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How (Not) to Kiss a Toad (Cindy Eller #1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1784 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Elizabeth A Reeves is the writer of the Cindy Eller series and Goldie Locke and the Were Bears series. She lives in southern Arizona and, like her characters, enjoys experimenting with baking and facing life with a little snark in her pocket for back up. She is married and has four sons. Her favorite dessert is anything chocolate. If she could be a were-creature of any sort she would be a were-owl.

She enjoys fostering and adopting senior pets from shelters and encourages those who are looking for a pet not to overlook the 'golden oldies'. She currently is owned by four dogs, two cats, and two tortoises. She also may or may not have a certain zombie-ish silkie chicken hanging around.

She always loves hearing from her readers. Her Facebook page is the best way to get in touch with her personally, as it is her choice of procrastination locations. She tries to answer every message herself, and in good time.

Sometimes she retreats to the 'bat cave' to write. When this happens, she tends to disappear off of the radar for days on end. When she comes up for oxygen she usually shares tidbits from her current work with her fans.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Black Heart Ali (formerly GingerRead) on April 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
We all know the story of the princess that has to kiss endless amounts of toads while eagerly awaiting one of them to turn in to Prince Charming. How (not) to Kiss a Toad is a play on that classic fable. It has a cute premise and I always enjoy stories about women looking for Prince Charming and realizing he doesn't exist. By the way...all you girlies out there, this is a lesson better learned really early on. Don't believe in fairy tale perfection. They don't exist, all people have flaws.

Every guy Cindy kisses turns into a toad, the uglier their personality ~ the uglier toad they make. It's not a permanent transformation, they change back in a matter of days. Until Nathan, that is. Nathan is one toad that doesn't seem to follow any magical laws and his toadhood is threatening to get Cindy's meager magical powers taken away for good.

As if Cindy's lack of love life isn't stress enough, the bakery she works for is being closed and she finally meets a great guy that she'd love to kiss but is terrified he'll turn warty too. Timothy seems too good to be true. Because he is and I site what I said up in paragraph one. He's got some major issues outside of the charming personality he shows Cindy.

While the story has a few little flaws, I still found it entertaining. Cindy blushes entirely too much and it got obnoxious, but I'm really splitting hairs there. Also, there were a bunch of magical mentoring meetings that seemed more to just make the story longer as nothing really seemed to progress through them. Again, not a major issue. The characters were all quirky and I liked that, I would like to see more of Cindy's roommates in future volumes, I think their stories could be a hoot.

How (not) to Kiss a Toad is a quick and easy read.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was not sure what to expect when I first got this book in my email. I assumed that it was a romance and that it had something to do with finding Mr. Right. I was right and wrong in so many ways. In fact when I began reading and realized it was a witchy book I squee-ed with delight. I love paranormal books and was extremely happy before I could even get through the first chapter. Now I would have known what kind of book it was if I had seen the lovely book cover.

I found the characters believable and pleasant. I kind of felt bad for the guy who became the super toad. I always did go for the bad boys. I have decided that I really need some of these recipes and will be actively searching for some of them. I drooled over the cupcakes and the ice cream as well as the characters. During my reading I expected the typical love story and was thrown off balance by the twist that the author threw at me. I was still happy.

The book was very difficult to put down and kept me up all night long. This book earned 5 out of 5 for me and I will happily share it with others.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Luke ED on November 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying, this author clearly has some writing talent and I would give her one more try. I really wanted to like this novel. Parts of it, I truly enjoyed. Other parts left me frustrated. Specifically, I enjoyed the female protagonist, her roommates, her family, and the magical elements that made this book unique. The author does have a fun sense of humor that had me laughing out loud more than a couple times. On the flip-side, the descriptions of the foods were very heavy handed and got old pretty quickly for me. I found myself skimming them often. This was worth it, however, because the rest was so interesting. What I couldn't get past was the primary male character. I can't seem to call him the male "protagonist" because I just don't see him as a "good guy" and that right there is the problem.

Even before we found out his awful deed (which I saw coming from almost the beginning), I just didn't buy the chemistry. I kept waiting for the "real" romantic interest to show up. When it became obvious he was it, I tried to buy into the relationship and held out hope there was a real explanation for the twist I knew was coming. There wasn't. (SPOILER ALERT!!) Here is how it went:

“I meant to tell you who I was,” he said slowly. “And I didn’t mean to steal your flavors…”
“How can you steal something accidentally?” I knew my voice was snarky, but I was too upset to care.
“You’re right,” he said again. “How can I make this better?” I shook my head. “I’m not sure that you can.”
“Please, let me try.”

And then he hands her an envelope full of cash and offers her a job which entails giving him her creative property in an ethical way. That's as good as it got. No reason. No explanation. Nothing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian on April 24, 2013
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I've been turned into a toad before but the cooking wasn't this good. This novel has a wonderful sense of humor, with Cindy having to figure out how to turn a date from a toad back into a human, while making him a very good breakfast. The story takes place in a well imagined world of witches, and the problems in their powers that sometimes develop.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the twist with the man of Cindy's dreams.
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