Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Review: Sins of a Highland Devil by Sue-Ellen Welfonder


Book Description

The first book in the Highland Warriors trilogy, in which three heroes make a pact to insure that a rival clan does not take over their Glen of Many Legends. At the same time, three women plot to marry these heroes to insure peace. 

In SINS OF A HIGHLAND DEVIL, James Cameron is concerned when the King's decree states all three neighboring clans must have a battle to the death in order to lay official claim to the scared Glen of Many Legends. James attempts to make a pact with the heads of the other clans to fight this decree. But he ends up fighting his own fierce desire when coming head-to-head with Lady Catriona of the opposing MacDonald clan, who has her own plan for peace.


My Review

I am a sucker for a supernatural element in a story so when I won this story in a blog giveaway I was excited to read it even though I don't read a lot of historicals. 

When Catriona learns of the King's rule that the three clans will have to fight for the right to reign over the glen, she knows that she has to do something or many people will be killed but she isn't the only woman who decides to do something. James and Catriona don't get along through most of this book but they do have the hots for each other. The three clans don't really want to fight it seemed but they don't see any other way around it. But it doesn't happen right away so James and Catriona have some time to get to know one another better. 

I loved Rannoch the mystical stag even more than the romance between James and Catriona. The romance between the hero and heroine was hard going even though they had sex and had the hots for each other. I didn't feel like the hero really cared about her. He felt a bit flat emotion wise to me so it was hard to see these two really working out until the ending. 

I did like the secondary characters maybe even more than the lead characters in this story. The supernatural parts of this story were more fun for me than the rest of the story but the entire thing was a good read. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Happy Raturday!


All of todays pictures are mine of rats that I've had over the years that I used to make meme's with.  Scribbles never paid any attention to Falcor.


Lucky sat between me and Ken and got a few bites of my pizza. 


Flower had just had a small bite of pumpkin pie with whip cream and a little got on her chin. lol

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Apartment Life #98


My brother is in town this week and it was peacefully quiet. Not a cop car, police helicopter or neighbor fight went on this week. I'm actually surprised. lol 

Since nothing worth noting happened on my street this week, I thought I would share some pictures of what happened while my brother was in town this week. I haven't seen my brother for almost a year so it was good to see him and his girlfriend. 


My brother met his 8 year old daughter for the very first time. It's a complicated story but it has a happy ending and that's all that matters at this point. He was really happy to meet her and they had a nice visit. 


My brother's girlfriend went wedding dress shopping. I love this dress and she looks great in it so I wanted to share. How pretty is that picture? 


Oh and the Goodyear Blimp flew right over my apartment complex. So that was kinda cool. 


I'm glad I got to see my brother for a few days, it was a nice visit. I'm back and will be making the blog visit rounds today. I hope you all had a good week. 

Friday, September 13, 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 2 more ebooks from the Amazon Giveaways this week.
I also won a led color changing lightbulb form the Amazon giveaways.

Again it was a slow freebie week. Maybe I'll get a few samples next week.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

My brother and his new girlfriend will be in town for a week so I will most likely be scare for the next few days. I'll catch up on blog posts and replying back to comments when I have more time next week. I have a few posts scheduled but not for everyday. Have a good week!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review: The Seventh Sister by Sue-Ellen Welfonder


Book Description

The Celtic heart is always drawn home...

Down-on-her-luck American artist Maggie Gleason returns to Ireland, hoping to put old hurts behind her. Instead, revisiting the fishing village that enchanted her years before only reopens wounds - until the unexpected appearance of roguish pub owner Conall Flanagan proves that the Ancient Isle is a magical place where anything can happen and true love always stands the test of time.

"Welfonder writes a fabulous mix of magic and romance." ~ Fresh Fiction 

Stand-Alone Read ... HEA ... No Cliffhangers

The Seventh Sister is a short story and originally appeared in the Mammoth Book of Irish Romance.


My Review

Maggie is an artist who visits Ireland and finds herself with Conall at a stone circle called The Seven Sisters. He explains why there are only six stones and they spend some time together but end up parting ways and not speaking to each other again. Years later they are both heading back towards each other without either of them knowing it. They both had plans for their future and had to part ways but they thought about each other so Maggie visits Ireland again and finds Conall and realizes that he's missed her too. 

This was a short, sweet romance. I love a good novella when I am short on time.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, September 09, 2019

Happy Raturday!

*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*


*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*



*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Apartment Life #97

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.

My neighbors across from me were arguing on Friday while I was outside with the dog and I didn't have my camera with me! I look over my shoulder and she's completely naked and walking across the rocks while putting her robe on and he's at his door completely naked. At least he put some pants on before walking to the neighbors apartment *not that he needed to cover much* One of these days I'll have my camera ready when these idiots come out arguing naked. lol 

The police came a little while later but not for that apartment, they went across the street but weren't there for long and then left. 

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

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Review: Drakon Unchained by N.J. Walters


Book Description

Victoria Marshall is living a lie. She works for a member of the Knights of the Dragon, a secret society that traps and uses dragons for their own gain. As a child, she made an unlikely friend—a drakon. He went missing, and she’s spent the past twenty years searching for him. The only thing distracting her from her mission is Luther Henderson, her boss’s new head of security.

Luther is also living a lie. One, if discovered, could lead to a fate worse than death. He’s attracted to Victoria, but can’t fully trust her, doesn’t know if she’s truly innocent or a true member of the Knights. It’s not only his life at stake, but those of the people he loves.

As they’re thrust deeper into the dangerous dealings of the Knights, they each have to share their secrets in order to survive.


My Review

Victoria met a Drakon when she was a child and has visions but no one believed her. She's been looking for him her entire life because she has visions when she dreams and knows that he's being held captive somewhere. She took a job with some scary people because she knows that they can lead her to Sergei so she can help him escape somehow. 

Luther has his own reasons for working for Temple, he's also looking for Sergei but for personal reasons and doesn't know what to think of Victoria other than to know that he's very much attracted to her but he just doesn't have time for a relationship at this time. 

Watching these two characters get to know one another, get closer and trust each other with their secrets was so much fun. 

Temple needs to find someone with a Drakon because the one that he had got loose and now he's aging again. So he reaches out to another guy that he knows has been keeping a Drakon captive for a long time and they meet for a meeting. Both Victoria and Luther have to trust each other if they are going to free Sergei but Luther is keeping a few secrets that could make things interesting. 

Drakon's are the offspring of dragons and humans. Dragons came to Earth around four thousand years ago and had offspring with human women. The offspring are called Drakon's. They can shift into dragons, fly, are stronger than humans, live a very long time and if a human ingests their blood, they live longer and it cures any ailments they have. So there are bad humans that capture and hold captive these Drakon's so they can use them for their blood. 

I've been really enjoying this series so far and plan on reading more as they are released. And I loved that some of the other Drakon's from previous books make an appearance in this one. It's always nice to catch up with familiar characters. This book is filled with suspense, action, romance and dragons (drakon's). It was great. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

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

Friday, September 06, 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.

I didn't receive any free samples this week but I did win two books from the Amazon Giveaways.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Review: Predator's Kiss by Rosanna Leo


Book Description

Rosanna Leo weaves a fun, exhilarating tale in Book 1 of her new Gemini Island Shifters series. Thrills, suspense, and humor abound when a rock star brother, stalkers, and a sexy erotica author descend on one ornery bear shifter. Find out for yourself what happens when events conspire to awaken the bear!

Bear shifter Ryland Snow just wants peace. The peace and quiet afforded him at his woodsy retreat, the Ursa Fishing Lodge. As owner of the lodge, Ryland enjoys the tranquil life he’s created among his fellow shifters. He lives to maintain a safe haven for them, away from meddlesome human eyes.

When his rock star brother arrives, bringing trouble in the form of a possible hit man, Ryland is incensed. He’s been cleaning up Soren’s messes as long as he can remember, and is tired of his brother’s lecherous exploits.

Things go from bad to worse when Lia Goodblood stumbles upon Ryland and his lodge. Yes, the reclusive erotica author is easy on the eyes, but the human woman is more trouble than she’s worth. To say nothing of her bizarre fear of furry creatures.

Ryland determines to rid himself of her presence. But when he learns she’s on the run from a crazed fan, Ryland’s protective bear instincts flare. And the bear won’t be denied.

Content Notes: Paranormal, Shifters, Contemporary, Spicy.


My Review

Young shifters go to Gemini Island to learn how to shift fast if the need arises so they can get out of danger. Ryland opened Gemini Island to families in the Summer and he stayed there year round. Ryland liked the peacefullness of the island. His brother, Soren was a famous musician and would be coming to the island for a visit. They weren't as close as they had been when they were younger but they were still brother's and that's what mattered. But Soren only showed up to hide out from the husband of a woman he had an affair with. The husband was connected and put a hit out on Soren so now he needs a place to lay low for a while. Ryland is not happy about this at all. 

But just as the brother's are about to fight it out in their bear forms, they both hear a human woman running their way. Lia is scared out of her mind, running from someone that she thinks is after her. She runs through the woods and stops right in front of two huge bears, Ryland and Soren in their bear forms. Lia is crazy afraid of any animals and flips the heck out so they shift back to human which really doesn't help matters any. I'm not sure what this chick was more scared of, the bears or the fact they shifted into humans right in front of her. 

Lia is an erotica author and on the run from a fan who's been stalking her. She ended up on Gemini Island and now Ryland is feeling all kinds of possessive of her. She's not completely sure of what she just saw but the brother's let her know that she's not in any danger from their bear halves. While Soren is hiding from a pissed off husband and Lia is hiding from a crazed fan, Ryland and Lia have time to get to know one another and act on the attraction they feel for each other. 

There's a twist in this story that I never saw coming but I really liked how this ended and how fun this book was. The banter between all of them was just fun and I look forward to reading Soren's book soon too. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Favorite Picture of the Week


My daughter took this picture for me of a horse statue near the freeway. We have weird structures near some of the freeway entrances and exits and I asked my daughter to take some pictures of them when she sees them. 

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

I'm A Guest Reviewer Over At I Smell Sheep


There's a double review up for Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan over at I Smell Sheep. Another reviewer and I both reviewed this one. I hope you'll pop over and let me know what you think of my review or if you plan on reading this book.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Happy Raturday!

*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*


*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*


*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Apartment Life #96

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.

Ken and I heard the police siren so we looked out the bedroom window and sure enough there was a police car across the street. (It wasn't for our complex this time)

This picture was taken out my bedroom window since the 2 police officers were standing directly across from us in the courtyard of the apartment complex across the street. I found out later from the mother that lives in one of the apartments over there with her son called the police on her son and his girlfriend after the son and girlfriend got high on meth and started throwing things and breaking them in her apartment. The son and girlfriend left before the police got there so they took a report and left. The mother is always complaining about her son but she won't kick him out.

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

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Review: Walmart Beauty Box- August


The Walmart Beauty box is a subscription box that comes out 4 times a year. You sign up for it and it comes automatically every 3 months. These boxes are free and you just pay $5 for shipping.


What was in this box?

Biore Witch Hazel pore strips. 
Curel Hydro Therapy wet skin moisturizer. 
Schich Intuition disposable razor. 
Blistex Lip Vibrance lip balm. 
Liquid liner eyeliner. 
A perfume sample that was missing the actual perfume sample. All I got was the packaging for it. 

I love Biore pore strips. They work wonders if you have any blackheads on your nose. 
I've used the wet skin moisturizer and it does work well. I don't mind another razor, those things can be expensive. The Blistex lip balm was a pretty pink color and smells like raspberries. I love it. The eyeliner works well. I can always use another eyeliner. 

Now for the perfume sample. I got the envelope it was supposed to be in but the actual perfume sample was missing. This was a great box, I'm super happy with it but it would have been an excellent box had I gotten the perfume sample.

The Schick Intuition Fab has a retail value of $6.49
The Blistex has a retail value of anywhere from $2.49 to $4.49 depending where you go. 
The Curel I found for $2.99

That's almost $13 just for those things not even counting the other things. So this was a pretty good value. 

Did you get this box?

Friday, August 30, 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...

3 perfume samples and a sample of Laura Mercier foundation primer from Macy's because I ordered some foundation from them. I love free perfume samples. I wasn't sure I was going to get any freebies this week before this came.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Review: Ipsy Glam Bag- August


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 love the bright pink package they send it in. There's no mistaking who that's from when you see it in your mailbox. These bags are $10 each. I used my points from writing reviews on their site for the products I've received that I turned in for a 6th product. 

What did I get?

Vasanti Concealer Buffing Brush. 
Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later face primer. 
Wander Beauty purifying and brightening peel off mask. 
EYEKO beach waterproof mascara. 
Youth To The People superfood face cleanser. 

I also bought an add on product, another Elizabeth Mott thank me later face primer. It was a $3 add on and I like that primer so I added that to my bag. 

I'm getting all these different brushes each month but I like that my brush collection is increasing. I only had a few brushes and this one does make concealer look very smooth. 

The mascara works as well as any good mascara does and my lashes do look longer when using this. I just don't care for the short applicator. It's a tube of mascara and the wand is very short so I'm not thrilled with that. 

My favorite product by far is the superfood face cleanser. I used a little on my face cloth after I had taken my makeup off and was surprised how much more makeup this got off on my wash cloth. Plus this smells so good! I want a body wash that smells just like this. 

I have not used the peel off mask yet. I'm not a big fan of those but I will test it out. 

Did you get this bag?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Review: Spectre by Shiloh Walker


Book Description

Myth. Monster. Mine.

Spectre

I wasn’t even a man when I took a life for the first time, although you couldn’t say I was a child. If I’d ever had a childhood, it hadn’t lasted long. My father, may he rot in hell, had seen to that. I took his life as well and that, too, happened before I was old enough to be considered a grown man.
I never regretted it for a second.

That path almost led to my own grave, and would have, if I hadn’t stumbled across somebody who was as different from my father as day was from night. Sarge had seen the monster lurking inside, so he took control, gave me guidelines, rules, so I wouldn’t be the monster my father had planned.

It worked. I restrained the worst of my rage and honed the skills that had been drilled into me—theft, stealth… assassination. The broken child ceased to exist and I became Spectre, an assassin spoken of in whispers, hired to take out the worst of humanity.

Then I was sent to kill her…and my world came to a screeching halt.

Tia

It’s taken a long time, but I finally had a nice, steady routine. I stopped trying to conform to the neurotypicals of the world and found my own normal.

Normal went out the window when I walked into my kitchen and found a strange (hot), dangerous looking (so fricking hot) man drugging my new dog.

It probably wasn’t the smartest thing to leap at him like a banshee and attack, but that’s what I did.

When my attempt to wreck the vehicle was averted, my kidnapper didn’t hurt or threaten me. In fact, he told me he wanted to protect me.

This (hot) guy had to be crazy. But if he was crazy, what did that make me? Because I believed him. More, I found myself seeing something beyond the rigid, blank mask he wore. He kept trying to push me away, but I couldn’t seem to keep my distance.

He calls himself a monster…but when I look at him, that isn’t what I see. I just see him…and I know he’s meant to be mine.

Warning: This isn’t a snuggly, comfy read. The male MC is a hired killer, while the heroine is neuro-atypical. Some dark material is involved—the hero kidnaps the heroine. There’s also violence when he goes on a rampage against those who put a contract on her. Also references of abuse (not against the heroine). Also very graphic, erotic scenes with minor bondage play.


My Review

Spectre starts out with a crummy hand in the childhood and family department. I really felt for this kid who was raised by a sick man. He runs away and finds himself with Sarge, a man who saved him. We don't get to see near enough of their life together but Sarge stopped Spectre from becoming the monster his father had wanted him to be. Spectre is now all grown up and is a hired assassin. He's contacted to kill Tia so he watches her and learns about her but he knows that she's an innocent bystander, just a way for the guy who's trying to hire him to get back at her brother. He might be a hired killer but he isn't completely without morals so he kidnaps her to save her life. Meric/Spectre is an intense. dark, lethal assassin but he also shows another side of himself which made this book so fun to read

Tia has Aspergers and teaches an art class for kids who also have it. Her brother is a cop who put away the brother of a really bad guy and now he's coming after Tia to send a message to her brother. When Tia's brother tells her that she might be in danger, she doesn't think so because almost no one even knows of her. But when Spectre tries to kidnap her she fights tooth and nail to get away from him at first. It's later that she realizes that while he's a hired killer, he might be telling her the truth about not taking her to the bad guy. 

When I read the blurb for this and saw that he had a 'monster' inside him that he kept caged, I instantly thought that he was some kind of shifter, vampire, or other type of monster. It never occurred to me that he meant he was just a plain old human that just wanted to kill people sometimes. LOL 

I don't blame the author for the misunderstanding though, I just have shifters or vampires on the brain from all the paranormal romance I read. So imagine my surprise when I started reading this and could not put it down! It's a good thing I started this in the morning because I would have gladly stayed up most of the night to finish this book. It was impossible to put down. I was completely and thoroughly absorbed in this story and really wanted to know what would happen next. There were a few really good twists or turns that I wouldn't have thought this story would go. 

Because Tia has Aspergers, she is different and reacts differently than he expects her to in some situations. She surprises him and once they are stuck together for a while getting to know one another, she makes him feel things that he never thought he would. With her, he can actually see a future that doesn't involve him being hired to kill people. I didn't know how that was going to work out or how this would end but when people want to change, they make it work. The characters in this story are different from most other romances that I've read. This isn't a touchy feely type romance at all, except for how these two feel about each other. But make no mistake, this is a dark, erotic read full of characters who would kill for the right reasons.

This book ended up surprising me in a good way. I highly recommend this book. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book via NetGalley but all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review: The Mate by Abigail Owen


Book Description

Maddie Thompson’s life just fell down a rabbit hole. Finding out she's a dragon shifter was one thing—she never quite fit into the human world, and this new reality feels…strangely right. However, discovering the next step is to choose a mate, and if she chooses wrong she'll die, is the other side of crazy. Especially when she already left a piece of her heart with someone who didn't want it.

To say dragon enforcer Fallon Conleth was shocked when the Mating Council summoned him as a potential mate for a newly found dragon doesn’t quite cover it. A mate is rare and precious and many dragons never find theirs. Fallon isn’t sure he’s worthy of the honor, not when so many deserve it more. He’ll just go through the motions and return home alone…until he sees Maddie. The human woman he reluctantly let walk away.

Fallon already broke Maddie's heart once, but if he can't convince her that they're meant to be, she'll die... and he won't be far behind.


My Review

I read this prequel after reading several of the other books so I wasn't lost on what was going on with the blue dragons. This is a short novella about how Fallon found his mate, Maddie. 

Fallon and his team are firefighters and dragon shifters. He is informed by the mating council that a possible mate has been found the with blue dragon's mark on her neck so he has to travel to meet her not knowing that he already knew her from months before from an arson investigation they both worked on. 

There are several dragons there at the mating council headquarters who could possibly be Maddie's mate but Fallon knows for sure that he is her mate. If she chooses the wrong dragon shifter she could die in the mating process so he does his best to make her believe that they are mates but she feels the pull and pretty much knows that already. One of the other dragon shifters gets really upset when she doesn't choose him and Fallon and Maddie find themselves in danger from that as well as other things. 

This story might be short but the action was great an we don't miss much since it feels so packed with information and storyline. If you are new to the series then this is a great place to start and if you already love the series then you should read this as well. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Happy Raturday!

*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*

"Being the secretary is fun but don't lick the tape."


*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*

"We were about to sing a song but then remembered we can't sing."


*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Apartment Life #95

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.


On Wednesday I walk outside and see this woman laying on the sidewalk. Yeah, that's a person laying there on the sidewalk in front of a door. The second to last door is what I assume a drug apartment where she goes all the time to I'm assuming to get her drugs. There's so much traffic to and from that apartment, most of us around here just assume they are dealing drugs out of it. She's so high she passed out right there on the ground. Unbelievable. No, I didn't call the cops because the only thing they'll do is make her get up and leave. She'd be back in a few minutes anyway. I've called before and that's all they do. Me and another neighbor called the manager who came and made her get up and leave.


I enlarged the picture so you can see there really is a person there.


The neighbor directly across from me had this huge fur rug sitting out in the rocks and had a hose with running water running on it all night on Friday. I guess that's how she chose to clean it. Her neighbor was mad as hell because each one of us in these buildings has to pay a portion of the water bill each month. So her running the water outside all night will make all of their water bills increase this month. If it had been on my building, I would have shut the water off that night but he didn't want to. Then in the morning she had 3 other neighbors help her and her husband lift it up (it looked heavy as hell) and drape it across the big bush there. I wonder how long it will sit there before she decides it's clean and dry enough to bring back in. Maybe a bird will poop on it and they'll have to do it all over again. 

Of course I'm sure they'll bring it back inside before tomorrow morning when the manager will be back walking the property. Oh and we have a new manager. I'm not sure if I told you all that last week and she's a dumbass. So far this month I've received 7 day eviction notice that was for another apartment but had my apartment number on it and an email telling me that I was delinquent for $20 which I was not. I called her and she said she sent out the notices by mistake. What? Like I said, dumbass. lol 


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

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Review: Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer


A couple of weeks ago I received this Boi-ing cakeless concealer via Influenster. I've now tried it out everyday over a week's time. 


This concealer goes on a little wonky because the doe foot applicator is kinda large and the applicator moves a little too easily so if you're looking to put this in a straight line, good luck. It dried down really fast! Really fast. It's a little on the thick side but if you can press it down quickly enough before it dries, it is really smooth and while it doesn't cake, it does crease. It creased fast under my eyes. Now granted, I'm almost 50 years old so for someone who isn't as old as I am and doesn't have fine lines under their eyes, this might not crease as fast as it did for me. I had to work really fast and apply the translucent powder over this under my eyes to try and stop some of the creasing but it still creased. I don't have this problem with my normal brand of concealer. 

I will say that it's a nice color, adds brightness under my eyes and does conceal any dark circles but it's just not the right concealer for me. 


I do love the packaging though. It's supposed to look like a pencil I think and I found that really cute. 

Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for an honest review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, August 23, 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 Baking Yeast and a sample of Instant Sourdough Starter.
A full size Milani lipstick from Poshly.

I haven't used the yeast or sourdough starter yet. I don't bake during the summer months so that will be saved for another time.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Review: Scent of Betrayal by Denise Carbo


Book Description

Wolf shifter, Davis Campbell is on a mission. His job is to babysit a woman from a rival clan. He believes all he has to do is get her back to Scotland. What he doesn't figure on is her possibly being his mate. Bethany Leitner, an owl shifter, has been betrayed, attacked, framed, and left for dead. Trust in herself and others is hard to find. So when her self-appointed guardian begins to bark orders, she is ready to show her talons.


My Review

Davis volunteered to escort Bethany back to her clan because he wanted to see what was happening in the this other clan. Bethany's clan hadn't voted in a new leader after the old one had been killed when Davis got her home and there were two guys who wanted her vote but she kept her allegiance to herself. Her cousin Aaron was a real jerk and seemed to want to belittle and boss everyone around. I don't know why anyone would vote for this guy to be their leader. Heyes seems nice but I wasn't sure if he's up to being the leader. When Davis reports back home that things are unstable there, he's ordered to stay from his leader and report back to his clan what's going on. Aaron is not happy to hear that he'll be staying for clan business but there's nothing he can do about it. 

When Bethany finds herself in danger, Davis decides that he is her protector and stays with her in her flat which is small. Having them in such close quarters and around each other all the time made them face the facts that they were attracted to each other. It's not long before they are acting on their attraction and they both figure out that they're mates. Not knowing how the other feels about that little shocker revelation makes things a little awkward.

Davis is a wolf shifter and Bethany is an owl shifter. I've read plenty of wolf shifter stories but not many with owl shifters in them so this was interesting. Someone keeps trying to kill Bethany but she has no idea why or who it could be. I didn't have a clue who could be trying to get her out of the way until the culprit was uncovered. It was a surprise to me for sure. There was a nice little twist at the end of this book that really made the story better and I loved how this ended. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book via NetGalley but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Review: Target Beauty Box - August


Each month Target releases a new Target Beauty Box but supplies are limited and it's first come first serve until they run out. These boxes go fast so I try to grab one as soon as I see it being talked about on Twitter or fb. They are $7 a piece and usually well worth the price.


In this box was...

MyBite Vitamins- chocolatey peanut. 
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment. 
Oral-B Interdental Picks. 
Herbal Essences Birch Bark Extract Shampoo/Conditioner. 
Hello activated charcoal + hemp toothpaste. 
Done Men+Care Fresh and Clean 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner in one bottle. 

I saw this box being sold and jumped on it. For $7 this box had a lot of great products in it. All of the shampoo and condition products made it worth it to me by themselves but the interdental picks locked that choice up for me. I haven't received anything like that in a box before so I wanted to try them and they work great. 

The chocolate peanut vitamin bites were actually good. They tasted like a bit of brownie. 

They only thing that I didn't care for was the charcoal toothpaste. But my daughter likes this kind of toothpaste so she will be getting that. 

All of the hair shampoo and conditioner products were great. That Herbal Essences Birch Bark Extract scent was so nice. 

So for the most part I really liked this box. 

Did you get this box?