Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pupdate

She-Ra high as a kite after her teeth cleaning.

Max had his teeth cleaned twice in his life. He had a lot of teeth pulled out both times. So I was very hesitant to take She-Ra in for her cleaning but I knew she really needed it. I hated the thought of her sitting in a cage all by herself, afraid, and then getting knocked out. And then being in pain afterwards. But I bit the bullet and booked her for a teeth cleaning. She went in yesterday. I hated walking away from her, she gave me puppy dog eyes as the vet tech took her into the back. Awwww. 

Luckily, she only had three teeth that needed to be pulled. She's such a little trooper. 

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Week in Review (103)

I suck. I had this post almost all ready to go last Sunday and then I forgot about it. And I was already a week behind at that point! LOL So this is a three week week in review post.

I can't remember three weeks ago...so I'll just jump right ahead to two weeks ago.
She-Ra on a walkabout
The weather was starting to get warm two weeks ago and I wanted to give She-Ra the chance to run free and run off some energy before it got too cold.  My aunt lives on a farm and I was hoping the weather would be nice enough for She-Ra. And after some rain, it was! The rain brought out the frogs and She-Ra was chasing them all over in the grass. Kind of cute, but kind of gross. LOL And it was great to get together with family. A lot of cousins came. Great family time.

Taking advantage of the warm weather - a stroll on the beach
This past week was my work's annual planning session. We went away for three days and I have to admit, it was very hard to leave She-Ra. The weather was nice on Monday evening and my coworker and I drove to a local beach. The mosquitoes were awful! But it was nice to go for a stroll. My work has been in a lot of transition over the last while, not just me going to a new office. There's new managers, a lot of layoffs and this week was great to get the lay of the land with the new boss in place. And then yesterday I went to the book sale. An hour of half of browsing through thousands of books and I bought one.  ONE. I think I'm sick. LOL

Anyway, here's what I read in the last three weeks.

BOOKS READ

Until November by Aurora Rose Reynolds

I had this on my wishlist for a while and the whole series was on sale for .99 so I thought I'd give it a whirl. What caught my eye was the main character works for her dad who owns a strip club. LOL She's not a stripper but she's doing the books. This one was ok. The hero comes off as a jerk at first but then he knows November is the girl for him and moves fast. Kind of like a KA hero would. And I liked that. This was one was ok overall.

Mercy by HelenKay Dimon

I got this one from the library. I may just have to get a copy for myself. I enjoyed it. It starts off with some action, Becca being on the run from her employer, the CIA, and going to the last man who wants to see to give her sanctuary. Eight months prior Becca betrayed Jarret. I thought the tension between her being on the run and her wanting Jarret and his distrust of her was very well done. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy

This was a freebie at Amazon and I really liked it. Skylar is a good girl but she's out one night on a bad date and this hot guy catches her eye. It's Gage, a former MMA fighter and part owner of the club Skylar and her date are in. Gage doesn't do relationships but Skylar is ok with that and just wants to be a bad girl for a while. But things are never that cut and dry and feelings develop on both sides. I thought the bit with Gage's brother created some nice tension. I recommend this one.

Burn for Me by Lauren Blakely

I've read Lauren Blakely before so was looking forward to reading this one. But reading it so soon after Elle Kennedy's book, I felt like it was a disservice to this book. Elle's writing is rich. And Lauren's...I don't want to make comparison's but Burn For Me didn't go as deep as One Night of Sin. They're pretty close in length but I felt like Elle did a better job with the word count. However, Burn for Me was still enjoyable. It's about two friends who become lovers. And there's a puppy. Win win.

One Night of Scandal by Elle Kennedy

I really enjoyed this. Darcy and Reed are both introduced in One Night of Sin. Darcy was dating Reed's best friend and he was attracted to her but knew he could never make a move on her. When he sees Darcy at a club one night flirting with someone who is not his best friend he confronts Darcy and after some back and forth, that line Reed drew is crossed. I like how this one worked out. And I can't wait for the next book in the series.


Wild Ones by Kristine Wyllys

I've seen positive reviews of this one online and had it on my ebook reader for a while. I couldn't decide on what to read after One Night of Scandal and chose this title randomly. LOL Bri ran away from home when she was a teenager and has learned to only rely on herself. She's attacked after work one night and this big guy comes to her rescue. Luke is a fighter and there's something about Bri that appeals to him. These two were screwed up and I liked that. LOL It's them against the world. Book 2 hasn't been getting rave reviews so I don't know if I'll check it out.

Down London Road by Samantha Young

This was a re-read for me. Jo wasn't my favorite character in On Dublin Street and I've only read DLR once. In comparison, I've lost count of the number of times I've read ODS. I completely forgot how much I enjoyed this one!! We get a lot more insight into Jo and she's definitely a sympathetic character now. I loved Jo and Cam's chemistry and now I can continue on with the series.

Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh

Another re-read! LOL I love Raphael and Elena (they're one of my top couples ever) and I've only read the first two books in the Hunters Guild series and I can only lay the blame at their feet. They're so awesome I didn't want to move on from them...but duh, book 3 also features them so I've been dumb all this time. Haha Still a great read and a good introduction to a great couple. I have a thing for couples that start off wanting to kill each other.

Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh

Hmmm how spoilery should I be? Well the villain Raphael hires Elena to find in book 1 led to a fight to the death and Raphael is still alive..so spoiler alert -- he wins. And Elena has to deal with almost dying and Raphael doing something amazing to keep her alive. Awwww. Raphael and Elena forever! LOL In this one Elena has to deal with her new reality and Raphael has to take down another archangel, one who aspires to become a goddess. This is the book with my favorite knives and sheath conversation that shows how yummy Raphael is when he's jealous.

Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Consort was a new read for me. And I just finished it this morning so I'm not sure how I feel about it. It was a good read, further cementing Elena and Raphael's relationship. There was more Illium. We got some insight into him. There was more family stuff with Elena and her sisters. I really liked seeing more of them. I really wish Raphael would kill her dad. LOL And I missed seeing Ransom and would have liked more Sara. Ah well. Can't get all I want. I liked the build up to the big event and yeah, looking forward to reading more in the series. Good thing I have all the books! It pays off to be a book hoarder.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

April Wrap Up

I has a past goal to keep up to date on my monthly recaps to avoid posting like a demon at the end of the year. Well I didn't quite keep that goal but I do have three and a half months to catch up on my monthly posts. Instead of three days. LOL

She-Ra getting in some warm cuddles

Well it was a long, cold winter and She-Ra was finally able to go outside for a walk on April 10. But the warmth didn't last long because she didn't go outside again for a few weeks after. It was a crazy spring after a crazy winter. Now that it's September and things are starting to cool off, I hope the winter isn't as bad as this past one. *sigh* Anyway...April had a lunar eclipse. Which I woke up at 2:30 in the morning to go see and take a picture of. Kind of funny because I thought I got a good picture but when I looked at it the next morning, I couldn't see anything! haha In April I also took my grandpa to see some bullriding. Always a good show for him. I can't remember anything else. It was a good reading month though!

Here's what I read in April:

1. Just One Night by Kyra Davis: B-
This book was originally published as a serial and I had read part 1 back in 2012. I always wanted to finish it so I got it from the library. It wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Part 1 ends with the heroine's fiance finding her in the company of her lover...and then it goes downhill from there. She's a bit weak and so lets these two men pull her in different directions. She gets a backbone in the end and ditches both of them. Which I liked.


2. Every Part of You: Denies Me by Megan Hart: B
This is part 4. As much as I enjoy Simone and Elliott, I hate that yet again Elliott pulls away. Ugh. Elliott has daddy issues and that's the reason why he pulls away again. I didn't like how Simone went running to Aidan either. So we'll see if Part 5 redeems these characters. It's Megan, so I'm sure I'll be happy with the conclusion. I have faith. LOL

3. Behold the Stars by Susan Fanetti: B+
This is book 2 of the Signal Bend series. I really enjoyed Isaac and Lilli in book 1. I liked that Lilli is so kick-ass and I feel like Isaac comes across the more emotionally open one. So yeah, Isaac's motorcycle club is at war with a big time drug dealer and things get really dark in book 2. Super dark. Torture, rape, murder and even some animals are tortured. But beside that brutality was the story of Isaac and Lilli further cementing their bond. I like how they both never had a serious relationship before and had things to work out. I really like where this book ended and I can't wait to read book 3.

4. Every Part of You: Takes Me by Megan Hart: B+
This is the conclusion to Megan's foray into serials. And I thought it was a good way to wrap everything up. I thought part 4 was the weakest and my least favorite. But it all comes together in part 5. Yay Megan.

5. Easy by Tammara Webber: B+
This was a re-read. Lucas/Landon's POV is getting published in a couple of weeks and I wanted to revisit the story. I'm glad I did. It was just as enjoyable the second time around. Jacqueline and her economics tutor fall in love but at first she doesn't realize that her tutor is also the same guy who saved her from an attack at a frat party. Lucas is definitely a yummy hero and I liked how their relationships developed.

6. The Will by Kristen Ashley: B+
Ashley's latest release and I sucked it right up. Her last two releases, Jagged and Kaleidoscope didn't really do it for me so I didn't have high expectations for this one. But she definitely stepped up her game for this new series. I loved Josie and Jake, two people brought together by Josie's grandmother. I also loved Jake's kids. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from this series as the other guys introduced would make good heroes as well.

7. Out of the Shallows by Samantha Young: F


8. Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman: B-


9. Seven Sons by Lilli St. Germain: C
I got this as a freebie on Amazon via a motorcycle club romances post at Heroes and Heartbreakers. It's about a girl who's father was the president of an MC and he's betrayed and murdered by his friend. She's out for revenge. This was brutal as hell but still I found myself drawn in my the heroine's story. There's a book for each of the guy's sons (there were 6 of them involved in the betrayal) and there's only 3 books out so far. So I think I'll wait for a few more installments before reading more.

10. The Pirate’s Secret Baby by Darlene Marshall: B+

11. Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee: B+
I saw positive reviews around blogland about this YA and I have to agree, it was quite enjoyable. It's a quick read about Retta Lee Jones heading off to Nashville after high school to make a name for herself. She hits a few roadblocks but she never gives up. She finds kindness in unexpected places and she faces some loss too. I cried but I enjoyed it. I liked the little bios on the big country singers that preface each chapter too and how a song from that artist makes an appearance in that chapter. This one I would love to read a sequel to.

12. Love, In English by Karina Halle: B
Now infidelity in books isn't a deal breaker for me. And yes there is infidelity in this book. The heroine is a 23 year old Canadian who signs up for a month-long English speaking program in Spain. Our hero is a slightly older, married Spanish man. And it worked for me. I really liked the characters (even the other people in the program minus one). The story doesn't only take place during the program, so we do see how the h/h deal with their love afterwards. Long-distance even.

13. Sins and Needles by Karina Halle: B
I enjoyed Halle's writing so much that I jumped into her Artist's Trilogy. And that was a roller coaster I had to stay on until the end. Ellie Watts is a con-artist. The book starts with her running away from a con gone wrong. She decides to take a break in her hometown and runs into a friend from high school. Said friend is her next mark, but she gets busted trying to rob him. He blackmails her but things don't go according to plan...

14. On Every Street by Karina Halle: B
This is a novella that gives us a hint into Ellie's past. Ellie's all about revenge. Revenge against the man who scarred her. And to get to him, she sets her sights on one of his men. Ellie doesn't expect to fall in love with her mark though. She's torn between her need for revenge and love. And the choice she makes has repercussions six years later...
I enjoyed this insight to Ellie and Javier's relationship.

15. Shooting Scars by Karina Halle: B
Ellie sacrificed her happiness for Cam's. She goes with Javier so Cam can have a life with his ex-wife and son. But Cam is not giving up on Ellie. He follows her and Javier to Mexico but both he and Ellie have some hard truths to face. Javier isn't the most trust-worthy fellow after six years and Ellie is torn about his intentions. And she has every right to be. Cam teams up with a friend of Ellie's, Gus, to get her back and he learns more about Ellie's life after high school.

16. Bold Tricks by Karina Halle: B+
I don't want to spoil Shooting Scars by revealing what happens in this book but I will talk about this trilogy overall. I LOVED IT. I like that the heroine is a con artist and I loved that the love interest is a seeming good guy who embraces his dark side in order to have his woman's back. There was plenty of action and I enjoyed every minute of it. I highly recommend this series and I was sad to reach the end. I can see myself re-reading this often.

17. When the Marquess Met His Match by Laura Lee Guhrke: B+
I like matchmaker plots and I liked that the hero had to work hard to win our heroine over. Cute stuff.

18. Razer’s Ride by Jamie Begley: C
I read some positive buzz for Shade's Fall which is book 4 in the Last Riders series. I'm a series stickler so I decided to try out book 1. Razer's Ride had some issues, both writing and editing, but underneath all that, there was a story that I wanted to read through to its conclusion. Beth was a preacher's daughter and she's raising her adopted sister. She falls in with a motorcycle gang and her eyes are opened sexually. I found the set up of the club a bit preposterous but I didn't really care by the end. LOL

Grades:
B – 15
C – 2
F – 1

Formats:
E-book – 15
Library Book – 2
Print – 1

Genre:
Contemporary – 13
New Adult – 2
Young Adult – 1
Historical - 2

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pupdate

Here's Charlie with the last cast she had on. It broke but we managed to salvage it without having to take her to the vet. And it worked because CHARLIE'S CAST CAME OFF YESTERDAY!!!!!

LOL To say I'm happy about this is an understatement. However, there is an infection in her foot, probably from sweat and whatnot. Because that cast was stinkay as hell by Sunday. The vet cleaned her foot off and gave us antibiotics, antihistamines, pain meds and some ointment. I get to play doctor for another week. Fun fun. Her foot was really swollen yesterday after they cleaned it but it went down by the evening. It almost looks normal now. She still needs to wear the cone so she doesn't lick it.

Now. In all this whatever with Charlie, I've only had to go out to the vet three times. The first time my dad was driving and I read all the way there. The second time I was driving and Charlie is not a fan of car rides so my brother and I were kind of trying to calm her down. She's very vocal about her dislike of car rides, especially to the vet. So I was distracted both times.  But yesterday? Charlie was calm and my mind was quiet and I guess with the way the weather was yesterday I was reminded of Max's final trip to the vet. And it made me sad as hell. He's been on my mind an awful lot lately and yesterday just reminded me how much I missed him. My family and I still talk about him. 

It's funny but I miss cuddling with his fat self. He had cute little old dogs rolls and he was squishy. I miss the feel of him.

Here's one of the last pictures I took of him.
I find little things that remind me of him often. Like in the last few years, he liked to nibble on clothes. I have pajamas with little holes in them that I cannot get rid of because seeing those holes makes me smile. Remembering him sneaking in nibbles. LOL I know he got a few of my mom's pjs too and she feels the same way. 

I miss him, still.

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Week in Review (102)


I'm feeling really lazy about my week in review post. I'm debating the format and even if I want to do it. It is the only thing keeping me blogging right now. So who knows.

Work really has me in a dark place. I loooove working with my team. My coworkers are awesome and that aspect of it is fine. It's the stress that's really getting to me. Friday started out so well but the afternoon turned into the biggest gongshow ever. Like three really crazy situations happened at the same time. It's driving me crazy. Things were good all week and then Friday afternoon shat all over that good mojo.

Saturday was a day to put work in a little mental box and not worry about it and just enjoy my family. I drove my grandpa around to garage sales and then a group of us went to a very nice dinner. Oh, She-Ra also came driving around with me and for a little puppy who is afraid of the vehicle, she did very very well. She's been really clingy since last weekend. I think she needs me to spend more time with her.

And Charlie goes to the vet on Tuesday. Special dog broke her splint AGAIN. But we decided that we wouldn't take her in. The break was very low in the splint so we supported it with a small metal rod and used twisty ties to hold it in place. And then we wrapped the whole thing up with tape. LOL It works, which is the crazy thing. Better than the splint itself. We've also kept Charlie from being as active as she had been in the past.

Since the weekend, it has gotten chillier in our fair city. This is too soon! I wanted summer to last a bit longer. :( But I am working on some scarves. LOL I've been crocheting a lot. I found a yarn stash I forgot I had. And I finished my baby alpaca wool scarf. It was simple and I'll definitely use that pattern again.


BOOKS READ
The Rocker that Savors Me by Terri Anne Browning
I forget how I got wind of this series, but I was in the mood for a self-published book and this one jumped out at me. I had read the first book in the series earlier this year and thought it was very rough. But I did like the characters. The second book was better written than the first, but still had some major editing issues. I will continue on in the series despite the editing issues.

Teased by Jamie Begley
This is book one of a series connected to her other MC series (which I'm too lazy to look up right now). I don't know what it is about Jamie's writing but even though its not perfect, I still like to pick up her books from time to time. I did start book 2 of this series just today. Teased was a quick read about a guy who was in prison (he took the fall for his wife's mistakes) being asked to watch over a woman. It was ok.


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