• Are You- Tamed?

    Tamed

    Anyone who like quick easy romances will enjoy this one.

    From the back of the book-

    “Porter Marshall has nearly achieved his goal of becoming a Club Sin Master, but his new sub poses a much bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite their mutual attraction and red-hot dungeon sessions, Kenzie Hart plays her own games. Her bratty, you-can€™t-break-me attitude masks terrible personal hurt and €”pain that only the exquisite touch of a skilled Dom can release. But when Porter suggests taking their connection to the outside world, Kenzie denies him . . . which only makes him want her more.

    Kenzie can€™t ignore the raw, fierce bond she has with Porter. But she can’€™t give in to his dangerous demands, either. Is the passion they share real, or is he using her to solidify his status at Club Sin? And yet, who else can she trust with the shattering secrets she holds within? As Porter expertly brings her to the point of no return, Kenzie surrenders her body and, piece by piece, her heart.”

    While this does have BDSM theme, it is not as rough or hard as 50 Shades. In the beginning of the book, Kenzie seems to like that. But the author only alludes to what she has does with other males. There are no detailed description scenes. It was a very nice change.

    I LOVED this story line. Kenzie makes a great female lead. Strong, sassy, and a little in your face; but that is all a cover, a face. As Porter starts to push, she starts to open up letting in a completely new side to her. I love how timid she is about opening up; how hard she works to keep those walls up. It is a nice twist, normally the girl falls in love right away and wants him to open up. While she is working on him, this book he is working on figuring our her.

    Yes, it is a love story, making the ending easy to see coming. But lets be real, one of the reasons to read romance books is for that happily ever after ending. Personally, I like seeing the characters end up together. I like the happy endings. Over all, this book would be high on my fluff, romance to read list.

    What about you guys, do you like reading books where you can see the ending coming? Or do you stay away from romance books, since they all end the same?

  • Enchanted Rose

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    To say I loved this book from the first sentence would be a stretch. To be honest, I had issues with the first sentence. It took a few reads to get past it. But once I did, it was awesome!

    From The Back Of The Book-

    “When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. Her life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…

    Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself.

    Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?”

    This story starts after (I think a year after) Vivian’s mother dies. Her father is running out of ways to parent a teenage daughter and sends her to live with aunts that she never knew existed. As Vivian is getting to know the small town that she is living in, she learns more about her mother and the family she never knew she had.

    The story of magic, curses, and small town rumors comes right to your front page. It starts slow and builds without you realizing it. Before you know it, you are up well past mid-night trying to finish the book. With as much as I loved this book, it was wonderful to see Tink get so involved in a book.

    She is not a big reader. In fact getting her to read “for fun” is like pulling teeth. Actually, she would much rather go to the dentist and really get some teeth pulled then be forced to read a book. She just does not enjoy reading in any form. I got huge eye rolling and even a huff when I asked her to read this. She was not pleased with me, not even a little bit. Then she started it.

    I caught her up well past bedtime, hiding in the closet, with a flashlight to finish this book. Then got the eye rolling and huffing when I told her she had to put the book down and go to bed. This happened more then once, or even twice. Until she was finished reading this was the nightly routine with her.

    Then one night, while my husband and I were watching tv, we heard her yell from her room. Then a door slam. After racing down, and asking her what was going on, she informed us that she had just finished the book. She was not a fan of the ending, and even less of a fan of having to wait for the next one to come out. Please come out with Book 2 soon!!!

    Do your kids like to read? What do you do to get your middle schooler to read more?

     

  • Skin Need a Pick Me Up


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    **I was supplied samples for this post at no cost. All opinions are my own.
    Post does contain affiliate links**

    After a long winter, and the change of seasons, I know that my skin could use a little pick me up. A little TLC. While I love my No7 line and am very loyal to it, I feel like I needed to try something new; in the name of science, for all of you. In case you are not as in love with No7 as I am. Yea, that is why I wanted to try a new product. Strictly to help you all out. Hehehe.

    Well I happened to get an awesome (full sized) sample to try just for that purpose. Radhad Beauty was able to send over their Vitamin C Serum, their Retinol Moisturizer, and their Eye Gel. I think the best way to tell you about each product will be to explain them, in the order that you would apply them.

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    Vitamin C Serum-
    It seems like Vitamin C Serums are all the rage at the moment. Just about all the lines have one. I have tried others in the past, and I do notice a difference in my skin on the days that I wear them. This one is quite nice, and slightly different then the others. There in no color (most of the others have a yellow to orange color to them) and it has no scent (again others have an orange scent to them). However, it is almost water like, so when you pump the bottle it can spill out if you are not careful, making it a bit harder to apply. Overall though, it is a great serum if you are sensitive to color and scents. It absorbs very quickly into the skin.

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    Eye Gel-
    It claims to provide intensive eye care; focusing on dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness. This is a plant based gel and applies a lot like an aloe gel, same slightly sticky formula, very cooling and you can feel it working. Personally I don’t see a lot of help in the way of dark circles. But it gets rid of all puffiness and fills in the little wrinkles. If you are ok with using a concealer for dark circles, then this would be a great eye gel.

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    Retinol Moisturizer-
    From the bottle it claims to immediately and long term release to promote radiate skin. I really like the way that this feels on my skin, and the way that my skin looks when I use it. Radiate skin is going a bit far, but my skin looks better then normal. If you have more wrinkles or fine lines, this would be a great product! Something to keep in mind with this, it is on the thicker side. As the temps are warming up here in AZ, it might become to much to wear year round. It might get moved to a nighttime routine product, but it will stay in the rotation.

    Overall I am very impressed with how these products work. Below are the links to Amazon, that way if you are interested in giving them a try you can find them.


    What are your thoughts? Do you like to give new skin care products a try? Or if you found something that works, do you stick with it? What brand/line/products are you using?

  • Moses DNM

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    With all the religious studies that I have done, and man I have studied most of the world religions, I know very little about Judaism. I wish that I knew more, maybe it will be the next major religion on my “must study” list.  Moses Son Of Maimon was a great intro into it.

    This book read much more like a text book then a story tale. Don’t get me wrong it is far from boring, as long as you like religious/philosophical books set in the middle ages. That made it sound not great. Personally I loved it. I loved reading all about this very influential man, both in his time and still today. Also, I loved hearing the story of the Jewish people during this time period. You hear about how hard it was for them, but it is hard to truly understand what they went through, at least for me it was hard to really get it. This book put a new light on it, and made it more tangible for me.

    Book Description-

    “Born into a distinguished family in medieval Cordoba, Spain, the young Moses Maimonides was quickly recognized by his teachers for his outstanding intellectual abilities and extraordinary versatility. At the age of twelve, when his peaceful world was shattered by war and persecution and his family was forced into exile, his religious and secular studies continued. Despite the years of wandering and the harsh conditions, he also developed into a writer and wrote extensively until the end of his life.

    After years of wandering and relatively short stays in Morocco and Israel, Maimonides and his family settled in Egypt. The Jewish community quickly recognized his genius, and after completing his important book, the Mishneh Torah, he was recognized internationally as the chief religious and legal authority of the entire Jewish world. He produced many books on diverse subjects such as philosophy, law, religion, and medicine that are considered extremely important to this day by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. Despite experiencing loss and controversies, Maimonides rose to eminence as both the official head of the Jewish community in Cairo and the private physician to the sultan and his court.

    His world was full of contradictions. A man who abhorred excess of any kind, Maimonides nevertheless lived as a member of a glittering society. Cairo of that time was full of art, music, literature, elegant fashions, priceless jewelry, and sophisticated food. He moved among the sultan’s wealthy advisors and the elegant ladies of the royal harem during the day, and among the Jewish scholars in the evening. He was accused of supporting corporal punishment for wives, and at the same time, people gasped at his revolutionary defense of women’s rights.

    His fame brought controversy that is still raging—eight hundred years after his death. At certain times his books were banned and even burned at the stake. But no one could ever deny that his work was that of a brilliant innovator and scholar who could reconcile religious traditions with science and philosophy like no one else.”

     Are you a student of religions? Is it something that you like to study? What about reading about philosophy? 

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  • Dark and Twisted Games

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    This was the first book from Heidi Acosta and I am hooked. While the writing itself does not always flow as smoothly as I would like in a few parts. Her vivid details and imagination more then make up for it. Acosta is one of those rare authors that can paint an entire new world for you, with just a few pages. Worlds that you would never have thought to even think about, come to life. Not only that, but they jump right out at you and engulf you, swallowing you whole.

    From the back of the book:

    “Sixteen-year-old Eden Day, also known as freak, is stuck caring for her alien obsessed aunt after the death of her parents. When she’s not helping her prepare for the next alien invasion, Eden spends her time trying to escape her self-appointed tormentors, listening to her perfect best friend complain about her perfect life, and struggling to write her overdue sports article for her school newspaper … not that she knows anything about sports.

    Then two brother’s move into town, turning her boring life completely upside down. Golden boy Cardelain is the talk of town and seems to have set his sights on Eden. But, it’s the dark and elusive Jaxson who has caught her attention. Bound and determined to figure out what secret he is hiding, Eden begins to dig for the truth, but the deeper she digs, the more her life seems to be in danger. Then one night a man with glowing eyes attacks her, everyone thinks she imagined it and is as crazy as her aunt. But, Eden knows she is not crazy and that Jaxson had something to do with the attack. Soon she finds herself involved in a dark game with Jaxson, immersed in a strange and twisted world that nightmares are made of.”

    This particular story has a typical, formulaic plot for about half the book. Geeky girl gets bullied in high school. New foster boys come to town; one the all american football star and the dark, mysterious one. Geeky girls crushes on them both, all while she thinks they are out of her league. It has a very Twilight feel (but with aliens not vampires). Both boys like her and she is torn between them. blah blah blah

    But then it takes a new twist, you thought that you are on a pretty safe, slow moving road here and you are quickly whipped to the left and start racing down the rabbit hole. The whole time that I was reading the beginning of the book, I thought that we were going to be taking a vampire turn and that was the secret. I promise you this is no vampire fan fiction book. It goes someplace completely different.

    There is so much that I want to say about this book, but honestly anything that I would tell you would spoil it for you. So I will leave it with…..

    Add this to your must read list!!!

     

  • Baby Twins To Bind Them

    Baby Twins

    LOVED this book. Absolutely LOVED it!! It followed a pretty typical Harlequin romance plot line. So there are no big twists, turns or anything unexpected. Girl has bad break up, girl meets Mr Right, Mr Right takes some time before he realizes he is worthy of her, girl leaves and boy follows with a big grand gesture to show he is ready. That being said, if you are in a mood for a book that will keep you guessing and on your toes. This would not be the best book for you. However, if you are just wanting a sweet, nice love story then this is perfect.

    Candy is ready to move on from her ex. And really a great fling followed by a nice vaca is just the ticket. When she finds out that she is pregnant, it throughs a kink into her perfect plan. Mix that with actually falling for the guy, and she has a problem on her hands. What is a girl to do?

    From Back Of Book-

    “For delicious Dr. Guy Steele, life is all about flirting and never about forever! It’s the only way to avoid discussing the painful issue of his infertility. So a fling with Candy Anastasi, the sexiest nurse in the hospital, is the perfect solution…right?

    Candy’s desperate to take her mind off her good-for-nothing ex—and six weeks of the best sex of her life is the ideal distraction! Until she realizes that she’s fallen for Guy…and that she’s pregnant –with twins! Could her double baby bombshell ultimately bind her to Guy forever?”

    While I like a good page turner, that keeps me guessing, I do like a simple cute love story. Maybe it is the big girl version of princess movies to me. Maybe it is the whole story of falling in love. Who knows, but every once in a while, I do like a nice slow story, that makes me smile.

    Are you a romance reader? What makes for a good romance in your eyes? Do you need the plot twists and turns to keep you flipping the pages or is the standard formula enough for you?

  • The Dead Days

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    The Dead Days

    This is one of those books that I put off reading. The back of the book was a confusing as to what it was about, I am not huge on end of world books, and well I was not fully excited about it. Do you ever have books like that? That you pick up, then after second thought regretted grabbing them.

    While I did not love this book, it was interesting and kept me turning the pages. It is a post apocalyptic tale of family’s survival. It is the typical family dynamic: mom, dad, daughter and son; plus everyone else they have found that has survived mother nature’s wrath. They have created a utopian society: no prejudice, no crime, no reliance on anyone other then themselves. Just one problem, if the 20+ of them are all that still remains of the human species then they were going to have to repopulate the planet and ensure another generation of humans. Sounds like a good story line.

    It takes a weird twist with the dad that reminds me a lot of the Warren Jeffs story. Not pretty and very hard to read. And then another weird twist with the introduction of a vampire, but not vampire species. Both were important to the story, and if you would have altered either, it would have destroyed the book. Just not entirely my cup of tea.

    With that being said, the book itself was remarkably well written. It was written as two different (and simultaneous) journals. She was able to beautifully weave the story from both main characters point of view. I loved that you got to read it direct from Leo (the daughters) and from her father’s views; and that you got to do this without a lot of jumping around or confusing back and forth jumps. Even without it being my cup of tea, her writing was so compelling that I could not put it down. I had to find out what was going to happen.

    It is part of a series (just to warn you), but she tied up this part of the story wonderfully. You got some answers, most of it was tied up quite nicely and yet there was enough of a cliff hanger to have you waiting for the next one. It was the perfect way to end book one in a series.

    From Amazon:

    “The daughter of a radical doomsday prepper, Leo Marrok spent her entire life preparing for the end. A skilled fighter and perfect marksman, Leo is her father’s second-in-command when Armageddon comes to pass. Together, they lead a group of survivors to a secure bunker deep in the Appalachian Mountains.

    Vincent Marrok is willing to take extreme measures to repopulate their broken world. Leo’s refusal marks her as a traitor. With father and daughter at odds for the first time, their frail community is thrust into turmoil. Until the unthinkable happens, a blood-thirsty horde arrives. The impending attack will destroy all that they have worked for.

    To protect her home and everything she believes in, Leo puts her faith in the arms of the enemy—a creature only rumored to exist—the one she calls Halloween. An alliance born out of necessity evolves into feelings Leo is ill-equipped to handle.

    The Dead Days Journal is a post-apocalyptic story of love and family told through Leo Marrok’s first-hand account and the pages of Vincent’s personal journal, giving two very different perspectives on what it takes to survive.”

    Would you continue to read a book that was not entirely your cup of tea, if the writing was that compelling? Do you like reading books that make you really think through what is right, even if that is taboo? What about post apocalyptic stories?

  • Top 5 Things To Do For New Moms

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    We all want to help out new moms. It is even more exciting when it is a family member, or a close friend that just had a little one of their own. And with us already being moms, we are more then eager to share our tips, our tricks, and our stories. There is something that kicks in, we truly want to help. But what is the best way to help these new moms? Here is my list of the top 5 things to do for a new mom:

    1. Don’t Give Advise– You are going to want to, lets be honest, you will want to with every fiber of your being. You have been there, you know (and understand) what she is going through. But unless she is directly asking you for a specific piece of information, then only offer advice for what she is asking. Anything else is unsolicited and annoying.
    2. Bring Food– If you are going to be going over to her house, bring food. And not in something that she will have to worry about washing and getting back to you. Remember how hard those first few weeks are? Yup, bring something that is easy to freeze and reheat, then can throw out the container.
    3. Better Yet Clean- Those first few weeks (or really those first few months) are exhausting. Trying to keep house, is very low on the list of things to do. Offer to help out. If she is uncomfterable letting you help,  and she might be. It is hard to let friends help clean the house without feeling guilty or awkward. If you can, or get a group of people together, pay to have a cleaning service come in and clean. Just the basics for her: kitchen, bathrooms and floors. While it is weird to have friends clean up, not many people feel weird about letting a service come in.
    4. Offer To Take Other Kids Out- It seems like once you have more then one, then the offers to help out get more sparse. A new mom, is a new mom whether it is a first kid or the fourth. For me the more I had, the harder it was. There is no sleeping when baby sleeps, if you are also running around after a toddler. Offer to take the older kids to a movie, for ice cream, just to the park.
    5. Offer to Babysit– I know what you are thinking, “What new mom wants to go out during those first few weeks?”. That is not what I am talking about. Offer to watch the baby while she is at home. Let your new mom friend get in a shower, take a nap, finish something; while she knows the baby is right there but being taken care of. While you are at it, unload or reload the dishwasher without being asked (or asking if it is ok).
    6. An Extra One– When you are stopping by, or saying hi, bring over the essentials. No one will ask for them, but what mom doesn’t need more paper towels, baby wipes, diapers, toilet paper. Just bring some by, any new mom will appreciate it. Heck I still tell people if I am mad at them, that bringing by eggs, milk or bread (and some times all three depending on what you did) will solve just about ANY issue.

    New moms are notorious for not letting people help. They often say, “I don’t need anything” or “Oh no you don’t have to”, do it any way. It is okay to be a bit pushy, just stay away from being overbearing.

    What are some of the things that you have done for a new mom? What do you wish someone would have done for you?

  • Books Blogs and Reality

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    Well I really really wanted to love this book. Come on books and blogs, it is totally my life. Don’t get me wrong, it was a cute light story; that I was able to read in one morning over my cup of tea, out on my rocking chair, enjoying the new spring air. However, for me, that is where the joy stopped.

    The Positive:

    • It was a fun and light.
    • The conversations between the leading ladies are conversations that I would have with my own girlfriends. However, who still uses chat rooms?

    The Not So Pretty:

    • There is a struggle trying to keep all four story lines going at the same time. Making the book a bit jumpy and hard to follow.
    • While it is was nice that it was such a quick read, it would have been better if there was a bit more meat to each story.
    • There was no real depth to any of the main characters. You want to love them, but there is nothing that makes them lovable.
    • I like a happy ending, don’t get me wrong, but all these happy endings happened way to easily. It made the stories lose something.

    From the back of the book-

    “Life can suck…

    When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps hope alive. And while this escape may be a little delusional, it’s also therapeutic.

    Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends don’t often judge and they are always ready to share a glass of wine…or three…while typing out life’s latest endeavors.

    Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a more intense relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in her life, but sometimes new situations find you when you’re not even looking. And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It can’t.

    Bound by a shared passion for blogging about happily ever afters, these four young women use keyboard therapy to work through their expectations, anxieties, and inadequacies, all with the hopes of achieving the perfection found in romance novels.
    Completely blinded by what they think life should be, they navigate their unique paths in search of what they envision is right. But when reality taunts them with persistent curve balls, will they be strong enough to choose wisely?”

    Maybe I just had to of high of hopes, that the book never stood a chance. I mean a story about girl bloggers, that blog about books and talk about their own love lives. Who could not love that? With it being so close to my own life, in my head it was going to be a great, laugh out loud read.

    The tag line for the book is very fitting: Life isn’t always five stars….. For me it missed the mark, not quite a five star read.

    Have you read this book? Is this one that you would want to read? What are your thoughts?

  • If You Leave This Farm

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    WOW! Mind blown. I love reading how other people live. This story is set back in the 1970’s. It starts in Pennsylvania and chronicles their move to Minnesota. Their life was suppose to be wonderful once they get there. It is anything but wonderful. The first year, they have huge crop failure. And it gets worse from there.

    It is such a personal tale, it reads much like her diary. You can actually feel her pain. You can understand what is in her head and exactly where she is going through.

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    Excerpt from the book:

    “I grab a book to read while supper is being put on the table. Reading is my escape to adventures I probably will never see, but there is nothing to stop me from dreaming. I work in a few paragraphs before it is time to gather at the table. Daddy begins by reading a passage aloud from the Bible. Then he prays before we dig into a hearty meal of farmer’s fare: potatoes, meat, a vegetable, and always a dessert.

    “Children,” Daddy says tonight, “Next Monday evening, we are going to go to Nirvana to see some slides of farms that are for sale in the Midwest. They are being shown by a real estate agent from there. I need you to get the milking started right away when you get home from school.”

    Daddy has been talking for some time now about buying land “out West” and moving out of the crowded Pennsylvania area. Currently, Daddy is renting land in small blocks of five to ten acres, as far away as twenty miles from the home farm. He and Paul are farming around five hundred acres altogether. We all spend a lot of time on the road, traveling back and forth to the various fields and hauling the baled hay home during the long summer days. Daddy and Paul think it would be so much easier to just have a piece of land all in one block to farm. I am not so sure about this idea, but Daddy promises that if we do this, we won’t milk as many cows. We will only have maybe fifty cows. That sounds like a wonderful idea to me and I am open to an adventure. By now it is nine thirty, and I fall into bed, exhausted with dreams of faraway places and fewer cows to milk.”

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