Monday, May 21, 2018

Happy Raturday!

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"For anyone having a birthday this month"

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Apartment Life #28


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 20 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 20 years here in a weekly blog post.

Back in 2014 we had a neighbor who would call the police on himself all the time. I had called the police 2 nights prior to this incident because he started screaming and yelling at no one because no one was around...but he claimed that the managers son had threatened his life and he wanted a restraining order. So this guys calls the police, I know this because he was outside while he was screaming at dispatch on his phone. No one went to jail because the incident never happened. This guy has brain damage from an accident and his mother pays for all his bills but in the mean time he drove us all crazy and because of the way he acted all the time the manager finally evicted him. He lived 2 doors from me so we got front row seats to the insanity.

Update for this week:

3 days ago a neighbor asked the manager and maintenance man to do a welfare check on an elderly neighbor because no one had seen him for 2 days. The manager didn't want to so the neighbor called police and asked them to do a welfare check on the guy. They came at 10pm and since the manager wouldn't answer the emergency phone or her door, they kicked the door in and found the elderly man had died in his bed. Police and the coroner were in the apartment for hours and we went to bed. The next day Ken was talking to the maintenance guy and said the manager called the man's son who lives in another state and his son said he wanted nothing from the apartment so the manager and maintenance guy went through the apartment and took what they wanted before trashing the apartment out. The comical thing was that people from that courtyard were standing around outside while they were taking things out of the apartment and the maintenance guy said a couple of people asked about certain things the guy had and if they could have it if no one else wanted it but the maintenance guy told them everything was going in the trash and if they wanted to pick through the trash they could but no one was being allowed in the apartment. That sure got the gossip flying around the apartment complex.

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

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Favorite Video of the Week



I don't listen to Ed Sheeran but I watched this parody of one of his songs and I found it really funny. I had no idea there were so many parodies of music videos out there.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Freebie Friday!




Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, 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.

This week I received:

A Mini Tripod with Bluetooth Shutter from Marlboro.
Amdro Mosquito Bombs.

I also won a $25 Amazon Gift Card in the March New Release Giveaway from Love Kissed Books!

We gave the mini tripod to our daughter since neither one of us has a smartphone and she does and that's what this worked with. You can set the smartphone on the mini tripod and set it up to take selfies or pictures using the shutter you can hold in your hand. Another fun freebie from Marlboro.com

The mosquito bombs can be placed in standing water like pools, bird baths, buckets ect to kill off mosquitoes.

Did you receive any freebies or win anything this week?


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: DegustaBox- May


DegustaBox is a monthly subscription box filled with food and drink products. The price for the box is $19.99 a month.  

You do not get to pick any of the products you get, it's a surprise each month. But they say each box contains 10-15 items and each box is worth at least $30. I like trying boxes like this because they usually contain products that I've never tried or haven't seen before. 

What was in the box?

Karma Probiotics water.
Goya Cookies.
Zaffi Taffy candies 5 pieces.
Goya Green Salsa.
Cello Whisps.
Rufus Teague bbq sauce.
Post Grape Nuts Crunch cereal.
Deep River Snacks potato chips.
Popcorn, Indiana Kettlecorn 2 bags.
Explore Cuisine Chickpea pasta.

We've tried everything except the chickpea pasta so far. I've received those Cello whisps before and didn't like them and still don't but Ken does. It's funny that usually happens that if one of us doesn't like something the other does.

The popcorn and potato chips were good. We both liked them. Grape Nuts has always been one of my favorite cereals and this was another good one from that brand. I hadn't heard of it before now but I sure like it. That bbq sauce is really good. I received a sample of it a while back and liked it so I was happy to get a bottle of it this time. The water tasted like water and the salsa was great on the taco salad I made a few days ago. The candies were a little strange but just ok for me. So another good box this month. I was pretty happy to get to try a few new things and get a couple of things that I already liked. The cookies were my favorite thing this month, they are so good.

If you don't live in the US, they have a Great Britain Website.

If this box looks like something you'd like, you can use code MARYK-ACB and get your first box half off. That's a big box of food for only $10! and you can cancel anytime. So if you're interested, go to the DegustaBox site and sign up and don't forget to use my code to get your first box for just $10.

Have you tried any of these products?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Favorite Picture of the Week


Falcor likes to have a blanket on his bed. He usually climbs underneath it and has just his nose sticking out but on this day he climbed half way out with the blanket still mostly around him and laid down on the floor and went back to sleep. Goofy dog.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: The Dragon's Dilemma by Jessie Donovan


Book Description

In order to pay for her father's life-saving cancer treatment, Holly Anderson offers herself up as a sacrifice and sells the vial of dragon's blood. In return, she will try to bear a Scottish dragon-shifter a child. While the dragonman assigned to her is kind, Holly can't stop looking at his twin brother. It's going to take everything she has to sleep with her assigned dragonman. If she breaks the sacrifice contract and follows her heart, she'll go to jail and not be able to take care of her father.

Even though he's not ready to settle down, Fraser MacKenzie supports his twin brother's choice to take a female sacrifice to help repopulate the clan. Yet as Fraser gets to know the lass, his dragon starts demanding something he can't have - his brother's sacrifice.

Holly and Fraser fight the pull between them, but one stolen kiss will change everything. Will they risk breaking the law and betraying Fraser's twin? Or, will they find a way out of the sacrifice contract and live their own happily ever after?


My Review

I grabbed this book when one of my blogger friends posted that it was free at the time. I do love these freebies. 

Holly Anderson is in a tough place because she wants to take care of her father who has cancer but in order to do that she has to give a lot of herself. She's made a contract with a dragon shifter and has agreed to have a child with the dragon shifter. In exchange they gave her a vial of dragon blood that she sold so she could pay for experimental cancer treatments for her father. Since the dragon shifters don't have a lot of population, they have turned to human sacrifices as they call them, to repopulate their kind. 

Once these sacrifice contracts are signed, there's no backing out. She could go to jail if she tried. So when Fraser realizes that she is more than just his brother's sacrifice, he keeps quiet because he wants his brother to be happy but his dragon isn't having it. Things really get interesting after that.

I really liked seeing how Fraser and Holly get to know one another. Things heat up between these two really fast because of the mating frenzy and the fact that his dragon doesn't have a lot of patience for Fraser and Holly to get to know one another over time. No, the dragon inside of Fraser wants things to happen right now and they do but Holly is no push over and she puts his dragon in his place real fast. It was fun, sexy and romantic.

My only real problem with this book was that we didn't get enough back story about the human sacrifice or the dragon hunters. I didn't realize for the entire first half of the book that the dragon shifters had to worry about some humans hurting them. There's also the fact that there are rogue shifters that left this clan of dragon shifters and they are not nice at all. They follow the old ways and don't want humans mating with dragons so they are not happy that their ex clan has a new sacrifice and they try to stop it from working out. 

There was a lot going on in this book and while a little more back story would have been nice, it was a really great read the way it was. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Raturday!

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Apartment Life #27

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 20 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 20 years here in a weekly blog post.

This week I thought I'd expand on the problem I've been having with a lot of the kids in my courtyard. First off, the parents don't watch them. The parents like to make them go outside and leave them unsupervised. I've asked repeatedly if they would keep their kids away from my door and they always say sorry and call the kids away, which works for about 5 minutes. There were three different apartments that have kids who play outside unsupervised and like to stand directly in front of my door and bark or scream at my dog but one family moved out about a week ago. The only thing I can do is document it and shut my door. So here are some pictures of the little darlings who like to stand in front of my door and bark or yell at my dog. 

My daughter and grandson was over for a visit and they saw this kid standing in front of my door taunting Falcor. I even told the kid to get away from my door but as you can see, he just stood there.

This kid was riding one of those motorized cars but every time she'd ride by my door, she would stop and scream at Falcor trying to get him to start barking. The kid in the background was throwing rocks at my screen door and was scooping up some more in this picture. I said something to his mother and she said sorry and told him not to do it again but of course he did. 

This kid comes by my door all the time when I have it open and he barks at Falcor trying to get him to bark which he is doing at this time in the picture. I told him to get away from my door but he just looks at me and says no. 

This is another little darling who was standing to the side of my door so I couldn't see her from my couch and was taunting my dog. They do it pretty much any time I have my door open on nice days and even when I say something to their parents they do nothing.

Again she was riding by, stopping to taunt Falcor so I just let him bark for a while and the parents finally yelled at the kids to get away from my door. The barking dog seems to bother some of these parents more than people coming to tell them that their kids are standing in front of peoples doors bothering them. So I let Falcor bark for a while sometimes.

I don't care that the kids are outside playing. But when they continually stand directly in front of my door and bark at my dog or yell at him trying to get him to react, it's really infuriating when their parents do nothing when they're told about it. Watch your damn kids. Ken and I along with 3 other apartments went to the manager's office and complained about the parents not watching their kids. We found out all 3 apartments were 3 months behind in their rent and 2 were getting evicted. So far one family has moved out. 

And 2 nights ago we had a domestic disturbance at 10pm where the couple was actually fist fighting. They beat each other up and the cops came and the woman was taken to jail. No pictures though because I was already in my pajamas and getting ready for bed.


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

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Favorite Video of the Week



This week I thought I would show you something else that we have here in Las Vegas. This time it's something strange. lol It's called Seven Magic Mountains Art. It's open to the public and my brother told me that on the way in or out of Vegas you can see these huge painted rocks off to the side out in the desert. The boulders stand more than 30 feet high and opened in 2016 to the public. In reality it's just a bunch of painted rocks stacked on top of one another and my city paid the guy who came up with this idea... 3.5 million dollars, which I think is way over priced for a bunch of painted rocks.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Freebie Friday!


Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, 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.

This week I received:

A box of Charco Caps Anti-gas pills from The Upside.
A solar charger from Marlboro.

I gave the solar charger to Ken since he has a Kindle, tablet and cell phone that he sometimes takes with him when he goes out. Marlboro has great freebie promotions on their site a few times a year where they give away things. I've gotten a flask, refillable lighter, flashlight, bottle opener and now the charger.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: Emerge: The Awakening: (Immortals of Indriell Book 1) by Melissa A. Craven


Book Description

"In a world where those around me have always recoiled from my touch, I am an outcast. In a world where I am one of the two most powerful immortals ever born, I am both revered and feared. Caught in the middle of two worlds, my only ally is my equal." Allie Carmichael

She’s an orphan, an outcast, and … Immortal. 

Allie Carmichael has never known true friendship. Even those closest to her can't stand to be near her. When she learns her family will be moving from Australia to the United States, Allie prepares for life as a loner on the other side of the world… 

Except the warm welcome from a new group of friends changes everything. Especially the dark and mysterious Aidan McBrien, the only guy who’s ever dared to get to know her. But her new life shatters when a painful transformation awakens the power within her and Allie discovers what it means to be Immortal. 

Her power marks her as Aidan's equal and together their friendship could mend the hurt of their lonely pasts … or it could tear them apart. 

Allie must deal with the loss of her normal life amidst brutal training, her feelings for Aidan, and an ominous prophecy that threatens his future.


My Review

At the very beginning of the book Allie has to say goodbye to Gavin, her only friend who makes her feel somewhat normal. But her parents move a lot and they decided to move again and this time to the US. 

Right before her first day at the new school Allie runs into Aidan, quite literally. They hit it off right away which was different and exciting for Allie. She also finds herself attracted to the guy she just met which is different and he doesn't seem affected when their hands meet. Since most people seem to be affected by her touch she finds this strange as well. 

Aidan has the same problem touching people as Allie does. Allie realizes this when she see's his mother flinch when he puts his arm around her. She thinks it's strange but doesn't say anything about it. Things are going so well but I just knew things were gonna change soon and I was right. When Allie turns 16 years old, she finds out just how different she and her new friends are. She is a part of a race of people that have a lot of power, which is why some people flinched when they touched her...they could unconsciously sense the power within her. 

But not only is she part of a powerful race of people but she and her friends are also in danger, which makes so much sense to her now. Her parents constantly moving at a moments notice, the secrecy and her dad's gun collection were all about keeping her safe. 

I really liked how the elders were training her and the others who were new to this world. There are several other characters that are the same age or around the same age as Allie and they are all learning how to deal with their powers.

While this book is a teenage coming of age story, or coming into power story and there's a budding romance, it's done tactfully for their age. The story itself was action-filled, funny and emotional. Even though it wasn't my usual type of read, I found myself unable to stop reading once I started. The story starts unfolding right away and with the quick twists and turns this story took, I was on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next. 

I was loving this story, absolutely loving it and then it just ends...in a cliffhanger! Nothing irritates me more than a cliffhanger. I was so mad that I had wasted my time on a book that ended in a huge cliffhanger. I'm just glad that this was a freebie when I found it because I would be really irritated if I had paid for this. The cliffhanger ruined it for me so I won't be reading anymore of this series. I would totally have given this a higher rating if it had an actual ending to the story but the story just kinda stops with nothing at all resolved. If this had been a continuation story where the main story is concluded and the back story continues through the series, I could have dealt with that but this story just stops and nothing was resolved. There was no real ending and none of the storyline was resolved. The book is long, more than long enough for a real ending...over 400 printed pages (I read the kindle version) so I expected some sort of conclusion and got none. 

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Favorite Picture of the Week

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I had planned to just show the cover of this magazine that Ken found at one of the Marijuana Dispensaries he went to last week because I thought it was fun that they added a coloring page to it and a few on the inside.


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Most of you know that here in Las Vegas, marijuana is now legal to buy and use for recreational use as long as you are 21 years of age and have a legal ID. So I thought, instead of just showing this magazine, how about an informational post about a few of the things I know about the dispensaries and what you can now buy. 

I do not now, or have I ever smoked marijuana nor do I ever plan to but Ken does on occasion and that's how I got the products for these pictures that I took. I'm not an advocate for marijuana use but I don't care what someone does in their own home. 

If you live in a place that doesn't have legalized marijuana then I thought that it might be interesting to read your reactions to what someone might buy where it is legal. There are a lot of products available at the dispensaries including the pre-rolls, buds and edibles but I'll only be talking about the pre-rolls since that's what I was able to take pictures of.

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This is what Ken and his friends usually buy, it's called a pre-roll. They are $12 for each pre-roll and he usually buys one or two a month. They come pre-rolled and looks like a mini cigar and I've been told you can smoke it like that or you can empty this out and smoke it in a glass marijuana pipe. Most people who I've seen buy these dump them out and use the pipes. 

A pipe like this or others. 

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The marijuana you buy at the dispensary is given to you in a sealed bag so you can legally transport it home. So even if you get pulled over by the cops for some reason, as long as you haven't torn the package open, it's legal to have in your car. On the back of the envelope it comes in, are a bunch of facts about the marijuana you just bought including, the strain, weight, THC level, date it was harvested, what laboratory tested it, and where you bought it. 

Ken just found out that Veterans get a 15% discount so the last time he went in he took his DD214 and they put it in his file, so from now on that discount automatically gets applied if he buys something.  

When you go to the dispensary it's just a shop like any other business. When you go in, you check in with the security guard and then wait in line to tell them what you want to buy. They then take the product over to the cashier where you pay for it. They only take cash, no debit, checks or credit cards. At least the ones here. Then they place your products in the bag, seal it and give it to you. If you have a medical marijuana card, you get to go to the front of all the lines. Medical marijuana patients get priority in most of the dispensaries. 

Just like alcohol it is still illegal to drive while under the influence. So if you get pulled over and tested for marijuana and have more in your system than is legally allowed, you can get a DUI ticket. I do not know right now what the legal limit for marijuana is. 

What do you think about some states legalizing marijuana? 

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Review: A Collection of Dead Men Stories by Jacqui Jacoby


Book Description

Travis Ricci, Ian Stuart, Jason Sullivan, Quinn Nelson and Evan Harris—before the Dead Men debuted in Dead Men Play the Game, these five guys had lives which took them across the Pacific Northwest, making their own history which could be no one's, but their own.

          They faced funny, they faced sadness, and they made sure each one of them was standing when the sun finally rose each day.


My Review

These short stories focus on five characters that have appeared in two other books by Jacqui Jacoby, "Dead Men Play the Game" and "Dead Men Seal the Deal". I've read both of those books so I already felt like I knew them and some of their story. While this book can totally be read a standalone book, I recommend reading the other two books first. 

These men are trying to deal with the fact that they are immortal now and in fact vampires. You all know from my other reviews that I love vampires, they are my favorite type of reads so this was a real treat for me. 

It was fun to see these guys again and read more about their lives. They get along for the most part and I like how they interact with one another and how they rely on each other. I really like this crazy crew of vampires and how they help each other and how we see some humorous moments in some of these stories about them. 

When one of them is in trouble or having a hard time the others help him or try to find out what the problem is and fix it. Once they are turned into vampires they don't go back home again to see their families or loved ones but at times years later when a family member or loved one dies they might go and pay their respect and say good bye for the last time. If anyone recognizes them they just use their vampire mind tricks to erase the contact and recognition from their minds. 

These guys have a code of conduct and if they come across someone who does something bad, they might make them pay in some way. I've read other books from this author that I liked a bit more than this book because at times I felt a bit bored reading this, it just didn't grab my attention as much as others have.

This collection is well worth the read. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimer: I received this book free for review purposes but all thoughts are my own. 

Monday, May 07, 2018

Happy Raturday!


*Picture courtesy of Jin Wicked*


*Picture courtesy of Jin Wicked*


*Picture courtesy of Jin Wicked*

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Apartment Life #26

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 20 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 20 years here in a weekly blog post.


Back in February I heard some really loud banging and looked outside to see 2 cops banging on my neighbors door. I quickly got my camera and started recording. But since I'm not used to taking a lot of video, I made the mistake of holding my camera side ways. Hence the side ways video. smh

But you can definitely hear what's going on and see what the police are doing. And yes, I took the video through my screen door because I'm not getting in the middle of that!

So someone had called the police and said they heard the kids in that apartment crying for over an hour and no one was answering the door. The police showed up, knocked on the door and kept yelling that they weren't leaving until they knew that the kids were ok because you can plainly hear the kids crying and screaming before the police kick the door in. The police pried the window open just enough to shine a flashlight inside and see the father passed out on the couch and he didn't wake up when they banged on the door. I later heard one of the officers on the phone telling someone that they saw him on the couch with a pill bottle on the table next to him and they didn't know if he was breathing so they kicked the door in.

The ambulance came and checked out the dad and the kids and no one was arrested but since he was the only one home shouldn't he have been arrested for child neglect or something? Nope, the police just left. These are the same parents that let their kids out by themselves and have their cousins living in the apartment directly across from them. I have no idea where the mother was. The man they brought out was the dad who had been passed out on the couch.


Police and ambulance showed up for this one.


The fire truck came as well.

This is one of the families that had kids that I was having a problem with but they moved out this week!

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

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Favorite Video of the Week



This week I thought I would share with you something fun here in Las Vegas. The Giant Fire Shooting Praying Mantis. This mechanical praying mantis is at the entrance of Container Park which is an open air shopping area with restaurants, shops, live music and a play area for kids. At the entrance though is this huge fire shooting praying mantis that plays music, interacts with people (because there's someone sitting inside it) moves and shoots fire from its antennae. The video starts slow for about a minute and then it starts shooting fire.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Freebie Friday!

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Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, 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.

This week I received:

3 SkinCeuticals samples- Gentle Cleansing Cream, Replenishing Cleaner Cream, Simply Clean Gel.
2 samples of Lubrigyn Cleansing Lotion.
Derma-E Hydrating Day Cream.

A box from SampleSource that contained...
Nature's Path Heritage Flakes Cereal.
Persil Protection Power Caps Clothes soap.
Replens Intimate Moisturizer.
Replens Comfort Intimate Gel.
Welch's Fruit and Yogurt snacks.

Did you receive any freebies this week?


Thursday, May 03, 2018

Review: Dragon VIP: Pyrochlore by Starla Night


Book Description

Smokin’ hot dragon shifters have no idea what to do with these sassy Earth females — but claiming them as mates will change the universe!

Bad boy dragon shifter Pyrochlore “Pyro” Onyx is the acting CEO of the Onyx Corporation — and for the smokin’ hot billionaire playboy, it definitely feels like an act. He has two weeks to save his family’s company from destruction and himself from an unwanted marriage to the Empress of his home planet, Draconis.

When he catches sweet, curvy Amy stalking his every move, a new feeling wars with his old cynicism. No matter the species, females want Pyro for only one thing. And it isn’t true love or faithfulness.

Super responsible elementary school teacher Amy should never have given in to her secret fantasies to stalk the gorgeous dragon, but in his presence, her self-control just snaps. And although he calls her naive, she’s not so innocent that she doesn’t know what she wants. Playing with the fiery male risks getting burned, but as dark forces gather, she could be his only salvation.

This is a complete novel with a happy ending! It features steamy dragon shifter love scenes and a passionate teacher who can teach the bad boy a thing or two. Must love dragons!


My Review

Amy's life is full of rules and structure but when she meets Pyrochlore, the dragon shifter she's been stalking  watching for her friend, all her rules fly out the window. 

Pyrochlore is a dragon shifter from another planet. He and other dragon shifters came to Earth and have made it their home. A few dragon shifters have found human mates and Pyro hopes to find one of his own so he doesn't have to marry the female dragon shifter that his mother wants him to marry but he doesn't trust many of the woman because he thinks they see him as either an oddity or a way to get to his money. 

I really liked Amy. Her personality came though loud and clear right from the very beginning. She's used to doing the right thing, following the rules she and her parents have instilled in her and following her well structured life plans. But when Pyro decides to let her know that she's been watching him and asks her to go on a date with him, she let's her guard down a little and goes with him. But he lies to her and gets her in trouble. 

Pyro's personality comes across as cold, aloof and not trustworthy. He lied to her, got her in a bit of trouble and just left her there to fend for herself. I disliked him quite a bit for almost half of this book. I wouldn't have given this guy another chance but I can see how someone as naive as Amy would do just that. He doesn't want to marry the female dragon his mother wants him to marry so he proposes to Amy, who he doesn't love or even know all that well. I just didn't like that at all. It seemed like it was going to be a marriage of convenience. Convenient for him is more like it. 

It was towards the end of the book that my views about Pyro changed and I liked him a little more. He is of course a dragon shifter from another planet, not human so he and his kind are not always going to act the same as a human would but it was nice to see him come around and get a little more personality. 

There are a couple of twists or at least a couple of things come to light that were kept secret and that was interesting to see. I enjoyed this book and even though it's the 3rd book in this series, I didn't feel like I was necessarily missing much by starting with this book. I will probably go back and start with the first book though. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Review: Smashbox Always On Gel Eye Liner- Fishnet


Product Description

Pros in our L.A. photo studio were speechless when they saw how effortlessly this super-saturated, long-lasting gel pencil glides on. It stays blendable for a few seconds so you have playtime to create limitless looks.

My Review

I've been wearing makeup since I was about 13 years old. That's 35 years to be exact. I've tried so many eye liners and while some are great, others aren't all that great and are hard to actually get on. I remember back when I was a teenager we would hold our eye liners over a lit match or lighter for a few seconds, blow on it to cool it down and then apply it while it was still warm and gooey. I burned myself on more than one occasional. Kids, don't try that at home. 

I've tried eye liner pencils, liquid eye liner with different tips and while I prefer the eye liner pencils, some are definitely better than others. I've tried the liquid eye liner and I just don't care for it. I like how easily it glides on but it's not as easy to get a straight line for me as a pencil is. So when I ordered this I wasn't sure what to think until I tried it. I was surprised just how easily this glides on, how easy it was to control how much I'm putting on and how easy it was to control the lines. It was effortless to put on and it dries within a few seconds so this stuff didn't come off until I took it off.

Another thing I liked is that it's one of those twist up ones where you just twist the bottom and more comes out the top. So I don't have to sharpen it with a pencil sharpener. I didn't even know that a gel liner existed until I saw this one and was curious enough to order it. 

Now for what didn't work. The product itself is great. The tube that it's in is pure crap. I twisted the bottom once and the tiniest bit came up and then the twisty part stopped working no matter how much I twisted it, nothing more came out. I used a small stiff makeup brush to dip into the top so I could use some more of the product but that only worked for a couple of days and then it was too far down to get at. So I tried prying the tube apart to see if there was any more product in there and indeed there was quite a bit but with the way the tube is made, there's no way to get at it. So while the product itself is great, the tube it's in stops working and won't twist so you can use all of the product inside. That is a major problem. I was only able to use this for a week before I had to throw it away. Just not worth the price, the effort or the problems. 

I will be trying a different brand of gel liner and hope that I don't have the same problem. 

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Review: Scorpius Rising by Rebecca Zanetti

Book Description

For Nora Medina it started when she was yanked off a gorgeous Hawaiian beach, still in her bikini top, and onto her ex-husband’s government jet. A microbiologist doesn’t see a lot of emergency extractions, but marriage to Deacan Devlin McDougall taught her plenty about adrenaline. Nora knows it’s more than their unfinished business that has brought the sexy, maddening Scot back into her life. But she’d never have guessed this.

As a soldier of fortune, Deke has seen too much by any standards. But the terrifying bacterium sneaking through the highest halls of power isn’t his kind of battle. All he can do is keep close to his brilliant, fiery Nora and fight like hell to keep her safe. Because if he lets her get sucked down by the horror that’s coming, he’ll never get another chance at her heart . . .


My Review

This is the prequel novella to the Scorpius series. I haven't read this series yet so I'm glad I started with this novella since it gives a bit of background on the world that this series is set in. 

Microbiologist Nora Medina was made to get on a plane and finally meets up with her ex husband, Deke who works for the government. There's a bad outbreak about to happen and so he enlists the help of his ex to try and stop it. A meteorite was found and the kids who found it, cut it into pieces releasing bacteria spores into the kids systems when they stupidly tasted the meteorite. I mean seriously, who does that? Now the kids are sick and they have no idea how to treat them. This is the reason that no one has seen this particular bacteria before and has no idea how to combat it. In other words, it's a real clusterfuck and things are about to get real bad. 

While Deke and Nora are trying to re-kindle their romance because they never stopped loving each other, people are being infected faster and faster and most of them are dying or worst, becoming crazy. There's a madman on the loose and things have gone from bad to worst in a short amount of time.

I really liked the world building, as we see what's happening, how it started and just know what's coming. I really think this was a great start to a new series. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.