Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Review: Flame by Donna Grant

Book Description

If she believed in destiny, she would believe they were meant for each other.
But that fire was put out long ago. . .

Living among the Dragon Kings, Cain has spent lifetimes learning to distrust both mortals and Fae. He is a warrior born—and every instinct demands that he fight to keep his own kind safe. But when a fringe member of the Dark Fae contacts the Kings with an urgent warning, Cain is torn for the first time. How can he trust this beautiful creature when resisting his primal attraction to her is battle enough?

Noreen is horrified by what her kind and the malevolent Others are planning for the Dragon Kings. Dark Fae or not, there are lines she will not cross—even if it means risking her life. But she never imagined that she would risk her heart until she meets Cain. She wants him with a soul-deep desire that frightens her…and endangers them both. Is saying goodbye to everything Noreen has ever known worth a love that will span time and realms?

My Review

Noreen, a dark fae was in danger and needed a Dragon King to listen to her and hopefully help her before he killed her. She had been alive for thousands of years and had once believed the Others belief that The Dragon Kings should be killed, but she no longer felt that way and now wanted to help the Dragon Kings overthrow the Others so they were no longer a danger to the dragons. 

Cain is picked to go to Noreen and make sure it isn't a trap and if it isn't offer to help keep her safe from the Others. But she thinks the Others are on to her and she's scared. It takes a little persuasion on Cain's part but she agree's to go with him. 

They find the perfect place to hide but there's more to this realm than they first think and they might know who is behind the magical transformation. Rhi is powerful and I knew that from the last book but I didn't realize just how powerful she was. So while Cain and Noreen are talking, getting to know one another more and she tells him what she knows of the Others, Rhi is facing a truth of her own. 

Once Cain finds out what he needs to, he heads back to tell his fellow Dragon Kings so they can prepare but not before getting a lot closer to Noreen than he would have thought possible. They make for an opposites attract kind of couple, but it works. 

But then a horrible secret comes to light and I could have cried for the both of them. In fact a lot of secrets and betrayals are revealed which led this story in an entirely new way. This story ends up going in a new direction that I couldn't have seen coming and it ended masterfully. I was rooting for the Dragon Kinds and all of their mates. I am loving this series so much. Definitely looking forward to the next book. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

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

Monday, June 29, 2020

Happy Raturday!

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Apartment Life #208

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 21 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 21 years here in a weekly blog post.

This week was quiet but we have a new next door neighbor who just moved in directly next door to us. They seem nice and they're quiet but they have a large dog that barks and howls the entire time they are gone during the day. I am hoping that the dog gets used to his new place and will stop howling all day soon. I feel so bad for the dog. I almost want to be like, Hey, I'll come pet your dog for you while you're gone if you want. lol Poor pup. 

There have been a lot of police patrolling my neighborhood lately. Seems like every time I go outside to walk the dog there's a police car driving slowly down my street. Not that I'm complaining at all. I think we need more patrolling around here to keep the nonsense to a minimum. I haven't been seeing as may drug deals on the streets or as many cars being broken into or even as many fights going on. Quiet is nice.


Life Update: 

Ken did finally get his lung biopsy but they punctured his lung so he had to stay in the hospital a few hours longer than expected to make sure his lung didn't collapse. So now we have to wait until next month when he sees his doctor for the test results and hopefully start treatment.

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

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Review: BloodGifted by Tima Maria Lacoba

Book Description

A serpent ring,
A cursed legacy,
And a vampire of her own weren't exactly what primary schoolteacher, Laura Dantonville, wished for on her birthday.

What would you do if you learned you were responsible for freeing your family from an ancient curse, especially if it involved getting dangerously intimate with a hundred-year-old vampire?

Just because he's a jaw-dropping vision of male hotness doesn't make it any easier.

Or does it?

Laura is about to find out.

With only five years left in servitude, Alec Munro must bow to his sire's wishes to act as Laura's guardian ... or risk slavery forever. But getting Laura to willingly accept him is another matter.

He has three days to win her over before she makes her choice.

Torn between two worlds, Laura must decide to which world she belongs - human or vampire?
But as a white-hot sizzling attraction grows between her and Alec, the choice becomes even harder.

Can she survive long enough to make the right one?

Or will her fate - and that of her family - be decided by another, unexpected source?

My Review

Long ago Roman soldiers had been killed by a woman who cursed a soldier sent to find his men. She cursed the soldiers in the name of Melusine right before she died. The soldiers then killed all of the rest of the women and children in the village and moments later the soldiers who had killed her and her people...turned into vampires. I can't say that I felt the least bit sorry for them after what they had done. 

The soldiers now vampires killed everyone they came in contact with, including their own friends. They were told by someone they went to help for that only the woman who had cursed them could lift the curse. So they sought out her spirit and asked for forgiveness but she had none in her. But because one of her children had escaped she said that Marcus's wife would give birth to twins, the boy would be like him a child of the dark and the girl would be a child of the light. She would have long life and youthfulness. The children of the light will feed the children of the dark and sustain them with their blood. And Marcus, the soldier that killed her will be cursed to live until one of his blood and one of her blood willingly have a child together and is born on the spot that she died. 

Laura turned fifty years old and her whole life changed. Laura's aunt took her aside and tells her that in their family the people with the gene that let's them look younger well into old age have had a vampire protector 'guardian' and she was going to meet her's. His name was Alec and he had been her aunt Laura's vampire guardian for the last almost fifty years. If she didn't agree to take on a vampire guardian then vampires all over would come out of the woodwork to claim her for her blood that let's them walk in the daylight. Alec was given a choice by his sire Luc, get Laura away from her boyfriend Matt and have a child with her. Luc who was the son of Marcus, the Roman soldier cursed by the witch all those years ago wanted to try and break this curse and since Laura was actually his daughter, he hoped that Alec and she could break the curse by having the child that the witch had spoken of all those years ago. But Alec would have to get her to agree to let him be her guardian first. 

As Alec and Laura get to know each other it's obvious that they feel something for each other right away. That spark was there in a way that she didn't have with her boyfriend, Matt. So when danger starts coming at them and especially her from everywhere, Alec gets more and more attached to her every time he saves her. Laura's feelings for Alec are there but she feels so bad that she doesn't have the same feelings for Matt that she keeps her feelings for Alec subdued for a time. There are a lot of family secrets that come to light and each time a new secret is revealed it seems that it puts her in more danger. 

This was such a good vampire book. The romance takes place over the course of her finding out what lies in her future, family secrets and a lot of action. Alec is such a great character, I loved him. The only thing I didn't like about him was the fact that he called her, "darling" all the time and I find that so pretentious. I don't know, maybe it's just me but I hate to be called that. 

All of the secondary characters, and there were a lot of them, were great. I'm really looking forward to seeing them in future books because I know that some of them have really interesting stories like Marcus. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

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 free box of Healright insulin resistance bars. 

I'm not gonna lie, these bars are downright nasty. I tried a couple of them and my daughter and husband tried a couple and no one liked them. They don't have a good taste and the texture is not good either.

Did you receive any freebies this week? 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Review: Blood Curse by Adrienne Blake

Book Description

Life and death hinged on two tiny marks...

The last night of Holly George's life is a total blur. A routine traffic violation. A sudden, blinding pain. A gargantuan wolf lunging for her. Now, within three days, she will transform into a creature of the night, held under the thrall of a vampire named Micah, who has been terrorizing the valley for years.

With Noah--the smokin' hot wolf-shifter--by her side, the pair set out on a mission to prevent Holly from joining the ranks of the undead. Can Holly and Noah end the vampire's reign of terror, or will the attraction sizzling between them be their undoing?

My Review

Holly has three days to find the vampire who bit her and kill him or she becomes a vampire and slave to Micah. Micah is a vampire who has been rampaging all over the city and causing a lot of problems. 

Noah is a wolf shifter and decides to help her find the vampire who has been hunting in his territory. He wants to get rid of Micah but he also wants to help Holly. 

Noah and Holly go about trying to track down the vampire and meet some interesting people along the way. They get close to Micah but then Micah knows they're coming and decides to come after them to finish what he started with Holly. He never meant to leave her alive and thought she would have died on the ground where he left her but she didn't and he thinks it's funny that she's actually coming after him.

This had a slow burn romance between Holly and Noah mostly because Noah doesn't know if Holly is going to come out of this alive and shifters mate for life and he doesn't want to be mated to a vampire. So he's hoping they can kill her sire before she fully transforms into a vampire. 

This was a great adventure, watching these two strangers go up against a powerful vampire to try and save Holly's life was a lot of fun to read. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Review: Between Ice and frost by Milly Taiden

Book Description

Raven Casino loves solving mysteries. So it was only natural that she take to the Alaskan wild to find her missing friend, Juliet. She is ready to take on the world to figure out where Juliet could be. But she wasn’t expecting to meet not one, but two hunks in the icy small town of Antler, Alaska. These two were so sexy they radiated enough heat to melt the polar ice caps. Hot damn!

Frost and Ice were hired to make sure Raven was safe, but the minute they saw her, they knew she was the missing piece to their triad. Now to explain to her that she was meant to be with them both. Shared by both. And not freak her out. That was going to be harder than stopping her from getting herself killed in their little town.

There’s something going on in Antler and Raven’s out to find out what they’re hiding. With a missing friend and clues at every corner she turns, she’s taking this bull by the horns. The fantasies with Frost and Ice are a side effect of being so close to them, but she’d get over it. Right? Uh… When she solves a puzzle that’s bigger than she realized, it’s going to take two very alpha dragons to keep her alive long enough to get her freak on.

Reader's Note: Like all other Milly books, this is DIRRRRTY, Fun and Action-packed. If you're not into menage, skip this sexy triad. But if you think you can handle these dragons, turn to page one. Enjoy!

My Review 

Raven goes in search of her best friend in Alaska but once she gets there instead of her friend she finds two large, deliciously hot men ready to help her search for her fiend, Juliet. 

While Raven, Ice and Frost go looking in the last place they knew she was, they also find signs that something is wrong because Juliet was doing tests on different things in the area. So maybe someone who didn't want the test results to get out found out what she was doing and kidnapped her. So while looking for Juliet, Raven falls hard and fast for Ice and frost who turn out to be dragon shifters. They are old and have been waiting for their mate for a long time so when they realize Raven is their mate, they don't waste time and Raven falls head over heels for them. I don't usually mind insta-love but she did seem to fall into bed with them both a little too easily for me. I mean she doesn't know them at all and she's just gonna have a threesome? 

There was something about Ice and Frost's personalities that I didn't care for. They were a little overbearing and pushy, at least to me but Raven pushed back so that was good. 

There's something making the people of this town in Alaska sick and Raven thinks Juliet might have found out what it is and it got her in trouble. Thankfully Frost and Ice are there when Raven finds herself in danger and figures out what's really going on. 

This was a fun, quick read but it wasn't my favorite from this author. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Alien Attraction by Cara Bristol

Book Description

How insane is it to marry an alien as a publicity stunt?

I’m Sunny Weathers. You probably recognize me from my reality show, Sunny Weathers’ Excellent Adventures. I’ve had to perform a lot of crazy stunts in my career, but this one takes the cake! The producers are sending me to another planet to become an alien’s mail order bride. I’m not allowed to tell anybody it’s a gimmick, and as soon my contract is up, I’ll be leaving planet Dakon. Unfortunately, I hadn’t counted on my attraction to Mr. Tall, “Darq,” and Handsome…

I’m Darq. The moment I laid eyes on the female with pretty mud-colored hair and a sunny smile, I knew she was mine. Competition for females is fierce, and I was determined to claim a mate from the latest shipment from Earth, so I broke the rules. If anyone finds out, my own brother would banish me to the icy wilderness, and I’d lose my mate. I will do anything to keep her…

Alien Attraction is a stand-alone read in the Alien Mate series.

My Review

Sunny has a reality show and the producers want her to marry an alien for a year and when the year is up, let the alien know and leave. There will be tiny robotic cameras that no one knows are there recording the year on another planet. She turned it down until she found out that her nephew's new robotic heart would cost almost two million dollars and she was being offered a bonus two million to do this stunt. So what choice did she have. 

Once on Dakon she and Darq actually hit it off so much that Sunny feels bad for lying to him and she pushes her feeling down as long as she can. The little robotic cameras keep making her mad by getting in her face and making themselves known. Darq breaks one of them and throws it in the fire at one point. Sunny and Darq are such a sweet couple together. 

When the truth comes out that Darq wasn't supposed to get a mate this time, the male that should have picked a mate is mad and puts Sunny in danger. But I loved the ending and how Sunny decided what to do with her life. I love this series and it always makes me laugh. I am really looking forward to more of this series. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Happy Raturday!

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*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*

*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*

"These are my crackers but there's still a few in the box that you can have."

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Apartment Life #207

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 was quiet but one morning I woke up and took the dog out and saw this graffiti spray painted across the front of my apartment building. 

The moratorium on evictions that our governor put into place during the height of the Coronavirus comes to an end on June 30th.  I know of 3 people who haven't paid their rent here in my apartment complex in 3 months. So I suspect that there will be several if not more evictions here really soon. Plus the maintenance workers have been working on the 3 vacant apartments in my courtyard for the past few weeks that have been vacant for 5 months. So I fully expect we'll be getting several new tenants just in my courtyard, so I don't know if things around here will be staying quiet for long. I guess we'll see. 


Life Update: 

We finally got a new appointment for Ken's Lung Biopsy. He's going in for it on Tuesday the 23rd. I'm hoping for news about when they will finally start some kind of treatment after they get the results from this test. 

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

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Review: My Dragon Lord by Alisa Woods

Book Description

She’s stumbled into a lair of desperate dragons—and she’s just the thing they need.

I really messed this up.
Pinned to the floor by a billionaire playboy, caught stealing files from his computer.
“I’m trying to decide whether to kiss you or lock you up,” he says.
“Kiss me, and there will be blood. Not mine, either.”
He just smiles. Rich, powerful, probably used to getting anything he wants.

I’m just here to find my sister—I suspect he and his band of playboys have trafficked her and who knows how many others. I’m here for them too. Eventually.

But now I’m shackled to the wall in his dungeon—a literal dungeon in a literal castle tucked in one of the Thousand Islands at the border of Canada.

I really messed this up.

Ember’s a hot-shot reporter. Niko’s the sexy Lord of the Lair determined to find his soul mate… and he’ll do whatever it takes to save his people from extinction.

My Dragon Lord is a steamy dragon shifter romance that’ll heat up the sheets with love and warm your heart with dragonfire.

My Review

Nikolais Lord had a party and Ember makes her way into the party to find her sister. But she's a reporter and finds her way to an office where she's caught trying to steal files from his computer. She has no idea that the men at the party are actually dragons who are looking for their mates.

Ember thinks she can get in, steal some files, look for her sister and get out. But when Nikolais sends her to the dungeon instead of calling the police, she doesn't know what to think. But once he comes back and explains everything to her, she calms down and talks to him. 

She's a reporter so what she wants to do most is an article about dragons living among the humans looking for their mates. But he explains to her that if they let it be know that dragons live there among them, the Vardigah which are dark elves, would come and kill them all. They already had them try to kill them all off and they almost succeeded so letting humans know about them was out of the question and she understood why. 

Ember and her sister bot have the mark to show that they are a mate to a dragon but in order to find her mate she would have to kiss the dragons until they found each other. But there was already a strong pull between these two so I already knew that they belonged together. 

When they find out where Ember's sister is and who has her they make plans to go save her. I really liked this book but it did end on a bit of a cliffhanger. I would have liked to have seen what's going on with Ember's sister after she's rescued but we don't get that. It was nice that Ember and Nikolais have a conclusion to their story and I am sure that Cinder will get her story in the next book so I'm not too mad about not getting a complete closure of Cinder's story since she'll be in the next book. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, June 19, 2020

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 received a box of free products from Daily Goodie Box this week. I posted a review a couple of days ago. 

Did you receive any samples or freebies this week?

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Review: His BBN: Big Beautiful Neighbor by Anna L. Henry

Book Description

When any woman dreams of a hunk of a man Joshua Gentles fits the description to a T: Tall, muscular, handsome. In short. He was HOT. And hot guys always got hot girls. But those just are not his type. When he moves into a new apartment complex he is instantly smitten by his new neighbor, Anabelle, who has a bright and bubbly personality that is as big as she is. But she barely gives him the time of day. Joshua is not the type to take ‘no’ for an answer and goes in pursuit because he knows that Anabelle is not just what he wants, but what he NEEDS…

When Anabelle Landers takes on the task as president of the tenants’ association for the apartment complex, she knew she would have to meet and greet all who lived there. But nothing could have prepared her for the hunky Joshua Gentles. To add insult to injury, he was actually pretending to be interested in her. But in spite of her resistance she knows she’s falling for him. now if only she could stop him from finding out that he had become the star of her latest bedtime fantasies. When they find themselves trapped in close quarters and they have no choice but to talk, Anabelle realizes Joshua may not be so bad after all…

My Review

Joshua and his brother are in the process of moving into a new apartment together when he stumbles into Annabelle, his neighbor while carrying a big box. Annabelle was the president of the tenants association and wanted the other tenants to be included in the Christmas holiday festivities. Joshua and his brother decided to help out as well as a lot of the other tenants and when they all singed up for what they wanted to do, she found herself working closely with Joshua. 

Annabelle had been hurt, emotionally in the past from guys who looked like Joshua. So when he turned on the charm she had her walls up and tried not to fall for him even though he seemed like he really liked her and wanted to get to know her better. 

As they got to know each other more and more, they realized that they liked one another. Joshua was always looking for reasons to be with her, not that she minded. These two were so cute together. I liked both of them right from the start. This was a short novella and a quick read but I really enjoyed the story. It did need some proofreading as I found a few mistakes but I'm not going to deduct stars for that. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Review: Bait N' Witch by Abigail Owen

Book Description

Rowan McAuliffe has been hiding most of her life. Secretly trained in her powers by an unusual source, she'd been taught not to trust anyone. Especially other witches. However, after she was forced to perform a hateful act against her will, she now hides from the Covens Syndicate and their judgement.

Greyson Masters is the Syndicate's best hunter. On top of the danger of his job, Greyson is trying to raise his triplet daughters alone, budding new witches who display an alarming combined power no one understands. Too bad he doesn’t have a clue how to deal with them.

Until Rowan walks in and the chaos settles for the first time in...well, ever.

Little does Greyson realize that his new nanny is the very witch he is hunting, and she’s been hiding right under his nose this whole time.

My Review

Rowan is hiding from everyone when her friend sends her to be a nanny for the man who is hunting for her. 

Greyson has been hunting for a witch that helped a bad guy but he's had very little luck in finding her. 

Rowan is hoping that her new job as a nanny for Greyson will help slow down his progress in finding her. At first that's really all she cares about but the more she gets to know him and his three girls, the more she wants more with him. 

Greyson has had a hard time keeping nannies for his three girls who happen to be witches because they can be a handful. Rowan is really good with the girls though and he's glad about that since he has an important job that keeps him away from home for long periods of time.The girls seem to be unique too which is interesting. 

When Rowan realizes that danger is headed her way she does what she can to protect Greyson and his girls but things don't always work out the way you hope they will. When danger ends up right at their door, Rowan can no longer hide and Greyson finds out that she's more than he thought she was. But with the help of her friends, she might be able to get out of this alive. 

Greyson and Rowan are great together even thought he doesn't know everything about her and when he does find out who and what she really is, I had to read faster just to make sure that he wasn't going to throw away everything they could possibly have together. This book sure kept me on my toes for a while but the ending was great. This series has been great so far. I'm looking forward to the next book now. 

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. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Review: Daily Goodie Box- June

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 get in this box?

FromAustralia.com - Lanolin Oil Day Moisturizing Cream-  This is a good moisturizer. I don't think I would wear it on my face because it is a little greasy but as a body moisturizer, I think it works great. Being that I live in the desert, I go through a lot of body lotion because my skin gets dried out easily. 

Marich - Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels-  I found these to be tasty but too salty for my tastes. I know that salted caramel is all the rage right now but I don't care for it at all. 

DRY Soda Company - Vanilla Sparkling Soda- I'm not a fan of sparkling water or soda, it just doesn't have a good taste to it to me. So I wasn't a fan of this. 

Built Bar - Coconut Almond and Peanut Butter Protein Bars-  While I'm not a fan of most bars, Ken is so he got these and he liked them. Some are better than others and he said that these were pretty good. 

Reed’s - Wellness Ginger Shots- These weren't bad and I did feel a bit more energy for a while after taking it. I don't usually take energy shots so I don't know how they compare to others but this wasn't bad and did give me a little pick me up. 

KA-POP! - Ancient Grain Popped Chips-  These were really good. They are crispy and the cheddar flavor was really good. I enjoyed these a lot. 

Movit - Energy Gummies-  Again I don't usually use energy gummies so I don't know how they compare to others of the same type but they had a good taste so they were easy to eat and they did give me a little bit more energy in the middle of the day when I needed it. 

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 15, 2020

Happy Raturday!

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*Picture courtesy of martymousehouse.com*

"I just need a couple of bites."

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"You hold me up and I'll get us both a piece."

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Apartment Life #206

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.

You might remember a few weeks ago I told you that the laundry room and shop kept getting broke into my the meth heads? Well, after the windows of the laundry room were broken out last time, they decided to do something about it. They installed metal bars on the window. It's looking more and more like a jail around here. I wonder if this will keep the window from getting broken? 

It was quiet around here for another week. Maybe most of the trouble makers have finally moved away. Hey, if this trend continues, I'll have nothing to post here. lol I hope you all have a great week. 

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


Life Update:

This week Ken was supposed to have a lung biopsy but after waiting for 4 hours the doctor cancelled the procedure because we don't have a car and Ken was going to take a taxi home. I'm glad that we have the funds so he can take a taxi when he needs to but sometimes it's just not an option. So now we have to wait for them to reschedule it. So I'm sharing our fundraiser that our daughter created for a car, again. We made it almost to the halfway point in this fundraiser but we have a ways to go in order to get a car. I appreciate all the sharing and donations so far, it means a lot to us. 

Our daughter and Ken.

If you don't have FB and would still like to donate, you can send it Paypal to me8acat@yahoo.com

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Review: Alpha Contender Boxed Set by Terry Bolryder

Book Description

Misty has few expectations from life. Work, read, sleep. But when she hears from a complete stranger that she's actually a powerful, shape-shifting werewolf, her life changes forever.

Lindon believes he already had his shot at love long ago. And lost it. The tall, blond, sexy shifter is now only trying to keep his promise to his father by protecting Misty as she learns about her new place in the world and seeks to find a future mate.

The only problem: she'll be meeting all of her prospective suitors at one time, and in one place. All TEN of them. All hot, single, alpha males competing for her heart.

Author's note! Alpha Contender was originally released as a four-part serial about one BBW finding out she’s a shifter and trying to choose from the ten hot alpha males trying to win her. All parts are bound here together for the first time in a full set at a special price as a thank you to my fans.

My Review

Misty finds out she's a female werewolf and an alpha. But then she's told that she's in high demand and she needs to choose to mate between 10 alpha males that are coming to try and win her over. The only problem is that while she doesn't mind the attention of the other males, she really only wants the attention of Lindon. 

Lindon was a jerk to Misty when he first met her because he didn't know exactly who she was. She's held it against him for a while because he was a jerk and he doesn't seem to want the attention he knows she's wanting to give to him because she's attracted to him more than any of the others. 

After all the alpha's show up at the mansion and start to get to know her, Lindon finds it harder and harder only to be her protector. He finds himself getting jealous when she kisses one of the other men or when they touch her. He starts to realize that he feels something for her and keeps fighting his feelings for her even though she really likes him more than the others. 

During all this getting to know everyone there's something dangerous taking place behind the scenes and we don't get to know about it until near the end. I won't give too much away but Misty should have been told. When that part of the story unfolds, I was shocked because I thought I knew what was going on and I was wrong. It was a good twist and it also brought Misty and Lindon closer which was nice. I was getting tired of him constantly giving her mixed signals but he had some stuff to work through. 

This had previously been several shorter books in a series but I read them all at once in a boxed set and really think they should have been one larger book to begin with. If you're going to read this series make sure to get the boxed set.

I give this boxed set 5 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, June 12, 2020

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 pair of slip on shoes from the Spark Reviewer Program. 

I like the shoes, they fit good and are comfortable. It's been a slow freebie week.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Review: A Nurse For the Wolfman by Eve Langlais

Book Description

What happens when a nurse falls for the wolfman?

The job offer is a dream come true. Three times her usual salary. Free meals and a suite. The only catch? Margaret can't tell anyone about it.

Hidden in the Rockies, the clinic is well protected and...odd. It doesn't take her long to realize the doctors and scientists are up to no good. Especially once she meets Luke.

Her patient is an angry man who used to be a soldier. Now, he's something else. A savage beast with gentle eyes that glow green when he's agitated.

What has he become?

And will she be next?

My Review

Margaret takes a nursing job in a secretive facility in the mountains that pays her more money than she'll ever make in any other job. The doctors, guards and the guy running the place are all secretive and the guards all have guns with sedative darts in case the patients get out of hand. 

Luke got hurt while in the military and after being discharged he knew he was too broken to be able to do anything like his old life ever again. So when a doctor comes to him and tells him he can fix everything wrong with him, he jumps at the chance at this experimental treatment. 

After being experimented on by the doctors in the secret hospital for years, Luke has had enough and is so volatile that he's kept shacked to a bed under armed guards at all times. In comes nurse Margaret who gets him to eat, talk and be civil after a while. Only she doesn't know that he's only being nice because the person that runs the place has told Luke if he doesn't comply that she'll be hurt so what else can he do. 

After a while they really do start to care for one another and when they start to have dreams together at night, they can talk without the doctors knowing everything that they're saying. There's something weird going on at this place but at first Margaret doesn't see it and just thinks that Luke is being paranoid and not being cooperative.  Little by little she starts to see the truth of what's going on there and begins to think that Luke is right that they'll never let him leave so they'll have to escape. 

This book had me on the edge of my seat wondering how far the staff was going to take things and wondering what would happen next. But then I got to the end of this book and was shocked at the ending. Utterly shocked at that twist. Never saw it coming even though I probably should have. It actually made me a little mad for a minute but then since this is the first book in this series I'm hoping that we get to see these two in subsequent books and find out what happens with them. I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens and finding out what else is going on at this secret facility. The experiments alone were enough to make me cringe and subjects once we find out what's been done to them, creeped me out at times. This was a great book to begin a new series. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Review: Alien Mischief by Cara Bristol

Book Description

She’s pretending to be a man. Will he see through her disguise in time to prove to her that she’s the right woman for him? Or will a little mischief ruin her second chance for love?

My name is Madison Altman. Don’t think because I’ve disguised myself as a man and have accepted a job that takes me away from Earth that I’m running away from love. That’s not true. I met the love of my life--but he was killed on our wedding day.

Chaperoning crazy women traveling to Dakon to become the mail order brides of aliens is just a way to pay the bills.
Unfortunately, on this latest assignment, the ship returned to Earth without me! Luckily, Enoki came to my rescue. He might be hot, and sexy as hell with his gravelly voice and throbbing horns, but he believes I’m a man, and we’re friends, not lovers. That’s how I want it. That’s how it has to be. As soon Enoki can get me a flight to Earth, I’m leaving this frozen planet for good.

I’m Enoki, leader of Dakon. For the longest time, whispers in the wind told me my Fated mate was coming. Whispers turned to shouts when the recent shipment of females arrived, but none of them were mine. I must accept the Fates were wrong. I’ll never get a mate.

My purpose now is to help the stranded Earth man return to his home planet. Even though Madison is a Terran, we’ve developed a strong bond. I know I’ll miss him, but because we’re friends, I intend to do everything I can to help him leave.

Why do the whispers tell me not to let him go?

My Review

Madison tried getting the job as herself but she didn't even get an interview. So she applied as a male and got the job ferrying Earth females to Dakon in the exchange program. Earth got the ore they wanted and Dakon got the females they needed. 

Enoki is the leader of Dakon and as he watches time after time as his males get picked to get a mate, he is lonely and wants nothing more than to be picked for a mate in the lottery. He actually thought for sure that he would win the lottery this time but he didn't so he didn't get to pick a female. 

An asteroid had hit Dakon many years before and destroyed so much. Along with the destruction came a virus that prevented the population from having female babies. With so many men and so few females, Dakon made a treaty with Earth that in exchange for the ore from Dakon, Earth would send willing females to mate with the males. The males were so happy to have mates that thy did everything in their power to make sure they were happy there. It's a win win situation, except for the bitter cold that Dakon has there almost all the time. 

Madison cut her hair, binds her chest and dresses like a man so no one suspected she wasn't exactly who she said she was. She was the chaperone of sorts for the women on the ship headed to Dakon but she never wanted to be picked by one of the males, it wasn't her ideal love situation. She found the whole thing a little barbaric. So when the ship leaves to Earth without her and she's stranded on Dakon until the ship can come back and get her, she's glad that Enoki finds her in the snow storm or she might have died. She and Enoki spend a few days together but then someone in the tribe finds out she's a female and tells her to tell Enoki the truth or he will. So she really has no other choice. Of course he's a little mad but as the pieces fall together he's more mad that he didn't notice what was right in front of his face. 

I have been reading this series from the beginning and am loving all of these couples. The guys are, big, hot and sexy and will do whatever they have to in order to keep their mates happy. I love the extra's that the females are bringing to their society and helping them get more from the treaty than they thought they could get. It's so much fun to watch these people interacting together and getting along. This is such a fun series so far and I'll definitely be reading the next book. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Review: Awakened by Brenda K. Davies

Book Description

Traumatized by her past, Sera spent the last three years at college hiding from the world.
She’s content to stay locked away until a chance encounter with Liam changes her life. Though she’s frightened by the powerful emotions he awakens in her, Sera finds herself opening up to him more every day.

Harboring a dark and deadly secret, Liam knows he should stay away from Sera.
His world is dangerous for her, but he can’t deny the irresistible draw he feels. However, when Sera’s past comes crashing into the present, Liam is forced to expose his secret to save her.

Is their growing love strong enough to survive the savagery of Liam’s world, or will they be torn apart forever?

Download the first book in this USA Today bestselling series and see where the legacy began. 
***Due to sexual content, violence, and language, this book is recommended for readers 18+ years of age.*** 

My Review

Sera spends her time at college with her nose in books and studying. Her roommate is bubbly, outgoing and makes her come out to a party with her where she spots Liam. 

When Liam spots Sera at a party, his friend Mike tells him not to ever try with her because she doesn't date and is very standoffish. But he's intrigued by her so he goes to talk with her.

Sera never dates and is very shy and standoffish with the guys at school but she has a different reaction to Liam when he comes to talk to her. There's something about him that makes her feel sorta safe around him. It was easy for Liam and his friend, Mike to see that something must have happened to Sera in her past to make her so afraid and skittish around the opposite sex so Liam takes things really slow with her. But another girl who he had a one night stand with before he met Sera makes things hard for them and tries to break them up. 

When the old boyfriend from her past shows up and hurts her, it's Liam that saves her. There's more to Liam and his friends than I first thought and when he tries to tell her his secret, it doesn't go over very well at first. Of course there has to be an element of danger and we get that when Liam's maker comes back to cause trouble for him and his friends. 

I really liked this take on a vampire tale. I liked Liam and his friends. Sera was at first a shy, skittish thing that just needed time to get over what happened to her before she came out as strong female character. Liam and Sera fall hard for each other is a relatively short amount of time but I really liked watching these two get to know each other. This was a fun read. 

I give this 4 out of 5 stars.