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Curvy wins

Fat Girl Book Cover Fat Girl
(Romance in Reheboth #1)
KL Montgomery
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
(5 April 2015)

Fresh ink on her divorce papers and a new job on the horizon. Forty is right around the corner. The time is ripe for reinvention, and Claire Sterling is tired of being the Fat Girl. With the help of her gay best friend, therapist, a new fitness regime and lots of wine and snark, Claire sets out to find her happily ever after.

Will she get the body and the man of her dreams, or is she forever destined to be the Fat Girl?

I have 2 essential points to make:

  1. always wear 2 bras when undertaking sport – even the slimmest with small boobs do I’ve noticed. And make sure they are proper sports bras too.
  2. build up the exercise slowly. Only add when it becomes easy.

What is curvy and what is slim is one of the biggest dilemmas in a women’s life today. I just read an article by someone about the No Diet way of eating – she reckons that we don’t need to diet – and then proceeds to give us instructions on how to eat, when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat. If anything is a diet that is – and her own weight just scrapes into the healthy range at 18.7 (% fat), so whilst she has some good ideas – it’s still a diet to reduce weight to the lowest you ‘should be’ to be considered healthy.

I think she has a point about calories though, as counting them makes you feel guilty the whole time. And that is what we have here. Another book where the heroine is overweight and has struggled all her life to lose weight and she has a mother who remains extremely thin – but eats nothing – and makes her feel guilty because she eats. And constantly reminds her of her weight – which is not the way to go of course.

And then we do have a romance. But will he still love her if she loses weight?

I did enjoy the book even though the storyline was not really new. It was nice take on this trope with fun and humour and a nice heroine you feel for.

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A goddess for the different city

Sin City Goddess Book Cover Sin City Goddess
Barbra Annino
Fiction, fairytale, occult, thriller, crime
Thomas and Mercer
2013
279

“It was hotter than Hades' closet in Las Vegas, and brighter than a Zeus-fueled lightning bolt.”Goddess Tisiphone, Avenger of Murder, spends her days playing poker in the underworld, far away from mortals - and all the terrible mistakes they make. But when her sister turns up missing, Tisi reluctantly agrees to bring her sister back from the most unholy place in the world: Las Vegas.Teamed up with Archer Mays, a recently deceased - and easy on the eyes - FBI agent, the anger-prone deity must keep her temper long enough to battle demons, save her sister . . . and unravel a plot sinister enough to destroy the realm of god and man forever.From the author of the enchanting Stacy Justice mystery series comes the highly anticipated first book in her new Secret Goddess series: a book that proves hell hath no Fury, because she's in Las Vegas.

            This story had some good ideas with new gods and goddesses and demons for me – not come across them but willing to believe they are in the pantheons.

But that said I found the story style was rather pedestrian and thus did not inspire me to research these gods etc.

I did rather like the idea of Dionysius being behind the idea of building Las Vegas in the desert, and some of the minor deities taking part in LV shows.

I thought it lacked humour and/or snarky conversation and characterisation.                              

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Angel no more

Pestilence Book Cover Pestilence
Volume 1 (The Four Horsemen)
Laura Thalassa
post-apocalyptic, fantasy, dystopian
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(21 Mar. 2018)

They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed. Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him. And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she'll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

A new series Laura has just started. And started very well. I was
engrossed in this book (take no notice of the cover picture it’s widely
exaggerated).

So it seems that humans have been judged as unworthy and 5 years
before the 4 horsemen awoke and rode across the lands.
Civilisation largely fell and the normal trappings dissolved.
Humans living in the post-apocalyptic world now have irregular
electricity and farming has finished. There is disease and poverty.
But the horsemen rode and then disappeared.
Now Pestilence is back and riding across the land spreading the
Messianic plague and everyone who catches it dies. But humans fight
back and try to kill Pestilence.
And this is the story of one such young woman who tries, and fails, to kill him. And their later adventures.

I was engrossed in this tale and even cried when I read about the
children dying of the plague  – OK I was feeling very emotional that day – but found it well written and the characters believable in that setting.

Hope that ‘War’ – the next in the series is as good – and as long.

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Abducted by Aliens? Perhaps just the writer’s secret fantasy?

Betania Breed Collection Book Cover Betania Breed Collection
Betania Breed: SciFi Alien Romance Collection #1-4
Jenny Foster
sci-fi, romance, alien abduction
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(13 Aug. 2018)

The original story "The Captive" led to a novel, and three additional volumes followed. With this collection you are finally holding all four Betania Breed single SciFi romance novels, complete and unabridged, in your hands – and mysterious background material is included. In over 800 pages, you will be up close and personal on an adventurous and dramatic voyage through the universe.

The Boxed Set includes the Betania Breed Series Volumes I-IV:

The Captive
Betania Breed Book One

I am one of the few people who hasn’t given up the fight against the Sethari yet. I would rather die than surrender to the aliens who have enslaved us humans for more than one hundred years. Then the unthinkable happens: I am awarded to the leader of the aliens, so I can bear him healthy, viable children. I am prepared for anything, except this one thing – that this merciless warrior, with his strange eyes and scaly skin, would awaken feelings in me...

The Prey
Betania Breed Book Two

Johar is the most merciless and successful bounty hunter there is. His reputation is legendary, for he has never let any prey slip through his fingers. His creator’s beautiful daughter hates Johar and lets him feel it every waking minute. But Johar knows something about her that nobody else knows. Not even she herself... The book takes place a few months after the events of book 1.

The Human
Betania Breed Book Three

Talon Delkhari was the mightiest warlord of his people, until he dared to contradict his king. Instead of granting him an honorable death in the fight against their enemies, the king made him his chamberlain instead. His newest conquest is from Earth. He won her in a poker game, and Talon is supposed to deliver her safely to his bed. An easy assignment for someone like Talon. That’s what heI thought, anyway, until this human woman awakens the predator lurking under his skin… The book takes place a few years after the events of book 2.

The Dragon
Betania Breed Book Four

The fourth volume takes place shortly after the events in book 3. Coran Burke is an elite undercover agent from Earth. The tough and emotionless fighter has never failed. His new mission leads him to Dassuria where he is pursuing a dangerous dragon lord. At the center of his investigation is a woman who has a lot to hide - but despite her entanglement with the dragon lord, Coran can’t get her out of his head...

I was given this book as an ARC.

But – Oh Dear!

I read up to Part 3: The Awakening in Hope, but really, this whole muscles and pheromones and falling in ‘love ‘ aka lust at first sight? Just too predictable.

I thought the writing style rather prosaic and not in any way different from 100s of other such alien abduction style books.

The heroine could have been acceptable but she was rather 2 dimensional and finding out after several ‘chapters’ that we were somewhere in Ad 3900 was just too late.

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Who is the craziest here?






Crazy Ella Book Cover




Crazy Ella




Crazy Ella in Love





Eve Langlais





ghosts, witches, vampires, paranormal




CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition




(8 Oct. 2013)



Ella’s always heard voices and because of them, she ends up institutionalized at a young age. Everyone calls her crazy and she believes she is too until the night she meets a vampire and for the first time in her life, the voices shut up. Zane just wants to enjoy his usual blood buffet, instead he runs into a wisp of a woman who makes him feel emotions he thought long dead. Rescuing her from the insane asylum, he brings her home, determined to seduce and feed from her, a plan that is foiled by ghostly voices determined to keep Ella untouched. But not even poltergeists can stand in the way of a vampire in love.

This is a fun read in the best style of Eve Langlais, where she takes a story trope – the falsely imprisoned female – and gives it a twist. The females are usually full of vim and vigour and Ella is not different. Despite her long time in the Asylum, she has learnt ways to circumvent the worst aspects.

She is fun, although I am not sure about  the explanations about her voices. This is – so far anyway – a short series of just 2 books and this is book 1. No doubt I will read book 2 in due course, but I was not immediately inspired to do so.

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