Monthly Archives: November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Deet

 

Today I will be having Thanksgiving dinner with people in my community who otherwise would have spent the day alone.  There will be 18 of us enjoying turkey and the trimmings.  I hope your day is full of gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving

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4 Thursdays’Til Christmas- Baby It’s Cold Outside (anthology)

Title: Baby Its Cold Outside

Baby its cold outside

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Anthology

Author: Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, Kate Meader

Publisher: Pocketbooks, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5++

Christmasy Feeling: 3

Descriptions from Amazon.com:

Outside it may be frosty, so turn the heat way up with these stories of desire! 1. Searching For You-Can a determined woman executive and a playboy billionaire survive being stranded together in a snowstorm? Jennifer Probst depicts an encounter almost too hot to handle…

**Not very Christmasy but definitely snowy. This was my least favorite of the 5 stories. Still it rates a “5” on the hotness scale.

Deet’s Rating:3

2. It’s A Wonderful Tangled Christmas Carol-Drew and Kate play an encore to Tangled in this sexy take on a “Christmas Carol” by Emma Chase. When a Christmas Eve argument condemns Drew to a troubled night, three dream women teach him that no gift could be more tantalizing than Kate…

**Yes, indeed, another hot one. This one just oozed Christmasy feeling and lots of hot sex. But it was just a rewrite of an old tale.

Deet’s Rating: 3

Christmasy Feeling: 5

3. Saving Grace-With Kristen Proby, ski slopes are quite delightful. Grace Douglas is sure she’ll never learn to ski, but instructor Jacob Baxter could teach her lessons of a different kind…

**Oh yum! A hot as hades ski instructor with a British accent. Yes please! Lust at first sight and a happily-ever-after. Wintery feeling was there but not Christmas.

Deet’s Rating: 4

4. Safe In His Arms-Can a southern California transplant survive Montana’s deep snows? Melody Anne, author of the bestselling Andersons series, melts the icy drifts completely away with the heat between sexy Hawk Winchester and brand-new teacher Natalie Duncan…

**Three meddling old biddies arrange this match and it just sizzles. Even some fire engine sex. There is Christmasy pageants and family fun at a cabin.

Deet’s Rating: 4

Christmasy feeling: 5

5. Rekindle The Flame-What could be hotter than a firefighter? Kate Meader shows how hot it can get as Beck Rivera and heiress-turned-tattoo-artist Darcy Cochrane discover that nothing ignites holiday flames like rekindling a lost love…

**What’s not to like about a hot-as-hades fireman who loves our emotionally damaged heroine? Nothing! This is an uptown girl who turns into a tattoo artist and insists it’s not because she has Daddy issues. Really? Anyway, this is another scorching read complete with Firehouse sex. Nothing much in the way of Christmas but it is darn cold.

Deet’s Rating: 3.5

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The Brilliant Ursula Le Guin Championing Genre Books and Writing As Art

On this day before our national day of “Thanks”, here are some words of wisdom for the book community and all those who enjoy and revere this form of communication.

Ursula K. Le Guin is one of science fiction’s greatest writers. She is also an acclaimed author of powerful and perceptive nonfiction, fantasy, and literary fiction. She has received many honors, including six Nebula and five Hugo Awards, the National Book Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Newbery, the Pilgrim, the Tiptree, and citations by the American Library Association. She has written over a dozen highly regarded novels and story collections. Her SF masterworks are THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS (1969), THE DISPOSSESSED (1974), and THE LATHE OF HEAVEN(1971)…-Cynthia Ward, Amazon.com review.

Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.

 

 

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Sexy Man Tuesday- Some gorgeous hot silverness

For all you lovelies who have wanted some gorgeousness on this blog.

Which is your favorite Silver Fox.

(Thanks to Roxanne St Claire on Facebook)

 

Hunks I can’t choose just one but I’m leaning heavily toward Tim Daly.

I’ve had a crush ever since I saw the fabulous romantic movie “The Outsider” which was a western and so-0-0 hot.

Romance the Outsider

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Recent Release Review- Hello From The Gillespies by Monica McInerney

Title: Hello From The Gillespies

Hello from the Gillespies

Genre: General Fiction

Author: Monica McInerney

Publisher: Penquin/Berkley, Nov 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 2

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself she tells the truth…. The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping badly with retirement. Her thirty-two-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can’t stop crying. And her ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.

Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when Angela is taken away from them in a most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together and pull themselves together in wonderfully surprising ways.

 

**

Perhaps if I could have liked one of these main characters I would have liked the book more than I did. I never felt a connection to any of the Gillespies. Angela, the mother, was trying to cope with a demanding family and an inattentive husband. She doesn’t do the obvious and do some demanding of her own she just plods along. Nick, the husband, is a real loser. I mean he nearly loses the family estate. And to cope he has a Skype, non-affair with a genealogist in Ireland instead of working out the problems with his wife. The twins Genevieve and Victoria are making huge personal mistakes that both should have known better about at their age of 33. Lindy is 30 and acts like a 15 year old and Ig the 10 yearold is the most mature of the entire family. Joan the friend of Angela is also the only adult who seems to have her head on straight. With this family making so many stupid mistakes all the time, I was about ready to toss in the reading. In the end I didn’t care if any of them had a happily ever after I was just ready to be done with the book.

Amnesia? Really? Pages and pages and pages of will she come out of it or not. Actually total pages of over 600 count and way too many. Hand embroidered pillow making as a career move? Really? Bringing the crotchety old Aunt, who has nothing good to say about Angela, to stay with Angela while Nick is out of the country. Really?

I wish I could say there was something that I truly liked about this book and the only thing that comes to mind is Ig. He was always a welcome relief from the rest of his family.

 

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5 Thursdays ‘Til Christmas Review- Christmas Delights by Heather Hiestand

Title: Christmas Delights (Redcake book #5)

Christmas Delights

Genre: Historical Romance/ Holiday/Victorian

Author: Heather Hiestand

Publisher: Kensington, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Christmasy feeling: 1

Description from Amazon.com:

The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap…

Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she’d be a widow at twenty-one—let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she’ll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it’s an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair—and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job…

Lewis Noble is the cousin of London’s famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he’s just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party—but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won’t be tied down in her father’s business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he’s never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts—for many holidays to come…

**

This is a book for the keeper shelf. Well written, full of drama and romance and, yes, some very lusty country party goers. Victoria is being put in a position where, to her, her choices are nonexistent. She has come to this party hoping for a romantic affair but she did not expect to fall in love. Her father has other ideas about who is suitable for her and forces her hand. Lewis is certainly willing to accommodate the beautiful Victoria with a holiday affair but he has no wish for a marriage and especially not to a woman so under her father’s thumb. How will these two ever get together and will they? That is the why this book is so superbly plotted, we also keep turning pages to find out how the lovers can live happily ever after.

Although the setting is a holiday, country house party there is very little feeling of holiday in the book. It could be any winter party.

Confession time. I read book #1 in the Redcake Series, THE MARQUIS OF CAKE (and reviewed it here), but I did not read #’s 2, 3 & 4. Lucky for me and all of you readers this is a standalone novel and you will not get lost, but like me I’m sure you will want to catch up on those Redcakes.

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Deet’s Life- Funny moments in bookstores

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From Buzzfeed, More laughable book-fails here.

 

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Recent Release Review- What A Lady demands by Ashlyn Macnamara

Title: What A Lady Demands

What A Lady Demands

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Ashlyn Macnamara

Publisher: Random House, Loveswept, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one.   Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.

**

This plot had an interesting ploy. Beyond the usual haunted hero we have a haunted heroine. She needs saving as well as he needs saving but here we know that she is the stronger of the two because she realizes that in helping him she is also saving herself.

Ashlyn Macnamara has written a splendidly entertaining novel that is full of sizzling, sensual chemistry and is emotionally charged and satisfying. Your heart will be warmed by the heroine’s tender care of Lind’s son. I recommend this book to all Historical Romance lovers.

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6 Thursdays ‘Til Christmas Review- Snowbound in Montana by C J Carmichael

Title: Snowbound In Montana (book#4, Carrigans of The Circle C Series)

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Genre: Holiday Contemporary Romance

Author: C J Carmichael

Publisher: Tule, October 23, 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 1

Christmasy Feeling: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

When Eliza Bramble signs up for a Christmas mountain ski adventure with sexy mountain guide Marshal McKenzie, she’s looking to escape the attention of a two-timing charmer and find some inner peace. Instead, a blizzard traps her in a remote mountain hideaway with Marshall and two other families in need of their own Christmas miracles.

Christmas is looking like a write-off, until Marshall suggests they make the best of what they have, and work together. The avid outdoorsman has a special touch with people…and with Eliza in particular. Soon she realizes Marshall isn’t just fixing Christmas—but her broken heart, too.

**

I love the idea of a romance blossoming because two people get snowbound. However this particular book was too predictable and too “nice” for my tastes. It made little sense that Eliza would run away instead of just confronting the “EX”, yeah, yeah, she was afraid she would fall into his arms and be lost again but give me a break. So she ditches her elderly aunt and their business at the height of the holidays and runs off on a ski trip.  AND doesn’t tell the aunt or anyone where she is going. Is this a self- absorbed woman or what? Of course she becomes just Ms. Sweet Stuff once she gets snowbound with a group of strangers who have legit gripes with the snowbound lodge. Like who runs a Lodge and runs out of Propane and food in an area of possible snowbound-ness. And why wasn’t their housekeeping staff encouraged to stay over when snow was predicted. It’s a wonder these Lodge owners have a business at all. Now we get to the Christmasy part and yes there was a lot of holiday spirit in this book which upped this one a point on my rating. The lodge guests did eventually pull together to enjoy Christmas while freezing their buns off skating.

Do I recommend this book? Only to those who want their reading simple, G-rated, sugar coated and candy caned for Christmas.

Next Thursday another book with a Holiday setting.

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Recent Release Review- A Rake By Any Other Name by Mia Marlowe

Title: A Rake By Any Other Name (book#1, Somerfield Park Series)

A Rake by Any Other Name

Genre: Historical Romance/ Regency

Author: Mia Marlowe

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Nov. 2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from author’s website:

When his father Lord Somerset tumbles off the roof, Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is called home from his Grand Tour to take the reins of the estate while the marquess recuperates. Somerset is in serious financial difficulty which can only be remedied by marriage to an heiress, Miss Sophie Goodnight, lately arrived from India with her nabob father.

Unfortunately, Richard believes he has already lost his heart to Lady Antonia Pruett. And Miss Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming Somerset’s purse with feet, so she foils their families’ attempts to throw her and Richard together at every turn. To make matters worse, the reason Lord Somerset fell off the roof in the first place is a secret that threatens to upend all their lives.

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Richard feels the overwhelming responsibility of his duty to his estate. He knows he must add to the coffers but he is reluctant to do it by marriage. He wants to find another way because he wants to marry Antonia a suitable match. Sophie is a bit of a “wild child” who doesn’t want to marry but is being herded that way by her father, a newly wealthy tradesman, who wants a titled grandchild. We are also introduced to the below stairs characters, their gossip and lives which makes this a uniquely original romance. There is a curmudgeon of a Dowager Duchess with a heart of gold who reminds me of Downton Abbey.

Mia Marlowe has given us a book with witty banter, some well-placed hilarity and a peek at the goings and comings of the servant class in the Regency era. This is a well-constructed plot with some surprises and mystery. The sexual tension is superbly developed. All in all a terrific start to the new Somerfield Park Series.

 

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