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Weekend Pick Me Up: Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

Dating The Undead by Juliet Lyons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

[I received this ARC from Sourcebooks Casablancas with no expectation of a review in exchange]

What a hawt and naughty good time!

Silver Harris is snarky and sassy. The girl likes having the last word–even if that final statement is a slammed door. She doesn’t put up with kisses on the side. She doesn’t care for superior tones. That Chanel coat she is wearing is compensation for a ruined New Year’s celebration; not saying she is a klepto but Silver believes in reparations. The true rewards of the last night of the year is the satisfactory knee to the jewels to her cheating date and a surprise walk home with a very sexy vampire.

And vampires are as seductive as all the tabloids report. Continue Reading

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Weekend Pick Me Up: Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads

Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Race the Darkness is something that I enjoyed more towards the middle-to-end than at the start.

The REASON for my delayed enjoyment IS the hero XANDER STONE IS quite the KNOB. At least at first he is and I had a difficult time getting into him. As I read further I realized that Abbie Roads did that for character growth. (…and then I had to forgive her for putting me through his thorough knobiness.)

The victim of a lighting strike that left him disfigured, Xander grudgingly uses the sixth sense side effect of his incident to discover truths in the name of justice. Hearing the thoughts of others is painful for him but he is trying to put the curse to good use. It’s an act of contrition for being a right knob–this is my interpretation and not the character’s confession, because Xander is okay being knobby. Being a sorta good-doer is seriously the least he can do because he is cranky and disconnected from everyone he knows. And this guy has Daddy Issues that go on for miles. But really, no excuses will make me not want to smack him in the chops for being as he is. Continue Reading

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Tongue Wagger: The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami by Charles River Editors

The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami: The Story of the Deadliest Natural Disaster of the 21st Century by Charles River Editors
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up from Amazon when it was on free promotion to feed my morbid fascination for human misery. That is sad self statement–yet true; stories of this sort reaffirm the idea that hope may persevere tragic times. Why I need the reminder probably says something ‘tragic’ about myself.

I like the Charles River Editors books a great deal for the context and information presented in each of their topical documentaries. The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami report briefly covers the events of the Boxing Day disaster that killed over 300,000 people who were along the shores of the Indian Ocean. The poignant recounting of loss from those who were witnesses and victims is respectfully treated. The collation of the personal stories woven together allowing the reader to get an integrated sense of the events. Continue Reading

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Weekend Pick Me Up: Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Unknown by Wendy Higgins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Does this woman ever disappoint?
Tut-tut! Curb your tongue, Negative Nancy. It’s a rhetorical question.

Wendy Higgins rocks socks and knocks boots once again with this baby. My heart has been stolen in what certainly is another ‘my book boyfriend is hotter than your book boyfriend’ series.

Taking a step away from the supernatural Sweet Series, Unknown is a sci-fi story with a kiss of apocalyptic WTH on the side. Suddenly the potato farm region of Nevada is a place where something other than meth labs and tubers flourish. Sing praise with me because it makes hot soldiers and sows the seeds of unrequited love too. Can I get a hallelujah? Continue Reading

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Weekend Pick Me Up: His Purrfect Mate by Laurann Dohner

His Purrfect Mate by Laurann Dohner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have fallen head over heels for Anton over my many readings of His Purrfect Mate. He becomes more and more dear to me each time I pick up this Mate Set novel.

***deep inhalation***

The Harris Pack is one of the strongest shifter clans in the region. Alpha Elroy guides his family and pack with a firm hand. Elroy holds his sons up to the example he leads, to be warriors and protectors. He expects Anton to be his heir, ready to lead the Harris wolves when Alpha steps down. His eldest son Grady is a product of a relationship prior to Elroy’s mating with Eve and would never be an option in Eve’s eyes. She thinks only her sons should inherit. Not only does Grady’s origins make him unfit in her eyes he chose a human as a mate which Eve finds sacrilege. She wants Anton to make a strong alliance to bind the Harris Pack to another powerful one. All her sons need to make strong alliances when they mate and ONLY with WOLVES. Eve will do anything to make that happen, including murder, mayhem, and betrayal. Continue Reading

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Makin’ The Love Monday: Ruthless by Gina L. Maxwell

Ruthless by Gina L. Maxwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Describe this book in nine words: Raw and naughty on the razor’s edge of tragedy.

I normally would focus on the hot and sexy of a smutty book like this because HOT AND SEXY! There is nothing bad when those two things hang out together. And it’s enough to turn my head every time. The true value of this novel isn’t steam related in anyway– but I will reiterate, it’s high on steam.

Gina L. Maxwell interjects a heart wrenching undertone to Ruthless I think many erotic novels get snipped out in editing or overshadowed by inserted sensual scenes. In this second Playboys in Love novel Gina L. Maxwell stunningly retains a level of dark truth about broken relationships that plague the psyche of lovers throughout time. And she does it masterfully. Continue Reading

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Tongue Wagger: I Hope You Find Me by Trish Marie Dawson

I Hope You Find Me by Trish Marie Dawson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am going to do this review in two parts because the beginning and the end of this book demand I do so.


This novel takes place in my hometown San Diego. I’m that adolescent nerd whose heart glows with pride thinking that I’m sharing an inside joke with someone when they honor my little town. The joy I have for America’s Finest City’s starring role in TMD’s book endeared me to the story before I opened the book.

Weh I saw it I danced and sang, “Listen up, y’all! SD is in the house, R-E-S-P-E-C-T America’s Finest City! Holla”. Yep, I did.

Having lost her family and watching her children die of the red plague before her eyes, Riley has nothing left for her at home. San Diego was devastated and the earth has become depopulated after the pandemic. Riley and her dog are survivors stranded in a post apocalyptic nightmare. Trish Marie Dawson’s illustration of this grotesque afterlife is the backdrop for her main character’s struggle to tether herself in a world suddenly without purchase, as she ventures out leaving messages to anyone who may come looking for her with, ‘I hope you find me’. Continue Reading

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Weekend Pick Me Up: Shameless by Gina L. Maxwell

Shameless by Gina L. Maxwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you like it dirty let me hear ya holla!

Yeah baby! This first Playboys in Love book is for nasty babes who don’t know how to fix a sink or clear a browser history. Don’t pretend you haven’t been there; all we nasty babes have. Too bad we can’t all have a ‘Handyman’ clear our pipes for us.

Jane is a sexually repressed student just trying to get through her thesis and hoping that there is life on the other side. Sometimes it’s impossible to get those last few pages written when you aren’t properly motivated. How can someone write about the issues of objectification in society when they only have one sample group as research?

Insert male strippers here. (Or perhaps you have a better place to insert them.) Continue Reading

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Trigger Warning: The Boy Next Door by Leddy Harper

The Boy Next Door by Leddy Harper
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

First of all this book made me feel uncomfortable. I did not finish it.

Kristy Abner is a vile 33 year old horrible excuse of womanhood. Harsh? NOT IN ANYWAY.

This mother of a 16 year old daughter is obsessed with her 17 year old neighbor, Ash Jenkins. Worse yet, he is stars-in-his-eyes and excitement-in-his-loins in love with her. Female 101 teaches you to not dabble in the dating pool of your own teenage daughter but Kristy is thrilled by the attention she gets from Ash and charmed by the fact that he seeks her out and fills her head with all the sweet things she has been missing. But STOP RIGHT THERE! This isn’t just an older woman taking compliments from a younger man, she is lusting for the body of a child and leading him on with coy ‘we can’t’ and phishing ‘I’m too old for you’. She’s reeling in this vulnerable kid by playing hard to get instead of of shutting him down for his own well being. Continue Reading