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Monday, March 19, 2018

monday minis: Suddenly in Love, A Princess in Theory


Today’s Monday minis are both books where the hero lies about his identity while starting a relationship with the heroine. Not a trope that I like but I did end up enjoying both of these books.

26150228Suddenly in Love (Lake Haven #1) by Julia London
Audio narrator: Cristina Panfilio

Source: Kindle Unlimited

~ Goodreads

Mia Lassiter is thrilled to finally put her artistic skills to use working for her aunt’s interior design shop in her hometown of East Beach. While renovating an old mansion overlooking stunning Lake Haven, she encounters a scruffy but attractive man named Brennan—the owner’s son. She doesn’t realize this sexy recluse is actually Everett Alden, the world-famous rock star in hiding who’s nursing his own artistic and personal crises.

As their personalities clash, tension simmers between the struggling artist and jaded musician, and their time spent alone together in the gorgeous old house only serves to turn up the heat. Soon, Mia and Brennan’s creative passions boil over to inspire passions of another kind…

But reality comes crashing in when Mia’s celeb-obsessed cousin discovers Brennan’s true identity—and reveals it to the world. As paparazzi and industry execs swarm the mansion, Brennan is thrust back into his rock star lifestyle. Will Mia lose her soul mate just when she’s finally found him? Can their love survive the glaring spotlight?

My thoughts: This was your typical jaded rock star becomes a recluse – not trusting anyone until the one girl who doesn’t recognize him or take his crap shows up. Standard fare here but both Mia and Brennan are good people and in a slight twist – Mia is also artistic (a failed painter) – and struggling with the same doubts about her talent as Brennan. They’re kindred spirits and this romance just works despite the over used premise and annoying back & forth once the secret was revealed.

As for the Brennan lying. I got it. And he didn’t exactly lie – just never told Mia he was a rock star. In fact, he was probably more honest with Mia than he was with anyone else in his life. Other than that one itty bitty fact. lol

Audio thoughts: This was my first book on audio and…eh. It wasn’t awful but I could have finished this SO much faster if I read it on my Kindle. On the other hand, listening probably helped me get past the whole lying thing since it felt more like I was *watching* the story unfold. I would have gotten mad and skimmed if I was reading. The narrator (Cristina Panfillio) did a good job but I wasn’t a fan of her voice for Brennan – it sounded strained and whenever she did an excited/exasperated voice for Mia, it was grating.

35828223A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole

Source: Purchased

~ Goodreads

From acclaimed author Alyssa Cole comes the tale of a city Cinderella and her Prince Charming in disguise . . .

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?

My thoughts: I LOVE the premise! Ledi keeps getting those – you are betrothed to an African Prince – please send your social security # and all personal information – emails lol Of course Ledi deletes all of them but then a real life African prince shows up to claim his bride. Only he falls for her and pretends to be Jamal, a regular guy who waits tables and lives next door.

Ledi falls hard and I had to step away from this book for a bit because of it. Ledi has been let down SO often and Jamal/Thabiso knows this – yet lies to her anyway. I actually understand his reasons and he did try to tell her multiple times but he didn’t. And continued to sleep with her. I just felt SO bad for Ledi and what was coming.

But! Once I took a breather from it and came back to it I loved them together. Thabiso has the whole fish out of water thing going on – having never had to do anything for himself before, and Ledi learns how to stand up for herself more. These two are combustible together and make each other stronger and better,

I wasn’t a fan of the rushed ending either but still a fun read.

Are there any tropes that you aren’t a fan of but found books that made it work for you anyway?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

tell me something tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

Question: What are good series for younger/MG readers?

I don’t read a lot of MG or very young leaning YA, but other than the obvious – Harry Potter, Percy Jackson series – I’ll recomend one of my favorite series, MG or otherwise, The All Four Stars trilogy by Tara Dairman ~ GOODREADS


Summary for All Four Stars, (All Four Stars #1)

“Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York’s toughest restaurant critic. (Just don’t tell anyone that she’s in sixth grade.)

Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She’s devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world.

But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City—all while keeping her identity a secret! Easy as pie, right?”

This is one of the most adorable series I’ve ever read and I recommend it to readers, young and old, especially if you love food, travel and spunky, determined little girls.

Monday, March 12, 2018

my monday musings

Soooo….week 2 of not having any posts drafted and not really reading anything.

I tweeted this this morning and it pretty much explains my current frame of mind.

“I realized this morning that I never changed the time on my appliances/ manual clocks Saturday night, so I lived in two time zones all day. That explains why the day was going either fast or slow depending what room I was in lol”

I wish everything could be blamed on daylight savings time but I seem to be in some weird funk regarding reading and blogging.

I sat down to write a few posts but instead made an Easter header – because that’s what I needed to be doing with my weekend. Also, I seemed to decide to overlook St. Patrick’s Day lol

Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been reading/watching:


MV5BN2EyYjRhZjQtYzNhNi00MDBjLWFhODQtZTRlOTkyYTFkMjQ1XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjExMjk0ODk@._V1_UY268_CR4,0,182,268_AL_The Frankenstein Chronicles on Netflix - Inspector John Marlott investigates a series of crimes in 19th Century London, which may have been committed by a scientist intent on re-animating the dead.

We watched the first 2 seasons and it was pretty good. It’s bleak, cruel and violent but also more of a mystery than horror series. Since I’m not a big fan of detective type stories, I was a little let down that the “Frankenstein” aspect wasn’t as prominant as the case solving was.

I do recommend you give it a try though – you’ll know fairly quickly if it’s for you or not.


Happy on SYFY – “An injured hitman befriends his kidnapped daughter's imaginary friend - a perky blue flying unicorn.” based on the graphic novel by Grant Morrison.

This is DARK and I don’t even know who I would recommend it to. I mean REALLY dark. It has a lot of humor but also violence, gore, drug use and children in danger – which is going to be difficult for some viewers to stomach. I did mostly enjoy it but you have really got to be able to tolerate your characters flawed and be able to handle dark subject matter to watch this.



I’m still reading A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole. It’s cute but I’m not *can’t put this book down"* in love with it yet. I’m not a fan of the hero who is lying atm but I’m hoping I’m won over soon.

Walden on Wheels by Ken Ilgunas I tried with this one. I love the idea of this book. Reject consumerism and debt – live freely on the open road. See America and meet different people along the way.

It starts when Ken is young and just out of college so I tried to cut him some slack on his immaturity and judgy ways but at a certain point he’s just an asshole. He accepts help from everyone (including loans and free housing from his mom –works jobs where he gets to live rent free) then complains how he’s IN DEBT – a million times, while having no bills other than his college loan (starting at about $32,000), scorning anyone who dares to be  a”wage slave” for steady pay and benefits.

He waxes poetic about the people he meets in Alaska who are meth addicts, convicts (some accused of murder or abuse) because they’re free man….yet during a stint volunteering for clean up in the aftermath of Katrina – deems these people drug addled, sex crazed losers and contemplates going back to college so he can help good people. Not to mention his obsession with needing to point out everyone who is overweight and ewww…touching him. I tapped out.

If you want to read about wandering and getting back in touch with nature I suggest Bill Bryson. Although, it’s been years since I last read his books.

And lastly, tomorrow is my 31st (EEP) wedding anniversary!

And I remembered!! Seriously, it’s a big deal that I did (of course I might not tomorrow lol) but there have been many years that we’ve forgotten only to get a phone call from his mom wishing us a happy anniversary while we look at each other and go OH SHIT – OOPS. lol

But at least we both forgot so no hurt feelings or talk of divorce 🤣

What's up with you guys this week? Reading or watching anything good? Drowning in a sea of pollen like I am?