I married a Dragon by Beverly Rae #romance #whattoread #bookaddict #dragonshifter

I Married a Dragon (Para-mates)

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Synopsis
Chrissy Taylor doesn’t believe in a lot of things. Her life, and her career as a supernatural myth-buster, are ruled by logic and skepticism. Love at first sight? Forget it—until she’s swept off her feet by Mr. Tall, Dark and Mysterious.

The next thing she knows, she’s done the most illogical thing imaginable: run off to Vegas for a quickie marriage. And Mr. TD&M’s insatiable hunger for her body is starting to feel suspiciously like an attempt to make her the one thing she fears most. Pregnant.

Even though Kaine sets Chrissy’s world on fire—literally—she can’t resist embarking on her toughest debunking mission yet. She must unearth the truth about her new husband before desire consumes the last of her reason.

Kaine Delcaluca is withholding the fact that he’s a dragon, but time is of the essence. He desperately needs an heir to save his dynasty. Plus, he has an even bigger problem. The Scepter of Fire, the only weapon powerful enough to kill a dragon, has gone missing. If he fails to find it—and knock up his new bride—within the next few days, his people are doomed…

Warning: Sizzles with graphic language, set-the-sheets-on-fire sex, and snarky personal assistant machines.

Opinion
The pace of the story was so fast. Chrissy meets Kaine and it is love at first sight. After meeting him and learning his name, it seems that they run off to Vegas to get married.

Chrissy and Kaine’s whirlwind romance meant that they did not discuss any of the important topics that could be deal breakers. A few days into their honeymoon, Kaine is telling her that he is trying to get her pregnant.

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In Kaine’s defense, he did try to tell Chrissy some things but she thought he was not being serious.

The story was told from the POV of Chrissy. She was mildly annoying to me. I thought that Chrissy could have taken to heart the adage “curiosity killed the cat” because she got herself into some sticky situations because she was too inquisitive and impulsive. It is okay to ask questions but think before leaping!

As a side point, I keep saying that I don’t prefer first POV, but it seems authors love writing in that style. I wish that they would say in the blurb so that I could mentally prepare myself ahead of time.

Overall, it was a mostly fun story and everything gets resolved.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
This is more of a BORROW or BUY AT A THRIFT STORE if you like dragon shifter romances.

Book details
Series: Paramates
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 272 pages

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Foodie Friday: Sally’s Fish House #sandiego #seafood #foodiefriday

It’s Foodie Friday

When in San Diego, it is a must to go to a seafood restaurant at least once! I decided to go with some friends to Sally’s Fish House & Bar. This is a nice restaurant in the San Diego bay. It is located behind the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Sally’s Fish House & Bar
One Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101

ph: 619 358 6740

They recommend getting reservations unless you want an extremely long wait.

Their menu changes with the seasons, so you can expect the freshest ingredients.

Our group had a 6pm reservation for 8 people. As soon as our party arrived, we were seated outside (which was fine with me). The weather was crisp but not too cool.

As the server was taking our drink order, we had fresh baked bread placed before us. I had a hard time not eating the whole loaf myself!

 

For my appetizer, I ordered the Dragon sushi roll. It has shrimp tempura, cucumber, tobiko (fish eggs) and is topped with eel and avocado. I could have eaten 10 of these. It was so good. I love shrimp tempura when it is done correctly. It maintained its crispiness even though it was wrapped.

My entree was salmon over a bed of potatoes, grape tomatoes and Brussels sprouts. The salmon was delicious. I love crispy skin on salmon. YUM! I was not a fan of the hash like mix of the potatoes, tomatoes, and Brussels sprouts. The description did not explain that it was all mixed together like that. I was not prepared!!

A couple of other guests at our table ordered the seafood tower. This consisted of oysters, shrimp, Alaskan king crab legs, and lobster tail. It is served with melted butter, horseradish, migonette, and cocktail sauce. The tower is for 2-4 people. You can also order a large tower which is for 4-7 people. It is $50 for a small and $95 for a large. They said it was worth every bite.

 

Contract by Emma Alisyn #romance

Contract: BBW Contemporary Mafia Romance by Emma Alisyn
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Synopsis
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Any publicity is good publicity, right? But when curvy Aiva, owner of Blooms In Yellow, starts a media ruckus outside her flower shop to increase business, the attention brings all the rats out of hiding.

Namely Daniel, her cousin and the loan shark who funded her startup. A loan shark tied to organized crime, who is a bit miffed when Aiva starts attracting attention. Like any good rat, he prefers to stay in the dark. The attention also attracts Leon Sudano, billionaire mogul and reformed crime lord. Of course the Sudanos, under his rule, are completely legitimate. And his interest in Aiviana is perfectly innocent…

…only it isn’t. He’s been watching Aiva for years, waiting patiently to make his first, and last, move. Because when Sudano plays, he plays for keeps. Aiva must balance her pride in being an independent woman business owner with her growing attraction for the sexy, powerful Leon, who showers her with gifts and attention… and steals her heart.
Opinion
This book had promised but then I thought about it too much and realize there were gaping holes in the plot.

Aiva borrowed money from her cousin with “old country” terms, meaning she would be an indentured servant if she defaulted.

If Aiva’s family was so concerned with her well-being and virtue, why would they allowing her to be low key sexual harassed by her cousin?

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Aiva took the “independent woman” routine to a ridiculous level. For 90% of the book, she would rather drown instead of admitting she needed a life jacket.

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Leon offers Aiva a chance to pay her debt but his interest in her contract is not altruistic. He wants her to be his wife and knows he needs to handle her outstanding debt or else it’s makes him look bad. I felt he was a real OG and my favorite character, but then my inner feminist balked at his “I choose you to have my babies” attitude. However to his credit, he did let her come to him after she rebuffed his initial efforts.

Random side note: I don’t feel the book cover matches the story.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW but buying for 99 cents is not going to break the bank. However, I don’t think it is available anymore on Amazon.

Book details
Series: N/A
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥


Photo blogging #challenge November 2018 #nomnomnom #photoblog #fun

The theme for November’s photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaa.com/ was Nom Nom Nom. It seems like it has been forever since I participated in the photo challenge. I wanted to get back into doing this and when the theme is FOOD, I had to go through my pictures and share.

Without further ado, here are my pictures on the theme.

Photo 1
We went to Caye Caulker, Belize and made sure to eat plenty of lobster 🦞


Photo 2

The standard Belize meal is stewed chicken, rice and beans, and Cole slaw. When I don’t know what to order, it is my comfort food!!!

Photo 3

Pina coladas were my Nana’s favorite drink. As she got older, she would ask for them without the rum. I would tell the server to put the rum on the side 😂 .

Photo 4

The local beer in Belize is Belikin . Hubs drank that while I was drinking piña coladas.

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When we were in Atlanta for a trade show, we went to an Irish pub. They had fried goat cheese and it was delicious!! It had a side of honey with jalapeños. It was sweet, salty, and spicy all at the same time.

These were just a few of the pictures that show how much delicious food I ate during the month.

Check out the website to see the other bloggers’ submissions and interpretations of this theme.

Cyborg Shifters series #scifi #romance


Wild Blood  – Storm Surge  – Shark Bite  – Ashes and Metal

These books are about cyborg shifters. I did not include the synopsis for each, but you can click the link to read more about each one. Every book is a standalone novel but the last chapter leads into the next book by introducing the characters and conflict.

These men are NOT your typical shifters. They are 1/3 man, 1/3 machine, and 1/3 animal. They are basically human looking bodies that transform into robot animals. For the first in the series Wild Blood, Dommik’s animal is unconventional and borderline creepy (read for the full effect). In Storm Surge, Stryker is a snake that has to get his mouth covered at all time (how does that even work??). In Shark Bite, Netto is a shark (no surprise). In Ashes and Metal, Gunner is a jackal (almost normal shifter with freaky eyes though).

I get why then leading men had trouble getting women.

They were MONSTERS! Visualizing some of the scenes took some serious imagination since at times they would partially transform their heads or other appendages. Any normal woman would run screaming in the other direction when faced with those mechanical enhancements. I mean, Stryker can’t control his snake from venomously biting and Netto has rows of jagged teeth! How can that be sexy?

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Also, they had no social skills. I realize socialization was not top priority for scientists when they lab created them. As a result the heroes were big, intimidating, and generally unapproachable. I thought Dommik had the least approachable personality, but then I read Netto’s story. I still don’t understand how he attracted Rylie.

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While the overall stories were somewhat dark in the content, I thought the author’s description “contains horror elements” was exaggerated. It was action filled, weird, off-putting, and like nothing I have read before. However, I could tell that the underneath it all, the heroes were men who were just as afraid of rejection as the regular Joe Blow. They craved companionship but knew that was not likely to happen under normal conditions. It was necessary for the author to create dire circumstances that would require the hero and heroine to be together where the obvious differences would not create a barrier to the budding relationship.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BORROW. Due to the fact that these books might be considered disturbing content for some, borrow and if you like it, you can always buy later.



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