The weekend went off better than the husband and I were hoping. We began Saturday morning ripping carpets out and guess what? There are only a couple of spots that need to be fixed up along with a part that was clearly an addition.
I wrapped up work on my final book for next year but I'm going back to work on the second one starting today. And guess what? It's the next Code of Honor book. Fitting considering the day.
I hope each of you take a moment out of your holiday to remember all those who have gone above and beyond to sacrifice for us throughout history. I recently discovered Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans on both sides of my family which was already steeped in veteran history.
Remember the fallen, the ones who came back home to us but have been forever changed, and thank them for everything they gave up.
Bless and have a wonderful holiday.
Who is need of a Mancrush Monday?
Hard working looks good on a man in my option. No soft hands or manscaping for this woman. Even though the husband shaved this weekend and I can now admire his handsome face.
Final edits and formatting for Bottomed Out are all done and now I'm impatiently waiting for the paperback proofs. Otherwise, I'm all set for release day next week!
I'm continuing work on my first mountain lion shifter book, reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and keeping my kids going. Oh, yeah, and this coming weekend we are going to begin restoring hardwood floors. No wonder I feel exhausted already.
That's all I have to report this week!
See you Friday.
How is it that May is already at the halfway point? Where is the time going? Not that I'm going to complain, the kids are almost done with school which will free up a lot of my time.
Ready to see what I read this week?
Okay, here we go!
I started off finishing up the Black Mesa Pack, books 1-4 by J.K. Harper. I'm a huge werewolf fan but this series wasn't much to my liking.
Guardian Wolf #1
Being a Guardian for the Black Mesa Wolf Pack meant everything to Lily Bardou. Until the night she made a fatal mistake. Since then, she's kept her wild side tightly leashed, denying her responsibilities to both her pack and her own sensual needs.
Then Kieran Rendall stalks into her life.
Kieran's wanted Lily for two long years, and he's finally done waiting. Convinced she's part of his destiny, he's back in town with a plan: to help Lily let go of the past--and to unlock her caged passions.
Alpha Wolf #2
As a Guardian climbing the ranks in the Black Mesa Wolf Pack, Sara Kenyon's life is ideal. A sexy firecracker, she's never regretted her carefree love-'em-and-leave-'em attitude. But when her one-time fling, smokin' hot Rafe Bardou, wants the only thing she can't give him--commitment--she starts to question if freedom is everything she desires.
Rafe's patience is legendary. Yet for all his strength and control, Rafe craves something he can't have: free-spirited Sara as his mate. Her red-hot kisses have eluded him for over a year, but he can't stop thinking about how they once tangled the sheets together. Now he's out of time. Her commitment to him is essential--not only for his own happiness, but for the future of the Pack.
Losing control isn't an option. But it may be the only way to convince this sweet vixen he's her alpha wolf.
Hunting Wolf #3
Caleb Bardou has a quick answer for anything that comes at him: his fists. Barreling through life, damn the consequences, has always worked for him. With dangerous rogue wolves threatening his Pack, he must be a ruthless hunter. But when a delicate little she-wolf gets in his steamroller way, he has to find a different strategy to win the unexpected battle for her body and her heart.
Each time civilized Rielle Amoux thinks about caveman Caleb, she gets all tingly inside. Yet she refuses to be flustered by a hot-headed, chest-thumping, he-man of a wolf. Except Caleb is sexier than sin, and he arouses her on a primal level--the part of her she's always denied from fear she won't be able to control it. But if she doesn't free her wild side soon, she risks losing her wolf forever....
Between vicious rogues and sweetly seductive Rielle, Caleb has his hands full. Just when he thinks he has everything under control, his trigger temper erupts again. This time, the fallout could be disastrous for his Pack--as well as for any chance he has with the sexy little wolf who might be his destiny.
Wild Wolf #4
Cowboy Tate Bardou is a successful horse whisperer with a star-studded client list. He's also a sweet heartbreaker with a panty-melting smile. As a dedicated Black Mesa Wolf Pack Guardian, his days have meaning and purpose. Despite his content life, something essential is missing from his soul. And damned if he can figure out what it is--until he meets stunning, half-wild Claire and everything falls into place.
Wild wolf Claire Amarok lives by her sharply honed instincts, leading a fiercely guarded solitary existence. Growing up without a pack, she was raised to believe they inhibit freedom. But an independent wolf leads a lonely, precarious life. Then she meets Tate, and her untamed heart is finally captured. Tate, however, is undeniably bound to his Pack--and Claire will never submit to their restrictive rules.
Yet when a dangerous wolf from Claire's past returns, Tate and his bewitching wild wolf must join forces. Otherwise, they risk losing everything...especially what matters most to them both.
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Next is Kiss King by Mickey Miller. I like Mickey's books but this one didn't hold my attention like others.
Your chest overloads with butterflies while his strong hands press your arms over your head.
You stare into the eyes of the brutally handsome Campus King as you recoil, floored from the most passionate kiss of your life.
His words to you? “Let’s just be friends.”
Um, excuse you?? Have you felt a pull so strong to be with someone that it actually…terrified you?
For me, that person is Grant Taylor: Campus King. He's tall, handsome, and thoughtful. A pre-ordained baseball god headed for the majors and a big paycheck.
Our plan to be ‘just friends’ is going perfectly fine until one fateful summer night, when the King kisses me on a balcony like I’m his Juliet.
I never thought I could melt just from a man’s lips on mine.
I never knew a mysterious man like Grant would be the one I fall for.
The more we try to stay just friends, the more he haunts my dreams.
The more he haunts my dreams, the more I want to give into temptation.
One night…I finally do.
And it’s everything.
But a romance as hot as ours never comes without complications.
When I arrived to college, I thought I knew who I wanted to be.
I thought I knew what love was.
Turns out, I knew nothing before I met Grant Taylor.
I never knew you could fall in love with your best friend.
Life will never be the same again.
Because I should have known better than to kiss the King.
Next comes Love the One you Hate by R.S. Grey. You likely know I'm a fan of hers as well. This book was entertaining, enchanting, and charming.
Nicholas Hunt is the man I hate.
For good reason.
His opinion of me is tainted by prejudice even before my arrival at his grandmother’s estate, and my first impression of him is just as abysmal.
His arrogance and icy demeanor make it clear that he’s the type of man who’s best handled at a distance.
Fortunately, space shouldn’t be an issue inside this Gilded Age mansion and its lush gardens. If I stick with the servants and he keeps to his sailboat and vintage Porsche, we should hardly cross paths at all. Unfortunately, at Rosethorn, I find that all roads eventually lead to Nicholas Hunt.
Sparks fly as we spar at the dinner table. Fighting words are flung in the shadows of the palatial halls.
We hang suspended in our hatred of one another, painfully oblivious to the heat and tension that build with every moment we’re left alone. We’re liable to kill one another, I think…right up until my eyes land on his lips and a new feeling grips hold of me: lust.
He knows it.
They say you should keep your enemies close, but when Nicholas tightens his grip on my waist and draws me near, I’m not sure if it’s out of loathing or love.
One thing’s for sure—I intend to find out.
Last but not least is Mountain Man by Jenika Snow. My hunt continues for a true blue mountain man romance. This one is a short HOT story!
I was known in town as old money but lived off the land, a present-day caveman. They called me the town recluse, dubbed me a mountain man, antisocial. It was true.
But then she came into my life and turned everything I knew upside down.
It started with Bailey getting lost in the woods and finding herself on my doorstep.
She was sweet and innocent, half my age, and I had no control when the arousal built between us that night.
It ended with me taking her virginity in a passion-filled night.
But then she was gone, and I should have gone after her, thrown her over my shoulder, and demanded she was mine.
Four years later and our paths cross again. I thought I was stronger, able to control myself, but where Bailey was concerned, there was no doubt she called the shots. She owned my heart.
She’d gotten under my skin in the best of ways, and I knew this time around, I wouldn’t let her get away.
That's all I have for the week! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes an Enemies-to-Lovers, Romantic Comedy.CAUTION: CONTAINS HOT COWBOY. Do not mix with wine. Avoid watching him do shirtless labor on hot days. SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Feeling of extreme temptation, excessive drooling over his abs, elevated heart rate, and loss of coherent thoughts when in his presence. My name is Camila Clark. And that sexy cowboy right there? The one with the devilish smile, twinkling brown eyes, and tattoos on his muscular arms? He’s Jed, the guy I turned down flat back in Texas. He just showed up here in Oregon at the winery where I work. The question is why? Not that it really matters. I have my reasons for staying away from all that manly temptation. Reasons he can’t possibly understand but seems determined to punish me for. But the more I fight him, the more I learn about this mysterious, hot-as-hell cowboy. I just don’t know how much longer I can keep pretending to hate him. The problem is, I’m technically engaged to a guy I’ve never met.
About the AuthorMIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dreams. Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.
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Mimi Jean never fails to deliver an entertaining story!
This one was laugh-out-loud hilarious at times and heartfelt in others. It was all perfectly blended to make a magnificent story with underlying themes I absolutely loved.
There is a line that truly grabbed hold of me near the end that I absolutely loved.
Look forward to her next book.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. My husband's honey-do turned into ripping our coat closet apart and the discovery of hardwood floors!
The husband can't wait to get to work on ripping out carpet and fixing up the wood. I'm going to need a better mop.
I purchased a cricut for my mother's day present and can't wait to get to work on book things.
We are entering week 7 of virtual school for the kids, three weeks left. We can make it! I'm also working on rewrites for my first mountain lion shifter book. I'm currently adding a couple of chapters.
I hope you have a great week. It's going to be chilly here.
See you Friday.
Ready for what I read this week?
Here we go!
I started off with finishing Ten Night Stand by Mickey Miller. Now, I love his other stories but this one was not for me, but maybe you'll enjoy it.
I don't need a man.
I've figured that out pretty quickly after a string of bad dates. Every one, a disappointment. Either they want to use me, or I don't want to use them. Either way, I'm over it.
But then my landlord shows up exactly when I need a man.
And a drink.
And maybe a second.
So we make a deal. No sex for ten dates, which sounds easy. Despite the biceps bulging through his shirt. Despite the tattoos I desperately want to lick-- I mean, know more about. Despite the hunger in his eyes when he looks at me.
No, it won't be easy.
It'll be really. Really. Hard.
Next up, I got an ARC of Wine Hard, Baby by one of my favorite authors, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. I loved this story and especially felt drawn to the underlining theme of it. It comes out next week!
CAUTION: CONTAINS HOT COWBOY. Do not mix with wine. Avoid watching him do shirtless labor on hot days.
SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE: Feeling of extreme temptation, excessive drooling over his abs, elevated heart rate, and loss of coherent thoughts when in his presence.
My name is Camila Clark. And that sexy cowboy right there? The one with the devilish smile, twinkling brown eyes, and tattoos on his muscular arms? He’s Jed, the guy I turned down flat back in Texas. He just showed up here in Oregon at the winery where I work.
The question is why?
Not that it really matters. I have my reasons for staying away from all that manly temptation. Reasons he can’t possibly understand but seems determined to punish me for.
But the more I fight him, the more I learn about this mysterious, hot-as-hell cowboy. I just don’t know how much longer I can keep pretending to hate him.
The problem is, I’m technically engaged to a guy I’ve never met
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That's it for the week! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and an awesome Mother's Day!
Yesterday and Saturday were perfection. The days were beautiful and we spent so much time outside that I don't think I can classify myself as ghost white anymore.
But it's rainy today so we are bundled up once more while kids do school work and I get the second draft of another 2021 book done.
In reading wise, I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. So disappointed now how the movie turned out. They took out some really good things that would have made the movie better!
My garden is continuing to grow. I have zucchini growing now and planted strawberries, a blueberry, and a raspberry bush this weekend. It feels like my own backyard oasis and I love it!
I hope everyone will have a great week!
See you Friday with some reads.
Once again, I was busy reading. Today I have five books for you. They are available on Kindle Unlimited. I'm on a mountain man fix and have yet to find a true mountain man romance I feel I can truly sink my teeth into.
First up, I have Elijah's Hope by S. Doyle. Set in Alaska, it really isn't a mountain man story, but was still a good read.
Four Alaskan Oil Riggers. One Contest. Four Blind Dates. Who says there are no more mail order brides…
I’m an oil rigger in Hope’s Point, Alaska and I have one option on my Tinder feed. We’re desperate but none of us are dating Gert.
So my friends and I ran a contest: submit your profile for the chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Alaska and a date with one of us.
Shelby is perfect. Gorgeous, funny, from a good family and studying to be a teacher. I came from the wrong side of every track, and Shelby is a taste of the sweet life I never had. I know she's too good for me, but now I'm starting to wonder: Is she really who I think she is?
I was all out of choices back home and I had to get away. A free ticket to Alaska was the escape I needed. Now I'm in the middle of nowhere with a stranger - a sexy oil rigger who's everything I didn't know I wanted. I'm falling for him, but I can't let him get too close. What will happen if he finds out who I really am?
Next up I have the Mountain Men of Liberty by K.C. Crowne. Again, I didn't feel these were true mountain men books and they felt they followed the same pattern. It was more the mystery of each book that kept me reading.
Four deliciously heart pumping mountain men and the lucky ladies who capture their hearts.
Transport yourself into the charming and magical small town of Liberty Utah, as we follow the rugged, rowdy hot and possessive mountain men in their quests to find lasting love on the peaks and mounts of Liberty.
Book One: Baby for the Mountain Man As I watch the single daddy with his baby...
I decide I don't care about the dark rumors of his past.
And when this small mountain town reveals it's own hairy secrets...
I wonder if Kellen will be the one to save it from destitution.
Book Two: Junior for the Mountain Man When Piper walked back into my life...
She woke up the beast I had locked away.
Now, men with a death wish want to harm.
I'll protect her and her baby...
And finally show my little sis's best friend...
What she's meant to me all these years.
Book Three: Knocked Up by the Mountain Man That life changing night with the big, sexy mountain man?
Turns out it's more than just a hot hook-up.
I was fuming from a review that screamed sabotage.
An altercation was on my mind but I got so much more than I bargained...
He grabbed me by my waist, moved me against his hot, sculpted chest...
And completely dominated my body and soul.
Our time together left me with a special gift.
A gift I need to protect from the demons of my past.
Book Four: Daddy's Best Friend My dad's best friend is a single daddy of twins...
And, I'm the only one who can clear his name...
I'll prove to the world there's no age restriction when it comes to lust...
Or to falling in love.
But there's one small problem...
I'll need to work up the courage to reveal my secret.
How on earth will I tell Jeremiah that his twin girls may soon have a baby to share their daddy with!?!
Content suitable only for adults ages 18 and up.
That's all I have for you this week. My search for a true blue mountain man continues.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Stay happy, healthy, and sane.