- File Size: 1036 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (December 7, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004EPYYKO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Brand New Me (Konigsburg Book 5) Kindle Edition
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This is not my normal reading material (I've been saying that a lot since getting my Kindle). I had downloaded the first book in the series (Venus in Blue Jeans) as a freebie a long time ago and never got around to it as it's not my normal fare. However, I spotted this one on another website and realized that it's part of a series, and every title sounded like fun reading--and oh joy, I already had the first one! I was in the mood for fun and different (for me) so I wiped the electronic dust off the first book and dove in and enjoyed it so much I immediately downloaded the rest.
The first four Konigsburg books focused on four brothers who made their way to Texas from Iowa. This one is number 5 and the main female character is the cousin of the female lead from Venus in Blue Jeans. With all the intertwined characters I really like how the author pulls in the previous characters in a normal fashion. A lot of times when reading a series like this the previous characters get minor and/or contrived cameos. Here the old characters play big enough roles so you can get a real sense of what is going on with them (and that their Happily Ever Afters remain in place) but their presence makes sense within the context of the story.
Another thing I noticed, and liked, is that the details surrounding the main story really keep the book a cut above the mundane. Smaller town living, smaller town politics, Texas, vineyards, veterinarians as well as tons of fascinating minor characters really fill out the books. The details really make the difference between run of the mill reading and something like this, which is just better.
In any case, for a lighter read with a lot of fun and amusing characters this book fits the bill. If you haven't read the previous titles yet I would recommend going in order--things make just a little more sense in terms of the recurring characters (except one that that may have had a gender change somewhere in the writing...I need to go back and figure that one out...). Oh, and for a 'hotness rating' I suspect it is a little mild when compared to some of the other Samhaim published works... I would call this a strong R. Details enough to know exactly what was going on, but not enough to overwhelm the story and the language was not too explicit.
To sum up, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. (And I don't usually read straight up contemporary romance)
I'll admit I started this book with a teensy bit of trepidation....what!?! What if I don't get my Toleffson fix! No worry, they're still here, in the right amount, the right way and it makes sense. They support that Tom and Deidre are likeable and that means a lot in a genre' full of unbearable H/h's that we're supposed to somehow understand and cheer for.
Instead you have two characters cut from the same cloth, both wanting to make their own way in the world. Yet with Tom and Deidre, you are totally on their side from page one. The romance is just right, sweet, hot, funny and building at the right pace. And you have them doing it in a familiar setting, with the same mixed cast of characters you love, villains you love to hate--- though I do think Deidre really let her Father off way way too easy. And as one reader put it, one set of villains were more comical than actually scary.
Highly recommended at five stars!
Thank goodness Tom Ames owns the empty building that Deidre wants to use to run her coffee business. Problem is, she's got no access to major funds. Working for Tom seems to be the logical thing to do, though she knows nothing about waitressing. Things are really going to get interesting around this town, that's for sure!
Deidre strives for independence. The stubborn woman doesn't want anyone taking pity on her, nor does she want help. She needs to do this on her own, to be on her own. After years of being under Big John's thumb and living ever so cautiously, it's time for things to change. Oh, they change all right. She meets her match in Tom -- he is as stubborn as she and doesn't accept help easily either. Their growing attraction to one another gets mighty intense. Both want to help the other out and have to learn to allow it, or their building relationship won't work.
Enter an ex-boyfriend sent by Deidre's father and here comes trouble. Craig is up to no good and has an ulterior motive of his own. I spent the rest of this book wondering whether he was going to come between Deidre and Tom.
Brand New Me is an engaging contemporary read full of emotions and wonderful characters that you can't help but love. I applaud Deidre for her quest to finally branch out and make a life of her own, and she stuck with it well, considering the financial strain and the lack of support from her father. In Konigsburg, she found new friends that welcomed her. She transformed from a stuffy woman in a suit to a woman who is able to let loose and open her heart to new possibilities. She and Tom are a perfect match. Ms. Benjamin really knows how to create memorable characters and put them through plenty of drama.
If you enjoy a fiercely independent heroine who finally chooses her own destiny, a hero who would do anything for her, a small town full of unforgettable people, then plan your visit to Konigsburg. When you leave, you'll be smiling.
Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews