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Zen and Sex by Dermot Davis

IZen and Sex Cover won’t beat around the bush….I absolutely LOVED this book!  I absolutely felt like I was inside Martin’s brain and he was a real man with real feelings.  I think that many more men than will admit have the same insecurities and long for that lifetime companionship.

 The Story’s blurb from goodreads:

Martin is a content twenty-four year old single guy whose peace is disturbed when he receives a wedding invitation from his ex-girlfriend with whom he still pines for.

Does he go?

He considers that if he doesn’t go to the wedding, he will be perceived as a sadsack loser.

If he goes alone he’ll be perceived as an even worse loser.

However, if he attends the wedding with a drop-dead gorgeous bombshell who looks like she’s crazy about him, then it’s his ex-girlfriend that’s going to look like the loser. Problem is he’s not dating a drop-dead gorgeous bombshell. He’s got three weeks. After many disastrous online initiated dates, he finally does get to meet a gorgeous bombshell who agrees to attend the wedding with him. Problem is, not only is she fourteen years his senior, but she’s all about putting Zen into relationship, which involves every guy’s worst nightmare: talking about your feelings, being conscious of your thoughts and above all, unabashed, honest communication at all times. Martin has no idea what he is getting himself into and the sharp learning curve that’s required of him when all he wants is sex and she wants Zen.

I loved that we felt his anxiety and went through the build up to worst case scenario with him.  I know I do this myself often and you can have yourself so worked up for no apparent reason.  There were many times throughout the book that I wanted to tell him to breathe…..but I think that is why it felt so real and genuine to me. 

I read some of the other reviews about the book before I started because I like to know how my perception matches up.  I felt like Dermot Davis gave us a true glimpse into a real persons mind….the thoughts are not always PC nor are they necessarily what we really feel.  Sometimes you are just working up a scenario in your head that is truly the “worst-case” and then you are surprised by the true outcome once you have a chance to talk with the person.

Something I would definitely be interested in reading (if there is any thought of more on Martin and Frances), would be the same story from Frances’ perspective.  :-)

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Give Me Love by Kate McCarthy

give-me-love-coverEvie and Jared……sigh. I read this book for the second time before writing this review just to bring it all to the surface again. I will definitely be pulling this book out over the years (and hopefully the many more to follow it – no pressure Kate McCarthy 😉 ) to revel in a real life relationship with all its ups and downs.

This book is told from Evie’s perspective and I love that it starts at the beginning – from before they met – and you get such reality from what the characters are thinking and feeling. It’s easy to get what everyone is thinking from the descriptive way Evie details their looks and mannerisms. In short, Evie is the lead singer for a band about to hit it big. Jared and her brother Coby have started a “Consulting” company that has them involved in all sorts of dangerous assignments. Jared’s sister, Mac, and Evie are best friends and Mac is also the band’s manager. From the beginning Mac sees the perfection that is Jared and Evie “the couple”, but Evie is hesitant having been burned in the past. The roller coaster of emotions as Evie and the band rise to stardom, and her and Jared’s relationship was the best ride I have been on in quite some time! I found myself laughing out loud at the characters and tearing up when things got sticky. Kate has a real winner on her hands and I really hope we get to hear about all the other characters!

The book never slowed down for me and kept me riveted and up half the night. The nicknames they give each other as well as those around them will have you rolling! I gave it 5 stars for the writing and the unpredictability of the story. I will definitely put Kate McCarthy on my MUST buy list!

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Hollywood ASS. by Jonas Eriksson


Description taken from Amazon:

A Hollywood superstar suffers a mental collapse, her marriage is falling apart, her career is on the ropes and the only one keeping it all together is her loyal assistant and friend, Darryl. Problem is, he’s kind of in love with her. Soon he finds himself drawn into a story that is much like the movies his employer stars in. But in real life the answers aren’t in the script…

My thoughts:

This book really surprised me.  I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly, but I found it nearly impossible to put down at night.  I felt like I was right there in the moment with Darryl and B.

Quote from the book (taken from

How could I let myself get attracted to my employer? It was the cardinal sin in the assistant’s Bible. I knew the answer of course, the fine line between friendship and work had slowly been erased and it had become too easy to slip over to the other, more personal, side. I realized I had to fix this, that I had to detach myself and float back across the line again, take a large marker and make the line as bold as possible, so as never to be crossed again!

Screw the marker, I had to pull some black and yellow police tape across that damn line.

That quote in particular had me laughing out loud.  Darryl is relatively serious in his life and yet has a sense of humor that flows with his personality seamlessly.

Quote from the book (taken from

A man was touching me. Luckily we weren’t in a bar, but in a Gucci store and the man was a white-haired, old-school tailor with a pen behind his ear and measuring tape in his hands. I was getting an outfit custom-made,
express charge and B was paying for it.

When we were out on the street, B slapped me gently on the ass and said, “Now let’s buy some champagne.” Sexual harassment in the work place? You bet. Weird thing was, I didn’t mind it.

You can’t help but be drawn in to Darryl and anticipate what will happen next.  I included the next excerpt to just give you a great glimpse into the relationship between Darryl and B.

Excerpt from the book (taken from

After our run, B wanted a Pinkberry, a non-alcohol indulgence I had no problem with.

She donned her oversized shades and I parked the Ranger Rover something like 50 meters from the frozen yoghurt place on a sun-streaked Santa Monica Boulevard. Before heading out, I looked around for paparazzi. To my relief, there were none to be seen, but they were prone to pop-up anywhere at anytime like some evil “jackass-in-a-box”. I was just about to walk out when, from the bottom of her cracked confidence, B unleashed: “You’d fuck me wouldn’t you? If I was single?”

Now what this had to do with frozen yoghurt, I’ll never know.

“Yes, I’d pop your Pinkberry if that’s what you’re talking about. Anyone would, you’re smoking hot.”

“Thanks, Darryl. Don’t you ever quit on me, okay?”

“I promise,” I said out of necessity, but it was a promise I knew would be hard to keep.

When I was back in the car, B dug into her Pinkberry like she had been on a month long Survivor-diet. I have always appreciated women with healthy appetites and I gladly watched her shovel it in.

B of course noticed my big eyes, “What are you looking at? You’re staring at me like I’m miss Piggy!”

To which I smiled and said, “I just like to see a woman eat.”

“Is that a black man’s thing or what? I thought men wanted women who doesn’t eat, doesn’t talk, fart flowers and who never let anything out of the anus, just into it.” B took one more spoon, rolled down the window, threw out the cup and said, “Let’s go home, okay?”

“Yeah, let’s go before they arrest us for littering.” I replied drily, turned the key and drove off.

The further you get into the book the harder it is to determine what you think should happen for a happily ever after, but I LOVED the ending of this book.  I truly had a hard time putting it down and loved the view that we get from Darryl.  It felt so real I wanted to meet these people and give them a hug!

I gave this 5 stars on Amazon and I hope others will give it a chance!

I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Killing Chase (The Better Off Dead Series) by Ben Muse

KillingChaseChase has a chance to be released from prison early, but to do so he must help the FBI.

This book is a tangled web of deceit, family, and business. When I started reading it, I had a hard time following the story line. I expected to not like Chase from the description of the book (I mean he IS in prison for manslaughter), but I couldn’t help being drawn in. It takes you on an emotional roller coaster, and is told in such a way that I felt what Chase felt. The reader is in Chase’s head and will quickly grasp his personality. The confusing part at first for me were the scenes that talked about “the man” doing this or that (and I don’t mean “big brother”), and I couldn’t see where it fit in to the story. But just like any good mystery/thriller I was not left wondering for long. Towards the end I didn’t know who I was rooting for, but loved the way it turned out!

What I can tell you for sure is to stay with it to the very end! It is a fantastic story and I am very glad I had this chance to review it! I can easily see this as something I will read multiple times to see if I can pick out any more clues.  I gave this book 5 stars on Amazon:

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I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.

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Portrait of a Dead Guy by Larissa Reinhart

Protrait of a Dead Guy
Overview (taken from the Barnes & Noble website)

In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge — but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival.

As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject. Between ex-boyfriends, her flaky family, an illegal gambling ring, and outwitting a killer on a spree, Cherry finds herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all! Portrait of a Dead Guy is the first book in the Cherry Tucker humorous mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.

My Thoughts

This book was fantastic! I fell in love with all the characters and their antics! Cherry was just hilarious, fun and witty.  It had all the down home drama and fun with a semi-serious topic (there is death after all). I couldn’t wait to find out who the culprit was and was truly surprised at the outcome. I love that all my questions were answered, but I still would love to read more! I will be getting the next book in the series!

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The next book in the series is called Still Life in Brunswick Stew!

Still Life in Brunswick Stew


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Welcome everyone to my experiment in a book review blog!!  I am a ridiculous reader of just about anything although my favorite is contemporary romantic suspense. :-)  What you will see is my reviews and ratings on books I have read.  I will also post links to some of my favorite authors and their websites and/or Facebook pages.  I will review as I go and I have a HUGE library so it will take some time to get many of them back logged.  I will for sure post twice a week, however it may be more than that here in the beginning.  I do not believe in trashing an author, but I will tell you if something is not for me.  I firmly believe that just because a book was not something I would normally read does not make it bad.

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My real job is in Information Technologies (IT) and writing the Policies and Procedures for my company which is probably why I choose to lose myself in fiction at the end of the day.  I am a wife and mother of 2 (which is the other reason I like to lose myself after they are all in bed…).  I am in my 30s and have a small obsession with Snoopy (specifically as Joe Cool) as you will be able to tell by this website eventually.

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