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Rebecca Morris  had it all until her ex-boyfriend stole everything.  Now, she has been given a genie that could make things right.  But Teel, her genie, doesn’t always do things the way Rebecca might want.  Sure, she gets a fab wardrobe and a great condo, but Teel also causes all sorts of other problems for Rebecca.  Working for the Mercer theater, Rebecca’s job is to basically make sure things run smoothly and keep all the people in the theater in line.  But when things start going bad, it is all Rebecca can do to keep from breaking down.  But then she finds a fabulous play (and a fabulously cute playwright to go with it) and knows that things will turn out for the best.  there may be some bumps along with way, but the end result is worth it….even if it wasn’t what she wanted.  A fun, fluffy read.

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Tiana Tomlinson is bff’s with Marta and Shey from some of Porter’s other books.  She thinks she has it all:  good looks, a great job, and fabulous friends.  But it turns out she may only have the friends.  Tiana is told (none too gently) that she needs to get a face-lift because at 38, she is starting to look a bit too worn around the edges.  She doesn’t want to and is happy with how she looks, but is cognizant of the fact that she might lose her job over this.  Then, the studio decides she needs a co-chair on her show….a young bubbly co-chair who is her former protege.  Tiana doesn’t know what to do.  Add into the mix a devastatingly handsome Hollywood plastic surgeon and you have turmoil  Tiana decides to take a break and finds out that there is a lot she can still do (including finding out more about a certain doctor who has a kinder heart than she realized).  A strong, empowering book.

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The first in a new series,  Hellions of Halstead Hall, The Truth About Lord Stoneville is about the head of the family,  Oliver Sharpe.  He is charged by his grandmother to find a wife or he  and his siblings will be cut off.  They all must do this within a year.  He plans to show his grandmother that her plan is no good and heads to a brothel where he intends to find and bring home a completely unsuitable bride.  Instead, he stumbles upon Maris Butterfield, a lady and innocent.  He tricks her into going along with her scheme.  As planned, his grandmother is aghast (but secretly pelased)  and Oliver thinks his plan is going perfectly.  But soon, he and Maria find more and more in common and fall in love.  He cannot bear to share his secrets with her, but slowly he lets her see him for himself.  Maria is feisty and fun and the perfect foil to Oliver.  A great start to a new series.

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I love books where librarians are the main character (how could I not?) and this one si especially fun because she is a children’s librarian.     Faith West is jilted on her wedding day and decides to go ahead with her honeymoon plans to visit Italy anyway.  She meets a strange, alluring man and of course falls for him.  But she soon finds out that he is an employee of her father’s rival and so she loses him.  But he isn’t ready to be lost.  Faith quits her job as a librarian 😦  and goes to work for her father’s P.I.  firm doing investigative work.  But she can’t stop thinking about Caine.  He soon shows up and though they are often at odds with one another, they make a good team.  Plus, they can’t seem to resist each other.  All turns out well in the end with Faith realizing that she really misses being a children’s librarian and going back to work!!!!!!  Yeah!

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A heartwarming book about Min, a young girl left at a convention center when she is a toddler.  She is being shuttled back to Children’s Aid where she will be placed with another foster family right before Christmas .  But when she and her foster mother arrive, Dr. Jess Hart steps in and swoops Min away to her house.  She promises that Min can stay there forever, but Min knows better than to trust anyone.  However, little by little, Jess shows Min that she can trust her and make a home with her.  A beautiful, touching story with many funny moments.

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A fun, historical romance set in England about a lady who also happens to run a shipping business and a gentleman who loves to gamble.  He thinks she is amazing and she is worried because she has been asked to deceive him.  But Lord Nash is soon bewitched by Xanthia Neville and will stop at nothing to have her.  Of course, he doesn’t know that she is spying on him for the government.  Al ltoo soon, she is falling just as hard for him as he is for her and soon they realize how precious the other is.  But of course, this cannot happen before calamity and bedlam ensue.  As with all romance novels, this one ends happily.

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Patricia McKissack teams up with her son and husband in this futuristic slavery book.  Min is shocked when she discovers that her mother is part of The Liberty Bell, an underground movement to give clones and cyborgs equal rights with Firsts.  Min is on the run when she discovers that her life is all based on a lie.  Then she must decide if she wants to join the movement.  A great look at different types of slavery are portrayed in this book that will really get people thinking.  Only the first in the series, this is a quick read with a lot of meat to it.  Would make a great discussion book.

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