Monday, July 26, 2021

Music Monday - Epic Fantasy Music

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Sometimes I just want to hear something otherworldly. These songs cover that for me and I hope they do for you also.


Tell me which was your favorite below! Mine has to be Paradise Glade. It's just so good! Have a happy week and stay safe! 

Friday, July 23, 2021

9 Best Books of the Year... So Far!

It's July, the year is now half over, 2021 is flying so fast. I'm not ready for it. Which got me thinking, what really good books have I read this year? Well, let me show you.

Just to let you know these aren't in a certain order. All five star reads. These are just the ones I loved the most.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Stepbrother Dearest - Book Breakdown

You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.

I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.

But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec. When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.




Book Breakdown


I read this book way past my bedtime and then after I got up, made breakfast for the family and took care of my daughter, I was back to reading it! I just couldn’t stop! 

I was nervous to go into this novel because I thought it would be a bully romance but it’s not! It may seem like it but it was really a case of the guy picking on the girl just because he likes her but doesn’t want to like her. It all fades away quickly, and he no longer picks at her. Instead, he fights his growing feelings for her but it doesn’t matter, neither can fight the pull they feel for one another and the night before Elec has to go back to California, they share a night together. 

They don’t see each other for seven years until Elec’s father passes away. He’s now got a girlfriend, but he can’t escape his feelings for Greta. They fight the pull the whole weekend but it just doesn’t work out and they end up together after a few more rough patches. 

I have two issues with this book. The first is there is some cheating... Elec kisses Greta while still with his girlfriend. Yes, he was on his way to breakup with her, but Greta didn’t know that and it still doesn’t make it right. 

The other issue is more of a personal gripe, the book ends with a baby. I’m so tired of romance novels ending with babies. Not everyone wants a child, and I feel like this troupe is getting shoved down my throat. Not a fan. 

Something I really love about this book is that none of the conflict feels pointless. No stupid third act breakup that just makes no sense. 

I really liked this novel and fully recommend it! Who doesn’t love a sexy pierced and tattooed hero?



Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Cold Hearted Rake (The Ravenals) - Mini Review



A twist of fate...

Devon Ravenel, London's most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities... and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still occupying the house... along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's own.

A clash of wills...

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she's ever known?





Book Breakdown

Everyone who reads Historical Romance always goes on and on about Lisa Kleypas and I wanted to know why. So I looked to see if my library had any copies available and the rest, as they say.... is history. 


Kathleen just lost her husband of only three days. With no heir, everything falls to Devon, the new Earl. He intends to sell the place and kick everyone out. All that changes the more time he spends with Kathleen, he comes to want her and after falls in love with her. But how can she trust a rake that wanted to drop her and her sister-in-laws flat on their butts? 


I really liked this book! An easy series to get into and watching Kathleen resist Devon just made me laugh at the antics they got into or swoon at how she could finally show emotion with him. It’s a sweet read with a wonderful happily ever after.


This book did something I’ve never seen before in a standalone series; it set up the next couple vividly and I will not lie, I can’t wait to read about them! I think I’ll like the next one even more!


RATING








Monday, July 19, 2021

Music Monday - Karliene

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Every so often I share this artist's work because she can write some great songs. Plus, her voice is great. Click on a video, close your eyes and enjoy. 
 



That wraps it up for this week! Which was your favorite? Have a safe and happy week!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Falling for the Highlander - Book Breakdown


Lady Murine Carmichael has known her share of bad luck. But when her debt-ridden half-brother tries to sell her off in exchange for a few Scottish horses, it’s the final straw. If keeping her freedom means escaping through harsh countryside alone, so be it. She has barely begun her journey when she lands an unlikely escort—the brawny Highlander who just refused to buy her virtue.

Dougall Buchanan was disgusted by Lord Danvries’ shameful offer, but Murine herself tempts him beyond measure. Even bedraggled and dusty, the lass glows with beauty and bravery. Dougall wants to do more than just help her flee. He wants to protect her—with his life and his heart—if she’ll only let him. For Murine may be pursued by a powerful foe, but nothing compares to the fiery courage of a Highlander in love. 







Book Breakdown

Meh. I could sum up this entire book with that one word. It’s not a terrible book, but it’s nothing special. Murine lives with her half brother but when he offers her company in exchange for some horses... she runs away and comes across the group of men who turned down the offer her half brother made. 

Yeah, I know...

Then the biggest part of this book is every single highlander just lusting after Murine and I do not know why. She’s kinda boring. She’s brave, but that’s about it. But eventually Dougall sets his sights on her and that’s it. There’s a murder mystery going on, but it’s so easy to figure out and doesn’t add much to the story. 

It’s a cute book that I enjoyed reading but it was so easy to put down and come back to later and I didn’t think about it when I wasn’t reading it. 

It’s well written and reads quickly. I loved reading the highlander way of talking, it’s something that used to take me forever to read but Outlander really helped me pick up speed and understanding with the dialogue. 

Do I want to continue this series? Yes! I do. I just hope the others are better. 


Monday, July 12, 2021

Music Monday - Favorite Songs From The Hunger Games Soundtracks

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I recently rewatched The Hunger Games movies and was looking through the soundtracks. There are so many great songs! I wanted to share my two favorites.




That's it for this week. Which was your favorite? Let me know below and have a great week!