Don’t Take this Man?

Take This Man Book Cover Take This Man
The Man Series Book 2
Nona Raines
romance, women's fiction,
The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
26 Jan. 2018)

The biggest mistake of Elyse Zemanski's life was falling in love with Adam. When a night of fantasy went too far, she was crushed and couldn't leave town fast enough.

The biggest mistake of Adam Vostek's life was letting Elyse go. He'd been afraid of the love she promised, and pushed her away—into another man's arms…and bed.

When she returns to Summit to help a friend, Adam wants to prove he deserves a second chance. Seeing him again, Elyse realizes to her dismay that her feelings for him haven't died. She throws caution to the wind and offers him one week, hoping to finally get him out of her system.

Adam's up for the challenge. But will a week be long enough to win back Elyse's trust?

Please note: This is a new edition of a previously published title. It contains strong sexual situations.

Sorry Nona, this may be an updated version but I just wonder how bad the original version was – this book is really just a set of scenes and I couldn’t find a character in either Adam or Elyse to believe in. I did read to teh end to see if there was anything there..

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What Mischievous Plumbers….

Elements of Mischief Book Cover Elements of Mischief
Hijinks Harem #1
C.M. Stunich,‎ Tate James
paranormal romance, shifters,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(21 Oct. 2017)

WARNING: This is a sexy, steamy reverse harem paranormal romance (one girl, four guys) with loads of humor, plumber puns, and group sex. Read with a glass of wine and a smile!
Four hunky, supernatural plumbers. One reluctant, slightly drunk human. A match made in heaven … or in the bathroom, rather.

My name is Arizona Smoke, and I'm the proud owner of a house haunted by my dead Gram, best friend to a cocktail dress loving werewolf, and apparent soul mate to four plumbers who also happen to be elemental dragons. Besides rippling pectorals, tattoos, and … uh, nice, long pipes, the guys also have control of the elements.

Supernatural law (whoever heard of such a thing anyway?) dictates that since I stumbled upon the guys in their alternate forms, I have to marry them. All four of them. Oh, and apparently one lousy (okay, awesome) night of sex means that I'm an elemental, too—and no amount of magical penicillin can cure this disease.

All I wanted was hot running water and toilets that flushed, but now I'm dealing with monsters lurking in the sewers, supernatural politics, and four penniless (but totally hot) plumbers living in my crumbling old Victorian.

I'm Ari Smoke, wine aficionado, ex-barista, and a girl who is completely out of her element. Having four hot husbands is nice … but the death threats, not so much.

 

 

 

Oh What naughty girls these authors are – and what fun they had with puns… about plumbing! And such a fun storyline – with lots of husbands – the more the merrier seems to be their motto/creed.

So yes, it was an enjoyable light read. Not high literature but good saucy – and a bit – paranormal reading with humour and some originality.

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AUTHOR BIOS:
Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.
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C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

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What Happens After

After You Book Cover After You
Jojo Moyes
contemporary, romance, womens'fiction
Penguin;
June 30, 2016
416

Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home. Whether her family can ever forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep hold answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .

What comes next, in life, and love, after the death of someone you love deeply. And can you move on?

A nicely judged follow-on from the best-selling ‘Me Before You‘ which left you sobbing when he when to Dignitas.

So Louisa is still struggling with her grief and this quote exemplifies her feelings.

I was given the sample chapter of Still Me the next book in the series to read and whilst i liked it , there was enough to judge the book I thought, but must assume it is as good as this book.

 

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Hiding? Why?

The Art of Hiding Book Cover The Art of Hiding
Amanda Prowse
romance, contemporary, women's popular fiction
Lake Union Publishing
August 22, 2017
288

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels. Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate--and the sister--she thought she had left far behind. But Nina can't let herself be overwhelmed--her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life. Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman's loss and love.

I have a problem with this book and the storyline. As soon as I read that the husband was dead I knew that the family would be bankrupt, forced to live elsewhere and very down-market and shabby. It was the too obvious next scene in the story.

Why didn’t Nina register as unemployed immediately? And why didn’t she ask for the flat to either have a reduced rent due to the condition? Or get her cousin to improve the state of it, especially as sleeping on old mattresses is very unhygienic. She could probably have got a loan from Social Services to buy a new one even.

And also, when you are told you are bankrupt, the first thing you do is to go through the house and wear all your jewellery – or hide it in your handbag or… AND take all the food in the cupboards and freezer instead of abandoning it. I realise it is not such a good storyline but still really.

So the main character annoyed me and I felt that the story could have been much better constructed.

 

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When a man diets.. or doesn’t!

Sex, Lies and Chocolate Cakes Book Cover Sex, Lies and Chocolate Cakes
Steven Morris
humour, contemporary, love, sex and marriage
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(1 Jan. 2015)

After accidentally exposing himself to his son’s girlfriend, and realising that because of his over-hanging stomach, she couldn’t actually see anything, Eric Baxter decides it’s time he went on a diet. Unfortunately, due to an exercise allergy, and an eating obsession, it isn’t going to be as easy as he first thought. Throw in a battle of wits with his neighbour’s cat over toilet rights to his garden, a son who lives in the shed and dreams of being discovered on The X Factor, a stroppy teenage daughter with a Wayne Rooney fixation, a wife who doesn’t want to sleep with him anymore, and an amorous work colleague who does, and you have all the ingredients to Sex, Lies and Chocolate Cakes: A delicious laugh out loud comedy.

It is really great to have a male writer writing about his male character’s weight and dieting issues.

I found this book funny but with pathos as the lure of the cake, the biscuits, pork pies and even the burgers undo every effort our hero makes – even using his cycling machine.

He does manage to resist the lure however of the sex-hungry receptionist at work – even if only just.

Fun reading with a well portrayed central character.

My husband who also read it, found it punchy, funny, and insightful and would like to read more of this author.

 

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