Saturday, November 11, 2017

2 Mini Reviews - Twice Bitten & The Flexible Vegetarian

Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire.

Book Breakdown 

Okay this one is full of action. Not a single dull moment in this one. From the sexual tension and break up to the shifters and even to Ethan's ex coming back into town. I will say that this one had a plot twist that I actually didn't see coming and I loved it! The other's were a little more easy to guess but this one wasn't. The author is getting better as the series goes on and I'm living for it. 

This series is what I have been looking for! Something paranormal and adult but not dripping in sex scenes. It's freaking perfect and I actually look forward to work knowing I will get to listen to this and that in itself is a miracle. I hate work. 

If you are deciding if you should read this series or not or maybe you didn't really like the first two and are iffy about continuing, read it. You will not regret reading this one and all the stuff that goes down. 

Also, Ethan is sure missing out, I'd snap up Merit in a heartbeat and treat this awesome lady as she deserves. Just saying.

Whether you’re an occasional meat-eater, a vegetarian who needs to cook for meat-eaters, or even a dedicated veggie, you’ll find something for you in this book filled with delicious and practical flexitarian recipes for every lifestyle from celebrated chef Jo Pratt. Choose between cooking each recipe as a completely vegetarian dish, or select to add one of the simple meat, chicken or fish additions, making them suitable for meat-free days and meat-eaters alike.

From spiced poke to peashoot and asparagus gnudi, the range of international recipes spans the globe and are all quick, simple, well-balanced and packed with protein. As well as easy meat and fish additions and hacks for each vegetarian recipe, this original cookbook shows you how to ace a handful of classic recipes, from the perfect roast chicken, to the perfectly cooked fish fillet. For both health, eco and sustainability reasons, there has never been a better time to join the growing flexitarianism movement and expand your culinary skills.

Book Breakdown 

So I was Vegetarian for 5 years and then I met my current partner and he loves meat. Even pork, which I never touched even when I ate meat. A religious reason and now I don't eat it because I know how bad it is for you. Not that any meat these days is really good for you... I'm getting off topic. 

I stopped being a vegetarian because it was too hard (too expensive) to cook two different meals every single mealtime. I wish he were up to trying more of my kind of foods as I tried his nasty bacon once. Though that will never happen. He's so narrow minded it's not funny. Also, am I the only one who has noticed that meat is often a guy thing? Like my brother, father, future father-in-law, all three of my male grandparents... they simply can't live without meat! 

Point is, I was hoping this would show me dishes that maybe had the lighter meats, like fish and chicken rather than beef and pork. It did show some good ones but most of the recipes in here were very 'fancy', I love to cook and I am pretty dang good at it but I'm a Southern cook, we aren't all about how fancy a dish or how good it looks. We value taste above all that so while this did show some great ones most just aren't going to work in my house. 

So if you want more fancy dishes, grab this, otherwise... I'm still holding out for that perfect dish that may just convince my partner to give it a try even though it has no meat. 

Thanks for NetGalley for this cookbook in exchange for an honest review.