Friday, August 15, 2008

Review: That's (Not Exactly) Amore by Tracey Bateman + Giveaway


About the Book: When Laini Sullivan lands a job designing Nick Pantalone's coffee shop, there are two problems: one, Nick's nephew Joe hates all of her ideas and two, Laini has to admit he's right--she's a disaster at design. Still, she can't risk losing the job. To compromise, Joe brings in help on the project, while Laini continues to bake the goodies that keep his customers lining up.
Their relationship is moving along, so when new guy Officer Mark Hall implies that Joe's family is tied to the mob, Laini doesn't want to believe it. But things spin out of control when she meets the family, including "the uncles," who seem to confirm Mark's suspicions. To make things worse, Nana Pantalone makes it clear Laini isn't the kind of girl she has in mind for her grandson. Laini's not sure if she should give Joe the benefit of the doubt or just set her sites on Mark and fuhgetaboutit.

My Review: I haven't read the first two books in this series yet, but I think you can read this book easily without having read the other two. It's a fun lighthearted book that explores the ideas of whether or not God gives us dreams and if we should pursue them.

It was easy for me to identify with Laini as she wrestled with that issue. I couldn't help but feel for her as she tried to reinvent herself and found out that she wasn't particularly skilled or passionate about her new chosen career. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get it right, which was a nice reminder.

There were a few laugh out loud moments and a few moments when I just wanted to tell Laini to wake-up! But overall I found her a really sympathetic character and I love reading stories with big extended families set in New York.

Giveaway: Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of the publisher, I have a whole set of the Drama Queen books to give away! That's right...three whole books! To be eligible to win have a United States mailing address and leave a comment with a valid email address. To double your chances blog about this contest and then leave me a separate comment with the link to your post. I hope lots of you will enter...I think you'll love these books!

You can read an excerpt from That's (Not Exactly) Amore here!

28 comments:

Julie P. said...

I hope I'm not being greedy,b ut this sounds good! I would love to read this series!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your drawing - I love reading books that make me laugh out loud!

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Holly said...

This look terrific. I've got it on my goodreads list, but I'd love to win it! I also posted about it on my book blog.

Kim and Jason said...

I checked out all three books in the series on Amazon and they sound great! Please sign me up for the drawing! Thanks!

Kim

Jenn said...

I'd love to be entered!

jenlaw77 AT earthlink DOTcom

Kari said...

Hi! I found you through fellow blogger 'Daily Mish Mash'. I'm always looking for a good new book or series to read and would love to enter your giveaway. Thanks! I look forward to checking out more of your blog.

Thomas said...

First of all, I love the book reviews.

Amy, are you ever going to review a history book or maybe a fictional history book? Do you want me to send you one to read?

Thomas

Cheryl said...

I have not read this author's books but I would like to. Please enter me. Thanks

clbstitch at yahoo dot com

Holly said...

Enter me, please!

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Dana said...

I want to play please!

photoquest said...

I saw your site listed at J-kayes and wanted to come by and look around. This contest is awesome a complete set. I haven't read anything by this author but liked what i read about the books i would love to be added in your contest. I'm also signing up so i can keep up with your site! photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net.

stampedwithgrace said...

I've read the 3rd book and enjoyed it; I'd like to read the other 2!

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Laura H said...

I got to your blog from Holly's(2 kids and tired book reviews). I dont enter these giveaways but I love Tracey Bateman and this book is not at my Library. Please enter me.
lauraandkennydawn@yahoo.com

Amy said...

I'm all about contests to win free literature. :)

sarahw said...

read some books from her and i enjoyed them. please enter my name in the draw.
thanks,
sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

Traci said...

I hope I'm not too late to enter.

tracisharpton at msn dot com

kimmyl said...

WOW!!! I would love to enter.

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Carol said...

Great review! Please enter me in the contest!
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Yan L. said...

It sounds fantastic and definitely something enjoyable. Would love to be entered!

mari said...

I would love to be entered.
Sounds like a fun read.

Bianca said...

I, too, would love to be entered into this contest. Thanks so much!

Bree said...

I love when I laugh out loud reading a book. A sure sign of a great book. Enter me, please.

bermudaonion said...

Enter me, please!

mamacitay2j said...

Enter me as well please! Blogged about it too =)
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Clair said...

I would like to win. I have read Bateman's Claire series and enjoyed them. clairjuly at yahoo dot com

nerdybookworm said...

Sounds great I would love to enter into this contest.

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Mary said...

Please add my name I would love to read the Drama Queens series!

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