Saturday, January 23, 2021

Review: Hatched by Celia Kyle

 

Book Description

Taulan joi Lana Coburn, War Master of the Preor third fleet, is finally having his wishes granted. He has a mate and will soon have two dragonlets to protect and love. But only if he can live to see them born. Or, as his Lana says, hatched.

This short story is set in the DRAGONS OF PREOR world and does not stand alone. It should be read after ZADRI and is a little bite of family life for those who fell in love with the Preor dragons.


My Review

I love the books in this series so as soon as I saw that cover I immediately knew I had to read this book. Lana didn't want anyone knowing she was in labor, at least not right away. She planned on breathing through the labor pains and then slowly make her way to medical when it was time to give birth. The last thing she wanted was for her over protective mate to see her in pain and start with all the worrying. But her plans went out the window as soon as her friends stopped by who just happened to be nurses. They made sure she went to medical right away which was a good idea since she was having twins. 

Taulan had been having some sort of pains all morning but he didn't realize he was actually feeling the pain his mate, Lana was in so he fought through it. Taulan was Preor, a dragon shifter and Lana his mate was a human. Since there weren't a lot of Preor and Human pairings, they didn't know a lot about the babies or dragonlets that Lana was about to give birth to. But the pain that Taulan was experiencing got so bad that his friends escorted him to medical as well. 

The labor was difficult and painful because her babies were not entirely human, she had to give birth naturally. The medical staff wasn't sure how the babies would react to drugs to make giving birth easier so no drugs until the medical staff figured out if it was safe for both mother and baby. Maybe sometime in the future the birthing process would be less painful for the mothers. 

This novella was so cute after all the labor pains. The babies are surprising and so cute. I can't wait to read more f this series. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, January 22, 2021

Freebie Friday!





Welcome to another weekly Freebie Friday post, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

What I got:

I received a shoe rack from Walmart Spark Reviewer. 
A necklace and bracelet set from Poweradd Mall. 
Daily Goodie Box. 
A white tray from Walmart Spark Reviewer. 

I reviewed the Daily Goodie Box,  and bracelet and necklace set this week so you already know that I liked both of those.

I love the tray, I use it on my dresser to keep a few lotions and other beauty items in it. 

The shoe rack is interesting. The instructions had two different instructions for two different designs. One like the box shows and one where there was a taller bottom shelf for tall boots. So after getting it almost all the way assembled I realized that it was too wide for the space I had for it. So momma made her own option! So instead of making it two shelves wide like the box shows, I made it 1 shelf wide and taller. Now it fits where I have space for it.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Review: Texas proud by Diana Palmer

 

Book Description

A powerful businessman seeks refuge

…but his secrets never stay hidden.

Before he testifies in an important case, businessman Michael “Mikey” Fiore hides out in Jacobsville, Texas. On a rare night out, he crosses paths with softly beautiful Bernadette, who seems burdened with her own secrets. He hears whispers about a life-threatening condition, her solitary existence. This doesn’t stop him from wanting her, which endangers them both. Their bond grows into passion…until shocking truths surface.


My Review

Mikey is a mob boss and he's in hiding until he can testify in a case for another mob boss. But there's another mob boss that wants to take over in both their cases and take them out so Mikey could be in danger if this guy finds out where he is before he testifies. 

Bernadette works as a paralegal but she has Rheumatoid Arthritis and is in pain a lot so while she is walking home and accidentally trips and falls in the street in front of Mikeys limo, he thinks she did it on purpose at first. He soon learns that she really is in pain and takes her home to the boarding house and rents himself a room there as well. 

So when Mikey starts to see how nice Bernadette is, he takes a liking to her because she's not like the women who come after him for his money. She's not a gold digger and people genuinely like her because of how nice she is. 

With the mob after him, a jealous woman who sees dollar signs trying to break them apart and each of them not knowing the other well enough to talk things out when their relationship hits a snag, there was plenty of drama.

I've always liked this series because the town is full of retired military men who can still kick some serious butt. So when someone comes to town needing help, there's always someone around to lend a helping hand or a beat down. I like the people and the small town atmosphere this series has. This was another fun book and I look forward to reading more from this series.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Review: Daily Goodie Box - January

 
The Daily Goodie Box has been around since about July of 2016. I signed up for an account right after I heard about them. They are 100% free, you don't even have to pay for shipping. And for a free box it's a nice sampler box of products.

What was in the box?

Moon Cheese - White Chedda Black Peppa- I didn't like this but I don't usually like the cheese flavored snacks. 

Miracle Tree - Organic Moringa Tea - Rooibos- I love tea, I drink it everyday so I'm always happy to try a new tea. I liked this one even though it's caffeine free. It tastes like the tea that I usually drink so it was good. 

South of France - Hydrating Hand & Body Cream- Rose scented body and hand cream? Yes please! Oh my this smells so good and it's a nice hand lotion. Definitely my favorite thing in this months box. 

Green Goo - Love Sweet Love Bath Salts- These bath salts smell so good! I'm not even sure what hibiscus smells like but if it smells like these bath salts, yes please. Nothing better than a good smelling soak in the tub. 

Kuju Coffee - Pour over Coffee- This coffee came with its own filter because it's a pour over coffee. You put the filter bag in your cup, the sides anchor to the sides of the cup and you pour the hot water over the filter and coffee. It's supposed to be great for camping and the such but it makes a good cup of coffee. 

Rowdy Bar - Peanutty Dark Chocolate- I'm not a fan of the protein bars at all but if you like them this might be one you'd like if you like dark chocolate and peanut better. It was at least edible.

Manuka Guard - Sinus Cleanser- This would be good for people who like using sinus cleansers that are drug free. I really don't think they do anything. I used it to see if it would help with my seasonal allergies but I noticed no difference.

All they ask you to do is try the products and leave reviews for the products you got in order to be eligible for more Free Goodie Boxes. As you guys already know, I'm a fan of all these types of boxes. I love all the different subscription boxes and it's really nice to be able to try new to me products for free. This is a great box to try for.


Oh and one more thing, if you visit their FB Page, they give away Goodie Boxes to people who interact with their posts. So if you've tried before and weren't able to get a Goodie Box, there's even more ways to get one now.


Have you signed up? Have you received one of these boxes?

I'm a fan of subscription boxes and love trying new products for free so this was a huge hit with me. New products+free box = Fabulous!



Disclosure: I was given and free box in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own.




Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Review: Bjorn Cursed by N.J. Walters

 

Book Description

Lucifer is up to his old tricks, causing problems for the Forgotten Brotherhood. This time, he’s had a woman removed from the Norse afterlife and placed her right in the path of Bjorn Knutson. After the slaughter of his wife and family centuries ago, tortured and broken, Bjorn was cursed as the first Norse werewolf. Now he’s been tasked by Odin himself with killing the woman who escaped. Failure is not an option.

Before he can track her, he stumbles across a woman being accosted by three men in the middle of the night. Even though she’s human, he intervenes and is shocked to recognize the face of the one woman he could never kill — his wife Anja.

She’s also the one he’s hunting…and if he doesn’t kill her then both their lives are at stake.


My Review

When Bjorn's wife and children were killed, he went crazy with grief. That's when Odin came to him and made a pact with him. Bjorn would get his revenge and Odin would give him the gift to get his revenge. But Bjorn didn't realize that the gods rarely give you anything without a price to pay for it. Bjorn's price to pay was becoming the first werewolf. With his new superior strength and viscous animal rage, he got his revenge but also killed a lot of innocent people along the way. It wasn't until be met the Brotherhood that he was able to get his wolf under control with their help. 

After Anja was killed, the goddess Freya told her that she would let her children be reincarnated, born to new parents to live their lives because she and her oldest son had fought so hard to stay alive and save each other and the smaller kids. But Anja would forever stay in Freya's hall being a servant to pay for this and Anja agreed.

This story starts out with Anja finding herself away from Freya's Hall and thrust into our world with no knowledge of how she got there. Bjorn has just had a visit from Odin and given an assignment to capture and kill a female that escaped Freya's Hall, not knowing that the woman is Anja. When Bjorn hears a woman being accosted in an alley by several men, he goes to help the woman and finds his long dead wife...the woman he's supposed to kill. Of course he's not going to kill her though. 

Bjorn enlists the help of the Brotherhood and it was great to see all of them again. They don't know how they're going to fight the god's so Bjorn and Anja travel to his cabin until they can come up with a plan. But Freya is informed that someone escaped and she sends her warrior to bring Anja back. 

Watching the events from this point unfold had my heart pounding because the twists this story took made me sad for a while. But so many of the characters from past books show up to throw new twists in this story that I never knew where it was going to end up which was a lot of fun. Why does Ms. Walters always make me cry with the books in this series? I know it's a good book when an author can elicit strong emotions from me while I'm reading. I was holding my breath to see what would happen but I was not disappointed at all. I read this book in 2 hours because I couldn't put it down. I read fast but whew, this one had me scouring the pages faster than usual to see what would happen next. I have loved this series from the beginning but this was by far my favorite book so far. I cannot say enough good things about this series. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I was given an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Happy Raturday!

 




All pictures today courtesy of www.martymusehouse.com

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Apartment Life #235

 
This is a new weekly blog post that I'm calling Apartment Hell  Life. I've mentioned a few times some of the crazy things that go on in and around my apartment complex in the past 22 years that we've lived here and people keep telling me I should write a book. But instead of a book, I've decided to share the crazy things that have happened in and around my apartment complex in the last 22 years here in a weekly blog post.

On Monday my daughter spotted the police outside. My neighbor who lives right next door said she saw the police go over to the old maintenance shop and pull this woman out who had broken into the locked shop. They had her out by their car for a while but they didn't arrest her. I hope they at the very least they gave her a ticket and summons to appear in court. 

It's not even the first time she and her boyfriend have been caught breaking into that shop. Last year I blogged about what they had done to the old maintenance shop in this post you might want to check out so you can see what they had done to the shop the last time they were in there. All the holes and damage they caused are all fixed now and on Tuesday morning the maintenance man who works here was here screwing the door shut, yet again. I'm sure it won't take long for her or someone else to break that door open and make their way in again though. It's an ongoing problem. I think the owner should put a metal door on there and reinforce the door jam so they can put better locks on it. But hey, I just live here. Move along, now. I know nothing. I just can't believe she wasn't arrested! She was caught red handed inside the shop. I don't know, maybe they couldn't prove she is the one who broke in and opened the door but I don't think it should have mattered. I'm a little irritated. 
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On Friday I'm out walking Falcor and I see this lady across the street trying to parallel park her white truck. She's back and forth, back and forth, trying to get this truck parked and she can't do it. 
She sees me watching her and she rolls down the window and I think she's gonna yell at me or something. No, she asks me if I know how to parallel park. lol I tell her yes and she asks me if I will park her truck for her because she cannot do it. At first I'm like, uhm, hell. Then I say yeah if you'll hold on to my dog. So I get in her truck while she's holding on to Falcor's leash and parallel park her truck for her. It was a big enough spot so it's not like it was hard to do. She says thanks, hands me back the leash and goes into the apartment building only to come back out not 3 minutes later. She yelled across to me that "The mother*ucker* wasn't even home! She got in her truck and sped off. LOL

Well, that was a first. 

So that's it for this week's Apartment Hell  Life! Be sure to come back next week for more. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Review: The Virgin Hunt Games by Mel Teshco

 

Book Description

EARTH, YEAR 2324

Melody Simmons desperately needs to fill her bank accounts with credits that could help her family climb out of near poverty. And in the Virgin Hunt Games, that means enticing as many hunters as possible to bed her. The downside? Billions of viewers from all parts of the galaxy would be watching her fall from virtue with avid interest.

Alien Damon Banscott despises everything about the Virgin Hunt Games. Except the fact he can now legally destroy his enemy in the games. He is in this only for revenge. Then Damon sees one of the beautiful hunted and, for a moment, his heart stops beating. He’ll fight to the death before allowing another hunter to touch and deflower Melody.

But while the hunters get more credits by pleasing their captive mate sexually, the hunted women received more by finding their pleasure with any of the hunters who weren’t their assigned mate.

The hunt is on…


My Review

Damon is taking part in the Virgin Hunt Games because his enemy was there as well. While Melody was there to make as much money as she could to help her family.

There are the hunters and the hunted in these games. There are ten of each. The goal is for the hunters to capture their intended hunted and have sex with them bringing them as much pleasure as possible. The hunted try to either have sex with as many of the hunters as possible while keeping away from their intended or they can get extra points for having kinky sex. They make more money for doing different things during the games and evading capture for the full 7 days from their intended would be one of the ways to make a lot of money. The women (hunted) are there to lose their virginity on intergalactic tv and make money doing it while the hunters are there to give the women as much pleasure as possible. They get more money the more orgasms they give the hunted. Think Hunger Games but they aren't trying to kill each other. At least they aren't supposed to but Damon wants Bastion dead for killing his father. 

Damon decides to first get revenge by taking Bastion's intended mate who ends up being Melody. At first all he wants is to be the first to have sex with her and keep her away from Bastion but as the days go on, he starts to feel more and more for her. Because the producers throw dangerous situations at the participants, both Melody and Damon have situations where they end up saving the other one from certain death which only strengthens their bond. Some of the hunters aren't really bad guys but hunters like Bastion and a couple of the others don't care about the hunted or playing fair. Bastion is a real jerk and Melody was lucky that Damon helped her evade him throughout the games. 

Damon and Melody are great together and I really liked that underneath the gruff surface, Damon was a really good guy. He just wanted what was best for his people and to get revenge for his father's murder. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this story but it was told so well that I actually felt like I was watching a tv show or movie. I really liked the characters because they were all so different and different kinds of aliens. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I was given an e-ARC via NetGalley but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Freebie Friday!

 


Welcome to another weekly Freebie Friday post, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

What I got:

A full size bottle of a rose peel off mask. I just paid for shipping.
I won a giveaway on Instagram and forgot to post it last week. I won a bottle of Herbal Sleep pills and a cute little pill organizer. 
I cashed out $15 Paypal from Paid Viewpoint. 

I really like the rose peel off mask. It smells so good and works pretty well. The Herbal Sleep pills didn't help me sleep but I can always use another pill organizer since I take quite a few prescribed pills right now. 

If you like survey sites that let you cash out for actual cash, you can sign up for Paid Viewpoint here

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Review: Crystal Bracelet and Necklace Set from Poweradd Mall

 
I was sent this beautiful necklace and bracelet set from PoweraddMall, a new website to me. I've taken a look around their site and like the different products and prices that they have. This jewelry set is on sale for $16.99 right now and I think it's a great price for what you're getting. The jewelry pieces came securely packed in the packaging you see. 

The bracelet and necklace is made of titanium steel with crystals on both pieces. The color is rose gold which I really liked, both are really pretty. 

The bracelet opens easily and fits around my wrist very nicely. I sometimes have a hard time finding bracelets that will fit my wrist because they run small but this one fit me fine and it looks really nice.

This is what the charm on the necklace looks like. It matches the bracelet and I think they look really nice being worn together. 

The necklace fit me just fine and it hangs really nicely. It's lightweight and very comfortable to wear. 

The bracelet and necklace are such a pretty rose gold color and I like the crystal accents on both of them. As you can see, the bracelet fits really nicely. I really like that the bracelet is small, lightweight and unobtrusive. 

Here's a picture of it enlarged a little bit more. I think this would go nicely with a lot of different outfits and occasions. If you'd like to purchase this bracelet and necklace set for yourself, you can find it here. I am very happy with the pieces I received from them.

Disclosure: I was sent this necklace and bracelet set for free in exchange for an honest review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.