Happy Wednesday! Something happened Monday. Something rather confusing and a bit scary. Since I´m currently suffering from a cold I can´t really be bothered to read or do some much-needed book shopping ( as if… More
Zoë Whitmore is in love with her best friend, but haunting memories and a guilty conscious have been holding her back from letting her be with him.
Owen Stevenson is unknowingly paying for the sins of his father. He doesn’t understand why Zoë can’t look at him for more than a few seconds or why his touch is unsettling at times. All he’s ever wanted was to love her, to protect her, and to be hers, but it’s not so easy.
She pushes, he pulls.
She hurts, he loves.
Both are holding onto ghosts of their pasts and in order for them to peruse a relationship they’ll have to let them go.
WARNING: This is a darkish New Adult friends-to-lovers romance kind of book. Due to heavy subject matter, strong language, possible triggers of child sexual abuse, and some sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 18+
`Let Her Go` is a keeper! It´s an unforgettable story that will make a reader ugly cry but also guarantees happy tears.
It´s been a while since I´ve held an emotional book in my hands. If I had known just how emotional this book was going to be I´d have bought a box of tissues. Instead, I had to use the arm of my longsleeve while reading Briana Pacheco´s standalone, `Let Her Go`.
`Let Her Go` is a romance that tackles a highly sensitive topic- Child Abuse – and the author tackled that subject with grace and bravery.
Told in a first person narrative with dual POV´s ( his & hers) this book will tear you to bits because you get to see both sides from the main characters. The „Why I´m doing this.“ and the „Why is she acting like this.“ Which is great because you have the pleasure of suffering twice instead of once. As if suffering once wasn´t enough * snorts *.
Briana Pacheco goes out of her way and makes her reader´s heart break and then she forces the broken pieces together again.
That´s basically what happened to me. I was shocked, stunned and in pain for the characters. I suffered for Zoe and suffered with Owen. And as I got further into the story my feelings intensified for everyone.
Zoe, despite her past, is a wonderful Heroine. Very loveable, down to earth and strong. She´s one of those female leads I´d be best friends with in real life.
Owen, on the other hand…. He´s the definition of perfection. The Hero every romance lover craves for. Smart, good looking, considerate, understanding and determined to keep the one person who means everything to him in his life- Zoe.
“I make her fly while she makes me feel like I´m free falling.”
Both love fiercely. Both want each other deeply. But will the truth, a truth that has already paved a different road for the couple, end everything or will it bring Zoe and Owen closer together?
If you think you have the answer to that question- Think again. The end is not entirely what you would think it is. There´s a nice twist- A show of self-action. I thought it was great!
All in all I can thank the author for giving me a mighty fine book hangover because I haven´t had one in ages. From now on, I will buy a box of Kleenex before purchasing future books from Briana Pacheco.
Would I recommend this book? I most certainly would. Briana Pacheco´s words are captivating. Her characters feel real. Her stories are… so touching.
Would I re-read this book? Yes. I would.
The Cover – 5 stars ( Love.)
The Story – 4 stars ( Although I thought the story itself was worth 5 stars I still feel slightly uneasy about the child abuse topic. Maybe it´s because I have children myself and therefore fear more. It´s a topic that makes my stomach turn. Still, the author did a wonderful job in balancing the details on the event. )
The Characters 5 stars ( I´ve got a whole lot of love for these fictional figures. Including Echo and Freddie!)
My emotional state after finishing this read – Spent. Very satisfied. In love.
I´m giving ` Let Her Go` by author Briana Pacheco 4 out of 5 stars.
Morgana´s Book Box Instagram Feature
Happy Monday! 🍂🍁 And Happy belated New Release for @brianapacheco1 new novel 'Let Her Go' . 😍 The wait was long and so worth it. 💚💚 . Tagged by the lovely Sabrina and Ashley from @5171milesbooks… here's my #winteriscoming by @maddisonwonderland *getting into my GoT mindset* *mentally preparing for my apocalyptic repsonses* . 🌨Jamie Lannister ( a character you used to hate but now love): I always liked Jamie and I do tend to enjoy characters similar to his. e.g. Tony Rawlings from Consequences. . 🌨Tyrion Lannister ( a character you'd get drunk with ): None. Most characters aren't stable enough to drink.😂 And I'm not a psychiatrist when I drink…so… . 🌨Cersei Lannister ( the baddest bitch in town): There is NO character than can reach her bad bitch level. She evil. . 🌨Theon Greyjoy (a character who always suffers): You kidding me? Someone name me a character that has ever suffered worse than Theon has because I cant. Poor bastard. . 🌨Ned Stark ( a character who died too soon): Sean from Carnage . 🌨Sansa Stark ( an annoying character): Sansa isn't annoying. Not everyone can be Arya *eye roll* But I have a long list of annoying characters. Let me roll it out and start a new post just for that😂 . 🌨Jon Snow ( a character you'd spend the night with): does this mean just a dinner and sleepover or actually ending up having sex? Because both lists are a mile long too.😂😂😂😂 And no. I wouldn't want to sleep with Jon Snow. Not my type. I prefer my men to KNOW something instead of NOTHING. *falls off chair, cracking up* Have a great day! 😍😍😍😍
Alas! My Febuary reading list.
With Febuary being my second most busy month I´ve decided to keep my reading list a little smaller than I usually would.
But then again- Febuary is my birth month and I can´t NOT treat myself with just 2 books. Either go big or go home, right? Yes, I´m absolutely right.
Here´s my reading list for Febuary 2018!
1. A Shadow Bright And Burning – Jessica Cluess ( Fantasy/YA )
2. Forgetting You, Forgetting Me – Monica James ( Romance )
3. Glitter – Aprilynne Pike ( YA, Fantasy, Dystopia)
4. The One – John Marrs (Thriller)
5. A Crack In Everything – L. H. Cosway (Romance)
6. Prelude – Auden Dar ( Romance )
What a chaotic mix of books! Some were recommendations from friends, others I found while snooping around on social media.
I can´t wait to start these and share my thoughts on each of them. Let´s hope none of these end up on my dreadful TBR list.
Book – `Play On` by Samantha Young
Mug – Love Mug, Pink
Topic – Book Genres
It´s no secret that I´m a full blown romance reader. It´s my prefered book genre. Although I pretty much welcome any book genre I tend to lean more towards the lovey-dovey stuff.
Good question. Certainly not because I´m a hopeless romantic myelf. I´m far from it, actually. When confronted with romance in reality I usually don´t see it happen.
When my husband and I first dated he invited me to his place and made a heart shaped pizza for me. To this day ( 17 years later!! ), my husband hasn´t forgiven me for not noticing the heart and the effort he put into that romantic moment. And to this day- I didn´t see a heart shaped pizza. All I saw was food. Who can blame me for overlooking the romantic aspect of that moment!
Being a non – romantic person doesn´t mean I´m entirely immune to romance. I definitely recognize the full on love in books. I can spot a romantic scene in a novel from a mile away. I can smell romance before I open a romance book.
But what is it with romance novels? WHat´s the appeal? Is it really wise to want to suffer through a fictional character´s pain after a devasting breakup?
I have no idea. All I know, as a reader in the heat of the moment, is that it´s exciting. I´d even go so far and say reading about heartache and heartbreak is… fun. It´s all about the feels, am I right? Oh, THE F.E.E.L.S!
Maybe that´s the reason why I´m a not so romantic person. All these romance novels I´m reading exhaust me and drain me of every ounce of emotion. Who knows.
Speaking of romances…. Today´s Monday Mug & Book Feature is for a romance.
`Play On` by Samantha Young is one of those full on romances with the typical emotional rollercoaster ride ( review )
It´s a cute read. It´s deep. It has quite a few ” Da hell..?” moments. It´s a Drama 2.0 read.
With a romance like that I can´t have a cup of hot chocolate without my love mug.
Yupp. You read that correctly. I have a love mug. It´s extra large and pink. What´s not to
like love about it? And it matches the cover.
As for the other book genres… Here´s a rundown on what book genres I tend to grab after when the mood strikes me:
Believe it or not- I do love me some other worldly fiction. I like reading about bodies that don´t really exsist, exsisting in worlds as non exsistant as the creatures themselves. If a romance is included then you probably won´t hear me complain.
Same as with paranormal.
Nothing beats a good horror book, especially when it´s graphic detail. These types of stories make me turn on every light in house and sleep with a baseball bat under my pillow. I do love me some horror.
Mystery / Thriller
Yes and no. I usually don´t fancy mysteries or thrillers because I can´t handle the uber-suspense. If there´s a little from both added to a horror or a romance then I´m fine.
Action & Adventure
Anything that keeps my heart rate in the high digits is welcomed ( besides thrillers).
The only genre, besides religion, that doesn´t do anything for me.
As an adult and a mother I see the importance of this genre. It´s all about feeling little minds.
I´m over 30. It goes without saying that goodle is my best friend and my worst enemy when it comes to health issues. Having a book on health won´t help my cause.
Self help? In my opinion- there are too many self help books for all kinds of issues people may suffer from. Too many people giving advice that probably doesn´t work for the mass.
Religion/ Spirituality/ Prayer Books
Without wanting to start a war ( because the world has suffered from enough of those religion-based wars already) I´m going to say 3 simple words: I´m not religious. Religion has made enough people do crazy stuff ( still does). Books on religion don´t tickle me the slightest.
I´m a history buff. A sucker for history. I probably have just as many history books on my shelves as romance novels.
Poetry is tricky for me. One the one hand I love reading poetry. On the other hand I can find certain pieces extremely frustrating.
I have a few on my shelves and would like to have more if they weren´t so expensive ( because history books are expensive too. I have to set my priorities somehow).
I love science. I love science books. Sadly enough, I don´t own that many.
Not really a fan of comics, to be honest, but I will flip through one of my husbands comics once in a while.
Cookbooks hold just as much value as a history book does for me.
There you have it. My likes and dislikes from the book genre world.
Is there a genre you prefer to read or even write? What is your absolute favorite genre?
Let me know in the comments below.
I hope you enjoyed Mug Monday!
Title: Play On
Author: Samantha Young
Publication Date: Sept. 12th 2017
Favorite Quote: “If you’re to be mine I need all of you to be mine, because all of me is yours.”
Purchased at the Home Depot, $3
And so it begins…. My social media is not really anything special but it´s a necessity. Not even I can get around my social media. As with authors- Bloggers can´t avoid social media, even if we try. Life without my social media just doesn´t flow as smooth as it should.
Why am I telling you all this? I´ll get to the point in a second….
The job of a book blogger comes close to one of an author´s. We both write and we´re both trying to “sell” a product. With an author it´s all about writing a great story and putting it out on the market for people to read. A book blogger doesn´t really do much differently. We write posts / articles / nonsense ( depending on the content ) and we want to share our published work with the world. Book bloggers “sell” their opinions on books and book related topics. Both need readers. Both depend on readers. Both can´t really survive without readers.
As with books and authors, book bloggers are a matter of taste. You purchase what you find interesting and you follow what you like. It´s as simple as that.
Book bloggers depend a little more on social media. Besides the personal blog ( where a blogger keeps everything well-organized and safe) there are other places many readers/followers like to hang out, or hang out instead.
We´ve got the Facebook people, the Tweeters, Instagrammers, Pin-ners, etc. These people like to stick to their neck of the woods and that´s perfectly okay.
Personally, I see my Morgana´s Book Blox like this:
This is a simplified visual from my point of view on how book blogging works for me.
- The Blog is the home of my book universe. The place where everything happens. I´m my own boss. I´m the creator and I swing the Power Sword there. My WordPress blog for people who want the details instead of having to read short key points.
- Social Media ( Facebook & Co.) is not less important than a blog. In fact- Social medias are blogs only in a different format. Personally, I treat social media platforms as the cool aunts of book blogging. They´re apart of the family. You hear from them on occasion and when you see each other you get excited and start feeling all kinds of love. And although you know no one can reach the level of awesomeness your aunt has- you still know there´s no place like home ( your personal blog).
- Social Gatherings ( Book Signings, Book Events, Book Conventions) are by far the equivalent to Grandma´s new boyfriend. You´re not sure about the new partner. You´re questioning Granny´s sanity but when the time comes you come to accept Granny´s choice and even start liking the new guy. Same with book events. Most book people are introverts. They´re shy. Unless there´s some special author appearing at an event you´ll hardly get a reader to those over-stuffed gatherings. Of course, there are those who unfold completely at book events, like a butterfly spreading it´s wings, but those folks aren´t in the majority.
Back to the point: Social media is, next to the blog, where all the magic for us book bloggers, happens.
It´s all about sharing the book love, book news, latest book findings. If a reader hangs around social media then it´s wise for a book blogger to do the same.
Book bloggers have so much to offer besides reviews. We share our thoughts and sometimes our secrets. We pour our hearts out after we´ve read a phenominal book. We give the ugly and the pretty sides of our world and share everything through our blog and social media.
If you´re a fan of a blog or a blog that has social media then make sure you follow and like. Never forget to comment and interact. Socializing is important for us book bloggers. We´re here to make the lives of book people easier.
I used to believe that pointing out the obvious was rude. Not anymore. Not in 2018. Support is needed everywhere! Be a book blog follower. Be a facebook page liker. Follow a book activist on Twitter. Comment and like reviews on Goodreads. No matter what you do- do it and support the mother blog and it´s cool aunts!
Speaking of- Be sure to follow me on my own social media platforms ( if you haven´t already). Just pop in and give a few clicks and maybe even a hello.
When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.
Sometimes I read a book from a specific author and end up not liking it. That once happened with Tarryn Fisher´s novel, The Opportunist ( Love Me With Lies #1 ), back in 2013. After not seeing what the hype over that book was about, I decided to not include the author´s works in my monthly Amazon shopping lists again.
I wasn´t a fan.
But sometimes, often years later, an author pops out a book that grabs my attention and I decide to give that author another chance.
`Bad Mommy` by Tarryn Fisher wasn´t the shining light I had hoped for.
Since I want to keep this review clean and spoiler free I´m going say that the problem with this book was a combination of everything and the lack of.
The writing was not close to what I´m usually used to. The topic was rather interesting but it was a bit off. The dialogue Not for me ( a problem I had with the author´s former works). The characters were all over the place. It seemed like someone left the gates to Crazy Town open. The emotions the story brought out in me and the overall feeling the book gave out was closer to negative than positive.
`Bad Mommy` is a thriller. I expect a tad more thrill when reading a thriller. I expect a story to pull me in and make me forget everything else surrounding me.
The story was indeed like a rollercoaster ride. Chaotic and flat. Confusing and long ( as in: it took me forever to finish reading.)
I´m sad to say that `Bad Mommy` wasn´t my cup of tea.
Would I recommend this book? No. Personally, I wouldn´t. I believe a book has to have more than just a flashy cover, catchy title and mysterious synopsis. A story that includes multiple personalities is bound to be confusing but this one takes the cake.
Would I re-read this book? No. I might even go so far and say that Tarryn Fisher isn´t the author for me.
The Cover – 4 stars ( The cover is surprisingly great. I like the vibe it gives off. )
The Story – 1 star ( Too chaotic. Too flat. Not what I expected. Not was I hoped for.)
The Characters – 2 stars ( Confusing. Some characters even felt like shadows. Again, I expected more)
My emotional state after finishing this read– Very disappointed.
I´m giving `Bad Mommy` by Tarryn Fisher 1 star out of 5.
Author´s and social media – One can´t really live without the other.
When an author starts out the first thing they need is to become a public figure. And what better way to become a name ( with or without a face) than on social media? There is no better way because, believe it or not… Social media is where half of the magic happens. Social media is, also, where an unimaginable amount of people spend a lot of their time.
And when an author is great at mingling with the common foot folk then social media is a blessing.
But have you ever stopped to think for a second about what exactly happens behind the scene´s? Does an author have to use all social media available for exposure? What does an author have to do in order to become known? Question after question….
The ugly truth is- Author´s cannot avoid social media. It´s nearly impossible. If they do try to avoid any social platform then there´s a high chance no one besides family and friends will ever get to read an author´s work.
Here are a few of the many places where author´s can hang out:
There isn´t really an end to the profitable social media list. With time, each social media site will celebrate their highs and suffer from lows but that still doesn´t change the fact that they´re still necessary. Author´s need to be where the crowd is, right?
But, where, exactly, is the crowd?
I don´t have an aswer for that question. Rumor has it that it completely depends on the genre. Some say it´s better for a paranormal author to spend all their free time on Facebook, and others say Twitter is the place to be for romance writers.
Many authors swear on Instagram being fully Fantasy, Young Adult/New Adult…..
But that´s just absurd because
- There hasn´t been an actual study done on the topic.
- Social Media platforms are not bound to genres / books. They´re for everyone.
No one and nothing can support that rumor because it´s different for everyone. Every author, every reader has their own thoughts on what works where.
There´s no true formula on which social platform´s the best.
There are a few author superheroes that make us believe they have it all figured out, though. Maybe they do know a few tricks on how to work social platforms. Maybe they develop 8 arms when the moon hits it´s peak. ( Okay, okay. That was unnecessary. But I often can´t help what pops into my mind.)
Unless an author has a wonderful team of minions who´re willing to help, there´s no way an author is able to be everywhere, at the same time. Aside from the miracle worker authors- I´ve noticed not all authors use every platform available. They use what works for them the most.
Some authors focus on Facebook and Twitter. Some work the Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest mill.
Some even go through the efforts over at Youtube and upload book trailers, reading sessions, etc. Writers have become creative in alot of ways and it´s often really cool to witness.
My verdict on what social media is the best for authors is:
Everywhere! Meaning: Every platform is a good place for a writer because it doesn´t depend on where the most people are- It depends on which platform an author feels most comfortable with.
If Facebook works for an author- great.
Instagram? I´m on board with that.
The key isn´t to chase after the crowd. Author´s aren´t door to door salesmen. The key is getting the crowd´s attention.
Which brings me to my next point:
When a writer has their prefered social media platform where they´ve already grown roots.. It´s not wise to think all the work is done. Especially when the love gushing over a certain book has died down ( a painful fact author´s have to come to terms with ).
When the hype is gone, the fan base will cool down. Only a selected few hardcore book activists will stay. What then? Is it time for an author to move on and write something new? Perhaps it´s a better idea to stick with one book and find other ways to promote it? Maybe find more hardcore book activists?
This is where social media can be an author´s best friend.
Every platform is filled with book lovers from all corners of the book world. But what a few aren´t aware of is that Facebook and Co. are also filled with book clubs, book / author groups that offer wonderful extra´s for author´s and readers. Book people like to hide in groups where they can share their latest reads with fellow readers.
Let´s say the hype for an author´s book has died down. Comments slow down. Likes vanish. All the people who have been super supportive have disappeared into thin air. ( Don´t believe it doesn´t happen. It does. Every. Damn. Time. ) It´s a crucial moment. Even devastating because an author depends on likes, follows, shares, etc. Once the interaction slows or stops it can make authors doubt themselves and their abilities.
When that happens it´s time to take the next step. It doesn´t matter which step. It´s the action that matters. Preferably immediately. If an author doesn´t take matters into their own hands then no one else will.
No matter how many blogs support a writer with posts and graphic quotes or honorable mentions…. Blogs and fans don´t own the author´s work, therefore, their hands are tied.
Of course, there are author´s who depend on blogs and fans to do all the
dirty work promotion but that´s a different bedtime story for another night.
Author´s who want exposure and want their names to stay in people´s minds need to stay in the picture.
You cannot imagine how often I´ve seen certain books on social media. Sometimes it´s annoying when I see the same book over and over again ( especially after I´ve read it ) But that´s not the point. It´s the fact that the book is still around… even a year after publication date. Why is that?
Because author´s use their tools. They don´t fully rely on others to get the job done. They´re always on the look-out for new groups and games they can participate in so they can introduce their book to new readers. They collide with other authors.
They make it look like they never sleep.
It all ALWAYS boils down to the same point. Work the self-marketing mill as if it were your religion.
Social media is a warped place but it CAN be very useful for authors if they use their platforms well.
Get to know your social platforms. Learn to use them.
NOTE: This doesn´t just apply to authors. This article can be very helpful for book bloggers as well.
Monster in His Eyes ( Monster in His Eyes #1)
Torture to Her Soul ( Monster in His Eyes #2 )
GreenGate Mug, Alice
Happy Monday, world!
Let´s get into book talk mode. Topic of the day?
Dark Romances and the nasty book hangovers attached.
Have you ever suffered from a book hangover? I have. Many others have. A book hangover is when you´ve finished a book and realize you aren´t ready to jump back into the real world. You´re still in the book world. For me- Book hangovers are a tad more dramatic. I´m a daydreamer. When I finish a book ( and I loved the story ) I tend to suffer for a super long time, thinking about the events characters went through, if I would have acted differently, etc. Weird, I know. Thank God I don´t suffer all too often from those pesky feelings.
When I think of book hangovers I think of one author- J.M. Darhower.
I remember, way back in the early blogging days, when rumor had it that J.M. Darhower would release a new novel, `Monster in His Eyes`. Soon the cover reveal made it´s rounds through social media and I… well, I was reluctant to read the book because of the hype readers/bloggers created. I avoid overly hyped books with a passion because I always get disappointed when my expectations are too high.
Needless to say- I ended up buying the paperback a month after the book released.
What I thought would be another sappy romance turned out to be an action packed, nerve wrecking, gut turning, dark ( with a hint of erotic ) romance. A romance about a hitman who´s on a mission but get´s distracted along the way and needs ( seriously NEEDS) to stay focused on his task(s). Let´s just say that Ignazio / Naz is one unique character who you will fall head over heels for, no matter what he does.
For me, reading this book felt like I was a fly on the wall, in a room filled with dangerous Italian mafia, spying.
Jesus! What a mindblow story.
`Monster in His Eyes` sucks you right in and grabs tight, leaving you no other choice but to keep reading. The writing style is a joy. The characters are fabulous. I just have so much love for this book, it´s not even healthy, anymore. ( said the book psycho who´s writing this article)
And the best part? There´s a second book to `Monster in His Eyes`.
`Torture to Her Soul` picks up right where `Monster in His Eyes` left off. Let me tell you…. It´s different but OH SO GOOD. I´m surprised I didn´t have heart problems while reading the second installment because it´s filled with action, love and lots of angsty moments. Let´s say the story is brutally romantic.
Then there´s book #3, `Target on Our Backs`. What can I say that I haven´t already said? It´s just a piece of wonderful mafia art. A nice conclusion to a fab story with great sub-characters worth remembering * wink wink * ( Check out the Scarlet Scars 1&2)
I loved it. You´ll love it. My girl ( and fellow book chica) Kristi from over at KristiesBook Knook loves it.
You should listen to the convo´s Kristi and I have over these books. They´re worth gold.
For me, J.M. Darhower is a Goddess of dark romances.
As for my mug: the poor thing slipped in the J.M. Darhower shadow.
I call my red mug the Mafia Cup. For one- It´s red. Red suits a dark read, especially when there´s violence involved. Plus my mafia mug can hold a decent amount of hot chocolate which allows me to enjoy a few chapters before having to refill.
I can´t recall what possessed me to buy a red mug, though. I´m usually more of a cold color type ( lots of gray, blue, purple, etc.). All I remember is walking through the GreenGate shop and thinking “Why the hell not?”, which isn´t really a good reason to buy something. A knee-jerk purchase I haven´t regretted….yet.
That´s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed Mug Monday!
Until next week!
Title: Monster in His Eyes (#1), Torture to Her Soul ( #2 ), Target on Our Backs ( #3 )
Author: J. M. Darhower
Publication Date: 2014, 2014, 2016
Genre: Dark, Adult, Romance
Favorite Quote (s): ” Maybe Cinderella didn´t live happily ever after. Maybe, come midnight, she wanted to run away. Maybe her prince wouldn´t let her. Mine didn´t.” (Monster in His Eyes)
When you love people, you want what´s best for them, and sometimes what´s best for them isn´t you. ( Torture to Her Soul )
“Judge him by his actions and not by your suspicions” he says. “Because if the only measure of a man´s worth is what he does to make money, alot of good men would be judged unfairly.” ( Target on Our Backs )
Book – Dangerous To Know & Love by Jane Harvey-Berrick
I´m a person who´s mind runs a million miles per hour. I´m not much of a multitasker but I can think of many odd things all at once. I´ve been told it´s an Aquarius trait. Not that I would know. I don´t pay attention to star signs, zodiac readings or whatever else they´re called. I know my mind runs off while I´m doing stuff. A fact I can live with.
Monday and Wednesday´s are my days off. The girls are at my mom´s enjoying their beloved Grandma-time so that leaves me with nothing to do. Literally. With the house clean, laundry done and lunch cooked I have all the time in the world ( 4 hours to myself feel like an endless amount of time) to do the things I enjoy most.
Call me weird but… I like doing nothing. We live in a fast living world where everyone´s running from A to B all the time. There´s hardly any room during our busy lives to properly relax. Unless we make time. That´s what I do. I make a point out of doing nothing sometimes. Why? It´s important for the mind and body.
In my case, I like to read and drink hot chocolate during my relax time. I like to aimlessly walk around the house in my hot pink bathrobe and just appreciate the silence. I´ll sometimes look out the kitchen window and watch my neighbors chat on the street, I´ll watch others pass by my house with their dogs.. I swear, there´s nothing better than having enough time to appreciate the little things in life.
While sipping my hot cocoa I took an extra few minutes to admire the color of the mug. Speaking of mugs- An Ikea purchase ( because I can never walk out of that place without something from the Dining department). Was the color turquoise? Blue? Teal? Then I thought of how great it would be if a book cover had that same color. The search for the matching book cover began.
It took me a full hour of rummaging to find what I was looking for. Voila!
Okay, fine. Black, white and gray dominate the cover but there is a color splash of teal.
One of my all time favorite romances. And it´s an older one, too. Not one of those new romances where the Hero is some rich hot-shot who owns half a city and whisks a middle class 20-year-old off her feet with outrageous sex.
No. This is a simple, relatable romance. It´s emotional. I love it. `Dangerous To Know & Love` is one of those stories where you feel the character´s pain and just want to do everything to jump right in and help out. I remember I felt like a peeping Tom while reading Lisanne and Daniel´s story. They had a slow-moving relationship with relatable up´s and down´s. I didn´t really suffer from any emotional trauma after reading this book but I do remember feeling so utterly satisfied and excited.
There aren´t many books I cherish. I have a handful of books I call my romance Bible. This book definitely belongs to those.
Two hot cocoa´s later I realized I was rereading the book. Something I wasn´t planning on doing because I have more than enough books on my oversized TBR list. Books that are anxiously waiting for some attention.
I guess swooning over Daniel and Lisanne´s lovestory was more important. I have time, right? My TBR list isn´t going anywhere. A quick reread and another hot cocoa can never hurt… Especially not me. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed Mug Monday. Until next week….
Title: Dangerous To Know & Love
Author: Jane Harvey-Berrick
Publication Date: May 17th 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Favorite Quote (s): “I don´t want to be defined by this.”
“I´m so fucking happy you´re here,” he whispered. “It makes it hurt less.”
Low and behold – I present to you modern-day book Heroes!
That just sounded like I was introducing some exotic creature, right? Well, I am. Sort of.
I´m talking about the manly figures in romance novels. Male protagonists. The men women swoon over while reading a romance novel. Or as I like to call them now-a-days… Passionate nut-jobs.
You think I´m exaggerating? I assure you, I´m not.
I know I know, people reading those popular genres love their passionate nut-jobs. You know what I´m talking about. Those characters who are so bat-shit crazy, no real-life person would ever go near them, not even for money ( at least I wouldn´t ).
Romance is a popular genre and if a romance novel has the whole package then it´s like winning the damn lottery. The only problem is- These heroes are more dramatic and painted out to be the best of the best in the worst way possible.
The fictional characters some authors create are often beyond words. It´s a good thing they´re not real.
I´ve enjoyed a few of those characters a few years ago, before those characters turned into psychopaths.
Yeah, I used to get all excited by the caveman behavior. I was a member of the „ Lusting after X“ society. Swoon here…swoon there. *sigh * It was fun until every new hero became more crazier. After that….I quit the swooning. It wasn´t worth it. Maybe because I didn´t find stalking romantic, or MAYBE I think way to realistic.
These days, a lot of authors like to create characters who have power, who like full control in all areas, and who love to wash their heroines hair…like- all the time! YIKES! Now, some might find that to be the Jackpot…..I find it not necessary because both my arms aren´t broken. I´d also poison any hero who´d treat me like their possession.
X: ” You´re MINE! SAY IT! * him, thumping chest with fists*
Me: * eyes wide * ” I´m yours? ” * listening to crickets chirp *
X: ” I´m not convinced! Say you´re mine FOREVER!”
Me: ” Sure, I´m yours. Til the day you die.” * waiting for X to go to bed so I can hit him on the head with a frying pan *
I´ve noticed there are 3 major Hero-types in the romance/erotica/New Adult novel world.
The Baby Billionaire ( the untouchable CEO´s )
The College Lunatic ( the passionate nut-jobs, game players)
The Bad Boy ( the social outcasts, the rebels )
And what do these 3 character-types have in common? They´re all obsessive, all passionate, and all ready for the funny farm. They ALL love to wash women´s hair. They ALL love to see their women eat, and they LOVE to be the judge of everything, including having the last word when it comes to clothes, friends, and having fun. In short- They´re all unbelievably wacko when they find their significant others. Those 3 Hero-types will do anything and go to great lengths to keep their woman.
Now, in reality, it´s kind of mandatory to have a relationship where both would do alot for each other. I want to see my husband happy and my husband wants to see me happy. But fictional characters these days? That´s a whole new level of relationship there.
Some authors will let their heroes rip plane tickets into a million pieces, let a hero hide the pill, and let a hero beat the crap out of any other male who even sneezes near their partners. If you ask me- that´s plain absurd. As if letting those characters go ape-shit is a romantic thing. The crazier, the better, right? RIGHT? In my world, it´s not reeeaaally right. Jealousy- Fine. I´m good with a suitable amount of jealousy.
Again…I´m only talking about the millions of books that have been doing their rounds in the book world. ( Note: Not all romances, just many)
Have any of you wondered what life would be like if our „real life husbands / boyfriends / Fiancès would act like those characters? Would you like it if your better half washes your hair? Would you enjoy the things that happen in those books? I bet some readers would love to have the same sex life as the characters they read about have..:-) Which is fine, really. But, It might not be the sex that´s so awesome- maybe it´s just the way the author writes about it that fascinates a reader. Ever thought about that? Or the fact that book people have more sex than a reader does.
After months and months of playing out the „ what if´s“ after finishing a romance novel, I wanted to find out for myself if a book character´s life was all that fancy. I did a little experiment with my poor husband. It´s not like I have better things to do, right?
So…here´s what I did.
Mind you- My husband is the most silent and easy going person I know. He hardly get´s overly emotional but he does get confused when you ask him questions. Odd, out of the blue, questions throw him off. He´ll tell you what he wants for dinner within 0.3 seconds but don´t ask him what you should wear before going out together. The answer might never pass his lips.
Test #1 ( Washing Heroine´s Hair )
Me: „ Honey, can you wash my hair?“
Hubby: „ What´s wrong?“
The look on his face- Priceless.
Me: „ Nothing. I just thought you´d like to wash my hair. I heard that men do that alot.“
Hubby: Confused, “You sure?”
Me: „ Totally. Men do it to worship their better half.“
Hubby: „ I worship you everyday without wanting to wash your hair.“
He´s right. And he also knows I would never ask him to wash my hair but he did it anyways. Because he loves me. Poor guy. He made an effort, I have to give him that much. That same night I got my special pamper treatment I asked for. I sat in the tub and let him wash my hair. Would you like to know how it felt? My own husband acted like my head was made out of fragile glass. He was too careful. Lol. But when I told him he needed to wash my hair, not massage it he took my words to heart and scrubbed the life out of my scalp. To this day I´m convinced he reduced the thickness of my hair to half of what it was.
And let me tell you- My face and eyes have never been as clean before, either. I nearly drowned because he didn´t know what to do with the showerhead ( so he accidentally held it against my face. Sure thing. I understand. Guys + showerheads = incompatible.)
He told me that he loved me and that he never wanted to wash my hair again. Not until I get them well-trimmed. I agreed. In fact- I told him that I loved him but never wanted him near my hair, ever again. There was nothing remotely sexy or sensual about the act itself. I didn´t feel closer to my husband. I didn´t enjoy the feeling of his uncoordinated movements on my head ( my ears don´t have hair in them yet. Doubt they ever will have any for the next 30 years too) I feared for my life. I gasped for air. I´m traumatized.
Test #2 ( Buying clothes for the Heroine )
Me: „ Honey, have you ever thought about picking out clothes for me to wear?“
Hubby: „ Come again?“
Me: „ Don´t you want to be the one who decides what I should wear?“
Hubby: „ Me?!“
Me: „ Just asking. Maybe you can go out and buy me a new dress?“
Hubby: „ No. Go buy your own dress.“
Me: „ Then maybe you could offer me your credit card. Show me you want to take care of me.“
Hubby: „You might never come back if I give you my credit card.“
It took alot of will power not to burst out laughing at the sight of my poor husbands face. He looked so lost. Confused.The end-result of the “buy me a dress” test? I failed. For the rest of that day he just looked at me like I had lost my marbles. I can´t say I didn´t try, though.
Test #3 ( Chose a Meal for Heroine )
( we decided to go to McDonald’s while the girls were at Grandma´s )
Hubby: „ Should I order first or do you already know what you want to eat?“
Me: „ Uuhm, just order what you think is okay for me.“
Hubby: Confused, „ What?“
Me: „ I said, you order for me. But don´t tell me what you´re ordering. Order it in french and just bring it to me.“
He then bent towards my ear and whispered softly, afraid someone would hear him.
Hubby: „ We´re at McDonald’s. And I´m seconds away from calling your mom.“
Me: Evil eyed, „ Fine. Nuggets and fries.“
Douche-bag threatened to call my mom just because I was doing a study on Fictional Hero vs. Real Husband. Pfft.
It took a while for my husband to speak to me again but he did. When we finished eating and were back in the car, on our way home. But he only said “We need to talk.”. On the inside, I was cracking up but kept a straight face until we got home and had our little chitchat.
The end of that story was- Hubby thought I was having an affair ( how he came to that conclusion is a mystery to me). I assured him that wasn´t the case. Then he thought I was taking medication, having a meltdown, a mid-life crisis, etc etc. I told him what I was doing. That I wanted to find out what life as a fictional character was like.
He told me I needed professional help.
The end result of my little experiment- Life actually sucks as a fictional character ( well, it didn´t work for me). But I did have fun. I guess that´s what matters most, right?
Any author can write about whatever they want. They should just be careful about how crazed the make their heroes.
So, why is it hundreds of readers wish they had character X as their partner? What good would ever come out of it? What´s the appeal?
Let´s collect signatures and go against the madness. Surely, authors are capable of writing a love story without making their characters full-blown lunatics.
Nora O’Brien chased a dream from Indiana to Scotland, so sure it was the right thing to do. Three years later she was left in her adopted country with nothing to her name but guilt and regret.
Until Aidan Lennox entered her life.
Older, worldlier, a music producer and composer, the sexy Scot should never have made sense for Nora. But somehow, in each other, they found the light they were looking for, the laughter and the passion—the strength to play on despite their past losses.
But when life dealt Aidan another unlucky hand, instead of reaching for her he disappeared. The agonizing loss of him inspired something within Nora. It fired her spirit— the anger and hurt pushing her forward to take control and reach for her dreams.
Finally pursuing a career on stage while she put herself through college, everything is how Nora wants it. She’s avoiding heartbreak and concentrating on her goals.
Sounds easy but it’s not. Because Aidan is back. And for some reason he hates Nora.
He’s determined to be at war with her. And she has absolutely no idea why.
Samantha Young is my go-to author. When I´m in need of a gut twisting romance I always think of the author first.
`Play On` did not disappoint me. I´m a total confused mess when it comes to keeping track of new releases or even stalking authors. I´m always late when finding out the author published something new. I don´t know how late I was with `Play On` but it didn´t matter. I´m so glad I didn´t miss this one completely.
I won´t bore you with my own synopsis or any spoilers but I will say this:
If you love the author´s work then you´ll definitely like this one as well. If you love a slow grow romance where the characters have their own demons to tackle while finding love then this story is for you!
`Play On` is emotional. Heart breaking and heart mending at the same time.
I know some readers have a problem when characters have big age gaps. If you feel like you belong to that group and can´t stomache a 12 year age difference then I advise you to skip this read. Personally, age gaps don´t bother me. I like to read about a struggle ( if there is one). I´m a firm believer in young people having a beautiful old mind and older people who are older but young at heart. Love it. That´s what I got with `Play On´..
The only issue I have with this story was the Heroine, Nora. I liked her but that poor girl had no confidence what so ever. That usually leads to a character constantly questioning their own self-worth and that get´s slightly annoying with time. I would have liked for her to have more backbone despite the issues she´d dealt with before she met Aidan.
Besides Nora, the rest of the characters were fab. All loving, caring, fierce figures who were super engaging and interesting.
The end of the story didn´t knock me off my feet but it was still good.
All in all a great read. I´m looking forward to read the next book!
Would I reread this book? Yes. Probably.
Would I recommend this book? Yes. This is a must have for Samantha Young fans. It´s also a great read for romance lovers.
The Cover – 5 stars (It´s playful. It´s soft on the eye. It reflects the story. I think it´s great.)
The Story – 4 stars ( Nothing I haven´t already read before but since I like the author´s writing I enjoyed it alot.)
The Characters – 4 stars ( Nora was a small thorn in my thumb.)
My emotional state after finishing this read – Happy.
I´m giving `Play On` ( Play On #1) by Samantha Young 4 out of 5 stars