Monthly Archives: December 2015

New Year’s Eve Treat from Deet

We are staying home eating guacamole and chips, chicken for dinner, lots of bubbly and a video. Maybe we can stay awake to bring in the new year.

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Release Day Review-Anything For You by Kristan Higgins

Title:  Anything For You (The Blue Heron Series)

Anything For You

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Kristan Higgins

Publisher: HQN Books, Dec 2015

Pages: 416

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Before you get down on bended knee… 

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O’Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she’s got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it’s the perfect time to get married.

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain’t broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who’s now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she’s positive married life isn’t for her.

But this time, Connor says it’s all or nothing. If she doesn’t want to marry him, he’ll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he’s never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn’t quite as sure as she thinks…

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Have you ever wished that those very real characters were right in front of you so you could give them a good shake?  That was my frustration with the on again-off again relationship between Connor and Jess. Ms. Higgins once again gives us wonderfully nuanced characters along with realistic dialog. Both protagonists have appeared in earlier books in this wonderful series so it was a delight to have their own story told.  However their problems were so repetitive that I started to become bored.  I also started to not like either the H or h because of their repetitive pattern of dealing with their relationship. For me this was not the best book in this series of 5-star books.  I can only recommend this book to those who have read the previous books in the series and want an update on other characters because that part of this book was very good.

 

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Deet’s Year End Rec’s for Romance Lovers

It is that time of the year when I usually tell you about my favorite books of the year but this year there were at least 45!!!  If you go to my header up above and click on “Deet’s Favorite Reads of…” you will see the entire list.  You can then go to the search box and find the reviews for them.

Goodreads has done a fabulous job of putting together my stats and showing the book covers for the ones that I read.  This is really fun to look at so I encourage you to take a look.  You will get some good recommendations here, all on one page.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2015/3203610?utm_source=fb&fb_ref=Default

 I did fall in love with some stunning book covers too. Here are a few of my favorites:

The curiosity Keeper

This cover just shouts Regency Era. I love it.

The Art of Sinning 3

I don’t know who this model is, but isn’t that the most sinful look you’ve ever seen?

The Daring Exploits of a Runaway HeiressI love this one for the color, my favorite.

The Legend of Lyon Redmond

Besides loving this book and series, this cover gets my vote for the book cover that relates most to the story and it’s pretty.

Reason to wed

Okay this one was a terrific, 5-star book with the worst cover ever!!!

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Merry Christmas from Deet

Merry Christmas

May Your Day be Merry and Bright

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Christmas Eve in Iceland- A tradition to start here

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December 24, 2015 · 9:34 pm

Christmas Eve 2015 You Better Not Pout

Christmas Night before funny

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December 24, 2015 · 3:00 am

Holiday Novella Review-Kisses She Wrote by Katharine Ashe

Title:  Kisses She Wrote

Kisses She Wrote

Genre: Historical Romance/Holiday

Author: Katharine Ashe

Publisher: Avon. 2013

Pages: 176

Source: Purchase (still only $.99 for Kindle)

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Christmas in town has never been so steamy . . .

Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr, is every young lady’s wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline of Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl’s kisses. And not only her dreams—her diary, too.

But when Cam discovers the maiden’s not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?

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This is not a new Christmas novella but it is a well written, fun story with very much will-he-or-won’t-he realize who is his true love.  Cam reads the diary and is driven to write a poem but when he and Jacqueline are distanced he can’t finish the poem.  He realizes that with her diary she becomes his muse. This creates some humorous sneaking around to find the next hiding place of the diary.  All the while when Cam is in her presence, he is falling in love.

I found this book to be just the right length at 176 pages.  It was long enough to develop the characters which I often find missing in novellas that are shorter.  Katharine Ashe is one of my favorite authors. She has never disappointed me.  Each book she writes has a unique plot and characters as does this one.

This one is perfect for curling up with cocoa and letting all of that holiday stress just flow away.

 

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Gotta love Buzzfeed’s Idea of a Merry Christmas

Um-m …yes…Tis’ the season to remember “Sexy Man Tuesday”.  Old time followers will remember and every now and then I become overcome with nostalgia for the early days of this blog.  Buzzfeed played right into this feeling. If you would like to reminisce about the good ole Tuesday posts just click on any month in 2012 in the left column or do a search in the box for Sexy Man Tuesday. For more Buzzfeed see below.

 

X-mas dude

And they even have a way for you to know what hunky guy you would be compatible with this holiday season.  Just click on the tiny URL below.

http://tinyurl.com/jpvd4oh

P.S.- Merry Christmas

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Recent Release Review- Reason To Wed by Heather Boyd

Title:  Reason To Wed (Distinguished Rogues Series, book #7)

Reason to wed

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Heather Boyd

Publisher: LLD Press, Dec. 2015

Pages: 160

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Richard Hill, the Earl of Windermere, might desperately require a wife and heir, but thoughts of duty fly from his mind when he rescues Esme, Lady Heathcote, from the embarrassment of a failed affair. They usually never agree about anything. He’s never even kissed the vexing widow. But when the opportunity arises to whisk her away for a no-strings-attached rendezvous, Richard can’t imagine a better way to spend a moonlit evening. Esme has never lacked for admirers, but having Lord Windermere’s company goes a long way to ease the pain of losing her suddenly betrothed lover. And when Windermere suggests an affair, Esme is intrigued by the blazing-hot connection even while knowing their relationship has no future beyond his house party. But as with any temptation, it’s a bargain they’ll soon regret.

**

This romance was so romantic!! Yes, I know they are supposed to be romantic but too often they do misplace the romance for action, adventure, mystery or pathos. This has none of those, it is just all romance and a good bit of some mildly kinky sex. It is so well written that I can guarantee you will fall in love with Richard, Lord Windermere. Is he too good to be true?  Well….maybe a little but his only fault is being just a touch arrogant.  Esme is no Spring Chick at 36, widowed, childless and presumed barren she is not about to fall in love with 43 year old Richard who needs to marry and sire an heir. Esme has been around the block a few times and knows her own mind.  Richard is all about changing her mind.

I can highly recommend this well written, sizzling romance to all of you who are craving something that makes you want to turn the pages.  This is the one.

Reason to Wed is the seventh story in the Distinguished Rogues series. Other titles are:

Book 1: Chills

Book 2: Broken

Book 3: Charity

Book 4: An Accidental Affair

Book 5: Keepsake

Book 6: An Improper Proposal https://ladeetdareads.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/recent-release-review-an-improper-proposal-by-heather-boyd/

P.S.- Do not judge this book by that terrible cover!!!!

 

 

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Recent Release Review- Once Upon A Marquess by Courtney Milan

Title:  Once Upon A Marquess (Worth Family Saga, book #1)

Once Upon A Marquess

Genre: Historical Romance/ Victorian

Author: Courtney Milan

Publisher: Courtney Milan, Dec. 2015

Pages: 277

Source: Free for review from the author.

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

The last man Judith Worth wants to see again is Christian Trent, the Marquess of Ashford—the man who spent summers at her family home, who kissed her one magical night…and then heartlessly ruined her father. But when a tricky business matter arises, he’s the only one she can ask for help. With any luck, he’ll engage a servant to take care of the matter, and she won’t even have to talk with him. But Ashford has never forgotten Judith. He knows she will never forgive him for what he’s done, but when offered the chance to assist her, he arrives in person. His memory of Judith may have haunted him, but it pales in comparison to the reality of the vivacious, beautiful woman he rediscovers. Throughout his life, he has always done what is correct. But now, he finds himself doing something utterly wrong…falling in love with the one woman he can never have. Once Upon a Marquess is the first book in the Worth Saga.

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The Worth family has had their share of tragedy and dysfunction.  Judith Worth is trying to hold together what is left of her family after her father and older brother’s conviction of treason against the crown.  It has been eight years since the trial, her father’s suicide and her brother’s transportation to a penal colony.  Her next younger sister Camilla is missing from her uncle’s home, her sister Theresa is an uncontrollable teenager and brother Benedict at twelve years of age is refusing to go back to Eton.  All of this would be enough for anyone to bear but now someone is embezzling money that Judith can’t afford to lose.  Her only recourse is to seek help from a member of the ton who will still acknowledge her, Christian.

We are treated to Courtney Milan’s beautiful prose, and her ability to place us right into the Victorian England scene so that we are caught up in the pulse of daily life and the emotions of Judith, a woman who marches on when others would have stumbled. Christian, a man who is obsessive-compulsive and has multiple problems of his own, is drawn so well that we feel his heartache.

I was put off only a bit by so much familial dysfunction and then more from Christian.  It was a bit over the top and I longed for Judith to have someone who was not a problem to her or for her. But as with any of Ms. Milan’s novels the beautiful writing, unique plot and superb characterization outweighs any minus.

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