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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.

EUPHORIA by Lily King

Euphoria - Lily King

On Guinea Nell and her husband Fen are studying indigenous people. They are now on their third group of people, the Tam, who welcome them and allow them to become part of the tribe. They were introduced by Andrew Bankston, another anthropologist who is studying another group there. Fen's mind is on a flute he saw with an earlier group he and Nell were studying. He leaves Nell to do most of the study. When he achieves what he wants, he puts all 3 in danger and they must leave. But can they? Will Fen leave without any artifacts?

 

I liked the story. I liked Nell and Bankston. I hated Fen. Fen was a user. Neii was a better anthropologist and his ego couldn't take it. He was mean, nasty, and abusive. When Bankston meets Nell he is smitten as she was with him. He is caring and gentle with her. He makes sure she is taken care of which she doesn't receive from Fen. Fen is jealous of Bankston but never changes his behavior. I hated the ending but I don't think there could have been any other ending. This was not a happy story.

 

I thought the narrators were good. They did all the voices. I could tell the difference between Bankston and Fen. I could also tell the difference between Nell and the natives. Very well done.

WE'RE STILL USING THAT GREASY MAD STUFF by MAD Magazine

Greasy Mad Stuff - Albert B. Feldstein

Some of the early days works from the 1950's. They look at The Price is All Right, poetry, going into space, grandstand football, before and after ads, teen thoughts, prison, household repairs, and painting by numbers. Don Martin is here with his silliness.

 

I always enjoy MAD paperbacks. I like the variety. Some of this was a little hard to read because it was so small. I am amazed at how timely it remains after 60 and 70 years. Classics never go out of style.

MAD ABOUT THE BUOY by Mad Magazine

Mad about the Buoy - MAD Magazine

All my favorite cartoonists--Don Martin, Sergio Aragones, Dave Berg--taking on weddings, leisure time, permissiveness, television, poetry, poverty, and DYI.

 

Though this was published originally in 1972 it is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. What these cartoonists were saying then are still being said today. I have always loved MAD Magazine. It is truly timeless as are their paperbacks. Classics never go out of style.

BEACH READ by Emily Henry

Beach Read - Emily Henry

January has been left a house in Michigan by her late father. She goes up to live in it when she is broke and still is working on her current novel--or rather not working on it. Her next door neighbor is Gus Everett, her rival in college. After taking potshots at each other, they decide to have a contest where he writes a rom-com and she writes a literary novel and see which one can sell theirs first. In the course of their writing, truths come out.

 

I loved this book! I loved January. I could relate to her as she and Gus have their discussions at the end of their days of writing. I understood her thoughts. I also loved Gus. He is similar to January but his thoughts took on a darker tone. Once January can get him to open up, he reveals a lot to January--things she never expected. I did appreciate their openness when their thoughts and explanations came out. It is rare to have that much communication between characters. His explanation when they went to New Eden was wonderful and swoon-worthy.

 

I loved the other characters--Pete, Maggie, even Sonya. They are quirky (not Sonya). I was glad when Sonya made January listen to her. So much was said and pain was let go eventually. I wish January's mother had been more open with her earlier so her father's death would not have been a shock.

 

I liked the humor. There were times I was laughing out loud as I pictured these scenes. The dialog was snappy and snarky (reminds me of the dialog in The Maltese Falcon). This is one of the top books I have read this year. It is wonderful watching a curmudgeon fall in love.

UNFIT TO PRINT by KJ Charles

Unfit to Print - K.J. Charles

Gil has been requested to come to his half-brother's funeral. He refuses until asked by his cousin Percy who shows him his half-brother's book and photography collection then asks him to dispose of it of which Gil can have any money he makes from it. He strikes a deal with Percy and then, with Percy's help, loads it and takes it back to his bookstore. Meanwhile a family asks Vikmar, a solicitor and Gil's old friend who thinks Gil is dead, to look for their 16-year-old son. Vik comes knocking at Gil's door and is shocked to find Gil alive and well. Resentment is brought out as they reacquaint themselves with each other. Old feelings are also brought up. The two men band together to find the boy as well as a few other things. Will they find the boy? Will they solve their differences and pasts? Will this bring them together or apart?

 

I liked this story. I liked the historical element of it where people's behavior and actions can put them in jail. From the little I have read from that time period she gets it right when it came to unfit to print books, photographs, and book stores. I appreciated how Gil points out, how on the bench, a judge takes the moral high ground while he comes to Gil for his fix of books. Hypocrisy has been around a long time and few are immune regardless of station or class. I felt it was important the Vikram points out to Gil about the exploitations of those poorer than the upper classes and how they are used and abandoned and forgotten. I really enjoyed the scene when we meet Vikram.

 

This book and characters captured this era very well. Once Gil realizes the importance of the exploitation in his life and in Vikram's client's lives, he changes his mind and helps Vikram. He also does a lot of thinking about how he and Vikram can be together. He makes a lot of major decisions. I look forward to more books by K. J. Charles.

FINDING SATISFACTION by Diane Leyne

Finding Satisfaction - Diane Leyne

Jess is on the run from her ex who is a cop who is accusing her of stealing his dog. He doesn't say anything about the m0ney she took. Trying to get to her brother she hides out in Satisfaction, Texas where she meets Cole and Murphy. They take one look at her and know she is the one for them. Now her ex shows up. Can they protect her? Will she let them? Will she run more?

 

I enjoyed this book. I liked Jess, Cole, and Murphy. I also liked the rest of the town's residents that we met in this book. All try to help her. No one judges. Jess does not listen so good although I do think some of the broad hints should not have been hints but just some straight forward talking. Their love scenes were hot.

 

Proofreading could have been better but the story was good. I hoped that they would work out Jess' problem and end up together.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library  - Matt Haig

Nora has decided she wants to die so she chooses her time but instead of dying she goes to The Midnight Library which is a place between life and death. There are green books on all the shelves as well as the Book of Regrets which is a book of her regrets. Also there is Mrs. Elm, her library teacher from school who turns out to be her guide to the Midnight Library. Nora is given the chance to live other lives which her choices made impossible to live when she was still on earth. She has many choices but which ones will she want to relive? Which ones will she not relive? Are there more lives than we have been told about? Which life does she choose?

 

This was not what I expected but I enjoyed it throughly. While I liked Nora, she was a bit of a downer at times. As she is living her different lives I felt for her since she was dropped into the lives with no idea where she would end up and she ends up looking crazy each time. I also liked Mrs. Elm. She stayed with Nora at the Midnight Library helping her to choose and guiding her to a life. The secondary characters can be in more than one life but mostly they are in one of her lives and she tries to figure out how they fit in her life

 

The story is interesting. It relies solely on Nora's choices. She recites philosophers often though the people in her lives have no idea the "real" Nora was into philosophy and it is the "real" Nora we journey with. I liked that we get larger views of her life and mentions of other journeys she has taken without us being aware of those lives. She needs to pick a life or she will be dead.

 

I wasn't sure which life I wanted her to choose but as Mrs. Elm said "the only way to learn is to live." I was glad to be on the journey with her.

CLAIMED BY WOLVES by Diane Leyne

Claimed by Wolves - Diane Leyne

Samantha's dying grandmother explains to her about their family and the wolf part of it. She urges Samantha to go to Harmony, Washington and spend time getting to know the wolf families that they are connected to. Since she is not full wolf, she is able to smell who is but they cannot smell her. The five McAllister Brothers believe she is to be their mate. They recognize her but how do they get her to realize the same thing? And what about Gabe that is making him cautious when it comes to Samantha? Does he believe or not?

 

I enjoyed this book. It is excellent world building and the story it hard to put down. I like the characters. I loved Samantha and the 4 younger brothers are a hoot. It is Gabe that we need to get to know better as it is his actions that tell what will happen. It takes him a while but he finally sees what his brothers see. Samantha loves the brothers and the sex but can she handle the forever part? She then sees it from their point of view and understands the importance of their commitment. I liked that. I also liked the different points of view of the story. I knew what each was thinking and I loved knowing all their thoughts because then I could figure out which choices would be made.

 

I liked Diane Leyne's writing. I plan on reading more of her.

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S SPRINGTIME by Alice Schertle

Little Blue Truck's Springtime - Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry

Little Blue Truck drives through his country neighborhood checking out the barn areas to see who is there. There are goats, pigs, cows, ducks, chickens, and sheep. He meets them and finds out what is new with them.

 

This is an adorable books for infants and toddlers. There is rhyming and counting as well as learning how the animals look. I liked the pull open tabs to see the babies and count them. I also liked that this is a board book and the pages are thick so as a child pulls the doors open on each page it will be hard for them to rip the pages or book. Perfect for those little ones who like trucks and animals. Teaches without being preachy.

HER COWBOY DOM by Bliss Brant

Her Cowboy Dom (Texting All Hearts) - Bliss Brant

Josh left his ranch to his sister Jessica but the stock to his best friend Tate. The two of them have been attracted to each other for years but have tried to ignore it. They finally cannot so fight about everything.

 

I enjoyed these two characters. Jessica is spunky and feisty. She does not back down nor does she let setbacks keep her down. Tate gives as good as he gets. He believes he is not good enough for Jessica. Jessica does not see it that way. I liked how they both thought they knew the other. It offered some humorous moments. What I liked best was when they finally knew they had to throw in the towel for happiness and peace in their lives. Both had to grow up and did. Fun read.

 

This was better the second time around.

SWITCH: THE TRAINER by Kate Richards

Switch : The Trainer - Kate Richards

Esme and Rick's marriage may be headed toward divorce unless he grows up. Esme talks to Rick about Domestic Discipline and they decide to try it. Rick is unable to spank Esme so they go to The Trainer to learn. At first Esme is not sure spanking is all it's cracked up to be but with the second lesson she is finding it more arousing. Then Rick goofs up and Esme is ready to walk away but she talks with The Trainer and some changes are made.

 

I liked Esme and The Trainer. Rick--not so much. I have to admit to wanting Esme to walk away from Rick and go with The Trainer. He was hot! I liked his lessons and his patience. Esme had to learn a new way to relate to Rick and I am glad she turned to The Trainer. He was able to teach without being judgmental. I'd like him in my life.

I look forward to reading more of Kate Richards.

A FATAL YARN by Peggy Ehrhart

A Fatal Yarn - Peggy Ehrhart

The newest entry in the Knit and Nibble Mystery series has Pamela and Bettina searching for the killer of the mayor of Arborville after an arrest has been made. Looking at what they know about the mayor they find several good suspects--if only they didn't have alibis. Will the alibis hold up with Pamela and Bettina on the trail? Will they find the murderer before getting into too much trouble?

 

I enjoyed this story. I liked how they are methodical, for them, in trying to figure out the killer. They have made a few mad as they ask their questions. I always enjoy seeing Wilfred again as he supports his wife and Pamela. I also enjoy visiting with the rest of the group. The new secondary characters are interesting. They bring some suspects along with them. A possible tree-hugger and tree dresser, a woman who resells expensive designer clothing, a former mayoral candidate. I, once again, did not figure out the killer until it was explained. I look forward to seeing the regulars again.

CURSED LAIRD by Tina Nina

Cursed Laird - Tara Nina

Caledonia finds a statue in Loch Tay and her salvage company brings it up. Her ex-husband turns up in town wanting her to go back to work for his salvage company. Caledonia says no but he won't give up and spies on her. Caledonia has been hearing voices connected to a poem she found as a child. Now the voices have meaning for her with the retrieval of the statue who turns human at night. Struan is uncertain what is going on. It is up to one of the spirits who Caledonia has heard to explain it to Struan. He is attracted to Caledonia as she is to him. But will they act upon the attraction? Will Struan's curse be lifted? Will they be together? Will Kip destroy what Caledonia and Struan have?

 

I enjoyed this story. I liked Caledonia and Struan. I also liked her parents and the O'Reilly brothers who work for Caledonia. They provide comic relief. I like the uncertainty between Caledonia and Struan of who will speak of love first. I found his brothers dropping hints for what Struan had to do funny. They would not come out and say what he and she had to do. Caledonia was oblivious to the hints

 

I look forward to reading the other books in the series.

A DOSE OF MURDER by Lori Avocato

A Dose of Murder - Lori Avocato

Pauline is burned out as a nurse so she quits and finds a job as a medical fraud investigator. She is sent after a woman she went to school with who is suspected of faking an injury to collect worker's comp. She is to follow and get pictures of her doing things that will negate her worker's comp claim. She is quickly taught how to do the job by Goldie. Then Jagger turns up and takes over her training including getting her involved in his case. Will she succeed? Will they trust each other? Will they solve their cases?

 

I had a blast with this book. I plan to read others in this series. Pauline is funny. She is in over her head and reminds you of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum but she has managed not to blow up a car yet. She is smart and it takes her some time, at times, to understand what she is to do but once she does she is off and running Jagger is mysterious and sexy. He always turns up when Pauline needs him but he gives nothing away. She is always questioning and receiving no answers from him. But somehow they seem to come together. I am going to enjoy watching them.

 

The story was funny. Watching them work the case is a riot because Jagger knows what is going on but Pauline is operating in the dark most of the time. The world building is good and I look forward to more of Pauline and Jagger.

THE SOLDIER'S SCOUNDEL by Cat Sebastien

The Soldier's Scoundrel - Cat Sebastian
Jack Turner does discreet private investigations for people. He also solves their problems. Oliver Rivington is the youngest son of the Earl of Rutland and he comes to Jack to find out what Jack was doing for his sister. While there, Lady Wraxhall comes in and wants Jack to find out who wants to blackmail her over letters she wrote years ago to a hometown beau. Jack takes on the case and Oliver goes along with him to stop him from breaking the law. Along the way the two men fall in love but neither tells the other. Oliver's brother-in-law dies and both suspect more than an accidental death. So they both look into it. Was it murder or just an accident? Will they stay together?

I enjoyed this book. I liked Jack and Oliver. They were total opposites in their outlooks on life but they cared about each other. No matter what circumstances were thrown at them they overcame it though it was close for a while there. The secondary characters were there to move the story along. I had questions about them but most were answered.

I enjoy Cat Sebastian's writing and will be reading more of her.

SWEET CAROLINA by Roz Lee

Sweet Carolina - Roz Lee

 Carolina takes over as the Hawkins racing team owner after her father passes. Offers have been made to buy the company but she refuses to sell. She needs an aggressive driver to win races for her team so she goes to childhood friend Dell Wayne who was fired by his former team for being too reckless on the track. Neither has been around the other for years and did not know how they both grew up. Fighting their attraction for each other does not help the rumors about them, especially Caro. Little things keep happening until trouble springs up after the first race Dell wins for Hawkins Racing. Is Dell guilty of sabotaging Hawkins or is something else going on?

 

I liked this story. I liked Carolina and Dell. They are a good couple. The racing was exciting as was the behind the scene stuff. The secondary characters are a mix of good and bad though we don't get to know them as well as we know Carolina and Dell. I would have liked to see a story with Richard Warner, a driver with another team.

 

I always enjoy Roz Lee's stories. I look forward to reading more of her.