Saturday, March 23, 2019

Review: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Book Description

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

My Review

Molly and Fox both come into this having had bad childhood's that scarred them. I like a scarred character and like seeing them get past their problems. Fox is in a rock band and Molly is at a party with her sister, Thea and Fox sees Molly and is attracted to her. He seduces her and asks for a 1 month long fling. I found it a little hard to believe that with all the walls Molly had built up around herself and the fact that she was still a virgin that she agree's to a fling with him. 

She doesn't want anyone to know that they are seeing each other so no hand holding in public and she overreacts quite a bit at first. I get that she's not used to his lifestyle but I didn't like her attitude at first. She does mellow out which was nice though. There are a few arguments on both of their sides that could have been easily take care of if they had just talked. Communication is always the thing that causes problems in this kind of book. 

They quickly fall for each other and decide to take things for longer than a month but again, the communication or lack there of causes a few problems for them. I like Fox's band mates and how well they get along. We see what could be relationship's building in some of the band mates a well as with Molly's friends and sister. It'll be fun to see how that works out in future books. 

The one thing that did bother me was the amount of unnecessary sex in this book. I'm no prude but these two go at it like bunnies and it just seemed to be over done. I like how this ended and am looking forward to reading more in this series. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

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:

I won my choice of book up to $10 from a blog contest.
I won a fan from a giveaway I entered.
I won a dog sweater for Falcor in an Amazon giveaway.
I also won a really pretty glass mug from Amazon Giveaways.

In case you didn't know this, Freebieshark has a page where they list all the open giveaways, sweepstakes and contests that they find. I try to enter as many of them as I can and sometimes I win something. So I shared the link so you can try your luck as well.

If I want to win something specific though, I will just Google it and enter all the giveaways for it that I find. That's how I won this fan. I Googled "Fan giveaways" and entered all of the ones that I found. It took 4 months but I won a fan.

When my daughter was 16 she wanted a Kindle Fire. So for 6 months I did Google searches for Kindle Fire giveaways and entered all of them that I found. Right before her birthday I won a Kindle Fire and gave it to her. I must have entered 200 giveaways before I won but it was worth it.

There are a lot of giveaways available out there and you can't win if you don't enter.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

My First Time Trying Speculoos Cookies

I was watching one of those cooking shows on tv a few months back and someone mentioned Speculoos cookies. They didn't say much except that they taste like a crispy gingerbread cookie. I love gingerbread cookies so I tried to find them. The only place I could find them was on Amazon. So I ordered a pack and they are my new favorite cookie. I'm not even kidding. 

Ken hates them but I don't see how, they have such a warm spiced flavor that is a lot like a gingerbread cookie. I read online that you can get them at Trader Joe's but my local one didn't have them but I did find them on Amazon.  

Have you ever tried Speculoos cookies? If you see them, I'd give them a try because dang, they're really good. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Review: Thrall by Abigail Graham

Book Description

“This is what’s going to happen. You’re going to run, and I’m going to chase you.” I've spent a lifetime hunting her, years of frustration, near misses and lost chances. Now I have her. Alone, cornered, and desperate. There will be no escape for her this time. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. She's finally mine. I just hope I can save her. --- I have no memory of my past life. Not even a name. All that remains is an aching sadness when I see the spot on my finger where a ring used to be. Now I'm not even human, if I ever was. I sleep like the dead through the day, and at night hunger drives me to hunt and kill. My prey are the worst humanity has to offer, but who is the real monster when I slaughter them like animals for their blood? Until him. Now I'm the hunted. He's stronger, faster, I see my own hunger reflected in his eyes...

My Review

This is a different kind of vampire story, first off the vampire is a female named Christine. She doesn't remember her human past and has no idea how she became a vampire. She kills bad guys to feed and she's cold, calculating and brutal in her enjoyment of the kills she makes. It almost feels like she thinks she's doing the human race a favor by killing the dirt bags. But she's very sure of herself when she goes out to pick someone to feed on, that is until she's captured by a mysterious guy and held against her will. 

This guy makes her remember who she was and how she became a vampire. He calls them nosferatu but if you ask me, it's just a vampire. We find out what the vampire did to her and it's not pretty, no wonder she doesn't want to remember that time. It takes a while before I could figure out why this guy was holding her captive and making her remember her past but when the big reveal comes about, it's bitter sweet, quite sad actually. 

This story was not what I was expecting at all. It's not your typical vampire romance but there is some romance in this book, don't worry about that. It just takes a little while to get to it. It was quite an interesting story and I did like the ending.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review: Touch of Smoke by Karissa Laurel

Book Description

Three years ago, Rikki Albemarle watched her best friend die at the hands of a supernatural evil. Certain she was slated to be the next victim, Rikki fled her small Smoky Mountain hometown, vowing to never come back. Plagued by nightmares and knowing she's the only one who believes Mina's death was no accident, Rikki returns with hopes of finding answers and holding the killer accountable.

Rikki is convinced the key to unlocking the secret of Mina's death lies with Owen Amir, the alluring young army vet who once claimed her heart. But the deeper Rikki digs into Owen's past, the more she's torn between the urgings of her heart and her memories of him on the night Mina died.

After falling further into the rabbit hole, Rikki lands at the feet of an ancient and powerful evil determined to finish what it started years before. To survive, she'll have to make a decision: believe Owen is the monster she always feared he might be or trust him enough to stay and fight for a second chance at love.

My Review

Rikki had left Evansville behind never expecting to come back and yet here she was, back once again. She'd left when her best friend was was murdered but she left without a backwards glance, hoping the monsters she's sure she saw wouldn't come after her next. Even though Rikki left, the nightmares stayed with her so she figured the only thing she could do to get rid of them was to come back and get some answers. 

This story gives us a lot of back story, a lot of lead up to what happened 3 years ago when her best friend, Mina was killed. The story switches from past to present as it leads up to the night of the murder and Rikki confronting Owen 3 years later. We really get to know the characters who were involved and get glimpses into what felt like the lead up to a paranormal encounter. There are small things that give away that Owen is more than what he appears. I'm sure anyone reading this will see all the different clues we are given about what or who he actually is. At least I thought I knew where this story was going. I was so wrong. I never would have guessed where this story was going but the explanation of what happened the night that Mina was killed was utterly incredible. 

This is a standalone book that gives you all the information you need to enjoy a love story, heartache, magic and a reluctant hero. Owen was definitely the hero of this story even though there's a lot more to him than we first expect. The romance between Owen and Rikki was a slow burn, but soon that fire burns so bright it engulfs everyone in the room. This was definitely a sweet romance with an incredible paranormal twist. 

Have you ever read a book that you really liked and just want to tell everyone to read and hope that they like it as much as you did? This is one of those books for me. Go read it. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I received this book free via NetGalley but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Happy Raturday!

*Picture courtesy of Cindy Rogers*

"You can't hold me. I have muscles, I will escape."

*Picture courtesy of Pippa and Neema*

"It's ok bro, they'll get more yogi's soon."

"Picture courtesy of Pippa and Neema*

"You make such a comfy pillow."

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Apartment Life #72

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.

Our manager was having a hard time keeping the homeless crackheads that seem to mill around one particular apartment in my courtyard, out of this vacant apartment. The maintenance man had removed the air conditioner from the can and that left a big open hole in the front face of the can that 'someone' could crawl through and get in the vacant apartment. After the apartment manager found a mess in the vacant apartment from someone sleeping in there all weekend, she ordered the maintenance man to screw plywood to the openings on the can. Wouldn't it have been easier just to put another air conditioner in the can?

My daughter moved into her new apartment about a month ago. 2 weeks ago her downstairs neighbor had a fight and someone broke the door down. The police came and the guy was taken to jail. The apartment is vacant now. Last week some guy came to her door, knocked and then tried to open her door knob. Then she heard him and another guy kick the door in downstairs in the vacant apartment. She called the police but they were gone by the time they got there. Then 2 days ago the apartment manager there called the police to check that apartment and caught the two guys sleeping there there and they were arrested. I'm telling you this because I don't think it would matter if we moved from here because this kind of crazy stuff seems to happen all over here in Vegas. 

We also talked to our apartment manager and she said she got taken to court last week by the woman who's apartment had bullets come through the wall when the apartment next to hers was shot up over New years. After the bullet holes in her walls happened she asked the manager to be let out of her lease because she wanted to move. She has a small son and is pregnant but the manager said no. So this woman took her to court and the judge ordered my apartment manager to let her out of her lease with no penalties and she is so pissed off about it. She should have just let her out of the lease. I mean, c'mon! Did this dumbass really think she was gonna win this in court? The tenants apartment was shot up, of course the judge is gonna let her out of her lease. So that woman and her family are moving out this weekend and my apartment manager is telling anyone and everyone how the judge made a bad call. Are you serious? The manager thinks this complex is so dangerous that she won't even move into the manager's apartment that she would get for free! She said she won't live on this property. Not that I blame her.

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

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Eating Blood Sausage For The First Time- My Thoughts

Ever since Marianna's Mexican Market opened up right next door to where we live, we've been trying new foods found in the store. Ken said he saw blood sausage and wanted to try it. I'm not a picky eater and will try just about anything once. So we bought a small pack of it and fried it up. It was already sliced so all I had to do was fry it for 5 minutes on each side. I Googled how long to cook it in case you're wondering. In case you don't know what it is...Blood Sausage is a sausage made with pork, dried pig's blood and suet.

This was pork blood sausage. I don't know if there are other varieties but that's what this one was. When I started frying it, some of the sliced sausages kind of exploded from their outer casing and looked more like a meat crumble. So I only took a picture of the sausages that stayed together. 

I don't know what I was expecting when I took that first bite but it's very crumbly and mushy but it had a spicy meaty flavor. Mixed with the crumbly bits are also chunky, chewy bits of something. I'm guessing it was some part of the pig but who knows what parts it was. I was expecting to really hate it but it wasn't awful but because it had a slightly liver flavor to me and I don't like liver it wasn't great to me.

I would suggest taking the casing off after frying because the casing *whatever that was made from* was super chewy. 

So while it wasn't awful, the mushy texture and slight liver flavor made it so I wouldn't buy it again. 

Have you ever tried blood sausage?

Friday, March 15, 2019

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 sample of Garnier Whole Blends Hair Repairing Mask.
Persil Proclean Laundry Detergent.
One Ultrafeel Condom.
Stevia Sweetener Sample in a re-closable baggie.
I won a signed copy of Wolf Tales 9 by Kate Douglas.

Let's for a moment go back to that Stevia sample... it's in a re-closeable baggie. I don't think I've ever received a sample in this manner before. I hardly think this is sterile, safe or hygienic. I threw this away without ever opening or using it. Ken said that there was no way to know for sure what was in that baggie and he's right. That was just not a very smart way of sending out samples. And it came in an envelope. What if the baggie had broke open during transport and someone had called in the FBI for a white powder? Hey, maybe I'm a little paranoid but it's happened before. Not smart at all. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Review: Daily Goodie Box

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 did I receive?

Avitae - Caffeinated Sparkling Water- I don't usually like sparkling water but this one had a great taste to it.

Fyve - Coconut Lime Lip Balm- I have lip balm's in every room of my apartment. My lips dry out easily here in Las Vegas for some reason. Maybe because it's so dry here. I just want to point out how good this smells. And it works good too.

GLEEN - Electronic Cloth- This is an electronics cleaning cloth. I used it on my laptop and it does what it says it will. It's a good cleaning cloth.

Greenshield Organic - Lavender Organic Laundry Detergent- I used it in one load of laundry and it smells really good. My towels smells great! They're jut as clean as as if I'd used my other detergent.

Hubs - Virginia Salted Peanuts- I like making my own trail mix to snack on when my blood sugar gets low and peanuts are a big part of that. I liked these, they had a great taste to them.

Jessica’s - All Natural Gluten-Free Granola- Granola is something else that I add to my homemade trail mix and this has a great taste to it. I really liked it. It was maple vanilla flavor which was so good.

Prince & Spring - Jackpot Popcorn- Several people including myself enjoy popcorn so this was liked by all of us. It has a great taste to it.

Natralia - Eczema Moisturizing Lotion- While I don't have Eczema, I do have Diabetes and use a lot of lotion on my skin. This is a good lotion.

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.

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!

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

Disclosure: This box was given to me for free in exchange for a blog review but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Favorite Picture of the Week

This is on the path that I walk Falcor. I don't think that I've ever pointed out just how close the freeway is to where I walk. I've know I've talked about the wall that separates the freeway from where I walk but just to give you an idea I took this picture. The sound wall is all the way on the right and because the walkway has a curve in it right here, they stopped the wall, put in a fence, moved the wall over to the left and started the wall up again. You can see the freeway through the fence and there's just a little padlock stopping someone from walking onto the freeway right there.

The freeway is right there through the fence. I see kids climbing that fence and playing right there all the time.

Here's a close up through the fence. As you can see, the only thing beyond the fence is a concrete barrier. 

People routinely leave bags on clothes on this fence for the homeless that live in the area. There used to be 3 tents set up right on the other side of the fence but the police made the homeless people move. 

One more thing...

Yesterday I was a guest reviewer over at I Smell Sheep where I reviewed Toxic Game by Christine Feehan. I hope you'll pop over and let me know what you think of my review. 


On a rescue mission in the heart of the Indonesian jungle, Dr. Draden Freeman and his GhostWalker team need to extract the wounded as quickly as possible—or risk spreading a deadly virus unleashed by a terrorist cell. When Draden gets infected, he forces his team to leave him behind. He won’t risk exposing anyone else. He intends to find the ones responsible and go out in a blaze of glory....

Shylah Cosmos’s mission is to track the virus and remain unseen. Her enhanced senses tell her that the gorgeous man eradicating the terrorists one by one is a GhostWalker—and his lethal precision takes her breath away. When he’s hit by a lucky shot, she can’t stop herself from stepping in, not knowing that by saving his life she’s exposed herself to the virus.

There’s no telling how much time Draden and Shylah have left. Racing to find a cure, they quickly realize that they’ve found their perfect partner just in time to lose everything. But even as the virus threatens to consume their bodies, they’ve never felt more alive.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: Drakon's Promise by N.J. Walters

Book Description

Darius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon.

He's both.

He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.

When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.

My Review

Drakon's are half human, half dragon. Their blood can cure any illness so the crazy Knights want as much of the Drakon blood as they can get and will stop at nothing to capture them. 

Darius is around 4000 years old as are his brothers. The Dragon Knights organization have been around for just about as long and have been after the Drakon's blood so Darius and his brothers have been in hiding most of that time trying to keep themselves safe from the Knights. 

Sarah finds a book that might belong to the Knights which puts her right in the path of danger. But she risks her life to save a man she's never met and Darius finds himself very attracted to her when they meet. Now that they're both in danger from the Knights of the Dragon, they go on the run and try to stay one step ahead of the bad guys that are after them. 

They are running for their lives and getting help from Darius's brothers but are also getting to know one another and getting really close. I really liked these two together and how much of an alpha male Darius is. We get quite a lot of world building as well as back story as to how the Drakon's came about and I liked that. 

This is the first book in a 6 book series with what I'm guessing will be a continuing plot line that will probably follow throughout the series since this one ended with a glimpse of what will happen in the next book. This book ended on a cliffhanger and with them still on the run from the Knights. I didn't like that aspect of the book but for the most part the book did wrap up the rest of their story. I liked this first book so I'm willing to look past this cliffhanger and read the next book, hoping that the next one does not leave a lot of holes open in the end. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Happy Raturday!

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*Picture courtesy of Anisah Grace Hanna*

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Apartment Life #71

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.

I was sitting on my couch and heard these two talking about the marijuana strains they are growing. Yes, it's legal to grow a few pot plants for yourself but the guy with the cigarette hanging out his mouth went in his apartment, brought out a jar and gave the other guy something from it. They kept smelling the jar and talking about marijuana so I assume he wanted this guy to try the stuff he was growing. lol 

I can't even sit on my own couch without seeing some sort of drug deal go down. LOL

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

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Review: Ipsy Glam Bag

Ipsy is a monthly subscription box that sends you 5 sample size makeup or beauty products. You can customize what they send you by filling out the personal surveys. I've been more into makeup products lately and decided to try another subscription box. I love the bright pink package they send it is. There's no mistaking who that's from when you see it in your mailbox. These bags are $10 each.

I have two extra products, the eyeshadow brush and the concealer because I took advantage of the $3 add-ons you can add to your bag each month. 

What was in my bag?

GlamGlow Mega Illuminating Moisturizer. 
Doucce Black Eyeliner Pen. 
Meech N Mia Taupe Eyeshadow. 
F.A.R.A.H. Powder brush. 
M A C Studio Fix Powder Foundation. 
As well as the two extra items I added on. 

I love my new eyeshadow brush. I didn't have a round brush like this before and now I know why I needed one. lol The powder brush works great, better than the one I had been using. I can always use a new eyeliner and eyeshadow. I like the powder foundation but only as a powder. I don't think it has enough coverage to work as a foundation. I haven't used the illuminating moisturizer yet but it looks like it might be a little glittery and I don't know how I feel about that. 

I liked everything I got in this bag. Have you ever subscribed to Ipsy?

Friday, March 08, 2019

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:

It was a slow freebie week but I was able to cash out my points on Crowdtap for a $10 Amazon gift card.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Review: Day of the Dragon by Katie MacAlister

Book Description

TWO FULL NOVELS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! Fans of Lyndsay Sands and Gena Showalter will love this fiery paranormal romance from a New York Times bestselling author about a dragon shifter who finds his soul mate in the most unlikely place. Also includes WOLF'S MATE by Celia Kyle. 

With dragons like him, who needs enemies?

Real scholars know that supernatural beings don't exist. But the moment I meet Archer Andras of the Storm Dragons, all my academic training goes out the window. Thanks to Mr. Tall, Dark, And Infuriating, I'm learning that I really should worry about those things that go bump in the night. . . and that dragons like Archer are 100 percent pure trouble.

Now I'm caught in the middle of a war. On one side is Archer. On the other is his twin brother. And I am the key to translating an ancient text that could bring balance-or deadly ruin-to our world. But none of that is as dangerous as the seriously sexy sparks between Archer and me. He's too tempting to be real. Too gorgeous to trust. And when it comes to dragons, there's no smoke without deadly fire.

Includes the novel WOLF'S MATE by Celia Kyle: When Abby Carter is threatened by an anti-shifter organization, werewolf shifter Declan Reed will have to convince her that there's no safer place in the world than in the arms of a big bad werewolf.

My Review

Archer started the Storm dragons while his brother, Hunter had started the Shadow dragons. 

Archer and his cousin go after the Raisa Medallion, not knowing if it's real or not and not knowing if what they think about only a demon hunter or a demon being able to wield it is true. They break into the place and leave the money for their item only to get caught by Thaisa who works there. Thaisa and Archer have an intense first meeting and then he leaves with his item.

Thaisa works at a place that sells off antiques but her boss is a total ass. So when she sells off something and even gets a great price for it, her boss completely freaks out and threatens her with bodily harm if she doesn't get it back. Before Thaisa knows what's happening, she and her friend are kidnapped for only for a short period of time and Archer comes to her rescue. After that she and Archer get a lot closer. Watching Archer try and figure out what his brother is doing, going after the Medallion and get closer to Thaisa was a lot of fun. There's so much going on that I never got bored even for a few pages which was nice and kept the story going for me. 

When they finally do find the medallion, it wasn't anything like I thought it would be but it was good and surprising. I really liked all the secrets that came to life at the end of this book and there were quite a few of them but it all made sense. It was a fun ride waiting to see if Thaisa could decipher the text, find the medallion and fall for Archer. Archer's brother, Hunter is also a big part of this story and he turned out to be so much more than I thought he was in the beginning. This entire story was fun to read. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

But wait, there's more!

This eBook came with a second novel, Wolf's Mate by Celia Kyle. So here's that review as well. 

My Review

Abby is an accountant and a cougar shifter, she enjoys her quiet life until she uncovers something shady going on in an anti-shifter organization. She planned to bring proof about Unified Humanitarian to the shifter council but then all hell breaks loose and she finds herself in danger. 

Declan works for Shifter Operations Command and is going to help keep Abby safe with the help of the other members of his team. 

Abby and Declan are really great together and I liked getting to know the other members of Declan's team but they seem to put Abby in dangerous situations all the time which I found strange since they are supposed to be keeping her safe and she's a mate to one of their own. 

Abby isn't used to all the action and drama like Declan and the others are and so compared to them she seems weak and fragile and because of her childhood being so rough I understood why she was a bit more introverted than the others. 

There's a lot of action, a lot mystery and a couple of really good twists. It was a lot of fun and I'm really looking forward to some of these other team members getting their books. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I received this book for free via NetGalley but all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Review: Love Conquers Demons by Trinity Blacio

Book Description

Normal people have nightmares and wake up from them to go about their daily routine, but not Claire Marlow. Her life had been a living hell until that one summer she had spent with her grandparents in New Orleans. That’s when she met three of the most handsome men she’d ever seen who not only took her breath away, but made her wolf do a jig inside her. For that one week, running in the sand with the moonlight upon them, Claire had found her escape from the nightmares, or so she thought. 

Bryce Marlow was an alpha and always knew he’d be the dominant one in his family unit. Claiming Ivan and Felix had been challenging to say the least, but when the three of them had seen Claire on the beach that night they all knew they were looking at their heart and soul. However, one look into those haunting eyes and the three of them realized that whatever time it took, they would erase those nightmares to replace them with hope and their love.

My Review

Claire had a horrible teenage life when she found out what her step father was up to. He made her life a complete nightmare until she met her mates and moved away. It wasn't until recently that she told her mates what her mother and step father had done to her and how scared she was that they would find her again. 

Then all at once, she finds her biological father who never knew about her and some monster straight out of a nightmare comes for her. Plus her mother is up to her old tricks, making trouble for her once again. 

Her brothers, mates and her bio father and his family all rally around her in an attempt to keep the monster from getting to her. I really liked the interaction between her and her mates. They are very protective of her and I really liked how they all got along. 

Her father is really interesting and I liked finding out more about him. There are a lot of characters in this book and at times it felt like there were too many people to keep track of. The story did seem to slow down in some parts but then would speed back up and keep my attention for a while. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I received this book for free via NetGalley but all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Review: Alien Intention by Cara Bristol

Book Description

Our attraction unleashes a perfect storm…
I’m Stormy Weathers. My love life on Earth is one natural disaster after the other. I’m attracted to bad boys, rebels, commitment-phobes. In a crowd of choirboys, I’ll manage to find the jerk. All I want is a man who’ll love me and my young son, so I’m going to an icy planet to become an alien’s mail-order bride. This time will be different! The chemistry I feel with Romando is electric. It doesn’t matter what my sister or her mate or their tribe says, mutual attraction this strong can’t be wrong, so I’ll do anything to get him…

I’m Romando, an outcast in my own tribe. One rash, angry act turned me into a pariah and almost got me banished. But what everyone resents the most is that I’m one of the lucky few who’ll be getting a mate. The instant Stormy Weathers blows into Dakon with the other Earth females, my horns tingle. She is meant for me, but I resist the instinct to claim her. You see, she’s related to my nemesis responsible for my outcast state. Honor and pride dictate that I reject her as a suitable mate before she undermines my good intentions. If only I could get her out of my mind…

Alien Intention is a steamy, humorous alien mail-order bride romance set on an ice planet. It's a standalone read in the Alien Mate series.

My Review

Earth traded human women for rocks in the Terra-Dakon Goodwill Exchange Program. Illuvian ore could power anything and the people of Earth wanted as much of it as they could get. After an asteroid hit Dakon and sent it into an ice age and also killing off many of its inhabitants, they were in search of females to keep their species going. Many of the single females of Earth were eager to leave and meet their new alien mates. Stormy has a young son and is hoping to meet a male on Dakon who will treat her and her son right and maybe even be happy. 

As soon as Romando sees Stormy, he knows she is his but there are those on his planet that don't want them together. One other Earth female makes things a lot harder than they should have been and for some reason has it out for Stormy. So while Stormy and Romando don't end up together right away, they all see the error of their ways soon enough and they do end up together as mates. 

While they are getting to know one another, other are plotting to make sure they are exiled or worst. Things shouldn't have been as bad and complicated as they were but it was all because a few people couldn't be happy for themselves and mind their own business. But I loved Stormy and Romando and was so glad that they ended up together. I'm really enjoying this series and plan to read more from this author soon. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, March 04, 2019

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Sunday, March 03, 2019

Apartment Life #70

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.

Last week the apartment right next to me got a 3 day eviction notice after having a 30 day notice and not fighting it in court. The Constable came and locked them out on Friday. They came back with a U-Haul that weekend and got all their stuff. These people are meth users. I know this because they told anyone who would listen about their problem. The male half was the old apartment manager's son and the female was his girlfriend. She also had 4 kids living with her part time. The male left after his mom left (she had medical issues and couldn't do the job any longer) and then the female's brother moved in with her and they didn't pay the rent. So they got evicted. #buhbye 

This week a neighbor across from me who sells drugs from his apartment got a 30 day eviction notice on his door and has been loudly complaining to everyone that he's done nothing to get kicked out. The manager told him that he'd been warned about his loud music, people coming to his apartment all hours of the day and night and having up to 10 homeless and/or drug users staying in his apartment all the time and having fights all the time. He was demanding to know who complained about him and the manager said she couldn't give him that information. 

The manager is actually doing what she said she would do and is getting rid of all the trouble makers that all seem to be in my courtyard. He was warned several times so he only has himself to blame for being evicted. I don't feel bad for him at all. #Goodriddance 

Besides that drama, there's nothing else to report this week. It was pretty quiet around here for once. If all the drama causers get evicted, I'll have nothing to report here each week! lol I think I can live with that though. 

Cross your fingers that the new people that move in are not crazy. 

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

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Early Review: Salvatore by Cecy Robson

Book Description

Desperate men do desperate things . . .

Salvatore Romero is a dangerous man. If you’ve lived the life Sal has, rage is to be expected and maybe so is heart. After his father killed his mother in a jealous rage, Sal was left to raise his two younger brothers, becoming a parent long before he was ready.

Desperate for money to support his family, Sal sought help from his old friend, Vincent Maggiano, the son of New Jersey’s top crime boss being groomed to take over his ailing father’s empire.

Sal never planned to join the mob. He also never planned to fall for his brother's sweet and ultra conservative counselor, Adrianna Daniels.  

Aedry isn’t the type of girl Sal is usually drawn to. Her skirts are longer, her hair is tamer, and her heels aren’t clear. But he can’t deny the attraction he feels. And Salvatore’s dark, sexy, and dangerous persona is the exact opposite of the clean-cut business men who usually catch Aedry’s attention.

Neither planned on a life of crime nor did they plan on love. But now, both are in too far.

My Review

I don't read a lot of genre's other than PNR most of the time but there are some authors that I just love their writing style and this happens to be one of those authors, so I knew I was going to request this book as soon as I saw it on NetGalley. 

Sal's story broke my heart. When he and his younger brothers were kids, their father killed their mother. And I thought, Oh hell, this story is gonna make me cry. I felt so bad for the kids, especially Sal since he was the oldest and he wanted to take care of his brothers. The entire child welfare system is messed up and would rather break up a family than help them stay together. So when Sal's friend, Vincent helps him keep his family together, he's now indebted to him. It wouldn't be so bad if Vincent wasn't the son of a major mob boss and was slotted to take over the family business at some point. 

Sal ends up working for the mob and it's a bad world, a bad time and a bad life but he's keeping his brother's safe so that's all that matters to him. Sal has done a lot of things but he's never killed anyone...yet. But if Vincent gets his way and Sal takes the new position as his bodyguard, he will probably have to kill someone since the other mob bosses are coming after Vincent when he takes over the family business. Things seem to be going on as normal as ever but Sal and his brothers have gotten really close to the boys guidance counselor, Adrianna Daniels. Watching Sal and Aedry get to know one another was almost sad at first. He's really not used to someone normal like her and he messes up a bit before they finally start getting along.

Sal has been so careful not to get involved with anyone who could be hurt by what he does but Vincent finds out about her and uses her to try and get Sal to do what he wants. As soon as Adrianna meets Vincent, she knows that there's more to the man than just a regular boss and Sal knows that she might be in danger if he steps out of line with Vincent.

I was a little mad at Sal for ever getting involved with her in the first place knowing who he associates himself with and what he does. He put her in danger. I was wondering how this was going to end. How they were going to get their HEA or if they were. Then in the span of a few pages everything changes. That twist happened so fast, it left my jaw on the floor for a few seconds. I actually had to go back and re-read what just happened. I never saw that ending coming but it was great! 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

This book will be available on March 13th, 2019. 

Disclosure: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, March 01, 2019

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 full size pack of Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice.
A sample of Pawtree Paw Pairings Superfood Seasoning for dogs and cats- chicken live medley flavor.

The quinoa and brown rice was already cooked, all you had to do was heat it up and serve. I have to say that it was good. I like quinoa and brown rice but not garlic and this had some garlic in it but it wasn't over powering. It wasn't bad at all.

The Paw Pairings was a food seasoning that you sprinkle on top of your dog or cat food. I put it on Falcor's food and he ate it. He liked it just fine.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Review: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

Book Description

Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle.  Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home.  Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic.  But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness.  Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

My Review

I've never read this author before but a blogger buddy sent this book to me and I thought, why the heck not. I read series out of order all the time and this is a quick read, it should be fine. 

First of all let me tell you that I did feel a little lost because I haven't read this series so I really didn't know who these characters were but I still read it. 

Nevada is getting married and her sister, Catalina has to step in to make sure things go as planned and see if she can fix things that might make this a bad day. The groom's mother wants Catalina to locate a tiara she wants Nevada to wear at her wedding. But in order to find the missing tiara, Catalina will have to use her magic which she doesn't use because she's scared to. 

There's quite a few interesting characters in this novella and I thought the story moved quite well for such a quick read. Now I'm gonna have to start this series and find out more about these characters. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Favorite Picture of the Week

We had snow in Las Vegas this week...twice!

The snow actually stuck to the roofs and cars and some on the ground.

We hardly ever get snow in Vegas. Last time was 8 years ago. I thought it was funny to see snow on the pine cones so I took a picture of it.

Falcor was not amused and tried to hide under the bushes.

He didn't like walking in the snow and kept sniffing it.

And here's a picture of my new makeup brush holder I bought for my birthday this month. I absolutely love it.