Title: To Tempt an Earl (Greenford Waters Legacy, #2) Author: Kristin Vayden Genre: Regency Series: Greenford Waters Legacy
Tempting an Earl is not for the faint of heart. Thank heavens Bethanny is anything but faint! Now, honest, perhaps–too honest, but never faint! After all, why flirt when you can tempt? And why the devil would a woman choose to swoon, when she could be kissed? Of course, she’d never try something so…honest, on anyone but Lord Graham. He’s the only one she wants. He alone has her heart. He hadn’t a clue. So it was only polite that she tell him. Now, if only her blasted guardian, the Duke of Clairmont, would see Graham as more of a suitor than his old friend. Because Graham is anything but old and most certainly not just a friend, not after that kiss, or that touch. Though, if she were to lay all her cards on the table–which any gently bred woman ought–he wasn’t completely aware it was her mouth, her lips, or her touch. But that’s beside the point now, isn’t it?
Kristin’s inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! She loves to make soap, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and gluten free muffins. Life is full of blessings and she praises God for the blessed and abundant life He’s given her.
This past weekend I ventured off on an adventure with my siblings and my brother’s girlfriend. We took two cars and thought that it would be easy to follow each other on the way up north. A few red lights and traffic and we lost my brothers car and were on our own. We weren’t worries since I had plugged in the coordinates on my Iphone for the park. A few hours later we were winding down a narrow path and my phone didn’t have any signal whatsoever. Not a good sign. The timing that it was supposed to have taken us to get there was off as well. The three of us in the car (my sister, my brothers girlfriend and myself) were starting to get worried. We ran into a guy on a tractor and he informed us that we were driving into a dead end, not the news that we were hoping to hear.
We called our brothers and informed them to turn around so that they wouldn’t make the same mistake as we did. After turning around and finding a spot where there was signal, I confirmed that we were indeed going in the wrong direction. Luckily we were only 30 minutes off the mark. Shortly after that we arrived at Massassauga Provincial Park. We signed all the forms and grabbed our canoes. You see, when we go camping, some times we don’t do the easy camping. We chose a spot that was about an hour and a half to two hours to canoe to.
It was nice going for a bit although we were racing against time. By the time we were half way there, the sun was starting to go down. It is not a good idea to be out on the water when it is dark. One of my brothers picked a random spot half way there and we camped out there for the night. It was in a beautiful open spot where we can see the water and check out the moon and stars. It was so nice to be in the middle of nowhere, having to answer to no one and just be. The only noise was the crickets and nature. Oh and lots of chipmunks. I guess they like this park a lot because we saw a lot over the weekend.
On Saturday after breakfast, we packed our things and started to venture off to our actual campsite. The way that the campsites are set up is that there is a decent distance between them and the map wasn’t the greatest. With lots of wrong turns, annoyance rising and hard peddling that led to sore muscles, we finally arrived at our site around 2 hrs later. This campsite wasn’t as good as the first, but it grew on us. We were camped under the trees and our campfire was on a big rock 30 seconds away. After eating and setting up camp, both of my brothers went off to catch some fish. They had tried from time to time between the two days but no luck.
It was so nice to get in touch with nature once again. The greenery and the surrounding water was so beautiful words cannot describe it. The sights and sounds of a forest cannot match those of a city. It was so easy to wake up each morning (no alarm clock needed). My body could tell when it was time to get up. I guess when you are exposed to more oxygen your body is more in tune? Who knows.
On one of the hikes my brother spotted two snakes interconnected to each other sitting on a rock by the water. I hate snakes so I didn’t venture off to see the sight, but my brother’s girlfriend took pictures and showed them to me. To this day I cannot stand snakes. Heck I even told all of them, I’d rather interact with a bear than a snake. Lol. We were in bear country after all. Haha.
This camping trip was a nice getaway from civilization. Although it was only a weekend, it was nice to recharge and spend some quality time with my siblings, some of which I don’t get to see to often. Despite getting lost tons of times, getting pissed off or annoyed at the lack of direction, it was so worth it. It was too bad that we got rained out on Saturday night. We were planning on doing the Moon Island Trail on Sunday morning but with the continuous rain throughout the night and well into Sunday morning, we couldn’t. Oh well. Next time. Here’s to more exciting camping adventures and exploring the different areas that surround where I live. Next stop. Sandbanks in August.
Summer Days (Fool’s Gold #7) by Susan Mallery
Publication Date: May 29,2012
Publisher: HQN Books
Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns with a new Fool’s Gold trilogy featuring three rugged cowboys who will find love in the unlikeliest of places.
Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to-the Castle Ranch in Fool’s Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could have prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he’s finding Heidi-and life as a cowboy-much more compelling than he wants to admit.
For Heidi, the Castle Ranch is the home she’s always wanted. After a life on the road, the vivacious blonde has finally put down roots. She won’t give that up without a fight, not even for a man whose late-night kisses make her yearn to be a little less…wholesome.
As the two turn from passionate adversaries to passionate, period, they’ll discover that summer love can last a lifetime.
Personal Thoughts: This is book #7 in the series and let’s just say that it wasn’t my favorite. The plot starts off with Heidi and her grandfather, Glen being accused of stealing money from May, to help out a friend who was in need. It is not a small chunk of change either ($250,000). They can hardly afford daily bills much less being able to pay her back. The whole sordid mess gets even worse when Heidi’s lawyer tells her to sleep with May’s son, Rafe.
Although the characters were favorable, the plot line didn’t make a lot of logical sense and that put me off. The sub plot romances of Rafe and Heidi and May and Glen were done very well and I enjoyed that aspect. Despite that there was a lot left to be said that could have been improved. There was a lot of repetition and apologies that didn’t really add anything to the story and really irritated me.
Overall it was an entertaining read that continues the story of Fool’s Gold. However, it is not a book that I would read a second time. Hopefully the next book in the series is a lot better than this one was.
Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
Title: Bronagh (Slater Brothers, #1.5)
Author: L.A. Casey
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Series: Slater Brothers
Publication Date: August 15th, 2014
Bronagh Murphy has been through a lot over the past few years, a hell of a lot, so when her 21st birthday rolls around all she wants to do is relax and spend the day with her family. Quietly.
Her boyfriend, Dominic Slater, doesn’t do relaxed or quiet. He never has, and he never will. He plans out a day for Bronagh that is both romantic, and exciting. However, Dominic’s version of exciting is very different to Bronagh’s as she will soon find out.
When things take a turn for the worst, and a bad altercation leaves Dominic once again fighting for his girl, Bronagh will have to decide once and for all if she will fight in Dominic’s corner or walk away and never look back.
Bronagh loves Dominic, and what Bronagh loves, Bronagh protects.