Mid-Week #Movie – Thor: The Dark World

Thor PosterLast night, with this post hanging over my head, I made the supreme sacrifice for all of you lovely people. I forced myself to watch Thor: The Dark World. Oh…the horrors, the torture…forced myself to oog…er, sneer at the muscle-bound blond gorg…er, spectre of nightmarish proportions that is Chris Hemsworth, and mock the sleek, slender bea…scrawny black haired …

Damn. I can’t even get that full paragraph out before I roll my eyes at myself. Yes, I admit it, I love Thor. I love the Marvel movies. I AM a geek! Proudly. And daaayum, I liked me some Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston (Thor and Loki respectively). I mean, c’mon, what’s not to like about them? In case you haven’t seen the trailers/commercials (and how many can honestly say they’ve never seen these two beautiful men), and because I like to have drool-worthy pictures on my blog, I present Thor and Loki.

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Now, I’ll be up front and honest with you (now). I didn’t really care too much either way when I saw the first Thor movie. I didn’t think Chris Hemsworth was much to look at either. Big, blond, big whoop. It wasn’t until I caught it on regular TV and happened to glance up at the right time to see him saunter across the screen without a shirt on that I might have finally caught on to why women appreciate him.

Still, when all things are considered, I’m still more of a Loki girl. I mean, c’mon. He gets the best one-liners (gets punched by Natalie Portman, smirks, and comments, “I like her.”), he’s a magic-user, and quite a bit of the bad boy/evil. I think the jury’s really out on whether Loki’s truly evil. I guess it depends on just what happened to Odin (watch the end of The Dark World to see what I mean). Hopefully they’ll have a third Thor movie and explain that one.

Okay, let’s get on to the movie itself. It picks up some point after the events of The Avengers and Thor’s been busy cleaning up the mess made in the Nine Realms, presumably by Loki before he was captured. Loki’s brought before Odin and thrown in the dungeons for life for his crimes against his people. Back on Earth, things are getting a bit weird (it’s in conjunction with a 5000-year cycle, at the end of which all nine realms align in some big convergence…very cool visually when they show it) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) manages to get infected with this Aether stuff that the bad guys want, bad guys thought to have been destroyed 5000 years ago by Odin’s father.

The Dark Elves (bad guys) sense Jane has the Aether and come after her (she’s been taken to Thor’s homeworld…I loved her reaction to the trip through the Einstein-Rosen bridge “Can we do that again?”). There’s a huge battle sequence and tragedy follows. I loved when the Dark Elf Hulk is freeing everyone in the dungeons, stops at Loki’s cell, and then continues on without freeing Loki.

Thor and Loki team up in a momentary alliance due to their shared sorrow over the loss of someone important to them both and they flee the world with Jane, hoping to draw the Dark Elves away from the city. It works of course and there is another battle.

Lots of things blow up. Loki is awesome in that you can never be entirely sure who’s side he’s going to be on or appear to be on. In the end, I think Loki’s just out for Loki and if his goals happen to coincide with Thor’s, yay. If not, oh well.

I thought the growing romance between Jane and Thor was nicely handled, especially with the continually interrupted kiss moments throughout.

Hubby (who saw it when it was in the theatre) recognized one of Thor’s cronies as played by Zachary Levi (Chuck). I didn’t believe it was possible, because the guy was slender, graceful and, well, blond. And then in the credits, wow. It really was him.

I also enjoyed the secondary characters in this movie, Jane’s intern Darcy, Darcy’s intern (who’s name I don’t remember), and Dr. Erik Selvig, who figures out how to deal with the whole 9-realm convergence thing. While Darcy isn’t absolutely required for the plot, I enjoyed her character as part of the overall experience.

So – have you seen Thor: The Dark World yet? If so, what’d you think? If not…go watch it! It’s a great movie. And it has Loki! Yum yum.

PS: Did you know the actor who plays Dr. Erik is the biological father of the man who plays Viking Erik on True Blood (HBO vampire series)? Don’t believe me? Look it up on IMDB! Viking Erik also auditioned for the part of Thor back in the day. I think Hemsworth was the better choice. It’s all about the muscles baby.

 

#Review – A SEAL’S Salvation by Tawny Weber (#bookreview)

A Seal’s Salvation (Uniformly Hot)

Author: Tawny Weber
Publisher: Harlequin/Blaze
Date of Publication: January 21, 2014
Description:

SalvationSubject: Navy SEAL Petty Officer Brody Lane
Current Status: On leave
Obstacle: The one girl who was off-limits…

Where navy SEAL “Bad Ass” Brody Lane goes, trouble follows. Being run out of his hometown years ago for misbehaving with Genna Reilly—the sheriff’s daughter—was one thing. Now Brody is about to step into real danger. Not the suggestive letters he’s been exchanging with Genna, but the kind of trouble that can send a soldier home injured and broken inside…

Genna’s entire life has been orchestrated by her family. The right job. The right friends. Enough! Brody’s return offers the promise of lust-filled pleasures. Of flesh teased and tasted. She’s not expecting to find a soldier with distant eyes who has secluded himself from the world. But this good girl knows exactly how to bring a bad boy back to life….

Uniformly Hot! The Few. The Proud. The Sexy as Hell.

My Thoughts:

This won’t be a super long review. Just enough to say how much I love Tawyn Weber. I’ve got a review schedule of the second book in this series scheduled for March 11 I believe.

Genna – starts out eager to please, needing to make her parents happy to make up for the fact that her brother ended up a total loser, but over the course of Salvation she learns to stand up for what she wants and what she needs. I loved how her obsessive tendency to bake when she’s upset (a girl after my own heart, although I’m simply more likely to eat sweets already around than necessarily go to all the trouble of making something else) is the foundation for her drive to start up an actually potentially profitable baking business and to do it in a way that it can accommodate the other changes she’s considering making with her life.

Brody – he feels he’ll never be more than his drunken father’s son, even after he’s been away for a decade, having been forced to enlist in the Navy or face trumped-up charges from Genna’s father, the local sheriff, after Genna tries to seduce him (that’s in the first chapter so I don’t consider it a spoiler). He ultimately has never really blamed Genna for his enlistment, and in fact when she writes him about something else, he is willing to engage in a bit of hot (and I do mean hot) flirtation the old-fashioned pen-pal way.

Brody comes home after a mission goes wrong and finally faces down the demons (and Genna) waiting for him in the small town he grew up in. He feels out of place and not worthy of the adoration that so many want to pile on him because he’s been recognized by the President for his actions in combat. It’s through Genna and his gradual relationship with her that he finally finds a way to heal.

I loved these two on the page together. They both had some heavy burdens they were trying to carry on their own and it was only as they found each other, found ways to be together despite the odds against them, that they managed to deal with their other external problems.

Salvation definitely is the full package – emotional, spiritual (to a minor degree), and character growth all wrapped up in a category-length hot romance novel. You can’t ask for much more than that (other than maybe fangs or explosions…but I could just be prejudiced toward that sort of thing – heh).

5 stars for A SEAL’s Salvation!

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Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

#Review – When the Rogue Returns #bookreview

When the Rogue Returns

Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Gallery/Pocket Books
Date of Publication: January 21, 2014
Description:

When the Rogue Returns (The Duke's Men, #2)They are the Duke’s Men: an investigative agency born from family pride and irresistible passion, risking their lives—and sometimes their hearts—as they unravel shocking deceptions and scandalous transgressions!

Victor Cale never imagined that his sweet, shy bride, Isabella, would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels in a criminal way. But there’s no denying that Isa’s handiwork was used in the brazen heist of the Dutch royal family’s diamonds—after she disappeared into the night.

Ten years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged that her duplicitous side was so undetectable, Victor is sent to Edinburgh to investigate a wealthy baron’s mysterious bride-to- be. Simple enough—until the “fiancee” proves to be Isa, masquerading as an alluring young widow.

No longer the meek and mild girl he once knew, the bold woman vehemently asserts that it was Victor who abandoned her after he helped steal the royal diamonds! Piecing together the truth of the past reawakens their volatile passion, which burns hotter than ever. But with a decade of secrets between them, Victor and Isa must trust each other in order to bring the real thieves to justice—without getting burned themselves.

My Thoughts:

 I’m a long-time (now) fan of Sabrina Jeffries so it was nice to read this book. I recently read (though did not review) the first book in the series, but didn’t realize it until I was a good way through this one. I just knew the Duke and his wife seemed familiar and it nagged at me until I realized why.

Now, as to this book. You absolutely do not have to have read the first book in The Duke’s Men series. This one stands alone, though you see some familiar faces in the forms of the other members of the investigation agency that Victor works for.

I enjoyed the push/pull/hostility between Victor and Isa as they worked under the lies they’d been told so many years ago. Isa of course is hiding a much bigger secret than Victor can possibly know, not having seen her in so long, and she handles the situation as best she can. She knows she’s legally in the wrong (the whole “women are property” thing that was so common in the area) as far as being separated from him and he can claim certain things without any way of retaliating, so I can’t blame her for hiding what she does.

The only sour (sort of) note for me was the resolution of those responsible for the lie that kept Victor and Isa apart for so many years. I can’t really go into what bothers me about it without spoiling it and it’s not such a big deal that I absolutely have to share (and thus blank it out here on the blog). I just wish one of the parties hadn’t gotten off quite as lightly as they did.

The one additional thought I had on this story was, despite the fact that it was a vicious, horrible lie that split them, I think the ten years apart really did these characters a lot of good. They both grew and matured enormously. Isa would never have become quite the same vivacious woman that Victor falls in love with (again) if they’d been together, and given how strong a person she became in the ten years, I think it was (almost) worth the pain of their separation. I really found much to admire in Isa and how she chose to deal with the cards life dealt her.

On the whole, this was a thoroughly enjoyable book. 4-stars without reservation.

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Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Author Interview – Sugar Jamison

I have today the supreme pleasure of welcoming Sugar Jamison of the Perfect Fit series from St. Martin’s Press here to the blog. I’ve read the second book in the series thanks to NetGalley and I think the lady’s got great skills! So, let’s make her feel welcome!

Sugar

1) How long have you been writing?

Since my senior year of college. I think it has been seven years now.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

I’m single. No kids yet. My day job is tough and takes a lot out of me, but I have learned to prioritize. I stick to a schedule. I write for two hours every weekday after work. Sometimes more on the weekends. I make it a point to schedule time with my family and friends. So many women have more on their plates than I do. So I’m not complaining.

3) What can you tell us about your current release Thrown for a Curve? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not.

I wrote THROWN FOR A CURVE  because I was falling in love with Colin. We met Colin for the first time in DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD as Mike’s sexy best friend. But something told me that Colin was more than just a hunky man with a great accent.  He had issues lying beneath the surface and I wanted to explore them. I knew I had to give him his own book.

 4) You write contemporary romance, specifically about women who are not stick figures. Why did you focus on curvy women, and why contemporary romance rather than one of the other sub-genres of romance?

I write about curvy ladies because I am a curvy lady. There are lots of curvy girls out there. They need women who they can relate to. I adore historical romances, but I don’t think I could pull one off. The clothing alone boggles my mind.

5) Got any more books planned? What’s in your future?

GENTLEMEN PREFER CURVES is the next book in the PERFECT FIT Series. It will be out this fall. It’s Belinda’s story. Belinda is a girl I could really identify with on so many levels.

6) Got any advice for those still struggling through the trenches?

Grow a thick skin and be open to learning. The way I learned how to write was to have a better writer rip my stuff to shreds. It helped me learned so much. It also helped me see things from others perspectives. I find that so many writers are too close to their own stuff and they aren’t open to changing it. Most of the time the writer knows what’s best for their story but it’s always good to keep an open mind.

9) Sweet or sour?

Sweet!

10) Chocolate or vanilla?

If it’s ice cream vanilla, but in every other part of my life chocolate all the way!

Author Information

Sugar Jamison is a southern belle trapped in a New Yorker’s body. With a love of big hair and high heeled shoes, she spends her day at her very normal day job and night dreaming up sweet but sassy romances.

You can find her at:

Email  *  Website  *  Amazon Author  *  Goodreads  *  Twitter

Book Information

DangerousWHEN YOU’RE A big girl
Cherri has often wished she were thin and graceful like a ballerina instead of being a six-foot-tall blonde with curves that require serious caution. Surely a charming Irishman like her new boss Colin, with his throaty brogue and to-die-for bod, would never go for someone like Cherri. Unless maybe he’s looking for the exact opposite of a delicate lass?

there’s more of you to love
When Colin hired Cherri to work in his furniture-restoration shop, he had his eyes, first and foremost, on her artistic talents. But now he can’t help but see Cherri for the lush, spirited beauty that she is…and, soon enough, he finds himself mixing business with pleasure. But Cherri turns out to be more vulnerable than she appears. Is she in need of more than Colin can give? Or could it be that a feeling stronger than lust has him thrown for a curve?

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February Ignite Release Day Blast!

 

Set fire to your passions with heart stopping suspense, adventure, and intrigue from Ignite. Each Ignite title features to-die-for heroes and kick-butt heroines on an emotional roller coaster ride toward love. With new books and new passions exploding every month, every Ignite novel is one you can’t put down until the last page is turned. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books are coming next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, and like their Facebook page.

Today I’m happy to be featuring Ignite’s February Releases!!

 

 

Between the Sheets by Genie Davis & Linda MarrSpecial $0.99 Introductory Price!

An erotic romance writer with an ordinary life is suddenly drawn into her own stories when a seductive, mysterious FBI special consultant rescues her from an attempted hit and run, and she’s plunged into a reckless relationship like those she puts on paper. As Riley struggles to keep Jenna safe from the men out to kidnap her, the romance they’ve woven could force them to pay the ultimate price: admitting they’ve fallen in love—for real.

 

Hearts Under Siege by Natalie J. Damschroder

Special $0.99 Introductory Price!

Brady Fitzpatrick & Molly Byrnes each have separate jobs to do for the information-gathering spy agency, SIEGE—until Brady’s brother is killed, a shocking secret is uncovered, their lives are endangered, & tangled emotions land them in bed together. That’s when the complications really set in…

 

 

Risking it All for Her Boss by Sharron McClellanSpecial $0.99 Introductory Pricing!


After a botched undercover, a pair of High Risk Securities (HRS) agents are assigned to reunite a bio-chemical warfare scientist with his daughter. As old emotions rekindle, the scientist is kidnapped and forced to create a monstrous weapon, and Eva and Quinn have to fight both the enemy and a passion for each other that could destroy them all.

 

 

 

Tory’s Friday Ramblings (2/21/14)

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve had a fabulous week. Mine wasn’t so great in places, that’s for sure. I had pink-eye! Good grief, what an unpleasant experience THAT was. The only saving grace of it was I was off work for two days (Monday/Tuesday) and on Tuesday, I had the entire house to myself (no husband, kids, anything but me, the dog, and the cat) for 9 whole hours!

It. Was. Awesome.

Okay, happy times, happy times. Moving right along into our normal topics.

On Writing

Finally starting to move past my block (for the moment) with Sarah and Tom. I’ve gotten over 5k words in this week, which given my track record recently, that’s quite something. Maybe the bribe I put in place (for every 5k I write on Carved, I can write up to 5k on another project) is working. Who knows, but at least things are moving forward finally!

My old sociopathic vampire buddy, Jordan MacNaught (from my currently-dead Dream-Walker War series) is starting to make his presence in my thoughts known and ask for me to move along with that particular storyline. I left him and Chris in a rather interesting place mentally and he’d really like to finish saving the world so his life can go back to (for him) normal.

So, we’ll see how all that shakes out in the weeks/months to come. I’m still awaiting a verdict from Agent Lady on whether she thinks the series can be placed somewhere or if it should just be shoved under a mattress and forgotten.

On Family

Wow – one month and one day from now the girls will be 3. THREE! My God, where has the time gone? And yet they’re still not completely speaking English. Jackie still goes off on her little babble babble Sammie bite babble babble tangents. It’s so frustrating, especially when she has a serious look on her face, as if whatever she’s saying is very important to her and I can’t understand her! And seriously, there’s very little actual biting going on any more. They seem to have mostly gotten over that, although accusations of biting still are pretty common.

One month and eight days from now, my baby boy will be eight. Eight years old. Yowser. I still remember the day he was born oh-so-well. And he was soooo little. It was the only time in his life where his measurements hit the perfect 50/50 mark for height/weight percentiles. Within two months his weight shot up and eventually his height did too. Ahh, I miss my little Buddha baby.

And then, eight days after that, the hubby turns the big 4-0. Yup, 40! Muahaha, and he’s been sulking over that for the past year. Tragically, I am not allowed to get him a vulture cake. Below is along the lines of what I’d totally get him if I could get away with it. Except it would say “Josh” not “John” obviously. Unfortunately, dire consequences for MY 40th have been threatened if I do anything along these lines, and I fully believe him. He’s sneaky.vulture4011t

 

The House

Woot woot! We have painted walls and exterior, and exterior trim! But it didn’t happen all at once. Here’s what we found Monday when we went by the house:

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As you can see, they’ve started putting in the trim, and they painted the walls and ceiling. They even hung the interior doors. YAY!

Then, Wednesday, they painted the exterior trim. Woot woot!

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The garage door has been hung, but I don’t have a picture of that because when I got the other pictures, the garage door was up (as you might be able to tell from the picture). I could see it though! And when I walked by this morning on my walk, it was down. And yay!

Conclusion

All right, this has been a long post and lots of pictures. Time to pack it in (and get ready for work tragically).

Question of the day: Are birthdays clustered close together in your family or far apart (as you can see, I have 4 birthdays in 15 days, and then there’s me…out in October).

#Review – Molly Gets Her Man by Julie Rowe (#bookreview)

Molly Gets Her Man

Author: Julie Rowe
Publisher: Entangled/Ignite
Date of Publication: January 27, 2014
Description:

image003When flaky Las Vegas hairdresser Molly McLaren overhears a Russian hit man planning to kill a US congressman and take out Hoover Dam in the process, she becomes a target for murder. Now, on the run from the assassin and a dirty cop, she winds up in an eighteen wheeler with an ex-cop sporting a bum leg, a bad attitude, and a body built for loving.

Grey Wilson just wanted to be left alone. No more Las Vegas. No more casinos. And no more floozy women like the one his best friend sent him to pick up on the side of the road. She talks fast, but her endless curves and sensuous nature make him want to slow down. Which is not in the cards. Grey knows he needs to unload his excess baggage. And quick.

But when someone tries to kill the Vegas beauty, Molly captures his heart with her backbone of steel, and brains to boot. Now in order to grasp the future that had once seemed impossible, Molly and Grey need to keep Hoover Dam, the congressman, and their love from being blown sky-high.

My Thoughts:

I found this to be a delightful read. I didn’t have any issues with any of the characters (which in and of itself is a minor miracle). I didn’t guess all the twists and turns (another wahoo factor in favor of the book), and the ending was quite satisfactory.

Molly – smart (although I will admit she makes a couple of really stupid mistakes/decisions and nearly pays for them with her life), determined, and not about to turn the other way because she thinks she might endanger herself. There’s something to respect about a woman who’s willing to report an impending crime, even knowing the type of man who would perpetrate that crime.

Grey – wow. I liked his role working as part of a drug task force with the FBI even though he’s a San Francisco police officer. He had his own couple of stupid moments, but they were forgivable. He simply underestimated how stubborn Molly could be.

This was a pretty non-stop book with a lot of twists, turns, and wondering just who was in bed (not in a sexy way) with whom and who was going to get killed/caught before all was said and done. I really enjoyed my time with the book and hope to find many more Ignite-esque books by Ms. Rowe in the near future.

Entangled does it once again.

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Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Mid-Week #Movie – Man with the Iron Fists

Better late than never, right? At least that’s the theory I’m operating on. It’s still mid-week, and even still Wednesday. The movie I want to talk about is one I saw last night, Man with the Iron Fists.

First, the cast. It has a pretty great cast actually, which really isn’t a surprise when it comes to movies by Quentin Tarantino. You have Russell Crowe playing Jack Knife (yes, that’s his name…I thought they were inferring he was Jack the Ripper on the run in China because of his first appearance on camera, but not so much). Rapper/singer RZA was the title character (I’ve never heard of him before so I have no clue about his music). Lucy Liu was the madam of a brothel, WWE wrestler David Bautista was Brass Body, and Rick Yune (best known to me from The Fast & Furious as Johnny Tran, and more recently Olympus Has Fallen).

Second, the story. Very typical Quentin fare. Very gory at least in the opening, and then of course in the climactic final battle scene with the Black Widow prostitutes (very cool, I have to say) and the Silver Lion’s soldiers. I almost stopped watching because of the (yes admittedly cartoon/anime-esque) blood and guts spewing everywhere, but I stuck with it. I refused to chicken out. The plot was a bit convoluted, but Silver Lion killed the leader of the Lion clan (Golden Lion) in an effort to hijack a shipment of gold being sent through the local village. The Blacksmith is engaged by pretty much everyone to make their weapons, and he rescues Golden Lion’s son in a near-lethal battle with Brass Body. Later, for his interference, let’s just say events lead to his gaining the name the Man with the Iron Fists.

Russell Crowe was great as Jack, with a pretty cool knife/gun combination, and he actually uses the twisted line, “I always bring a gun to a knife fight.” Heh – okay, I found it amusing when he spits it out. His character was interesting as you tried to figure out just who’s side he was on and what he was doing in the small town.

Lucy Liu was awesome as the brothel madam. I wasn’t sure until the very end just who’s side she might come down on and of course it wasn’t where I thought of her going. More fool me.

Pretty true to Quentin’s style, and I say this with absolutely no spoiling in mind…lots of people die. A lot of a people die. In a variety of gruesome and sometimes amusing ways.

Conclusion – I can’t say I’ll watch it again because I generally don’t watch Tarantino movies a second time (Kill Bill is sort of an exception, though I can honestly say I never wanted to see Kill Bill 2 more than the one time), but with that in mind I can honestly say it’s a decent enough movie. Just not my general cup of tea. Enjoyable though – I didn’t even read too much while it was on, and for me that’s saying something.

So – have you seen Man with the Iron Fists? What did you think of it if you have? Comment below, pretty please, and let me know!

Happy mid-week everyone. Only two days to go!

Tory’s Friday Ramblings (2/14/14)

In honor of V-Day, I shall write this post in pink. ::shudder:: There, aren’t I nice?

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. To me, V-Day will always have a special place because hubby and I met (online) and chatted for the first time the day before V-Day (11 years ago). I was grumbling about the day, and he sent me a card “from a hopeless romantic to a cynical romantic” just ’cause. 

The House

I know you’re itching to see the progress as much as I’m itching to show it to you, so I shan’t delay. Hehehe. A ton has happened this past week.

Here’s what they’d done as of Friday afternoon (hung drywall):

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As of Tuesday, they’d finally covered the steel mesh on the outside and added pieces of trim along with sealing up some of the cracks in the drywall in preparation for texturing and painting:

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And as of last night, they’d added the texturing to walls and ceiling:

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So – I’m totally psyched with the progress!

On Writing

I may finally have broken through my block, at least temporarily, by throwing a third character into the mix. Unfortunately, that does not speak well to my hero because this woman immediately takes over the scene she comes into. I keep having these very passive men. I think the problem is I know they’re not leaders (the two I’ve written about thus far in my gargoyle series) and so they somehow lose all their manliness in trying to let them just hang back and not be in charge. 

Unfortunately, that does not do good things for the love thing. I’ll have to fix it. Important thing is just to keep writing at this point since it seems I finally found a way to partially move forward.

Baking Triumph

I made a turtle cheesecake this week. It was good. That’s all. (If you want the recipe, lemme know – it’s luscious.)

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First Coast Romance Writers

I got to meet romance author Suzanne Brockmann last week. She’s hilarious to listen to and very friendly. I also won an autographed copy of her new book, Do or Die, in a giveaway one of my chaptermates did. Woot!

Check me out with Ms. Brockmann.

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Conclusion

So – that’s pretty much if for me this week. Not really much going on in my world (still sitting on some news about Locked in Stone and it’s driving me NUTS – I’m sure you can guess).

Got any plans for the weekend?

 

#Review – Love at Stake

Love at Stake

Author: Victoria Davies
Publisher: Entangled/Covet
Date of Publication: January 27, 2014
Description:

LoveAbbey is the lone human working for Fated Match, a company that pairs members of the supernatural community with their eternal mates.

To snag a young vampire socialite as their next client, Abbey journeys to the home of Lucian Redgrave, the oldest vampire on the East Coast. But he’s not willing to allow his vampire daughter to use the agency… unless Abbey can first find his perfect match in a month.

As Abbey coaches Lucian through his dates, she can’t deny the chemistry between them. But humans are toys for vampires, and risking her heart isn’t a part of the plan.

My Thoughts:

And we have here another absolutely spectacular cover from Entangled. The choice of mostly black with just a splash of red in the lipstick (and the bottom)..drool-worthy. I want a Covet cover some day. ::sniffle:: Enough drooling, sorry. On to the actual book review.

The concept of this book, a dating agency aimed specifically at non-humans finding their soulmates, was fantastic. I mean, the supernatural creatures (as envisioned by Ms. Davies) apparently are immortal (ageless at least), so who can blame them for wanting to find (and believe they have) their soulmate? And in this day and age, what a shock that they use technology to help them, right?

What’s different (at least for me) is that Fated Match is apparently an above-board business, with an actual functioning business office and all that…and yet the humans have no clue about it being for supernatural creatures. The humans in general (unless, as in Abbey’s case, they have a family member bitten and converted to a were of some sort) have no clue about the supernatural world existing, yet clearly they have their own functioning businesses that cater only to their kind.

I thought the world building was fairly well done, with all the tensions between species you might expect.

Abbey – I loved her “no dating vampires” rule, though of course Lucian makes her ultimately break it. She was fine with other fanged creatures, even possibly a demon, but absolutely no vampires. She loved the supernatural community, but she was also perfectly fine being human, had no interest in being anything but human, and in fact if she hooked up with a supernatural creature, wanted them to accept her as a human without expecting her to change into such a creature.

Lucian – harder to get a read on him because we spent very little time whatsoever in his head. I kind of wish Ms. Davies had spent more time with him, but in the length of a Covet book (70k max), something has to be cut and the male POV isn’t necessary to carry the book. He remains suitably enigmatic throughout, but I love how he comes to realize his love for Abbey in the end.

There was a great secondary cast to this book, including many I hope get their own books, especially Lucian’s child (who was the driving force that led Abbey and Lucian to meet in the first place) and Vivian, the head of Fated Match (a siren).

The love story was believable and I really wanted these two to find their way to each other. It worked out (of course – what do you expect from a romance?), but not without some bumps along the way.

I really hope there will be more Fated Match books coming. 4 stars for me!

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Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.