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Sheila's Reads

I love to read. I am very eclectic in my reading but I especially enjoy erotica and erotic romance. I also like movies, live theater and concerts, hockey, and counted cross-stitch.


The Mysterious Mr. Blackstone - C. R. Lemons

Rachel thinks her boss is a vampire because he comes to the office at night although he does make the weekly meeting. As a first year lawyer she works with his quirks and gets the opportunity to make her first appearance in court. But she does need Mr. Blackstone's help. He helps her. She helps him.

This was not what I expected. It was a good story though. Rachel is so relatable. Mr. Blackstone is not what he appears and has reasons for his quirks. I liked how the two of them related with each other. I also liked Rachel's neighbor even if Rachel wanted the earth to open up and swallow her.

I will be reading more of Ms. Lemons

THE DATING TUTOR by Melissa Frost

The Dating Tutor - Melissa Frost
  Cute high school romance with Ellie asking best friend Alec to tutor her for dating Jake. Alec does it but his unacknowledged feelings for Ellie out come.

I liked Alec, Ellie, and Jake. They get themselves upset because they are all trying to hide their true feelings. They are likable and totally relatable.

I want to read more of this series.

SOMEONE I LOVED by Anna Gavalda

Someone I Loved - Anna Gavalda, Catherine Evans
  Adrien leaves his wife and his father takes her to the family's country home with her children. He tells her a story of falling in love with a woman while he was married. He does not want her to leave the family.

I believed the father-in-law was sincere in his desire to help his daughter-in-law through her husband's leaving. With his story he draws comparison between him and his son. He had to open himself up and shows a man that his children have never seen. He also had to take a hard look at himself. I also believe he wanted to show her she wasn't losing much but that happier times would come.

This is a fast read. I enjoyed the characters. I would read more of her.

ONE KISS by Lisa Fox

One Kiss: HarperImpulse Contemporary Romance (A Novella) - Lisa Fox
  Short intense novella of Dean and Kat at a New Year's Eve party. Dean learns Kat's reason for keeping her distance. She needs Dean's unconditional love and acceptance and Dean is not afraid to provide it.

I liked Dean and Kat. I liked the changing point-of-view. I got insight into what each thought and wanted. I respected Kat's point of view even if I did not agree with it. A good read.

A TOUCH OF DEATH by Marissa Dobson

A Touch of Death (Reaper) - Marissa Dobson
  Sets up the Reaper series. Introduces the characters and begins building the world of Jael and her brother Cleg. There is a killer where she works as an EMT and Cleg is the detective in charge of the investigation. With the passing of their mother, Jael learns that she is now the Grim Reaper as well as all the things her mother never told her but told her brother. Now she must deal with becoming the Grim Reaper.

I liked these characters. I could understand Jael's trepidation with becoming the Grim Reaper. I liked how she handles it and how she helps others cross over. The world building is good. I look forward to more in this series. It is different and refreshing.

RUSH WITH ME by Ava Sterling

Rush With Me: A Sorority Story - Ava Sterling

Annie and Shelby are on the bus headed to sorority row for rush week. Both plan to pledge the same sorority. The initiation begins. But who makes it by the end of the initiation?

I enjoyed Annie and Shelby. The story is only a teaser. I want so much more. I want to see Annie and Shelby move on from the initiation. I want to know what happens to them. They are good characters who are ready for a longer story or a series of short vignettes.

BUGS by Rachel Yu

Bugs! (A Gorgeous Illustrated Children's Picture Ebook for Ages 2-8) - Rachel Yu, Michael Yu
  A wonderful book that shows what bugs look like and explain what they do. Rhyming tells the story. Great illustrations


Rod Dormin: Comet Corps Cop - Rachel Yu
  Good illustrations with a story of a pizza delivery boy who becomes a superhero.

The story is a little old for the younger crowd. I would like to see the story fleshed out and written for an older group of 8 and up. It has a good premise and older children would like the story if it were written on an older level.

THE OTHER SIDE OF WHAT by Shannon Yarbrough

The Other Side of What - Shannon Yarbrough
  Matt leaves home after graduation and moves to Memphis where he grows up.

I liked this book. I would have to say it is an adult coming-of-age novel. Matt begins to grow up as he gets involved with others in Memphis. He learns what love is and what it is not. He learns to trust and give out pieces of his past. He also learns to accept who he is, what is past, and what the present and future holds.

The characters were flawed. None were perfect but they made a family for their group of friends. They have their triumphs and their low points but are there for one another. The writing was atmospheric. I knew that pain would be part of the story but there was enough highs to balance out the hurt.

I would read Shannon Yarbrough again.


Murder On Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery - C.S. McDonald
  A ballerina is murdered during the run of Coppelia. Fiona Quinn, a former ballet student and current kindergarten teacher, sets out to find the murderer.

I enjoyed this book. It was fun. Characters from the First Force series cross over but this is a lighter read then that series. I liked Fiona and Detective Landry. Pittsburgh was featured here and the flavor of the city is captured well. The story was fun even though murder occurs. I was surprised by the ending. Never saw it coming. I look forward to reading more in the series.


Cowboy Crock Pot Cooking - Brent Younger
  A cookbook with recipes that came from the Wild West and are now updated for the crock pot. There is something for everyone. I liked that cowboy slang was explained and that history is woven in among the recipes. It's fun. I may even try some of the recipes.


Rump Raiding Raptors (The Janus Key Chronicles Book 1) - Alana Melos, Rev. Jotham Talbot
  Twins Dirk and Debbie run afoul of Janus who punishes them by sending time traveling. Their first travels take them to prehistoric times.

This is quirky. It is unique. It is funny and likable. I cannot wait to read more of the series.

I'M AFRAID OF THE VAMPIRE STATE BUILDING BY Patty Greenberg Wollman and Merrill Feinstein-Feit

I'm Afraid of Vampire State Building - Patti Greenberg Wolfman, Merril Feinstein-Felt

Cute sayings from 2-7 year olds. I laughed out loud. Some of the ideas were funny and have a unique perspective.

DAMNED IF YOU DO by Lisabet Sarai

Damned If You Do - Lisabet Sarai

Wendy is approached by a man at her local coffee shop that she can have the life and wealth she dreams of if she signs her soul over to him.  She is a hard sell but finally agrees if her demands are met in the contract.  Thinking he cannot lose, Bub agrees to her demands.  Wendy gets the fame as an author but she also faces the truth about herself and Bub and she must make a decision--to remain as is or use her out in the contract.


I liked Wendy.  She has to face herself and ask herself the hard questions--the easy way or take responsibility for her actions.  Bub is all seven sins and more.  When he is thwarted, he has his ways to bring Wendy to his thinking.  The sex is hot but Wendy realizes it is not the total sum of what she wants.  She puts Bub on notice but he thinks he can control her.  Wendy's agent, Daniel, figures prominently in bringing Wendy back from the dark side.  He is her source of strength.  Wendy's choices may not be the wisest but Daniel is there to guide her when needed. 


The story is interesting.  Good vs. evil, easy or hard, stay or go.  Wendy has to do a lot of soul searching to discover what she wants from life.  Somehow, it was never what she thought she wanted.  And when the fall comes nothing happens that Wendy expected.  I think it turns out much better than what she wanted or expected.

BETTING HIS WIFE by Ava Sterling

Betting His Wife: A Swingers Story - Ava Sterling
  Brett bet Rachel in a poker game with his best friend Taylor who had bet his wife, Charity. Both couples trade partners for the evening.

I liked this story. I liked Rachel and Charity. There was a little f/f play but mostly each couple enjoying the other’s partner while watching the other couple before playing together. It was hot, hot, hot!

I would like to see more play between Rachel and Charity. I always enjoy Ms. Sterling’s stories.


The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates - Wes  Moore, Tavis Smiley
  Interesting story about two boys named Wes Moore, born in Baltimore around the same time. One starts dealing drugs, is in and out of jail and prison, and finally receives a life sentence for the murder of a cop during a robbery. The other has problems and is acting out but has adults who step in to guide him although the choices are hard.

I liked how the contrasts between their lives were shown at different years of their lives. The similarities were also shown. Both could have gone either way but the one had a community of family and friends who stepped in and did what they could to help. The other felt alone. His older brother, Tony, tried to protect him and keep him out but since Tony was doing the same things he didn't listen. He did try to get out of the drug dealing as an adult but the pressures on him pulled him back in.

This is a good read.