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Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! - Dr. Seuss Marvin K Mooney will probably be the last name I remember when I'm old! LOL
Dr. Seuss's ABC - Dr. Seuss I still have my 30+ year old copy of this :)
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - Dr. Seuss This is one of my favorites!
Rough Canvas - Joey W. Hill Wow! I don't even know where to start with this book. I don't think I could ever come up with words to do this book justice...If I could, I'd be a writer....It's just that good. So should I try to be serious?



It dawned on me while reading this at some point...



Now let's be clear so you're not confused...



Yeah this book really had me all tore up in about a million different ways. My emotions were running as high as my libido. This was a first for me where if you'd taken away the sex, the book would still have been good. Ok, if you think I'm suggesting you take out the sex....Well



I'm just merely pointing out the fact there is a whole lot more to the story than the nookie. Now if you were to take everything out but the sex, you would still be left with a good read ;-D Although I would suggest in investing in spare batteries.

This book seriously has it ALL!.

-Excellent writing : I was blown away by the quality
-Complex characters
-Hot Men
-Even hotter sex
-Mystery & Intrigue
As two added bonuses it has had some authentic Southern characters and my own personal top fantasy.

All I can say is you should read Rough Canvas. You're missing out if don't.

My final thoughts...



Something Dangerous - Penny Vincenzi This is the second book in the Spoils of Time trilogy and if I had to pick a favorite of the three books, this would it. This is an epic saga about the Lytton family that spans several decades and starts before WWI. This has lots of family drama and romance and told with superb writing! This series is a must read!
Here Today (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)) - Ann M. Martin I wasn't a fan of the mother in this book and couldn't completely connect with Ellie although I did pity her. So it was just OK for me.
Something Borrowed - Emily Giffin If you think you can't read about cheating/love triangles...you should give this book a try. I promise you'll be rooting for Rachel! This is a great read!
The Man Who Came Too Much - Ellie Saxx I laughed a couple of times but honestly found it pretty gross. And Rodney....well it just turns my stomach entirely :-/ Major Ewe!
Comfort Food - Kitty Thomas I've been all over the place on rating and reviewing this book. So if you gave it a low rating, I'm in total agreement with you! My rating is based solely on the fact the book was able to take my mind (and libido) in places I would normally be totally against. It was able to totally manipulate me emotionally. I know somewhere in my subconscious I was doing this



I went in blind thinking it was some type of



The answer to that would be a big fat



We have two characters in this book: Emily and the guy who's never named....Let's call him 'The Monster'....it fits. As soon as I met The Monster



I just kept thinking



It finally became clear



Then, things started getting really bad......and sexual. While everything The Montser's doing I'm thinking



and yet I'm



I guess on some level I'm thinking (against my better judgement)




I hate what he's doing and yet it's turning me on?





I really HATED The Monster. I wanted to cut off testicles and make him eat them. THEN, I found out The Monster's story.



Now I'm thinking



But I'm not sure if I do.

Emily eventually leaves The Monster and the sensible part me is saying



Yet, there's this other part of me (that is clearly insane) screaming



In the end I realized




I'm left wondering why things couldn't have went differently while also hoping for the possibility they can. I would love a second book.

Story of O - Pauline Réage, Sabine d'Estree So I'm reading a book that mentions Story of O and I realized I'd never added this book. The story is actually probably closer to a one star read for me but I had to add an extra star for the fact it was very groundbreaking for a lot of what I read today. If I've ever hated a man more than Rene in a book, I can't recall it at this time. Not a book I personally recommend for the story but when it comes to Erotica....I guess it would be a classic. So if you're one to endure the classics, give it a go!
This Man (This Man, #1) - Jodi Ellen Malpas


I HATE men who are:

CONTROLLING
JEALOUS
BROODING
SECRETIVE
OLDER
NOT FORTH COMING WITH THEIR FEELINGS

All of these would describe Jesse Ward, Lord of the Manor and yet I've found myself enamored with THIS MAN.

There is a lot going on with him we aren't made privy to. Although there are some small clues given early on to figure out two major factors about THIS MAN'S life. This is my favorite type of foreshadowing when I'm given just enough to figure some things out if I pay attention but it's not overly obvious what's going on.

I will admit THIS MAN had me seething at times from some of his behavior but it was never enough to completely put me off. At times I felt

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and I really wanted to smack him!

But he's British so he really has that going for him and at the end of the day ladies, he's

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Blue Smoke (Audio) - Nora Roberts This one was just OK for me. It wasn't my favorite Nora Roberts book. I think I prefer her series most.
I Am Her... - Sarah Ann Walker First of all

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I have to be honest here, all of my friends who read this gave it 5 stars with the exception of one friend who gave it one star but it was a DNF for her and I just don't count those. Sorry, it is my opinion in order for your rating to count with me, you need to finish the book. Now, where was I?

Oh, about the book...for me

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At around 30% I was thinking

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While the entire time this was me

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I persevered thinking it would surely get better, I mean, what about all those 5 stars??? Right??? I have trusted friends who loved it! This book was hand picked, by me, off the favorites shelf of my most compatible friend. It had to get better.....

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I'm not saying don't read this. I have several other friends who loved it. But for me, it was just

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Greed (The Seven Deadly, #2) - Fisher Amelie I just found out this is going to be a series!!!!!

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Unbeautifully - Madeline Sheehan This review is going to be very different from my usual reviews. I'm only going to share the two key points which totally made this book a 5 star read for me. I usually try to be very vague when I'm writing my reviews so I don't give any of the story away or too many details about the characters. I personally don't want to know very much going in to a book. So with that being said:

SKIP THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK

Another thing making this review very different is I won't be using gifs or pictures.....Yes, it's me, Shannon and I'm not using any gifs. I know, I know. I'm going serious on this one.

First thing I absolutely loved, loved, loved about this book was as soon as the characters realized how they felt about each other, they expressed it...in words. Because of Ripper's physical disfigurements, Madeline Sheehan could have easily had him not believing Danny could be attracted to him, desire him, love him etc. She could have gone there but thank God she didn't. I think my favorite passage from the book was when Danny told him she loved him.

"Ripper," I whispered, clinging to his neck as he carried me from the bathroom into his bedroom. "I think I love you."
Laying me gently down on his bed, he climbed over top of me and covered me with his body.
"Yeah, baby," he whispered, sliding back inside of me. "Ain't no other explanation for what a girl like you is doin' in bed with a man like me."


Did they fall in love fast? Yes. Do I have a problem with that? No. I think it happens that way for some people. It just kills me when so many of the romance novels I read, the characters fall in love and they pussyfoot around and don't express their feelings and I get so frustrated! He immediately returns the sentiment in like 3 pages, I think it may be the same day in the book. The point is, they fell in love and owned their feelings and expressed them by saying those three little words...I LOVE YOU. I seriously wanted to kiss my Kindle! It's like the Vols had just scored a touchdown against the Gators. I was overjoyed, ecstatic, elated.....bottom line, it made me happy and I was able to endure what lied ahead.

Now my second point (on why the book gets 5 stars) is where I suppose I'm setting myself up for negative feedback. Good thing I really don't care what people think nor am I concerned with opinions other than my own. This is the only book in this genre or similar genres I can recall the heroine getting pregnant and having an abortion. Now let me be clear and very clear here. I'm NOT advocating abortion. However, don't mistake my not advocating it by ASSUMING I'm against it. What a woman chooses to do with an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy is not only none of my business, it's not the governments either.

Here's the thing, I'm not suggesting every character that happens to oops....get pregnant should have an abortion, but I think other authors may be playing it safe by avoiding it all together. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, they're taking place. A total of 784,507 abortions were reported to CDC for 2009 and women in their 20s account for more than half of all abortions which is usually the age group I'm reading about. So kudos to Madeline Sheehan for keeping it real, even though this part of story honestly broke my heart.
The Fever Series 5-Book Bundle: Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning This is my all time favorite series! Jericho Barrons is my number top book beau and MacKayla Lane is one of my favorite heroines. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone. They are just that good!