Taking What’s His

*This was a book I purchased. All thoughts about the book are my own. I have not been compensated in any way for my review*

Taking what's hisPublished: April 28, 2015

Taking What’s His — Jen McLaughlin (writing as Diane Alberts)

Firstly, hello readers! I have MISSED YOU. I know I said that I was going to be posting more, but obviously that hasn’t happened. The short story is that I started a new job at a hospital in my field of study (I’m a Pharmacy Technician) so I’ve started working 40 hour weeks and I’m basically exhausted all the time.

This book, Taking What’s His is the first book I’ve read in months. Since probably April? It’s crazy, and totally unhealthy for my sanity to go so long without a book to get lost in.

LUCKILY, I found this book. I got lost in it when I wasn’t at work. (Do you know how hard it was to know that my kindle was in my locker while I was doing pharmacy tech things? SO HARD)

In Taking What’s His we have Lydia Thomas. A generally all around good girl that hasn’t had the best luck with past relationships. Her brother is former military and has an overprotective streak a MILE WIDE (not kidding, you’ll understand when you meet Steven). We also have Steven’s best friend, Holt Cunningham. Who’s tall and handsome…and also kinda nerdy. He’s also a badass former military man. I didn’t know that there was such a thing as a hunky, badass nerd type until I met Holt. There are a LOT of Dr. Who references in this book. I personally haven’t watched the Dr… but my aunt has and loved it. I’ve seen enough references about it on Tumblr so I could get most of what the references were in the book. Ex, I know who Ten is. I don’t think it will take anything away from the book if you aren’t a Dr. Who fan.

I love, love, loved this book.

It starts off with a chance encounter and a one night stand with no last names exchanged. Y’know. Like most one night stands (or how I assume) go. Lydia figures out who Holt is first, and keeps her pretty little mouth shut, because she knows that he will stop this thing between them if he finds out that he’s with his best friend’s little sister. Whom he’s never met. When Holt finds out who she is, he’s understandably pissed. I probably would have been pissed too if I had been in his shoes.

Holt tries to follow the “bro code” and keep his hands off Lydia (much to her displeasure) but…well… that’s easier said than done. When it’s right, it’s right.

I loved their relationship. She’s concerned about him, but doesn’t try to change him. She loves him for who he is… flaws and all. He loves her (even when he doesn’t know that he does) even though she has a scary older brother that can kick his ass, and that sometimes she’s a little too stubborn for her own good.

Though, like any good romance novel, there’s some upset that happens on their path to happiness. In the words of Holt: “I fucked up big”. Yes. Yes you did, Holt. BIG. It almost made me cry when Lydia and Holt were going through their rough patch. That’s how involved I got in this book. It made my little ginger heart hurt when she was upset.

I loved the ending and the epilogue. Holy shit, I loved the epilogue.

This book is firmly in place in my favorites selection in my kindle.

If you love big badass nerdy guys, sweet nurses that have no problem telling said badass nerd when he’s being an ass that he’s BEING AN ASS, and Dr. Who references… you’ll love this book.

Jen McLaughlin is amazing and I can’t wait to read another book by her. I give this one a very solid and well deserved (in my opinion) 10/10. Go read this book!

#Love4Evr

A couple of weeks ago…around Valentine’s Day, I entered into a contest that was held on Kennedy Ryan’s facebook page. We were asked why we read romance. I can’t remember what exactly what I said, but it was basically this:

I read romance because it gives me hope that love is real and not just a word that is thrown around. I read romance because I love getting lost in the stories. I read romance because I love the warm and fuzzies that I (mostly) get at the end.

Surprisingly, I won the contest!

Today, my prizes arrived. I got a cute tote bag from Forever Publishing, and four paperback romance novels.

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Of course, I was more than happy to get my little ginger hands on the books. Do you see those covers!? I’m in love.

All four books are by author’s that I’ve never heard of or read before (which is SO SAD). I wasted zero time getting comfortable on my couch and curling up with one of these. Which one did I start with? I picked the one second from the right — Undone by Shannon Richard. I won’t say too much about it here, because I’m fixing to write up my review on it. But I will say… that I started it about 3pm this afternoon…and seven hours later? I’m done with it. I devoured this book. I can’t wait to read the rest. I think I’ll read the one on the far left next. Bringing Home The Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon. Or maybe I’ll read Only With You by Lauren Layne… Unleashed by Rachel Lacey? Hrmm.

If they’re as fabulous as Undone was, then I really scored!

Thank you to Kennedy for hosting the cool contest and to Forever Publishing for sending the awesome books and tote bag! I’ll definitely be using it.

 

I’m back!

Hello, dear readers.

I’m so terribly sorry that I disappeared on y’all for the last… how long has it been? Two months? It was two months of torture, I promise.

If I could have, I would have been posting during the last two months. But… I couldn’t. Why? I had to finish my last semester of college and spending lots of time studying came with that. I found that it was too hard to read and write my reviews like I had been and juggle everything that I needed to do for school, and since I really needed to finish school… I cut back on this.

I didn’t mean to disappear for two months though.

The good news is that I’m done. No more college for me! Well. That’s not exactly true. I will still have some continuing education to do… but that’s a couple of years from now. All I really have left to do is pass the state boards, but that’s waiting until after the holidays.

I can’t remember if I ever mentioned it before (and I’m too lazy to go look right now…) but the program that I just finished was so that I could become a registered Pharmacy Technician. All I have to do is pass the state test (the boards) and I’ll be a professional pill sorter. That sounds… not that exciting.

After my boards are over (…fingers crossed that I pass on the first attempt) I can get a job in my field. So my to-do list is currently:

  1. Study for the boards
  2. TAKE the boards
  3. Find a (hopefully) hospital Pharm Tech job.
  4. Start doing my reviews again.

should be able to get back into doing my review thing soon! Though. I am going out of town in a few days…but I’m still going to be doing this again. I’ve missed y’all!

It’s time to celebrate! The Ginger is back!

Books are great… and so are these web series.

So by now, everyone on this blog know’s that I’m a big reader. I love books. I’ve also fallen in love with some weberies. Primarily… online adaptations of beloved books. I figured that since I’m a blog devoted to books, y’all wouldn’t mind a post about book adaptations…right?

These are the series that I’ve watched so far and loved. Loved with a borderline obsession.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

This series has been around for a little while. It was the first major web adaptation of a book that I’ve seen. The first episode was published two years ago (which makes me extremely sad). Because it’s an adaptation, things have been changed slightly.

The sisters are Lizzie (with an ie instead of a y), Jane and Lydia. Kitty Bennet is an actual cat. Mary is a cousin instead of a sister. Lizzie is a grad student and decides to make a video diary for a project for school with the help of her bff Charlotte Lu. The diaries get a little away from Lizzie sometimes, but it’s very real feeling. Authentic. I loved it.

In the series, we don’t see Mr. or Mrs. Bennet, but we hear about them. We also never see Mrs. de Bourgh either. The characters we don’t see (and some that are introduced) are acted out by the main characters (usually Lizzie) through Costume Theater. When you watch the series, you’ll understand what I mean. Don’t be surprised if you fall in love with Darcy. I did. I almost fell for Bing too. Bing Lee… instead of Bingley. Lydia has a small spinoff channel and you’ll be able to find that as you get further along in the series.

Here’s episode one.

Emma Approved

Another Austen adaptation (from the same people that did The Lizzie Bennet Diaries). It’s a lot like Clueless (the movie) but it’s in my opinion, better. It starts off pretty slow… and things can be a little confusing. Some people in the fandom hated this adaptation. They hated the way it was set up. Emma is a life coach/matchmaker. She’s recording things that happen so that she can “document her excellence”. We, the viewers, aren’t supposed to know that the videos exist. They aren’t “in world”. I know that sounds all very confusing. I promise it’s a really great show. It just ended. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll make more episodes, but that might not happen. Just… keep an open mind and give it a try.

Here’s the first episode.

Frankenstein M.D.

This is also by the same people that did Emma and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. They also have teamed up with PBS to bring Frankenstein to life. It’s the first adaptation that they’ve done that isn’t Austen. This series has just started, so there aren’t very many episodes yet, but from what I’ve watched so far, I’m hooked. The cast is hilarious so far and I’ve already formed attachments to Victoria Frankenstein (instead of Victor) and Izzy.

Here’s episode one… just to get you started.

The Autobiography of Jane Eyre

I also loved this one. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me want to throw things. Kind of like what a good book does for me. If you loved the Jane Eyre book (or the movies) you’ll love this one. It was produced by a group of actors in Canada who loved the book. They did everything themselves and without pay. Knowing that makes it even more wonderful for me. Be prepared for lots of tea drinking and lots of weird socks.

Here’s episode one.

The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy

Okay, I love books… right? I also love Disney. Tinkerbell has always been my favorite Disney character. I have a Tinkerbell key on my keyring and numerous Tink figurines in my room. I’m almost twenty five. I’m a Tinkerbell fan and PROUD. When I found out that there was an adaptation about Peter Pan I was very excited. This series is hilarious and weird and the first season just ended. They also just finished crowdsourcing to fund season two. I don’t know when that will start, but I’m hoping soon. I’m starting to go through withdrawals.

Check it out here:

There are a few more web adaptations that I haven’t watched yet, but y’all might be interested in.

A Tell Tale Vlog — Edgar Allen Poe adaptation

The Dashwood Diaries — Based on Sense and Sensibility (not by the same people that did The Lizzie Bennet Diaries)

Enjoy!

And don’t be mad at me if you have a new addiction. Sorry!

No Strings Attached

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

No Strings AttachedPublished: August 1, 2014

No Strings Attached — Susan Andersen

This book was such a treat to read. I’ve been a little stressed the last few days because school started back (the joys of college!) and it’s a pretty intense class that I’m taking. This book offered such a great escape from all that stress. Lose myself in a book? Yes please.

I’ve read several books by Susan Andersen in the past, and have always loved her books and writing style. So when I heard about this book, I jumped at the chance to read it.

I was not disappointed.

Like I said, it was my escape from reality this last week. I did not want to put it down. I found myself reading it at work when I had down time, reading it on my phone while I was waiting for the water for my shower to heat up… I read this book every chance I got.

I loved that the book started as kind of a flash back to when Tasha and Luc first met. It set up a very solid base and a great backstory for the rest of the book. Their shared history plays such a big role in the book, and I thought the beginning was perfect. Well. Except for the spending two days in a tiny, dark, bug filled room. If you ignore that part…it was perfect.

Tasha was hilarious. She’s a redhead (okay so it’s strawberry blonde…but close enough) and she’s sassy. She doesn’t let the big brute Luc Bradshaw walk all over her or intimidate her. Even though he towers over her and has enough charisma to make her forget her name. Sometimes.

Their first interaction after not seeing each other for seven long years was the best. I can totally picture myself having the same reaction that she did. Poor Luc. He was in the dog house from the very start… and finding himself on the wrong side of a woman isn’t something that he’s used to. I loved how determined he was to redeem himself to Tasha. He couldn’t stand the thought of her hating him, so he did whatever (and I do mean whatever) he thought was necessary to convince her that he was a good guy.

The other characters in the book were equally as delightful as Luc and Tasha. Luc’s brothers (Max and Jake) each have their own story in previous books — look at me reading out of order again! — which of course have been added to my ever growing “to be read” pile.

There was a cute little side romance between two high schoolers in the book. It was very sweet, and totally a romance between teens (I almost said “youths”. Like I’m that much older than they are…). Nothing explicit happens between these two, and I won’t go into any more detail… but I loved it.

This book was just such a pleasure to read. I was sad when it was over, but I was happy to have been able to read it.

I loved all the characters, loved Susan’s writing, loved the story.

10/10 would definitely recommend.

Riding Home

*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*

Riding HomePublished: August 1, 2014

Riding Home — Vicki Lewis Thompson

I know I sad that I was going to go and read all the books in this series that came before the last book I read of hers (Riding High)… but that obviously hasn’t happened.

Yet.

This book was in my “to be read” pile… and I saw it… and then I realized that it was set after Riding High… and I had to read it. I JUST HAD TO. I’ve realized (of course) after reading this one that there is a book in between Riding High and Riding Home. Oops. Why do I even try to read books in order anymore?

I loved this book. From the start, I loved it. I couldn’t help myself.

In Riding Home…we have Jeannette Trenton and Zach Powell. Part of me at first didn’t want to like Jeannette. She’s Regan’s ex fiancé (Riding High) and the reason that she’s an ex is because she cheated on him. With his best friend. Sorry if that was a spoiler…but it’s in all of the descriptions of the last three books in the series. So it’s not exactly a secret.

So, knowing what I know about Jeannette… and knowing how much I just loved Regan’s character… I really didn’t want to like her at first. I just didn’t. I have a very low opinion of people who cheat…so I didn’t think that I would ever like her. I was wrong. I mean, I still totally don’t agree with her actions, but I forgive her (but only because Regan is with Lily now and things are EXACTLY how they should be).

Throughout the course of the book… I couldn’t help but start to like her. By the end of it, I kind of loved her even. Flaws and all. She’s spunky and southern (hello, I’m southern too), and also very sweet. She knows that she made a huge mistake with Regan and travels to Wyoming to set things right between them. Not to get back together with him, because she know’s that he’s perfectly happy with Lily now, but just to clear the air… apologize. So she takes a short weekend vacation from the law firm where she works in Virginia and heads to Wyoming to make things right. Which is easier said than done.

And then there’s Zach Powell. Former hotshot California lawyer, who is now a ranch hand on the same ranch that Jeannette is coming to visit. The same ranch that Regan’s sisters live because they’re married to some of the cowboys. Zach and Jeannette meet when she takes a break from the icy welcome she’s been receiving from Regan’s family and heads to the horse barn.

The sparks between them are intense and are immediate. There’s no denying their attraction, and after a brief conversation, no denying that they are somewhat compatible. He offers to take her into the city so that she can pick up some clothes that will help her fit in better with everyone else on the ranch. Once they’re in town… things heat up. Both admit to their attraction, and decide to give into it.

Things are never easy though, and Jeanette is only supposed to stay in town for the weekend. He is able to convince her to give up her hotel room at the local B&B so that she can stay with him in his mobile home trailer so that they can have more time together before she has to leave.

I loved their romance. It was hot and super intense, but it was also lovely. Because of their time crunch, they both knew that the time that they had together was special, and so they made the most of every moment. They both pushed the other to grow and get outside their comfort zones. It was great.

Getting to see how things were going between Regan and Lily was nice too. I need to go and read the book that’s between the two of these now…and then go and read all of the books before these.

From start to finish, I loved the book and I loved the characters. I’m happy that I was able to get past Jeannette’s past infidelities and love her too. After reading this book, I want a solar shower. For the next time I go camping. Or maybe just to have… (because let’s be serious, I’m not a camper) but only if I have a Zach Powell to share it with. 😉

10/10 would recommend.

Judgemental Kitty Problems.

I know I’ve mentioned her once or twice on here (and/or on my twitter) but I have a cat.

She’s just over a year old and she’s a handful.

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This is my sweet (mostly) Lindy. I rescued her from a shelter when she was about three months old. She was TINY when I got her… and now she’s huge. Lindy has become QUITE judgemental since turning one. I mean. Look at that face. She’s judging.

It’s almost five in the morning…and I should be sleeping. I know that. The internet knows that. Lindy knows that. She’s very upset that I’m not currently horizontal and sleeping. I’m completely blaming Game of Thrones for my “still awake” state. HBOGo wouldn’t load the episode I wanted to watch…and then it finally decided to play nice… and then I had to watch all the “behind the scenes” for ALL of the episodes I’ve already watched. Which.. y’know… takes some time. Hence the five AM thing.

So… CURRENTLY, my beloved furbaby is sitting on the ground next to my bed. Staring at me. It’s dark in my room except for the light coming from my MacBook and from my TV screen (I have to have some light on when I sleep… I’m slightly weird, okay). Basically what I’m trying to describe to you is that it’s REALLY dark in my room. Out of the corner of my eye all I can see is the reflection from the TV in her two little yellow eyes.

Of course when I turn my head to look at her, she’s got her judgy face on. If you have a cat, you know what I’m talking about. She’s just sitting there, staring at me. Judging because I’m still awake. Or maybe she’s judging because I’m awake and I won’t play with her. Either way, I can feel the judgement.

Cats. So judgemental. But also so cute and sometimes cuddly.

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