Review: The Recently Deflowered Girl: The Right Thing to Say on Every Dubious Occasion by Hyacinthe Phypps

imageI am a huge Edward Gorey fan. I ran across this book when I was searching for anything and everything Gorey produced. His charming illustrations compliment the expert advice being given.

This is a twisted book of manners for ladies who have recently lost their virginity. The scenarios in the book help the reader with what best to say after the act has occurred. For instance, if a marimba player was the person responsible for taking her virginity, this might be the conversation and the lady and her musician might have:

“I’m terribly sorry, Harold, but my parents won’t let me marry you.”
He says, “That’s all right, baby. I’ve been happily married for years.”
“How did your wife get her parents’ consent?”

Other deflowering scenarios include losing the virginity by proxy, in the doctor’s office or by the elevator operator. Hyacinthe Phypps (aka author Mel Juffe) give sage advice on how to handle it all in a ladylike manner.

~Thalia

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Review: Revealing Us, by Lisa Renee Jones

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I must say, I am really enjoying this series. I honestly don’t know if this is the last, or not. It ended, and yet it didn’t. But Chris and Sara’s story ended….sorta. I know it say trilogy, there is no way LRJ can leave us hanging like this!!

OK, after I typed all this out, Ms Jones posted on Facebook this: 4 is the trial and it is in Sara’s POV — you get final answers to Rebecca, Ava, more Rico, and yes ….. and Chris and Sara face this all together. Mark must face the trial and Crystal might show up:)

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Mark’s POV and you will know by the end of 4 where it’s going

Spinoff Series

Ella! Can’t wait. I’ve had this planned FOREVER– COMPLETE different story line

It takes place the same day as Being Me ended. Chris is leaving for Paris and he gave Sara the option of going with him or not.

She goes.

Chris tells her that only in Paris will she find out all of his secrets. But he warns her that only he will tell her. She should listen to no one else. And believe me, there are plenty of people that are trying to tell her who he really is. She falls into too many traps and believes too many wrong things. But Chris brings her back and show her who he really is.

I kinda had a feeling his past would creep up, and I was right. Sara is confronted with women who helped him when he needed pain and she’s trying to believe that he doesn’t need it anymore. But it’s really hard believing that when it’s in her face since they showed up.

They are also trying to find Ella, which turns out harder than she ever imagined. There is a side of her friend that she never expected.

Ava has turned the tables on Sara and is trying to blame her for Rebecca’s death. Chris, with the help of Mark, are trying to get it all straightened out.

The twists and turns this book had, made me a wreck.

And don’t get me started on the Epilogue….. I screamed. Not my proudest moment. After reading that, I realized there HAS to be another book. There just has too…….

I received this ARC for my honest opinion. And my opinion is that it was awesome! And you must pre order it.

~Melpomene.

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Review: Plus One is a Lucky Number by Teresa Morgan

18299025 Sophie has a “plus one” wedding coming up quickly and is dreading everything about it. She’s been in a rut, mostly just working as an Engineer and hanging out at a local pub with her co-workers. Definitely no dating or “plus one” to speak of. When a friend sees the invitation in her purse he quickly pushes her to bring Adam, a gorgeous co-worker with a playboy image.

When the weekend comes it starts off rocky and more than a little awkward. They put on a pretty believable show in front of the wedding party and Sophie’s friends though. They slowly start to connect and discover they have more in common than they thought. But both are hiding secrets from each other and from themselves. The question is can they come clean with each other and where do they go after the wedding weekend?

This was a quick, fun read that I really enjoyed. I liked that Sophie was an Engineer and while she may not have all of her life together she does have her work life in order. She loves what she does and she’s good at it. Adam was likable too and I found myself rooting for both of them pretty quickly. They bring out the best in each other and I thought the HEA was perfect.

This one comes out on August 29th.

4 stars

~ Clio

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Review: The House on Burra Burra Lane by Jennie Jones

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4 stars

The House on Burra Burra Lane opened quietly, proceeded cautiously, and then had me in laughter and tears. Kind of like the novel’s romantic relationship! I liked how I got to know Sammy and Ethan as slowly as they got to know each other. Their lives unfolded gradually to each other and to the reader.

Sammy buys a house in rural Australia. The local vet helps her make the repairs. After some unique and wonderful turning points — ringing the High Striker bell at the fair, and rescuing a 300-lb pig from a muddy ditch – the two realize they can’t deny their feelings for each other. They meander through misunderstandings, personal baggage and community gossip before landing in the Happily Ever After.

This book is peaceful and light — because of the story and setting but also because of the author’s word choice and writing style. The House On Burra Burra Lane is impressively crafted, something I’ve come to appreciate in the romance genre.

–Calliope

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Review: Following Me, by K.A. Linde

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“I just didn’t what you were running from, but I think, all along, you were running toward me.”

Devon is spending the summer in Chicago, with her best friend and her boyfriend. They think she’s just here for fun, but they have no idea what secret she is hiding and running from. And little does know that they are also hiding a secret of their own.

Devon wishes she could tell someone her secret, but she just can’t. She chooses to keep it close and always look over her shoulder ,not knowing that her secret is following her.

Hadley is her bestie with a secret that is slowly killing her. Devon tries to help her, but she doesn’t want help, until it’s almost too late.

Garrett is Hadley’s boyfriend and his secret is less physical damaging, but no less emotionally damaging. He is the one person who finds out Devon’s secret and powerless to help her.

Brennan is the cute bartender who falls for her and knows she is hiding something.

“Don’t you see that she’s here for a reason?” he whispered.

Devon tries to keep him at a distance, but she fails miserably.

When her secret follows her to Chicago, it almost takes her away. I was so upset reading it, I had to take a break. My stomach was in knots. I was terrified for her. TERRIFIED.

In the end the four of them save each other. It took some near death experiences, but it all worked out in the end. I was so happy, I cried.

“..my mama always told me that you are given a chance at greatness once in your lifetime…’when it hits you, you won’t know how you could have ever lived a day without. It’s like the universe aligned itself perfectly, just for you.’ I gave up hope on that long time ago, I think.”

“Belle…” he said softly, reaching for her.

“But I think I’ve known…well, especially after today,” Devon said. “I think I found what my mam was talking about. You’re my greatness.”

Someone please hand me a tissue….

~Melpomene

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Musings: Why I love to read

Obviously I love to read. It would be odd if I wrote reviews for books and hated to read, right? I get asked all the time why I love to read, or how I find the time to read.

I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die. – Patrick Rothfuss

I’m incredibly lucky in that my awesome mother instilled in me a love of reading. I remember being very young and her reading to me, and when I got older I would read out loud to her. My grandfather built me an awesome toy chest and it was always full, but not with toys. I had that thing packed to the brim with books. It actually still is full of my childhood books in my parents attic (which I so need to move to my house lol).

I’m lucky because I was surrounded with people who loved books growing up. At my grandparents’ house there was an entire wall of built in bookshelves, which were of course packed with books. My grandpa always had a book by his chair. In our family we would go to my grandparents’ house every Saturday morning for donuts and hanging around with my cousins, aunts and uncles. I have vivid memories of reading in the corner of the living room. They had a great library of classics for children – Shakespeare, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, pretty much everything, and it was pared down to almost a graphic novel/book. Recently, when my grandpa died my cousin made sure to save some of these for me. I started crying immediately when I saw them because they’re so wrapped up in my memories of him.

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I’m lucky because growing up my Mom took me to the library all the time. I loved story time. I could never carry all the books I wanted. This continued and I remember stopping at the library after school all the way until I graduated High School. I also remember the fines I racked up…good thing I worked as a teen and could pay some of them!

I’m lucky because now that I’m an adult I can appreciate all of those things and how they shaped me into who I am today. When my guidance counselor asked what I wanted to do as a profession I told her that I wanted to read books all day. The reading comprehension and understanding I gathered helped me excel in all my classes in college- obviously in my Literature classes but just as much in Business classes or Sociology classes. It definitely helped me be able to write papers for all my classes and in particular my 25 page thesis (you do not want to know the subject lol!).

Now I can’t go to sleep without reading. I consciously make an effort to go to bed much earlier than necessary so I can read for a few hours before bed. I’m lucky that I have a husband who understands my need to read. I can’t imagine my life without reading. It would be so much more boring and gray. I’m always astonished at statistics that show people who don’t read. My entire life would be different without the thousands of books I’ve read and in a bad way, of that I’m sure.

 

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. – George R.R. Martin

~ Clio

Review: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

11084145Are you a fan of APPLE? Do you hate APPLE? Did you admire Steve Jobs? Did you hate Steve Jobs? No matter your answers, you *really* should read this book. There have been things about APPLE I always disliked. This book made me turn many of these things into things I no longer dislike, but also into things I now understand and yes, even admire. There was many many things I learned in here that I had no clue about. There is no way I think you can read this book and not just totally be in awe of Jobs. Yes, he was a total asshole. It’s also clear that he never made apologizes for this. He has some very obvious personal issues. Professional issues as well. What I never understood is what drove him. After reading this, I feel very sure that money was never a driving force in his life. Instead it was always his passions. His passions for PIXAR. His passion for APPLE. His passion to always be the best.

Read this book. I am not sure that I’ve ever read a book that showed a man with such passions. No, this book is not always a nice pretty picture of Jobs. In fact, at times you will think he is complete shit. You will hate him for how he treats his employees. You will marvel at how he justifies his backhanded business ethics. You will stare open mouthed at his tantrums….but through it all, you can’t help but to marvel at the man. At all he accomplished. At how he never gave up, no matter who told him it couldn’t be done. You will marvel at how he pushes others into greatness. You will wish you could have experienced his “reality distortion field”. I also learned so much about APPLE…..I learned and now understand their “closed system” I used to really hate this about APPLE…now I am excited about it….You will understand why they really DID change the world that you and I now know. How many things that Jobs pushed that you don’t even realize…but things you would be hard pressed to do without.

I wish I had read this book years ago. I wish I had been an APPLE fanatic years ago. I wish I had bothered to learn more about Jobs before his passing. I wish everyone knew just what he did for APPLE. The story about APPLE that I really never knew when he came back to it’s helm.

Again, no matter what your feelings about the man or the company, this is a book worth reading. If you walk away not learning anything new….well, I would surprised. If you walk away without being a little bit awestruck with the man…well, I would be surprised.

Brilliant man…..there is no question….there will never be another like him….

and just one more thing…..

you shall be missed……you left your mark on us all, Steve…..job well done…..RIP…..

 

~Urania

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Review: A Royal Without Rules by Caitlin Crews

image“Prince Pato, international manwhore and noted black sheep of the Kitzinia royal family, was the biggest waste of space alive. He stood for nothing save his own hedonism and selfishness, she wanted to be anywhere in the world but here.Anywhere.”

Poor Adriana has been assigned to watch over Prince Patricio (Pato). Pato’s brother, and heir to the throne of Kitzania, will be getting married in a few weeks. Adriana has to prevent Pato from behaving inappropriately and causing embarrassment to the family.

Adriana comes from scandal herself. Three descendants have been mistresses to the Kitzanian royal family.“It isn’t my dirt but I’m covered in it, head toe, but I’ll be clean. Ever.”
As Adriana and Pato work together, the disdain grows to an attraction. More importantly, there’s trust building between them. Pato shares a secret that explains his hedonistic lifestyle.

Overall, I enjoyed their story. I encourage you to pick this one up. Just because there are many Harlequin titles published each month doesn’t mean the books aren’t worth reading. This is one of those gems that is. Pato and Adriana make a scandalously, delightful couple.

3.5/5 stars

~Thalia

ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley.

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Review: The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank

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4 stars

The Last Original Wife cracked me up! One thread in the book was about how Wes, the husband, didn’t appreciate his wife Les’ humor — kind of like how some reviewers didn’t appreciate the humor in this book. But I did. 🙂

The book is ostensibly about a marriage gone wrong, a woman’s search for her own identity, and the social dynamic in the south. Underneath, the author comments on society’s expectations and prejudices. To experience it all, I went on a hilarious literary trip from Atlanta to Charleston, replete with a brother living in a haunted house, walks along the battery with iced cocktails, dinners at the Club, and a lover who wears seersucker suits.

Wes and Les had a less-than-perfect marriage. And Les finally got fed up with Wes’ idiocy. Did she make a high moral choice? No. Did he deserve it? Yeah, pretty much. They both hid their real selves from each other for years, so in my opinion they both reaped what they sowed.

I really enjoyed the humor, the insouciance, the ridiculousness of these characters and their interactions. I felt like I was reading the book version of a mural of caricatures.

I didn’t agree with everything the characters did in The Last Original Wife. I wouldn’t have made the decisions they did. But I loved reading their story.

–Calliope

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