Monthly Archives: October 2011

Review- Once Bitten by Stephan Leather

Title: Once Bitten

Genre: Fantasy/ Psychological Thriller

Author: Stephan Leather

Publisher: Amazon Encore 2011

Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5, not explicit

Description from Amazon.com: There’s a full moon over Los Angeles, and for police psychologist Jamie Beaverbook that can only mean one thing: the crazies will be out in force. But when he is called into the station for a consult in the middle of the night, even the jaded Beaverbrook can’t believe his ears. The innocent-looking girl in the interview room doesn’t look a day over fifteen, yet the cops say Terry Ferriman was discovered in an alley off of Sunset Boulevard, her mouth smeared with blood as she crouched over the body of a man whose throat was torn out. A basic psych evaluation convinces Beaverbrook of Terry’s sanity and yet he can’t ignore the evidence that seems to point in one extraordinary direction. He tells himself he doesn’t believe in vampires, but after some digging, the good doctor begins to realize that the shadows of L.A. conceal a world where girls like Terry never age and where blood is more valuable than gold.

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Stephan Leather is a top thriller author from the UK.

This was a wonderfully scary novel.  Scary in that the reader is never quite sure of the next move or outcome.  Deliciously and insidiously evil are the machinations of both the “good guys” and the “bad guys”.  Caught in the grips of both is Jamie Beaverbrook, a super intelligent, driven psychologist who obsesses about his own aging.  From the beginning we are drawn to this sympathetic character and invest in his mission.

We are slowly indoctrinated into the author’s web of reality where vampires exist along with other creatures of the night in a world that is exactly our own.

This very good read concludes with a especially satisfying ending.

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Book- 101 Uses for My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress by Kevin Cotter

101 Uses For My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress by Kevin Cotter

(Available Now)

I haven’t read this book or been to Kevin’s blog but the pics at E.W. were hysterical. I thought you might like to take a look.  there were some people who objected to the desicration of the gown (in the comment area) but I think since his ex didn’t care why should anyone else. Take a look.  whadayathink?

http://shelf-life.ew.com/2011/10/15/101-uses-for-my-ex-wifes-wedding-dress-see-photos/

Book Blurb:

In the tradition of “Sh*t My Dad Says” and “Stuff White People Like” comes a hilarious book based on Kevin Cotter’s popular blog, “My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress”.

When Kevin’s wife left him, she had no interest in grabbing her wedding dress on the way out. “What am I going to do with it?” he asked “Whatever the f**k you want,” she replied. After careful consideration, he did what any newly-divorced man would do-made it into a scarecrow, pasta strainer, dental floss, and 98 other things-while posting accompanying photos, videos, and witty commentary on his website.

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Review- My Favorite Earthling by Susan Grant

Title: My Favorite Earthling

Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

Author: Susan Grant

Publisher: Harlequin, 2007

Source: Library

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from back of the book:  Even a goddess can have a bad day…

Keira, warrior-queen of the galaxy, is as famous for her beauty as she is for avoiding marriage. But when an upstart little planet called Earth threatens her world with its fleet of spaceships, the fate of her people lies in her hands. She must bind herself to a barbarian from the rogue world—or face the destruction of her own!

She’s what he never knew he always wanted—

Confirmed bachelor Jared Jasper knows that the trick Earth pulls on the alien invaders isn’t a permanent solution. What they need is a peace treaty. It just never occurs to him that he will wind up on the bargaining table. Playing the pushover groom to a mouthy alien babe who knows how to use a plasma sword is not exactly his idea of fun. But with six billion people depending on him, he doesn’t have much choice—sleep with the enemy…or bring on interstellar war.

Strange bedfellows? You bet. But this alliance may turn into a romance the likes of which this galaxy’s never seen!

**

Okay, here it is, I’m a snob when it comes to Harlequin romance novels.  I always think that they are trite and not well written or worthy of my time.  I was wrong.  This novel proves that they can be well written.  (In my defense I have read a few that fell into the trite category.)

This is my first Sci-Fi romance novel.  I’m glad that I picked up this one by Susan Grant as my initiation.  At first I thought all my pre conceived Harlequin ideas were going to be validated but then it became not only a simple romance but a rather exciting action story.  We follow a sheltered heroine from a naiveté to a strength-to- be-reckoned-with.  Our hero grows from a mildly self absorbed man to one who saves the universe.  Sure it was a tiny bit predictable but it was a fun read and I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Deet’s Eats Recipe- Corn and Black Bean Salsa

 

I have to confess I got this off the internet but can’t remember where.  It makes a lot, enough for 6-8 people. This is so-o-o much better than that jar stuff from the store and easy.

 

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

1         15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 ½ cups of frozen corn

1/3-1/2  cup Red, yellow or orange bell pepper diced fine(for color)

3 limes, juiced

1 ½ tsp. cumin

¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)

Small handful of fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Combine all ingredients and let marinate in fridge overnight for best flavor.  Serve with tortilla chips.

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Sexy Man Tuesday- The Men of the Stacks 2012 calendar

Who says librarians are all old hags whose only words are “Shush!”  I gotta tell you I’m going to be on the look-out for these library guys.  First up is Zach and then we caught Gabriel brushing his teeth.

 

Would you like your very own Men of the Stacks calendar?  You can get one here and support a good cause at the same time.

http://menofthestacks.com/

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Review- A Knight In Cowboy Boots by Suzie Quint

Title:  A Knight In Cowboy Boots

Genre: Contemporary Western Romance

Author: Suzie Quint

Publisher:  Jupiter Gardens Press, Aug. 2011

Source: Free e-book for review from the author

Available on Kindle, $5.99

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5, explicit

Description from Amazon.com: When Zach McKnight, an irresistible oil rig worker with a thick-as-honey Texan drawl, first pokes into the secrets surrounding the mysterious Maddie Wells, he has no idea that the chance encounter will change his life forever. Maddie Wells is on the run with Jesse, the infant son of her murdered sister. The boy’s father isn’t far behind. He wants his son and is willing to kill to get him. Zach is intrigued from the first moment he sees the dark haired beauty in a hotel, but getting his hard working hands on her delectable body is more easily dreamt than achieved. He gets shot for his trouble, by Maddie no less, and sucked into the web of lies and fear that are her constant companions.

**

I don’t normally read western romances and that was the reason I agreed to review this one.  I wanted to try something new to me.  This was well written, but it had several things that disturbed me.  There was vigilantism and child kidnapping that was not only condoned but actually celebrated.  The point of view seemed to be that the end justified the means.  For me that is always a slippery slope in real life and in this novel it seemed to be the common view.  Yes, the villain was scary and in need of stopping from creating any more havoc but it still creeped me out that all the main characters seemed to think they were morally correct in their plans of action.

There was lots of sex; our heroine was not averse to jumping in the sack with our hero upon first meeting and before she even got his name.  This initial tryst was thwarted to heighten the tension because she accidentally shot the hero.  But that was okay, no one took him to the hospital so they didn’t have to involve the police; Zach’s pre-veterinarian brother Jake came by to bandage him up.  No mention of antibiotics was indicated.  This slowed down the two lead characters just a bit, soon they were having sex like bunnies with no problem caused by a gunshot wound.

Okay, you get the idea that a suspension of disbelief is necessary for reading and enjoying the book.  That is not altogether impossible.  The author creates tension, sexy scenes and secrets abound.  The hero and his brothers are rough and tumble cowboys, all men and all gorgeous.  They did seem to come from a place where the educational system did not stress proper English.

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Review- White Tiger by Kylie Chan

Title: White Tiger (Dark Heavens Book 1)

Genre: Fantasy

Author: Kylie Chan

Publisher: Harper Collins, 2006

Source: Free from Amazon Vine Program for review

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from the back of the book: 

Action, Intrigue, Demons and Dragons

Emma Donahoe has just started her new job as nanny to Simone, the daughter of John Chen, a very rich Hong Kong businessman.  She understands that Simone may be the target for kidnappers but she does not expect to be drawn into a world of martial arts, magic and extreme danger, where both gods and demons can exist in the mortal domain.

When John and his American bodyguard, Leo, teach Emma their particular style of martial arts, they begin to realize that Emma herself is more than she seems.

**

 This is a lo-o-ong book, 546 pages.  When I requested it from the Vine program I had no idea or I might have had second thoughts.  I am so very glad that I got this book to read.  I like nothing better than being introduced to a subject of which I had no prior knowledge; the mythology of the Chinese gods.

Kylie Chan weaves an interesting story around humans Emma and Leo and celestial gods in human form; throwing in danger and action with underworld demons.  Emma, our heroine goes from nanny to invincible force-to-be-reckoned-with.  Leo, the bodyguard of the Dark Lord and his child, is friend and confidant to Emma.  The Dark Lord himself, John Chen, is the god of martial arts and of the water, whose non-human form is the turtle.  There are blossoming romance and frustrating situations along with true love.  The action is fast, scary, violent and often bloody.

The author offers a glossary and information about the mythology in the back of the book.  Both were fascinating and a welcome addition to the novel.

I have only a couple of negative comments.  I am curious why this book was titled White Tiger?  The White Tiger was a secondary character but the book was about the Black Turtle.  I also thought the repeated device of making the heroine wait for answers to what were ultimately important questions, rather annoying.  Neither of these negatives should keep one from reading this fascinating novel.

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Books- Advice from Ozzy???

Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy: Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor

Ozzy Osbourne (Author), Chris Ayres (Contributor)

 Trust me??  Okay, probably an ex-cokehead who is still alive in his 60’s can give some pretty good advice but, call me crazy, I’m skeptical.

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If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs: A Guide to Understanding Men

 Big Boom (Author)

 Then there is this book which no one needs to read because the advice is in the title.

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Become a Total Man Magnet: Make Every Man Fall in Love with You Instantly – Make Him Chase You Down Desperately and Beg for Attention

 Sylvie Nicole (Author)

 

I guess this one doesn’t do what it promises since it only got one star on reviews on Amazon.  If the advice did work we all would be locking ourselves in the bathroom.

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Tickle His Pickle: Your Hands-On Guide to …….

by Tickle Kitty

Yup, I deleted part of this title which you can find by going to Amazon and searching the author. (I have a PG-13 rated blog) this book has averaged 4 stars so it might be a really good advice book.  If anyone wants to try it I’d be happy to post your review. (your PG-13 rated review)

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An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn’t

Judy Jones (Author) William Wilson (Author)

 Seems to me as far as advice goes this book has none, but it might be the answer to gaping holes in our education.

I have read a few advice books over the years.  I don’t think I gained much if anything from them.  I can’t even remember one title.  I take that statement back; when I was pregnant I read Nine Months Reading and found it very helpful.  Have you read any good advice books?  Tell me in the comment section.

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Review- When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer

Title: When Harry Met Molly

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Kieran Kramer

Publisher: St. Martin’s, 2010

Source: Library

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from the author’s website:

He’s always been a player.
Dashing Lord Harry Traemore is perfectly content to live out his days in the pursuit of pleasure. But when he’s named by the Prince Regent as one of society’s “Impossible Bachelors,” Harry is drafted into a ribald romantic wager. The rules of engagement are scandalously simple: The bachelor whose mistress wins the title of “Most Delectable Companion” gets to remain unmarried. Harry is utterly unconcerned about his status…until his latest lightskirt abandons him.

Who will win this game of love?
Enter Lady Molly Fairbanks. Harry’s childhood friend—actually, “foe” is more like it—is the most unlikely companion of all. She’s attractive but hot-headed, and in no mood for games. Besides, what could the self-indulgent Harry possibly know about what makes a woman delectable? It’s time for Molly to teach him a lesson once and for all…but will it lead to “happily ever after?”

**

This is a well written, silly, suspend your disbelief, often laugh out loud historical.  No regency lady would act like Molly and no “honorable” gentleman would act like Harry.  But in spite of the absolute trashing of accuracy this was a light and frothy read.

I tend to like my historical romances a bit more on the believable side although I make that statement with a broad meaning.  Kramer is a good writer and I am tempted to give her a pass and try one of her more recent offerings.

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Sexy Man Tuesday- Enrique

Maybe not everyone’s “Sexy Man” but he can belt out a very romantic tune while looking hot.  I saw him the other night on Fox’s X-Factor and had to give him a Tuesday slot.

And this is my fave Enrique ballad:

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