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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Little Harmless Fascination (steamy review!)

ANOTHER. HAWT. STEAMY. READ. By one of my favorite 'erotic' authors, Melissa Schroeder.

I've read and enjoyed most of her 'Harmless Series' although, I must say she has several other series available. A Little Harmless Fascination is the seventh book in this series.

FYI, you can find all of her hawt and steamy stuff HERE!

About the story:

Connor Dillon is a Security Expert who is uptight and runs life on a schedule. He is a mentally unbending type of man (although, physically he bends quite well, he he he *insert evil grin*). But when he pushes his stress level too hard, his sister insists he take a vacation. She sends him to Hawaii to rent the garage apartment above Jillian Sawyer who has actually been a family friend for years. Jillian just so happens to be an author of all things erotic. She lives her life care fee and at her own pace which in the beginning is quite annoying to Connor.

Unbeknown to Connor, Jillian has secretly had a crush on him for years. There is obviously a physical attraction which builds quite quickly. And soon, Jillian gets a taste of what she writes about. But not before being forewarned by Connor.

I'm so kind that I borrowed the excerpt from Melissa Schroeder's website for you:

She had been right. He had been flirting with her. That thought made most of her brain melt on the spot. When she finally gathered enough of her wits to answer, he'd moved closer, resting his hand on her car behind her. She could smell him, that musky scent of his aftershave and…Conner. It took all her control not to lean in and sniff him.

“Yeah. But then, I know just how fast to go.”

His expression hardened and even in the dim light, she could see the flush on his cheeks. Knowing she was getting to him had her libido revving out of control.

     “Do you know what you’re messing with?”

She slipped closer. “I think that’s who not what.”

His mouth curved. He slid his arm around her waist pulled her close and kissed her.

At first the kiss was gentle, then he deepened it, plunging his tongue between her lips. Everything in her yearned, wanted, needed. This man had been hitting all the points for days and now, she craved him.

He moved and pressed his body against her. She would have to be dead not to feel his erection.

By the time he pulled back, her head was spinning and her heart was beating so hard, she thought she might pass out. Lord, the man was deadly with his mouth. 

“Answer me one question.”
She couldn’t seem to open her eyes.

“Jillian, open your eyes.” When she didn’t respond, he snapped out, “Now.”

She did as he ordered before she even thought about it.

“Were you at Rough ‘n Ready for fun or was it really research for a book?”

She smiled knowing it would irritate him. She wanted to push him just to see his reaction and it would do to her. “A little of both.”

He didn’t like that answer. She could tell by the way his eyes narrowed as he studied her. “I don’t think you know what you’re getting yourself into.”

“Why don’t you tell me about it, Conner.”

She heard the challenge in her voice, knew that she was definitely hitting some hot buttons for him. 

He crowded her against her car again. The heat of him surrounded her and she wanted another kiss. Another taste of the paradise she knew he would be able to offer her. Conner leaned down.

When his mouth was within a centimeter of hers, he said, “When you want to do more than play games, you let me know, Jillian.”

Yeah. After that, I can't tell you anymore other than to be sure you have a glass of ice and/or a glass of wine when you read it. And, be prepared to mark out time in your schedule because this is a 'can't put it down' read. TOTALLY...

My eyes are still steaming from it. And, I'm somewhat scorched in other places too. *insert another evil grin*

You can find this book on amazon in paperback or on her website. But you can find it in e-book at amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks.

Five stars from Farmer*sWife/Glass Half Full Gal! Enjoy the read now and thank me later ;-)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Promises: A Review and a song :-)

I'm finally writing my review on book two in the Timeless Series. I was so thankful (and nagging for months) for Lisa Wiedmeier to send me an ARC to read and then I failed to meet my deadline for the review. Luckily, she knows how busy life can get, especially at the end of the school year with kids and all. Thank you Lisa, and as before I'll be honest in my review. :-)

I'm also reading two other ARCs, well one beta YA and one (erotic) romance ARC.

*waggling eyebrows*

Anyhow, I finally got my review up on Goodreads and I wanted to share it here too.

So, on to the review...

I loved the first book (obviously) but I did have a few issues with Cheyenne, the MC, and her kind of whishy-washy attitude. It was more that she was a too back and forth to be believable. But then again, I forget she's just a kid who lost both parents in an accident (only to find out they were not even her real parents).Then she is hauled off by three brothers, only one whom she actually knows and thrown into a whole new realm.

Lisa totally had Cheyenne grow up in book two. And her emotions are more believable and feel more natural. Cheyenne is torn between so much that has been thrown at her over the last twelve months that it only makes sense at her age that she would be all mixed up emotionally. She really expresses herself more clearly in book two.

And, there is so much more action and new characters to get to know and try and figure out what their role is in this story and Cheyenne's journey. I have to say that I am with Cheyenne when she wonders why she can't just ditch the whole betrothed thing and 'she's the hope of the world' and run away with Colt (my FAV of the boys). But, alas, it is a story we will have to read on into book three to find out the reasoning.

Maes, I loved. Even though throughout the story one had to wonder if he was a good guy or bad guy or half-and-half. (I'm kind of a fan of hunky shape shifters). Both YA and the adult variety. >;-)

There were a few scenes where I think there was too much dialogue giving away what the reader had already concluded. Like telling the reader what was already understood. But, I have to admit that authors have their own style. And, I think this is just Lisa's style.

*Spoiler alert* The ending about killed me. Tears. I was like "Noooooo!!!" But, I have fingers crossed and faith in Lisa and in Cheyenne's powers that things are not as they seem. Unfortunately, like the rest of us I'll have to wait until Lisa's fingers have clicked out book three across the keys of her computer.

Until then, I'll wonder about Cheyenne, the O'Shea's and the rest of the clans... [Oh, and she can bet her inbox I'll be asking for an early copy] :-D

And, with this = is that song I promised. Hey, if it is in my head then I feel the need to share :-)


Friday, June 1, 2012

Frio Efficient!

Well, I'm blogging via the blogger app which I'm not crazy about but hey? It blogs, right?

Anyhow, I have to say that this was our most efficient Frio trip ever. In fact, we'd be on the road home already had I laundered that last load last night instead of at 8:am this morning. (Making mental note.)

I cut our food expense in 1/2 I can tell you. And we still ate great! (Hubby rocked those Ribeyes the other night!)

And we brought stuff from the garden. We have little left overs, just what we need for snacks and sandwiches for our Georgia trip AND I managed to already have cleaned out the fridge at home by bringing all that stuff with us.

I didn't take nearly as many pictures this year, I drank responsibly (for the most part) and I met some great people!

We missed our Frio buddies who usually make the trip up with us. It was hard when we finally broke it to the kids that they couldn't come. (It was harder on me than I expected too.)

But we still had a wonderful trip!

I met the adorable 11-year-old who was an old soul and actually local to where we are from. He and I and Hubby had a four hour conversation, in between rope swinging and all. And along with his brother and best buddy.

They had to leave early though because his grandma broke her foot. Iwas amazed at the responsible manner those boys had instilled in them.

We met some other almost locals too. I hung out with the cool kids (50+ year old teachers) and they were hilarious and fun!

We also did a float with some other friends from home that we ran into. I conned their son (he's built like a football player) into trading my kayak for his tube and then we all had him drag us along :-D

Great food, great fun, great swimming, great people, great fishing = Fabulous trip!

And now, as soon as that laundry load dries, we'll head back home and start all over again for Alabama/Georgia were we will visit with some great family!

Getting the last fishing in he possible can: