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review 2017-01-31 21:45
The Chocolate Touch - Patrick Skene Catling,Margot Apple

I read this tale with my daughter as part of her school assignment. We had fun analyzing each chapter and predicting the outcome. While the story is fairly simple and predictable, it's a fun twist on the Midas fable. Young John Midas learns quickly that too much of a good thing can be bad. Once the lesson is learned, everything is righted. 

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review 2016-11-11 02:59
The Chocolate Touch
The Chocolate Touch - Patrick Skene Catling,Margot Apple

This book is about a boy named John Midas who would eat nothing but chocolate all the time. Then one day, John finds a strange coin on the sidewalk and uses it to buy a box of chocolate at a mysterious new candy store. Suddenly, everything his lips touch turns to chocolate! It is a delightful story. It was actually first published in 1952. We could talk about the theme that too much of a good thing can be bad. Maybe we could do a fun thing and have chocolate goodies in class.  If money and location were not issues, we could take a trip to a candy store and let the kids get some candy. It has a 4.4 reading level.

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text 2016-04-05 00:14
March's Reads
This Shattered World - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner
The Chocolate Kiss - Laura Florand
The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi
The Chocolate Touch - Laura Florand
Lake of Dreams - Linda Howard
Shallow Graves - Kali Wallace
Tell the Wind and Fire - Sarah Rees Brennan

I only read about seven books, so not as great a month as I wished it could be.

Thing is that besides my elderly dog moods and the fact that I've passed the last week sick, I haven't had a lot of patience to read.

However I did read an amazing book, The Star Touched Queen, which I think will be favourite book for this year. In fact thanks to it, I have been in a terrible book slump: nothing compares to it.

I did continue reading some series, like the second volume in the Starbound series and two volumes in the Amour Et Chocolat by Laura Florand.


Five Star RatingThe Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Fantasy) #Arc


Four and a Half rating-


Four Star Rating


Three and a Half Star Rating:


This Shattered World ( Starbound#2), Amy Kauffman and Meagan Spooner; (Ya Romance/ Sci-Fi)


The Chocolate Kiss- Florand, Laura ( Contemporary Romance/Retellings)


Three Stars:


Two and a Half Star Ratings:


. The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand ( contemporary /Drama)


.Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace ( urban fantasy/Ya)


Tell the Wind And The fire by Sarah Rees Brennan ( Fantasy/ Retellings) #Arc



Lake of Dreams by Linda Howard ( novella/ paranormal romance) #Arc


Then there's the ones that I should have finished by now, but unfortunately for one reason or another I'm just finding them boring and dull. Honestly, I don't even know how I haven't DNF them by now.


#Currently Reading-


Their Fractured Light ( Starbound #3)- So far I'm not finding this to be on the same level as the first two books.

Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno, another book with a great concept, but each time I stop reading it, less is the wish to pick it back up again.


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text 2015-08-24 14:10
The List Thingy: TBR Week 35
The Shadow Master - Craig Cormick
The Chocolate Touch - Laura Florand
Doing It for Love - Cassie Mae
Court of Fives - Kate Elliott

I couldn't make up my mind yesterday evening on what I wanted to read... so I only got around to doing my list this morning.

Here we go:


The Shadow Master - Craig Cormick  - gonna finish it this week, hopefully

The Chocolate Touch - Laura Florand  - my kindle-unlimited read. I shall audiobook it...

Doing It for Love - Cassie Mae  - ARC of the week

Court of Fives - Kate Elliott  - I am looking forward to Elliott's new series!! One of my most anticipated released in 2015 *wish me luck!*


To be honest I think I am being quite brave to try to read all of them this week- as I am ridiculously busy. But I think I'll manage an hour here and there during the week, and then there is the reading time while hanging on airports ect - so doable :D


What are you planning to read this week?


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text 2015-05-13 16:07
Scarred Heroes or Heroines in Contemporary Romance
Beyond Repair - Charlotte Stein
Skin Deep (I-Team, #5.5) - Pamela Clare
Nobody (Men of the White Sandy Book 3) - Mary Dieterich,Sarah M. Anderson
Lingerie Wars (Invertary #1) - Janet Elizabeth Henderson
After Hours: (InterMix) - Cara McKenna
The Chocolate Touch (Amour et Chocolat #4) - Laura Florand
Beast - Pepper Pace
Tall, Dark and Fearless - Suzanne Brockmann
Nothing Sweeter - Laura Drake
Fire Inside: A Chaos Novel - Kristen Ashley

They say the scars you bear inside and out make you who you are. I don't know who they are but they say that. LOL 


Scarring or disfigurement is a huge Romanceland theme. What happens when we are altered? How do we find love as less than perfect or having survived something that left a mark upon us- fire, abuse, torture, surgery, assult, catastrophic accident. 


Sometimes the scars are small eteched phyiscal memory in skn. 


Here are some wonderful Contemporary Romanes that play with this theme.


My lists are never in any particular order. Happy Reading! 


1. Beyond Repair by Charlotte Stein


When Alice Evans finds a bona fide movie star on the floor of her living room, she has no idea what to do. Ordinary men are frightening enough, never mind someone as famous and frankly gorgeous as Holden Stark.

However, once she realizes that Holden is suffering behind that famous facade, she knows she has to help. He needs someone like her to give him a taste of sweetness and desire and love. He needs normality. The only problem—Alice is hiding a secret that is far from normal. In fact, her name isn’t even Alice at all.

And once Holden finds out, the intense connection they are just beginning to build may well be torn apart.


2. Skin Deep by Pamela Clare


Broken on the inside

Megan Hunter has worked hard to get back on her feet, leaving the nightmare of her teenage years behind. The last thing she wants or needs in her life is a man. But when she is attacked by someone from her past, a scarred stranger intervenes, saving her life and that of her little girl. Looks can be deceiving, for despite the man's rough appearance, she feels safe with him. And for the first time in her life, she knows the stirrings of desire.

Broken on the outside

Nathaniel West paid a high price serving with the Marines in Afghanistan. He returned to his family's ranch in the Colorado mountains to heal--and be alone. Disfigured as he is, he has put all thoughts of sex and romance aside. But something about Megan brings him back to life, heats his blood, makes him feel like a man again. As danger pursues her, and the truth about her past is revealed, he vows to protect her -- and to heal her wounded spirit. 

But confronting the past is never easy -- especially when it's carrying a gun. Megan will have to learn to trust Nate to survive and to claim a passion that is much more than ... Skin Deep.


3. Nobody by Sarah M. Anderson


Nobody Bodine is a nobody who came from a nobody and will always be a nobody.  

He disappears into the shadows—no one sees him if he doesn’t want them to. He exists in neither the white man’s world nor the tribe’s, dispensing vigilante justice when he sees fit. There’s no other place for a man like him in this world. 

Until Melinda Mitchell shows up on the rez. From the first moment he lays eyes on her, he can tell there’s something different about her. For starters, she’s not afraid of him. She asks where his scars came from, and why he has so many. But more than that, she sees him. For the first time in his life, Nobody feels like a somebody in her eyes. 

Melinda has come west to run the new day care on the White Sandy Reservation. She’s intrigued by this strange man and his tattered skin, and when she discovers that he’s a self-appointed guardian angel for the boy in her care, she realizes that there’s more to Nobody than meets the eyes. But how far will he go to keep the boy safe? And will she be able to draw him into the light


4. Lingerie Wars by Janet Elzabeth Henderson


Englishman Lake Benson loaned his life savings to his dippy sister so that she could buy a shop. It was a big mistake. His sister has been steadily flushing his money down the drain – and now he wants it back. Years in the special forces taught Lake that if you want a job done, do it yourself. So he steps in to make the shop profitable, sell it and get his money back. The only problem is, the business is an underwear shop. And all Lake knows about underwear can be summed up in how fast he can unsnap a bra. To make matters worse, the tiny highland town already has a lingerie shop. A successful one, run by an ex-lingerie model. A very gorgeous ex-lingerie model, who’s distracting him from his mission more than he’d like to admit. If Lake wants to get his savings back, and get out of Scotland, he only has one option – wipe out the competition. 

Kirsty Campbell has spent years rebuilding her life after she woke up in hospital in Spain to find her body scarred, and her ex-fiance had run off with all her money. The last thing she needs is a cocky, English soldier-boy trying to ruin all she has left. Her home town is only too happy to help her fight the latest English invasion, although Lake is beginning to sway them with his sex appeal and cut price knickers. With the help of her mother, and the retired ladies of Knit or Die, Kirsty sets about making sure that her shop is the last one standing in Invertary. 


5. After Hours  by Cara McKenna

Erin Coffey has been a nurse for years, but nothing’s prepared her for the physical and emotional demands of her new position. Needing to move closer to her dysfunctional family, she takes a dangerous job at Larkhaven Psychiatric Hospital, where she quickly learns that she needs protection—and she meets the strong, over-confident coworker who’s more than willing to provide it.  

Kelly Robak is the type of guy that Erin has sworn she’d never get involved with. She’s seen firsthand, via her mess of a sister, what chaos guys like him can bring into a woman’s life. But she finds herself drawn to him anyway, even when he shows up at her door, not eager to take no for an answer. 

What Erin finds even more shocking than Kelly’s indecent proposal is how much she enjoys submitting to his every command. But he can’t play the tough guy indefinitely. If they want to have more than just an affair, both will have to open up and reveal what they truly need. 


6. The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand


Dominique Richard's reputation says it all--wild past, wilder flavors, black leather and smoldering heat. Jaime Corey is hardly the first woman to be drawn to all that dark, delicious danger. Sitting in Dom's opulent chocolaterie in Paris day after day, she lets his decadent creations restore her weary body and spirit, understanding that the man himself is entirely beyond her grasp.


Until he touches her. . .


Chocolate, Dominique understands--from the biting tang of lime-caramel to the most complex infusions of jasmine, lemon-thyme, and cayenne. But this shy, freckled American who sits alone in his salon, quietly sampling his exquisite confections as if she can't get enough of them--enough of him--is something else. She has secrets too, he can tell. Of course if she really knew him, she would run. 


Yet once you have spotted your heart's true craving, simply looking is no longer enough. . 


7. BEAST by Pepper Pace


A marine with a destroyed face and a plus sized beauty who has identity issues. A lesson learned is that beauty is not what is on the outside...In this romance that is taken from the Beauty and the Beasts' fairytale, it will leave you questioning 'who is the beauty and who is the Beast?' 


8. Tall, Dark and Fearless: Frisco's Kid by Suzanne Brockmann

Being a Navy SEAL is more than a career to Alan "Frisco" Francisco—it is his whole world. So when a bullet wound threatens his future in the Navy, he is determined to achieve a full recovery…all on his own. But his lovely neighbor Mia Summerton has other plans for him. She can't mend his wounded body, but can she heal his heart?


9. Nothing Sweeter by Laura Drake

Aubrey Madison is starting over. Leaving Los Angeles and everything behind except the scars of her ruined past, Bree sets out for cowboy country. Now she has a new home, a new job-and a new worry: the ruggedly sexy rancher who makes her long for things she shouldn't . . . 

Rough and tumble cattleman Max Jameson has broken wild stallions and faced angry bulls. Yet the redheaded city cupcake who turned up at the High Heather Ranch might be his undoing. Bree has a plan to rescue the ranch from foreclosure that's just crazy enough to work. But will Max gamble his future on a beautiful stranger?


10. Fire Inside by Kristen Ashley


Lanie Heron isn’t looking for love—no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club...

For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She’s too polished and too classy for his tastes. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can’t say no. And he doesn’t regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that’s ever happened to him—in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.


Do you have a great scarred hero or heroine in Contemporary Romance to recommend? Please do!


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