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Hotter Fangs Indeed

Fashionably Fanged Book Cover Fashionably Fanged
Hot Damned #8
Robyn Peterman
romance, contemporary, supernatural, romantic comedy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(20 April 2017)

I have to trap the most evil, worst bad dude in existence without actually turning him to ash. So, what’s a Vampyre to do? For starters, enter an undead beauty pageant—in Oklahoma—where the hair is jacked and the contestants are busty and brainless.   My name is Venus. I’m a two-hundred-year old killing machine and I’m trading in my daggers and sword for a sparkly dress and an obscene swim suit. Tiny strips of Lycra are not my typical battle wear, but when in Oklahoma…   Armed with a fairly decent attitude, two debatably heterosexual insane old ladies, a woman I’d wanted to kill less than eight hours ago and the possible love of my undead life, I’m in over my head with this. Of course I have no clue what this is going to entail, but that’s never stopped me before.   I’m learning quickly nothing is as it seems—not my past and least of all my future. With the not-so-angelic Angels watching our every move and more butt glue, lipstick and hairspray than I knew existed, I’m gonna take my fate by the balls and twist. Hard.   In a race with death for the cursed life of the man I’m falling in love with, there’s no room for error. Especially when I can’t decide if I’d rather head butt him or jump his sexy bones.   Mixed up in a tangled trap of spotlights, sequins and seduction, I’m gunning for a crown and my happily ever after with the arrogant alpha-hole who makes me feel alive.   And the winner is… Hopefully me.

I do so hate to wait for the next instalment of Astrid’s family life and so this was on pre-order and worth the wait.

This book centres on Venus who is the Chief of the Royal Guards and also a member of the close royal circle.

Before she became a vampire she was a slave and since that happened over 200 years ago, she has become the most formidable fighter – her experience as a slave dictating this form of self-defence.

This book’s adventure begins because Gareth, one of the royal princes has been cursed and they need to find the vampire and the renegade angel who helped him. Venus is sent, along with Martha and Jane to enter a vampire beauty pageant…[duh]. Who knew vampires had such a thing?

And that Martha and Jane had also entered them when human!

Yes, Robyn Peterman’s strange sense of humour thinks of the most off the wall things.

And the fun begins.

I always love Robyn’s potty mouth as she calls it, although this book had fewer of her potty word combinations in it than previous ones.

A good romp and lots of fun poked at beauty pageants and the people who enter.



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Watch those brothers..

The Bride Wore Dead Book Cover The Bride Wore Dead
Josie Tucker #1
EM Kaplan
contemporary fiction, romance, humour, women sleuths, mystery
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition
(24 Nov. 2013)

Snarky food critic Josie Tucker usually can soothe any problem with food or drink. Missed bus? Mango-orange smoothie. Mild doldrums? A piece of peppered beef jerky. But lately, she can’t stand the smell of a watery cup of broth. Being at the mercy of an indignant and vengeful stomach is no cup of tea.
So what happens when she gets roped into being the last-minute bridesmaid at a society wedding? The bride’s mother tries to kill her with kindness. Too bad for the bride, Josie won't be the only victim.

I have noticed something that has changed since I was married, the top layer of the wedding cake is no longer saved for your first anniversary of the birth of your first child, whichever is sooner. When did wedding cakes change so that they aren’t able to be saved? And what is this business about cakes made of different cheeses?

And now we come to sickness/health benefits. This is obviously a very controversial point in today’s USA. If your employer doesn’t cover you for sickness, you have to pay a great deal of money (and for above the cost of an annual new iPhone of course) for private insurance or rely on a very poor system – or even no sickness help at all. Belonging to a forum which has US participants I often read them talking about how they have to borrow money or get a new mortgage to pay for the cost of their medical bills.  As I recently had a skin graft I looked up what it might cost in the US and was horrified to find it over $100,000  for the hospital charge and then there is ongoing treatments – I visit the hospital every week for these and have done for 3 months. So add these onto the total and you must be horrified. And in this story, Josie had her health benefits cancelled by her organisation whilst she was on sick leave!

This is a cozy mystery with an overweight detective wearing plaid trousers and a novice (food blogger) sent on an observation trip to find out just how and why the bride had died.  And she found out rather more than she expected about the bride and her husband and his brothers and their complicated relationships.


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What is proof?

A Game of Proof Book Cover A Game of Proof
The Trials of Sarah Newby #1
Tim Vicary
detective, law, crime, thriller, mystery
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition
(15 Mar. 2013)

A mother's worst nightmare - can her son be guilty of murder?

Sarah Newby, who left school at 15, and was living as a teenage single parent on an inner-city estate, has worked her way up to begin a career as a criminal barrister. But what should she do when her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a series of brutal rapes and murders?

Has Sarah, in her single-minded determination to create a career for herself, neglected her son so much that she no longer knows him? He has often lied to her in the past, so how can she trust him when he says he is innocent this time? And what should she do when she herself uncovers evidence that seems to suggest his guilt?

Who wins in a court case – prosecutor or defence lawyer is a Game of Proof. Who can prove or make sufficient use of evidence, circumstance, or implication to persuade a jury to their way of thinking, wins the game.

So what constitutes proof of murder? Innocence? Guilt?

This story centres around a barrister who has, very admirably, clawed her way up from a teenage pregnancy, marriage and divorce, in desperate poverty, to evening classes, OU degrees, and studying for the Bar to become a Barrister in Chambers.

Along the way she has she lost empathy and compassion and emotional intelligence? All of which begins to fracture her now more comfortable life with a second husband and child, when they become involved in a missing person case, murder and a rape.

The story has a last minute twist that could be expected but otherwise plays the Game very well so that you cannot guess the outcome of the jury’s deliberations.

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Sizzling Winter

Winter’s Heat Book Cover Winter’s Heat
Billionare Romances
Olivia Blake
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
21 July 2016

As if grad school wasn’t hard enough, Celeste had caught her boyfriend cheating on her and kicked him out of their apartment. Now she’s on the hook for all the bills, and she needs a job that will pay her more than a teaching assistant’s meager salary. In desperation she finds herself at a party on the yacht of Andrew Winter, a playboy oil billionaire, hoping to land a job as his personal assistant. But the gorgeous stranger she ends up talking to isn’t Andrew Winter.

In the dim light she couldn’t make out the color of his eyes, but it really didn’t matter. They were riveted on her, and that was all she cared about at the moment.

What she can see is that he’s smoking hot, oozing testosterone, and interested in her. After the hit her ego has taken with her ex, the attention is nice. It isn’t going to get him anywhere, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have fun with it. Who wouldn’t take advantage of a little moonlight on a yacht with good company? But no one had bothered to tell Stephen he couldn’t have a taste, and now his soft lips are setting her on fire.

Why couldn’t she enjoy it for just a little while? It wouldn’t hurt anything, would it?

Mr Winter is a billionaire – and Celeste Moore wants /needs a job to complete her Master’s degree through lack of funding  as she wants to remain independent of her parents and not borrow.

But can she work for Mr Winter after their rather impulsive encounter?

And 8 part story each part ends on a cliff hanger. Try to get the box set or you will get frustrated.

3.5 stars for complete set

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Pretending he’s mine

Pretending He's Mine Book Cover Pretending He's Mine
Caught up in Love bk 2
Lauren Blakely
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(22 Feb. 2014

What happens when the lines between make-believe and matters of the heart begin to blur? Reeve Larkin needs a job. Sure, the actor is talented and gorgeous in that dreamy, broody sort of way that makes all the women swoon. But he lost out on a part in a big movie, and now his day job hours have been slashed too. What's a handsome young thing in need of a role to do? Sign up to be the fake fiancé of the sexy and shrewd casting director Sutton Brenner, who must appear temporarily attached if she's to land a coveted gig casting a red-hot film. So Sutton strikes a pact with Reeve to play the role of her fiance until she closes the deal. The trouble is - she's sexy-as-hell and damn near irresistible to him. And he's not only a great guy, he makes her feel amazing in every single way. It doesn't take long for their pretend love affair to heat up, especially after that toe-curling night in the balcony of the Broadway theater. And that scorching afternoon in the stacks of the New York Public Library. A red-hot love affair. An intense connection. But can two people working in the world of acting fake it til they make it?


A fun book

Do you need an emergency fiance?  Easy solution – hire one.

An out of work actor will do nicely.

Not a new theme/storyline of course but in this book we find we hear a lot of the story from the fake fiancé’s point of view which changes the dynamic of the story.

3.5 stars

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