Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Original Nana - The Appeal of IR and MC Romance

 Have you ever read an interracial romance? If you think your answer is no, then rethink it.


Take a quick look at my picture. Don’t I look like a black woman? That’s because I am, but delve into my genetics and you’ll find that I’m 12.5% white on my mother’s side thanks to my great grandmother. I have aunts and uncles who are darker than me who possess a whopping 25%. 

Any relationship I get into, no matter what his race, will be interracial, just because I am. It makes me wonder how many other people in the world are interracial yet don’t genetically show it.

Even in the 21st century race is still an unnecessarily big damn deal. I can’t truly imagine how things were like in the past. What kinds of hardships couples may have had to go through just to be together. That’s what intrigues me about interracial romance. Relationships are hard to begin with, but when you add fundamental differences that some people don’t agree too, it makes things more difficult.

On the flip side, sometimes even in interracial romances, race doesn’t factor into the romance. The couple has too much other crap to worry about, so petty things like skin color doesn’t even get mentioned except to describe the characters.

In Love Undercover the heroine, Sarita Cerez is Columbian while the hero, Matthew Carter is of mixed race, it’s just that none of the inmates knows precisely races.

His skin reminded her of the caramel in a Twix chocolate bar. The girls had come to a consensus about his African American heritage, but no one could figure out if his light complexion came from being Asian, Latino, or Caucasian. His exotic features made it impossible to tell.



I read interracial romances for the depth it tends to add to a story. Why do you read them?

Saturday, 20 May 2017

The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston

The Blurb 
Stieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever, has got big problems. The human Viking Clans of earth are in danger of being obliterated—along with the rest of the world—and the only one who may be able to save them is a super pain-in-the-ass Crow. Most people annoy Stieg, but this is the one woman he really can’t stand…

Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.

With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one….

My Review
I’ve been anticipating Erin’s story since I read book one. She’s someone who knows how to get under people’s skin (not just with her tattoos) and enjoys doing it. Stieg, with his intense background and inability to tolerate nonsense, is perfect for her. This book was hilarious and full of surprises that I would’ve never anticipated.  I can’t wait to read the next book in the series because the Crows are amazing!

I give this book five out of five dragon shaped chocolate bars.


I purchased my copy from Amazon.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Review: Rumpeled: a Cindermama Story (A Cindermama Story #2) by Ines Johnson

The Blurb

 Enter a world were single mothers get a second chance at happily ever after with Book Two in the Cindermama Series! 

In this new spin on an old fairytale, Guy Rumpel’s golden touch could put a wrinkle in Midori Miller’s designs.

Former model, Midori Miller, left the fashion world in disgrace and now lives quietly as a small town dressmaker and single mom. When her talented daughter catches the ear of a New York record producer, the last thing Midori wants is to return to the harsh glare of the spotlight. Caught between the producer’s charms, her daughter’s dreams, and her own new chance at success, Midori isn’t sure she can design the right path for herself or her family, especially when the producer makes a play for her heart.

After a string of flops, producer Guy Rumpel believes he’s lost his golden touch. He needs to turn his career around with a hit record, and the young songbird from his hometown just may be the key. But when his family’s gift for finding their one true love shines its light on Midori, he’ll have to convince her to make the deal of a lifetime.

Rumpeled is the second book in Ines Johnson’s bestselling Cindermama series. If you love contemporary romance with a touch of magic then this series is for you. Buy Rumpeled: a Cindermama Story and bring this modern fairytale into your world today!

My Review
I want to clap for Ms. Johnson. This is the second book I have read from her and I’m in love with her writing style. Funny, touching, romantic, and realistic (for a paranormal- fairy tale). I could really relate to the characters. She makes the concept of happily-ever-after seem possible and that’s always a good thing when it comes to romance.

Guy isn’t your typical romance hero, and my mouth gaped open when he was described by one of the other characters. The description flowed with the story line and in the end it made things even clearer about him. Midori is an amazing character. She’s strong, a great mother (her daughter is fantastic in her own right), and a talented fashion designer who needs to get her big break. A wonderful heroine all around.

I have already bought the third book in the series and am looking forward to reading it, even though there is a conflict in there that I’m not sure how Ms. Johnson will resolve it. Intriguing.

I give this book five out of five scissor shaped chocolate bars.


I purchased my copy from Amazon.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Original Nana - Puppy Love

Last year one of the dogs in the neighborhood had puppies. The owner of the dog didn't really feed her, so she would go out roaming for food. The puppies ended up behind my apartment also foraging for food with their mother. I will never claim to be the nicest person in the world, but when looking at a starving dog who barely had enough strength to breast feed them, and four adorable puppies, I had to do something. So I started feeding them (I'll admit that I wasn't consistent because as wandering dogs they weren't always behind my house).
My dog is the brown one on
the bottom.
One puppy in particular took to me. I swear he (although I thought it was a girl at first) fell in love with me right away. Oddly enough from the first moment I saw him, I found him to be the most entertaining of the four puppies. And he was so dag on confident and flipping adorable. The others were cute, too but there was just something about this one. It was as if he was mine.                                 
When I'd feed the puppies, instead of running for the food like the others, he'd run back and forth in excitement before coming up to me and trying to play. I had to lead him to the food so he could eat. When I went to work in the mornings the puppy would follow me. My landlord had to pick him up and hold him. One time he placed him in the basket of a bike, and the dog tried to climb down (Don't worry, my landlord caught him before he could tumble out).
On my return home, the puppy would come from nowhere and run up to me smelling my shoes. Then he would stand in front of me blocking my path or weave his little body in between my legs so I couldn't walk. He was a ham for attention. Everywhere on the property I went, he followed, sometimes he'd take his paw and step on the back of my shoe. At first I though it was an accident, but when it kept happening I knew the little rascal was doing it intentionally. 


I initially didn't want to take care of him because I knew I'd be travelling to the UK and I didn't want to get attached. It happened anyway. When I told my landlord it was a male (they tend to be good watchdogs), he took interest in the dog and named him Risky. 

I was told that the dog now follows my old landlord around as if he were his shadow. Such a loving dog. Every once in a while I wonder if the dog will remember me if he sniffs me again. 

True love is a wonderful thing.

One last story about Risky. When I was moving, I gave my neighbors a mirror. They rested it outside so they could pick up some other things. All of a sudden Risky started barking and growling. I went out side to see what the problem was and the girls told me he was looking at his reflection. I laughed so hard that day.


Monday, 15 May 2017

Review: Taste for Temptation (Temptation 1) by Phyllis Bourne

The Blurb
Only one man can satisfy her craving…
No one dumps Brandi Collins! After being left at the altar, the Nashville high school teacher plans to get back at her ex by undergoing a major transformation. But how is she supposed to shed those extra pounds with that intoxicating aroma wafting into her condo? And the tempting smell of mouth-watering chocolate has nothing on the handsome hunk who’s creating the irresistible confections.
Adam Ellison has given up everything for his dream of winning the International Chocolate Pastry Competition. His voluptuous new neighbor knocking on his door at three in the morning is a distraction he doesn’t need!
Now only one thing will satisfy Adam’s craving for Brandi. But what happens when she discovers her struggling pastry chef is really the heir to a multi-million-dollar corporate empire? Will Brandi still be there intoxicating him with her kisses…or will Adam lose his chance for a lifetime of love?

My Review
I’m a sucker for romances that feature chocolate. Not only did the treats that Adam created sound irresistible, but he did too. Yes he was handsome, rich, and could bake up a storm, but he wasn’t a perfect man. He had issues which drove him and that made him a more enticing character.

Brandi was an amazing heroine. Her relationship with her mother was an interesting one and I felt badly for what she had to contend with and often times wondered how she was able to. But she was a strong woman and that made her endure. I loved the heat between Adam and Brandi and rooted for them from their first encounter.

One thing I also have to say is that the writing was amazing. It was descriptive, but not burdened, and the images it left in my mind still have me chuckling.

I give this book five out of five cake shaped chocolate bars.


I purchased this book from Amazon.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Prah, Constantine, and Baryeh Review:Guardian of the Grail (Immortal Blood by Elena Bryce ·


Happy Spring to those who are living in the four season  areas. I hope the snow is gone until it’s supposed to be back. We took a month off  and now we’re back. Hope you didn’t miss us too much. 
We figured it’d been a long time since we’d read a paranormal, so that’s what we chose for this month. Could you blame us with that gorgeous cover?

Remember to stop by Constantine’s and Baryeh’s blogs to see what they had to say about the book. I'm really curious myself.


The Blurb
Before vampires, they were Guardians, drinking the sacred blood of the Holy Grail, and sworn to protect it through the ages.

When Lachlan Thorn is entrusted with the task of relocating the Grail to a castle in the Scottish Highlands, he requires the help of a witch to conceal it on the perilous journey. Unfortunately for him, the only one available is Ivy, who is untrained and a descendant of the woman who broke his heart.

For Ivy, helping to protect the Grail gives her a chance to do something good with her magic and learn more about it. But once the Grail is out in the open it draws the attention of both vampires and vampire hunters alike, and before long Ivy is facing an ancient and powerful foe that she has no chance of escaping.

Forced to tap into the deeper magic, Ivy must travel through time, linking with her ancestors and experiencing witch trials to take on the power that is her heritage. She might also learn the startling truth about her connection to Lachlan.


My Review
The chapters in this novel were short and they kept pushing me to read the next one and then the next and before I knew it the book was finished. It wasn’t just the short chapters that had me eating up the book, but the concept of vampirism through the use of the Grail fascinated me. I’m sure if I were more of a vampire book reader I may have heard of the concept before now (maybe not). I found it intriguing and kept looking up things mentioned in the story to see if they made sense within the context of the book, and they did.
I enjoyed the romance between Lachlan and Ivy. Did the aspect with the grandmother disturb me a little? Well yes, but destiny is destiny and Lachlan had to experience it before he could believe it. Their adventure with guarding the grail was filled with action. My favorite parts of the book were the last few chapters where we learn so much more about Lachlan and Ivy’s ancestors through her deeper magic. The journey was amazing and brought so much depth to their relationship and her power as a witch.
I give this book five out of five chalice shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased my copy from Amazon.

Friday, 28 April 2017

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When Maggie Forrester wakes up naked in bed with her boss, iceman Will Brian, she's sure it must be a dream. Or a feverish hallucination at the very least. But magic takes over when she begins to experience an impossible other life—complete with an alternate husband—and she's forced to confront the reality of the man she loves versus the man she's fallen in love with.

After secrets she believed long buried surface, both of Maggie's realities are threatened. As the truth of her past comes to light, she must decide which man she truly loves and which life she wants to live—if the choice is even hers to make. Sometimes, true love is even worth wishing for.
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