June 16, 2014

How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with you by T.M. Franklin

I read the summary of this book when I saw the author post it in my timeline
and I KNEW I had to read this
I know it is a slight departure from my usual adult romances
it is after all a YA romance about high school kids that are my kids age
but this is so cute and so worth it !
Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother's name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he's different. He's quirky, awkward, and he's okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists-meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it's "How to Get an A in Chemistry" or "How to Get Accepted to MIT," he has a process, and it's worked for him so far. He doesn't even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver's got his eye on the prize. 
So when he decides it's time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it's only natural for him to make a list-a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action. 
 Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He'll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.
Oliver is adorable . I will not call him a book boyfriend because I am far too old for him but what a sweetheart ! This fabulous young man was so real he reminded me of my sons. All of his frustrations and successes are so very real. I just wanted to make it all better for him and cheer him on as things went his way and then hold him when they did not.

This book is full of fun and real teenage things without being overly emo sad or massively dramatic 
T.M. took normal everyday occurrences and turned them into something fabulous . I enjoyed this book so much even the side characters had "life" not just two dimensional things to be there but personality. 

Oliver is you average ordinary exceptionally intelligent hard working kid , he has to be to want to go to MIT. Ainsley is the pretty girl he has a crush on. I love that she is likable and not some device or stereotype. 

There is so much in this book I would love to talk about but I would spoil too much lets just say 
I laughed 
I cried
I sighed 
then I laughed some more 
I want a hard copy of this book because I want to hug it 
I have already told people in real life to read this one 
and yes I would read this one again so you know what that means




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June 1, 2014

COVER REVEAL for the HIGHLY Anticipated book The Ropes

I know the Author of this fabulous book already did her own reveal but since I have a bigger mouth and I love to brag and talk about this story and this person I am doing my own cover reveal !!

That cabin door looks pretty small there Ann!
(a bit of an inside ongoing joke let me know if you want in on it!)
So the cover is very pretty ! wanna know what the book is about?

OF COURSE YOU DO!



A storm is coming, and Mary Hinsdale is rushing to ready her colonial New Hampshire farm for winter. The ropes that are her lifelines are strung building to building, the animals are bedded down, and her food stores are checked. What she isn’t prepared for is Andrew Montrose.

Andrew, the black sheep of his well-to-do family, is wounded, privileged and playful. Work is something he avoids, and he’s quite good at convincing others to do his for him. He is shocked to learn that not only is he stuck on the farm until spring, but Mary actually expects him to help with the chores.

Tempers flare as expectations clash. Forced by circumstance to live together, they must learn to compromise, forgive, and adjust or they will either come to blows or fall in love.
This book and this lady are both very special to me. I was a part of the Writers Workshop group that helped edit this book. Ann and I have been friends for geez almost 5 years now. 
You will see me pushing this book
here is why 
Ann had an Agent

Ann did all the Agent wanted INCLUDING adding a scene to this book that did not fit the characters or Anns writing style 
the reason she did that 
The Agent said that a non erotic romance will not sell 

As Anns friend and a lover of Erotica I was livid 

I have bought and read MANY books without sex in them 
Sometimes I just want to read something sweet 
something that has that fabulous build up 
something different 
No publishers wanted the book
WHY?
they say
Historical Romance readers will only read 
Regency Romance
THAT is what sells 

MORONS
 I say because most of Historical Romance readers will buy something different
 IF it is offered 
MANY of us love the Regency period BUT are sick of it because
THAT is all there is 

WELL LADIES !! I have your something different 
The Ropes is set during the American Revolution

and WAIT till you meet Andrew 
NOW if you want to get to know my darling friend you can
Follow her on Twitter 
and make certain you like her Facebook Fan page

OH and she is on GoodReads 








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May 17, 2014

The Saint by Tiffany Reisz




Before she became Manhattan's most famous dominatrix, Nora Sutherlin was merely a girl called Eleanor… 
Rebellious, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn't want to break. She's sick of her mother's zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she'll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns—Søren to her and only her—and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed—yet even she knows that being in love with a priest can't be right. 
But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. When she vows to repay him with complete obedience, a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets that will change everything. 
Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

~~~~~~~
If you read the rest of The Original Sinner series of books you will thoroughly enjoy this the first installment of "The White Years"
This part of the series seeks to better flesh out the back story of the characters
Things I love about it without spoiling anything (I had a very hard time doing this and not in a good way)
This book goes more in depth into the relationship between Nora(then called Eleanor) and Soren
how it started

It all starts when Elle refuses to go to church.
Her mother tells her about the new priest who rides a motorcycle
some kind that starts with a D
Elle goes reluctantly and there has a religious experience
She meets Soren

"Do you have any idea what it is that you have between your legs?"
 she demanded
"I am well aware of what I have between my legs" he said the words without even breaking a smile


"Eleanor is the name of queens
Elle is merely a French pronoun that means she or her "
Sorry Tiff this is who I see as Soren
Elle wants one thing she wants someone to love her for who she is as she is.
She feels abandonded by her father (who is a bum car theif and only shows up to get things from her)
neglected by her mom who works two jobs and wants her to be a good girl who fears God and respects her Priest and her mother.
and then Soren comes into her life.
he speaks to her like a young adult
rather than treating her like a child.
He is not put off by her questions or her
strange mind and conclusions

A lot of people are put off by a Catholic Priest having a "relationship" with an underage child
Many say it is manipulative 
that he is using his position of power to coerce her
In my opinion his role is more of mentor and waiting for her to grow up
He is attracted to her she is precocious and cute and a flirt
and he recognizes something in her that you will understand more if you read the book
at whose feet should you kneel?


I wonder if it people are more annoyed with him being a priest
rather than him being a lay person of the same age
(do not judge unless you know the back story and unless you read the book you have no idea)
There is no in appropriate contact between them until she is of age.


I like that the book explains more about Noras sexual preferences than the other books did
I like that it tells us how much she enjoys pain both the giving and the getting
This makes her sexual exploits with Soren less squick worthy because this is something SHE is into
(again all about the loving of the different flavors)

The thing I loved the best is the bible references and religion talk
hard to believe but there you go
It just fits so well and the Theology is beautifully done
The references just support the story so well It was all very romantic and inspirational
It really makes this non practicing Catholic want to grab her Bible and re read the stories

"Why does the king tie her up?"
"because he loves her"
SO if you like a lot of meat with your story
and a little gravy
get this one It is a fantastic continuation/prequel/sequel to the series


I laughed I cried I sighed
Most of all readers remember while reading this one TRUST TIFFANY
she loves the mind fuck
and she sure did it to me again
If you cannot tell I'm giving this one 5 stars



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May 12, 2014

Unbound by Cara McKenna



She set out to find herself, and discovered the darker side of desire.

I bought this book based on a rec through a friend in my twitter timeline
I saw her talking to Tiffany Reisz about this book
Tiffany (as you know writes The Original Sinners series) said
" one of the best examples of a male sub "
I am always skeptical when it comes to reading about male subs
and here is why
most tend to feel either too feminine
or too childish
not quite the image that fits the story but I like it anyways
For me both of those take the hotness out of the kink
I like my men manly
and what many people cannot express when it comes to a submissive is it is not weakness that drives a sub
it is an eagerness to please
or
a desire to be punished or to earn forgiveness for whatever transgression may be bothering them
I personally equate that desire to something like the feeling one gets after confession (for my non Catholic friends just trust me), It is cleansing to do this "penance"
please note  this is NOT the case for all subs just some, some subs just like the feeling if it is not your thing then it is not YOUR thing do not judge others for THEIR thing in this book she describes being Kinky as one would being gay it is just something you are born with a preference, it does not need to be fixed or loved out of you or therapied out of you it is a part of who you are and how you get off

AT ANY RATE
I have to agree with Tiffany
I have a new book boyfriend
I'm in love with
Rob
He is a man
a manly man a survivalist living on his own in the highlands
Through the story he matures and changes as we get to know him
His journey is neat one to read you find yourself as the reader wanting to hold him and hug him and make it all better knowing that would be the worst thing you could do for him he would reject it
and the message would never get across but he is just wonderful
I yelled out loud during the climax of his story (not a sexual climax you pervs)
If you chose to read this book you find out what Im talking about

Now for our female lead
You all know me I hate a weak female lead
I want my girls strong of mind and spirit
or to grow to find that strength inside them through their journey
What struck me most about Merry
was how far she had come before our story even begins
Merry went on a weight loss journey
some of you may know I am on a journey of my own to gain better health I have so far lost 60lbs
I really identify with everything she says about it
the numbers thing
calories in calories out
sodium content
sugar content
carbs counting
serving sizes
weighing measuring everything
number of steps etc
I have to be compulsive for health reasons
I have been successful too
and it does change the attitudes of others around you
I have yet to find anyone for me that has been negative or snarky about it
Merry has done what I can only dream of
she met her goal and goes on a one woman backpacking trip across
Scotland
Her goal is to find herself and find peace and celebrate her late mothers birthday in her birth city

Along the way she gets ill the closest place is off in the distance
Robs cabin
no they do not jump in the sack right away
it builds not too slowly but believably
I like Merry I can see us being friends she is sweet, optimistic and  smart and intuitive
We get a glimpse of these two and their lives
just a piece I like that they are fleshed out and feel real

and what we have here is a fabulous story
that honestly would be good even if there was no sex
 and the sex
HOLY HOT
wow
yeahhhhhhh
and not in that overdone tab A slot B way
just beautiful

I hope you give this one a go I need people to talk about it
You will be cheering for them I got very invested in this one
I was sad to see it end

I am updating this post because like a moron I forgot to give it a rating
if you cannot tell I really liked this one and I would probably give it a re read
so I'm giving this one



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May 9, 2014

A VERY Scientific poll

As many of my friends know I love historical fiction/romance

a well done, well researched historical fiction is a fabulous way for me to step outside my life without any of the reminders of this world.

It is my escape.

Now it seems that some publishers are insisting that certain eras do not sell well enough to be worth their time

I say
HOGWASH!

(I'm a lady in this post and I'm not going to swear)

SO HERE I AM, my dears, we the readers are going to prove them wrong!

and here is how:

My highly scientific poll wants to hear from YOU!
I want to hear in your comments
I want to hear it on Facebook
I want you to share this with your other reader friends
I want you to share this with other bloggers who have MY permission to share this post word for word (or if they chose to edit it have at it) on their blogs

My poll question is :

Would you buy and read a book set in just at the tail end of the American Revolution?
This book has been researched
This book has been written
This is a Romance
This book has an appropriate amount of faith in it (I'm not a religious person but this fits the time period and characters)
This book has enough UST to make you swoon
This book has horses!
THIS BOOK HAS BEN !!! (not really but here is a pretty manip pic I made when reading the book because BEN!!)

HERE is the poll leave me a comment too if you get around to it and do not forget to visit me over at the SYTYCW facebook page and if you are in the mood hit me up on Twitter either @SYTYCW or @Roselover24


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April 29, 2014

Making Him Sweat by Meg Maguire now known as All or Nothing

Is it hot in here? or is it this book?


Buy It
YES! I love so many things about this book I do not even know where to begin
my thanks to netgalley and Harlequin for the chance to read and review
Jenna gets left a boxing gym by her estranged father and meets the gyms manager Mercer
She is determined to shut down the smelly delapitaed mess of a legacy and open in its place an upscale old school dating service for professionals
Sounds like this would have your typical romance schtick right? and there is where I was at the beginning of this story thinking the same thing!
I am thrilled to say I was surprised at the depth and development of the characters they were so real and just great people not only was I rooting for their romance and a happy ending I was also sad for her as I got to know her through the story
As this story develops we find out that why she and her father were estranged we get to know the man behind the gym he left to her we learn about her past and the lies in the family stories she was told
because of the characters  the sex was hot it was amazing the descriptions of the kisses toe curling and our male lead was such a real guy

 I would have added quotes here to illustrate this however it has been a while since I have read this book and my Kindle app has deleted all of the highlighted quotes (stupid technology)
So get the book read the book and find out for yourself


I also love how her view of the decrepid gym and building changes as she gets to know the men that use it she stops seeing them as scary too it is a very cool development of how perception changes as we become intimately involved with things around us 
You want this one trust me it is worth it
a great read

4.5 stars
This book is being renamed and is part of a series the new name is All or Nothing
This author has also written many other books one I just finished called Unbound under her other name Cara McKenna that book has inspired me to finish some posts on here because Holy Moly hotness love it
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February 16, 2014

Disconnected Kids by Rober Melillo Sue's Review

Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological DisordersDisconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders by Robert Melillo
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Hi ! It has been a long time since I have had the time to post loads of things have happened in the last year but I had a stock pile of books I had read and reviewed I will clean up those reviews and soon have more for you on various topics as I get them. This particular book was one that really struck a cord with me. I would like to preface this post by saying IF this method worked for you or your child that is fabulous. It is not the method or the "autism diet" I have problems with it is the way this book presented things to parents.

I will rarely waste my time writing a bad review but this snake oil salesman deserves it.
any parent when faced with a challenged child will look for any way to make their child more normal
it is in our nature
it is not because we do not love our child for who he is but because we want their life to be easier
I am the mother of 5, 4 of whom have some special needs of one type or another. This book was recommended to me by my sister in law who loves her nephews and like me would love to see anything to make their lives easier
I went into this book skeptical but hopeful I want there to be an easy fix
be it a diet
or exercises or games or something anything

I can see how this book preys on the desperation of a well meaning loving parent
It says in many instances to have cured ADHD and Autistic spectrum disorders.
I'm going to stop right here because first off Im going to call BULL
IF this man had really cured Autism and ADHD I would like to know why this is not national news?
why is this man not being brought up in each and every single pediatric conference ? why is his name not being sung as the greatest savior of children since Jonas Salk?


This book gives beautiful, heart wrenching stories of children who were cured by this system.
It then goes on to tell you the way to fix your child of course you could always find one of his clinics and have his system administered to your child by the professional counselors (the first clue that this home version will not work you , you cheap fool are not paying enough money for the experts you bad parent you! yes this book uses guilt to manipulate you be warned)

First going on the gluten and casein free diet (no wheat and no dairy essentially) now be on this diet for 6 months follow it religiously any failure in this diet even a small amount will be a set back because your child has a food sensitivity
some issues with this
no tests run just cut wheat and dairy out of his diet huh OK

granted I am not an expert on food sensitivities and how they affect brain behavior even a small amount will cause a complete relapse of symptoms and according to this doctor it takes months before you will notice a difference in the childs behavior

my issue comes not just with the diet portion however it comes with the statements that the doctor makes about the effectiveness of his program
basically if you follow his program your child with get better
GREAT I thought
then I read on
if his program does not work it is because either
1) your child was born with an issue far to severe for his program to be effective
2) you deviated in some way from the program you fed your child something with casein in it or something with Gluten in it OR you did not follow his directions exactly
or (and this was the best one)

3) your child somehow experienced brain damage from whip lash as a small baby

no matter what the program is right and works if the programs fails the program did not fail YOU as a parent failed

This "doctor" should be ashamed of himself he claims he does this "for the kids"
face up to facts there doc you do this for the money you swindle out of the pockets of parents desperate to make life just a tiny bit easier for their struggling child





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one final note this review pissed off someone on Goodreads. It is my hope that this program works for her child I really do. I wish there was an easy fix not to cure autism, but to make life easier for those that have it that want things changed for them. Until then we will just keep on keeping on. Remember this is my opinion of this book you can have your own
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