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Outlander Season 3- “Voyager” Hopes

This post had been up before, almost a year ago, but it seems like there are a lot of people here for a visit today! Let’s bring this oldie but goodie back for a final chat before season 3 begins!

Spoilers to the Max!

Caution: This contains Outlander season 3/Voyager Spoilers! Read no further if you haven’t read the the third Outlander series book!

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Now that you’ve been warned, are you ready to talk about Voyager and what might come in season three of Outlander on Starz?

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We give the show a lot of love, but thought it might be time to talk about the books this week on Outlander Saturday! Since Sarah hasn’t read past book two, I’m here to chat it up with you about my favorite parts in Voyager and what I’m looking forward to seeing in season three on television.

A final reminder, if you hate spoilers, don’t read any further.

♥Jamie’s return to Lallybroch

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It’s going to be sad, seeing Jamie wounded and hiding in Dun Bonnet’s Cave for so many years with only a few books to keep him company. As you probably read on our Legends of Outlander post, there was a real-live man named James Fraser who hid in a care and was nicknamed Dun Bonnet by the cap he wore. Nice connection, Diana!I love seeing history come to life and see how things connect. Something I’m not too thrilled about seeing it when little Fergus get’s caught up in the traitor madness and looses his crafty little hand. I assume more than one tear shall be shed for our tiny adopted Fraser.

♥Friends Foreverrrrr

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Y’all know that this relationship is one for the ages. I’m not saying it’s romantic, you know Jamie only has eternal eyes for Claire, but his friendship with Lord John Grey is going to be one of the cornerstones for the series, moving forward. Without Lord John Grey, Jamie’s time in prison, and his later reunion with his biological son, might never be possible. Although, it looks like they’re setting it up to be more romantic in the show than it was in the books, something I’m not really into, as I think their complicated friendship in the series was compelling and deep. I almost feel like making it sound like a torrid love affair, like in some other blog posts and news stories, cheapens their dynamic relationship. If only the show series could do a chapter an episode!

♥Meeting Geneva

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This is going to be tough for all those who love Claire and Jamie. I’m going to be honest, I think Geneva is a grade A asshole. Blackmailing Jamie into sex was a low blow and the man’s life has been tough enough. I know I’ll have a rage stroke when she throws out the “bang me or I’ll scream rape” card. At least Jamie can see some joy in the terrible union by his son William grow for a few years. But seeing as how happy he was knowing Claire was pregnant when she left, It’ll be tough seeing him watch his child from afar.

♥Baby Jamie

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Jamie and his interactions with his secret son is going to be interesting. Their sweet doings takes up a good chunk of book, and for good reason. We all read, and saw, how into being a father Jamie was when Claire was pregnant with Faith and how important it was for Claire to go back to Frank for the safety of their unborn child. It’s going to be bittersweet to see how young Willie sees a father figure in Jamie and Jamie longs to be close to a child he never thought he’d have, after Claire’s leaving. Their bond in the books might be hard to portray on screen, but Starz has done an awesome job, so far.

♥The Highlight of the Year

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I know for a damn fact that I’m not the only person who ugly cried when Claire went through the stones and later learned that Jamie was alive all along. While I understand that she needed to go for her own safety, it’s like she’s still twenty years too late to their reunion. I’m already preparing myself for the Kim Kardashian-like sobs when she finally sees him in the print shop. I’m also dying to see how well Jamie aged. I’m guessing it’s like a fine, beautifully kilted, wine… although he’ll be unkilted for a lot of the season, and not always in the fun way. The fact that we’ll probably have to wait a few episodes for this glorious meeting adds a certain level of delicious suspense. At least it’ll be a smoother journey for Claire, as Roger and Bree help her get the cash and clothes necessary for a successful jaunt through time. Speaking of Roger and Bree, watching them say goodbye to Claire will be another depressing sight. But, hey, Claire did right by her kid and her promise to Jamie, so she deserves to have some Highlander goodness up in her petticoats.

♥The Scorned Second Wife

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Dis Bitch is right. Ya’ll probably know that I feel Laoghaire is a dirty home wrecking hussy and no one deserves to get lumpy and gross in their old age more than her…well, except for Black Jack Randall… not that he lives long enough for that. Well, anyways, her coming out of the woodwork again to claim Jamie as her rightful husband is something I’m looking forward too. Like, I get how she saw Jamie as the one that got away but, damn girl, have some self respect! I wouldn’t tie myself for a man who was constantly wishing I was someone else, no matter how hot he was. BTW I’m all sour grapes on how Jenny lashes out at Claire and rats to Loaghaire, even thought Claire told her the potato-planting key to Lallybroch’s survival. I hope Loaghaire’s gun-toting dramatics are just as wild on the screen as they are on the page.

♥High Seas Misadventure

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Poor Jamie can’t catch a break. He, along with Claire and Marsali, go to rescue Ian and he’s stuck vomiting with seasickness while Claire is basically kidnapped by the Porpoise, because the ocean has never been kind to Jamie. Like, universe, give the man a break! All he wants is to live the quiet life and plant some crops and make sweet love to his new found wife, not be held captive and taken towards prison. At least he’s conveniently shipwrecked near Claire. Small victories. I’m curious to see how this will play out since, in the book, their oceanic struggles is a large chunk of action.

♥The Return of Geillis

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Gonna be real, I’m pumped for the return of Geillis. I know she’s a murderer, adulteress, and all around baddie, but I’m really excited to see her return in all her crazy glory. You have to admire her vicious tenacity and the way she unraveled thousands of years of legends and myths to learn about time travel. Sure, she could have gone around without human sacrifices, but I admire a bitch with flair. I mean, if she had really been killed before having her son, a certain green-eyed man wouldn’t be able to grace us with his presence! So, sacrifice away, you gloriously creepy time traveler, you!

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Yeah, I know this isn’t every tasty morsel of Voyager goodness, only some of my personal favs. Tell me in the comments, what are you most excited for in season three? And for more Outlander fun, visit our Outlander Page HERE!

And if you love my Outlander articles, you’ll love my historical romance series that’s set in Victorian Scotland and England. It delves into the complicated world of the Scottish highlands as they reestablish themselves and the clan systems along with a heavy dose of romance. Book one, Queen of Emeralds, is available HERE while book two, The Amethyst Bride is available HERE!

And if you love fandom jewelry, head over to this new Etsy shop HERE for some great Outlander goodies! Use the special code MIDNIGHT15 for 15% off your order!

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Which City Would You Star In?

There are so many different versions of Real Housewives that you could join, but you have to live in the area. So, before you find that mansion, brownstone, high rise apartment, or summer house, let’s figure out which city and cast fits your personality. Let’s start with the obvious…

1. You’re making an elaborate dinner, what are you making?

A. Cook? I don’t cook. I have a chef making a seven course meal

B. My grandmother’s pasta recipe with homemade noodles

C. I also don’t cook, but my chef is making upscale comfort food

D. My friend is a chef, he’s cooking for us at his restaurant

E. Crabs and lobster fresh from the water

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2. You have a part time career, what do you do?

A. I’m a former actress. I’m still making money on appearances

B. I am an amazing event planner

C. I’m a former model, but now I do some singing

D. I have a huge and growing business. It’s definitely not part time

E.  I support my husband’s career and do charity work

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3.  One of the girls in the season offended you, what did she do?

A. She accused me of drinking too much…as if

B. I heard she called me a stripper

C. She’s claiming I’m cheating on my husband

D. She stole the man I wanted

E. She didn’t come to my event

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4. You’ve got a big trip coming up, where are you going?

A. Somewhere exotic with the best fashion vibes

B. The beach, but not “the shore”

C. We’re looking to get back to our roots

D. Summer houses. We don’t need to go far

E. Somewhere we can get on a boat. But we don’t jump off the boat into the water.

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5. You’re planning your big birthday party, what do you want to do?

A. You throw a giant party in your lavish backyard and there is a dress code

B. You organize a trip to a winery or the casino for your girlfriends

C. You throw a giant party and have one of your music buddies perform

D. You rent out a venue in the city for a giant party and serve things from your business. What better way to celebrate than to self promote?

E. You find the most expensive venue in town and perform one of your secret talents

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6. You’re getting ready for the reunion show, what are you most nervous to talk about?

A. Someone was going through medical problems, but they were being dramatic

B. Federal laws tend to make people nervous

C. The feud that will never end. She started it

D. I don’t want to listen to the girls talking about my man anymore

E. I am not jealous of that woman. She wants to be me

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7. You’re thinking about a new catchphrase, what sounds good?

A. Money isn’t what’s important in this town, it’s who knows you

B. Family is everything, as long as they don’t manipulate you

C. I always play nice, you just might not play by my rules

D. If they can’t be happy for me, then they can’t be happy

E. You should always act with class, especially around a class act like me

 

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8. You’re looking forward to next season, how are you trying to reinvent yourself?

A. I’m clean, sober, and ready to party

B. Orange only looks good on my skin, not in my wardrobe

C. There’s a ring on my finger, whether you like it or not

D. I’m single and very ready to mingle…and find a new husband

E. I’ve got a new house and a new look on life

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Results

Mostly A’s

You belong with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. You like elaborate mansions, but your life is about who knows you. If they aren’t talking about you, then you don’t exist. In this town, famous get’s you further than money. So get out there and make a name for yourself!

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Mostly B’s

You belong with the Real Housewives of New Jersey. To you, family, food, and health matters most…but right behind that is a fancy lifestyle. Sure, some things have gone a little awry lately, but who doesn’t love a comeback? Here it’s the only place where mistakes make you even more popular.

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Mostly C’s

You belong with the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Not only do you have the house to back it up, but you’ve got the skills. Whether you’re a model, singer, or you just have an amazing publicist, Atlanta is where you belong. So, time to sharpen those talents and find someone to fight with. After all, is it really an Atlanta season if there isn’t a giant feud?

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Mostly D’s

You belong with the Real Housewives of New York. Here, it’s all about reinvention once your man does you wrong. All these ladies, well most of them, have all been faced with the idea of starting, not just their lives, but their search for romance all over. So, grab your highest heels, your push up bra (your first alimony check can pay for your boobs), and a tough attitude and you’re ready to find a man in the city that never sleeps.

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Mostly E’s

You belong with the Real Housewives of Potomac and the Grand Dame herself. Nothing says class like Potomac. It’s all about how much money you have to give to charity, and how good you look doing it. Be careful though, there are rules for this town and they seem to be made up but the points do matter.

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Obviously these aren’t all of the housewives, but that quiz would have just been too long. Andy would have to cut to a commercial break and there may be three parts to it. So tell me, where do you belong? I actually live right outside Potomac ,so I, by default, belong there. However, this quiz says I belong in Beverly Hills, so I may need to relocate. Any other Beverly Hills ladies? I may need to split rent with one of you. If not, maybe I can get a job at Sur until my Range Rover comes in.

About Me

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I work hard during the day fighting the good fight one nosy background check at a time. But by night, I am transformed into the salacious romance writer of a college series called Elton Hall Chronicles. Earn extra credit with Violet. You may need to see the teacher after class. Explore the nearby firehouse with Annabelle. There may be a fireman ready to cool you down. Race the streets with Christie on the back of the bad boy’s motorcycle as she ditches Mr. Perfect. All three books are available now and the first two are on sale. So go back to school or experience college for the first time.

Amazon Link: Elton Hall Chronicles

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Also, check out our other bravo links by clicking here!

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Third Wheel

Today Sarah Fischer released Third Wheel, the final installment of her Elton Hall Chronicles, which follows the lives and choices of three college friends. In each book there’s love, desire, heartbreak, passion, and danger. But what Christie faces in Third Wheel is a new kind of danger that’s as thrilling as it is deadly.

Christie lives the solid traditional life at home with a working father, a house-keeping mother, and a set of strict southern rules that make up her world. She’s sheltered with her whole life set up before her…but it isn’t what she wants anymore. What Christie craves is freedom and the chance to live her own life before she settles down into her role of wife and mother.

Illegal street racer Shane is more than up to the task. Born into a Korean household where education and family values are held close, he understands Christie’s need to break free. A no-strings-attached relationship suits them both fine…until it doesn’t. And once Christie takes a walk on the wild side, she might find it hard to go back to her old self.
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Third Wheel is available now for purchase in ebook form or paperback now HERE and is free to read for all kindle users. 

But that’s not all! The first two books in the series, First Semester and Second Snowfall are both on sale for a limited time. Get First Semester HERE and Second Snowfall HERE. Go back to school for a real education at Elton Hall University.

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Trying Sophie

Trying Sophie is the first in A Dublin Rugby Romance series by Rececca Norinne. Set in Ireland and featuring a cast of people with beautiful, traditional names, I was pretty hooked from the first page, which has a handily pronunciation guide. So let’s chat a bit about this newest read…

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Heat Level:♥♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Sports Romance

Declan O’Shaughnessy was known as a looker, a charismatic, athletic, Irish man since birth. And he knows it. So when he first meets American Sophie Fitzgerald, he’s not exactly keen on the “half-Irish”, bespectacled girl with frizzy hair. In fact, he’s downright nasty, as most children are when faced with something new. So when shy, bookworm Sophie leaves Ireland to go back to the US, she knows she’ll never forget cruel Declan O’Shaughnessy.

20 years later and Sophie is no longer the ugly duckling that was teased for her looks and her parent’s marital troubles. But when she has to to return to Ireland to take care of her elderly grandparents, she forced back into a place she gladly left behind, and the boy who made her short time there terrible. But Declan’s all grown up now and ready to make ammends.

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Declan always held a candle for Sophie, and now that she’s turned into a beauty that’s a match only for her brains, his heart goes into overdrive. But when he was such a jerk to her in their youth, can he convince her that behind the tough, rugby playing, mask there’s a guy who only wants to treat her right? Not likely, but Declan’s no quitter.

This book was great, you guys. I sat by the pool and devoured it. Sophie is funny and saucy while Declan has that bad boy with a heart of gold thing that makes people melt. Our main girl can be a little trying at times, a little too on edge, but that’s what makes her more human and her interactions with him a little more meaningful. There needs to be a little messiness in a dirty romance. And this book is dirty. Not filthy in the erotica way, but let’s just say that Norinne can bring the heat. Overall, this was an enjoyable read that I could see many people diving into. 

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Gilmore Girls

We all know that Rory and Lorelai have taught us a lot. I think what makes this show amazing, isn’t just the lessons we learn from them,  but what we learn from the secondary characters. There are plenty of them so let’s talk about them.

Miss Patty- One of the beautiful things about her is her belief in love. She was married four times to three different men, and yet, she is alone now. Some people would be depressed, some would question the institution of marriage, and some would give up. However, Miss Patty celebrates love. She gets excited when Rory finds it and encourages, sometimes unprovoked, Lorelai to find it. As so much of this show is based off relationships, this hope is something we feel deep in our souls and to see it reflected on the screen is a constant reminder it is possible.

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Babette- How can we talk about Miss Patty without Babette? They are the dynamic duo. But I am here to talk about her real other half, Morey. I look at their relationship as a foil to Emily’s and Richard’s marriage. Both have been married forever and both are from a different generation than Rory and Lorelai. But when you see Morey and Babette, you see a very different relationship. Throughout the show, you see the consideration the two have for each other. Obviously, we don’t see them as much as the Gilmore’s, but I think it’s safe to say their relationship was a lot less intense. They seemed happy together and the perfect example that love and marriage can work when you find the right person. They accepted each other’s intricacies and loved the other more for them. I think it’s safe to say they’re relationship goals.

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Kirk- He was the child everyone had to parent. I would say people needed to raise him more than Rory. But he had an important role and I would say it’s to teach perseverance. He taught us more about starting over than anyone else could. I know one of the things that irritated everyone is that Rory seemed to give up on her journalism career and her wish to be a warzone corespondent. In contrast, there was Kirk. He tried everything to its fullest and if it didn’t work, he found something else to put his whole self into. Yes, Ooober was a disaster, but he tried everything and never lost faith that he would find his perfect niche. He got beaten down sometimes, but he always was able to find the positive in everything.

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Lane- Besides teaching us that dying your hair black is rebellious, she taught us that you have to be true to yourself. Lane, despite growing up in a strict Christian household, worshiped the gods of rock n roll. Why was this so important? Rory already grew up in an environment where she was encouraged to do whatever she wanted. Lorelai would support Rory in whatever she tried to do (except that whole thing with Dean when he was married). But the world isn’t like that. Moms aren’t like Lorelai so we needed the strict family dynamic to remind us that it is okay to hide cds in your floor board, and to follow your dreams, even if it goes against your family’s wishes.

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Sookie- I think that what makes Sookie so special is that she was passionate and weird, but also that she is the ultimate best friend. She loves Lorelai to no end and would do anything for her. Sookie is the best friend we all want to have. What makes her the perfect bff for Lorelai? It’s the weird. She is the perfect balance for Lorelai, who is generally the cool and exciting character we all love. Sookie, despite being pregnant, or a mother of small children, or busy, she always had time to listen to a crisis, to give advice, to provide a silly quip, or even to take her out for a girl’s night that turned into a regular movie night. At the end of the day, we all need a Sookie. Without her, Lorelai would be lost in the wild…

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Michel- I know what you’re thinking. If Sookie is the perfect bff, then what is Michel? Yes, he’s cranky, moody, over the top, and yet we still love him. So what does he teach us? He teaches us tolerance. There will always be someone in your life, in your circle of friends, in your office, or in your neighborhood who is a grumpy pants. But does that mean they’re a bad person? Does that mean you ignore them? No, they play a role too. Without Michel, I’d venture to say the inns would have been very different. He loved the girls with his whole heart and showed up to work every day. He hated people, something many of us understand, yet he worked with people every day. No one put on that fake smile better than him. People aren’t perfect and everyone can’t be a ray of sunshine. We need the grumps to complete the cycle. But man did he have a great sense of fashion.

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Jackson- The man behind the vegetables. Other than teaching us that four in four is a terrifying idea for the person who has to birth them, he showed us all that the third wheel is a thing and it’s something to be proud of. I think it’s safe to say that whenever Sookie, Lorelai, and Jackson did something together, Jackson was the third wheel. But he took it in stride. He loved Lorelai, and yes, sometimes he wanted her to butt out of his relationship, but he accepted her and accepted that she was important to his wife. He should be a reminder to men how important your girl’s best friend is and how she could literally shape your relationship. You should probably be nice to her, or at least make sure the zucchini you bring to the inn she manages is up to par.

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Mrs. Kim- How can we talk about Mrs. Kim if we talked about how great Lane’s individuality was? What we learned from Mrs. Kim is to be a savvy business owner. She was strict, tough, and provided a good product. Her store was open for years and always had beautiful fixtures in it. She was the original feminist in this show. Take that in for a second. Where was Mr. Kim? He wasn’t running the business. Mrs. Kim was and she did not let anyone push her around. Being a powerful business woman is a great thing for us to aspire to be. Yes, Patty did own her dance studio but she wasn’t nearly as ruthless.

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There are several other characters in this series. Obviously, we could talk about Taylor, and his insanity. But that insanity kept the town running smoothly and he usually had the best intentions. We could mention how Paris, though sometimes cruel but always brilliant, taught us the importance of loyalty. Or we could talk about all three of the top three guys and how they each taught us about love, life, and mistakes. So, instead of me saying it, you tell me. What did the other characters of Gilmore Girls teach you? What about them resonated with you or your life? I’m eager to hear your thoughts.

About Me

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I am a background investigator by day, and a romance author by night. My college series, Elton Hall Chronicles is available for purchase on Amazon in ebook or paperback. They follow three best friends as they learn about love, friendship, and life during their first few semesters in college. Let’s just say Rory would definitely blush while reading them but Lorelai, Miss Patty, and Babette would eat them up.

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First Semester- Amazon Link

Second Snowfall- Amazon Link

Third Wheel- Amazon Link

I also have a story in a “bad boy” romance anthology. Basically, a collection of all the guys you shouldn’t date but can’t help but love. It’s the collection for those of us that are “Team Jess.”

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Craving Bad: Amazon Link

Thank you for stopping by to see my thoughts on the series. I’m still devastated it’s over and I see both sides that claim another Netflix series is a good and bad idea. In the meantime, I’ll still be talking about it. To see my other thoughts… check out these other Gilmore Girls Posts.

Gilmore Girl’s Review

Gilmore Girls Revival Video

Ultimate Fandom Gift Guide

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Dating Bender Book Review

I’m here today with The Dating Bender by Christina Julian. It’s a fun and liberating story that takes a look at society’s expectations for women (especially the ones with strict parents with family expectations) and gives it the middle finger!

 

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat: ♥♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Samantha’s family is completely insane, strict, drunk, and hysterical all at the same time. After reading the beginning, it’s clear why she was desperate to marry and start her life. Obviously, this goes terribly wrong because I said the beginning. Things with her husband become…strained. I guess that’s a good way to put it. He is offered a job away from their home in Florida and takes it without discussing it with Samantha. Bad move, bro. However, it leaves Samantha in the perfect position to take the job that’s been offered to her across the country. Here is where we meet her boss, Babs. This woman…oh man. She is basically Samantha Jones and within five minutes we find her banging some young sexpot in the bathroom. Power to her. This is the story of how Samantha takes Babs’ advice and finds her own bathroom buddy, or maybe more than one.

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This story started off a little slow for me but picked up steam quickly. The characters are fun, likable, and realistic. I think that was one of the things that I enjoyed most about this story. I have a large group of girlfriends and I felt like I was talking to them and hearing their stories. This book is written well, has enough humor to keep you smiling but not too much that the satire becomes cheesy and overdone. However, there are parts that may involve laughing out loud. In which case, roll your eyes at the people judging you because they haven’t experienced the world you’re living in.

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Third Wheel

You’ve met Violet, went to class with Annabelle, but now it’s time to take a ride on the wild side with Christie in the third installment of the Elton Hall Chronicles by Sarah Fisher. Introducing Third Wheel, a thrilling romance novel that isn’t all rainbows and happy endings.

This must read book is part of the series, but can be read as a standalone novel, for those of you brave enough to get on the back of bad boy Shane’s motorcycle. A true Romeo and Juliet of a tale, Christie was raised by firm, Southern, Catholic parents who are gunning for her to marry well. Shane lives with one foot on the racetrack and the other in the world of his traditional Korean family. Together there’s magic, but is the love of the forbidden and the thrill of the unknown enough to keep them both satisfied?

Find out by preordering Third Wheel on Amazon HERE

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But if you still want to see how Christie’s best friends Violet and Annabelle met their matches, there’s more than enough drama at Elton Hall University to keep you satisfied. First semester follows Violet’s exploration into all that her college has to offer, including her mysterious professor. You can order it now HERE. Second Snowfall is about Annabelle’s struggle to learn that when you play with fire, you’re going to get burned. Order it HERE and see what sparked the flame.