LLR: Three Fates by Nora Roberts

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Three Fates

by Nora Roberts.


When the Lusitania sank, one survivor became a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief – but keeping the small silver statue he lifted, a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that priceless heirloom, one of a long-separated set of three, has been stolen. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather’s treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune.

The quest will take them from their home in Ireland to Helsinki, Prague, and New York, where they will meet a brilliant scholar who will aid them in their hunt – and an ambitious woman who will stop at nothing to acquire the Fates. 

It’s February and due to my love of the genre, I’m focusing this month on the romance genre! I would be remiss if I didn’t include of the greats of the genre, so here is my Long Lost Review of one of my favourite Nora Roberts books.

Three Fates was a double whammy for me, I love romance novels but I also have an interest in Greek Mythology. Of the gods, the ones that were always a favourite of mine were the Moirae, or the Three Fates. So this book not only combine my love of romance and mythology but also featured my favourite goddesses!

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SLRG: Baking Lessons by Katie Allen

baking lessons coverBaking Lessons

by Katie Allen.

Publisher: link.

Goodreads: link.


Blurb: A free-spirited baker becomes the best kind of mess in her uptight landlord’s perfectly ordered life in this next installment of the Off Guard series by Katie Ruggle writing as Katie Allen

Leah loves everything about her bakery—the heavenly smells, the satisfaction of feeding people and, of course, unlimited cookies. The only thing she doesn’t like is her uptight landlord’s daily visits. Sure, the man’s drop-dead gorgeous, but for someone with an insatiable taste for treats, he’s anything but sweet.

Army vet Hamilton knows he comes off as rigid. He just can’t seem to bite his tongue around Leah—he might be a virgin but he can imagine a dozen better ways to use his mouth. But when the woman he considers absolutely delicious is threatened by an unwanted admirer, Hamilton intervenes, captivating Leah with his softer side.

Now the man Leah couldn’t avoid is swiftly becoming the one she can’t resist. Unrelenting temptation soon overwhelms them both, leading to an indulgence in everything they’ve been craving. But when past actions bring a fallout neither imagined, they’ll be forced to confront whether their affair is half-baked—or something to savor forever.

Length: 340 pages.

Series: Off Guard #2.

Genre: Romance. Erotica.

Read as an: eBook.


My Thoughts:

I loved it!

From start to beginning, I was in love with this book. The characters, the plot, and the baking all combined to make this a really enjoyable read that already has me wanting to give it a re-read.

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Self Care Saturday: Polyamorous by Lush

New Year, new blog feature! I’ve decided to try and write one Self Care Orientated post a month. Most of the time this will mean a post about a fancy bath bomb but others may include reviews or discussions on other things that help me deal with stress.

I think Self Care is important and I hope you enjoy the new feature ❤

polyamorous bath oil lush

Polyamorous by Lush

A little extra lovin’ goes a long way. Pop this melting amulet of amour into your bath and feel waves of skin-softening Fair Trade organic cocoa and organic shea butter cherish your skin.


Plumes of soft pink magic will unfurl across the water, as brightening Brazilian orange oil, alluring violet leaf absolute and grounding sandalwood notes put you in the mood.

Taken from the Australian Lush site.

Oh my goodness, Polyamorous by Lush was beautiful. I don’t usually enjoy bath oils or melts but this was absolutely amazing. Watching as Polyamorous melted was an enjoyable experience, seeing the pink hearts slowly dissolve and tinge the water was really lovely.

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Book Bingo Update

Cinderella Re-Telling

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I initially read this book way back in 2014 for as a Book Club Book and fell in love. Unfortunately I never made it past the second book in the series, Scarlet.

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SLRG: Acting Lessons by Katie Allen

SURPRISE!

ROMANCE THEMED MONTH!

My library is currently running a three month long Crime Fiction event and I am hating it 😛 I don’t like crime, murder, or mystery stories and I gotta say after two months worth of crime content, I am done.

So ROMANCE MONTH! Look forward to lots of Smut Lovers Reading Group features, a loved up Long Lost Review, and an amorous Anticipated Arrival. Hopefully you enjoy the posts and aren’t as opposed to romance as I am to crime. I mean, who can say no to happy endings?


Acting Lessons

by Katie Allen.

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Small Snippet of January 2019

The first month of 2019 has been good and bad. I managed to achieve a bunch so far this year in regards to getting blog posts up and ready as well as tackling my Netgalley ARC list. However, it’s been tough at work with a staff member who I worked closely with, suddenly passing away over the holiday break.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend her funeral as there were too many staff attending for everyone to be able to go 😢 It has made returning to work very bittersweet and I have found myself at times upset and short tempted while working with the public. So just remember everyone that library staff are people too and your behaviour does affect them.

*Looking at you snooty lady who wouldn’t take no for an answer when I wouldn’t sign her granddaughter up to the library (you’re not the legal guardian and didn’t have any ID – so no you weren’t entitled to a card just because) and angry dude who lost ‘two years of work’ when the 15 minute computer turned off when the time ran out (it totally gave you repeated warnings and yelling at me solved nothing). 😓😅 Rant over.

Moving on, below are some of the things I have been interacting with and enjoying over the month 😃


Small Snippets

Brooklyn 99 – Season 5.

Omg, Brooklyn 99 just keeps getting better! There were so many amazing moments in this season, I can’t pick a favourite buuut stand outs were:

  • Rosa coming out as bisexual – that speech by Jake while he was pretending to be Rosa coming out to her parents had me tearing up. So great to see some bisexual representation ❤
  • The wedding vows – Man, I was emotional throughout the whole season but I was in tears and sob laughing during the wedding scene. ‘Your butt. Your butt is the bomb’ was so sweet and funny and just encapsulates why I love those two as a couple.
  • That interrogation episode – If you haven’t seen it check out the episode ‘The Box.’ Such an amazing episode!

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Sixth Blogaversary

Oh wow, so the time has flown since I started this blog. I will admit that I did abandon this site for about two years while I was working at a troublesome job which just sucked the life out of me 🧛‍♀️

But I’m back and 2018 was a year of pretty much constant and scheduled posts! So surprised and proud of myself. Here’s hoping 2019 sees me continue down this path 😁

Anticipated Arrival: MIB International

Anticpated arrivals

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What is it?!

A new Men in Black movie!

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organisation.

When is it coming out?!

13th of June, 2019. So… a while away 😥

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How to: Watch Netflix.

How to Watch Netflix

How to: Decide what to watch on Netflix and then give up.

Okay you have the subscription, you’ve set up your account, now all you need to do is find out how to watch Netflix. You don’t need to be a novice to find out how to engage with Netflix, you could be a seasoned semi-professional who may just need a quick brush up.

Whatever your Netflix experience I’ve got you covered! Simply follow these steps and you’ll be sitting back and watching Netflix in no time!

  1. Open Netflix.

Okay this is an easy one! Not hard to mess this up. Open the app, open your browser, and load up that Netflix Menu.

2. Stare at the Menu.

Look at all of those choices! You could watch anyone of those. Not figuratively, you could literally select any of those options and watch them. Go on, make a selection.

3. Make a selection.

Okay, it’s cool. None of those look like anything you want to watch? That’s fine. Keep scrolling, explore what Netflix has to offer. Do you want to watch a movie or a TV show? Not sure? Okay that’s fine, maybe check out that genre feature, you never know what you’ll find.

4. Make a selection.

Oh I get it, there’s too much to choose from, you kinda want to watch a lot of it but don’t really want to watch it now. I get it, I’ve been there, maybe just pick something fun and easy? Oh! Re-watch something you love, that’ll be good.

5. Make a selection…

Oh, okay. Don’t want to waste your time and re-watch something that’s okay… I suppose. Oh! Check out your My List, there is sure to be something in there you want to watch, why else would you put it in your My List, if you didn’t want to one day watch it?

6.  Maybe it’s time to just pick something.

You don’t… you don’t want to watch anything from your My List? Ummm, okay, that’s okay. I mean, you do have to choose something to watch for us to continue on this how to post. Oh, it’s too late to watch a movie now? That’s okay, there are so many TV shows to choose from!

7. Make a selection.

Yep, I am aware of the time. Yes, I do realise we’ve been at this for half an hour. You just, you have to pick something to watch before we can move on. I do realise that there is a lot of content to choose from and that making decisions has never been your strong suit but to watch something on Netflix you actually have to choose something to watch on Netflix. Please, make a selection.

8. Give up and go to bed without watching anything.

Oh, okay.

It’s getting late, you have work tomorrow, and you’re too tired to pay attention. I mean okay, I don’t understand why you would say you wanted to watch something, stuff around for forty minutes trying to pick what to watch, and then just give up and go to bed but whatever, it’s your life.

I mean, I did write this as a disappointed dig at myself for constantly doing this, I just don’t understand why can’t I just pick something to watch?! What is wrong with me?


Stardew Valley

stardewStardew Valley 

Website: Link.

Humble | Nintendo | Xbox |

Playstation | Steam |


Blurb: You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?

  • Build the farm of your dreams: Turn your overgrown fields into a lively and bountiful farm!
  • Express yourself: There are hundreds of character & home customization options to choose from!
  • Master your ranching skills: Raise animals, go fishing, tend to crops & craft useful machines for your farm!
  • Become a part of the local community: Pelican Town is home to 30 residents you can get to know!
  • Meet someone special: With 12 townsfolk to date, you may even find someone to start a family with!
  • Explore vast, mysterious caves: Encounter dangerous monsters & valuable treasures deep underground!

Release Date: 26 February 2016.
Played on: Nintendo Switch.
Genre: Simulation. Role-playing. Farming.
Mode: Single Player and Multiplayer.

My Thoughts: Stardew Valley is a farming simulator with a plot heavy edge. The basic plot of the game is you are left a farm by your grandfather who has just passed away. Your character decides to leave their unhappy corporate life and give farming a go. Already a win for me.

I will come right out and say that Stardew Valley is very similar to the Harvest Moon games. However, the two games differ through their content. Stardew Valley is more mature in the subject matter that is included in the stories (I’m looking at you Shane). Also unlike Harvest Moon I don’t feel like pulling my hair out at the slow pace of the game 😛

Stardew Valley is a pretty much a step up from the Harvest Moon series.

I have a fondness for simulation games and the fact that this one is so filled with plot is amazing! I have previously played Stardew Valley on my PlayStation, however the file corrupted so my amazing farm and newborn baby with Shane has been lost to the ages 😥

With the game being available on the Switch (which I play way more than any other console) I couldn’t help myself and I purchased the game again. No regrets.

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Best Bits: So many compelling characters! I think I’ve figured out which character to romance and then I have a cut scene with another character and suddenly I’m questioning everything.

My current play through is as a male character and I am thinking about pursuing Alex. I really enjoy the characters of the game, they’re all really varied and with my second play through I am finding all sorts of things that I missed before. The game has so much content!

I love this game. It has just the right mix of farm simulation and role playing to keep my attention for hours.

Recommendations:  I would really recommend this game for people looking for a fun and engaging simulation game. It is very easy to lose hours to this game as it keeps you hooked with so much content.

Honestly, I’d recommend everyone give this game a go, it’s from an indie developer and is just so fabulous. You don’t need to be a fan of the simulation genre to find enjoyment from this game.

Go on, give this game a go!


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