It’s Not Four Years, But For Life

Sarah and Kelsey have known each other for years now, but they aren’t just friends and blog partners, they’re sisters. Not sisters by blood, or marriage, or adoption…but sisters by bond. Sisters by Sorority.

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Kelsey was already a sorority sister when she transferred to Stockton University, where they had a chapter of her sorority. In her first event, she met Sarah, who was the Vice President, thus in charge of New Member Education. Although Kelsey wasn’t technically a new member, sticking close to the VP was a good way to learn the traditions, chants, and sisters of the chapter.

They bonded over leopard print, glitter, and a fondness for Broadway. In fact, Kelsey even joined Sarah’s family line, making them “Gs”. Sarah is the GBig while Kelsey is the GLittle, with another sister sandwiched between. Soon, Sarah needed to graduate and begin her adult life back in Maryland. But that didn’t end their friendship.

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They stayed close through Sarah getting engaged to, her now husband, Josh. They texted, emailed, and sent silly pictures. And even when Kelsey went through a difficult pregnancy, Sarah stuck close, helping, loving, and listening. They danced together at Sarah’s wedding and still exchange Christmas cards, along with daily phone calls. Sarah even makes several long trips from Maryland to Kelsey’s home in New Jersey, where she basically has her own bedroom!

 

And when it was Kelsey’s turn to wed, Sarah was by her side, playing both maid of honor and photography assistant, because no sister lets another take bad pictures on their wedding day.

When Sarah went through surgery last year, she wanted to work on some projects she had been thinking about for some time. She wanted to write a book. Well, it turned out that so did Kelsey. They became writing buddies, editing each others work, helping to pen letters to publishing houses, and supporting each other in this new world neither knew much about. They were even accepted by the same publishing house, Limitless Publishing.

As they began working with editors and cover design teams to put their first books into print, they decided to start a blog, the one you’re reading. They review books, products, and talk about your favorite shows and movies. They’ve become partners on so many levels, and wouldn’t have it any way.

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But it isn’t easy. They live about three hours apart and with a three year old, it’s tough for Kelsey to make the trip. With Sarah’s full time job, it’s hard for her to find the time. But they make it. Why? Because that’s what you do for sisters. When Sarah’s heart surgery meant she might not wake up, Kelsey was there. She told jokes, make inappropriate ineundos, and ensured Sarah had a few minutes of peace when she forgot the dangers. When Kelsey was going through her trying pregnancy, Sarah showed up with baby gifts in the form of a handmade baby blanket and the number for a photographer to capture all the future beautiful moments Kelsey would share with her family.

In other words, life happens. They say the best way to ensure change is to try and plan  something perfectly. Obviously, the sisters have been through their share of heartache. But they’ve made sure to remember that with heartache also comes joy. And thanks to their sorority and their vows, not only do they know they will always have someone to turn to, they also know how to make some amazing baby shower decorations. Nothing says forever like slaving over a hot glue gun and glitter.

They’re closer than many biologically related sisters, and that’s thanks to their sorority bond. Their vows made them sisters, but their hearts made them lifelong friends. One thing is for sure, they’re sure glad they “paid” for their friendship.

If you’re interested in reading the books they helped each other write, they’re both out now! Sarah’s book, First Semester, is a thrilling college romance that you can get HERE. Kelsey’s, Queen of Emeralds, is a historic romance set in the highlands that you can get HERE. Both of them come in paperback, ebook, and Kindle Unlimited.

 

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Collab/Inspired Look- Mermaid Vibes

COLLAB/INSPIRED LOOK- MERMAID VIBES

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Hey lovelees ♥ I am so excited to bring you this inspired makeup look! I wanted to do something fun and a little bit different. I was definitely feeling the mermaid vibes. This is in collaboration withAKissAtMidnight you can check them out here. They are two talented writers that have a passion for romance novels.

There are certain elements of fantasy that have captured our hearts but what do we really now about them? Mermaids have become a cultural phenomenon. People are selling crocheted mermaid tale blankets, and swim bottoms that cover your legs as if you were a mermaid. But have we stopped to go over what it means to be a mermaid? What they do besides sun bathe on rocks?                                                          ~AKissAtMidnight

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Products Used: 

  • Too Faced Totally Cute Palette shades in UnicornClover, Storm Cloud
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Mermaid
  • Makeup Geek Blush in Secret Admirer
  • Makeup Revolution Palette in Blush Goddess 
  • Revlon Photo Ready Kajal Eyeliner in Matte Marine
  • MAC Lipstick in Violetta
  • Wet n Wild Liquid Lipstick in Indigo Your Own Way
  • A pair of fishnet stockings

How many of you have seen Peter Pan? Do you recall what happened when Wendy first entered Neverland? They tried to drown her.                                             ~AKissAtMidnight

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Instructions

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  1. Begin by taking fishnet stockings and placing them on the side of your face and forehead. This will create a stencil for the scales.
  2. Dab into your favorite shade and press onto the fishnet stockings, repeat with another shade on top to create dimension. I used MUG, Mermaid mixed with Unicorn from the Totally Cute palette. You can make the scales as dramatic as you want.
  3. Prime eyelids with any eyeshadow primer. Using a flat shader brush, I pressed in MUG Mermaidon the center of lid and blended it into the crease and upwards into the outer V creating a wing.
  4. Then I took the shade Clover and blended that into my crease. I wanted a pigmented crease so I went in about 3x with the same shade to get my desired look.
  5. For my outer V, I wanted it to be a little more dramatic so I used the shade Storm Cloud to deepen it up and make that wing more intense.
  6. Blend, I took the two colors from my eyelids Mermaid & Clover and smudge them on my lower lashline to pull the look together.
  7. Apply your favorite foundation & conceal areas you normally would.
  8. Add a cooler tone blush, I used MUG, Secret Admirer. 
  9. Add highlight, I wanted to create a rainbow effect highlight. I used MUR Blush Goddess Palette which contains 4 highlighters and 4 blushes. I used the first 3 shades mixed and applied them to my cheekbones, nose, cupid bow, inner corners.DSCF0765_picmonkeyed
  10. Last to finish off the look! I thought metallic lips would look really cool so I used MAC Violetta as a base and added Wet n Wild, Indigo Your Own Way for dimension.

Final Look!

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A Little Mermaid History….

Mermaids bring their victims to the bottom of the oceans to die. Some legends say that mermaids do this to suck the life out of the sailors while others say that they do it for fun or to protect their home. Need another pop culture reference? Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides the same thing almost happened except one of them had a heart. She couldn’t let Sam Claflin die. Well I don’t blame her because he is gorgeous.

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So other than Ariel, and the mermaid from Pirates, what are some other mermaid legends that don’t end with Davy Jones’ locker. Well, the Merrow, as the Irish call them, lived along the coast and had beautiful green hair. They would also lure men to them but not to kill them. But rather to bring them to their kingdom and live together. The Merrow just want what most women want…a good looking sailor to stand by their side. They were believed to have magical powers, and if you caught them on a good day (like all women, they were known to have a bad day every now and again) they wouldn’t bring harm to the sailors. There are also Cornish mermaids who are said to have magical powers such as healing or discovering thieves. These mermaids have passed down these powers to humans over the years.

All in all, Mermaids, like everything else, have good and bad sides. People will always be fascinated by them and they will continue to influence our pop culture one book or movie at a time.

Here is a list of a couple mermaid books that you could check out if the idea of brushing your hair with a dinglehopper or using a clam shell bra still lights a fire within your soul.

Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Ann Noble

The Mermaid’s Mirror by L. K. Madigan

Sailor Twain: or The Mermaid of the Hudson by Mark Siegel

The Last Mermaid by Shana Abe

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Mar Sin Leat, Outlander

Tomorrow my favorite thing on television comes to an end. In fact, it’s part of my all-time favorite book series that I highly recommend. Yes, I’m talking about Outlander. Tomorrow we bid farewell to this masterful piece of Scottish-themed media and hello to a full year of kilt-less oblivion.

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Depressed yet? Never fear, I will be updating with new Scottish romances and books (#HotScot) until Jamie and Claire come back to us.

To prepare us all for a tomorrows 90 minute season finale, here’s a fun little recap of everything that happened this season. Obviously, this has a ton of spoilers.

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The season started with Claire emerging from a deep sleep, alone, beside the standing stones that originally took her to Jamie. But, now, she’s been taken to 1948 and learns that the Scottish were still defeated.

Frank, her first husband, is a sad-sight indeed. His missing wife turns up carrying another man’s child and can’t bear to look at him due to his uncanny resemblance to his ancestor Black Jack Randall. You can’t help but feel for the guy and wondering how Jack could be his relative especially when he decides to stay with her and raise the baby as his own.

But how did it come to this? Well, a pregnant Claire, a longhaired Jamie, and faithful Murtagh, have gone to France to stay with Jamie’s cousin Jared, a wine connoisseur. Jamie soon arranges a meeting with Prince Charles Stewart, the figurehead and leader of the Jacobite revolution. “Bonny Prince Charlie” just won’t listen to our handsome hero when Jamie tells him to stop his plans to seize the English throne. Luckily, Claire is ridiculously charming, when she wants to be, and gets herself an invitation to Versailles to meet with the king, Louis XV. She ends up getting close to the court and rocking some seriously killer outfits.

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Around this time Jamie also hires a young pickpocket, he renames Fergus, as his spy in the whorehouse, where the Jacobite can often be found meeting. Fergus is a charming little orphan who usually spends his time stealing from the whorehouse patrons so him stealing the letters and messages from their coats isn’t that off for him.

Then an old face returns with bad news. The Duke of Sandringham, a secret Jacobite, tells Claire that Jack didn’t die at the prison, but is alive and well. She knows he will try and kill Jack so she keeps it from him to keep him from being hanged for murder.

To busy herself, Claire begins to spend her time at L’Hôpital des Anges, a charity hospital run by Mother Hildegarde, a much-loved character from the books. She finds Claire’s healing abilities to be impressive and puts her to work. But this causes problems with her marriage a she spends more time at the hospital than home. However, she’s not all at fault, as Jamie can be found in the whorehouse with the Jacobites until the early hours of the morning.

There’s also another reason why Jamie can’t kill Jack, besides the hanging part. Claire meets Mary Hawkins, someone she recognizes as Frank Randall’s ancestor. As Mary isn’t married yet, Claire feels it is her duty to keep Jack alive until Mary becomes pregnant with his child. When Claire finally reveals that Jack is alive, Jamie is awash with violent emotion that she hopes he won’t act on.

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Someone else is out for revenge, as well. Almost immediately, upon arriving in France Claire makes a powerful enemy in the Comte St. Germain by pointing out a dangerous illness that has infected the crew of one of his ships and now it must be destroyed. Sucks to suck, Comte St. Germain.

Claire narrowly escapes being poisoned, something she suspects the Comte is behind. She goes to the local herbologist, Master Raymond for answers. Did I mention that Master Raymond is actually a prehistoric time traveler and one of Claire’s distant relations? Well, he is. To ensure her future safety against poisoning, he gives her a white stone that turns color when in contact with poison. He also starts the rumor that she is La Dame Blanche, The White Lady, a powerful witch.

This comforts Claire until she, Mary, and Murtagh are attacked on their way to a dinner party held by Jamie. Mary is then raped by the masked villains who dare not touch Claire; the woman some fear is a witch. The three flee back to Jared’s home where a misunderstanding causes Jack’s younger brother, the kind Alexander, to be arrested for raping Mary. It is soon cleared up, but has put a bad taste in the mouth of many. Murtagh, feeling he failed Claire, vows to bring her the head of the man responsible.

Meanwhile, Jamie’s plans to get some of Charles’ investors to abandon him have worked, but a new investor soon takes their place; the Comte St. Germain. Claire dislikes that Jamie and the Comte are being thrust together by Charles, but she is too busy trying to keep Alex and Mary away from each other. The pair have grown close and Claire is attempting to ensure Frank is born as Frank.

Speaking of Frank, Jack and Jamie accidentally meet in the gardens of Versailles. Jamie challenges him to a duel causing Claire to plead with Jamie to hold off his revenge for a year, something he begrudgingly agrees with. All the while, Murtagh is getting increasingly suspicious about how Claire is so knowledgeable of the future and Jamie tells him the truth of Claire’s past. Murtagh is skeptical, but decides to believe his lord and keep Claire’s secret.

Claire keeps Jamie busy by plotting to destroy the Comte. She concocts a mixture to fake smallpox in his latest crew, causing his newest shipment to also be destroyed. Things are starting to go up when Claire hears news that Jamie and Jack are in the midst of a duel, something that could get Jamie executed for, if he survives. Claire rushes to his side and, upon seeing Jamie deliver a powerful blow, begins bleeding. She hardly has time to process what she sees before the French guard comes to break up the duel and she loses consciousness.

Mother Hildegard could not save Claire’s baby and it seems like we might lose Claire as well to “childbed fever”. Luckily, Master Raymond sneaks into the hospital, using his knowledge, and magical powers, to heal her. As she regains her health, she is overwhelmed with grief from losing her daughter, a baby Mother Hildegarde named Faith. As she arrives home, she is a shell of her former self that is broken from her deep loss. And where the hell is Jamie while his daughter is being buried and his wife comes from deaths door?

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Turns out that Jack is an even bigger asshole than we thought. A bigger one? You ask. How can that be? Child rape, dear readers. Plucky Fergus was pilfering a bottle of perfume for Claire at the whorehouse when Jack decided to do what he does best. Jamie, hearing Fergus cry out for him, immediately comes to his aid. So, it wasn’t Jamie breaking his promise to Claire that landed him in the Bastille, but his protective nature. Two for you, Jamie Fraser! You go, Jamie Fraser!

But, he’s still in chains and Claire has to save him again. She pleads with the king for his release, knowing what the price would be; her body. However, the king has a task in mind for her first. With her reputation as a “white witch”, someone who uses her powers for good, Louis sees her as the perfect judge of two doomed men; the Comte St. Germain and darling Master Raymond. The king wants to know who is a practicing sorcerer.

She offers a trial by poison; whoever doesn’t die from the mixture has a pure heart. Claire mixes the same concoction she uses to fake the smallpox in the Comte’s ship in order to save both men. Master Raymond, however, knows one must die to sate the king and discretely slips true poison into the cup, something that is made clear when Claire’s necklace turns black. Satisfied upon the Comte’s demise, the king dismisses Master Raymond and takes Claire into the bedroom. It goes on like a transaction; penis goes in, Jamie goes free.

The pair is torn by emotion but decide that grieving together is better than living apart. Claire takes Jamie to visit Faith’s grave before the couple leaves for Scotland.

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Going home to Lallybroch is bittersweet without the baby everyone was excited for. The return is made even more terrible when they find out that Charles has landed in Scotland to take the English throne and Jamie’s signature has been forged on a document that says he is in full support of Charles’ claim. Frightened, Claire begs to flee the country, but Jamie says he must stay and try to save his home, even if it means fighting for the Jacobites. This is when the sweetest scene in this area of the show takes place. Late at night Jamie takes Jenny’s newest baby to sooth, whispering Gaelic nothings, saying all the things he never got to say to his own daughter.

In order to stand a better chance in winning for Charles, Jamie goes to his grandfather, Lord Lovat, for support. And, whom do we see? Colum Mackenzie and his brother Dougal. Who else has come for a visit to Lord Lovat? Laoghaire, the terrible whore that almost had Claire burned as a witch. Obviously the pair doesn’t kiss and make up.

So, Lord Lovat is also a douche. He, and Colum, aren’t all that into supporting Charles since France isn’t 100% backing up his claims. Although, Lovat does offer his support in return for Lallybroch, or a night with Claire. Obviously Jamie shuts that down fast and tells grandpa that Claire is La Dame Blanche. It seems like Master Raymond’s rumors have reached Scotland and Lovat takes back his offer.

Claire, the cunning lady that she is, comes up with a plan and, by means of a distraction, meets Lovat’s seer, a woman named Maisri who was just in a fight with Lovat. Maisri reveals to Claire that she saw a vision of an executioner standing behind Lovat, alluding to a traitor’s death.

Just as Jamie prepares to sign away Lallybroch, Claire enters dramatically, “seeing” a vision she needs to share with Lovat. She repeats the vision shared with her by Maisri, but adds a little tidbit of her own; a floor of white roses beneath him. As white roses are the symbol of the Jacobites, Lovat now fears that he will be killed if he does not join Jamie. So, a new deal is forged; Lovat will give Jamie men and agrees to neutrality with Colum.

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As the war approaches Claire, obviously, refuses to return to the safety of Lallybroch. Luckily there are lots of familiar faces from season one that we all love; Angus and Rupert. However, preparing for battle has reminded Claire of all the things she saw in war back in her own time; the killing of men she helped and her own brush with death. It’s giving her some posttraumatic stress disorder that Jamie tries to help her overcome.

As Claire already knew, the Jacobites win the first battle against the English. This is, in part, thanks to Dougal who gets trapped in the muddy field, showing both sides that it wasn’t good for fighting. Lucky, a fighter that’s familiar with the area, tells Jamie about a secret path, giving them the break they need to sneak up on the English in the dead of night.

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Claire is in her makeshift hospital ward, of course, and one of the first people back from the fight is little Fergus. He was commanded to stay away from the battle so, obviously, he went anyway and ended up killing a man. Claire comforts him, but quickly is made busy as the wounded arrive. Unfortunately, poor Angus is lost, dampening Claire even further. But, she has patients to care for; both Scottish and British. Dougal doesn’t take her assistance of their foes well but he is a good warrior so Jamie insists he stays, despite Charles demanding he leave.

Now that the first battle has been won, there’s a long road to London, Charles’ ultimate destination. As the months go on, money is getting low, as is morale. Jamie, hoping that taking the army to London will change their ultimate fate at Cullodun. To the rest of the Scottish leaders who don’t have a time traveling wife, it looks like a bad investment for their troops. BTW the second sweetest, most adorable scene occurs. Jamie prays in Gaelic over Claire as she sleeps, vowing to protect her and all that come from their union. It’s reminiscent of their wedding vows.

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In preparation for the upcoming campaign, some of the men go to Inverness to get supplies. They left at a bad time since the British show up and screw up the Scottish’s day. Claire, Jamie, Dougal, Murtagh, Fergus, and Rupert escape with only poor Rupert getting a musket ball to the eye. But, don’t fret, the group hides out in a church and Rupert gets to live in peace. That is until the redcoats show up.

Thinking fast to save all the Scotsmen, Claire screams out that she is a British captive and need a big, strong, redcoat to rescue her. Dougal makes the bargain; the British take Claire and the Scottish go free. Jamie doesn’t see another choice, but assumed the British will take her to the nearest British outpost and vows to come to her. Too bad for them that the soldiers change the plans. However, Claire catches a lucky break when she spies a mute friend of Jamie’s, Munro, and tells him to signal to Jamie her true destination.

That true destination? The Duke of Sandringham’s house! He gives her the use of his messenger and she even finds out that Mary is his goddaughter! Poor girl cannot catch a break. She’s set to marry and old gross dude, but more on that later. So, there’s a valet skulking about with an odd birthmark on his hand. Claire instantly recognizes him as one of the men who attacked her, Mary, and Murtagh in Paris. She calls him out but Sandringham is basically like, “look, lady, I owed the Comte a debt and he wanted you dead. I met him in the middle with a violent rape but they did it to Mary instead of you. My bad. BTW the messenger thing was a trap. I told the crown that Jamie was coming Lol.”

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Claire knows she has to get out and plans to sneak out the back door. On the way out, Mary begs to leave with her but doesn’t have the balls to follow through. Once Claire gets downstairs, surprise, Sandringham is having a midnight snack, pausing her escape. And who causes some good commotion and distraction while Monro snipes some of the guards? Mary! She ends up being a lot braver than we all expect.

Murtagh and Jamie bust in and a fight ensues. Mary actually stabs the rapist/valet, getting her vengeance upon his death. Murtagh slices off Sandringham’s head and gives it to Mary and Claire, making up for his “failure” to protect them in Paris. Heartwarming stuff.

A few months later we’re back in the battlefield with Jamie trying to convince Charles to stay away from Cullodun. Obviously Charles still doesn’t see that Jamie is the smartest person he’s got, and decides to push on through. Meanwhile, Claire bumps into Mary at the market. Their meeting is a lot less pleasant than before as Mary sees Claire as the reason she and Alex were torn apart because, well, she is. Claire, seeing that she can’t change everything, offers her apologies to Mary and tells her she can help Alex, who is gravely ill.

However, Alex is screwed. Claire looks at him and does the “make him comfortable” spiel that never means the patient will pull through. Something else distasteful happens; Jack is back! He literally seems unkillable and begs Claire to save his brother for the sake of Mary’s unborn child. Yes, Mary and Alex have done the dirty. So, Claire strikes a deal with Jack; her medical expertise for some tasty tidbits about the English’s locations.

Then guess who shows; Colum. Colum’s dying and begs Claire for something to end his pain. He tells her that Gellis was pregnant with Dougal’s baby and was allowed to deliver before she was burned as a witch. The boy was sent to the Mackenzie family to be raised as their own. Dougal doesn’t know a thing about it and, when he shows up to pay his respects, Claire doesn’t fill him in. Colum and Dougal don’t get along. Colum appoints his son (actually Dougal’s bio-child) as the clan heir and Jamie as his guardian.

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As Claire deals with Alex, it’s clear to her that he’s dying faster than expected. She puts the pieces together that if Mary marries Jack, then Frank’s furture will be safe. But Jack is being difficult…shocker. Murtagh offers to wed her, himself, but Claire knows that Mary and Jack marrying is the only option.

Claire tells Jack to stop being a douche and, for once, he listens. Mary and Jack tie the knot with Alex wheezing away in the background. Jack beats Alex to death to hasten his painful demise which is weird, but helpful, I guess?

Using Jack’s tips, the Jacobites plan to attack the British in the dead of night. But, as always, Charlie fucks it up. He gets “lost” in the dark and leaves Jamie to sort it out. Jamie knows that he would be leading his men to their death without Charlie’s backups, so he regretfully retreats.

So, to sum it up, Jack’s an asshole, Claire lost the baby, the Jacobites are screwed, Fergus is adorable, Colum is dead, Mary is pregnant, Frank gets to be born, and Jamie is still the epitome of brave perfection.

tumblr_neqta9dfXx1rvecw0o1_500Read about Kelsey’s historical romances here and Sarah’s contemporary romances here!

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The Virgin Always Get’s It

For today’s post, I decided to review a paranormal young adult novel. Don’t worry though, there was plenty of romance to keep me captivated.

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Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Paranormal Ya

Recently, the ya, young adult, genre has been taking over book clubs all over the world. What draws people to the most awkward period of life, I’ll never know. But for some reason, I cant look away either.

In Sacrificed  by Nykki Mills, Kass is a sixteen year old girl who by literature standards, is pretty normal. She has two loving adoptive parents, lots of superficial friends, and a horny boyfriend. However, she doesn’t really feel fear. That is until some very creepy things start happening.

The spirit of a dirty little girl begins appearing and of course, only Kass can see her. Most of her “friends” think she has gone crazy and her boyfriend keeps sneaking off places. The only one who believes her is the misunderstood boy next door, Ian. He happens to be in a band drive a motorcycle and has luscious lips. At sixteen, I would have sought out his help too!

They begin searching for reasons to explain the strange voices, sounds, and visions that Kass is soon plagued by. Turns out, they all go back to her biological mother. Soon, Kass is kidnapped, Ian is in chains, and there is a ritual being performed that involves a demon. I won’t go into further details so I don’t write any spoilers but it is very intense and ends in fire.

There were a lot of things that I liked about this book, number one being I couldn’t put it down. The pacing was fantastic, maybe a little quick but I thought it worked for the book. Normally, I don’t read a lot of paranormal because the characters tend to visit me in my sleep which causes a whole list of problems that typically involve a Disney marathon at three in the morning. But I really didn’t feel like this was over the top. Yes, the spirit of the little girl was crazy! I expected her to star in my dreams but the way Mills closed the story, there was enough resolution that I was no longer terrified of the monsters that go bump in the night because of the way the characters handled them.

Another thing that I liked was that the teenagers did not expect to conquer the world. A lot of ya books have teens doing crazy things but everything they had to do was believable. Kass was not expected to walk a tight rope over New York City while shooting at an advancing army. She was a relatable character. Plus, Mills even has a line where the teenagers realize they are in over their heads.

Now, this book was with teenagers so there was no real sex going on. There was a scene where it came very close, but luckily a demon handled things. Which of course is good because he didn’t have a condom… I thought the relationships that Mills set up were age appropriate but still effective in creating compelling drama. There were one or two moments of predictability in the relationships but overall they were great.

The general plot of this book was intriguing and it left me guessing constantly. This was a quick and easy read but I don’t think it is just for teenagers. Mom and daughter could share this book easily. Word to the wise, this book was a little mild on the paranormal activity until almost the very end. I preferred that as paranormal is still new to me but other people may not.

Check out Nykki’s blog and she is doing a giveaway. Click here

Bargain Shopping

The first book I feel the need to talk about is the first in one of my three favorite romance series.

Marriage Bargain

Heat Level: ♥♥♥♥♥

Overall Book Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

Series Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Marriage Bargainby Jennifer Probst was a random purchase on amazon. I think it was recommended to me and I thought I’d give it a try. Turns out, this was a life altering decision as I would eventually read everything she published. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

The book is in dual point of views, starting with Alexa. She is an independent, feisty woman with black curls, boobs, and hips. The reader is introduced almost immediately to the problem. Her parents are having some financial hardships and are at risk of losing her childhood home, Tara. Love the Gone with the Wind reference. (Frankly my dear, it’s the little things that make me give a damn.) So Alexa does what any good daughter should; she concocts a love spell. But not just any spell, a spell looking for a man with some very specific qualities, $150,000 to spare.

Now we meet Nick, a billionaire with everything he could ever want. But then his uncle, the owner of the architectural company Nick proudly pours all of his time and energy into, dies. In his will, he stipulates that Nick must get married and stay that way for a year or he would become no more than a figurehead in the company. Nick wouldn’t be able to build the dramatic buildings that he sees in his dreams and he would be reduced to a corporate drone . Why? Because his does not believe Nick will take the time to settle down and really make a life. Vindictive relatives are my favorite.

As it turns out, Alexa and Nick know each other from childhood. Maggie, Nick’s sister and Alexa’s best friend, pulls them together in an effort to solve both of their problems. Reluctantly they agree and the wedding is planned in a crazy short period of time.

But, as there always is, attraction and emotion begin to play and feelings are soon swarming around. What started out as a business arrangement is now going to the dogs. (Read the book, you’ll get the reference). Nick’s parents always had tempestuous relationships and as a result he decided that true love didn’t exist. Someone always ends up hurt or even worse, trapped!

Alexa, who has been in love with Nick since she was a child, is having a hard time figuring him and her feelings out. On top of that, she has a few quirks that absolutely make Nick howl. Soon, an accident rocks their world. They must decide if they can even make it a year or if there may be time for something more.

This book has a lot of ups and downs emotionally and Probst does such an amazing job drawing you in. I laughed, cried, and  screamed internally (obviously because other people were around and they weren’t experiencing catastrophic drama). At no point did I need to go back and reread a section because I was confused as to who was talking, whose point of view it was, or to figure out what exactly was happening.

The only reason it did not get 6/6 Glass Slippers is because I’ve read the rest of the series and they get better and better with each book. This is a great book to take with you to the beach or to curl up with in a nook. But I warn you, make sure you have time to go through the series. It is the pringles of books and you won’t be able to stop at just one.

Now, the sex scenes. Probst, unlike some authors I’ve seen, does not have her characters jumping straight into bed. She prolongs the need like foreplay until you’re sitting there wondering how you became sexually frustrated from a book. But the wait is worth it. Every word has a purpose and none of them skeve you out. (I’ve read books that use the M word that rhymes with Hoist, and it ruins the scene.) Most importantly, she doesn’t wimp out half way through but makes sure you are equally satisfied. There is none of this, and they fell into bed holding each other in a mass of sheets and body parts and the scene ends.

For those of you that I just scared, relax. There is no whipping, chains, or other fetishes. Just pure and simple sex that possibly turns into love making. For those of you I just disappointed, sorry but this is a romance and not erotica. I’ll find something good for you later.

To bring it all together, Jennifer Probst has a true talent and this book is just the beginning. I highly encourage you to take a look and give her a chance.

As always, I’m open to arguments or comments. See you later with a new review for Natalina Reiss and her book We Will Always Have the Closet.

Me, Myself, and My Bookgasms

When I was fourteen my mom stopped buying me books because I read them too fast and she didn’t think that they were worth the investment. So I would save my babysitting money and manipulate my dad in order to feed my addiction. One day, I was perusing a clearance section and I found a pretty cover. Let’s be real, we all look for pretty covers no matter what we were taught.

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See? Very pretty! When I read the back, it told the story of a woman whose twin sister was murdered and she is now working as a pick pocket to try to support herself but before the “accident” she was a princess. Now she meets a man seeking revenge while still hiding from the other man looking to finish her off. I am a twin so I was naturally drawn to it and bought it almost instantly. But, I wasn’t prepared for what would come.

This book held the first real sex scene that I had ever read. Hell, it held the first description of a naked man outside the horrors of health class! I didn’t even fully understand some of the things he was doing to her. However, I loved it.

I reread that book time and time again but always in secret. Sure, my mother had given me the sex talk and, just in case it didn’t sink in, she had Dr. Phil give it to me too. (If you haven’t seen the rainbow party/ blow job episode then you should consider yourself lucky. No one wants Dr. Phil to explain those things!) But my mom made a big deal about sex being between a set of partners who were married and in love. So here I was, hiding under my covers reading about people going to town without a wedding. To top it off, Kestrel isn’t sure if she loves St Bride.

Well, I’ve since realized I had nothing to be ashamed about. Now I devour romance books and I obsess over different series. I admire the art of a good sex scene and swoon over leading men (and sometimes the villains). In fact, in 2017, my first romance novel will be published by Limitless Publishing.

In the mean time, I’m going to be providing an end to the book hole that comes when your favorite series ends and the author your worship hasn’t come out with a new book. I’m going to go into detail about what I like and don’t like, obviously, but also we’re going to talk about the sex scenes. Does it make your toes curl up? Do you need to take a cold shower afterwards? Does it make you want to jump your significant other? Does it leave you questioning if there was consent or questioning what actually happened?

Thank you for checking out my blog and feel free to comment, send emails, post on my facebook or twitter, or complain dramatically about what I said. I encourage a good lively debate because reading is very subjective. If you are an author and would like a review, feel free to contact me!

Ps You should check out My Wicked Enchantress by Meagan McKinney.