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Top Ten Tuesday: Good Eats in Books

Posted October 17, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish and it’s a feature that everyone participates in so I’m going to try and participate myself and see how long it lasts. Wish me luck.

This week’s prompt is:

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you’d love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don’t read foody books.)

This week, we’re discussing good eats in books that I’ve read. Here’s my list.

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie: This book made me want to try chicken marsala. I’d never had it before and after reading this one, I had to do it…and I loved it. I also wanted someone to butter my dinner rolls and champion me against mean skinny girls like Cal did for Min. 🙂

Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts: Laurel went to culinary school and now makes extravagant wedding cakes for her event planning company she started with her friends. Her sweets sounded so good in this book and I wanted to try them myself.

Scrumptious by Amanda Usen: There was a lot of food made in this book and I wanted to eat them all.

Delicious by Sherry Thomas: This book brings madeleines to mind because the heroine made them all the time for her former boss and well…they sounded damn good.

Too Hot to Touch by Louisa Edwards: This book was centered around a cooking competition and I wanted to be a judge. Delicious food everywhere.

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen: Audrey was always cooking up something or baking something that I wanted to try. Bowen did a great job of making my mouth water while reading this book and mostly it was for the food Griff’s Mom was making or Audrey…and the other parts that made my mouth water was Griff himself. Haha.

For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne: BANANA BREAD! I won’t lie…I wanted some of that banana bread wedding cake that Josh had made for Heather. Haha.

Sugar Rush by Donna Kauffman: Cupcakes! There were cupcakes everywhere in this book and I love cupcakes so I wanted to eat all of the red velvet, devil’s food, praline crunch cupcakes in this book.

Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton: I wanted to eat at Flynn’s restaurant where Amelia whips up the best dishes. I wanted to try everything Flynn ate in this book. Amelia was such a capable chef so she would treat me right if I went to eat at the restaurant.

Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy: In this book, I wanted to eat everything that was on Kara’s (the hero’s ex-wife) ban list with Matt’s girls. Pancakes, cookies, everything. What a witch that Kara was.

Share your favorites in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Covers

Posted October 10, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish and it’s a feature that everyone participates in so I’m going to try and participate myself and see how long it lasts. Wish me luck.

This week’s prompt is:

Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish)

I had to dig deep for these books because I’m not one to pay attention to the seasons on covers or in the story but it didn’t take me long at all to find some hidden gems on my shelves on Goodreads. I found 5 books that I’ve read and 5 books that I haven’t read. Check it out.

McKettrick’s Choice (McKettrick’s #4) by Linda Lael Miller: It’s been ages since I’ve read this book but I remember liking it and I remember the ranch and the couple and it’s a good one…the cover totally fit this week’s theme.

Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen: I remember seeing this cover for the first time and wondering if it was set in the fall because this cover screams autumn to me for some reason. This book was such a treat, too.

Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1) by Abbi Glines: Fright Night Lights mean football and football is a fall sport so of course this one screams fall to me.

It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers #2) by Lisa Kleypas: This book makes the list for obvious reason…even though Lillian wasn’t my favorite Wallflower, her book was still an enjoyable one.

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet #4) by Julia Quinn: The leaves on the corners of this book cover scream fall leaves to me so of course I had to add this one to my list. Overall

Autumn Lover (Maxwells #1) by Elizabeth Lowell: The colors for this book cover scream fall to me. The blurb sounds interesting too so I’m definitely going to check this one out…eventually.

The Harder You Fall (The Original Heartbreakers #3) by Gena Showalter: My friend Holly has read some of the books in this series (I think) so I’m interested in reading it too and by the looks of the grass they’re making out on, I’m pretty sure it’s fall.

Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon: I don’t want to read this book but this fit the bill for this week’s prompt and I wonder what drums of autumn sound like.

Deep Autumn Heat (Star Harbor #1) by Elisabeth Barrett: I read the second book in this series and can’t remember much about what I thought but I want to see what this deep autumn heat is about. 😉

When We Fall by Emily Liebert: I’ve never heard of this book before but I came across it while I was looking for books for this post and after reading the blurb, I want to read it so on my wish list it goes…and if that cover doesn’t scream fall to you, I don’t know what will.

There you have it, the books that scream fall to me. Share your favorites in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Boyfriends

Posted October 3, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish and it’s a feature that everyone participates in so I’m going to try and participate myself and see how long it lasts. Wish me luck.

This week’s prompt is:

October 3: Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?)

Having to choose book boyfriends is not hard for me. Having to choose just 10 is very hard for me but I’m going to do it. Lately, I seem to be swooning over a lot of new guys so I wanted to take a step back from my love all of the new heroes and highlight some of the guys that I have loved before…check it out.

Sam Starrett from Gone too Far (Troubleshooters #6) by Suzanne Brockmann: Sam has got to be my oldest and longest standing book boyfriend. I have loved him for so freaking long and still, right this very moment, I love him. Holly hates him but I don’t care, I love him enough for 8 people. I remember waiting so anxiously for his book to come out. He’s introduced in the first book of the Troubleshooters series and he snuck in and just overshadowed my love for anyone else in that series. I couldn’t wait for him to finally get his shit together and get his girl and 5 books later…he finally got it right. Gah, he’s one of the good ones.

Justin from The Prize by Julie Garwood: When I first read The Prize, it was Justin’s journey that hit me right in the feels. Fighting in battle, losing a hand and being abandoned by your own brother to die on the battlefield? Ahhh, I hurt for him. His journey was the one that came full circle and seeing him grow in character from the beginning to the end of this book was just fantastic. I loved his story so much that I wrote to Julie Garwood years and years ago and asked if she had any plans to write his story. She didn’t and that made me sad because Justin was so worthy of his own story. I re-read this book a couple of weeks ago and my love for Justin still stands strong today.

Wes Baker from The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen: We Baker was my favorite YA book boyfriend for such a long time and even now, he’s still at the top of my contemporary YA book boyfriends. There was just something about him that I just adored and really, he’s such a cutie patootie.

Jordan Townsende from Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught: Jordan Addison Matthew Townsend, the Duke of Hawthorne was my very first book boyfriend. I was completely obsessed with him and I could tell you every single thing about him way back in the day. He was my Justin Timberlake of romance novels. I wanted to marry him. I wanted to have all of his babies and I’m due for a re-read of his book because his book was the very first book that I read and loved to pieces. Oh the memories…love Jordan!

Adam Hartley from The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen: Oh man, Adam Hartley was a lot of fun in his book. I had a full blown crush on him by the time his book was done. I’m always a lover of flirty heroes and Adam was definitely that. I adored the way that he was with Corey and I loved his personality and loving heart. He was the bomb dot com and that hasn’t changed with a little time between reads.

Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth: I have had a strong love of Four and the way that he loved Tris (sometimes more than he should have loved her). But mostly, Four had me at…

I’ll never forget the cheer that went up in my movie theater when Four made his presence known in the first Divergent movie. Every single girl in that theater fell in love with Four after that. But more than his good looks, Four was brave and he was strong and he just freaking perfect and I loved him.

Daniel Quinn from Before You Break by Christina Lee: Quinn’s story was a lot darker than I was prepared for but he won me over completely. I wasn’t the biggest Quinn fan before his book but after I finished his book, I looked like this…

He had me when he said…

“Kissing you would be too easy.” I whispered in her ear. “And you’re not a girl I want to be easy with.”

Gah, I heart him hard.

Dageus MacKeltar from The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning: Dageus was so different from his twin, Drustan. Where Drustan was the knight in shining armor, Dageus was the undercover hero you never knew you needed. That letter that he left for Drustan to find at the end of Kiss of the Highlander? The sacrifice he made so that his brother could be happy? Yeah…I loved the hell out of that guy.

Nate Sawyer from Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young: Nate’s story was great and Nate himself was such a great hero and when he said…

“You’re not ready to hear this yet,” he concluded. “But I do need you to know that I’m going to fight for you. I’m not making the mistake of walking away from you again. The only man in you future is me, Liv. The only kids in your future are mine.”

My love for him solidified and will never go away because he is that great. *swoon*

Lucas from Easy by Tammara Webber: Lucas was one of the best heroes in New Adult, IMO. He was everything in his book and what he went through, how those things shaped him and just everything about him is amazing…what a journey he’ll take you on if you read his book. You’ll want to meet him and love him for yourself.

Who are some of your favorite book boyfriends? Did any of your favorites make my list? Share your favorites in the comments!

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