Books and whatever I feel like talking about.  

Isn't it sad when there are ...

continuity errors in books? In the first chapter, first two pages no less.




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Why am I always drawn to Pirates?

The Pirate Next Door -  Jennifer Ashley

I enjoyed this one. It was pretty fast-paced but not so much that it was confusing. I don't recall much in the way of things that cause eye-rolling, so that is good. After finishing this book, it occurred to me that I have quite a few pirate romances. I can't figure out why I am so drawn to them knowing that they are often filled with weak heroines and Rapey McRappertons. Maybe its the settings and not the characters or quite possibly some subconscious desire to sail the seven seas. I'm at a loss. I wouldn't say they were a guilty pleasure since I speak of them freely and don't feel the need to hide it. 


Perhaps all pirates are now Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow regardless of how they are described in the book



As far as this book, it was filled with pirates. Oh I remember one thing I did roll my eyes over was the fact that every guy the female MC encounters falls in love with her. She gets no less that 4 proposals and a proposition from 2 guys offering to share her between them (and not in a hot kind of menage way). The upside of that was her reactions to the proposals, they kind of annoyed her too. She was a good foil for the pirates in this book because she did not sit and wait to be rescued or stayed tucked away from dangerous situations. She wasn't afraid of her own voice and said what she thought needed to be said even if she was addressing a not entirely sane pirate captain.



Anyway, Drink up me 'earties. Yo ho!




I just lost 10 years off of my life.....

I'm at work right now and everything is fine. But an hour ago, I was racing to my daughter's daycare thinking she had a fever of 105 °F. I called back while I was driving to find out why in the hell they hadn't called 911 for something that high. My daughter has a history of febrile seizures so we have to be very proactive anytime she has a temperature. Turns out it was 100.5 °F which is much easier to deal with. She is currently curled up with her daddy watching Disney movies eating frozen yogurt.


So yeah....more gray hairs for me.


Another installment in the Mercy Thompson series in which...

Night Broken - Patricia Briggs

Mercy gets hurt/nearly dies and still manages to save the day.



This installment probably wasn't the strongest in the series but I think I enjoyed it more than some of the earlier ones.   However, I don't feel compelled to devour these books as I do with Kim Harrison's Hollows series, or Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels series or even LKH's Anita Blake series before Anita ...well you know:


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Thoughts on To Marry an Heiress

To Marry an Heiress - Lorraine Heath

This second installment of the Daughters of Fortune series by Lorraine Heath was Hallmark/Lifetime in nature. It was middle of the road not great just ok. The Lead male Devon was arrogant, proud and also full of self loathing. The lead female Gina was orphan Annie grown up full of always half-full, sun will come up tomorrow sweetness. It was bittersweet really and surprisingly not annoying at all especially after you learn about the hard knock life that was her childhood. She didn't bore me but I wish Gina spoke up more. I wanted to see her give voice to that Texas fire that we only got hints of. In fact I found Devon to be the one I was most annoyed with. I kept wanting to send the check to his table for one at Pity Party Restaurant cause the kitchen was closing. Get over it already.

Another bonus we got to see though without much depth is the difference between the American mindset (work hard for your money) and the English aristocracy mindset ( don't work at all because your money is inherited and it is unseemly to sweat).   To Marry an Heiress (Avon Romantic Treasure) - Lorraine Heath - 2.5

The Ideal Wife is An unlikely Countess

The Ideal Wife - Mary Balogh An Unlikely Countess - Jo Beverley

The ideal wife is ME. Kidding I'm far from it. So is the main lead Abigail according to the checklist of attributes Miles the lead man creates. This was a cute middle of the road story. Nothing too exciting and nothing too boring. I found myself smiling alot while reading this, a nice change of pace from the feels filled Fault in Our Stars. The main lead Abby reminded me of a good friend. Sweet and generous, but not afraid to speak up. Always wanting to help those in need. Maybe that's why I smiled. I think I liked that there was laughter in this book. Not slap stick funny haha but the kind of laughter that comes because you are happy and you know not to take yourself seriously. I liked that the lead male wasn't a stuffy shirt jerk because Abby wouldn't let him be. The Ideal Wife - Mary Balogh - 3 stars


Unfortunately An Unlikely Countess is originally gave it 3 stars but didn't review so I'm guessing I like it enough to give it a 3 but not enough to review. I had to go back and read a few lines to jar my memory, so this book didn't leave that much of an impression. One thing I think I remember is that it felt dragged out. I remember getting to a point and thinking this is the end but then realize there was a couple of chapters left. This book had a case of the if onlys. If only the author had ended it here.... Anyway I give it an ok. AN Unlikely Countess: A Novel of the Malloren World - Jo Beverley - 2.5 stars

Catching up

Slave to Sensation - Nalini Singh Visions of Heat - Nalini Singh The Outlaw and the Lady - Lorraine Heath

So I finished these 3 books this week. 


The Psy-Changeling series started off strong for me. I loved the first 2 books but found myself easily distracted from the story in the third book (never a good sign). This isn't the first time I've lost my stride in a series. Perhaps it is because for this series, I was more interested in the couple combination of Changeling male and Psy female. The third book is the reverse. Also I have a tendency to fall madly in love with the first book's couple and start reading the rest of the books for their cameos. This happened in BDB as well. Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changelings, Book 1) - Nalini Singh - 4 stars

Visions of Heat (Psy-Changelings, Book 2) - Nalini Singh - 3.5 stars



The Outlaw and the Lady is HR, Texas style. Meaning it's Texas Hold 'em with a Regency kicker. The main female lead was blind. That was different. She was also older by 4 years. Now I think overall I liked this book but I had this kind of unsettled feeling like I missed something or the end of the book wrapped up too quickly. The Outlaw and The Lady - Lorraine Heath - 3 stars

For Grim...


You may have already seen this but....



Also this:

There's Storm a brewin'...

Which Member Of The X-Men Are You?

  1. You got: Storm
    Daniel Acuna/Marvel Comics

    You’re very smart and centered, and people often look to you for advice and support. You can be very unpredictable – calm and serene one moment, totally badass and confrontational the next.

I'm Elfin it...

Which Mythical Creature Are You?

  1. You got: Elf
    New Line Cinema / Via

    You beautiful, aloof creature. You’re one of the most revered and honored creatures in the fantasy world, but you’re also very hard to pin down. You’re an interesting mix of empathetic politician and pragmatic dreamer. You believe in the power of justice, but you also believe in the power of protecting yourself. You’re always willing to lend a hand, but not to the point where it will negatively affect you.

Well it was ok.

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished - Sarah MacLean

So I picked this one up randomly thinking it would be a quick and easy read. I probably should have read Khanh's review before reading it. I didn't hate it as much but I agree with the problems in the story. I think that the main couple doesn't quite understand what it means to apologize for doing something unforgivable (heroine), or seek righteous vengeance for a wrong (male lead). I also wish that there wasn't a HEA because honestly there really shouldn't have been. Maybe it's too much to ask for a different theme other than "love conquers all" for this genre. I would love to have a HR story  that doesn't end with some variety of a fairy tale HEA.  


I was even more disappointed to see the author rate her own book 5 stars. That really irks me fierce. 


Also didn't realize this was third in the series. Not sure if I will read the first two. 


The only redeeming bit is the teaser in the epilogue for the 4th installment. It peaked my interest enough that I may go ahead and read the next book. 

Nothing is ever simple for me

Reporting live from Emergency Room 13. Is it Strep or Pneumonia? The details @ 7. 


Nothing is ever simple when you show your lupus card

Review of The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

I'm going to be brief. I love/hate this book and John Green. I told him on Twitter last night, not that he cares. I'm still processing the happenings in this book though I thought I was prepared for it.


Now with the recent Anti-John Green media campaign, I may have the unpopular opinion and frankly, I don't care because this and that are different things to me. I'm not going to try to change your mind because I don't think it needs to be changed. It's not my place to tell you what to think or feel.


I went into this book with very little knowledge of who John Green is. I had no prior knowledge of any of his internet fame/infamy. My approach was simple: this was a book written by some guy and it seemed interesting enough for me to dedicate some of my precious time. 


Truth: I understood Hazel and Gus. Their thoughts, their morbid humor, and even their hovering mothers resonated with me. I understood because for a brief moment in my life I was them. Two years ago I received a diagnosis that changed my life just 2 weeks after it had already been changed by the birth of my beautiful daughter. You have Lupus they told me. I was given the statistics, the expected outcomes, the treatment options and alot of we can't really know for sure there is so much we still don't know. Please understand that Lupus is not the death sentence that Cancer is/can be at least not anymore. It is chronic but not terminal. Let me also be Clear that I am in no way comparing my experience with anyone who is or knows someone who is/has battling/battled Cancer. That being said two life changing events back to back would be difficult for most people to handle.  I won't go into the details now, maybe someday after my daughter becomes a famous K-pop idol and I release my memoirs about how I helped her get to the top. There was a lot of finger crossing, poking and prodding and other unpleasant things. All this plus a newborn waiting for me at home. How I manged to keep the depression at bay is a wonder to the psychologists who came to see me every other day after I may or may not have had a tantrum and told everyone to get the hell out of my room. 


Whatever your thoughts on John Green or even the book itself, I'm thankful to him for writing this book and reminding me of why I have much to be grateful for and the opportunity to share the humble thoughts I cannot be held responsible for cause you know...I have Lupus.  Also I lied about the brief part....

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The Fault in Our Stars - John Green


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Ten things you never really wanted to know about me but I'm going to tell you anyway...

This is my ten things list 



1. I suck at cleaning. I do it only when my in-laws are coming over.


2. It took me 6 years to finish my first Bachelor's degree.  


3. I hate being outdoors. It is a punishment to me. 


4. I love K-pop, K-drama, and Korean variety shows(Infinite Challenge and Running Man specifically)


5. I love tea, loose tea not Lipton unless its Sweet Tea.


6. I don't speak Spanish even though I come from a Spanish speaking home, look Hispanic, and live in Miami. 


7. I can't stay awake in the car if the trip is longer than 15 minutes, unless I am driving, which I hate to do.


8. Most of my jobs have been book or library related, except the daycare I worked in before I realized I hate kids. 


9. I have an obsessive personality (read: fangirl). When I like something, I LIKE something. It's inherited.


10. I missed the first 1 1/2 months of my daughter's life due to illness and its resulting hospitalization. It is my the one thing I regret in my life so far.  


I'm done.

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