyable reading.

The main characters are the two Marlowe sisters, Tiffany and Kammy. The differences between them are far cry from every angle you’ll look. Tiffany is the tough-minded one, conscientious and Kammy is ... opposite, reaching to give up even at what she liked and did best. The only thing that links them is the failure in love life. At the end of the two books they will get to have another thing in common. A very important one and probably the one they give up to dream about. In fact, another thing binds them: if Kammy wouldn’t have done what she did, then Tiffany couldn’t have the chance to meet Luke.

Because The Other Girls Marlowe’s description uncovers the detail, no matter if I’ll say you that "they" are also brothers. Aside from the fact that they are brothers, they are just the guys to daydream of. If they do get to be with the Marlowe girls (and who with whom) I’ll leave you to discover.

The stories are well managed, the explanations and the events are possible, though sometimes they have a bit too convenient resolutions. But that will not affect too much the readers’ pleasure, as well the author’s insistence upon the money issue will not bother too much, although at one point it seems to be a minus for some characters. I liked that the author has left (in first volume) ways that she used them (in the second) to provide some explanation for exonerate Kammy in some way.

The story’s pace is good, and the style is casual with an easy humor that will like.
Not very long, the books are just good to read in an afternoon when you need to recharge your batteries and / or if you want to freshen your hopes and dreams that Prince Charming exists. Regardless of how you are and what is your past, there's always a chance to meet your half ... at least in books.
“I’m glad she had a sister. I just wish there was another Marlowe girl, because I have one more son.”
I wonder what Marlowe cousin, niece the author will find for volume three. However, if and when it will be publish, I will definitely read it.

I received the book for review as part of Book Tour - Thank you!
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Romanian:

Ambele cărți (de până acum) The Marlowe Girls sunt o lectură uşoară, rapidă şi plăcută.

Personajele principale sunt cele două surori Marlowe, Tiffany şi Kammy. Diferențele dintre ele sunt de la cer la pământ din orice unghi le-ai privi. Tiffany este tipa cu capul pe umeri, conştiincioasă, iar Kammy este... opusul, ajungând să renunțe chiar şi la ceea ce îi plăcea mai mult şi făcea cel mai bine. Singurul aspect care le leagă este eşecul în viața amoroasă. La sfârşitul celor două cărți vor ajunge să mai aibă ceva în comun. Ceva foarte important şi ceva de la care probabil îşi luaseră gândul. De fapt le mai leagă un lucru: dacă Kammy nu ar fi făcut ceea ce a făcut, atunci nici Tiffany nu ar fi avut şansa de a-l cunoaşte pe Luke.

Pentru că descrierea The Other Marlowe Girls dă în vileag amănuntul, nu contează dacă vă spun că „ei” sunt la rândul lor frați. În afară de faptul că sunt frați, ei sunt şi nişte tipi taman buni la care să visezi cu ochii deschişi. Dacă vor ajunge totuşi să rămână cu fetele Marlowe (şi cine cu cine) vă las să descoperiți voi.

Poveştile sunt bine conduse, explicațiile şi întâmplările prin care trec personajele sunt posibile, deşi uneori rezolvările sunt cam prea la îndemână. Dar asta nu va afecta prea mult plăcerea cititoarelor, cum nici prea mare insistență a autoarei asupra banilor nu cred că va deranja prea mult, deşi la un moment pare să fie devină punct minus pentru unele personaje. Mi-a plăcut că autoarea şi-a lăsat (în primul volum) portițe pe care le-a folosit (în al doilea) să ofere unele explicații pentru a o disculpa într-o oarecare măsură pe Kammy.

Ritmul în care se desfăşoară acțiunea e bun, iar stilul e lejer şi cu un uşor umor ce va plăcea.

Nu foarte lungi, cărțile sunt tocmai bune de citit într-o după-amiază când ai nevoie să-ți încarci bateriile şi/sau dacă vrei să îți împrospătezi speranțele şi visele că Făt Frumos există. Indiferent de cum eşti şi ce trecut ai avea, există mereu şansa să-ți întâlneşti jumătatea... cel puțin în cărți.
“I’m glad she had a sister. I just wish there was another Marlowe girl, because I have one more son.”
Mă întreb ce verişoară, nepoată Marlowe va găsi autoarea pentru volumul trei. Oricum, dacă şi când va apărea, îl voi citi cu siguranță.

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 About the author:
beth fred photoMeet Beth Fred! That's me! I'm a full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. I'm represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. I like my tea hot, my romance sweet, and my guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma'am, make promises they keep, and aren't afraid to profess their undying love. It's not breakfast if there aren't carbs(at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just few of my favorite things. Bet you can't guess where I'm from ;) Wanna know more about me? You can find that here:    

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10 comments:

Claudia said...

Imi place acest stil de lectura.Cartea pare usor de citit si este potrivita pentru relaxare.

Beth said...

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! I'm glad you liked the books.

Andreea T. said...

Foarte frumoase copertile,iar descrierile sunt interesante.

Bia Bianca said...

A doua coperta e pur si simplu superba!:)
Chiar mi-ar trebui si mie o carte de acest gen,hi hi ^^

Cioburi de vise said...

Mă bucur că ați avut șansă să citiți astfel de cărți ! :3 Presupun că sunt geniale, le-aș vrea și eu !

-D- said...

Superbe copertile! Sunt ochioase:))

TheoRyaMarya said...

Frumoasa carte, frumoasa coperta, as vrea s-o citesc

LoZ inPlic said...

Frumoase cartile.

Cristinab said...

multumim pentru recenzie.
imi place cum s-a descris autoarea seriei :)

Alexa Ale said...

Pare o serie super interesanta. Recenzia imi place foarte mult.