Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Let's get Hitched???

Yeah... I'm not about to get hitched anytime soon.  I'm not against marriage at all and I'm looking forward to the day I get to find my special someone.  Until then, I will remain happily single.  No, I'm talking about the three book series called Hitched by Kendall Ryan.  I just started it today and I'm only about half way through the first book but let me tell you, it's one of the funniest books I've read in a long time!  I've delved into Kendall Ryan's works before and she never disappoints.  Here's the Goodreads link to the first book Hitched Volume One and the synopsis below:


Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check.

Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check.

Produce an heir… Wait, what?

I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts.

And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir.

She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed.

But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.

Mark my words—I’ll have her begging for me, and it won’t take ninety days.
Noah and Olivia grew up in close proximity to each other due to their fathers owning and running a business together.  These two rip on each other quite often, but underneath is much caring and understanding.  He's a playboy and she's a workaholic but when they are near each other, the sparks just fly like crazy.  Here's the second book in the series Hitched Volume Two:


Arranged marriage? Check.

Cocky new husband? Check.

It's a marriage of convenience—one I’m determined to keep strictly professional. I can't be stupid enough to fall for this sexy playboy's charm or advances. I have to be strong, even if he is my husband.

Except he has a huge cock with an even bigger ego, and his main goal in life seems to be getting me to stroke both. The arrogant bastard is like sweet, sugary candy for my libido. I know he’s bad for me.

But I want to devour every wicked inch of him.

With his sexual prowess and experience, I know he’ll be explosive in the bedroom. And since we’re stuck together for the foreseeable future—keeping up this marriage charade long enough to turn the company profitable again—I deserve something to look forward to at the end of a long workday, right?

What could one little taste hurt?

Uh huh, I can't wait to dive into this book.  Noah and Olivia have a lot of issues to overcome but as Noah says in Chapter 5 of the first book, Game On!  The final novel sounds just as good Hitched Volume Three:



I’ve ruined everything.

I’ve broken the cardinal rule and fallen in love with my fake wife, and then I went and did the worst thing a husband can do.

Winning her back will be nearly impossible, but I’ve never backed down from a challenge before and I’m sure as hell not about to start now. Olivia will be mine, and I can’t wait to put a bun in her oven.

You won’t want to miss the final installment in Noah and Olivia’s love story, and especially the way this over-the-top alpha male wins over his bride once and for all.

Oh Noah, I have all the faith in the world in your quest to woo the fair maiden Olivia and have her fall as deeply in love with you as you surely are with her.  I can't wait to see how this story all ends!!! You can order the books from Kendall Ryan's website at www.kendallryanbooks.com or below are the links to get your own copies of this series.

Google Play - Hitched Volume One the first book is the only one available in the Google Play Store
Audible - Hitched Volume One the first book is the only one available in the Audible book store.

Go enjoy this wonderful story!

Slainte,
M

Monday, August 8, 2016

It's Been a While.....

So I fully acknowledge that it's been almost a month since I last wrote a blog entry.  I've been very busy with lots of stuff going on but I know, that's no excuse.  In order to remedy this problem, I am putting a reminding on my computer to write a blog post every day.  I may not fulfill my daily obligation but I will be attempting to at least be more of a regular writer.  Hey, at least I'm trying here!

July was a very busy month for me.  I started a new position at work and its been quite an adjustment for me going from the outbound call center to the inbound call center.  Its a great learning experience for me though, so I'm choosing to stay positive even though its a little overwhelming at times. I got to see one of my favorite bands of all time, the Goo Goo Dolls, when they came to town a couple weeks ago!  The concert was awesome and they played lots of their hits as well as some of the songs from their new album.  We were pretty close to the stage and I was able to get some nice pictures and a video of their song Iris.  It was so awesome and brought me back to my teenage years, especially since we dressed in 90's inspired outfits!

July was also the month I threw a baby shower for my best friend Tasha.  I never realized the amount of planning and how much work is involved in throwing a party.  It wasn't even that big of a party, but I still found myself stressing out about the weirdest little things.  Honestly, I blame Tasha.  I mean, she's almost 40 years old and pregnant.  Who does that?  I mean I'm happy for her and I know she's looking forward to it but dear lord, no way.  And I plan the shower?  Me???  Seriously???  I can barely remember to function properly on a daily basis, and I'm the one who gets to be the party organizer!  But the party went off without a hitch and we all had a good time.  I couldn't have done it without my mom.  She planned and threw so many parties as I was growing up so she knew the ropes of it, for which I was extremely grateful.  And here I sit thinking, I'm stressed out about having the party, I can't imagine having the actual kid!!!  Everyone assures me it will be different when I have kids, but at the rate I'm going I'm not even sure kids are going to be part of my future.  Oh well, time will tell.

And since this is a book blog, I have to include a book I recently picked up on my latest trip to the book store.  The title is The Heir by Grace Burrowes with one of my all time favorite cover photos!


Here is the Goodreads.com link to The Heir by Grace Burrowes and the synopsis below:

AN EARL WHO CAN'T BE BRIBED

Gayle Windham, Earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the Duke of Moreland. To escape his father's inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper...

A LADY WHO CAN'T BE PROTECTED...

Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle Windham that she works as his housekeeper.

As the two draw closer and begin to lose their hearts to each other, Anna's secrets threaten to bring the earl's orderly life crashing down - and he doesn't know how he's going to protect her from the fallout...

I love historical Regency romance novels and it is by far one of my favorite genres in this writing field.  This is such a sweet story about a couple who struggle, not only to accept their love for one another, but also with accepting the roles they find themselves playing in each other's lives.  Gayle Windham is the heir to a dukedom and is being pushed by his father to find a bride and secure the ducal title by producing a son.  Anna Seaton is his opinionated and slightly irreverent housekeeper who challenges him at every turn.  Their roles of employer and employee are firmly established in the beginning, but the lines are quickly blurred in their attraction to each other.  Gayle pursues Anna relentlessly but she is hesitant due to a secret in her background.  Not wishing to tarnish her reputation as well, she initially resists his attempts at seduction.  However, she slowly succumbs and they fall in love.  There is no insta-love here, but it is built up slowly and realistically throughout the novel.  The banter between the hero and heroine is witty and laugh out loud funny, while the secondary characters give such a warmth and depth to the overall story.  Gayle and Anna must overcome the many obstacles placed in their path on the road to love and in the end, they find their happy ending.

I read this book for the first time a few years ago on my Kindle, but when I saw it on the shelf at the bookstore, I decided to pick up a hard copy and dive into the novel a second time.  It was totally worth it in my opinion and now I'm sharing my love for this tale with all of you.  I hope the story of Gayle and Anna delight you and amuse you as much as it did me.  Below are the links to get your own copy.

Digital:
Amazon - The Heir
Barnes & Noble Nook - The Heir
iBooks - The Heir
Google Play - The Heir
Kobo - The Heir

Print:
Amazon - The Heir
Barnes & Noble - The Heir
Indigo - The Heir
Books-A-Million - The Heir
IndieBound - The Heir
Book Depository - The Heir

Audio:
Tantor Publishing - The Heir
Amazon CD - The Heir
Audible - The Heir
iTunes - The Heir

Well folks, I think that's all for tonight.  I'm going to finish watching the gorgeous men of the US Olympic Gymnastics Team compete for some medals before heading off to dreamland.

Slainte,
M

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Fellow P&P Lovers, This Might Be Just For You!

I was browsing through my Facebook feed today and I noticed something so adorably cute, I just had to share it with you!  It's Pride and Prejudice themed cross-stitch pictures!  I couldn't believe it when I saw it and thought, omg I just had to share this.  I am currently in the middle of a very large cross-stitch picture myself, but as soon as that is done, I will immediately be picking this one up!  I have loved Pride and Prejudice (my favorite book ever) since the first time I read it when I was ten (yes, yes I know that was a long time ago) and pretty much anything to do with it, or Jane Austen in general, gets me all excited!  In fact, one of my dearest friends gave me very large and thick hardcover book with all of Jane Austen's works in it and I thought I had died and gone to book heaven!

One of the things I really like about this design is that it is reminiscent of the cross stitch patterns of old, better known in history as samplers.  These were very popular among girls and women in Britain during the 18th century and I am certain that Jane Austen herself must have done a few.  They were mostly employed as a learning tool for girls, very often in schools, and were usually comprised of the alphabet, a set of basic numbers, religious quotes, some pictures, and often bore the name of the girl stitching as well as a date.  As the girls grew older, the designs became more and more intricate.  Many elaborate pictures were sewn by women and you can see examples of these in the Victoria and Albert Museum located in London.  Here is a link to their page on the history of Samplers.

Ok, ok I'll end the history lesson here.  One of the hazards of being a history major is that I have a tendency to get too "historical" on people so I'm sorry if you started nodding off.  Anyways, here's the link to the cross-stitch.  The seller has other themed cross-stitch patterns as well, so enjoy!

Links:
Pride and Prejudice Cross Stitch

Petalpusher Main Page

Slainte,
M

Saturday, July 2, 2016

First Book Post!!! Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley

So remember when I told you all that I decided to start a blog?  Yeah, I think my computer hated that idea because the next day, it decided to not work properly.  And it has been not right ever since.  Sigh, I think it's time to start looking at new computers.  I mean, she's already seven years old and got me through college along with traveling to Ireland for four months so she's had her share of wear and tear.  So there's that to look forward to.  I wasn't planning on springing for a new computer until I go back to grad school which at this point is looking like 2018. But as the French say, c'est la vie...

Moving on, I figured since this is mostly going to be a book blog, I should touch on some of my favorite reads as well as ones I'm looking forward to.  So in order to start things out, I will tell you about one of my all time favorite books that just came out on audio recently.  It's called Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley.  In a word, this book is PHENOMENAL!!!!  It is one of those few books that I consistently go back to read over and over again.  I love the fantasy genre (Game of Thrones anyone? Lord of the Rings? You get my drift...) and this love story just hits all the right spots for me. Here's what it says on Goodreads (Wildest Dreams)



Seoafin “Finnie” Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime.

But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she’s been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.

Thrown into inauspicious circumstances, with years of practice, Finnie bests the challenges and digs into her adventure. But as Frey Drakkar discovers the woman who is his new wife is not Princess Sjofn, a woman he dislikes but instead, his Finnie, a free-spirit with a thirst for venture just like him, without her knowledge he orders his new bride bound to his frozen world, everlasting.

But at the same time Frey plunges Finnie into a web of political intrigue that includes assassination plots, poison, magic, mystery and… dragons.


Finnie the heroine really resonated with me, as she has a natural thirst for living life to the fullest and makes the best out of her situation. I like to think that I would react like she does, if I was ever thrust into a situation like that. I love her quirky sense of humor and her relatability to the reader. Most of the book is written in her voice, and through her eyes does the fantastical world. that runs parallel to ours, open up for the readers.

What can I say about my Frey?? Yes I called him mine. To me, he is the quintessential man and my favorite Kristen Ashley hero.  He lets Finnie be her free loving self, all the while watching over her and making sure nothing harms her.  He is the fantasy version of Mr. Darcy, and as in P&P, the two main characters start off not liking each other very much.  But that is very quickly resolved, although the story is not just about them finding love with each other.  It is so much more than that. I'm not going to say too much because, obviously I want you to read it, but there is adventure, intrigue, romance, and in the end a happy ending.  I started reading this again while listening to the audio version and it has opened up a whole new appreciation for the story.  So go out and get your own copy of Wildest Dreams.  This is the first book in the Fantasyland series, so I encourage you to get them all.  If you're anything like me, you will crave the next book, then the next, and so on and so forth.  In reality, Kirsten Ashley is an amazing author and anything she writes is awesomely wonderful, so check out all of her books!  Here's some links to Wildest Dreams below.  Enjoy!

Amazon: Wildest Dreams
Barnes & Noble: Wildest Dreams
iTunes: Wildest Dreams
Google Play: Wildest Dreams


Slainte,
M

Saturday, June 18, 2016

In the beginning.....



So today I decided to write a blog. What does someone do when they decide this? Well, a smart person researches and researches until she's inundated with a plethora of information on the topic. Yes, that is what I did. I think that now makes me a smart person. My brain officially hurts. But on the bright side, I think I have an idea on how the cool kids are doing it this blogging thing these days.

The biggest obstacle I found was figuring out what my topic would be. Two of my favorite things in the whole world are romance novels and European travel, especially to Ireland. Hence, the title of my blog. When I wrote the title, I instantly pictured Lizzie Bennett walking through the fields reading a book. Think, the opening scene of the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. Yeah, I'm a hardcore Austenite.

Anywho...back to the subject of the blog. I'm thinking its going to be kind of a mish mosh of things. I mean, I'll tell you about my most recent book read and cover some of my travel experiences, but I figured I could pretty much interdict anything into these posts and tell you about my life. Basically, I'm going to try to talk to you as if we're relaxing on the patio with a pair of margarita's in hand and recounting our woes. Too dramatic??? Ehh, we're gonna talk like we're hanging out. So buckle up buttercup.

I guess I'll start by telling you a little about myself. I'm a 31 year old single woman living in the Midwest. I have an obsession with romance novels and pretty much anything to do with Ireland. I didn't go to college until I was 25 and I swear I was the oldest person on that campus. I majored in history, which is my other obsession. I live in a duplex with my parents. They live upstairs and own the place while I live downstairs. Before you ask, yes they are separate lodgings. No, its not always easy living within shouting distance of your parents especially at my age. But there are perks as well, mainly the fact that I have an Italian mama who loves to cook. Dibs on the Tiramisu.  I have an adorable dog named Fox who is too smart for his own good. He's a mutt about the size of a small terrier (16lbs to be exact) and looks like a fox, hence the name. I adopted him from the local shelter and am a huge supporter of pet adoption. There are too many wonderful animals out there who need good homes.

What else can I tell you.....oh I work in a call center. Yeah I know its not the most glamorous job in the world but it pays the bills for now. I want to go to grad school someday so I gotta make money to save and this job does that for me. Always keeping my eyes and my options open but it's slim pickings out there nowadays. I live in a rural area now, but was raised near the big city, so I deal with boredom and restlessness quite often.  I studied abroad in Ireland my junior year of college and I'm hoping to go back there for grad school. My ultimate goal is to one day live there. Maybe meet a handsome Irishman...... Who knows what the future holds?

Well on that note, I have to make some dinner and feed the dog so I will be signing off for now. But welcome to my blog everyone, and I hope you all will enjoy my future posts!

Slainte,
M