Monday, December 30, 2013

Book Review: Trust Me?

For a short time, you can purchase both Trust Me? and Love Me? for 99 cents each!

You know it's going to be one of those days when you get rear-ended on your way to work.  In the real world, whoever hit you is probably some high-horsed lady who was texting on her phone but still gets up in your face and demands that you were somehow to blame for the mess.  But for Jeni, the person who hits her car is someone just a little more apologetic...and good looking.  And yes, he's rich, too.

Trust Me? is a story about a couple's journey to be a stable part of one another's lives.  But it's not a novel for teens filled with a high school romance of hand-holding.  Young-uns, you should wait a few years before reading.  Or if you go ahead and read anyway, just make sure that you don't tell your mom that I am the one that brought this book to your attention!

One thing that really irritates me about most recent romance/erotic novels is that both the guy and the girl are made out of money.  Sure, it's a great fantasy, but really it just pisses me off.  Isn't it enough for the young, handsome man of everyone's dreams being loaded?  "I didn't have to work a day in my life if I really didn't want to, but I just love my job so much."  I'll tell you where you can stick it, lead female character!

That's why I find it refreshing that Jeni works in an auto repair job.  Sure, her friends own it, it's a stable job and she doesn't mind what she does.  But it's realistic.  And I need that with at least one character in a book.

Instead of going for shock value in the passages fit for only 18 and over, the romance illustrated is more a story of a couple falling head over heels for one another, longing to spend every moment with the other.  It reminded me a bit of when my relationship was new with my husband and how I would wait anxiously for him to drive down and visit me at school, just for a chance to snuggle up against him and turn my brain off.

I'm glad that I was able to discover KE Osborne's books before the end of the year.  I've got the sequel, Love Me? ready to read next!

I'm going to warn you - the end of the book had me pretty mad.  If you haven't read it, you're lucky that the second book is already available for you to dive right into after finishing this one.  You aren't going to want to leave it at the end of this one.  It's basically cruel!

About the Author:

K E Osborn is the Adelaide based Author of the Trust me? Trilogy, a romance series with love, laughter and plenty of lust!

K E Osborn was born in September 1984 and raised in Adelaide South Australia. She had a love of writing throughout High School but went down a different path to Design instead. It wasn't until she had a vivid dream about a three car pileup that the characters of her first book came to life.

Aiden and Jeni are the amazing couple from the Trust me? Trilogy and they were born into the world through the imagination of K E Osborn in 2012.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Daven Says

This is only a bit of the exchange that I happened to catch this morning:

"I'm going to put Darth to bed so that Santa can come and bring him toys. "

"I need to cover him up. Here, Darth. I will lay with you so you have your daddy here. "

1.) Isn't Daven just the sweetest?

2.) Doesn't Vader look super creepy in my kid's bed?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Daven Says: A Christmas Story

We are all three sitting in the living room as a Family, watching A Christmas Story. Adam is dozing on one couch and Daven and I are on the other. We get to the point in the movie where Ralphie just got his secret decoder ring and has shut himself in the bathroom to decode the secret message from Little Orphan Annie. 

As Ralphie finally finishes and realizes that this was all a marketing ploy for Ovaltine. He exclaims, "Son of a bitch!"  Daven laughs. And then he gets really close to my face and says, 

"Hey, that's what daddy says!"

Busted. Merry Christmas. Let's all watch our potty mouths around the young'uns ;)

Daven Says

"You have a pretend baby Jesus in your belly. "


Friday, December 20, 2013

Daven Says

I had just started up Justin Timberlake's new album in the kitchen before starting dishes. I was standing at the sink when Daven came in. He looked at my iPad, listened for a moment, and started dancing. 

And then he said, 

"Hey!  That's my jam!" And he continued to dance. 

What can I say?  The kid has good taste in music. 

Book Review: It Happened Under the Mistletoe

I don't really have a filter when it comes to free ebooks. If there's a chance to win one, I'm in. The author of this novella was giving away 5 copies, and I put my bid right in. I don't usually have holiday-specific reads, so when I heard the title, I was in. 

After I received my copy, I opened it up on my ereader. And then closed the app again. Here's why:

Ay, oh boy. That's a rather steamy-looking cover. I just couldn't even try. The picture of the couple on the cover made me seriously eye-roll. So I put it on the back burner for about the past month. 

Since Christmas is now less than a week away, I figured I should probably give this book an honest shot. Don't judge a book by its cover, right?  So while Daven and I were snuggled in bed together last night, he watched Sponge Bob and I dove into It Happened Under the Mistletoe. 

Set in the time of dukes and dutchesses, Christmastide and dowries, this romance is truly old-school. A holiday house party aims to create matches for single socialites. But the most eligible man of all wishes that he could have found his true love before he gained his title as Duke, as he has no interest in the hoards of greedy girls. 

I ended up really enjoying this book, despite my snuff at it in the beginning. Sure, it's a rather predictable romance plot, but we need those in our lives every once in a while. I read this in less than two hours, so it's a quick, fun read if you're wanting a bit of an escape into a different time period where, unlike Game of Thrones, everything ends happy and no one dies!  

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Review: Nearly Departed

You may hate your job, but do you have to clean up the mess that the dead leave behind?

Vicky is not a maid.  While she owns a cleaning business with her brother, the messes that she is contracted to clean up are a bit...bloody.

Keeping Spring Cleaning up and running years after her brother was declared missing in Afghanistan, Vicky has to handle all of the dirty work herself.  Crime clean up is her life, and on top of it all, she can see ghosts.  They tend to bug her at each job she goes to, wanting her to help them in some way.  And when she is contracted to clean a murder-suicide of three college students, their ghosts tell her that this is not how it happened.

If you happen to keep up with my book reviews, you have seen my thoughts on the the Hitwoman Series.  (Spoiler - I love them!)   J.B. Lynn writes wonderful fiction, and I practically begged her for a copy of this book to read and review! 

I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out.  I hope she's working on it now!  I breezed through this book, finding the plot engaging, suspenseful, and yet still hilarious in places.  And who would have thought that among the bloody carpets and ghosts with half a face that romance could start?

Do yourself a favor and buy this as an early Christmas present to yourself!