Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: Pia Does Hollywood (Elder Races #8.6) by Thea Harrison

I'm in the process of trying to catch up on posting some reviews. Being away on vacation and not reading as much, writing blog posts 2 months in advance has put me right behind. I have a heap of reviews I haven't posted. As you can see, this is not a current book but very much a beloved series by Thea Harrison. I'm actually quite caught up on the reading of the books but need to post my reviews. Very slack, Deanna!! Other reviews for this series are here and here.

Pia Does Hollywood by Thea Harrison

Pia Does Hollywood (Elder Races #8.6) by Thea Harrison
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: star star star star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Happy birthday Mr Manview | New Release: God of Wine by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Today's post is a little different.

It's my Steve's birthday today, and coincidentally, it's also (close to) release day for Mimi Jean Pamfiloff's new book God of Wine.

What does the release of God of Wine have anything to do with my gorgeous boy's birthday?

Well, if you don't know, Steve's a bit of a wine guy. He's written a book called Wine Sense: The Art of Appreciating Wine. Granted it's non-fiction and there's no sexy, ab-tastic, hunk of a wine god in it, but it's a might good read for anyone who likes wine and wants to expand on their wine knowledge and maximise their enjoyment of their wine drinking experience.

So, a little shameless plug for both books. (Note: I do not know Ms Pamfiloff personally, I'm just tickled by the title of her book and kinda want to read it just because!).

Happy birthday, my darling. I think we might need to get you to read God of Wine for a Manview.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Manview: America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Welcome to another Manview. For those of you who are new to Manviews, these are reviews of romance novels specifically from a man's perspective, the reader today is my very own Steve. You can find previous Manviews here.

Also, apologies for the lack of Manviews in the past months. Steve (or Mr Manview, as he likes to call himself) and I were away on vacation which turned into some fairly significatnt family/life issues we had to deal with, so very little reading was done by the both of us.

That said, I hope you enjoy this very overdue Manview.

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
Purchase link:
Amazon

My rating: star star star star

Heat rating: Flame  Half

Monday, November 21, 2016

Review: Dr Bad Boy (Frisky Beavers #2) by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller #MoniqueReviews

This is a book that I'm dying to read. I was so excited to get my hands on it. I haven't read it yet so I'm not spoiling it for myself by reading Monique's review ... I skimmed it. I was meant to read the book weeks ago but family / life stuff got in the way of reading. My apologies to the authors for that. I will get to it soon.

In the meantime, here's Monique's review:

ps. I think there might be a Mr Manview of this book coming at some point too! Stay tuned!

Dr Bad Boy by Ainslie Booth and Sadie Haller

Dr Bad Boy by Ainsley Booth and Sadie Haller
Purchase link: Amazon

Monique's rating: star star star

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame  Flame  

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Books I have not finished in 2016 #3

Every now and then there's a book that doesn't work for me. Here are a few that have been like that in the last few months.



Broken Play by Samantha Kane

Review: Broken Play (Birmingham Rebels #1) by Samantha Kane

I had high hopes for Broken Play. It started off great. I was asking around for a recommendation on a book about American football since we are visiting the US and I've been relegated to the status of "football widow" on Sunday nights when Steve's team is playing. I don't know much about football, so I have a million questions and I have to admit, cuddling in Steve's arms while he watches the game and answers my questions is kinda fun. I'm glad Steve put up with all my questions. What happened? Why did they do that? Was that bad? Who is that?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Guest post: The end ... or maybe not? by Christina Phillips | New Release: Tainted (The Druid Chronicles #4)

Finally, the fourth book in The Druid Chronicles series. What a journey it has been! I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. I've thoroughly enjoyed having Christina visit the bloggity and also reading the books, which I am slowly making my way through. Don't you love Christina's writing?

I particularly loved Chrsitina's portrayal of all the women in the series so far. I'm looking forward to learning more about Antonia in thist story. I bet she's going to give Gawain a run for his money. :-)

Please give Christina a very warm welcome.

The end ... or maybe not?

A big thank you, Deanna, for having me back to help celebrate the release of the final (for now!) book in The Druid Chronicles. The heroes of the previous three books were all Roman, and in Tainted I wanted to mix things up. There was a Celt warrior, Gawain, who first appeared in book 1, Forbidden, and I had readers contact me asking when I was going to write his story. It took a while, but I knew he needed a very special heroine to help him heal from the past and I found her in the Roman noblewoman, Antonia.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A romance with just the "good parts" by Cara Bristol | New Release: Body Talk

I've been reading Cara's Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance series from day one cos I love me some yummy cyborg goodness so when she asked if I'd host her for her new book Body Talk which focuses solely on all the sexy parts of a romance novel, I was "yes, definitely" because don't we all love the sexy parts? Sure, we read romance for the journey, the emotion, the way the author treats social and personal issues, but let's face it, the sexy parts give them oomph, yeah?

I remember as a teen reading Mills & Boon historicals. The sexy parts were few and far between, usually behind closed doors. I would savor those parts, lament they were too short and go back to read them again to see if I had missed something because they were so short. And then my rather acrive teenage imagination ran wild. Wild! I tell you!! Oh, the things I imagined!!

So now we have an ENTIRE book of sexy bits. Oooooh!!!!!!

Please give Cara a very warm welcome.

Body Talk: a romance with just the ‘good parts’

As a teenager, I didn’t read romance novels, I devoured them, reading probably four books a week, re-reading my favorite ones, and studying the “sex scenes” like they were going to be on a final exam.

Romances were lot more “innocent” then. Sex rarely occurred, and if it did, it was only after a couple had married, or at least had committed to marry. Usually a book contained only one or two passionate kisses, which of course rocked the heroine’s world. I didn’t have a name for sexual tension back then, but I recognized it when I saw it, and those were some of favorite scenes.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hello! Back from vacation, an update and an apology

Hello! Hello!

I'm back!

Yeah, after more than two months away, I am back from my "vacation" in the US. Truth be told, it hasn't been much of a vacation if you've followed me on my journey where I've talked about it in previous blog posts here and here. Mostly I was lamenting the lack of reading done while on the trip since we spent most of it in hospital and caring for Steve's dad who took ill. Seriously, reading laments aside, he got very sick and we thought he was going to die. We are glad we were around to help look after him and help out Steve's mom. For those of you asking, Steve's dad is on the mend. He is currently in transitional care and is slowly but steadily improving. We hope he will be home soon.

Mom kissing dad goodnight
I love this picture of mom kissing dad good night while he was in hospital. Such a sweet and tender moment. They have been married 64 years.

Aside from that, and likely because of it, I have been behind on reviews. My apologies. I've had NO time to read.

I did a quick post to the bloggity group and Facebook page with a brief update and apology about it and everyone was very kind. I do appreciate it.

I am going to start back on track with the reading / reviews pretty soon. Reading first, then reviews. I've got a few solid dates set for reviews which I'm working towards - those first. For others who have been kind enough to be flexible, I am working on fitting everyone back into a revised schedule for reviews to go up again. Thank you for your patience.

Fortunately, I've had the wonderful Helen helping me and her content has been invaluable. She's sent me so many great reviews that she's really sustained the blog while I've been away and also now. I don't know what I would have done without her.

Manview

And never fear, there's another Manview on the way. Steve's read a book while away and he's got a review coming. I'm looking forward to it. I hope you are too.

Back on the vacation front, aside from the hospital stuff, we did fit in a road trip to Colorado, though the road trip to New Orleans was cancelled. My best friend, Arni came all the way from Iceland to Minnesota to visit with me. We had a grand old time. We also worked out we spent 45 hours in the car together on the road trip. It's a wonder he didn't get kicked to the curb. Honestly though, he was a great travel companion and I miss him very much.

At Mount Rushmore
Excuse the selfie stick fail with the shadow. First time using a selfie stick. Likely also the last time, but we wanted to try to get Mt Rushmore into the picture with us. That's Steve, me and Arni.

Badlands
The Badlands were spectacular. This is my rather artistic picture of it. I love it. :-)

Along the way, with all the sightseeing (Mount Rushmore and the Badlands), we also caught up with authors Elaine Levine and Pamela Clare as we were close to where they lived. I enjoyed some time with them and got some books signed. :-)

Elaine Levine book signing  Elaine Levine
Elaine signing a few books for me, and a group shot of Steve, me, Elaine and her husband, Barry. Both Elaine and Barry were delightful.

Pamela Clare
Me with Pamela Clare - such an interesting woman

On Pamela's recommendation, with the little time we had left on Boulder, Colorado, we drove up the mountains into Nederland. I was rather excited to see the mountain town itself as that's the town Pamela used to model where her latest contemporary romance series Colorado High Country is set. Now I can picture the town when she talks about it in her books as I read them

Nederland
High up in the mountains.

That's it for the brief recap of the vacation.

There's going to be a re-jig of the blog over the coming months and into the new year. I'm still working through that but I'll have the announcement soon. Likely after Christmas or early in the New Year.

Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh

I'm really excited about the reading line-up I've got. Aside from review books, I'm also making time to fit in fun books. I'm particularly excited about Nalini Singh's new Guild Hunter book.

That's it from me for now.I hope you are well. I've missed everyone and I've missed blogging.

What are you excited about that's been recently released or coming soon?


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