Monday, 17 May 2021

Carole's Monday. Attracting Aubrey

 



Author: Avery Flynn
Title: Attracting Aubrey
(Gone Wild #3)
Genre: Novella, Contemporary Romance
Format: ebook
Pages: 154
Published: March 24th 2020
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon freebie)

Summary: 
I never dreamed I’d meet my celebrity crush while stealing every single pair of my best friend’s pants.

Trust me, my life is not that wild. In fact, the most excitement I usually get is running my fan-favorite Insta thirst account featuring butt-tastic pics of Hollywood superhero Carter Hayes. So, imagine my shock when, in the middle of the cruise ship hallway, I realize the guy whose shirt I'm stuffing slacks inside of is Carter disguised as a tourist. How I manage not to faint dead away, I've got no clue.

When word leaks that Carter might be on board, he asks me to help him maintain his cover. There’s no way I’m gonna say no to that. I just don't share that I’m the anonymous woman behind the fan account that reported sighting him onboard. No biggie. Right?

However, when things between us go from friendly to hot to OMG-I-can’t-keep-my-clothes-on-around-him, all I can do is hope he never discovers my secret. You see, somewhere along the way, Carter went from an untouchable movie star to the man I’m falling for.


Review:
Whooops. Totally read this out of order. Didn't realize it was book 3. Luckily this can totally be read as a stand-alone. 

We follow Aubrey and Carter who meet on a cruise. Carter Hayes just wants to get away and be a normal guy for just a few days. He's a Hollywood star who plays in a superhero but he's feeling burnt out. Aubrey is a superfan of Carter and recognizes him right away. When word leaks out that Carter might be on board, he asks Aubrey to help him maintain his cover. She says yes...of course....even though she was the one who is behind the anonymous fan account that reported the sighting of him onboard.

This was a fun, light read. Perfect for summer or rainy days. It made me want to go on a cruise even though I am not a fan of cruises.

There is insta-lust for sure but it worked for them. 

The feelings snuck up them and that worked for them too. 

I liked Carter and Aubrey. They were for sure made for each other. And how cute that a superfan gets to be with her celebrity crush???? JEALOUS!

My only issue was how quickly and easily they resolved their issues. Granted I do not think the issues were THAT bad. SURE she should have told him it was her who made the leak BEFORE they become a pretend thing and then a real thing. So he for sure over-reacted. I get being mad for....a couple of hours? But get over yourself sir. And she caved too soon and forgave him too soon. Booooooo. 

Besides that, I liked this a lot. It was cute and fun and for sure worth it. It does standalone okay, but now I am curious about the first 2 of the series. 

In the end, I'll give this 3 stars.  








Friday, 14 May 2021

Short Movie Review: Otherhood

A grounded, soulful, celebratory comedy about three mothers and their adult sons. The film explores the stage after motherhood, Otherhood, when you have to redefine your relationship with your children, friends, spouse, and most importantly, yourself.

Director: Cindy Chupack
Writers: Mark Andrus (screenplay by), Cindy Chupack (screenplay by) 
Stars: Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, Felicity Huffman

1h 40min | Comedy

It was not bad, not awesome, just one of those movies that you can watch and enjoy.

Recommend
If nothing else is on, sure



Thursday, 13 May 2021

A time of blood by John Gwynne

Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages


Published April 18th 2019 by Pan Macmillan (first published April 16th 2019)


Series: Of Blood and Bone #2


Fantasy


Own





I am behind on my reviews, writing my third one!




Where to start. Riv turned out to be a half breed, and all those before her have been killed. Lots of infanticide going on behind the screens of the so perfect angels, who turned out to be evil asshats . Pretending to be all righteous, all while sleeping with warrior women and having their offspring killed. Anyway, Riv lived, got wings, and the there is someone new at charge now who is not all kill the kids.





Drem is running from evil things in the woods. While Riv is all anger, Drem is calm. I like him.





I am all reviewed out. Gotta make this quick.





Lots of things going on. Baddies coming! FU baddies. Grrr angels, they are so evil. And then the end, damn, now I need book 3!








Drem and his friends flee the battle at Starstone Lake to warn the Order of the Bright Star. They’ve witnessed horrors they’ll never forget, such as magic warping men into beasts. But worst of all, they’ve seen a demon rise from the dead – making it even more powerful. Now Fritha, the demons’ high priestess, is hunting Drem’s party.





Concealed in Forn Forest, Riv struggles to understand her half-breed heritage. She represents the warrior angels’ biggest secret, one which could break their society. And when she’s found by the Ben-Elim’s high captain, he swoops in for the kill.





As demonic forces multiply, they send a mighty war-host to overthrow the angel’s stronghold. This could decimate the fractured Ben-Elim. And their allies in the Order may be too overwhelmed to send aid – with Fritha and her monstrous beasts closing in. Like heroes of old, Drem and the Bright Star’s warriors must battle to save their land. But can the light triumph when the dark is rising?


Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Audio: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest


Series: The Blood of Stars, Book 1


Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins


Release date: 07-09-19


Publisher: Listening Library


YA Fantasy


Library





I am not the best with YA fantasy, I keep trying cos they sound good and then they turn out to lack worldbuilding, being cliche, love triangles, angst, and 16 year olds that are the best assassin/thief/effing mafia boss in the world. BUT this was not that. This was great, this was wonderful worldbuilding, a heroine with flaws and who is not the best at absolutely everything (though she is one great seamstress!), no love triangle, no angst.





It really is project runway meets Mulan. Maia's father is called to enter a competition to become the Emperor's tailor. But Maia's father is a drunk, her brothers except one is dead so she dresses like a man and goes. Even though it is  forbidden. And she is one hell of a seamstress, and not to mention, owns a pair of magical scissors.





This pretend fantasy China was great, I liked everything about it. I liked Maia too, she was strong and even when others tried to hold her down she did not give up.





I kind of need a third comparison, cos the only Mulan thing was that she dressed as a boy. Then there is this whole adventure she takes too when she is looking for secret things. 




Great story, good characters, and even a romance that starts to blossom. And then is ends and I am all, nooooo! I need book 2!




Great narration, omg I keep using great, I need new words. But yes the narration really worked for this book, perfect in audio form





Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.




Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.




Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia's task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.




And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.



Tuesday, 11 May 2021

TMST


 

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.




List your top 5 favorite books/series



It is hard to pick just now, I want to look at all my favs! But they are STILL in boxes.




Magician by Raymond E.Feist. I have re-read it at least 9 times.




Wheel of time by Robert Jordan, cos ALL THE FEELS. Though I do mostly just re-read the first two




October Daye by Seanan McGuire. Awesome UF that keeps giving




Heartstrikers by Rachel Aaron. LISTEN TO IT NOW!!!!




The Others by Anne Bishop. OMG, amazing in audio!





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Monday, 10 May 2021

Carole's Monday. Right back where we started from

 


Author: Joy Lanzendorfer
Title: Right Back Where We Started From
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: ebook
Pages: 400 
Published: May 4th 2021
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

Summary: 
If misfortune hadn't gotten in the way, Sandra Sanborn would be where she belongs--among the rich and privileged instead of standing outside a Hollywood studio wearing a sandwich board in the hope of someone discovering her. It's tough breaking into the movies during the Great Depression, but Sandra knows that she's destined for greatness. After all, her grandmother Vira crossed the country during the Gold Rush and established the Sanborns as one of San Francisco's most prominent families, and her mother Mabel grew up in a lavish mansion and married into an agricultural empire. Success, Sandra feels, is in her blood. She just needs a chance to prove it.

In between failed auditions, Sandra receives a letter from a man claiming to be her father, which calls into question everything she believes about her family--and herself. As she tries to climb the social ladder, family secrets lurk in the background, pulling her down. Until Sandra confronts the truth about how Vira and Mabel gained and lost their fortunes, she will always end up right back where she started from.

Right Back Where We Started From is a sweeping, multigenerational work of fiction that explores the lust for ambition that entered into the American consciousness during the Gold Rush and how it affected our nation's ideas of success, failure, and the pursuit of happiness. It is a meticulously layered saga--at once historically rich, romantic, and suspenseful--about three determined and completely unforgettable women.


Review:
I love novels like this so I couldn't resist picking this up. 

We follow three women through their adventure to try and make something of themselves. We mainly follow Sandra who wants to be a Hollywood star and make something of her life. In between failed auditions, Sandra receives a letter from a man claiming to be her father which makes Sandra question everything she believes about her family and herself. At the same time, we follow her grandma's and mother's story and their own struggles to try and become successful.

I love multigenerational stories. The past really impacts the future, especially for families. 

These three women are sooo similar and little do they know it. Maybe if they had open communication they could keep the past from repeating itself. Sure money and fame are wonderful....but it's a hard road and is it really worth it? And honestly, these women do NOT have good luck in love. Maybe if they had open conversations they could help each other? Crazy notion ;) 

But yes - their stories are similar but oh so different. Vira just wanted a nice house and a big family surrounded by her friends, but she is forced to follow her husband to California. Mabel ran away from home and thought she married a Prune Farmer who owned an Empire, but "Empire" is a stretch. Then there is Sandra. She left her first husband so she could follow her dream and try and become a star and she finds herself married and forced to follow him too. Each is estranged from her mother and is convinced they will do better because they are not like their mother at all. Oooooo and here is where open communication is key lol!

I had major issues with each of these ladies, but I still wanted them to find happiness. They are jerks and selfish, but it is hard not to root for them. Very strange! Normally I wouldn't give a lick about characters like this...but there is something about them that you can't help but watch and hope they succeed in life. To be fair....their husbands are jerks too. They for sure lied to them. Seeeeee history repeats itself. 

Honestly - I must applaud the author. I really feel like she did a wonderful job showing us that humans are complex creatures. Humans can be self-serving for sure but there is always a light of hope because everyone just wants to be happy. The author also did a fantastic job bringing all these different eras to life! The transitions and back-and-forth POV switching were seamless and easy to follow. 

I am a little bummed by the ending. It was pretty open-ended. Maybe we'll get a follow-up someday because I want to know what is next for Sandra.

All-in-all, I really liked this. I enjoyed following these three women to try and make something of their lives and try to prove they are not like their mothers. The ending was a little bit of a bummer for me and I want more. One can hope! I for sure recommend this for those looking for a nice historical fiction for the summer! I'll give this 4 stars. 






Friday, 7 May 2021

The memory theater by Karin Tidbeck

Hardcover, 240 pages


Published February 16th 2021 by Pantheon Books


Fantasy Historical fiction


Library




I have very conflicted feelings about this one. I was bored, and at the same time I wanted to see what happened. I did not feel it was as good as her other book. I would not really recommend it either, and still I wanted to see how it turned out.




Some people got together and managed to create an alternate dimension, no, they created a space in an already alternate dimension.  A pocket they can't leave. A Garden where the same day happen again and again. And they turn cruel and kidnap children to use as slaves and to torture. They are horrible humans.




Created from a mountain and one of the masters is Dora. She is not one of the slaves, neither is she one of the masters. Her best friends Thistle gets killed almost every night and is alive the next one. Life sucks




And, well stuff happens, not much, the book is slow. But I wanted to see, cos it was weird, and never fully explained how it all came to be.




Weird, not something I recommend, but something I still could not put down,






In a world just parallel to ours exists a mystical realm known only as the Gardens. It is a place where feasts never end, games of croquet have devastating consequences, and teenagers are punished for growing up. For a select group of Masters, it's a decadent paradise where time stands still. For those who serve them, however, it's a slow torture where their lives can be ended in a blink.





In a bid to escape before their youth betrays them, Dora and Thistle--best friends and confidants--set out on a remarkable journey through time and space. Traveling between their world and ours, they hunt the one person who can grant them freedom. Along the way they encounter a mysterious traveler who trades in favors and never forgets debts, a crossroads at the center of the universe, our own world on the brink of war, and a traveling troupe of actors with the ability to unlock the fabric of reality.


Thursday, 6 May 2021

Audio: A cowboy kind of love by Donna Grant

Narrated by: Rebecca Estrella


Series: Heart of Texas Series, Book 6


Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins


Release date: 04-27-21


Publisher: Tantor Audio


Romantic suspense


To review





I do like my cowboy romances, and I do like Donna Grant's romantic suspense ones. The last one was intense and brutal, this one was pretty brutal too, but luckily that was most in the past.




Jace is on the road on becoming an alcoholic. He drinks too much, he misses the girlfriend who suddenly disappeared years ago, and his past in the military is always there to haunt him. What I loved about him is that the minute she does show up he is not bitter and argues for days. He just wants her back again.




Taryn has been gone for years, the reason why is dark. And she is desperate to get out. I admired her spirit and her will to just go on and on. Even if it is a dangerous and lonely road.




Then they meet again, and it is like those years apart never happened. Yes it was fast, but this was a second chance. They never wanted to part in the first place, of course it happens fast.



And then there is the danger following her, luckily Jace has a bunch of awesome friends who all are highly trained and willing to help.




I enjoyed it, it felt really light and I listened to it fast. 




Estrella is always good, her voice makes the pages just fly by, and she has great voices for everyone




Jace Wilder has been rebuilding his life since the love of his life, Taryn, up and left town unexpectedly. But when she mysteriously returns, Jace’s dependable world comes crashing down. Taryn is hiding a dangerous secret, and no matter how hard he tries, Jace can’t stay away―especially when Taryn is at risk. And especially when the attraction he thought he’d buried long ago is back and hotter than ever. Will he be able to trust Taryn again?




Taryn Hillman’s world fell apart one horrifying night, and it’s never been the same since. When she sees a small chance at untangling herself, she takes it, though it means returning to Clearview – and seeing Jace again. But when he vows to protect her, will Taryn take a chance, and this time, never let him go?


Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Best of April

 



Happy May everyone!!!! 

Here are our best of last month!


Best Book of the Month:

Mine- "I have a hard time choosing a best of book again, every book I have read seems to have been just as good as the previous one. So I will not choose one."



"Had some good contenders this month! It was hard to pick, but I decided on this one. It had me on the edge of my seat!"





Best Movie of the Month:

"Didn't watch too many movies this month but I did really like this one. It was funny!"






"All love to best movie Thunder Force!"






Best TV show of the Month:


Blodeuedd - Shadow and BoneThe Irregulars, & The Way of the Househusband

"Omg, I really fell for Shadow and Bone! Will I read the books? Gods no, I already dnfed one of them. But the tv show worked cos it took out most of those cringe things, also it had Ben Barnes *dreamy eyes*

I also want to mention The Irregulars, not as bingedrooly as the previous series, but I highly enjoyed it

I also have to mention this one, throughout it all I was wtf how is this animated?! It looks bad, but at the same time it was so weird and funny and I could not stop watching."



Carole - Mom


"Been watching this nonstop! I've seen some episodes here and there but never the older ones so I've been binge-watching this like crazy. SO funny. SO heart-warming. SO good."





Best Cover of the Month:


Carole - "So simple, but beautiful and speaks volumes."








Blodeuedd - "Much more stunning in RL!"










Tuesday, 4 May 2021

TMST


 

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post where bloggers discuss a wide range of topics from books and blogging to life in general. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog. Feel free to leave your links in the comments if you are participating.






5/4/2021 What have been some of the biggest challenges you've faced to continue blogging and how did you solve them?




Biggest challenge, well, having my daughter. But to be fair, that just gave me more reading time, so many walks, so much audio time. But yes it did change how I blog and when, and I still struggled with finding a rhythm. I also had a period then when it just felt so hard, but, I also love talking about books and I can not stop. I just kept on going. Never stopping.




Any other challenges, well going back to work, and raising a child. See same thing as before, but now we put in work too. But I already had a rhythm of sort going, so no real problem.




Can't say I have had any challenges, I do not take it so seriously anymore and it makes it easier





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Monday, 3 May 2021

Carole's Monday. Phoenix unbound




Author: Grace Draven
Title: Phoenix Unbound
(Fallen Empire #1)
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: ebook
Pages: 400 
Published: September 25th 2018
Where I Got It: Amazon

Summary: 
Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital - her fate: to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different.

Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion, and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. And unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will risk everything to return to the Empire and burn once more.


Review:
This author really has the most beautiful covers! And her stories are always so fresh and fun. 

This one we follow Gilene and Azarion. Every year villages are required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital to be sacrificed for their Gods and for the entertainment of the masses. Gilene has been sacrificed every year for the last five years because she is a fire witch and will survive the flames. However, this year is different because Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her magic and is now set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape this life of slavery and to reclaim his birthright of his clan. To protect her family and village, she will go along with him and maybe they can end the Empire.

I will admit I struggled big time at the beginning. I just....just didn't care about Gilene or Azarion. Not sure why. I honestly wanted to quit and DNF this. But I have a personal rule to get to page 100 before officially tossing in the towel. 

And...here we are. I finished this bad boy. Not sure what happened...suddenly I could not put this down. I had to finish it. I can't pinpoint what changed. Randomly I liked our hero and heroine. I liked Azarion's clan. Not sure when or how or why, but I became invested and I had to finish this. I stayed up WAY too late reading this just to be done because it got really good, really fast. 

The Empire needs to burn. They are monsters. 

Gilene's village needs to burn too. Screw them. 

I loved Azarion's family and clan (grrr not that cousin though). I would want to be there. I loved how they worship the fire witches and that fire goddess. 

I want more in this world for sure. Book 2 has been sitting on my shelf for a while but I wanted to wait until I got to book 1. So glad this worked out in the end.

Honestly, I want more world-building and I would love to see more of Gilene's powers. 

Overall, something did not click for me in the beginning, but around page 90ish I was hooked. I had to read it as quickly as possible. The world is so interesting. I love our characters. This was everything you would want in a fantasy story. I'll stamp this with 3 stars. 








Challenge(s):
- #15 for Romance Bingo - Witch/Wizard

Friday, 30 April 2021

Audio: A wicked bargain for the Duke by Megan Frampton

Narrated by: Jilly Bond


Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins


Release date: 04-27-21


Publisher: HarperAudio


Historical romance


To review





 The Duke was, oh what to say, rigid, stiff, former military, in want of a wife. A proper, quiet wife.




Lavinia is the life of the party. She also writes romance novels under a male name. Not proper, not quiet.




Thad wants to marry Lavinia's sister Jane, Lavinia thinks that is a stupid idea and does everything to stop it. Boom, marriage of convenience.  And both are unhappy. Thad missed out on his proper wife, Lavinia wants more (though his thigh muscles are to die for.)




They argue, they fall in love without knowing it, and a very realistic for time. It is awkward, he things it was great, she was all this is it? Yes no magical orgasms for everyone and best time ever. They had to understand each other.




Oh and there are excerpts from her book too. I liked those sprinkled in.




It was nice to see these two fall in love. I enjoyed the book.




I liked the narrator, she did have good distinct voices for everyone, though her voice for Thad was very manly indeed






Thaddeus, the new Duke of Hasford, holds his new title reluctantly, but his sense of duty is strong. Task number one: find a wife and secure an heir. He thinks he’s found the perfect choice in Lady Jane Capel—until her sister, Lavinia, bursts onto the scene. Vivacious, rebellious, and strikingly beautiful, Lavinia is determined to keep him away from her shy, sweet sister. And she’s also determined not to think so much about his broad chest and strong thighs.




When Lady Lavinia and Thaddeus end up in the most compromising position, witnessed by Lavinia’s mother and nearly everyone at a party, they’re forced to get married to protect their reputations. With no love between them, but with an heir to conceive, they strike a bargain in bed. Only Lavinia demands passion, and Thaddeus complies, with both of them realizing this marriage of convenience may turn into much more...


Thursday, 29 April 2021

Audio: It happened one autumn by Lisa Kleypas

Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor


Series: The Wallflowers, Book 2


Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins


Release date: 04-20-21


Publisher: HarperAudio


Historical romance


To review






Narration: I always like Landor, she is great with historical romance. She gets the voices, from male, to female to posh ahole Viscountess.




Story: Second wallflower gets her moment in the sun. Lillian is not proper, she says what's on her mind, she does improper things, and I like her. She sounds fun.




Marcus, omg in the last book he was so posh, proper and boooo, sure he did something good at the end though. It showed his soul. And here, well he is fascinating by Lillian, but is also all, no, she is not a silent English rose.




They argue a lot, they drive each other insane, and they want to rip each others clothes off.





I enjoyed it, and there was some drama at the end. Grrrrr baddies!





But, the next book, I am not sure, see the love interest in that one behaved like a real asshat in this one. But at the same time I am really curious how it will play out. Still, he did something unforgivable.





I liked it 







Headstrong American heiress Lillian Bowman has come to England to find an aristocratic husband. Unfortunately, no man is strong enough to tame the stubborn beauty's fierce will. Except, perhaps, the powerful and arrogant Earl of Westcliff—a man Lillian despises more than anyone she's ever met.






Marcus, Lord Westcliff, is famous for his icy English reserve and his supreme self-control. But something about the audacious Lillian drives him mad. Whenever they're in the same room, they can't stop themselves from battling furiously to gain the upper hand.




Then one afternoon, a stunningly sensuous encounter changes everything...and Lillian discovers that beneath the earl's reserved façade, he is the passionate and tender lover of her dreams. What neither Westcliff nor Lillian suspect, however, is that a sinister conspiracy threatens to destroy any chance of happiness. After a shocking betrayal endangers Lillian's safety—and possibly her life—will Marcus be able to save her before it's too late?


Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Movie Discussion: Thunder Force




This month Carole and I are reviewing, Thunder Force. 


I am in red and Carole in purple.






Title: Thunder Force
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Comedy

Running Time: 1h 46min
Rating: PG-13 
Released:  9 April 2021
Netflix


In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.





TRAILER: 




DISCUSSION:
Jen told us to watch this, so I did, I really had no idea what to expect.

Yesss I had never heard of it before but then Jen said it was good and you said it was good so I watched it…..and it was good! I really adored it!

They are both obviously great actors, and comedy gold. Not to mention a different story and two that you would not expect as heroes. But who said heroes had to come in one boring kickass format.

Agreed! It was refreshing. I get so tired of the same ol’ hero format. Hot guy. Hot girl. All young and whatever. In this we have two total opposites who are in their 40s and can still kick butt. While making us laugh. OMG the crab guy. I had to pause because I could not stop laughing at their dance scene. 

Omg, I loved Bateman in this! He made no sense, lol. They killed it, I was disgusted and rooted for them at the same time. Best crab ever

Sameeeee. I was grossed out but I wanted him and her to be together. LOL Doesn’t make sense but it was hilariously adorable. Now we need a lover for the 2nd of the dynamic duo. She deserves a HEA too!!!!!! I want a 2nd movie darnit. 

True, she needs a HEA, but at the same time, I feel that she is such a strong independent woman that she needs no man. But if she got one, hmm, I am seeing a fellow scientist ;)

Agreed. They both don’t need no man but I think she deserves someone like a fellow scientist who can keep up with her esp when the daughter goes off and wants to do her own thing. That daughter is equally or even more smart than her so I can totally see her wanting to make her own empire. It would be nice to have a guy or girl or whoever to keep her entertained and keep her bed warm. She deserves to have a fellow scientist. 2nd movie pleaseeeee!


Oh I so need another movie. There are many more baddies out there for them to fight. And also to see Bateman and Melissa dance again, haha, or butter each other up. Yes best lovestory ever. And to see the kid and her new powers. You hear me netflix?! More please, you all did good here

Yessss best lovestory ever. So funny. So awkward. So cute. So clap-worthy. I approve! Maybe they will expand their team! Get more people to have more powers. Take down the baddies. There is a whole world left to explore. Good job Netflix. 


I feel like I have nothing more to say. It was good, it was funny, great actors! What more can one say?

It’s so hard to review good things. LOLLLLL Our discussion reviews are always way shorter when the book or movie was super good. But yesssssss. It was worth the watch and I’m glad I watched it. I really liked it. The story. The characters. The love. The friendship. The comedy! All good and fun!

The end?

‘Til next time my friend!



Tuesday, 27 April 2021

TMST


 

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4/27/2021 What’s your blog-hopping strategy?



I used to have a good strategy, I got everything done in the morning, but then I had a kid. So that does not work anymore. Now I try to get it done while I am watching tv, cos I want to get that done too. But yes I am more than often several days behind on my blog hopping.



But no stress! It is then it gets to be a job. Just roll with it




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Monday, 26 April 2021

Carole's Monday: How to catch a sinful Marquess

 



Author:  Amy Rose Bennett
Narrator:  Elizabeth Jasicki
Title: How to Catch a Sinful Marquess
(The Disreputable Debutantes #3)
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 336
Published: August 25th 2020
Where I got It: Audible 

Summary: 
A reserved debutante and a former soldier make an unlikely but fated match as they hasten for the Isle of Skye.

Orphaned heiress Olivia de Vere should have the world—or at least the men of the ton—at her feet. But when she's thrown out of a young ladies' academy, Olivia doubts she'll ever find someone who will love her, rather than her bank account. To make matters worse, her dissolute cousin Felix is determined to marry her against her wishes. A virtual prisoner in her guardians' London townhouse, Olivia can’t help but develop a tendre for her neighbor, a handsome Scottish marquess.

Battle-scarred in more ways than one, Hamish MacQueen, Lord Sleat, has braved many dangers in life. But nothing has quite prepared him for the shock of having a young child dumped on his doorstep, with a note claiming she’s his daughter. Just in the nick of time his pretty neighbor appears, offering to act as a nursemaid for the young girl on their journey to his estate in Scotland. He suspects she has her own reasons for wanting to flee the country…
 
The close traveling quarters leads to a fierce attraction between Olivia and Hamish that seems impossible to resist. But when ghosts from the past and monsters from the present threaten to tear them apart, will their unlikely love survive?

Review:
This has been the book I've been itching to read in this series. I adore Olivia and Hamish but I was good and read in order ;) 

Olivia is an orphaned heiress who had been thrown out of a young ladies' academy years back doubts she'll ever find love or happiness. To make things worse, her cousin is dead set on marrying her for her money. As a virtual prisoner in her guardians' London townhouse, Olivia can't help but dream of the handsome Scottish marquess. Hamish MacQueen has braved many dangers in life but suffers from terrible memories and nightmares. When a young child is dumped on his doorstep with a note saying that the child is his, he is at a loss. Just in a nick of time Olivia appears and offers to act as a nursemaid. Traveling in close quarters leads to a fierce attraction between Olivia and Hamish that seems impossible to resist, but will the ghosts of their past tear them apart? 

These two have had a sad and tragic past. You can't help but feel so bad for them. Olivia lost her parents in a tragic accident and she has been treated as a prisoner by her terrible family. Hamish had a monster of a father and then had to deal with war. Lots of issues to work through before they could fall in love. Lust was quick but the love took a long, long time. Which I felt worked. 

I did have to laugh at how oblivious Hamish. Sure, he didn't care at the time and probably was drunk, but he had met Olivia once and he is neighbors with her family. How did he not know who she was? How did she get away with her lie for SO long??? So unrealistic if I'm to be honest. 

I loved the add-on mystery of the little girl. The mom just tossed her on the porch and left because she couldn't support her anymore. I think it added to the story and the character development for all. That little girl was so cute! I adored her! I hope we get to see her more! 

Oooooo Felix. *shakes fist* I wonder if he's going to be showing his ugly mug in the next/last book. I do not think we are done with him. He's a monster. 

Honestly, this was my favorite of the series for sure. I loved watching our characters grow and fight their battles and fall in love. 

I read a lot of reviews and the narrator seems to be controversial. The first two were narrated by someone else (I had only listened to book 1 and I remember liking her) but for this one, they changed the narrator. A lot of people were meh, but I actually really liked her voice. I thought she did a good job with our characters male and female. I will say a couple of the men sounded like they overly super growly or hoarse/old, but it worked oddly for some of them. 

In the end, this was my favorite of the series! I love our lovebirds and I enjoyed their journey. Can't wait for the final book. 4 stars. 








Challenge(s):
- #21 for Audiobook challenge




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