Saturday, November 18, 2017

Review: Vegas is Burning by Trinity Blacio

Vegas is Burning Vegas is Burning by Trinity Blacio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An excellent new series by Trinity Blacio. Ms. Blacio does an excellent at world building, so much so that readers are mostly whiling to overlook the typographical errors that are common. Her characters and plots are so intricate and interesting that you overlook some of the other issues. This story was a little abrupt in the beginning because characters were talking about a prophecy/destiny thing that I didn't know but once the characters bring you around to it (in a way that works) all of that ends.

Bella and Raul are enmeshed in the end-of-the-world destiny thing that is putting a lot of pressure on people that have their own emotional problems, the added stress of this is almost too much. But their connection cannot be denied. While they are getting to know one another the evil starts coming out of the woodwork. Who's loyal and who is trying to set them up? Surely family will be the way to go. See Raul and Bella navigate through the destined path and into an actual, loving relationship. And since it's Trinity Blacio, throw in a little menage to spice things up. All around well done!

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Review: Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dragonsworn Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dragonsworn continues an excellent character progression within the Dark-Hunter series! I'll admit that I had stopped reading Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series, only stopping to read the big characters ones such as Acheron and Styxx's stories. But when the dragon line of stories started, I was back with a vengeance. I really like dragon stories and since it was the first dragon short story that brought me to this series in the first place I was pretty thrilled. Plus, they are jam packed with mythology and how the different pantheons interact. I have no idea how much of it is actual mythology and how much is made-up and I don't really care because it all works out logically for me.

Falcyn character is pretty awesome and since he would definitely need a bad-ass female that wasn't afraid of him, I really liked that the female was Medea, the daimon leader's daughter. They interacted really wonderfully and found themselves in this crazy situation. So many sub-characters are involved that it's difficult to keep them straight but not in a bad way. Thoroughly enjoyed this fun, light read!

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Series Recommendation: Dragon Knights

Dragon Knights by Bianca D'Arc is an awesome series by an amazing author.  Every story is really well written and a wonderful, each about a specific couple that ties all stories into one ultimate story-line.  Many stories are menage relationships while others are one-on-one couples.  Some novels are better than others but they are all really good.   The series does not need to be read in any particular order but it works better if they are. 

Image result for dragon knights bianca darcMy favorites include Ice Dragon and Keeper of the Flame.  I actually started with Ice Dragon, realized it was a series and started back at the beginning.   The menage relationship  that is needed due to the dragon bond is amazing and the family unit created seems really awesome and not just because dragons are a part of them.  At the same time the black dragon mythos makes for an unique bond as well.  All around fun to read and can't wait for the next ones. 

Interestingly, Sea Dragon, Dragon Fire and Dragon Mates is a different type of book for the series.  This is a three-part story that is also the Sea Captain's Daughter series.  These three novels are all together about the same couple that takes on a different aspect of the Dragon Knights world.  It was frustrating when I didn't realize they were dependent on each other, but all together good stories.

Dragon Knights
  1. Maiden Flight
  2. The Dragon Healer
  3. Border Lair
  4. Master at Arms
  5. The Ice Dragon
  6. Prince of Spies
  7. Wings of Change
  8. Firedrake
  9. Dragon Storm
  10. Keeper of the Flame
  11. Hidden Dragons
  12. Sea Dragon
  13. Dragon Fire
  14. Dragon Mates

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Easy DIY Valance

I saw this easy DIY valance on Pinterest a long time ago.  It's been in the back of my head for two years.  Recently, everything came together and I was able to complete it all in two days.  It probably would've only taken one, but I had family for dinner so I took a break on day one.

Anyways, here's how it goes.  A combination of cloth of choice, poly-fil, cardboard longer than the length of your window by 6 to 8 inches,  1-inch wide board and a window rod.   I think I ended up with 1 inch x 1/2 inch wood that I used by handsaw to trim to the correct lengths.$478$I found it easy to use the window rod as a way to attach my valance to the wall without having to do anything really crazy.  Measure your window and tape your adjustable window rod into the correct length.  Use that as a guide for future measurements.  Cut your wood into the proper lengths for the full size of the valence, the ultimate wood frame will be in the same shape as the window rod.  Glue and nail your frame together.  Cut your cardboard into the length of the valence and use your staple gun to attach it to the wood frame.  Then cover with your poly-fil and, finally, the cloth.  The final product is light-weight and easy to hang with the included hang-rod brackets. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Review: French Kiss by Maddie Taylor

French Kiss French Kiss by Maddie Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Maddie Taylor's Decadence series. This is a spin-off series from the original but still really good. The original series characters still show up but the new ones are wonderful at carrying the show.

Marilee is a masochist in denial and Arturo is a visiting MI6 agent, who is also a sadist. They need each other but don't know it. What they also don't know is that Arturo is in town investigating a case that neither know will take them to Marilee's ex-husband.

Now it's just a matter of time before their relationship is tested. Can they survive Marilee's husband's bad decisions or will everything come unraveling? I received this story as an ARC from Netgalley.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Review: A Halloween to Remember: Book Nine of the Running in Fear Series

A Halloween to Remember: Book Nine of the Running in Fear Series A Halloween to Remember: Book Nine of the Running in Fear Series by Trinity Blacio
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is book nine in the Running in Fear series which I really like but re-releasing under a new title without any disclaimer is not cool. Everything's the same except for the timeline since it's now A Halloween to Remember instead of A Christmas to Remember. I really liked Shelly and Bo's story and the progression that they took. The Reticulon concept was interesting and it's transformation into Trinity's typical poly relationships worked well. I like the other couples showing up again and the addition of the adopted children is also really nice.

This story had way less errors and typos then past stories have had, but still needs some work. Ms. Blacio also does much better this time with the emotional journey, with less jumping from one extreme emotion to another without any build up. I received this novel as an ARC from Netgalley.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review: Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker

Wild Ride Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As someone who has read a number (but not all) of the previous books in this series I was happy to finally read Ozzie's story! He has been an amazing character in past novels, has a great sense of humor and made an impact on most of the other couples during their novels. It was fun to finally read a novel in this series in which the female character was NOT in some crazy situation that needed the involvement and therefore exposure of the Black Knights secret business.

It was also really fun that Samantha is a reporter on top of that. Yes, she is involved in something crazy, but it's nothing the police can't handle. So an official Black Knights mission it is NOT. The previous friendship between Ozzie and Samantha was pretty fabulous build up to their romance and I really enjoyed each of their back stories. The reasons behind Ozzie's good mood and joking is heart-wrenching.

I received this novel as an ARC and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is not a series that must be read in order, other characters pop up again but not in any way that takes away from the plot.

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