Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week in Review (114)

This past week was good. Last Sunday, I went to my aunt's for a birthday party. There was quite a few of us there and we all had a good time.

Work wasn't crazy. But I am trying to get sick. Every morning I wake up and I've got the sniffles and sneezes like crazy. Then I'm fine for the day. Then about 9:30/10 pm I start up with the sniffles and sneezes again. Ugh. But it's not turning into a full blown cold. Just enough to make me miserable. Ugh. Anyway, despite that I thought I'd go visit my Grandfather yesterday. He had pneumonia a few weeks ago and he hasn't been up to traveling. So I surprised him and went to visit. It was great. :P

And lastly we've had some great weather! It even went to the positives by Thursday/Friday. +4 we made it to!

Off Campus by Amy Jo Cousins

I've been seeing some positive reviews for this one around blogland and I am going to read more m/m this year so I thought I'd start with this one. I'm glad I read it! It was good and I really like new adult m/m romances (anything NA in general LOL). The main characters were good. Both had angst but it wasn't crazy drama. I like how they worked on their stuff together. And Reese? Loved him! There's a sequel, but it's for a character I did not like at all, so I don't know if I'll read it. I do like to see if authors can redeem their characters. B+

Trade Me by Courtney Milan

When I heard this one was coming out, I became quite anxious to read it. I've only read a few CM titles but I really enjoyed them so I couldn't wait to see how she'd handle a contemporary. And Courtney did not disappoint! She has a woman of colour as her heroine, and the hero...oh I'll leave some things up for you to discover. Wena and I are going to buddy review this one. I couldn't put it down. B+

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Another genre I didn't read a lot of in 2014 was historical romance. So since I'm all caught up on Sarah MacLean, I thought I'd delve into Tessa Dare's latest series. And I have to say, this one was a winner! There's a castle, an ermine for a pet, cosplay -LOL- and an amazing romance. I loved Izzy and Ransom. Izzy's personality and strength of will was the perfect foil to Ransom's wounded, brusque Beast in a castle. A solid A read.



That was my week. How was yours?


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Week in Review (113)

The presentation that wasn't. I wrote up my report on Monday and Tuesday and then got the word on Wednesday afternoon that the meeting was cancelled on Thursday. OH WELL. LOL So I was all ready to give my presentation but I don't mind it being cancelled. My supervisor actually wants me to still give it at a later date. Which is fine.

Make it Right by Megan Erickson

Rowena and I are going to be reading book 3 of this series for our January review so I figured I'd read book 2 first. Haha! First of all, I have to mention the editing in this one. I'm not that observant but these editing mistakes pulled me out of the story a bit. Nothing major, just the wrong words used (him instead of her and missing words). But the story itself I enjoyed. Max was a douche in book 1 but he was definitely redeemed in this book.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Chase's story was super satisfying. Chase, aka Anna, aka Georgiana, Georgiana has returned to society and believes she needs to marry a title to gain happiness for her ten year old daughter, Caroline. After one of his scandal sheets runs a mocking cartoon of Lady Georgiana, Duncan West agrees to use his newspapers to help her land a husband. I really liked how this one played out. Duncan was a good hero but the winner is Georgiana. A cross-dressing heroine who holds sway as Chase, mysterious owner of the Fallen Angel. I like how she took charge of her future.



So Nath and I were working on a best of 2014 post and I was looking at my numbers and I only read TWO m/m books in 2014. That is shocking to me. I love m/m. But I think with all the contemporary and new adult romances out there and the fact that I stopped following m/m blogs meant that new m/m releases fell off my radar a bit. But I'm going to make an effort to read more m/m. I miss it!

And today I'm off to my aunt's. Puppy time!!


Friday, January 16, 2015

Furball Friday

My first Furball Friday of 2015!

So remember how I said I want my next dog to be a big dog? Well two family members' dogs had puppies...and they're not big dogs.

My aunt's pomeranian had puppies right before Christmas. It's kind of a sad story, but she has two poms and her in-laws who lived on a farm down the road had a pom and he was a bit older and passed away recently. No one knew that he'd knocked up one of my aunt's dogs. This litter was a surprise. A last gift from their old buddy. Awww. I'm going to play with them on Sunday. :P

And my cousin's chi mix had puppies as well! This chi is bigger than She-Ra but I guess the dad was smaller. She has 5 pups. And below is a more recent picture. SO CUTE!!!

I keep telling myself to be strong. I want a big dog. No matter how cute these fluff balls are, I need to stay strong!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Week in Review (112)

Ok. My covering supervisor was sick until Thursday. The wait was killing me! But she actually appreciated my email explaining things and was very positive about everything. However, the whole meeting put me on upper management's radar. So I have two days to put a report together and present it to ten directors on Thursday. FUN TIMES. NOT.

I am not too worried about the report. A lot of the information has been collected, I just need to pull it together. But it's a bit redundant because three status reports have been sent I'll just be regurgitating the information. Ah well.

Outside of work, I've just been trying to keep warm. It's been in the -30s and -40s here. The first half of the week it was like the energy was just drained out of me. I just came home and bundled up right away. Going to bed early. I have three blankets on my bed.

And I started rewatching season 3 of Game of Thrones. It was sad seeing everyone still alive. But I love Arya and the Hound together, so there's that. And Jon Snow and Ygritte. Still hate the torture scenes. And GoT comes back April 12!!  That seems so far away.

Finally - I bought my plane tickets to Georgia!! Two weeks in February to warm up. I'm already missing She-Ra though.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

I could kick myself for not reading this book sooner. It made me cry twice and was my first A read of 2015. Noah and Echo were two great characters that had a lot of baggage between the two of them. Noah's stuff with his brothers broke my heart. But he made the right choice, for everyone involved. And Echo and Ashley's relationship in the end made me cry too.

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean

I've been wanting to catch up on MacLean's books so I could read Never Judge a Lady by her Cover. I had guessed that Chase was a woman and knowing that who she was goes back to the first series made reading this book imperative. The other thing was Simon was such a douche in book 2, how could he honestly be a hero? But Sarah did it and I really liked Simon and Juliana's story. Overall, I think the first book was the strongest of this series though.

OMG you guys!! I had TWO reviews posted this week!

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen at Breezing Through
Riskier Business by Tessa Bailey at Book Binge


Make It Right by Megan Erickson

That was my week. How was yours?


Thursday, January 08, 2015

review at Book Binge

Well 2015 is off to a good start. I've got two reviews up this week!

Anyway, I've got a review of Tessa Bailey's Riskier Business up at Book Binge. You can read it here.

One more game. And this time, there are no rules…

After a life of pool hustling and living on the wrong side of the law, Ruby Elliott is living on the straight and narrow with sexy-as-all-hell NYPD detective, Troy Bennett. Now the only trouble Ruby has with the law is the naughty kind, pinned against the wall by Troy's strict and spectacularly hard body. Obeying his every command. Both of them losing themselves in a lust that borders on obsession...

But then her father returns with an offer she can’t refuse: one last hustle in exchange for information. Information she’d die to have. As the pieces and the players of the game reveal themselves, Troy feels the fine edges of his control slipping—control he can’t channel without hurting Ruby. The stakes are high, and the risk higher. Because losing this final game could cost more than Ruby’s heart…it might cost her life.