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review 2017-12-12 16:13
A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines
A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines - Anthony Bourdain

My Goodreads account is not keeping up with my books currently reading. I started this on Saturday (December 9th) and finished it yesterday.

Anthony Bourdain is always a good read to me. I really loved his first memoir, Kitchen Confidential. I think due to what is going on in the U.S. right now, I have been reading a lot of cooking memoirs the past few weeks. There is something wonderful about reading about other cultures and their love of food. And I have tried to recreate some menus (did not attempt any in this book though for obvious reasons).

Off the bat you get that Bourdain loves food. He loves meeting/talking to other food obsessed people. Starring in a television show that is taking him around the globe to eat food seemed like a win-win. Some scenes were rather hard to read about (the one describing how ducks are stuffed to make foie gras---no thank you), others are humorous, and at times you get a feeling of sadness depending on what Bourdain is going on about in a particular chapter.

I have to say that the book itself jumps around a lot. I don't know if this is the order he filmed or what. We go to Russia, Tokyo, Scotland, France, England, Saigon, and other countries with Bourdain and his camera crew along with local men/women who show Bourdain how to eat/prepare their favorite dishes.

I would say don't read this if you have a weak stomach though. You read about a pig being slaughtered, a goat, and about Bourdain hunting rabbits (seriously).

I think my favorite chapters has to be about Bourdain waxing enthusiastically about Gordon Ramsey and Hubert Keller. I really wish I could eat at The French Laundry cause it sounds wonderful.

I didn't rate this five stars since the book jumped around a lot and I didn't know what angle Bourdain was going for in the final execution of this book. Was it to share his love of food? His realizing there is no such thing as a perfect meal, rather it's the memory that you go chasing when thinking of your favorite food? Or was it to showcase other cultures and how they got really screwed by other countries (Vietnam and Cambodia).

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review 2017-09-17 05:05
Psychically X-treme!!!
A Sexy Time of It (Extreme) - Cara Summers

"Speaking of serious---I didn't think about it before. What about protection? They still have that in your time, don't they?"

He nodded. "I took care of it. I can do it psychically"

 

What a line, dude! 

 

Why I imagined this qualified for Extreme Blaze:

 

- Psychically time traveling

- Psychically having sex

- Jack the Ripper time traveling psychically to murder women every 120yrs

 

If you couldn't tell, this was all a bit out there and you probably don't want to question the time travel theories too closely, or you'll drive yourself crazy like I did. 

 

Definitely an interesting concept that was intriguing enough to keep me reading. The characters and story components were all a bit breezed over and for this being Blaze, I was a little shocked at the lack of frequency and fervor of sex scenes but never fear, they are there. 

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text 2017-09-17 02:26
Reading Update: 15%
A Sexy Time of It (Extreme) - Cara Summers

“What exactly just happened?” she asked. "We both still have our clothes on, but I was sure we…”

"Had sex?”

She swallowed. “Did we?”

"Mentally, yes. Physically, no.”

 

This Extreme Blaze may be too Extreme for me  

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review 2017-09-01 17:46
Gage (American Extreme Bull Riders Tour) by Katherine Garbera
Gage (American Extreme Bull Riders Tour Book 8) - Katherine Garbera

 

Legacy guides him, determination drives him and love will lead him home. Gage has bull riding in his blood and iron in his veins. His journey began in tragedy, but has taken him to new heights of success. Hard work has paid off, but the wound of losing his brother is still a ghost that haunts him. Sierra is one hot tamale. She handles the male dominated rodeo circuit like a pro. Her sassy mouth highlights how strong she really is. Her heart proves to be her most valuable asset, until she crosses paths with her greatest weakness. Katherine Garbera sizzles as she sets fire to an attraction that is as sensitive as it is steamy.

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text 2017-08-20 01:54
Tanner By Sarah Mayberry Free!
Tanner (American Extreme Bull Riders Tour Book 1) - Sarah Mayberry

He’s used to risking it all in the ring, but nothing prepared him for love…

After flying half-way around the world to surprise her boyfriend, Evie Forrester finds herself heartbroken and stranded in a strange city. What could be a total disaster becomes something else when a tall, dark bull rider turns out to be a white knight in disguise. Evie isn’t sure she needs saving, but Tanner Harding is a difficult man to deny. He’s even harder to resist…

Tanner Harding can tame a monster bull with ease, but he never expected to be floored by someone like Evie. Sparks fly between them until injury threatens to end Tanner’s career –and suddenly he’s the one in need of a rescue. 

Evie can’t turn her back on her wounded hero and, as Tanner struggles with his recovery, she’s not sure she can guard her heart against him either. Tanner knows Evie has slipped under his skin, but she lives in Australia and his future is under a cloud. Can two people with too many reasons to walk away make the bold decision to stay?

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