September 24, 2014

Review: Judi Fennell’s BEEFCAKE & MISTAKES (Beefcake, Inc Series, Book #2)

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Pub. Date: October 18, 2012 Publisher: Mergenie Books Sold By: Barnes & Noble Format: NOOK Book, 300pp Series: BeefCake, Inc. BN ID: 2940015530810

Pub. Date:
October 18, 2012
Publisher:
Mergenie Books
Sold By:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book, 300pp
Series:
BeefCake, Inc.
BN ID:
2940015530810

 

Exotic nightclub owner and male stripper, Bryan Lassiter, never knew he had a son—until the day he sees the little boy in the grocery store. There’s no mistaking those eyes and that hair and even the birthmark on his arm. Trevor is his son, and Bryan, who’s adopted, needs to know the one person on the planet he’s biologically related to.

He wouldn’t mind getting to know the woman who calls herself Trevor’s mother either. So now, all Bryan wants is to be a part of his son’s life… and get back into his son’s mother’s bed.

Too bad he doesn’t remember being there in the first place.

Single-mom, Jenna Corrigan, has worked hard to build a life for herself and the little boy she adopted on his mother’s deathbed. Trevor’s mother, her half-sister, never knew who his father was and Jenna has claimed him as her own in case that man ever wants custody.

So when the guy who thinks she’s a hooker propositions her and she realizes he’s Trevor’s father, Jenna’s going to do whatever it takes to keep him from claiming his parental rights.

But when big mistakes lead to big misunderstandings and the truth is finally revealed, both Jenna and Bryan wouldn’t mind him claiming some husbandly rights as well.            

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? 9-9-14 though my Nook Wish List

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any?

~ I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve read a 1000+ paged (well, 1093, to be exact) romance novel. Like, ever. I don’t remember what page the actual story stopped, but the rest was for an excerpt from Book #1. I honestly think it didn’t need to be this long. It could’ve been wrapped up sooner.

~ As the owner of a more tasteful exotic revue, Bryan used to be a dancer himself. Sometimes, he even had to fill in for absent dancers. SPOILER ALERT!! I was hoping that he would do a private show for Jenna, but it never happened. I was majorly disappointed.

What scenes will stay with you? The love scenes, in particular the one that occurred at Bryan’s club.

What characters will stay with you? Jenna and Bryan, of course. He’s fuckin’ hawt with his black hair and Liz Taylor-colored eyes. And he can dance! I love a man that has rhythm. And Jenna was the best Mom ever. Despite Trevor not being her own child and not having the best role model in her own mother (who was a real bitter bitch).

Have you read anything else by this author? No, but I plan to. I have the first book in this series in my Library as well.

What will you do now with this ebook? Archive it because it’s lendable.

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

1/2

 

 

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

September 23, 2014

Currently Reading: Lori Foster’s NO LIMITS (Ultimate Fighter Series #1)

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Still in the world of MMA, even though I’m almost done.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

September 22, 2014

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Eric Balfour

Did you know…he played Satan in a car commercial in 2002? Yeah, he punished a man by forcing him to drive a minivan. I can see that. He’s definitely got the right ‘stache and patch for that.

But for reals? If he was Satan and forced me to drive a minivan, his sexy ass better be in the passenger seat.

Or better yet, the back seat.

Unh!

Now, where did I put that biscuit?….

 

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Peace, love, and wet panties,

Evolet

September 22, 2014

Review: Adrienne Bell’s THE WEDDING TRAP (Second Service Series, Book #1)

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Pub. Date: July 6, 2013 Publisher: Adrienne Bell Sold By: Smashwords Format: NOOK Book Series: Second Service BN ID: 2940044636712

Pub. Date:
July 6, 2013
Publisher:
Adrienne Bell
Sold By:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Series:
Second Service
BN ID:
2940044636712

Beth Bradley has a problem. Everyone is expecting her successful music executive boyfriend, Charlie, to be her date for her best friend’s wedding. There’s one hitch: Charlie doesn’t exist. Unless she can think of something fast, she’s headed for the most humiliating weekend of her life.

Alex Tanner has a problem. The former Navy SEAL’s search for a double agent lands him at the Kensington Hotel, and he needs a cover to finish the job. When the sexy maid of honor blackmails him into pretending to be her lover, he thinks he’s been handed the solution.

Except Beth has a way of stumbling into trouble, and when the man Alex is hunting starts targeting Beth, Alex has to decide between duty and the woman who has stolen his heart.

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? 8-29-14 as a freebie ebook deal through my Nook.

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any?

~ I can see what it was free. There were plenty of typos that could’ve been avoided if Miz Bell had contracted a copyeditor. It was a little annoying. Even the bio on her website contained typos!

What scenes will stay with you?

~ Beth’s interactions with her ex. He’s a complete asswipe.

~ The steamy, hot love scenes between Alex and Beth. Miz Bell wrote those pretty well.

What characters will stay with you? Alex and Beth, of course. But also Alex’s partner, Agent John Ryman. There’s something about him…

Have you read anything else by this author? No, but Book 2  in this series is about John and it looks interesting. So I may try and give her another chance.

What will you do now with this ebook? Even though it was lendable, I deleted it due to excessive typos.

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

 

 

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

September 21, 2014

Wet Panty Writing Process #10: Help a Sistah Out

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I’ve started to realize that I read a lot of series romance. Which is probably why, when I thought of dipping my toe in the water, I eventually came up with the idea of doing a series. And a multiple one, at that. Even though my YA WIP is a trilogy, I’m still not sure how to go about tackling a series for a new genre. With the YA series, it was easy. I knew I what I wanted to write about and am just writing it. The adult romance series kind of picks up where the YA one left off—several years later where the main character is now in her late 20’s–but I’m still not sure how to incorporate the two elements I want to use.
So, I took my own advice from my previous WPWP blog post of studying my fav authors and took it one step further. To help a sistah out, I contacted a few of my fav authors whose series I like and asked them some questions. Melissa Foster, who writes multiple series, was the first to write back and she did so that same day, like hours later!! I wasn’t expecting her to write back so quickly, so needless to say I was having a fangirl squealy moment when I saw her email. Lori Foster responded within a day. Here’s how it went down:

Me: As a newbie adult romance writer stepping into this genre for the first time, I have ideas regarding 4 separate series’. I’m just curious, when you’re writing all the books for your different series’, do you focus on one series at a time, write at the same time, trade off every year…?
Melissa Foster – I’m a lot like Kurt Remington. I write 12-15 hours/day most days, and I do so because my characters inhabit my mind, drenching me with their voices. If I don’t get them out I’d probably go stir crazy:-)

I used to write just one series at a time (ie: Snow Sisters, then Bradens, then Remingtons), but I had too many other stories to tell and I didn’t want to lose my thread of characters, so now I write two series at a time, and I alternate the books I write. For example, I’ll write one Braden book, then a Seaside book, then a Braden book, etc. It makes the writing process more complicated for many people to write that way, but it works for me.

Me: I’m a MONGO fan of your books and particularly liked your Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series because of the topic you covered: human trafficking. I want to create a series similar to yours regarding this same subject and I was hoping you could answer some questions for me about your series and writing a series in general:

1) What kind of research did you do for this series? Did you talk to anyone specific (i.e. agencies, law enforcement, trafficking victims, etc.)

Lori Foster – I spoke either in person or via email with several police officers and some “higher ups” who had expertise in the area. I also did a ton of online research, specifically reading news articles of trafficking busts.

2) Can you give me an idea what your process is when planning/starting a series? I have no idea where to start or how I should do this.

LF: How I do it has no bearing on how YOU might do it. Each author has to find his/her own way. All of my author friends have a different process. For me, I sit down and start writing and the story unfolds for me. I do research as I need to, not beforehand. [Seems to me she’s something of a pantser. Which I am, too. And I have a feeling that when it comes to research, I’m going to want to have info upfront, not research as I go like she does. But like she said, I’ll have to find my own way]
3) Trafficking is a pretty serious subject. Is there any way to inject a little humor it?

LF: I did. Through conversations between the characters and situations that arose that were not directly related to the trafficking.
There are always two plots – romance and suspense. There’s always internal and external dialogue. There are secondary characters…
You need to find YOUR way of doing things.

4) I could really use someone–or a group of someones–to bounce ideas off of in regards to my idea. Any advice on critique groups or specialized groups like RWA?
LF: Love the idea of RWA – I belong but no longer “use” it much. However they provide a lot of terrific opportunities for info. I’m strongly against the idea of bouncing ideas. But again, that’s just me. The only unique thing any author has to sell to a publisher is her own voice. If you water that down with input from others, from a critique group, then it’s no longer uniquely yours and therefore, not that unique at all. [We can be a superstitious lot, us writers. I can see where she’s coming from on the bouncing of ideas. When I write YA, I never participated in a critique group because I can’t share my WIP while it’s still a WIP. I did that once and had writer’s block for 3 months! Now, I make sure a first draft is completed before letting anyone read it]

I also wrote to Alison Kent and asked her some questions about her SG-5 series. I haven’t heard back from her yet, but when I do, I’ll post her responses as well. I am so appreciative of these authors taking the time out of their busy schedules to answer my questions. At times, they have to eat/sleep/live in Writing Mode and being able to interact with them—even through an email—makes me privileged. I am never going to be a full-time writer like these ladies. And I’m not saying that to put myself down.

Quite the contrary.

When I first started writing YA, my goal was to get published. I did and I didn’t go the traditional route, either. And yeah, I’d hoped to do the writing thing full time; pull a Melissa Foster/Kurt Remington and write 12-15 hours a day (which is totally insane!). That was definitely a dream of mine. But that’s not how my Creative Mojo works. It never has.

I have a different dream now, and it still involves writing, but it’ll involve creating a place for underprivileged kids to discover the joy of writing. Which is why I only plan to dabble in this genre. And maybe not publish-publish (like through CreateSpace or something), just do something under the radar on my site or Wattpad.

I also posted one or two of these same questions on Melissa’s, World Literary Cafe FB Group. I got a few responses, but should probably check back and see if I got feedback about the second question I asked.

 

Peace, lurve and wet panties,

Evolet

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September 19, 2014

Review: Marie Hall’s GERARD’S BEAUTY (Kingdom Series, Book #2)

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Pub. Date: October 26, 2012 Publisher: Marie Hall Sold By: Barnes & Noble Format: NOOK Book Series: Kingdom Series, Book BN ID: 2940015887303

Pub. Date:
October 26, 2012
Publisher:
Marie Hall
Sold By:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Series:
Kingdom Series, Book
BN ID:
2940015887303

 

A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain…

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? 8-31-14 from my Nook. This was an ebook freebie deal.

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any?

~A retelling of a classic fairytale, Beauty & the Beast, from the POV of the villain.

~ Due to the nature of Gerard’s punishment, the love scene didn’t occur until towards the end of the book. I wasn’t too happy about that.

~ Cinderella and Prince Charming had a daughter.

~ Belle’s a bitch

~ And so is the queen of the Fairy Godmother’s. A woman spurned and all that…

What scenes will stay with you?

~ ComicCon. I got a kick out of that since those conventions are interesting for people watching purposes.

~ The scenes where Betty interacts with her nephew, Briley, who has Downs Syndrome.

~ The scene where Briley teaches Gerard how to read. Totally awesome.

What characters will stay with you?

~ Betty – For the simple fact that she’s into books, superheroes, and dressing up like a superhero.

~ Danika – She’s the fairy godmother to all the  5 “bad boys” in the Kingdom. Because bad boys need love, too. Love her.

~ Gerard – Because readers get to see a different representation of a villain.

Have you read anything else by this author? No, but I plan to read the other titles in this series.

What will you do now with this ebook? I archived it so I can possibly lend it to my friend later.

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

 

 

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

September 18, 2014

Currently Reading: Lori Foster’s HARD KNOCKS

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I am back in the land of hawtie MMA fighters, people. Totally diggin’ it.

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Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

September 18, 2014

Booking Through Thursday #61: Family

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Brought to you by Booking Through Thursday:

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When you’re done, go back to BTT and post a quick comment or trackback letting everyone know so they can read your responses. Be sure to leave a link to your actual post! (Just type in the web-address–Wordpress will automatically turn it into a link for you.)

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Lastly, no, you do NOT have to answer on Thursdays. Please feel free to answer any time you want, we’re just glad to have you

 

Do other people in your family also like to read? Or are you in this on your own?

 

We are definitely a family of readers. But instead of posting another long post about that, I’ll refer to a similar post I wrote during a book challenge hosted by Rachel over at Parajunkee’s View.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

September 18, 2014

Life as a Blogger #3: Languages

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It’s a weekly feature (on Thursday’s). Each week Jessi over at Novel Heartbeat will choose a subject and talk about that subject in her life. The topics will be non-bookish so that you can get to know her on a more personal level! She definitely encourages everyone to participate, too. She wants this to be meme style with a linky for you to add your posts to. She wants to know more about you guys as well!

 

This week: Langauges

Unfortunately, I only speak English. I took Spanish in high school, but only took what was required. When I was going to school full time, I would sometimes watch Spanish novellas at night just to see if I could understand what was going on. Surprisingly enough, I would catch some words, but in general, I could get the gist of the story.

I would love to learn Chinese because I like watching martial arts movies. Some of the ones I’ve seen–Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for instance–have had the Chinese with English subtitles. While watching a movie like that can be distracting,  I think it’s a beautiful language.

What about you?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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September 17, 2014

Review: Sidney Halston’s AGAINST THE CAGE (Worth the Fight Series, Book #1)

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 ISBN-13: 9780553390964 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Publication date: 5/27/2014 Series: Worth the Fight Sold by: Random House Format: eBook Pages: 256

ISBN-13: 9780553390964
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/27/2014
Series: Worth the Fight
Sold by: Random House
Format: eBook
Pages: 256

For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentally punching an officer . . . in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.
 
Jack Daniels knows how to take a hit. After all, when he’s not chasing reckless drivers, he’s kicking ass in a mixed martial arts ring. So what takes his breath away isn’t the low blow, but the woman who dealt it: a gorgeous knockout with legs Jack wouldn’t mind being pinned under—who just so happens to be his best friend’s nerdy little sister, all grown up. Soon their instant chemistry leads to a sizzling affair, but Jack and Chrissy are fighting an uphill battle if they want to make love last beyond the final bell.

Genre: Adult contemp romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? 8-22-14 through my Nook. I saw the cover on FB, read the blurb, and bought it.

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any?

~ The conflict wasn’t as big as I thought it would be. Chrissy’s brother was fighting in some underground fights to raise money for his own gym and I thought for sure something more serious was going to happen. They weren’t legal fights and for some reason, I was thinking there was going to be a darker gambling-debt-to-the-mob kind of sitch.

~ And Jack’s a cop! He fights only once or twice a year. That was an unusual twist, seeing as how most series about MMA/cage fighters depicts the character as being a professional in the sport. Being a fighter was a more of a hobby for Jack, unlike Chrissy’s brother who’s a pro.

What scenes will stay with you?

~ The love scenes, of course. Big, muscular MMA fighters seem to make the best lovers.

~ The scene where Chrissy tries to talk to the bar waitress into leaving her abusive boyfriend. Physical abuse was the underlying theme in this book and Chrissy herself was a victim. She was trying to help a girl that her brother liked, but you know how people are. You can only tell someone where you’re coming from and hope they listen. If not, they’ll figure it out for themselves, whether it be leaving the bastard or waiting until the bastard puts you in the hospital (or worse) before you decide to leave.

What characters will stay with you? Chrissy and Jack. She’s a doctor, but more of a Doctor’s Across Borders kind of doctor. She just wanted to take care of her family, but it was hard to do that when she felt guilty fr being the one responsible for killing her father. And it didn’t help that her other made her feel more guilty about it. But as we all know, when things get said in the heat of drunken hurt/anger/grief, the instigator never remembers. Never. Unfortunately, the sober person does. And I loved Jack’s name. Jack Daniels. Seriously? Poor guy got teased mercilessly and I probably would’ve disowned my parents if they’d named me that.

Have you read anything else by this author? No, but I plan to. This title is Book #1 in the Worth the Fight series and I plan to put the other two titles in this series on my Wish List.

What will you do now with this ebook? I deleted it because it’s not lendable, but I’ll still tell my friend about it.

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

1/2

 

 

 

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet