Monthly Archives: April 2020

Thursday’s Post

In 2016, Agents H and High T of the Men in Black travel to Paris to stop an invasion of the Hive—a parasitic race who invade planets by merging with the DNA of the conquered species—at the Eiffel Tower using a wormhole included in the original migration to Earth. Twenty years earlier in 1996 Brooklyn, Molly Wright witnesses her parents being neuralyzed by agents of Men in Black while she helps an alien escape, avoiding neuralyzation herself. Twenty-three years later in 2019, as Molly attempts to gain employment to the secret organization through the CIA and FBI, they are confused and assume she is delusional when she spoke about aliens. Molly finally catches a break by tracking down an alien landing and following MIB agents to their headquarters in New York City. Caught entering the agency and almost neuralyzed, Molly makes an impression on Agent O, arguing that she has proven her skills and has no life outside her search for the agency and the fact that she found them. She is then awarded probationary agent status as “Agent M” and assigned to the organization’s London branch.

There, M meets High T, head of the London branch, and Agent H. M learns about H and T’s past; H has since developed a God complex, unconcerned with his duties and only keeping his job due to High T covering for him. M arranges for herself to be assigned to assist H in his meeting with Vungus the Ugly, his close friend, and alien royalty. During their night out with Vungus, they are accosted by mysterious alien twins able to manifest as pure energy. These energy aliens fatally injure Vungus; before he dies, he hands M a crystal stating H has changed since they last met and can no longer be trusted. After being placed in front of High T and almost neuralyzed for allowing Vungus to be assassinated, M points out that few people knew Vungus’s location, and that he was likely betrayed by one of the agents present when High T assigned H to guard him. Nervous at the possibility of a mole within MIB, High T assigns Agents C and M to conduct an investigation while H is placed on desk duty, with evidence suggesting that the alien energy twins had DNA traces of the Hive.

H convinces M to join him in following a lead to Marrakesh. There they discover a small being who is the last survivor of a small group of aliens attacked by the energy twins; with his queen killed, he pledges loyalty to M, who names him “Pawny”. Walking in the streets, they discover agents were sent to arrest M and H, coordinated by C, who was given recovered video footage of Vungus passing the crystal to M and believes she is the traitor. With the aid of alien contacts Nasr and Bassam, H escapes with M and Pawny on a rocket-powered bike where they crash and land in the desert. There they learn that Vungus’s crystal is an ultimate weapon powered by a compressed blue giant star. As they attempt to repair the damaged bike, Bassam (hidden in a water canteen) steals the weapon and takes it to Riza Stavros, an intergalactic alien arms dealer and H’s ex-girlfriend. After traveling to Riza’s island fortress near Naples, the trio attempt to infiltrate the base but are caught by Riza and Luca Brasi, her second-in-command. M realizes Luca is the now-adult alien she rescued as a child after saying the line he told her before disappearing; he returns the favor by allowing them to leave with the weapon while he is keeping Riza contained. The three are then cornered by the energy twins demanding the crystal for the Hive; as they prepare to attack, a group of agents, including High T, emerge from the tree line and destroy them.

Although the case appears solved, H and M review the evidence and realize that the energy twins’ phrases of doing anything to save their planet suggests they required the weapon to use not as their allies but against the Hive, especially when the only evidence of Hive DNA was provided by High T. They discover High T has deleted the case file and the weapon is missing from evidence. C also realizes High T’s deception and informs H and M that High T is in Paris. As they travel to the wormhole, M’s questioning of H’s memory of the Hive’s defeat reveals he was neuralyzed. High T reveals himself as the converted mole of the Hive and activates a wormhole to draw them to Earth. However, H is able to draw out High T’s true self long enough for T to relinquish the ultimate weapon, allowing M to acquire and activate it. High T, the wormhole, and the Hive infestation trying to reach Earth are destroyed.

With the truth and tragedy of High T’s assimilation into a Hive spy exposed, Agent O joins H and M in Paris, where she grants M full agent status in New York and appoints H probationary head of MIB’s London branch. Before M leaves for New York, she takes one last road trip with H back to London, where she has ‘gifted’ Pawny to H to keep an eye on him.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ not as good as the first one, but definitely better than the next couple.

Another good day. Yoga in the morning, caught up with family and friends on phone and whattsapp. Weather kept quite a few people in today. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

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Books I read in April 📚

Earth Bound (A sisters of the heart series) Sea Haven Novel book 4. By Christine Feehan 📖

The missing piece by Marie Lavender TRC 👩🏻‍💻
Magick & Moonlight (Magick series) book 1 by Marie Lavender TRC 📱
Suddenly Enthroned (The Royals) Book 1 by C.R. Riley TRC 📱

Air Bound (Sea Haven Series) Book 3 by Christine Feehan 📖

Darkest King (Lords of the Underworld) book 15 By Gena Showalter 📖

Rebound (Curvy Seduction Saga) book 1 by Aidy Award 📱

Rebellion (Curvy seduction Saga) book 2 by Aidy Award 📱

Reignite (Curvy Seduction Saga) Book 3 by Aidy Award 📱

(Curvy Seduction Saga Box Set) with bonus stories (Rejoice and Revel) by Aidy Award📱

SOULS OF MAGIC by GA Lungaro TRC 👩🏻‍💻
Chasing Ginger by Marie Lavender TRC 📱
TO WIN A WICKED LORD (A Shadows and Silk novel) by Sofie Darling TRC 👩🏻‍💻
Brenda Novak One Perfect Summer TRC 📱
Hooked on You by Cathryn Fox TRC 👩🏻‍💻

Stolen by the Fae: Paranormal Romance (Fae’s Claim Book 1) by Laxmi Hariharan 👩🏻‍💻

📱Read on my phone 

📖 Read an actual Book 
👩🏻‍💻 Read on my Kindle
🎧 Listened to an audiobook 
TRC (The Reading Cafe) a blog I guest review on. 

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Hooked on You by Cathryn Fox

Description…….

I’m a bookworm, a mathematician, not the kind of girl a hot lobster fisherman would notice.

Until he did.

I’m not in small town Nova Scotia to hook up. I’m here to settle my grandmother’s estate and sell the B&B, which I soon discover has been overrun with seasonal fisherman and operated on the honor system. The hard-core fishing folks become an instant family––the one I never had. Then there’s the blind pet cow, who has a crush on my hot fisherman, Nate. Okay, technically he’s not mine. I have no desire to get reeled in.

Until I do.

Soon, the little town grows on me, and the fisherman? It’s not long until I take the bait and we’re playing house at the B&B. Things are looking up.

Until they aren’t.

Rumors about a new plant and jobs being in jeopardy start swirling around town like a nor’easter, and all the signs point to my guy being behind the scandal. Should I give him enough line to play it out and learn his true intentions, or cut and run before I’m hooked?

My Review ……. 
 You know in an action movie, when the hero just saved the day and everything goes into slow-mo as he walks toward the heroine, to emphasise the guy’s sexiness? Cue the big finale kiss, right? When they ride off into the sunset, have you ever sighed happily and thought,  one day, that’s going to happen to me? Yeah, me neither.”
Have to admit not my usual read. But I really enjoyed the book.
Had a few laughs, a blind pet cow had me chuckling. And Eddie the horse, I loved that creature and if there are more stories I hope he features. 
Kira is not cut out for small town living, so she needs to sell the B&B that she’s inherited and get back to her own home. She loves her job, and can’t wait to get back, but being rescued by a hot fisherman is the highlight of her quiet life. And is he flirting with her? 
Nate is the hot fisherman that saves Kira from being mowed down by a runaway horse. He catches lobsters and is happy to trade them for other items. He’s fascinated with the woman he’s just rescued, a little strange, but in a fun way. But he’s not interested in starting something, he wants to finish his deal and move on. It’s not common knowledge yet, and he’s not sure of the reception the new packing company will receive, so he has to tread carefully.
Nate and Kira both tell this story, and it’s good to get both sides. Kira feels guilty that she hasn’t been back for a while, but it won’t stop her from selling the B&B. Nate can’t understand why she would want to sell. But he’s hiding something from her. 
Hoping we get a few more books, there were many characters that needed a story. Really well written, the characters were really good, secondary characters were entertaining as well. And the little town was so well written I had no problem conjuring it up. Kira was great to read, a nerd who loves her job, not many social skills, but that doesn’t stop her from flirting with Nate. 
And Nate is a nice guy, so if he’s so nice, why not tell the town he’s opening up a new company? He’s also looking to move on, so does he need to slow down and enjoy the scenery. 
So will they get together? Or will Kira sell up and leave? Can Nate persuade her not to sell? He’d like her to stay, but will she? And what happens when she finds out his secret? Will she help or will she hinder? 
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Wednesday’s Post

Tyler Rake, a black-market mercenary and former Australian Special Air Service Regiment, is recruited by fellow mercenary Nik Khan to rescue Ovi Mahajan Jr., the son of India’s biggest drug lord Ovi Mahajan Sr., from Dhaka, Bangladesh because he is held for ransom by Bangladesh’s biggest drug lord, Amir Asif.

Whilst Rake is in the process of extracting Ovi from his kidnappers, Saju, a former Special Forces soldier and Ovi’s father’s chief henchman, attempts to bring the boy back, doing so in fear of his family being killed and in order to avoid paying the substantial ransom money, which neither he nor Ovi’s currently incarcerated father can afford. Elsewhere, Asif calls for an immediate lockdown of Dhaka.

After escaping Saju and the corrupt police and elite force, both of which are controlled by Asif — Rake and Ovi encounter Farhad, a boy who wants to prove himself to Amir by killing Rake, and his gang. Rake fights off but does not kill the boys. They are later picked up by an old friend and retired former squad mate of Rake’s living in Dhaka, Gaspar. Taking the pair to his home, he and Rake catch up before Gaspar leaves and Rake takes food upstairs to Ovi. The two talk about Rake’s six-year-old son who died of lymphoma. When Gaspar returns home, he tries to convince Rake to give up Ovi and reveals to him that Asif is actually his friend who he cannot betray. He and Rake fight and Ovi finds the two mid-fight. Gaspar starts to explain and approaches Ovi but Ovi ends up shooting Gaspar twice and kills him. 

Rake phones Saju and asks for his help, forcing them to team up against the police and elite force in order to escape Dhaka. Rake draws attention away from Saju and Ovi as the two make their way through a bridge checkpoint. Rake makes his way back towards the bridge along with Khan’s extraction team of mercenaries as Asif watches from afar. During the ensuing firefight, Saju is sniped by Asif’s colonel who is then in turn sniped by Khan. Rake continues to cover the extraction and is severely wounded in the shootout. He instructs Ovi to run towards an awaiting helicopter and continues firing with the intent to follow. Ovi watches alongside Khan as Rake makes his way towards the helicopter, only to be shot in the side of the neck by Farhad. Rake drags himself to the side of the bridge and falls over the barrier into the river. Ovi, Khan and the extraction team escape to Mumbai, India.

Eight months later, Asif is killed by Khan in the washroom of a restaurant. Ovi jumps into his school’s swimming pool and as he surfaces sees a white man watching over him, possibly Rake.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️a really good film.

Just to mix it up a little I did a five minute fitness program I found on sky. I also did my yoga.

Tonight was suppose to be family quiz night, sadly it didn’t work!

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Tuesday’s Post

After being put on a supposedly uninhabited island as a form of behavioral rehabilitation, a high school senior finds that he is not alone on the island, and that getting discovered could be deadly. ⭐️⭐️⭐️has a good premise, but boy as good as the trailer led me to believe!!

A better result with yoga today. I was also taken with the thought of tai chi, but let’s not run before I can walk.

A wet day, but at least the footfall was less.

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Monday’s Post

For over three years, Tom Winters (Cary Grant) has been separated from his wife and their three children: David (Petersen), Elizabeth (Gibson), and Robert (Herbert). The film begins as he returns home from Europe following his wife’s death. The children want to stay in the country with their mother’s wealthy parents and her sister Carolyn (Hyer), but Tom takes them to Washington, D.C., where he works in the US State Department.

The children resent their father, who spends the days giving them historical tours of the Washington sites. One evening, Winters takes the children to a classical outdoor concert, which clearly bores the children. We see Cinzia for the first time watching the orchestra from the side wing. Cinzia then argues with her father backstage before escaping through a window onto the lake behind. She takes a rowing boat where Robert suddenly materialises, having also run away. They go to a funfair on the other side of the lake. Robert has money for pizza but Conzia does not, she cheats him out of a slice by “showing him how to eat it correctly” She then compensates for this by winning him a harmonica on one of the side shows. She is enchanted by little “Roberto” and his harmonica. When she brings him back home, Tom offers her a job as a maid, unaware she is the daughter of a famous Italian orchestra conductor. Due to her love for the children she accepts.

Carolyn offers Tom and the children her old guest house. This is to me moved on a trailer to a new location. However, while the guest house is being towed down the road, it hits Tom’s car, just as it straddles a railtrack. No-one listens to the children pointing out the bigger problem and the guest house is struck by a train. The tow-truck driver, Angelo Donatello (Guardino), feels guilty, and sells Tom his leaky, run-down, old houseboat.

Once moved in, Tom discovers that Cinzia is unable to cook, do laundry, or even make coffee. Carolyn and others incorrectly assume that Cinzia’s relationship with Tom is sexual, while Cinzia innocently wins the affection of Tom and the children. Meanwhile, Tom spends his evenings with Carolyn (who has left her husband), who is secretly in love with him. On the 4th of July, she tries to embarrass Cinzia by selecting a gaudy dress for Tom to buy for her, but Cinzia transforms it into an elegant evening gown. She looks so beautiful in the gown that Angelo, a confirmed womanizer, cancels a date with her, in fear of falling in love and proposing to her.

That evening, Carolyn arrives at the boat with Captain Alan Wilson (Murray Hamilton) and his wife. Alan, who is somewhat drunk, jokes about Cinzia’s living arrangement with Tom and slaps her on the behind as she serves drinks. She calls him an ill-mannered lout and throws a drink in his face before going to her room to cry. Tom asks Alan to leave the boat, but Carolyn takes Alan’s side, following which Tom asks all three guests to leave. David cheers Cinzia up, and they make plans to go fishing, but Tom ruins David’s plans by inviting Cinzia to the country club dance. Once there, Tom reconciles with Carolyn, and they agree to get married. As he dances with Cinzia, he finally realizes he is in love with her, but she learns of the proposal, becomes upset, and runs away. Tom catches her and breaks it off with Carolyn. A little while later, David unhappily finds Tom and Cinzia passionately kissing in a rowboat. The movement of the rowboat rings a bell in David’s room and he covers his ears.

The children do not want Tom to marry Cinzia. David calls her ugly, Robert rejects her as a mother figure, and Elizabeth wants to continue sleeping in Tom’s bed with him. Discouraged by this, Cinzia returns to her father, Maestro Zaccardi, but Tom follows her and she accepts Tom’s wedding proposal. 

The wedding takes place on the houseboat. Carolyn serves as maid of honour. The children initially refuse to participate in the ceremony, but as it begins, Elizabeth and David join Tom and Cinzia at the altar, and Robert joins them, playing “Here Comes the Bride” on his harmonica.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ love this film. A classic.

I managed a little of my yoga video today. Pleased with my efforts, will definitely try to continue.

Got dressed as well. Going to try a more positive mental attitude.

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Random Thought

Ok. I need to get a few things done on this blog.

1. I still have my African Adventure to finish on here!!

2. Thought I’d put other previous holidays on here.

I have a few craft projects that need to go on here.

So that’s my plan for this week……. I’ll review at the end of the week 😝

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Sunday’s Post

It’s the end of the week. May is almost in sight.

I got a gift the other day. So I thought I’d share it with you.

Trying to get a little normality as of next week. So no more pyjamas all day. And less tv. Going to get to grips with yoga for beginners.

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Saturday’s Post

Don’t you love it when you can’t find your post!! I put them on at the beginning of the week, and I just add a few things at the end of the day. But this particular post decided to hide from me!!

and thank you for liking my posts, it means a great deal to me.

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

Stolen by the Fae: Paranormal Romance (Fae’s Claim Book 1) by Laxmi Hariharan

Mine to protect. Mine to claim… She is MINE

DANTE…..

I’m a trained assassin. Enlisted by the Fae Corps and instructed to kill, there is no place in my life for a fated mate.

Then Gia crashes into my life.

Flashing eyes,

luscious lips that beg to be kissed.

One whiff of her sugary scent and I know she is MINE.

But she’s human, and no way can she withstand the barbaric mating practices of the Fae.

I am too lethal,

I should stay away.

When she takes the hit meant for my target, I cannot let her die.

So I do the only thing that will save her life…

I form a soul-bond with the unconscious human.

I want to make her bend to my will.

I hadn’t reckoned with craving her emotions, her feelings. Her love…

When she breaks out of my lair, I will do anything to get her back.

This time I will make her submit her all…

This time she cannot escape,

Gia is MINE

Note: Stolen by the Fae , is a standalone paranormal romance novel, and the first in the emotional and exciting Fae’s Claim Series.

Features a snarly, possessive, FAE male, intense love scenes, and a twist that will keep you gasping for more…

Publication date 7/9/2019

https://amzn.to/3gSxjkd *

My Review……

Gia is a human agent, in fact she’s the first human to be inducted into the Shifter Bureau of Intelligent. She’s going to set the trend, if she can prove herself, she will set the way for more humans to join.

Dante is a Fae assassin, charged with killing the new Fae leader Amara, she wants to form alliances with many other forms of life, that’s not the Fae way, so she’s got to die. The Fae Elders don’t want alliances, they think themselves superior to all other forms of life.

Killing Amara won’t be a problem, the problem comes from a human shield that stands in the way of the bolt of energy that was aimed for Amara horrified, Dante grabs the human female and teleports away…..

Dante and Gia have a lust at first sight meeting. A hot moment has them almost forgetting their assignments, almost. But Dante recovers quicker and leaves Gia wondering why.

Dante knows she’s his mate, but it’s not the right time. But when is ever the right time? And when they meet again at the inauguration of the new fae leader, Dante almost kills Gia. So he does the one thing he really shouldn’t do, he does a soul-bond with her. Tying her to him forever.

Watching him fight his feelings for Gia was interesting, he knows who she is to him, he’s torn, a loyal solider, a good assassin, and now that’s all thrown away, all because of her!! He is an arrogant male. Totally conceited, a male you just want to smack. But as he gets to know her, it fun to watch her wrap him around her finger.

I have to admit, the book is good, some of the dialogue is a little cheesy and a little cringeworthy. But it’s a solid story, the characters are great, I could imagine the hunky Dante with no problem. And the other characters that were in this book were well fleshed out.

The action scenes I felt could have been a little better. And maybe less sex (it goes on chapter after chapter!)

It’s the first in a five book series. I’m hoping we get to see Amara with her own story and that fiery dragon shifter Jessica, who is Gia’s friend gets one too.

A new author and series is always a shot in the dark. And told by the first person, not always my favourite type of book.

But for most of the book I enjoyed it. Alpha males who fall hard and fast, and kicka$$ females who don’t back down.

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Friday’s Post

So today I would have been going to a penguin experience. It had been booked by my family for a Christmas present. Sadly it’s been cancelled ☹️I’ve been told it will be honoured, and I can go visit the penguins once we are allowed out of lockdown. So something to look forward to.

Wednesday’s Post

A new series on Netflix….. it’s got two seasons to watch.

Mike Colter stars as Luke Cage, a former convict with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin who now fights crime and corruption. Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard also star, with Mahershala Ali and Erik LaRay Harvey joining them for season one, and Mustafa Shakir and Gabrielle Dennis joining for season two. Development of the series began in late 2013. In December 2014, Colter was cast as Cage, to appear first in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, with Coker hired as the showrunner in March 2015. The series is filmed in New York City, looking to replicate the unique culture and atmosphere of Harlem.

All episodes of the first season premiered on September 30, 2016. They were met with positive reviews. In December 2016, Netflix renewed Luke Cage for a second season, which was released on June 22, 2018. Following creative differences between Netflix and the series’ writers during the development of a third season, Netflix canceled the series on October 19, 2018.

When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city. After clearing his name, Cage becomes a hero and celebrity in Harlem, only to encounter a new threat that makes him confront the line between hero and villain.

I have a new fabric softener (not exciting usually) and it smells lovely. So spent most of the day doing washing. Bedding now smells like a large vase of strawberry scented Lilies) 🌺

I’d planned to go through my blog, tidy it up, and sort new topics. I instead sat in the garden and read!

Phoned and chatted to family and friends through the day.

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

To Win a Wicked Lord (Shadows and Silk) Book 4 by Sofie Darling  
Description…… 
 Lord Percival Bretagne is used to playing games. He survived being a spy for a decade using his wits alone. But that was just life and death, now he’s playing for the most important prize of all—love. 

He’ll Stop at Nothing . . . 

Ten years after his family gave him up for dead, British spy Lord Percival Bretagne is back home, but his mission is far from over. Playing the aristocrat in London gambling dens and at country house parties is just a cover for Percy’s real quest. He’s hunting the man who stole everything from him—his family, his marriage, even his identity. And this time nothing, and no one, will stand in his way.

She’ll Risk it All . . . 

But one night with Isabel Galante changes everything. She’s willing to gamble a woman’s most intimate prize in order to save her imprisoned father, but she didn’t expect a devilishly handsome opponent with a dangerously attractive wicked streak. Isabel would do anything for her family, including betraying Percy, but she has no idea that she’s stumbled into the middle of a decade-long quest for revenge.

Who Will Win in the Game Called Love? 

Percy has been betrayed before, and now the man who destroyed his life is using Isabel to strike again. With the fate of the government and his new life in the balance, he’ll have to keep Isabel seductively, scandalously close. They begin a passionate game of truth and lies, deception and dalliance, uncovering the heart of who they really are and realizing that winning might mean losing what matters the most—each other.

My Review….. 

Although it’s from a series, they all read as standalones. 
Percy has been a spy for ten long years, it’s something he’s good at, and he likes it. But he wasn’t always a spy, his past is an interesting one, and we get to see glimpses of it through the story. But we get the full story near the end of the book. 
He uses people to his advantage, and has no conscience, it’s for the good of the country (well that’s his excuse) and when an opportunity to return to England presents itself, Percy takes it with both hands. He’s going to end this game once and for all. He lost everything once, he’s not prepared to lose again. But Percy also has a dark side, an addiction to the chase, can he simply give up this spy game and become a Lord once again? 
Isabel is a seamstress, but blackmail has her pretending to be a prostitution. She has to win to keep her family together, but meeting Percy throws it all into chaos. I liked Isabel, she had deep family loyalty, but when she meets Percy, she’s torn, does she do as her blackmailer wants? Or can she find a way round this mess, and have Percy and her family? 
This is basically a mystery/romance. The main characters are very well written, both have a sense of duty, neither will be taken for a fool, both have been let down in the past. Liked the premise of the book, usually a period romance had the female role as a simpering fool, a weak minded simpleton. But Isabel is more than that, she has a brain, and it’s fully engaged at all time’s. 
Percy is your usual rogue, but he has a hidden side, and that becomes more evident the further you get into the book. 
Scenes are well written, the romance side is steamy and it rolls at a steady pace. 
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Tuesday’s Post

The Monster Squad is a 1987 American comedy horror film directed by Fred Dekker (who also wrote and directed Night of the Creeps) and written by Shane Black and Dekker. Peter Hyams was one of the executive producers. It was released by TriStar Pictures on August 14, 1987. The film features the Universal Monsters (re-imagined by a team of special effects artists, including Stan Winston), led by Count Dracula. They, in turn, combat a group of savvy kids out to keep them from controlling the world.

The Monster Squad is a club of pre-teenagers who idolize classic monster-movies and their non-human stars. They hold meetings at a tree-clubhouse in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Club leader Sean Crenshaw (Andre Gower), whose younger sister, Phoebe (Ashley Bank), desperately wants to join the club, is given the diary of legendary monster hunter Dr. Abraham Van Helsing (Jack Gwillim), but his excitement abates when he finds it is written in German. Sean and the rest of the Monster Squad—his friends Patrick Rhodes (Robby Kiger), Horace (Brent Chalem) and Rudy (Ryan Lambert) — go to visit an elderly man, known as the “Scary German Guy” (Leonardo Cimino), actually a kind gentleman and a former concentration camp prisoner, to translate the diary.

The diary describes, in great detail, an amulet that is composed of concentrated good. One day out of every century, as the forces of good and evil reach a balance, the otherwise indestructible amulet becomes vulnerable to destruction. With the next day of balance happening within a few days, at the stroke of midnight, the kids realize they must gain possession of the amulet and use it — with an incantation from Van Helsing’s diary — to open a wormhole in the universe and cast the monsters into Limbo. As shown in the film’s prelude, Van Helsing had unsuccessfully attempted this one hundred years ago in order to defeat his old adversary Count Dracula (Duncan Regehr); his apprentices then emigrated to the United States to hide the amulet, where it was out of Dracula’s immediate reach.

Nevertheless, Dracula seeks to obtain the amulet so that he can take control of the world and plunge it into darkness. To this end, he assembles several of his most dangerous and monstrous allies: The Mummy (Michael MacKay), The Gill-man (Tom Woodruff Jr.), The Wolf Man (Carl Thibault), and in addition, three school girls (Mary Albee, Joan-Carrol Baron, and Julie Merrill) whom the Count transforms into his vampiric consorts. Dracula then steals a crate from a B-25 Mitchell in flight, containing Frankenstein’s monster (Tom Noonan), thus completing his army. However, Frankenstein’s monster is reluctant to aid Dracula, and wanders into the forest where he encounters Phoebe. Rather than being afraid, she shows him the kindness he has always sought, and they become friends. After Phoebe proves to the Monster Squad that Frankenstein’s monster is not evil, he chooses to help the boys instead of Dracula. The Wolfman (Jonathan Gries), when reverting to human form (Jonathan Gries), is a recalcitrant follower of Dracula, and has been making calls to the police about the forthcoming carnage, which are dismissed as prank calls.

The amulet is buried in a stone room beneath a house that Dracula and the other monsters now occupy and where Van Helsing’s diary was found. The secret room is littered with wards which prevent the monsters from taking it. The Monster Squad break into the house and acquire the amulet and narrowly escape Dracula’s grasp. They confer with The Scary German Guy who informs them that the incantation must be read by a female virgin. As midnight approaches, the Squad makes their way to a local cathedral to make their last stand. Meanwhile, Dracula destroys their clubhouse with dynamite, drawing the attention of Sean’s father, Police Detective Del (Stephen Macht), who has been charged with investigating the strange occurrences in town (as caused by Dracula’s cohorts), but remains quite skeptical about their supernatural causes until he sees Dracula in person.

Unfortunately, the doors to the cathedral are locked, so the incantation must be read on the stoop, leaving the Squad vulnerable. They enlist Patrick’s beautiful elder sister Lisa (Lisa Fuller) to help them, as she’s the only virgin they know. However, the incantation fails since Lisa is actually not a virgin anymore. As the monsters close in, the Squad deduces that Phoebe must complete the task of opening the portal, and the German Guy attempts to help her read the incantation as the rest of the Squad fends off the monsters.

In the ensuing battle, Dracula’s consorts, the Mummy, the Gill-man, and the Wolfman are defeated. Dracula arrives to destroy the amulet when Frankenstein’s monster intervenes, impaling him on a wrought-iron cross. Phoebe finishes the incantation, opening the portal which begins to consume the bodies of the monsters. Dracula, still alive, attempts to drag Sean in with him. Sean impales Dracula with a wooden stake as Patrick grabs Sean before he can be sucked into the portal; then Van Helsing appears, having briefly escaped from Limbo gives a thumbs up to Sean on a job well done, and pulls Dracula to his doom. As Frankenstein’s monster is drawn into the portal, Phoebe holds onto him and pleads for him to stay. Knowing he doesn’t belong on Earth, Frankenstein’s monster lets go of Phoebe’s hand, but accepts her gift of a stuffed animal to remember her by. The portal then closes, ensuring the world’s safety.

In the aftermath, the United States Army arrives on the scene, having received a letter from Squad member Eugene (Michael Faustino) earlier on asking for their help against the monsters. When the confused General fails to make sense of the situation, Sean steps forward and presents the man with his business card, identifying himself and his friends as “The Monster Squad”.

Another sunny day. Managed a little time out in the garden reading. Caught up with family and friends.

It was also my son’s birthday, we had a family chat. Then we had a family quiz, it was a lot of fun. Lots of laughs. We sang to him as well. My granddaughter as usual had to have the last word.

Hope you had a good day too.

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Monday’s post

Watched a classic movie this afternoon.

The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film co-produced and directed by Richard Donner from a screenplay by Chris Columbus, based on a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. In the film, a band of kids who live in the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, attempt to save their homes from foreclosure and in doing so, they discover an old treasure map that takes them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate. During the entire adventure they are chased by a family of criminals who also want the treasure for themselves.

Facing foreclosure of their homes in the Goon Docks area of Astoria, Oregon to an expanding country club, a group of children who call themselves “the Goonies” gather for a final weekend together. The Goonies include optimist Mikey Walsh, his older brother Brandon, the inventive Data, the talkative Mouth and the overweight klutz Chunk.

Rummaging through the Walshes’ attic, they come across a 1632 doubloon and an old treasure map purporting to lead to the famous pirate “One-Eyed” Willy’s hoard located somewhere nearby, whom Mikey considers to be the original “Goonie”. The kids evade Brandon and make their way to an abandoned restaurant on the coast that coincides with the map; Brandon soon follows alongside Andy, a cheerleader with a crush on him; and Stef, Andy’s friend. The group quickly discovers the derelict restaurant is a hideout of the Fratelli crime family: Francis, Jake and their mother Mama. The Goonies find a tunnel in the basement and follow it, but Chunk is captured by the Fratellis and imprisoned with their deformed and immensely strong younger brother Sloth. The Fratellis intimidate Chunk until he reveals where the Goonies have gone, and begin pursuit. Chunk is left behind with Sloth, but befriends him. After Sloth frees both of them, Chunk calls the police and he and Sloth follow the Fratellis.

The Goonies evade several deadly booby traps along the tunnels while staying ahead of the Fratellis. Finally, they reach the grotto where Willy’s pirate ship, the Inferno, is anchored. The group discovers the ship is filled with treasure and they start filling their pockets, but Mikey warns them not to take any on a set of scales in front of Willy by considering that to be their tribute to him. As they leave the ship, the Fratellis appear and strip them of their loot. They make the Goonies walk the plank until Chunk arrives with Sloth and distracts the Fratellis long enough for the Goonies to jump overboard. The Fratellis proceed to grab all the treasure they can, including those on Willy’s scales; this triggers another booby trap that causes the grotto to cave in. With Sloth’s help, the Goonies and Fratellis barely escape.

The two groups emerge on Astoria’s beach, where they reunite with the Goonies’ families and the police. The Fratellis are arrested, but Chunk prevents Sloth from also being taken; he invites Sloth to live with him, which he accepts. As the kids describe their adventure to their parents, Mikey discovers that his marble bag, filled with gems he took from the ship, had not been taken by the Fratellis. Mikey’s father triumphantly rips up the foreclosure papers, declaring they have enough money to negate the foreclosure. As the Goonies celebrate, they see the Inferno, having broken free of the grotto, sailing off on its own in the distance.

Spent a little time in the garden reading today. Caught up with family and friends over the phone. Did the usual bit of housework and got washing on the line as it was a windy but warm day.

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Sunday’s Post

Now it would have been my mums birthday today. But sadly she’s not here.

It’s also my sons birthday in a couple of days time, but with this lockdown I won’t be celebrating with him. But we are hoping to do a family FaceTime chat.

Plenty of reading today, and a late night chat with my sisters to wish my mum a happy birthday.

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Book Review 📖

Earth Bound (A sisters of the heart series) A sea Haven novel. Book 4 by Christine Feehan 

Description……. 

After escaping from a cult, Lexi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body–it nurtured her soul as well. But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again, and claim her. Then her nightmare came true.  

Lexi was discovered and threatened—only to be suddenly saved by a stranger. He is Gavriil Prakenskii, and he’s awestruck by the woman he’s rescued. She is destined for him. He can feel it in his soul. But how can Lexi find happiness with a man steeped in secrets and shadows, one intimately acquainted with violence, and whose very love could be the death of them? 

My Review ……. 
Must admit this is my favourite book in the series. 
Lexi is the youngest “sister of the heart”, trauma from her past made her into the scared mouse most people see. 
But most people don’t know of her past, and she doesn’t share. But she’s fiercely loyal, and there is nothing she won’t do for her family. She loves the farm she owns with her sisters. She works mainly on her own, but she likes it that way. The bond she shares with the earth is a strong one, crops, flowers and shrubs all grow better under her careful care. 
She thinks she’s safe, but can someone that was targeted be really safe? She was taken as a child, her family killed, so that she could be “married” into a new family. Beaten and abused, Lexi managed to escape, but her past has caught up with her!!! 
Gavriil is another Prakenskii brother, injured and forced to lay low (the last book, we found out that he’d been gravely injured protecting someone) but he’s found out that someone is targeting his brother’s, so he’s going to draw them away from the farm, he’s willing to lay his life down for his family. He knows only killing and living in the shadows. Finding this young woman on the farm throws his life and control into total chaos. 
The book focuses on the couple really well, Lexi has been mentally and physically abused, so instant sex and passion wasn’t going to work in this book. Gavriil is older than Lexi, so at first I didn’t think it would work, would it trigger her memories of her “husband”? So when the author concentrated on the relationship between the couple, rather than the sex, it made for a better read. 
Plenty of fight scenes, lots of humour, and some really touching scenes between Gavriil and Lexi. Loved the way his brother’s looked out for Lexi, (including warning him away) they also had a few funny moments with their brother. 
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Saturday’s Post

A cold and damp Saturday morning had me nursing a cup of coffee, debating on what I should do today. I decided to clean and sort the library today…… I got nothing done, but I did find a few more books i need to read and review, so not a total waste of my day 😉 and on that note I spent most of my day in bed reading.

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Friday’s Post

It’s almost the weekend……

An it’s already almost mid April. Let’s keep fingers crossed we get to socialise before the UK weather changes 😉

Keeping in daily contact with family and friends is a great way to keep in touch, it’s not the same as in person, but to just chat their day and yours definitely helps. So make sure you chat to at least one person a day.

Stay safe 💋

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Book Review 👩🏻‍💻

The missing piece by Marie Lavender 

Description….. 

When Alyssa wakes up in a strange place at school, she can’t remember what happened the previous night. A new friend, Justin, offers to help her out. As she makes discoveries that force her to accept a different reality, she finds herself drawn to Justin for a number of reasons.

Can the biggest mistake of Aly’s life turn into the promise of new love?

My Review….. 
Alyssa wakes with no memory of the previous night. It’s a scary situation, what the hell happened to her? 
She’s told by a young man that she was drinking plenty and went upstairs with a man! Fear races through Alyssa (was she attacked?) but Justin assures her that wouldn’t have happened, and walks her back to her dorm. She’s not the type of girl to do shots, and certainly not the type to go upstairs with a man. And why can’t she remember? 
Alyssa and Justin start on a journey to find out what happened to her. But what I find difficult to understand is why….. 
Why would someone who usually does drink, who doesn’t party, who usually stays in her room and study, go out? 
It’s a short read, and one I didn’t want to end, I think it could have been made into a full story. I thought it was going to be more of a mystery (well that’s what the background led me to think) what we got was a romance! 
It’s a fast paced read, but with lots missing I felt a little lost! Will it lead to a fuller story at some point? I do hope so. 
So do you find out why? I guess your going to have to read it to find out. 😉
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Thursday’s Post

Bartok, an aging nobleman, watches over his estate—a vassal kingdom to a great empire. Protecting the Bartok clan is Commander Raiden and his elite soldiers, who also serve Bartok. Raiden is surprised when Bartok tells him he is to be his heir, and gives him a sword. The empire has become corrupt and the evil minister, Geza Mott, humiliates Bartok by beating him with a stick for failing to provide an adequate bribe, until Bartok retaliates—which is treason against the crown. Bartok is put to trial where he speaks openly of his disdain for what honour has become in the empire. He is sentenced to death and Raiden is ordered to execute his own master. Bartok’s estate is divided and the Bartok clan is disbanded. Geza Mott suspects Raiden will demand vengeance, and has his trusted warrior, Ito, watch Raiden to ensure there is no possibility of revenge.

A year passes and Raiden is now a drunk. Geza is still highly fearful of Raiden’s wrath and demands half his father-in-law Auguste’s, troops to safeguard him while he completes construction of his newly fortified estate, with more soldiers than the emperor’s own security detail. Geza is eventually promoted to First Council to the Emperor who chides Geza for his behavior and obsession with Raiden. Raiden’s wife, Naomi, couldn’t bear to be with him as he had fallen so low, with Raiden even selling his sword for more drink and is hated by his own men for killing Bartok. When Bartok’s virgin daughter is offered to Raiden in a whorehouse, he shows no concern for her but leaves the premises. Geza finally lets his guard down and stops watching Raiden. It is now revealed that Raiden and the Bartok clan soldiers sacrificed everything for the illusion of a complete defeat, and have been waiting for the right time to group and together regain the clan’s honour by avenging their master’s death.

Raiden’s men have been working in secret, building up contacts and connections, and gathering intelligence about Geza’s estate—even secretly altering his estate to help them in their cause. As Raiden’s men infiltrate the estate, Auguste, who is a trusted old friend of Bartok’s, has secretly made a pact with Raiden to help him, in exchange for Raiden’s help to free his daughter from her marriage to Geza Mott. Geza has always mistreated Auguste’s daughter which, along with Bartok’s execution, causes Auguste to see that his vicious son-in-law has no honour. As part of their plan, Auguste helps smuggle Raiden’s youngest man, Gabriel, into the estate ahead of time. Raiden and his men successfully infiltrate Geza’s estate, are discovered, and need to face a large number of soldiers.

Raiden’s men fall one by one as they enter deep into Geza’s estate. Ito takes responsibility for his complacency and duels with Raiden. Ito’s sword fails and Raiden kills him. Ito’s remaining men surrender out of respect for Raiden’s victory. Raiden breaks into Geza’s bedroom and decapitates him as Geza makes a failed attack of his own. With Geza dead, Raiden’s surviving group rescues Bartok’s daughter and tells her that Bartok’s honour is restored. When word reaches the Emperor, he discusses with his council on how to deal with Bartok’s soldiers, who caution him against the risk of turning the people against the crown. They realise that the public view Geza’s death as a righteous one, and widely support the Bartok clan. The council advises that any judgement should restore their honour, rather than make them martyrs. Raiden asks that he be the only one executed for Geza’s death, an idea that Auguste relays on his behalf.

The crown publicly admits the righteousness of the Bartok clan, but also reminds the crowd that killing a high council member is still the same as an attack on the emperor and Raiden is next to be executed for his defiance. Before his execution, Raiden charges Lieutenant Cortez to take control of the surviving Bartok clan. In a flashback, he sees Naomi one last time to apologise for her suffering before making peace with his own life, Naomi having left him as a willing part of the plan. Raiden lowers his head with his eyes closed, and as the executioner draws his sword back, Raiden’s eyes suddenly open wide and the screen goes to black.

Thought about work today. It would have been a delivery day, so in my head I ran through my morning. Yup I nailed it 😉 got a little rain, glad i went out earlier to bring the washing in.

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Wednesday’s Post

Is it weird that you get excited because you get to put the bins out?! 😉

I’m actually looking forward to checking and looking at my junk mail and the mail that you usually just throw in the bin 🤣

The usual daily chores. Chatting to family and friends. Reading and reviewing. And watching a little tv. Spent a little time in the gardening this evening, enjoying the sun and weeding. We have wild flowers growing in the garden, so making sure I don’t pull them up thinking they are weeds. The rose bushes are beginning to grow, can’t wait to see the flowers.

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Book Review 📖

The Darkest King (Lords of the Underworld) Book 15 by Gena Showalter


Description…… 

To become a king of the underworld at long last, William must resist an irresistible beauty—or a curse will ensure his end…

A merciless prince feared by all…

Cursed by a vengeful witch, William of the Dark will die if he ever falls in love—murdered by the woman who steals his heart. His lone shot at redemption is a book filled with indecipherable code. Break the code, break the curse. Now, centuries later, he’s condemned to a string of one-night stands…until he finds the only woman in the worlds able to set him free.

A rare creature of myth and power…

One of the last living unicorn shifters, Sunday “Sunny” Lane works from the shadows as a cryptanalyst, on the run from assassins and poachers. Then the darkly seductive William abducts her, holding her captive in Hell. The closer they get, the more she hungers for his touch…and the stronger a mystical desire to kill him becomes…

But which desire will prove stronger—lust or death? And who will give in first?

My Review 
This is the book that everyone has been talking about. We’ve known William since the first book. Playboy, killer, protector, and misunderstood demon. But not the demon part, through the books, William has grown, in fact, I’d say the series was all about William and every character he met along the way got a story. The last few books have made it mate about him than the main characters. 
We’ve found things out after each book…. 
We’ve added more backstory to William’s life. And we have seen him grow as a lord. 
And to be perfectly honest, I was glad he next got to be with Gillian. She wasn’t for him, never was, I didn’t see it, not even when they first met. 
I loved Sunny. She was just what William needed. And the twist, that was amazing. I did have to chuckle, not the shifter or demon or human or even deity that I assumed William would end up with. 
The dual personality that Sunny displays was ideal for William. Her killer nature was blood thirsty enough to contend with William’s. But the unsure, the shy part to Sunny was the right balance for William’s protective streak to show through. 
The banter these had between them was funny. The caring moments they shared warmed my heart. And Gena knows how to write a love scene. 
So William needs a decoder for his book (long ago a witch cursed him) if he can decode the book he will find answers to all the questions he’s had for so long. And maybe he will find his happy ever after. Because until the curse has been broken, William won’t find love. 
Sunny is an assassin and decoder, she’s on a mission to destroy the poachers hunting her race, and then it’s onto the destruction of the nine princes of hell. 
Finding the code is all William wants, but after spending time with Sunny, he wants his forever, and this crazy shifter is just the one to give it to him. 
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Monday’s Post

A cloudier start to the day. So plans to do washing and hang out on the line had been put on hold for the next couple of days. I think the weather is about to drop in temperature.

Caught up with a few housework chores. Read and reviewed. At the moment I’m pretty up on my reading challenge I set for myself. I also browsed the internet for a few topics.

I’ve also found the rest of my trip to Africa, so I’m going to put the rest in here. I also thought I’d put my trip to Las Vegas, Rome and Malta on here. That should keep me busy for a few days 😉

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Book Review 📱

Magick & Moonlight (Magick Series) Book 1 by Marie Lavender 


Description….. 

[**New edition, complete with a new scene!]

Love spells are dangerous, even more so for those who cast them…

Ethan Hamilton moves to a lazy little town in Oregon, hoping to escape his demons. Instead, he discovers a woman dancing nude in the moonlight. This woman who claims she is a witch dazzles him with her sensual presence. He thinks she’s crazy, but what if she’s not? 

Jessie Anderson has been taught that her kind hides who they really are. And she has a problem on her hands. Someone knows her secret and she must do all she can to protect herself. What other choice does she have? Jessie casts a spell on a good man, a man with whom she can’t fight her attraction. The spell doesn’t work quite as planned. 

Messing with free will is always a bad idea.

To top it off, Ethan’s treatment of her is so addictive. Deep down, she knows the effects will wear off, and yet his feelings seem genuine. It’s just a spell…right?

My Review…… 
A short story that might lead to a new series? 
I had fun reading it, it’s hard to pack enough information into a short read, too much and your ending the story too abruptly. Not enough, and you have to fill the empty pages (usually with sex!) 
Ethan comes across a young naked woman dancing in the woods “cue smut”, but what we got was not what I expected….. 
Jessie is a witch, she is out in the woods doing what she loves, hearing a noise she confronts her watcher. They share a kiss, (short story remember) and both are attracted to one another, it’s not until she gets home that reality hits!!! What’s a witch to do? Cast a spell of course…. She can’t have Ethan telling the town she’s a witch, that could lead to all sorts of things. But spells being spells …… 
It’s a fun read. I liked where this was going. Think it could have made a decent full length story. Wanted a little more. Loved the characters, but couldn’t get too involved, before you know it, the story is done!! 
Tracking the author down on good reads I see there is indeed a new story. It tells us of Ethan and Jessie in the future. 
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Sunday’s Post

Had a good Easter Sunday. Sat in the garden early this morning, listened to nature.

Got to chat with family and friends. Watched as my granddaughter organised a family group chat (which turned into fun chaos) read a little.

And although I didn’t visit my daughter, my husband took up a few things to add to her grave.

I hope you all had a reasonable day.

#makingthemostofthissituation💜

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Book Review 📱

Suddenly Enthroned (The Royals) Book 1 by C.R. Riley 

Description…… 

It is a long-standing tradition that a Royal marries the person who was been chosen for them by those that believed they know best. Which would have probably been the case for King Antonio, if he hadn’t become King before he had the chance to do just that. 

While he was determined to not wed out of obligation, like those before him had done. He planned to marry for love instead. It had been his intention long before he found himself as King, he had expected to have at least five more years to win that argument with his father. Now he is the first King in the history of his kingdom to be without a Queen.

King Antonio remains unwed for longer than anyone considered acceptable. The reason he is about to allow those who believe it is time to rectify that, attempt to secure him suitable wife. That is until he meets Larkin Cross, an architect who will be traveling to his country to do some historical restoration for his family and country. 

Larkin had no idea who Antonio was when she first met him; therefore, she treated him like he was just a man, rather than a King. Something that had never happened to him until that very moment, and it was exactly what he found he liked most about her. 

Now Antonio is determined to risk it all for love. He knows it will not be easy; that he will face off with those who believe it is wrong to break tradition. However, Larkin is his only hope to provide him a life that will be unlike any other, giving him the strength to fight for her.

Will love win, or will those powers fighting against him prevail? 

My Review …… 
This is a new series, not sure where this series will take us, but this book tells us about the new king. 
Antonio thought he had five years to accomplish his tasks, to become a good king and when it was time, to find a wife that will rule by his side to love him for the man, and not the King. But that wasn’t to be, sadly his father died and Antonio became the King.
Larkin loves her job. Restoring historical buildings is her passion. 
She was accepted into the master’s program at UIC for architecture. And her love of architecture was born. Larkin has ADHD, (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness hyperactivity and impulsiveness.so learning was always a little difficult, as was her social life, but that never stopped Larkin. 
And after the death of her best friend, she was determined to make him proud. Now if she gets this job, it will cement her career. 
Antonio knew where he was going, I felt like he had a good head on his shoulders but, to find love instead of obligation? We all know a Prince is suppose to marry for position, so how will Antonio get around it? 
Loved most of the secondary characters, love/hate the stepmother, Antonio’s siblings were a lot of fun to read. Larkin I felt made the book, her lack of filter was a breath of fresh air, to say what you feel instead of what your brain says must make for a refreshing change. 
But I couldn’t help but feel something was missing. Maybe a little more passion wouldn’t have gone amiss. It felt a little cold.
But i Loved the way Larkin spoke to Antonio, she never treated him any differently, not even after she found out who he was. His musings to himself were a little off putting, but once I’d gotten use to his way of thinking and acting, it made a little more sense.
It read like a movie script rather than a book. Lots of background, lots of history pertaining to the family. The wording felt a little stilted and stiff. Not usually a fan of the characters narrating the story, but I could see where the author was going with it. And why she did it. 
I’m hoping the brothers get books. 
So will Antonio get his wish? Will he marry for love and not duty? And how will Larkin react once she knows Antonio really is the king of his castle? 
It’s a fun read, it’s a short read. And it made a change to read it from the man’s point of view as well as the female’s. 
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Saturday’s Post

Another weekend starts, and another weekend in isolation. Keeping busy with housework and chatting to family and friends, the usual.

But I miss the interaction with them. Being silly with my BFF, just chatting and watching tv. It’s taken for granted, and when it gets taken away we try to fill our time. So the invention of the mobile phone and the internet in this case is a life line. You can connect, it’s not the same, but we still keep in touch.

So if anyone who follows me and their not a friend, please reach out. I’d like to hear from you, if you don’t have anyone to talk to then I’m here.

Take care. Stay safe. And reach out.

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Friday’s Post

It’s the start of a four day weekend in the UK

It is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. So why is it called Good Friday?

According to the Bible, the son of God was flogged, ordered to carry the cross on which he would be crucified and then put to death. It’s difficult to see what is “good” about it.

Some sources suggest that the day is “good” in that it is holy, or that the phrase is a corruption of “God’s Friday”.

However, according to Fiona MacPherson, senior editor at the Oxford English Dictionary, the adjective traditionally “designates a day on (or sometimes a season in) which religious observance is held”.

The OED states that “good” in this context refers to “a day or season observed as holy by the church”, hence the greeting “good tide” at Christmas or on Shrove Tuesday.

In addition to Good Friday, there is also a less well-known Good Wednesday, namely the Wednesday before Easter.

The earliest known use of “guode friday” is found in The South English Legendary, a text from around 1290, according to the dictionary. According to the Baltimore Catechism – the standard US Catholic school text from 1885 to the 1960s, Good Friday is good because Christ “showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing”.

The Catholic Encyclopedia, first published in 1907, states that the term’s origins are not clear. It says some sources see its origins in the term “God’s Friday” or Gottes Freitag, while others maintain that it is from the German Gute Freitag. It notes that the day was called Long Friday by the Anglo-Saxons and is referred to as such in modern Danish.

It also says that the day is known as “the Holy and Great Friday” in the Greek liturgy, “Holy Friday” in Romance Languages and Karfreitag (Sorrowful Friday) in German.

And now the religious debate …….

Do I believe in God? I use to as a child. But as I’ve gotten older I question it. And after losing both my daughter and mother, I definitely don’t.

People have said “it’s god wanting them back” well I wasn’t ready, and I’m still not.

I think a lot of people use this time to be with their families, but do we really need an excuse to be with our loved ones? So after this quarantine period, let’s hope we all make time for each other.

Watched the world go by this morning, and it was a lot busier today than it has been for the last few days. Watching the news was depressing (well no more than usual) watching the disregard people have for both each other and the law!! I’ll never understand human nature!!

The usual phone calls, tv watching, book reading and napping. My new normal 😐

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Thursday’s Post

Another glorious day, and another day indoors. I read in the garden today. A nice change, not out for too long, not that warm, but it was nice.

A little housework and catching up with family and friends via phone and emails. Cleaned up the blog, sorted out a few pages. Found a few things to chat about, and a few subjects for me to research.

Catching up with the series that I’ve started. Got a few on the go.

Tomorrow starts the beginning of a four day weekend for the UK.

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Book Review 📱

ONE PERFECT SUMMER by Brenda Novak 

Description…… 
When Serenity Alston swabbed her cheek for 23andMe, she joked about uncovering some dark ancestral scandal. The last thing she expected was to discover two half-sisters she never knew existed. Suddenly, everything about her loving family is drawn into question. And meeting these newfound sisters might be the only way to get answers.

While at Serenity’s family’s Lake Tahoe cabin, the three women begin digging into the mystery that has shaken their lives. With Reagan navigating romantic politics at her New York City advertising firm, Lorelei staring down the collapse of her marriage, and Serenity recovering from a messy divorce and traumatizing trial, all three women are converging at a crossroads in their lives. Before the summer is over, they’ll have to confront the paths they walked to get there and determine how to move forward when everything they previously thought to be true might be a lie. Thankfully, they’ll learn together that the future is easier to face with family by your side.

My Review ….. 
That was an excellent read. 
Three sisters that come together, and although they look alike, the differences become more obvious.
We start with Serenity (she was the one who started this all off) she’s a writer, she’s also just finished a messy divorce and a trial from hell.
Lorelei has enough on her plate, without coming out into the middle of nowhere, to meet her sister. She’s also on the brink of a divorce!! Her husband is having an affair with her best friend, and the other woman is pregnant! 
Reagan, is dating a married man, it wasn’t meant to happen that way, but she fell in love…. 
Will the three women be able to become the sisters they all seem to need? Or will jealousy and outside forces pull them apart? 
The meeting between the three women who are biological half sisters, is tense, how can it not be, they never knew each other existed. And who is their father? And how did they never know of each other? 
Really well written, I felt all the emotion that the sisters had felt. The backstory of each woman is crucial in learning about them. 
But did we really need the amount of information that was dumped on us about the brothers that lived next door? We need a little, but not as much as we got. (But I did wonder if they would get a book to tell us their stories.) And some of the other family members got page time, which sometimes took us away from the main story. 
So what does the future hold for them? Will they find the truth in the past? Or will they be able to let go and forge a bond that will take them into the future. 
And it brings to mind the debate on nurture versus nature, and the sisters definitely had different upbringings. And reading the interaction with Lorelei and her daughter was lovely. The interaction with Serenity and her parents was interesting. 
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Wednesday’s Post

Sean Vetter (Vin Diesel) and Demetrius Hicks (Larenz Tate), who are former criminals, are members of the U.S. DEA working on the California/Mexico border. After arresting a drug baron named Memo Lucero (Geno Silva), the mysterious “Diablo” steps in and organizes the assassination of Vetter, but his wife, Stacy (Jacqueline Obradors), is the one who is killed instead.

Looking for revenge, Vetter acts outside the law to punish his wife’s murderers. To accomplish that, he asks Memo, who is now in prison, for help finding Diablo. With Hicks’ help, he hunts every member of the cartel from the bottom to the top of the organization’s hierarchy and finds that Memo is linked to the recent activities.

What can I say? One merged into another, a new type of normal emerges. Bedtimes shift, afternoon naps appear, and meals are shrinking (wasn’t eating lunch unless I was working overtime) is it because I’m not as active? I do believe it is.

You catch up with family and friends with the help of social media, and phones. You watch the world go by via the window or the tv.

It’s not normal, it’s a new normal, and I don’t want to get use to it!!

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Book Review 📖

AirBound A sea Haven novel (A Sister’s of the Heart series) book 3 by Christine Feehan.

Description . . .

For as far back as she can remember, Airiana Ridell has always been aware of her extraordinary gift. She can intuit revealing and illuminating ‘patterns’ in the air around her-whether in a spray of mist, in billowing clouds, or in the dense swirls of an impenetrable fog. Her abilities led to her placement in a secret government training facility when she was a child, but everything changed after her mother was murdered.

Airiana fled the program, but she couldn’t outrun the desperate members of a shadowy cabal who want her, who need her, who will kill to get her. Kidnapped and held aboard a ship bound for dangerous seas, her only chance for rescue is Maxim Prakenskii. He has his reasons for helping her, but he isn’t about to reveal them to Airiana. Not yet. Not as the two are drawn together as moth to flame. Not when there are so many secrets yet untold that could shatter the quaint community of Sea Haven and all who reside there . . .

My Review …..
This is a hard hitting story, full of heartbreak and fast paced action. 
Airiana is a genius, she has the ability to read the air around her, it warns her of danger, but she’s never really believed in her ability, she thinks she’s going mad, her brain won’t shut down, she’s going to end up like her mother, 
Maxim is another Prakenskii brother. He’s come to take Airiana to see her father, but under the cover of darkness and over his shoulder?! That’s not the normal way to meet a parent you didn’t even know existed! 
Together they fight to save their lives and the lives of the children they find aboard the boat. But this isn’t a normal boat, women and children come aboard, but the don’t get off it alive!! Rich men come aboard and play out their fantasies, they are disposable toys!! 
Maxim is here to do a job, find the girl and take her to her father, that’s it!! But she gets under his skin, he has a job to do, he’s not here to rescue children, he’s not here to hold this woman and feel emotions, she’s dangerous, and when faced with danger, Maxim usually kills it!! 
It’s the same with all the brothers. They are all trained killers. Separated from a young age, beaten and abused, unable to feel emotions, assassins with deadly accuracy. Until they find the only woman to bring them back from the edge of darkness. 
Lots of fights, lots of scenes I wish I hadn’t read, but this series just keeps getting better. The interaction between Airiana and Maxim is great, first the animosity, awareness, trust and of course the passion.
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Tuesday’s Post

The series takes place in present-day Europe, but it serves as a re-imagining of the classic H.G. Wells‘ novel.

Description

In present-day Europe, astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy and the world waits for further contact, within days of the transmission mankind is all but wiped out by a devastating attack. There are pockets of humanity left in the eerily deserted world and the survivors must avoid and escape the aliens bent on destroying them and everything they hold dear. Based on the timeless story by H.G. Wells.

Another lovely sunny day. So I took my book and read for a while in the garden. Caught up with a new series to watch on t.v.

Then the usual phone calls and catch ups.

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Book Review 📱

Chasing Ginger by Marie Lavender.

Description……. 

Chased by a group of angry men. Saved by quite a hunk.

This is not the résumé Ginger Halloway ever imagined having. But thanks to a miracle pill, which makes her size 22 body instantly sexy, that’s what happened.

Yet, now Lance Franklin is showing interest in her, and she can’t figure out if he really likes her for her, or if it’s just because of a bizarre drug. 

And her wild bunch of friends, The Misfits…well, they’re always getting her into some interesting situations.

So, yep, business as usual. Except for the guy. What the hell should she do about him?

As for Lance, he believes he’s lucky to have found Ginger. But can he convince her they should go for it?

With some new attention from the hottest guy she’s ever met, Ginger can’t help but wonder…is this all too good to be true?

My Review ……. 
Reading the back cover, I thought of Eddie Murphy in “The nutty Professor” 
Ginger is a “full figured” feisty female. Her outlook on life ? She’s come to finally accept she won’t ever be a “conventional” size, that doesn’t mean she’s happy, but happy enough. So when she gets the chance at a “miracle” pill to help with her weight, Ginger signs up….. 
But what she gets isn’t a slimming pill, it’s a pill that makes her a magnet for men!!   
I laughed through most of the book. It’s hilarious, the dance competition was great, but the downside of this book was the fear she had when men wouldn’t take the hint and leave her alone!! 
But her guardian angel keeps stepping in to save her…..
I liked this story, very descriptive, really well written, it’s a struggle most women have at least once in there life, the struggle to keep the weight off, will they be attractive? Will anyone ever see past the “fat suit”? 
Loved her college friends, they’d clubbed together and called themselves “The Misfits”, they were a great bunch of friends, always had Ginger’s back. She knew she could rely on them, and friends like that are hard to find. 
So what happens with Lance and Ginger? Will she be able to tell him the pills are making him want her? Because he couldn’t want her, could he? 
And if Lance ever finds out that she’s taking pills, would he ever forgive her? 
I’m hoping the misfits find their stories too. 
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Monday’s Post

Woke up to light rain this morning. Everything was clean and quiet.

The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who abandons Hell for Los Angeles where he runs his own nightclub and becomes a consultant to the LAPD. The ensemble and supporting cast include Lauren German as Detective Chloe Decker, Kevin Alejandro as Detective Daniel “Dan” Espinoza, D. B. Woodside as Amenadiel, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen, and Rachael Harris as Dr. Linda Martin. Filming took place primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia before production was relocated entirely to Los Angeles, California beginning with the third season.

The series focuses on Lucifer Morningstar(Tom Ellis), a beautiful and powerful angel who was cast out of Heaven for betrayal. As the Devil, he gets bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell for billions of years. He resigns to his throne in defiance to his father (God) and abandons his kingdom for Los Angeles, where he ends up running his own nightclub called “Lux”. He becomes involved in a murder case with Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), and is subsequently invited to be a consultant to the LAPD. Throughout the series, several celestial and demonic threats come to the Los Angeles; at the same time, Lucifer and Chloe end up appreciating and being happy with each other. 

We also had some sun, and a few idiots lighting bonfires!! So I had to close all the windows and the patio door. Watched another series on Amazon Prime. “lucifer” I recommend it.

Checked in with family and friends. And I got some reading in.

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Book Review 📱

Souls of Magic’s Dawn: Book 1 of the Covenant of Souls by G.A. Lungaro. 

Description……

For over three thousand years, the Archmage Azrael has prepared to challenge destiny. As foretold by prophecy, Leto, God of Chaos, will soon unleash his power on the world, sowing discord and anarchy throughout the realms in a bid to rule creation. Azrael intends to stop him.

His pupil Isidora has spent her entire life dedicated to the study of magic, trained since a young age by the most powerful mage in the realm. After a five year absence, Isidora enlists the aid of her teacher and begins a quest to become a Summoner, a mage who can conjure the spirits of dead heroes. But when her quest plunges her into a clash of nations, will Isidora be a mere pawn or the key to preventing the coming conflict?

With the freedom of the world and the stability of the Pantheon of Gods at stake, the Archmage and his protégé travel through realms on the brink of war. In a chess match involving Lords, Kings, and Deities, student and teacher strive to remain one move ahead, to change Isidora’s fate, and save the world in the process.

My Review …… 

Wow!!! 
Lots going on, intense reading. We have lots of characters, magic, battles, mad gods, twists and turns and the usual unfulfilled prophecy…… 
Azrael is a mage with untold power, he’s been around for thousands of years. 
His favourite pupil has finally returned to the fold and unexpectedly she’s married!! 
Isidora has a new life, one with a loving husband, but she needs her old teacher to help with becoming a summoner of souls! 
The author made his world come alive with very detailed descriptions of the world he has created. I Liked the maps at the front of the book (very lord of the rings feel to it) I think it’s a trilogy, so I’m sure we will get a few questions answered in the next book. 
Loved the interaction between Lear’Za (she’s a Demoness) and Azrael, it was very much a love/hate/admire relationship, couldn’t really call it a friendship, even though they’d known each other for hundreds of years, she likes to torment Azrael.
And I got the impression that Azrael’s and Isidora relationship was more than teacher and student. He didn’t admit to anyone that his student just leaving without a word hurt him. (But she did leave him an explanation, he didn’t read it) I felt it very much a father/daughter bond.
But the star of this book is Isidora, very tenacious, very strong willed. She knows her mind, and she knows her abilities. What she doesn’t know is the path she must take to fill her destiny and the Prophecy. 
I liked this book a lot. I could see this as a film. Is the book a little too descriptive? Yes, but I like that, the more detailed the better. Battles were very well written (a tad gory in parts) But it could also work as a hindrance, in some places the details override the story. I Liked the gods and the pantheon, a very Greek feel. It’s not your usual magic and mayhem book, the main characters aren’t in love with each other, so you can concentrate on the story, and not some romance (which has been known to ruin a few good books) 
Will Azrael and Isidora be able to travel the path? Or will the outside forces be able to disrupt their path? What tricks has the God of Chais got up his sleeve? 
I can’t wait to read the next book to find out. 

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Sunday’s Post

Watched a film this afternoon…..

Riley North is a wife and mother working as a banker in Los Angeles, struggling to make ends meet. Her husband Chris owns a failing mechanic shop. They have a ten-year-old daughter, Carly. Chris’ friend tries to talk him into robbing Diego Garcia, a powerful drug lord. Chris turns him down, but Garcia has already discovered his involvement and orders his men to make an example of him. Riley and Chris take Carly out to a carnival for her birthday, since no one showed up to her party. As the family walks to the car, Diego’s men gun down Riley’s husband and daughter in a drive-by shooting. She is wounded but survives.

Despite her injuries, Riley is able to positively identify the shooters. The detectives handling the case are hesitant to pursue charges against the three, as they are members of Garcia’s drug cartel, which wields considerable influence.

Prior to the preliminary hearing, Riley is visited by the perpetrators’ lawyer. The lawyer unsuccessfully tries to bribe her with money, but uses her anti-psychotic medication to paint her as an unreliable witness. Judge Stevens, secretly on the cartel’s payroll, declares there is insufficient evidence to allow the perpetrators to stand trial and dismisses the case, while the prosecuting lawyers do nothing. Outraged, Riley tries to attack her family’s killers, but is subdued and ordered to be held at a psychiatric ward. En route, she escapes and vanishes.

Five years later, Detectives Beltran and Carmichael arrive at the carnival and find three shooters hanging from a ferris wheel, having been killed by Riley. The killings attract the attention of FBI agent Lisa Inman. Inman explains to Beltran and Carmichael that before vanishing 5 years earlier, Riley robbed the bank where she used to work. She has recently returned, and robbed a gun store to obtain various assault rifles and ammunition.

Riley kills Judge Stevens by blowing up his house, having already killed the defense and prosecution lawyers involved. Inman, Carmichael, and Beltran decide to tell the media about Riley, causing a debate on social media between those who see her as a hero and those who see her as a criminal.

Riley heads to a business that is a front for Diego’s money laundering, killing most of his men. Diego realizes that Riley is responsible for his recent shipments going missing, and resolves to kill her. Inman discovers that Riley has been living on Skid Row, owing to recent changes to crime patterns in the area. She finds Riley’s van, which is filled with the stolen weapons, and learns that the people there see Riley as their guardian angel for keeping them safe.

Riley survives a trap set by Diego, follows his henchmen to Diego’s home, and kills many of his men. When Diego’s young daughter interrupts her as she confronts Diego, Riley hesitates, which allows Diego to wound her and escape. Inman calls Carmichael to Skid Row to wait for Riley. Carmichael, secretly on Diego’s payroll, kills Inman and notifies Diego of Riley’s likely destination.

Riley returns to Skid Row, which is swarming with Diego’s men. She manages to kill several of them, and also finds Inman’s body. Using Inman’s phone, she contacts the media and reveals her location, inviting both the media and the LAPD. She confronts Diego, stalling him long enough for the police to arrive. Diego shoots Carmichael and runs, only to be beaten down by Riley. Surrounded by police and underestimating Riley’s resolve to end his life, Diego chastises her, telling her that she will spend more time in prison than him if she kills him. Riley replies that he is not going to prison and shoots Diego in the head, killing him. She is shot by the police, but Beltran orders them to hold their fire and Riley once again manages to escape.

Beltran finds Riley critically wounded at her family’s gravestone. He brings her to the hospital, despite Riley’s expressed desire to die at the family grave-site. Beltran later visits her, telling her that there are those who agree with what she did, and slips her the key to her handcuffs, allowing Riley to escape again.

That was a good film. 🍿

Sunday sees the sun out early, so I make the most of it and put washing out, BBQ season is almost upon us, and I don’t want my washing to smell like burnt sausages!!

Watched a really good film. Caught up with a few reviews, looked for a few topics to add to my posts. Chatted to the usual people, and even managed a read in the garden.

Yes I know we need to stay indoors, and luckily enough I have a garden. So I understand up to a certain extent, those who don’t have a garden and need to get out. But if it meant a family member or friend dying of this horrible disease, then my ass would be firmly indoors!!

Watching the news is only an evening thing now. It’s too depressing. And watching all the idiots walking past my house today was really annoying. I was hoping to visit my daughters grave today, sit with her in the sun for a while, but with so many people out, I couldn’t risk getting the virus. So I spent most of it indoors!!

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Book Review 📱

Two Bonus stories only in the Box Set….. 


Rejoice: 
A Curvy Seduction Holiday StoryDescription…… 

Angelina….
Gray hates Christmas. How did I not know this?
I lurve the holidays.
I’m going to unscrooge him.
*rubs hands together and starts planning
Gray……
Best way to spend Christmas? 
In bed. With Angel under me. Begging me.
Sucking me like a candy cane.
Screw the holidays.

My Review….. 
A short holiday story. This does need to be read after the trilogy, it’s a bonus story. It tells us about their life after the trilogy. 
Gray has never liked Christmas, so his angel tries to make him see Christmas from her point of view. He’s got his angel, he doesn’t need to have a special day to spoil her, but that doesn’t stop Angelina from getting to the bottom of his “bah humbug” attitude. 
It’s basically a really long sex scene. Finding out why Gray isn’t into the season of goodwill wasn’t really explained. But it was nice to catch up with Gray and Angelina after they had left the club behind, living on a tropical beach after the close call they had with their stalker. Not being far from each other’s sight. 

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Revel….. 
Description….. 

Gray’s Seduction begins ~Gray:
I’ve been Angelina’s bodyguard for years and in lust with her since the day we met. When she finally kicks her stupid fiancé to the curb I’ve got a chance to finally make her mine. But I won’t be her rebound.
I will help her find that kinky desirable side of herself. Even if means sacrificing my own happiness.

My Review….. 

This is a prequel (and told from Gray’s point of view. …. 
This is a bonus story in the trilogy box set. 
It’s told from Gray’s point of view (it covers the first book?) 
For five years Gray has been Angelina’s bodyguard. But that’s not where the story starts…. 
Gray is cold and unfeeling, the club he goes to unwind just isn’t doing it for him. The submissive women at his feet can’t touch his heart or soul. He needs to feel something, something other than self loathing. Saving a comrade in arms should have made him happy, but when you save the man your always in competition with, it doesn’t always work out that way. And three years on, Foster hasn’t forgiven him. 
Gray can’t believe it, he’s going to be a bodyguard for some bratty socialite, a dumb vacuous female. But he needs the money to fund his security business. Do the five years then he’s a free man to help the right kind of people. 
When he first meets Angelina, he mistakes her for a secretary. He’s more than interested in her, and so is his body. But once he knows who she is, then all bets are off. No fucking the bosses daughter. But that doesn’t stop him thinking about her. 
Now we get to where the trilogy starts. It’s been three years of Gray watching and wanting Angelina. Watching her mould herself into something she isn’t. 
And now his poor Angel is finally free of the idiot she was engaged to. But not the way he had planned, he wanted Marc to leave her, let her down gently, but If you’ve read the first book, you know that’s not how it happens. 
Gray has to control his feelings for Angelina, he’s never felt this way before, but as he’s into BDSM, he’s worried he could ruin her. And when she tells him she wants him ….. 
For the rest of the book, we get Gray’s thoughts and feelings. His fight with just claiming Angelina, with wanting to claim her, but also wanting her to become the amazing woman he knows she can be. 
It added a nice touch to the trilogy. 

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Saturday’s Post

It started off cold and dreary today, and ended up being really nice, which on any other weekend would be lovely. But on lockdown it was going to prove difficult. And the news tonight showed how many idiots just ignored the government’s advice. People caught going to the park, the beach and all over the country!! Seriously!! It’s getting beyond a joke. I want to be able to enjoy a little of this summer with family and friends, I’d like to sit and drink coffee in the park, or a glass of cider in a beer garden. But at this rate, it’s going to be autumn before you know, and all these idiots will be whining that they will have to stay indoors!!

I’m trying to be patient, but with so many idiots running around, I can’t see it happening any time soon!!

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Book Review 📱

Reignite (Curvy Seduction Saga) book 3 by Aidy Award 📱
Description……

She’s got a plan.
He’s going to ruin everything.

Angelina: I wasn’t sure I would ever recover. Just when I got him back, he’s taken from me again.

Gray: This is going to destroy her. 

My review….. 

This book was probably the best out of the three. I felt their connection this time. We find out why Gray is so controlling, the alpha male the world sees, but Angelina is slowly breaking down those walls. 

We move away from the original club Asylum. We’ve left Texas and the “Red Ranch” Angelina has even given up her “harem” for Gray (but her boys are still a part of their lives, they are family) they are looking into making a place for themselves and other people like them. 

We also see Angelina come into her own, no longer does she feel like an outsider, the clubs have given her a new confidence. A Dominatrix to the outside world, but with Gray she can be a submissive. She’s also learning how to dominate Gray, but that doesn’t happen too often. 

They are finally happy, both have admitted to their feelings, and things are moving along nicely. 

But will it stay that way? And what about their stalker? Will he be waiting in the wings to pull them apart?

Friday’s Post

It’s so quiet first thing in the morning. No kids going to school, no cars driving past. It takes me back to when I was a kid living on the farm with my family. All you can hear is nature. The stillness is peaceful. And then you remember why……

This virus can be a good thing if we learn from it, to take time for ourselves, to slow it down and appreciate the things we do have. I miss the interaction with family and friends, but I’m loving the slower pace of life.

Payday today, and usually I’ve divided it up (bills and things) and what’s left is mine to spend. But as I’m not going out for a while, then it’s being saved. But saying that, there are a few books I can get on amazon 😉

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Book Review 📱

Rebellion (Curvy seduction Saga, book 2) 

Description….. 
She’s going to push his buttons.
He’s going to push her over the edge.
Angelina: Gray has opened up a whole new world for me. A dirty, kinky, sexy world.
He thinks he’s doing what’s best for me. He lets other men touch me, but he won’t.
Screw that.
I want him to take charge.
If he won’t… I might have to find someone who will.
Gray: Angel wants me to teach her, take her, tame her.
She thinks she knows what kink is. I’m dying to show her what submission really means.
I’ll never forgive myself if I break her.
I may have to leave her, to save her…from me.

My Review…… 
The second book in the trilogy has Angelina “angel” doing things she never dreamed of, but the one guy she really wants still won’t touch her, so it’s time to move on. 
Gray wants angel to trust him, he senses that she’s not quite there yet. And if she submits like he really wants her to, where will that lead? 
We still have the back and forth, one step forward with Gray, then two steps back. Then when Angelina goes to confront Gray, she finds him gone!!! 
At first she’s numb, the only man she could ever talk to the only one who understood her has left her….. Then anger sets then. So she makes plans to take her “harem” to Texas, to play at a “Ranch” to learn to be a female Domme. No one will ever see her “submit” again!! 
The Ranch isn’t what she was expecting. It’s a huge mansion out in Texas. But she’s made a commitment, she needs training to be a dominatrix, and Tate the owner said he’s willing to help. 
So will Angelina get her wish? Will she become a successful Domme? And who is behind the mask? He says he wants to train her, but first she needs to submit. Will she? And we have a player with a score to settle!! Is it with Gray or Angelina?
This book had me wanting to slap the pair of them. 

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Thursday’s Post

Another day of self isolating….

Reviews, Reading, listening to music, phone calls and playing pub quizzes with the family on WhatsApp.

A plus was watching my road, hardly any traffic or people went past, which in my opinion was a good thing.

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Book Review 📱

Rebound (Curvy Seduction Saga Book 1) by Aidy Award  

Description……..

She doesn’t want love, she wants a rebound…
He needs so much more from her. He needs everything. 

Angelina: I am so damn done with being the chubby doormat for my soon-to-be ex-fiancé. I changed myself for every man in my life. Except Gray – my bodyguard.
Too bad he’s totally not interested in getting his kink on with me. No, he’s made it perfectly clear he’s only here to protect me.
We’ll just see about that.
Protect me from this, buddy. I’m going out on the town to find myself a good old-fashioned ménage. 

Gray: For the love of all that is holy, I want Angel in my bed, tied up, blindfolded, begging me. I want her to be completely mine.
I can’t do that. Not yet. She isn’t ready for what I want from her.
I’ll break her.
Because I’m completely f*cking broken.
It might kill me to watch her be with any other man.
But, I won’t be her rebound.

My Review …… 

Angelina wants for nothing, a trust fund that will keep her happy for a long time, but she’s not really happy, dumped by her fiancée? Or did she dump him? (Both would say they dumped each other first!) she’s looking for fun, well, actually she’s looking at her bodyguard Gray, she’s always been in love with him, if only he’d see her as a woman, and not a body to guard…..

 So she looks at having a one night stand, sex, pure and simple. Being conned by her fiancé pissed her off, he sleeping with her best friend, that hurt. So she’s out on the town looking for a man, any man (because the one she really wants turned her down) 

Gray is her bodyguard, he’s been assigned to her for five long years. And now she’s free, he’s not happy that she wants to have sex with some random guy, but he knows she’s hurting, so he will protect her the best way he knows how, he will watch over her like he always has done, until she’s ready…. 

Angel has found her man, and in fact he comes as a package (he has a friend) and both are willing to share, and even let her “boyfriend” watch. 

Gray knows the only way to protect her is to watch over her, he’s hoping she will back out of this silly idea. 

She wants him, he wants her, but won’t do anything about it. It going on like this for most of the book. 

So he suggests she widen her sexual horizon’s, experiment after a failed relationship, but what he doesn’t bank on is her willingness to try EVERYTHING!! Threesomes, submission, domination, anal play and even hire three young studs to be her “harem”!!! He can’t tell her not to do it, he’s tried, but it’s messing with his mind, he needs to control her in some way….. 

This is a trilogy series. 

We explore the relationship between Gray and Angelina, we watch as she explores her sexuality, we hope that Gray finally takes control. We do see it mostly from Angelina’s point of view. 

So does he? And what will it mean for them? Angelina wants forever. Gray …… well I’m not to sure!!  

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Wednesday’s Post

Managed to grab a little reading time today. I also have a few reviews to finish.

Sun was out today, so I had a little sit in the sun. Then I weeded the garden, well just the area round the roses.

Watched my favourite film again today.

Singing along to all the words 🤣

Released on June 16, 1978, Grease was successful both critically and commercially becoming the highest-grossing musical film ever at the time.[3] Its soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best-selling album of the year in the United States, behind the soundtrack of the 1977 blockbuster Saturday Night Fever (which also starred Travolta)[4] and earned the film its lone Oscar nomination for “Hopelessly Devoted to You” (which lost the Academy Award for Best Original Song to Donna Summer‘s “Last Dance” from Thank God It’s Friday at the 51st Academy Awards).

Plot …….

In the summer of 1958, local boy Danny Zuko and vacationing Sandy Olsson meet at the beach and fall in love. When the summer comes to an end, Sandy—who is going back to Australia—frets that they may never meet again, but Danny tells her that their love is “only beginning”. The film moves to the start of the seniors’ term at Rydell High School. Danny is a member and leader of the T-Birds greasergang, consisting of his best friend Kenickie, Doody, Sonny, and Putzie. The Pink Ladies, a clique of greaser girls, also arrive, consisting of leader Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty, and Jan.

After her parents decide not to return to Australia, Sandy enrolls at Rydell and is befriended by Frenchy, who considers dropping out of school to become a beautician. Unaware of each other’s presence at Rydell, Danny and Sandy tell their respective groups the accounts of events during the pair’s brief romance, without initially mentioning the other’s name (“Summer Nights”). Sandy’s version emphasizes the romance of the relationship, while Danny’s version is more sexual.

When Sandy finally says Danny’s name, Rizzo arranges a surprise reunion for the two, but Danny is forced to maintain his bad-boy attitude in front of his pals, upsetting Sandy, who storms off and begins dating Tom, a jock. Kenickie unveils the used car, Greased Lightnin’, that he plans on restoring and racing (“Greased Lightnin'”). Frenchy invites the girls to a pajama party, but Sandy falls ill from the sight of blood after getting her ears pierced by Frenchy, Rizzo starts to make fun of Sandy (“Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”). While Sandy is outside, she soon starts to think of Danny, and how much she loves him even though he hurt her (“Hopelessly Devoted to You”). Rizzo departs to have sex with Kenickie, during which his condom breaks. The two are disturbed by Leo, leader of the T-Birds’ rival gang, the Scorpions, and his girlfriend Cha-Cha. 

In an attempt to impress Sandy, Danny turns to Coach Calhoun to get into sports, eventually becoming a runner. He reunites with Sandy and they attempt to go on a date, but their friends crash it. Kenickie and a distressed Rizzo argue and split up. Left alone, Frenchy is visited by a guardian angel who advises her to return to school after a mishap in beauty class leaves her with candy-pink hair (“Beauty School Dropout”).

The school dance arrives, broadcast live on television and hosted by DJ Vince Fontaine, who flirts with Marty. Rizzo and Kenickie attempt to spite one another by bringing Leo and Cha-Cha as their dates. Danny and Sandy arrive together and dance well during the chaotic hand jive contest (“Born to Hand Jive”); just before the end of the contest Sonny pulls Sandy off the dance floor, and Cha-Cha cuts in to win the contest with Danny, causing Sandy to leave the event broken-hearted.

Danny tries to make it up to Sandy by taking her to a drive-in theater (“Alone at the Drive-in Movies”) but forces himself on her, causing Sandy to leave (“Sandy”). Meanwhile Rizzo fears she is pregnant after missing a period and confides in Marty, but Marty tells Sonny and he inadvertently spreads the rumor to Kenickie, the apparent father, though Rizzo denies this to him. At school, Rizzo is getting laughed at by other girls, and she soon realizes that she isn’t as tough as she seems (“There Are Worse Things I Could Do”).

On race day, Kenickie suffers a concussion when hit by his own car door, so Danny takes the wheel. He and Leo race until Leo crashes and leaves humiliated, with Danny as the victor. Sandy watches from afar, concluding she still loves Danny, and decides to change her attitude and look to impress him; she then asks Frenchy for help to achieve this goal (“Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise)”). 

On the last day of school, Principal McGee and her assistant Blanche sob about the departing class. Rizzo discovers she is not pregnant and reunites with Kenickie. Danny has lettered in track but is shocked when Sandy arrives dressed as a female T-Bird. In song (“You’re the One That I Want”), they confess their mutual love and reconcile. The class celebrates their graduation at the fair on school grounds (“We Go Together”). Sandy and Danny depart in Greased Lightnin’, which takes flight (“Grease”).

Then I watched Grease 2 …..

That’s not nearly as good

A sequel, Grease 2, was released in 1982, starring Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeifferas a newer class of greasers. Few of the original cast members reprised their roles. As of 2019, an HBO Max series based on the film is in production.

Plot….. It is 1961, two years after the original Greaseended. The first day of school has arrived (“Alma Mater” from the original musical) as Principal McGee and her secretary Blanche react in horror as the students, among them the new T-Birds and Pink Ladies, arrive at high school (“Back to School Again”). The Pink Ladies are now led by Stephanie Zinone, who feels she has “outgrown” her relationship with her ex-boyfriend Johnny Nogerelli, the arrogant and rather immature new leader of the T-Birds.

A new arrival comes in the form of clean-cut English student Michael Carrington (a cousin of Sandy Olsson from the previous film). He is welcomed and introduced to the school atmosphere by Frenchy, who was asked by Sandy to help show Michael around. Frenchy reveals she has returned to Rydell to get her high school diploma so she can start her own cosmetics company. Michael eventually meets Stephanie and quickly becomes smitten with her.

At the local bowling alley, a game (“Score Tonight”) turns sour due to the animosity between Johnny and Stephanie. Stephanie retaliates by kissing the next man who walks in the door, who happens to be Michael. Bemused by this unexpected kiss, Michael falls in love with Stephanie so asks her out, but he learns that she has a very specific vision of her ideal man (“Cool Rider”). After realising that he will only win her affections if he turns himself into a cool rider, Michael accepts payments from the T-Birds to write term papers for them; he uses the cash to buy a motorcycle.

Following an unusual biology lesson (“Reproduction”) given by Mr. Stuart, a substitute teacher, a gang of rival motorcyclists called the Cycle Lords (most of whom are members of the defunct Scorpions) led by Leo Balmudo, surprise the T-Birds at the bowling alley. Before the fight starts, a lone mysterious (unnamed) biker appears (who is actually Michael in disguise,) defeats the enemy gang and disappears into the night (“Who’s That Guy?”). Stephanie is fascinated with the stranger. Meanwhile, Louis, one of the T-Birds, attempts to trick his sweetheart Sharon, one of the Pink Ladies and Stephanie’s friends into losing her virginity to him by taking her to a fallout shelter and faking a nuclear attack(“Let’s Do It for Our Country.”)

The next evening while working at a gas station/garage, Stephanie is surprised again by the Cool Rider, and they enjoy a romantic twilight motorcycle ride, which includes a kiss. Just as Michael is about to reveal his identity, they are interrupted by the arrival of the T-Birds and Pink Ladies. Before Michael leaves, he tells Stephanie that he will see her at the school talent show, in which the Pink Ladies and T-Birds are performing. Johnny, enraged by Stephanie’s new romance, threatens to fight the Cool Rider if he sees him with her again. The Pink Ladies walk away haughtily, but this has little effect on the T-Birds’ self-confidence (“Prowlin'”).

At school, Stephanie’s poor grades in English lead her to accept Michael’s offer of help. Johnny, upon seeing them together in a discussion, demands that Stephanie quit the Pink Ladies to preserve his honor (“rep”, reputation). Although still enchanted by the mysterious Cool Rider, interactions with Michael reveal that she has become romantically interested in him as well. Michael ponders over the continuing charade he puts on for Stephanie (“Charades”).

At the talent show, Stephanie and the Cool Rider meet up but are abruptly ambushed by the T-Birds who pursue Michael on their respective motorcycles, with Stephanie, Sharon, Paulette, and Rhonda following in a car. They chase him to a construction site which conceals a deadly drop, and the biker’s absence suggests that he has perished below, leaving Stephanie heartbroken and inconsolable. Johnny and his T-Birds remove the competing Preptones – preppie boys – by tying them to a shower pole in the boys’ locker room and drenching them. During the Pink Ladies’ performance in the talent show (“Girl for All Seasons”), Stephanie enters a dreamlike fantasy world where she is reunited with her mystery biker (“(Love Will) Turn Back the Hands of Time”). She is named winner of the contest and crowned the queen of the upcoming graduation luau, with Johnny hailed as king for his performance of “Prowlin'” with his fellow T-Birds.

The school year ends with the luau (“Rock-a-Hula Luau”), during which the Cycle Lords appear and begin to destroy the celebration. However, the Cool Rider reappears. After he defeats the Cycle Lords again, he reveals himself to be Michael. Initially shocked, Johnny gives him a T-Birds jacket, officially welcoming him into the gang, and Stephanie is delighted that she can now be with him. Michael and Stephanie share a very passionate kiss and he whispers that he loves her. All the couples pair off happily at the seniors’ graduation as the graduating class sings (“We’ll Be Together”). The credits start rolling in yearbook-style, as in the original film.

Can’t even say I’m looking forward to Easter, that by all accounts is being cancelled!

🦋