Monthly Archives: May 2014

Review- Wicked by Cheryl Holt

Title: Wicked (book#1, Reluctant Brides Trilogy)

Wicked

 Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Cheryl Holt

Publisher: BookBaby, April 2014

Source: Kindle Purchase

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com: Rose Ralston has spent her life at Miss Peabody’s School for Girls—first as a student, then as a teacher. But with Miss Peabody’s passing, the school has been closed, the students sent away, and Rose is facing an uncertain future. As Miss Peabody’s will is read, Rose had been told to expect a small bequest, but she’s stunned to discover that her inheritance is a dowry that’s already been paid to an elderly widower. The man is in quick need of an heir, and Rose can agree to wed or she’ll get nothing and will have no money and nowhere to go. She’s never lived on her own, and without family or friends to assist her, she’s out of options. Reluctantly, she agrees to the marriage and heads off to the man’s Summerfield estate. James Talbot grew up at Summerfield. But as an orphan, his position was never exactly clear. The owner, Stanley Oswald, constantly tormented James with the secrets of his parentage. Rumors abound that he’s Stanley’s natural-born son, but the truth has been impossible to unravel. Needing to escape Stanley’s manipulations, James has spent the past decade in the army. But Stanley has lured him home, and when James learns of Stanley’s pending marriage, he can’t help but be intrigued. He’s eager to engage in a little mischief, and nothing would give him greater pleasure than to ruin the match before it begins. Rose is fascinated by handsome, virile James, but bound to wed elderly, decrepit Stanley. As Stanley woos her and James interferes, any wild ending seems possible. For Rose—who only ever wanted a home of her own—she just might end up with more than she ever dreamed. RELUCTANT BRIDES… When love is the key and dowry the bait, who can predict what a woman might do?

**

James Talbot is a rake who agrees to help Stanley Oswald in his pursuit of an heir with Rose.  But of course everything goes wrong….or perhaps it goes right.  Cheryl Holt has written a compelling read that is full of sexual tension, desperate intrigues, a jealous rival, a surprise and romance.   Rose is a naïve young woman and her innocence is portrayed realistically for the era.  I liked this book and I look forward to reading other books in this trilogy.

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Review- Forgotten by Catherine MacKenzie

Title:  Forgotten

Forgotten

 Genre:  Women’s fiction

Author: Catherine Mackenzie

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, Oct. 2012

Source: Kindle Purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

If your old life vanished completely, should you try to get it back or create a whole new one? That’s the intriguing question at the heart of Catherine McKenzie’s Forgotten.  The smart, funny, and provocative story of a woman who returns home after being stranded for months in Africa by an earthquake only to find that everyone in her life believed she was dead and moved on.

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Emma’s mother died.  She left Emma an open-end ticket to Africa in her will.  Emma knew her mother was always intrigued by all things African but doesn’t know why she wanted her to go there.  Emma takes a month off from her demanding job and flys to a remote mid-African country.  That is where she gets stranded for six months. She bides her time working with charity workers and has no idea that the people back home have already had a memorial service for her. When she returns her life is never the same.

The author weaves a romance within the mess of Emma’s life.  Emma’s ex-boyfriend moved on when he thought she died but when she returns he has doubts about his actions.  Dominic, the professional photographer who had leased Emma’s apartment is a kind soul who tries to help Emma reintegrate into her life.  Emma’s personal life and work life is in shambles but she is tough and pushes on.  The pages turn as we want to see what is to become of Emma and the side characters she is involved with.

This is another spell binding novel by Catherine MacKenzie.  There is no setting the book aside to attend to your life.  I guarantee you will start and finish this book in one sitting and arise from your chair stiff but satisfied, and ready to read more of Catherine MacKenzie’s novels. This book would make a great summer beach read.

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Sexy Man Tuesday- You know you love it!!!

It has been awhile folks.  Actually it has been a long while, but better now than never.  Here is some Sexy Man Tuesday eye candy from Contemporary Romance authors Jill Shalvis and Kristin Higgins.  Yup, I stole them right off of their Facebook pages.  So arrest me.  There was a need to bring sexy back and I grabbed it.  Enjoy!

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Deet’s Life- Remembering on Memorial Day

Memorial day-2

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May 26, 2014 · 3:00 am

Review- Dare To Resist by Laura Kaye

Title:  Dare To resist

Dare to Resist

 Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella/Erotic

Author: Laura Kaye

Publisher: Entangled: Brazen, May 2014

Source: Purchase for Kindle $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they’re bidding on the same military security services contract.

When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint.

Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.

**

If you are looking for HOT contemporary romance then look no further than Laura Kaye. All of her books are well written and sizzling with sensuous sex scenes. This novella which kicks off Entangled Publishings new Wedding Dare Series is even hotter than other novels by Ms Kaye. This is tagged by me as erotic because of the rough-sex that both hero and heroine enjoy. The character development is perfect and never suffers from this being a novella. Well written and an enjoyable quick read.

 

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Review- The Burning By Jane Casey

Title:  The Burning

The Burning

 Genre: Mystery/Police Procedural

Author: Jane Casey

Publisher: Minotaur books, august 2011

Source: Free For Review from the publisher

Rating: 3.5

Sexy Rating: 5- not explicit

Description from Amazon.com:

The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.

Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy makes her weak, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen when so much of the evidence has gone up in smoke?

Maeve’s frenetic hunt for a killer in Jane Casey’s gripping series debut will entrance even the most jaded suspense readers.

**

This is a well plotted police procedural novel. There are some elements of surprise but it is pretty much predictable and the guilty party is easy enough to figure out ahead of time. That said, this is still an enjoyable page turner. For some reason the ending slows everything down to a crawl and there is repetition of the preceding investigative elements by the guilty party. This went on far too long. I do recommend this book to those who like to follow the police procedure in bringing a murderer to justice.

 

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Time Travel Review- Love Once In Passing by Jo Ann Simon

Title: Love Once In Passing

Love Once in Passing

 Genre:  Time Travel Romance

Author:  Jo Ann Simon

Publisher: ImaJinn, 2011

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 2

Sexy Rating: 5+ (sexual  violence)

Description from Amazon.com:

This is book one in Jo Ann Simon’s acclaimed time travel romance from the early 1980s. Christopher Dunlap, a man of title and privilege in early nineteenth century England, and Jessica Lund, a thoroughly modern woman, suddenly find their lives mysterious entwined in Jessica’s late twentieth century world. Neither understand how Christopher, a man who had been living a happy life nearly two hundred years in the past, is now flesh and blood in Jessica’s present. They soon share a love for each other as deep as it is dangerous, for whatever has brought them together can just as easily tear them apart.

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With all the current rants against “bodice ripper” tags on romance novels, this novel proves that actual bodice rippers do exist and they were supported and encouraged in publishing back in the 70’s & 80’s.  Whatever prompted ImaJinn to reissue this book, which was originally an Avon publication, can only be conjecture on my part.  For there is an actual bodice ripping, forced sex scene in this book.

Christopher starts out in this book as a kind, sensitive sort of guy but when his wife, Jessica, has amnesia from an accident he becomes a real tyrant, not to mention a marital rapist.  As if tumbling through time is not plot vechicle enough, we have an amnesia plot also.  On top of all this there is a cliffhanger ending.

The dialog is often stilted and both the hero and heroine seemed to speak with the same “voice” which was, at times, confusing.  The story is written in first person which I confess is not my favorite and this may have colored some of my opinion.  I can only recommend this book to those who might like to have a glimpse of how romance books were written back in the day.

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Advance Review- What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

Title: What I was Doing While You Were Breeding

What I was doing

Genre: Memoir

Author: Kristin Newman

Publisher: Three Rivers, May 20 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 4 (not explicit but sexy/steamy)

Description from Amazon.com:

Kristin Newman’s funny, sexy, and ultimately poignant debut memoir about mastering the art of the “vacationship.” Kristin Newman spent her 20s and 30s dealing with the stresses of her high-pressure job as a television comedy writer, and the anxieties of watching most of her friends get married and start families while she wrestled with her own fear of both. Not ready to settle down and yet loathe to become a sad-sack single girl, Kristin instead started traveling the world, often alone, for a few months each year, falling madly in love with attractive locals who provided moments of the love she wanted without the cost of the freedom she needed.  She introduces readers to the Israeli bartenders, Argentinian priests, Finnish poker players, and sexy Bedouins who helped her transform into “Kristin-Adjacent” on the road— quieter, less judgmental, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home.

Ultimately, Kristin’s adventures led her to a better understanding of what she was actually running away from at home and why every life hurdle seemed to put her on a transatlantic flight to the unknown. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling; thoughtful, candid reflection; and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling and hilarious debut that will have readers scrambling to renew their passports.

**

In some ways I’m very envious of Kristin; the independence, the sexual freedom, the ability to travel for three months at a time, the well paying job. Then there are the reasons not to be envious; the loneliness of not connecting for more than one night stands or perhaps three week stands, always trying to figure out why she was different from her friends, the almost manic need to distance herself from love. She was a woman who always says she wants love, and children yet avoids those commitments. Yes, she is the female equivalent of those men we always call Peter Pans, or commitment shy guys.

This is a well written memoir with humorous touches but a pervasive sadness no matter how much fun she seems to be having. I loved the travelogue as she brought to life the countries she visited. The ending was not as satisfying as I had hoped; Love seemed to be missing just as it had all along.

This is the only photo I could find of Kristin Newman.  I knew she had to be attractive to have that much international “fun”.

Kristin Newman

 

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Deet’s Life- Harlequin Flow Chart for Your Summer Beach Reads

Over at http://harlequin.com they have devised this entertaining guide to summer romance books.  Maybe you want to go over there and see what else they have in store.

Harlequin Flow Chart

I have to thank Tori at http://torimacallister.wordpress.com for leading me to this fun graphic.

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Deet’s Life- Miss Muffet…er…Deet’s Tuffet

I can do other things, yes, I can.  I made this tuffet awhile ago because …well just because.  It is still a favorite piece on my sun porch and I thought maybe you would like to see the process of it’s birth.  Don’t worry, it isn’t too graphic.

First I had to hunt up the foam, fabric and feet.  You would think the fancy feet would be the hard part but the internet helped me with those.  The hard part was getting the foam.  I had to settle for a thinner thickness and glue two thicknesses together to get the right size. then I cut it to shape with an electric knife.

tuffet foam hot glued together to 6in.thick

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Hubby cut me a piece of plywood the right size and I attached the feet that I had painted with a design.  Later when the tuffet was finished I painted tiny, 3-D bees and glued them onto the feet also.

Bees on Tuffet feet

 

feet attached to base

measuring out batting and fabric

 

batting and fabric stapled to rim of base

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The grand finale-  Dot’s Sunporch Tuffet— Now it’s the perfect place to read.

tuffet view

 

 

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