The CEO’s Christmas Manny by Angela McCallister

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by Angela McCallister.

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Blurb: Anything but business as usual.

Billionaire CEO Nic Price lives for his job. With sales down and grumbling from the board of directors—including Nic’s permanently dissatisfied father—the last thing Nic needs is distraction from the new manny, whose freewheeling approach to childcare is outlandish… and who makes Nic feel things he’s never allowed himself to feel.

Ex-teacher Sasha Lindsey is all about fun—that’s the reason people love him, so he has to be. After a bad break-up leaves him jobless and homeless, the live-in manny job with Mr. Price seems like a windfall. But his chemistry with Nic is off the charts, and he can’t afford another workplace romance disaster.

Can Nic leave his dominance in the bedroom and open his heart to the best thing that’s ever happened to him? Or will Sasha’s leap of faith backfire and ruin his chances at the family happily ever after he’s always dreamed of?


Release Date: 18th December, 2018.
Length: 222 pages.
Series: Beyond the Boardroom #1
Genre: Romance. M/M. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: The CEO’s Christmas Manny is a quick and emotional Christmas read. The characters of the novel shine through and the story is an engaging and entertaining one. Tipping the babysitter/governess trope on its head, The CEO’s Christmas Manny is a such a great Christmas read.

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Quick Picks: Xmas Presents!

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Prepare yourself for an incredibly self indulgent post about all the things I want for Xmas!

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Candy Mountain Yule Log

by Lush

Quick  run down: Every year I try and buy a few of these limited release bubble bars. The bars smell amazing and are so easy to use. You simply crumble them under a running tap and bam – you have a bubble bath.

It appears that this year instead of being little pyramids, Lush has made them into a bit more manageable shape. I usually try and grab as many as I can in the online boxing day sales but I never turn them down as a present!

Quick reasons why I love it:

  • The Smell: They are amazing – a soft and sweet vanilla.
  • The Luxury: Bubble baths are a large part of my self care routine and these beauties make them all the more luxurious.

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Tropico 6

by Kalypso

Quick run down: I have sunk so many hours into the Tropico games. Tropico 6 is a simulation game where you play as El Presidente, a ‘legally’ elected leader of a Caribbean/Cubanesque island.

Pretty much this is Sims City but on a island with a catchy soundtrack.

Quick reasons why I love it:

  • The Soundtrack: the Latin jazz sounds that play throughout each of the Tropico games.
  • The Humour: the humour of the game is really tongue in check. The reoccurring characters of the game are also really fun.

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The Lunar Chronicles Box-set

by Melissa Meyer

Quick run down: Okay so stay with me on this one, I own Cinder and Winter. However, I do not have the other books. I also love box sets so…

If you don’t know the series, I would really recommend you check out it out! The books are retellings of classic fairy tale and they are all interconnected and amazing. I tend to recommend the series to young adults at the library and I haven’t had any complaints yet.

Quick reasons why I love the series:

  • The larger story: The five books all interconnect to tell a larger story. I’m just going to let you in on a secret, the ‘Winter‘ book is about ‘Snow White’ and the other characters from the book all join together and there are ‘seven’ of them… Yep details like that make me so happy!
  • The covers: I know a lot of people give Cinder a tough time about the cover – what with the whole weird looking foot in a shoe but I love it and I love them all!.

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Currently Consuming: Monty Python’s Flying Circus

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About: Put simply Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a sketch comedy show from the 60s. However when you look a little bit closer you see that the show was a revolution for absurdist humour, launched a number of careers, and had a lasting affect on humour which reaches into shows and movies of today.

Why: While I devoured the show during my childhood, my partner has only ever seen The Life of Brain and The Holy Grail. I feel like this is a huge oversight on his part and since Netflix has made the show available (in such a better quality than the VHS I watched the show on) we have been making our way through the 45 episodes.

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Cooking Corner: The Geeky Chef Drinks by Cassandra Reeder

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geekychefdrinksThe Geeky Chef: Unofficial Drink and Cocktail Recipes from Game of Thrones, Legend of Zelda, Star Trek, and More

by Cassandra Reeder.

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Blurb: Featuring nerdy recipes for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, The Geeky Chef Drinks is your chance to sip your way through your favorite sci-fi and fantasy worlds—Game of ThronesLegend of ZeldaStar Trek, and more.

Whether you’re into comics, video games, books, or movies, you’ll be able to make the drinks you’ve always wanted to taste from realms like The Lord of the RingsHarry PotterThe Legend of ZeldaFireflyMinecraftFinal Fantasy, and many more.

In The Geeky Chef Drinks, author Cassandra Reeder has imagined into being the delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from these varied sci-fi worlds. If you’ve found yourself craving Shimmerwine from Firefly, Flander’s Planters Punch from The Simpsons, or Pumpkin Juice from Harry Potter, your thirst will be quenched.

Easy, step-by-step instructions and fun theme photos make these creative recipes perfect for your next party, season premier get-together, or your standing reservation for a party of one.

With The Geeky Chef Drinks, prepare to be transported to galaxies far, far way.

My Thoughts: The Geeky Chef Drinks is such a fun cook book! I have previously read one of Reeder’s other recipe books and fell in love with her style. I am all for celebrating geekdom by surprising people with food representations of our favourite fandoms. It’s even better that I can now pair these food recipes with fancy cocktails!

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LLR: Shapestone by James Bibby

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Shapestone

by James Bibby.

Death is nasty and not a little inconvenient. Being dead even more so. Especially when you’re tied to an amulet that has its own designs on the world. For the Princess Macoby the annoying ghost with the axe in his head who keeps hangng around is just plain irritating. Little do either of them know that the fate of the world is in their substantial and not-so substantial hands.

Jim Bibby has created a world peopled with real people, with real concerns. Their lives are not played for laughs, these come from Bibby’s acute eye for timing and sympathy

with human foibles/ This is a serious cut above your average humorous fantasy.

Once again I’m looking back at a fantasy book I have always meant to review. Shapestone is a humourous fantasy novel that plays off of the tropes and plot devices of the fantasy genre.

From what I remember, Shapestone is a not only a funny book but it is an entertaining one. Bibby does not sacrifice plot for humour which means that not only are you smiling and laughing throughout the novel but you’re engaged with the actual fantasy story.

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Rough Trade by Sidney Bell

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by Sidney Bell.

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Blurb: Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.

He’s just always gone it alone.

Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes: Duncan Rook, a gruff cop whose ethics are as solid as his body.

Cozying up to a criminal is hardly what Duncan’s reputation on the force needs—especially when that criminal is temptation personified. Ghost is Duncan’s polar opposite, and the last person he expected to fall for.

So then why does every imaginable scenario for taking down their common enemy end with Ghost in his arms?


Release Date: 3rd December, 2018.
Length: 496 pages.
Series: The Woodbury Boys #3
Genre: M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Action/Suspense.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: Rough Trade is such an emotional roller-coaster! I am not exaggerating when I say I stayed awake until 3am reading this book. And not just for the action packed suspense of the story, but for the damned emotions it kept making me feel!

Plot wise, Rough Trade is action and angst packed. From intense action scenes, to emotional conversations, Bell  has packed so much into this book. However it wasn’t the action that kept me reading into the wee hours of the night, it was the emotions.

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Book Bingo 2019

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In preparation for next year, I am getting started on my 2019 Book Bingo card!

I have previously completed a Bingo Card in 2015 and I absolutely loved it. I was a little slow off the mark last year in putting one together, however I replaced it with the less intensive Comfort Zone Challenge which was also really fun. For the other previous years, I had taken a break from the blog, so I am really looking forward to tackling another Bingo Challenge!

In light of this, I am trying to think of Bingo squares and am struggling. So far I have thought of fifteen and have really just hit the wall in terms of thinking of others.

I currently have:

  • Fae
  • Sports
  • Shifters
  • Vampires
  • YA
  • TBR Pile
  • Goodreads Rec
  • Start the Series
  • Read that Sequel
  • Finish that Trilogy
  • Cinderella Retelling
  • Bi MC
  • Gender-queer MC
  • Lesbian MC
  • Trans MC

So I’m putting it to you, do you have any suggestions for books,  themes, or genres to add to my 2019 Book Bingo card?


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The Girl with the Sweetest Secret by Betina Krahn

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by Betina Krahn.

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Blurb: When Frances Bumgarten encounters a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night, her first impulse is to wallop the scoundrel on the head with a bread paddle. And when Frankie discovers he is “The Fox,” a disarmingly arrogant purveyor of gossip among England’s aristocracy, she’s tempted to take a second swing . . .

Never mind that Reynard Boulton, nephew of the Viscount Tannehill, is returning her inebriated uncle safely home. This chiseled intruder has sparked an infuriating physical sensation unlike anything the feisty Nevada silver heiress has experienced. In fact, the noblemen of London are so dull, Frankie’s sworn off marriage entirely. She will, however, help her younger sister win her own love match—even if it means secretly enlisting Reynard’s enquiring mind . . .

But secrets, as Reynard knows too well, can be costly. For Frankie is yet unaware that a villainous duke is scheming to claim her—and ruin him. Soon they’re racing to uncover the truth—and fueling a passion that won’t stay hidden . . .


Release Date: November 27th, 2018.
Length: 320 pages.
Series: Sin and Sensibility #2.
Genre: Historical Romance.
Read as an: ebook.
Sourced: Netgalley.

My Thoughts: The Girl with the Sweetest Secret is a great example of what historical romance novels can be – the book was well written, engaging, and funny!  From start to finish I found myself reading with a smile on my face.

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SLRG: Double Dose by Katie Allen

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by Katie Allen.

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Blurb: A double dose of happily-ever-after…

Speech therapist Daphne’s neat, orderly life takes a turn for the dramatic when she’s kidnapped and spirited away to a hideout deep in the Colorado mountains. Her captors? Gorgeous men—all escaped from a secret laboratory designed to build perfect supersoldiers.

Trauma associated with his engineering left Benjy mute, and Ari thinks Daphne’s just the girl to help him recover. Held against her will, Daphne will be damned before she helps any of them—regardless of how electrifying she finds their touches.

But as Daphne’s hunger for Benjy and Ari grows, so does her empathy for the other soldiers hiding out at the lodge. With danger from her own past threatening to resurface and an overeager FBI agent sniffing around, she needs to free herself, her men and the others.

Previously published under a different title:Aristotle’s Anatomy.’

Length: 199 pages.

Series: Research and Desire #4.

Genre: Romance. Erotica.

Read as an: eBook.


My Thoughts: Woo! Last book in the series!

I will be honest with you, Double Dose wasn’t my favourite. The book does wrap up the story and provide way more information about the backstory of the five main guys, which was great. The part that put me off the most was the relationship between the romantic leads Daphne, Ari, and Benjy.

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