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Review: Desert Blade by Ella Drake

Desert Blade by Ella Drake
SciFi Romance, Post-Apocalyptic
Ebook $3.99 (83 pages, CARINA PRESS )
In the post-apocalyptic Midwest, now a ravaged dust bowl, former guardsman Derek Covington must find help for a sick boy. With nothing but memories of all he lost, Derek crosses the desert alone in search of the doctor who saved his own life ten years ago. Drifter gangs who loot and pillage don't dare come near, for Derek has a formidable weapon: a prosthetic arm with a deadly blade.
For a decade, Dr. Lidia Sullivan has fantasized about the handsome guardsman who'd been in her care. And now she can't deny his dangerous request. But as they make the treacherous journey back to Old St. Louis, they must contend with much more than fierce desert winds and their unthinkable attraction. A fearless gang has spotted Lidia—a rare woman—and will fight Derek to the death to get her. And though he risks his life to save her for the sake of the child who needs her, she fears there's one thing Derek will never risk: his heart.
27,00 words
Author Site: elladrake.com

Deliciously good post-apocalyptic romance! (4 stars)

There's just something about post-apocalyptic romances that I can't resist. I wish it was a bigger genre but fortunately there are some great authors out there making each one I find a gem.

Ella Drake's DESERT BLADE could have easily been fleshed out into a much longer story and yet managed to be satisfying at novella length. The blurb covers the basics of the plot well. Both Derek and Lidia are genuinely good people who deserve the happily-ever-after but it'll be a tough road back to one another. Somehow Drake managed to create a believable and a little too-possible-not-to-be-scary world in a few short mentions. Her imaginative world building has impressed me in previous stories and knocks it out of the park again.

If you love a romance that faces real danger, physical peril, and a hero and heroine who earn their happy ending through it all I think DESERT BLADE is a great short story to satisfy your craving. Drake is going onto my authors-to-watch list, I can't wait to see what great new realms of fiction she'll drop me into next!

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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Romance
Hardcover $17.99 (304 pages, HARPERTEEN)
Ebook $9.99

Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.
Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.
With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up

Might be too strange for the targeted audience... (3 stars)

It's been at least two decades since I read Peter Pan and somehow that's always been overshadowed by film versions of it. That said I've always wanted to know more about Tiger Lily. I never particularly cared for Wendy—maybe it's an American thing?—which always made Tiger Lily the more interesting character for me. That someone had finally gone and decided to give their own account of happenings really excited me.

What I found particularly enjoyable and yet a likely problem for other readers is that the story is told from Tinker Bell's point of view. How she sees everything happening and reacts to the account is both enjoyable and at times a little confusing. But there's an organicness to it that in my opinion lets we readers be a fly on the wall (almost literally) as the tale of TIGER LILY is told. Just don't come in expecting the vixen-ish girl from Disney's version and you should be alright.

This version of Tiger Lily is strangely moody and I honestly found her very unlikable. It's like she couldn't care less about the tribe who has raised her. The attraction to Peter was equally off-putting. Something about it just felt... (I cannot believe I'm saying this...) pervy. I just don't know what other word quite fits. There's something just a little too worldly about the characters that's both fitting and disturbing at the same time. I'm not sure whether it will read that way to the teenaged audience or not but as an adult reader it kind of creeped me out.

A slew of storyline alterations explained just-so, the odd narrative, and the slight squicky-ness of the romance in this one would have me hesitant to suggest it outright. This is definitely one to read reviews on first to see if reviewers/bloggers with similar tastes to yours like it before you buy. I did like some aspects of it but by the end of the book I was really unhappy with the whole.

Other Reviews:
a GREAT read
The Reviews News
A Cupcake and a Latte

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.


Weekend Reading [06/22-06/24] :: Love FREE books? Read on...

Insomnia and I have been unhappy bedfellows since I was a small child. Thanks to the joy that is having a seizure disorder and the medication that prevents me from being like a glitchy computer—frequent crashing and restarts, eh?—I can't take a lot of sleep aids. You know your insomnia is bad when you're so tired you can't read without the words jumbling and yet you can't fall asleep either. Of course hearing about others' struggles with getting off sleep meds is enough to make me content to not sleep some nights but darn if I'm not pooped this weekend. I also have to reread a chapter of Queen of Swords because I have no idea what I read the other night. lol

It's been a good week really though. I won an awesome prize from a boutique makeup brand that I've been privately happy dancing about until it gets here and I can show it off on RhiAlistic. Then I got really lucky and after years of hoping for one, I got a TV through Amazon Vine. I love getting and reviewing books but once in a while I love to get electronics and stuff because books aren't the only thing I review. How can those two things not make this sleep-deprived week a little bit awesome? I mean, who doesn't love getting free stuff? And speaking of free stuff... did you know I've been posting Kindle freebie links on RhiReading's Facebook page? 'Like' it and ye shall receive. ;)

This weekend I've got a spa date with the mom-in-law where we can dish books as we get pedis and I can finally find out what she thinks of the new season of True Blood so far. She's a series purist and hated last season so she said she wouldn't watch it anymore if they weren't going to follow the books... but I know she's watching it anyway. :P What do you guys think? I've been avoiding doing TV Mondays posts due to time crunches and the fact they never get commented on.

I'll probably try and finish Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan this weekend because it's a bit... hmmm, can't find the right word. Lame? I guess that'd work. Considering how much I enjoyed Larbalestier's contributions to Zombies vs. Unicorns I guess I was expecting more. All the book seems to have going for it thus far is the fact that the protagonist, Mel, isn't white. I'm always really thrilled to see more racial diversity in my paranormal fiction. We'll see if it can't redeem itself soon.

On that note I am off to caffienate myself some more. My zombie-like state from sleeplessness is really not going to make for a pleasant mommy today and I'm working on a gigantic closet clean-up project. Imagine having a kid that's almost 3 and that you haven't gotten rid of ANY of their stuff from the day they were born on. I've got about 7 trashbags full of clothes, shoes, toys, and various sundries to find a home for... maybe I can pull off a yard sale and make some book $$? Oooh this is a good idea... must go ponder some more. See ya on the flipside y'all! -- Rhi


Review: Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night by Bob Curran

Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night by Bob Curran, illustrated by Ian Daniels
Non-Fiction, Vampires
Paperback $14.99 (218 pages, NEW PAGE BOOKS)
Ebook $9.99

"Vampire!" The very word conjures up visions of ruined castles, of enigmatic, pale-skinned noblemen shrouded in dark cloaks, of slumbering beauties being bloodily ravished by supernatural, nocturnal creatures. But just how accurate is that picture? How much do we really know about these mysterious entities?
Surprisingly, perhaps, almost every culture can boast of its own vampire beings, few of which correspond to the stock Hollywood image-some are not even human in form, some do not drink blood, some appear in daylight. Are you ready for such horrors as the Penangal, the screaming blood-soaked lead that drifts through the Malayan jungle seeking victims; the Jaracacca, the Brazilian stalker that hides in the clothes of its victims to drink their blood or bodily fluids; or the Aswang, the scaly demon of the Philippines, who lies among the leafy roofs of huts and drinks through its tongue?
And how do we dispose of vampires? Is the simple stake through the heart-much beloved of Hollywood directors-really enough, or is there something more? And does the sight of the crucifix repel all vampires-what if the vampire is Jewish (a dibbyuk)?
Vampires is a unique, lavishly illustrated work that explores the rich diversity of vampire belief and lore, ranging from countries as diverse as Japan, Sweden and Ireland, looking at their historical origins, and setting them in their cultural context.
Publisher Site: newpagebooks.com

A starting point for lore lovers... (4 stars)

I really enjoy reading collections of lore that feature classic mythological entities. One of my favorites is the vampire simply because a form of it exists in nearly every culture. Bob Curran's field guide touches on many familiar sources of vampire mythology and many I was not aware of. Though I was somewhat familiar with the Asiatic creatures we could call vampires they are by far some of the creepier and more diverse, which made them particularly interesting to read about. Ian Daniels' illustrations give dimension to the different chapters and help give a visual to some of the more unusual incarnations of vampire.

I would recommend Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night to anyone who hasn't taken the time to explore vampire myths beyond the traditional Hollywood types prevalent in Western culture. While not an exhaustive guide I found it to be an interesting and imagination provoking collective worth the read.

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.


Review: Her Forbidden Hero by Laura Kaye

Her Forbidden Hero by Laura Kaye
Contemporary Romance, Category Romance, Military
You always want what you can't have...
She's always been off-limits...
Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend's little sister, but her return home changes that...and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco's not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he's not about to let her see the mess he's become.
...but now she's all grown up.
When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can't stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa's not looking for protection--not anymore. Now that she's back in his life, she's determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time...

Author Site: laurakayeauthor.com

Laura Kaye Does It Again! (5 stars)

Before I get into the review let me just say that it takes a LOT to get me to enjoy a contemporary romance. I'm a paranormals lover and that's that. But once in a while an author comes along with a book that I'll read because I've liked their paranormal stuff or the blurb's just that good. If you've already read one of Laura's books you probably don't even need to read this review. She is one of only two authors that I will grab a contemporary romance from without any hesitation. If you want your romance reads to have expertly blended elements of plot and romance no matter the genre, richly developed characters, and just the right amount of steam look no further than Laura Kaye.

HER FORBIDDEN HERO finds childhood friends, Alyssa Scott and Marco Vieri, crossing paths after both their lives have changed dramatically. As Brady, Alyssa's brother's, best friend and former brother in arms, Marco is struggling with life outside of the Army. When their team suffered tragedy thanks to bad intelligence, Marco not only lost his team, but his ability to serve as well. Tending bar isn't much of a career path for a wounded soldier and does nothing to ease the nightmares that plague him. Shutting himself off from others is his coping mechanism until Alyssa comes back into his life.

Broke and homeless, Alyssa walks into Whiskey's in search of a job handling the entertainment, but running into Marco is no accident. She's crushed on him for far too long and working her way up from waitressing to her dream job will be no trouble with his presence nearby. Even struggling to pay for shelter and food each night her indomitable hopefulness is both a balm and frustration to Marco. Alyssa's his best-friend's sister and Marco refuses to act on the growing desire when he's so clearly broken. But there's not a lot that can keep Alyssa from what she wants even if he's not ready to let her in, she'll do all she can to heal the heart of the man she loves.

There's something utterly simple about HER FORBIDDEN HERO and yet it manages to never feel formulaic. Alyssa was a surprisingly great character. Even I was getting frustrated at her determination and seeming naivety. But that was what made her enjoyable, made her feel real. Rarely do I look forward to seeing a hero and heroine finally together as strongly as I did with this one. Marco's struggles were ones I've heard many times as a former Army wife which made him an equally real and relatable hero. At the same time Alyssa wasn't a miracle cure, as some books try to pull off.

I'm no prude but I tend to prefer closed-door love scenes or skim them because they can become extremely monotonous. Kaye manages to somehow make her characters come together in such a way it's beautiful and sexy, but never gratuitious, which makes them satisfying to read. HER FORBIDDEN HERO was so good I went straight to my mother-in-law to suggest it and she laughed and told me she had just read it! It is one no contemporary romance lover should miss.

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Nina T.

Notes: ARC received via author.

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Cover Reveal: All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

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Review: The Selection by Keira Cass

The Selection by Keira Cass
Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Hardcover $17.99 (336 pages, HARPERTEEN)
Ebook $9.99

Audiobook $16.06
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Author Site: www.kieracass.com

Dystopian, yet not... (4 stars)

America Singer's world is divided by a stringent caste system that was put into place generations before. Your lifestyle and every detail of your existence is decided by the number placed on your ancestor. Moving up is nearly impossible and those at the bottom have very little to live for. All America wants is to marry Aspen, but he is a class below her and can barely assure his family is fed. The Selection, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete against thirty-four other young women of the kingdom to become Prince Maxon's bride offers America and her family a chance to move up.

When her name is called even the allure of fancy gowns, decadent meals, and the chance to become a princess can't fully kill the sting of leaving Aspen behind. The Selection puts America in the spotlight in ways she never expected and challenges her even as she realizes Prince Maxon isn't the man he appears to be on television. At the palace she discovers that there is still a lot the government hides from the people and her life will never, ever be the same.

THE SELECTION is probably the most undystopian dystopian novels I've read. The elements are so subtle and revealed in such a way it quickly becomes apparent that not even America, as the narrator, knows the finer details. At the same time it's a bit of a compelling romance as she struggles with the consequences of her relationship with Aspen and later the one that she finds herself in with Prince Maxon. Very rarely do I have a hard time deciding which suitor in a love triangle to root for but both Aspen and Maxon are likable.

The one thing that kept me from loving THE SELECTION was that I went into it expecting more of a romance and therefore a stand-alone novel. Though I had realized about halfway through the book was definitely not long enough to allow full conclusion of the plot, the ending was quite abrupt. Not quite a cliff-hanger but one that will leave many readers anxious for the next book. Strangely enough, the CW has done a pilot for the show but decided to redo it going farther from the novel so who knows what that will produce and what any of that means for the novels.

While it had somewhat of a hiccup in the ending it was a really entertaining story, a well-thought out world, and very difficult to put down. I highly recommend it for fans who like love stories unfolding in dystopian worlds and readers who haven't yet tried dystopians who would like a gentle place to start.

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Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

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Weekend Reading [06/15-06/17] :: The Evil Mouse & more...

What's up everybody? Can I get a little TGIF up in this blog or what? So uhm... I'ma try to keep this short 'cause I get the feeling no one wants to read my ramblings that have nothing to do with books...

We have a mouse! It's been bothering us for months actually. But we thought it was outside and finding a way in 'cause well, we live in Montana. There's a horse pasture behind our house. Lots of rodents of course. We were only hearing it in the ceiling over our bed and only when it snowed. But since we came home from Washington that little fucker wakes us up twice a night. *facepalm* I've been having a hard time falling asleep as it is thanks to lifelong insomnia but now that little turd is waking me once I fall asleep. I'm a zombie all day and all the coffee isn't helping my brain drain. Hopefully all the work we have been putting into catching and killing that awful rodent comes to fruition this weekend.

In the meantime I'm in a state of review constipation. :P Yes, I went there. I'm backed up and need enough sleep to write the right words for my reviews. It's funny how non-reviewers sometimes assume it's easy to just write down your thoughts and opinions on a book... a ten minute job maybe? Try anywhere from 2-4 hours. I know that's probably not the average for other reviewers but I'm very picky about how my review reads and tend to edit it to death before it gets published. Next week guys. I'll get on it. Promise!

So what are you guys reading right now? I'm seeing Fifty Shades of Grey everywhere. Like every other bandwagon I'm avoiding it like the plague. lol Let's just blame finding out several months back that it's Twilight fanfiction with a few edits and no paranormal elements for killing my desire to try it. I'm honestly not a BDSM erotica fan (for very personal reasons) anyway. It'd have to be extremely romantic at it's heart for me to choke it down. Your thoughts?

I'm reading The Bewitching Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell (who is a real sweetie BTW), the sequel to The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale. I'll probably finish that tonight and get to work full-time on Tiger Lily, which has been really confusing so far.
I know I haven't officially mentioned it yet but I've had a Facebook page for RhiReading for a long time but I find social media is a timesuck so I wasn't using it. My friends and family there have been loving when I share Kindle freebies I find on FB though so I thought 'why the hell aren't I doing this on the RhiReading FB page?'... yeah, I'm going to try and make the effort. We'll see how I do. This is so NOT my area of expertise. lol

I'm out for the day folks. All three kids and a ton of household things to do so I get time to read. Have a good one and a very Happy Father's Day to all your dads out there! -- Rhi


Review: House of Night: Legacy (graphic novel)

House of Night: Legacy
Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Vampires
Hardcover $14.99 (88 pages, DARK HORSE)
Release Date: July 17th, 2012
Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you're Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood! Based on the international bestselling series of novels by mother/daughter duo P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, House of Night: Legacy follows Zoey and her group of devoted friends as they turn to The Fledgling Handbook, a historical vampyre tome, in hopes of better understanding this big, new world of vampyrism.
Author Site: pccast.net

Great all-around, from the art to the story. (4 stars)

As it happens, I actually have most of the House of Night novels sitting on my shelf but have yet to getting around to reading them. When the opportunity to check out the graphic novel popped up I was thrilled. I love graphic novel adaptations and was hoping it would get me ready to read the novels at last. It definitely delivered.

The 'chapters' center on different lessons Zoey must learn and though this is a picture driven way of storytelling I still managed to get a feel for the characters. The art is fabulous, some of the best I've seen recently in an adaptation. As much as I love manga-influenced styles I feel they're being overdone so it was nice to see Dark Horse helmed this one. I cannot honestly make a fair comparison to the books having not yet read them but as a stand-alone this graphic novel is very good. I loved the story, grew fond of Zoey and her companions, and got a delicious taste of the world of the House of Night series.

Having devoured this I am going to have to make a point to set aside time to enjoy the novels! I think if you're someone interested in them as I was you will enjoy this sample of the world. If not it might read a bit childish and random. Overall, an enjoyable graphic novel for the targeted age group.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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Review: The Taken by Vicki Pettersson

The Taken (Celestial Blues #1) by Vicki Pettersson
Urban Fantasy, Angels, Mystery
Trade Paperback $13.99 (432 pages, HARPER VOYAGER)
Ebook $9.99

Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he's an angel, but that doesn't make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he's been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul—Katherine "Kit" Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped.
Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder—and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie.
Joining forces, Kit and Grif's search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn't Grif's biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife . . .

Author Site: vickipettersson.com

Poor pacing, caricature characters, and awful analogies are just the start... (2 stars)

It's not often I don't see a reason to give a summary of the book I am writing a review of's plot. Unfortunately for THE TAKEN, I found so much wrong with it from the writing (and I was a Pettersson fan before this book) to the story and beyond I feel it just needs to be left with the blurb as your guide to the plot and characters.

As a fan of Pettersson's well-written and original Signs of the Zodiac series I was really looking forward to seeing what would follow. I've always had a fascination with her setting of choice so I was thrilled to see Las Vegas as the home of this series. But that was where the fun stopped. Immediately the pacing is choppy, stop-starting, and dying into dullness chapter by chapter. The characters felt like badly fleshed caricatures. I was stunned as halfway through the novel I realized I had no care as to what happened to them. They weren't unlikable so much as uninteresting. You'd think the rockabilly thing would be cool and it's sadly weak, it felt like a poorly calculated plot device to make Kit quirky but it just didn't translate well in written form. If this were a TV show it'd probably have the desired effect. I wanted to like Grif but he was hard to pin down. Additionally, the lack of chemistry between them felt extremely forced. If you hate insta-love plots steer clear of this one.

The actual storyline had potential. Except that it read like a script for an episode of a cop show. It was over-the-top and in that regard it felt silly to me. If the elements of rockabilly 'freak' Kit were tossed out and she were just a modern nosy reporter and Grif merely a guardian angel I could have given it a pass. Instead the overall elements of the novel just left me shaking my head at the silliness.

While THE TAKEN wasn't without some enjoyable elements—I enjoyed the conversations between Grif and Sarge—they were so severely overshadowed by the unlikeable things I couldn't even give this book a 3 star rating. The worst part of the book was the painfully bad analogies and similar writing flubs. Having enjoyed Pettersson's work in the past I was baffled why her editor wasn't all over them with a red pen. They were distracting as I stumbled over them.

Overall, I was utterly disappointed with THE TAKEN and feel really awful admitting it. I wanted to like it, I tried to. I just couldn't when I found the reading as painful as it was. I'm not even sure who I would recommend it to as I can't bring myself to suggest fans of Pettersson read it.

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Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine Program.


Weekend Reading [06/01-06/03] :: Booze & Books

Duuuude. I have groceries! You know how you empty the fridge when you leave on a long trip only to come back and be ravenous with NOTHING but condiments and the junk in cans or from the freezer? Oh yeah that's been my week. Fortunately we got our butts out for food today so I'm feeling much more pleasant.

After my time away I am so glad to be home but now it's catch-up time right as school is getting out and it's time to pay bills and do yard work. My basil and tomato plants (as mentioned a while back on RhiAlistic) are now in the ground but I still have a lot of weeding to do and the back yard needs to be reseeded in spots. I am never getting another dog BTW. If I ever say I want one somebody give me a virtual smack upside the head.

So hmmm.... highlights from my trip. Having a shot of Grey Goose. I always wondered what V's obsession was with the stuff. Now I know. I am forever spoiled for cheap vodka. Getting out with my guys to see The Avengers. It fricking rocked. It was epic. Loved it! Spending some time getting to know my friend's bride. We shopped and had lunch and a mani/pedi session with her wonderful mom. We were even asked if we were twins! Needless to say I am super thrilled our buddy found a girl I'm going to enjoy being friends with now that he's settling down for the long haul. My purse broke while I was there so I had to buy a new one... it didn't have to be a pricey Coach one... but it is. *squee* I am in love with it. It's not my first but it's leather and I prefer leather.

The weather was gloriously rainy out there and if you've been reading RhiReading for a long time you know it's my favorite weather. But then we had a few nice days to enjoy some warmth and sun, one of which we had a beach day and the guys did a seriously killer crab pot thing for dinner. It was insanely delish and makes me miss living close enough to the ocean to enjoy fresh seafood. Crab, shrimp, clams, potatoes, sausage, corn on the cob... it was quite possibly the best meal I've ever had. Of course it was also made wonderful for the simple fact we were with good friends and I didn't have to cook it. lol

The trip wasn't without some bad too. My daughter got fever and vomiting sick the day before the wedding so I missed another big beach get together. I also missed the wedding ceremony and had to leave about 20 minutes into the reception because she just couldn't handle the setting. Too much going on and she wanted daddy really bad. The hubs looked so handsome in his tux but we didn't get a chance to have someone take our picture while we were both dressed up. I had a good long cry about it but what can you do eh? The drive home was exhausting and far too long. Going from the humid Northern Washington climate back to the dry Central Montana one has not been fun.

Reading wise I didn't find a lot of time. Wrangling kids is difficult in a bachelor pad and I often had to reread the same page several times just to finish it. I did get THE TAKEN done. My review isn't going to be very positive. It was highly disappointing. I also poured into THE SELECTION by debut author Keira Cass. Since coming home I was able to finish the last 3rd of it. It was really enjoyable but I expected it to be a single title, not a series. I'm not thrilled about that but we'll see what happens.

This weekend I am extending my crab and ocean love with my ARC of Brooke Moss' THE CARNY. I had to make myself put it down last night to get some sleep. I know first person narratives aren't popular in romances but I loooove it! Cheryl Brooks' SLAVE did it to perfection and regardless of what others think it remains a style I enjoy when I want to experience the romance as a bystander rather than feeling vicarious about it. I'm also hoping to keep working on Bob Curran's VAMPIRES, a non-fiction tome focusing on vampire lore throughout history and the world.

But enough rambling on about me. I really should go talk to the hubs about what we should do this evening. We had no time alone on our trip and are in dire need of a date night. As seems to often be the case it's my job to decide how we spend our evening. *faceplam* Is it awful all I want is a hot bath with some Kama Sutra Treasures of the Sea bath salts, a glass of wine, and to lounge around watching movies together? It's the little things in life. lol

Have a wonderful weekend and as always please leave a comment telling me what you've been up to and what you're currently reading. I love hearing from you all! -- Rhi


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