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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-04 21:08
Difficult to read
Expecting a Royal Scandal - Caitlin Crew... Expecting a Royal Scandal - Caitlin Crews

Cairo Santa Domini is the heir to the throne of Santa Domini. Thinking that it was the best thing for his people, living under a dictatorship, he's always creating scandals around him. He feels guilty about the "death" of his sister (book 2), and considers he's not the king that Santa Domini needs. In order to finish disenchanting those who saw him as the hope of the country, he decides to marry in a marriage of convenience with the woman most unsuitable for the role of queen consort: paparazzi beggar, Brittany Hollis.

 
Brittany was a girl who lived for the covers of the magazines and scandals were her way of life. She had married three times for convenience, the purpose of which was to earn enough money to be able to retire young to an island in the Pacific, away from everything and everyone. At first, she rejects Cairo, but then accepts her proposal because the money she gets from will make her wish come true. What she did not imagine was that union turns into an attraction impossible to forget... And the secrets begin to come to light.
 
I found this first delivery very difficult to digest. First, Brittany's reasons for making money didn't convince me at all. I mean, what woman wants to be famous and be a millionaire appearing in the magazines as a prostitute? On the other hand, although it is a noble gesture to earn money to help his family (parents, siblings, uncles, cousins, etc.), at some time she desires that her younger sister turns 18 to stop keeping maintain the lazy family she has. On the other hand, the attitude of the family, especially Brittany's mother, is somewhat hypocritical. They publicly criticized Brittany, but accept the money sent by her. How nice...
 
I consider that the motives of Cairo are more altruistic in comparison with Brittany, but at the same time that demonstrates he's a weak man. The fact that Brittany imposes him to take the throne on behalf of their unborn child it makes it clear.
 
As a couple they are perfect to each other, of that there is no doubt. The chemistry between the main characters and one of Brittany's secrets are the best thing in this story.
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review 2017-02-22 02:10
Book 4/100: Expecting Better - Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong by Emily Oster
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong-and What YouReally Need to Know - Emily Oster

Around the Year Reading Challenge #TBD: A book you are embarrassed to read in public

I wasn't actually embarrassed to read this book in public, but I was reading it before I had announced that I was pregnant, so I was keeping the book secret.

Now that I'm no longer keeping a secret (and couldn't if I wanted to if you saw me IRL), I'm happy to talk about this book.

I am not an economist like Oster, but I very much related to her obsession with knowing exact numbers and exact reasons behind different pregnancy outcomes and advice. I've spent countless hours Googling (often in vain) for specific statistics and studies to back up general pregnancy/conception advice. Oster looks at a lot of these studies so you don't have to. I loved the tone of this book, which is empowering in that Oster believes women are capable of weighing the risks themselves and making their own decision rather than blindly following conventional wisdom.

Oster's overall takeaway is that women can be much more permissive during pregnancy than one might believe -- moderate drinking is OK, moderate caffeine is OK, invasive genetic testing is not really that dangerous. While she can back all this up and a lot of women will probably feel freed by her information, I still ended up following pretty much all of the "conventional" wisdom because I am so risk averse that even a small increase in the chances of something going wrong is more than I'm willing to take. But it is nice to know I don't need to stay up all night worrying if I give in to the craving for an occasional coffee or sip of beer.

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review 2016-07-01 10:26
Review: We're Expecting
We're Expecting - tearsandholdme We're Expecting - tearsandholdme


 

So I was going to give this 3 stars because there are rather a lot of errors in it but then I remembered that this is a 'oneshot only' fic and I can't write a tweet without errors so actually this is really fucking impressive.

 

Fluffy, fluff, fluff, fluff and adorable because of it. Derek is a librarian. I can't even with how much I love the idea of that. Jesus Derek in a library. Derek surrounded by books. It's almost breaking my brain just thinking about it.

 

I'd really like a follow up to this.

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text 2015-11-04 21:58
Favourite Quote - Day 2
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Expecting Someone Taller - Tom Holt

FAVOURITE QUOTATIONS - DAY 2

Norse mythology has always been a fascination of mine (note to self: read Rick Riordan’s latest immediately) and I enjoy straightforward retellings, and also stories where the author plays around with the characters. And Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki are always easy on the eye.

 

 

So here are a couple of excerpts where Odin’s ravens, Huginn and Muninn, aka Thought and Memory, get to be center stage.

 

Expecting Someone Taller – Tom Holt

 

“Got all that?” Wotan murmured.
Thought, the elder and smaller of the two messenger ravens who are the God’s eyes and ears on earth, dipped his wings to show that he had, and Wotan walked slowly away.
“Like looking for a needle in a haystack” repeated Thought, sliding into a convenient thermal. His younger brother Memory, banked steeply and followed him.
“This is true,” replied Memory, “definitely.”
“You know the real trouble with this business?” said Memory, diving steeply after a large moth.
“What’s that then?”
“Bloody awful industrial relations, that what I mean. Take Wotan. Thinks he’s God almighty.”
“He is isn’t he?”
Memory hovered for a moment on a gust of air. “I never thought of that,” he said at last.
“Well you wouldn’t,” said Thought, “would you?”

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

 

I love Neil Gaiman, and American Gods is possibly my favourite book of his, with Neverwhere a very close second.

But it was this conversation between Shadow and one of Odin's Ravens that had me giggling like an idiot.

“Hey," said Shadow. "Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are."
The bird turned, head tipped, suspiciously, on one side, and it stared at him with bright eyes.
"Say 'Nevermore,'" said Shadow.
"Fuck you," said the raven.”

 

 

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review 2015-07-19 16:35
We Can Still Cut & Run
Cut & Run - Abigail Roux,Madeleine Urban

“Zane was starting to piss him off again. Which was good, he supposed. It meant the urge to lick him all over was passing, at least.”

 

This book gave me many mixed feelings. I’m afraid it didn’t meet the expectations I had after all the hype, but I would have given it 5 stars just because of the glaringly chemistry between Ty and Zane. They worked so well together. Still, there are some things I’d like to point out:

The Good:

• Zane and Ty were two of the best M/M characters I’ve had the pleasure to stumble upon. I have no words for how well written those two were.

• The snarky, action-wise dialogue had me chucking more than once.

• The sex scenes were not overplayed. I should probably mention that they were also smoking hot.

• The modus operandi of the killer was pretty creative. I’m also a huge fan of a famous author that is key to the plot. So you can imagine I was more than happy to see all the references to him.


• The ending left me practically begging for more. So. Good.

 

The Bad

• Sometimes I couldn't understand the character’s actions. Sometimes I thought they were just plainly stupid.

Zane drugged his partner while he had a concussion. Did he seriously not expect him to have a reaction to it? What if he were allergic to the formula? He also refused to take Ty to a hospital after the concussion got worse. The hospital might not be safe, but it’s better than getting him into a permanent coma

(spoiler show)


• I disliked the character development. While it’s always something I welcome in novels, it’s was too unbelievable most of the time. 

Henninger was right. It seemed like Zane and Ty switched brains.

(spoiler show)


• The crime plot was lacking at best and nonexistent at worst. It seemed a bit too rushed in the ending, and it could have been explored in a better way.

• Stevie Wonder could see who the serial killer was before the revelation.

WE WERE ALL ONTO YOU HENNINGER.

(spoiler show)

 

 

I’m still pondering on whether I will read all of the books of this series. It’s a really huge amount of books and I don’t think it’s ending any time soon. I’m pending toward “yes” though. Ty and Zane are definitely worth it.

 

On another subject, I bloody love the fan casting of this book:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sentence: Smoking hot even though it was confusing at some times. My ovaries were pleased.

 

Fun fact: This is the book that inspired me to finally buy a Kindle.

 

 

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