Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sexy Man Tuesday- Eli, Tom, Eli, Tom

Coming up in the SuperBowl are two of the hottest QB’s in football.  It is just too bad that we see them most of the time hiding in those helmets.  Eli Manning of the Giants and Tom Brady of the Patriots.

Eli-Alpha view

Tom-(You had to know I’d get a shirtless one in here somewhere)

Eli-Tough as nails

Tom-Sexy as Sin

Eli Manning or Tom Brady  both greats on the field and HOT! Who do you shake your pom-poms for?

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Deet’s Eats Recipe- Not Yo Mama’s Mac and Cheese

Once again I lifted this recipe from the internet but I had to tweak it to make it mine so it is mine.  If you don’t like Blue Cheese then stop right here.  If you are like me and you like blue cheese then this is your mac & cheese delight.  Hey, it has bacon in it, how bad can it be?

Deet’s Not Yo Mama’s Mac and Cheese

Half a box (1/2 lb.) Penne Pasta cooked

4 strips Bacon fried crisp and crumbled and set aside

1 large Onion diced and fried in about 2 T of the bacon grease

1 1/2 C Mozzarella  Cheese,  shredded plus 1/2 c extra for topping

3 oz Blue Cheese, crumbled

2 C Half ‘n Half

Black Pepper to taste

In a 2 qt. casserole dish that you sprayed with PAM, toss together all the rest of the ingredients.  Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 20 min.  At this point check and see if you need to add a bit more Half n Half to make it creamier.  Top with the saved Mozzarella and bake for another 10 min.

Serves 3-4

I serve this with Italian bread and a tossed salad. (there is no salad in the photo because hubby was still throwing it together in the kitchen.)

To see December’s Shortbread Cookie recipe go here.

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Review- Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

Title: Smokin’ Seventeen

Genre: Contemporary Mystery/Romance

Author: Janet Evanovich

Publisher: Random House, 2011

Source: Library

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5, not explicit

Description from amazon.com:

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.

Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find the murderer, Stephanie is also under pressure from family and friends to choose between her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom wants her to dump them both for a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, suggests a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Joe’s old-world grandmother gives Stephanie “the eye,” which may mean that it’s time to get out of town.

With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.

**

I have read almost all of the Stephanie Plum series.  I stopped around eleven or twelve because it seemed like the same story done up in a slightly different setting.  But I did enjoy the early books and always appreciated J.E.’s humor.  Since the movie “One For The Money”, based on the first book in the series, opens in theaters today I thought I would take a quick refresher on the antics of Stephanie, Lula, Morelli, Ranger and of course Grandma Mazur.  I’m glad I did.  It was like coming home to old friends.  There was still over the top antics, page a minute laughs and Stephanie still has not decided who is her main squeeze, Morelli or Ranger.  (I’m team Ranger….he’s so-o-o hot)  Steph does end up making whoopee with both guys in this book; now, that surprised me.

The next book in the series, EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN, is out now in hardcover and on Kindle.  I think I may have to buy it so I can see the outcome of the cliffhanger at the end of this book.  Yup, they sucker me in every time.

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Video- A Bookshop Afterhours

What really happens in a bookstore at night when the owner goes home and all is locked up tight?  Isn’t this a bit like “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound?”  Do the veggies in the fridge play poker when the door is closed? Do I have too much time on my hands? This vid is from crazedadman on YouTube.

Here is a bonus vid, just because it’s cute, funny and romantic in its own way.

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Review-The Other Guy’s Bride by Connie Brockway

Title: The Other Guy’s Bride

Genre: Historical Romance, Early 20th century

Author: Connie Brockway

Publisher: Montlake Romance, Dec. 2011

Source: Kindle Purchase: $4.99; Paperback $7.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

 

Determined to prove her worth as a budding archeologist, Ginesse Braxton vows to solve one of the world’s greatest mysteries–to find the location of the lost city of Zerzura. Unfortunately, no man dares take the risk of escorting the resolute young scholar across the open desert. But on her way to Egypt, Ginesse engages in a daring deception: She will switch places with Mildred Whimpelhall, who is traveling to meet her fiancé.

Cynical adventurer Jim Owen will do anything to escape the dark secrets of his troubled past. Betrayed by the woman he loved and scorned by proper society, he agrees to carry out a danger-fraught task: escort Mildred Whimpelhall across a lawless desert to her intended. But Jim is about to learn that “Mildred” isn’t exactly what she seems…and the dangers they face together are eclipsed by an even greater peril: falling in love, against all reason, with another guy’s bride.

 

**

This started out with a rather silly, impulsive, immature woman who was a bit over the top.  I didn’t like her much.  But somewhere toward the middle I began to understand her and her actions no longer became caricatures of some undisciplined ninny but that of a truly unique and ahead-of-her-time heroine.

 

Our tortured hero was just what we want in a hero, strong, protective, intelligent, and handsome.  He wasn’t so alpha as to be unlikeable but he certainly was no beta, let’s call him a beta-plus.  He was always on hand to save our heroine from herself and she needed saving all the time.

 

Ms Brockway has crafted a vivid view of early 2oth century Egypt and the craze for Egyptology.  There was plenty of action, interesting side characters and a surprise or two toward the end.  The romance was a slow build, with misunderstandings and a sizzling pay off. A good read with a good ending.

 

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Sexy Man Tuesday- Hot Guys with Tattoos

Okay, this is how it is, I’m not crazy about tattoos but I gotta tell you these guys are HOT, HOT,HOT!!  I do lean toward the tribal tats, and I don’t like it when guys cover their whole body in tats and I really don’t like tats on women.  Yeah, I’ve got a lot of issues.  Anyway, here are my Hot Tuesday Guys with Tattoos:

Starting with David “Yum” Beckham-

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Review-Need You Now by James Grippando

Title: Need You Now

Genre: Thriller

Author: James Grippando

Publisher: Harper Collins, Jan 2012

Source: Free for Review from Amazon vine Program

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 2

Description from amazon.com:

A young financial advisor and his girlfriend uncover a conspiracy that reaches from Wall Street deep into the halls of government.

Abe Cushman, the evil genius behind a $60 billion Ponzi scheme, has killed himself and taken his secrets to the grave.

For Patrick Lloyd, a young Wall Street advisor at the world’s largest Swiss bank, Cushman’s fall has unexpected—and deadly—repercussions. Lloyd’s girlfriend, Lilly, is directly tied to billions of dollars in losses suffered by Cushman’s most dangerous victims, a group of powerful investors whose identities and dirty finances are well hidden. What Lilly knows can get her and Patrick killed, and now the pair are in a run for their lives that leads to the heart of a clandestine operation, and to a cabal of powerful officials determined to keep their agenda hidden from the public.

With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, Patrick and Lilly must uncover the truth before they become collateral damage in a “financial war” in which casualties are no longer measured in dollars and cents.

**

Do you want a novel that tweaks and surprises at every turn? This is the one.  I came to this book in the usual way, a friend’s recommendation.  She said if I liked Harlan Coben then I’d probably like James Grippando. This was one of the offerings for review and I jumped on it knowing Anna would not have steered me wrong.

A fast paced thriller that begs you to hold your breath lest you miss the moment.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t put it down, it was that I couldn’t wait to pick it up again.  The author must be a genius since the plotting is so intricate that at times I wondered how these elements all fit together but fit they did in a stunning conclusion. A running line throughout the book is a mash-up of Lady Antebellum’s hit song “Need You Now”.  This humor makes the main character, Patrick, come to life and humanizes him perfectly.  My only disappointment was that I thought main character, Lilly, was not given proper closure.  She was left to flounder for awhile and I wanted her involved, just my fantasy and not the authors.

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Review- Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare

Title: Once Upon a Winter’s Eve

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency/Novella

Author: Tessa Dare

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd., 11/2011

Source: Purchase, Kindle $.79

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Some wallflowers bloom at night…

A Spindle Cove Novella

Violet Winterbottom is a quiet girl. She speaks six languages, but seldom raises her voice. She endured bitter heartbreak in perfect silence. The gentlemen aren’t beating down her door.

Until the night of the Spindle Cove Christmas ball, when a mysterious stranger crashes into the ballroom and collapses at Violet’s feet. His coarse attire and near-criminal good looks would put any sensible young lady on her guard. He’s wet, chilled, bleeding, and speaking in an unfamiliar tongue.

Only Violet understands him. And she knows he’s not what he seems.

She has one night to draw forth the secrets of this dangerously handsome rogue. Is he a smuggler? A fugitive? An enemy spy? She needs answers by sunrise, but her captive would rather seduce than confess. To learn his secrets, Violet must reveal hers—and open herself to adventure, passion, and the unthinkable… Love.

Warning: The heroine packs a pistol, the hero curses in multiple languages, and together they steam up a cold winter’s night.

**

Violet does not recognize the hero at first because he is quite a beat up sight.  But she has her ideas and she tries to prove to herself that he is or is not who she thinks he is.  She is not going to give an inch in her assessment until she is convinced of his identity.

This is light Tessa Dare novella.  It is a quick read and Ms Dare can write quick and witty dialog as well as some heart thumping suspense.  We don’t want to see Violet hurt by this rogue from the sea. The other inhabitants of Spindle Cove get a bit of short shrift in this rendition because of the brevity of the piece.  That means that Ms Dare’s usual humorous touch is not evident quite as much as I would have liked.   I encourage you to read this sweet story if you are in the mood for good writing, a passionate rogue and a smart and sassy heroine.  (Frankly, at $.79 it is hard to pass up)

 

 

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Deet’s Life-SPAM

Here I was over at Robert’s blog awhile back , http://101books.net , laughing myself silly at the post he had about his spam messages.  WordPress does a good job of filtering out my spam so it never reaches the comment areas but they do keep those messages in a file so I can read them if I want.  Until today I never bothered but after Robert’s post I just had to go see what was in there.  I think I laughed harder at my spam then I did at Robert’s.

Here’s hoping you get a chuckle out of these.  My blog post title is in ( ) so you know what they were referring to when they commented, not that any of these had anything to do with what the post was all about.

Spam I get:

(Deet’s Bucket List-College Library)

1.  Sorry to be so blunt! You should try some Norwegian carrot cake  to cheer you up instead.

Deet-Obviously I need this cake instead of travelling to view a library.

2.  Just had honest talk with self. Not a bad fellow, knows a lot about me. Should consult him more often

Deet-There is nothing like a bit of self talk when you share it with strangers.

(Review-A Regency Holiday-(Anthology)

Thank you for this information. I have been looking for a way out of my boring marriage. Now I have an option. Before there was never any opportunity for me to escape this relationship, now thanks to **, I do. It is such a relief to be able to find an outlet that can help me find someone to cheat with after being stuck in a loveless marriage for over 5 years with no excitement, and definitely no sex. With using ** I have a better shot to feel alive again. Even though I really want to be monogomous, being stuck in this marriage for the last 15 years really made me need to find someone else for pleasure. I did eventually found it in ** that provided me with the fun and excitement that I have been searching for. Now I can finally enjoy sex again without my partner, and without any commitment.

Deet- I have no clue who ** is but I think I’m happy to have been some help here.  Help was really needed obviously.  Update- found out that ** is a social sight for those looking for an affair.  I’m so sheltered.

(Deet’s Life-How do you read)

It’s the last straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Deet-You said it buddy.

(Best Reads of 2011)

I wish for you to understand something through the beginning of this document understanding that one thing is this: My partner and i care about your needs and that i truly mean that.

Deet-Its about time somebody cared, thanks.

(Review- The Thorn and the Blossom)

The early riser gets through his business but not through early rising

Deet- If he doesn’t get through early rising how does he get through his business and what the heck business is his business.  I’m confused cause the last I heard was if you had business to get through you better darn well rise early.

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Review- The Reasons For Marriage by Stephanie Laurens

Title: The Reasons for Marriage

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Publisher: Mira, 2009

Source: Purchase Kindle

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Book:

A story of romance and passion from a best-selling author – Miss Lenore Lester was perfectly content with her quiet country life, so she took steps to remain inconspicuous when managing her brothers’ house parties – but to no avail! Though Lenore hid behind glasses and pulled-back hair, she couldn’t disguise her beauty. The notoriously charming Jason Montgomery, Duke of Eversleigh, easily saw behind Miss Lenore’s brilliant disguise, and while she was determined not to be thrown off balance by this charming rake, he was equally determined to loosen the hold she had on her heart.

**

This novel was originally written in 1995 and reissued on Kindle in 2009.  I was captivated by the story of an avowed spinster who is cajoled into marriage by the handsome Duke.  Until they actually are married and living together for a month the book was 5-star.  It lost a star to become only a very-good-read because it slowed down terribly about 2/3 of the way through.  I still loved the hero and heroine and plodded through to the predictable end.   It did have a deliciously slow building romance that was not consummated until after the wedding.  That was a refreshing bit since most of today’s H.R.’s have the couple all over each other immediately.  Yes, I really liked it and No, it wasn’t the best Laurens romance I have read.

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