Favorite Quotes- Stop All The Clocks by WH Auden

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“He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest.”

Stop All The Clocks by W.H. Auden

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Holiday Book Review- Wanton Christmas Wishes (Anthology)

Title: Wanton Christmas Wishes (Kindle Anthology)

Wanton Christmas Wishes

Genre: Erotic Romance/ Holiday

Author: Monica Burns, Madelynne Ellis, Samantha Kane, Eliza Lloyd, Jess Michaels, Kate Pierce

Publisher: Amazon digital, 2014

Source: Free for review from the authors

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5+

Christmasy Feeling: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

Welcome to Wanton Christmas Wishes, an offering from six bestselling erotic historical romance authors. Dukes, soldiers, lords and gentlemen court and seduce beautiful heroines and make all their wishes come true. These tales are the perfect bite to get you in a festive mood…

HIS TO COMMAND by bestselling author Monica Burns. Prequel to the Self-Made Men Series. A Christmas Eve blizzard and one small act of discipline compromises Charlotte Clayworth, but she refuses John Fordyce’s proposal. Now, years later, the Self-made Men decide to reunite the lovers for one more wanton Christmas wish.

THE KISSING BOUGH by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Madelynne Ellis. Viola Marsh has been forced to live an austere life, locked away under the watchful eye of her spinster aunt. Only on Christmas Eve is she allowed her freedom, to take part in the tradition of wassailing. Cousins, Percy Gilling and Lord William Ricborough share a close and special relationship, and they require a very particular woman to satisfy their needs. What they’re not expecting is to find her poised beneath the mistletoe on a wintery hilltop.

HAMISH by Samantha Kane. Book One of The 93rd Highlanders. During the Crimean War, injured Captain Hamish Fletcher is sent to the hospital in Scutari, where he finds his old friend and lover Dr. Phineus Harper treating the wounded. Finn can keep him at the hospital until Christmas. Will it be enough time to convince widowed nurse Edith Lambeth to grant both men their Christmas wishes?

ALL A MISTRESS WANTS by Eliza Lloyd. Eloisa Larkin wishes for the one thing she can’t have—the love of the powerful Duke of Sterling. Being his mistress provides many luxuries but being hopelessly devoted to a man who loves another as left her feeling alone and the last thing she wants is to spend Christmastide with him and his family. A CHRISTMAS KISS by Jess Michaels. Tricked into spending time alone with the husband who made it clear he doesn’t care about her, the Countess of Blackgrove, Amelia, has no idea how to react. But Stephen only wants seduction… and love.

LOVING MICHAEL by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Kate Pearce. Since returning from the peninsular wars, Michael Waterstone has learned to live within restricted boundaries and taught himself not to yearn for what he can never have. Fortunately for him, ex-courtesan Angelique Delisle is no respecter of boundaries of any kind, and offers him a provocative Christmas wager that might change his life forever…

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All six of these very sexy stories, set in 19th century, are written by accomplished authors in the erotic/romance genre. If you are looking for some spicy, easy reading on a cold winter’s night to warm you up, then you have come to the right book. There is sizzling romance here as well as some kinky stuff with mild BDSM and ménage. They are all short reads that will not take up your time during the holiday rush but may leave you with a smile.

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2 Thursdays ‘Til Christmas Review- Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill Shalvis

Title: Merry Christmas, Baby: A Lucky Harbor Short Story

Merry Christmas Baby

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday

Author: Jill Shalvis

Publisher: Forever Yours, Dec. 2014

Source: free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

SEASON’S KISSES . . . Wild child Chloe Thompson can’t believe how much things have changed. She still can’t get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party. Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time. While mother nature conspires to keep Sawyer and Chloe apart, an unexpected arrival will require them to kiss and make up . . . and ring in the happiest holiday Lucky Harbor has ever seen.

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This story will especially appeal to those who remember being in love and having your first child. Chloe is 8 months pregnant and she is having ups and downs from hormone retribution. Sawyer is trying to work extra jobs to build a room onto their house for the baby. They have been married 5 years and this baby is a total surprise. This is a story that will ring true to anyone who has been pregnant. Jill Shalvis has spun a tale that rings of reality so we can assume that Ms Shalvis has been there/done that.

This is a short story of 65 pages, during the holiday hustle and bustle it only takes an hour to escape with this heartwarming, humorous, sometimes sexy story. There is a good dose of Christmasy feeling thrown in for good measure.

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Recent Release Review- Light My Fire by G. A. Aiken

Title: Light My Fire (book #7 Dragon Kin Series)

Light My Fire

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Author: G.A. Aiken

Publisher: Zebra, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The trouble with humans is that they’re far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months–and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I’m trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I’m sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

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A humorous addition to Aiken’s much loved Dragon Kin Series. The dragons are arrogant, and often silly and at times extremely violent and very sexy. The humans are often powerful and at times at the mercy of the dragons. This book centers on the dragon Celyn the Charming and the human Elina a failed warrior from the Steppes of the Outerplains. It is difficult to like Elina since she is unrelentingly dour. Celyn on the other hand is all hot stuff when in his human form….oh, did I forget to mention that these are dragon shifters? Actually Celyn is “hot stuff” when he’s a fire breathing dragon also. I have been a fan of this series from the beginning so the bounce-around of the vignettes in the book did not bother me. However, if you are new to this series please start with the first book since this book brings in all the characters of the series and the uninitiated might just get a bit lost. The main plot is often sidelined so that we can have a laugh or some action at the expense of the Dragon families. Long time readers will probably like this a lot but newbies may find it confusing.

My recommendation, if you are new to the series, start from the beginning with DRAGON ACTUALLY. And if you are not new than don’t hesitate to enjoy this welcome addition to the series.

Here is a description of DRAGON ACTUALLY (BOOK#1 Dragon Kin Series):

Dragon Actually by G. A. Aiken

It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear – a lot – or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer. Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe – a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. She’s wrong…

Dragon Actually

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Recent Release Review- Strangers At The Altar by Marguerite Kaye

Title: Strangers At The Altar

Strangers At The altar

Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian

Author: Marguerite Kaye

Publisher: Harlequin Historical, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The secrets behind the wedding veil  For penniless widow Ainsley McBrayne, marriage is the only solution. She’s vulnerable yet fiercely independent, so shackling herself to another man seems horrifying! Until handsome stranger Innes Drummond tempts Ainsley to become his temporary wife.  Once married, Ainsley hardly recognizes the rugged Highlander Innes transforms into! He sets her long-dormant pulse racing, and she’s soon craving the enticing delights of their marriage bed. She has until Hogmanay to show Innes that their fake marriage could be for real…

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Ainsley and Innes meet on a day that is upsetting to both of them and they go together for a coffee with some added encouragement of a dram or two of Scotch courage. As they discuss their individual problems they come up with a solution for both of them. They will have a short term marriage of convenience that should solve all problems. But falling in love wasn’t in the original agreement.

Ms. Kaye has woven disappointment, honor, lust, tradition, secrets and love into a top notch story. We admire Ainsley as she grows into the woman she wants to become and Innes as he finally realizes what is truly important.

This is my first discovery of a Marguerite Kaye novel. I will definitely be going back for more. I seem to be on a roll lately of finding new-to-me authors who are terrific. Yay!

 

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3 Thursdays ‘Til Christmas Review- Tim Crachit’s Christmas Carol by Jim Piecuch

Title: Tim Crachit’s Christmas Carol: The Sequel to the Celebrated Dicken’s Classic

Tim Crachet

 

Genre: Holiday Novel

Author: Jim Piecuch

Publisher: Pocket Star, Nov 2014, Digital

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 1

Christmasy Feeling: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Tiny Tim is all grown up in this continuation of Charles Dickens’s beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol, and this time, a certain ghost shows him the true meaning of Christmas cheer! In A Christmas Carol, evil Scrooge was shown the error of his ways by three helpful ghosts and vowed to become a better person. Bob Cratchit and his family benefited most from Scrooge’s change of tune—but what happened after the goose was given, and Scrooge resolved to turn over a new leaf? Tim Cratchit’s Christmas Carol shows us Tiny Tim as an adult. Having recovered from his childhood ailment, he began his career helping the poor but has since taken up practice as a doctor to London’s wealthy elite. Though Tim leads a very successful life, he comes home at night to an empty house. But this holiday season, he’s determined to fill his house with holiday cheer—and maybe even a wife. When a single, determined young mother lands on Tim’s doorstep with her ailing son, Tim is faced with a choice: stay ensconced in his comfortable life and secure doctor’s practice, or take a leap of faith and reignite the fire lit under him by his mentor, Scrooge, that fateful Christmas so many years ago.

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Have you wondered what ever happened to Tiny Tim Crachit? Author Jim Piecuch did and presents us with this delightful story of a good man who briefly lost his way but then rediscovered his true mission through the help of friends and a mysterious stranger.

This tale weaves a bit of the supernatural into the story along with a romance and some heartwarming side characters. It is just brimming with Christmasy feeling. Mr. Piecuch knows how to set a scene so that we can actually feel the wet, chill of the December winter in London. We can feel the warmth of the fireplace at the holiday party. We feel the desperation of the mother whose son is so ill. My only wish is that more of the book was devoted to the romance since I never quite felt a strong connection between Tim and Jane. But that last aside, this is a marvelous story, a classic to keep alongside of the Charles Dicken’s tale we all love.

 

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Recent Release Review- A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki

Title: A Christmas Code (The Code Breaker Series)

A Christmas Code

Genre: Historical Romance Novella/Holiday

Author: Jacki Delecki

Publisher: Doe Bay, Nov 2014

Source: Kindle Purchase, $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 4

Christmasy Feeling: 4

Description from Amazon.com:

Lady Gwyneth Beaumont has long awaited the opportunity to show Viscount James Ashworth that she is no longer the impetuous child who dogged his footsteps. Now a much sought-after debutante, she is determined to prove to the hard-headed rake that she is a grown woman and a worthy participant in both the spy game and the game of love. Ash, recently returned from three years undercover in France in His Majesty’s service, wants nothing more than to complete his final mission and retire to his bucolic country estate. However, what seemed a simple assignment to protect the Prince Regent at a Christmas party turns into a maze of intrigue, desire, and treachery. Adding to the perilous secret operation is one problem Ash never anticipated: The appearance of the reckless, enticing Gwyneth, who has blossomed into a gorgeous woman and self-appointed spy. When a snooping Gwyneth uncovers a shocking secret, she puts herself in mortal danger. Can Ash protect Gwyneth and the Prince from French assailants and, at the same time, win the passionate lady’s heart? Can Ash and Gwyneth both triumph as winners in the game of spies and love?

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This is a delight on all fronts. It is a terrific holiday read, it is filled with action and adventure and we have a heroine who is intelligent, resourceful and not an empty-headed debutant. Gwyneth has loved Ash since she was ten years old. Ash is eight years older but has loved Gwyneth as well and is ready to make a commitment once this latest spy escapade is finished. I loved Gwyneth, she was feisty, determined and although she took some ill-advised chances she was usually correct in all her assumptions. This did not have the level of hot, sexual attraction that I usually like although there was some passionate kissing going on. Also because of the short length we did not feel the development of the love between the two even though we were told about their history. There was a good amount of Christmasy feeling. This is a very good sit-by-the-fire for an evening read. (Don’t you just love that book cover?)

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Review- The Rake’s Handbook by Sally Orr

Title: The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide

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Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sally Orr

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The definitive guide to seduction…

The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies-who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook-but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart.

Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.

How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?

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Elinor and Ross are both misunderstood by society and therefore have a common ground for getting along. Ross needs Elinore’s land in order to further his Industrial plans and embarks on a mission to change her mind about denying his goal. Elinor has been listening to others’ advice and fears that Ross’ plans will mean detriment to her home and property. In spite of their views being at odds, they have an undeniable attraction for each other.

This is the first novel by Sally Orr and it is my prediction that she will be writing many more. There is lots of sexual chemistry, some misguided influences and even some nefarious characters causing all sorts of problems. There are pages filled with humor and drama. Ms. Orr touches all the bases. Her side characters are well drawn. Berdy, Elinor’s nephew, being a teenager in need of lessons in maturity and Lady Helen, Ross’ mother, needing a wake-up call (which she gets from Elinor). This is a light hearted look at late Regency society.

 

 

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Happy Thanksgiving from Deet

 

Today I will be having Thanksgiving dinner with people in my community who otherwise would have spent the day alone.  There will be 18 of us enjoying turkey and the trimmings.  I hope your day is full of gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving

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4 Thursdays’Til Christmas- Baby It’s Cold Outside (anthology)

Title: Baby Its Cold Outside

Baby its cold outside

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Anthology

Author: Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, Kate Meader

Publisher: Pocketbooks, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5++

Christmasy Feeling: 3

Descriptions from Amazon.com:

Outside it may be frosty, so turn the heat way up with these stories of desire! 1. Searching For You-Can a determined woman executive and a playboy billionaire survive being stranded together in a snowstorm? Jennifer Probst depicts an encounter almost too hot to handle…

**Not very Christmasy but definitely snowy. This was my least favorite of the 5 stories. Still it rates a “5” on the hotness scale.

Deet’s Rating:3

2. It’s A Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol-Drew and Kate play an encore to Tangled in this sexy take on a “Christmas Carol” by Emma Chase. When a Christmas Eve argument condemns Drew to a troubled night, three dream women teach him that no gift could be more tantalizing than Kate…

**Yes, indeed, another hot one. This one just oozed Christmasy feeling and lots of hot sex. But it was just a rewrite of an old tale.

Deet’s Rating: 3

Christmasy Feeling: 5

3. Saving Grace-With Kristen Proby, ski slopes are quite delightful. Grace Douglas is sure she’ll never learn to ski, but instructor Jacob Baxter could teach her lessons of a different kind…

**Oh yum! A hot as hades ski instructor with a British accent. Yes please! Lust at first sight and a happily-ever-after. Wintery feeling was there but not Christmas.

Deet’s Rating: 4

4. Safe In His Arms-Can a southern California transplant survive Montana’s deep snows? Melody Anne, author of the bestselling Andersons series, melts the icy drifts completely away with the heat between sexy Hawk Winchester and brand-new teacher Natalie Duncan…

**Three meddling old biddies arrange this match and it just sizzles. Even some fire engine sex. There is Christmasy pageants and family fun at a cabin.

Deet’s Rating: 4

Christmasy feeling: 5

5. Rekindle The Flame-What could be hotter than a firefighter? Kate Meader shows how hot it can get as Beck Rivera and heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Darcy Cochrane discover that nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love…

**What’s not to like about a hot-as-hades fireman who loves our emotionally damaged heroine? Nothing! This is an uptown girl who turns into a tattoo artist and insists it’s not because she has Daddy issues. Really? Anyway, this is another scorching read complete with Firehouse sex. Nothing much in the way of Christmas but it is darn cold.

Deet’s Rating: 3.5

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