It took me a little while to warm up to the H/h in this book: The hero and the flake. They weren't the usual type of characters I am used to reading....moreIt took me a little while to warm up to the H/h in this book: The hero and the flake. They weren't the usual type of characters I am used to reading. The "fake" engagement storyline was pleasant enough, but at times the writing style was awkward and choppy.
Overall, you won't be disappointed with another edition to the Uniformly Hot SEALs series, especially when Aiden gives an ultimatum to Sage:
"Sex between us is going to be mind-blowing," he said, his words low. His eyes were like fire, so hot and tempting as they looked into hers. "It's going to be so good, you'll never forget it. You'll never get over it. It's going to be addicting sex. Make-you-come-in-ten-years-just-at-the-memory-of-it sex."
The only reason I didn't give this cookbook five stars is because it lacked the nutritional values for the recipes. I'm beginning to think this may no...moreThe only reason I didn't give this cookbook five stars is because it lacked the nutritional values for the recipes. I'm beginning to think this may not be important to Paleo enthusiasts. However, those values are important to a large number of people that cook.
This is a very colorful book. I like that it had a picture for every recipe; rarely, do you find that in a cookbook. Before delving into the recipes, Ms. Walker briefly explains the ingredients and equipment used with cute illustrations. The Recipe Index has two sections. The first Index lists the recipes in the same order as the chapters, and it includes a small picture of the same. The second Index is the traditional listing. Also included in the back of the book are sections on Menu Suggestions, Resources, and Conversions and Substitutions.
I didn't try any of the recipes in this book, but I know just from reading it that Hubs and I would like well over 75% of them.(less)
This is a large and heavy, hardback book. It is also full of nice, colorful pictures to go along with the recipes.
The cookbook starts out with a brie...moreThis is a large and heavy, hardback book. It is also full of nice, colorful pictures to go along with the recipes.
The cookbook starts out with a brief introduction to the Paleo lifestyle. Good information here - don't pass this up. However, I feel this cookbook may be for the advanced/diehard Caveman. Not for me. I love crockpot cooking and practice it regularly, but I didn't feel some of these recipes would transfer or substitute well (ie: using beef instead of lamb).
Also, when you use this book in the kitchen, be prepared to use a sturdy cookbook holder.(less)
The story centers around Johnny, an undercover cop at Cafe Outre, and Frankie, a burlesque dancer. Frankie's BFF, Cookie,...more Reviewed at Bitten By Romance
The story centers around Johnny, an undercover cop at Cafe Outre, and Frankie, a burlesque dancer. Frankie's BFF, Cookie, was jumped and beaten right outside of the club one night. When the police fail to investigate the crime, Frankie takes matters into her own hands. This gives Johnny the perfect opportunity to work along side of Frankie and investigate the Chinatown underground at the same time.
The Devil's Playground is a serialized romance. It does not end with a HEA. Not even close to a HFN. I would say it closely resembles a work of gum-shoe serial fiction.
I have no idea when this takes place and this is very frustrating. No one uses a cell phone, and Johnny drives a motorcycle. Still, that doesn't give me a frame of reference. Without knowing a time frame or era of some sort, it's very hard to place these characters.
When Frankie and Johnny meet, they call each other "Slim" and "Steve", respectively, in a verbal sparring. Oh, great! If you, Dear Reader, are not familiar with classic B&W films, you will have no earthly idea what this is about. Not only that, these names are used interchangeably with the "real" ones through the entire story. Talk about annoying.
At one point during their investigation, Frankie takes Johnny to a decaying part of town to talk to someone. Once they get there, Frankie starts talking with this person in stanzas from classical literature. However, this is suppose to be a romance book, not Classic Lit 101 where I'm interpreting Poe, Longfellow, Browning, or Nietzsche. Yes, I did google a few of the lines out of curiosity.
Because sexual intercourse takes place in the story, according to BBR guidelines, I have to rate this book 3 Flames, Sex with Details, R Rating. Although, personally, I would give it 1 Flame All Show, No Heat. I cannot say any more without giving HUGE spoilers.
Frankie and Johnny have skeletons in their closets. It is brought up time and again. It's the BIG reason Frankie isn't able to let herself get close to Johnny - her dark and terrible secrets. There were plenty of references to the "past", but nothing concrete. The tale ends the same way it began.
The Devil's Playground contains brief scenes of interracial f/f.
I have been looking for a cookbook/recipe book on smoothies because they are something I want to incorporate into my daily nutritional needs. And this...moreI have been looking for a cookbook/recipe book on smoothies because they are something I want to incorporate into my daily nutritional needs. And this one is exactly what I have been looking for.
Yes, the expense of adding the "optional" superfoods to the smoothies may lighten your wallet. But then I'll be having these delicious and healthy smoothies instead of the sugar/fat/carb empty calorie laden foods I would have spent the money on anyway. A win/win situation for me!
The book is full of color pictures with easy to follow recipes. Anything and everything you would need to know about making a smoothie, the ingredients, the basics, about the superfoods, or even making your own nut and seed milks is contained here.
I had borrowed this book from my local library, but after reading it - it's to my local B&M store to make a purchase! (less)
Like any "dummies" book, this one is laid out in such a way that it doesn't need to be read strictly from beginning to end. You can skip around, read...moreLike any "dummies" book, this one is laid out in such a way that it doesn't need to be read strictly from beginning to end. You can skip around, read what you want, or just skim chapters. While I don't embrace the total package of a paleo lifestyle, I found this "diet" to be one that I could incorporate into my life.
LIVING PALEO FOR DUMMIES is just that - it's the total lifestyle package. A few of the item the book covers include nutrition, exercise, sleep, shedding toxins, sunshine and water. This book is a good primer for anyone wanting to learn about the "caveman" diet.(less)
It goes without saying: All of the chocolate used in the recipes listed in this book are a type made by the Hershey Company. Of course, you can substi...moreIt goes without saying: All of the chocolate used in the recipes listed in this book are a type made by the Hershey Company. Of course, you can substitute whatever brand you may have in your kitchen cabinet.
Even though the recipes seem dated, they are clear and concise. The cookbook is full of pictures; which makes this book even more appealing. Any true chocolate lover should be able to find more than a handful of recipes here that are sure to delight!
Mr. Aslan has put a great deal of research into this book. Granted, he hasn't discovered anything new. What he has done is produce a text of informati...moreMr. Aslan has put a great deal of research into this book. Granted, he hasn't discovered anything new. What he has done is produce a text of information that is easier to read and understand than the usual published works of the same. For some, it will be new discoveries; while for others, it may be a "retelling" of what they already know.
Anyone who has ever picked up a Bible and actually read it, will recognize the biblical references. However, if said person/s hasn't done any further research or reading on Jesus of Nazareth or Jewish history/customs/faith, eh, they may be at odds with this book. However, reading ZEALOT just for the "historical" content is a worthy gesture.
Ms. Aslan uses many references (historical, biblical and traditional), but the book doesn't get bogged down and drag with them. The end of the book contains a chapter of Notes; which are just that - detailed notes on each chapter. Also included is a lengthy Bibliography. My blessing and curse: It leads me in more reading directions.
There were many passages/sections in the book I marked with my famous post-it note flags. It's hard to pick just one to share. Since this text is written concerning Jesus, the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Christ, the Savior, I find this will suit:
The problem for the early church is that Jesus did not fit any of the messianic paradigms offered in the Hebrew Bible, nor did he fulfill a single requirement expected of the messiah. Jesus spoke about the ends of days, but it did not come to pass, not even after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and defiled God's Temple. He promised that God would liberate the Jews from bondage, but God did no such thing. He vowed that the twelve tribes of Israel would be reconstituted and the nation restored; instead, the Romans expropriated the Promised Land, slaughtered its inhabitants, and exiled the survivors. The Kingdom of God that Jesus predicted never arrived; the new world order he described never took shape. According to the standards of the Jewish cult and the Hebrew Scriptures, Jesus was as successful in his messianic aspirations as any of the other would-be messiahs.