Wednesday, May 22, 2013

*REVIEW* Love by Design & Life by Design by Elizabeth James

Love by Design


by Elizabeth James 

I had the pleasure of receiving Love by Design and Life by Design to review.  Elizabeth James is a fantastic author. It would be a shame to miss this great series. These are both short, sweet reads apart of a 3 book series. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!


Callie Brandon wasn't looking for love; it always ended up at the feet of someone else. But when a sexy architect sets his determined, baby blue eyes on her, she starts to believe maybe life has designed her very own "happily ever after".

Amy's Thoughts~ 

Callie Brandon is a great MC. She's deep and thoughtful, always mindful of her friends, even those she thinks are her friends. In this first installment, we get to go on a trip with Callie. A trip in which she realizes who her real friends are, who she can count on, who she can/can not trust, & just exactly what she deserves. 

Justin Brisson is Callie's buddy Joe's son. Meeting Callie was not just chance. Justin has worked hard to get his architecture firm off the ground, doing whatever he needed to do to succeed. 

Callie and Justin set off on a whirlwind romance, where a world of miscommunication is their biggest down fall! I wonder if I've seen more miscommunication (except maybe in RL)!! 

Mrs. James did a great job telling Callie & Justin's story in Love by Design. There was a few moments when it felt that things were maybe rushed a bit, but overall great job! The reader is able to connect with Callie and Justin as most relationships in real life has a much miscommunication as these two do!! Lesson here folks..... Talk to your significant other!! It just might save you a world of heartache! 

Life by Design



Jane Carter’s life had never been easy. Leaving her parents behind only to be abandoned pregnant by the one man she thought she could depend on, she had a sense that things just weren’t going to be easy for her or her precious daughter Jolene. She’s so skeptical about life, she thinks she’s dreaming when she catches the eye of handsome, successful architect Jay Anderson. Will Jay be willing to accept her and her child or will she be forced to return to a past that just won’t go away. Falling in love is easy. Life is hard. Has life finally designed the happy ending she’s always dreamed of?

Amy's Thoughts~ 

I love Jane & Jolene. Jane is an amazing single mom, dealing with the life that she has been dealt. She's a PA to her bestie Callie, and has always had a major crush on Jay. When Jay notices her, they immediately hit it off due to Jay being raised by a single mom. Jolene is the cutest little girl. I could just see her in my head as I was reading about her. Reminded me a lot of my own little Diva.

Jay immediately captures Jane & Jolene's heart. Even though he has other things going on in his life he must deal with first, he wants them. He wants a family, he wants the relationship with Jane. Convincing Jane is another story, as Jane is determined to protect him from her past. 

Elizabeth James had another winner with this 2nd installment of the Design Series. I am loving the flow of her books and her characters are rock solid. I love that we were able to keep up with Callie & Justin in this book as well. There's a true family in Callie, Justin, Jane, Jolene, & Jay. I'm an so excited to finish this series up with Forever by Design (3rd book in the series) 

If you haven't read Love by Design and Life by Design, you can find them here..... 

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