Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween Treat from Deet — Stephen Amell and TV’s Sexy guys

No tricks only treats this Halloween.  Yeah, I know you’ve been missing Sexy Man Tuesday so today the treat is a hottie that you can see each week on the CW’s  new show ARROW, Stephen Amell.  And after you get to understand the meaning of sexy comic book characters there is a video of other hunky TV guys.

What is it about a buff guy wearing a hoodie.  The first time I thought this was hot was when I saw that “Assassin’s Creed” guy wearing that hood as he leveled everyone in the video game.  But let me tell you, watching Stephen Amell as Oliver Green in ARROW is a heck of a lot hotter than an animated guy.  Well just take a look………….

those other guys are worth a look, too.

The CW sure doesn’t mind showing off his bod…..

Although I can’t swear he does all those fantastic stunts in the show, they certainly are impressive.  But you know I love  his pretty face……

Ah-h-h-h and now for all those other sexy TV guys…..   the music is a bit Freaky so play it softly at work but definitely listen….

Oh Yeah…You’re welcome.

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Review- Lucas by D.B. Reynolds

Title: Lucas (#7 Vampires in America Series)

Genre: Vampire Romance/Thriller

 Author: D.B. Reynolds

Publisher: ImaJinn Books, October 2012

Source: Free for review from the author

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from amazon.com:

THE BADLANDS of SOUTH DAKOTA . . . haunting landscapes, legendary outlaws, and . . . vampires? LUCAS DONLON, Vampire Lord, is one of the most powerful vampires in North America and beyond. Charming and irreverent to his friends and lovers, he enjoys everything about his life as a vampire. But when a neighboring lord makes the mistake of declaring war, he quickly discovers that Lucas is every bit as lethal as he is charming. KATHRYN HUNTER doesn’t care about powerful vampires or their wars. Her baby brother is missing and she will do anything to find him, even if it means going against both her FBI bosses and the local vampire lord. But Lucas Donlon has other plans for the lovely FBI agent who’s landed on his doorstep. Waging war against their enemies and each other, Lucas and Kathryn will risk everything to keep the most deadly vampire war in hundreds of years from engulfing every vampire, and human, in North America

 

**

I don’t think it will come as a surprise if I tell you that this is my favorite vampire series.  I have been a fan since D.B. Reynolds published her first book, RAPHAEL.  There are other series that are good but this one has everything I look for in a vampire genre.  The vampires are mucho dangerous, intelligent, thoughtful, violent, sexy and loving.  The bad vampires are truly dastardly but the good vampires triumph and get the girl, or guy as the case may be.  This series reads best from the beginning but you can jump in on any book and not be lost.  You will be a fan too if you like your books with lots of action and steamy sex.  Yes I did make up a new genre designation for this series because it is in a class by itself.  Now onto my thoughts of LUCAS, number 7 in the series….

Action and then more action.  Sexy and steamy.  This gripping novel is everything you could want in a romantic thriller.  The heroine is a no-nonsense FBI agent and the hero is another of D.B. Reynolds’ hot sexy Lords of the vampire nation.  The finding of Daniel, her brother, is the catalyst that initiates the “cop” and the vampire’s interaction but then fate intervenes and combines the two into the most satisfying sizzling chemistry. This lust quickly becomes a more intense emotional devotion.  She is no delicate human and she is more than willing to help him in his vampire war.  But never does she think their chemistry will mean more than a temporary involvement.

Reynolds can write circles around most authors.  Her character development is flawless and the swift pace of the action along with the heated encounters of the protagonists kept me turning pages relentlessly.  The epilogue gives us a hint as to what is to come in the next installment of this top-notch series.

 Vampires In America Series:

  1. Raphael
  2. Jabril
  3. Rajmund
  4. Sophia
  5. Duncan
  6. Betrayed (e-book novella, prequel to Lucas)
  7. Lucas
  8. Aden (coming in 2013)

 

 

 

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Review- Rediculous by D.L. Carter

Title: Rediculous

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: D.L. Carter

Publisher: Kindle Digital

Source: Kindle Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

After the death of her miserly cousin Antony North, Millicent Boarder is determined her family should never be poor or vulnerable again. To protect them she conceals her cousin’s death and assumes his identity. Now she must face the Ton and the world as Mr. North and accept the price she must pay for her family’s safety — she will never be loved.
Which means, of course, at this point she will meet the perfect man.

 

**

To thoroughly enjoy this book you must hold on to the notion that Millicent can actually fool everyone into thinking she is a man.  I had no problem with that.  The premise made for some farcical situations that will definitely bring on a smile.  I found myself feeling heartsick on Millicent’s behalf when she falls desperately in love and must continue with her masquerade. This is a well written romance with an off beat premise.

 

 

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Review- Taming An Impossible Rogue by Suzanne Enoch

Title: Taming An Impossible Rogue

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Suzanne Enoch

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, 2012

Source: purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

One year ago, Lady Camille Pryce left her haughty fiancé at the altar—for good reason. Not only was the marriage arranged before she could even walk, her betrothed was too smug to exert himself to meet her! Now, disowned, with no husband or family to support her, she’s left with one option: go to work in the notorious Tantalus Club…

A gentleman’s gaming house run by a woman, the Tantalus is no place for a proper lady; so, to save face, her jilted fiancé must retrieve her. But banned from the club, he’s forced to employ his ne’er-do-well cousin instead. A handsome, experienced rogue, Keating Blackwood is the perfect man to lure Camille away. But the moment they meet, Keating instead wants to save her…for himself. Impossible? Perhaps. But if Camille can make the ultimate player lay his cards on the table—and risk his heart—all bets are off…

**

I do enjoy Suzanne Enoch’s romantic tales.  This one is no exception.  She is a master at characterization; we can feel the reality of each of her characters.  The bad guy in this novel is not so much “bad” as someone to be pitied. The hero is definitely rogue-ish but trying his best to reform.  The heroine is to be applauded by our 21st century standards as the original free thinking woman, at least until she falls for our hero and agrees to sacrifice herself on the alter of love.  The hook in this romance that kept me reading into the wee hours was how was Enoch going to get the Hero and Heroine together for that Happily Ever After that we all crave?  It is safe to day that it is accomplished and worth the lack of sleep to find out.  Now I am off to read about secondary character Adam, I fell in love with him in this book.  I guess I could say that I highly recommend this delightful novel.

 

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Review- America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook

Title: America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook

Genre: Cookbook

Author: Editors at America’s Test Kitchen

Publisher: same

Source: Free for Review from the Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: LOL Not applicable unless you like a divider pic of Christopher Kimball

 

You all know I cook, maybe not very well but often.  When I had the chance to review this cookbook I thought “Why not, I like the ATK’s TV show and I’ve enjoyed their Cook’s Illustrated Magazine”.  I really thought I would get a useful book for reading but probably I wouldn’t make many recipes. I have never been more wrong.  The recipes can be made in under 45 minutes and some in under 25 minutes.  They use easily found supermarket ingredients, even in the Asian and Indian recipes.  The appendix contains recommendations for the best brands to buy in every category from canned goods to meats to dairy products.  There are how-to’s on Veggie prepping, knife holding and recommended kitchen equipment to purchase. There are tips with each recipe. I have made several recipes and they have all been delicious and quick just as promised. AND it is in a lay-flat 5 ring binderwith 442 pages.  This is my new go-to cookbook.  This cookbook would be an ideal bridal shower gift or bachelor/bachelorette first apartment gift. It is also ideal for the harried modern family who needs a meal on the table pronto.

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Review- Desires of a Perfect Lady by Victoria Alexander

Title:  Desires of a Perfect Lady

Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian

Author: Victoria Alexander

Publisher: Avon,  2010

Source: Purchase

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

secret list of the desires of Lady Olivia Rathbourne:

  1. Disregard convention
  2. Follow my heart
  3. Bed the Earl of Wyldewood

A decade ago, Olivia had expected to marry the Earl of Wyldewood, only to have happiness stolen from her before his ring could be placed upon her finger. Now he stands before her, as proud and arrogant and handsome as ever, vowing to rescue her. Well, he’s got some nerve turning up after all these years. Where was he when she needed him?

As for the earl, scandal has never touched him nor has impropriety ever besmirched his name. But his penchant for doing the expected does have his family calling him, well, dull. Isn’t it time to flaunt society’s conventions and do what he’s always wanted? And first on his list: Olivia in his bed—with or without a wedding.

**

This story started off slow but with a good premise that kept me reading.  Olivia is a recent widow who was married to an evil man.  In order for her to inherit what is her due, she must complete three of his antiquity collections.  She enlists the aid of the Earl in her international quest.  There were good moments throughout the book which did make it an above average read but I just felt it dragged on too long.  I also didn’t feel the connection between Olivia and the Earl.  They were speaking about feelings but it just didn’t give them any chemistry together.

 

 

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Review- The Beach House by Jane Green

Title: The Beach House

Genre: contemporary Women’s Fiction

Author: Jane Green

Publisher: Plume, 2009

Source: Library

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5 (not explicit)

Description from amazon.com:

Nan Powell is a free-spirited, sixty-five-year-old widow who’s not above skinny-dipping in her neighbors’ pools when they’re away and who dearly loves her Nantucket home. But when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is dwindling, she realizes she must make drastic changes to save her beloved house. So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach.

Slowly people start moving in to the house, filling it with noise, laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family and friends expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside down. As she did so masterfully in her New York Times bestseller Second Chance, Jane Green once again proves herself one of the preeminent writers of contemporary women’s fiction.

**

Let me preface this review by saying this is not a book I probably would have picked up if it had not been put forth by my dear Myerlee Circle Book Club.  But I have to give them credit for finding a good read.

This read like a Lifetime movie, but a very good lifetime movie.  In the beginning I found it a bit confusing since all of the characters were introduced, each with their own story in separate chapters.  I had a bit of trouble keeping people straight.   I assumed that they would all come together at some point but it didn’t happen until late in the book.  Reading was like sneaking looks at a therapist’s files.  Goodness knows these people all needed the therapist!  Still, Ms. Green made them very real and I found myself hoping for their happy futures.  There were some surprises that were not expected and some that we could see a mile off.  However, I read this book in one sitting and have to say it was a most enjoyable experience.

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Review- Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

Title: Mariana

Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark, 2012

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from amazon.com:

The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew at once that it was her house. Now, twenty-five years later, by some strange chance, she has just become the new owner of the sixteenth-century Wilshire farmhouse. But Julia soon begins to suspect that more than coincidence has brought her there. As if Greywethers were a porthal between worlds, she finds herself abruptly transported back in time. Stepping into seventeenth-century England, Julia becomes Mariana, a beautiful young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love for Richard de Mornay, handsome forebear of the present squire of Crofton Hall. Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past, falling ever deeper in love with Richard…until one day she realizes Mariana’s life threatens to eclipse her own–and that she must find a way to lay the past to rest, or risk losing a chance for love in her own time.

**

Here we have a ghost, reincarnation, time travel and a heartrending love story of soulmates all wrapped up in exquisite prose. I could not put this book down, I had to read until the last page no matter the late hour.  There is an element of subtle danger that culminates in heart pounding action and suspense. The ending is satisfying and romantic.

Romantic quote:

“Ordinarily,” he went on, evenly, “I’m a patient man. But I think I’ve waited long enough.”……”Time we both stopped waiting, and began to live.”…. “These are your beautiful days, Julia Beckett.” He promised me softly.

I recommend this book to all romantics who like their stories well written and totally engrossing.

This is my fourth Susanna Kearsley novel in the past two months. She is my new favorite author.  I thought her book THE ROSE GARDEN was my favorite until I read this one although I have loved each of her novels.

Other Susanna Kearsley novels I’ve reviewed:

1. The Rose Garden

2. The Winter Sea

3. The Shadowey Horses

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Review- Improper Relations by Janet Mullany

Title: Improper Relations

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Janet Mullany

Publisher: Headline Pub. Group, 2010

Source: purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

After losing best friend and distant cousin Ann Weller in marriage to the Earl of Beresford, sharp-witted Charlotte Hayden feels inclined to be even ruder than usual to potential suitors. But after a compromising liaison with Beresford’s wicked, wayward cousin, Shad, she’s suddenly propelled into a reluctant marriage, and finds herself missing Ann more than ever. But when Ann returns from her honeymoon, she drops a bombshell—not only is she not sure she loves Beresford, she’s also had a child out of wedlock, and is planning to betray her husband with her former lover. Charlotte’s realization that she’s falling in love with Shad only serves to make her dilemma even worse: should she keep Ann’s secret, or tell her husband the truth?

 

**

This entire book is wickedly witty, I am sure if we were fortunate to meet the author she would prove to be a most entertaining conversationalist.  The story is almost farcical in it’s plotting.  The drama is heightened by the consequences of keeping secrets.  We are fond of and protective of Charlotte, we want to tell Shad that he is getting things wrong, we are never quite sure about Ann and to put a topping on this Sundae there is a surprise.  I recommend this book for a light read that will make you smile.

(I also highly recommend Janet Mullany’s The Rules of Gentility)

 

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Review- Countess So Shameless by Liana LeFey

Title:  Countess So Shameless

Genre:  Historical Romance

Author: Liana LeFey

Publisher: Montlake Romance, Nov. 6, 2012, pre-order available

Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

No one can compete for Lady Mélisande’s coveted affections like the Italian rogue she met five years prior during a visit to Versailles. Her encounter with Lord Alessandro Orsini awakened a passion so fierce that the mere memory of it still ignites her senses. So when the celebrated rake resurfaces in London, Mélisande succumbs to temptation and shamelessly proposes an affair for the Season.

Alessandro has never forgotten the girl he met in Versailles―his perfect match. Though the fiercely independent lady has sworn off marriage, it doesn’t stop him from vowing to make her his wife. While seducing her body, he wages tender warfare on her heart’s defenses. But a bitter rival also burns to possess Mélisande, and luck has provided the means to bend her to his will: a scandalous secret that could ruin her. The price of his silence is nothing less than her hand in marriage, forcing Mélisande to choose between the desires of her heart and everything else she holds dear.

**

Delicious! There was a certain feeling of authenticity in the original plot of this book.  The author stirs up a sizzling sensuality between the Hero and Heroine.  Melisande’s experience with lust at first sight ruins her for all other men.  Alessandro’s discovery of her, after five years of searching, enforces his determination to marry her.  First he needs to dissuade her reluctance.  The author’s inclusion of a truly vile and obsessed villain along with the presence of English and French royalty makes this a suspenseful and page turning read.  I was slightly put off by the age (fourteen years old) of Mellisande’s first encounter with Alessandro and couldn’t wrap my mind around her mature outlook at only nineteen.  However, those minuses are easily put aside for a truly good read.

 

 

 

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