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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book Review: Declan by Tiffany Lee

Declan

I received a free book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

I loved this book.  Tiffany Lee is an amazing author and I can’t wait for more from her. 

I adored Lizbeth.  I like that she is a paralegal, since I am too.  I also liked that she is a survivor.  She is an amazing mom and woman.  I loved that regardless of what had happened to her, she wasn’t afraid to let Declan in.  I admired her for not ever giving up.

As for Declan, holy smokes, he is amazing.  He is sweet, fierce, loving, tender, incredibly sexy…the perfect package and just what Lizbeth needs so she can see that not all men are horrible. 

The plot was well thought out with believable characters. The writing was really good with very good editing.

I do wish that she had elaborated a little bit more on the bad guy and their connection to others in the book.  She told us some detail but never really clarified how that relationship had come to be and how it had evolved over the years.

I can’t wait for the next book and I love that the epilogue takes place seven years after but it doesn’t give away any details of the next book and how it turns out.  I am really excited to see what happens to Sophia but I really hope it doesn’t take seven years to get it all straightened out. 

This was a fabulous book and I will recommend it to all my romance reading friends as well as telling them to keep an eye on this amazing new author.

Book Review: Love Garage by Liz Crowe

Love Garage

I received a free copy of this book for my unbiased opinion. 

I did not like this book and I would not recommend it. I felt that the characters were very immature. No one talked to each other. The brothers resolved things by beating each other up and the couples just had sex. Even at the end of the book when they were supposed to have a conversation with the matriarch of the family, they still didn’t say anything. Considering none of the couples had a conversation, the “happily-ever-after” end seemed very far-fetched to me.

I also didn’t like that there were random sex scenes just thrown into the book, including a three-some that had nothing to do with the plot. This scene to me just highlighted how immature Aiden was.

I loved the little boy, Jeffrey. He brought character and humor to the book. Unfortunately, those were missing from the other characters.

I did like the way the author made sure that you knew what month it was and showed the passage of time. I also liked how she wrote about the complex relationships between the brothers and highlighted how different they were from each other.

I would have liked this book if it was just about one brother and his story and not about the whole family. It felt like the author was forcing the story to go one way when it really wanted to go another because there were too many players involved. If she had focused on Antony and his healing so he wasn’t so grumpy and could accept love, instead of bringing in Aiden and the love triangle plots, it would have been better. Honestly, because of Antony and Rosalee’s actions, I seriously disliked both of them and didn’t want them to have happy endings. I felt they were both selfish and didn’t care who they hurt in the process.

The author's writing style and prose is nice. She uses descriptions well so you can see the scene. Unfortunately, the character development was lacking in this book.

Friday, February 27, 2015

What I’ve Read from my Show Your Shelves Some Love Challenge

I took a week and a half off of work and during that time, I actually read some books on my To Be Read List in the Show Your Shelves Some Love: A No Book Buying Challenge! #ShelfLove

What I read from my shelf:

Barely a Lady; Never a Gentleman; Always a Temptress; Once a Rake; and Twice Tempted all by Eileen Dreyer.  These were really great. 

My goal was the Purple Belt which was 31 to 40 books.  I have read 5 so far so now I have 26 to 35 books left to meet my goal. 

As for book buying, I have done really well and have not purchased any books.  In April our local library is having a Friends of the Library book sale.  I allotted myself $30 to spend at the book sales.  They have two a year so now I have to decide whether to spend it all in April or divide it up.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My To- Be-Read List

I finally finished gathering every book in the house that I haven’t read and taking pictures.  Here is what I will be reading in 2015 in the Show Your Shelves Some Love: A No Book Buying Challenge! #ShelfLove

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I guess I will work on a list but I at least wanted to post some pics.  The total count….55!!  I can’t believe I had 55 books on my bookshelves that I have not read yet.  Now, I just have to decide which book to read first????

This only includes my physical shelves.  I am going to have to work on my electronic shelves since I have Kindle books, BookShout books, Smashwords books….well, you get the idea.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year, New Rear Fit Bottomed Challenge!!

I am supposed to be writing about breaking bad habits and failing but I am not really feeling that.  So instead, I am writing about the fact that I am participating in the New Year New Rear Fit Bottomed Challenge. 

new-year-new-rear-challengeDay 1 Challenge:  Pick a food resolution that works!

I am sticking with my no dairy unless it’s lactose free which I posted about earlier this week.

I have been lactose intolerant for as long as I can remember.  Unfortunately, I haven’t eaten the way I should for a long time.  I am not sure what excuse I have except stubbornness.  I didn’t want to stop eating the things that I like, like ice cream and cheese.  However, this stubbornness is catching up with me between stomach issues and, as I suspect, aggravation of my autoimmune disorder. Plus, I sure not feeling well is contributing to my emotional well-being, too.

But 2015 is the year I change all that!!!

To get started, I bought So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt.  I tried the blueberry yesterday. I really liked it.  I have tried soy yogurt before but I didn’t like it at all.  Not the case yesterday.  I really like the taste and the texture. I will be buying more So Delicious Yogurt.  And as a positive, I have coupons too.

I also bought So Delicious Coconut Milk “ice cream” in milk chocolate.  This is heavenly.  It tastes like a Mounds bar.  It is yummy.

With respect to cheese, I bought some but I have to make eating it a habit because I am not super excited about the texture yet.