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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Monday, September 01, 2014

Week in Review (101)

My past week was good. I read some good books and the weather was nice. Work was well except Friday was a gongshow. Sometimes I struggle with my job. It's stressful. Blah. But it's the long weekend and I've watched tv, played with She-Ra outside and started a new scarf with some alpaca wool I bought on Saturday. As for Charlie, she went to the vet on Tuesday. The splint cracked on Sunday evening and her cast literally fell off her foot. LOL She was supposed to go in on Wednesday anyway so we just got her in a day early. She has one more week to go!

BOOKS READ
Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

I loved this book. Fox and Molly were such a good couple. I liked their dynamic. I liked all the secondary characters as well. The rest of the band, Molly's sister and Molly's best friend. I really can't wait to read her friend's story. But Molly and Fox were hot hot hot and I don't want to say anymore. Just know I recommend this one, highly.
The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane

Okay, really funny timing on this one. Like Nalini Singh's book, this book also features a librarian heroine and a rock star hero. There's a bit of a different dynamic here. The main characters knew each other from before Paddy became famous. And Natalie is such a strong character. I didn't compare the two books because there are enough differences. I also really enjoyed this one. I love Lauren's writing style.

I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

This was my favourite read of the week. I love love loved Ty and Nadia. Ty is a single father who works during the day and goes to night school for architecture classes. Nadia is a college student who's moved into Ty's apartment building with her three friends. I like how Ty comes off as taciturn at first but him and Nadia slowly get to know each other and they can't deny they're attracted to each other. I loved this one.

REVIEWS POSTED
I have a review!!  LOL

Make It Count by Megan Erickson at Breezing Through

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

review at Breezing Through

Wena and I have a buddy review up at Breezing Through.

Check out our thoughts on Megan Erickson's Make It Count here.

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Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.


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