Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Forbidden Lust (Dynasties: Seven Sins #2) - NetGalley Review

 

Feel the drama and passion in the Dynasties: Seven Sins series!

Next stop, paradise—With the man of her forbidden fantasies?

Giving in to desire with her brother’s best friend…

A secluded island resort is the perfect romantic setting for the night of passionate abandon Allison Randall plans to share with Zane Patterson. Her elder brother’s best friend has always been off-limits…and Zane is determined to keep it that way. But when a storm strands them together, neither can hold back. Everything Allison dreamed of is finally in reach…until unwelcome revelations threaten a rude awakening!

Harlequin Desire: Luxury, scandal, desire—welcome to the lives of the American elite.

One man’s betrayal can destroy generations. Fifteen years ago, a hedge-fund hotshot vanished with billions, leaving the high-powered families of Falling Brook changed forever. Now seven heirs, shaped by his betrayal, must reckon with the sins of the past. Passion may be their only path to redemption. Experience all Seven Sins! - Goodreads Blurb





Book Breakdown

    I've have half a dozen read to review books on backlog from NetGalley that I'm gonna try and get through. I started with an easy one. Forbidden Lust isn't a long book and it reads so fast that I finished it in two hours. So if you're looking for a steamy quick read, this is for you! 

    I'm a little saddened by this series because it was not what I was hoping it would be. I was thinking of a 'grown up' version of the TV show Dynasty . This just felt like any other Harlequin Desire book. So that was a real let down for me. I have one more in the series to review so hopefully it's more like I was hoping it would be. 

    That's not saying this book is awful. That's not true! It's a good book. An average book. You'll enjoy it while reading but forget about it not long after you're finished. I hate to say that but it's true. But it does provide a nice escape from the world we're currently living in and that is worth its weight in gold. 


Monday, September 28, 2020

Music Monday - Ava Max

 

This meme is hosted over at Always Me


    Okay, I have a lot of music to catch up on and no idea where to start. To choose, I just closed my eyes and clicked a random YouTube video in my Music Monday playlist. So today is Ava Max: she just recently dropped her debut album and it's... not bad. There are three songs that I really enjoy. While the rest are alright but nothing special in my opinion. 

    They've got some great beats. Rumors is a superb dance track and Belladonna is dark and inviting. Enough talking! Let's just jump into these two songs, shall we? 




    That's a wrap for this week! I hope you're all doing great and staying safe! Until next time, happy reading little butterflies! 


Friday, September 25, 2020

Second Episode of Kouples Korner, My Partner Has a Short Film, & A Cookbook Review

     Another long post but I just wanted to add a few things onto this one. First off, my partner got one of his shorts filmed! It's about ten minutes long and it turned out pretty dang well! He's very proud but says it also feels very surreal. I hope this is the start of something great for him! 


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    Another thing I wanted to add; the second episode of Kouples Korner is now live! We were a little excited and recorded another one. But after spending all day editing, we are going to stick to once a week, only on Friday's schedule. Editing really takes a lot of time! My eyes were so blurry by the time I finished that I walked into the kitchen counter.... yeah. I'll take more breaks for next week's episode. You can listen to the Youtube video or click the link HERE to find it on your favorite podcast site. I usually listen through Apple Podcasts myself. Please enjoy! This one turned out a whole lot better! 

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"Let me guess... someone stole your Sweetroll?" - Skyrim

Now, I no longer have to care if my Sweetroll is stolen because I can just make my own! 

I've been getting into cookbook more recently and when I saw this was a thing; I had to read it! A cookbook based on one of my favorite video game worlds of all time?! Heck yeah! 

I have a lot of recipes lined up to make, Sweetrolls are one of them! But there's also the Potato Cheddar Soup and Boiled Creme Treat, Stewed Apples and Eidar Cheese! 

I wish I could show you all these amazing pictures from the book but I think I'd get into trouble if I shared all the ones I wanted to make. 

Something I find fun is before each recipe, there's a little mention of how the dish relates to the Elder Scrolls world and which race created the dish. It's so thorough that I feel like these are real places the author talks about and not a video game world. It's amazing! When I make a few of these dishes I want to take pictures and put them on Instagram. Let me know if that's something you'd want to see. 

    Bottom line: I love this! Until next time, stay healthy, stay happy, and read a good book! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

I'm Back! Dark Times & I Started A Podcast?!

 

    Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I'm sorry it's been a long time. I know my last post wasn't that long ago. I usually schedule my posts in advance, so I've not sat down to blog in over a month. A lot has happened to me. Mostly, bad, I won't lie. Which is why I needed a break. 

  So, because I always want to be honest and open with you, let's talk about it. It's now been over a month since my father passed away. He had been in bad health for a while but he was only 55. Far too young to pass away. Now, I didn't have the best relationship with my family as I got older but I still loved my father very much. 

  My mother lives in Kentucky and I'm in Oklahoma. There was no way I could drive that far, so during Covid... I flew. To say I was scared to death was an understatement! But I knew I had to go back, not only to help my mother but it just felt right. I'd not seen my father in person since 2014 when we moved. I will always regret that as long as I live. 

  When I got there to KY, I saw how my older sister and brother were acting... God. They're even worse than I remember. My older sister was so high on drugs that she couldn't sit still. Could barely form a thought. I could tell she'd just gotten out of prison because all she talked about was 'kicking everyone's ass'. My brother was a little better but he was upset because my mother had told him not to turn the lights off in the living room because my grandmother is blind and can only see shadows. 

  They stole stuff from my mother and grandmother, ate all her health food, and kept running off to do drugs, leaving her alone. They just made this whole thing worse for her. My father would've been so angry at them. 

  So, I told them all off. Made sure they wouldn't come back and bother my mother and younger sister. Sure, they're mad at me. It hurts because I had wished we could reconnect but I really had to sit back and ask myself: was it worth reconnecting with people like that? 

  My father was cremated, just like he wanted. We each got little necklaces of some of his ashes... I'm still not sure if I should wear it in fear of if it breaks and just hanging it up someplace special. Maybe, I'll switch off. I don't know. 

   So after helping my mother with all the paperwork and updating her life insurance policy, I flew back to OK. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done: leaving my mother like that. No one is going to help her. My little sister is.... not only is she an alcoholic but she's got her own issues to deal with. 

  I have a bad.... desire to help people I care about, even if they don't want my help. I just want to see them doing well but I know it can be overbearing. I just worry because she's also taking care of grandma and now dad's not around to help her. I guess I'm just praying hard and hoping for the best. I don't know what else to do.

  Now, before my father passed away, I'd already been in a bad place. A very dark place. I don't want to go into the details because I know it can trigger some people and this is a very serious subject. But I was far more than just depressed, dangerously so. 

  So add my father passing on top of that... things just got worse. I no longer wanted to read, play games, watch TV, go outside... I just wanted to lay in bed and sleep. Which, of course, is hard to do with a special needs kiddo running around. 

  I'm still not out of the water. Some days are better than others but I'm hoping that if I take things slow and try to fight this, it might help. At the very least, it gives me something else to focus on. 

  Now, let's talk about something less... tragic, shall we?

  My partner and I have started a Podcast! And our opening line is "Hello, Beautiful People!" It's a Podcast where we kinda talk about anything and everything. The first episode was us talking about a few horror things and working out some kinks. If you give it a listen, please don't mind the low audio the microphone wasn't turned up all the way! Oops! 


    This gives me the chance to learn editing, which I'm finding, I'm not the worst at. So I can add a new skill to my resume as I get better. I'm always up for learning new and useful skills. If you have any tips or topics you want to hear please let me know! 

    So, I guess this means I'm back! I won't post as much as I did before.... everything that happened, but I'm going to shoot for two posts a week. I think that's a good goal without being overwhelming. 

    Since I've been out of the loop, what bookish news am I missing? What books are you enjoying? Tell me everything! Let's catch up in the comments below! I've missed you all! 

    I hope this post finds you happy, healthy, and safe! 


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) - Book Breakdown

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…





Book Breakdown

Holy hot fire in hell! This book! THIS BOOK! I read the first two and liked them well enough that I kept going with the series. This one... I loved this book so much I stayed up all night to finish it! Now, if you know anything about me, I love sleep. It's one of my favorite things ever. Nothing beats sleep so if I give it up... you know it's worth it!

I don't usually like damaged heroes but Z stole my heart! He's so perfectly broken from all the crap he went through being a blood/sex slave. Bella also has a dark past but nothing like Z but her nightmare can finally end when Z saves her life from the Lessers. She tries to stay with him even when he's mean to her. But slowly, we see why he's a jerk, he just doesn't think he's good enough for her after what's been done to him.

It's so heartbreaking to see how much he dislikes himself, how unworthy he thinks he is. I just wanted to reach through the book and give the poor guy a hug! But, as with most romance novels, it has a happy ending. That's one of the reasons I love romance. In my life, happy endings are few and very far between, so to find them in books just makes me feel better.

So now, I'm fully invested in this series, which is good as it's loooooong! But if I can get more books like this one, I'll devour this whole series soon!