Booksessed: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst. (And a giveaway!)

[Editors note: Want to win a copy of The Marriage Bargain? Check out the giveaway at the end of the post! And thanks to Angie for this review. Sorry I took so long to post it!]

This is a very long overdue review. I actually read The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst quite a while back, and it’s definitely a good book to read between the moodier/darker ones (you know, like the Fifty-esque books) because it is so damn funny and full of witty banter. I would catch myself ACTUALLY laughing out loud.

Booksessed: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst. #booksessed #girlyobsessions

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Booksessed: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. (Plus a character interview with Ridge!)

Colleen Hoover is my number one favorite author, and I have read and have loved each and every one of her books. And Maybe Someday, which released today, is no exception. It was an amazing book and, something that seems difficult these days, it was unique. It’s not the usual boy-saves-girl or girl-saves-boy story because they both save each other.

Booksessed: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. #colleenhoover #maybesomeday #booksessed #goodreads #girlyobsessions

Compared to my other reviews, I am keeping this review quite short and simple. That’s because I’ve been working on something special for all of you! Colleen Hoover was gracious enough to work with us, and through her I’ve been talking to our leading man, Ridge, for an exclusive interview for Girly Obsessions readers. But first, let’s take a look at the official synopsis of Maybe Someday:

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

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Booksessed: The Bronze Horseman.

Before there was Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey, there was The Bronze Horseman, written by Paullina Simons. And before Edward Cullen or Christian Grey ever entered my fictional boyfriend fantasies, there was Alexander Belov. I’ve been obsessed with The Bronze Horseman since I first read it (and could not put it down), somewhere around 2007, and it has stayed with me ever since. It’s a breathtaking historical fiction; a sweeping saga with an epic, intense romance. And since it’s Valentine’s Day, it seems like a good time to finally share the obsession. This is how I like my history, by the way. Disguised as a love story. My mother-in-law introduced me to this book – a paperback copy she smuggled into the States from the UK. And I say smuggled because, for some reason, this book wasn’t available in the States until late 2009. But since I got my hands on it, I’ve lent it to everyone I know. If you’re a fan of romance, and romantic heroes, I suggest you get this book. Immediately. Alexander will be the perfect Valentine’s date, I promise.

Booksessed: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. #booksessed #romance #girlyobsessions

The Bronze Horseman is part of a trilogy, a very long trilogy, each book averaging around 700+ pages. I don’t like to give spoilers in my book posts, but with this much substance, it’s hard to give a synopsis without giving too much away. The trilogy continues with Tatiana and Alexander and ends with The Summer Garden. Even though I loved all three, none can compare to The Bronze Horseman. And good news for fans of the book – it seems like a movie adaptation is finally in the works. There were rumors that it would be made a few years ago, but the studio who was working on the project let the rights expire. Since then, the rights have been optioned by another studio, and Paullina herself has written the script. So there is a chance that we’ll finally see this on the big screen sometime in 2015. Although I have no idea who they could cast as Alexander! Seems like an impossible task. Although, they did a good job with Edward and Christian, so there’s hope…

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Booksessed: The Wanted Series by Kelly Elliott.

Editors note: Angie sent me this post months ago and I am just now getting it up. (I’m so sorry for the delay, Angie. You’ve been incredibly patient, a quality myself I do not posses.) Stay tuned for more posts from Angie, which I promise will be posted in a more timely fashion!

Hello, obsessors! So, I have been up to a lot of stuff reading since my last post, but one of the books really stood out – Faithful by Kelly Elliot. Faithful is the third book in the Wanted series, so I’m going to do three mini reviews to introduce you to all the books. (That is, if I can remember the details from when I read Wanted!)

Booksessed: Wanted by Kelly Elliott. #booksessed #goodreads #girlyobsessions

Wanted is a lovely book, but it’s also a bit disturbing. I say that because Ellie, the main character, was verbally abused by her mother into thinking she would never be wanted (hence the name.) I believe her words were something like, “You will never be wanted by anyone…remember that Ellie darlin’, remember that…” As a result of the abuse, Ellie had a hard time letting go of her past. And when it came to relationships, Ellie would deny her feelings for fear of getting hurt.

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Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide: Girly Reads.

Even though most of these books are more of the coffee table variety (and one clutch), one of the best things to do over the holidays is curl up with a good book. Preferably in front of the fireplace with a hot beverage, although in my very lucky case, I’ll be reading in a lounge chair on the beach in Jamaica. Here are a few fave girly reads in the next page of the Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide! Check out the full guide below the collection, or by clicking hereHappy girly gifting!

Holiday 2013 Girly Gift Guide: Girly Reads. #girlygiftguide #gifts #giftguide #girlyobsessions #books #reads #goodreads

1. Sucré Laduree, 39.95 2. Kate Spade Book Emanuelle Box Clutch, 328.  3. Paper To Petal Rebecca Thuss, 19.88 4. The Art Of Procrastination John Perry, 12.95 5. Furniture Makeovers Barb Blair, 24.95 6. Vanity Fair 100 Years65. 7. Well-Read Women Samantha Hahn, 15.22  8. The Big Book Of Chic Miles Redd, 75. 9. Nice Is Just A Place In France The Betches, 11.58

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Girly Fall TV: Dracula.

Jenn and I started this conversation about Dracula with the best intentions. We’re both really excited about the new series, but it’s just been one of those super crazy weeks, and the conversation ended up being this:

Jenn: The only reason why I wish to watch Dracula is purely due to the fact that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in it. I think your hottie post this week pretty much explains why. Hello GORGEOUS! I loved him in The Tudors as Henry VIII. Dracula is sexier than ever with him in the lead role.

Girly Fall TV: Dracula. #girlyobsessions #dracula #jonathanrhysmeyers #falltv

Ashley: Let’s face it, there is no shortage of vampire shows out there, so what makes this one different and why should we watch it? Like you, the main reason I’m watching is JRM – I think he has the perfect amount of brooding intensity and sensuality. And unlike The Vampire DiariesThe OriginalsTrue Blood and Twilight (to name a few), this one is a period piece, which I’m also excited about. I do, however, think the 10pm Friday time slot is kinda…sucky. (Pun totally intended.)

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Girly Fall TV: Reign.

Ashley: Of all the new shows this season, I might be most excited for Reign. They are saying it’s like Game of Thrones meets Gossip Girl. I mean, that just sounds like the most perfect show ever! Reign is a historical drama about the rise of Mary, Queen of Scots (a beautiful, headstrong monarch played by Adelaide Kane). But it seems to be more of a modern history, weaving a contemporary soundtrack and fabulous fashion into the true story of Mary and her arrival at the French court. So, it sounds like it’s also a bit of A Knights Tale meets Ever After? Either way, this sounds like something I NEED to watch. Plus it’s on the CW, so you know the cast is full of pretty people. And by pretty people I mean hot guys.

Girly Fall TV: Reign. Thursdays at 9.8c on The CW. #girlyobsessions #thecw #reign

Jenn: I love all historical dramas. I sometimes wish that I could have lived during those times but then I realize I would be lost without modern technology. I read a little about Mary Queen of Scots and she was the great-niece of Henry VIII. The Tudors immediately had me hooked so I am sure this show will do the same. And the fact that is incorporating a modern flair is even more intriguing. I wish we could have watched these types of shows in history class – I would have paid more attention (after researching the true events and not the glamorized Hollywood version).

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Booksessed: Tearjerkers.

Sometimes girls just enjoy a good cry. Whether it be a movie (Beaches kills me each time I watch it) or a book, I think there is something therapeutic about shedding a tear or two every so often. Recently my book club read a book that caught me off guard when I found myself SOBBING during the last 100 pages or so. Literally, I had to put the book down and collect myself before continuing. Now my husband will probably tell you that I am known to cry at Hallmark commercials; I say I’m just a very empathic person. But it’s been a while since I cried THIS hard while reading something so I decided to write a post dedicated to those novels. Do you have your tissues handy? Here we go…

Booksessed: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. #girlyobsessions

Most Recent: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

SYNOPSIS: After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

REVIEW: I read this book rather quickly. I couldn’t put it down after about halfway through. I found the storyline so compelling and you knew that something had to happen because people just can’t take babies. The story shook me to the core and made me question my beliefs. Before reading this, I had an idea of right and wrong. After reading it, I’m not sure what I would have done in their situations.

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Girly Fall TV: Super Fun Night.

Jenn: Girl comedians are my favorite. I love how edgy they can be and that they will speak their minds about anything and everything. Rebel Wilson can make me laugh as soon as she is on the screen. She has a larger than life personality, the best facial expressions and can basically make me pee my pants by not really saying much. Most people probably remember her from Bridesmaids and she didn’t even have a key role in the movie. Needless to say, I am most DEFINITELY excited for her new tv show coming out, Super Fun Night. I am not even sure what it’s really about but I just love her so much, I’ll watch any show with her in it.

Girly Fall TV: Super Fun Night. Check it out on Wednesday at 9:30/8:30c on ABC! #superfunnight #abc #rebelwilson #falltv #girlyobsessions

Ashley: Now that you mention it, I have no idea what it’s about either, but I also can’t wait to see it! That speaks a lot to the appeal of Rebel. Did you see her in Pitch Perfect? HILARIOUS! So I did some research for us, and the show is about a girl named Kimmie, a dorky and sweet junior attorney who hangs out at home every Friday night with her equally nerdy friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash). They have a thing called “Friday Night Fun Night” where the motto is “Always together! Always inside!” But that all changes when Kimmie gets a promotion and starts crushing on a guy at work – a handsome attorney who she thinks might be attracted to her  after he mentions that he likes girls with a “bit of chunk.” So she pushes her friends to get off the couch and go out. I can’t even imagine what happens when they hit the clubs…

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Girly Fall TV: Masters of Sex.

Jenn: Sex, sex and more sex…who doesn’t want to watch a show about that? Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, follows a true story about two researchers, Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who pioneered the study of human sexuality in the 1950/60s. A VERY controversial study at the time. Although the show will probably have a lot of nudity in it, it looks to have some substance behind it by showing the discoveries of the doctor and his associate, along with the criticism they received.

Girly Fall TV: Masters of Sex. Check out the premiere on Sunday, September 29th at 10pm on Showtime. #girlyobsessions #falltv #mastersofsex #showtime

Ashley: I think Showtime has mastered the art of nudity + substance. I mean, look at The Tudors! I think it’s an interesting concept for a show, and we already know that 50/60’s era shows have appeal based on the success of Mad Men. One thing I could not be more excited about is the casting of Michael Sheen. I find him oddly sexy. And he’s a fabulous actor. And I knew I recognized Lizzy Caplan from somewhere – she played Janis in Mean Girls! I think she was also in a few episodes of True Blood. Gotta say, she’s looking way better than she did in her Mean Girls days! Sidenote: You know what’s weird? I never took a Human Sexuality class in college. I feel like I missed a rite of passage…

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