Review- Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Title: Adultery


Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: Knopf, Aug. 2014

Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

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Linda knows she’s lucky. Yet every morning when she opens her eyes to a so-called new day, she feels like closing them again. Her friends recommend medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less. And so she embarks on an adventure as unexpected as it is daring, and which reawakens a side of her that she – respectable wife, loving mother, ambitious journalist – thought had disappeared. Even she can’t predict what will happen next…


This is the psychological study of a woman’s decent into sadness , boredom and ridiculousness. Okay that last is my considered opinion. For a supposedly intelligent woman she makes some rather stupid social mistakes all in the name of getting over her feelings of restlessness and boredom. She has an attitude that it is okay to possibly throw away her family just to assuage her problems by having an affair. She tries to convince herself that she is in love with her lover but there is no emotional connection for either of them. The author’s use of language is to be lauded even if his grasp of a woman’s emotions leaves something to be desired. The ending of this book is worth the read for what goes around, comes around.

Deet’s note:  I chose to read and review this book because I had heard so much buzz about the author.  Perhaps his other books were more spot-on than this one.  I do have trouble with male authors writing first person as a woman.  Although he got a lot right, he got a lot wrong also.


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More WTF Books I’m not going to review


Back in the dark ages of this blog(August, 2011), I did a post on really crazy books found on Amazon that I was not going to review.  If you would like to see what those were just click here.

Since then I have found a few more that you might want to pass up….or not.  All are available on when I researched this blog.

People Who Don’t Know They Are Dead and How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What To Do About It by Gary Leon Hill

people who don't know they are dead









Living With Crazy Buttocks by Kaz Cook

living with crazy buttocks









How To Shit In The Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach (3rd Edition) by Kathleen Meyer

How to Shit in the woods








Oral Sadism and The Vegetarian Personality by Glenn C. Ellenbogen

oral sadism








The Haunted Vagina by Carlton Mellick,III

The Haunted Vagina








10 Ways To Recycle A Corpse BY Karl Shaw

Ten ways to recycle a corpse

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Recent Release Review- Once Upon A Christmas Kiss by Manda Collins

Title: Once Upon A Christmas Kiss

Once Upon A christmas Kiss

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday/Novella

Author: Manda Collins

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paper backs, Oct. 14, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

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When Sir Lucien Blakemore arrives at his cousin’s estate for a week-long Christmas party, he’s shocked to see Miss Winifred Nightingale among the other guests. Employed by his neighbor back in Yorkshire, the governess with the lovely eyes has always seemed off limits, but she’s visiting here as a guest—and there’s nothing like a little mistletoe to make the spirits bright…

Miss Winifred Nightingale never dreamed a holiday visit with her sister would lead to both ladies spending Christmas as the local lord’s guests. But the big surprise is when she finds the handsome Sir Lucien Blakemore staying there too. The attraction between them is undeniable, but will an old nemesis and a party guest bent on mischief make their first kiss under the mistletoe their last?


This is a rather predictable yet thoroughly engaging story. It is chock-a-block full of Christmasy feeling. There is skating and sledding, wassail bowls and Yule Logs. We even are treated to a whodunit with our hero and heroine trying to ferret out the villain. There is the ubiquitous meddling mama and not only is she putting forth her daughters for marriage in an unsuccessful way, she is so overbearing as to alienate the entire houseparty. Manda Collins has given us a fun holiday story. At only 136 pages you can put your feet up and take a trip to an old time English Christmas for a few hours. Oh did I forget to mention the hot romance…so sorry.


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Recent Release Review- Unforgiven by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Unforgiven (A Cyn and Raphael novella #3)


Genre: Paranormal Romance e-book

Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn, Oct.10, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5+

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ALLEGIANCE . . . the ties that bind. Friendship, duty, blood. TREACHERY . . . when friendship is abused, duty turns to burden, and blood is not enough. UNFORGIVEN . . . because there are some things that can never be forgotten. Allegiance . . . Treachery . . . Unforgiven. War is imminent, and a spy has infiltrated Raphael’s estate. But his target is not Raphael; it’s his sister, Alexandra, whose earlier duplicity nearly cost Cyn her life. Raphael and Cyn are determined to play the spy’s game, traveling to Mexico to discover who their enemy is and just how far he’ll go to win. But once Raphael finds his sister, can he take the chance that she won’t betray him again?


War is coming to the North American vampires. European Vampires are being crowded out of their territories and need to expand. Raphael is the vampire lord trying to keep the enemy at bay. At the same time there are those who would undermine him.

Yes, there are allusions to previous incidents in earlier books but this is still a standalone book. 86 pages of hot vampire action, smoldering tension, and sizzling sex. The relationship of human Cyn and vampire Raphael is always super sensuous and loving and this novella once again shows their union to be one of trust and respect. Security chief, Juro, is becoming more of a presence in the series. I’m hoping he gets his own territory. Second in command, Jared, remains an enigma to me and apparently Cyn has reservations about him, too.

From the beginning of this series the author has kept true to the world she has built around these vampires. Also from the first book, where Raphael and Cyn are introduced, we have watched their relationship grow stronger.

This novella is a prequel to the next book in the series, VINCENT, debuting on Nov. 1, 2014. Although we don’t meet Vincent in this book we are made aware of him.

I highly recommend this book and the entire Vampires In America series for all Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and Thriller readers. Start at the beginning. You won’t want to miss anything, and RAPHAEL is currently only $.99 on Amazon.

Vampires In America Series

  1. RAPHAEL(Amazon Kindle $.99)

Betrayed (e-book novella, prequel to LUCAS, $1.99)

  1. LUCAS-book#6

Hunted (e-book novella available at Amazon and B&N, prequel to ADEN, $1.99)

  1. ADEN 

Unforgiven (e-book novella, prequel to VINCENT, $1.99)

  1. VINCENT ( coming in 2014)
  2. Vignettes (an anthology of short fiction set in the world of Vampires In America, originally published on Ms. Reynolds blog.  E-book available on Amazon for $.99.)




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Recent release Review-What A Lady Needs For Christmas by Grace Burrowes

Title: What a Lady Needs For Christmas

What a lady needs for Christmas

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday

Author: Grace Burrowes

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Oct. 7, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

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The Best Gifts are the Unexpected Ones...

To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family’s estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin.

Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors.

As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan’s marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping…


Yes, all you romance lovers, Grace Burrowes has done it again. She has given us a damsel in distress, a hunky, hot hero to come to her rescue, a smarmy, evil villain and some adorable children that this reader hopes for more of in future books. So well composed and written you will lose yourself in the chill of the Victorian Scottish winter. You will have your senses assaulted by the smell of the coal fired Steam Engine trains. You will be seduced along with the heroine by a hero who is kind, good and tough when he needs to be. The romance here is slow developing but ultimately superbly sensual. This couple does not have instant sexual rapport which is unusual for the genre. The story is taking place at the holidays but that is really incidental to the plot. I highly recommend this book. I highly recommend this author.

( I’ve been reading some new release holiday romances and saving my reviews for closer to the holidays but this one I couldn’t wait to post.  Go and pick it up, read it now, you won’t be sorry.)


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Two Novellas for $1.99 from D.B. Reynolds

You guys know I don’t do promos…okay, so I do a promo now and then.  But this series by D. B. Reynolds, Vampires In America Series, I have been over the moon about since book #1 (Raphael). In just 4 days a new novella geared to the series will be available but right now there are two available for only $1.99 each, Hunted and preorder for Unforgiven.  How can you pass that up.  These are sexy, action filled Paranormal romances with hot vampires and kick-ass heroines. Always Standalone stories, but read these and you will want to start at the beginning for more hot romance and sexy vampires and to immerse yourself in the world of Vampires In America.  If you haven’t yet read this series this is a great way to get a taste.

Hunted by D.B. Reynolds (from Dec. 2013) $1.99 on Kindle available now


94 pages

POWER, it comes down to this . . . those who have it, those who want it. REVENGE, the need for it is a fire in the soul, a goad for the unwise. HUNTED, the fate of the foolish when they think to become the hunter. Power . . . Revenge . . . Hunted. The Lord of the Midwest is dead, and the powerful vampires of North America are gathering to choose his successor. The Vampire Council will be there to oversee the competition—each of them focused on keeping the violence to a bloody minimum, including Raphael, who will do whatever it takes to ensure the victor is a vampire he can trust. But someone is hunting, determined to stop Raphael and his mate, Cyn, from ever reaching Chicago. Soon, the hunter may become . . . the hunted.

(here is a link to my review of Hunted: )



Unforgiven by D.B. Reynolds (available on October 10, 2014)

$1.99 on Kindle pre-order available


86 pages

ALLEGIANCE . . . the ties that bind. Friendship, duty, blood. TREACHERY . . . when friendship is abused, duty turns to burden, and blood is not enough. UNFORGIVEN . . . because there are some things that can never be forgotten. Allegiance . . . Treachery . . . Unforgiven. War is imminent, and a spy has infiltrated Raphael’s estate. But his target is not Raphael; it’s his sister, Alexandra, whose earlier duplicity nearly cost Cyn her life. Raphael and Cyn are determined to play the spy’s game, traveling to Mexico to discover who their enemy is and just how far he’ll go to win. But once Raphael finds his sister, can he take the chance that she won’t betray him again?

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Available Tomorrow-Review-Season For Desire by Theresa Romain

Title: Season for Desire

Season For desire


Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Theresa Romain

Publisher: Zebra Books, Oct. 7, 2014

Source: Free for Review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

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Properly Wicked

Like her four sisters, Lady Audrina Bradleigh is expected to marry a duke, lead fashion, and behave with propriety. Consequently, Audrina pursues mischief with gusto, attending scandalous parties and indulging in illicit affairs. But when an erstwhile lover threatens to ruin her reputation, Audrina has no choice but to find a respectable husband at once.

Who would guess that her search would lead her to Giles Rutherford, a blunt-spoken American on a treasure hunt of his own? When a Christmas snowstorm strands the pair at a country inn, more secrets are traded than gifts–along with kisses that require no mistletoe–and Audrina discovers even proper gentlemen have their wicked side. . .


The above official description of this book is slightly misleading. This book is so much more than Audrina husband hunting and Giles treasure hunting. It starts out seeming like a very predictable historical romance but it becomes not just a romance of Audrina and Giles, not just a treasure hunt, but a mystery and another romance between two unlikely side characters. Theresa Romain has intertwined these three sub-plots seamlessly and with consummate skill. She did leave me wondering about the lives of two other side characters and if there could be another book with their story. There are some surprises and twists along the way and all of this lends itself to a can’t-put-down page turner. I highly recommend this book.



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Free today on Kindle-The Desperate Love of a Lord by Jane Lark

Available today for FREE on Kindle is this novella by Jane Lark, THE DESPERATE LOVE OF A LORD.  You may want to go to Amazon and pick up this one.   Below is a link to my review of a previous Jane Lark book.

The Desperate Love of a Lord

The Scandelous Love of a Duke


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Review- The Next Breath by Laurel Osterkamp

Title: The Next Breath

the next breath

Genre: General Fiction/Romance

Author: Laurel Osterkamp

Publisher: PMI Books, Sept. 2014

Source: Free for Review From the Author

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5, not explicit

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“I kiss him, choosing love over honesty, which is a choice nobody should ever have to make…”

Robin loves sweet, responsible Nick, with his penchant for Beethoven and Ben Folds Five. But she also still loves her college boyfriend Jed, an irreverent playwright plagued with cystic fibrosis. Now Robin is struggling to reveal her secrets and confront her past, as she finally performs in the play that Jed wrote for her, eleven years ago. Will Robin have the strength to keep her promise and stay true to her heart?

Alternating between present-day scenes, college flashbacks, and segments from Jed’s play, this tear-jerking yet uplifting tale illustrates how life is finite but love is infinite, and the road to recovery begins with the next breath.


This is a profound study of love and loss. We met Robin in Osterkamp’s book HIDDEN. This book is a continuation of Robin’s search to find herself and put her past to rest. Resting the past is not easy for Robin since it means letting go of a man she loved and embracing the man she now loves. Laurel Osterkamp delves into the subject of Cystic Fibrosis and how it affects family and friends. There are moments of heartbreaking sorrow along with moments of joy and renewal. This is not a light hearted book but a wonderful study of love, grief, survival and perserverance.


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Recent Release Review- He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

Title: He’s So Fine (book #11, Lucky Harbor Series)

He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Jill shalvis

Publisher: Grand central, Forever, Sept 30, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from

For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It’s the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she’s rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she’s ever laid hands on. Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to “save” him. In fact, he’d like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He’s just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole’s heart, or will it be the end of Olivia’s days in little Lucky Harbor?


This is the #11 book in Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor Series but go ahead and jump right in because it is a standalone novel and a fun and romantic story. Shalvis starts off with a comical and daring “rescue” of Cole by Olivia. How can they not get together when one thing leads to no clothes? But Olivia has secrets and some emotional baggage and Cole is a guy who values honesty above all. It is quick and delightful reading to discover how Shalvis will make this obviously perfect match actually work out even though it is a bit predictable. The side characters have been met in previous books of the series and they will make you want to read their stories if you are coming in late to the series, as will those characters who are still waiting for their stories to happen. Tanner and Callie will get theirs in the next installment of the series, ONE IN A MILLION (October, 2014).

A top-notch Contemproary romance from a top-notch author. You’re gonna love it.

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