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The Hating Game – Sally Thorne

The Hating Game – Sally ThorneTitle: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Publishing Info: August 9, 2016 by HarperCollins
Source: Audible
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: August 17, 2017

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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Well, this book was so incredibly enjoyable! I haven’t read an adult contemporary novel in a very long time (most of my non-YA reads tend to be fantasy or mystery) and this was so much fun! I tend to avoid adult contemporary at large because I like reading to have fun and don’t particularly enjoy reading about more serious realistic topics (divorce, babies, cheating, break-ups, blah blah I know that’s not all adult contemp but you know what I mean) but THE HATING GAME was on sale at Audible in a 2-for-1 sale and I had heard such great things from bookstagram that I grabbed it! Thank you, bookstagram.

I agree with my friend Brittany when she told me that the beginning was better than the ending (hence the four stars and not five). I LOVED the beginning of this book and the hate-fire that fueled the tension between Lucy and Joshua. It was tense, exciting, funny, and sexy. I loved those shared moments when you could tell they hated each other so much that they didn’t hate each other anymore. It was absolutely perfect and I loved how this relationship developed!

The ending was also wonderful too. I loved how the book resolved, how both characters really grew, and how the reader learned so many different things about each character’s past by the time the story concluded. It was romantic and brilliant and I could read so much more about Lucy and Josh (except for the fact that the awesome hate-tension wouldn’t be there anymore). I loved their personalities, especially Lucy, and how this book really came to life.

Mild Spoilers: The only thing I was missing was that I wished the “Hating Game” part of the book had gone on longer. The book starts out with Lucy and Josh positively despising each other and I thought that could have gone on just a bit longer and Sally Thorne could have established their relationship (the hate side) a bit more before breaking that sexual tension. The tension was so fantastic that I just wanted it to keep going, and I thought it should have lasted just a bit longer. I enjoyed watching that hate dissolve and Lucy and Josh still spurring each other on all the while, but it almost felt like the resolution of the book started a little too early and it lost a little momentum. You want to keep reading to see when that breaking moment happens and it just broke a little too early, I thought.

Overall, I really, really enjoyed this book and I immediately added Sally Thorne’s next book to my TBR (I actually added it before I was even done with THE HATING GAME). It’s not a sequel to this book, which I’m glad this was a stand alone, but I definitely want to read her next novel! I loved the writing and the characters were so vivid and real. I’m so glad I picked this one up after seeing it everywhere!

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Kept Me Hooked On: Adult contemp. I don’t read a ton of adult contemporary, but when I do, it’s books like this! I love the falling in love side of things (it’s why I read so much YA) and it’s fun to read in an adult setting! I loved the publishing office and how work really affected their relationship.
Left Me Wanting More: Tension! I thought the hating side ended just a liiiiiittle too soon because I LOVED that tension and banter! It sort of lost a little steam taking that tension away but the whole book was really so much fun.

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Read it!

This book was so incredibly cute, a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to read more from Sally Thorne!

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Leave Me – Gayle Forman

Leave Me – Gayle FormanTitle: Leave Me by Gayle Forman
Publishing Info: September 6, 2016 by Algonquin
Source: Edelweiss, BEA 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: August 29, 2016
Related Posts: If I Stay (If I Stay #1), Where She Went (If I Stay #2), Just One Day (Just One Day #1), Sisters in Sanity, If I Stay (If I Stay #1), Where She Went (If I Stay #2), Just One Day (Just One Day #1), Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5), I Was Here, I Have Lost My Way

For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention--meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who's so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn't even realize she's had a heart attack.
Afterward, surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: She packs a bag and leaves. But, as is so often the case, once we get to where we're going, we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is finally able to own up to secrets she has been keeping from those she loves and from herself.
With big-hearted characters who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing our fears. Gayle Forman, a dazzling observer of human nature, has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head-on.

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I’m a HUGE Gayle Forman fan so any book of hers, no matter the age range or genre, will be on my radar. When I heard that LEAVE ME was adult contemporary, I had to admit that I wasn’t super excited about it since I haven’t been reading as much “serious” contemporary lately and I don’t really read it on the adult level — I’m more of a YA gal. Either way, it was Gayle Forman and I knew no matter what, I was in good hands so I was excited to receive a copy of LEAVE ME at BEA this year! Upon finishing, I don’t really know how to feel about this book. If we’re being perfectly honest, if it wasn’t Gayle Forman’s book, I wouldn’t have read it. The entire premise of the book is that overworked, overtired Maribeth Klein whisks herself away for time to recover both mentally and physically after a heart-attack in her early 40s. She leaves her husband and two four-year-old twins with only a note, no way to contact her, and actively avoids ways that she can be traced so she can just take some time for herself. This really isn’t a topic I’m drawn to but Gayle Forman is the master so I was along for the ride!

This book (and entire concept) is so confusing to me as I try to sort out my feelings towards it. I know how I personally feel about Maribeth’s actions but there are just so many ways to look at it. The beginning of the book before Maribeth leaves was actually kind of hard for me to read with so many situations hitting a little too close to home. Having been in a similar situation with a medical emergency turning your life completely upside down, I just had a very hard time with the decisions that Maribeth made. I was not the person who was directly medically affected but I was a big part of that whole situation and yes, it’s always hard but my thoughts were constantly directed towards, “How can I help?” and “How can I understand?” On the flip side, no matter how close you are to a person, you’re not that person going through the medical issues and there are things and feelings you won’t understand. You have fear of your own but may not understand the level of anxiety that person is feeling, in which case, I did identify with Maribeth. Her heart attack was such a complete disruption of her life in so many ways and her only way that she was finally able to handle everything was to leave all responsibilities behind, including her family. Leaving I had a hard time with. Leaving and cheating are two situations that I really struggle to forgive or forget and even if things did end up working out in the end of this book (I won’t give anything away), I knew I wouldn’t be able to forgive Maribeth for up and leaving.

But then there’s the question of what strength is in this situation. Is strength staying and pushing through, working through all of the things with your family? Or is it leaving, taking some time off and gathering yourself up first? Honestly, I think either one could be the right answer but I had such a hard time with the fact that she literally abandoned her family. I know that she was not in the right mental state to really assess things, and that falls on her husband too since he didn’t really try to help around the house or with anything after Maribeth’s surgery, but it was hard for me to support Maribeth when her solution was to run. I guess we wouldn’t have much of a story if she spoke with her husband and took some sort of retreat instead of simply running… But that would have been a workable situation for me where I wouldn’t have hard feeling towards Maribeth. We’ve gone through some very hard things and our family is still in tact… but I’m also not a parent and don’t have that added responsibility and role in my family so I can’t speak on how that might affect a situation either. Life is messy and each situation is unique and complicated. I’m not in Maribeth’s family so maybe I would have handled things differently if I was in her shoes but from a reader’s perspective, it was really hard for me to fully understand.

My feelings for Maribeth aside, I thought this was a very good story and as always, Gayle Forman does an amazing job of bringing so many things to light. Maribeth’s situation was definitely more complicated than just the heart attack too and these things really added to why she ended up running in the first place. I won’t say hard things justify abandonment but it does help you understand where she’s coming from a little bit more. Gayle Forman also just has a way of making these characters come to life. I felt like I really got to know Maribeth, all of her new friends, and I could easily picture Maribeth’s life with her husband and children in so many ways.

I started and finished the book in one day. It was really easy to read and like so many of Gayle’s books, just so easy to get lost in. She does an amazing job of making you really feel a setting, getting you invested in a character’s story, and bringing raw, real emotions to the table. Her stories are about the more challenging sides of life and I’m actually glad she wrote this book because I wouldn’t have read this story by another author. It’s outside of my normal comfort zone — both being adult contemporary and also the “leaving factor” — and it was refreshing to think about things in a different way as I read. It’s also a bit scary, to be honest. I’ve only been married for two years and we’ve already been through a lot. I have amazing confidence in my marriage and I’m not really worried for us in the future but it does make me wonder what our life will be like in five or ten years which isn’t something I normally do. Life has taught me that there are too many thing you can’t plan for so I don’t map everything out but all I can do is hope that we grow together and build a solid foundation for our home and books like LEAVE ME really leave readers to reflect on their relationships/marriages/friendships. Even if you have an amazing relationship, there’s always a little bit more you can take into account and it’s interesting to have that reminder of what even the closest person to you might be going through without you even realizing.

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Maribeth // Character obsessions: Work, responsibilities, letting it all go.
Maribeth’s character really hits me hard because I feel like so many of us feel like this so often. I think we as a society have such a focus on work and career that it consumes so much of our lives. So many people’s places of employment expect them to take their work home with them or be available at the drop of a hat, in and out of the office, and people aren’t getting relaxation time anymore. Add to that a family life which can be so fulfilling but still adds responsibilities, chores, and duties to one’s life and it can easily be overwhelming. Maribeth was easily identifiable for me in that sense. I work from 7:30am – 5pm and it takes me an hour to get to/home from work so work consumes twelve hours of my day. Then I come home and make dinner, do laundry, make candles for my second job (essentially) and by the time I’m done with everything, it’s time for bed. I’m not complaining about it at all and my husband does help out but it’s so exhausting and I can’t imagine doing that with kids. I absolutely see where Maribeth is coming from and has a life-changing experience with her heart attack… But even with all of that I still can’t get over leaving. Maybe leaving her husband would be more forgivable (okay, really not for me) but she left her children and I really can’t get over that either. I understand that she needs to take care of herself first but to just LEAVE like that, that’s so, so damaging to everyone. She could have handled it totally differently, communicated with her husband, gone to therapy, went on a retreat even, and I would have been fine with it. I personally couldn’t forgive the leaving. I know she healed, I know she helped herself, but you can’t just run away form responsibilities. You discuss, you face them, you figure out a solution, even if it’s hard. Plenty of people go through such things without leaving their families. I guess I’ll never quite understand it but it’s a strong feeling of mine. As much as I grew to like her as a person, I couldn’t let it go.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Adult contemporary/realistic fiction. I really don’t read many adult realistic fiction novels because it’s just not my bag but I’m glad I read this one. I read it simply because it’s Gayle Forman and I really enjoy how she crafts a novel.
Left Me Wanting More: Understanding. The lack of communication between these characters killed me. It wouldn’t have been easy but if Maribeth and her husband had just talked, they could have figured things out without her having to run away. I know it’s not an easy thing to do and especially having that feeling like Maribeth, I know it’s hard to ask for help, but it was something I couldn’t shake.

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It was a very good read and as always, a well-crafted story from Gayle Forman. I love her big-picture novels and books that take you through the messier parts of life. It wasn’t my favorite topic but I enjoyed the novel from start to finish.

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Guest Post from Lauren Smith: “How to Make a Rake Fall in Love With You”

Hi, friends! I just got MARRIED and am now on my honeymoon in Aruba!!! I won’t be able to attend to my blog this week since Shane and I are having fun in the sun and relaxing, but not to worry — I’ve left my blog in good hands. All this week, I have a series of guest post-ers (and they all have some pretty great posts!

Today’s guest post is from author Lauren Smith whose new novel, His Wicked Seduction, was just released on Tuesday, November 11th! She has a great guest post for us today so check it out below!

10 Ways to Make a Rake Fall in Love with You

A little bird recently told me that Brittany is getting MARRIED! How exciting and wonderful! I couldn’t think of a better love story than hers, a bookworm and a man into cars falling in love and tying the knot. That sounds just like the next great romance novel! (Hint hint.) Naturally I wanted to add my congratulations and Horatia Sheridan, the heroine from my latest novel, His Wicked Seduction, wanted to offer some good advice for all those other ladies out there still searching for the own happily ever afters.

  1. Always tuck your nose in a book. He can’t resist a smart woman who has better things to do than try to find a husband.
  2. When he comes over to visit your brother (his best friend), play it cool. He’ll like the challenge of a good seduction.
  3. During your first kiss, be sure to kiss him back at first, and then shove him away. He’ll see your passion and your good sense and want you all the more.
  4. When an old enemy from his past threatens your life, accept the rake’s invitation to go to his home for Christmas. It’s only fair to let him protect you since he wants to be a hero.
  5. Make sure to notice all the mistletoe and kissing boughs his younger brother hung all over the house. Rakes love a good surprise kiss.
  6. If he has brothers, make sure to dance with all of them. He’ll not want to share you with anyone.
  7. When engaged in a snowball fight with his family and friends, make sure you beat him. Rakes have egos but they love spirited, cunning ladies.
  8. Turn to him when you’re hurting because a good rake loves to ease a woman’s sufferings and will want to hold you while you cry.
  9. Don’t let your brother find out you love his friend. They might end up dueling on Christmas Day.
  10. If he runs into a burning cottage to save your injured brother, go in after him. He’ll see how much you love him, and he’ll be brave enough to love you back.

Congratulations Brittany! I hope you’ll post some fabulous wedding pictures for everyone to see!!


His Wicked Seduction by Lauren SmithLauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets, a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and Semi-Finalist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

Her latest book, His Wicked Seduction, released on November 11, 2014 (Samhain Publishing). Warning: This book contains an intelligent lady who is determined to seduce her brother’s friend, a brooding rake whose toy of choice in bed is a little bit of bondage with a piece of red silk, a loyal band of merry rogues and a Christmas love so scorching you’ll need fresh snow to extinguish it.

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Thank you so much for guest posting on my blog today, Lauren!! I think that is VERY sound advice 😉 Such a fun post and I’m so happy to have had you on the blog today!

What do you think, guys? A surefire way to romance? 😀 And be sure to check out Lauren’s latest book from the links above!

The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5) – Meg Cabot

The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5) – Meg CabotTitle: The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5) by Meg Cabot
Publishing Info: September 24, 2013 by HarperCollins
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Mystery/Thriller
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: September 21, 2013
Related Posts: Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells #4), The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

    With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather's long-lost mother shows up.
    Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she's determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it's the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.

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I’ve been a fan of Meg Cabot for YEARS now and entirely because of the Heather Wells series. This was one of the series that got me back into reading when I was in my reading slump so I owe my sister a big thanks for letting me borrow these books way back in the day! I actually don’t read a lot of adult fiction anymore since I’m busy reading ALL THE YA BOOKS so it was really nice to fall back into some chick lit and a touch of mystery with the latest Heather Wells book.

While I haven’t actually started my wedding planning yet, I felt like I could relate to Heather a little bit with her crazy wedding plans! (This may also be the point I realized that I might actually start to enjoy adult lit more than I used to because I’ve actually been through some LIFE THINGS now haha!) Heather always has a lot on her plate, but I love how much she really cares about the kids in her dorm. When everything else is going wrong, she’s always got their best interests at heart, sometimes even over her own personal issues.

One thing I’ve always loved about Meg Cabot is the amount of humor in her books. Each chapter starts with a funny little collection of song lyrics, written by Heather, and in this book, they’re all about her crazy wedding plans. I think it helps the reader not take the book too seriously because there are darker subjects because hi, it’s a murder mystery — Except you almost don’t feel like classifying it as that because the tone IS so light. I definitely had another good group of laugh out loud moments at both characters and funny situations!

Then of course, there’s Cooper. I am SO HAPPY for Heather Wells! I’ve been reading this series for YEARS so I’m so happy that she gets her dream guy (and he’s dreamy too)! I’ve always loved their romance and their relationship is just so natural. Somehow I forgot how funny Cooper is too! I always felt like he was more serious… Which I guess he is, but he and Heather have some seriously hilarious conversations.

It’s actually kind of hard to review this book because overall, it was just a nice, quick, and easy read. Sure, the plot was exciting and interesting but the Heather Wells series has just become a “fun” read for me and as much as Heather’s personal life changes, it’s the standard go-to mystery. It’s definitely for a light reading kind of mood and if you’re a fan of the series, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

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Heather Wells // Character Obsessions: Wedding planning, taking care of her students, Cooper, music.
I feel like I see Heather mature more and more in each book! It was definitely fun to see her planning her wedding to her dream guy and really, Heather and Cooper are so perfect. I’ve always loved their relationship so I’m just rooting for them all the way! It was great to see how she handles her family as well. She’s never had the best relationship with any of them and she comes to some serious realizations about her own life and how her family fits in it.
Cooper Cartwright // Character Obsessions: Sleuthing (okay, it’s just his job but I like saying “sleuthing”), Heather, being protective, finger sandwiches (HAHA). 
Okay, read the book if you want to know about the finger sandwiches. Honestly the funniest scene I’ve read in a while!! But anyway… I actually wish we could have seen juuuuust a bit more of Cooper. He was MIA for a while except for on the phone, but he was taking care of business himself which all comes full circle.
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Kept Me Hooked On: Adult books! Let’s be honest… I’ve been so deep into YA that I haven’t read a lot of adult books (read: none) in a very long time. Not even all of the mysteries I have sitting on my shelf. I had to go in a totally different direction after finishing CRESS because I was totally having a book hangover so the lightness of Heather Wells was perfect and it was great to slip into a totally different reading mindset again!
Left Me Wanting More: …Something. I’m actually not quite sure what it was missing, but I was just hoping for a liiiittle bit more. I loved the character development and the mystery was good too. Maybe a little more swoony times? It was still so enjoyable but there was JUST a little bit missing that I wanted more of. Maybe I’m putting too much pressure on it since it’s a serious that I love and have been reading for such a long time!

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Buy It!

If you’re a fan of Heather Wells, you should definitely continue the series! The books are just plain fun and from my experience, they’re excellent pallet cleansers after those big book hangovers!

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        45 Pounds (More or Less)   Size 12 and Ready to Rock

Top Ten Tuesday – July 31, 2012: Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours

It’s time again for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours

Oooh okay. This reminds me a bit of my good old Freaky Friday posts (for those of you who were lucky enough to catch them or unfortunate enough to be put through that, depending on how you want to look at it) before I realized it was a really hard weekly feature and promptly took it down after a few weeks…. Whoops. This will be more fun! A quick post and people I actually want to switch places with. Hmm, okay. Here goes!

1. My good old stand-in, Stephanie Plum (a creation of Janet Evanovich). First off, I think I’d fit well in her life (Italian family, pretty accident-prone, etc) so I think I could take it on! Not sure how I’d handle tackling bounty hunters… Maybe that would be Stephanie’s day off! But I sure as hell wouldn’t mind getting mixed up between Joe Morelli and Ranger! Plus I think it’d be a hoot to hang out with all of Steph’s kooky friends like Lula, Connie, Sally Sweet, and her crazy Grandma. I’m in!

2. Anna Whitt from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. Two words: Kaidan Rowe. I just finished this book (review scheduled) and this is just a preview of my fan girling over this book. Granted there are many temptations that Anna faces and evils she has to deal with, but 24 hours with Kaidan Rowe would be worth it! Plus I’d get to use all her super awesome Nephilim powers and that would be pretty awesome. Let’s hope I catch her on a good day!

3. Izzy Spellman from The Spellman series (by Lisa Lutz). Coming from a hilarious family of private investigators (okay, maybe not as hilarious to her since none of her life is private), I think if it was only 24 hours, it’d be hilarious to hang out with this family that gives each other code names and does not at normal whatsoever! It’s a riot a minute in these books and her sister Rae also seems like someone I’d totally get along with. I’d just love to see where I fit in somewhere in that wacky family.

4. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling). Smart. Classy. A witch. And totally badass. Not to mention once that whole Voldemort mess is over, she’s on to bigger and better things, together with Ron, and has an awesome friend like Harry. And magic? Hell yeah, let me in that club! Pottermore just isn’t enough. I want to really experience Hogwarts! I’m sure it was just Errol who lost my Hogwarts letter… Right?

5. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Once Katsa finally breaks free of her uncle’s reign, she’s onto awesome missions to help people in need, has amazing fighting skills (and then some), and starts a romance with Po. Katsa’s world just seems like a place I would love to experience! I’d love to see how the Graces worked and try out her abilities.

6. Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series (Richelle Mead). Wait a minute… Am I choosing all of these people based on the romance that’s involved in the book? Okay well… kind of guilty there. But I really do love the vampire world that Richelle Mead creates! It’s interesting, it’s refreshing, and Rose is another awesome fighter (sheesh, for not fighting at all in my own life, apparently these are the people I want to switch places with). She’s got a great friend in Lissa and helloooooo Dimitri! Swoon.

7. Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Princess, but used to be a commoner. Tough but a total romantic. And then there’s Westley. I love this love story! And I love the sass and wit that not only is the movie (which I saw first), but I learned that ALL of it came directly from the book. I’d also love to hang out with Inigo and Fezzik, you know, just riding around on white horses after totally humiliating Prince Humperdink. I’ll just stay away from the R.O.U.S.s – So is it a deal? Can we make that happen? Just say it – “As you wish.”

8. Lena Haloway from Delirium/Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. So maybe it wouldn’t be such a great time in Delirium, but I love the love story of falling in love. I totally fell in love with that book and really liked following Lena’s story – I’d definitely like to switch right where Pandemonium left us at the end. Lena’s got some awesome stuff to deal with and some crazy revelations (none of which I will reveal since they are huge spoilers!) but she’s morphed into such a stronger person than she ever though she could be and it seems like that’s the turning point in her life! It would be a great place to jump in and totally take charge.

9. Heather Wells from (created by Meg Cabot). I just started reading the 4th book in the Heather Wells series, Size 12 and Ready to Rock, and I’m really enjoying it so far! Even after all these years, I’m still in love with her relationship with Cooper and she just seems like so much fun! In so many ways, I really relate and she kind of handles situations how I (think) I would handle them.

10. Ismae from Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. This is another one that I just read recently and usually I wouldn’t pick such a historical setting – I’ve never been one for the middle ages, but with Ismae, it just totally works. She makes the middle ages tough and desirable. She’s got awesome powers (albeit dark ones used for killing) and she’s in total control of her life. I’d love to switch places with her with all her confidence too. And of course, I’ll mention the love interest of Duval. How could I not?

So upon completing this list, apparently I picked a lot of these girls because they were A) strong and fighting heroines or B) have swoony relationships. I’m not quite sure what that says about me… But I’m interested to see what everyone else picks! Link me up with your choices! I’d love to see them!!!