Cozy Sunday- Save the Date by Morgan Matson

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada Publishing for allowing me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Release date- June 5th, 2018

Synopsis

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

My Thoughts

Well, this book is as cozy as they come! Imagine the lives of a family who’s mother essentially writes “Family Circus”. “Grant Central Station” has been going for as long as Charlie can remember. It’s the reflection of her family life… The way she THINKS her family is. But, do her siblings feel the same way? Is their family life really the solid, shining beacon she always thinks it is?

I loved that the romance story was almost a secondary part of the novel. The family dynamic, the fact that their house is being sold, their mother’s comic strip is coming to an end, and estranged family members coming together for Linnie and Rodney’s wedding were the main focus and I LOVED THAT! It was a refreshing story and the family was my favourite part of the book!

This was one of those books in which the main protagonist was actually my least favourite character! Charlie could be annoying with her idealistic view of her life and family. I liked her family being around to pull her out of the clouds and make her realize that it’s not all about her.

Now on to some of my favourite characters! With some quotes to get you interested!!

Siobhan (Charlie’s best friend)

“I got my mom to call me out. I’m taking the day off so I can help with wedding stuff.”

“I thought all of that was being taken care of my Tangerine.”

I shook my head, even though I knew she couldn’t see me. “You know her name is Clementine. You just have a weird prejudice against her.”

“You know my policy,” Siobhan said. “never trust anyone named after a fruit.” I sighed; I’d heard this more times than I’d wanted to, and could practically feel Siobhan teeing up her punch line. “After all… They might be rotten.”

J.J. (Charlie’s brother)

“Hey, man!” Rodney said, smiling at J.J. “Welcome home. Want a donut?”

“Ummm… Sure?”

J.J. scoffed. But just as he’d done ever since he’d read this phrase when he was twelve, he said the word “scoff” instead of just making the sound, and none of us had been able to convince him this actually wasn’t correct.”

And the rest!

“J. J. shook his head. “Your job sounds exhausting, young Billiam.”

“It’s okay,” Bill said with another smile. “And, uh, it’s really not Billiam. Just Bill is good. Bill Barnes.”

“That’s a good name,” J. J. said, pointing at Bill. “That’s a superhero name.”

Rodney raised an eyebrow. “How is it a superhero name?”

“The double letter thing.”

“Alliteration,” I supplied.

“Danny smiled at me. “Charlie knows what’s what.” Then he turned to J. J. “I still don’t know how it’s a superhero name.”

“They all have them,” J. J. said, gesturing expansively.

“I’ll wait to hear the specifics.”

“It’s true,” Rodney agreed. “you can’t make a claim without evidence.”

“Rodney’s a lawyer,” J. J. explained to Bill.

“Not yet,” Rodney said, shaking his head. “Not until I pass the bar.”

“That’s a TOTAL lawyerly qualification to make,” J. J. sighed.

“Still waiting to hear those examples,” Danny said as he took a sip from his near empty glass.

“Fine!” J. J. said, slapping his hand down on the bar. “Okay. How about…?” He paused for a moment, furrow ing his brow. “Peter Parker? Or Sue Storm? Or Bruce Banner?”

“Woah,” Bill said, his eyebrows going up. “I guess I never realized that before. There are two Superheroes named Bruce?”

“Who else?” I asked.

“Bruce Wayne,” Danny, J. J., Bill and Rodney said at the same time.

“Oh, right, him.”

“Bruce Wayne is the exception,” J. J. said, shaking his head. “All the rest of them have the double letters.”

“Alliteration,” I supplied again, and Danny smiled.

“Reed Richards,” J. J. continued, starting to tick them off on his fingers. “Wade Wilson,Stephen Strange, Buck Buchanan, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane-“

“She’s not actually a superhero,” Bill pointed out.

“You’re not helping, Billiam,” J. J. snapped.

“What about… I don’t know…,” Danny said. “Diana Price, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Barbara Gordon, Clark Kent-“

“That SOUNDS alliterative,” I pointed out. “So it might count on a technicality.”

“Archie Andrews,” Rodney supplied, apparently joining J. J.’s side on this. “Jughead Jones…”

“Okay, in what universe is ARCHIE a superhero?” Danny asked, causing me to draw in a sharp breath.

“Hey now,” I said, and Danny rolled his eyes.

“Oh, sorry,” he said. “I forgot your thing for those comics.”

“It’s J. J.’s fault,” I said, and Danny muttered, “Most things are.” J. J. had had a huge collection of Archie books that he’d declared himself over and too old for when he started eighth grade, so he passed them on to me. I’d loved them, nursing an elementary school girl crush on Reggie that I’d told nobody except Linnie about.

“There’s also Beetle Bailey-” Rodney continued, and Danny threw up his hands.

“So, we’ve just moved arbitrarily into the newspaper comics?”

“You think Superman was never a newspaper comic?” Rodney challenged, raising his eyebrows.

“I still think the majority of Superheroes have them,” J. J. said stubbornly, clearly trying to get us back on track.”

This book was just what I needed. Something to sit in the sun with, sip on my chosen beverage, and not think too much! When I had one of my readers tell me that she hadn’t seen me give anything over 3 Stars, I realized that I’d been in a bit of a slump!! But, NO MORE! I highly recommend this book for those who love a great family oriented romantic read!

Pre-order your copy NOW! Releases June 5th!! 💖💖🍻

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Save the Date is Best Served with 

an Iced Coffee Cocktail

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Ingredients

  • 4oz Espresso or strong coffee
  • 1oz Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1oz Orange Liueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 1/2 oz Whiskey

Directions

  1. Make espresso or coffee and let cool a little so when you ice it, you don’t wind up with water.
  2. Fill shaker with ice
  3. Add all ingredients
  4. Shake for approx 20 seconds
  5. Pour into glass with ice
  6. CHEERS!!

Cozy Sunday-His Sinful Touch With a Risque “But I Digress…”

His Sinful Touch

3 out of 5 Stars

Thank you to NetGalley allowing me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

When a mysterious gentleman arrives on his doorstep, Alexander Moreland is astonished to discover that the stranger is not a gentleman at all, but a beautiful young woman disguised as a man, and in great need of assistance. The woman remembers nothing except her own name, Sabrina, and has only the contents of her pockets as clues to her identity: a handkerchief, a pocket watch, a leather pouch, a torn scrap of paper and a gold ring.

Sabrina is certain that she is on the run from someone, or something—how else to explain the bruises on her face and the pervasive sense of dread she feels? She’s also certain that she trusts Alex to help her, and she can’t deny the sparks that fly between them. As they race through the English countryside, Sabrina and Alex must solve the mystery of Sabrina’s past—before whatever she’s running from catches up to them.

My Thoughts

So, This is pretty much the relationship that I had with this book…

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Everyone loves a good ole Harlequin Romance with a sexy Son of a Duke and a mysterious woman with no recollection of who she is! FULL DISCLOSURE! I HAVE NOT READ THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE “MAD MORELANDS” SERIES, OF WHICH THIS IS #5. My thoughts about that will come out below.

I wanted to do things a little differently with this review as this book got me thinking about harlequin or period novels altogether, so I am going to give you the pro’s and cons of this book and then we’re going to have a BUT I DIGRESS… (Ha ha! I know… you’re all thinking *groan* come on, I KNOW YOU ALL LOVE MY RANTS!!) So, onwards and upwards! I WILL WARN YOU, THIS DIGRESSION MAY GET A LITTLE RISQUE!!

Pros

  • Each chapter told from alternating points of view between Sabrina and Alex which kept the story fresh and you got a chance to get into the heads of both characters learning their thoughts and feelings on different occurrences.
  • The writing itself is appropriate for the period.
  • A few somewhat steamy scenes to enjoy.
  • Did I mention a sexy Son of a Duke??
  • Alex’s family is AMAZING!! I kind of want to back-track to read each of their individual stories as they are quite the zany bunch! (I say KIND OF because of the points below)
  • Definitely an enjoyable cozy read that you don’t have to put too much thought into.
  • Enjoyable discussions about the Sufferagette movement.

Cons

  • Using the same descriptions multiple times (i.e, description of Alex “thick dark hair, soaring cheekbones and the dark slashes of his eyebrows above his clear green eyes”) I understand that you’r describing the same person, but you can switch up the descriptors a LITTLE bit.
  • The pacing was VERY SLOW. I was beginning to wonder when something was going to happen. There was an inordinate amount of hanging around with Alex’s family and talking about each family member and no furtherance of the plot. Even the relationship between Sabrina and Alex began to get a little tedious. (1st 80% of the book: “God, I want to kiss her….I REALLY want to kiss her…..CAN I KISS HER NOW?” Last 20% of the book… SEX.)

Pro/Con

  • Slow beginning. A lot of hanging around and getting the back story on the Morelands (good for me, tedious for those who read the prior books of the series as they STILL seemed to be explaining things 22% through the book. If they do this with each book I would be bored to death by this one. As this was my FIRST novel in the series, it was nice to get the down-low on the other family members)

All and all a decent cozy read! Feel free to check it out yourselves!

But I Digress….

So, onto my thoughts on these novels. I’ve had these thoughts before and I’m glad that this novel reminded me of them so I could finally get them out and maybe get some discussion going! …or possibly just be told that I’m crazy and I think WAY TOO MUCH about things! (which I’m also okay with!!)

Has anyone ever noticed that in Harlequin and some romance novels based in the 19th Century are always so CLEAN?! Now, I’m not talking about all the romance. Some of those books have quite the steamy sex scenes in them.

I’m talking about the actual living conditions and the people themselves!

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okay…maybe that’s a little too far back. But, you get my point.

There are so many books where somehow, the male and female protagonists are thrown together in some sort of close quarters situation; caught in the woods, in a cabin, forced to share a room at an Inn, stuck on a boat… the list goes on and on. Well, this is completely improper to begin with, but I can deal with that as it is important to the plot. But, what it doesn’t talk about is the arrangements! This is the age of no indoor plumbing. The age of Chamber pots. What was the situation with that??? Yes, I know that the mention of this “soon to be” couple’s bathroom woes PROBABLY don’t fit into the romance of the story, BUT I WANT TO KNOW!!

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I know that a while after my man and I started dating we got a hotel room that had an opening from the bathroom to the bedroom (it was convenient to go from the bathroom into the jacuzzi tub) but if you were on the bed, you could see the person on the toilet. I would actually make him LEAVE THE ROOM and stand in the hall when I was in the bathroom (now neither of us really give a crap… pun intended! Lol!). I can only imagine how it would be to crap in a bucket or chamber pot somewhere with a virtual stranger right there! Even if they do leave the room… what do you do?? When they have to go do you just think “well, guess they’re going to see it all anyways!!”.

The other thing is the sex itself! I don’t know how many books have these people riding all night on a horse just to stop into some barn or Inn and wind up having mad, passionate love! So, there is no deoderant, no toothpaste, you’ve been riding a sweaty horse all day and probably getting pretty sweaty yourself…. YEP, some raunchy sex sounds REALLY GOOD TO ME RIGHT NOW!! Especially when it starts to get into descriptions of licking and suckling….

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And on to the main event…. The virgin sex scenes. Now ladies, how many books have you read where the woman is having sex for the first time and somehow it is hot, sexy AND she orgasms!! Then she just says…. well, that was AMAZING! Want to go again?? I see it in books ALL TOO OFTEN! I have never spoken to ANYONE who said “my first time was AMAZING and STEAMY and we proceeded to go at it THREE TIMES!!!” Hmmmm……

Well, Maybe I’m crazy! (okay, who am I kidding. I AM CRAZY.) But, I meant IN THIS CONVERSATION! Please let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comments below!!

His Sinful Touch

And My Rant

are Best Served with a Duke Cocktail

Well, what goes together better than a steamy romance with the Son of a Duke and a 19th century sex rant than this cocktail!!! …just keep in mind that Canadians use “sparkling wine” as opposed to “Champagne”. I like to keep it local.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 Tsp Orange Juice
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Tsp Maraschino juice
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • Chilled Champagne

Directions

  1. Add first five ingredients,
  2. Shake with ice.
  3. Strain into champagne flute.
  4. Fill with chilled champagne and stir.
  5. CHEERS!!

Cozy Sunday-Don’t Call Me Sweetheart

Hello and welcome to the first “Cozy Sunday”! I feel like Sunday is a great day of the week to snuggle up with a cozy book. Nothing too heavy or dramatic. So, on Sunday’s I’m now going to put up book reviews for fluffy reads for a lazy day! Whether it’s a chic-lit, something light and funny, or a cozy mystery, you’ll find it here!

Hope you all enjoy!!

2.5 out of 5 Stars

Synopsis

Weddings are big business in picturesque Sweetheart, California, and Something Borrowed’s rent-a-bridesmaid service is thriving among the Hollywood elite. For the women who work there, a walk down the aisle is just a paycheck—until the right guy makes it priceless . . .

RULE #1: GROOMSMEN ARE STRICTLY OFF LIMITS

Marley Stevenson never imagined her stint as a rented Maid of Honor would practically become a career. Then again, nothing in her life has gone according to plan. At least the money’s good—and she needs it to pay off student loans and help out her mom. But the job has rules, which have never been an issue . . . until one encounter with a gorgeous best man—and his swoon-worthy Southern accent—sends Marley reeling.

Determined to get through the weekend with her professional reputation intact, Marley grits her teeth and sends out her best “unavailable” vibes, but Luke Jessup doesn’t give up that easy. A former Marine and a current SWAT team officer, his focus is legendary—and it’s on Marley. Jeopardizing her job is bad enough, and starting a relationship based on half-truths is worse—yet Marley is beginning to wonder if certain risks are worth taking, especially in the name of true love . . .

The writing style for this book was fine. The word choices and language were fine. Notice I’m saying “fine” a lot. Ha ha! It was all just… Fine. The flow of the STORY on the other hand just wasn’t organic.

You’re pushed into the meeting between Marley and Luke before any characters are even established. How am I supposed to care that these people are propositioning each other in a cereal aisle when I really have no idea who they are?? It was all too quick.

Luke was a fairly likeable character in a typical hot L.A cop visiting a small town kind of way, while Marley? Well, there just wasn’t enough to her to care about. She had lost her sister in the past, which we’re supposed to feel bad about, but it’s not really explained in a way that gave me any feeling about it whatsoever. I feel like I felt more for Marley’s mom, who was really sweet and well written, than I felt for Marley who is the main character!

I also questioned some of the relationships… I mean, who wants to be “Eskimo sisters” WITH THEIR SISTER?? If you don’t know what that term means, you need to watch the t.v show “The League”! But, it’s also good because I’m trying to keep this review spoiler free so, as they say, “what you don’t know, won’t hurt you!” 😉

I’m any case, this book may not be bad for you if you just want an easy read with some somewhat steamy scenes. But, honestly, there are better books to spend your time on! But, you’re all adults, so decide for yourselves! 😘

Don’t Call Me Sweetheart is best Served with a

Sweet Tart Martini

Like the pun on “sweetheart”?? The book was sweet, with tart elements. So, this was fitting! I got the idea of the drink from Suburble and it is great!! (plus every other sweetheart drink seems to have grenadine… Too many drinks use grenadine 🤢

Ingredients

  • 1oz Vodka
  • 1oz Amaretto
  • 1 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1tsp Simple Syrup
  • 2 splashes Lime Juice (or to taste)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to shaker filled with ice
  2. Shake for 20 seconds
  3. Pour into martini Glass
  4. CHEERS!!

Three Last First Dates

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2 out of 5 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Wild Lime Books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Marissa Jones and her friends have made a pact. To have their LAST first date and to find “The One”. It started out as a bit of a joke, but when it works for 2 of her friends, it’s not so much of a joking matter.

Then Marissa notices that her ex-boyfriend of 7 years is engaged. The love of her life. The one she waited for who had left her bereft and broken hearted. Now, that last first date is looking pretty good!

Three men, one day and one will be her last First Date. But, who will be the lucky man??

Excerpt

“What’s stopping you?”he asked, punctuating my thoughts.

“Singing in the shower? I already do that!”

“No,”he said with a chuckle, “what’s stopping you pursuing singing, like say, for an audience?”

Me, was the simple answer. I hadn’t always been the slim, confident woman I was today. No way, José. Not too many years ago, guys like Nash and Coleman and Blaze wouldn’t have given me a second glance. I was shy, totally lacking in confidence, and I was a little on the plump side of the equation. Heck, who was I kidding? I was F. A. T. fat. And I hated it. Some women embraced their size, loving their curves. Like Bailey. She was curvy and looked like some sort of Italian screen goddess from the fifties. Not me. I had been a major comfort eater, and every time I looked in the mirror, I wanted to slap my chubby face. Hard.

Then, once I’d graduated high school and was studying at college, I decided it was time I changed—no one was going to do it for me. I didn’t want to spend my life hating what I saw. So, I got into running and I cleaned up my diet. There was no overnight, miraculous change, no “big reveal.”It was gradual, my mindset about myself changing slowly as my body became stronger, healthier. I began to like what I saw when I looked in the mirror.

But, to this day, I still knew, deep inside of me, that shy, overweight, unhappy girl lay dormant, ready to rear her head.

Rather than delving into my most private of thoughts about myself, in response to Nash’s question about what was stopping me, I simply shrugged and said, “I don’t know.”

“Then there’s nothing standing in your way, right?”

Ah, if only it were that easy.

First thing I will say is that this is the third book in the “Cozy Cottage” Series and I have not read the other two books. Somehow, I don’t think that this would change my rating for this book. But, Marissa’s friends seemed far more likeable and level headed, so I may have enjoyed THOSE two. I will also say that this book has received very good feedback on Goodreads… so, maybe it’s just me! I suppose you’ll have to read it yourself to find out!

I just couldn’t do this book. I finished it, because I can’t review a book that I haven’t finished. But, I didn’t really want to. The main character was SO unlikable! All she does is complain about other people and freak out over everything. Especially as someone who grew up overweight with low self-esteem, she just came off somewhat picky and judgemental.

I understand that she’s supposed to be commitment phobic, and that’s supposed to make her “quirky” but, she breaks up with people because “they have a pimple on their nose”, because “their dog licks their face”, etc. The most ridiculous of reasons. She’s whiny, she doesn’t really think of others, she treats these men who are going on these dates with her like they should know how privileged they are for being the chosen ones to go out on this “Last First Date” with her when all I could think was “… These poor guys. They could run… But, they’re not doing that. I feel sorry for whoever gets stuck with her!”

She also doesn’t seem to have any remorse for leading these guys on. I mean, they take her to nice places and plan this stuff for her and she doesn’t even bother to reach for her wallet or something when she knows she’s going to run off on them! If you’re going to be a jerk, you can at least pay for your meal yourself!

All I could picture is her strapping these guys to a big wheel like “The Price is Right” or “Wheel of Fortune” and spinning them, throwing darts to try to pick which will be “lucky” enough to be with her.

The guys were written pretty well. The attractive, level-headed, but artistic mortician Coleman, the cute, outdoorsy dog rescuer, Nash, and the sexy (but maybe not the brightest) body builder, Blaze. But, I just couldn’t get behind any of it.

Three Last First Dates is Best Served With

A Chilled Glass of Chardonnay

I went with a nice 2011 Chardonnay from one of my local wineries “Ravine Winery” of which I am a wine club member. Their wine’s are fantastic and they have a beautiful rustic restaurant with “Farm to Table” style food made from local products.

Woman Last Seen in her Thirties

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4 out of 5 Stars

I’d like to thank Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

This book is released on February 27th, so remember to check it out!!

“It’s an age-old story: woman meets man, man woos woman, woman spends her best years believing their love is the everlasting kind. The pair watches with teary eyes as their progeny take flight from their suburban nest, knowing they’ll return in times of crisis or when their laundry needs to be washed and folded. Woman embraces aging with hair dye and ample amounts of wine . Man faces his impending mortality by convincing himself that a younger woman is the answer to his waning energy and flagging libido. Certain their sparkling future is worth the collateral damage, the May–December duo ride into the sunset as our heroine stands in the shadows, stunned by this unexpected rewrite. Yes, mine is a tale as old as time. Beauty replaces the beast.”
When Maggie’s husband leaves her later later in life, she has to figure out once again who she is without him. How do you find yourself after decades of marriage when you’ve always been an “us” and never an “I”? How do you make people see you again as the person you were? How do you make people see you AT ALL??
“When had I ceased to be a human and metamorphosed into a windowpane? Maybe people had been looking right through me for years, and I was only now realizing it. Ladies and gentlemen, the Amazing Invisible Woman has been spotted!”
Now in her 50’s with grown children and a husband who no longer thinks he loves her she has to wonder, “Where was the bright-eyed girl who had dreamed of a happy nuclear family and actually lived to see her dream come true?”
So, Maggie decides to go on her Anniversary trip to Rome that was already booked to try to find herself as her own person again. Learning to put down the bottle and be her best self… or, at least the self that is recognizable once more.
“After seven months of numbing my worst feelings, I was ready to feel them, even the ones that made it seem like life was nothing but a big fat cosmic joke.”
This book is equal parts “Eat Pray Love” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary” all at once touching and funny. I loved the character of Maggie as she was written very real. She wasn’t perfect, but she was strong and she was weak all at the same time. It wasn’t a pretty transition from wife and mother to single woman again, and it wasn’t one of those books where she just fell into the arms of some hunky man who sweeps her off her feet and they live happily ever after. It’s messy and it’s up and down as we follow Maggie on this beautiful journey where she learns that you can always change your mind because “Life is nothing if not full of twists and turns.”

Woman Last Seen in her Thirties is Best Served With

A Negroni

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Maggie’s trip to Rome inspired me to make a Negroni for this book, as she drinks them and I had never tried one.

*WARNING! When you purchase the Campari DO NOT OPEN IT UP AND TAKE A SWIG TO SEE WHAT IT TASTES LIKE!!* 

Campari is VERY bitter, as I learned by doing exactly what I just warned you of above. I will warn you here. Wonderful in this cocktail… DISGUSTING on its own!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 1 1/2 ounces Campari
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • Orange slice or twist for garnish

Directions

  1.  Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Garnish with an orange.
  4. CHEERS!!

What Exactly IS Guy Trash??

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So, this book was my mistletoe Mistletoe pick for my ‘The Perks of Being a Book Addict’ Reading Challenge on Goodreads.

I am actually going to skip a review this time though as I have being reviewing mediocre romance novels TO DEATH this month. This isn’t usually even my genre! (not that I don’t like a good Rom Com as much as the next girl I suppose….) I feel like I’ve made some “EH.”  kind of choices is some of my reading material this month because of the SHEER VOLUME I had to read and because of trying to cater them to my goals that I was trying to meet. I will rate this book and give you my favourite passage from the book that DID have me laughing. I paired my drink for this quote specifically.

2 out of 5 Stars

Okay, okay, think Gabrielle,” I said to myself as I put my hands on my hips and paced. She’s a single woman, so if we see guy trash it’s probably not her.”

“Guy trash?” Jess asked dubiously.

“You know, stuff that a guy has that a woman doesn’t.”

A penis?” Jess shook her head in bewilderment.

“Cam, what kind of stuff would a guy have that a woman probably wouldn’t?”

“Uh, Playboy, Penthouse, cigars, Scotch. Actually, if you find that stuff let me know. I think I want to hang out with that guy.”

“Well, what kind of stuff would a woman have that a guy wouldn’t?” I was getting desperate.

“Tampons!” Jess yelled and clapped her hands like she was on Family Feud.

“Will you be quiet?” I hissed. “The point is we can figure out within maybe five cans which one is hers. It looks like there’s an alley over there and there are street lights. I say we carry the cans back there and figure out which one it is.”

If this quote peaked your interest than feel free to check it out. It wasn’t terrible…there just wasn’t enough conflict to keep it interesting and there were some VERY stereo-typed characters that were almost caricatures.

The Law of Attraction is Best Served With

The Playboy Bunny Cocktail

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add a healthy amount of ice and shake the drink.
  3. Coat the rim of a margarita glass with water and then crust it with sugar.
  4. Pour the drink into the glass
  5. CHEERS!!

 

A Sweet Drink for a Slightly Flat Read..

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2 out of 5 Stars

So, I have to come clean about something… I am an Austenite. A TOTAL Jane Austen Junkie. I have read more variations then I care to admit to… I really think that I need a 12 step program. So…

I was really excited when I read the synopsis of the book. Kay Ashton, a Jane Austen fan herself, inherits some money and buys a B&B in the picturesque town of Lyme to be close to the Cobb, the setting for her favourite scene in Persuasion. There just happens to be a cast in Lyme making a movie adaptation of that very same book who swoop in and take over the place.. including a very handsome ‘Captain Wentworth’!

Unfortunately, the characters and the romance fell flat.

Kay was too focused on the charming actor playing Captain Wentworth for her romance to be believable.

Gemma was too busy worrying about her acting and her mother for many people to care about her romance.

Ollie was too much of a cad and a playboy for anyone to worry about him…

For a book that was only 373 pages it took WAY too long to get through it. I will admit, it wasn’t a bad book to pick up lying in bed too tired to focus on anything else. But, then again, there could have been other choices.

The Perfect Hero is Best Served With:

Hernder Winery Blueberry Iced Wine

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This iced wine is the perfect thing to sweeten up a somewhat flat read! Being Blueberry it isn’t overpoweringly sweet and it is fabulous chilled on its own, mixed with  a little club soda or sparling wine (go with prosecco if you REALLY have a sweet tooth!), or poured over a bowl of consoling ice cream!