It's been a while since I've read any historical romance. I gave up on them for a while because every heroine I...more*I received an ARC copy via Netgalley*
It's been a while since I've read any historical romance. I gave up on them for a while because every heroine I came across irritated me to no end. It was like every author went out of their way to make them stubborn as a mule and TSTL.
I didn't know what to expect when I requested In Bed With A Rogue, but I was sure that I was going to have the same issue with the heroine as I usually do. I was very pleasantly surprised to find a heroine who wasn't TSTL, and I was overjoyed when the author put her in several situations when it would have been easy for Helena to act stupidly. And then she used her head and communicated with her friends! She was very independent and intelligent and while she didn't let Sebastian run roughshod over her, she also didn't act stubborn just for the sake of it.
Sebastian has to be one of my all-time favorite heroes. He is a very sweet man who cares very deeply for his family and isn't afraid to show it. He has a wicked sense of humor and I loved hearing about his past antics. He was the absolute perfect hero to match with Helena.
The absolute best thing about this book was the communication between the two characters. They discussed their feelings and their fears. It made their love more believable and real for me.
The only problem I have is that the book's synopsis makes Sebastian sound like a scoundrel who uses Helena's secret to get her in bed with him, and that may be off-putting to some people.
Definitely a book I would recommend for people who love historical romance. (less)
I received a copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
There are some very neat projects in this book. The instructions are well don...moreI received a copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
There are some very neat projects in this book. The instructions are well done and easy to follow while also having a lot of in-depth information. I thought I'd try them out, but I think I'll start with something a bit easier when I finally begin making some baskets.
I received an ARC copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.
I've read a lot of shifter romances, both M/F and M/M. I've come to love shifter s...moreI received an ARC copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.
I've read a lot of shifter romances, both M/F and M/M. I've come to love shifter stories, but they're not always unique enough to hold my attention. I had high hopes for this one, especially after reading the first chapter. Oliver's flight and his injury had me curious for more. Bastian's gentle nature and their first meeting really interested me and I began to get invested in their characters.
And then it just fell flat. The characters didn't develop any further and there was no story arc. The situations the characters were placed in were forced and unrealistic. And not much happened. I don't mean sexytimes. There was plenty of that and I ended up skipping them eventually. Been there, read that.
I wanted more tension, more character development, and more of a plot. This one just didn't do it for me. (less)
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I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I love the idea of quick knits that I can mak...more*I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley*
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I love the idea of quick knits that I can make with my leftover stash yarn. Even better if they can be gifts for someone else. I found the patterns in this book a little...lacking. I just wasn't in love with any of the patterns or the photos of the finished result. It would probably be better for someone who likes to make small knick-knack items or someone who has kids. I'd rather spend my time on something that inspires me. (less)
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For a few years now I've been reading everything I can get my hands on about natural healing a...more*I received an ARC copy of this book through Netgalley.*
For a few years now I've been reading everything I can get my hands on about natural healing and foraging for wild foods. I think it is something that is important to know. Our ancestors knew it...they lived by it. I think it's a shame that not many modern people are connected enough to the land that we know where to turn for food in case our supply runs out. Until a few years ago, I had no idea that I was living in an area with a bounty of wild foods literally right outside my door.
I've run across a lot of books in my search for information and I can say that this one ranks pretty high in terms of quality of information and pictures. There were several things I've never heard of before (madrone bark tea!), as well as more information on plants I regularly gather (salal, chickweed, purslane). There is a wealth of information in this book and it is one that I will most likely buy for myself some day. It is definitely worth a look if you are interested in foraging in California. (less)