Monthly Archives: February 2012

Review- Sleeping With Paris by Juliette Sobanet

Title: Sleeping With Paris

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Juliette Sobanet

Publisher: Amazon Digital

Source: Kindle free, now $2.99

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Charlotte Summers is a sassy, young French teacher who is two days away from moving to Paris with the love of her life and from fulfilling her dream of studying at the prestigious Sorbonne University in France. But when she discovers her fiancé’s online dating profile and has a little chat with the busty red-head he’s been sleeping with on the side, she gives up on committed relationships altogether and decides to navigate Paris on her own.

Determined to stop other women from finding themselves in her shoes, Charlotte creates an anonymous blog on how to date like a man in the City of Love—that is, how to jump from bed to bed without ever falling in love. But, with a slew of Parisian men beating down her door, a hot new neighbor who feeds her chocolate in bed and an appearance by her sleazy ex-fiancé, she isn’t so sure she can keep her promise to remain commitment-free.

And, when Charlotte agrees to write an article for a popular women’s magazine about her Parisian dating adventures—or disasters, rather—will she risk losing the one man who’s swept her off her feet and her dream job in one fell swoop?

**

This was cute, very sexy and rather beat me over the head with the author’s morality issues.  It was interesting and moved along nicely.  It did slow down near the end but it was still enjoyable.  We understand the heroine’s hang ups and issues but at times we did wish she was a bit more introspective and had a better reign on her emotions.  It is probably a familiar story to many women and I would suspect they might feel the same as the heroine if they were in her place.  But in this day of STDs I would hope they were savvier.  I do recommend this book for a quick, chick-lit read.

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Sexy Man Tuesday- Survivor One World- Eyecandy

I have been a Survivor fan for years.  Each season of the show we would have suvivor night where we would have family over for dinner and to watch the show.  Each season there would be the players we cheered for and those we just could not stand.  It has always been fun to watch.  This season we are treated to some really buff guys; they are our Sexy Men this Tuesday.  Eyecandy extrodinere.

Matt Quinlan

 

Michael Jefferson and Jay Byars

 

Tony Robertson

Here is the sexiest man on Survivor.  Show host Jeff Probst.  Gotta love those dimples but my goodness! Where did the beefcake pic come from???? This pic just covers my PG-13 rating, another few pixels and……

 

 

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Review- Vampires In America: The Vignettes, Vol. 1 by D B Reynolds

Title: Vampires In America: The Vignettes, Vol. 1

Genre: Paranormal Romance Anthology

Author: DB Reynolds

Publisher: Create Space

Source: Free for Review

Available online: Kindle, $.99; Paperback $5.89

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5, very explicit

Description from amazon.com:

From award-winning author D. B. Reynolds, nine stories of seduction and intrigue set in her Vampires in America universe. Note: this is a collection of short stories, not a complete novel. For the first time in print … The Vampire Vignettes From New Year’s Eve on the beaches of Malibu, to love in a penthouse over Manhattan, and a challenge fought on a snowy night in Montreal, Reynolds takes us behind the scenes with seven steamy Vignettes featuring her ultimate alpha Vampire Lords and their beautiful and independent mates. And Never Before Published – Two brand new, full-length short stories. You Belong To Me follows Duncan and his mate Emma as they consolidate power in his new territory, while generating plenty of heat in the bedroom. And then it’s time for The Wedding, as readers join Rajmund and Sarah for their big weekend … and Cyn’s girls-night-out bachelorette party. Unfortunately, some local kidnappers have other plans, and Cyn and Sarah will have to outwit their abductors before Raphael and Raj start hunting, and the entire wedding is ruined!

**

This is a delightful collection of nine, very sexy short stories featuring the vampires and their lovers from DB Reynolds’ wonderful Vampires In America Series.  This is my all time favorite series in the Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy Romance genre. 

The short stories, vignettes, were first published on Ms. Reynolds’ website except for the last two in this volume.  It was her way to appease fans who were clamoring for more about these hunky vampires while waiting for her next book.  That said, you might think that these are just erotic tales if you haven’t read the series of novels.  For those of us who have read and reread the series, these stories help to flesh out the personalities of the romantic couples while giving us another glimpse into their lives.  With the two new stories we are treated, once again, to can’t-put-it-down writing by this accomplished author.

Reynolds’ Vampire Lords are Alpha males to the max, but become putty in the hands of their mates.  Their mates are no simpering shrinking violets but are strong self assured women who have found the love of their lives.  There is always lots of action and adventure in the series.  The vignettes have some action but are more centered on the personal interaction of vampire and mate.

This volume is a welcome addition to the series as we look forward to the next in the series LUCAS later this year.

The Vampires In America Series:

  1. 1.       RAPHAEL
  2. 2.       JABRIL
  3. 3.       RAJMUND
  4. 4.       SOPHIA
  5. 5.       DUNCAN
  6. 6.       VIGNETTES, VOL. 1
  7. 7.       LUCAS (2012)

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Review- Bond Girl by Erin Duffy

Title: Bond Girl

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Author: Erin Duffy

Publisher: Harper Collins, Feb 2012

Source: Free for Review from Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from amazon.com:

When other little girls were dreaming about becoming doctors or lawyers, Alex Garrett set her sights on conquering the high-powered world of Wall Street. And though she’s prepared to fight her way into an elitist boys’ club, or duck the occasional errant football, she quickly realizes she’s in over her head when she’s relegated to a kiddie-size folding chair with her new moniker—Girlie—inscribed in Wite-Out across the back.

No matter. She’s determined to make it in bond sales at Cromwell Pierce, one of the Street’s most esteemed brokerage firms. Keeping her eyes on the prize, the low Girlie on the totem pole will endure whatever comes her way—whether trekking to the Bronx for a $1,000 wheel of Parmesan cheese; discovering a secretary’s secret Friday night slumber/dance party in the conference room; fielding a constant barrage of “friendly” practical jokes; learning the ropes from Chick, her unpredictable, slightly scary, loyalty-demanding boss; babysitting a colleague while he consumes the contents of a vending machine on a $28,000 bet; or eluding the advances of a corporate stalker who’s also one of the firm’s biggest clients.

Ignoring her friends’ pleas to quit, Alex excels (while learning how to roll with the punches and laugh at herself) and soon advances from lowly analyst to slightly-less-lowly associate. Suddenly, she’s addressed by her real name, and the impenetrable boys’ club has transformed into forty older brothers and one possible boyfriend. Then the apocalypse hits, and Alex is forced to choose between sticking with Cromwell Pierce as it teeters on the brink of disaster or kicking off her Jimmy Choos and running for higher ground.

Fast-paced, funny, and thoroughly addictive, Bond Girl will leave you cheering for Alex: a feisty, ambitious woman with the spirit to stand up to the best (and worst) of the boys on the Street—and ultimately rise above them all.

**

The heroine tried to stand up to the boys in “The Business” but most of the time all she did was kow-tow to their pranks and ridiculous requests.  She thought that was the way to get ahead because that is what they told her.  That she lasted as long as she did was a testament to her stamina.  Although I do wonder why she put up with all that she did.

I enjoyed this book for the look inside the workings of a Wall Street firm.  I don’t doubt for a minute that working in that misogynistic environment was everything the author claimed.    Of course this was only a novel but it reads like a personal experience.  It is written, for the most part, in dialogue.  It points out that it is still a man’s world.

I recommend this one for anyone interested in the day to day workings of a Wall Street trading floor.

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Deet’s Life- Quick Chinese Tutorial (R-rated)

And still more smiles from my friend Patt and engrish.com:

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Review- The Duke Of Shadows by Meredith Duran

Title: The Duke of Shadows

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Meredith Duran

Publisher: Pocket Star Books, 2008

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

From exotic sandstone palaces…

Sick of tragedy, done with rebellion, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. But when the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé’s betrayal leaves Emma no choice. She must turn for help to the one man whom she should not trust, but cannot resist: Julian Sinclair, the dangerous and dazzling heir to the Duke of Auburn.

To the marble halls of London…

In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they call him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with both worlds, Julian has never imagined that the place he might belong is in the embrace of a woman with a reluctant laugh and haunted eyes. But in a time of terrible darkness, he and Emma will discover that love itself can be perilous — and that a single decision can alter one’s life forever.

Destiny follows wherever you run.

A lifetime of grief later, in a cold London spring, Emma and Julian must finally confront the truth: no matter how hard one tries to deny it, some pasts cannot be disowned…and some passions never die.

**

This was my first introduction to Meredith Duran’s writing.  Since this debut novel was written she has written several that I look forward to reading.

It is difficult to plop this book in the HR genre alone.  It is filled with so much action and adventure that it is almost destined for the Thriller category.  The plot, set in Colonial India during native uprisings, can be dark and very violent at times.  This is not my favorite type of romance novel but when so well written I can only say that this is one of my favorite novels.

Our heroine was in dangerous situations throughout the book and of course survived against the odds.  Our hero wasn’t always there to do the saving so she was not a shrinking violet but a woman who relied on herself to save herself.  I am partial to feisty heroines and Emmaline should be the template-feisty-heroine for all novels.  I also appreciated that she didn’t back down when faced by the villain.  There were some misunderstandings that were resolved rather quickly.  The heroine did seem to succumb to the hero rather quickly but all is forgiven on that score since I was rooting for their reconciliation.

The war and fight scenes were graphic, sometimes disturbing, but always in keeping with the books message.

I recommend this book to those who want lots of adventure and action along with their romance.

**

My thanks go to Mo and Edyta for recommending this book to me.

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Sexy Man Tuesday- Matthew McConaughey

Here he is, as you requested Kris.  He must spend a lot of his time in the gym and at the beach.

 

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Review- Mr. Cavendish I Presume by Julia Quinn

Title: Mr. Cavendish I Presume (book #2, The Lost Duke of Wyndham)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon, 2008

Source: Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting . . . for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, to finally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she has a sneaking suspicion that he never thinks about her at all . . .

It’s true. He doesn’t. Thomas rather likes having a fiancée—all the better to keep the husband-hunters at bay—and he does intend to marry her . . . eventually. But just when he begins to realize that his bride might be something more than convenient, Thomas’s world is rocked by the arrival of his long-lost cousin, who may or may not be the true Duke of Wyndham. And if Thomas is not the duke, then he’s not engaged to Amelia. Which is the cruelest joke of all, because this arrogant and illustrious duke has made the mistake of falling in love . . . with his own fiancée!

**

There was a bit of controversy about this book.  Many readers were disappointed saying that it was basically a rehash of the first book, THE LOST DUKE OF WYNDHAM.  Lucky for me I totally missed reading the first book and so thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

We really don’t know until the end who will retain the title of Duke and what will happen to the other.  This makes for a page turning plot.  The characters are well drawn and the action is non-existent but true romance for all is the cornerstone of this novel.

I liked this book and I highly recommend it to all Historical Romance fans.  However, perhaps you should read this one and not the other or you too may be disappointed.

 

 

 

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Review- A Rogue by Any Other Name: The First Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean

Title: A Rogue by Any Other Name: The First Rule of Scoundrels

                (Book #1, Fallen Angels)

Genre: Historical Regency Romance

Author: Sarah MacLean

Publisher: Avon, Feb. 28 2012 (preorder available)

Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from back of book:

What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets. . .

A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.

A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to an unexplored world of pleasures.

Bourne may be a prince of London’s illicit underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them . . . .even her heart.

**

When Sarah MacLean burst on the scene with her fantastic NINE RULES TO BREAK WHEN ROMANCING A RAKE, I was delighted to jump on the 5 star bandwagon.  It was a fabulous book!  Then she followed that gem with two more books in the trilogy/series that, although they were good they were not up to the first book.  It was disappointing.

This new book has once again put her in five star territory.  It has all the makings of a delightful romance; a tortured, driven hero, a sweet but sassy heroine and enough angst between the two and in the plot to keep you up all night reading.

Michael, Lord Bourne is not a nice guy.  I couldn’t help but be very aggravated with him most of the time.  He was obsessed with revenge and we know that that is the slippery slope to hell. But, he is handsome and he is not really as bad as he would like to think of himself.  Penelope has always loved him since childhood.  He treats her poorly but she still cannot let him go.  Can she save him from himself, for herself?

MacLean can write rings around most authors with realistic dialog and breathless love scenes with the exquisite build up of sexual tension.  She is a master at developing characterization.  We see the hero and heroine both gradually grow into the adults we want them to be.  This is pure magic in her hands.

There is even a hint of what is to come in the next book of the Fallen Angels series.

 

 

 

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Short Film- The Fantastic Flying Books

15 min. of pure delight, take the time, make the time to view this film.  Just click on the title below:

The Fantastic Flying Books

From Stephanie Hayward’s blog  http://smhbookreviews.wordpress.com/  .  Thanks Stephanie.

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