Monthly Archives: November 2013

4 Fridays ‘Til Christmas 2 Reviews of Debbie Macomber Christmas books

Title:  Starry Night

Starry Night

Genre:  Contemporary Holiday Romance

Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Ballantine Books, Oct. 8, 2013

Source: Free for review from Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 3

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Description from amazon.com:
Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she first scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author.

Living in the remote Alaskan wilderness, Finn has written a megabestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.

Digging deep into Finn’s past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.

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The book synopsis explains the premise quite well so I won’t repeat it here.  It did remind me of an old movie called “Continental Divide” with John Belushi.

This is the easy-read novel that you curl up with after a long day of Christmas shopping and gift wrapping.  It is sweet and totally predictable but ultimately quite satisfying.  It is not very long, only 226 pages, so it can easily fit into a busy holiday schedule.  Pour yourself some tea, grab a couple of Christmas sugar cookies and put your feet up and have your heart warmed.
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Title:  Angels At The Table

Angels At The Table

Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance

Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Random House, Oct. 2012

Source: Free For Review from Amazon Vine Program

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from amazon.com:

Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy know that an angel’s work is never done, especially during a time as wondrous as New Year’s Eve. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities. And when Will spies two lonely strangers in the crowd, he decides midnight is the perfect time to lend a heavenly helping hand.

Lucie Farrara and Aren Fairchild meet after bumping into each other—seemingly by accident—in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. They immediately hit it off and find they have a lot in common: Lucie is a burgeoning chef and Aren is a respected food critic. But just as quickly as they’re brought together, another twist of fate tears them apart, leaving Lucie and Aren with no way to reconnect.

A year later, Lucie is the chef of an acclaimed new restaurant and Aren is a successful columnist for a major New York newspaper. For all the time that’s passed, the two have not forgotten their one serendipitous evening—and neither have Shirley, Goodness, Mercy, and Will. To reunite the young couple, the angels cook up a brilliant plan: mix true love, a second chance, and a generous sprinkle of mischief to create an unforgettable Christmas miracle.

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If you are looking for some divine intervention in your love life then you better hope the heavens don’t send you these four bumbling angels.  Well, sure, they redeem themselves but only after making some really idiotic mistakes.  A very lighthearted, easy holiday read,  Macomber fans will enjoy this one while taking a break from the cookie baking and gift wrapping busyness of the holidays.

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Coming next Friday

snowy night with a stranger

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Deet’s Life- Loving those Bad Boys in Novels

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What makes us love Bad Boys in Historical Romance novels or any Romance novel?

Confidence with a capital “C”

The thing is, bad boys are uber confident, they know what they want and tell it to their women truthfully. They are totally “take charge” and rarely, if ever, seek approval for their actions. That’s an attractive trait. 

Brawn and Brains, yummy!

Bad Boys are never cowardly in any situation.  They never run from a confrontation. They have superior strength and intelligence. 

Thrill Seekers

There is never a dull moment with a Bad Boy.  There is always adventure and passion or the promise of passion.  They infuse us with the feeling of being adventurous even if our lives are rather 9 to 5.

Consummate Lovers, oh yeah!

Those Bad Boys know all the techniques for seduction and how to put them to good use.

Bad Boys can make us “Bad Girls” (yes they can)

Those of us who read romance novels, like the idea that we can fantasize about those bad boys and maybe fantasize about being a bad girl, then we can go back to being the “good” women we are day to day.  Those novels
can also spice up that “good” woman to act in adventurous ways.  Take note men.

Here is a video that shows us some very bad boys from those Historical Romance novels:

 

 

Movies:
Persuasion
Mansfeild Park
Emma
Sense & Sensibility (1995 & 2008)
Northanger Abbey
Pride and Prejudice (1995 & 2005)
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Becoming Jane
The Inheritance

Music:
Let It Rock – Kevin Rudolf

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No Copyright infringement is intended or implied. For personal entertainment purposes only.

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H-m-m Books I won’t be Reviewing any time soon

( I first posted this on November 28, 2011)

I can only read so many books so at some point I have to draw the line.  I rely on people like Jimmy Fallon to tell me some of the books I should just pass up.  Here is a short list:

1.  Make Your Own Sex Toys: 50 quick and easy do it yourself projects by Matt Pagett

(So many of the ideas are just impractical, read the reviews on Amazon.)

2. Latawnya The Naughty Horse Learns to Say “No” to Drugs by Silvia Scott Gibson , (I strongly encourage you to go to Amazon and read the reviews of this book.)

 

3. Dead Clients Don’t Pay: The Bodyguard’s Manual by Leroy Thompson

4. Remember Your Rubbers: Collectible Condom Containers by G.K. Elliot, George Goehring, Dennis O’Brien

5. How to live with a Huge Penis: Advice, Meditations and Wisdom for men who have too much (OMG- Oversized Male Genitalia) by Richard Jacob and Owen Thomas (another one with interesting reviews on Amazon)

(You are probably either horrified or still laughing.  I’m still zip lining in Costa Rica.  Friday will be an actual, real, current review, promise.)

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Release Day Review- Hard As It Gets: A Hard Ink Novel by Laura Kaye

Title:  Hard As It Gets: A Hard Ink novel

Hard As It Gets

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author: Laura Kaye

Publisher:  Avon, Nov 26, 2013

Source: Free for review from the Amazon vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome–pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge…

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This is the first in the new HARD INK SERIES by Laura Kaye. Nick Rixey lives with his brother Jeremy in an apartment over the tattoo parlor that Jeremy owns and runs with Nick’s help.  Nick was second in command of a Special Forces military unit that ran into an ambush in which only a few survived.  He and the other survivors were dishonorably discharged on trumped up charges and their military records totally altered to their detriment.  So when Becca Merritt appears at the tattoo parlor asking for help in finding her missing brother, Nick is reluctant to help the daughter of his deceased commanding officer who he blames for the debacle. It soon becomes clear that finding Becca’s brother might lead to clearing Nick’s name and that of his fellow comrades.

This is an action packed, testosterone fueled delight.  We are introduced to the surviving team members as they help Nick and Becca solve the disappearance of her brother.  It is clear to see that each of these men will be the protagonists of future books in the series.  The romance was totally understandable; two people thrown together in a high stress situation gravitate toward each other.  The sex is sizzling with the added pleasure of a take charge woman.

My only negative is that some scenes just wouldn’t happen in reality, such as a stray dog being taken into a hospital by on-duty nurses and the team eating only pizza for what appears to be every meal.  Okay… I think they had Chinese food once. Otherwise the world building and setting is terrific and I highly recommend this book for all romantic suspense readers.

Note from Deet:  Sometimes I wonder if those who write the back-of-the-book blurbs actually read the book.  In this instance there is so much wrong with that blurb at the top of the review.  First off, Nick, as I understood it, is not a co-owner of the tattoo parlor.  He only works for his brother who owns the place.  Next, it isn’t loyalty or lust that drives Nick to help Becca initially; it was a feeling that her brother could help him clear his name. And Lastly, they get involved with a street crime gang which I supposed could be considered “organized crime” but to me is more street gang with a deep organization.  Okay maybe I’m splitting hairs on that last one but you get my drift.  All that aside this is a good read.

Oh yes, and here is an interesting vid from Laura Kaye.

This book received a nomination for the Reviewer’s Choice Award  in Romantic Suspense from Romantic Times Magazine.

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Fake Romance Novel Quotes

(previously published on this blog on July 14,2011)

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If you have read any romance novels at all then you have come across some laughable “purple prose”.  Awhile back someone sent me this list of what I’m assuming are made-up romance novel quotes.  The list remains one of my all time favorites.  Here’s hoping your sense of humor is as sick as mine:

His body was hard — not hard like Milosevic, the Serbian strongman, but hard like the marble on your shower floor, when you fall and bang your knee.

Her shoulders heaved like the tiny sobs of Snuggles the cat being run through with a roasting spit.

Her embrace made his manhood swell like week-old roadkill on hot asphalt in the Georgia sun.

Her petticoats dropped to the ground, rustling like a cockroach in a sugar bowl.

As she kissed her way down his manly chest, he felt his Amalgamated Crane Company stock increasing in value.

Beatrice was on him like a piranha on a corn dog.

…then he kissed her, like a butterfly kisses the windshield of a Porsche on the Autobahn.

Her breasts heaved like a stormy ocean, and her pointed nipples were like hypodermics washed up on the shore.

With his broad shoulders and slim waist, he was a yield sign — yet she could NOT!

He tore open her blouse like a Publisher’s Clearing House letter in which he, and some guy named Steven Bouber from Stockton, California, were potential finalists for the ten million dollar prize.

His manhood stood at full attention, stiff and stony like the vice president.

Sleekly malevolent, driven by a violent hunger, Donovan glided through the chum-filled waters of the singles bar, oblivious to the remora of Annabelle’s adoring gaze.

Like the wind, she ran, her breasts lurching like a motor boat over a wake, and then, as fluid as a fine imported transmission, she whipped out her man-organ and pissed away his dreams.

Her sun-glazed back formed a golden arch as he moved his face toward her happy meal.

With each breath, her chest heaved like a bulimic after Thanksgiving dinner.

He Beatty-ed her shamelessly, making her squeal like Ned and hallucinate like Warren.

He awoke my slumbering womanhood with his double tall loin latte. “Starbuck!” I cried.

His chest was her pillow, and oh, did she drool.

Claire felt swept away by this dark stranger, a helpless dust bunny in the roaring cacophony of his gas-powered leaf blower.

(Deet is on vacation until December 3rd and will run some older posts that were well received)

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5 Fridays Til Christmas Review- All I Want For Christmas Is A Duke by Marvelle & Clairemont

Title:  All I Want For Christmas Is A Duke

All I want for Christmas is a Duke

Genre: Holiday Historical Romance(Anthology)

Author:  Delilah Marvelle and Maire Claremont

Publisher:  Entangled, Scandelous, Dec. 2012

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy Feeling: 4.5

Description from amazon.com:

Merry Christmas, Mrs. Robinson by Delilah Marvelle (a Novella)

Lady Jane left her father, the Earl of Chadwick, and the ton behind to experience life on the stage. After a disastrous marriage, the widow is living on the edge of poverty, determined to guard her heart, when a secret admirer from her past demands a second chance.

Shy and retiring Martin Nicholas Pierce, the Sixth Duke of Somerset, has carried a torch for Lady Jane since her youth, but he is five years her junior. When she married another man, he left for Europe, determined to put her out of his mind. After returning to find Lady Jane free, he vows to replace the memories of her cursed Twelfth Night with a new beginning.

Deet’s review: This was my first introduction to the writing of Delilah Marvelle and I am very impressed and I can’t wait to read her long form novels.  This is a lovely story of lost and found love.  It has a hero we can admire and a heroine who’s past is deserving to be made right.  It is also a younger man/older woman story which is refreshing.

Deet’s Rating: 4.5 stars

Christmasy Feeling: 4  stars

The Twelve Days of Seduction By Máire Claremont(a novella)

Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward’s governess isn’t quite what she seems. Although Miss Flint is beautiful and intelligent, she misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he threatens to give her the sack mere days before Christmas.

Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she’s grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, although she fears it may cost her heart. Alexander accepts the challenge, unconcerned that he has as much to lose, if not more, than the delectable Miss Flint

Deet’s review: Contrary to the description blurb the “seduction” that Alexander is embarks upon is to seduce Miss Flint into remaining with him as his mistress not just to get her into his bed as a one-time event.  Of course they do start an affair and the interesting bit is how they both fall in love.  Well written and nice character development.

Deet’s Rating:4 stars

Christmasy Feeling: 5 stars

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This is a wonderful intro to these two authors.  I highly recommend this book for a warm hearted holiday read. Quick reads to cuddle up with during the holidays.

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Coming next Friday:

Starry Night

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Deet’s Life- On an Eco-tour of Costa Rica

costa-rica-map-2013I will be away from the blog for the next ten days.  That has not prevented me from blogging some fun stuff to keep you entertained until I get back.  Here is a map of the tour hubby and I are taking in Costa Rica.  What is an Eco-tour?  Well, we will be seeing all manner of Rainforests, wild forest animals, probably be eaten alive by mosquitos, dehydrate in the overwhelming heat and humidity, gaze at and into volcanos and finish up at a resort and spa on the Pacific coast (thank goodness).  I will more than likely make you sit through a slide show of this trip so just be prepared.  BTW, My Kindle is loaded and insisted on going in my carry on bag.  Our friends, Marietta and Leigh, are going with us.  Marietta asked me if I had a sexy book she could borrow.  Um-m, yes, I think I could come up with one.Costa Rica bridge

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Video- A Girl Who Reads

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My thanks to Robert over at his blog http://101books.net for clueing me into this terrific poem read by Mark Grist a British comedian.  All of us female readers want a guy who thinks like this.  Take a look at this highly entertaining video.  (Those who get this blog by e-mail need to click on this post’s title to go to the blog to view this great vid.)

A Girl Who Reads

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All About Romance’s 2013 Reader’s Poll

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The wonderful website, All About Romance ( http://www.likesbooks.com ), has announced the results of their annual reader’s poll on the top 100 romance books.  It just so happens that I’ve read all of their top 10 on the list and a total of 44 off the total list.  It seems I have a long way to go to get to 100 but if these are the “best” then the journey should be rewarding.

My personal Top 10 I think would vary from there’s.  You have to remember that everyone brings to their reading their own point of view. Here are AAR’s poll results for the Top 10.

1. LORD OF SCOUNDRELS by Loretta Chase

2. DEVIL IN WINTER by Lisa Kleypas

3. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

4. THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE by Jennifer Ashley

5. OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon

6. FLOWERS FROM THE STORM by Laura Kinsale

7. SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS by Mary Balogh

8. DREAMING OF YOU by Lisa Kleypas

9. THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME by Julia Quinn

10. ROMANCING MR. BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn

I enjoyed reading every one of the books listed but there are some books that either didn’t make the 100 list at all or were way down on the list that I would put in the top 10.  For example:

#61. NINE RULES TO BREAK WHEN ROMANCING A RAKE by Sarah MacLean  (this one would definitely hit my top 10)

#67. CRY NO MORE by Linda Howard (my all time favorite Howard novel)

#76 UNVEILED and #87. THE GOVERNESS AFFAIR by Courtney Milan (these and the other books in the series should be up there.)

Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series books never got a mention, although her THE RAVEN PRINCE did come in at #22.  My favorite Mary Balogh book, A MATTER OF CLASS, was ignored.  Susanna Kearsley didn’t get a mention.  Paranormal Romance was all but ignored. ( you can see all of my favorites over the life of this blog right up there in the header.  Just click on “Deet’s Favorite Reads of…”)

Please go to the AAR website and take a look at the poll, they have a printable copy function so you can peruse and mark off your favorites.  Then come here and tell me what books you think should be in the top ten that got left out.

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December 11th Giveaway at LaDeetda Reads

Announcement something-big

Aden-by D.B.Reynolds

Be here on December 11th for Deet’s giveaway of

D.B. Reynold’s  ADEN

#7 in the Vampires In America Series.

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