Narcissism 101: Squee!!!

Hey! Remember way back in April of 2014 when I told you that one day I’d be doing this?

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Well, I am doing the Internal Happy Dance. I won’t attempt to do it for real because I’d fall down.

You’ve been very patient.

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And I’ve been fairly patient.

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And guess what? Everything’s finally coming together!!!

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Well, maybe not at dawn, but pretty darn close.

Now, I s’pose you’d all like a little peek at Moms on Missions, First book in the Mommageddon Series, am I right? It’s a spicy comedy romance.

Summary:

Artist Vince Russo wants to advance his career but his devout mother, Diana, wants grandchildren. Vince lives in Niagara Falls and he doesn’t even date!

Diana joins the Moms on Missions (“MOM”), who strive to better the lives of their clients’ kids. MOM installs Vince’s fantasy girl upstairs in the duplex where he lives.

Their pick for Vince is sick of dancing to her mother’s tune, so she certainly won’t admit she finds her sensitive, playful neighbour sexy. However, she’d love to make him her pseudo-boyfriend to get MOM off her back.

Will these young rebels come together organically, or is there no hope for their moms?

 

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Excerpt:

The door clicks shut softly behind Vince. Paeng is sitting at the table, eating toast and peanut butter. He glances at Vince curiously. “What did she want?”

“To rip off my ‘nads and force-feed them to me.” Vince sinks into the chair opposite. “I am the screw-up of all screw-ups. I am the king of the idiot world.” He bangs his forehead down on the table and Paeng’s peanut-butter covered knife pings off the table onto the floor. “If all the losers on the planet got together to live in one city, they would name it after me.”

“Can’t be that bad.” Paeng shrugs, retrieving the knife. “What did you do?” He scrapes more peanut butter on his toast.

Vince sits up with his fists curled on the table and looks at him candidly. “Last night, I wanted to hang the drop cloth out on the line, so I took in her laundry.”

Paeng eyes him in confusion. “But, that was . . . nice.”

Vince’s head droops. “Well, I got some paint on one of her bras, and she accused me of snogging it.”

His housemate snorts. “Were you?”

Vince squirms uncomfortably. “No, but . . .”

Paeng is incredulous. “Dude.”

“I may have admired it a little.”

“How?”

Vince can’t look at Paeng. “Wash smells pretty off the line. Fresh air, flowery detergent, you know.”

“How did you paint get on it?”

“Um . . .” Vince swallows hard.

Paeng leans back and rests his hand flat on the table. “Vince.”

Blushing, he snaps at his friend. “I dropped the bra on the wet tarp and I guess I must have accidentally gotten paint on it and touched it to my cheek, okay?”

Paeng is silent as Vince sighs. “I didn’t mean to take my upset out on you, sorry.”

“No big. So, you fondled it. Was it good for you?” Paeng’s eyes glitter, making Vince’s anxiety flare.

“I couldn’t help myself! The girl’s smoking hot and yet she doesn’t appear to own trashy underwear.” He feels all dreamy just thinking about it. “It’s simple and soft . . . it felt so nice. She’s not like any of the girls I’ve met before. She’s direct, feisty and artistic and I bet she’s really smart. She’s nothing like the usual MOM Girl and she’s not even my type. But her underwear is beautiful. She doesn’t wear slutty underwear because she doesn’t put on airs, and oh, God, that’s so attractive. What I wouldn’t give to see—”

Paeng face palms Vince. “Dude. You are waxing poetic about cotton underwear like my sisters wear when they get their periods. It’s just underwear.”

 

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Review: Canada Square by Carrie Elks

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My Review:
This was fun to read as several places I’ve visited in London were mentioned.
Amy Cartwright is a good girl–and the unscrupulous people around her take advantage. She calls it off with her cheater boyfriend, to the delight of her brother, who is a very likeable character who stars in his own book. But Amy’s lifelong friends are not happy about it. They almost immediately abandon her. What I really like is that Amy sticks to her ground. She won’t be a doormat again.
A new job as an intern gives her opportunities to start fresh. Some of the people she meets are destined to become friends. Some of her coworkers, however, are snobbish and would love to see her fail. And of course, she meets Callum, and the sparks fly.
I really liked Callum. He’s respectful and affectionate, and always puts Amy’s welfare above his own. That said, when the manure hits the fan, both of them overreact. Still, they make an excellent couple and I wouldn’t mind reading more about them in this series. This book easily stands alone. Four stars.
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Title: Canada Square
Series: Love in London #3
Author: Carrie Elks
Genre: Adult Romance
Release Date: April 7th, 2016
Cover Designed by: Sylvia Frost

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Secrets have a way of coming out…

Amy Cartwright isn’t sure who she’s supposed to be anymore. Her family thinks she’s flighty, her ex believes she’s a walkover (the bastard) and her friends think she’s plain crazy. But there’s a different side to her that nobody sees, nobody but the cool, sexy Scotsman who just happens to be her boss.

Callum Ferguson isn’t looking for excitement; he’s had that and it almost ruined him. He likes things calm and predictable – everything that his new PA turns out not to be. But from the moment she walks through his office door it’s as though the light has come back into his life, and he can’t get her out of his mind.

Fighting against the inevitable, they both try to ignore the attraction, but the flame of desire is too bright. They’re soon drawn into a steamy love affair that they have to hide from everybody, knowing the revelation could cost them everything they’ve worked so hard for, including each other.

Author note: Canada Square is the third in the Love in London series, but can be read as a standalone book.

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“I’m the youngest of three. Nothing’s ever just about me.”

He blinks slowly, eyes heavy lidded. “Something should be.”

The moment twists, the humour dissolving in the frisson that grows between us. I feel it crackling and buzzing against my skin, and all I can think about is that kiss.

Soft, sure. A brief moment of everything.

“Something?” I ask, a little breathlessly.

He catches my gaze, holding it without trying. In that instant I know for sure that whatever I’m feeling for him isn’t one-sided. It weaves between us, soft as silk, unbreakable as iron. It makes me feel delighted and downright scared. I can cope with a crush, enjoy it even. Treat him like the eye-candy he is, a piece of deliciousness to look forward to when I enter the office. But mutual attraction? That’s dangerous. It’s a lingering force that threatens everything; my job, my degree, my hopes for the future.

Here be dragons, but rather than run away from the flames, I’m letting them consume me.

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Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.

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Review: Nobody but You by Jill Shalvis

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Summary:

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.

 

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My Review:

I enjoy everything written by Jill Shalvis and this book is no exception.

Jill’s stories are well-developed and true-to-life. In this case, we find two people who are terrified of loss and suffering from low self-esteem, who must decide whether to open their hearts again or play it safe.

Sophie’s issues are not new. For years, she’s been married to a man who made her feel she could never be good enough. She grows a set and divorces him after she catches him cheating, but obviously she didn’t have a good lawyer because instead of walking away with a fair portion of their marital assets, she settles for taking his beloved boat out of spite. And she hates that boat with a passion, but won’t even sell it back to him.

Maybe it’s just because she’s cranky but when she meets Jacob Kincaid, sparks fly.

Jacob is career army and extraordinarily stubborn. The stubbornness is likely a shield against sensitivity. After heated arguments with his twin brother, Hudson, he accepted Hud’s order to stay away. And Jacob did stay away from the family. For ten years. He made his brothers in arms his family instead.

Then, his best friend is killed in action. Jacob develops an overpowering case of survivor guilt. He decides not to re-up. But what is he to do with his life without the army?

It’s time to go home and make amends. He is a patient man and able to wait out the high feelings of others. And suddenly, there’s this girl mooring her boat illegally outside his rental cottage. Her feisty attitude may be just what he needs.

As I said, I like these characters (both of whom could use a good smack at times). I would have liked to see a few more of the gaps filled in–especially when Jacob goes back to finish out his term. However, this is one of those books I’d like to take to the beach or a park. Four and a half stars.

 

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Jill ShalvisAuthor Bio:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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Review: Low by Mary Elizabeth

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Summary:

It’s hard living on the wrong side of the tracks.

Lowen Seely has a criminal record to prove it. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he fights instinct and tries honesty. But hunger becomes painful, and bills are due. Forced to choose between what is right and wrong, the boy from the hood learns abiding by the rules is nearly impossible when corruption is in your blood.

Falling for an outlaw has changed everything.

Poesy Ashby is the definition of ride or die, even when it means turning her back on freedom. The girl from the suburbs gives conformity the middle finger. Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on her love story.

On the run with consequences in the rearview mirror, Lowen and Poesy accept the truth: they are the bad guys.

But can they get away with their crimes?

 

My Review:

Mary Elizabeth’s prose is always a treat to read.

This story was difficult for me. As someone who’s hosted a foster teen, I just wanted somebody decent to tuck Lowen under his or her wing and rescue him from this horrible existence. Over and over, he tries to be good and gets kicked in the teeth–usually without just cause. Most of the time, he’s judged the second someone finds out his name, thanks to having a parent in prison.

While this is true to life, I found it hard to get through. There were so many times that opportunity knocked and some “decent” person turned him away. And the sad thing is, that’s life for many people.

I truly liked Lowen. He had some excellent qualities and ended up making bad choices for understandable reasons. However, I strongly wanted to urge him away from Poe. I thought she was a bad influence on him.

This story puts the reader right into the shoes of a boy who’s struggling to support his family. I liked the Robin Hood quality of the characters. Four stars.

About the Author:

Capture Mary ElizabethMary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets.

Known as The Realist, Mary was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.”–Jeremiah 17:9

 

Review: Felony Ever After

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Are you looking for some zany fun? Here it is! And why should I try to explain it if Debra Anastasia and Helena Hunting will do it for me?

 

Summary:

Verity Michaels is new to New York City, but even she knows riding in a stolen a cab is not a normal way to meet someone. Damn it if that tattoo-covered would-be felon isn’t everywhere now, and lighting everything on fire under her skirt.

His name is Hudson Fenn, and he’s frustratingly impossible to pin down. He works as a bike messenger, but has the manners of a prince—along with a strange tendency toward breaking and entering. As much as Verity knows he’s not her type, and likely to land her in jail, she can’t help but find her truest self when they’re together.

 

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My Review:

So. A bunch of the zaniest authors I know got together and wrote a story as a Round Robin. The first chapter belongs to Debra Anastasia, so you know it’s going to Crazyville fast. The joy of it is, all the participants paid a lot of attention to the style sheet, so the story is coherent. And homogenized. And hilarious.

Just don’t be looking for anything normal. You won’t find it here.

Each of the authors has attempted to outdo the last one, and write the next one into a corner. It’s amazing how coherent the plot and characters are.

Verity has her life pretty much planned out before she meets her “abductor”–taxi thief Hudson–who isn’t what he appears to be, incidentally. Just maybe, he has some plans to change her plans. And both of them must derail the plans of Verity’s creepy boss.

This is a sweet romance with a smart heroine and a sexy male lead. And these authors are crazy. I already loved those I’d encountered before reading this book, and now I have a bunch of new authors to add to my To Read list. Do yourself a favor and snap this up today. Five stars.

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