Throwback Thursday- Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1)

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I get giddy just thinking about this book! Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) is a steamy and sexy book. At 320 pages, I was really sad when the book ended. Although I love the series, this first book will always be my favorite. Beautiful Bastard was originally published in February 2013.

Beautiful Bastard

Synopsis:
An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other.

Why I love this book:
First off, I think it is important to point out the fact that this book has six thousand reviews and the average rating according to Goodreads is 4.07.

The line between love and hate is so fine sometimes. This book just showcased that perfectly. And while Bennett may be a beautiful Bastard, in the end, he’s as completely helpless as Chloe with what happens between them. I loved how strong Chloe was but how sometimes you can’t help who you are attracted to. Chloe is an alpha female and the perfect match to Bennett’s alpha persona.

This book has a LOT of sex in it. And not just any sex. It’s full of panty dropping (if not ripping), steamy, hot sex. I categorized this under erotica so if that isn’t your thing, I would probably pass on this book. But if you don’t mind this, then I guarantee you will be laughing and loving this book as much as I did!

Quotes:

“What’s that?” he hissed through clenched teeth, his hips slapping against my thighs driving him deep inside. “Never been fucked like this before, have you? You wouldn’t be such a tease if you were being properly fucked.”
Who did he think he was? And why the hell did it turn me on so much that he was right?
“I’ve had better,” I taunted.

“For some sick reason, fighting with this woman always ended with her panties in my pocket.”

“If only he would keep his mouth shut, he’d be perfect. A piece of duct tape would do the trick. I had some in my desk that I’d occasionally pull out and fondle, hoping someday I could put it to good use.”

“The look in her eyes told me that under any other circumstances, I would either already be naked with her on top of me, or lying in a pool of my own blood on the rug.”

“Wow, top five percent of your class at Northwestern. Nice!” Joel said and then looked over at me. “Bet you’re glad to have someone so amazing working under you, huh?”
Chloe coughed slightly, bringing her napkin up from her lap to cover her mouth. I smiled as I quickly glanced over to her and then back to Joel. “Yes, its absolutely amazing having Miss Mills under me. She always gets the job done.”


If you have read this book, let me hear from you and tell me what you think! I doubt I am the only person out there who looks back at this book and loves it 🙂

A FINE MESS (Over the Top, #2) by Kelly Siskind- Cover Reveal and Excerpt


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Title: A Fine Mess

Series: Over The Top, #2
Author: Kelly Siskind

On Sale: August 2, 2016
Price: $3.99 USD

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Synopsis:

Some guys should come with a warning label…

Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn’t do relationships or promises or feelings. He’s never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She’s sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn’t easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart…

A Fine Mess

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings-Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

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Book Excerpt-

Sawyer steps close and waits for me to make eye contact. Slowly, I lift my gaze to his gold-flecked brown eyes, but I can’t find my voice. It’s like I don’t know how to talk to him anymore.

He grins. “Hi.”

From my angle it’s easy to see the scar running down his neck, the remnant of a fall he took through a coffee table while wrestling with his brother. I’ve always wanted to touch it, feel the puckered skin under my fingers. I drop my gaze, but it doesn’t help. The cuffs of his gray button-down are rolled to his elbows, roped muscle exposed below. Something else I’d like to touch.

I blink hard. “Hi,” I say to my feet.

“Look at me, Lil.” I rock on my heels, then do as asked. He raises an eyebrow. “How fucking weird is this?”

My giggle surprises me, and I loosen my grip on my wineglass. “Totally weird.”

Thank God for Sawyer’s candid nature.

He sips his drink, probably Scotch, and a sheen of liquid clings to his bottom lip.

Touch that arm. Kiss that scar. Taste those lips. None of these urges are new, but they’re heightened. Magnified. He watches me watching him, his gaze as probing as mine. What is he thinking?

Then the music changes.

A remix of Madonna’s “Holiday” plays, and Sawyer does Sawyer. He tips his head to the right, his shoulders following, then he pushes out his hip and rolls his torso through. The guy does body waves, alternating from side to side, like he’s in an eighties music video.

People stop. People look. People laugh.

I snort, an unattractive sound I make when my laughter takes over. Sawyer says it sounds like a hyena with sleep apnea. When I snort a second time, he dances harder, and I crack up. My belly aches as he gets into it, the entire room watching now.

I suck in a breath, place my empty glass on the table behind me, then clasp his shoulders. “What are you doing?”

He stops dancing. “Making things less weird.”

“Less? What about you channeling Paula Abdul is less weird?”

“Did you laugh?”

I grin.

Then he says, “I’m sorry.”

The music vibrates in my chest, or maybe it’s his proximity. “Sorry about what?”

“Last week, when you called, I was a dick. You caught me by surprise, and I didn’t handle it well. So, I’m sorry.”

His admission pumps through my core like helium, my body nearly weightless. The confession shouldn’t be surprising, not with how he speaks his mind, but it’s been a week of silence. I was losing hope things could return to the way they were, or progress past it. I step closer, so he can hear me over the noise. “Apology accepted, but do I get an explanation?”

He drags his gaze down my body. It’s a thorough perusal—intimate, penetrating—flames sparking along my skin. His eyes linger on me, but he doesn’t speak. He rolls the pinky ring on his left hand the way he does when he’s puzzling something out. An ache travels up my thighs, heat expanding below my ribs. The longer he stays quiet, the more my skin tingles.

Finally, he releases his ring and slides his hand over my lower back. He leans forward and whispers, “I’ve wanted to do very dirty things to you and with you since Aspen, but I care about you too much to act on it. Hence my dickishness and the weirdness.”

A Fine Mess

 

 

 

Running- Week 10

Ok, so I think I have lost my mind!! For some reason, I thought it would be a swell idea to sign up for a marathon in October. Not only am I training for a half marathon in August, I am not training for a full in October… What is wrong with me!!

Running

Monday: 4 miles
My first thought when I checked the mail was, “Yes, my watch is back!!” But after running, I am a little concerned with it’s accuracy. I usually run on state trials that are marked. According to the trials, my four miles should have been done at .3 mile marker. But according to my watch, I was done between .1 and .2 mile marker… Talking with some other runners, they said if I run in an area with a lot of tree covers, then sometimes the watch has a difficult time finding a signal.

Has this happened to anyone else? Or is my watch broken.. again..


Running

Tuesday: 4 Miles
Ran with lifetime run group today and had the perfect run with great conversations. This group is highly addictive, I love it!! Slow pace today, one of my favorites 🙂


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Wednesday: 3 miles
Another easy run. I ran with four amazing women who I am sure I will get to know very well by the end of our journey. This was the start of my Marathon training.. Oh my!! What have I gotten myself into?


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Thursday: 2 mile run
While dad and my oldest went fishing, I had a couple miles to put in. My run was disgraceful!! I ran around my neighborhood which was a little hillier than I am used to. And pushing an extra 50 pounds.. The first mile was too fast and the second was a joke. Really, this run just sucked! Runs like these make me think I won’t make it come October.


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Saturday: 6 Mile run
Good day to run by the lakes. I’m not sure if it was the heat or the extra day of running, but my thighs were tight and the run wasn’t exactly easy. I’m glad I did it but I’m really excited for a day off.


Total Milage: 19

This week was not the best. I am really scared about running a full marathon and think I might have jumped the gun on doing so. The top of my left knee hurts and my thighs are still really tight. I think I am going to need to spend more time with my foam roller..

Cover Reveal- Love Between the Lines

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LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES: An Adult Coloring Book for Book Lovers by Christina Collie (November 8, 2016; Forever Trade Paperback; $14.99/$19.99 Can.)

Fall in love all over again with this adult coloring book featuring 45 hand-drawn illustrations inspired by romance novels from bestselling writers. Sit back, grab your pens and markers, and get ready to explore LOVE BETWEEN THE LINES.

In the pages of this book you will find:

  • Designs to help you relax and reduce stress
  • Hidden images and book quotes
  • Each design printed on a separate page
  • Elaborate drawings s as well as quickie pages for when you just have a few minutes to color

Illustrations inspired by the works of:
Anna Todd, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Colleen Hoover, S.C. Stephens, Abbi Glines, K. Bromberg, Claire Contreras, Jillian Dodd, Amy Harmon, Tiffany King, R.K. Lilley, Molly McAdams, Tara Sivec, Alessandra Torre, Mia Sheridan, J. Sterling, Katy Evans, Emma Chase, S.L. Jennings, K.A. Linde, Beth Ehemann, Tarryn Fisher, Karina Halle, Helena Hunting, Leisa Rayven, Madeline Sheehan, and K. A. Tucker

About the Author:
Christina Collie is a twenty-eight-year-old Tennessee native who began doodling images inspired by her favorite books almost four years ago before launching Doodles by Christina. Since then she has doodled over 50 images and has sold prints around the globe. Outside of being a huge bookworm, she enjoys watching LSU football, playing with her dog Nola, and hanging out on her best friend’s farm.

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Running- Training Week 9

Monday: 4 mile Trail Run
Worst Run Ever!! Because of the lightning, I missed my run this morning. And between not eating before and the humidity, this run just wasn’t happening. I miss my watch and the running app I’m using is off. Overall a frustrating run.


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Tuesday: 3 Mile Treadmill Run
I think the picture says it perfect. Three miles have never felt so long! I hate running on the treadmill, but I did it.


Thursday: 4 Mile Run
Woke up late today but I was able to get my run in. My hips feel a little stiff and the run was difficult. But I am glad I did it and feel great now that it’s done!!

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Saturday: 8 Mile Run
Had a fantastic 8 mile run this morning!! The last mile was hard but worth it 🙂 I would have to say, this is my favorite pace. The run was really enjoyable. Good luck to anyone who ran Grandmas. We were with you in spirit!

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Total Milage: 19 Miles

 

Meat

Meat

 

Author: Opal Carew
Published: July 26, 2016

Stars: 2 out of 5

Amazon $2.99

 

Synopsis:
I ran into Rex Keene—literally—when I was trying to catch my flight and his muscled, tattooed arms stopped my fall.
Then our flight gets canceled, and we’re stranded in the same hotel room together…it ended up being the steamiest night of my life.
All I knew is that I had to see him again.

I just didn’t expect him to show up a week later in the restaurant I manage…as our new head chef.
But the generous, tender man I spent that night with is gone; instead he’s arrogant, demanding, and terrorizing the staff.
But he won’t give up until we’re together – and I’m not sure I can stay away.
Which man is real?
Who is Rex Keene?

Review:

Ok, so the cover is a little cheesy but the synopsis is what drew me in. And oh man, this book had me laughing from the start. The introduction of Rebecca and Rex was awkward with instances of romantic gestures and swoon worthy touches. Realistically, I don’t think something like this would actually ever happen. But the idea is intriguing.

Rebecca is first introduced as a complete and utter mess. Leaving her aunts funeral, her emotions are all over the place. But as her confidence grows, her character at times becomes more enjoyable. The thing that bothered me about her was how she would cry and become overly emotional, making a big deal out of a simple kind jester. I actually started thinking at one point during the book- was Rebecca treated poorly or has no one ever done anything for her? I felt like her emotions ruled her life, making reckless decisions based on emotional highs or lows. And even more, it really irritated me how Rebecca ran away from explanations. A couple times in the book Rex would try to explain something of importance and she couldn’t handle it, always shutting down, running away, and stopping the conversation before it started. I wouldn’t say Rebecca is a strong character.

Rex is a strong, attractive man with a sweet and dirty sexuality. Oh and did I mention his ‘flaw’? Rex is not only walking sex, he is also hung like a horse. The head being “larger than a large plum” and the length something to intimidate the most experienced and send woman all over the world running.. Haha, ok I get the idea he is supposed to be enormous but the way he is described makes him sound like a freak of nature. And probably someone who should still be a virgin because of his size.. Not have specific tastes. But what do I know, maybe I’m wrong..

This book is highly sexual with dominant and submissive sexual acts/scenes. More specifically slave/master play. Although I think this was on the more mild side, I can see how this might not be some peoples cup of tea. I felt like the author had a general knowledge of what a D/s or Master/slave relationship looked like but I felt like it was missing the depth usually involved in these types of relationships. And like I said,  the sexual acts were really mild and closer to adventurous vanilla sex.

I felt like some of the language was really cheesy and overdone. For example, his giant spear filled her to the limit. Spear, I guess that’s one way to describe a mans genitala. I think I was having a hard time getting into the book and because of this, little things bugged me.

Rex and Rebecca’s relationship moved at a ridiculously fast pace. Considering how many arguments they had and how little they know each other, I just can’t wrap my head around the ending. Overall, this book wasn’t really for me. It was a fast paced book, easily read in one day. Some of the sexual scenes were steamy and fun to read about but the plot lacked depth and real substance. Or maybe it was how weak and emotional Rebecca’s character was that made it seem that way.

Throwback Thursday- The Secret Dead (London Bones #1)

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This weeks throwback is- The Secret Dead (London Bones #1)

Secret Dead

Author: S.W. Fairbrother

Published: April 11, 2014
Pages: 306

Synopsis:
Vivia Brisk knows about the dead. She should. She’s died enough times. Vivia is a hag – or death witch – one of the last of her race, and can die, visit the underworld and return at will. As a consultant with charity The Lipscombe Trust, she has a job she loves — helping London’s most vulnerable supernaturals, even if her colleague Malcolm drives her round the bend on a daily basis. Vivia thinks she’s got Malcolm’s measure – sexist, not too bright and generally a pain in the ass, but then Malcolm zombifies and, along with his fourteen year old son Ben, flees the police.

With a zombie on the loose, London goes into lock down and Vivia is roped in into find them. After all, Malcolm can only keep control so long without fresh flesh, and the risk of the zompocalypse increases the longer he’s on the lam. At first what happened seems simple, but then the police find decades-old corpses hidden near Malcolm’s house, and Vivia begins to realise Malcolm’s missing son is in a lot more danger than from just a single zombie on the loose…

Why I love this book:

On Goodreads, this book has had 92 ratings with an average of 4.14 stars our of 5. This is one of those hidden gems that not very many people know about but they should!

This story is unique in the characters and the authors ability to describe sometimes the indescribable. The writing was engaging and well done. There was just the right amount of description, and everything felt very real. You can tell the author spent a lot of time making sure she had a grip on how everything in the world would work, from how things would smell to how one would feel after coming back from the dead. There was a natural flow to the book that sucks you in.

I think something else to keep in mind is that Fairbrother managed to create a unique and completely new story in an overly saturated paranormal category. That is not easy to do.

I really hope you check this book out, it is worth it!

Review:

Characters in this story range from zombies to shape shifting cats who take on the personality of the animals they shift into. But the most unique character is the main character- she is a hag, aka death witch. She isn’t pretty. In fact she resembles the dead in many characteristics. It isn’t often you encounter a main character as anything but beautiful, attractive, or at least easy on the eyes.

The main character consults with the necroambulism team where she often returns to the dead to help figure out if someone was killed recently, who they were, and help solve the crime. While she is in the underworld, the things she encounters are easily found in nightmares. The depth of the main character was surprising. To say she has had a rough life is an understatement. Even after everything she went threw, the ending of the book left me sad and contemplating how unfair things sometimes turn out. But I don’t want you to get to discouraged, the author leaves some hope for the main character in what will hopefully be a sequel.

The author does an excellence job describing the weird, scary if not disturbing, and ugly side of things. The story the author created is a dark mystery. Just when you think it couldn’t get more bazar, the author creates a scene that could have come out of the twilight zone or a Steven king book. This is a very well written book!

Quotes:

“I grabbed his arm before he could do it. Red hot anger coursed through me. I hate being manhandled. As far as I’m concerned you can believe what you like, just don’t be an asshole about it.”

“Zombies run to family when they’re in trouble.”


You can buy it free on Amazon Kindle or a paperback copy is $9.99. You have nothing to lose!! I promise you will love it 🙂