Posts Tagged ‘Romance’

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Looking

October 30, 2014

Over a month ago, I started a book blog called Sultry, Steamy Reading. For all intents and purposes, I really did want the blog to grow in readership. I wanted to be a part of an online community whose members liked the same kinds of books I read.

 

For those who don’t know me too well, I love to read. I could stay up the whole night reading. I could finish one entire book in a night’s worth of reading. However, I consider reading my escape and stress reliever after all those hours of working hard and being in front of a computer. Therefore, I read mostly romance novels. I mean, I like all kinds of books, but the romance genre has given me what I  look for when I’m lying in bed and still awake way past my bedtime. It has given me a kind of satisfaction that I haven’t found in other genres.

 

That’s what I wanted for SSR. I wanted to find a group of book bloggers who read similar books as I do. I would say that I am halfway successful in getting the blog out. The twitter account I created for it has been getting messages and favorites from published authors. Its followers consist of authors, book tour companies, and other book bloggers. The blog stat is good. There’s still a long way to go, but it’s pretty good for me right now.

 

Which brings us to this moment. I realized that I may need another book blogger to share the blog with. There are just so many books to read out there and I won’t be able to keep up. At this rate, I’d be so behind that the books I put up won’t be new books anymore. I wish I had friends who were also into the romance genre as I am and also into blogging as I am. I also wish I’d meet a new friend online, and that we’d click, and we can set up SSR together.

 

Oh well, if you happen to come by this blog and read this and know of someone, please do refer them to me. I’d really like to expand my horizons, and I’m looking forward to meeting fellow book geeks.

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Review: The Frenchman’s Marriage Demand

January 4, 2014

The Frenchman's Marriage Demand
The Frenchman’s Marriage Demand by Chantelle Shaw
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I don’t understand the appeal.

A man makes you his mistress, sleeps with you day in and day out, ruthlessly throws you out when you tell him you’re pregnant and rejects your baby, but the minute he steps back into your life, you become a putty?

Freya is woman who has no backbone. Zac is a man who does not deserve any respect. The vasectomy thing does not excuse his behavior. I have read similar plots from the Harlequin Presents line. However, this particular book was just bordering on an extremely rude hero and an unbelievably weak heroine.

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Review: A Hunger for the Forbidden (Mills & Boon M&B)

December 23, 2013

A Hunger for the Forbidden (Mills & Boon M&B)
A Hunger for the Forbidden (Mills & Boon M&B) by Maisey Yates
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Matteo Corretti is probably the most conflicted character I’ve read in the Harlequin presents line.

Yes, he has seen things and done things that not every man in this world has had to do, but come on, has he ever heard about the term “move on”? Apparently not. I also didn’t like the way he was too cruel to the heroine.

Alessia, the heroine, on the other hand, must be a developing masochist. It’s unbelievable how she falls more and more in love with a man who can be very cruel to her. And this is supposed to be about love.

The only thing I like about this book was the white knight/real man distinction. It took a a while for both of them to realize they’ve been holding on to their ideas instead of getting to know the real person they were married to.

I may be weird like that, but I just did not feel the love between the two of them. I was not completely disappointed, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped I wold.

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Book Review: Find You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters

November 25, 2013

Find You in the Dark (Find You in the Dark, #1)Find You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I don’t understand. This book has an overall rating of 4+ something on Goodreads. Why?

I definitely did not like this book.

The characters were the same people I’ve read about on many other books. On this book, though, they weren’t written to be more interesting. At all.

The heroine, Maggie, started out really great. I liked her right away. I disliked her just as fast. For someone who started out as a strong character, she ended up as a wimp, becoming too focused on the boyfriend who had way too many issues.

How can people mistake something very destructive as love?

I guess that’s how first love is supposed to be. However, don’t people realize that first love should be all about the experience, the highs, the good stuff. Anything this deep or massive or complicated really does not give a good influence or impression.

I don’t understand why a lot of readers liked this book. For me, it’s just a bit too ambitious. Plot was not getting anywhere. Conflict was not really interesting. Characters were all over the place. Lots of typographical and editing errors.

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Book Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

October 9, 2013

WallbangerWallbanger by Alice Clayton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book.

It has been a while since I read a book that made me laugh and feel like I was part of the clique.

Caroline, the heroine, was not at all like any girl found in fiction. She seemed like a real person, a practical romantic. A girl who could stand on her own, travel alone, and still enjoy the liberties of the modern world.

Simon, for all his harem’s worth, was a real enough guy who snores and eats a lot.

The friends were really great people. It makes you, as a reader, wish that you had friends like the ones in the book.

The chemistry was amazing.

The way that Alice Clayton wrote this book was different from the rest, which sets the book apart.

I think I found a new favorite author.

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Let The Sparks Fly

December 21, 2009

Is there anybody who does not want to always have sparks flying in his relationships? When we are in love, when we are with someone special, we always want to feel that amazing feeling of being in love. We want only the good times. Even petty fights are appreciated sometimes because they make patching up so much sweeter. The question is, what are other ways which can maintain the electricity running through our veins right now?

Familiarity often breeds contempt. So how do we avoid that, or is there even a way to do so? The answer is a great-sounding yes. Even if couples have been together for a long time, there are so many ways where they can keep the chemistry going. I’m going to list just a couple of things that might be helpful. Everything else is already up to your imagination.

1. Together, listen to songs that get you in the mood. You may check out “I Wanna be Your Lover” by Prince, “Boogie On Reggae Woman” by Stevie Wonder, or “Let’s Get It One” by Marvin Gaye.

2. Shower together on a workday.

3. Save the last day of vacation to be at home together. Don’t tell anybody that you’re back, and savor more private moments at home.

4. Indulge in dirty texting during a boring meeting at work.

5. Always give away compliments.

6. Sit in the last row of the movie theater. This gives you a lot of chances to make out stealthily while watching the movie. The excitement brings a rush.

7. Sleep naked on Sundays. Saturdays, you may both be too tired from partying while Fridays still give you a hang over from the work week.

8. Always say good night.

9. Surprise your special someone by doing something that only the two of you know about.

10. Find excuses to be naked whenever you’re alone together.

11. On a lazy Sunday night, ask each other kinky questions to get to know each other more.

12. Be a little selfish in bed. Focus, even just a little, on your own pleasure. If you don’t do so, your partner won’t know how good he’s making you feel.

13. Watch steamy movies together. You may try Soul Food (with Mekhi Phifer and Nia Long), Stealing Beauty (with Liv tyler), and Sex and Lucia (with Paz Vega and Tristan Ulloa).

14. When on a vacation, try spending a lot of time wearing only the hotel bathrobes. Better yet, wear your sexiest lingerie as often as you can.

15. Ladies, take control. Men like to be taked advantage of.

16. Go commando every now and then.

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