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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.


My Life as a Cartoonist - Janet Tashjian, Jake Tashjian
  I enjoy this series as it follows Derek on his junior high adventures. This time Derek is leading a cartoon club at school. A new kid transfers into his school and makes Derek's life miserable. If Derek retaliates he looks like the bad guy. Derek and Umberto have to come to a compromise over their problem.

I like Derek. The drawings are still in the margins for words he does not understand. Sometimes their definitions are broad but make the point. I enjoy learning more about capuchin monkeys and how they are used as animal assistants for people with disabilities. Bullying is the topic but it is not preachy about it. It does show how bullies come in all shapes and sizes and how perceptions come into play. I was on Derek's side the whole way but since he was always caught retaliating or getting mad I could see where the other people were coming from.

I hope there will be more books in this series because it is one of my favorite youth series.


Dark Shadows: Yes, Another Misadventure (The Chicken Squad) - Doreen Cronin, Stephen Gilpin
  The Chicken Squad is back and going to a family reunion with JJ and Barbara. As they meet the relatives on the farm, a big mysterious chicken shows up but is not in the greeting line. Poppy's shoe goes missing so how will she sleep? Does the mystery chicken have something to do with the missing shoe? Why has no one told Sugar about all the jelly beans hiding places?

The Chicken Squad is as dysfunctional as ever. Now they are under the watchful scrutiny of their extended family. It is a good thing Dirt is there to control Sugar or their detecting would get them in a whole lot of trouble. I love these chickens. JJ's narrative is great. I always feel I'm in a 1940's gumshoe novel. It's great.

I look forward to more in this series. I never fail to laugh at their antics


Communication Skills - Minxie Wells

Kira, a tournament playing Scrabble player, meets her match in Grahame. As a Dom he challenges her to let go and become the sub she was meant to be.


An interesting story that uses Scrabble to communicate between the partners. Grahame is a jerk. He expects Kira to know instinctively what he wants but he never talks with her about what he wants. He is a his way or the highway guy. It's a good thing I was not Kira. I would have walked away. She persevered and figured out what he wanted through Scrabble. Amazing! This is not a story to use as a guideline for how to begin a BDSM tryst except for what not to do.

Because of the shortness of this work, the time in the playroom is intense. The storytelling is good. Ms. Wells does well to put the reader into Kira's shoes. I could feel Kira's anger, fear, frustration, and desire. I will read her again.


Passion's Last Promise (Club Aegis) - Christie Adams
  Simon may be an alpha to the world but he desires being Ros' pet in the bedroom. An experienced Domme, Ros has never had romantic feelings towards her bottom or slave. That changes with Simon.

I loved this couple! I liked how they worked with each other, how they negotiated their scenes, the dynamics between them. It was realistic. I want more of them. The story was interesting and entertaining. Simon is not used to someone else taking care of him. Ros does that so well even when his alpha comes out. She's been trained in the military to be a bodyguard. She is kick-ass, take no prisoners.

I hated that this story ended I enjoyed it so much. This is a keeper and one for re-reading.


The Mouse and the Motorcycle - Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling, Tracy Dockray
  Ralph the Mouse lives with his family in a hotel. Kevin and his family stay in the hotel where Ralph sees Kevin's toy motorcycle and desires to ride it. After all, it is the perfect size for a mouse. Ralph gets a chance to ride it but he gets into a lot of trouble which puts his family in trouble. Ralph also gets some side benefits for his family though. When tragedy happens Ralph is there to help.

I enjoyed this story. It was fun and imaginative. I liked how Ralph was independent but thoughtful of his family. When he gets into trouble he knows when to admit it and tries to find ways that will undo the hardship on his family. I liked the courage he shows when Kevin needs help.

I enjoy Ms. Cleary's books. I plan to enjoy more of them no matter what my age.


Captivated: Stile Series (Book One): Stile: Before - Katherine King, Denise Fowler
  Harley spots Kate in the audience at his concert and wants her. She wants nothing to do with him. She has a boyfriend but is drawn to Harley. Drawn together they discover what they have in common and work towards a relationship.

I enjoyed this story. I liked the first person point of view from each perspective as well as the insight into their thoughts and feelings. Watching how the secondary characters saw their relationship gave more insight into their personalities, especially Harley's. I hated the cliffhanger ending. Now I have to get part 2 so I know what happens to them. Ugh!!!


Mastered by her Captor by Opal Carew (2016-06-21) - Opal Carew
  This has both the prequel and the novella of Kalie and Erik. Kalie's fantasy is to be kidnapped and at the mercy of her captors. She gets her fantasy but cannot let go of the one man, Erik. Erik's been burned before and wants to be left alone but Kalie will not let him. He decides to show her his darkest side.

I enjoyed this story. It is hot. I could feel the trepidation Kalie felt when she believed that Erik would not give them a chance. Her fear of losing Erik was real. She also knew if she lost him, she would lose herself. Erik had to come to terms with his past and the hurt he suffered. When he can do that his world expands and he can let Kalie into it.

I look forward to reading more of this series.

HOT COMBAT by Elle James

Hot Combat (Ballistic Cowboys) - Elle James
  Jon Caspar goes back to his hometown as he is healing from wounds received on a Seals mission. He is on loan to Homeland Security. It will be his job to protect their contact in his hometown as she monitors chatter on social networks. They have a history.

I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the characters. There is a lot of action here. Jon and Charlie are good together as they circle each other trying to protect themselves from further hurt. The sparks are still there but they have to rebuild the trust.

I look forward to more in this series.


Pride and Prejudice Sequels: 3 Jane Austen Inspired Novellas - Cheryl Bolen

Three stories that occur after the wedding of Darcy and Lizzie.  The first is Miss Darcy's New Companion.  Georgiana thinks her brother wants her to marry their neighbor who has eyes on her companion, Lucy.  I enjoyed this story.  I liked how Georgiana knew her own mind and knew that she and Lord Fane would not work.  I also liked how Lucy is attracted to Lord Fane but knows he needs an heiress and tries to stay away from him.  Mr. Collins, of course, is a pain in the behind and almost ruins everything.


The second story is Miss Darcy's Secret Love tells of Georgiana's secret love from childhood.  Captain Farrington is the brother of Lord Fane.  He wants to marry a Spanish lady but his troth is not accepted by the lady's father.  Home on leave he realizes where is heart truly is.  I like the easy familiarity between Georgiana and the Captain.  I also like how she tries to do what she thinks her brother wants her to do but eavesdroppers never get it right and, once again, Mr. Collins is in the middle of the action which helps resolve it all.


The final story is The Liberation of Miss DeBourgh which tells of Anne's marriage to Lord Seaton.  He does not treat her as an invalid and she discovers that she is stronger than she suspected.  I liked their mutual like of thoroughbreds.  I liked that Anne could talk intelligently about horses and racing and that Lord Seaton respected her opinion.


The characters were good.  The stories remained in the voice of Austen's time.  Very enjoyable read.


  I enjoyed the story but wanted to smack Sara upside the head. She made me so mad. She was 21 and thought she knew everything and would not listen to anyone. She constantly puts herself in danger and has to be rescued.

I liked the mystery of the downed plane and how Max conducted his search. I do not know how he put up with Sara.

The story is a slice of history of British colonialism in Africa. It is dated but is true for that period of time.

PARIS LETTERS by Janice MacLeod

Paris Letters - Janice Macleod
  Janice MacLeod quits her job and moves to Paris. She travels through Europe but falls in love with the butcher in Paris. She tells of how she got there, what happened, how she fell in love, and the red tape to stay there and marry there.

This is not a book to read all at once. It should be sipped and read leisurely to truly appreciate it. It was fun to see what she had to do to quit her job and move. I enjoyed her solution to a "job."

HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly

Not what I expected but I enjoyed it.  I thought it would only be the story of the women but it was also a cultural/societal history of the times of segregation and integration.  I learned a lot.  I admire these women.  They were geniuses.  I could not have done what they did.  The story was well written although slow in some places.  This is well worth the read.


The Pilot And The Pinup - Tina Holland

Peter helps Sydney fix her flat tire.  Both are attracted and while he wants more, she is thinking of a fling.  When he figures her out he then discovers her secret and is gone but both learn that out of sight is not out of mind.


I enjoyed these characters especially Peter.  He is very tolerant.  Sydney is the sarcastic cynic.  She wants him but is afraid and holds back.  I liked the story.  It was cute. 


I want to read more by her.


Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute - Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The Lunch Lady turns out to be a superhero.  She is discovered by some students when something is not adding up with a substitute teacher.  Lunch Lady wants to know what is up. 


This was clever and fun.  It was different and I want to know what happens in this series.


House of Pleasure: A Swingers Story - Ava Sterling

Grace and Steve decide to spice up their sex lives by going to a sex club.  Both are excited but scared that the experience will not live up to their expectations.  Hank and Rosa help ease them into the fun to be had there.

I liked both couples.  I appreciated that though not more than a glimpse into a club that Ms. Sterling got it right about the vetting, confidentiality, consensualness, and safe sex practiced in a good club.  That Steve and Grace did not take the other one’s consent for granted made the coupling hot as each look asked and gave consent to continue playing with Hank and Rosa.  The connection between Grace and Rosa opens possibilities between the couples.

I would like to Steve and Grace get more involved with the club scene as well as Rosa and Hank.  A good start to a series, I think.


Seducing Mr. Darcy - Gwyn Cready

This is my favorite book of hers. The geography is correct about Pittsburgh. I loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is fun and funny! I could not put it down and read it in two days (I had to sleep.) Mr. Darcy is in it and there are twists and turns that keep it lively and rollicking.

Flip gets a massage and is told to think of any book she wants. She tells the masseuse one book but thinks of Pride and Prejudice and ends up there where things go topsy-turvy. Now she must correct her mistake and she takes a visiting professor of Jane Austen with her, to help her talk sense into the characters back then. Add her ex-husband and his current girlfriend and what more could go wrong?

I enjoyed the characters both modern and Austen time. I loved the time travel. The story was so much fun! I also liked Flip's revenge. Could not have happened to a better man. Flip is funny and her interactions with Magnus are a delight. She's not sure whether to kill him or love him.

Let's just say this is a keeper so I don't ruin it for others.