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Advance Review- Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Shacking Up

Title: Shacking Up

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

Author: Helena Hunting

Publisher: Swerve, May 30, 2017(pre-order available)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: N/A (Kindle)

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:         

Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.

Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.

Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up, from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting, is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.

***

You will turn pages and not put this book down until you can see how the author unravels the issues, the many issues that are hampering Bane & Ruby’s HEA. The sexual tension is off the charts but circumstances just keep ratcheting up the heat. Yes, this book kept me laughing and swooning all night long.  If you are a fan of movie romantic comedies, as I am, then I guarantee you will love this book.  The characters seemed like real people you might know.  We have Bancroft, Bane, who is a born protector/caregiver/caretaker/hot-as-hell former pro athlete and Ruby, an aspiring actress with a serious cash flow problem.  They meet in a rather awkward way but there is an instant attraction

This is my first reading of a book by Ms. Hunting and I am so impressed with her wit and character development.  This is going on my list of Best-of-2017. Terrific writing and dialog.

 

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Thanksgiving Wishes from Deet

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Happy thanksgiving day banner with flowers and pumpkin

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Review not by Deet( You’re gonna love this one)

I haven’t read this book.  That doesn’t mean I won’t, but what follows the blurb is one of the funniest reviews I have ever read on Amazon.  Tell me, would you read this book after reading that review? Read the blurb first.  ( I love this cover!! That gown is to die for!)

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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Book Blurb:

Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for “a reliable wife.” But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she’s not the “simple, honest woman” that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible past and motivated by greed. Her plan is simple: she will win this man’s devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is that Truitt — a passionate man with his own dark secrets —has plans of his own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways.

With echoes of Wuthering Heights and Rebecca, Robert Goolrick’s intoxicating debut novel delivers a classic tale of suspenseful seduction, set in a world that seems to have gone temporarily off its axis.

**

A 2-star Amazon review

By Alyssa Donati on March 20, 2012

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

as he flung her onto the crimson horsehair settee and ravaged her like a wild dingo. He bathed in her flesh, he scooped it up like rich creamy yogurt until her swarthy lover burst in and brandished a large shotgun. “Release that venomous tart!” He bellowed. “Never! I must have her! I shall devour her completely until only one dazzling amber eyeball remains!”

No, this is not a quote from Goolrick or A Reliable Wife, HOWEVER it could have been.

A reliable Wife is not terrible. There are some beautifully written passages and it does commence with an intriguing plot but unfortunately midway through the book begins to morph into a dime store bodice ripper. Goolrick’s protagonist is a miserable aging man who craves sex so much you begin to worry he’s going to go completely nuts one day and mount the portly old housekeeper when she’s taking out the trash. He winds up advertising for a wife and when she arrives he turns into Charlie Sheen (the new one with the Tiger Blood and porn Goddesses…) From then on the book’s plot becomes so preposterous and the sexual encounters so salacious and repetitive it’s truly hard to maintain interest. In addition to the bacchanalian sex, the sprawled limbs, the moist loins, the heaving bosoms etc…every character in this novel basically wants to drop dead (that is, if they’re not in the middle of intercourse.) Truly, I have never seen so many homicidal, suicidal, morose, pissed off, seething, wretched individuals crammed into one book. So, in summation, if you like watching irate vengeful people savagely engage in coitus and then drop dead, you might like this book.

(Deet says: I came across this book because it was on one of those Buy this for $1.99 deals I get in my e-mail so often.) 

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Flash back- Deet’s Fave Romantic Movies

( I posted this list back in 2011 but they are still favorites of mine and you may have missed them.  Try to find them on Amazon. You won’t be sorry)

This week, due to the lack of anything remotely interesting on TV, I have been watching my DVD’s of Jane Austen movies and BBC offerings  when I’m not reading.  I can’t get enough of these and I don’t even consider myself one of those obsessive Austen fans.  I love them!!!  I’m still not sure Mr Darcy is good enough for Lizzy, he is so morose.  And if Mr. Knightly had only confessed his love earlier it might have saved Emma from a bit of trouble.

There are other movies that are very romantic that perhaps you have not noticed.   All of these have been out a few years but are still available.

  1. LOST IN AUSTEN– A 21st century British bank teller, Amanda Price (played by Jemima Rooper), literally becomes lost in her favorite Austen book after finding a portal in her bathroom and swaps places with Lizzy Bennet. (witty, light drama)
  2.  THE OUTSIDER– This is more than a western.  Johnny Gault (Tim Daly) is a gunslinger who gets wounded and is cared for by beautiful settler (Played by Naomi Watts).  Who knew Daly was such a hunky guy?  In this he is drool worthy.(drama) Based on the book by Penelope Williamson.
  3. THE LAKE HOUSE- Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock fall in love through letters but they are in two different years.  She is in 2006 and he is in 2004. Can they ever meet?  What would happen if they tried?(drama)
  4. CONTINENTAL DIVIDE- John Belushi plays a reporter sent to the Rocky Mountains to interview a renowned nature scientist played by Blair Brown.  It’s a case of loathe at first sight which adds to the comedy and romance.  Who knew Belushi could play such a romantic character??(comedy)
  5. BLOOD & ChOCOLATE- This one feeds my paranormal craving.  It is a warewolf movie and very, very romantic.  Starring Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy and my all time heartthrob Olivier Martinez.  This is not a comedy, it is a bit dark, but trust me it is a real goody.(drama)Based on the book by Annette Curtis Klause.

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Reblog from BookRiot.Com

This is a reblog from BookRiot.com that I think will at a minimum put a smile on your face but more than likely have you rolling on the floor holding your gut. Enjoy!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: 69 Book Titles that Double as Terrible Sex Advice

Someone pumped laughing gas into the Riot headquarters. That’s the only explanation for this post.

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So what happened is, someone (ahem…Jeff) mentioned that Me Before You also makes for awful sex advice. And that just opened the floodgates. I only take responsibility for a few of these…and I’m not saying which ones.

  1. All My Puny Sorrows
  2. My Struggle
  3. Purity
  4. Crime and Punishment
  5. Avenue of Mysteries
  6. Small Wonder
  7. The Turn of the Screw
  8. Rules of Civility
  9. Hyperbole and a Half
  10. A Manual for Cleaning Women
  11. A Storm Of Swords
  12. The Night Circus
  13. The Stranger
  14. All Quiet on the Western Front
  15. Disgrace
  16. The Chamber of Secrets
  17. Stone Mattress
  18. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  19. Tiny Beautiful Things
  20. Everything That Rises Must Converge
  21. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
  22. The Queen of the Night
  23. No Country for Old Men
  24. Into the Wild
  25. Catching Fire
  26. Great Expectations
  27. The Dark Tower
  28. The Lovely Bones
  29. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again
  30. Anything That Moves
  31. Lean In
  32. Howard’s End
  33. The Sound And The Fury
  34. The Bone Season
  35. Single Carefree Mellow
  36. The Naked And The Dead
  37. True Grit
  38. Welcome to the Monkey House
  39. So Good They Can’t Ignore You
  40. Persuasion
  41. Why Not Me?
  42. And Then There Were None
  43. The Book Of Strange New Things
  44. The Little Friend
  45. The Taming of the Shrew
  46. The Secret History
  47. Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  48. Fight Club
  49. Paddle Your Own Canoe
  50. How To Win Friends And Influence People
  51. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
  52. Invisible Man
  53. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  54. The Big Short
  55. The Color Purple
  56. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  57. The Bone Clocks
  58. I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You
  59. Things Fall Apart
  60. Cry, the Beloved Country
  61. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
  62. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  63. She’s Come Undone
  64. Naked Lunch
  65. Stranger in a Strange Land
  66. Consider The Lobster
  67. The Art of The Deal
  68. Bossypants
  69. Getting Things Done

I promise, the fact that there are 69 of these is purely coincidence.

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Deet’s Life- A Funny Newspaper Ad

I posted this back in 2013 but I do still  giggle about it.

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Christmas Eve 2015 You Better Not Pout

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December 24, 2015 · 3:00 am

Review- The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie

Title:  The Perfect Rake (Merridew Series, book #1)

The Perfect Rake

Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Author: Anne Gracie

Publisher: Berkley, 2005

Pages: 372

Source: purchase

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

She ran from a brute… Fleeing the harsh guardianship of her grandfather, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must marry—and fast. To act as her sisters’ chaperone, Prudence invents a secret engagement to a reclusive duke… But when the duke arrives unexpectedly in London, she needs his help to avert disaster.

…into the arms of a rake Aristocratic Gideon, handsome, rakish and with a strong frivolous streak, casually hijacks Prudence’s game, awarding himself a stolen kiss or three along the way. Used to managing sisters and elderly men, Prudence is completely out of her depth with a charming, devious and utterly irresistible rake. And her plot goes terribly—if deliciously—awry…

**

I was in need of a good laugh and a well written book and fellow blogger Sonya came up with a recommendation at just the right moment.

This is a very funny mistaken identity trope that evolves into instant attraction. But Prudence is betrothed to Phillip who has been in India for 4 ½ years. Prudence is not the type of woman to set aside a promise made. Gideon, is a true rake but he has fallen in love at first sight and is determined to win over Prudence.

I laughed, because the banter is hold-your-tummy funny. The Grandfather is so diabolically evil that we know Pru and her sisters need the protection Gideon and his cousin, the Duke, can offer. The character development is spot on. The plot is well written. My only criticism is that I felt it a bit too long. This is my first read of a book by Ms. Gracie who has written many romance novels. And I assure you it will not be my last.

Thanks to Sonya for the recommendation!

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Advance review- The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman

Title:  The Irresistible Rogue (Playful Brides, #4)

The Irresistable Rogue

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Valerie Bowman

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks, Nov. 3, 2015 (pre-order available)

Pages: 351

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

A PROPOSAL FROM A SCOUNDREL Daphne Swift has not laid eyes on her devilishly charming husband, Captain Rafferty Cavendish, in quite some time. As a matter of fact, she wants the rogue to annul their brief marriage so that she can marry the reliable and estimable Lord Fitzwell. But the breathtakingly handsome Rafe is not interested in letting Daphne go-at least not without paying his scandalous price…

THE SEDUCTION OF HIS WIFE Rafe prefers to face the dangers of spying alone, but this time he needs his innocent, fiery wife to uncover the information he seeks. He has even agreed to release her from their marriage if she submits completely to his plan. However, Daphne’s alluring combination of courage and curves makes her a dangerous distraction, and it is not long before Rafe is trading subterfuge for seduction in order to prove that Daphne is meant to be his and his alone…

**

This is the fourth book in the Playful Brides Series.  It is a standalone although it has characters from previous books peppering the plot.  I think you will enjoy this one more if you read the preceding books but this is a delight even if it is the first you pick up.

Daphne is married in name only to Rafe.  She wants to make a good match with Lord Fitzwell but Rafe needs her help with another spy mission.  Of course throwing the two together on a mission means adventure, action, near death and way too much time together. One thing leads to another and there are hilarious moments as well as sexy encounters.  Daphne’s young cousin, Delilah, is a precocious twelve year old who adds delightful humor to the story.

There is some fast and loose playing with actual Regency Era language and actions of a virgin young lady.  Sometimes this bothers me, but in this book I was laughing too hard to care.

I can recommend this book to those who like a sexy story with lots of humor.

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Advance Review- Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie

Title:  Hot Toy

Hot Toy

Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance Short Story

Author: Jennifer Crusie

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, October

Pages: 77 (e-book)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

Previously published in the anthology Santa, Baby, HOT TOY is now available as a standalone e-story for the first time! Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game and in the arms of a sexy secret agent…

**

Unless you want to wake the entire household with your laughs, you better not read this at night in bed.  I nearly choked trying to stifle laughs as I read this at 11pm.  This is a mad-cap Christmas adventure with bad guys and good guys and….wait a minute, who is the bad guy and who is the good guy?  Jennifer Crusie can write humor that is not silly (hate that) but very witty.  Even though there is a lot of slap-stick scrambling it all plays well in this delight of a short story.  Yes, this is the perfect quick read for when the holidays are starting to get you down.

 

 

 

 

 

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