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review 2018-12-01 21:17
Playing in the Dark (Glasgow Lads #4)
Playing in the Dark - Avery Cockburn

When this series started, I hated Evan with a passion for hurting Fergus the way he did, skipping off to Belgium to be with some other lover. Only in Play Dead, we learned that things were not as they seemed, and I got instantly way more interested in learning more about him. And about Ben too, I guess. *whispers* I actually forgot who Ben was! shhh!

 

Evan's trying to get his life back together after a horrifying ordeal and when he met Ben in Playing With Fire, he was pretty much resigned to living a lonely life as the bad guy on the team. But he and Ben connected instantly apparently, and they pick up on that attraction here and move incredibly quickly considering the sort of life Evan lives and the secrets he needs to keep and lies he needs to make. (I should do a reread one of these days because I was having trouble keeping a lot of these couples straight ... but not straight-straight. You know what I mean.) 

 

I admit, I started getting a little worried by the halfway point about where this story might go. I don't know why, since Ms. Cockburn has always avoiding cliche pitfalls before, but there's always a first time right? Not here, I'm glad to say. This story was more about two characters learning how to be more fully themselves and realizing that in order to do that they actually had to let go of some of their previous preconceptions of who they were. That didn't stop me wanting to smack them more than a few times when they were making stupid mistakes, and there were a few chapters with a few too many sex scenes too close together at the beginning, but that evened out and we really got to see how they work as a couple and not just in the sack.

 

I did like learning about Ben's Bahá-í faith, which I never knew about before. It did feel a tad on the preachy side a couple of times though. I really would've liked to see some more of Ben's mom and Evan's family. Evan's job with MI-5 was also interesting and well-paced, with a layered quasi-mystery to drive the plot. Evan was a little reckless at times, and this teetered just over the line into unprofessional professional a couple of times, but I could understand why Evan made the decisions he made.

Though it doesn't make much sense why he couldn't tell Ben he'd been in Belfast but he could tell Fergus. I guess because Ben was getting a whole lot more details than Fergus  was.

(spoiler show)

 

I was happy where this book left them though and they're both clearly where they need and want to be by the end of it. I hope we get more of them in later books and novellas.

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text 2018-11-13 15:43
7 Tips For Cinnamon Benefits Your Foot Health

 

Cinnamon supplies plenty of health benefits on your toes, such as acting as a natural cure to Athlete's foot, cold feet, foot odor and much more.

 

The growth of holistic recovery has lots of people on the search for natural remedies for health problems like Athlete's foot, cold feet, foot odor and much more. And even though there are lots of spices and foods that may cure foot problems like these, cinnamon is one which frequently makes the listing. The hot and aromatic spice has lots of health benefits to your toes, for example, the capability to ease arthritis pain, hot cold feet and much more. For more ways, cinnamon advantages your foot wellbeing, browse through the gallery over.

 

  1. 1. Cinnamon Can Assist Battle Athlete's Foot

Cinnamon is a natural antimicrobial and has been used for many years to help fight against a range of diseases, such as Athlete's Foot. You are able to whip together a homemade antifungal foot bath by simmering eight complete cinnamon sticks in 3 cups of water for 5 to 10 minutes. Permit the mixture to cool and steep for approximately half an hour, then add the fungal-fighting mix into four cups of plain hot water in a bowl or bucket. Scrub your feet from the mix for 15 to 20 minutes to help decrease the effects of. Repeat (using a new brew) before your symptoms subside.

 

For an additional cinnamon increase, squeeze a few drops of cinnamon essential oil to the Athlete's foot bath.

 

  1. 2. Cinnamon Can Help Alleviate Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a debilitating condition in which the joints become inflamed, stiff and hard to maneuver. Various kinds of arthritis affect the toes, which may make walking almost impossible. To help alleviate some kinds of arthritis, consider drinking a mixture of one cup warm water, 2 spoons of honey and a little teaspoon of ground cinnamon every evening before bed. Cinnamon has natural anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce joint swelling and stiffness.

 

  1. 3. Cinnamon Smoothies Foot Skin

Cinnamon is full of antioxidants which could soften dull, weary skin. Just add a couple of tablespoons to your routine foot soaks to get an excess increase of skin-healing power. Or you may produce a super skin whirlpool tub by mixing the juice of many lemons, a spoonful of olive oil, a dab of milk and two tbsp. of cinnamon in a cup of warm water. Scrub your feet from the hydrating mixture for 15 to 20 minutes to help eliminate dry, flaky skin and calluses.

 

  1. 4. Cinnamon Could Liven Numb Feet Caused By Diabetes

Cinnamon helps increase blood circulation when consumed, which makes it a superb choice in the battle against inflammation and foot discomforts brought on by neuropathy and diabetes. To help improve blood circulation and decrease foot numbness, consider adding a cup of cinnamon tea to your ordinary beverage routine.

 

  1. 5. Cinnamon Can Assist Soothe Eczema

Cinnamon is a natural astringent, antibacterial, and antiseptic which could help alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, a skin disease which leads to rough patches of skin and itchiness. To make a homemade eczema therapy, combine equal parts ground cinnamon and honey. Spread the mix on the affected skin and leave for at least 30 minutes prior to repainting. Done on a daily basis, it might help reduce eczema symptoms in about a week.

 

  1. 6. Cinnamon Can Reduce Foot Smell And Refresh Stinky Shoes

Being it's a natural antimicrobial, cinnamon will help kill germs that cause foot odor. In case you've got smelly feet, it is possible to help reevaluate the stink by producing a foot bath produced by steeping a few bags of cinnamon tea four to five cups of water. Await the mix to cool and then pour into a bowl large enough for the two feet. Scrub your feet in the foot massager for approximately 15 to 20 minutes to help reduce foot odor.

 

In addition, you can put dry cinnamon tea bags to stinky sneakers to help absorb foot odor. Or you could buy cinnamon shoe inserts, that can be a store-bought alternate to the DIY system.

 

  1. 7. Cinnamon Warms Feet In Cold Weather

Is Jack Frost nipping at your feet? Help warm your feet up by ingesting more cinnamon, which will help enhance blood flow and warm the body, or by mixing it into a soothing, warming winter soak.

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review 2018-09-04 04:15
Lane's (Life According to Maps #3)
Lane's - Nash Summers

This was a fun little conclusion to this trilogy. I got a hoot out of Benji and Perry's hate-like relationship, they really stole the show. Stacie was only on page for two sentences, thank god. Maps was back into oblivious, OTT mode. Not that he really got out of it in the previous book but he seemed to be making up for lost time.

 

Since this is a short story, there's a lot of jumping from one plot point to another, which keeps things moving but also made it feel like I was missing things. 

 

My idea of Maps's parents as he drives off to college:

 

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review 2018-09-03 05:00
Diamonds (Life According to Maps #2)
Diamonds - Nash Summers

Cute!

 

Maps is less obnoxious here, though still adorkably oblivious and overly dramatic, and I only had to endure Stacie for one scene. Perry was a fun addition to the cast. Those little adjustments made this work much better for me. Though I did want to smack Maps a few times for ignoring Lane and not letting him explain thing. The "neighbor" thing was pretty bad on Lane's part, I do admit. 

 

Already reading the next one. :D

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review 2018-09-02 04:25
Maps (Life According to Maps #1)
Maps - Nash Summers

Looks like I'm the odd one out again. I liked this but...

 

Maps reads like an 8-year old jack up on speed. I couldn't relate to him at all and the story is from his POV. Stacie might not be a child of the corn, but she is seriously demented. That is not a normal five-year old. Lane is a pretty nice, all-around boy-next-door. Benji is cool. And Maps's mom is a saint. I swear, if I came home to half the things this woman has to live with her son doing, I would need psychotherapy and vast amounts of pills to stay sane. 

 

The humor just didn't click for me, and this is heavy on humor. It's also way too short to really develop the characters, and this is a story that's been written hundreds of times already by now, so it doesn't add anything new. I did like the gift of the maps. That was super sweet. 

 

I do have the next two from Prime loan, so I'm going to give the next one a try.

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