Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday Waterfall {1} : Chapters 1 thru 6




1. Waterfall opens with the introduction of Gabi, shes depressed, a little angry and is dealing with feelings of loneliness. Are you connecting with her this soon in the novel? Do you see things you like or dislike?

Yes, I totally get Gabi. Sometimes I think lonliness seems worse when you are surrounded by the people you love most and they don't pay you any attention...plus, I have Daddy Issues and I get the whole parent(s) ignoring me thing. And while I feel for her mother, I guess it's hard because from what we learn it feels like her mother (and father) while they love there daughters, they gave more attention to each other than their daughters. I don't know...I know sometimes that happens, but growing up, the attention of your parents means a lot. (I don't really know how to say that so it doesn't sound whiny :D)

In the beginning of the book, Gabi just wants what's left of her family, together. Being a mother in that situation would be REALLY hard. Trying to get over the love of your life and take care of children who still need you, even if they are 17 and 15. I'm just glad Gabi has Lia. Sisters rock!

2. Gabi gets to time travel back to 14th Century Italy- The Dark Ages in its prime. Is there anytime in history that fascinates you and would you travel back if you could?

There are a couple times I would love to visit. One would be during the 1920's during the Flapper period because I think it was a huge progress for woman and to be honest...I really love those clothes (DON'T judge me! :D)

I've always had a penchant for those giant dresses in all those books that take place in England during the Victorian Era. Not that I'd want to do it permanently, but it's interesting. Plus, reading Jane Austen has me wanting to visit...although, I would never want to be poor there, it sounds horrible.

Mostly though, there are time periods I'd like to visit and experience first hand just to see what really went down, but I have a REAL problem with the whole "Man's World" motto of the past. So, any place where I could have some kind of female maneuvering ability would be pretty cool. I think that's why I dig Time Travel novels...the time traveler is still contemporary. :D

3. Most of the men, including Marcello have a very set opinion about a woman's place. Gabi gets manhandled a bit in these first few chapters, and even gets asked if shes a witch. The men are shocked when Gabi rides a horse like a man and shimmies down the castle walls. What do you think of mens mentality back then? Gentlemanly, chauvinistic, simple-minded?

This is hard because there is always a give and take when it comes to men of a certain era. They want to protect and be gentlemanly, and I love the gentlemanly thing to a certain point, but it IRKS me to NO end when men think that they can say something and it's supposed to happen. I think if I was actually raised in that time period I would have felt differently because I am a product of my current environment, but it frustrates me. I would MUCH rather be the muscled, strong, independent woman who repels down walls and does what she feels is right rather than the soft, lady who waits with her handkerchief for her man to come back to her. I'd give up my the gentlemanly ways if only to be able to be appreciated for my own thoughts and feelings. (sorry for the woman's lib!)

Although, now that I'm thinking about it, I've never been good at waiting or sitting still. I'd probably still be up and at arms doing what I could to be as independent as possible.


4. When Gabi becomes a part of this era, the people are immediately intrigued but suspicious of her. Many judge her by her difference. Do you think this is fair? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like an outsider or that others were misjudging you?

HAHAHAHA! YES!

Of course it's not fair, but it totally happens. In fact, I'm sure I do it...although unintentionally. Everyone has these preconceived notions of others from wherever and it takes actually getting to know the person to change some of that.

My husband is Albanian, so I've lived in Albanian for a while back in 2007-2008. When I got there, people just assumed I didn't know how to do certain things because I was American. It was a little frustrating at first because I don't like people to think I can't do things. Not that they were ever mean because they aren't that way, but still it's annoying.

Plus, whenever I tell some Western Europeans or Americans who've lived in Western Europe that my husband is Albanian, they always have to tell me who hates the Albanians. People! I really don't care! I know who hates the Albanians, but if you actually got to know them, you'd realize they are probably the nicest people you will ever have ever met in your life. Not that I like to live there, I don't dig the backwards thinking toward woman and work, but I think they'll come around eventually. *wink wink*

Also, there was most of my high school career. I could never really figure that one out, but it felt like one huge misjudgement that lasted for 4 years. I think it's part of why I love Marcello, he doesn't focus on that, he looks past it to Gabi's actual actions and goes from there.

5. What do think the coolest thing would be about living in the Dark Ages? What would be the worst?

Coolest:
  1. Some of those dresses they get to wear to the dances are freaking awesome.

Worst:
  1. Not having running water. I've had that...IT SUCKS o_o {I've bathed out of a freaking bucket in a kind of outhouse...It was super sucky}
  2. Also, the plague sounds bad and not being able to cure all those ailments like we can in today's day and age.

Monday, August 29, 2011

My Book Boyfriend {4}: Dorian the Oak King


Thanks for joining me again for another "My Book Boyfriend" hosted by the lovely Missie over at The Unread Reader. If you haven't checked out her blog, you must...it's FABULOUS! Also, if you run over there today and check out her MBB meme, you can see all the other hotties linked up. So,as soon as you're done reading this post, RUN don't walk over to see what's up!

This week I chose to feature Dorian The Oak King from the Dark Swan Series by Richelle Mead. Now, while I can't really stand the female lead in the book, I love Dorian. He's one of The Shining Ones aka Fae {they do NOT like to be called Fairies people!o_o} Dorian is one sexy beast of a man who happens to like a little bondage....don't judge him...he's unique! It's fun bondage anyway and I'd participate any day! I chose Michael Fassbender to portray Dorian because...well...he has the red hair and he has this other worldly feel to him. PLUS, Dorian is an erotically, tantalizing, conniving, crafty man. He needed someone who could be sweet and evil all at the same time. YUMMY!

On the throne sat a man, Dorian, I presumed. He looked bored. He leaned into the arm of his chair, one elbow propped on it so he could rest his chin in his hand. It sort of made him view us at an angel. Long auburn hair, reminiscent of the trees outside, hung around him, highlighted with every shade of red and gold conceivable. He could have been autumn incarnate. He had the most perfect skin I'd ever seen in such a vivid redhead: smooth and ivory, with no freckles or rosy color. He had well-shaped cheekbones and delicate features.



To my shock, Dorian spun me around. Still gripping me, he pressed his forehead to mind so that only an inch was between us. I could smell the tequila on his breath, no doubt mirroring my own.

"Eugenie, you're a woman without equal, and no matter how much you annoy the hell out of me and no matter how much I try to get you out of my head--and believe me, both occur regularly--I can't stay away from you. Even if you were barren, I'd take you as my consort in an instant and spend the rest of my life with you--childless, so long as it meant you'd be by my side. I would gladly bring you to my bed with no other thoughts than taking joy from you body. It would be enough."

He backed off the bed, standing up so that he could push his pants down the rest of the way. His shirt came off next, and then he stood there naked before me for my inspection, the perfect, marble god he'd been once before. Looking over the leanness of his muscles, how strong and hard he was.








Okay, so this part was incredibly hard to cast and I don't know if I got it quite right, but he's still REALLY fun to look at..*licks lips*. Who's your Book Boyfriend this week?
{also, I may be posting this early, but Waterfall Wednesday is tomorrow so it was easier this way!}

P.S.(Jacinda - I found it.) *giggles*






Friday, August 26, 2011

In Which I am Well Informed (1)



Do you find non-fiction objectionable? Do you loathe and abhor self-help books? Do you find memoirs so depressing you think you may go out and beat your neighbor to make yourself feel better? Well...that's how I feel. If you feel the same, you've found the right place. In my feature IN WHICH I AM WELL INFORMED I will be reading something of a non-fiction nature and I will tell you what I've learned from said item. No worries, this is going to be fun!

**I just want to preface this post by saying that all my thoughts are my own and are only meant in fun and not to be offensive. Sometimes life should be laughed at and not taken so seriously. It's better that way.**
Okay readers! for my first In Which I am Well Informed, I perused the digital library in my city and found some e-books that I thought would be fun for my first feature. This week I chose: When I first saw this book I giggled to myself because, really...REALLY? Then again, I am easily amused. How to Eat Like a Hot Chick by Jodi Lipper & Cerina Vincent is a very...interesting guide to food. Apparently,they will help you wake up your "Inner Hot Chick" once and for all.

My Inner Hot Chick? OKAY!!! I didn't know I had one, but I'm sure she'd like to come out and play! LET'S DO THIS THANG! *does a couple fist pumps*

Alrighty readers, here is what I learned from this book {you may want to put your goggles on, it's very deep}:

1. Hot Chicks do not use the world horny. However, if you need to refer to such things, you may use the work heydayish: {I had no idea that being horny *clears throat* sorry...heydayish had anything to do with eating...apparently I am mistaken. Awesome.)

2. "The FDA's food-pyramid thingy" is B.S.: {I once took a nutrition class in school and learned all about health and this small little sentence has blown everything they ever taught me up in smoke.

So much for the public school system.

Now, I'm not totally adverse to believing the statement because the FDA does approve a lot of things for consumption that really should NOT be allowed, but I kind of felt that their "food-pyramid thingy" what they had goin' for them. Although, "food pyramid thingy" brings all sorts of dirty images to mind. Kind of makes a girl all
heydayish. I feel so enlightened.}

3. Most of us "Hot Chicks" need between 1200-1800 calories a day depending on our height: {I don't actually know if this is true, but it sounds true. And you know what they say about things that sound true.

They are.


I'm thinking of worshiping this book.
}

4. It is okay to eat cereal, but not the whole box in one sitting: {Bummer. I don't know about you, but eating a whole box of cereal would be a difficult feat. I mean, those boxes are HUGE! Even pregnant I can't do it....although, I've never even thought to try. But, I'm glad these authors told me not to because now I'll never try. Thank you Jodi and Cerina. I'm forever indebted to you for this.}

5. "Popeye was one smart mother f'er. And just like Popeye, spinach is hot even without olive oil": {apparently we should all steer clear of olive oil because while every other health food specialist says that olive oil is one of the good oils, Jodi and Cerina feel that olive oil has a bullshit reputation and that consuming it while on your salad is epically stupid.

I'm so glad I now know this.


When the cardiologist told my father after is 2nd quadruple bypass that olive oil was the only oil he was allowed to eat, he must have been mistaken. Bummer, Dad. We should probably find you a new doctor...maybe Jodi and Cerina will do it!!

Spinach on the other hand is okay to eat with EVERYTHING and should be consumed on a regular basis. A pound of spinach for dinner is an excellent idea. Popeye you are my new hero. Marry me?
}

6. Sexy snacks include - fruit, meat, ice cream, french fries & lollipops: {Okay, last I checked, french fries were NOT healthy being that they are deep fried in unhealthy oil. However, according to Jodi and Cerina, my "little fingers will look so cute dipping the fries in ketchup and then putting them into *my* pretty mouth" and therefore this is due cause to just listen to Jodi and Cerina because they say so. I'm so excited by this news I think I'm going to go out and have fries for breakfast. No matter that on page 117 of the book they tell me that I should watch it with the ketchup because it's full of sugar and that mixing it with a whole plate of fries is only going to "add to my problems." I'm baffled. Which page do I listen to? Eat the fries...don't eat the fries...*sigh* My head hurts.}

7. Candy necklaces are the number one food prop: {Duh. Who doesn't know this?! I always consider all my food props before I leave the house and candy necklaces always win out. In fact, I keep a whole stack of them in my cupboard right next to the olive oil and the ketchup.}

To finish up, I'd like to leave you with this little tid bit of information: You are hot!

You Inner Hot Chick has now been woken up. You are welcome!

*hugs and kisses and candy necklaces*

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Feature: In Which I am Well Informed /Intro Post/

Okay, so I am one of those people who is not a fan of non-fiction. It's not that I'm entirely opposed to the thought of it, but most of the time I am bored with it. I found all this out from a book club experience I had a while back where everyone in my group kept choosing memoirs to read or self-help books. First off, memoirs....not my thing. I don't like depressing. It....depresses me. Secondly, I loathe and abhor self-help books. I think this mostly comes from the whole feeling I get: you suck, so read my book and you'll be better---promise! I'm not saying there is anything wrong with this, just that I don't mesh well with non-fiction {except astronomy books...I dig astronomy books...and possibly history books...and maybe some other kind of informative thing that I can't think of right now to add to this parentheses}.

Okay, all that being said I've wanted to do a feature forever and I was trying to come up with something that would fit my personality and humor and also entertain the masses. Because people, let's be honest here, no one wants to hear me babble on about my dramatic life and my complete inability to process life as one should. It's not that interesting to most. So, I've decided on a feature wherein I read books that are of a non-fiction nature and tell you what I've learned. It will range from cookbooks to How-to books to anything I find interesting or completely hilarious or possibly deranged.

In all honesty, I wanted to do one with my baking shenanigans, but putting too much pressure there might throw my baking into a loop and that would not be good for my sugar addiction people. Call me selfish, but no one AND I MEAN NO ONE, will mess with my sugar addiction o_o.

Details: I am going to attempt to do this weekly, but as all you book bloggers know, sometimes it can't happen weekly. Sometimes things come up that take it out of the weekly batch (such as a need to cook a slew of pumpkin pies just so my husband will think I'm doing something constructive because he doesn't believe my reading of fiction is constructive). However, if I can actually do what I want to with this, it will happen on Fridays because...well...just because. :D Anyhow, that is all. Come back tomorrow for my first: In Which I am Well Informed.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Book Boyfriend {No. 3)


Okay everyone, it's Wednesday and you know what that means....MY BOOK BOYFRIEND hosted by Missie over at The Unread Reader. If you haven't checked her out, you should...she's HOT! ;D

My book boyfriend today is:

from
All you who are thinking any thoughts concerning Noah Shaw, know this....he is MINE! :D Okay, so here we go. I chose Ben Barnes to portray Noah because...well...he is British, as is Noah and he's super SMEXY! He is also, possibly, a womanizer who excels at innuendo's, but I've always had The Bad Boy Complex, so it totally works for me.

"You have an anger-management problem."

I whipped around at the sound of the warm, lilting British accent behind me.

The person it belonged to sat on the picnic table under the tiki hut. His general state of disarray was almost enough to distract me from his face. The boy--if he could be called that, looking like he belonged in college, not high-school--wore Chucks with holes worn through, no laces. Slim charcoal pants and a white button down shirt covered his lean, spare frame. His tie was loose, his cuffs were undone, and his blazer lay in a heap beside him as he lazily leaned back on the palms of his hands.

His strong jaw and chin were slightly scruffy, as though he hadn't shaved in days,

and his eyes looked gray in the shade. Strands of his dark chestnut hair stuck out every which way. Bedroom hair. He could be considered pale in comparison to everyone else I'd observed in Florida thus far, which is to say he wasn't orange.

He was beautiful. And he was smiling at me.

"Do you speak anything else?" I asked.

"Well, what level of fluency are we talking about here?"

"Anything."

The waiter returned, and brought two empty, frosted glasses along with dark bottles of something. He poured the caramel-colored drinks for us, then left.

Noah took a sip before answering. Then said, "German, Spanish, Dutch, Mandarin, and of course French."

Impressive. "Say something in German," I said, and took a sip of the drink. It was sweet with a spicy, sharp finish. I wasn't sure I liked it.

"Scheide," Noah said.

I decided to give the drink another shot. "What does that mean?" I asked, then sipped.

"Vagina."

I almost choked, and covered my mouth with my hand. After I composed myself, I spoke. "Lovely. Is that all you know?"

"In German, Dutch, and Mandarin, yes."

I shook my head. "Why, Noah, do you know the word for vagina in every language?"

"Because I'm European, and therefore more cultured than you," he said, taking another swig and trying not to smile.

I laughed as I twisted to face him and raised my arm to hit in one move. He caught my wrist and my laugh caught in my throat. A mischievous grin curved my mouth as I raised my other hand to hit him. He reached over me and caught that wrist too, gently pinning my arms above my head as he straddled my hips. The space between us boiled my blood.

He leaned forward slightly, still touching me nowhere and smelling like need and I thought I would die. His voice was low when he spoke.

"What would you do if I kissed you right now?"

I stared at his beautiful face and his beautiful mouth and I wanted nothing more than to taste it. "I would kiss you back."


I know...lickable right? *runs fingers through Noah's hair* He is my YUMMY yummy! :D What do you think? Who's your book boyfriend this week?



Saturday, August 20, 2011

Waterfall / (River of Time Book 1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Title: Waterfall (River of Time No. 1)
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergen
Pages: 352
Published: February 1st, 2011 by David C. Cook
Synopsis:In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds... until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.(from Goodreads.com)

Gabriella and her sister are along for yet another archeological dig with their mother during their most recent summer holiday. Instead of being home in the States with their friends, they are in Italy, combing through the tombs of Etruscans, dead for thousands of years. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad, but the grief that surrounds their family from the death of their father pushes their mother into a working frenzy, in which she pays only slight attention to her daughters and mounds of attention to the dead.

Gabriella is tired of it all. She just wants to feel alive again. In Lisa Tawn Bergen's new young adult series, River of Time, Gabriella and her sister Lia find the oddest thing in the tomb of one of the Etruscan's that sends them back in time to ancient Sienna, Italy. A time where life and love are more than just a mimicked thought, but a way of everyday survival.

A story of the past, Waterfall brings everything we could ever ask for in a historical/time travel novel. With ancient tongues and old accents mixed with new age slang and thoughts, Waterfall takes us through the mid 1300's in Italy with a fun twist of excitement when contemporary girls mix with men of an age where woman were to be protected and kept behind the men. The story takes precedence over everything, weaving an epic tale that can't help but capture your heart and mind. Strong heroine's light the pages, making the book feel even more intense and exciting. Ms. Bergen's writing is nothing short of brilliant and captivating and will pull you into Gabriella's world with careless abandon.

However, no story would be complete without a little love and Waterfall gives us just that, a delicate weaving of love that doesn't overtake the story, but works in tandem with it's beauty and brilliance. Marcello Forelli, the son of Lord Forelli, Lord of Costello Forelli, is just as we picture all amazingly gorgeous Italian men of the mid 1300's to be: loving, kind, protective, frustrated with females who don't listen to a thing he says... Which, to me is the best part of their relationship....because Gabriella doesn't miraculously become the lady of the past, she is *still* the lady of the future, who does not like to be told what to do and will do anything to protect her family. Gabriella, while lovely and strong, is not our typical heroine. Gabriella and Lia, her younger sister, are thoughtful and INDEPENDENT, ridding the book of the co-dependency we all detest in fictional-relationships, while instead giving the relationship a deeper and more important feel. A feel where those who are loved do not have to change to be loved, but can retain everything they are and everything they feel and still obtain a love that will be with them for ages.

Waterfall is a gorgeous tale of past and present that will wrap you around it's little finger and never let you go. Your only thought will be that you were lucky enough to pick up this book filled with strong women, amazingly developed and flawed characters, perfectly poised comedic relief, and a love that will stay with you no matter when or where you are.

*I recommend this book to those who are fans of Young Adult Fiction, Adult Fiction, Time Travel and Historical Fiction as well as books that take place in Italy.

(Note: This book is very clean and contains no swearing or anything sexually related. There is kissing and talk of serious subjects including death, torture and war.)

Waterfall Wednesdays - *Team Marcello*

Okay my dearest readers, I want to let you all know about an event I'm SO excited for and will be participating in starting August 31st: Waterfall Wednesdays. It's going to be hosted by the lovely, AMAZING ladies at Tina's Book Reviews, The Unread Reader, Edgy Inspirational Romance, Supernatural Snark and Irresistible Reads (I love them all and I know you will too!). It's a read-a-long with questions and all sorts of fun things involving Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren. If you haven't read this book YOU MUST! The first 2 were WONDERFUL and the third is released September 1st and I'm so excited, I think I might burst! {because, yes, that is something I would do in regard to a book o_o} So, go NOW click on the button below and read the details and GET SIGNED UP at the linky located at Tina's Book Reviews!!!!



What are you waiting for??? I said GO! GO to Tina's book Reviews! Read Waterfall! Find out about Marcello & Gabriella & Lia & Luca! Trust me! YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!

I SAID GO! o_o

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Excuses & a Winner

Okay, everyone, sorry for the lack of posting, but I've been working my bum off for my vacation in September. YEAH!! That's right, I get a vaca! I'm going to go visit my sister in Columbus, OH. I know it's just Ohio, but I'm really excited. It will just be me and the girlies so no Hubby to tell me what to do *wink wink*.

Anyway, I've been putting in more hours to accomodate the extra money necessary for vacation, so I may be a sucky poster for the next couple of weeks, but I'm still here and I'm still reading every comment. I do try to visit other blogs too, but I've been slacking and reading a lot more...I don't really have an excuse for that one. Reading...I've got to do it....otherwise, I may pass out. :D

Also, I have a Jane True winner:

Lingeorge

Congratulations! :D Thank you to everyone who participated!

Also, I'm going to be doing a travel post in honor of my trip in September. I'm going to need some help...it's my first time traveling with 2 little kiddos and no Hubby. o_o I'm a little worried about the havoc they will wreak!

Thanks again!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mini Reviews - Because I Feel Like It

Alrighty, here are some reviews of books I've read as of late. They are mini because sometimes smaller is better.

Title: Fever Series (5 books)
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Published: 2006-2011
Genre: Adult, UF (there is sex and swearing in this book)
Review: I don't know if I can truly do this series justice, so I'm mini reviewing it for that purpose. In the future I may ATTEMPT to do a full review, but for now you get Mini. :D I have definitely caught the fever and I'm not in the least bit sorry about it. Karen Marie Moning has created the most fascinating world of Fae and death that I've ever seen...and I'm not usually a huge fan of a lot of Fae books. However, KMM does right by it and gives it the dark edge that it truly, truly needs. Mac is a fun character to watch move through this world and watching her grow up from Mac 1.0 to Mac 5.0 was definitely fun. But, to the point of the book. JERICHO BARRONS. This man is so delicious and amazing and hard and rough and...and...I don't know...words cannot contain him or explore his boundless qualities. He's not soft, AT ALL, ladies so don't expect flowers or kind words. He just IS. Barrons is my YUMMY. I would like to Book Boyfriend Post him, but seriously, I don't think I could tie Jericho Barrons down to any person in existence. Okay, I could go on forever, so I'm stopping. Just...if you love UF and worlds that are falling apart and Fae that are homicidal and sometimes naked and men you can't figure out for the life of you and evil that so horrible it chills you, PICK UP THIS SERIES. You won't be disappointed. I'm done. For real this time.
Title: Sean Griswold's Head
Author: LindseyLeavitt
Pages: 224
Published: March 1st, 2011
Genre: YA Contemporary
Review: Bella over at Absolutely Obsessed raved about this book so I had to give it a try. I ABSOLUTELY loved it! The gist of the story is Peyton walks in on her mother shoving a giant needle into her fathers butt and it turns out he has MS and everyone knew but her. She spends quite sometime being pissed about the betrayal of her family and very teen angsty. Peyton is so hilarious through the whole book that I think I giggled more often then not. Her "research" of Sean Griswold's head didn't cease to crack me up and I suddenly wanted a focus journal of my very own. Yeah, she may have been mad at her family for an OVERLY long time, but I totally understood that...which is probably due to my own anger issues. There are only like 2 times I kind of wanted to slap her, but she makes up for it and I still love Peyton. Plus, Sean was cute and fun and I kind of wanted to cuddle his head. :D
Title: Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo No.1)
Author: Adrian Phoenix
Pages: 368
Published: June 29th, 2010
Genre: Adult, Hoodoo, UF
Review: Let's be honest folks, I didn't really like this book much. I would probably give it a 2, but I'm not quite sure why. I didn't like the writing and the 3rd person omniscient perspective was really TMI! Plus, I think the whole: hi I'm a gay man possessing a super hot male body so I'm going to molest it because said body is nicely muscled and well-endowed was WAY over the top and weird...and not in a good way. That's saying a lot because I LOVE weird. This was like creepy-weird-I-need-to-take-a-shower-now kind of weird.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My Book Boyfriend (2) - Death

In keeping with the fact that I LOVE to do these kind of posts, I'm joining "My Book Boyfriend" hosted by Missie @ The Unread Reader for a second week in a row! *jumps up and down* Sorry, I get awfully excited by hot men.

Today, I bring to you my Book Boyfriend..... Death!

That's right, I said Death. :D *giggles and licks lips* Okay, so I have a penchant for bad boys and who is better at being a bad boy than Death? No one! Because the man kills people for a living...well, takes their souls anyhow...which may be worse :D.

Without further adieu, I present Death from the Alex Craft novels by Kalayna Price. I chose Greg Vaughan for my representation...he's HAWT! [the first pic represents his long hair, but the face and eyes, I just feel Death...his -oh-my-gosh-throw-me-up-against-a-wall look is just staring at me....BEGGING me!]

Death was certainly consistent in my world. The black T-shirt that showed off the muscles on his chest, the chin-length hair, the dark eyes he watched me with that seemed to smile even when he didn't, all were exactly the same as the first time I'd seen him eighteen years ago. He came and went at apparent random, sometimes to talk, other times to tease. He kept his secrets tight, and he never interfered.

Until now.



Death leaned against the far wall, his muscular arms crossed over his wide chest. He smiled, all devilish innocence as his dark hair fell forward around his chin.











Death wrapped both hands over the mug, his fingers covering mine. The heat of the coffee pressed into my palm, contrasting with the chill crawling over my skin from his fingers. He lifted the mug, with my hand still attached, to his lips. With those sparkling eyes locked on mine, he blew at the steaming liquid. His breath smelled of dew and freshly turned soil, and it mixed with the heady aroma of the coffee. "You can share mine."



Death stood directly behind me, much closer than I'd expected. He filled my space, his wide shoulders blocking out everything else...

..."It will take a couple of minutes to brew," I said, because I had to say something

"Mmm-hmm." He smiled and took a step closer. I didn't mean to back up, but the counter was suddenly pressing against my ass, so clearly I had. Death's hands moved to my hips. I tried to draw a breath, but couldn't seem to catch it.

"That attack yesterday..." he whispered, crowding my space. "Who did you irritate recently?"

"Irritate? I--no one. Well, a fae in the floodplain when I revealed some dismembered feet, but--" Death slid close enough that his thighs brushed the front of mine, and I lost track of what I was saying. I mentally groped for an intelligent strain of thought. "Was that a soul you collected from that beast?"

"That's what I do." His breath tickled over my skin as he spoke.

"How did a magic construct gain a soul?" I asked, trying to focus on something other than how near his lips were to mine.


So....what you guys think of my Bad Boy?! Also, I think that last pic is too cropped. *moves up head and tilts down eyes* I keep trying to look inside like I can get a glimpse of what's below the cut off line. *wink*



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