Bet Me to Stay by Candace Havens

Bet Me to Stay

by Candace Havens.

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Blurb:  After a bet with his brother, Liam O’Connor has to date the next woman who walks into the pub. And he’s all in, because his pub is on the line. What he didn’t expect was Cassie Meadows, who at first glance with her big glasses and bulky sweater looks like a woman who has many, many cats—but her wit and smile make him wonder what’s underneath her bulky armor.

Cassie Meadows aka sweet romance author Cassie O’Brian is about to lose everything. As in, her writing career is going down the drain because she can’t write the sexy stuff that’s selling these days. She needs inspiration in the worst way. That’s when she walks into the wrong pub at the right time. Sexy owner Liam is just what the writing doctor ordered. Her whole body is feeling inspired—and when he makes a proposal she can’t refuse—she’s all in. Oh, hell yes. Best. Sex. Of. Her. Life. Thanks to Liam, she’s about to write a best-seller.

But having an erotic romance alter ego is nothing compared to the real secret Cassie is hiding—and that one could destroy everything.

Taken from book blurb.

Release Date: 8 July, 2019.

Length: 193 pages.

Series: Stand alone.

Genre: Romance. Erotica.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

Bet Me to Stay is quick and sexy read that has the two main characters enter into a physical relationship on the prompting of a bet. Liam, who is sick of his brother falling in and out of love and engagements, bets that his brother can’t stay away from the ladies for a month. The trade off is that Liam must date the first woman to walk through the door.

Enter Cassie.

What sets Bet Me to Stay apart from other romance novels that feature ‘the bet’ trope is that Cassie is looking for inspiration to write better erotic scenes for her novel, and has been told by her friend/agent to find a one night stand to help. Both enter into a physical relationship wanting something from the other, which for me, really evened out the power imbalance and angst you sometimes find with this trope.

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Long Lost Review: Taronga by Victor Kelleher

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Taronga

Victor Kelleher.

Two years after the Last Days, Australia has become a dangerous place, and a battle-ground for survival.Ben, who has a telepathic ability to control animals, leads a hazardous existence in the bush west of the Blue Mountains. Hopeful of a less brutal life, he escapes to Sydney – only to be further disillusioned. Then, at the heart of the city he comes upon Taronga Zoo, which has been strangely unaffected by the general chaos. Or has it? Is it an island of safety in the midst of so much danger? Or is it really the most sinister place of all?

Taken from book blurb

I read Taronga while I was in high school and thought it was amazing. The book is a post-apocalyptic survival novel that literally takes place in Sydney’s Taronga zoo. People set up a safe haven within the zoos walls and use the animals to protect their people. As you can see from the cover, the tigers play a large part.

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How to Best a Marquess by Tina Gabrielle

How to Best a Marquess

by Tina Gabrielle.

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Blurb: Lady Ellie Swift learned at an early age that men were more trouble than they’re worth. Now she’s all grown up and is the toast of society. Only she has secret ambitions to run her brother’s infamous gambling establishment—the Raven Club. Everything is progressing as planned until the man who broke her heart, Hugh Vere, the Marquess of Deveril, wants to take over the club. Dark, dominant, and strikingly handsome, Hugh’s reputation for sin precedes him, and suddenly, her dreams—and her heart—are in jeopardy. 

As rakish as Hugh appears, he has a sharp mind for business. No one stands in the way of what he wants, not even the fiery-haired beauty from his past. From the moment he sees her again sparks fly, but he knows better than to fall for the lady. According to Ellie, the battle lines have been drawn and Hugh doesn’t stand a chance. But the nearly combustible chemistry between them is hard to ignore, and soon the club is not the only prize he wants….

Taken from book blurb.

Release Date: 10 June, 2019.

Length: 200 pages.

Series: The Raven Club #2.

Genre: Romance. Historical.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

How to Best a Marquess is a beautiful story of second chances at love and acceptance. Ellie and Hugh have a romantic history which ended in heartbreak at the discretion of one character. The novel sees the pair reunited as they battle for the chance to win the casino, the Raven Club.

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Confessions of a Book Lover – I Don’t Read Introductions

My name is Ally and I don’t read introductions.

I know that the Introduction section of a book is there for a reason, I just don’t read them.

Don’t get me wrong, I started off reading them but one rambling 20 page chapter after another, I grew tired and just a little bit jaded about the content of these sections.

I figured it wasn’t worth reading these sections as they made me feel a number of things:

  • bored
  • bogged down
  • lost in the rhetoric of the author
  • less enthusiastic to read the actual content of the book.

To be fair though, the majority of these long winded introductions are found in non-fiction books. Which has me reminiscing about my long winded PhD research days.

I will admit, if a non-fiction book is interesting, then sometimes I will return to the introduction. But then, and only then.

Just to clarify, sometimes in classic fiction there is a foreword by a modern day author introducing the book, usually these are discussions about the importance of the book or the authors memory or experience with the classic – I skip these as well.

To be fair, in non-classic fiction books I will read these introductions as I have found them to be quite short and usually just a note about the world of the book. I’m not a complete monster.

It’s been my personal experience that when I do read the Introduction of a book, it will take me longer to read and I will also feel more bogged down in the content. In my growing years I have become fickle with my remaining time on earth and skip straight to the content. Why wait for the good stuff?


What are your opinions on introductions and forewords? Do you avidly read these sections or do you skip them like me? Do you think they provide much worth in a book or are they just taking up space? Leave a comment and let me know!

Book Bingo Update 6

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The Joyful Frugalista by Serina Bird.

Okay, so I wanted to enjoy this book so much but I just couldn’t. The book is toted as a personal finance one that will help you grow your cash and be savvy with your money – it does neither.

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Cooking Corner: Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum? by by Sam Slaughter

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Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum?

and Other Cocktails for ’90s Kids

by Sam Slaughter.

Format: eBook.

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A cocktail book with recipes for re-creating adult versions of your favourite ’90s childhood drinks as well as original craft cocktails inspired by that iconic decade, Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum? is ’90s nostalgia in a glass!

Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum? is a tongue in cheek cocktail book for the former ’90s kid and those just discovering how cool old-school Nickelodeon and Delia’s once were. With recipes for alcoholic versions of childhood favourites like Ecto-Cooler and Mondo as well as creative pop-culture inspired originals like the Rum and Stimpy and Semi-Warmed Kind of Cider, this is a perfectly giftable mix of humour, nostalgia, and tasty recipes.

taken from book blurb

My Thoughts

Are you Afraid of the Dark Rum is nostalgic and boozy trip back to the 90’s. You will find rum cocktails inspired by and reminiscent of parts of growing up in the 90’s. From Nickelodeon shows, to cheesy songs (Mumbo No 5 I am looking at you), you will find a number of recipes that will have no you only longing for a cocktail but thinking fondly about that era.

I will admit I do have a weakness for themed alcoholic beverages food, just look at my previous Cooking Corner posts, Are you Afraid of the Dark Rum is a fun cookbook that delivers on its rum based 90’s nostalgia. Are you Afraid of the Dark Rum is broken up into information sections needed to make the recipes, the cocktail recipes themselves, and then a fun last section dedicated to the 90’s. The sections are:

  • Introduction
  • Recommended Tools and Glassware
  • Basic Mixing Techniques
  • Converting to Metric
  • Building Your Taste Bar
  • A Note on Difficulty
  • Recipes
  • Appendices that look at Syrups and Infusions
  • And a great surprise – playlists and 90’s drinking games

The cookbook itself

Ease of Use: The recipes are set out in an easy to read layout and offer tips for some of the recipes which use different ingredients or feature a technique that is a little difficult. Each recipe also has it’s own picture, so you are even more tempted to whip out the rum and make some cocktails.

Formatting:

Recipes: The recipes are set out in a straight forward manner and feature a little comment by the author about the recipe and the piece of 90’s pop culture it is riffing on. Every recipe that I tried and had an in-depth look at, was really user friendly and easy to follow.

The ingredients are listed in order of usage and the following instructions are very clear and concise on what is needed to be done.

The recipes are written in imperial but the start of the book features a section which converts the ounces used in the book to millilitres. It’s not fun to have to flip back and forth to convert these (especially considering every country but three uses the metric system) but it is still great that this section is included in the book.

Book: The theme of the book is matched perfectly with the colour scheme and layouts used throughout the book. The pictures of the cocktails themselves were really fun but also showcased the drinks in a way that let me know just from looking at them if they were something I would like to try.

The back of the book also includes a ‘Playlists’ and ’90’s Drinking Game’ section that was a great way to finish of the book.


Recommendations

I would really recommend this cookbook to anyone who likes to drink rum or is looking for a fun cocktail book. Are you Afraid of the Dark Rum would be the perfect accessory for any 90’s themed party or pretty much anyone who has a cupboard full of rum and is looking to mix up something fancy.


Please note, I received a copy of Are you Afraid of the Dark Rum from NetGalley.


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Self Care Saturday: Groovy Kind of Love by Lush

Groovy Kind of Love by Lush

Fill your bathtub with peace, love and positivity – melting into rings of rainbow colour, Groovy Kind Of Love is built with trippy hippies in mind. Flower children will fall for this combination of rosewood, bergamot and ylang ylang oil, which will lift spirits and leave your skin toned, balanced and refreshed. 

Taken from the Lush AU website.

Okay so I may chosen this bath bomb solely because it is rainbow. Groovy Kind of Love has the added bonus of not just looking great but it is such a nice experience. The scent of the bath bomb is Rosewood Oil, Bergamot Oil, and Ylang Ylang – which combines to make this smooth and fun smell which was oddly exhilarating.

Oh who am I kidding, Groovy Kind of Love is like bathing in lolly scented water and it is amazing!

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Small Snippet of June 2019

Mash of the Titans VIII (2019)

A new Mash of the Titans has dropped and I am loving it. You may remember me loving the 7th album, and when I found out the release date of the 8th I was so excited! I am pleased to let you know, the 8th is amazing!

I am particularly loving ‘Mama Did Something Bad,’ ‘Dividely,’ ‘Blurred Ice,’ and ‘It’s Gonna Be ME!’ All of the mashup albums are available for free, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t be out there enjoying the music ❤

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Currently Consuming:When the Night Comes

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Supernatural polyamorous shenanigans – I’m hooked

About: When the Night Comes is an episodic fantasy otome game with supernatural elements.

You are a Hunter, and you’ve been called to the quiet town of Lunaris to assist the local Enforcers with an investigation into a series of increasingly unsettling murders.

Immerse yourself in the world of Witches, Vampires, Demons and Lycan’s as you slowly unravel the mystery that lies deep within the roots of the town.

The question is, are the creatures of the night the ones you should really be afraid of? 

You might even fall in forbidden love along the way.

Taken from the When the Night Comes Offical Site
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Favourites: Family of Lies: Sebastian by Sam Argent

Family of Lies: Sebastian

by Sam Argent.

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Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: he healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian’s problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince’s unwanted affections, he’s also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father’s past.

Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he’s no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth—a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance.

Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.

Taken from book blurb

Length: 324 pages

Series: Family of Lies #1

Genre: Romance. Fantasy. QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.

Read As: Paperback.


Why is it a favourite?

Family OF Lies: Sebastian is such a breath of fresh air! The first time I read it, I DEVOURED it! I fell in love with the characters, the setting, and the romance between the main characters.

Not only is this book an amazing example of the fantasy genre but my god, the characters just jump from the page! Honestly I think Sebastian and Prince Turren are my favourite romantic pair 💕

There is snark.

There is sarcasm.

And there is a hard won happy ending, I may as well stop reading other books because Family of Lies: Sebastian is the perfect book for me.

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