Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fifty Shades Trilogy

Anyways, back to the novels.  As many of you probably know now that there are movies out, this is a romance BDSM trilogy.  There are a lot of books within this genre but it's mostly a hush-hush thing that isn't in the public eye.  The massive popularity of these novels made this subject a mainstream topic of conversation.  And I think that's wonderful!  I'm a big advocate for the live and let live mentality.  What people do in their private lives: who they love, how they love, what they believe in; I'm okay with all of it.  As long as your beliefs aren't shoved under my nose and you're not trying to force them on me, go for it.  I actually really enjoy reading BDSM and erotic romance novels myself.

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After years of putting it off because of it's mainstream popularity, I finally picked up the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James to read.  Now, don't get me wrong I read a lot of mainstream novels when they are popular and I read other books in this genre so it wasn't any of that that put me off reading them for so long.  It was the self-publishing, HUGE number of typos and grammatical errors that were prevalent in early editions.  As a English major and a Librarian there are only so many of those I'm willing to overlook before it becomes a problem for me!!!

I've learned a lot from books and these novels are a lot about teaching about BDSM and what it means.  Anastasia is such a naive young female that has almost no knowledge of anything sexual, which is unusual in the free market of information available today, and Christian is such a wounded, jaded character.  What's not to love?  Throughout these novels we are confronted with the realistic horrors of the world and the things that people do to one another, but also who people can come together to help heal each other.  It's a great representation of today's society.  These do end up being a wonderful trilogy that is worth reading if you don't mind the subject matter described.  It's eye-opening and all about understanding and accepting others even when it involves something that is unfamiliar.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Review: Bear's Touch: A Clan Bear Paranormal Shifter Romance by Emma Alisyn

Bear's Touch: A Clan Bear Paranormal Shifter Romance Bear's Touch: A Clan Bear Paranormal Shifter Romance by Emma Alisyn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an excellent book. I've taken to really like bear shifter novels, they're all so different. There are many different ways that bear clans could be different from typical shifter novels. And that's not even taking into account the world surrounding the shifter community. This one was fun, intricate and confusing at times. Lea is a strong female bear shifter that is also a healer. But the healer concept is one that I've never seen because she also has a defensive, venomous weapon touch. Between that and her extreme need of healers to have an alpha to lean on in order to not get 'lost' while immersed in healing.

Yurii is the alpha bear that asked for a healer's help when his clan is attacked by dragons. Yes, dragons. Awesome! Lea swoops in and is stubborn and crazy enough to shake everything up for this bear clan, get unexpected mated to the alpha and then pregnant. Not only is she apparently surprising fertile for a healer, but healers also have a truncated and difficult time while pregnant and, oh yeah, there's still problems with dragons.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the intricacies involved in this novel and actually started re-reading it right after finishing because I felt that I'd missed some of the details. All around excellent!

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Review: The Emperor's Arrow by Lauren D.M. Smith

The Emperor's Arrow The Emperor's Arrow by Lauren D.M. Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an amazingly interesting story with a kick-ass warrior female and strong Emperor that are bound to each other. The world that Ms. Smith builds is unique and one that grabs readers from the very beginning. In a world recently conquered by a legendary Emperor, a call for brides from all the powerful families has been made. Everyone must send someone with the necessary blood ties. The Amazi are some of the best warriors in the Empire, so much so that they're only called to fight when it's absolutely the most dire of needs. They are legends and little is known about them since they rarely leave their island. Evony has been elected to represent her people in the bride call.

Little does she know that more than just her presence is required to pacify the Emperor. He'll need her skills and help even though she knows nothing about court and intrigue. Her warrior skills make such an impression on the soldiers around the palace that she finds herself drawn into the secret reason for putting out the bride call in the first place. Traitors are everywhere and without her, Emperor Galen will not survive the coming battle.

The world created in this novel was wonderful. With hints of historical China, Rome, the Amazons and more all thrown into one big intrigue plot. I was up until two in the morning on a work night, not able to put it down! The growing relationship between Evony and Galen and having the female character be the incredible warrior all combined to make a phenomenal read!

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Review: Wolf's Mate by Celia Kyle

Wolf's Mate Wolf's Mate by Celia Kyle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An excellent and thrilling read! Celia Kyle has created a wonderful world full of shifters that has many different aspects of it. Having read some of her other novels I was thrilled to discover that this one takes place in the same world. Declan is a wonderful alpha male that has a screwed up opinion of himself due to the pack he grew up in but he is a magnificent character. He was both aggressive to an extreme and super protective of Abby.

Abby is a very relatable cougar shifter that has a sad past herself that she has overcome to become a boring, normal accountant. She thinks her life is happy. But she gets herself into trouble during what should be a routine audit; uncovering accounts funding a shifter hate group. She's immediately thrown into incredible danger and doesn't know what to do, except run. In steps Declan, who's current mission has him staking out the company Abby's auditing. His inexplicable attraction to Abby has been ignorable until she's in danger.

Together they must overcome a crazy situation and possible help uncover a spy in their ranks all the while battling an attraction and impossible situation. A quick read, but extremely enjoyable story! I did receive this novel as an ARC.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Review: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I finally got around to reading this, long after it was so popular with book clubs and after the movies been out for a while. This one had me going back and forth from "I really like it" to "what is this?" on a massive scale. I completely sympathized with Isabella but at the same time was COMPLETELY frustrated and pissed off by her. She hid her motivations behind God and Lucy and that was so frustrating to me. Just admit the truth behind your reasoning and move on.

I did really like Tom's character though and the information about the lighthouse was pretty cool since I live in NC and there are a lot of historic lighthouse around. It wasn't until the end that I was finally able to admit to myself and others that I liked this book.  If it had ended differently I'm not sure what I would have done.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

DIY Mirror Frame

I enjoy looking through Pinterest for crafting and home DIY ideas as much as the next guy.  I saw this project there initially.  What can be frustrating though is that you get the simple idea in your head and the next time you're at Home Depot or Lowes you raid the proper section for the wood pieces you think you'll need to accomplish this.  And great, it's less then $30 that you've spent on materials.  But what you don't think of when you're out getting the pieces needed is the logistics behind actually accomplishing this.  So you get home and cut your wood to the proper size (if necessary) and  you're ready to go.  Only, now what?  All you did in Pinterest was look at the pretty picture for the idea.  You have absolutely no idea how to actually attach your materials to a mirror. 

Turns out, after reading a couple of blogs thoroughly, this is much easier than you would think.  With some Loctite and glue gun you can attach your 'frame' to the mirror without having to stand there for an hour holding everything in place while you're waiting for glue to dry.

Materials Needed:
  1. Loctite
  2. Glue gun and glue sticks
  3. Window/door trim of your choice
  4. Paint of your choice
 Tips that make this easier.
  • Have patience while painting your wood the proper color and remember that you need to paint the back of the trim also because it will be reflected in the mirror.  
  • Make sure the glue gun is really hot and glue melted well, it'll dry to fast and not stick well to the mirror if it's not hot enough.  
  • Apply the Loctite glue to your piece first as this has a 30 minute dry period. Then apply the glue gun and immediately stick in place on the mirror.  The glue from the glue gun will dry quickly and hold your trim in place while the Loctite is drying.  
    • The glue gun is a temporary glue giving the Loctite time to dry without having to hold it in place.
It's all fairly easy you just have to take your time and do it right.  Here's my finished mirror project.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: Warrior's Heart by Bianca D'Arc

Warrior's Heart Warrior's Heart by Bianca D'Arc
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been a fan of Bianca D'Arc for a long time. She is very good at character development and story building. This is a short story that is the beginning of a new series for her. Childhood friends have finally grown up and gotten to the point in their lives that they're ready to admit how they feel about each other. Casey has been secretly in love with her brother's best friend since she was a teenager, but he joined the military and is never around. Plus, he's never looked at her as anything but a pseudo-little sister. Now, Hal is back in town and he's decided to change the nature of their relationship.

Hal is back from a mission gone crazy and after having to confront some crazy things while on tour he's not willing to pretend he's not crazy about Casey anymore. But can Casey deal with the consequences of his last mission? The results of which have changed him and his team forever.

I really loved the concept of this series. What could be mythological gods make an appearance in the modern world and decide to mess with Hal's team. I love mythology so this was super intriguing to me. Plus, Casey and Hal's long time friendship makes the step into a romantic relationship fun and believable. I was sad at how short this novel was and am looking forward to more of this series!

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