Hyped Up: The Bodyguard by James Patterson and Jessica Linden

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The Bodyguard by James Patterson and Jessica Linden

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The most eligible bachelor on Capitol Hill has met his match.

Abbie Whitmore is good at her job. She knows how to protect people, and she’s always right–until Congressman Jonathan Lassiter comes along. The presidential hopeful refuses to believe that his politics have put him in danger, yet Abbie’s determined to keep him safe. But how can she protect him while she’s guarding her heart?


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The Hype

If you’ve been into a library or bookstore recently you will notice an overabundance of James Patterson books. In recent years, Patterson has released a series called Book Shots –  these book shots are tiny paperbacks that are no longer than 150 pages.

Life moves fast—books should too. Pulse-pounding thrillers under $5 and 150 pages or less. Impossible to put down.

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SLRG: The Virgin’s Guide to Misbehaving by Jessica Clare

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by Jessica Clare.

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Goodreads: link.


Blurb: Playing innocent is easy.

After being the quiet, shy girl her whole life, Elise Markham is ready for a mental makeover. She’s done keeping to herself and staying out of trouble—it’s time to break out of her shell and maybe meet someone intriguing in the process. So, on a photography trip to Bluebonnet, she has a whole lot more on her mind than snapping photos, especially when Rome walks into the picture.

Playing dirty is fun.

The newest instructor at Wilderness Survival Expeditions has a colourful past, to say the least. Having come from a family of notorious con artists that destroyed his credit and reputation, all before his eighteenth birthday, Rome just wants a decent job and a quiet life in a town where no one knows his name. He’s exactly the kind of bad boy that an innocent girl like Elise should stay far away from.

But Elise is tired of doing what’s right. She’s ready to throw caution to the wind—and let Rome show her just how exciting being bad can be…

Length: 294 pages.
Series: Bluebonnet #4.
Genre: Romance. Erotica.
Read as an: Paperback.

My ThoughtsI’m going to be honest with you, I picked up this book because of three things:

The tattoos.

The lip ring.

The main character’s name is Elise.

If you look closely at the cover you not only realise how pretty the model is, but you see the hidden lip ring. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read the book, see the cringeworthy title, but that little detail convinced me. Also I almost never see characters with names similar to mine, so it was a great and weird experience reading a book with a character with my name.

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Aggretsuko by Netflix

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by Netflix &  TBS Television.

Netflix: link.

Six Word Summary: Corporate rage – I feel your pain.

Blurb: Frustrated with her thankless office job, Retsuko the Red Panda copes with her daily struggles by belting out death metal karaoke after work.


Release Date: April 2, 2016.
Length: 8 episodes.
Genre: Anime. Cartoon. TV Series.
Watched on: Netflix.

My Thoughts: When I first saw the thumbnail appear on my recommended show for Netflix, I was intrigued. After watching the trailer for the show, I knew I had to watch the show…

Which I did…

Straight away.

I’m not going to lie to you, I devoured this show within three days. Sure I had other things to watch (so many things, I have over 100 things on My List) but Aggretsuko spoke to me. It was a quick and easy watch though, for as of writing this, the show only has 10 episodes. Continue reading “Aggretsuko by Netflix”

The Second Anticipated Arrival Rundown

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In the time since posting my first Anticipated Arrival Rundown, I’ve finally read and watched two things on my list. Check out the below two items I’ve been waiting for and finally experienced ❤


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The Dragon’s Hoard by Mell Eight.

Post: Anticipated Arrival: Mell Eight’s The Dragon’s Hoard.

I have previously read the first four short stories in this collection. I really enjoyed re-reading them and also loved the new stories included.

I have a weakness for any type of romance novel. If you make it an fantasy romance novel ever better. If it’s a fantasy romance novel with dragons, then you have a surefire winner!

I would really recommend The Dragon’s Hoard if you were after a bunch of quick and happy m/m romance reads <# Continue reading “The Second Anticipated Arrival Rundown”

Infinite Blue by Natalina Reis

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by Nataline Reis.

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Goodreads: link.

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Blurb: When a shifter and a human are bound by fate, neither man knows if their connection will be enough to save not only their growing love, but their lives.

Shahin Halcón has been taught that if and when he meets his soul mate, he’ll know immediately. Always the rebel, he doesn’t believe it until the day he crosses paths with Cai, a full-human.

Plagued by unsuccessful relationships and heartache, Cai Banes’s life is quiet and unexciting. When he meets young and wild Shahin, his life is turned upside down, and he’s not sure he likes it.

But neither can deny the powerful pull that draws them together.

Old secrets and ancient myths about cross-species relationships plague their romance and threaten to put their happiness and life at risk. Will their love for each other be strong enough to survive?


Release Date: September 8th, 2018.
Length: 182 pages.
Series: N/A – Standalone
Genre: Romance. QUILTBAG. M/M.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: Library eBook.

My Thoughts: As soon as I saw the beautiful cover of Infinite Blue I knew I had to read it. The fact that the blurb promised an interesting read, didn’t hurt either.

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Currently Consuming: Origins: The Journey of Humankind

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Blowing minds one human innovation at a time.

 

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About: Jason Silva (see my previous post) hosts the eight part documentary series, Origins: Journey of Humankind, which is about inventions and concepts that have shaped the way humankind have evolved and become modern.

Produced by the National Geographic, Origins features reenactments and amazing digital visualisations, episodes explore the concepts of fire, medicine, money, communication, war, shelter, exploration and transportation. Looking back at unknown moments such as the discovery of fire and communications between people, the show explores how these moments have led to our evolution as a people. Some episodes feature important historical figures and how their inventions have led to our modernisation.

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Addict by Matt Doyle

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by Matt Doyle.

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Blurb: New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …

For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.

When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.

Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.


Release Date: 8th May, 2017.
Length: 149 pages.
Series: The Cassie Tam Files #1.
Genre: Sci Fi. QUILTBAG. F/F.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: from author.

My Thoughts: Addict is a futuristic detective story that follows Private Investigator Cassie Tam as she delves into the world of VR to investigate an accidental overdose. The story is told from a first person perspective and reads very much like an old school PI novel. Action packed, distinctive, and set in a detailed futuristic world, Addict grabs your attention from start to finish.

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LLR: The Barbed Coil

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Are you a blogger who keeps telling themselves you’ll get around to writing reviews, but then don’t. Do you write ‘review to come’ on Goodreads only to let them languish for years? Well then, the blog feature ‘Long Lost Reviews‘ is for you.

The aim of the blog feature is to start tackling your review backlog. Whether it’s an in-depth analysis of how it affected your life, one sentence stating that you only remember the ending, or that you have no recollection of reading the book at all. Let’s tackle your review backlog and dig up some long lost reviews!

If you are interested in participating: post on the First Thursday of the month, you are welcome to use the above icon, and all I ask is that you include a link to this post or to my blog. Thanks and happy writing!

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The Barbed Coil

by J.V. Jones.

When Izgard of Garizon put on the Coil and crowned himself King, he set in train a course of tumultuous events that would reverberate around the continent. For the Coil must have blood. And the first blood to flow is that of Berick of Thorn, the legendary conqueror of Garizon. His son, Camron, wants revenge and knows that Izgard can only be stopped by force of arms. He seeks out the man who knows most about Izgard’s murderous hordes – Lord Ravis, a ruthless mercenary with a dark and secret past. And Tessa McCamfrey is about to become caught up in this dangerous and exotic world – with the piratical Ravis, a beautifully patterned gold ring and a role to play in the momentous events that unfold.

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Hyped Up: The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape

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The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape

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This is the only money guide you’ll ever need

That’s a bold claim, given there are already thousands of finance books on the shelves.

So what makes this one different?

Well, you won’t be overwhelmed with a bunch of ‘tips’ … or a strict budget (that you won’t follow).

You’ll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here, and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand.

This book will show you how to create an entire financial plan that is so simple you can sketch it on the back of a serviette … and you’ll be able to manage your money in 10 minutes a week.

You’ll also get the skinny on:

Saving up a six-figure house deposit in 20 months Doubling your income using the ‘Trapeze Strategy’ Saving $78,173 on your mortgage and wiping out 7 years of payments Finding a financial advisor who won’t rip you off Handing your kids (or grandkids) a $140,000 cheque on their 21st birthday Why you don’t need $1 million to retire … with the ‘Donald Bradman Retirement Strategy’

Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

This book is full of stories from everyday Aussies — single people, young families, empty nesters, retirees — who have applied the simple steps in this book and achieved amazing, life-changing results.

And you’re next.


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The Hype

You literally cannot walk into an Australia book store without seeing this book. As the title says above, the book has sold over 1 million copies. The first print of this book was released in 2004 and has since been reprinted and re-released multiple times. Continue reading “Hyped Up: The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape”

SLRG: Show Off by Ember Cole

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by Ember Cole.

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Goodreads: link.


Blurb: Don’t look away…

I’m the kind of guy people avoid. Yeah, I’m harsh, but it’s the scar that runs from my chest to my face that isn’t doing me any favors. Doesn’t matter that it came at a huge price or that I’ve made something of myself since—experience has taught me chicks don’t dig the kind of scars I carry.

Which is why, when a gorgeous woman moves in next door and isn’t at all intimidated by me, I feel like my luck is about to turn.

Man, does it turn. Seems she gets off on me seeing her sexiest, most private moments…a lot. And I really, really like watching. Enough that I can’t resist giving her a taste of her own medicine.

What follows is the hottest week of my life, and we’ve never even spoken. Or touched. We’re both so worked up that when we crash into each other at the grocery store, no backyard fence between us, I’m ready to take her right there in the frozen foods aisle.

Bianca is bold. She hints that she’s sick of watching the previews and wants to see the whole show. I’ve never done anything like what she’s suggesting, but the ideas spinning through my head turn me the hell on. I’m going to give that woman every one of her wildest fantasies, and then maybe, just maybe, I’ll win her heart…

SHOW OFF is a scorching hot standalone M/F romance with a little M/F/M/M surprise. If you like voyeurism, exhibitionism, and ménage, this one’s for you. As with all my books, there is no cheating, and a HEA is guaranteed!

Release Date: 8 Octover, 2018.

Length: 107 pages (on my tiny phone screen)

Series: N/A Stand alone.

Genre: Erotica. Romance.

Read as an: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley


My Thoughts: At its heart Show Off is a smut filled romance novel between a scarred architect and his neighbour, who happens to have a bit of a voyeurism kink. The novel is an very quick and engaging read that effortlessly balances plot with passion .

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